Hello, Welcome to Bear Essentially
I'm Bear... aka, Tara Shannon - a foodie, lover of wine, a professional cook, health coach, wannabe writer & a Thyroid cancer Survivor!
I live in the middle of nowhere Ontario where my closest neighbors are buffalo. No, really!
Surrounded by my family, both furry and non-furry :) I live out my days testing recipes and trying my hardest to build a career out of what I love to do.
One thing that my cancer diagnosis taught me was that I need to follow my dreams. It was a hard lesson learned. During my diagnosis I lost my job and both of my parents. Whether I wanted to or not -- life changed big time and my choices were either to sink or to swim. I chose to swim. It's not always easy, but here I am. Making my way -- my way!
Being a Thyroid Cancer survivor prompted me to pay more attention to the foods I put into my body. It's amazing what you can do with food! I'm 5+ years cancer free and it's been an emotional journey. I had to relearn everything including the way I eat and how I care for my body. I made eating healthy and exercising almost daily a priority.
I'm excited to share my journey and what I've learned (and continue to learn) with you!
Combined Degree from the University of Western Ontario in History & English
Professional Cook -- The Dublin Cookery School, Dublin, Ireland
Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach -- CanFit Pro
YogaFit Certified -- CanFit Pro
Not your Average Bear