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The Eighth Day of Health & Wellness

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... delicious fat!!! 😋

Just a reminder to eat the *Good Fats* and avoid the bad ones. 😉

Fats are an essential part of a healthy diet, providing energy and helping us absorb certain minerals and vitamins. The key to fat is to not eat too much of it, as it is calorically dense, and to eat the right kinds.

There are 3 types of fats: Unsaturated Fats, Saturated Fats and Trans Fats.

The worst and the one you should try to avoid at all costs is Trans Fats. Think margarines (but also cakes, cookies, some crackers, fast foods etc.) and look for things like *hydrogenated* or *partially hydrogenated* on the ingredients label.

Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature and most sources come from animals, like meat and dairy products. Common sources of saturated fats include beef, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, beef fat, lard and cream, butter, cheese. Saturated fats can increase cholesterol level in the body and may increase harmful LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol (HDL or high density lipoprotein is good cholesterol), which can initiate blockages in the arteries in the heart, so be mindful of what type of Saturated Fats you're consuming and how much.

Unsaturated fats or good fats include: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Think omega-3 fatty acids...

Polyunsaturated fats are mostly found in plants and animal foods, such as Salmon, trout, flaxseed, walnuts, vegetable oils.

Monounsaturated fats found mostly in nuts and seeds -- think olives, avocados, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds -- are typically liquid at room temperature but solidify if refrigerated.

Again, with all fats, monitor the types you're eating and go for the good ones as much as possible. Check with your doctor, dietitian or nutritionist to see how much fat you should be consuming or day according to your bodies specific needs.

The AMDR (acceptable macronutrient distribution range) for fat intake is 20%-35% of total calories.

Haldimand, ON: Cancer Survivor Launches 

Kickstarter Campaign 

-- and she needs your help!


This already warmly received series of lovely sketches and thoughtful text about a 

curious rabbit who asks simple questions and receives meaningful answers has launched on Kickstarter! 


"There is something so captivating and raw in the simplicity of your drawings, a dream-like quality. The words you choose to 

accompany said drawings are perfect! I see this as a book I’d love to read my children." - A. Purdham, Canada Writes


"This is not a children’s book. This is an Everyone Book. Put that line into your pitches. I will buy several. Looking forward..." 

- Sharon McMullan-Baron, Canada Writes 


Tara plans to raise enough funds to publish a children's book, that's really not just for kids, it's for everyone. The idea for the book came to 

Tara one day, born from her experiences with cancer, the loss of her parents, miscarriage and her ongoing battle with mental illness. Her 

drawings and writing quickly built a following through Canada Writes, a writing group on Facebook (sponsored by CBC Books). She never 

would have thought or dreamed of herself as an illustrator - or that she would launch a campaign on Kickstarter, but here she is, eager to see where life will lead her next! 


Tara Shannon is a freelance writer and an aspiring author with a degree in English and History from Brescia College at Western University. She was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario but now splits her time between her home in Haldimand County and her cottage on 

Manitoulin Island(and Ireland, as much as she can!!) 


The Book of Rabbit is dedicated to all of those that Tara has loved and lost, including Rhylan, the inspiration for Rabbit.


Helping Tara on her journey is professional illustrator, P.A. LewisMacDougal. Pat Ann has, for over a decade, applied her skills in the 

Story Arts as a Freelancer. From illustrating in the children's publishing industry to story boarding for children's animated television and 

everything in between. Pat Ann will assist Tara in making Rabbit come to life on the page, creating a book that will surely become a classic and must have addition toanyone's bookshelf. https://www.pat-ann.com


For more information on Tara Shannon or to donate to her Kickstarter Campaign please visit:


Instagram & Facebook: @tarashannonwrites 


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