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The Second Day of Health & Wellness

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Beans, legumes, leafy greens, chia seeds, oats, nuts and you guessed it --- fibre!!!🎶♥️

Are you getting enough fibre? Just like yesterday... all I'm asking for now is that you go through the next few days and think about how much fibre you're getting.

Fibre, a complex carbohydrate, performs a number of functions to keep you healthy. Getting the recommended daily dose of fibre -- 25 to 35g, is important for a number of reasons. There are two types of fibre -- soluble fibrr and insoluble fibre.

Soluble fibre is found inside plant cells. When mixed with water, it forms a gel that slows the emptying of your stomach, helping to lower your blood glucose and cholesterol levels and keep you full longer so you eat less. Consuming soluble fibre lowers your risk for health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Insoluble fibre is found in the cell walls of plants. It adds bulk to your stool, makes it softer, and keeps it moving through your digestive tract, limiting your risk for digestive issues like constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis.

I, like most, did not get enough fibre. So, with help from my dietitian and nutritionist I have found ways to get the 30g my body needs each day...and I totally cheat. In the pic you can see how. In the morning I have a shake made with a protein powder I like (it's pretty inexpensive too at $20 approximately) and a has 6g of fibre per scoop. To that I add 2 taps of Store Brand Benefibre, 3 cups of greens and almond/cashew milk for a total of 14g of fibre... yes... in the beginning I farted quite a lot! 🤣 but, it's getting better, plus my body is functioning better than it really ever has and I'm not getting sick like I used too.

Fibre is prebiotic. I'm sure you are aware of Probiotics. Gut health has become the *in thing* but what's the point of supplementing with Probiotics if you're not going to look after them (feed them) with Prebiotics? We need both for optimal health.

As always... think on this and talk to your doctor. I'm sure they won't be against you adding fibre but they may have some other helpful tips ❤ Like mine did, that's why I take the *benefibre* and not chia. I need to lose some weight so benefibre has no calories compared to the chia that has about 70 calories per tbsp and 5g of fibre. Not a lot and there are other good for you things in chia, but when you're trying to lose weight in can add up. Just an fyi. So still have them if you like them, just remember they have calories too and when trying to lose weight a calorie deficit is required.

Happy Farting!! 😉🤣🏃‍♀️💨


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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