• TaraShannon

The Tenth Day of Health & Wellness

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a big juicy steak. Or for my vegan friends... some fava beans and a nice chianti... 😂❤

What I mean to say is... Protein!!!

Seriously though, I have to divert certain vegan questions to my expert friends, who are my go-to's on living the vegan life.

I could be a vegetarian, if push came to shove, but I'm pretty much a confirmed omnivore. I am that one weird friend who doesn't crave chocolate or potato chips or candies or cookies. No, no. In that regard I am not my mother's daughter. No, I crave meat protein. *Hello, my name is Tara and I have been known to chow down on a whole rotisserie chicken in my car on the way home from the grocery store or post workout.*

That being said, I still try to go meatless once or twice a week and I eat red meat maybe once a week, probably less. Maybe twice month...

In my studies on nutrition and coaching we are advised to promote an approach that includes all parts of the current food guide. However, the emphasis on meat protein or animal proteins and dairy is much less than it used to be. The aim is to promote eating more vegetables and legumes etc.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. 😊 I'll give you a moment to do the math...

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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