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Why so Salty?...

Salt isn't the bad guy. Yes, there are some people who need to avoid it due to medical reasons. Then there are others, my mother included, who are told to eat more salt by their doctors. So depending what your doctor says, use salt accordingly. However, I'm here to say that for the majority of us we just need to learn to respect salt and pay more attention to where it's hidden. And it's not even like it's hidden very well -- it's in plain sight!

Salt is an excellent flavour enhancer. It's no wonder that when you pick up any prepackaged food or go to any fast food joint or chain restaurant salt or sodium is near number one, if not number one on every ingredient deck. It creates flavour and it creates... cravings.

I guarantee that if you cut eating out and prepackaged food from your diet for even just a couple of weeks, you will notice a huge difference in your health -- and also in your taste. Same goes with sugar. Cut both and you'll be seeing health benefits left right and centre.

Now, as a cook, I use salt. A lot. But, I'm also making much of what I eat from scratch. I'm controlling the amount of salt that goes in my food. Next time you watch a cooking show, keep that in mind. When you blame that chef for using too much salt, remember that it's still way less than what would be found in many packaged foods or at a fast food restaurant. Plus, the quality of salt that chef is using is going to, more than likely, be a good quality salt.

We do need salt and the iodine that goes with it. Salt is one of the number one sources for iodine, a mineral that is necessary for healthy thyroid function. While iodine is found naturally in some foods like seafood, eggs and prunes, we still tend not to get enough... hence the addition of iodine to salt to help us get what we need. So salt is not an evil, like processed refined sugar, that must be banished from our lives. We need it and here are a few reasons why...

Benefits of salt across all types are (except kosher which is iodine free):

Source of iodine (naturally accuring in sea salt)

Aids proper thyroid function by production of hormones T4 and T3

Sodium and chlorine help balance the fluids in the brain

Sodium and chlorine also work with responsive nerves in the brain to control electrical impulses

***A note about kosher or non-iodized salts: they do have their purpose. If you have ever experienced certain thyroid testing or treatment for thyroid cancer, you will understand. Also necessary in home canning preparations.

The number one take away here is to be mindful of your over all salt consumption. Try to limit processed foods, which is just good all around, and pay attention to the kind of salt you're using in your at home cooking.


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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