I’m a 17 year old New Brunswicker who is currently studying health sciences at Université de Moncton. I write a healthy living column geared toward teens for the Times & Transcript, teach cooking classes at NBCC’s night school, and am a proud ambassador of the Southeastern New Brunswick In Motion program. I am the author of a nationally available cookbook, which was featured on many media programs in Canada, including CTV Toronto’s News at Six, City TV Toronto’s Breakfast Televison, CTV Montreal’s News at Noon, CTV Halifax’s Live at Five, and Radio Canada’s Téléjournal Acadien. I am also a proud Lakehead 2011 Shad (www.shad.ca). My recipe articles have been published in alive magazine among other publications.
I’ll be using this blog to share some of my columns, blogs, and recipe articles.
Je suis une jeune Nouveau-Brunswickoise qui étudie les sciences de la santé à l’Université de Moncton. J’écris une chronique à propos des habitudes de vie saine pour le Times & Transcript, je donne des cours de cuisine au NBCC et je suis une fière ambassadrice de l’initiative En mouvement du Sud-Est Nouveau-Brunswick. Je suis l’auteure du livre The Healthaliciously Good Cookbook dont vous avez peut-être entendu parler à un des programmes suivants: CTV Toronto’s News at Six, City TV Toronto’s Breakfast Televison, CTV Montreal’s News at Noon, CTV Halifax’s Live at Five, and Radio Canada’s Téléjournal Acadien. Je suis également une “Shad” du programme de l’été 2011 à Lakehead University. Mes recettes ont été publiées dans le magazine alive entre autres publications. Je planifie utiliser ce blogue pour partager mes chroniques et des recettes santé.
A little bit more about me
A little background information can go a long way if you’re reading this blog for the first time.
I’m originally from Quebec City, Canada, however I spent most of my childhood living in the USA. Living in the USA was a very formative childhood experience for me. The differences between Canadian culture (or at least, the French-Canadian one I knew) and American culture might be subtle, but I noticed them and so did the kids I went to school with. I was seen as the unusual little “foreign” girl (not in a bad way though) growing up. Being seen as different from the get-go encouraged me to question things more.
When I was in seventh grade and living in Martin County in the state of North Carolina, my science teacher Tim Hardison started a program called MATCH to combat the high mortality rate in our region that was attributed to the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes. At the same time, I was exposed to plenty of news about obesity in the media. Naturally, my interest in health grew. My parents had always taught us to value good health and to have healthy lifestyle habits at home. Understanding more why it was important to live a healthy lifestyle motivated me to eat healthier and even exercise (me! the unathletic bookworm!). I learned how to cook and experimented to create new recipes free of processed sugar and refined grains and full of fruits and vegetables that were flavourful twists on old favourites.
I went from whining about always having to bring, for example, whole wheat bread in my lunch box to being fascinated by the different dishes I could use whole wheat bread. I concluded that part of the reason healthy eating wasn’t always embraced was simply because cooking healthy wasn’t seen as enjoyable and delectable. That led to the publication of The Healthaliciously Good Cookbook after my family and I returned to Canada.
Through the publication of The Healthaliciously Good Cookbook and all of the health and wellness related activities I partook in as a result, I became even more interested in the complexity of health from a physiological and a societal standpoint. Therefore, when I graduated from high school at 16 after completing two years of homeschooling at an accelerated level and taking advanced courses during elementary school, I enrolled in a health sciences program at university without a second thought. I have enjoyed the past two years of diligent work and learning and I hope to continue studying health sciences. There’s normally a killer amount of information to intake and learn, but it’s interesting.
In my own life, my beliefs about what a healthy lifestyle is has fluctuated over time, but my thought du jour is that the promoting wellness shouldn’t be done with the attitude that everyone’s ultimate goal in life is to be as fit, trim, and healthy as possible. We all have different aspirations in our personal and professional lives and we need to prioritize the objectives that are most important to us. However, we need good health to attain our objectives, whatever they may be, and to collectively be a prosperous society (people in good health = at their most efficient). That’s why I think it is crucial that we live a lifestyle in a way that allows us to fulfill our goals and be in good health.