Super Pea Protein Maca Almond Chocolate Power Bars

I like to get up early and get food in me as soon as I can because I love writing in the mornings. Cooking breakfast every morning can seriously cut into writing time, so I often make a batch of nutrient-dense power bars to fuel my morning writing and start the day off well. Here is one of my favourite recipes that has a texture like a fudge brownie but marcos that work well with my lifestyle. You can also

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Overcoming stigma when blogging about health and illness.

I recently gave a keynote presentation at Diabetes Linkup, a conference for Type 2 Diabetes bloggers, on the topic of overcoming stigma to connect with peers online. I was sharing lessons learned from the past four years of sharing about my brain. Whether it’s diabetes or mental illness, the challenges we run into online and the ways we can overcome them are very similar. Here are the five lessons I shared:

University Peer Health Engagement Workshop

This past weekend I was at the Toronto Peer Health Network’s annual symposium to facilitate a workshop on peer engagement. There were around 60 student leaders in the workshop who run peer health education programs at universities and colleges around Toronto. They’re working with their peers right around the age when all sorts of mental and physical health issues can emerge on top of learning to live independently and start a career–it’s a complex time for behavior change and difficult to

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Do you know how to get to a healthy place you’ve never been?

You’re an expert in where you are now. But if you want to move to a place you’ve never been, it helps to speak with people who understand that new place. They understand the culture and the language of living in that place and the supports necessary to stay in that place. You need to participate in deciding how to get to that place because we understand where you are right now. In planning a journey, you need to know

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Depression is like snot.

Depression is like snot—it’s the result of a natural, physical reaction. You can’t think your way out of a runny nose and you can’t think your way out of depression. But just like a runny nose, depression doesn’t fall out of the sky. Whether external or internal, there’s always a trigger. Sometimes you get a runny nose because it’s cold out. But get warm and that runny nose quickly disappears. Sometimes your runny nose results from a flu virus you

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