All tagged Health & Wellness

I Am Mentally Sound

On Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2018 I received numerous messages from various individuals who usually ostracize me with regards to mental health, contacting me and pretending to be concerned. In 2019, during Bell Let’s Talk Day, I made sure to turn my phone off. I did not want to be an object that people use for a day so they could feel like a caring individual. In Jamaica, where I grew up, “mental illness” does not exist—you are either considered sane or mad, and frankly, no one wants to be associated with a mad person. Mental disorders exist in Canada, but it would seem as if it is only recognized if a person is diagnosed by a qualified professional.

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John Kemp’s Kitchen: A More Interesting Fruit Salad

Once again, we’ve come to the end of the school year at Glendon and, despite the still somewhat unpredictable weather, the hazy lazy days of summer are fast approaching. Now over the past few years, we’ve seen some pretty remarkable summer temperatures, getting as high as over forty degrees. How, then, are we to refresh ourselves in this blistering heat?

In this last John Kemp’s Kitchen, John delights us with a refreshing fruit salad recipe.

Draped in Red Flags

In my last relationship, I ignored the glaring red flags I saw in my partner. After each one would reveal itself and after each subsequent argument, my partner would insist that he wanted a fresh start; a clean slate. He wanted to walk out of the room like it never happened, preventing me from bringing the same issues up again. I ignored, and eventually forgot, about the red flags, becoming oblivious to the pattern of his controlling and angry behaviour.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Paella

Paella has become quite popular even in the U.S. and Canada in recent years and for that reason I thought I’d share with you a recipe I’ve used a number of times when I’ve wanted to make the dish myself. This recipe has been adapted from

Why Self-Care is More Than Just Mindless Capitalism

“Self-care.” It has been a buzzword for a few years now, often mocked and just as often used unironically. Self-care has entered our modern day lexicon, but what is it exactly? Is it aromatherapy? Books on meditation? Drinking enough kombucha to bring probiotic balance to your gut? Or perhaps it’s bath bombs, journals in loopy cursive saying “Embrace Your Dreams,” or escaping to a ski resort. What do all of these things have in common?

Wintering Out Your Health

“Healthy” and “winter” aren’t always the most synonymous words when it comes to living in a relatively cold part of the world. I’ve almost gotten sick twice over these past few months, and the long nights and icy wind don’t necessarily help me to feel upbeat, energetic, or really just myself. So, for those who’ve felt the brunt of winter lethargy and dry sinuses, here’s a short list of things you should try to help yourself out:

Depression First Hand

#BellLetsTalk used to be one of the most uncomfortable days of the year for me. The endless tweets and retweets about checking in on your friends and knowing the signs of an anxiety attack terrified me. I mean, I still participated and used the filters like a “woke” person of my generation would, but it was all just an act. This time around, I’ve decided that I’m trading in the sharades for a more genuine look at mental illness. Here is a small part of my ongoing journey.

Baldwin Naturals : des produits naturels abordables

Les produits pour le corps que nous utilisons quotidiennement contiennent très souvent une liste interminable d’ingrédients chimiques et d’agents de conservation, tels que l’ammonium et plusieurs types de parabènes. Selon les résultats de plusieurs recherches, quoique pas tous ces ingrédients soient nocifs, l’utilisation de produits ayant autant d’ingrédients non naturels à la fois est néfaste pour la santé et affecte, par ailleurs, le bien-être des générations futures. Pour cette raison, on trouve de plus en plus de magasins vendant des produits biologiques à Toronto, tels que Baldwin Naturals.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: French Hot Chocolate

After a not-so-cold winter break (not that anyone’s complaining), I think we’ve all been taken by surprise by the frigid forecasts of the months ahead. If you’ve been watching the news, getting weather alerts, or even going outside at all, you’ll know that the real Canadian winter temperatures are starting to set in.

Manger des aliments de saison, une sage habitude à cultiver

Depuis mon enfance, ma mère m’encourage à manger des produits alimentaires et à inclure à mon alimentation des aliments qui poussent au même moment de l’année où on les mange. Par exemple, on peut manger des courges en été et en automne et des betteraves en hiver. Manger des aliments de saison est une habitude importante à adopter car elle présente des avantages pour la santé et pour la planète, en plus d’être économique

When Love Isn’t Enough: Coping with a Friend’s Suicide

I’m going to skip the obligatory introduction about how tragic and gut-wrenching it is to lose a friend to suicide, because if this article is ever useful to you, you’ll already know that part. I’m writing this article for the living; not for the deceased. I’m writing this article so that you will hopefully have the answers you will be looking for under these circumstances—answers I did not have. So, here are seven pieces of advice I hope you’ll never need.

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John Kemp’s Kitchen: Cooking with Cannabis

About a month ago, the federal government passed bill C-45, the bill legalising recreational cannabis. Since then, despite a number of logistical hurdles, Canadians across the country have been able to legally purchase marijuana in a number of forms including the dried flower, oils, and capsules. The one product category, however, that hasn’t been legalised for sale by the government is that of edible cannabis. For this reason, I’ve got a bit of a curveball for you all this issue—cannabutter.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Breanna’s Breakfast Banana Bread

Waking up for your 9:00 AM classes can be pretty tough, and honestly, we usually only leave ourselves just enough time to get ready and get out of the door, regrettably having to skip breakfast. As we know, being tired and “hangry” tends not to be the best combination for an enjoyable start to the day. This banana bread has saved me countless times in the morning while looking to grab something quick, homemade, and nutritious.

Cognitive Dissonance: The Exploration of the Troubled Self

University and early adulthood in general are a time for exploration. This could take the form of travel, intellectual exploration, finding a new genre of music you like, or even discovering that you just so happen to have a burning passion for mid-12th century gothic architecture. No matter what form it takes, this exploratory phase is crucial in personal development and ultimately, through our beliefs and values, forms who we are.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Minute Meals

As the semester progresses, I’m sure you’ve all been feeling the same pressure I have to keep up with classes, turn in assignments, and prepare for those nasty midterms. Recently, I made a great big pot of this hearty minestrone soup which I’ve certainly appreciated having ready when I get home from school after 9 hours of class. It’s chock-full of vegetables (and is in fact vegetarian with the parmesan; vegan without), making it a great one-bowl meal that’s still full of vitamins and nutrients. Have it with a couple slices of toasted rye and you’ve got yourself a solid weeknight meal.