As time goes on I find it’s not where you are physically but who surrounds you. This town is really made of incredible people. Yeah the scenery and recreation are next level but it wouldn’t be the same if you were all jerks. This community has open arms and a huge heart. What this town has taught me is to honour who I am, with all of the great, the good and the not so good. The ups and downs of chairlifts and life lessons. That sounds incredibly cheese-ball but I became who I wanted to be here. I grew up with this hunger to please people and this meant custom packaging myself to each scenario or group I was with, I became this chameleon, always protecting myself from not fitting in. I have moved a lot in my life and had to make friends over and over. Maybe you can relate somehow with a new job or having kids and going to parent meetings? Being in Fernie taught me that it’s not about fitting in but rocking yourself and finding friends along that journey. Thanks to the people who have touched me in this town, you know who you are. For everyone else who lives here or visitors, please let your hair down, enjoy this Fernie lifestyle and wink at the mountains for me! Thank you for the person I have become here.
Enough of the warm fuzzies, let’s talk food. September is when life gets back to the groove of routine. Mornings get busier and by the time everyone gets out the door your coffee is cold and you haven't eaten breakfast. I have a fun solution. Breakfast really, is a very important meal. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you do not eat, you allow your blood sugars to crash and the rest of the day you play catch up, craving sugars or stimulants - which only perpetuate this spike and crash routine. The equation for a good breakfast is to incorporate protein and fats. These two macro-nutrients help stabilize your blood sugars by slowly releasing the sugars instead of a big spike and crash. Keeping your body balanced helps with concentration and avoids getting tired in the afternoon lull. This muesli recipe is fun and quick to prepare. It also works great for travelling and camping! Most cereals and instant oatmeal have a lot of processed grains and sugars. In this recipe the fiber, healthy proteins and fats from the whole rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds and nuts will help keep you fuller longer and give you the energy needed for your morning! The secret to this recipe is making a bunch of individual dry mix packages so you eliminate the prep for next time. I will be eating this on my move across the country to ensure a healthy whole food morning.