JULIA MURRAY | A Canadian Olympian, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and creator of Jules Fuel Breakfast brings her insight and experience to healthy eating and active living
Julia Murray comes from the stuff of legend. Her father, Dave Murray, was a two-time Canadian Olympic hero, and her mother, Stephanie Sloan, was a 3x Canadian World Champion Freestyle Skier. So I guess it’s no coincidence that Julia followed in her parents' footsteps. Hailing from beautiful Whistler, BC, Julia forged her own path to glory at a young age as a multiple World Cup Medalist for the Canadian National Ski Cross Team. Qualifying for the 2010 Winter Olympics was a dream come true for Julia, but just a few months out from competition, and being one of the heavy favorites to win Gold for Canada, Julia suffered a devastating and complete knee injury. Through grueling physical therapy and aggressive rehab, Julia not only competed for Canada, but unbelievably finished a very respectful 6th.
Julia has now moved on to the next phase of her career and professional life as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is the creator of Jules Fuel! Jules Fuel was born out of Julia’s need for something healthy to eat while travelling the world and often being relegated to heavy foods with little nutritional value. Jules Fuel is a breakfast blend that is natural, organic, vegan and low glycemic.
RANDA MARKOS | Professional MMA Fighter with an incredible success story, bringing you her story, experiences, and advice on how to achieve success as a woman in the MMA
Randa Markos, born in Baghdad, Iraq, raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, has already started to tell a story of triumph, hard work, dedication and heart. A dream came true for Markos in 2014 as she competed in what most would call the toughest challenge in a mixed martial artists' career: The Ultimate Fighter tournament. While performing on the finale's main card, Randa earned herself a "Performance Of The Night" award in her UFC debut. Expect an even bigger 2015 for the "Quiet Storm", as she continues to grow as an athlete and role model inside and out of the UFC's Octagon. Follow Randa on her road to success.
SHANNON VANDERMEER | A mother's tips on healthy eating for kids and the whole family, achieving balance in a hectic day, and finding time for you!
Hello everyone! My name is Shannon Vandermeer. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife and a friend. I have a house and a van (woohoo!), a husband, three children, a dog and seven chickens. Although I grew up in the city, I am a country girl at heart. I love camping and going to the cottage, planting veggies and playing soccer. I enjoy hot tea on a cold day, fresh eggs (hence the seven chickens) and I have a weakness for chocolate (or any candy for that matter).
In the days before children (and my husband), I graduated from the Health Studies program at the University of Waterloo. Now my days are filled with a vast array of mommy-duties and grown-up responsibilities. Hopefully at the end of each day, there's a little time left over for 'me' or at least some time to unwind. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the opportunity to connect with you!
CANDICE GRIFFIN | Creator of eVitality and current medical student, working towards becoming a doctor and here to share her stories, knowledge and experiences as she navigates through the rigours of physician training.
With a keen interest in advocating for healthy eating and active living, Candice developed eVitality while working as an inhouse graphic designer and web designer at Avaria Health & Beauty Corp. The goal: providing customers quality products that promote wellbeing, vitality, and healthy living. Yearning to do more, she then made the commitment to fully pursue a career in healthcare, and began her journey towards becoming a doctor of medicine.
Working almost full time at Avaria and studying full time at the University of Waterloo, Candice was accepted into McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 2015, after earning her Bachelor of Science with minor in Biology. She is currently studying as a full time medical student, while training horses in her spare time and finding a few moments here and there to catch her breath and to spend time with family and friends. Through her blog, she will share her passion, knowledge and experiences that she acquires throughout this exciting chapter of her life.