Dec/Jan 2015

Life Story

Valerie Maltais

Subscribers Only — At 6 years of age, Valerie Maltais tried on speed skates, gingerly putting one blade on the ice and then the other. “I was so afraid of being on those long blades. I was doing figure skating before then but racing was completely different,” recalls the Quebec native, now 24. Maltais knows what her body needs due to a personal history of digestive problems. Here, the 5-foot, 4-inch athlete talks about her special diet and how she keeps herself healthy and in top form.   More...

Lifestyle Q&A - Anxious about the Holidays

I dread the holidays. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, I try to take control by asking everyone in my family and my husband’s to come to our house. Since I’m gluten intolerant and my husband has trouble with dairy, it just makes sense for us to handle the meal planning and cooking. You’d think everyone would agree to this arrangement since it’s easier for them. Not so. Our parents and siblings still insist on rotating Thanksgiving and Christmas locations, so we wind up just waiting to get sick in the middle of the family celebration. Help!   More...