Healthy People – Troy Edwards

Healthy People – Troy Edwards

Troy Edwards


This weeks post on Healthy People is on Troy Edwards.

I had the fun of running down and taking pictures while the domes were being brought to life and I can’t wait to see them full of life once planting starts!!

It’s been a pleasure getting to know Tory and Sharon over these past few months while coming and going to the coast – the energy that these two people have is very special and I know that it will go into all the plants and food that will be soon growing.  I look forward to getting my own dome one day and seeing many more around!!


Q  –  What got you started on the health path?


I have been on it since I was 21 years old.  I got really sick after using drugs and alcohol, I got offered a job in a health food store and it was like I was born again!

Soon afterwards I got into farming organics and biodynamically and that lasted over 14 years.  Then I trained as a Nutrition Consultant and had my own practice for over 15 years in Vancouver, Hawaii, Colorado and California.

I love the basic and simple things with real food.

Q  –  What does health mean to you?

I’m not interested in good / bad or right / wrong, – I’m interested in what best supports you in food nutrition and of course exercise.

I’ve always had gardens and grown some of my own food.

Q  –  What took you in this direction since Domes are quite unique?

Last summer we stayed with friends that had a huge garden and I realized that I love being with food and growing food, I got tired of doing all the supplement things and wanted to go back to basics.

We  began to wonder how we could do something better in this world.  We also wanted to grow nutrient dense food year round, and we knew we wanted to do that on the Sunshine Coast.   We also wanted to include educating people and encouraging them to have their own year round growing space.

So fast forward and here we are today, we just got two domes set up and we are starting it!!

These are great as we can help anyone do it  even with limited growing space- with the smaller one and the bigger one will be more commercial as it can hold it can hold 20 vertical towers that can grow 880 plants on less than 400 square feet.  It’s a more sustainable model, reduction in water and of course good soil.

We want to help create less of a foot print in the world.  It’s awesome we have organic food available yet it still travels, sometimes 1000’s of miles, packaging, food is usually picked underripe and it’s mass produced.

The domes extend growing times to 9 – 10 months a year with light and heat year round.


Q  –  If you could share some advice for people getting started on the health path what would it be?

I would advise to focus on as much nutrient dense, live, real foods and minimally processed as much as possible.  I would reduce carb intake and increase healthy foods and healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, hemp oil, flax oil.  Sugar is the biggest culprit followed by salty and crunchy foods that are not good for us – they are usually high in calories, bad fats and low in nutrients.  People these days are eating too much proteins and carbs which convert into fats.

I haven’t had to go to a doctors in 40 years.  When I do go now it’s for diagnostics information so I can then go and research ways through foods, supplementation etc.

I feel brain food is very important – that is highly quality good fats and nutrient dense foods – rich in minerals and trace minerals which most people are low in or don’t even get.  Minerals allow conductivity in the brain and the brain needs that plus good fats and water.  Keeping the body hydrated is also very important – good clean water.

Movement is also important – stretching, breath works, exercise, mindful practice and quiet time in the day.


Q  –  What is part of your daily health routine that you just won’t miss?

I think Vitamin N is very important – Nature – spending time in nature – fresh air and more!

Q  –  Anything else you would like to add?

Supplements are called supplements as they serve a purpose for a time not forever.

Our dome projects just getting started, we don’t even have a website up yet.

(when Troy does I will put it in here or please feel free to contact Troy on FB to ask him any questions).


Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share!!







I was never a big  juice fan before.  Not even juice you buy in some sort of container have I ever been a big fan of.

I have decided to start juicing more lately in my life and I am really enjoying it.  What a great way to get alot of

extra nutrients, vitamins, minerals but most importantly enzymes.

I have been mixing them up and creating some very good juices that I can feel the benefits right away from.

If you don’t have a juicer, don’t worry, you can blend it up in your blender and use a strainer into a bowl.

Then don’t throw out the pulp, use it to make crackers with or for your dog…..yes dog.  My dog loves it. I don’t give  him cabbage or onions but I mix in some ground flax, some ground organic meat and he is happy!!

Green Juices                                    handful of parsley                                    or                             1/4 cabbage

apple                                                                                                4 – 5 kale leaves

carrot                                                                                              bunch of lettuce

1/4 cabbage

handful of spinach

Drink up and enjoy, just a quicker way of getting more nutrition into your beautiful body.

Organic is the best choice if possible and don’t forget to wash the veggies!!

Drink up!


Stress and Food

Do you ever think that the two are related??

Didn’t someone say once ‘let food be thy medicine’???

After reading this article in the Globe and Mail, Our Busy Life is Making You Sick, I really linked a few things together in my life.  I say that, as I have been going through a major transition in my life and the stress levels are high, actually have been for about 2 years now.  No wonder I have been feeling tired so much!!!

Stress……..fight or flight…….real or not, doesn’t matter.

I also have been looking at patterns in my life, especially around food.  When I am stressed how do I react?  Well sometimes by drinking some wine, oh that relaxing state, can I get it another way?? Yes!! Food…..well I realize that for me, food has played a big role in how I handle stress, I either sustain from food or use it as a comfort, don’t want to feel so I eat or don’t.  You know, that knot or anxious feeling in the stomach???  Stress!!

Restrictive or over indulgence…….not a good picture of health.  This time, realizing that stress plays a major role in the health of your body, I am approaching it quite differently  and it feels oh so much better.

I am eating regularly, making sure I get lots of nutrition from my food.  Eating alot of variety, through out the day, and even when I’m not hungry so to speak as I know I need the nutrition, my body is tired. Stress can be related to so many diseases.

I am juicing, adding super foods, getting out in the sunshine whenever the sun is shining, taking time to connect with nature, some deep breathing, meditating and getting back to doing yoga.  It all helps.  How you are living each day, each moment, eating and thinking, without judgement are huge!!

I can feel the difference.  It doesn’t happen over night, but each day brings more vitality, clarity and a feeling of over all more health.

The more I give my body proper food, therefore proper nutrition, the better it is feeling.  The better it is thinking.  The better it is preforming.

The more I decide to have a healthy relationship with food, the better I feel.  Food should be your medicine, your friend……..not something you abuse or fear.  It should be real.

Have a look at your life, your way of eating and your relationship with your food and yourself.  Are you eating or not eating to feel or not feel certain emotions or are you eating to be and feel healthy?

Give it some thought and remember you deserve only the best……..are you giving yourself that???

Also, if you haven’t checked out the FREE videos put out by 30 Days Raw, then I highly recommend doing so. Tons of information in the short videos. David Wolfe comes out tomorrow, so click the link below and check them out!!

Take the time.

Have a better than great day!!!


Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

OMG!! This is sooooo good, you won’t believe it’s raw!!!!

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake


1 cup almonds (dry)

3/4 cups pecans (dry)

6 dates

1 – 2 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

Put all together in a food processor and blend till still chunky yet will stick together. Put into a spring form pan or glass oblong dish.  Spread out evenly and press down, I used the back of a spatula.  Press firm but not too hard.


3 cups raw cashews (soaked at least approx 4 hours if you are using whole, if pieces you can soak less time)

squeeze 1/2 lemon

3/4 cup honey

2 tbsp lecithin

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup cacao butter melted down

Put all together in a Vitamix or blender.  I recommend if using a blender to put all ingredients together in a bowl, mix up then put 1/3 of the mixture in the blender at a time and blend till smooth (if you use all of it at once it may be too much on a blender).  When the mixture is smooth pour on top of crust.

Now with the last 1/3 of the mixture, add 3 – 4 tbsp of cacao powder and blend up until smooth, then pour on top of the white mixture in the middle. With a chopstick or something similar , insert it in the mixture and begin to move it around to make a swirl.   It is important to know when to stop, but practice will get you better at it.

Put into freezer for a couple of hours and then it can hold in fridge if you prefer.  I found that it was better in the freezer as it was almost tasted like an ice cream cake and in the fridge it was a bit soft.  If you would like to keep it in the fridge instead that is fine but it will be softer, you can also increase the cacao butter to 1/2 cup and the coconut oil decrease to 1/4 cup and then it will hold in the fridge better.  Either way, it is yummy!!!



Macadamia Beet Dip

Macadamia Beet Dip

Easy, Healthy and Good!!

1-2 Beets chopped up (big chunks)

1/4 cup macadamia nuts

juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove

celtic sea salt to taste

Put everything in the blender or Vitamix and blend up till smooth.

Adjust to taste (maybe a little pinch more of salt or garlic).

Great for dipping endive leaves into, or flax cracker or carrots or whatever you choose!!



Cleansing Green Soup

I have been playing around with the basis of this soup with different vegetables, but the other night I made an amazing one, too bad I didn’t record the actual measurements.  I usually don’t measure, I just throw things in the blender!  But here is basically what I added, play a little with the quantities to your liking, but this soup is so good and full of lots of nutrients, enzymes and vitamins.

– big handful of spinach

-1/2 cup sprouts

-1 – 2 cloves of garlic

-juice of 1/2 lime

-pinch sea salt

-some dulse

-1/2 avocado

-approx 3/4 cup water (or Rejuvelac which is what I used and will be going into that next post)

some cilantro (or parsley or whatever else you would prefer)

Blend all up until a smooth consistency and garnish with chopped green onion or what you would like.

I found this soup to be very cleansing and energizing.  (After a long day at the mall with the girls!! lol)


Hanging in the Mall….

Wow, it’s September already, where did the summer go??
I was in the mall the other day with four teenage girls, so off they went their way to go shopping and I had a little work to do, so I headed to the food court. We were in Vancouver in a big mall and the food court was a good size too. I have to admit, one of my things I love to do, quirky I know but I love to people watch and I guess because where we live, it is so much quieter and really no malls to hang out in, it was rather interesting this day.
I was amazed at seeing what foods were available and what people were eating (ok I like checking out grocery carts too in groceries stores, I know kind of weird, there is no judgement just curiosity at what people eat!!).
One thing I find interesting is how the sizes have gotten bigger over the years. Remember when, ok I am going to date myself here, but a small drink was about a 6 oz size and a large was maybe 12 or 14 oz? Well, it seems a small starts there…….and I have to ask, who needs that much sugar and junk in one sitting?? And what is the size of a large?? 32 oz and that is not the biggest for some places. In the states it only gets worse…..FREE refills!!!
And the cookies, remember the ones mom used to bake ( or someone at home), and they would fit into the palm of your hand and now they are the size of frisbees!!! But I only ate one cookie, I don’t understand why I can’t lose weight or feel crappy we hear now a days!!
Ok, I am being a little cynical here, but it was interesting watching what people were eating, totally emotionless and so many people, and this part I found rather interesting, had no sparkle to their face or eyes, it was like they were going through the motions of just eating.
Now, maybe it was just the day I was there, or the time or whatever. It made me wonder how many people really associate what they eat with how they look and feel and live life. And what we label as ‘food’. It made me realize how out of touch so many of us are with our food and health being connected.
Maybe I’m just going crazy or don’t get into the big city enough, or ahead of the times, but what ever happened to real food. We seem to have lost it somewhere.
Love to hear your thoughts!!

Here’s to Your Health

Raw Lime Cheesecake

Raw Lime Cheesecake

You can make this in a regular spring form cheesecake pan or even an oblong glass dish.


11/2 cups almonds

6-8 medjool dates

1 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

Process in processor until crumbly and can stick together. May need to scrap down sides of processor a few times.

Put the mixture in the bottom of the pan and spread evenly. Press down with hand or spatula to set it.


3 cups raw cashews soaked in water for at least 2 hours

1 cup fresh organic lime juice (approx 6-8 limes)

3/4 cup raw honey

3/4 cup melted coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

Mix all ingredients together.  If you are using a processor it may take a bit to mix all to a smooth consistency.  A narrow base blender is probably not the best choice to use.  If you don’t have a Vitamix, a processor a wider base blender is the best choice, it just may take a little longer to get a nice smooth consistency.

If you want to make it a little greener in color, add in a handful of spinach.  In doing so, you may need to increase the amount of lime juice or it may be too thick. (Another way of getting a little more greens in their diet especially to those you love who may not always get enough!!)

Once all ingredients are blended to a smoothness, pour over the crust and put into fridge for a couple of hours to set.


David Wolfe

A few weeks ago I found out that David Wolfe would be in Vancouver for a few days doing a few different seminars.  I was quite familiar with his name and being a leading expert in nutrition and a ‘raw foodist’ but I really didn’t know much else about him.  He was doing a lecture on Thursday evening and I called a friend to see if she would be interested, which she was, so I said what the heck, lets go.

Well, I was in for a little bit of a surprise I will admit, so much so, that after Thursday nights talk,  I signed up for the all day event this past Saturday and am I ever glad I did!! (Friday’s was sold out already…..)

Not only is David very knowledgeable and passionate about health, nutrition & raw foods but also funny, friendly and full of life.  He knows his stuff and is a wealth of information talking about things that make sense yet we don’t stop and really think about them.

Saturdays talk went into more detail about super foods and super herbs, which I must say living in the rain forest, I am able to go out in my backyard and pick some of these herbs and use,now how cool is that!!??

David was joined by Gabrielle Brick, who brought in elements of self love and emotional eating, and she just filled in some pieces for me that had been missing. Her honesty and vulnerability yet non-judgemental approach was dynamite. Actually both brought to me a few pieces I was missing to my healthy and raw journey so I was really excited to be part of this event ( like you can’t see it in my face here in the photos………..!!!!).

We had an amazing lunch served up by Organic Lives here in Vancouver, thank you Preet and your team, it was awesome!

If ever you get a chance to attend or hear either one speak, go, it will be well worth it.
Remember, You Are What You Eat!!

Here’s to Your Health


Raw Creamy Cashew & Carrot Soup

Yes it’s summer but I felt like something different and this turned out well even cold!!  This is very quick and easy to make.

Raw Creamy Cashew & Carrot Soup

1/2 cup cashews ( I soaked them for about 15 mins – it’s optional)

2 good size carrots chopped up

1 garlic clove

1/2 tsp sea salt

juice of 1/2 lemon

approx 1 cup water

I added some chili peppers also, this of course is optional, I like to add a little spice!!

Blend all until smooth

Pour into bowl and add garnish if desired.

Here I added a little cut up green onion, parsley and avocado ( off set the chili peppers!!) cilantro would be nice or anything else you would like.

Serve and enjoy!!

Please feel free to share.

To Your Health


Hunger Pains

What truly are hunger pains??
I am not sure if too many Canadians or Americans could would know, I mean we might know what is it to feel hunger but
real hunger or hunger pains…….I doubt it, just look around.
I have started on a cleanse, detox, fast or whatever else we want to call it, but no food. I have done some in the past and have only been successful a few times lasting about 7 days.
I usually start out with good intentions but go off of it. Why am I sharing this with you? Well, I have been experiencing
real hunger pains, and living in a house with four people who aren’t fasting, well lets say it’s been interesting. But also very different this time, as I feel very different about doing it this time.
I have decided to sit with the hunger and just pay attention to what comes up, or be aware of usually how I would easily reach for food before even when I might not be hungry. I am realizing that I have eaten when I’m bored, stressed, anxious and because it’s time or because I really don’t want to feel some emotion, but not really listening to when I am really hungry. That is the best time to eat.
Always have a glass of water first, and then if you’re still hungry….EAT.
Think about it and just pay attention over the next couple of days and be aware of when and how often you reach for food and if it’s real hunger.
Food can be a BIG divergence!!

Love to hear your thoughts below

Heres to your Health!!