Healthy People – 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).
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