Yip yip Canada Day is here! If you're off to the cottage or hanging with the fam, planning around all the food needs can seem like a total pain, but it's not impossible. You know we're all about what you DO eat and less about what you DON'T eat. Food is personal, don't we know it, but all of us feel better when eating fresh veggies and fruits on the regular. So enjoy your weekend with friends, indulge if you choose, just eat/drink your greens too. Make a couple of big jars of smoothies before you leave, they'll keep for 3 to 4 days refrigerated and ensure you're keeping your system moving and nourished. Cottage Buddy  3-4 bunches of bok choy 2 organic carrots 1" peeled ginger 1 lemon, juiced 1 red delicious organic apple 1 bosc organic pear 1 tbsp hemp oil 1 tray ice cubes  2 cups filtered water Blend all ingredients except ice until smooth, add ice and blend again quickly. Now have fun and enjoy the sun. Oh and The Weekender is another great travel smoothie recipe.

I took a trip down to Sedona this weekend, what a place! By far one of the most beautiful locations I've been. Elaina Love, our wonderful tour guide, started at Chapel of the Holy Cross which is a surreal church built into the Sedona mountain side, she then lead us on a hike up Cathedral Rock, followed by a high vibrational lunch at The Chocolate Tree which included the most amazing raw chocolate made by Jeffery Botticelli with 100 year old tea leaves ... we were wired afterward as they were unlike any chocolate I've had before. We stopped at a gem shop then off for a quick walk to check out a vortex and finally made our way to Harding Spring to bottle our own water, it was clean, crystal clear and delicious. What was most amazing (other than all that awesome stuff mentioned above) was how the surroundings totally changed over a two hour ride from Scottsdale. From scorching heat and cactus to giant red rock buttes with lush green forest to white mountains, pine trees and chilly temperatures by the spring. It really was fantastic. By the time I got back to the house I was on sensory overload and needed a long walk under the full harvest moon to relax. I highly recommend spending time in Sedona if you have the chance, it's very special. I've included lots of links above, click on all the purple words for more pictures and info!

Photo Cred Lisa I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Tree of Life in Patagonia, AZ this weekend. When you enter the world of raw food, the Tree is spoken of as a bit of a mystical place. The group of ladies from Pure Joy Academy took the three hour drive from Scottsdale to indulge in an incredible buffet of THE best raw, vegan, living foods. Most of which is grown on the Tree of Life property and all prepared on site. We were then treated to a lovely lesson on sprouting and juicing our own wheatgrass. And finally we were lead up to the labyrinth for a meditative walk about... which requires another post all to itself. The surrounding area is stunning! Just a short distance from the Mexican border, the hills are lush and green, scattered with agave plants and mesquite trees. Not at all what I was expecting of Arizona. Butterfies flutter about the clinic and the gardens are gorgeous and fragrant. The area is so green it actually casts a green hue on everything... which feels very appropriate. I must admit, while I knew I'd never been anywhere like this I quickly realized just how true that was, so much peace and beauty. The staff and guests were gracious and dedicated to holistic living and to know so many people have been healed in all aspects by Dr. Gabriel Cousens just furthers my belief that change is underway. If you're into films here is the trailer for Simply Raw, it all takes place at the Tree and is worth watching.

I love my docs. While in Tucson, AZ this weekend I went to a screening of May I Be Frank at The Loft which is a fantastic, nonprofit, local theater that serves organic popcorn with organic veggie oil. Can you believe that! The event was organized by Shop Organic, they had a bunch of raw food vendors set up, and the screening was followed by a question and answer period with Frank Ferrante himself. It's a moving yet entertaining film. I highly recommend checking it out if you're unsure of the cause of your poor state of mind, excess weight, health issues and/or general malaise. Or if you're up for an inspiring, feel good story, with a highly likeable and charismatic main character. Plus knowledge fuels change... you know you want it. Click here for doc's website.

I'm very excited to be enroute to Scottsdale, Arizona right now! I'm heading down to work with Elaina Love while she facilities her phenomenal 3 week raw chef certification, followed by a 1 week juice fast and liver flush. I was lucky enough to attend Pure Joy Academy in Bali, Indonesia in April of this year, it was one of the greatest experiences. It changed everything and I've since chosen to remain on a high raw diet, which has been pretty easy since Elaina teaches close to 300 recipes over the three weeks, and her partner Chris Whitcoe covers a ton of information regarding nutrition and the science behind diet and food. I'll update the goods from AZ with loads of great information to share. I will be hosting Elaina October 16 and 17 in Toronto. She will be teaching a raw Mexican and Desserts class. You haven't had good food, until you've had Elaina Love's food! More information to come, email me if you're interested in attending... info (at) thegoodsisgood.com