2012 vegan health vancity

Feed Life, Starve Cancer: Eden MacDonald

I met the delightful Eden MacDonald, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, just before Christmas, thanks to my pals Zach and Ryan at The Juice Truck. Eden runs a blog, consultations and several education programs called "Feed Life, Starve Cancer," which she built out of her passion for health education and her own experience with cancer. This past week Eden invited, Zach, Ryan and I to be her guests at Organic Lives for a three-hour intensive session called "Set Yourself Up For Success," an introductory class filled with guidance, tools and recipes to help incorporate healthy, cancer-fighting behaviours into your life.

Eden making hemp milk - takes less than 3 minutes! Sorry AlmondFresh, but we're over.

I didn't know what to expect from a three-hour nutrition class, and frankly, I was a little dubious that I would have the time or energy to build any strict regimes into my daily routine. But I loved it! Eden is clearly an expert on her subject, and her passion and enthusiasm shine through. She made reams of information accessible, and even entertaining, and managed to strike just the right balance between personal anecdotes, Q & A, and recipe demos to keep us all engaged.

And the food (all plant-based)? Awesome. Let's just say I'll never look at kale the same way again. And it was easy, too - I really didn't have any excuse not to start making some of Eden's cancer fighting dishes right away - and so I have! Omega 3-filled cereals, green smoothies - and kale, kale, kale!

Eden is offering more classes at Organic Lives this winter - you can check out the schedule here.

The dessert part of the evening - Eden making cacao-chili "Nice Cream" in the Vita Mix.

I may or may not have licked the spoon.