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We're recently retired and taking up the RV lifestye. We''ll use this blog to tell our story about our retirement, travels, adventures and our new business.

What we’ve learned about the Gut Microbiome

We attended a session by Dr. Mitra Ray called Who Should Eat several weeks ago.

The strange title kind of intrigued us. She spoke of the gut micro biome that I’d never heard of. Della and I have spent the last ten years on improving our health. This is the first time its come up.

Mitra Ray Crowd
She drew a large crowd
She told us about the rise in autoimmune diseases that’s reaching epidemic proportions. The list of diseases associated with the micro-biome is huge and includes:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Breast cancer
  • Celiac
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Crohns
  • Depression
  • Food allergies
  • Hypertension
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lupus
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s
  • Prostate Cancer

Autoimmune disease on the rise

Dr. Ray contends that a healthy gut biome is critical to our good health. If you have ever been born by cesarean, used antibiotics, eaten gluten, sugary foods, fish, diary, milk regularly, did not play outdoors in the dirt as a child you may not have a strong micro-biome. Look at your micro-biome as a lawn. If you kill the lawn what grows back, weeds.

All diseases begin in the Gut – Hippocrates

You can repair your biome by taking probiotics which contain helpful bacteria like yogurt or supplements. But, you cant buy your micro biome, its specific to your body. The second way is to feed it which she considers the most powerful. Lastly, you can attempt to replace it.

Dr. Ray is a strong proponent of a plant based diet. Della and I are finding our health improves as we consume more and more plants. I doubt that we’ll ever completely move to a plant based diet. However, our portions of beef, chicken, fish are much smaller than they once were.

We’ve learned that the phyto-nutrients (plant nutrients) working in synergy with each other can repair the damage to your body. This is unlike the man made chemicals in vitamins.

Dr. Ray presented a similar talk in Birmingham last year.

YouTube video




What’s new in 2017?

We’re looking forward to the challenges of the new year. We’re wishing you all the good health and success you’re hoping for in 2017.

We just talked this morning about what we did well and what needs some tweaking.

  1. Della and I will continue to work on our health this year. We will use our Tower Garden to grow fresh vegetables. This is a current picture of our Tower Garden. The Garden sits in our basement. The temperature outside this morning in Cochrane, Alberta is -25 C and snow is 14 cm deep. We will get Chard and Kale for our morning smoothies and several types of lettuce for our dinner salad for two from this lone Tower Garden for the six months. There are a couple herbs in this winters planting.


2. We like to go on regular Shred 10’s to reset our metabolisms after the Christmas/New Year’s celebrations or other times when we feel out of sorts. The rules are simple and we’ve learned anyone can do this for just 10 days

  • add more real food including substituting Juice Plus complete shakes for two meals a day and taking Juice Plus Trio capsules.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • drink more water
  • eliminate caffeine, alcohol, gluten, dairy, artificial and refined sugars, eating after 6:00 PM
  • exercise your body.

After the shred we feel less bloated and have more energy, better sleep and better mental clarity. Lessons learned for us:

  • its only 10 days,
  • much easier when there’s a community for support
  • don’t beat yourself up if you are not perfect; you will do better tomorrow.

For more info on Shred10 from our friend Michelle Ball click on this link. Shred10 Intro

If this interests you let us know. We have a tips document we can send you. We’ll be starting another in January and the support of others makes success much easier.

3. We plan on returning to Williams Lake. BC in the RV this April. We want to spend more time visiting going to and from. So we may go through Montana on the way west and through Prince George on the way home.

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4. Continuing our education:

  • We will attend at least two conferences this year. The first is called Banff BeaverTail. There’s going to be some very high profile, exciting speakers so were looking forward to it. Besides it’s in Banff.
  • The second Conference is in Kelowna. Another destination site for us. Just as important, the speakers are wonderful.
Rimrock Hotel Banff and the Bow Valley

5. Home renovations. We plan on taking on some renovations on our own now that we have the health and time. Our deck needs new skirting and our sunshine kitchen is pretty dated. Della has some ideas for crafts. I’m developing my skills with power tools.

6. We want to stay in touch with old friends and develop new ones. We had a wonderful Holiday season having a lot of family and friends in our home in Cochrane.

7.  We have a new product in our line called Community Garden. This is comprised of 12 Tower Gardens. We’ll be exploring local opportunities in this exciting area.


Please comment and like. If you have any questions we’d love to have a discussion. 

One Simple Change

Della and I have been on many diets. At one time, we thought that losing weight was the end goal. We tried many different types of diets and had some short term success. But over time, we fell back into old habits and the weight came back, and then some.

But a couple of years ago our doctor recommended we take a year long Health Basics course from the Red Deer Primary Network. We learned that health is not about simply loosing weight but about changing our lifestyle. I now have a mantra “Food is just fuel.” That does help with emotional eating.

Other lessons learned are:

  • We use small plates rather than large ones. It tricks the mind but it does work.
  • We serve from the stove rather than from the table. You’re less likely to have seconds if the food is not in front of you.
  • We have a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal. This helps to sway the feeling of hunger. It also reduces my joint pain.
  • We exercise every other day.
  • We get at least 7, preferably 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • We go on regular shreds or the longer Transform programs when we have functions to attend.
  • We’ve both become entrepreneurs and become marketing arms of the Juice Plus+ company. We believe in “living the mission”.
  • We’ve become aeroponic gardeners so that we have fresh vegetables all year long for smoothies, salads and snacks.
  • We’ve become more involved in our community
  • We visit friends and family far more often. We’ve expanded our friendships to include more people with a positive, health conscious, entrepreneurial  lifestyle.
  • Lastly, we’ve learned to go easy on ourselves. We know we’re not perfect and on days we don’t eat right, it’s Ok we will do better tomorrow. Follow the 80 – 20 rule. Our goal is to live healthier the rest of our lives, not just the next 30 days.

We’ve learned that the road to better health and subesequent weight loss is accomplished by changing your lifestyle one simple change at a time. It’s not short term but it can be done.

Watch this video where several Doctors and medical professionals expand on one simple change.

One Small Change

Riley and Amy’s wedding this past September

Planning our Winter Aeroponic Garden

We’ve started our winter aeroponic garden. Our first planting is sprouting well and they are ready to go in the Tower Garden.

Planting a garden does take some planning. Planning an indoor  vertical garden that grows during a Canadian Winter takes a little more. Building on our first experience last summer, we’ve cut down the number of Tomatoes we plant to two. We also used this handy planning guide.

Tower Garden Planning

Our Zucchini is ready to be transferred. The rest are very close. Very soon we should have a garden that supplies fresh ingredients for our salads and smoothies.

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7 Health Truths We Wish We Knew in Our 20’s

I’ll speak for myself here when I say I made alot of poor health decisions when I was young. Like most young people I thought I was immortal and nothing would ever go wrong. If someone had taken me aside, I may not have listened.

Thankfully, I have been able to recover from a heart incident 9 years ago. That was my first clue. A second came when my parents passed away. I’ve learned ways to make my retirement much more enjoyable.

So in someone else’s word here are some of the tips I’ve learned.

7 Health Truths We Wish We Knew in Our 20s – ABC News

What’s next

We both feel a little off as a result of the summer in the RV and not focusing as much on our health. Sometimes, its out of your control and this was one of those times. So we’re going to do better and start with a 10 day shred.

We we’re recently at a dinner party and received two comments about how much better we look. So we’re not doing bad but we know we can do better.


We keep it pretty simple and concentrate on:

  • being Hydrated by drinking 2 liters of water daily.
  • Moving our bodies (30 minutes daily)
  • eat real food. We substitute Complete shakes for 2 meals a day. We make sure our plates contain lots of orange and green. We snack on vegetables.
  • getting at least 7, preferable 8 hours of sleep every night.

Pretty simple right. Anyone can do this for 10 days. Care to join us? Contact us at