All posts by Rayna Young

About Rayna Young

Rayna Young is a Certified Raw Food Chef & Instructor living in Canmore and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has been teaching and preparing foods in public and private industry for more than 17 years. As a former school teacher, Aesthetician and Spa Owner, Rayna has always been interested in providing instruction and hands on guidance in helping others. Interested in all components of body mind and spirit, the journey to wellness is always reciprocal. Certified through Alissa Cohen and the Raw Foundation, Rayna also received a graduate certificate in Self-Awareness, Sustainability and Well-Being at the University of Calgary and various other Holistic Foods Courses with David Wolfe and The Light Cellar. Rayna is the Owner and Head Chef at Healthy Funky Foods. Aside from having the pleasure of creating delicious and wellness boosting dishes for her customers, she teaches whole-food cooking classes, workshops, lunch and learns, runs juice feast cleanses and 30-day raw food challenges.

Whole Food Vegan Challenge

Have you been looking for an easy way to make healthy changes to your diet? Do you have a friend or loved one who needs  meals that are ready to eat…with their dietary restrictions looked after? In the world today: time is precious, funds are scarce, allergies and sensitivities are no longer the exception.  People want to eat clean food that doesn’t take long to prepare, and it must taste and look AMAZING! No problem… Healthy Funky .

The big sleep debate

The amount of sleep one needs varies from person to person. That said, many people don’t even realize how sleep deprived they are or the changes that result from too much or too little hours in la-la-land. I know what happens to me and yet I put myself and my business in danger by ignoring the “rule.” I need 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Obviously more if I toss and turn or .

Slowly but surely this website is getting updated.

Thank you for your willingness to phone or email when you have questions. Signing up for the newsletter is the easiest way to receive new information until the website is refreshed. It is, however, a tool to see a glimpse of past programs and blog posts that might spark a discussion or some further interest in improving your current lifestyle. Love yourself…you’re worth it!

When Passion = Pest

Time and time again I get encouragement from customers, friends and strangers. They tell me to follow my passion, continue my teachings, drive change and live my dreams. My passion around healthy foods and lifestyle choices often drives me crazy. I am SO passionate that I want everyone around me to share in my desire for healthy options and no “crap” alternatives. After having surgery on my mouth last Friday I have been blessed .

I’m Addicted and I’m Ready to Admit It

I have wanted to write about this for some time now. Maybe it was the disbelief, maybe it was the guilt or maybe it was the embarrassment around the very addiction I lecture my family about staying away from. I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR. (There, I said it.) Now that it’s on “paper,” I am making it my goal to not let it run my life. Affect my life, yes, because acknowledging the fact .

What’s In Your Kitchen?

When you decided to go raw did you think about the change in how you use your kitchen… If you are like I was, I took the new raw concept by the horns. I walked into the kitchen and saw all of the things I would no longer have use for. I saw space that needed to be freed, and I saw tools that never needed to be stored or scrubbed again…EVER That said, .

What a sight!

The food we put on our tables, and in our bellies is often not as colorful or well presented as we would like. Reasons for this range from: a lack of time/energy/thought – culinary skill. Do yourself a favor and prepare your plates as you would like to find them at a fancy restaurant in a tropical paradise-it will change your life. I’m not kidding when I say that. The food on a plate .

Building strong families by helping others.

As a parent, I look for opportunities to guide my children through life’s lessons. I don’t always have the same experience as what they might be going through but the messages are often still relevant (otherwise I get the look like, “how is this supposed to help me?” or “Mom, you just don’t understand.”) There are those times as well where I wish that some of the trials and tribulations of growing up would .

How do we “live life?”

This is an age old question that can be answered in many ways. What does it mean to live? Is it breathing? Is it working? Is it learning or teaching others? Is it feeling “well?” or just not “ill?” Is it making memories and stories that will continue beyond your time on this earth? The 21st Century has brought with it, a world of constant change, mobility and immediacy. The word need stands in .

Who likes to spend countless hours in the kitchen everyday?

Most people prepare meals for themselves, their families or the public. If you are a single-parent…or feel like one… you may find that all of the food preparation is done by you. Unless you love to be in the kitchen, this responsibility can become a recipe for nutritional disaster in the form of take-out and fast food. I am one of those people who love being in the kitchen. I think it’s fun to .