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Can’t Get Enough

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fat free fries

baby carrots

chia pudding

I love looking at Loni Jane‘s food pics.

Her diet is so colorful, her lifestyle is so gorgeous — plus she does her own photography and loves sharing her plant-based recipes. It’s a win win for everyone. Thanks, Loni!

All photography is by @lonijane on Instagram

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acai smoothie bowl

vegan sushi

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veggie soup

fresh juice

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vegan ice cream

avocado toast

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Rich Roll & Joe Rogan Dish It Out

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This week I am sharing two videos of Rich Roll on The Joe Rogan Experience. Brace yourself, Joe curses a lot, and he doesn’t hold back or censor anything he might be thinking. You might find some of his comments offensive. Also, the conversations between Rich & Joe are long (casual and natural, unedited), so they might be best played while you are doing other things (like making a meal or driving in a car).

Rich Roll is a best-selling author, and a 47 year old highly accomplished ultra-endurance athlete. Men’s Fitness magazine labeled him one of fittest men in the world. His life story is inspirational and impressive. You can read about his journey in his book, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself.

Like Joe Rogan, Rich Roll has his own podcast show, you can find it on iTunes via this link.

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Courageous Biotech Industry Whistleblower & Vigilant Seed Saver: Vandana Shiva

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If you aren’t familiar and totally up to date on the biotech industry whistle blower Vandana Shiva, and the work she is doing, and the lectures she has given — this blog post is for you! If you have followed Vandana Shiva over the years and know her work well, you get a free pass. Good work! See you next time.

With the amount of reading, movies, TV, social eating, internet surfing, chatting, and radio listening we do, there is no reason to not dedicate a few hours to listen to people that are standing for truth and trying to educate the masses. Trust me, the masses need educating. The corporate controlled media has done such a fine job of turning people into zombies, and filling their heads with self serving rhetoric. It’s time to brake free of it. It’s time to get in touch with real people and real issues. That is you, right? You are real, aren’t you? You aren’t some TV commercial or print ad, or zombie citizen, created simply to excessively work and consume constantly, bringing billions to those that monopolize the world — are you?

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker. Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology, she is the author of at least 20 books. Vandana Shiva is also a leader in the International Forum on Globalization. She addressed the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, as well as the World Economic Forum in Melbourne. She won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), and was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. She is the founder of Navdanya, a movement promoting diversity and use of native seeds. Before becoming an activist, she was one of India’s leading physicists. She holds a master’s degree in the philosophy of science and a PhD in particle physics.

Here are three videos that are worth listening to. You don’t need to watch them, just listen to them. I think it’s important.

[I made the digital portrait of Vandana Shiva at the top of the blog post.]

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Empowered by One Change

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“What does one change look like? What is one thing you can do today to improve your health?”, said Sarah Britton (holistic nutritionist, chef & blogger) during her TedTalk in Amsterdam.

I would like to change that to: What is one thing you can do today to improve your life?

Sarah is one example how one change can not only positively impact one life, but many lives (see video embedded below and link posted above.) Every one of us has the DAILY OPPORTUNITY to make a change in our lives — and as a result, change many lives. The world is in the state it is in because of the choices we have made. Do we want to keep choosing in that direction, or do we want to choose something different? The same goes for our individual lives. Do we want to keep them as they are, or do we want to create something better? If I told you that 15 years from now, your life would be EXACTLY as it is, every single part of it the same. sarah+britton+green+smoothieWould you be super happy, or would you feel some disappointment? If you wouldn’t be filled to the brim with joy about it, it means there is room for change. It means that you could feel better, and those around you could too. And if you have the opportunity to create something new on a daily basis, why not accept the opportunity with open arms, and celebrate it with a little courage & gratitude? What would your life look like if you did? What would the world look like if you did?

“With every bite of food we take, we are voting for the way we will look, for the way we will think, and if course the way we will feel. Our food becomes us. Literally.”  – Sarah Britton

I would like to change that to: With every choice we make, we are voting for the way we will look, for the way we will think, and if course the way we will feel. Our life choices become us (creating our self, our life and our world). Literally.

[Photos by Sarah Britton, even better pics on her My New Roots blog. She’s a great photographer! You can also find her on Facebook & Twitter.]

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Super Hot (& Raw) Laura Miller is on Tastemade — Life is Good!

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“Just see it done, feel the happiness & joy and never look back!” said James’ mom on Kickstarter to Laura Miller, as she tried to raise 10,000 dollars to start her business Sidesaddle Kitchen (officially, with a commercial kitchen, permits, etc.) in 2011. Well, James’ mom was right, she exceeded her Kickstarter goal, and she never looked back.

Here we are, 2 years later, and Laura is cookin’ — she is smokin’ hot! Still a raw food chef, of course, but gathering major momentum and loyal followers via her new show Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. She is also on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, on Pinterest, and on Youtube — all as per her grandma’s advice. Her grandma gave her an important note stating the following: “Be forgiving. Have hope & optimism. Have a strong social network. Be grateful [ . . . ]. Stay away from negative people.”

Below is a video response to Youtube comments, Laura Miller is addressing the ‘haters’ & general questions. And underneath the Response to Comments video — tada! — is an episode of her Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. show, on the Tastemade channel. You can now learn how to make your own Kale Chips. Enjoy!

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You Can’t Handle the Truth! GMOs & SOBs & Everyone in Between.

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When I hear about the GMO controversy, my first thought is of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. (See video clip.) To learn more about GMOs, watch Genetic Roulette, watch Seeds of Death, and listen to Jeffrey M. Smith’s research. (Please, don’t be a flake. If you haven’t already, watch the free full-movie links above. Your health is important. Got allergies, skin issues, digestive issues, reproductive issues? Click & watch the links!)

Over the last year I’ve been trying to reduce my food costs. I’ve been buying produce from a local store that is pretty inexpensive. Offering the cheapest prices in our area. But I had some reservations about it over the last two months and I stopped. I decided to go back to buying home grown local (upstate New York) or certified organic produce, that are higher in quality — and of course, higher in price. Much higher.

gmo foodsThe reason I decided to pay more, and buy better quality, is because I think the ‘cheap shop’ is selling GMO produce, and produce shipped here from overseas (as far away as China), and produce that is gown in soil that is void of minerals. The fruits & veggies are huge, they lack diversity in color & shape (very uniform), and you have to eat a lot of them to get strong flavors. The shop carries no organic or local produce. None. I just had a gut feeling that this ‘cheap food’ was coming with a hidden higher cost — my health and the health of the planet.

Right now I am buying much less fruits & veggies — but I am buying higher quality & more seasonal produce, and produce from local shops & farmers markets that cater to small farms, local growers & organic companies. I am also looking for more heirloom & wild foods when I shop in stores. I’ve noticed that heirloom & wild foods shape & color have more much diversity, intensity & beauty. They are also more tasty & satiating. Same goes for the small organic farm or local garden produce. The produce may be smaller in size and a not as perfect (or plastic) looking, but after eating it, I notice that it’s way more satisfying. I need less of those foods to feel full, content, nourished & happy. Try it. Eat some wild foods, or rich soil local garden foods — then try the same food cheaply mass-produced and sold in abundance. Which feels & tastes better? Which satisfies you longer?)

Another thing I started doing, was I started growing my own food, at home! In my New York City apartment (luckily it’s large enough to do this. But if I had a balcony, courtyard or backyard, I would prefer growing food outside.) This has been very exciting. I’ve dedicated quite a bit of space to the project, and it seems to be working out well.

Growing my own food (mixed greens, various tomatoes, etc.) has brought me even closer to how important it is to know how your food is being grown, and what is in it. This city micro-garden I am developing now, is the training wheels for when I move to the country. I’m learning a lot! And for the first time, I’m gardening and putting my hands in the soil — even though I live in a big city — and it feels great!

gmo cornIf you want to know how to make sure you aren’t buying & eating GMO foods (which isn’t easy), there is a great site that gives some helpful tips; How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods, on WikiHow.

My best advice is to steer clear the best you can of all and any GMO foods (check out the link above so you know what to look for). Try to buy 100% Organic (it must say 100%), and buy local when you can. Buy heirloom or wild (look for those words on the label) varieties of food. Avoid eating fruits without seeds (like seedless citrus, grapes or watermelons — as someone that has eaten a lot of fruit over the years, I can tell you firsthand that these fruits aren’t ideal or healthy.) You can also learn to forage wild edible plants in nature.

And grow your own food! Even if you start out small, do it. Go for it! Grow what you can. If all you have room for is kitchen herbs, grow them! If you can grow some vegetables outside, try raised beds. It’s a method anyone can do. You can put them over pavement, pesticide permeated grass, chemical treated wood, or any surface that isn’t conducive to gardening. John Kohler is a good person to look to for gardening advice & ‘how to’ tips.

Whatever you do — do something! Don’t be a consumer zombie. Learn what is in your food & avoid GMOs. Learn what fuels you best and gives you the most energy. Learn what give you the most radiance, clear thinking & optimum health. Learn what is best for the sustainability of the planet and all living beings that depend on it for survival. Learn how to grow your own food. Then share what you have learned with others. :)

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What Is The Woodstock Fruit Festival?

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I want to introduce you to the Woodstock Fruit Festival. I’ve never attended, but I do know many people personally that run the event (owners, speakers, chefs, volunteers, fruit vendor, etc.). I can personally say that everyone that works to make the festival happen is inspiring & wonderful. Just really good people trying to be of service & make a difference in the world.

Embedded in this post, is a full movie that was made of the festival….

In terms of the health benefits they share in the film (saying that a fruit based diet, or a diet consisting of mostly fruits & vegetables, helps to transform people’s health & lives), I can say from personal experience that this is true. You can view a past post I wrote some time ago, if you would like to read more about that. All of my meals are animal-free, plant-based, & mostly raw/uncooked. During the colder months, I do not eat as fruity I do in the summer, but all year I do eat plenty of fruit, along with an abundance of leafy greens & herbs. Every other food I eat (seaweed, nuts, seeds, legumes, sprouts, etc.) is centered around fruits & vegetables.

If you have allergies, low-energy, fatigue, skin issues, constipation, digestion problems, cloudy thinking, arthritic joints, depression, or anything else that is causing you discomfort or pain, consider changing your diet to a cleaner one. One that takes less effort from the body to digest & assimilate; one that gives the body the nutrition & hydration it needs, as well as the space/time/energy it needs in order to heal.

Along with diet, I find that there are other things that are vital to health, & equally important. Below are the 7 keys to health (not in any particular order). All of these need to be in place & given priority in our lives:
Proper Diet
Adequate Sleep
Clean Water
Mental Poise
Sufficient Exercise
Daily Sunshine
Fresh Air

Since the year is coming to a close, I highly recommend celebrating it by ending the year in a refreshing, cleansing, uplifting, rejuvenating way. Then try starting the new year off in the same manner. After that, try to maintain that feeling by creating the best daily routine & environment possible for yourself, in order for you to thrive. Love yourself. Take care of your inside, as well as your outside. Allow yourself to have all that you need in order to shine & to feel good (in a lasting way). Invest in yourself. Go out on a limb. Take a chance. You’ll be glad you did.

…And no worries about getting everything ‘just right’ or perfect. It will never happen. This is a life long journey. There will always be tweaks & changes, along with new goals, or phases of your life that call for different things to be the focus for a while. Just enjoy the process. See every stage as perfect, just the way it is. Learn from all of it. Appreciate it all. Have fun exploring. Feel like a kid again. Be adventurous. Try something new. Everyday is an opportunity to rediscover yourself — an opportunity to rediscover life, in all of its abundance & natural beauty.

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