A list of 8 quick tips from David Wolfe.
1. Go organic. Start shopping in an organic food store.
2. Grow your own fruits and vegetables.
3. Read, read, read. Leaders read. Educate yourself.
4. Get inspired. Inspiration moves the world.
5. Approach all food with an attitude of gratitude. Yes, the planet is loaded with toxic foods, but we also have access to the best, most exotic raw vegetarian foods now more than ever! Everything is karmically balanced in the universe. The worse it gets, the better it gets too.
6. Experiment using the trial and success method. Find what works for you.
7. Drink fresh vegetable juice daily.
8. Add superfoods to your diet: bee pollen, spirulina, blue-green algae, maca root powder, goji berries, cacao beans, etc.
Chances are if you pay attention to what you eat, you pay attention to what you wear. Via Treehugger.
Our favourite investigative eco-journalist Lucy Siegle of the Observer Magazine has been getting in between the warp and the weft of eco-fabrics this week. The first thread she tackles is the misapprehension that natural fibres are more eco-friendly than synthetics. The organic cotton industry for instance, has been growing steadily since Patagonia's fibre analysis back in the 1990s revealed that ‘Globally, cotton production accounts for the use of 22 per cent of all agricultural insecticides (about $2.5bn worth).’ It is not until very recently though that the organic cotton has broken through into the main stream. The measure of the fashion industry's awareness is that British high street stores, such as Topshop, Oasis and Marks & Spencer have all recently announced that they will stock organic and fairtrade clothing ranges.
And all the crazy things it makes us do...
The Raw Honeymoon: the period right after we’ve “discovered” being raw, and all the exciting things that come with it, while we are so enamored with the raw gurus and all the raw-related weird activities that are supposed to scrub us clean from the inside out. I assume some people know what I am talking about. Or… is it just me?
Anyway. Here’s what happens, (and I can spot anyone in the raw honeymoon period, because I went through it myself): raw food… the concept, the way it makes you feel, the outright logic and glory of it all… it’s the newness factor. We are getting to know our new spouse, with whom we intend to live out the rest of our healthy, happy lives. It’s so thrilling… so new. We want to share it with everyone, in the very same way that when you fall in love, you want to run to the top of the empire state building and shout it out to everyone. You want to run and do cartwheels in the street, and hug random people and tell them how beautiful life is. REALLY, this is what very often happens with the love of raw food, and the new-found energy that comes with it.
Here’s what else happens… we worship the gurus of raw food. Not too unlike getting into a cult… we become believers and wide-eyed receptacle sponges of the raw wisdom being dispensed by the gurus we are worshiping. I still worship a few of them, though it’s all been tempered since with a healthy dose of rationality. Who am I talking about? David Wolfe… whose seminars, back in the day, I would leave poorer by $500, but with a bag of powders, pills, goji berries, and also a hearty injection of confidence and enthusiasm that is priceless… which goes a long way. Who else? David Jubb… LOVE him. Love him and the sweet vanilla flavored milk from brazil nuts that I first had from his store on 12th street which got me hooked. Drinking brazil nut milk, tasting raw crackers, buying big tubs of the best tropical smelling coconut butter… all the while gazing at alarmingly vivid photos of “passed” gall stones on the wall. Then being told that our own gall bladders are surely full of similar alien little greenish blobs and we really must do the thirty-day “gallstone flush”. Of course, I tried it. More on that another day.
It’s coming up on three years since I first “went raw”, as I did, in an overnight-with-no-transition sort of way. In the excitement of it all, I was very open to the ‘cleansing’ practices I kept reading about, yet too enthusiastically impatient to do my own research on or at all contemplate some of the much touted procedures and practices. Instead, being the good sport that I am, I just went ahead and did things. For example, plain old colonics not being interesting enough, at the recommendation of the colon therapist, I agreed to let her give me a fresh wheatgrass juice “implant”. I didn’t bother to take the time to understand what wheatgrass up your butt is supposed to do for you. But I figured, why NOT? In the end, I didn’t really notice anything different, except that for the rest of the week I walked around half expecting little dandelions to start sprouting from my ass.
Yes, what a good sport I am. Here’s another example: a certain well-known, very good looking, very lovely and quite brilliant guru amongst us has certain very unique talents. One is that he is known to be able to “read” people… like a book that tells you what is right or wrong on the inside. Being very intrigued myself, I felt honored that he did this for me, and after he gazed into my eyes, checked out my tongue, poked and prodded a bit, he diagnosed me with a “situation”. He kept his hand on my abdomen. His explanation sounded very compelling, though I had no idea what he was talking about, except that it was a female oriented issue. To fix this “situation” of mine, on which I could not get him to clearly elaborate, he gave me progesterone to take, as well as a few of these home made herbal little balls wrapped in saran wrap he pulled from the freezer. And I’m supposed to shove these icy little concoctions up my you-know-what. I was so transfixed by him, that I bought the stuff and did it, thinking that whatever my "situation" was, I'd be healed...
Then a couple days later I had a SERIOUS itching problem... I hobbled over to his store, trying my best to ignore the inferno down below. After explaining what was happening to me, the girl behind the counter was like, "OH MY GOD!! You mean he FORGOT to tell you that you're supposed to douche it out afterwards??" So I'd been walking around all this time with these gnarly herbs leaking out of me, making me itch like a madwoman. Lovely, right??
There you go… can you get more “real” than that? Rest assured, I’ve settled comfortably into this marriage with raw foods. Honeymoon over. I’m still all about fresh fruits and vegetables, but I now only put them in my mouth. And I still feel better than ever in this happy union that feels so right. And I still think life is beautiful.
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An interview with Wayne Gendel, by Frederic Patenaude
Did you know that the human potential for longevity is much longer than the typical 70 year or so average? According to some research, humans have the potential to leave 150 years.
Recently, I have conducted a short interview with Wayne Gendel, a life extension specialist who will be doing the Life Extension Secrets Program with me next week.
Q: You call yourself a “Life Extension Specialist, what is it exactly?
Gendel: A Life Extension Specialist studies all aspects and lifestyle factors relating to a human living to their maximum age potential.
I actually give two people credit for that title. first was my Paul Bragg who was the first author I read on health. He called himself that and since he died at 92 surfing, I feel he is qualified to use that title!
Second is Dr Roy Walford. He has done the only study confirming that he can extend the lifespan of animals with CR (Calorie Reduced) diet. He has given great credibility to the possibility of humans living beyond 170 years of age!
Q: Tell us one thing you think would surprise people about life extension.
Gendel: Living long is actually the result of many factors. What is so exciting is that we have in my opinion almost total control how long we can live!
I have heard of people living over 200 years of age. I look at Jack Lalane who is over 90 and likely the strongest person in the world for his age. He was setting records
Q: What's the best way to have beautiful, healthy looking skin with few or no wrinkles?
This may come across as a little foreign or even weird to individuals not familiar with raw foods, so just know that you've been warned.
Has anyone else had any issues with cold sores, stuffy nose, soar throat and/or excess mucus when kissing someone who isn't eating a mostly raw diet? (Not just one single kiss, I'm talking about somene you'd be in a relationship with).
I'm bringing this up because I have had issues and I wanted to know if a) I'm going nuts, or b) if this is something that other people have experienced as well.
I've never been in a relationship with a girl who was only eating raw food, so I can't contrast in that sense, but when a girl who I was dating at the time only ate only raw foods, for weeks at a time, the side effects of kissing her vanished.
So am I going nuts or what?
p.s. I've been eating all most all raw for the last 5 years. This situation started kicking in about 1 year into my journey.
The Raw Version of Imitation Chicken, These are spicier than my Chick-Un Patties, and are delicious served with honey-mustard sauce.