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Welcome to Day 1 of 30 Days to a Greener You, a month-long e-course from Green Options that will help you lighten your environmental footprint while maintaining the comfortable lifestyle you love. Over the next thirty days, you’ll learn to save energy, reduce wastes, and lessen your carbon emissions. Many of the strategies you’ll learn will cost you little or nothing, and can be put into practice right after you learn them. Many of them will even save you money!

While 30 Days to a Greener You is designed to be self-paced, that doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. You can discuss these lessons with your fellow students, or see how they’re implementing these lessons on the course’s discussion forums. If you have questions or concerns, you can always email us at

So, What is "Green Living?"

A green lifestyle is about living comfortably with a smaller environmental impact. It’s about having the best of both worlds: a modern American existence that doesn’t take such a large toll on the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the climate that maintains all of these things. It’s about taking responsibility for our relationship to the natural world, and also about lowering our costs of living by using natural resources more wisely and efficiently. Ultimately, green living enhances our health, happiness and well-being, while often saving us money in the long run.

Some have said that green living involves “freezing in the dark.” Nothing could be further from the truth. By considering the many available options, you can lower your environmental impact while still living a life of convenience and even luxury.

You may have other questions about green living, including why you’d want to do it, and what does it cost. You’ll find many of those questions answered as we progress; if not, dig into the Green Options Green Life Guide, or start a conversation in our Discussion Forums.

Begin Living the Green Life!

Today, you’ll begin your journey towards a greener life. This won’t involve buying fancy products or getting rid of the convenience items that we all rely upon. It will involve starting to think differently, and building new habits. The green life involves thinking about the environmental impact of our actions, and doing what we can to lower that impact.

Your Action for Today:
Turn off a light that’s not in use

Lighting accounts for 5-10% of our home energy use, and costs us from $50-150 per year. When you turn off a light, you’re saving energy and money. Every time you come across a light that’s on, or leave a room, turn the light off.

We’ll send you reminders throughout the course about these actions. For now, congratulate yourself: you’ve taken the first step to a greener lifestyle!

Tomorrow: Are your really going to throw that away??


Green Options

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Posted: Sep 26, 2007 7:24am
Aug 24, 2007
Focus: Health
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: United Kingdom
Calling all UK raw food fans...and all health seekers, vegans, green living enthusiasts and anybody else interested in creating a fairer, kinder future. If you haven't already, mark the weekend of September 1 and 2 in your diary and come along to the 4th annual Festival Of Life. What is it? It's a celebration of compassionate lifestyles and sustainable living. It's also London's biggest and best raw food gathering; a weekend of fantastic speakers, fabulous food and shopping, and a great opportunity to meet like-minded people.

The Fresh Network will be there selling a range of raw food staples, gourmet ingredients, superfoods and supplements. We'll also be offering samples of products from the One Lucky Duck range, including the best raw chocolate macaroons, crackers, granola and spicy nuts you've ever tasted! Better still, we'll be offering a 20% discount on everything we sell on the day, and 10% off any orders for products we don't have with us, including books and kitchen equipment.

For an overview of the weekend's raw shopping and eating opportunities click here.

There is a truly fabulous line-up of over 50 talks and workshops on all aspects of health, nutrition, ecology and spirituality, featuring, among others, Jess Michael, Angela Stokes, Dr Gina Shaw and Matt Monarch. Food demos include Gina Panayi, author of The Raw Greek, and Liz Bygrave's raw desserts and chocolate class. For the full program, click here. In addition, there'll be an outside play area and lots of activities for children.

Having been to many such events, including those we've hosted ourselves, we know that the single most valuable thing they offer is the chance to meet and spend time with like-minded people, who often turn into life-long friends. Say the organisers: "A natural diet creates a profound shift in consciousness and we don't all have the opportunity to connect with others on the same wavelength every day - for many people it can be a lonely path. The Festival exists to fill that gap."

The Festival Of Life will run from 11am to 7pm on Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2. There will be a Conscious Dance Party on the Saturday evening from 6pm to 10pm. The event will take place at St Paul's Steiner Project, 1 St Paul's Road, Islington, London N1. For directions and a map, click here.

Cost: £12 for a weekend ticket or £8 per day (concessions £5). Under 16s free. Saturday evening party £3 (£5 on the door). No additional charges for talks and workshops.

For all other information contact the organisers on 0870 7344 888 or email

We do hope to see you there!

The Fresh Team
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Posted: Aug 24, 2007 9:10pm
Dec 15, 2006
Focus: Health
Action Request: Think About
Location: United States
Winter In The Raw Part 1 ~ Setting The Scene

>From Issue 17 of Successfully Raw:

Although not technically in winter yet, it sure feels like it today as I write this article for you!

And it's at this time of year that people curious about eating raw are asking, "How on earth do I go or stay raw in winter?". Others, those who may have been eating raw for a few months or on and off for a few years even, may find that this is the time of year where cooked foods start to become a very attractive proposition indeed!

In this article, the first of several, I'll be addressing a number of factors and my intention is that by the end of it, no matter where you are starting from, you'll feel clued up about the approach you personally will be taking this winter so that you are at peace with your decision and can move into winter with a spring in your step rather than dragging your heels! In future eZines I'll be getting into the more nitty-gritty aspects of eating raw in winter, featuring some great winter-warmer (raw) recipes to keep you smiling inside and out!

One of the most common questions I get asked, especially at this time of year, is “How do you stay raw in winter? I just can’t imagine not eating anything hot when it’s so cold. How can I do it?”

Well, I have to begin by saying that from what I have seen in others and experienced myself, it entirely depends on how new you are to raw foods. Eating raw in winter is a bit like training for a marathon – you can’t expect to run the whole way first time out; your body has to adjust and it has to adjust incrementally over a period of time.

I think the best way I can teach you about staying raw in winter is to share my own story with you. Through doing this you’ll be able to get an idea of the lengths of time involved, what to do and what not to do, and also why it’s important to see the raw food journey as something that has hills and valleys just like any other journey in life – sometimes you just have to accept what’s real and deal with it, so that you can press on and enjoy what lays over the other side!

My story begins in 1993 when I first discovered raw foods. I’d been dabbling since the spring of that year and doing really well on it. By the time it got to winter, naturally I felt colder than before and the thought of eating salads and tropical fruits throughout the winter wasn’t quite as attractive as it had been some months before! Bear in mind, however, that at this stage I was eating high raw and not all raw, so “staying raw” wasn’t the issue for me, just knowing how to keep warm without being tempted back into chips (fries) and greasy veggie-burgers and other more junky foods was my first and immediate challenge.

Well, those first few winters – about four of them – I approached the issue as I have done with all aspects of my raw eating: If it feels good do it, if it doesn’t – don’t. Yes, I wanted to eat as much raw food as possible, but if my body was freaking out about it, then there was no way I was going to force it on myself; that would be completely contra to everything I was aspiring to, which, besides eating raw, was a sense of greater wholeness, peace around eating and a better relationship with myself and my body.

So during those first four or so years I did the best I could. I ate as much raw as possible, but if I wanted porridge I ate it (but cooked it with water rather than milk and threw in lots of fresh banana, raisins and a big blob of honey). If I wanted a plate of chips with my salad I ate them (but they weren’t deep fried as they were years previously, they changed to oven baked, low fat, veg oil only). Jacket potatoes with mashed avocado, wholegrain rice or pasta with fresh wholesome sauces, or boiled potatoes swirled in olive oil, fresh garlic, chopped basil and lemon juice became my winter time staples. By eating these with salads I could happily stay high raw and get the heat I needed from those cooked foods while still keeping “with the program”.

By around year five I remember that I had moved into a cold, tiny, pretty drab flat for a short while and I can remember looking out of the kitchen window one day at the snow falling outside. I was about 6 months into what I considered to be my “100% raw forever if I can” phase and although I wanted to continue it, I said to myself “If I want cooked food this winter I shall have it, but if I don’t then I’ll just take it day by day and see what happens.” As it turned out, I had got so used to eating raw food having been doing it to such a high degree for so long that actually my body no longer wanted it. And so it was that I went through the whole winter not just cooked-food-free, but I didn’t even feel drawn to drinking herbal teas. That was pretty surprising, but it felt completely right. Cooked and hot foods no longer felt “right” at all and my desire for them had disappeared completely.

And this continued for the next five years in fact, where I didn’t eat any cooked food at all, apart from three weeks during pregnancy and that was in the February of 2002 and had nothing to do with the temperature outside!

What I learned from all of this is the following:

1) It takes time to go through a UK winter on all raw foods without feeling seriously deprived.

2) It probably can be done if you have a will of iron, but personally, because I am such a fan of the “whole person” approach, I do not recommend you forcing it until you feel genuinely ready, and this may take years (is there a hurry anyway?).

3) When I finally did stay raw throughout winter it became apparent to me that some of the previous cooked food longings during the colder months had been physiological for sure – the body does have to adjust – but I also became aware that a lot of it is also psychological, meaning that a lot of it is about habit and belief that hot food is necessary and this also has to be overcome to go all the way.

Although this has been my own experience I do need to add one final thing. Over the recent years I’ve become more interested in body types and blood types. While I’m no expert on either, what I have observed is that more “sturdy” types like me (I am slim now but certainly not skinny), seem to fare better on raw food all of the time, and those who have always been naturally lean can struggle more.

Personally I think the most important aspect to all of this is to look on wintertime as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship and intimacy you have with yourself and your body even further. Yes, there will be a tendency (just like there is in pregnancy!) to say “what the hell!” and eat whatever you want because the pulls to do so are stronger than normal, but I’d like to invite you to actually turn this inclination on its head and ask yourself, “How can I use the darkness, coldness and mystery of the winter to nourish myself at a deeper level via my food choices, my lifestyle habits and the way I utilise this special time of year to reflect on who I am and who I am becoming?”

Winter time may be cold, dark and even lonely in some regards, but unlike any other season it gives us the opportunity to turn inwards and see what’s real, what needs addressing and to take a look at how we can feed ourselves optimally now so that when spring comes around again we can awaken, ground, aspire, grow and blossom even more brightly next year than we have done during this. In this regard, winter becomes a gift, and a time of opportunity rather than challenge.

Choose to look on it this way and your winter in the raw will be a pleasure, especially when you know that a few months from now you can feel stronger, leaner and lighter in every regard than you currently do now, and that can only be a good thing!

© 2006 Karen Knowler

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May 14, 2006
Focus: Education
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: United States
Health Science 1 Workshop - May 19-21, 2006 in New Jersey
Presented by Dr. Timothy Trader, NMD (retired), PhD, DD

Are you ready to have the truth revealed?
Find out what the medical industries do not want you to know, and why.
See the evidence: treating illness is not working…but building health always works!

For those who are experienced health enthusiasts who want the evidence to show others real health,
For those who want to take their health practices up a notch or two,
For those who want to learn about true health and have no idea where to start,
Journey with Dr. Tim on a whirlwind weekend of science and knowledge— a multimedia experience that will Rock Your World!

If raw food is the healthiest diet on the planet, then why do so many raw foodists fail in health or fail to maintain their diet? Find out the truth that will set you free!
Explore the science: see the journal articles, textbooks, and newest research that doctors do not even know about!
* How does the digestive tract really work?
* Why cooked foods don’t work.
* Vitamins, minerals, and caloronutrients—what do they do in our bodies?
* The truth about what we do to our food and how it affects our health.
* How we unknowingly sabotage our health practices.
* What are the ignored nutrients?
* Protein: how much do you really need? Can too much harm you?
* What’s all the hype about enzymes?
* Supplements are not needed! That’s right…not needed!
* What poisons are in our “health foods”?
* Antioxidants, free radicals—what do they have to do with our food?
…and much MORE!

Be prepared for an entertaining and an accidentally educational time!
Return home with tools in hand to create Extreme Health in your own life.
With every subject presented, you will have the scientific proof to take home with you.
On Saturday, you will receive a workshop manual, with ample space for personal note-taking.

Times: Friday, May 19th, 7–9 pm
Saturday, May 20th, 9 am–5 pm;
Sunday, May 21st, 1–5 pm
Location: At the Ranzi family home, Ramsey, NJ. Address will be given to registrants.
40 minutes from New York City

Investment: $250. Includes lunch Saturday + a manual to take home.
Please pre-register! (We must have a lunch count!) Please ensure your check arrives by Tuesday, May 16th.
To register or for information, Call Karen Ranzi: 201-934-1758, or e-mail

Dr. Tim Trader is a retired naturopathic physician who has a doctorate in nutrition as well as other advanced degrees. Most of his education Dr. Trader has found to be false, disproven by the very textbooks that he was taught from—and by the leading edge of today’s science. Today, Dr. Trader no longer &ldquoractices medicine,” but he coaches “health partners” to recover their own health.

With the same methods he teaches in this workshop Dr. Tim long ago eradicated his own severe allergies and asthma. Today at 45 years old, as a 15-year “living foodist,” Tim can keep up with or outperform athletes half his age.

No treatment of disease is necessary; all we need to do is build health. Then, the body’s own intrinsic healing powers take over—repairing, rebuilding, reversing illness and trauma. There are no pills to pop, no tinctures to drink…just science, and common sense.
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