Things are definitely winding up in a good way at G Living. The crew and guests on our LIVE show had such a blast Sunday and Monday, learning, sharing stories and information, finding inspiration in each other – not your typical tv production environment – a modern home in Venice Canals, a minimal crew, our talented hosts…including Boise Thomas and Tara McNamara…for those wondering what’s been happening, we are reformatting the show- and will be back online next week. Meanwhile, yeah, shooting has been superfun.
Vanessa Sherwood, our Green Chef from Chicago, turned us on to a mind-blowing 10-dish medley of raw exotic summer recipes – so amazing I can only say stand back and stay tuned. Vietnamese spring rolls, Summer’s Bounty exotic summer salad, raw chocolate ice cream, ginger limeade, jerk-marinated vegetable skewers, lemon-strawberry trifle and more…
I just got a bunch of this stuff and I have to say it is not the best tasting stuff. It’s not horrible. There are no weird or funky tastes to it, in fact it’s a bit neutral. It’s just very gritty, powdery and very green. I do believe it is the healthiest and best quality protein out there though. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
VEGA Bars are now available. Created by professional Ironman triathlete and vegan, Brendan Brazier, following the success of his meal replacement powder, VEGA. Unlike other protein and energy bars on the market, VEGA bars use all raw and alkaline protein sources and ingredients. No junk, oils, refined sugars, gluten, soy, dairy, GMO’s or pesticides.
These nutritious bars are loaded with rich and active anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, protein, electrolytes, fiber and Omega 3 and 6 EFA’s. They sound like they would make a perfect light snack to fuel a workout or training session, or just to refuel in between meals at work. Berry is the most popular flavor, but they also come in natural and chocolate. These seem a lot like the Organic Food Bars I used to eat all the time, except using hemp raw complete protein instead of rice and with some great iodine. I can’t wait to try them. To find out more visit the website http://www.myvega.com
Ingredients: Dates, hemp protein, almond butter, organic sprouted whole flax seeds, agave nectar, almonds, raisons, sesame seeds, organic sprouted mung beans, organic wheat grass, lemon juice, organic dulse.
- 10g of complete raw protein for easy digestion
- 6g of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber
- 6g of sprouts, rich in enzymes and phytonutrients
- 4.5g of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids
VEGA Bars are available in Canadian health food stores or online at Oceanside Publishing.
I eat cheese. I drink beer, wine, and coffee. I hate carob and squash. Um, what else? Well loads really, but it will all come out in good time! There, I said it. The raw food gods haven’t struck me down, so I guess I’ll be ok.
So why the need to confess? I suppose because of the fact that I have a business centered on raw food (I am a raw foods personal chef in the Chicago area) I feel that I need to be a “perfect” raw foodist, whatever that may be. But you know what- no one is perfect and there is no one person who has all the answers about what’s good or bad for you. What works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for another. I just hope that people can appreciate my non-fanatical view on things.
I can’t ever be 100% raw, nor do I strive to be. You know how when someone tells you that you can’t have something and then all you want is what you can’t have? That’s what happens to me when I try to be 100% raw. I just start obsessing about all the things that I can’t eat until I give in. Then comes the guilt. If you think about it, that’ crazy. That’s no way to live. That’s why diets don’t work. I don’t want what I eat to rule my entire life. That’s unhealthy. So I just do the best that I can while enjoying some of the best food ever. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
As the United States heads into a deep economic depression, G Living looks back at what happened to a community urban farm in a depressed industrial part of Los Angeles. The farm was called South Central Farm and was the pride and joy of thousands low income families living in this area.
Julia Hill, Alicia Silverstone and Daryle Hannah all are trying to save the farm.
Julia “Butterfly” Hill is sitting in a tree to try and save the trees and the 14 acre L.A. urban farm from the bulldozers.
The tree-sit has reached Day 11, and Julia Butterfly Hill is on a significant 18th day of her water-only fast. Daryl Hannah has been on the farm 24 hours a day and continues in her commitment to the farmers and the South Central Farm”s survival.
Back in 1997 Julia climbed into a 55-meter (180 foot) tall California Coast Redwood tree. Her aim was to prevent the destruction of the tree and of the forest where it had lived for a millennium. Her action epitomized the tradition of Mahatma Ghandi. She put her own life on the line to save the life of a forest that was under immediate threat of destruction.
A film by the Planetary Coral Reef Foundation shows a remote prestine reef system completely destroyed in just a few years from over warming of the oceans. This is a clip from Current TV.
Watch the Clip. Click to Watch
The Planetary Coral Reef Foundation (PCRF) was founded in 1991 to address the coral reef crisis. Since its inception, PCRF has pursued an unprecedented global mission to preserve coral reefs through innovative programs in science, technology and education.
PCRF’s research vessel, the RV Heraclitus, is now completing year twelve of an ongoing expedition to map and monitor the worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s coral reefs. To date, the RV Heraclitus is the only ship continually at sea studying coral reefs on a planetary basis.
To create the first-ever comprehensive baseline map of living coral reefs, PCRF is pioneering a Coral Reef Satellite Mission in cooperation with scientists at College of Charleston, MIT, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, SeaSpace, Stevens Institute of Technology and USC.
Today Eric Holthusen one of Shells fuels technology mananger for the Asia-Pacific region, said, Shell is developing bio fuels from wood chips and plant waste and considers using food crops for fuel, morally inappropriate.
“If we have the choice today, then we will not use this route,” Malaysia-based Holthusen said at a seminar in Singapore.
“We think morally it is inappropriate because what we are doing here is using food and turning it into fuel. If you look at Africa, there are still countries that have a lack of food, people are starving, and because we are more wealthy, we use food and turn it into fuel. This is not what we would like to see. But sometimes economics force you to do it.”
1. Insist that politicians in all parties make this planetary emergency their top priority; this is crucial
2. Think about conservation and efficiency in the way you use resources in your own life, eg:
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· drive less (every mile not driven saves one pound of CO2)
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· fly less
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· recycle more
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· keep your tyres properly inflated
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· use less hot water
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· use a clothesline instead of a tumble-dryer
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· insulate your home
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· avoid products with a lot of packaging
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· turn down the thermostat by 2C
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· plant a tree (one tree absorbs one tonne of CO2 over its lifetime)
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· turn off electronic devices when they are not in use
3. Be a conscious consumer with regard to everything you buy, both in the marketplace and in the investments you make, eg:
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· switch to green power
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· buy locally grown food, and organic where possible
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· buy fresh food over frozen
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· buy less meat
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â· offset your impact on the planet’s resources by investing in renewable energy projects For more information go to climatecrisis.net.
I was there for the launch of Vega in Manhattan. I’m pleased to say that it is now available in several health food stores in the area including the huge Columbus Circle Whole Foods Market and the Union Square Whole Foods Market. As you might imagine, New York is a major hub for raw and healthy food. There are several raw restaurants in Manhattan however, grazing fits my lifestyle better than actually sitting Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
HOTTEST YEAR EVER, 2005. Our former Vice President and almost President (the one we all voted for and elected) has focused on a new mission in life. Bringing alternative media to the world. His first act was to start a new network called current tv, and his second is a new movie about Global Warming. The movie is called An Inconvenient Truth, and looks like it maybe an incredible tool to allow people to actually see global warming.
Al Gore lays out the bare facts and the science behind global warming, but I am guessing the visuals will have the biggest impact. The movie compares a series of historical photos of the planet from the past 30 years, to the present day, with shocking results. Ice covered mountains now bare, massive rivers now dry, lush fields now vast deserts. Everyone should see this film… And you can start by watching the trailer.
Starting on Saturday June 10th, I’ll be giving a series of talks in the Toronto area.
Each one will be based on my book Thrive: A guide to optimal health and performance through plant-based whole foods. All talks are free and will last about 1 hour.
Here’s the schedule:
Loblaws Wonderland June 10 – 2pm
3040 Wonderland Road South
KW/ Guelph and Cambridge
Zehrs Laurentian June 11- 6:30pm
750 Ottawa Street
Hamilton and Burlington
Fortinos Main Street June 12 – 6:30pm
1579 Main Street West
Loblaws Erin Drive June 13 – 6:00pm
5010 Glen Erin Drive
Loblaws June 14 6:30pm
396 St Clair Ave W
Loblaws Aurora June 15 6:30
15900 Bayview Avenue
Hope some of you can make it,
I’m pleased to say that my next book will be published by Penguin Group (Canada). Set for a March 2007 launch date, it will be based on the theory in my book THRIVE: A guide to optimal heath and performance through plant-based whole foods. However, it will be a full scale ‘diet’ book to compete with others such as The Zone Diet, The South Beach Diet, The GI Diet, etc. It will include about 75 plant-based whole food recipes and a 12 week meal plan.
I’m currently in slow-paced Victoria BC, trying get as much work done on it now. In two weeks I’ll embark on a month long, eastern US speaking / promotional tour for VEGA.
More to come soon,