Archive for November, 2011

Look for more interviews shortly – Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

I hope you enjoyed the interviews I have posted over the past 7 weeks. The information shared was really interesting and educational to me and I learned a lot, as well. I plan to continue doing these q and a type postings again. With the holidays coming up in December and the people whom I’d like to have on my blog not being available, they may not resume for a few weeks or so.

I plan to post some of my own insights and things “on my mind,” in the next few posts, until I can resume the interviews.

In the meantime, I am wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season, no matter if you observe/celebrate or not!

Namaste!
Chef Mindy

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Barry Koral – Fruit Farmer, Raw Vegan and Prolific Artist

For the seventh interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Barry Koral, owner of Koral’s Tropical Fruit Farm and Art Museum. Barry Koral is a local San Diego farmer who specializes in growing All Natural Tropical Fruit with so much joy and love you can taste it in every bite. Barry is a multi-dimensional artist. He’s created, among other things: A Found Art Museum on his property, Artistic Tile Mosaics, Paintings, Drawings and Greeting Cards and Soul Poetry powered by Divine Inspiration.

I have known Barry on a personal level, as a dear friend and also as an MOT (Member Of The Tribe) for what would seem like lifetimes, as we resonate with each other on so many levels. I don’t recall when we first met, but I knew that I liked Barry from the start (oh yeah, he is also from the eastern part of the US, as well, as am I). He is strong, sweet, outspoken, caring and extremely gifted in so many ways – from his amazing fruit to his farm (which I have been to numerous times) and his art masterpieces of various mediums. Thanks, Barry for everything you have done, are doing and will do in the future to help “nourish” the people and the planet!

An important point to note is that Barry Koral is the only Veganic (vegan organic) farmer that I know (perhaps there are others, but I have not asked all the farmers I see at the farmers market I frequent – please ask them if you would like to know more about the soil that your food grows in, as that is the source for the nutrients in the food you eat). What this means is that he does not use any manure, fertilizers or amendments to the soil that are derived from animal sources. This is truly the best, if you want to call yourself a true Vegan! The utmost praise goes out to Barry for sourcing what he needs to keep the quality of his soil filled with high vibrations/nutrients of the most natural kind and shows the deepest respect and gratitude to Mother Earth. To me personally, this is the highest quality there is, more so then being certified organic but still using animal amendments. It may be hard to find farmers that work this way, so please seek out sources on the internet or at the farms and farmers market (you may even make a request to the farmer(s) to grow veganically and ask them to try out a small area of their farm this way to see the results and they may decide to switch over and/or grow more of their produce this way). In time we will likely see stickers on produce that say “veganic” or something like that for those who do not want to eat any food grown in soil using animal sources (most organic farmers use very high quality products, even if there are animal derivatives and have their soil tested to be called “certified organic”).

If you would like to learn more about Barry and see what his latest and greatest (ad)ventures are, you can check out his facebook page. The link is located in the blogroll on the right-hand side of this page.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

My name is Barry Koral and I decided to get involved in the “health movement” in 1968 when I joined a vegetarian cosmic consciousness commune in San Francisco, where I learned to love animals and not eat them. At the time I weighed 268lbs and found that when I start embracing all fruits and vegetables as well as live juices, I became leaner, more peaceful and happier with myself.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

A knife for numerous uses
A Journal for writing and other artistic expression
Drawing Materials (see above)
A Reference Guide on Wild Edible Plant Life that grow on desert islands
Clothing to protect myself from the elements

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

My message is for us to thrive as a humanity of oneness that does not eat other living creatures or their bi-products.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Assuming they already have a great water source, I’d recommend that they purchase the BlendTec with WildSide Jar (4” Blades). This item allows a person who lives on a vegan, living foods diet, to be more creative with preparing meals. You can make smoothies, salsas, soups, “whips” (i.e. cream free ice creams) and more.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

I operate a Tropical Fruit Farm here on my property in Vista, CA which provides some of the most vibrant and delicious fruit around. I’m also an artist that spreads the highest vibrational beauty of Love through my paintings, environmental and mosaic creations and structures, writings, public speaking and food creativity.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I hope that all people stop eating animals and bi-products of animals and that more people will initiate growing their own food.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

It is really a tie between people who’ve helped expand my growth as an artist and people who’ve helped me to develop and learn more about health. In health, Dr. Norman Walker because he taught me the most, long ago and in art, Pablo Picasso because he showed how he could re-create himself by using seven different forms of self-expression.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

The way to view food is how it’s put through the least amount of processing, which puts your body through the least amount of processing, as well. The more whole living foods you consume, the more your taste buds will crave them and the more whole and living you’ll be as a result. I also feel that eating less is best, and eat only when you are truly hungry and at peace.

Question #9: I know that there are variables as to how much food/calories each person consumes when eating raw vegan food (based on many lifestyle factors, etc), but is there a basic guideline you would recommend for everyone?

Assuming a person is relatively healthy, implement more fruit into your diet and also start the day with drinking water before you consume any food. Become more conscious of chewing your food, juices and smoothies in order to aid digestion, and eat when you are feeling strong, not when you are weak.

Check out Barry’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BarryKoral

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Jennifer Wagner of BioBag

For the sixth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Jennifer Wagner, Marketing Manager at BioBag. I first met Jennifer at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA a few years ago. I liked the compostable bags they had and I took some home with me to use along with information about the product. I use them at home for my food scraps and then bury them in the earth in the bag. What a great concept! To have bags that are not made of chemicals and that will break down, as well. You can use the produce bags to put your food in when you go shopping so you will not have any plastic on your food. If you have dogs (large and small), they also have waste bags. In the past couple of years the Expo in Anaheim (which is the largest in the world for the natural product industry), has been using their bags for all the trash cans at each booth and also as liners for the tables. That says a lot, to me, about the quality of product they are creating and also the good it is doing for the environment.

To access BioBag’s Website, please click on the link I have provided on the right-hand side of the page under the column titled Blogroll.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

My name is Jennifer Wagner and I’m the Marketing Manager at BioBag. BioBag is the world’s largest brand of certified compostable bags and films made from the material, Mater-Bi. Mater-Bi’s ingredients consist of starches derived from plants, vegetable oils, and compostable polymers from both renewable raw materials and fossil raw materials. No polyethylene is used in the production process. BioBag products meet ASTM D6400 specifications and our company fully supports California Law regarding biodegradable and compostable product claims. As I became more and more aware of how much waste individuals, companies and our country produces, I felt inspired to work for a company whose mission is focused on landfill diversion and composting.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

1. A How To Survive Alone In The Wilderness Book – reason is self explanatory
2. The World’s largest lighter – I know I have my survival guide but one thing I don’t want to ever worry about it making fire. Fire is of course a life force when you don’t have electricity.
3. A pocket knife – again one of those pertinent things needed for survival.
4. A toothbrush – nothing makes me feel worse than having that fuzzy feeling on my teeth
5. Notebook with Pencil – To keep myself sane along with keeping a calendar. I’d have this as a diary to count the number of days I’ve been there plus it would be great to catalog all my experiences. Who knows, someone might find it and it could be published one day.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Find something to be passionate about. Passion is what makes one love harder, laugh louder and be the best person they can be. I feel anyone that is truly happy has to be content with who they are, has to have love in the life as well as their heart and has to able to laugh even during hard times. This person will give as much as they receive, be able to get through anything and enjoy the gift of life.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Professionally I would say BioBags! Collecting and composting all your organic waste (which is estimated about 30% of all we throw away) would make a monumental impact on the environment. Compost is a natural, chemical-free fertilizer. More natural fertilizers = better land to grow = healthier foods.

Personally I would say a refillable water bottle like a SIGG or Klean Kanteen. Not only is our bodies made up of 70% water and water is what we all need water just to live but water purifies us, detoxes us and cleanses us. Water also regulate body temperature, provides the means for nutrients to travel to your organs and tissues, transports oxygen to your cells and protects your joints and organs. I don’t think the majority of us are getting enough water. We fill our bodies with overly caffeinated, carbonated and syrupy beverages that make our kidneys work over time. Plus, getting copious amounts of water leads to the better looking skin. You also will feel and look amazing.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

BioBag offers a wide variety of bags to collect your organic waste, divert it from landfills and turn it into compost. Our bags are certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute. BioBag also strongly supports the use of GMO free certified crops and participates in a source offset program with our suppliers. We manufacture compostable plastic shopping bags, 3 gallon food scrap collection bags, tall kitchen bags, lawn & leaf bags, pet waste bags and SOON sandwich bags and cling wrap. Our bags are formulated to be composted and consumed by the same microorganisms that digest other organic waste. We also make a Max Air food scrap collection bucket to help with the collection of kitchen waste as well as to eliminate the ICK of doing so.

Feel free to check out our website biobagusa.com for more information on our products, our certifications, specials, where you can purchase BioBags, tips on composting, blogs, articles about BioBag, our facebook, our newsletter and more.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

I feel the catalysts for a lot of our problems and the world’s problems are greed, entitlement, lack of responsibility and discernment. As a society we need to band together to reduce these catalysts especially in terms of how much we waste and unconcern ourselves about it. We are so accustomed to throwing away what is not needed and not even thinking about it. Where does all of this that I’m throwing away going? Why should I care that I’m sending tons of discarded materials to landfills? Let’s focus on only buying what is needed and what we do have as waste, let’s recycle and compost as much as well can. Our society in general is VERY wasteful. My hope is for us to be more conscious of what we purchase, the impact that will have in our lives now and the impact it will have on our planet in the future. Specifically, my dream for the future is that all cities, businesses and individuals achieve zero waste.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

I don’t have a single biggest/greatest hero but more like a collection of “normal” people I meet or observe on a day to day basis. Yes, there are many notable activists, scholars and leaders that have changed society for the good but the people I truly find heroic are the everyday individuals that take the time to make a change in their lives or in the lives of others they come across. There is so much to say and admire in daily humility, kindness and love.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

I want people to know that BioBag and myself really CARE about our products and our mission. If any of our customers or future customers ever have any questions, concerns or comments, we are here to listen and respond to them. Anyone can contact us at info@biobagusa.com or 727-789-1646. During normal business hours, you’ll get an actual LIVE person and we will respond to everyone! Together we are Changing the World Without Changing the Earth.

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Robby Wharton of Morningstar Minerals

For the fifth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Robby Wharton, Production Manager at Morningstar Minerals. I first met Robby at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA a few years ago. There are lots of booths/vendors there giving out samples/products and I am not inclined to take everything that is given me. I am a “purist” in every sense of the word. I eat food that is raw, whole, fresh and organic and nothing that is processed (I eat fruits, vegetables, greens and small amounts of fats that include nuts, seeds and avocados). I also only use the purest products on my skin/body, as well.

So, what does this have to do with this interview, you may ask? When I walked by the booth that Robby was in, he handed me a bag with samples. It wasn’t a plastic, paper or canvas bag. It stood out to me because it was a weaved bag with a plastic see-through front(I am a “bag-aholic,” so when I see someone with a bag at the Expo or elsewhere that I like, I have to have it! I am not talking about a purse/handbag, but rather ones that I can use for shopping, but some I have used like a handbag). I loved the bag and did come back again so I could get more bags(I wanted to give them for presents, too, not just for “selfish me”). I had a chance to look through the products that were in there and my favorite turned out to be the Derma Boost Skin Rejuvenator (their supplements are great, but I personally don’t use any). I sprayed it on my face and felt instantly refreshed and renewed. From then on I was hooked on the product and have been using it regularly for a few years now. I even got Robby to send me some as a birthday present – Thanks, Robby! 🙂 I also learned from Robby more about the fulvic minerals that were discovered by the owner of the company that have extremely beneficial properties to the body. We need minerals to keep the alkaline balance in our body so we can thrive at being alive!

To access Morningstar Minerals Website, please click on the link I have provided on the right-hand side of the page under the column titled Blogroll. You will learn more about the minerals in their products that they mine and process themselves and why they are so unique and revolutionary. If you click on Resources, on the website you will see a video that tells you more about the company.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

16 years ago I started working for a new company and met the owner Geoff McMahon he is a life time vegetarian and marathon runner and has been into nutrition for some time. I have been suffering from a mining accident for some years now and had been taking vitamins and herbal supplements but with little relief from my pain this is when he told me about minerals, raw food, water and how they help give your body the nutrients and ability to heal. After doing this for 2 weeks I started feeling the difference in my mobility.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Food – would be greens and lemons
Book – would be the Bible
Our Organic Soil Activator this will make the sandy soil more nutritious for the plants and fruits that is already there and for the garden we grow.
Plenty of veggie seeds to grow a garden

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Drink good clean water and at least a 50/50 diet of raw foods.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this
moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

A water purifier, people do not drink enough water.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Morningstar Minerals promotes Health Wellness Vitality
All our products help the body to stay alkaline and help the body absorb the nutrients we need to stay healthy.
Energy boost 70 is a great electrolyte that helps the body absorb the nutrients and vitamins we need.
Vitality boost HA is the best for high mineral intake and it also has the ability to absorb heavy metals toxins, viral loads from the body and is great for detoxification.
Inner Vitality is a combination of energy boost 70 and vitality boost ha. This product has the best of both worlds and helps with keeping focused and concentration.
http://www.msminerals.com

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

Knowledge!!!
People have no knowledge how easy it is to control there heath problems just by diet and exercise. If people would just take there health into there own hands they would discover how LIFE should be with out all the pharmaceuticals they consume and the other problems it can cause.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My Boss, Geoff McMahon, who taught me how to take my health into my own hands and it works!!

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Our bodies are made up of mostly water. The biggest problem I have seen is that people do not drink enough water. Water is what we need not just to stay hydrated but to keep us flushed from the toxins we get just by living day to day.

Subscribe to my channel http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal if you have a Gmail, Google+, Picasa, YouTube, Orkut or Google Chrome account and then you can leave a comment and like my videos.

Check out the video on my YouTube channel for Derma Boost Rejuvenating Spray Mist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9C1WtEaf2M

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