Archive for July, 2013

Company Review: Nourish – Organic Food for Healthy Skin – Organic Body Butter

Company Review: Nourish – Organic Food for Healthy Skin – Organic Body Butter in business since 2003

I have known about this company from the Expo West in Anaheim, CA and they recently reformulated their products and are now the first USDA 100 percent certified organic bath and body collection on the market. I recently tried their Almond Vanilla Organic Body Butter. When I opened the container (packaging is made from recycled content) it smelled “yummy,” as I LOVE vanilla. It almost smelled good enough to eat, since the ingredients are so pure, but please don’t do that! (Disclaimer: neither I, nor the company or any of their associates will be liable or have any responsibility for any adverse affects that may occur if you decide to do so). I use the body butter right after I get out of the shower and my skin is still wet, as it absorbs better on damp skin. My skin felt soft and silky afterwards and I loved the scents from the essential oils (I could actually open up the container and smell it all day for the aromatherapeutic benefits).

I am one who does my research before trying out/using any products. I don’t just grab the first thing I see on the store shelf, or opt for what is on sale (either because I don’t want to spend more money or figure that it doesn’t matter) because you will get what you pay for. Most importantly, not all products that say “natural” on their product, actually are. Don’t take this lightly! Contact the company if you are not sure and want more information. You have the right to know what goes into the products you are using.

Another important thing to remember, is that the skin is the largest organ of the body. What you put on it, is absorbed right into the bloodstream. If you are so careful about what you put in your mouth (i.e. food), is what goes on your skin any less important? Seek out only the best, even if it costs a little more (better to spend less on other things that don’t affect your health and you can do without such as more shoes, more clothes, electronics, etc).

There is so much “garbage,” when it comes to products being sold and the companies have famous spokespeople promoting them, so you think it has to be ok to use. Well, think again! Don’t rely on some “pretty face” who is only trying to make more money for themselves and the company. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients or there are things listed in a general sense like “natural fragrance” or “natural color” or the list of ingredients in a mile long (this isn’t always correct because some companies, like Nourish, list the common name in parenthesis, as well as, the botanical name) likely the product is best kept on the store shelf where you saw it and NOT in your shopping cart.

I am happy to see/say that there are more companies out on the market (some sold in stores and some only online) that have gotten it right and realize the importance of “feeding” your skin the proper nutrients that will benefit you and also not have a negative impact on the planet.

This information is taken from regarding the organic body butter:

Ultra-hydrating for even the driest skin
Minimizes signs of aging with antioxidant-rich ingredients
Clinically proven to hydrate and nourish skin
Melts onto skin with a pure, delightful scent

The ultimate moisturizer, this light and creamy blend of whipped shea butter, concentrated coconut and olive oils and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E smoothes on easily, absorbs quickly and leaves even the driest skin soft and supple.

All the skin care products in the Nourish line:
No parabens. No phthalates. No sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes or silicones. No propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, triclosan, EDTA or aluminum. And absolutely no artificial fragrances or preservatives. Period.

For more information on all the products this company sells you can go to their website

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Are you a wannabe Raw Foodist or are struggling to stay raw? Check out Raw Freedom

Raw Freedom by Frederic Patenaude – his best book ever!

My friend, Frederic Patenaude has written his best book ever and there
are some great offers available to you.
Click on the link below to read more and purchase any of the three
packages being offered.

Here is a sneak peak into the book, as told by Frederic.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this release, here’s the
introduction featured in the book…

What is Raw Freedom?
This book is about creating a healthy, practical diet with a strong
emphasis on raw foods, but not one that is so restrictive that it
requires a 100% commitment to eating only uncooked foods.

It’s a fusion/inclusion program that recognizes that eating a big
percentage of raw foods provides clear benefits, but cooking certain
foods does too.

It’s also a way out for many raw foodists and health enthusiasts who
can’t seem to find a balance, and too often hover between two extremes
with a lot of associated guilt, often induced by years of striving to
eat a diet that is frankly too restrictive.

In this book, you’ll sometimes see me refer to certain people in the
raw food “world” in seemingly pejorative terms, such as the raw food
police, raw food fanatics, and raw food gurus. This is not because I
want to imply that people following a raw food diet are necessarily
all deluded. I have been one of these people (policeman, fanatic and
guru all at the same time!) and I also know that for many individuals,
a 100% raw food diet gives them the health and balance they seek. This
book is not written for those who have found such balance, but to
everyone else, who may be seduced by the raw food message, but are not
able to make it work the way it’s supposed to work according to the
books and gurus.

Yet, at the same time, due to a lack of understanding of certain
physiological principles at play, and a lot of bad science used in the
raw food movement, the trend is for everybody to beat themselves up
for their so-called “failures” at applying a diet that is not
sustainable for a large number of people to begin with. That is why I
will cast light on the dark side of the raw food movement as a whole;
not to imply too much negativity, but simply to make a point that
needs to be made.

The program that I’m proposing in this book is flexible and easily
customizable. If you can get just a few good ideas from this book that
make a difference in your health and your life, I will have achieved
my goal.

This book contains practical advice, not theories. Therefore, I will
not spend too much time trying to debunk every single questionable
statement to be heard in the health food world, or try to prove points
that any honest health-seeker can easily verify by examining the
scientific consensus on the topic.

This book is really more about the experience of one person — yours
truly — both in having experimented with raw food and vegan lifestyles
for more than 15 years, but also in having worked with thousands of
people through a website that receives more than 70,000 unique
visitors a month, and in person at numerous events I’ve attended over
the years. I feel I have a good grasp of the realities faced by the
outside-of-the-box individuals who find themselves attracted to
vegetarianism, veganism and raw foodism — but I also want to repeat
that my experience is subjective. I invite you to view what I say not
with skepticism, but with an open mind. More importantly, I invite you
to trust yourself and your own experience. If what I share with you
strikes a familiar chord, then use the information for your benefit.
If it doesn’t, just move on.

Click on the link below to read more and purchase any of the three
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Inclusion vs. Exclusion

What all diet books have in common is that they all tell you what you
should not be eating. Each diet needs a villain that’s universally
responsible for all your ills. Raw foodists blame cooked foods. Paleo
diets blame carbs. The new Wheat Belly fad blames wheat. Vegans blame
animal products in all their forms. Plant-based advocates and natural
hygienists blame oil and fat.

The easier and more identifiable the target is, the more simplistic
the program will be. And simplicity helps sell books. The problem is
that there’s nothing simplistic about the human body and the complex
processes involved in human nutrition. In fact, as far as we know, the
human body (and brain) could be the most complex organism in the

So to blame all diet-related health problems on one factor would be
missing the mark in a major way, especially when we consider the

If cooked foods were truly the cause of most human illnesses, then how
come all the longest lived people eat cooked foods, including almost
all known centenarians? And how come not a single culture on the
planet has ever eaten an exclusively raw food diet?

If grains were truly the cause of the “obesity epidemic” in what is
often dubbed a carb-crazed nation, then how come billions of people
have done just fine for millennia eating a rice-based diet, and stayed
very trim and healthy eating outrageous amounts of carbs?

If carbs were truly the problem, then all come all the longest lived
cultures in the world eat carbs? And how come the human body seems to
be designed to enjoy carbs, with the sweet taste sensation being the
most prominent feature of our sensory system for recognizing food?

If fat were truly the problem, then how come mother’s milk is over 50%
fat by calories. And if sugar was really the problem, again, how come
mother’s milk is over 40% sugar by calories?

Behind every health craze, there’s some truth. The mistake is to
believe in a one-sided answer that, in light of the complexities of
the systems that regulate our health, can frankly be seriously flawed.

So for a change, this book will focus more on inclusion rather than exclusion.

I won’t tell you that the key to this program is to eliminate entire
categories of food from your diet. I’ll try to put things in
perspective, and let you make your own choices based on your own
preferences and knowledge of your own body.

So consider Raw Freedom a “fusion-inclusion” program that combines the
best of raw foods with really healthy cooked foods, to create a
sustainable diet that even gives you some leeway in making your own

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Harmless Harvest – 100% Raw Coconut Water and 100% Raw Tea

Check out all these great photos of Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water and 100% Raw Tea, Tee/Tea shirts and Tote Bags. Awesome products that I love to use and promote. Had a chance to try the 100% Raw Tea at Expo West in Anaheim in March 2013 and it is due to launch in the summer. It is an amazing product and look forward to it when it comes out. Also, was gifted with the tote bags and tee/tea shirts, so I wanted to make sure to take photos for others to see. If you have not tried the coconut water yet, you MUST! It is the best available and all Whole Foods seem to carry it. I checked out their Facebook page and it said that they have it available in a dispenser in Danbury YEY! No more plastic bottles there and hope that spreads to all cities that carry Harmless Harvest Coconut Water.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a free sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

Tee-Shirt and Tote Bag

Tee-Shirt and Tote Bag

Tee shirt, tote bag and empty bottle ;-)

Tee shirt, tote bag and empty bottle 😉

100% Raw Tea bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Tea bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Tea Shirt and Bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Tea Shirt and Bottle from Harmless Harvest

100% Raw Coconut Water, Tee-shirt and Tote Bag

100% Raw Coconut Water, Tee-shirt and Tote Bag

Printed info on back of bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

Printed info on back of bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

More info printed on bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

More info printed on bottle of Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

You can read more about this company by scrolling down on the right side of this page under the column titled Blogroll and click on the link for their website.

Check out my YouTube video on these products – scroll down below the photos. My apologies for some of the sideways view of the video, as I did not notice it till after it was posted to YouTube and could not edit it. It is more FUN for you, right! 😉

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My Experiment Living on $3.33 a Day on a Vegan Diet – as told by Frederic Patenaude

Read this information from my friend, Frederic Patenaude and then check out the great deal he is offering exclusively to my readers.

My Experiment Living on $3.33 a Day on a Vegan Diet

First, an announcement:

This weekend, “How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet” is available for $19.95 instead of $37.

Go to:

Use Coupon code: MINDY100

Do you remember when produce used to be cheap?

I remember often buying two avocados for a dollar, and big

I didn’t even live in California or Mexico, and avocados
were cheap.

All the vegetables I buy now seem to have doubled in price
over the last 10 years. Celery used to always be 99 cents a
bunch. Now, the “base” price is usually $1.99, sometimes

Until I figured out some tips to make it work, I was
spending between $600 and $800 a month just to feed myself
on a high-raw diet.

This is more than many people spend on rent or a mortgage.

How much does the average Whole Foods Market shopper spend a
month on groceries and eating out? When a bag of organic
groceries can easily cost $80 and a glass of freshly
squeezed juice or a fresh smoothie can cost over $6, I know
that people who care about their health spend a lot on

*My Experiment*

Last summer, I went on a curious experiment where I
attempted to live on only $100 a month for food.

What motivated me to find out ways to spend less on food was
when I read a book called “Early Retirement Extreme” by a
Danish author who now lives in the USA.

This author described how he lived a “great life” on just
$7000 a year. His budget was actually only $80 a month for
all groceries and food expenses.

I thought, if this guy can live and eat well on so little,
then how could I figure out a way to do it as well?

The exact number is not important. What matters is that the
amount that you manage to save is significant, and that you
do it without sacrificing your health and most importantly,
your sanity…

So last summer, for a period of about 2-3 months, I went on
a little experiment. My goal was to spend only $100 a month
on food, and yet eat better and more nutritious foods than I
was before. I learned a great deal during this experiment,
and this is how I wrote my book “How to Eat Well for Under
$100 a Month on a Plant-Based Diet.”

I calculated the exact cost of all fruits per calories. I
also compared prices all over different cities, and compiled
all the best ways to get the best deals on food. What
started as a personal challenge turned into a sort of
economic science experiment.

I didn’t think it was possible to eat well for just $100 a
month until I tried it. And it worked!

*Some Tips*

One of the big changes I implemented was to stop buying
everything in bulk.

I know that sounds counterintuitive, but bulk deals are not
always the best. I used to buy all of my fruit by the box,
and I thought it was the best way to get the best price.

But what I discovered is that often, it’s much better to
discover stores that will advertise “loss leaders,” which
are specials that they run every week to attract customers.

I then focused on those foods and create your recipes around
what was on sale.

I spent a few months researching prices and I came up with a
definitive price list that I keep with me when I go
shopping. The price list tells you exactly what is the
maximum amount you should spend for each type of fruit,
vegetable, grain or other food. That way, you’ll know
instantly if you’re getting a good
deal or not.

*My Rule of Thumb*

In order to eat well for $100 a month, you have to find a
cheap source of healthy calories. This is actually the
easiest part of the program.

The biggest budget killer in a healthy diet is fresh
produce. The system for eating $100 a month on a plant-based
diet allows you to eat a healthy diet with fruits and
vegetables. However, those tend to be the most expensive
parts in one’s diet, besides eating out.

So my rule of thumb is to never pay more than 99 cents a
pound for fresh produce.

One way to get fruits and vegetables for 99 cents a pound or
less is to shop at supermarkets, local produce stores and
anywhere that advertises weekly specials.

You can compile, every week, a short list of the specials at
different stores around you. The easiest way to do this is
to write it all down on an index card and carry this with
you when you go shopping.

*Does It Need to be $100 a Month?*

The truth is, the target that I chose for my experiment,
$100 a month, was arbitrary because it was a fixed number. I
wanted to see if I could do it. Nowadays, I spend more than
this amount on food, but it’s still significantly less than
what I used to spend.

The reason this system works it’s because it’s customizable.

Once you know how it works, you can decide what your
personal target should be. Maybe eating organic food is
really important to you, so in this case you’ll alter the
strategy and the monthly budget for that.

If you missed the launch special for the eBook “How to Eat
Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant Based Diet”… you can
order it *today* or within the next 48 hours and get the

Just go to:

Make sure to use coupon code: MINDY100

After the weekend, the coupon will expire, so don’t delay!

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Great deals to improve your health today – Don’t delay!

My friend, Frederic, is offering these amazing deals on some of his best products to date exclusively for my readers. These offers will be available for a short time, so don’t delay!

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Coupon: MINDY100
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