Archive for July, 2014

Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Niki Price, Co-Founder of inner-ēco™, Coconut Water Probiotic

For the sixteenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Niki Price, co-founder of inner-ēco™, coconut water probiotic, in business since 2008.

My Comments

I had started looking into consuming more fermented products that are beneficial to the health of our gut/colon/intestinal flora. I prefer to do it this way instead of taking a “pill.” I enjoy eating raw fermented sauerkraut because it tastes really good and is also good for you. I have reviewed a few different fermented food companies on my blog and also youtube channel. I have started to see in the health food stores liquid probiotic made with fresh coconut water and wanted to try it out for myself. I contacted this company, inner-ēco™, and they obliged to send me a coupon to get a bottle at my local health food store. They do not ship this product because it needs to be keep cold at all times because of the live cultures present inside the bottle. I am also happy that they package it in a glass bottle that is an amber color – which protects/preserves the ingredients inside from diminishing in value due to exposure to light.

The first time I had a spoonful of it, I really liked it and reminded me of ginger ale, except this is not carbonated, colored or made with any chemicals. It is a living food product! It comes in 3 flavors: Original, Tropical and Wild Berry. I tried the original because I wanted to have it without any added ingredients. I usually consume a tablespoon every day and have been for about 10 days, as of this being written. I can not say that I have noticed any specific change to my health, but I will still continue to consume it because I know it good for my physical health.

The only caveat, is that when I pour from the bottle onto my spoon, I always seem to lose some into the sink. There is no spout, so maybe I will use a glass under it, so I do not have to waste any. It is very precious and valuable and want it in my body and not down the drain. I mentioned this to Niki in an email and she mentioned that it is best to pour it in a shot glass.

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

My history involved struggles with candidiasis, my son had a compromised immune system due to too many antibiotics for chronic ear infections, and just having two young children who began drinking inner-eco regularly hardly EVER got sick.

My background is in elementary education. I am all self-taught in health. I’ve always been into health and nutrition and came across the recipe for coconut water Kefir out of a book called Body Ecology by Donna Gates. She is the pioneer, I figured out a way to package it and perfect the recipe.

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?

I would want good clean water, my inner-eco, my green drink, fresh nuts and fresh fruit.

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?

Use good stress management techniques- take care of yourself by taking care of others. Pay it forward spread goodwill serve others.

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?

Any product that is GMO free!

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?

We offer a product that is fresh, clean of chemicals, pasteurization and healing to the soul and body. This product is about adding fermented foods into your diet. Our country is lacking this food group! Your gut is the foundation of your health often called, “the second brain.” Most of what we eat/lifestyle kills beneficial bacteria. Fermented foods/probiotics are about maintaining and building good bacteria. We spread good will throughout the world through our mission work. Read about Feed, Free and Educate on our website.

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

That others around the world respect each other’s differences and all learn how to work together healing the world by giving to others who have less.

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

Dr. Martin Luther King who once said “the greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the vast majority that sat idly by.”

To learn more about this company and their products: http://www.inner-eco.com

Also, check out my video review: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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The Importance of Oral Hygiene Health – Be Proactive!

The health of your mouth tells a lot about the health of your body, so before the problems start to arise, be proactive about your oral hygiene and now you can purchase some great information on how to do just that!

I just posted a new video on my youtube channel with the essential tools from Essential Oxygen, etc. (their Organic Brushing Rinse and Food Grade Peroxide) you will need for your dental health. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

My friend, Frederic Patenaude has a great dental course on sale to my readers.
It is only available for a short time, so don’t delay!

Here is the info from Frederic:

Although the *precipitating* factor that creates problem
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The only way to prevent dental decay for life and reverse a
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environment. Just controlling your diet does not address the
root of the problem.

That’s why I publish the best course available on the
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This program has been created by OraMedia and is the only
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Other health products offered by Frederic, are on sale, as well, so check them out before the discounts are removed – which could be at any time, without notice! Remember to use the coupon code for those products where indicated to get the discounts.

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Health is Your Wealth – Great Products on Sale!

The deals from my friend, Frederic Patenaude, for his health products are available now, exclusively to my readers. Check them out before the discounts are removed, which could be at any time, without notice! Remember to use the coupon code for those products where indicated to get the discounts.

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Courtland Jennings, Founder, President, COO of Pickled Planet

For the fifteenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Courtland Jennings, “man wearing many hats,” Founder, President, COO of Pickled Planet, makers of fermented products since 2002.

My Comments:

I find great products in many different ways. Sometimes in a store, on Amazon, in a newsletter, through a “Google” search, etc. I found Pickled Planet at a raw vegan cafe. I looked in their cooler and being a lover of fermented foods, I wrote down their website and checked it out. It took a while to actually get the product, but it was well worth the wait. All their products are made with organic ingredients, vegan and raw. Packed in glass jars with some distinct and unique flavors. They make sauerkraut, kimchi and pickled vegetables (“Dilly Beans” are high up on the list of favorites that I sampled).

You can check out my video review where I sample four of their products:
http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

From their website:

The Pickled Planet Story

Pickled Planet was started in 2002 by Courtlandt Jennings, in the small hamlet of Ashland, Oregon. With a desire to make the best fermented products available to the world, the offer of a free kitchen to start in, the savings in his bank account, and plenty of local produce, Courtlandt started making tasty sauerkraut.

Our Mission
Our mission is to produce and sell lacto-fermented foods with a brand that inspires humanity and raises awareness of their importance in out diet.

Our Vision
Our vision is to help return balance to our living systems through the process of our business. We do so by providing a living wage to employees; buying produce direct from farmers, providing lacto-ferments and a path towards health for our customers; diverting waste streams out of landfills, using 100% organic ingredients, Using post consumer paper in our office and labels, offering bulk options and re-claiming jars; and most of all by building our business model around what helps the world, even if it costs more.

Why Are We Here?
Pickled Planet is a response to our modern world and its “diet gone mad” on hyper processed and pasteurized food and hyper imbalanced wealth distribution. We are in pursuit of a healthy balance between our species and all our relations, our human ecosystems and natural ecosystems, and the cyclical capture of solar abundance and the technological maintenance of lifestyles.

The way we see it, if microscopic lactic acid bacteria can bridge the gap from atmosphere, to barrel, to our guts, then we can bridge the gap between the bottom line and the planetary brine.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

My name is Courtlandt Jennings, I grew up in New Jersey but left in 1992 for the wider skies of the west. Health and personal development has always been central to my existence. At age 7, I started speech therapy to over come a stutter which taught me self discipline. At age 9, I found I had mineral and sugar imbalance in my blood and had to go on a special no sugar, no white flour diet. No one else in my family did this, so as you can imagine it was a real chore. My dad would take me to the health foods store, which in the early 80’s NJ was a hole in the wall. These two things were formative in my development as a conscious eater and being into personal development and exposure to the nacent natural foods industry.

Something else that was big in my early days was the family tradition of back rubs. We would always give each other back rubs, and this stuck for me and when I was 20 I took my first massage therapy training. Through the 90s I contined training and practicing massage therapy and so that was and still is a big part of my life, though now its just a hobby. My grandpa was an MD, my mom was an OT and I was and MT, so there’s a tradition of health care in my family as well as my own inclinations.

Once I turned 30 I realized I wanted to do something bigger than traveling and just kicking along, so I turned my passion for fermentation into a business. It was a perfect fit because natural foods were continuing to grow, my products ensured healthy guts and I could grow the business basically guilt free because what I was making was so healthy.

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 lareg multi-tool utility knife (includes a magnifying glass), a solar stove/oven, a fairly large container, preferably rust proof like stainless steel, a large hemp tarp, and rope of several gauges…
I choose these things because they are basic holy 5 for survival, with them you can de-salinate water, craft hunting implements, protect yourself from the sun, and make most anything else you’d need.

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?

You are so much more than your thoughts, your body, and your stories. Find what is alive in yourself that is observing those things, continue being interested but not identified, and allow love to expand where ever it can. We are light and it is light that we share…and a healthy gut is one of the best investments you can make in your body.

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?

That would depend greatly on the person and where they were at…though if they are not eating fermented vegetables I would say that is a great start.

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?

Pickled Planet makes a great line of organic fermented foods that support a healthy gut, and provide enzymatic infusions that help lessen the speed of aging. We ferment everything for at least 5 weeks to optimize the strength of the probiotics and the enzyme count. We’ve been in business since 2003, making us one of the original artisan fermented food companies out there. We strive to pay a living wage to those that earn it, and the long range plan for the company is to become a worker-owned business. We use only post consumer paper for all our documents, and our labels, which utilize a zero waste application system allowing customers to tear off the label and recycle it again. We sell our products in glass jars, ensuring the product is less oxidized and as fresh as possible when opened. In our local area, we allow people to return their jars to us for re-use, we even get some in the mail occasionally, and have a discount pricing program to help make it affordable to those that need it.

In short, we aim to be a healthy cell in the body of the foods system, helping to heal the commerce system one business at a time.

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

I really truly hope that we can come together as a unified planetary culture of inter-dependent nations, and we all realize and embody the truth of our earth body and our deep connection to it. A full reversal on unnecessary industrialization, the financial system, the consolidation of power and a deepening of ecosystem awareness and communing with nature and her cycles while providing our needs from them. We have all the tools and technology for a graceful existence, free from poverty and pollution, we just need to throw the bullies out of the playground, or at least put them in their place.

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

My Dad was my greatest hero for so many reasons I could not name them all, but he taught me how to work hard and be diligent, how to weigh options and make proper decisions and that being successful is doing what you enjoy, and he loves to laugh.

To find out more about the products and to order, go to: http://www.pickledplanet.com

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Update to my Vejibag Experiment

Last week I introduced you to Vejibag and had the owner answer questions about herself and the products on this blog. I also did a video on my youtube channel showing the product and mentioning an experiment I was going to do to see how well Vejibag works compared to plastic and compostable bags. I used the same produce in each bag so it would be a uniform experiment.

Some follow up questions I asked of Sally Erickson, the owner, before I started my experiment that I wanted to share with you.

The Rawsome Vegan Gal comment:
I will probably try out spinach (have some I bought that are pre-washed, so do I need to wash again) and celery in one of the Vejibags.

Sally’s answer:
I have had trouble with “3Xwashed” greens…I think that is because the washing process actually damages the greens because it is done industrially….So I wouldn’t recommend using pre-washed greens unless you are sure they are in good condition, not broken or bruised from the washing process.

The Rawsome Vegan Gal question:
I never asked, can I combine more then one produce item in a bag like what I mentioned or needs to be separate?

Sally’s answer:
As long as you don’t combine fruits and vegetables…just vegetables can easily be combined, even cut vegetables…Sometimes I put a cut cucumber, a cut carrot and salad greens all in one bag…works fine.

The Rawsome Vegan Gal comment:
Also I did not wash the bags, as you said to do so before first use.

Sally’s answer:
That’s fine…there is some “sizing” in the fabric from the mill. It will wash out with just water and I don’t think it has anything toxic in it…my supplier is all about organic so I assume there’s nothing toxic in it but I can’t guarantee…But I do feel sure it washes out with water.

The Rawsome Vegan Gal question:
I wanted to start the test today, but would not get to wash laundry till Thursday (that was last week that I am referring to) can I wash by hand with some natural soap and then use it?

Sally’s answer:
Sure.

The Rawsome Vegan Gal question:
Also, does the bag have to be completely full of produce for the best results or does not matter?

Sally’s answer:
Doesn’t matter. As the bag gets less veggies in it I just fold it over.

Now it is time to see the results of the experiment.
Please check out my youtube channel for Part 1 – Preview and Part 2 – Results

Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Also the company is offering a very special discount of 25% off on all Vejibags to my viewers for 8 days only, between July 2nd and July 9th 2014 and will expire at midnight. You must use the coupon code: RESULTS (all caps) at checkout.

Don’t delay if you want to order these products before this deal ends next week.
Go to their website: http://www.vejibag.com

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