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Positive Values List

Positive Values List

How many of these do you see as values you have or aspire to in your life?
Did I leave any out that you would like to add on?

Abundance | Acceptance | Accessibility | Accomplishment | Accountability | Accuracy | Achievement | Acknowledgement | Activeness | Adaptability | Adoration | Adroitness | Advancement | Adventure | Affection | Affluence | Agility | Alertness | Altruism | Amazement | Ambition | Amusement | Anticipation | Appreciation | Approachability | Approval | Articulate | Artistry | Assertiveness | Assurance | Attentiveness | Attractiveness | Audacity | Availability | Awareness | Awe |

Balance | Beauty | Being the best | Belonging | Benevolence | Bliss | Boldness | Bravery Brilliance | Buoyancy |

Calmness | Camaraderie | Candor | Capability | Care | Carefulness | Certainty | Challenge | Change | Charity | Charm | Chastity | Cheerfulness | Clarity | Cleanliness | Clear-mindedness | Cleverness | Closeness | Comfort | Commitment | Community | Compassion | Competence | Competition | Completion | Composure | Concentration | Confidence | Conformity | Congruency | Connection | Consciousness | Conservation | Consistency | Contentment | Continuity | Contribution | Control | Conviction | Conviviality | Coolness | Cooperation | Cordiality | Correctness | Courage | Courtesy | Craftiness | Creativity | Credibility | Cunning | Curiosity |

Daring | Decisiveness | Decorum | Deference | Delight | Dependability | Depth | Desire | Determination | Devotion | Devoutness | Dexterity | Dignity | Diligence | Direction | Directness | Discipline | Discovery | Discretion | Diversity | Dominance | Dreaming | Drive | Duty | Dynamism |

Eagerness | Ease | Economy | Ecstasy | Education | Effectiveness | Efficiency | Elation | Elegance | Empathy | Encouragement | Endurance | Energy | Enjoyment | Enthusiasm | Environmentalism | Ethics | Euphoria | Excellence | Excitement | Exhilaration | Expectancy | Expediency | Experience | Expertise Exploration | Expressiveness | Extravagance | Extroversion | Exuberance |

Fairness | Faith | Family | Fascination | Fearlessness | Ferocity | Fidelity | Fierceness | Financial independence | Firmness | Fitness | Flexibility | Flow | Fluency | Focus | Fortitude | Frankness | Freedom | Friendliness | Friendship | Frugality | Fun |

Gallantry | Generosity | Gentility | Giving | Grace | Gratitude | Gregariousness | Growth | Guidance |
Happiness | Harmony | Health | Heart | Helpfulness | Heroism | Holiness | Honesty | Honor | Hopefulness | Hospitality | Humility | Humor |

Imagination | Impact | Impartiality | Independence | Individuality | Influence | Ingenuity | Inquisitiveness | Insightfulness | Inspiration | Integrity | Intellect | Intelligence | Intensity | Intimacy | Intrepidness | Introspection | Introversion | Intuition | Intuitiveness | Inventiveness | Investing | Involvement |

Joy | Judiciousness | Justice |

Keenness | Kindness | Knowledge |

Leadership | Learning | Liberation | Liberty | Lightness | Liveliness | Logic | Longevity | Love | Loyalty |

Majesty | Making a difference | Mastery | Maturity | Meaning | Meekness | Mellowness | Meticulousness Mindfulness | Modesty | Motivation | Mysteriousness |

Neatness | Nerve | Non-conformity |

Obedience | Open-mindedness | Openness | Optimism | Order | Organization | Originality | Outdoorsy | Outlandishness | Outrageousness |

Partnership | Patience | Passion | Peace | Perceptiveness | Perfection | Perkiness | Perseverance | Persistence | Persuasiveness | Philanthropy | Piety | Playfulness
Pleasantness | Pleasure | Poise | Polish | Popularity | Potency | Power | Practicality | Pragmatism | Precision | Preparedness | Presence | Pride | Privacy | Proactivity | Professionalism | Prosperity | Prudence | Punctuality | Purity |

Rationality | Realism | Reason | Reasonableness | Recognition | Refinement | Reflection Relaxation | Reliability | Relief | Religiousness | Reputation | Resilience | Resolution | Resolve | Resourcefulness | Respect | Responsibility | Rest | Restraint | Reverence | Richness | Rigor |

Sacredness | Sacrifice | Sagacity | Saintliness | Sanguinity | Satisfaction | Security | Self-control Selflessness | Self-reliance | Self-respect | Sensitivity | Serenity | Service | Sharing | Shrewdness Significance | Silence | Silliness | Simplicity | Sincerity | Skillfulness | Solidarity | Solitude | Sophistication | Soundness | Speed | Spirit | Spirituality | Spontaneity | Spunk | Stability | Status Stealth | Stillness | Strength | Structure | Success | Support | Supremacy | Surprise | Sympathy | Synergy |

Teaching | Teamwork | Temperance | Thankfulness | Thoroughness | Thoughtfulness | Thrift | Tidiness | Timeliness | Traditionalism | Tranquillity | Transcendence | Trust | Trustworthiness | Truth |

Understanding | Unflappability | Uniqueness | Unity | Usefulness | Utility |

Valor | Variety | Victory | Vigour | Virtue | Vision | Vitality | Vivacity | Volunteering |

Warm-heartedness | Warmth | Watchfulness | Wealth | Willfulness | Willingness | Winning | Wisdom | Wittiness | Wonder | Worthiness |

Yearning | Youthfulness

Zeal | Zest

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Free Genetic Testing – Valued at approx. $500 through UC San Diego Golomb Research Group

Free Genetic Testing – Valued at approx. $500 through UC San Diego Golomb Research Group

This testing is to see how your detoxification genes work in relation to oxidative stress protection. The research group needs volunteers who are both healthy and clinical – meaning they have sensitivities to EMF’s (Electro-Magnetic Fields) and can have severe physical reactions to them.

This study is in the pilot stage and hope to expand with more funding, to a broader demographic, including other countries and ethnicities. At the moment they are concentrating on White/Caucasians, (as that is the need for having a homogenous group results) living in the USA. The age range to qualify is: Males 21 – 74 and Females 33 – 76. There is a limited number of participants necessary for this early phase of the study, so call as soon as possible. If they have reached their quota, you can ask to be notified when the study will be needing additional volunteers.

If you are interested in finding out more about this study and to see if you qualify, please contact Andrea Almaguer by email: aalmaguer@ucsd.edu or phone: 858-558-4950 ext. 207.

All the questionnaires to ascertain whether you qualify will be emailed to you and the test kit will be mailed to your home. You will also receive the results via email once the testing is complete.

This is a great and rare opportunity to have this genetic testing done for free!
Please let others know as well.

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Cultures Without Dairy Are Healthier by Brian Clement PhD, LN

Cultures Without Dairy Are Healthier
By Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N. http://www.hippocratesinst.org

Though no one knows for certain, it has been theorized that goats were the first dairy animals ever domesticated, probably in present day Iraq and Iran, about 10,000 years ago. Around this same time the Aurochs, wild long-horned ancestors of modern cows, were also domesticated but their milk wouldn’t be consumed for another few thousand years, until some humans could mutate a gene giving them lactase persistence so they could digest milk from ruminants.1
Dairy industry proponents of milk consumption today like to make the argument that milk and its byproducts—butter and cheese—have been the central feature of human diets throughout recorded history, with references to ‘milk and honey’ showing up numerous times in the Old Testament of the Bible.

While that may be true, at least in terms of Biblical references, this explanation conveniently leaves out one essential clarifying point—milk drinking only came about because of that genetic accident of human evolution and this accident only affected a small minority of Earth’s inhabitants about 6,000 or so years ago.

“It was only because of a genetic aberration that milk became a food staple in northern Europe and North America,” observed Discover magazine in a 2000 examination of milk and nutrition. “Nature normally programs the young for weaning before they reach adulthood by turning down production in early childhood of the enzyme that breaks down lactose. But a gene mutation inherited by people of northern European descent prevents the production of this enzyme from being turned down.”2

Today, the majority of adults throughout the world, especially in Asia and Africa, still can’t absorb the main sugar in cow’s milk—lactose— without experiencing sometimes severe physical symptoms.
We humans weren’t meant to be dairy consumers. We weren’t designed to consume milk from any species other than our own. The reason is because nature offers up different mother’s milk formulas for different species based on their unique nutritional needs.

“It’s unnatural to drink milk and what’s good for baby calves isn’t necessarily good for human babies or adults,” is how nutritional biochemist T. Colin Campbell has put it.3 By the time most humans reach 10 years of age, they can’t consume milk without cramping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.
Perhaps the first human nutritional expert to point out that milk isn’t essential to the human diet was the Biochemist and Professor E.V. McCollum of Johns Hopkins University, in the early 20th century. He described how people in southern Asia, with no history of drinking milk, have remarkable physiques and endurance, along with strong bones and “the finest teeth of any people in the world,” which is in sharp contrast to lesser physiques found among dairy consuming cultures. Ironically and rather sadly, this information unfavorable to dairy was deleted in the later editions of his book The Newer Knowledge of Nutrition, after Professor McCollum became a well paid consultant to the National Dairy Products Company.4

There is anecdotal evidence that during World War I, when cow’s milk was in short supply throughout much of Europe, infant death rates dropped because mothers had to breast-feed more often. Subsequent research on infant mortality and the use of cow’s milk have added weight to that observation.

In a study involving 9,886 newborn babies in the Philippines, researchers found that when nursery policies changed from a reliance on cow’s milk formula to breastfeeding, the incidence of oral thrush, diarrhea, and clinical sepsis and death “were drastically reduced during the intensification of the breastfeeding program,” according to the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics.5 Similar findings came from Brazil where a team of researchers studying infant mortality discovered that breast-fed infants had 14 times less risk of death from diarrhea and 3 times less risk of death from respiratory infections than infants given cow’s milk or formula made with cow’s milk.6

Somewhat more controversial has been evidence that cow’s milk and baby formula raise the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Such findings initially came from New Zealand in the form of a three-year study that followed nearly 2,000 infants and their feeding habits. Breastfed infants had “a significantly lower risk of SIDS than infants not breastfed,” concluded the International Journal of Epidemiology report.7 What has become clear is that cultures without a history of dairy consumption are healthier in many important respects than cultures which have embraced high levels of dairy consumption. Breast cancer rates are one example. Among rural Chinese women, aged 35 to 64, a major nutritional study found that breast cancer only averaged 8.7 cases per 100,000 women, compared to 44 cases and above per 100,000 women in the U.S. and much of Europe. Much lower dairy consumption, milk in particular, among the Chinese women seemed to account for the cancer differences.8

Consider the rates of osteoporosis in dairy reliant versus non-dairy reliant cultures. During the 1980s the China-Oxford-Cornell project on diet and disease, directed by Cornell University Professor Campbell, used data gathered from 6,500 Chinese families to find that among women over 50 years of age, their hip fracture rate was five times lower than what the U.S. and other Western cultures endure. Chinese women with their milk-free diet were getting their calcium from vegetables and fruits, whereas Western women absorbed most of their calcium from dairy products. Apparently, chemistry inherent to dairy leaches calcium from bone, making the Western women alarmingly more susceptible to weakened bones and fractures.9

The health pattern of non-dairy cultures being healthier than dairy cultures holds up when we look at prostate cancer and other diseases. In the case of prostate cancer, research has revealed the incidence rates to be 10 times higher in dairy-glutted Western Europe than in Asia, though those rates in Asian countries gradually began to get higher as Western dietary habits centered on dairy consumption were popularized and began to spread along with fast food.10

Diabetes rates provide another example in point. There is study evidence that in Finland, where cow’s milk in particular, and dairy consumption in general, is historically high, type 1 diabetes is 36 times higher than in Japan, where dairy has historically never been a dietary staple.11 This glaring difference should give any cow’s milk drinker pause for considerable reflection and concern.

Within dairy consuming cultures the health pattern also appears when comparing those who consume dairy and animal products to those who do not consume them. In a 2010 study of 85,168 U.S. women (aged 34 to 59 years) and 44,548 men (aged 40 to 75 years) without any diagnosed heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, an extraordinary 26 years of follow-up assessment by researchers occurred for the women and 20 years of follow-up for the men. Low-carbohydrate diets, either animal-based (emphasizing animal sources of fat and protein, including dairy) or vegetable-based (emphasizing vegetable sources of fat and protein) were computed from several food-frequency questionnaires. The study concluded: “The animal low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with a higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates.”12

A huge European study with results released in 2013 came up with similar findings. Using data from 23,531 study participants, associations were analyzed between consuming 45 different foods and the risk for a variety of major chronic diseases, namely, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. The scientists concluded: “Higher intakes of low-fat dairy, butter, red meat and sauce were associated with higher risks of chronic diseases.”13

The evidence for a link between dairy consumption and your risk of stroke has been mixed and inconclusive, with some study results indicating a possible risk and many others failing to find a connection. The key to an answer might be found in the synergistic interactions between certain ‘nutrients’ in dairy and other foods combined with lifestyle habits which compound health problems.

To illustrate what I mean, a 2009 study in Finland examined the association between dairy food intake and risk of stroke using 26,556 Finnish male smokers aged 50–69 years who had no history of stroke. They completed a food frequency questionnaire. With the study researchers came to this conclusion: “We observed positive associations between whole milk intake and risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, and between yogurt intake and subarachnoid hemorrhage. These findings suggest that intake of certain dairy foods may be associated with risk of stroke.”14

What you will see in the large accumulation of medical science studies is a clear, persuasive, and growing body of research linking dairy products with the upsurge in chronic diseases being inflicted on humankind. It all starts with the cocktail of chemicals found naturally in milk.

REFERENCES
1 “Historical Timeline: A brief history of cow’s milk.” ProCon.org. http://milk.procon.org/viiew.resource.php?resourceID=000832.
2 Dan Winters, Gary Tanhauser, Will Hively. “Worrying About Milk.” Discover. August 2000.
3 Ibid.
4 Shelton, Herbert M. The Hygienic System, pg. 172 (Dr. Shelton’s Health School: 1947.)
5 Clavano NR. “Mode of Feeding and its Effect on Infant Mortality and Morbidity.” J Trop Ped. 1982;28(6):287–293.
6 Victora CG. Et al. “Evidence for protection by breast-feeding against infant deaths from infectious diseases in Brazil.” Lancet. 1987 Aug 8;2(8554):319–22.
7 Ford, RPK. Et al. Int J Epidemology. 1993;22(5):885–890.
8 Ibid. Dan Winters.
9 Campbell, T. Colin. The China Study. 2006 (BenBella: Dallas).
10 Ibid. Winters.
11 LaPorte RE. Et al. “Geographic differences in the risk of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: the importance of registries.” Diabetes Care. 1985; 8(Suppl. 1)101–107.
12 Fung TT. Et al. “Low-Carbohydrate Diets and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality.” Annals of Internal Medicine. Sep 7, 2010:153(5):289–298.
13 Von Ruesten A. Et al. “Diet and risk of chronic diseases: results from the first 8 years of follow-up in the EPIC-Potsdam study.” Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Feb 6 (Epub ahead of print.)
14 Larsson SC. Et al. “Dairy foods and risk of stroke.” Epidemiology. 2009 May;20(3):355–60.

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The Value of Organic Foods by David Wolfe

The Value of Organic Foods by David Wolfe

The value of organic raw foods, superfoods, and herbs is critically
important for a safe, healthy, and happy future for all of us, our children,
and our children’s children. The evidence is increasingly pointing towards
an organic future.

Organics foods are known to have the following characteristics:

Organic food is richer in minerals:

Organic farmers, in general, are more interested than conventional farmers
in growing mineral-rich produce. The famous Rutgers study demonstrated that
organic food was superior in the following minerals: phosphorus, calcium,
magnesium, potassium, sodium, boron, manganese, iron, copper, and cobalt. It
all starts with mineral-rich soil. When more minerals are available to the
plant, the plant’s vitamin, polysaccharide, and enzyme content, as well as
overall immune system are improved. When we eat mineral-rich food we absorb
the nutrients that made the plant healthy. We also enjoy more conscious
choices and freedom as the cells throughout our body become healthier and
more vital. Entire books have been written on how rich soils help build
enormous civilizations and how subsequent mismanagement of crops and the
soil leads to a loss of soil minerals and the subsequent collapse of these
civilizations.

Organic agriculture is sustainable:

Organic food production has existed for thousands of years. It will continue
as long as humans walk the planet. Organic agriculture is non-toxic (it
leaves no permanent toxicity). The pesticide and artificial fertilizer
industries are toxic and not sustainable. These industries have covered the
entire planet with dangerous chemicals. The story of DDT is known to nearly
all of us. DDT went into commercial distribution in 1948. Because of its
unsustainable toxicity, DDT was banned in the United States in 1972 and soon
after was banned worldwide. DDT is a known neurotoxin and carcinogen. Who
was brought to justice after the facts about DDT were revealed? How many
people, children, and animals were (are) injured by this chemical? How much
longer is it possible to continue to spray the Earth with poisons?

Organic agricultural supports being chemical-free:

With the explosion of cancer and disease in Western culture, who has the
authority to say that any artificial chemicals are safe on our food?

Consider the summary from the following 2003 research article in which
pesticide exposure was at least six times higher in the diets of children
eating conventional food (as compared to organic food):

“We assessed organophosphorus (OP) pesticide exposure from diet by
biological monitoring among Seattle, Washington, preschool children. Parents
kept food diaries for 3 days before urine collection, and they distinguished
organic and conventional foods based on label information. Children were
then classified as having consumed either organic or conventional diets
based on analysis of the diary data. Residential pesticide use was also
recorded for each home. We collected 24-hr urine samples from 18 children
with organic diets and 21 children with conventional diets and analyzed them
for five OP pesticide metabolites. We found significantly higher median
concentrations of total dimethyl alkylphosphate metabolites than total
diethyl alkylphosphate metabolites (0.06 and 0.02 µmol/L, respectively ; p =
0.0001) . The median total dimethyl metabolite concentration was
approximately six times higher for children with conventional diets than for
children with organic diets (0.17 and 0.03 µmol/L ; p = 0.0003) ; mean
concentrations differed by a factor of nine (0.34 and 0.04 µmol/L) . We
calculated dose estimates from urinary dimethyl metabolites and from
agricultural pesticide use data, assuming that all exposure came from a
single pesticide. The dose estimates suggest that consumption of organic
fruits, vegetables, and juice can reduce children’s exposure levels from
above to below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s current
guidelines, thereby shifting exposures from a range of uncertain risk to a
range of negligible risk. Consumption of organic produce appears to provide
a relatively simple way for parents to reduce their children’s exposure to
OP pesticides.”

Taken from “Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure of Urban and Suburban
Preschool Children with Organic and Conventional Diets” by Cynthia L. Curl,
CL, RA Fenske and K Elgethun, 2003. (www.ehponline.org/docs/2003/5754/abstract.html)

Organic food is safer on our hormone system:

The endocrine or hormone system may be more susceptible to toxicity than the
nervous system. A growing body of research is indicating that an
inappropriate exposure to certain pesticides during the developmental cycle
of growth in humans and animals can cause serious long-lasting endocrine and
hormone disorders.

The Environmental Working Group recently published the following statements
(www.foodnews.org/reduce.php): “Many pesticides are now considered
‘endocrine disrupters,’ in part because the term is something of a catch
phrase for chemicals that cause a variety of changes in normal hormone
signaling. Some better known examples of highly toxic endocrine disrupting
pesticides are DDT (and its metabolite DDE) which are now known to exhibit
much of their toxicity through anti-androgenic (de-masculinizing)
properties, vinclozolin, a heavily used fungicide that is also
anti-androgenic, endosulfan, a DDT relative with estrogenic properties that
is found more often in food than any other pesticide, and atrazine, a weed
killer with broad hormonal activity, that contaminates the drinking water of
about 20 million people in the United States.

Eating organic foods, superfoods, and herbs is safe, easy, and fun!

You can grow organic foods anywhere with seeds, nice soil, sunshine,
sufficient moisture, smiles, and lots of love. Gardening skills are
attractive and make for a safe, healthy hobby. Organic foods have
been proven over thousands of years to be safe to eat.

Conventional foods have been proven over 50 years to be unsafe to eat. I saw
a conventional lettuce farmer near Santa Barbara, California climb out of
his tractor in a space suit on in order to protect himself from the
chemicals he was spraying. Does this sound like progress or a bad horror
movie?

Remember, you vote with your dollar. Cutting corners cheats everyone. Let’s
vote for organic farmers.

TIP OF THE WEEK:
SHOPPER’S GUIDE – BUY ORGANIC & AVOID THE “DIRTY DOZEN” FRUITS & VEGETABLES
According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) analysis of data from over 43,000 tests on pesticides in conventional produce, over 90% of ingestion of pesticides in foods can be eliminated by avoiding the most contaminated foods. The “Dirty Dozen” most contaminated foods are peaches (97 percent tested positive for residue), apples (92 percent tested positive), sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. The “Consistently Clean” are onions (90 percent tested negative), avocados (90 percent), sweet corn (90 percent), pineapples, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli and papaya. “Federal produce tests tell us that some fruits and vegetables are so likely to be contaminated with pesticides that you should always buy them organic. Others are so consistently clean that you can eat them with less concern.” Says EWG Senior Vice President Richard Wiles. Download your wallet-sized shopper’s guide here: http://www.foodnews.org

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Mariam Kinkladze, co-founder and CEO of Organic Gemini

My Comments: I first found this company when perusing Amazon for products and was intrigued by it. Then I met some of the people from the company at Expo West in Anaheim and tried the product for the first time. It was, Yum at 1st Bite! The Tiger Nut is chewy on the outside and sweet, tasty and satisfying. I also tried the Raw Granola and Horchata – which incorporate the Tiger Nut into them and those where just as wonderful. I look forward to seeing more products made using this amazing tuber/small root vegetable from Spain. It has numerous health benefits as the #1 resistant starch/prebiotic. I also love that they do not use agave or cane sugar to sweeten their Horchata drink, but instead use dates. Thanks for bringing this great product to the USA!

I want to give thanks to Ludovica Vigliardi Paravia, PR Representative and Europe Sales Coordinator at Organic Gemini, for all her efforts and assistance.

For the twenty-fourth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to
Mariam Kinkladze, co-founder and CEO of Organic Gemini founded by Mariam Kinkladze and George Papanastasatos in 2013.

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

Healing myself from a cancerous cyst following a raw diet showed me how lost we are as a society and how much real-food diet relates into health. Learning and living with an awareness of proper health is empowering. I’ve spent a lot of time educating myself through books, travel and advice from fellow health ambassadors I’ve met along the way. When I realized how much confidence I had found from knowing what to put in my body, I started feeling better in more than just a physical sense.

That was one of my biggest reasons for getting involved in the foods industry. I want to remind people that you can contribute to a better tomorrow for ourselves. Treat your body well, take time in the day to clear your mind and your soul with feel satisfied.

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. Tigernuts
2. Water filter
3. Photos of my loved ones
4. Toothbrush
5.Yoga mat–Any time, any place..stop drop and yoga. This would definitely be on a top 5 necessity list for life. Also, I’m sure if I were on a desert island a yoga mat could comfortably double as a cushion for sleep. haha.

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?

We all live our own personal story. What we add and take out of it is up to us, so we have the power to close our own chapters and write our own introductions.. Keeping that in mind, look for things to smile about, remind yourself daily of what you have and live gratefully.

Question #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 nice blender goes a long way. I’ve been experimenting so much lately with my own fruit smoothies and TigerNuts, that I’ve been soaking at home. They’ve been turning out great and my son also enjoys the entertainment of the colors. Very versatile invention in the sense of what you can make in it. I also believe that having fun while you make food gives you the best recipes. Splurge on a nice blender, save so much in the long run!

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?

Organic Gemini is on a mission to share the beneficial beauty of earth’s ancient super root, the TigerNut. Our company is only 1 year young, but it’s been a constant cycle and mission to spread our love through Organic living. We’ve found multiple functionalities to incorporate Organic TigerNuts into your daily living, and the best part is how much fun we’ve had doing so. We offer Cold-Pressed Horchata, Flour, Oil and Granola, along with demonstrations and a verbal education on how to use our products in day to day cooking. To me, education is most important..especially when you set out to talk about a vegetable with such traditionally cheeky name.

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

My dreams for the planet all come down to Proactive Awareness and Empowerment of the people through nutrient dense diet. Together, with those things we can start a movement in ourselves and in our community. Positivity spreads!

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

My greatest hero is my husband, who also happens to be my business partner. I find new inspiration through him daily and he reminds me why we’re on this journey to support something we truly believe in.

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

I am already saying way more than I’d normally do.

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?

There is no such thing as the best diet – Follow your intuition like our ancestors did. Listen to your body, note how you feel after you eat certain foods.

As an added bonus, I have asked some questions of employees who work at the company: Robert Gleyberman, Assistant to Director of Operations; Chris, E-commerce and Demo Coordinator and Ludovica Vigliardi Paravia, PR Representative and Europe Sales Coordinator at Organic Gemini

Question #1: How did you come to work for this company?

Robert: I came to work for this company by odd chance. I was perusing Craigslist for an interesting job and stumbled upon Organic Gemini. I have a degree in biology and have always been interested in health, so I thought that this would be a natural fit- and it is!

Chris: I was at Whole Foods and the TigerNut Horchata packaging caught my eye, I beelined for it. A few days later I met someone who worked at Organic Gemini and she asked me if I would like to be a brand ambassador for them. It was more than just a coincidence! A month later, I asked her if my fiancee could come onboard too!

Ludovica: I met Mariam Kinkladze when we were both students at Columbia University. Mariam was looking for a PR representative to help increase media exposure for Organic Gemini and, since I truly believed in her company from day 1 and already had experience in PR, she offered me this incredible opportunity.

Question #2: What has been your own personal “health” journey and what do you
foresee for the future?

Robert: My personal health journey started last fall when I wanted to get fit for a vacation to Aruba. Long story short, almost 7 months later I still continue to work out everyday and make smarter food choices. Organic Gemini’s products have done nothing but accelerate my journey, as my immune system has seen an improvement thanks to all of the probiotics that I have been consuming. I foresee the future as being filled with even better choices regarding health and I cannot wait to continue my journey.

Chris: I am beyond excited about our new TigerNut Horchata+ Green. It’s a wonderful way to get in a healthy dose of powerful green veggies each day. I felt and looked my best when I was making green smoothies in the morning, but I had to add in a fruit to make it taste enjoyable. Our new green horchata is perfect for people like me who want to eat the most powerful green veggies but still be delicious!

Ludovica: I always loved to workout and eat healthy food. However, working for Organic Gemini, has made me more aware of the foods that have healing properties and the foods that we should avoid. When I first started working for Organic Gemini I did not know what a TigerNut was and where it was grown. Now, I can’t stop eating them and I am so happy to have found such a nutrient dense food rich in fiber!

For more information about this company and all the products they sell, go to: http://www.organicgemini.com

Also check out the video review of their products on my youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Tiger Nut Products: Tiger Nut, Raw Granola and Flour My creation: Cacao Tiger Nut Flour Ssesame Butter Balls

Tiger Nut Products: Tiger Nut, Raw Granola and Flour
My creation: Cacao Tiger Nut Flour Sesame Butter Balls

Tiger Nut Products: Tiger Nut Tiger Nut Flour Tiger Nut Raw Granola Horchata in flavors - Original, Strawberry and Chai

Tiger Nut Products:
Tiger Nut
Tiger Nut Flour
Tiger Nut Raw Granola
Horchata in flavors – Original, Strawberry and Chai

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