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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Perry A~ : Founder of The Living Clay Company

My Comments

I have known for some time about clay for health and healing and also from the books that were translated by Michel Abeshera. I do not remember if I ever consumed clay at that time, but I did decide to try the calcium bentonite clay from The Living Clay Company last year and did a couple of videos on my YouTube channel. You can check them out here:

The Living Clay Company – All Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay: Part 1 Introduction

The Living Clay Co. – All Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay Part 2: Results

My YouTube video review of Perry A’s new book:
Book Review: Calcium Bentonite Clay by Perry A~ – Founder of The Living Clay Company

For the thirtieth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Perry A~ The Clay Lady founder of The Living Clay Company

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

Perry A’s background is as diverse as the clay she loves talking about. From city girl to country girl and points in between, the lifelong Texan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. Her background in chemistry, biology and veterinary science contributes to her knowledge base for understanding the intricate workings of clays. At Texas Tech she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha social sorority and was on the university’s rodeo team and was the 1958 Texas Tech Rodeo Queen. In 1959 she was selected by her peers as the first woman to win Texas Tech’s prestigious “Aggie of the Year Award”.

After graduating, she married her college sweetheart, had two daughters and lived in the small farming community of Seymour, Texas. The marriage ended after 27 years, and her first job as a probation officer opened her eyes to the fact that she could motivate people and decided to become a motivational speaker. For more than 20 years, she has been taking audiences on a roller coaster ride of tears and laughter that ultimately results in a truly joyous and inspirational experience. As the world’s only Dessert Analyst, her incredible philosophies will show you how to find the opportunities in every obstacle and motivate you to turn problems into possibilities. Perry A’s hilarious stories of life-lessons learned will have you doubled over with laughter even as they open your awareness to new, more prosperous ways of thinking and living life.

From heart-wrenching to fallout laughing story-telling and Cajun humor, Perry A~ instantly changes your perceptions about life and people. Experience instant personality assessments with her remarkable spot on dessert analysis. That’s right! Everything you need to know about a persons’ personality style is boldly in their dessert choice. Can visualizing people as desserts help you to digest them easier? You bet your whip cream it can. Take the edge off personality conflicts with People Are Just Desserts. http://www.PerryA.com

She became a student of clays in the early 1990s after being introduced to a green Calcium Bentonite Clay. Her passion and curiosity led her away from her speaking career and on a new journey of research and discovery into the amazing healing potential of Calcium Bentonite Clays. She has been an advocate for this clay ever since. She is the founder of the Living Clay Company which sold in June of 2015 to Nutraceutical, LLC. In her second clay book, Calcium Bentonite Clay: Nature’s Pathway to Healing, she simplifies complex chemistry and research data while introducing readers to the intriguing properties of Calcium Bentonite Clay. She has an extensive library of science journals and reference books and is a member of the Clay Mineral Society. Today, she gives interviews and lectures about using and mixing clays, as well as writing articles, blogs and books on the subject. She maintains a free clay information website with a myriad of articles, testimonials, interviews, recipes as well as providing free webinars each month to answer questions about Bentonite Clay. To say that she is passionate about educating people to this age-old curative is an understatement.

In addition, Perry A~ encourages readers to challenge their long-held limiting beliefs about their bodies’ ability to heal. “After all,” she says, “a belief is just a thought you keep thinking, and body ALWAYS follows mind. Choose to believe that every day in every way, you are getting better and better and better.”

Being a people person, she loves the opportunities that being the “Clay Lady” have given her to connect with people. “Making new friends from all over the world is the most exciting and rewarding part for me,” she says. “A good clay will win friends and influences people. All I do is get it in or on people, and the clay does the rest. It is all about the results! After experiencing the marvels of clay, they become clay lovers for life.”

For lectures, interviews, book signings and questions, contact Perry A~ at 512-262-7187 or perrya@austin.rr.com. Sign up for Perry A’s free teleseminars and blogs and join the Bentonite Clay Yahoo Chat Group at http://www.BentoniteClayInfo.com. To order the book, go to http://www.TheClayBook.com.

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. Drinking water

2. Living Clay Detox Powder Clay

3. Fishing gear with a tackle box

4. An assortment of vegetable seeds

5. A shovel

I thinks most are obvious reasons. If you know about Bentonite Clay you will understand its wide range of healing potential from healing wounds, insect bites, snake bites, food poisoning, burns, sunburn blocker, skin irrations, internal detoxing and alkalization, a natural analgesic for pain, and its ability to make amino acids, peptide chains, proteins and vitamins the body maybe deficient in that are not even in the clay.

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?

Balance, moderation and common sense in all things.

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?

Living Clay Detox Powder Clay. Dry clay and water is all you need to make liquid clay and clay masks or mud for topical applications.

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 founded the original clay company in my garage and built the company from there changing names several times. In the fall of 2007 I took on a partner and together to form The Living Clay Company under ProClay, LLC and it sold in June of 2015. I am no longer associated with the company or their products but am still passionate about spreading the word about Calcium Bentonite Clay as an safe alternative to drugs for healing. I created a free information site http://www.BentoniteClayinfo.com With numerous articles, interviews, testimonials, a blog and provide free webinars each month on Q & A with Perry A~ on Calcium Bentonite Clay.

The only thing I have to sell is a new upgraded informative book Calcium Bentonite Clay: Nature’s Pathway to Healing at http://www.TheClayBook.com I decided to go with a publisher this time so have no authority to offer discounts. I do however have a CD on an interesting interview with The Power Hour that explains:

1:The Who, What and How of Clay
2:Detox, Cleanse, Poultices and Soaks
3:Call-ins and Testimonials

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

I believe that most suffering is optional with Calcium Bentonitee Clay to balance, detox, stimulate and alkalize the body. Clay together with healthy eating and healthy alternatives to drugs is coming into our consciousness more and more. People are going back to producing their own food. The tide is turning to the need and desire for putting more effort and knowledge in maintaining a healthy state of well being. I believe and hold the vision of returning to sanity in protecting our planet and our future health.

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

Dr. Wayne Dyer. He walked his talk both spiritually and health wise and was a humanitarian giver and always encouraged upcoming speakers sharing the podium with newbies.

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

Life happen for you not to you. Believe in yourself. You are so deserving by your birthright alone. Push the edge of your potential as you know it. There is more to come.

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

Again balance and moderation in all things. Being aware of the protein and vitamins and minerals needed in a healthy diet. Eating slowly and leaving the table before you hit full. In a few minutes your tank will register full.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Lindsay Williambrown; Owner of All Well Brands

For the twenty-seventh interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Lindsay Williambrown; Owner and CSO (Chief Snacking Officer) of MUNCHOS! Raw Snacks – a product line of All Well Brands in business since 2013

My Comments:

I found this company/brand in a unique way. I was looking on craigslist in the job section under the food/hospitality section and entered in the search box for vegan chef and an ad came up for someone to help make raw food snack products for this company. I decided to look up the company online and when I saw the pictures of the products, I was amazed because it look like art. The colors of the foods used looked alive, vibrant and 3-D quality that practically grabbed you attention, as if there is a caption that says “TRY ME!”. That is when I sent Lindsay the question below about the products and when have been in touch ever since by phone and email. She has found a way to create snacks using ingredients that are neglected in the raw food world, such as daikon, sunchokes, sweet potatoes, etc. Most companies are focusing on the popular kale chip, so I am happy that Lindsay has chosen to focus on other produce.

Lindsay has some very special offers to share with you below, so please check them out!

My question to Lindsay in an email when I had first found her product line was regarding whether her products are non-GMO, organic and vegan.

Her response:

I use all L.A. County farmer’s market sources except for my honey, which is through Sleeping Bear Farms (and not in many of the products). All the farmers I use are beyond gentle with their soil nutrification and do not use any chemicals and are non-GMO, but most are not certified organic. Since the ones who are tend to be bigger farms with more money and less traditinal practices sometimes, I actually find the most inspiring growing stories coming from these non-technically-organic farmers than the big guys. Happy to talk more about it.

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

“Decide” is a strong word I suppose, as I feel like I simply followed my nose into food. I had very little food as a kid and what we had was heavy home-cookin’ fare that was the standard culinary wisdom of the 1980s, and there was a lot of unrest in my house as well. Those both contribute to unwell cells, and I presented increasingly ill from a young kid through to young adulthood. When my health reached a point of me having 14 terminal or chronic illnesses that don’t have cures according to western MDs and I had a pattern of 1 hour per day of productivity, I decided I either had to decide to die or live. I had been working with food and as a chef already so I knew food made a difference in health, but I had to super-size that effect by changing my thought patterns. Without eating the right food for me, I could not have had the clarity to know I needed to do that and I couldn’t have had the discipline to teach myself new ways to think about the world.

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’m terrible with this type of question – let me see here! 1) Water. 2) An axe. I will assume this island has coconuts available, so I should take a good axe to open them with and to do other handy things. 3) Raw plant oil insect repellant (from Living Libations if I can). 4) Alaffia shea butter for sunscreen for my very Nordic skin. 5) Assorted grain seeds for planting (and chomping).

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?

I don’t believe in telling people how to live, but I do know that scientifically, kindness is the only guaranteed cure that has never failed to produce wholeness in the human body or the planetary molecular structure. Being still enough that we can be kind to all that surrounds us makes us well.

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?

Grain seeds. They cost $1.50-$3.00 per pound in bulk aisles and $6.00 per pound prepackaged, and yield 2 pounds of food per 1 pound of dry seeds when soaked in liquid. I am not a physician, but I know from calculating nutrition statistics that raw soaked grains contain exponentially higher levels of bioavailable protein, vitamins, minerals, trace fats, and other phytochemicals. They contain the most balanced nutrient profile on the planet, require the lowest resource utilization per pound of food, and are the most bioavailable “heavy” food for humans on the planet. When you hear about the UN studies on how we have enough food to feed the planet on 30 cents a day or whatever (I’m old so I’m sure that number has changed since I heard it), they are talking about this kind of eating.

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?

Munchos! Raw exists for 2 reasons. One is to fill the gaps in available snackiness for the raw vegan: snackiness that offers car food options, salty, spicy, interesting, and culturally diverse options. The other is to provide a fun-to-eat, fun-to-hold, fun-to-dip snack option for school systems at an accessible price point. By using local, biodynamic, and kindly grown produce and producing it close to the source, Munchos! Raw provides 1-2 servings of fresh, raw produce in a delicious format that every kid identifies with and loves, and that I have NEVER had an omnivore not LOVE.

The flavors of Munchos! Raw are based in my fusion whims but, that said, they are rooted deeply in my background as an anthropologist who was raised in the middle of a dozen or so refugee communities in the southern U.S. inner city. The flavors are unapologetic; some are quite spicy, some are a little spicy, and some are super chill, mild affairs. They are all influenced by a sense of high homage in my life to those cultures, cuisines, and the victories of those who came to the States via sometime horrific and deeply victorious stories.

Two highest compliments I receive from Munchos! Raw eaters are:
-When my Vietnamese taster of the Mint Daikon Chips told me they reminded her exactly of her grandmother’s green curry soup.
-Ashamed faces that admit with downward gazes “I ate one bite it was so good that I saved the rest for my kids.” That’s the point, to make these irresistible to kids. And most parents know exactly what their kids will eat. Who hordes health food in their purse to give to a kid? Who does that with other health food you know of? This is the kind of response healthy food SHOULD have, and it’s the kind of reaction I routinely get to MUNCHOS! Raw Snacks.

The honey I use is so humanely produced that the bees who produce my honey are better fed and biodynamically naturally living than if we were not eating their honey at all. They originated in Michigan, and when the beekeeper heard years ago that almond trees in CA were suffering and losing biodiversity due to a lack of bee population, he came up with a beautiful idea. He flies them to CA for the MI winter to pollinate the CA almond trees. Given the laws and patterns we know about biodiversity, I expect this to have multiple beneficial health effects for the bees and for the eater. One is that the bees have a greater nutrition profile to draw from, which nourishes them and increases the anti-allergy effects of the honey they produce. For anyone wondering about the beekeeper taking all the honey from the hive to sell to us instead of letting the bees feed on it, I can set your mind at ease. What usually happens with honey, even raw honey, is that the bees who produce it are usually starved of that honey and fed sugar bricks instead, so that the beekeeper can harvest as much of the honey as possible for sale to human eaters. This makes many of the bees (if not all of them) diabetic and overweight, and makes the honey they produce from that sugar brick bad for us as well since that honey is devoid of the natural phytochemicals that come through a well-nourished bee.

Munchos! Raw is one of 7 product lines I have developed to date. They are all entirely raw and they are vegan except for the honey that two of the lines contain. Munchos! Raw are designed as car food and kid food, and they are packaged to be exactly one meal. Since they are raw, they contain entirely bioavailable protein, which means they contain 5 times the bioavailable protein per gram as any cooked meat or other cooked food would. Many people don’t know that when we cook food, we denature its nutrient molecules, which means that when we see a nutrition fact label for cooked chicken that might say 21 grams of protein per serving, we can divide that by 5 to get the number of grams of protein that our bodies will absorb and be able to utilize. What this denaturing means is that we think we are getting a lot of protein (and we are!), but we are not being able to use it.

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

What I know is that we are all expanding in kindness and consciousness and remembering more and more our oneness with one another. My job is to stay in alignment and remembrance of that, and when I do that, it ripples into every other person’s ability to do that.

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

Heroes have never been a big way I categorize people, but some of the most off-the-chart remarkable, intelligent, connected people I have had the honor of interacting with are the many leaders of the Agape International Spiritual Center. One soundbite from any one of the reverends there (Joanne Coleman, Julie Moret, Rickie Byers Beckwith, Arlene Hylton, Michael Beckwith, Ron Blair, and lots of others). When I think about the profile of a hero, I think of them for their vision, willingness to grow themselves and others, and commitment to practical but unflinching peacemaking while acknowledging current realities.

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

I’ve shared a lot, so the public probably invites me to stop there :D! But I am so thankful for your support of Munchos! Raw and support at a critical juncture during our scaling journey earlier this year. It’s a blessing to be attracting such amazing quality people committed to making positive presences in the world.

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?

I am not a physician so what I share obviously cannot legally be interpreted as anything except an opinion, so please always consult your conscience and intuition and trusted practitioners and make your own decisions. What I have seen on the empirical side in 20 years of consulting and clearing dis-ease, though, is that 5-10% of calories in a day going to fat is plenty for almost anyone who has grown up within the U.S. food supply chain. I have not met a longterm raw vegan who has survived a diet that is very high in seed fats and greens, and I would assume that is because we gain unnecessary weight on those diets and never have enough burnable sugar for a day’s activities. Also, having more fat in the bloodstream than we can immediately use produces an insulin overage in the body because any sugar that tries to get into the bloodstream is blocked by the fat floating on top of it. Removing excess fat from the daily diet dissolves diabetic responses by the body within a very short period of time (like hours or days or a few weeks). When we remove those fats, we no longer see the blood sugar spikes that eating fruit can otherwise produce.

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Thank you again for the opportunity to share MUNCHOS! Raw Snacks and the work that All Well Brands is bringing into the world!

For more information about this company and brand, go to: http://www.allwellbrands.com

Also, check out my comprehensive video review of some of the delicious Munchos! Raw Snacks on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Andrew Vajda; Owner of GMOFree Vitamins

My Comments: A while ago, I was searching for a pure Vitamin C powder for a protocol I was doing for improving the health of my teeth. I checked on Amazon and ordered the product and was very satisfied with it, especially that it was certified non-GMO. I have already ordered twice and left my comments about it on amazon and then received a thank you email from Andrew. I then asked him to send me another package and I would do a review of it for my youtube channel (link is below) and also have Andrew answer some questions to know more about the person and the product. Thanks, Andrew!

For the twenty-sixth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Andrew Vajda, owner of GMOFree Vitamins, in business selling on Amazon since December 2013.

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

After learning how to treat my own asthma and allergies in 2005, I travelled to meet and interview Orthomolecular medicine practitioners in the US, Canada and England. I filmed interviews with a dozen doctors and a few of their patients. I haven’t yet been able to raise the funds for the post production of a documentary about these interviews but along the way I realized that 90% of the vitamin C on the market is made in China, which of course leads to questions about content and purity. Out of the 5 main vitamin C producers in the US, all use GMO corn. That left only one company in the UK making non GMO vitamin C outside of China. Unfortunately, products are labeled made in the US just because they were packaged here (with mostly foreign ingredients).

I decided to open my company because that was the only way to get the vitamin C from the UK for myself and my family and friends. I imagined if we were interested others would be too, so I took a chance and made this product available on Amazon a year and a half ago.

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?

Well since any food or health related product would inevitably run out. The only hope would be to bring a small fruit tree and seeds to start a garden and survive long term, plus enough food to survive until the gardens produced. then a solar water desalination kit. There are very modest ones that counts basically of a large black pot that uses the sun for a whole day to produce enough water for one person to survive. Finally a spearfishing gun or fishing pole to be able to have a back up source of food.

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?

The title of my documentary will be “Primal Flaw”, the idea the title highlights is that the reason man suffers so much from disease is that we lost the ability to make our own vitamin C whereas most mammals turn sugar into vitamin C as needed, when they are sick or stressed or injured, that production goes up until the stress passes. Doctors that mimicked the animal model where able to heal people from most of our common afflictions, heart disease, premature aging, cholesterol, viral and bacteriological attacks, the list goes on and on. To best learn how to use vitamin C correctly, google “Dr Robert Cathcart, Titrating to bowel tolerance”

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?

I’m pretty sure my answer to #3 covers this one too! 🙂 Of course if you can’t get your hands on C, a good dose of a fat soluble antioxidant such as d3 or E or Omega 3 will do a pretty good job in the meantime. I actually take these as well to protect me through the night when you’re not taking C. What most people don’t realize is that vitamin C has a very short half life, 30 minutes, so in 2 hours you have very little left. A dose in the morning just doesn’t protect you throughout most of the day. The best thing is to make a bottle of water with a dose that you’ll drink throughout the day and stop before evening. The dose that makes you feel well but doesn’t cause intestinal gurgling nor diarrhea. That’s explained in detail in Dr Cathcart’s protocol mentioned above.

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?

For the moment we only sell our non GMO vitamin C powder made in the UK. We just finally started selling enough volume to upgrade our packaging and will now concentrate on trying to make our product available through more channels. We will be reaching out to the main vitamin sites online as well as private networks used by naturopaths and MDs.

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

That we step away from nuclear power and oil immediately. Our ecosystem can’t continue to survive all the damage we are causing.

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

Linus Pauling, one of the greatest minds that the world has ever known. A founding father in many fields including chemistry, biology, quantum physics, and many more. He spent the last 30 years of his life as a champion for vitamin C and was the only person ever to receive two unshared nobel prizes. One in chemistry for defining the nature of the chemical bond and one for peace for convincing a thousand scientists worldwide to petition an end to atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs.

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

Whatever ailment you may face, first search online for orthomolecular medicine and your ailment. The website http://www.doctoryourself.com is a great first place to look. The author Andrew Saul is the chief editor of the Orthomolecular journal of medicine and his site is free of advertising.

Check out my youtube channel video review of the Vitamin C: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

More info about this company and products: http://www.gmofreevitamins.com or http://facebook.com/gmofreevitamins

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Q and A Series: People, Products and the Health of Our Planet – Interview with Sally Erickson, Founder/CEO of Vejibag – 100% US Organic Cotton Cloth Produce Storage Bags

For the fifteenth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Sally Erickson, CEO/Founder of Vejibag – 100% US Organic Cotton Cloth Produce Storage Bags

This is what it says on the first results line on “Google” when I typed in the word Vejibag

“Vejibag: Cloth Produce Storage: Fresh Vegetables for a Week or More
Safer for you. Safer for the planet. Grown and milled right here in the U.S. As green as it gets. Vejibag: The Volvo of vegetable storage.”

My comments:

I found this company on Amazon and contacted them via email to do a review of the products. Here is some of what was discussed in the emails between myself and Sally, the CEO/Founder of Vejibag.

Sally said:

We’ll be happy to send you a Vejibag to review. They do currently come in two sizes, Vejibag and VejiBIG. We are in the process of slightly changing the sizes so I’m sending you the wider-opening Vejibag rather than the VejiBIGs which we have not changed yet. We are also about to introduce the VejiCHEF which is MUCH bigger.

I said:

When is the newest bag, VejiCHEF, going to be launched? If you have it already to send me, I could be the first to do a review of that one.

Sally said:

You can be the first with the VejiCHEF…but they all work the same, just different sizes.

I’ll send you the new Vejibag, the old VejiBIG, and the new VejiCHEF. The only difference in the VejiBIG is that the opening will be larger…the same as the new Vejibag. We are extremely busy with another project right now so we have not announced the new versions or the new VejiCHEF yet but can do so in the next few weeks.

I think you’ll find Vejibags work really well, especially with very fresh vegetables. I did notice when traveling that the “Washed 3 X” greens that I have not personally bought before are actually damaged in the washing process and so do not do nearly as well as fresh farmer’s market greens or even whole heads of lettuce….You may also be interested in looking at our reviews on both Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Vejibag-OCV-1-Organic-Cotton-Single/dp/B00CZDKZE6/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2IICNGB3RV8XM and our website: http://vejibag.com/reviews/

I said:

What I would like to do, is a side by side comparison of produce in the Vejibag, in plastic bags and in the BioBag compostable bags – so I would leave them in each for a period of ? days. How many days would you say to have the produce in the different types of bags where you would see a difference?

Sally said:

I would say for most things you will see a REMARKABLE difference in 7-10 days, depending on the vegetable and the condition it was in when it was purchased. Greens are ESPECIALLY much happier in Vejibags than any sort of plastic. You DO have to keep the Vejibag slightly damp during storage which
means a second or two under the faucet a couple of times a week depending on how humid or dry your fridge is. What would show the greatest difference would be washed (but not spun) salad greens in a Vejibag as opposed to plastic. Broccoli, carrots, celery….lots of things thrive in Vejibags but
languish or get slimy in plastic bags.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

Three things. I’m 62. I’ve been cleaning up my diet over the last 20 years and noticed what a change in my life that has made. Second, I live in a tiny town in Maine where there is a lack of good work, especially winter-time work so I wanted to start something to give women the opportunity to do good work, to work at home, and to make a good hourly rate. Three, there is a huge waste of high quality, organic vegetables because people don’t have a way to keep them fresh. So there was a need for Vejibags and I saw that we could make something that was organic and supported local economy here and in other small communities (Texas organic cotton growers, NC cotton mills). So we started this local cottage industry that lines up with all of my values of health, fairness, and supporting local economy.

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 water filter. After oxygen, clean water seems to be the next most important thing for my health.
2) A knife. Very useful tool for food preparation and shelter building.
3) Matches. Would be necessary for signal fire building and staying warm.
4) Rope. Really helpful for all kinds of things from building shelter to drying clothes in case of rain.
5) Edible plant identification book… so I could gather food.

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 experience is that getting the basics right, clean and high nutrition food and water, sufficient restful sleep, and time to engage with people I love, including myself, are way more important than accumulating a lot of stuff and spending most of my waking hours working at something I don’t like or believe in so that I can have that “stuff.” Health affects EVERYTHING. If I’m healthy it is much easier to be joyful, loving, contributing. If I’m NOT healthy everything is challenged.

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?

I would say organic vegetables from a local farmer. They are real, clean, fresh food.

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?

Vejibags are 100% US-grown Organic cotton that keep greens and other vegetables fresh and crisp and edible. They make shopping once a week for vegetables a joy because you can buy enough vegetables for the week without being afraid of having to throw them out because they got slimy. And they are a product that is completely non-toxic from start to finish, have a low carbon footprint, support local economy, and are made with love by women in their own homes! And they are beautiful.

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

I think we are likely going to go through a dark time as the planet rebalances systems that have been completely unbalanced. Going into such a time I dream of a core of wise, healthy, compassionate people being able to help their family and friends get back to the basics and learn the simple pleasures of caring for one another and helping the process of re-balancing and actually thriving as a result, thriving through the challenge, learning to tune in to wisdom, realizing that we are wondrous beings, loved and worthy.

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

I don’t really have one greatest hero but right now I really appreciate Brene Brown because she is a researcher who is speaking about healing shame through vulnerability and I think she’s wonderful.

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

Take the healing journey step by step but don’t stop. Health problems are rarely caused by a single factor. Clean up one area of your diet and lifestyle and then build on that to clean up another. Things you never thought you could change or let go of you find out were actually not that big a deal. Listen to your inner wisdom and be kind to yourself in real ways…like by taking time to relax and enjoy healthy pleasures like walking in nature, listening to the birds in the morning, looking at the stars at night.

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Original Vejibag - 100% US Organic Cotton Cloth Produce Storage Bag -  It is double the size in width then shown in the photo, as it is folded in half. Comes in 2 other sizes: VejiBIG and VejiCHEF

Original Vejibag – 100% US Organic Cotton Cloth Produce Storage Bag –
It is double the size in width then shown in the photo, as it is folded in half.
Comes in 2 other sizes: VejiBIG and VejiCHEF

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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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