I haven't followed the status quo thinking regarding finances because for a long time. It seems to me like the deck is stacked against you if you follow the road that's been laid out. Then the road is re-routed and the net cut away, with you left dragging a mountain of debt around for decades. I'm not a Christian but I know for a fact the Bible says "The borrower is a slave to the lender".
I just came across this new alternative building method for earth-sheltered homes. And it's pretty impressive. According to the website, the materials used, polyester fibers and PET resins, are non-toxic. If this is true, this new technology may surpass Reynold's earthship idea... well, at least in durability. Reynold's recycling and indoor garden ideas are still #1 in my book.
Whether driving one hour or 12 hours, bringing along the right food is crucial to a healthy, clean, and safe journey. There’s nothing more frustrating than exiting a car with a big stain on your shirt. You shouldn’t have to balance a container and steering wheel in one hand and a fork in the other. And you shouldn’t have to dive for a fallen pickle. According to New York Daily News, “a staggering 80% of all car accidents and 65% of near misses are caused by distracted drivers more focused on their burgers than the road.”
It is of course safer and cleaner to drive without eating. However, if you, like me, do not adhere to that opinion, here are my 6 tips on how to eat and drive at the same time:
- Bring small and bite-sized foods. Pack foods that are small in size, but not so small they slip through your fingers easily. If you are baking bread, scones, or biscuits, try making them bite-size.
- Bring foods pre-sliced. This is important because fruits, when bit into, leak juice. This can create both a stain on your clothes and a sticky drive.
- Bring foods that will not stain. If your food does slip your fingers, you want food that will not leave big stains. Avoid foods with chocolate pieces, frosting, and lots of oil or butter.
- Do not bring foods that drip. Avoid fruits that are really juicy like mangoes and melons. Also avoid sandwiches with jelly, pickles, tomatoes, mayo, mustard, and ketchup.
- Do not bring foods that require utensils. Eating with a fork or spoon will require you to focus on the location of your food. Also, make sure to cut all large foods before leaving home.
- Search during red light stops. If you need that second bag of fruits or want a napkin, wait until you stop at a red light. You can’t search and drive at the same time, at least not safely.
Follow these tips and you should be able to pick up food from a bag or container on your lap without your eyes ever leaving the road. Now, here are 20 healthy foods that are easy to eat while driving:
- Cheese sticks
- Cherry tomatoes
- Coconut pieces
- Broccoli florets
- Baby carrots
- Celery sticks
- Nuts, de-shelled
- Strawberries, not sliced – pop-in-mouth size
- Grapes, seedless unless you eat the seeds
- Popcorn, pre-popped and butter-free
- Granola bars, sugar-free or lightly sweetened
- Cookies, sugar-free or lightly sweetened
- Raw chips aka dehydrated/dry fruits and vegetables
- Salad leaves mixed with fresh herb leaves, pre-washed
- Trail mix – nuts, seeds, granola, dried fruit, cereal, pretzels, dry corn kernels, and/or crystallized ginger
Here are a few links to recipes that may interest you:
In the previous post, I wrote about how to eat healthy on a road trip. And as you all know, I write articles on living naturally. But I have to admit I am not a health food perfectionist. I like being spontaneous and it’s hard to be spontaneous if you are 100% anything, especially when on a road trip. So, today I’m going to post my first and probably only article on the benefits of eating at fast food restaurants on a road trip.
First, I want to say stopping at fast food restaurants isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you are healthy, do not have any dietary restrictions, and it is not something you do often, then you should do so. Some wonderful memories can be gathered at a fast food restaurant. You never know who you’ll meet, what you’ll see, what you’ll eat, and what will make you smile.
Fast food restaurants cater to all sorts of people. So, if you like to people watch, these restaurants are good places to do this. But for me, the best part about being open to fast food restaurants is that different regions around America offer region specific foods. For example, Florida has a fast food restaurant called Pollo Tropical. Pollo Tropical serves Caribbean and Latin dishes like black beans, fried yucca, and sweet plantains. Outside of Florida, the only other place you’ll find this restaurant is Georgia. In North Carolina and Virginia, there is a fast food restaurant called Biscuitville that serves southern-style breakfast foods. There, you can find southern breakfast favorites like biscuits, grits, hash browns and country fries. So, eating at fast food restaurants can be a cultural experience too.
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When you’ve been sitting in a car for 4 hours and your stomach starts to growl, the first solution that usually comes to mind is to stop at a fast food restaurant. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s affordable. And you already know what tastes good. The only question is: will it be healthy?
Here are 4 ways to eat healthy on your next road trip…
- Eat at healthy restaurants. Once you’ve planned your route, research the various healthy, vegetarian, vegan, and/or raw restaurants located along your route. If you have plenty of time, turn your road trip into a purpose. For example, Kristin from Will Travel for Vegan Food turned a year-long US road trip into an attempt to eat at all of the 100% vegan restaurants in the country.
- Shop at local grocery stores. Again once you’ve mapped out your route, you can begin looking for stores that sell fresh vegetables and fruits. If you sleep the night within a few miles of the grocery store, you can shop for fresh foods each morning to last the day. Three organic grocery store chains to look for around the US are Whole Foods Market, Hannaford, and Trader Joe’s. Other grocery stores that stock organic and non-organic produce are: Harris Teeter, Safeway, Kroger, Walmart, Publix, Food Lion, Pathmark, and SuperTarget.
- Shop at farmer stands and markets. On any long distance road trip, you’re bound to come across a farmer’s roadside stand. They are usually on the side of the road or next to a gas station. You can also find small farmer markets by following directions on interstate billboards. North Florida has a bunch selling nuts and oranges. The only problem with going this route is you never know what will be up for sell that day and when you’ll see a billboard. Another option is to research outdoor farmer markets along your route especially if you’re driving spring to fall months. If you are a picky eater or have dietary needs, this may not be the best option for you. At the same time, this option will force you to visit towns and meet people you normally wouldn’t on a road trip. This kind of spontaneity is an adventure within itself.
- Pack you own food. This is probably the easiest option. It’s a great way to save money. It offers a bigger option of foods you like. And you have better control on how you spend your money. The two downsides are packing food for more than one person to last several days will take up space. Also, food lose their freshness fast in a car. So, you have to be careful with what you pack, how you pack, and in what order you eat what you pack. For example, if you are going to carry fragile fruits like bananas, place them in a spot where they won’t be jostled. Otherwise, you’ll have bananas with a ton of bruises. If you are packing fresh leaves, cold meats, dairy products, and cooked dishes eat them before you eat your dried food and hard veggies. Dried food and hard vegetables will stand up to heat longer. If you use a cooler, put all open bags in small, airtight containers or bags. Otherwise, you will have soaked food from the ice melting in your cooler.
There are many ways to travel on a budget. One such way is to drive to your destination. Driving is especially cost-effective if you are traveling with 2 or more people. One, you can share expenses… something you wouldn’t do if you were flying. And two, if you’re vacationing with your partner and/or children, driving will save you from having to buy 2 or more airplane tickets. The best part about driving is the sense of freedom and adventure you get as one scene after another passes by.
If you are planning a road trip, here are few tips on how to keep costs down…
- Use interstate highways. Interstate highways in America are great for two reasons. One: they are faster than local streets and will therefor save you tons of gas money when driving long distances. Two: they provide drivers rest-areas that have clean restrooms, picnic tables, and vending machines. Some rest areas also offer nature trails, BBQ grills, gazebos, mini-museums, and automated windshield rinses. If you use smaller highways or local roads, you will be forced to stop at convenience stores and restaurants for restroom breaks. Some establishments require or encourage a purchase in exchange for the use of their restrooms.
- Visit state welcome centers and town visitor information centers. These stops are a fun way to grab a car break. The centers are usually big, clean, and air-conditioned with a lot more amenities than regular rest-areas. Depending on the center, you can find free maps, tourist brochures, coupon booklets, staffed information desks, WiFi service, microwaves, indoor sitting areas, media rooms, and exhibits. You’ll also find restrooms and a larger choice of vending machines. If you plan to travel throughout that state, I recommend picking up a free map of the state and of various cities within that state as well as hotel/motel coupon books and tourist brochures.
- Pack food. Bring whole meals that can be eaten along the way. This will keep you from spending unnecessary money at a convenience store or restaurant. Stopping 3 times a day to buy food will add up. I recommend packing food in a cooler and stopping at various locations throughout the day to picnic. This way you can relax, digest your food, cool down your vehicle, diminish the chance of food-related mishaps, and spend time enjoying your road trip. Breathe in country air, take a short stroll, find something to laugh about… Why not begin your vacation on the road.
- Pack snacks. Resisting a bag of chips or sweets can be very difficult even for health food nuts on a long road trip. So, just in case you have a weak moment, stock up on snacks and sodas ahead of time at your local grocery store or warehouse club. Vending machines are notorious for overpricing their goods. If you don’t eat them on your way up, don’t forgot your return trip.
- Plan your route. To save yourself time, gas, and aggravation, plan your route ahead of time carefully. Even if you have a GPS, bring a map and detailed directions. Compare your directions to a map before leaving. Sometimes, directions on internet sites differ from what you’ll see on map. And sometimes, GPS systems breakdown. Jotting down key intersections and businesses also helps. For example, writing: “Turn right on Flanger Road. Pass King Street. Pass KFC on right. Go 5 streets. Pass Walmart on left. Two streets after Tucker Ave, make a left onto Toledo Lane” is much more useful than: “Right on Flanger Road. Left on Toledo Lane.”
- Choose public highways over private, and free highways over toll. When planning out your route, pay attention to toll highways. Private highways usually come at a cost. However, over the past few years, states around the US have either implemented toll systems or increased toll fees on public highways to build state revenue. In some cases, you are better off paying the requested amount. But if you find that you can get to your destination in the same amount of time and with a similar amount of mileage without taking a pricey toll highway, go for it. If you go this route, make sure to plan this carefully. And if paying tolls is not an issue, I still recommend you research toll prices, so that you won’t be hit by surprised with $12.00 toll fees. Toll fees can quickly add up.
- Purchase inexpensive gas. You can save yourself a bit of money, if you stay on the look-out for cheaper gas. Gas prices can change from one highway exit to the next and from one state to the next. But remember to be reasonable. Don’t wait until the last minute to compare prices. While driving in the country, you’ll find that several exits don’t have gas stations or open gas stations at night. In trying to get a better price, you may run out of gas.
- Rest when you feel tired or drowsy. Resting when your body tells you will save your life, the life of others, and your vehicle.
- Fix your vehicle before leaving. Get your vehicle checked by a reputable mechanic no more than a month before you leave. If you are going on a long road trip, get your tires and brakes checked, have an oil change and top-off all fluids. Replace whatever needs to be replaced. Having your vehicle breakdown in an unfamiliar area will be stressful, may require a tow-truck, and will cost you more money to fix.
- Rest your vehicle often when driving in high temperatures. Driving in hot weather can accelerate tire rubber deterioration which can lead to a tire burst. When a tire burst occurs at a high driving speed, it can cause a roll-over, collision and other accidents.
- Plan free sleep-overs. A long road trip can cost 2 to 4 times more if nightly hotel stays are added. Fortunately, if you want to travel on a budget, the US does offer several options…
- Use interstate highway rest-areas for sleeping. If you are doing a long road trip, stopping at different rest-areas along the way to sleep can save you hundreds of dollars in hotel costs. Most interstate highway rest-areas allow drivers to sleep up to one night. But make sure this is permitted before doing so. Also, make sure you are in a safe area. Many rest-areas have patrolling security. But if you are uncomfortable or suspect dangerous activity, leave immediately. If you are driving an RV, sleeping over in rest-areas will save you RV resort and campground costs until you reach your destination. Please remember to show rest-area courtesy when sleeping in your RV.
- Sleep-over in a free camp site. If you already own a tent and/or sleeping bag, stop at a free campsite and sleep under the stars. Not only will this save you money, it will also be a memorable experience. Waking up to the sounds of nature and view of trees can be a wondrous thing. Check out Freecampsites.net for a list of free campsites in the US and Canada. When going this route, please remember to verify that camping at your chosen site is permitted. Use good judgement. If the campsite does not look or feel safe, leave immediately. If you are driving an RV, check out this site for a list of free campgrounds in the US: FreeCampgrounds.com. Also, if you drive an RV, many Walmarts outside large cities allow free overnight docking.
- Couch surf. Couch surfing is very interesting in that it offers travelers from around the world couches to sleep on free, around the world. It’s a way to unite travelers and make it possible for anyone to travel and meet diverse people. This a great option not only for your road trip, but also for when you reach your destination. If you want more information on this program, please check out this site: CouchSurfing.org.
- Make reservations. If camping out in your vehicle or on the ground is not your thing, you can also save money by making hotel reservations a few weeks ahead of time. All you need to do is look at a map and calculate how long it will take you to get from one city to another. You can plan your nightly stops this way.
Wishing you a safe and happy journey!!!
I’ve been getting visitors searching for articles on ways to raise nature-loving kids. I skimmed over this topic in a previous article called 10 Ways to Nurture Simple and Nature-loving Kids. So, I decided to write an article on this specific topic.
What I have written below are, of course, only ideas. And they can be tweaked in a million different ways to fit you, your budget, and your children’s needs. Please remember every family is different and every child is unique. A 16 year old may not be as interested in playing in mud like a 4 year old. And a 4 year old will not be able to write an essay like a 16 year old. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you a ton of smiles and laughter with your children.
1. Be an example.
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First and most important, be an example for your kids. It will be hard to raise nature-loving kids if you dislike nature and natural living. So, make an effort and walk the talk — garden, cook with fresh food, take long walks, go on scenic drives, play sounds of nature music, open your doors and windows on a cool breezy day, have nature books laying around, join nature related groups, drive with your windows down, swim at the beach, throw picnic and BBQ parties for your family and friends, shop at farmer’s markets, decorate your home with live plants, use natural products, enjoy animals, or subscribe to green, natural, and wildlife magazines. There are many ways to show you like nature and natural living. Find something that fits you and do it.
2. Go WWOOFing with your teenagers.
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF is a world-wide network of organizations that link volunteers with organic farmers and help people share more sustainable ways of living. In return for help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
You can WWOOF in your own country. If you live in the US, you can volunteer in another state like Hawaii or even in another country like Canada. Travel and study at the same time, you can’t beat that.
3. Visit local gardens.
It can be a botanical garden or a garden on a public estate grounds like Vizcaya Gardens in Florida. Some are public garden-parks free to all and some are private gardens and charge a fee. If there isn’t one in your city, look for one nearby. Check out GardenVisit.com for a list of gardens around the US.
For older children, make this visit interesting by adding a project. For example, you can have your teenager take a photo of the most beautiful piece of nature she saw (a flower, plant, leaf, bird, butterfly) and then do something creative based on it like write a poem, create a song, paint an abstract, or design a dress based on the shapes and colors in the photos.
4. Read stories based on nature.
This is a great way to mix entertainment and nature. Check out this pinterest page: Nature-based Children’s Books, for some titles. The Native American culture also has a lot of inspiring and beautiful earth stories. Writers have taken the time to hear these stories and write them down for us all to enjoy and explore. Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac are two such writers. Some books they have published are: “Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children”, “Native plant stories”, “Earth Tales from around the World”, “Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children”, “Native American animal stories”, and “Native American gardening: stories, projects, and recipes for families”. This can be a nature and a cultural diversity lesson in one.
5. Grow a vegetable and/or fruit garden.
This can be a lot of fun and educational if you allow your kids to help in every aspect of the gardening process — designing the garden, choosing what to plant, buying the plants or seeds, planting, pruning, watering, and picking. As an added benefit, you can allow your older children to help you cook your produce. During summer, try designating at least two days a month for just you, your family, and your garden. If you have a varying choice of ripe herbs, fruits and vegetables in your garden, make an entire meal using only what you pick. Remember to get your children involved. Otherwise, you will find them playing video games while you do all the planting, picking and cooking.
If you do not have the land or are unable to commit to growing a garden, another option is to buy shares in a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. A CSA is an organization where individuals pledge to support one or more local farms by buying shares in a CSA farm(s) or paying fees. In return, shareholders or subscribers receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit once harvesting begins. Some CSAs also offer discounts in exchange for labor.
6. Rent a home in the country for vacation.
“The hills are alive, with sound of music, with songs they have sung for a thousand years.” ~The Sound of Music
If you already live in the country, there’s no reason to do this, unless you want to rent a home on the beach. That can be another fun nature submersion experience. But if you live in the city, surrounded by concrete, it will be a nice change to rent a home for a few days that’s surrounded by trees and grass… where the air is cleaner and the scent of nature is stronger… where you can see squirrels running and deer grazing… where your children can run free, act crazy and scream like banshees without upsetting your neighbors. While in the country, don’t forget to gaze at the stars at night and sign-up for horseback riding and fishing lessons. You may also be able to find nature trails, hiking tours, hay rides, and guided birdwatching tours. Local festivals are also fun outings for kids.
7. Adopt a pet.
There’s nothing like a pet to teach your children how to love all living beings. So, if you go this route, make sure to get your children involved. Make them responsible for pet-related chores. Have discussions on what it means to be good parents to pets, what is humane treatment and inhumane, what can be done to make a pet’s life better. Force your child to think beyond the “I want a puppy” level.
There’s nothing like a beautiful landscape to inspire and leave a lasting memory. You don’t have to travel outside the country or even outside your state. It can be as simple as taking a day trip to somewhere beautiful that your children have never been before. Maybe you know of a waterfall, a beach with clear blue water and sparkling white sand, a lake that’s also a beach, an island in the middle of a neighboring town, or a mountain covered in bright white snow.
9. Celebrate the change of seasons or solstices and equinoxes
In the past, people were very aware of the change in seasons because it meant a change in food supply and animal migration. Now that we have subdivisions, planned cities, grocery stores and shopping malls, there’s no need to pay close attention to the change in seasons. So, this is one aspect of nature with which many of us have lost touch. If you want to teach your children to appreciate the change of season, celebrate it by attending festivals, throwing feasts, walking through gardens, sending out prayers, reading seasonal stories, or singing related songs. You can also buy in-season produce. Don’t forget to explain the significance of a season change to your children.
10. Play in the rain.
When was the last time you played in the rain? Next time it rains on a hot day, take your kids outside and play, dance, and scream. Be a kid with your kids.
11. Go to local parks.
Take your children to parks regularly. Play toss and catch, kick a ball around, arrange a picnic, fly a kite, throw frisbees, hoola-hoop, jump rope, row a canoe, roll down a hill… Teach your children how to have fun outdoors.
This is also the perfect time to have discussions. Ask them questions and listen to their answers and musings. Away from your job and phone calls from family and friends, you’ll be able to focus your attention on them. This will help form positive associations in your children’s minds — nature means family time, nature means fun, nature means games, nature means delicious food…
You can also take your children bike-riding, jogging, or walking through a local park. If you have a healthy dog, you can also take your dog out for a walk. This outing can be like hitting 2 birds with one stone (not literally of course).
12. Flip through landscape books.
One day, when it’s quiet and your children want to cuddle up next to you, flip through a book of gorgeous landscape pictures. If you want an activity to go with this, have them study the book for photography ideas. Then, take them to different areas around your city, and various parks, gardens, and open land with cameras. Have them take landscape photos. Find a way to get them serious about this project so that they can learn to really see nature, to pay attention to the finer details, and look for a beautiful shot. When they have completed the project you can have it printed and wired into book format or you can make a pdf e-book and download it onto an e-reader. If your kids are older, have them add words (a poem, essay, short tale, song, quote, or description) to the bottom of each photo. You can also make them responsible for creating a landscape e-book for your pleasure.
13. Have them write a story, play, poem, and/or philosophy based on nature, Mother Earth, or a green-related movement.
Loving nature shouldn’t just be about entertainment. It should also be about mentally understanding it and becoming emotionally connected to it. Writing your and other people’s thoughts down on paper is a great way to dig deep into a subject and your soul and come up with your own understanding.
14. Watch movies with beautiful landscape scenes.
When I was a teenager, I loved movies that took me around the world. I grew up with a strong desire to travel and explore the planet’s varying landscapes and cultures. Without these movies, I don’t know if I my desire to explore and have one adventure after another would be the same.
15. Create a fake treasure hunt.
A friend of mind came up with this one. And the minute I heard it, I loved it. Buy some shovels, an old box and a bunch of old-looking items that will fit in the box. When choosing the treasure, try finding rare items that do not have the words Made in China (and the like) written on the back. Bury the box somewhere legal. Remember where you buried it. You may want to create a marker of some kind, something only you will see. The next day, propose a treasure hunt to your children. After a couple misses, lead them to the spot where you buried your treasure the day before. Have them dig away until they find your box. Don’t forget to act surprised!
16. Install a bird feeder.
This is a simple way to have a fun nature lesson right in your backyard. You and your children can spend days looking at the various birds coming to feast at your feeder. Buy a bird book to go along with it. Play a “name that bird” game. You can also have them take a picture and then paint it. Birds, with all their colors, are always fun to paint
17. Play “Name that bug”.
I admit I’m not much of a bug person. But maybe you are and will have fun traipsing through your backyard on the search for the most colorful or craziest-looking bugs.
18. Play sounds of nature music.
If you’re raising babies, try putting them to sleep with nature-sounds music. Nature-sounds can be very relaxing and soothing. It’s also a great way to bring the outside in and remind you of life outside four walls. If you have toddlers and pre-teens, play this type of music around the house. You can buy it at your local store or online. And if you have good internet access, you can listen to it free on last.fm radio. You can also find nature-sounds playlists on YouTube.com.
19. Make a video on nature.
To make this video, you will need a video-making software. You don’t have to buy one. If you have a newer computer, you probably already have one. My Acer laptop came with Windows Live Movie Maker. You can also make a video online free with websites like: Masher.com. If you want to add professional video clips to you movie making project, you can either buy or download free clips online. Neo’s Clip Archive offers free video clips. You will also need some music and your own pictures and/or video clips of anything that deals with nature. Take a scenic drive, go to the aquarium, visit a garden, have a beach day. Even if it is as far as your backyard, go spend time in nature. Allow your children to click away. This project is about them: what story they want to tell, which beauty calls to them, and what their eyes see. You may be surprised at the details they catch. Here are examples of what you can do with landscape shots…
This is a great project for older kids — a nature, art, and film-making class in one. And for younger kids, you can help them — let them take the images and choose the music while you work the computer.
- If you are homeschooling your children, having your children paint, draw, or take photographs of what they see can turn 2 classes, science and art, into one.
- If you forget your camera at home, don’t forget you can quickly buy a disposable camera at a CVS or Walgreen. You can also use your cellphone. Most cellphones today take adequate, if not great pictures.
- You can create e-books by saving your document under PDF instead of Word Document using Microsoft Word. You can also create and edit PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat. You can buy Adobe Acrobat on Adobe.com.
- If you are on a budget, don’t forget to check your local library for books, dvds and cds. Many libraries offer an inter-library loan program where you can choose books over a year old from any library in US and have it sent to your library.
- If you are on a budget, but want to rent a vacation home in the country, look through sites like Craigslist.org that offer sublets and temporary housing. Sometimes, you’ll find a home owner subletting their guest home or cabins on their property at an affordable price.
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Hey everyone! So, I’ve been trying to incorporate more raw foods into my diet. And for raw foodists the green smoothie is like gold. When I first saw it, I was like “yuck, never.” But today I decided to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted really good. Due to the green color, I thought it would have a vegetable taste, but it didn’t. It tasted like a regular fruit smoothie. Yummy!!! Here’s what I used:
1/2 cup of water
3 handfuls of spinach
1 banana, ripe
2 red apples with skin, cored
2 tbsp of honey
3 tbsp of plain yogurt
5 cherries, pitted
I put all of these ingredients together into a blender and blended it on low and then high for about a minute. I recommend for everyone to try it. If you like fruit smoothies, you’ll like this. And the great part is the varying nutrients you will get with the addition of spinach leaves. I can’t wait to try other recipes.
Articles and Videos that May Interest you:
Mimi Kirk, a mother to 4 children and a grandmother to 7, is another woman who doesn’t look her age. Like Annette Larkins, she’s a raw vegan and says her diet helps her look and feel young.
Want to know more about her, visit her on her website: YoungOnRawFood.com and on her YouTube channel: ub52209. Don’t forget to check out her beautiful and delicious raw food recipes. Here’s a quick look at what you’ll find: apple pie, tahini, hummus, cranberry relish, dark cacao milkshake, sweet potato noodles, nut truffles, muesli, chia pudding, cookies and onion crackers. On her YouTube channel you’ll also find tips, a look into her kitchen, and more interviews.
Here are two more inspirational videos. The first one is an interview WPTVnews did on Annette Larkins, a woman living in Florida who found the fountain of youth by changing her diet. She doesn’t take any medication, hasn’t had any plastic surgery. But she looks incredible and you’ll never believe her age…
Here’s the link to her website: annettelarkins.com. While there, I recommend taking a peak at her indoor and outdoor mini-farm photos. She’s lives in Miami, a city that is overpopulated and very hot during the summer. She doesn’t have a huge property to grow her fruits and vegetables in the traditional way. So, she’s found creative ways, inside and outside, to grow a multitude of fruits and vegetables throughout the year.