July 19, 2009


One of the world's most talented raw chefs, Omid Jaffari of Tried.Tasted.Served, is making his way to U.S. & Canada for his first Al Fresco Summer Raw Class Tour!

An accomplished Gourmet Raw Food Chef, Omid masterfully creates gourmet yet simple raw cuisine
. Exquisitely elegant and sophisticated are only a few words to describe what Omid exemplifies in today’s raw food movement.

His mission is simple, to bring raw and living foods and sustainable living to the world with simplicity and accessibility for a more beautiful, peaceful, healthy and happy planet.

Omid embraces the art of raw foods and natural sustainable living as something fresh, modern, even sophisticated... and yet with a certain level of ease and simplicity.

If you are in the Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, or Montreal area you've got to check out this one of a kind event! For more information please visit his personal blog ShiitakeBlog.com

Omid Jaffari is the co-founder of Tried.Tasted.Served (TTS)
Raw, the Art of Living Blog

July 13, 2009


"For those of you in the know, there is a split in camps when it comes to raw foods...

Some people take a superfood approach. Others a higher fruit approach. And, yes, others take a green approach.

The three camps bicker between each other from time to time, creating an interesting dynamic to say the least. I think all these camps are valuable.

The green camp can get us more grounded. The fruit camp will remind us to be simple and stay athletic. The superfood camp will give us potent foods and concoctions that can deliver nutrients fast.

We have to take a little from each camp and build our own structure for optimum health. I've taken green juice from the green camp. I've taken the athletics and need for calories from the fruit camp. I've taken marine phytoplankton, goji and medicinal herbs from the superfood camp.

They all have been tools to get me in shape or bring me back to center when I needed it. So consider the options. Play with them. It's up to you to be your own health advocate and decide what works for you!"

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni is a health advocate, author, interviewer, and film consultant. Kevin is the founder and host of The Renegade Health Show, one of the fastest growing internet health shows available. For more info visit RenegadeHealth.com/blog

July 10, 2009


I am so honored and happy to announce that Raw Food Nation is featuring my story on their site! Check it out...

What is Raw Food Nation?

Raw Food Nation, an extraordinary, get healthy, eat your fruits and veggies movement sweeping across border lines and bodies of water. We hope you'll stay a while and feast on the fun articles and resources we have to offer. Thank you for joining us and sharing in our positive energy and love of all things green.

Raw Food Nation™ intends to be your one stop for the resources you need to change your life for the better. We feature:
  • New articles with expert sources
  • New recipes for you to try and comment on
  • Links to great online networks for newbies and seasoned raw food enthusiasts where you can learn and ask questions
  • Delicious and super easy raw recipes you can try
  • Rawsome gear to help you spread the word!
Attempting to go raw is not something that happens over night, but with the information we provide, we can make the transition easy and smooth, so that you can reap the benefits of your new, healthy lifestyle choices.

July 9, 2009


My first year of many celebrating 29

Not that there is anything wrong with aging! On the contrary, with so-called age comes experience and wisdom. Believe me, I wouldn't give up the hard lessons of my twenties for anything. 

In fact, it is truly a beautiful thing when we live into the many seasons of our life. And if we hope to age gracefully and live a full life, how we choose to live and experience each of those seasons is key.

I don't know about you, but I plan on living a long and healthy life! We know that biologically we should be living well into our 100's with strong, vibrant health and sharp mental acuity. But why aren't we?

Let's be honest, it's not like most of us don't already know what a healthy lifestyle should look like. (Hint, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, exercise, stress management, etc.) Yet we pretend that healthy living is so complicated. Why? I honesty think it is because we don't honor ourselves enough to do what we know is beneficial for our health.

One of my greatest and dearest lessons thus far has been learning to really love myself. In my journey to overcoming compulsive emotional eating and weight control, I have often asked myself why I sabotage my health even though I know better. For me, it had to do with self-sabotage and self-punishment. But learning to love myself enough to honor my health has been by far my hardest and most rewarding lesson.

Although I really do believe that age is just a number, where you're only as young as you feel... if we're not taking time to honor ourselves and prioritize healthy living, how can we possibly feel young and vibrant?

When we truly honor our health, we lovingly nourish our body with only the purest foods nature has provided us. We take time to care for ourselves with diet, fitness, and time for reflection.

Yes diet and exercise are important, but if we don't start with self love and appreciation we will find it hard to follow through.

So as I live into another year and season of my life, I've decided to renew my commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Not so much because I feel the need to hold on to my youth, but because I want the quality of my life to reflect my truth and values.

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