We Have a New Home! Come Take a Tour… : The 7 Things I Learned This Week

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Officially Bay Area residents… all 3 of us.

We’re officially grounded…

In today’s 7 Things I Learned this Week, I’m going to share with you where we now call home, my run in with the law and how you can get what you want – anytime – with just a pencil and a piece of paper.

Check it out…

1. A new home.

After just over 2 years in our bus, we’ve finally decided to settle down in one place for a while.

Surprisingly, to us as well, it’s not Denver.

I know I wrote about moving to Denver about 2 weeks ago, but since then some things have changed – when you live on a 36 foot bus, you can switch it up pretty easily. It’s almost as simple as taking one exit or another.

Over the past week and a half, we’ve decided that we wanted to be closer to our office to help continue to expand the reach of Renegade Health and Annmarie’s organic skin care line.

I know from my own experience that the closer and more focused you are on something, the more it grows or evolves.

I want Ann’s line to evolve. So does Annmarie. You probably do as well.

It’s the cleanest, most effective product out there and 99% of the time when people first try the products, they fall in love with them.

This is a mission that needs attention. I feel we can change the way skin care is done.

I also want to reach more people – and continue to serve you – with the message of good health through the Renegade Health brand of content and products.

This is why we decided to move closer to our office.

In fact, a 2 mile walk away…

If you want, come see our new apartment in Berkeley as I give a tour on the show here.

2. The power of the list.

About 7-8 years ago, I made a list.

The list included all of the things I wanted in a life partner – down to the color of her hair.

Every night, I would run over the list in my head before I went to bed – I was focused, knew what I wanted and was confident I’d get it.

Within 6 months, I met her. (Can you guess who she is?)

Since then, I’ve learned that if you write down what you want in a list format like this and focus on it, you pretty much get what you want. It’s a powerful and easy tool to use.

Last week, Annmarie and I used this same technique for finding an apartment.

Here is the exact list that we wrote down on our drive from Sedona to Berkeley.

– Close to a healthy organic restaurant with vegan options.
– Close to a grocery store with organic produce.
– Ability to walk to theaters or downtown area.
– Ability to walk to ride bike to work.
– Walking distance to public transportation.
– Quiet.
– Wood floors – no nasty carpet.
– Lots of light.
– Close to a coffee / tea shop.
– In Berkeley.

We arrived in Berkeley on Sunday night, found an apartment on Monday (only looked at 3) and signed the lease on Tuesday.

The apartment includes all of these things listed above and we love it.

If it wasn’t for the list, I’d have no idea where we’d be right now.

My suggestion to you: If you want something, make a list about it now. You may be surprised at what you get.

NOTE: One important thing you need to know about lists is to be specific. Annmarie didn’t list “large kitchen,” so our kitchen is smaller than she’d like.

In my first list, while I was looking for a partner, I listed “tall” but didn’t specify what tall could mean. Annmarie is tall, compared so someone who is under 5 feet… LOL! 😉

3. Watch out, Berkeley, I have a bike.

For almost 7 years, I’ve been longing to live in a city where I could leave the car keys at home.

My dream was to walk everywhere… the grocery store or farmer’s market, a coffee or tea shop where I could work and get a tea, a healthy restaurant, and just about anywhere else I wanted to go.

I had this a long time ago when I lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and worked on the American Stock Exchange.

Since then, I’ve been longing to be mobile like that again.

One thing I didn’t think about much is getting a bike. Frankly, I was a little scared of the idea.

A few years ago, a crazy driver tired to run me off the road when I was running, so since then I’ve been a little cautious of running on the road, let alone biking.

Anyway, the other day, I got the biking bug after watching the hundreds of cyclists here in Berkeley ride to work, the store, or where ever else they needed to go.

I fell in love with the ease of it. You could get to a place just as fast a car and not have to worry about parking.

I also fell in love for what it stood for – a better environment. No gas = no pollution (and destruction of the earth, and violence, and war crimes, etc.)

And, finally, I fell in love over that fact that I could take it where some cars can’t go. (That’s the “renegade” in me.)

So, Ann and I went out the other day and I bought a used bike. (She’s getting hers shipped here from Connecticut next week.)

The bike is a classic mountain bike – at least that’s what the nice guys at The Pedaler in El Sobrante told me. It’s perfect for riding around town as well as getting out on the trails 2-3 times a month.

On the way home, I dreamed about criss-crossing through the Berkeley streets, using my arms to signal my turns and turning on my flashy headlight when it started to get dark. (Don’t worry, Annmarie as driving.)

When it came time to actually take it out and ride, I realized my dream was not a reality.

After the send off party, which included breaking a bottle of kombucha over the handle bars (it took 3-4 swings), I embarked on the inaugural ride.

When they say “you never forget how to ride a bike,” they’re definitely right.

I picked it up in seconds.

But the criss-crossing the streets, flashy headlight and hand signal fantasy was far from the truth.

It was chaos.

Riding a bike in the city has its own challenges and laws that are significantly different from riding on the windy side roads in Connecticut.

The first of these challenges is that there are more cops around watching your every move…

4. Running from the law.

More specifically, biking…

It was inevitable that I’d end up getting into some sort of trouble on my first bike ride in Berkeley.

I know you’re not supposed to ride on the sidewalk, but sometimes it’s just easier.

So when I popped up over the curb to cut through a parking lot on Shattuck, I knew I was running the risk of getting caught.

I also knew that since it was my first day out, my chances of getting caught doing something illegal were low – maybe even non-existent. I was more concerned about taking a spill or getting my pant leg caught in the gears (which it did.)

When I saw the black and white hood of the police cruiser pulling next to me out of the left corner of my eye – seconds after I came up on the curb, I knew I my assumption was at least $200 incorrect.

I was going to get a ticket if I didn’t think fast.

My first thought was to fall on the ground and fake a cramp. Everyone understands cramps.

My second was to keep going and maybe pretend that I didn’t see anything.

The third, was a little more practical and less theatrical – about 4 feet from me was a bike rack.

If I could stop riding, get off my bike and pretend to lock it up, then there’s a chance, the officer would assume I reached my destination and that I only rode up on the curb to dock my ride.

So I hoped off and fiddled with the lock for a few seconds. As I was doing this, I watched as the cop put his car back into drive, pull away from the curb and continue down into the parking lot to turn around.

I continued my act and walked into the CVS by the lot until he was gone.

City of Berkeley: $0.00

5. David Rainoshek and Dr. Gabriel Cousens created a stir.

I knew both these posts would be interesting and maybe even a little controversial.

What I didn’t anticipate is this – that for as many people who liked one of the speakers, there was an equal and opposite number who didn’t.

When we started the blog, our focus was a plant based diet – 100%. (Though always open to ideas.)

Over time, as we’ve evolved (some people would say de-volved), we’ve become more accepting of all type of opinions.

This is particularly clear with your comments. We seem to have a very wide range of readers / viewers who have many different views on what diet is the best.

This is fantastic, because inside of the disagreement there can be realization and grown.

But it does make content creation a little more difficult…

If 50% of you want 100% plant based authors and 50% want mainly plant based, that means we have to bring it to you. (Note: the distinction here is not large.)

My idea for the future is to get more contributors so that there is something interesting to everyone – every day.


6. Articles with Dr. J.E. Williams start this week!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we will be having Dr. Williams as a guest blogger on a weekly basis from here on out on Renegade Health.

Having Dr. Williams is our first step to providing more quality and interesting content for you in 2011. My goal by the end of the year (yes, it’s written down!) is to have at least 5 high quality articles, recipes or video posts daily. (Not 5 of each, but 5 total.)

This way, we’ll be more likely able to provide you with something that is interesting every single day!

Back to Dr. Williams, twice a month, he’ll be providing an interesting and content rich article for you. The other two weeks, he’ll be answering questions for you. All you’ll have to do is ask them in the comments field of the post and we’ll collect them and send them off to him to review and answer.

We’re thrilled to have him on board and I hope you are too!

7. Would you run across America? For natural health?

If you want, now you can.

You can join Dr. Dennis Godby, who’s decided to donate his body to the road to help spread the word about natural health and naturopathy.

Our friend Russ told us about this mission a few weeks ago, so I wanted to share it with you.

Dr. Godby’s run will start in San Francisco on July 17th, 2011 and end in Bridgeport, CT later on in the year. That’s a 3,250 mile run.

The coolest thing about this is, if you want, you can join him for a leg to show your support – or you can donate your leg if he’s already been at it for a while when he gets to your town. 🙂

Since we’re in Berkeley now, I might join him through town here to help send him off to oven-hot-in-the-summer Walnut Creek.

I’m always excited to see people doing unbelievable things, so this is one that I felt I needed to share.

The one thing I do want to say is that if he’s ending in Bridgeport, he better end at Bloodroot.

You can find out more here:


I want your thoughts: What kind of articles do you want to see here on Renegade Health now that we’re expanding?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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