How To Win My Trust, Healthy New York Hangouts, and Contest Winners : The 7 Things I Learned This Week

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I love hanging out in Manhattan, but I also love hanging out here. Do you know where and what this place is? (Hint: It’s in New York State)

This week’s 7 Things I Learned This Week covers everything from how to win my trust, some exciting news, how to be change agent and make things happen, where you can meet up with Annmarie in the next two days, and a city that I love.

Let’s get started…

1. Being selective gets my trust.

I’m writing this as I’m drinking a green juice (celery, cucumber, spinach) at the 116 Suffolk Organic Avenue Store in Manhattan.

We’ve been to a lot of health boutiques and stores around the country, and I’ve always loved this place.

I’ve only been to two locations (there are 5 total), but every time I come in here people are nice, friendly, healthy, and helpful.

At the Suffolk store, there is a lounge in the back that has an elixir bar (I don’t know if it’s up and running just yet) and just a great place to write a newsletter like this.

What I also like about this place is that they’re particular about what they carry in their store – they’re kind of like us in this way.

At Organic Avenue they pick products that they stand behind and carry them for their customers so that they can shop with confidence.

I think in a world where there are so many mixed messages, it’s important to have one that you believe in and make it a reality you can share with others.

A few years back there was a store in Brewster, New York called Organic Connection. This was a medium sized health food store in a place where you’d never expect, but it was an awesome one.

It was like the “Cheers” of good food purveyors. Going there was as much of a social event as a shopping experience.

But even better, I think what impressed me most about this store was none of the products they sold contained added white sugar. None. Not a single one.

I remember a story an employee and friend told us about when they got a shipment of a particular new sausage. The product was highly recommended, but when they were putting it on the shelf, they noticed there was added sugar in the links and they immediately called the vendor to pick it up.

Now that’s a high quality store.

Unfortunately, they didn’t last, but Organic Avenue is here in New York and I get the same feeling about them.

Not everything in Organic Connection (was) or in Organic Avenue is 100% in alignment with what I’d eat, but in order to run a store you have to cater to many tastes.

What I’m most excited about is their attention to detail in an age when everyone really needs to trust someone to do some of the legwork.

I know this may sound completely against some of the things that I usually say about doing your own research and being your own health advocate, but sometimes this isn’t always possible.

That’s when you lean on a trusted friend – or retailer – to help you out a bit.

We can’t all live on an island without any one to talk to once in a while. We’d start talking to soccer balls (which I have seen some long term raw fooders do… LOL!)

Here’s a link to them…

2. Annmarie in New York.

One of the reasons I’m at Organic Avenue is because Annmarie is doing a presentation with some of their team to teach them the in’s and out’s of her new line that they’ve just picked up to carry in their stores.

I’m really excited about getting Ann’s products in their store because they, like I said above, only carry super-high quality items. We passed their due diligence test.

What I’m also excited about is that by getting Organic Avenue on as a new team member – which is how we view any new store – we will be reaching another group and community of people who will be using these top of the line products.

It’s rewarding, exciting and motivating all at once.

Our mission is to be change agents.

If you haven’t picked up on this yet, you’re either new (welcome) or you’ve been around but this is the first newsletter you’ve read (welcome… again!)

We’ve set out to change how people eat. We’ve set out to change how GMOs are labeled. We’ve set out to change how skin products are viewed and used. (That’s it for now… change takes a lot of energy.)

Regardless of the mission, our focus has always been on helping people think about things differently. Adding Organic Avenue to our team affirms that we’re at least – the world of skin care – making some ripples.

3. You’re a change agent too.

Oh no, here it comes.

An unprovoked, motivational tirade…

Since I’m on the change agent trip, I wanted to give you a little inspiration.

Annmarie and I have some big goals and for some that can be overwhelming. Having big goals does not in any way mean that you can’t create massive change. You can and you can do it at any level, with any amount of people.

On our travels we’ve met amazing people who couldn’t even get in front of 2-3 people without literally freezing up like scared mouse.

But, they have managed to get healthier food into school cafeterias, they’ve saved a family member’s life by teaching them healthy eating, they’ve made themselves a better person to be around – which in turn changes how everyone else reacts to them.

If you do any of these things, you are a change agent – not matter what the outside appearance seems to be.

I have at times compared myself to people who are making even more change than we appear to and it only makes me frustrated to realize we haven’t done what they have done.

I feel as if I’d never amount to anything in relation to what they’ve accomplished.

The truth is, doing this never puts you in a clear space to actually help anyone.

So embrace your changeworthiness (won’t find that in the spell check), keep at it, and do one thing for me…

Step it up one more notch.

4. “Cultured” Silly Caption Contest Winners!

First up, I want to thank everyone for contributing their little piece of creativity in the Silly Caption Contest.

Those 570+ captions were a riot to read through and honestly, it was ridiculously difficult to choose just 10 for you to vote on, but…

We did and you guys helped us pick the 3 winners!

So here they are…

#1 – Contributed by Janae with 26% of the popular vote:

“You too can deFEET chronic illness with cultured foods.”

#2 – Contributed by Cassandra with 17.1% of the popular vote:

“Haven’t you heard? This is the new Toe-foo.”

#3 – Contributed by Larry with 14.2% of the popular vote:

“It’s getting a little krauted in here!”

My personal favorite was this one…

“Even after watching The Cabbage Secret 152 times, Sally still struggles with the “Slaw of Compaction.”

But that only came in with 4.2%.

Again, thanks so much for your participation, it was a ton of fun and brought a lot of fun energy to us over here!

For those who won, we’ll be contacting you for your address to send the book. 🙂

Please let me know if you have any more fun contest or program ideas below!

(Also, if you every want to laugh, go back to this page here and read all the comments everyone posted. Awesome stuff.)

5. Come see Annmarie if you’re in New York…

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (yes, the 18th and 19th), Annmarie will be at a few different Organic Avenue stores around Manhattan.

If you’re in the area and want to come down, have some fun, meet Ann, try some products you may not have used before or just hang out at Organic Avenue – she’s love to meet you.

Here are the times, dates and locations…

Tuesday, October 18th, 8am – 4pm: Trunk show at Organic Avenue Midtown East Boutique – 649 Lexington Avenue (54th & 55th) NY, NY 10022

Facebook RSVP:

Wednesday, October 19th, 9am – 12pm: Trunk show at Organic Avenue Upper East Side Boutique – 1021 Lexington Avenue (73rd & 74th) NY, NY 10021

Wednesday, October 19th, 1pm – 5pm: Trunk show at Organic Avenue Soho Boutique – 156 Sullivan Street (West Houston & Prince St.) NY, NY 10012

Facebook RSVP:

Oh, by the way, there’s a 10% discount on all products at the store while she’s there as well!

6. New York is expensive.

It just is.

Call it the 25% New York tax or whatever you want, but it’s there and it’s real.

But regardless…

7. I love New York.

Every day I walk out of our apartment in Berkeley, I end up telling Annmarie how much I love it there.

Today, in Manhattan, I feel the same way.

I grew up an hour and 15 minutes north of here, but to me, it just feels like home. (I did live in Manhattan and Brooklyn for a total of a year and half – which I guess counts.)

I was talking to a friend at lunch about how I felt at home even though I felt like I was kind of jumping on the New York bandwagon – having only lived here for such a short time.

(I did the same in baseball with the Yankees after many miserable years of the Pirates losing.)

He said it was fine, “New York is YOUR city.”

I thought a little about what he said. I love New York because of it’s vastness, it’s personality, it’s horn honking, it’s ability to get me whatever I want (usually at a higher price) at any time during the day.

But for someone else, there are a hundred other reasons for them to love this city just the same.

What I realized is, he’s completely right.

New York is my city.

It’s also yours and everyone else who wants to come here.

It’s a collection of everything, all in one place, so you can come and try whatever it is you may feel like you’ve been missing.

That’s why I love New York

(BTW: He wasn’t so lenient about the change in baseball preference.)

I want to know your thoughts: Do you have any ideas for contests we could run here on Renegade Health?

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 — 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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  1. Roger P says:

    Your pic is of the “Mohonk Mountain House” in upstate NY. I’ve never been there, but I hear its great.

  2. Veronika says:

    Gorgeous photo!

  3. Mary Ellen Bieber says:

    If you are gonna be somewhere & you want people to attend then it would be nice if you were at a store for more then just 1 day. two days would be better b/c i have an app’t on tues & that would have been the more convenient location for me. if you would be there for 2 days then i could have gone the following day. better luck next time.

  4. BT says:

    That is, I believe, a picture of the beautiful Mohonk Mountain House. Actually, I can just barely see the Mohonk fire tower from my house on the top of Stormville Mountain (about 20 miles away as the crow flies!)

  5. Robin Janis says:

    Yes, the picture is the one and only Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. LOVE IT THERE; land of the spirit messengers– the Red Tailed Hawks….

  6. Lisa says:

    Mohonk!! I went rock scrambling there with a few of my mommy friends earlier this year. The lemon squeeze was crazy! Enjoy your time in NY 😉

  7. Dede says:

    Hope the Trunk Shows are a huge success- – hugs, Dede

  8. Sarah says:

    How about a recipe contest (you choose the theme)? Then you can publish a “reader’s recipe” book! 🙂

  9. berrnadette says:

    Yay! So happy you guys are here in NYC- my home and everyone’s home Yes! 🙂 Congrats and will stop by Organic Avenue/Suffolk. We have an OA here in our Greenwich Village hood too, a great place for Ann’s line, look forward to checking it out! and saying hi!

  10. Joyce Hansen says:

    Saranac Lake

  11. star says:

    It’s kewl you guys are in New York I have been a few times in the past and loved it myself . Go to George Wash Park and Greenwich Valley [ in the day time as they say not safe at night ] Also go to ground zero I went in 2002 but now they have it fixed up with names of all those who died , etc .. I tink still worth while to visit .
    You want to talk about raw how about forging ?

  12. Cici Cummins says:

    Mohonk Mountain House .. I was there two birthdays ago … no it was three!

  13. Kym Hutcheon says:

    Kevin: Just wanted to say I am particularly interested in your efforts regarding GMO labeling — though I’m definitely a big supporter of your change agent approach in general.

    I was previously doubtful about just how useful labeling would be with GM foods already so pervasive. But after writing about GMOs here in Japan (incredibly enlightening), I now believe it could really help to build tipping point-type awareness — particularly with the special circumstances here.

  14. Tara Burner says:

    Mohonk! 🙂
    and I wish I was in NYC right now!

  15. Sarah Cleaver says:

    No thoughts for a contest, but I had to put in my 2 cents: I love NY!!! I lived in Manhattan for 3 years (20years ago!), and I still think of NYC as “my city.” I think if you ever live there and love it, it always feels like home, no matter how long it’s been. :o)

  16. Laura says:

    That’s Mohonk! Ages ago one of my boyfriends and I clambered around there for a bit; we didn’t actually go in, not being in the proper dress. Gorgeous!

    BTW, there is a wonderful mostly rawfoods restaurant right in NYC that we visit every time we get to New York: Bonobo’s. I think it’s in mid-town, but Google it. Fantastic food! Inexpensive, huge portions, eat in or take out. Now I’m craving being there…

  17. sans says:

    I like the energy of NYC (well, some of it) I find that many parts of the city are just too much.

  18. Catherine says:

    You have seen “Castaway,” haven’t you?

  19. It was our pleasure to go to the Mohonk Mountain House with you. Thanks for taking us there. It was a great day!

    Activity = productivity is definitely in my frame of reference… even though I know it to be otherwise, I lately have been on the move. I felt like I could do this during two years of travel as recovery seemed to naturally build itself into every day. But being back in the states, I find it’s possible to actually work more hours than there are in the day, without making any time for recovery. A definite challenge here and I’m glad to hear you’ve found a way to build recovery into your schedule.


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