About Kevin and Annmarie… and Renegade Health, Too!
On this page, you’ll find a long description of what Renegade Health is in a question and answer format. If you’re a member of the press or the media, you also find short bios for both Kevin and Annmarie that you can use as you like!
Don’t let any of this bore you…
What is Renegade Health?
If anyone in your family thinks you’re a little nutso about your health, then you’re in the right place…
If you’re just starting your health journey and have never heard of kefir, green juice or coffee enemas, we can help you too.
Hundreds of thousands of people just like you visit Renegade Health every month for trusted natural health information and inspiration.
It’s a safe haven — far away from the craziness you can find with any Internet search.
We publish daily inspiration, health tips and multiple articles every week on natural health topics.
If you want to get these tips in your inbox daily (and get our most popular book free) — don’t worry, they’re pretty short — please click here.
Who are We?
We are Kevin and Annmarie Gianni and are pretty nutty about our health as well.
We’ve tried dozens of diets, protocols and approaches on our journey to find out what works best for us.
Along the way, we’ve interviewed and spent time with some of the best and coolest natural health authors, doctors, and figures.
The idea was not necessarily to start a popular blog, but to find out what really worked for us and share it with you.
We live in the heart of the localvore movement, Berkeley, California, and we spend our time obsessing over all things local, healthy, green and socially conscious. Even though that sounds pretty lame, we’re actually pretty fun to be around. Kevin loves to run, play guitar, sing and watch the Steelers on Sunday. Annmarie loves hanging out with friends, watching movies, and spending time in the sun.
We have a son, Hudson Cole, and a cat named Jonny 5. (Yes, after the robot in the movie Short Circuit.)
What is The Renegade Health Show?
The Renegade Health Show was a daily video show that was broadcast from 2008 to 2011. There are now over 900 videos in the archive that cover all sorts of different natural health topics. You can find all of these at your finger tips by simply searching this site.
We retired the Renegade Health Show in 2011 to allow us spend more time writing and working on our other business, Annmarie Gianni Skin Care. You can get a sample kit here, if you like.
What is Your Philosophy on Health?
We feel simple is better, but not in all cases. Each individual has his or her own particular set of needs that may be wildly different from another. Here are some of the basics of our philosophy:
- Have fun!
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Don’t buy into diet dogma and weirdo, Guru speak.
- Eat fresh, organic food as much as possible.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat about 80% locally, the other 20% is up to you.
- Work with a well qualified health practitioner to help you along the way.
- Get yearly (or twice yearly) blood tests to monitor your health.
- Manage and reduce stress using techniques like EFT and mediation.
- Enjoy your job, family and relationships.
There are more, of course, but these are the ones that don’t seem to change for us!
Don’t You Guys Live in an RV?
We did. We spent two and a half years driving around the United States and Canada in a big, old RV — appropriately named “The Kale Whale.” It was the American Dream with a healthy spin.
Our mission was to get out into the community to find out what was really working for people and what wasn’t. We learned a lot and spoke to thousands of people in over 50 cities and towns in both countries.
We also used our travels to find the best place to live healthy. We landed in Berkeley, CA in March, 2011, and we still feel it’s numero uno.
What Books and Programs Have You Written?
Here’s a short list of the books and programs we’ve either edited or written (it’s actually not that short!):
- High Raw: A Simple Approach to Health, Eating & Saving the Planet
- Cultured! Making Healthy Fermented Foods at Home
- Smoothies for Optimum Health
- Juiced! The Healthy Way
- The Gerson Tapes
- Renegade Health Bodyweight Exercise Fundamentals
- The Raw Food Challenge
- Blood Test Blueprint
- How to Read Your Blood Tests
- The Complete Adrenal Health Program
- The Complete Thyroid Health Program
- The Complete Bone Health Solution
- The Perfect Digestion Plan
- Cravings Free for Life
- Renegade Water Secrets
- The Complete Immune Health Program
You can browse all of them here.
What Else Do You Do?
On top of keeping Renegade Health active and exciting for you, we do two other things:
One, we host the Healing Cancer World Summit every year. This is now the premier, online integrative and natural cancer summit.
Each year, we gather the top doctors and personalities to present their knowledge on natural cancer therapies – for free. Each event to date has over 50,000 attendees.
Second, we started Annmarie Gianni Skin Care in 2009 when we discovered that there weren’t any beauty products out there we could really trust. We now share these products with thousands of people around the world. Click here to be one of them.
Do You Prefer the Sunrise or the Sunset and Why?
Now that we have a son, definitely the sunset. If we see the sunrise these days, it means we’re up because of him.
By the way, here is a picture of the best sunrise we’ve ever seen at Tres Cruces in Peru.
Here’s another from Cusco Peru.
And a sunset from off Interstate 17 north of Phoenix.
How is Being a Parent Changing Your Goals, Dreams and the Way You Look at Nutrition?
Being a parent is a lesson in compromise. Everything you think you want to do is put to the “reality” test. How can we juggle this with our lives, our businesses, our health, the child’s health and our given time and location?
It’s been an adventure so far, and I’m sure there will be many more.
If You Could Interview Anyone in the World Whom You Nave Not Already Interviewed, Who Would this be and Why?
Kev: I’ve loved Joseph Campbell ever since I read the book “The Power of Myth.” I think he inspired my knack of bringing things together to find common themes.
Ann: Mother Nature!
After Years of Research about Nutrition and Health, Do You Still Believe There are Good and Bad Foods?
Yes, there are bad foods; but, the foods that we consider “bad,” we don’t even consider “food.” So all the packaged garbage that you find at the gas station fits into the bad category.
All the arguments about other particular natural foods being bad are subjective. One person could thrive by eating grains and another by consuming animal foods. Others can eat dairy and feel great, while Kev gets a massive stomach ache if he does.
Ultimately, to determine what is working for you, you can do these two things. First, get your blood tested so you know what deficiencies you have and, second, tune into what your body is telling you. Each must be used together for the best results.
If You Were President, What’s the First Thing You Would Do/Change?
Kev: I’m not interested in becoming president. I feel that private enterprise is one of the greatest — and easiest — ways to create change. When you’re giving money to organizations that you care about (or starting them), you don’t have to deal with 100s of opinions.
Ann: I would require that every school has it’s own garden. I’d also end all war.
How Did You Guys Meet?
Kev ran the Hartford Marathon and hurt his calf. He ended up going to physical therapy at an office where his ex-girlfriend’s mom, Espy, worked. Annmarie was an athletic trainer at the office and they realized they had something in common when they discovered that Ann had worked at Marist College — where Kevin went as an undergrad.
Kevin, Espy, and Kev’s best friends from way back, the Ortners, devised a plan for Kevin to ask her out. Since Ann wasn’t from the area, he asked Alex Ortner to deliver a letter (addressed quite officially) to Annmarie, explaining that since she was new to the area, the City of Danbury had assigned her an official tour guide.
The guide? Take a guess…
She said yes; she’d take the tour.
The rest you know about.
Do You Ever Go to the Movie Theater? If You Do, How Do You Resist Eating the Popcorn?
We go infrequently. We prefer staying home and watching something on Netflix or Amazon On Demand.
As for the popcorn, just smelling the artificial butter is enough to get us to pass on it.
If you want to know, some of Ann’s favorite movies are Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Ever After, and The Pursuit of Happyness. Kev studied TV/radio/film in college, so he’s kind of a movie snob — but, at the same time, he loves anything Jason Bourne, The Usual Suspects, Dead Poets Society (“Oh Captain, my Captain!”), Billy Madison and Hitch.
In General, What Quality Do You Like Most in People?
We love the potential of people. We love listening to their ideas and dreams. We love the overall goodness and kindness that almost everyone has.
In General, What Quality Do You Dislike Most about People?
Judgement — even though we all do it, ourselves included. Judgement is a way to go through the world close-minded and lonely.
It may not be possible to eliminate all of it, but being conscious of when you do it helps keep it at bay.
Negativity is another trait that is a total turn off.
Do You Ever “Slip” on Your Diet?
If You Knew that Tomorrow You Would Enjoy Your Last Meal, What Would You Request?
Ann: I’d have my Mom’s eggplant parmesan, my Grandma’s Italian cheesecake, and a big old green juice to wash it down.
Kev: I’d have the same thing. I might add a craft I.P.A. into the mix. (It is my last meal…)
What has Been Your Most Memorable Travel Experience and/or Location? Why?
Kev: I’ve fallen in love with Peru. I love everything about it.
Ann: I loved the month we spent in Key West. There we found coconuts, warm weather, and an awesome community.
What Do You Both Do When Other People Start Talking to You about Food, but You Don’t Really Feel Like It? Since You both Know a Lot More about the Topic Than Many People Out There, How Do You Respond?
Honestly, in many cases we’d rather not talk about food unless someone is asking us for advice on what he or she can do — and the person seems serious that they’ll take it.
Otherwise, you’ll find us talking about hiking, skiing, business, football (only Kev), and joking around; there’s a lot of silliness, believe me.
Did You Guys Have a Wedding?
We did! Here are some pictures.
Where Do You See Yourselves in 5 Years? 10?
Ann: I want to be a wonderful mother. I also want to play an integral role in changing the skin care regulations.
Kev: Re-inventing myself. (Being a great father as well!)
Do You Guys Have any Guilty Pleasures?
While we don’t view them as guilty, we do have a few that others might see as such.
Kev: TMZ.com; football; the NCAA tournament; Breaking Bad; and, organic, fair trade chocolate bars.
Ann: Organic corn chips, Mad Men, Friends, and Breaking Bad.
If You Weren’t Running Renegade Health or Annmarie Gianni Skin Care, What Would You be Doing?
Ann: I’d be running the organic garden program that I instituted after I became president.
Kev: I’d be singing and playing my guitar at a coffee house.
If You Were Olympians, What Would be Your Chosen Sports?
Kev: I would play team handball. I watched it live in Atlanta in 1996 and thought it was the coolest game ever created. I might also ski, since it’s the sport that I’m probably best at — even though the speed those athletes hurl down the mountain scares the ski tights off of me.
Ann: I’d Do Gymnastics. I Have the Height for It.
What Should I Do Now?
We’d love you to hang out here with us and spend some time on the site exploring all the natural health options there are for you. We have posts on specific topics, recipes, videos, interviews with health experts, our experiments and products to support a healthy lifestyle.
But, if you haven’t found any of this inspiring, maybe it’s best to go outside for a walk. It’s what we do when we need a change of pace. Enjoy!
Here’s Kev’s Short Bio:
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.
Here’s Annmarie’s Short Bio:
Annmarie Gianni is the founder of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care — which is one of the only truly natural, organic, and wildcrafted skin care line that works. Annmarie was always conscious of what she was putting into her body, but once she discovered what she was putting on her skin, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a combination of science, nature and herbalism, Annmarie and her team has been able to produce an award winning line that uses the best quality ingredients and is 100% honest and transparent in its practices — even better, the products really work.
The Annmarie Gianni line has been featured and raved about in the Huffington Post, Treehugger, Natural News and hundreds of other news and media outlets making it one of the hottest new natural skin care products on the market.
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