How Do You Know the Recommended Daily Values are Right – The Renegade Health Show Episode #499

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How do you know the recommended daily values are right?

Well, you really don’t.

So today I explain how you can find out what works for you.

I also answer some questions about the Marshall Protocol, Vitamin D and how to do raw food on the cheap.

Take a look…

Your question of the day: What have you done to save money when it comes to your health?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

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. crow says:

    Got a Magic Bullet at Costco for around $45.
    and it works great for mixing my morning smoothies.

  2. Connie says:

    Wow, I get to post first! teehee

    I started making green smoothies this year and while my garden was in session I used the leaves of radishes, beets, carrots, etc. and excess lettuce in them. But what to do for the winter, when these things are not available cheaply? I dehydrated the leaves I did not eat immediately! Now I can just add a few tablespoons of crumbled dehydrated greens to water and whatever else I have (like dehydrated apples) and voila….a winter green smoothie!

    Sometimes I add a few dehydrated beet slices into apple juice (or water and rehydrated apple slices) to rehydrate and then add some cloves and cinnamon and blend that up.

    I had dehydrated some cucumbers too, and have been trying to figure out how best to use them in smoothies. Next year, if I dehydrate cucumbers again, I will definitely peel them first–because the peels are tough and wreak havoc on my little blender!

    Hope these ideas help!


  3. Bill Vogel says:

    I love my Breville blender!

    It retails for around $400, but is almost always available at Amazon remanufactured for around $140. I make a full pitcher of green smoothies every other day (for over a year now) and love the fact that it hasn’t skipped a beat. It munches up carrots, cukes, celery, broccoli and much more without any need for chopping anything first. I like it much better than the Vita-Mix I had briefly. It’s easy to clean, beautiful(!), and MUCH quieter than the VM. I feel it does a better job of getting everything blended more completely, thanks to it’s unique blade design. Even though it’s remanufactured, it still comes with a warrantee. No, I don’t work for them. So get one and give it a try!
    Bill Vogel

  4. Cindi says:

    my friend gave me a magic bullet…. she was not using it anymore…. i will start looking at sales tho for a vita mix… that would be great….. hmmmmmm ty…

  5. Paula says:

    We lucked out and got a brand new vitamix anlost never used for FREE! a friedn that died of Cancer (She didn’t want to eat healthy vegetables.) Her daughter gave us her vitamix!

  6. Hi Kevin and Annemarie

    A great thing to do, is when you go to your farmers market, get to know the vendors, especially the produce and organic ones and chances are they will give you some good deals. At the end of the day, most of them want to sell out, so you may not have the pick of the litter, so to speak, but the price is right (they run out of certain things, but the quality is still great)

    Also, visit my blog and read about my 42 day cleanse that I finished mid-January and I have also written about my transition back to food. I continue to write about health related topics and post daily (off on weekends). To read about my cleanse from day 1, click on December 2009. Share this with others who may be interested.

    Chef Mindy aka Ageless Raw Beauty

  7. John says:

    I got my dehydrator at teh thrift store fr $25. Best investment i have ever made diet wise (that is, next to my food processor)

  8. Christie says:

    10 bucks for a champion juicer at a yard sale!! Hey, I am going to run this question back up the flag pole… I am wondering if drinking hot tea/beverages with raw food, might destroy some nutrients?

    Thanks for all the great info!


  9. Beth says:

    I started off using a “regular” Black & Decker blender. That baby got a great workout until it died. The timing was great – I bought a BlendTec blender at a reduced price because it had been used once and returned to the store. 🙂

    To get a reduced price on fruit in the colder months, I go to the grocerty store mid-week and look through the “ripe & reduced” produce area. There are always great deals to be found, and my smoothies are more creative too.

  10. Dana says:

    I purchased a knock off of the bullet called Back to Basics blender express. It was $30.00. It has a 24 oz mug that I blend my green smothies in twice a day. It is not great quality but I’ve been using it for over a year and it’s still plugging along. I have definitely got my moneys worth. I plan on getting a Blendtec in the future. For Christmas I got a composter that I have been throwing all of my organic scraps in, can’t wait for spring to plant my garden. I am going to do “Square foot gardening” for the first time. It looks like it will be very efficient in producing the most in a very manageable way. Yippee for free, organic, nutritious food, what could be better?

    Peace to all,

  11. Thomas says:

    When the only natural food store in this town closed a few years ago, I had to find an alternative or drive 50 miles. That’s when I discovered the magic of and where I get gluten-free foods, organic foods, coconut oil, soaps, vitamins, supplements, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, brown rice protein powder, “super foods”, spirulina, chlorella, flax seeds, etc. All with free shipping right to my door and at prices that are half of any store. All I buy locally is organic produce anymore.

  12. Koa says:


  13. Linda Miller says:

    My husband who loves to go to auctions has found a couple Champion juicers still in the boxes and paid about $45 for each of them. They were probably from the ’70s because of the brown and gold colors but they had never been used. We had friends we sold them to.

  14. Jackie says:

    I save on supplements by shopping at Puritan,com when they run a “buy 2 get 3 free” sale 2 or 3 times a year. I also keep an Excel spreadsheet of my supplements, where I got them and what I paid. That way I can do a comparison when other companies run a sale.

  15. Juliet says:

    It is a tricky business with using supplements and I agree with you on testing and monitoring where you stand. As for using my medical doctor who knows zip about nutrition and vitamin supplementation; I have had to do most of my own research d am currently searching for a good naturopath locally. Shows like yours have been informative and keep me on my path. So, again many thanks to both of you for sharing your knowledge, and with such infectious enthusiasm.

    As you have mentioned many times before about backing your knowledge with scientific evidence; I think genetic are significant as well. I have found a company that tests for genetic markers for many diseases. I will post a link to the site. Also, Have you ever used Argan Oil? I have found a source through Zamouri Spices, and it is not only a healthful oil, but has been used for centuries as a beauty skin oil. The taste is unlike any other oil I have had and I enjoy it in moderation.

    Again, thank you for another fantastic show.



  16. David says:

    I see health products (including fruits, veggies and superfoods)as an investment and not really as an expense. They are more important than my retirement plan actually. What I put in my body turns into me, my energy, my life…..

  17. Kathy says:

    I also use the Magic Bullet. I must admit though I broke the first one because I over did it and burned it out. Now that I know what I’m doing it’s working great I make Green Kale Smoothies and they are delicious. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.

    1 Banana

    1 Large leaf of Kale

    and orange,mango,peach or apple juice to liquify.

    My goal is to lose 135lbs. this year! I started in December weighing 282lbs. today I am at 273lbs. slow but I know I will and can do it.

    See this website on the Nutritional Value of Kale it is amazing:

    I’ve been telling everyone I know about it.

    Kevin & Annmarie you inspire me! Thank you.

  18. I live in a pretty rural are in NE PA.
    Picked up a Omega 1000 brand new for $10 at a estate auction.
    At the one grocery they put the older produce on a cart marked down. Saves tons of money if you don’t mind.
    Also since I don’t have health insurance I notice that doctors are willing to offer you a cash price. My chiropractor for instance charges a 1/3 of the price for cash and offers even a better deal for prepaying.
    My income since changing to a less stressful life has put me in lower class living so every dollar I save helps.

  19. I buy most of my produce from our local farmers market. Great prices and I love supporting the farmers. I found out that most grocery stores, such as the chain ones have their own orchards, basically factory farming.So our local farmers need all the help they can get.

    As for online shopping, I purchase some food items such as quinoa, raw unsweetened coconut and other foods from I also buy regularly from Great prices on natural food items like hemp, flax,sunflowr, pumpkin and chia seeds,vitamins and natural skin and hair care products.

    Thank you & happy week-end.

  20. nick says:

    I stopped mowing my lawn now I forge my backyard
    instead of spending $5 on a bunch of spinach I pick my own lambsquarter which taste just as good and is much more nutritious. It comes back every year with out any work or $ to produce it.

  21. Michelle says:

    I use muscle testing to know both the brand to use for supplements and the quantity. The way I understand it, (for certain vitamins/minerals) if you are low in something your body will need larger quantities until it gets to normal levels. Then you need to drop your dosage for daily use. This was true of me and iodine. Also, when you learn to listen to your body you can sense the change. I had my chiropractor check my iodine levels because I just sensed they were starting to regulate better and they were!

  22. We stick with mainly fresh fruits and veggies in our diet. No expensive packaged “raw foods”. Whatever else we eat, we make ourselves.

    Not much “exotic”/”gourmet” type things. Fresh coconuts only occasionally, when we’re out of town and can get them. Expensive nuts, only occasionally, and in small amounts. Raw sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts for our staples.

    We order our food in bulk, once a month, from a natural food supplier (several states away) that delivers here. ( We used to belong to a food co-op buying club. These are great for grains, nuts, seeds, honey, dates, raisins, (and other things like that) and produce that keeps well – carrots, celery, broc, cauliflower, etc. They don’t carry highly perishables – like lettuce, bananas, berries and such.

    If I was buying raw cookies, bars, “granolas”, and things like that, I could start making my own and have my dehydrator investment repaid in a very short time. We use our dehydrator all the time. It paid for itself many years ago, just from drying garden produce. (Raw commercial foods – cookies, bars, etc. – were unheard of then.)

    IMO, a good juicer is a must. (Champion is great, and much cheaper than Green Star.) Fresh juice is our “vitamin supplements”. Not paying for supplements, Drs. or meds, more than makes up for the cost of a juicer.

    A sprouter is another super cheap investment that will pay off big time. Grow your own organic produce super cheap and easy.

    Garage and estate sales and even thrift stores will turn up quality equipment at great prices – much better $ than ebay, if you have the time to search out. Family members have gotten unused, or barely used, Champion juicers and other equip for $50. I got my Cuisinart processor for $60 on ebay.

    Didn’t mean to write a book. Just with a big family, money saving is highly important.

  23. RJ says:

    The Experimental College of the Twin Cities offers FREE classes. Here is a link (with great sub-links) to an incredible workshop on “Voluntary Poverty: How to Simplify Your Life”.

  24. Joel says:

    My cousin bought a Vita Mix at a swap meet for FIVE dollars. The secret is to get there early early! So early that the vendors are still setting up.

  25. Peggy says:

    Have you ever had a case where someone has great difficulty loosing weight?
    I eat raw, drink about a gallon of water a day plus a green smoothie. Additionally,for the last four week I attend a Kettlebell work out about 6 days per week…
    I have not lost any weight or noticed my clothes fitting better.
    I need to loose about 35 pounds but to no avail.

    What do you think is going on? I really do eat all raw…

  26. Almamater says:

    I used to buy 15 lb. bags of organic carrots from Whole Foods to make juice, and a few years ago, they got ridiculously expensive. Then I was reading in a Vitamix ad brochure that by eating the WHOLE carrot instead of just the juice, you get way more vitamins and fiber, which makes sense. So now I use my Omega juicer to juice the carrot and then mix it back in with the pulp, kind of like a “carrot slaw.” And I use far fewer carrots and am receiving more nutrients.

    Probably the most important point is that in order to receive any decent amount of nutrients from veggies, the plant cell walls must be extremely broken, and that is very difficult to do with chewing. I read that a person chewing their veggies breaks down the plant cell walls only about 30%! Using a juicer/vitamixer does a much better job than we can with our teeth.

    Unrelated question: Kevin and Marie, do you have any suggestions for how to prevent or cure knots and trigger points from forming in my mid and upper traps when weight training? I stretch plenty and get massages but still have sizable knots in my traps. I realize I am probably lifting too heavy but don’t want to stop, yet I realize that stopping for a few months may be my only cure.

  27. Ahntara says:

    Peggy – Good luck on your weight loss/life gain experience. When you can’t budge the scale, despite your best efforts, it’s important to figure out why.

    Some tips that may point you in the right direction:

    Do you need to detox? Frequently, the body ‘holds onto’ weight to protect itself from circulating toxins.

    Is your thyroid, and all other glands for that matter, working properly?

    Are your hormones in proper balance?

    Is your internal environment PH balanced?acidic?

    You may also wish to examine any spiritual and emotional reasons that impact weight, body image and optimal health.

  28. Kym Hutcheon says:

    This is very timely. I just dropped the container of my ancient blender and, incredibly, the ultra-thick glass just shattered. Couldn’t believe it. So, thanks to Bill Vogel for the heads up on Amazon remanufactured. I had no idea…

    And I totally agree with Thomas about This feels kind of tacky to do in this forum but since we are talking about saving money, here is my iHerb discount code: HUT039 (Yeah, sorry, it is shameless promotion, but it saves you $5.)

  29. Amy says:

    Okay… just remember, YOU asked the question!

    We do have a very limited food budget which makes it hard to keep fresh produce in our house. Then I saw the trailer for Dive the movie (you can google that) and learned how much food grocery stores throw away all the time. I finally talked my husband into checking the dumpster behind Aldi’s on his way home from work one day and he was sold. TONS of food, mostly produce thrown away. We regularly dumpster dive now (when it’s not too cold or snowy) and it really helps keep the produce bill down. Lots of times there will be a bag of apple or oranges and one is bad so the whole thing gets tossed. Same thing with packages of tri-colored sweet peppers – one bad, they all get tossed out. We have pulled out perfectly edible mangoes, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, red/yellow/green peppers, apples, oranges, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, bags of slaw mix, cantaloupe, grapefruit, lemons, bananas, onions, sweet potatoes, and regular potatoes.

    We get to eat well and save food from rotting in the landfill – win/win scenario. I hear Trader Joes is a great dumpster dive, but we don’t have one in our state.


  30. jason says:

    #1) Buy a share in a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture). It’s such a wonderful experience, the produce is excellent, you tap into local sources of food. It’s best to go in with someone and split a share. And it’s an investment in the future of agriculture (the only down side is all the white potatoes you’ll get.)

    #2) Joining a buying club has helped us switch to more organic foods. In this way, it hasn’t reduced our food costs, but it’s improved the quality of our food. One example for someone on a whole food diet: I can purchase organic millet for 3 cents more per pound than I can get conventional brown rice at the grocery store. So, now I’m eating organic and also a more nutritious, alkalizing grain.

    To find a buying club, look into UNFI, Azure Standard, Wilderness Family Naturals, Frontier Coop, Rose Mountain Herbs, etc. Each company has a slightly different emphasis (raw foods vs. sprouts vs. whole foods), so one will probably fit your needs. They can tell you if there’s a local buying club, or how to start your own.

    Yes, you can get similar prices from Amazon Grocery for some items, but having that local buying club is a gold mine. You get opportunities to go in on group buys for raw honey, raw apple cider,

    #3) Look online for tree ranchers where you can buy your nuts & seeds from. This can be cheaper than even the buying clubs and coops.

  31. Kristen says:

    Not a conventional way of buying but I auto-ship items from I get the price of a bag of organic goji berries down to $12.50/lb (free shipping) + I order chia/hemp seeds this way – beats Whole Foods and most of the raw food websites every time.

    Craig’s List for equipment – lots of deals.

  32. RJ says:

    To Amy and all like-minded individuals,

    Tread softly when you dumpster dive. I dive at local print shops for paper and art supplies. Sometimes owners of establishments dislike that beautiful activity, due to the liability facter…so they say; the reality of it, shan’t be said by me. Sometimes dumpster owners will place barriers if too much human activity surrounds the dumpster…what fun to be a rat!

    Best tips on dumpster diving:

    FLASHLIGHT~to see
    HEAVY GLOVES~to protect fingers from glass
    DARK & DIRTY CLOTHES~for laughter
    WALK SOFTLY~and carry a heavy stick

    Don’t forget to sell your non-green goods on eBay! What’s that saying? One man’s junk is another man’s treasure…

  33. Christie says:



    or make your own… ???

  34. Geri says:

    I go to the farmers market to buy my veggies from the farmers and it is sooo much cheaper than my local health food store! I pay $1.00 for a head of romaine, and same for kale, cilantro and so on! Its fun too!
    I bought a Omega juicer at a yard sale here for $3.00 and I use my digital general electric blender and it blends everything well!

  35. Kuru says:

    Thanks for all the great suggestions, everybody!

    I barter whenever I can, it’s the way of the future! Become a gardener, or hook up with one; everybody has something to trade, and there’s such a wonderful feeling of fellowship and good will. Even if you can only do it in the summer.

    Almamater, chewing breaks down only 30% of your food IF you’re not chewing enough. I love chewing, especially when it’s nature’s harvest, as I become aware of the prana in every chew. Chewing and consciousness make a wonderfully digested and very potent meal. We can do an EVEN BETTER job than a Vitamix; digestion starts in the mouth with a wonderful natural aid: saliva (loaded with prana). As for knots, you will have much better tone and less knots if you breathe deeply while exercising! It’s not just for yogis. The breath keeps everything moving, including metabolic wastes that build up from repetitive use. Also, breathing deeply during your massage will increase the benefits 100 fold, plus it will give you greater awareness of the miraculous workings of these fabulous bodies. Prana is the source of LIFE!!


  36. Catherine says:

    I’m confused by much of the conflicting information on Vit. D and I’m not sure there is a one size fits all answer.

    I have a friend who started on the Marshall protocol three years ago. She had suffered with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd) for nine years. At her lowest point physically, she was wheel chair bound and in constant pain. Various alternative medical treatments started her on the road to recovery. The Marshall Protocol is what finally helped her achieve remission from rsd; it also gave her relief from irritable bowel syndrome, lowered her cholesterol and dramatically improved her vision.

    It’s been my observation that there are however, many drawbacks to following the Marshall Protocol. The extreme restrictions on exposure to sunlight and to foods that contain vitamin D are not practical for most people to maintain for an extended period of time. Even more difficult to deal with are the severe Herxheimer reactions that most people experience (especially in the early stages of the protocol when die off from cell wall deficient bacteria is high). Yet for those folks like my friend, who can and will strictly adhere to the program, the payoff can be huge.

    The Marshall Protocol does seem to be a very effective healing modality for auto immune disease BUT… in my opinion, it doesn’t really do anything to address and correct the underlying causes that allowed the disease process to begin in the first place. I don’t believe there is any substitute for good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle in creating and maintaining a healthy immune system.

    I too have rsd and would have gladly participated in the Marshall protocol but was unable to find a local doctor to treat me using this highly unorthodox method. It’s been my personal experience that maintaining a more alkaline diet with lots of fresh, raw veggies and adding some anti-inflammatory herbs to my diet has greatly reduced my symptoms. I believe that I will eventually nourish my body back to excellent health and achieve complete remission of rsd.

    Thanks Kevin and Annemarie, for all the great information and links you’ve provided. I hope and pray all the good seeds you have generously sewn will come back to you many times over. You two are a great blessing.


    PS. I used my Costco American Express reward points to purchase my Vita Mix last year – only cost me a few dollars out of pocket. Sweet!

  37. Jen says:

    I use an old burnt out magic bullet and a low temp oven. Also as i live in France i have to order most my unique products online from the UK.
    France is a little behind on some things.
    But i make do and i enjoy it. Also stick to things i can cut with a knife 🙂

  38. To save money don’t buy packaged, processed stuff only whole foods. Also no meat!

    I too have a Vitamix now, which I am SO thankful to have, and believe me it WASN’T easy to get. I ordered it online, shipped to in-laws, and when we could afford it we had it shipped here, to Bulgaria. Then had to pay to get it from Customs, after a long drive to the city where it was being held (no delivery to your door here)! Then had to purchase a converter since the Vitamix runs on 110v and we have 220v. Then I burned the motor trying to make a dry, nut pie crust with the wet blade/container! So when we visited the States, had to bring it with us and send it back to be replaced (love the warranty!!!)Finally my current one came back with me to Bulgaria last fall and have been using it (properly!) ever since! It was so worth the effort!

  39. Michael T. says:

    I moved to Hawaii a few years ago so I could engage in year-round farming. But I soon discovered that a huge amount of fruit is left to rot on the ground here!

    Many people plant avocado trees, mangoes, bananas, guavas, papayas, citrus, coconuts, etc., then find they don’t have the time and energy to harvest, or that the trees produce so much fruit that most of it is wasted. Also, many property owners only live here part-time, and when they are away, no one is picking the fruit.

    Walking down the country roads around here (South Kona), you will often find fruit just lying on the ground, especially mangoes during the summer and avocados during the winter.

    Some fruits, such as guavas and passionfruit, are seen as weeds, because they grow so fast, and sometimes take over areas. Passionfruit vines can grow all the way up telephone poles, and have been known to completely cover other trees.

    Also, thousands of macadamia nut trees were planted about 20 years ago, but then the price collapsed and many farmers aren’t even bothering to pick them anymore. People make deals with farmers to weed the orchards in exchange for taking the nuts. Isn’t it funny that mac nuts cost about $15 per pound on the mainland but are left to rot on the ground here?

    Anyway, if you want to eat a lot of fruit and nuts, consider moving to Hawaii. All the fruit you can eat, most of the year, if you know where to look.

    Michael T.

  40. Kali Lilla says:

    FREE CYCLE!!!!! 😀 Awesome local network.
    Wrote about it here + other of my fave free tips:

    P.s. I love how you amicably agree to disagree with others like Wolfe & Graham. Your honesty and full disclosure are refreshing!! Thanks for all your work both of you. 🙂

  41. Susan Bessette says:

    Kevin, thank you for asking this question.
    Thomas #9, I did check out and just made an order, that was BEFORE I revisited this blog for more tips and missed the $5 discount offered in #20. I had never thought to look at
    I will continue to support our local health store because it catered to my needs and got me started in health foods. But it does require a trip to town, and I will explore Amazon.
    Thanks for all the tips, guys.
    Greetings from snow-bound Virginia.

  42. Brent says:

    first blender was an osterizer..£5 ($8US) from an online auction/2nd sales site.

    Current is a 2 horsepower powermill blender which is a cheap copy of a vitamix but still effective.

  43. Thomas says:

    For $5 off your order at, you can also use this code: OMA196

    You get free shipping if you combine things to reach $40, and another 5% off at $60 on an order.

    At you get free shipping when your order totals $25, unless it is through them from another vendor. Surprisingly, when I look at Vitacost’s web site the shipping is $4.95, but when I purchase something through Amazon from them (Vitacost) the sales price is the same but the shipping is only $ .99/item. go figure . . .

  44. Rose Goddess says:

    I have experienced when you invest in your health you will reap the benefits in your financial situation. I more than doubled my income after I decided to start purchasing the best food ever:)

  45. Jacquie says:

    Hi All!

    I received a bulb of organic garlic from my sister who is so blessed as to be married to an organic farmer, but you could get one from a local organic farmer’s market. I dug out an old bush in my flower beds that really didn’t bring much joy and I planted my garlic. The next late summer, I had 8 gorgeous bulbs of my own organic garlic. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now. The flavor and quality of my garlic makes grocery store garlic seem bland and dry. This next July/August, I’ll have about 60 bulbs of my own garlic, or about 480 cloves! Yowser! I also started planting herbs in all of my flower pots instead of flowers. I fill them with organic potting soil and plant away. As they grow, I cut and throw them in my dehydrater. I now have enough organic, dried herbs to last me through the winter months. I also grow enough basil in my pots that, together with my garlic, I make large batches of raw pesto with raw pine nuts in the summer. I freeze it in ice cube trays, vacuum seal the cubes and have them year-round on my zucchini “pasta”. Hope these tips help someone. 🙂

  46. Deanna says:

    I like to get dulce and other sea vegetables in bulk online from Maine Coast sea vegetables they are so expensive in the small bags at the stores and I love to use them for excellent nutritional addition to the diet. You all should do a show about sea vegetables. I would love that.


  47. Gracie says:

    What do you think about Coral Calcium? Is it safe? Is it better than taking other calcium supplements?

  48. Nina says:

    I am so very pleased to read all of the input about supporting farmers markets, CSAs and small local businesses. That is so wonderful for rebuilding strong communities and keep open space of rural areas alive. As a small farmer in NYS, it is great to be appreciated. I have been doing this for twenty years and it is truly a labor of love. We have always had to work off the farm to earn income to support our farm expenses and capital investments of farming. We specialize in heirloom and heritage breeds to preserve genetic diversity.

    We offer CSA membership to residents of the Northeast. Welcome to Our Multi Farm CSA!

    For $195 year, Members share in heirloom tomatoes, maple syrup, artisan chocolate, and Farmers Frozen Foods including frozen
    veggies, meals, free range chicken, ducks, pasture meats and farmhouse brickoven pizza. We hope to have a hoop house to extend our season of lettuce greens for those of you who only eat RAW.

    I also believe, as others, that eating dark leafy greens in the wild such as dandelion, ramps, mustard greens – are not only free but contain the most authentic real nutrients. Also, wheat germ is loaded with abundant nutrients.

  49. Evan says:

    Brittney, I have an extra blender. I’ll send it to you.

  50. Sharon says:

    Most of what I would say has been covered. One of our local health food stores has a customer appreciation day where they have samples, company reps demoing products, etc and they have 20% off on all non-sale items. I buy a months supply of hard goods, onions, apples, oranges etc as well as a weeks worth of other veggies. I buy Chia and organic greens at Costco for the best price.

    Anyone that has even a bit of land or space outside to grow food is crazy if they don’t take advantage of it. Get one of those worm bins to recycle your left over veggie parts, pulp, etc and you’ll have free organic fertilizer. It’s fun too! I miss having a garden. Farmer’s market is awesome too. If you have one take advantage.

  51. Karen says:

    Michael T, If I thought I could move to Hawaii with my 14 year old son, I would very very soon. I heard housing is ridiculous! any tips send to my email please:

    Vitamin blood testing is like pulling teeth with our doctors here in Minnesota (northland) they look askance when I ask to pass on the flu shot. I have been in raw foods since 1986 and teach raw foods classes here in MN, originally from Santa Cruz, CA but too high cost of living for now as a solo parent.

    I want to find a community of like-minded, conscious, non dogmatic thinkers, who live passionately about the Earth, food, and day to day living spiritually not religiously.


    the sun there looks great Kevin!

  52. Keith says:

    with, they have great prices on bulk herbs. I’m going to start making elixers and tinctures for my nutrition, like daniel vitalis. This will save me so much money and is great for storing food.

  53. Joan says:

    I appreciate your comments and the comments of those posted above – it is really good to share helpful hints with others. I got my Champion Juicer at a flea market for $50 – what a find! It is the older gold color, but the motor was like new and has served me well for many years…hopefully many years to come. I got my Vitamix refurbished and saved $100 or so years ago and it is still going strong too – yeh!

  54. Trudy Lane says:

    I bought a Health Master because I could make payments, 59.00 for 4 months, I have had it and use it every single day for about 8 months now and it has worked like a dream, the only negative thing is it is noisy, but works great to make anything you want. Hope this helps, Trudy

  55. charles says:

    Kevin What are you thoughts on Colloidal Silver?

  56. Jane says:

    I use a Waring commercial smoothie blender – a little cheaper than the others. I started with an older model Oster, which did quite well and I keep as back up since I can’t live without my green smoothie twice a day.

    To save on gas and not so fresh veggies, I started to freeze my blended celery and parsley – seems to work just fine.

  57. Elaine says:

    Thank you all for sharing your simple living websites and ideas!

  58. Chris & Sara says:

    Grow yer own!

    And eat out less.

    These 2 really cut our food bill down. Also, try using the bulk section. Same stuff that is packaged, with out the package. Its less expensive.

    If you do grow your own, it is good to make trades with others who grow different stuff. Its fun and you get things that may take a long time to grow… like AVOS!!! mmmmm…

    We noticed that the better we eat, the less we spend. Take out all the bad oils, packaged crap food, dairy, meat, alcohol, etc. and you are left with produce. Start growing what you can, and you end up buying the produce that you arent growing. It becomes cheaper as you go.

    Hope that helps.

    Love and Aloha!

    Chris & Sara

  59. FeralKevin says:

    Kevin and Ann Marie, I was wondering what you think of the pin prick home Vitamin D test that is I believe by ZRT. It’s accuracy with such a small sample?


  60. Jenny says:

    Can you safely use the greens that are atop of carrots? I have heard both yea and nay, so would be great to have the definitive answer.

  61. Peasnlove says:

    I am very envious of all of you at home blender folks, I dont have a blender, (or a home for that matter,) so I have to buy at Whole foods or Planet Smoothie. So, I only get about one or two smoothies a week (plus their smoothies are not quite up to Superfood quality.)

  62. Jan says:

    I like peppermint herb tea so I grow my own mint. During the summer I take 3 or 4 leaves off the plant toss them in a cup and add hot water. I also make ice tea from mint. I use a combination of drying mint leaves and freezing mint leaves for winter. I also bring a few mint plants inside to use.

    Growing my own saves me about $7.00 a week as I no longer purchase my weekly box of organic mint tea bags. This saves me $364.00 a year.

    I put $7.00 away every week (what I use to spend on mint tea)and if my blender needs replaced or I decide to purchase a juicer I have the money.

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