What actions will you take on Earth Day 2013, April 22


There is something, be it huge or tiny, that each one of us can do every day to defend and protect our environment.  What is it you do?

EARTH DAY is that one day a year when we should have Zero Tolerance to the ignorance and neglect of our planet. Be positive, be proactive, think about how good you will feel when you exercise your right to be good to the planet.

DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING that will help the environment.

  • How about remembering to power down the power strips?
  • Maybe picking up the trash rather than walking over it?
  • Not driving or watching TV for a day?  Oh my; what could happen?
  • Decide not to apply toxic chemicals to your lawn, laundry or lettuce.

These may sound silly and yes they were intended to;  Bring humor, gratitude and excitement into whatever extra effort you choose to put into Earth Day (how about every day)?

Signed, the eternal optimist


Use This Re-Phrase And Increase Your Enrolling Power

Yes on stage at Lifestyles Pavilion in Columbu...

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This morning it was quite easy to determine the daily message.  I didn’t even have to write it as Michael Oliver beat me to the punch.  Very well stated message below.  There is no I in TEAM.  Hence, if you could… holds so much more weight than … if I could …

There is a standard “closing phrase” in conventional selling that goes like this;

  • If I could show you a way to… (you fill in the rest)?

If you’ve used this, you’ve probably discovered it causes most people to back away and shut down on you.

The reason is that you’ve got the word “I” in there. It sounds self-serving and people sense a possible trap, so they put up their defenses, especially if it’s used early in a conversation. (Why is it that so many sales techniques are geared toward closing so early? It mostly leads to tears!)

However, REPHRASED and used as a Qualifying Question (not a closing question – there is a big difference), and used with the correct INTENT, it will produce outstanding results.

You do this by removing the word “I” and using neutral words, such as,

  • If there was a way you could… (get the money you’re looking for so that you can feel good about spending more time with your community) …do you ever look for opportunities to do that?
  • If you were able to… (reduce or eliminate that back pain so that you didn’t have to be dependent on others anymore).. by taking something else, is that what you’re looking for?

Can you feel the difference in energy or vibration of the conventional phrase and the Natural Selling phrase. If the new phrase feels better, then the person you’re talking with will also feel the same way?

Using the above as guidelines, create some phrases of your own. Say them a few times until you get the tone and feeling you want.

Your Intent

The success of the rephrasing has a lot to do with your intent. If you use it to close someone to achieve an objective, they are still likely to back away.

However, if you use it as a way to qualify whether they are serious about wanting to make a change, coming from a place of what I call Concerned Detachment, people will feel curious, as though you know something that they would like to know. They’ll respond with answers like;

  • Yes I would… depending on what it is
  • Why? Do you know of something?

Use it if you’re not doing so already. Observe how comfortable you are and how many more positive responses you get.

If you would like more tips like this, check out my downloadable coaching program entitled “How To Have Fearless Conversations…

Appreciation and Gratitude

photo credit CSea Perkins

Grateful to Positive Thoughts for today’s gift.

Learn to love yourself enough so that when someone enters your life that treats you negatively, you can stand up for yourself and have the strength to let them go.

You can learn that it is okay to say no to anyone who is not willing to treat you with the love and respect you not only want, but also deserve. Have the courage to walk away from anything that does not serve you well. Search for your highest good.

You may be thinking right now, how do I go about this when I do not have the things that would make me content? What is in your world externally is nothing more than a mirror of what is going on internally. So to change the external vision of what your world appears to be, go within and change it there, then the outward vision will change to mirror the inward feelings.

Understand that every new path has a beginning and a first step. To pursue anything new, all you have to do is to take one-step at a time. And that is the step before you. If we learn to feel and believe that we have all that we desire and want in life and accept what has been granted to us, more will come.

It is all about appreciation and gratitude. If you could learn to appreciate and have gratitude by focusing on what is good in your life, more goodness will flow to you. If we complain that we do not have those things, then that is where our focus is and that is what we will continue to attract to us. If we think and imagine having the life we desire, and act and feel as we have it within, it is sure to appear before us.

When negative events occur in your life, if you look for the silver lining in the dark rain cloud, you will learn that good is always flowing toward you, if you have but the eyes to see it. And when you embrace the good that comes from that stormy rain cloud, you are transforming the energy of what you previously deemed as something negative into some positive. When you sing this new song, more “good” things can flow to you.

Thanksgiving from Shift Community

Cover of "Thank You (Gift Books)"

Cover of Thank You (Gift Books)

Showing gratitude to Kris and her abundant giving throughout the year, I’m pleased to reprint her attitude!  Sharing with you the sincerity of others is indeed a gift to us all…

To CSea:
Holidays are a wonderful time to say “Thank You”;
And this year I have much to be thankful for;
Needs, both personal and professional, have been met;
Knowledge necessary to succeed has been shared;
Significant relationships have been deepened;
Goals have been achieved;
Invitations have been accepted;
Valuable resources have been discovered;
Intuition has guided me to fantastic experiences;
Networking has uncovered amazing new friendships; and
God has continued to provide me everything I need to enjoy my life

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want you to know how much I appreciate you being a part of the Shift Community! Having you in my network is a blessing and I look forward to getting to know you better and being of service to you however I can.

My gift to you this season is an interview with one of the life areas experts in my network.  During this interview Claire Horner, a therapist, provided a wealth of information about how to establish thriving relationships in every area of your life.  To download this interview, right click and save to your desktop.  It’s an hour long, so it make take a few minutes to download.


Have a fantastic holiday season and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be a resource to you in any way.


Kris Cavanaugh

Have you made the SHIFT to “C.E.O. of Your Life”©?

Kris Cavanaugh

Speaker, C.E.O. Catalyst & Coach

Shift, Inc.




Your Forces and How to Use Them

Joey Coulter promised to   win; and WIN he did

Promise yourself to be so strong
that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and expect only the best.

To be enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger,
too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Christian D Larson
“Your Forces and How to Use Them
” 1912

Don’t miss it; embrace it

garth brooks – the dance

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Philippe Cousteau Talks About How Far Environmentalism has Come, and Where it’s Going

by Guest on 04.22.10

This guest post was written by Philippe Cousteau, Co-Founder and President of EarthEco, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.

TreeHugger: What are the major advances have you seen (in your field) during the past 40 years? What, if any, were the major failures

Philippe Cousteau: There have been many major advances during the last 40 years, but the most significant is that I am writing this blog for a major online network dedicated to the environment. Networks like Treehugger and Planet Green which are dedicated to “green” would not have been conceivable just a decade ago.

Environmentalists were seen as sandal wearing, granola eating hippies for the majority of the 20th century and being green was often perceived as a passing fancy sulking on the fringes of society. That has finally changed. Green is no longer the hobby of eccentric nature lovers…it is a big (and growing) part of popular culture as people realize that a healthy environment is critical to a healthy society not to mention a healthy economy. Evidence of this trend can be found in the public’s reaction to the latest economic downturn.

Over the last 50 years of the modern environmental movement, every time the economy has gone into a recession, often the first thing to get eliminated from the popular discourse is the environment. The refrain is always the same, “a time of economic downturn is no time to worry about the environment.” Instead, growth has been the mantra, growth at all costs which often meant throwing environmental caution to the wind. Public polls consistently supported this opinion that recession meant we had no time for the “luxury” of conservation.

Finally…something has changed. During the latest economic crisis the opposite happened. While the country suffered from a terrible recession, some would argue the worst since the Great Depression of 1929, talk of green did not die. In fact, it seemed to grow as politicians and businesses alike began to advocate that going green was not just an environmental strategy but an economic one as well. From green jobs to clean energy the tone has changed. While it is true that some still proclaim that conservation is a surefire way to kill the economy and desperately cling to the notion that a carbon fueled economy that poisons our air, the lungs of our children and our water is still the wisest course, the tides seems to be turning.

This is especially true amongst the young. I travel the country lecturing and working with over 100,000 youth a year and I can tell you from personal experience that a new generation is maturing, one that is more engaged, empowered and ready to act than any that has come before it. They see the coming challenges and are facing them head on with a determination and drive that should give us all great hope for the future. That is true change and shows that we are making progress.

As for failures there have been many but perhaps the most serious is that while we have made progress on environmental education and conservation we are still struggling with a public (at least those over 25 yrs old) which is almost evenly split between those who think climate change is real and those who do not. Despite the fact that an overwhelming amount of science supports the climate change reality, we are rarely a science driven society either politically or socially. Instead it often seems we prefer pithy soundbites that support our worldview rather than intelligent arguments that challenge us to learn and expand our understanding and the media is no different. This morning I picked up a major national newspaper and as I flipped to the metro section I was greeted by a large picture of a Koi fish.

The cover story was about the National Arboretum in Washington DC and how they were conducting their annual Koi fish auction. It wasn’t until I glanced down at the article that was unceremoniously squeezed beneath extensive coverage of a fish sale and the bottom of the page that I found what I was looking for, a brief story covering one of the most incredible achievements of human kind. This weekend, in addition to being the groundbreaking time when a national institution auctions off oversized goldfish, is also the time that we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Trieste descending to the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest point on earth 7 miles beneath the shiny waves of the Pacific Ocean. Only two men have ever gone that deep in the history of all humanity, and that was 50 years ago!

I was fortunate to attend a gala last night with some of the world’s leading scientists, filmmakers, and explorers; people who have changed the face of our understanding and pushed back the limits of human knowledge often forging ahead in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Don Walsh and Jacques Picard both risked their lives to descend that deep, only the former is still alive and he graced us with his humble and brilliant presence at the events. More men have landed on the moon than have landed on the deepest part of our own planet and that…I would argue…is perhaps our greatest failure. That despite the progress I wrote about earlier, we are a still struggling to recognize that this planet and all its wonder should be valued above all else. Pop stars and sports figures are fine but we should equally value those who continue to fight for a more just, enlightened and hopeful future. Teachers, scientists, explorers and the like are heroes that walk amongst us every day and deserve more than a passing mention at the bottom of the newspaper.

TH: What does a bright green future look like in this field?

PC: A bright green future means that we transition from a carbon based society as soon as possible. That is the most critical thing we can do. From air pollution (that causes the deaths of 25,000 people in the US each year alone) to climate change and ocean acidification, the output of carbon into the atmosphere threatens our existence like no other challenge we have ever faced. My field is environmental education, exploration and conservation and my utopian vision of the future is a society empowered with the knowledge and tools to move beyond petty arguments and realize that we must all take action in our daily lives. We must all take action to build the sustainable world that we all dream of and that our children deserve.

TH: How would we realistically transition into that sort of ideal situation? That is, how should we move forward in this field to try to reach this goal?

PC: There are millions of individuals in this country with a great deal of free time and an overwhelming desire to take action to make their communities and their planet better; an army of willing individuals who have are quietly changing the world but who need more help if they are to reach their full potential. Who are these agents of change? Look around you, I have no doubt you encounter them everyday…you may even have them in your home. That’s right…youth. A year ago I had the opportunity to work with a group of three middle school boys who as part of a service project in their community did some research and found that lead wheel weights through improper disposal cause a considerable amount of lead pollution in the environment. These young men took matters into their own hands and worked tirelessly to pass a law.

Hang In There

…by Ron White

I remember Navy boot camp like it was yesterday. An event that occurred on my second day still causes me to pause when I reflect on it. You can tell a new soldier to boot camp from one who is about to graduate based upon the clothes and ribbons they wear. It was clearly my second day, evidenced by what I was wearing. I was walking single file with my unit down a hall and a sailor who was about to graduate passed us.

He must have noticed my expression. It without a doubt said, “I am tired, intimidated, scared and hungry.” You can’t talk when walking in formation, therefore he whispered out of the side of his mouth as we passed, “Hang in there… you can do it.”

I turned to look at his face, but all I saw was the back of his head. Every night before I drifted off to sleep I replayed those words. I will never know that sailor’s name. He will never know how it turned my attitude around 180 degrees. He will never know that years later I still remember the electricity of encouragement that shot through my body.

I knew that the only reason he knew what I was feeling is because he had been where I was and felt how I felt. He had made it and wanted me to know that I could as well. I was eternally grateful.

Then it was my turn. On my graduation day, I walked into a storage facility and saw three sailors leaning up against the wall. They were new and scared, intimidated, tired and hungry. I walked over to them and whispered, “Hang in there… you can do it.” Within one second tears filled the eyes of the female sailor and one of the males clenched his fist and gave me a million thanks with his eyes.

As I walked away I had goose bumps. I knew that my words would be motivation for the rest of the day and fuel every night to keep them focused on their goal of graduation when they wanted to quit. I hope they passed on the encouragement to another sailor before they graduated… and I know they did.

If you are in a valley, then remember this. Others have been there (including me). Hang in there. You can do it. Whether your goal is boot camp graduation, building a business or raising a family… since others have done it… you can too. Hang in there.

If you are at a peak, do not underestimate what a few kind words of encouragement might do for those around you.

Many find it odd that at this point in my career I am in the Naval Reserves. I generate more income by one person attending my seminar than I do in my one weekend a month. When I was activated, I earned a fraction of my current income. But I do it because it is right for me and in my heart I have to. I also do it because the lessons like the one above are invaluable to me. I hope you found some value in it as well.

Ways to green without spending more

Downshifting Life and Being Green

Posted: 27 Mar 2010 01:18 PM PDT

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Today is World Water Day; The Most Beautiful Waves Ever…Catch ‘Em Again! (Slideshow)

by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 03.22.10

clark little waves slideshow phot

Today is World Water Day and we wanted to give you a reason to show this precious resource some extra love. We really didn’t have to look far…in fact, we just had to rewind to last year. Clark Little is a photographer with a gift for capturing the ocean at its most extraordinary. We highlighted his incredible photos last March, and if you missed it then, you definitely don’t want to miss it this time. Check out some of the most breath-taking photos of waves you’ll ever see.

Most Beautiful Waves...Ever

10 Beauty Products You Must Ditch During Pregnancy

Convert your home to non-toxic products to avoid your baby being born with an average of 200 toxins.  Safer, more effective and will even help you save.   http://optimum.nontoxichomes.info

by Christine Lepisto, Berlin on 03.18.10

baby bubble monster photo
Image: Audi insperation, Flickr

// Decades ago, when chemists were churning out new discoveries and industry was making “better living through chemistry,” the belief was widely held that chemicals do not cross the placenta. We now know that mother’s chemical exposure can affect her baby’s chances for a normal, healthy life, especially in early pregnancy when a fetus’ growth is being carefully regulated by a host of natural chemical messengers in the womb.

Should you worry? Well, first of all, women have been giving birth joyfully for decades after the advent of industrialization. It is a thrilling, suspense-ridden process with no certain answers — with a high probability that you will have created the greatest treasure of your life. Don’t let fears overwhelm your enjoyment of nine months of miracles. But do use common sense, and a little dose of facts, to help protect your little bundle of joy as much as you can. Look at the tips in bold for some easy suggestions.

1. Luxury Bath Products

Ditch high-end luxury beauty products when pregnant image Image: Limpciano, Flickr

This is good news for women who do not want to waste money buying expensive organic products for themselves during pregnancy: Tests by German green consumer magazine Öko-Test (Eco-Test) found that cheap shower creams were composed of safer ingredients. The high-end products used more exotic ingredients, frequently including chemicals that can cause allergies, even roaming into riskier territory such as cancer-causing ingredients. So leave the stuff with the fancy names on the shelf and stick with a classic low-end soap for the shower.

Baby Yourself: Buy products especially formulated for infants and children. Manufacturers make more effort to avoid questionable ingredients in these products.

2. Nail Care

Ditch painted fingernails when you are pregnant photo Image: Scragz, Flickr

Working in a nail salon made Time magazine’s list of the worst jobs in America. Anecdotes about health problems experienced by workers include stillbirths, birth defects, and developmental issues — although no studies have been published on birth defects among nail workers. A North Carolina study did find an increased risk of spontaneous abortion among nail salon employees. Consumer campaigns prompted by these concerns have forced suppliers to reformulate and reduce the “toxic trio:” dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. But nail products continue to include many ingredients that are inadequately tested or which have raised concerns about reproductive toxicity. If you are just having your nails done once every couple of weeks, is that a “safe dose?” The fact is, no one knows. Better safe than sorry.

Nicer Nails: Even if your friends know you for having the most flamboyant painted nails, wear naked nails with pride when you are pregnant. Treat yourself to a manicure and/or pedicure without using any chemicals. Be sure to select a well-ventilated salon if you have it done professionally.

3. Spray-on Tanning

Ditch spray tanning when pregnant photo Image: The Female View

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) for use in chemical tanning. The DHA works by reacting with the dead layer of surface skin in much the same way bread browns when toasted. It has been shown not to absorb into the living skin below the dead layer, and is therefore considered safer than suntanning — which is known to cause cancer. However, these approvals do not take into account the risks of inhaling the particles of spray that get into the air during “tanning”.

Studies suggest that DHA may be mutagenic and can cause primary DNA damage. There is no test data publicly available on development toxicity. Bottom line: spray-on tans may be healthier when applied with proper protections on healthy adults, but it’s not worth the (mostly unknown) risk to your developing fetus.

Tan Teetotaling: elevated body temperature can also be dangerous to your unborn baby, so tanning beds are not a good option either. Spin your skin as “porcelain” not “pale.”

4. Skin Whitening

ditch skin lightening if you are pregnant photo Image: Frerieke, Flickr

Skin lightening products contain chemicals that interfere with enzymatic processes that lead to production of melanin, which darkens the skin. This drug-like action has earned lightening products the nickname “cosmeceuticals.” Typically hydroquinone or glutathione are used as the active ingredient; mostly mercury has been eliminated from whitening products. Alternatives claiming to be safer are appearing as safety concerns have led to calls for bans on ingredients like hydroquinone.

Unfortunately, pregnancy often induces darkening of the skin, and can lead to a pigment “mask” on the face, making the urge to action stronger. In all cases, doctors recommend waiting until after your pregnancy before considering any skin lightening treatments.

Safer Solutions? Take care. Alternatives often simply have less testing evidence of problems, not more proof of safety.

5. Chemical Hair Removal

Ditch depilatories when you are pregnant photo Image: Katutaide, Flickr

The active ingredient in hair removal products is usually some form of thioglycolic acid. There are no studies showing that this chemical is unsafe on the skin during pregnancy. But there are also no studies showing it is safe. The EU limits the ingredient to a maximum of 5% (as thioglycolic acid) in depilatories (hair removal products). In the US, independent panel the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) found it to be safe up to levels of 15.2% (as thioglycolic acid). The thioglycolic acid reacts chemically with disulfide bonds in hair. Because these ingredients are aggressive enough to react chemically, and no studies have been done to detect potential reprotoxic effects, we recommend the precautionary principle: Leave these on the shelf until after the pregnancy.

Shave Sharing: Get your partner involved. Create a special bond as he helps you shave those places you can no longer even see, much less reach.

6. Heavy Fragrances

Ditch fragrances when you are pregnant photo Image: kjunstorm, Flickr

Many fragrances contain phthalates as carriers. There are a wide range of phthalates, some of which are less harmful than others. But these ingredients are rarely disclosed on labels, hiding behind the general descriptor fragrance. If you are not certain the product is free of phthalates with potential for reproductive toxicity, it is better to avoid it during pregnancy. Phthalates can imitate natural hormones in the body responsible for the proper growth and development of a fetus. Because growth is very sensitive to small concentrations of these hormones, it is considered dangerous to have even low levels of exposure during pregnancy.

Fragrance-free: While you are minimizing perfumed beauty products, do away with air fresheners and any other product intended to release scent.

7. Sticky or Stinky

Ditch beauty treatments left on during pregnancy Image: justj0000lie, Flickr

A strong smell usually indicates either (1) a product with volatile organics that evaporate easily into the air, or (2) a product that forms a misty or dusty cloud. Either is an indication that you may be inhaling chemicals…a direct and efficient route for toxins to enter your body. Absorption through the skin is another common route of exposure, and the longer a chemical is in contact, the more can absorb. So if you are not sure that the product is safe (and “natural” is not the same as safe!), then minimize the contact by avoiding treatments that last longer or smell stronger.

Friendly Facial: If hormonal swings have left your face feeling oily, try an egg white facial.

8. Prescription Acne Meds

Pregnant ditch chemicals photo Image: Raebruen, Flickr

Your doctor probably already told you this when you got your prescription, but if you use the acne treatments

  • Accutane (isotretinoin)
  • Retin-A (tretinoin)
  • Tetracycline

then you should not get pregnant. Unlike the low-level exposure to chemicals in other beauty products, these drugs are taken at doses intended to cause changes in your body….changes that ultimately reduce acne outbreaks. For this reason, birth defects related to use of Accutane are not merely anecdotal. Fully 25-35% of babies born to mothers using Accutane in the first trimester have some pattern of birth defects. Less information is available on Retin-A, but it can be expected to be similar to Accutane due to its molecular structure. Tetracycline, an antibiotic, causes gray teeth.

Medication Matters: Talk to your health-care provider or pharmacist about your pregnancy plans before you take any medications when you are trying to get pregnant.

9. Tattoos

when you are pregnant ditch tattoos photo Image: wohlford, Flickr

Traditional tattoos involve needles, and therefore direct contact with your bloodstream. The risk of disease transmission is not high, but not worth taking at this delicate time in life. As usual, little information is known about the effects of the tattoo dyes on your baby’s growth. The deliberate penetration of the skin’s boundaries adds an additional level of exposure potential. The German Institute for Risk Evaluation warns that dyestuff used in the tattoo industry is not regulated in the same manner as cosmetics, and that so-called azo dyes may split into carcinogenic amines in the bloodstream in case tattoo removal by laser treatment is undertaken. Finally, some tattoo inks can cause allergies. It is rare, but when it occurs, a very severe reaction can arise since the dyes have entered the bloodstream.

Little Loophole: If you cannot resist some body art to celebrate the new arrival, get a natural henna tattoo (as illustrated above). This is not permanent, but celebrates the changes in your body. Leave this one for your third trimester to be really sure the risks are acceptable. But CAUTION: Be sure you are using natural henna, which is never black. Black henna is a synthetic chemical, para-phenylendiamine (PPD), and according to American Pregnancy, it is not safe for anyone.

10. Hair Care

Ditch hair dye if you a pregnant photo Image: House of Sims, Flickr

First, some good news. New studies seem to have overturned earlier studies that suggested a link to bladder cancer or miscarriage in hair salon employees. Nonetheless, studies continue to find links between occupational exposure in hair salons and birth defects, for example associating hair spray with penis deformity. A couple of hours getting your hair done is certainly less than the long-term exposure your beautician faces, but it is one more vector for exposure that can be avoided.

Preferred Pampering: Skip the dyes and highlights. Buy a natural bristle hairbrush and enjoy a cup of tea while treating your hair to a hundred strokes. If you absolutely must freshen up your color, wait until at least the second trimester.

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by Christine Lepisto, Berlin on 03.18.10

Making Meals Out of Weeds: Molecular Gastronomists Making Sustainable Ingredients Taste Like the Junk Food We All Want to Keep Eating

And they won’t stop until supermarkets have a healthy aisle for junk food addicts.

By Rachel Cernansky
Boulder, CO, USA | Tue Mar 16, 2010 02:00 PM ET

Planet Green

future food chefs photo

Health | Local Food | Nutrition

Future Food star chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche have a science lab in their restaurant. The molecular gastronomists run Moto Restaurant, serving up only the best results of their food-science experiments, which they will keep up until they come up with food creations made from local, vegetable-based ingredients that can replace the ills of modern food production—but without compromising on taste. The self-admitted “junk food fiend” will not stop—eating junk food or experimenting with replacements—until he finds tasty alternatives for all his favorite foods. “If it’s a halfway product, it’s not going to make it,” the chefs told me on the phone, in a conversation about their approach to food and some of the experiments they’ve done at Moto and on Future Food.

Planet Green: Do you cook with any foods that most people do not think of as edible?
In the Miracle Food episode, we tested an all-natural berry—it has almost no calories, and it shrinks certain taste buds so that you can’t taste sour or bitter, you just taste sweet. So you can eat a lemon and just taste lemonade. This berry allows you to take ingredients from the wild that we don’t normally eat—that are not bad for the body, it’s just that they don’t taste good. So you can make a meal out of weeds that grow on your front lawn.

We took a walk one day in the area around the restaurant. We all had our smartphones with us, so we would take a picture of each plant and look up if it’s nontoxic. If it is, then we’ll take the next step and try cooking it or eating it raw, eating it any way we can figure out.

The berry is also good for cancer patients going through chemo—they can often only taste rubber and metallic things, and don’t want to eat. We have fed this to cancer patients and have determined overwhelmingly that this stuff works. There are no negative side effects that we have seen yet. Sugar has no known health benefits—so if you can cut glucose consumption, you’re basically chopping off the leg of diabetes.

PG: I understand you’ve tried to tackle the problem of overfishing from your kitchen?
In an episode on overfishing, we start off in the kitchen. We get our fish delivery, and the quality of fish that we’re getting is not what it used to be. Oceans are being polluted. Fish are getting more expensive and less available. So the next segment is in the lab, we’re trying to create the texture and taste of seafood products out of vegetables. We made a watermelon that looked like a seared tuna loin: we vacuumed different ingredients into the tuna loin, including one called Envision, which cancels out sweetness and makes it taste more savory than it is. We covered it in black and white sesame seeds and froze it in liquid nitrogen.

We did five different fish in a similar vein, and took it to a Japanese fish market, where people really know their seafood—we try and almost fake it, and for the most part people liked it.

PG: How many of your experiments would you say end up on the Moto Restaurant menu?
Probably about half. We do a lot of experiments on the show, things we’re actually doing for the first time, so we kind of rely on people’s reactions for feedback before we make it into a dish that we would serve to paying customers. We get a wide range of reactions to food, and we get to come back to the restaurant and put changes on the menu.

The menu we present to customers is very vague—and it’s actually edible. It looks like you stuck a piece of bread into a printer—we serve it with butter. People go crazy for that: if people are going to have a good time, they can tell right away. If Moto’s not for them, they can tell that also right away.

There are two sides to the bread: one side is a 10-course menu, the other side is a 20-course menu. Each side has every dish written out in vague terms: it will read something like rice and beans, and when a dish comes to table, it’s up to the server to kind of read the table. If people are into the whole mind-bending experience, the waiter will tell them, “this is seared tuna,” and just walk away. The table will either guess that it’s not, or they won’t, and the server will come back and tell them. If the server sees the people are more the type to want to know what’s going on, they’ll tell them. All servers at Moto restaurant are trained chefs, and they have all worked—or do work—in the kitchen. (The ink is a proprietary formula, and we don’t say what it’s made of—except that it’s all local, organic products.)

One dish we kept on the menu for awhile after the show was a scallop dish—it was actually tofu that we made to look like a seared scallop. Before we cooked it, we filled it with a bouillabaisse puree, and when we served it, we filled the plate with other stuff. It was a very tasty dish, it looked and tasted like seafood. It embodied the entire challenge of making seafood from vegetables.

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And they won’t stop until supermarkets have a healthy aisle for junk food addicts.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You may searching for ideas about green living ideas at home, Join a community organization for conservation eco.nomics.edu, or wanting to build a solar panel system for your home. A first step in preserving the planet for one purpose is to do some simple and easy methods around your home.

Think about it!…Tons of highly toxic  Greenhouse gases are continually being released into the planets atmosphere that are destroying our green earth and heating it up at a rate faster than our one small planet can absorb and filter it out. Here are a few great green ideas and solutions:

1. First Reduce

Reduce! Our Landfills Are Overflowing...

To become one planet one people, we  need to look ways that aim at reducing our wasteful habits and trying to reuse items we use everyday rather than discarding them into the trash, for the times ahead are troubling for our economy and have a huge impact on the environment in which we live on our planet.

2. Next Reuse

Before you discard them try to find uses for your items that may be broken.

Plastic utensils that you may not use in the kitchen anymore  that are not dangerous, and are safe to use may be just what your kids are looking for to put in their play-dough set or play kitchen.

A few ideas:

Common Reusable Items

  • Buying items secondhand like bicycles, clothing, books and games is a great way to reuse stuff. Here are other fun ideas to prolong the life of our things:
  • Sew colorful patches onto a pair of jeans, a jacket or a backpack that has a hole in it.
  • Hold a clothes-swapping party. Invite friends to come over with clothes they no longer wear. Put all the clothes in the middle of the room and start swapping! Donate unwanted items to charity.

3. Finally Recycle

Plastic comes from crude oil and paper comes from trees. By recycling just these two items in your household, you’re helping to save two of the Earth’s valuable resources and reducing your home’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Recycling saves natural resources like minerals, water and timber. By decreasing the need to extract and process virgin materials, recycling helps reduce or eliminate pollution associated with those activities.Composting at home is one of the easiest, most effective and environmentally-friendly ways of recycling green (organic) rubbish.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

To make sure you keep in the mindset of all one planet one people, try to do the 3 conservative and easy things to do every day and you will be surprised at how much waste you keep out of the landfills and stay in line with the one planet mindset.

Its so easy and you can feel so good inside your soul that you are helping to preserve the one planet we live on for the future of our one planet and one people. The most important thing is to just do it! Every little bit helps the planet as a whole…

Peace And Blessings To One Planet Earth!

4 Keys To A Successful Sustainability Strategy

no, no, not the water too

Date: 16-Mar-10
Country: US
Author: Greener World Media

Consider these morsels from last week’s Wall Street Journal:

“By 2050, there could be two billion cars on the road — twice as many as there are today.”

“Energy demand is expected to be 35 percent higher in 2030 than in 2005.”

“Pollution of drinking water is Americans’ No. 1 environmental concern.”

If you’re of the mind that the global economy is an Energizer battery that will simply go, go, go — without needing outside attention — think again.

Our world economy faces unprecedented challenges, whether from soaring population growth, resource constraints, a warming climate and myopic financial markets.

Solutions to these challenges are right in front of us, and a few were even suggested in the WSJ: “40 percent of new cars could be electric (by 2050).” “Energy efficiency is, more than ever, a critically important ‘energy source.'”

Some companies see opportunity from these challenges and are pursuing bold projects that take sustainability to a new level — projects like Frito-Lay’s planned zero emissions potato chip plant in Arizona; Interface’s closed-loop systems for recycling carpets; ZipCar’s pay-by-the-hour model for car driving; Intel making environmental metrics a component of every employee’s compensation.

But what’s missing is totality. Business innovation to scale sustainable solutions exponentially — across entire business models, across all products and services — is what we need to put our global economy on a sustainable path. Scattered shoots of sustainability will not do the job.

How do we achieve such sweeping change?

First, companies must recognize that making themselves more sustainable will make them more successful in the 21st century.

Consider the example of climate change: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the levels scientists say are needed will require a massive shift to clean, energy-efficient technologies in the coming decades. Businesses that put themselves in front of this trend — whether in their operations and supply chains, or products and services they offer — will benefit the most.

“We are looking for companies that are managing these risks and developing opportunities,” said Anne Stausboll, who oversees more than $200 billion of investments at the nation’s largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

Second, corporate success on sustainability will require comprehensive strategies that extend to all aspects of the business — from the board room, to employees, to suppliers, to consumers.

Among the key components of any successful strategy:

· Elevate sustainability in company governance, including direct board oversight and accountability over environmental and social issues, more diversity and special expertise on boards, and linking executive and other employee compensation to sustainability goals;

· Robust regular dialogues with key company stakeholders on sustainability challenges, including employees, investors, NGOs, suppliers and consumers;

· Open reporting on sustainability strategies, goals and accomplishments;

· Systematic performance improvements to achieve environmental neutrality and other sustainability goals across the entire value chain, including operations, supply chains and products.

The best performing companies of the 21st century will be those that recognize this evolving new order, and invest and act now.

Leading a World-Class Life

… by Jim Rohn

Choose your world class life.

As I think about what it takes to become a world-class athlete, I realize that there are some foundational lessons for all of us to learn as it relates to becoming world-class in whatever we set our hands to.

The secret of how these athletes became world-class is found in the combination of two fundamental ideas: desire and dedication.

A 22-year-old man doesn’t simply wake up one day and find that he is on the Olympic basketball team. No, it started years before. In fact, it probably started when he was only 6 or 7 years old. Maybe his father took him to a basketball game, and that little boy said, “Someday, Daddy, I am going to be a basketball player.” That was the first sign of desire. Desire is key. World-class people start with desire. They have to at some point “want it.”

But we all know people who dream of big things and never accomplish those dreams, don’t we? Why is that? After all, they have desire. They want it. But the engine that drives a dream is dedication. Desire tells you what you want, while dedication is what will get it for you.

Someone may see a young gymnast and say, “Wow, that looks easy.” What they don’t see, or perhaps overlook, are the years of practice, the years of getting up at 4:30 every morning and going to the gym before school. It is the dedication of the young athlete, the many times of failing in practice, the many times of falling off the equipment and faithfully getting back on, that turns a wisher into a world-class doer.

A person with desire but no dedication will never achieve much. You must have the powerful combination of both.

So let’s take a closer look at each of these and gain some insight into what desire and dedication are all about.

There are three parts to desire:

• Dreaming
• The Vision
• Focus

First is dreaming. Have you let yourself dream lately? Just sit down and begin to imagine all of the incredible possibilities your life could become? Spend some time just dreaming.

Next is vision. Once you dream, you begin to cut back on all of the possibilities and narrow it to what possibility it is that you really want. You begin to create a vision for your life. You begin to see it as you want it.

Lastly, under desire is focus. Once you have the vision, you have to really focus in on that dream. This is where you get really specific about what your life is going to look like.

There are also three parts to dedication:

• The Plan
• Beginning
• Perseverance

First is the plan. Without a plan, you will drift to and fro. You will certainly not carry out your dream if you do not have a plan. So write it down. Set your goals. Know what you want and how you are going to get there.

Second is the beginning. This may sound simple, and yet it is simply profound. Many people have a dream, and they even have a plan, but they never begin. It’s so simple: Just start. The first step on the long journey is still just one step. If you have a dream and a plan, take a step in the right direction.

Lastly is to persevere. Every road to every dream has a section or sections that are hard to travel. Every great dream will encounter difficulty. The question isn’t whether or not you will encounter trouble, but how you will respond to trouble. Will you quit when the going gets tough or will you persevere? I have found that every successful person I know, myself included, has encountered problems along the way that tempted them to quit. Yet, they persevered and achieved their dream.

Let’s take a look at the progression. As you do, think about where you are in the progression of becoming a world-class dream pursuer.

1. Dream
2. Create a vision
3. Focus the vision
4. Develop a plan
5. Begin to pursue the dream
6. Persevere

Friends, I hope for you the fulfillment of every dream that you have. That is what life is about, isn’t it? But to do so, I know that you will have to combine your desire with good-old dedication. And when you combine those two, you will be well on your way to leading a world-class life!

Sales tips / Life tips

Here is this weeks installment from Michael Oliver.  Oliver’s twist, if you will.  To listen to the audio, click HERE… CSea

If You Did Know, What Would It Be?

I liked this question from GP.

Michael, [when calling a lead] I asked a guy the question “Did he know what he was looking for in a business”. He told me “no” and I didn’t know what to say after that, I got stuck.

Maybe you could help me with this one!

GP, good for you for asking the question even though you didn’t know how to follow up! And extra good for you for asking how you might follow up!

Here’s a fun response you can use…

If you did know, what would it be?

Now, this is meant to be a fun question… so keep it light hearted! It’s also a very effective and powerful question. I’m no longer surprised at how much information will flow to you and the depth of detail that can come from the answers.

Here’s why….

It’s been my experience that the first things that come out of most people’s mouths are rarely what they mean to say or ask!

If you take their first responses (or even their first questions) at face value, and not enquire further, you’re likely to lose the opportunity to find out what they are really thinking and have a fruitful dialogue.

Learn How To Give People The Time And A Chance To Open Up.

Here are a few more ways to help you do this…

Well, allow me to ask it this way…

  • What prompted you to respond to the advertisement?
  • What was it about the advertisement that prompted you to respond?
  • What was it about the ad that caught your attention?
  • How would you see having your own home based business?
  • What would it mean to you to have your own home based business?

Also, make sure you add in the “magic” ingredient after the question – SILENCE!

By the way, don’t think that using silence in Natural Selling is some sort of technique or manipulative. It’s all part of the process of effective listening that I talk about in chapter 7 of my book “How To Sell Network Marketing Without Fear, Anxiety or Losing Your Friends!

When you give someone the gift of listening to them, you allow them to come to their own conclusions about what’s right them.

If you’d like some more examples of effective dialogues when you call leads, then you’ll find my “Calling Leads” audio program very helpful. The program contains 7 role plays that cover a variety of situations that you may encounter when contacting people.

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