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It’s Wednesday, known as Hump Day in some quarters, and I wanted to take a few minutes to address a few questions I have gotten about the two big fun things we have going on in these parts. First up, replies to your questions about Plants-a-palooza, and then some answers to questions about the Primal Life kit offer. Image

PLANTS-A-PALOOZA 2014

Can I count fruit as a plant?

Absolutely! It is, after all, a plant. Of course, I offer the advice that if it’s something that you think I would encourage you to be eating then count it. If you don’t think I would encourage you to eat it, then don’t. So, blueberries? Yay. A blueberry-flavored gummy snack? No.

The idea is to boost the diversity of plant foods that you eat for a week, hoping that you find some new ones, get out of some food ruts, and that you consume plants mindfully.

What about the herbs I use when I cook?

Oh, heck yes. That’s one area where I am definitely trying to amp up my diversity. I’ve been in a salt + pepper rut, when it’s not hard to just toss in some parsley, cilantro, basil, etc. Herbs contain phytochemicals just like “vegetables” and “fruits” do. And, actually, in culinary terms, “herb” refers more to how the plant is used and not to it’s structure. Why would we count lettuce, a bunch of green leaves, and not parsley?

herb
(h)ərb/
noun
noun: herb; plural noun: herbs
  1. 1.
    any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume.
    “bundles of dried herbs”
  2. 2.
    BOTANY
    any seed-bearing plant that does not have a woody stem and dies down to the ground after flowering.

But let me back up. One of the biggest reasons to diversify your plant consumption is because our modern diet actually represents a sliver of the diverse diet our ancestors enjoyed. Here’s a bit from Diane Sanfilippo’s interview with physician Terry Wahls, M.D., whose The Wahls Protocol is being studied for its ability to relieve patients suffering from various autoimmune disorders, notably Multiple Sclerosis, which Dr. Wahls has.

Terry Wahls: It’s part of why I talk about the need to have diversity, in that our ancestors had 200 different species they would consume in the year.

Diane Sanfilippo: {laughs}

Terry Wahls: We should be trying to consume 200 species. I’m working on it; I’m over 150, so I’m going to get to my 200. But it does require intention.

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah, I think a lot of us are eating the same probably 5, 10 if we’re lucky, vegetables. So, I was thinking about this. I don’t want to set myself up on a challenge, yet, but I was thinking about doing a 30 day, 30 different plant foods challenge or something like that, because I think a lot of us do eat the same ones over and over again.

Terry Wahls: Yes.

Diane Sanfilippo: So I think that would be really interesting challenge.

Terry Wahls: It gets a little bit easier, Diane, if you include your teas and spices as the different species.

Diane Sanfilippo: That is a good point.

Terry Wahls: So when I realized I could do that, it’s like, ok. I got a nice bowl of some extra numbers that way.

Diane Sanfilippo: Yeah.

Terry Wahls: So I think it’s quite possible to get 30 new species in a month if you include your teas and spices.

From Balanced Bites podcast, #130 here.

There is some evidence that herbs are actually more biodiverse and richer in phytochemicals than “vegetables” and “fruits” because they have been less subject to the pressures of the marketplace. (In ancestral times, apples weren’t big and shiny and red, for example.)

What about my tea?

Again, yes! I mean, I don’t want to hear about your Snapple. But if you drink a nice herbal tea, then you are absolutely getting some benefit from those plants. So count it. See Dr. Wahls’ quote above.

PRIMAL LIFE KIT : PALEO PLAN

Do I really get all this amazing stuff for only $39? (This is an actual question. You can find it on my Facebook page.)

Yes!

But what I think you’re really asking is, “How can people sell all of this stuff for so much less than the retail value?” And, the answer to that lies in the bundle idea.

You’ve got a few different models operating in this bundle kit. It includes e-books from smaller bloggers like me, who have written e-books that are great and interesting, but they aren’t likely to sell en masse beyond the blog’s core audience without some serious marketing. And people who are running small blogs cannot afford that. You also have established folks like Liz Wolfe, NTP who is launching a new program (Good Food for Bad Cooks) and uses this mass marketing platform to make her launch bigger than her audience alone. Then you have people like Sarah Ballantyne, a/k/a The Paleo Mom, who wrote a companion to her book The Paleo Approach, which will be informative but will also help drive sales of her book.

Most all of these items will be available publicly after the sale ends (April 28th) but the prices will be drastically higher. As an example, the Chowstalker Community Cookbook, to which I was a contributor, will retail for $19.

Listen, I value my reputation. Have you read my Core Values? I’ve associated myself with affiliate sales before that I found lacking in integrity and as soon as I felt icky about them, I ended my association. I am not selling snake oil. I cannot personally vouch for every product in here because I haven’t read every book or experienced every program. But you can be assured that there are no gimmicks or tricks in this package. It’s just a really terrific way to drive sales for people who may otherwise struggle with the marketing of their products.

How do I get a copy of your book, The Myth of Jake?MOJ Book Cover
It’s not in the bundle.

Nope. It’s not. It’s a freebie I am offering. Just forward your sales receipt to krexploringwellness at gmail dot com. Redact ANY info you don’t want to share. And I will get a copy of my book to you straight away. Of course if you have read it and want to give it to someone else, just send me that person’s email address as well.

So that’s it. I hope this answer some questions for you. But if course, if you have other questions, you can email me at the address above or just fill out the form below. I will get to you as soon as I can!

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