Green Golf Game

Here’s a eco-friendly golf online game that encourages recycling. I think it’s a great message to not litter on the greens, or anywhere!

It would be great for the living fairways to not only keep their golf courses litter free but also pesticide free! Keep chemicals out of all lawns, both commercial and residential. No chemicals here, so get on with your putt putt!
Putt It Away!  Minimise waste, maximise profit ... play game now!

After a few virtual swings, think about how one could green up their game. Hmmmm? How could we make the sport Eco-golfing?

Besides seeking out an organic golf course, as you may have to travel to Canada or Australia to find a certified one, any golf master could take the course on foot instead of using a golf cart. That would be eco savvy and earn a hole in one for energy saving. Other ideas are using biodegradable tees and recycled plastic or water soluble balls. That would cool too!

Find an Eco-Friendly Golf Course and Become a Green Golfer with Audubon!

10 Ways To Eat More Fruits & Veggies

 Here are 10 easy tips to help you get into the bunny mindset and get your munch on.

1. Start your day with fresh squeezed orange juice.

2. Cut up a banana in your breakfast cereal.

3. Snack on carrot & celery sticks all day.

4. Eat a salad for lunch.

5. Always stuff your sandwiches full with Green lettuce and tomato.

6. Eat an apple as an afternoon snack.

7. Juice daily. Enjoy combos like carrot-apple-parsley.

8. Squeeze lemon in your water.

9. At dinner, make the vegetable your “main dish”.

10. When you shop at the grocery store, go to the produce section first and always try something new.  Load up on the green goodness and when available, buy organic!

So, what do you think – are you getting your 5 to 9 servings of fruit & veggies every day?

Acupressure Techniques for Nasty Headaches

Acupressure/finger acupuncture Techniques for Headaches
by: Philip Bain, M.D.
view pictures at aurorahealthcare.org

Got a nasty headache?  Before reaching for medicine, try these natural headache relief tips as your first choice.  Then add some essential oil of lavender for further relaxation.

Acupressure or finger acupuncture is a variation of traditional acupuncture. It can be helpful as a self-help tool for the treatment of mild to moderately painful headaches. It is a technique of massaging acupuncture points related to headache. There are two important acupressure points useful in treating headaches.

Technique

* Locate the important points detailed below.
* Press firmly over the point and begin rubbing in a circular motion two to three cycles per second. Use moderate pressure.
* It works best if done on both sides at the same time. Thus, you may need a friend or relative to help.
* You can perform this procedure for up to five minutes many times per day when you have a headache.
* Acupressure is a safe, non-drug, simple-to-learn technique that can provide relief for mild to moderate headaches.

Point Feng-chi – location and technique

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* Below the occipital bone, about 1.5 inches lateral to the midline of the head.
* Sit down and bend the head forward.
* Use thumb(s) to massage firmly in a circular motion.

Point Ho-ku – location and technique

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* Over the dorsum of the hand, in between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones.
* Lie or sit down.
* Use thumb to press firmly against the 2nd metacarpal bone and massage in a circular motion.
* It is best to have both sides done at the same time, but if no one is able to help, you can massage one side for up to five minutes and then switch to the other side.

Ahhh, relief… or not?  Tell us what you do to get rid of you nasty headaches.  Do you go all natural or do you just say to hell with it, grab the bottle of ibuprofen, chug it down with some cola and take a nap to awake with the power of Grayskull?

Buy Organic or Go to Hell

Go to Hell Organics

A mundane trip to the grocery store has turned into a time of moral reflection for Dreg on the cost of organics. He truly wants to do right for the health of his family and to benefit the earth but can he afford it?

It’s a showdown between good and evil and a choice must be made.

Either way, is he willing to pay the price?

Just Pretend You Can Afford a Green Home

If green design seems to be available for only those who are sustainably wealthy, you can always just pretend. I found a really cool website that lets you play around building your dream home and gives you choices on energy use, recycling and appliances.  Even how you eat will affect the overall green rating of your new casa.

All Natural Me designed a virtual home that rated: so fresh, so clean.

I will confess that I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t opt for the green roof option. At the time, I really wanted the bamboo siding instead and I was thinking that truly, the roof would need to be flat to have a garden on it, right? We wouldn’t want peat moss and posies sliding off and plopping into my chemical free lawn. The wood siding was just so pretty…

Oh darn. I could have really lowered my energy use by choosing the living roof top. Can I edit My Abodo and make it even more green?

Green House

Produce Codes Actually Mean Something

Pop Quiz!

Who knows the produce code for bananas?

I’m not sure if it is from my debut as a checkout cashier in college or my life long label reading obsession, but I know the answer is 4011. Here’s a bonus question: Do organic bananas have the same code?

If you answered Heck NO! Then you are pretty savvy on the fruit stickers my friend!

All organically grown produce will have sticky labels with a 5-digit number that start with the number nine as compared to 4-digit conventionally grown produce.

Watch out though, genetically modified foods also have a 5-digit number that starts with the number eight. Avoid GM foods if you can. They haven’t been around long enough to know if they are safe or not.

Bottom line, remember the 9 starts for organics and you’ll be fine.

Happy Eating!

Tree Planting Grants

 Do something amazing for your community and plant some trees…. A LOT of trees!

American Forests’ mission is to grow a healthier world with trees. Through community-based initiatives they help people understand the many values of trees and restore forest ecosystems in urban and rural areas. Their work encompasses tree planting, urban forestry, environmental education, and community-based forestry.

Have a HUGE project planned?  You may be able to receive some financial help to aid your green goodness.

2008 Tree Planting Grants Available
American Forests in search of tree planting projects

Global ReLeaf, a program of American Forests the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization (www.americanforests.org), is offering annual grants towards tree planting projects. Currently they are accepting tree planting project proposals for 2008. American Forests’ mission is to grow a healthier world. Global ReLeaf is American Forests’ education and action program that helps individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations improve the local and global environment by planting and caring for trees. Since it’s creation in 1988 the program has supported plantings of over 25 million trees worldwide.

The Global ReLeaf grant program provides private dollars to support local reforestation efforts and help match other funding sources. American Forests raises a dollar for every tree planted with Global ReLeaf. The dollars fund the reforestation projects. Competitive grant requests must maximize the use of total project funds per tree planted. Grants are available to support rural seedling projects restoring damaged forest ecosystems. Further information regarding Global ReLeaf Grants including application forms and criteria can be found at: http://www.americanforests.org/global_releaf/grants/

Please forward this grant opportunity to all motivated treehuggers planning 2008 plantings. Deadlines for grant proposals is July 1st.

Get Kids Thinking Green

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Earth Day is coming up and that’s always a great time to plant the seed of environmental knowledge and activism that can continue to grow all year. Earth Day is more than just a date, it’s something to be celebrated and practiced every day.

Here are 7 Fun Activities to help water the seed:

Take the EnviroKidz Pledge!

Pick up virtual trash with Starfall.com

Decorate Earth Day Grocery Bags

Choose Your Earth Mission: Recycle, Build, Plant

Help Your Teacher Make Your Classroom Eco-Friendly

Have an Eco-Birthday Party

Plant a Tree – It’s Easy!

Nurture the seed and watch our children grow up conscious about the beautiful world they live in. Set a good example and show how fun it is to be green. More resources and games can be found on Green Links for Kids.

No Plastics Pledge

Americans generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste a year but recycle only 1 or 2 % of it. Yeah, we totally suck and so do plastics. Take a pledge to go plastic free to not use or purchase any new plastics for whatever amount of time you can commit to.

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All Natural Me was only #721 so let’s spread the word about this pledge!

Sign today at http://www.leonardodicaprio.org/pledge/

What a great idea to get folks a little more conscious of their plastic use and consumption. I say consumption because every time we eat or drink something stored in plastic – You betcha, we are ingesting small amounts of chemicals found in plastics.

AllNaturalMe.com wonders: How much plastic are you eating?

Unplug Appliances and Reduce Electricity Use

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You can reduce your electricity consumption and the energy emissions you create with a simple green step of unplugging your appliances when you are not using them.  Even if it’s not actively being used, the appliance still has energy flowing into it.  As a green practice and to have better fire safety in your house, remember to unplug your toaster, hair dryer, coffee maker, radio, blender and juicer when you’re not using them.

When it’s time to replace appliances, look for the blue energy star which means the product is more green by being energy efficient.  You can even look for energy star approvals when looking for a new home or making improvements.  More information can be found at energystar.gov.

All Natural Me Online Communities

The best way to learn more about being All Natural Me and living an eco-friendly lifestyle is from each other!

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Natural Me Yahoo Discussion Group!
Join us to discuss Natural living topics, Ways to improve the environment, How to be healthy, Your thoughts on the latest All Natural Me Zine And any other topic that’s “all natural me”! After you sign up, you don’t even have to login to yahoo, you can reply to group easily from your email inbox!

Natural Me Care2 Group!
We adore Care2.com with all their green ambition and are thrilled to have a growing Natural Me group there along with the environmental information they offer.

All Natural Me also makes appearances on social networking sites like Friendster, Yuwie, Etsy and MyBlogLog. As the message of living green continues to grow, I expect to see hundreds if not billions of All Natural Me persons, groups, promoters and really cool copy&paste codes for your website sprouting up everywhere!

🙂  Let us know about the wonderful All Natural Me things YOU are doing!