Karen's Blog

Real Life Stuff

Aside from my usual super-fascinating and scintillating content <ahem>, it feels like a good time to have a more earthly moment and to update on my own personal life away from the carrots and onions – so to speak! Perhaps not the best note to begin on, but here we have it. There is never "a good time" for this kind of thing. Just last week I finished reading Goodbye, Dearest Holly, the true life account of the terrible events of Soham, 2002, when two young girls were murdered just 10 minutes away from where I live. Ordinarily I would not pick up a book with murder as its theme, but when something like this happens right on your doorstep, … Continue reading

Woody’s Raw Passions

Woody Harrelson – cool actor, environmental activist, raw foodist, hemp lover, and now poet. Check out Woody’s excellent web site and listen to his thought-provoking poem, guaranteed to leave you thinking, pondering, wondering… perhaps even taking action. For something a little lighter – on the mind and the body – check out his da kine kitchen info and raw food recipes, which all look great to me! BTW – did you know that our very own Fresh Festival raw food chef, Chad Sarno, has recently been Woody’s personal chef while on location? Yes indeedy! According to Woody, Chad is "the best raw food chef in the world" – an accolade indeed. (If you fancy sampling some of Chad’s finest, the … Continue reading

The Secret

I don’t know what this is yet, news of this has literally just been released, but it feels like a bit of a scoop… Worth watching the preview at the very very least… Want to know The Secret? The greatest men and women in history knew The Secret, and now for the first time ever The Secret is being revealed to the world in a history making television event. Be among the first to receive clues and preview the worldwide launch of The Secret. The knowledge of The Secret will bring joy to billions! Television event preview page – watch the very cool (and delightfully dramatic) trailer

What’s Your Type?

I’ve always been a stickler for personality tests – finding out more about myself and others, and all those hidden and not-so-hidden nuances that we just can’t get away from. Whether it was the picture tests in the 1982 Jackie Annual (does that age me?) or the more sophisticated DISC profile tests used by business coaches, I’ve always been intrigued by their accuracy (and inaccuracies!) by turns. More recently I was introduced – not for the first time – to the Enneagram Test. (Click on pic top left for the chart in a readable format). Based on spiritual and psychological teachings, there are said to be 9 types, one of which all of us should fall into easily, and one … Continue reading

The Ultimate 2 Week Challenge

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes at the moment one way or another, but I’ve been given the OK to let you in on something exciting… I’m currently coaching a Guardian editor on going raw for 2 weeks – a brave experiment for anyone, let alone a London-based journalist who eats out a lot, is used to canteen lunches and is more or less an absolute beginner. While I cannot yet divulge too much, I can let you know that we’re on Day 3 of 14 – so far so good – and the 700 word write up will be in Guardian’s annual Wellbeing Handbook publishing November 5th. Once it’s published I’m allowed to share the experience. For … Continue reading

It’s my Birthday and I’ll work if I want to…

Phew! Fresh back from The Holistic Parenting Expo in Somerset just last night and already back into the swing of work, not least preparing for our own Festival at the same venue, Rookery Manor, in just 2.5 weeks. The Expo was wonderful… lots of people, lots of great stalls and speakers, and with not a lot of time to eat, I was running on cacao, goji berries and Trish Tucker’s Passion Potion from Passion4Juice for most of the weekend! It was the first time I had met Trish and she’s wonderful. She and her hubby will be juicing like crazy for us at the Fresh Festival also. Well done Veronika for creating such a great event – you did fabulously. … Continue reading

Top 10 Tips for Going Raw

Seeing as 7 of my tips are currently in print (see OK! magazine posting 2 entries down), those of you into raw foods or about to be may be interested to see my original submission, and the whole "Top 10 Tips" in their totality. Hope you enjoy them : ) 1: Only bring more raw foods in to your diet if you are ready for change. Eating more raw food is going to give your more energy and make you think more clearly, so you have to have plenty of ideas for what to do with that! 2: Start gradually by replacing your usual cooked breakfast with any of the following: unlimited fresh fruit; fresh fruit smoothie; freshly squeezed fruit or … Continue reading

The Invitation

A friend emailed me this today. He first shared it with me 5 years ago and thought it as good a time as any to share it with me again. Powerful stuff this. Some of the most "real" words ever written – this is what living in the raw is really about. The Invitationby Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest … Continue reading

OK! Magazine

We’re in this week’s OK! magazine! OK’s Hot Stars supplement features 3 pages on raw foods, "Hollywood’s Hottest New Diet" and features Uma Thurman, Demi Moore, Alicia Silverstone and Natalie Portman as stars who have followed a raw food diet (or still do) and citing The Fresh Network and my first book Feel-Good Food as THE useful resources for UK raw food fans.                                                                                               The 3rd page – depicting 8 top tips for going raw, was actually mostly written by me many weeks ago for another publication, Star magazine, … Continue reading

Raw Food for Beginners Weekend, 26-27 November 2005

As some of you know, I have just launched my new 1 and 2 day classes based on my forthcoming book, Raw Food for Beginners. The book itself is nearly finished and I am expecting it to be available from spring 2006. I’m already incredibly proud of it (there’s nothing like it on the market) and can’t wait to finally be able to mail it out to people! (I’ll post more about the book at a later date as it more than warrants its own entry). In the meantime, I am bringing the 7 key teachings of the book out into the public and making them "real" via live teachings in my own home, near Ely, Cambridgeshire. All classes are … Continue reading