Tour the North Country on the Raw Green Bus

Hello hello Project Wellbeing folks,

You are invited to a one-of-a-kind day tour of the Raw North…

WHEN: Monday, April 11, 2011. 10am – 7pm.
PRICE: $50 for bus (food and drink extra)

Get on the bus! The magical raw green tour bus!

I’m excited to announce my collaboration with Darcy Crosman, organizer of the East Bay Raw Food Meetup Group and Bay Area Green Tours for this incredible event. This was inspired by the desire of Darcy's group to visit Lydia’s new restaurant and it has emerged into a sensational trip thanks to the many resources in our community. Bay Area Green Tours has definitely come through in offering us a price that is low enough to make it viable for our members to do.

Here's our agenda:

8:30am – depart South Bay (meet at my home is fine) and carpool/caravan up to Berkeley.

10am – depart Berkeley

11am – 12:30pm – Cafe Gratitude

1:30pm – 3:30pm – True North

4:30pm – 6:30pm – Lydia's Kitchen

7pm – return Berkeley

We will visit Café Gratitude in the morning in San Rafael, where they will have a special meal at a low price for us. Café Gratitude has been instrumental in helping us create successful raw food events and fostering community. Once again they are pitching in. They will offer a special lunch menu and price, which will be announced soon.

Dawn Kali, who works at Café Gratitude in Berkeley, will give us a special presentation on the theory and science of raw food nutrition. This theory is based on Dr. Robert Young’s theory and it will be given complete with power point.

Then we go north to Santa Rosa to tour the facilities of True North and hear a lecture by its founder, Alan Goldhammer on the benefits of fasting and healing on a whole, plant-based diet. This too is a rare treat that is offered to us alone. True North is truly comprehensive in the services it offers: medical, chiropractic, psychotherapy, counseling, massage and bodywork. Dr. Alan Goldhamer has years of clinical expertise and has helped thousands regain superior health though water and juice fasts and a healthy plant based diet.

The diet he advocates is grounded in years of clinical expertise (see below for more). Kevin Gianni, on his recent Great Health Debates said, “I will tell you, we have been there to this facility. It is top-notch. We haven’t been to too many waterfasting places but this is by far the best we’ve ever been to. I have a feeling it’s one of the best in the world. It’s a fantastic place where he’s doing a lot of incredible good.”

The final leg of our journey will be to meet Lydia at her new restaurant in Fairfax, Lydia’s Kitchen. Many are aware of how delicious Lydia’s foods are, as they are available at Whole Foods and elsewhere. (Lisa Steinborn, one of our members, is lucky enough to practically live on Lydia’s food as she works for her.). Lydia will talk to us about her story of becoming a raw foodist and serve us a special sampler plate for $12. These plates are optional though. You may order anything off of her menu you want (see below for menu and details on what is in store for us at Lydia’s Kitchen).

While on the bus we'll have announcements, greetings by each of the organizers and time to meet up with each other. We might have a speaker join us on the bus, we'll make announcements as things unfold.

The bus departs at 10am at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley — arrive well in advance, please. The bus will return to the David Brower Center at 7pm.

Price for the tour:

$50.00 (both lunch and dinner are separate and optional)


To RSVP do 2 things:

1. RSVP with us on the meetup site here (please answer the questions regarding carpooling)

2. To reserve your seat on the bus- you must RSVP with Bay Area Green Tours (BAGT), here's the webpage for this event:

 Deadline to sign up:

We need to have a minimum of 30 people registered for this tour by March 28th…

…or this will not be a go. So please do RSVP with the BAGT – ASAP!

The tickets are refundable if we do not get enough people to make this a go.


 A personal note from Lydia:

Celebrate Living the Raw Life with Lydia at Lydia's Kitchen!

Lydia's Organics is celebrating 10 years of creating and distributing our wholesome, organic, vegan, gluten-free RAW line of products nation-wide! In August 2010, I re-opened Lydia's Kitchen Cafe, a beautiful and cozy family-friendly space serving up organic, gluten-free, vegan, RAW as well as COOKED menu of delicious creations! We want to offer a special event to this meetup group Monday, April 11, so that you all can come in and try many of our delicious raw items.

I will speak about my journey with raw foods and will share some principles and tips to help you stay on the raw path to wellness! We're offering you a special sampler plate for $12, which includes the following scrumptious menu items: 

Purple Goddas Salad Kale Seaweed Salad  Live Coconut Curry Famous Greek Salad Raw ‘Rice' Filled Dolmas with Sesame-Dill Sauce Kreemy Pizzazz (our version of raw Pizza) and Luna Nori Rolls
And if you prefer, you can just order off the regular menu instead.

Drinks and desserts will be sold a la carte and we will be sure to have plenty of the popular $1.25 Cheez Cake Bites!

In addition, we will hand out coupons for 20% off, which you can use on your NEXT visit. 😉

We look forward to seeing you all very soon at Lydia’s kitchen!


About Café Gratitude:

Café Gratitude serves a menu of 100% organic, 100% vegan, local fare.  “Our food is free of refined sugar, flour, and additives. We have an extensive menu of raw foods, and have recently expanded to serve cooked foods in many of our locations. Over 45% of our produce comes from our Be Love Farm, and the compost from our Cafes is returned to the farm to nourish the next meal. Check out our menu here and learn more about what we serve through our education section.”

Visit our website here.

About True North

Besides founding the True North fasting clinic, Dr. Goldhammer is the author of “The Health Promoting Cookbook” and co-author of “The Pleasure Trap -Mastering the Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness.”

Dr. Goldhammer does not insist on his patients eating a 100% raw diet because of practical considerations. He has seen raw vegans successfully adhere to the nutritional guidelines he advocates, such as eating a ton of greens, by using their blenders to get sufficient quantities of these great sources of plant nutrients. However, he finds many people who come to him need to be led back to health with diets they will do- and so advises doing the minimal amount of cooking-such as steaming, so that they will consume more greens.

During the recent Great Health Debates, he said, “We’re tremendously fortunate to be in a time where we can get accurate, consistent and detailed biochemical feedback by something as simple as blood or urine testing. Now we’re even getting biochemical feedback by something as simple into other non-invasive testing like Enpat [?] where you can do functional endothelial assessments and ultrasounds, things that don’t have negative biological consequences to the patient and yet can provide us tremendous information to give people feedback about if the path they’re following is working. That’s true whether it’s in fasting or with our diet and lifestyle programs. We want to be able to look for objective markers to be able to advise a person that one, are they getting better, and are they getting better as quickly as they should and is it possible that we’re missing something.

The conditions that respond best (to fasting), most consistently, are the conditions that are essentially contributed or caused by dietary excess. Cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, diabetes, especially type II diabetes, and autoimmune diseases. I mentioned the “itis” conditions, the colitis, the arthritis, the systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, eczema, psoriasis. These conditions tend to respond very well to dietary control and fasting.”

Visit True North Health Center’s website here.


About Bay Area Green Tours

Their Mission Statement:

To provide educational tours that demonstrate the sustainable economy in action, inspire support of local green businesses, and empower people to incorporate environmental responsibility and social justice into their personal and professional lives.

Their next Tour is: Artisan Organic Cheese Tour of Marin County, Saturday, April 9th, 2011.

Visit their website here.

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