Tuesday Giveaway Madness! Tickets to The Seed Vegan Experience in NYC; Plus, a Quick Note About Ads

by Gena on May 29, 2012

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First things first: I was having a couple of tech issues with the blog in the last few days, so if your browser has been showing you sesame seed cookies for 5 days straight, go ahead and scroll back through the last few (tasty) posts! Things should be up to date now.

Today is a day of giveaway madness! First, I’m announcing the giveaway of my friend Cory’s wonderful new ebook, 50 Healthy Juice and Smoothie Recipes. The winner is Cat, who wrote:

Wow – all those smoothies sound so good! And… Isn’t it odd? I think I know what dinosaur kale is and I’ve only been green smoothie-ing for a few months! :-)

Cat, I hope the win helps you to continue with your green smoothie adventures! Congrats on winning. And to the rest of you, I’d encourage you to consider purchasing the ebook for yourselves. It’s reasonably priced, and it’ll put new life into your blending efforts!

On to another giveaway—this one for my friends who are in NYC, or can travel there this month. On June 16th and 17th, a very special event will be sprouting up (bad pun) at the gorgeous 82 Mercer event space here in Manhattan. It’s called The Seed, and it’s a bountiful, educational, and community-building celebration of vegan lifestyle. What makes The Seed special? For starters, this lineup of offerings:

  • 17 Leading Experts Presenting, Including World Champions
  • Food Samplings Form Top NYC Vegan Restaurants
  • 7 Cooking & Other Demonstrations
  • 3 Movie Screenings with Film Directors Q&A
  • +80 Vendors
  • Workshops
  • Spectacular BUST Magazines Craft-tacular
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Amazing Raffle Prizes
  • And Much More!

I’ll be honest: what gets me fired up for any vegan event is and will always be the promise of incredible food. So you can imagine my delight to hear that one of the principle food vendors will be One Lucky Duck & Pure Food and Wine, and that I’ll get to see Sarma there (we’re very overdo).

But if you’re hoping to get more information about animal rights, plant-based approaches to health, vegan athleticism, dessert making, or raw living, look no further. I and 16 other speakers will be sharing guidance, tips, humor, and information on different parts of the vegan lifestyle, from fashion and personal care to cooking and health. I’ll be doing one panel with JL and Yoli Ouiya focused on blogging. We’re calling it “Planting the Seed of Veganism Through Blogging,” and in it, we’ll cover such topics as

  • What is your unique voice when it comes to veganism?
  • Do you blog for business or pleasure? How did your blog become a business?
  • What does a typical blog day/week look like for you?
  • Do you consider activism when posting? (food, animals, eco/green, etc)?
  • What three things have you learned since starting your blog that you think are important for new bloggers to consider?
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    JL, Yoli and I all have different approaches to blogging as a means of sharing our passions and inciting awareness, so it should be a really cool discussion.

    I’m also doing a solo presentation entitled “The Semi Raw Life.” The title says it all, but here’s the “official” description:

    Historically, "going raw" has been treated like an all-or-nothing choice. If you take the plunge, you’ll reap the benefits of raw food, but you’ll also kiss oatmeal, soup, and rice goodbye forever, along with all of your other cooked favorites.

    Gena Hamshaw, a certified clinical nutritionist and the author of the popular blog Choosing Raw, is here to tell you that loving raw foods needn’t mean giving up all cooked foods. It’s possible to enjoy raw foods in balance with gently cooked foods, too; in fact, avoiding black-or-white thinking may help you to sustain your love affair with raw food over time. Learn the tricks for integrating raw and cooked foods into each meal with this interactive and inspiring workshop!

    When I started blogging, I imagined that I’d only be writing about my adventures in raw food. What I’ve learned through the years is that my true interest is sharing tips for helping people to integrate raw foods into their lifestyles flexibly. I hope this workshop will show them how!

    Other incredible speakers at the conference include the brilliant women of Our Hen House, Brendan, Kathy Freston, Colleen Patrick Goudreau, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. McDougall, Melisser Elliot, Hannah Kaminsky, Fran Costigan, my hero Jenny Brown of the Woodstock FAS, intellectual extraordinaire James McWilliams, the fabulous Chloe Jo Berman, and my friend Victoria Moran. For a full lineup of speakers, check out this link.

    If you’re in NYC, or you can get here, I really encourage you to join me on this special day! And to make the deal sweeter, I’m offering 6 lucky CR readers a free, one-day pass to the event. To enter, you may do one or as many of the following. Each counts as a separate entry, and you must leave a comment for each action!

    1. Leave a comment telling me what you want me to cover in my presentation!
    2. Tweet about this giveaway, including a link to this post!
    3. Visit The Seed website and tell me which speaker you’re most excited to hear.
    4. Follow The Seed on Twitter.
    5. Follow Choosing Raw on Twitter.
    6. Follow Choosing Raw on Pinterest (new account!)

    I will announce my six winners next Monday, June 4th!

    What a great day this will be!

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    Before I sign off, a quick announcement about ads on my site. As you know, earlier this year, I ended my relationship with Foodbuzz because they were posting advertisement for animal foods on my site. I signed on with Blogher instead, and have been really happy with the network’s willingness to set parameters for my ad content.

    I have continued, however, to have Google ads on my site, and these have become a source of concern. First, a number of readers called to my attention the fact that some of these ads were advertising weight loss drugs. Not OK, not here in the world of CR. I decided to give it a little time, and hope the ads were not repeated. Then, a few weeks ago, I got a comment on my eggplant bacon post (oh, the irony) saying “The fact that there’s an ad for "the Brooklyn Pork Store" with pictures of ground pork right below your eggplant bacon recipe, is a little disturbing.”

    That was the tipping point. I went about canceling my Google ads, and as you can see, they’re no longer up. I just wanted you all to know.

    When I started my blog, income wasn’t a priority because I was working full time. Now that I’m a student with loans, and I’m heading into over a year of being unemployed, my ad revenue means a little more to me. But it certainly doesn’t mean enough to me that I’d compromise the message I’m trying to share. I’ll look into a few more affiliate ads, and in the meantime, I want to thank you all for continuing to help keep this blog free of advertisements that profit off of cruelty to animals—human and non-human. I’m thankful to you guys for keeping me accountable. 

    Good luck in the giveaway!

    xo

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    laura May 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    This sounds amazing! I’d love to attend! I would love to hear you speak about how you find a balance between talking about you/your stand/your life, and making clear points that are for your readers, as in offering them some sort of help or guidance or information you think they can use.

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    laura May 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    And, it’s pretty hard to pick who I’d MOST love to hear, since I’m interested in everyone. But right now, I’m curious about Dr. Fuhrman.

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    Libia May 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hey Gena! I just wanted to tell you that Im embracing a high-raw vegan diet since I bought Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet book and your recipes have been life savers! So far I’ve tried the tofu burgers, hummus and almond milk. I also used the left-over almond pulp with a little salt as “cheese” for some mexican-style tostadas. Today I might try some raw gaspacho for dinner. This is only my fourth day in the diet but I feel pretty great! I have some zits going on but I awesome is the detox and will go away soon. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you and keep up the great work :)

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    sophie May 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Fran Costigan – she bakes and i love to bake :)

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    sophie May 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I am not sure if this is a good topic, but it is something that I would find very helpful and interesting…A presentation on wanting to or already working in the field of holistic nutrition and struggling with an ED past. A lot of people that I talk to about wanting to studying holistic nutrition tell me it’s because I want to learn how to lose weight, but the truth is, I want to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food and help others do the same…

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    Joy May 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I’d love to hear you talk about post Ed comments regarding your diet choices

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    Joy May 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I’d love to see you and also Dr mcdougall

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    Joy May 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    FOllowed seed on twitter

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    Joy May 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I already follow you in twitter

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    Joy May 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    And now I follow you on pinterest

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    Molly May 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    hi gena! I’d love if you would talk about how raw foods diets are influenced by the seasons and the climate a person lives in, ex. someone in florida vs. someone in vermont in the winter. thanks!

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    Molly May 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    following you on twitter!

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    Molly May 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    super excited for colleen patrick goudreau (and you, of course)

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    JL goes Vegan May 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway – I will already be there! :) Just wanted to say I can’t wait for our panel!

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    Sara May 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I’d love to hear you squash the common misconceptions of veganism. :) Oh, this giveaway is so exciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiting!

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    Sara May 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Wow, it’s hard to pick just one speaker! I’d love to hear Victoria Moran speak.

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    Hannah R. May 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I’d love for you to cover some vegan recipes of different skill levels – easy , medium, and more difficult ones. Thanks!

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    Sara May 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Now following The Seed on Twitter!

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    Sara May 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Not sure if this counts, but I’m already following you on Twitter. :)

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    Hannah R. May 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    It was a hard to choose a favorite speaker, but I’d have to say Hannah Kaminsky… I can’t pass up a yummy vegan dessert :)

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    Hannah R. May 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I follow The Seed on Twitter – @soulhorse

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    Hannah R. May 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I follow Choosing Raw on twitter – @soulhorse

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    Hannah R. May 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I follow Choosing Raw on Pinterest – Hannah Ralph

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    Julie May 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Gena,
    Long time follower, first time poster. I would love to hear you talk more about how to support others in their journey of realizing how a meatless lifestyle can help their eating disorders, specifically over eating. I am two years into my recovery this summer and you always continue to inspire me to keep looking deeper.

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    Jess May 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    The Seed looks amazing! Am I allowed to say that I’d just love to hear you talk about whatever? I really enjoy your blog in its many facets, so whatever you choose will be sure to enlighten!

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    Jess May 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Overall, I can’t pick just one speaker. I’m excited to hear all of you talk and learn how you’ve pursued rewarding careers doing something you’re passionate about.

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    Allison F. May 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I live in Queens– just a train ride away!– and I would SO love to go to this event! Is it also super creepy that whenever I’m at a vegan restaurant in Manhattan I kind of hope I’ll run into you there so I can tell you how your blog is the first I check every morning? Maybe (probably). Anyway, I think it would be great for you to discuss the fact that compassion and respect for animals are the core tenets of veganism. I truly appreciate that Choosing Raw isn’t just another “plant strong” vegan blog– not that there’s anything wrong with those– but that you remind us that veganism isn’t just about OUR health, it’s about the wellbeing of Earth’s furry and feathery creatures, as well. Plus, with CR, I know I won’t show up here one day and have a dairy-centric recipe (one with browned butter, for example) staring me in the face out of the blue.

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    Allison F. May 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Second entry: I would love to hear you speak at Seed, of course, but I’d also love to hear from Hannah Kaminsky! She is incredible. To have made a name for herself in the world of blogs and cookbooks at such a young age just amazes me. Such a talent!

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    Allison F. May 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Third entry: I followed CR on Pinterest :)

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    Jennie May 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I find keeping a vegan diet extremely difficult to do when dining out at a non-vegan restaurant. I’d love for you to discuss how you have learned to handle these situations. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway, Gena!

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    jen May 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    i’d love to hear more about raw breakfast options, which i know you’ve covered in the past but i just can’t quite get myself there!

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    jen May 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    i follow you on twitter!

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    Anna May 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I would love to hear you talk about how to discuss your dietary choices with people who are aggresively non-vegan.

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    Anna May 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I would be most excited to hear Dr. Fuhrman!

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    Alex @ Raw Recovery May 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I followed you on pinterest and I’m really excited to see you have an account!

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    Ingrid May 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Wow! I will totally go, even if I have to buy a ticket. Really, can’t think of any speakers that I wouldn’t want to hear… but of course I am really excited to hear you speak in person.

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I’d love to hear how you balance being vegan/incorporating lots of raw with living life without being solely dictated by food!

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Following you on twitter!

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Following the seed on twitter!

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I tweeted the giveaway! :)

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Following you on pinterest!

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I’d love to hear Dr. Joel Fuhrman speak, but a ton of them sound great :)

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    Beth May 30, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Can you not post affiliate links from Karen Knowler or Russell James?
    Thanks as always
    x

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    Kelly May 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I’d love to hear you discuss quick raw lunches and dinners. I find raw breakfast to be easy but struggle with the other meals.

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    Kelly May 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I am following you on Twitter!

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    Kelly May 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I am following the Seed on Twitter!

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    Kelly May 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I am most excited to hear you speak, as well as Brendan!

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    Kelly May 30, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I am following you on Pinterest!

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    coco May 30, 2012 at 6:54 am

    great event, I’d love to participate.

    I don’t know if you ever talked about this, I’d love to hear your thoughts about being vegan/vegetarian/raw while pregnant and/or breastfeeding. :)

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    coco May 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I’m following you on pintrest!

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    Teresa May 30, 2012 at 7:22 am

    So many exciting things. I’m now following you on pinterest!

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    Penny May 30, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Wow what a great list of speakers. The two I most want to hear are Dr Fuhrman and you!

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    Alex @ Raw Recovery May 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I would love for you to talk about traveling vegan and what that means and how you can incorporate veganism into a busy lifestyle. I think a lot of people think that being a vegan, or especially raw vegan means you have to spend a lot of time soaking nuts, dehydrating things, etc. I’d like to know more about quick and easy ways to create raw meals on the go!

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    Alex @ Raw Recovery May 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I already follow you on Twitter :)

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    Alex @ Raw Recovery May 30, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Following the seed on Twitter :) Even if I don’t win, I’m really glad you mentioned this because at least I can look online and see the other vendors and such. I’ve always wanted to order something from One Lucky Duck

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    Corisa May 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I ‘d love to be able to hear about the food you struggled the most with when you first started !

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    Corisa May 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’d be excited to see Fran Cositgan since I am such a huge dessert fan!

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    Christina May 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’d LOVE to attend!!

    I’d like you to talk about moderation in your talk. I struggle with doing anything moderately.

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    Christina May 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I’d most look forward to hearing you and the Hen House speak :)

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    Marissa May 30, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Gena, I would love to hear you talk about how cooked foods can really balance out a raw diet, especially since there are some foods that it’s better to eat cooked. But I’d also love it if you talked about how easy raw foods can be (which I know you will!). I went on the website, and I think I’m most looking forward to Hannah Kaminsky, because I love her photos, although it’s hard to pick just one speaker out of that great mix!

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    Heather @ For the Love of Kale May 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I would LOVE for you to cover your top tips for eating raw on the go! So many of us are so busy and I think a lot of people think it’s nearly impossible to eat a high-raw diet while being so busy. I know you can squash that idea! ;-)

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    Heather @ For the Love of Kale May 30, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Wow! What an all-star line-up! I would be a total fan girl if I had the pleasure of seeing Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. AND YOU OF COURSE!

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    Sarah V May 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Hi Gena,
    I would love love to go to the Seed! I just started scouring the website. I am most excited to hear Brendan Brazier. I own one of this books and am really inspired by him as I am a vegan athlete.

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    Heather @ For the Love of Kale May 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Heather @ For the Love of Kale May 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Following the Seed on Twitter!

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    Heather @ For the Love of Kale May 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Following you on Twitter!

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    Heather @ For the Love of Kale May 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Following you on Pinterest! (and drooling, obviously)

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    Jennie May 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Gena, you really impress me — the way you handled this ad situation — classy, smart and with so much integrity. Awesome. :)

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    Amanda May 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I’m most excited to hear Jenny Brown speak!

    And I would like to hear about your favorite raw foods to prepare for guests who are iffy on the whole ‘raw thing.’

    Finally, I am following you on Twitter :)

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    Kate Bean May 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I’d love to hear how you do it all! You seem pretty good at scheduling your food prep so you have manage your busy lifestyle. I wish I could learn to do the same.

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    Kate Bean May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I already follow you on twitter, but it’ll be exciting to hear you speak in real life!

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    Kate Bean May 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I’m most excited to hear Branden Frazier speak. I’ve read his book and drank his smoothies, so the next step is actually hearing the man give a talk and teach me more!

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    Kate Bean May 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Following the Seed on Twitter! Can’t believe I wasn’t already… So excited about this event!

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    Danielle May 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I would like you to provide the audience with raw food essentials that are needed if one choosed to embark on this journey.

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    Danielle May 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I am most excited to hear Colleen-Patrick Goudreau speak.

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    Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY May 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    This sounds awesome. I think I might get tickets anyway if they’re not too expensive.

    I think you should talk a little bit about foods that are more or less nutritious when cooked.

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    wendy (healthy girls kitchen) May 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    You rock Gena. I love that you got rid of the ads that didn’t jive with your message.

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    Stephanie May 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I already follow you on twitter :-)

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    Stephanie May 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    And I now follow you on Pintrest!

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    Stephanie May 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Followed the seed on twitter

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    Stephanie May 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    And I think I am most interested in hearing Dr. Fuhrman, but oh my gosh was it hard to choose one! Looks like such an awesome event!

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    Eric May 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    This event sounds fantastic! Too bad I’m not closer.
    I don’t really know how it works but I hope you find a nice vegan friendly company to partner up with for ads and make some more dough! You have so few ads anyway. Hope you get the cash flowing again. :)

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    Danielle May 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Followed The Seed

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    Danielle May 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Followed Choosing Raw!

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    Eli Kul May 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Following you on Twitter!

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    Eli Kul May 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Noticed you will be doing a panel as well as a presentation at the Seed experience on Saturday; will you by any chance be attending the events on Sunday? Would be great to meet you and chat in person.

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    Skye May 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, as I can’t go. I just wanted to say thank you for removing the Google ads – I noticed the weight loss ones a few times and they did make me uncomfortable because I know they don’t fit in with your ethic. I love that you are so thoughtful about your ad decisions.

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    Gwen May 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I’m going to be in NYC on those dates, it would be so great to get the chance to attend!
    What I’d love to hear you talk about is how you achieve coming across on your blog as a real person versus being preachy. It’s so tricky, but you do an excellent job!
    Now following you on Twitter, too:)

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    Julie June 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve just today started “Raw June”! Its time for me to detox and get healthy from the inside out! I did a “Raw June” back in 2010 and I’m WAY overdue! This would be a great mid-month treat to keep me going and get me through the last half of the month! I think the speaker I’m most excited to see would be Dr. Furhman. Thanks Gena for blogging and keeping it real!

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    Teresa June 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I can honestly say that I’m most excited to hear you speak!

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    chris June 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    would love to hear about growing food yourself, when you can’t have a real garden. i sprout all the time, have some spinach plants, zucchini & tomato growing in containers but want more! :)

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