Kim Henderson is the author of 50 Simple Steps to Save the Worlds Rainforests (Freedom Press, 2012). As both a member of The Green Patriot Working Group and managing editor of Freedom Press, publisher of Healthy Living magazine and books on natural health and the environment, she is intimately involved in environmental, health and conservation issues. She resides in Thousand Oaks, California with her 9-year-old daughter and enjoys hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains several times a week.
Ecotouring in Costa Rica at Finca Luna Nueva
In Costa Rica, they have an expression, "pura vida," which literally translates to "pure life." It's often used as a greeting, but means more than a simple hello or goodbye. It's an understanding that in Costa Rica, life is good— relax and enjoy it. Read more
Brazil nuts, Banana and Chocolate… Oh My!
Delicious Rainforest-Saving Snacks to Help You Stay on Your Weight Loss Plan
If you find yourself veering off the road to healthy weight loss, you might want to take a look at your snacks. They could be the culprit leading you off track. Perhaps you don't generally eat snacks but find yourself ravenously hungry between lunch and dinner while dieting only to end up end up overdoing it at your evening meal. Or maybe you do eat snacks, but you don't bring one with you, so you stop at a vending machine when you get hungry and choose something less than optimal. Read more
Spend Time in Nature in 2013
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Happy New Year! I love the clean slate feeling of a new year and thinking about where I want to put my attention in the twelve months ahead. Not one for resolutions, I prefer to focus on simple, easy actions that enrich life. In that spirit, I’d like to share an action with you that has rainforest-saving, health-promoting positive juju all over it—simply spending time in nature. Feeding ourselves with fresh air and experiencing our natural world is easy and just as important to good health as eating well. (And it’s good for the rainforest—but more on that later.) Henry David Thoreau was on to something when he moved to Walden Pond to write his classic, Walden. And Ralph Waldo Emerson too. These two writers found endless inspiration by spending time in the great outdoors. They were among the first American environmentalists, and they happened to be abolitionists as well. (I believe their connection to nature and ability to act on their convictions was not unrelated.) Oftentimes when hiking, I’ll get a creative idea for a recipe or story, a helpful idea for a friend or family member or sometimes I find a solution to a problem. Nature is indeed food for the soul. Read more
Sugar Sugar - Choose Better Sugar for the Rainforest
The Dalai Lama says,“We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home." How do we do that? Well, we can start by focusing on simple areas of our lives—something as simple as what sugar we use in our kitchen. Most holiday baking recipes call for sugar so this one is timely. Did you know that every time you purchase sugar you are either supporting a sustainable form of sugarcane farming or a more destructive one? With virtually all sugarcane production taking place in the tropics, choosing a "better" sugar can make a difference for the wellbeing of our rainforests. Read more
The "Rainforest" Holiday Gift Guide!
The holiday gift-giving season is underway. The holidays provide a unique opportunity to give both a meaningful gift and one that will help rainforests at the same time. This month, I’ve put together great rainforest-saving ideas that will work for any number of holiday gift-giving situations. Happy Holidays! Read more