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On the Cover 16 Green Apps: iPhone apps for an eco-friendly lifestyle By Stephanie Liou


18 Juice: the ultimate fast drink By jennifer Moscatello Cover: Green apps for smart phones, photographed by Lane Johnson. This page: “Foggy Eucalyptus” by Craig Stephens

20 Buyer, Be Fair: fair trade

Departments 7 Grown Local: Lavender 10 Healing Foods: Dates 13 Path to Wellness: Eye Care 14 Living Smart: Sleep Well

In Every Issue 3 Publisher’s Note 27 Resource Guide 28 Tidbits

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publisher’s note lane johnson

When I was a little girl, I imagined that I would someday work at either an office supply store or a produce market. I loved the smell of new paper and pencils, and desk calendars delighted me, but I was even more intrigued by the sight and smell of tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, and cauliflowers. Our family never seemed to have enough vegetables on the dinner table, so I always wished that I could buy and eat as much as I wanted, rather than having to share. That’s where my passion for vegetables comes from. I like discovering new varieties and learning about their nutritional benefits and how to prepare them. A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to freshly squeezed vegetable juices. With my first sip of a juice combination of carrot, parsley, and apple, I was surprised at the mild, comforting taste, and how it immediately gave me a sense of well-being. Since then, I like to prepare juices at home several times a week, but if I don’t have time, I stop at one of our local juice bars to grab a glass of sunshine-filled goodness. Freshly made

juices always make me feel satisfied, because I know I am filling my body with something good. This winter, I encourage you to visit one or more of the juice bars featured in our story on page 18. A few sips and I bet you’ll start feeling good, too.

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When Maria Maze and her family moved to their home in Boulder Creek, her husband looked at their densely wooded property with its single clearing in the back and said, “Look, we’ve got a little piece of sky out here.” Years later, Little Sky Lavender Farm became the name of the Maze family business. The couple grows wild culinary lavender and produces lavender cookie and brownie mixes, lavender sugar, lavender sea salt, and more.

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Little Sky Lavender began as a side project for the Mazes to earn extra income and soon turned into a full-time endeavor. Maria says, “We started small, and originally my plan was to reintroduce lavender into American cuisine... I didn’t plan on making cookie mixes and brownie mixes.” When Maze started selling her culinary lavender at the Los Gatos farmers’ market, she gave samples of lavender baked goods to market-goers. “After tasting our samples, customers would say, ‘Can’t EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 7

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may contain more than 1,000 dates. Of the hundreds of date varieties that are grown throughout the world, 12 are common in the United States. California grows about 95 percent of our country’s dates. Dates can be classified as soft, semi-dry, or dry. Medjool dates, a soft variety, are popular because of their large size, extraordinary sweetness, and chewy texture. Other soft dates are the Khadrawy, Halawy, and Barhi, which like Medjools, have a sweet, creamy flesh resulting from their high moisture content. Semi-dry dates such as Deglet Noor and Zahidi have less moisture, sweetness, and chewiness. Dry dates such as the Thoory, known as the “bread” date, have a hard, dry skin and very little moisture. Modern medicine has shown that dates offer many health benefits. Dates can play a role in combating constipation, intestinal

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“Children should be seen for their first eye exams between 6 and 10 months of age, then on a biannual or annual basis, depending on the health of the eye,” Bell says. It’s especially important for children to visit the eye doctor regularly because they lack a frame of reference to compare their vision to. Without checkups, eye health issues could go unchecked for years. Dr. Ilene Polhemus, also of Los Gatos Eye Care, states that sun protection is her number one recommendation for children, and that “parents should be good models by exercising UV protection for themselves with sunglasses and the correct eyewear.” Your sunglasses should filter out 100 percent of UV rays (check the label before you buy). Many people consult an eye doctor because of “computer vision syndrome” or CVS. People who use computers for long hours every day sometimes develop side effects such as dry eyes, headaches, and blurred vision. “Computer users should try the 20-20-20 rule as a simple way to exercise their eyes and alleviate strain,” Bell says. She suggests that they take a break from the screen every 20 minutes to stare at a point 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Today’s LCD computer screens are much easier on the eyes than older versions, but prolonged use can still cause problems. A study by the National Eye Institute suggests that what you eat also has a profound impact on your vision. Their recommendations: Eat two servings per day of dark, leafy greens and another two servings of antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries and oranges. Beta-carotene-rich foods like carrots, pumpkin, and squash can also help to keep your eyes healthy. EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 13

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sleep well tonight If you are sleeping less than your body requires, you could be putting yourself and your family at risk. “You cannot shorten your sleep indefinitely,” says Dr. William Dement, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and founder of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Center. We can learn to “behave” when we are sleepy, Dement says, but over time, “lost sleep accumulates as a debt.” Each of us has a daily sleep requirement; our bodies do not function well on less than seven or eight hours sleep. Symptoms such as a lack of energy or drowsiness during the day may indicate sleep deprivation. Dement says you know you are getting adequate sleep “when you feel wide awake and energetic all day long.” What to do if you aren’t sleeping well? Before heading to the drugstore for over-the-counter sleep aids, start practicing good sleep habits. Dement says people who have trouble sleeping should keep a strict sleep schedule, retiring and rising at approximately the same time every day. Go to sleep in a quiet, dark room that has a temperature setting suited to your individual needs. Stay away from stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol, or even exercise a few hours before you sleep. Exercising too close to bedtime may overstimulate your body. As for over-the-counter sleep aids, most are controversial. According to the Stanford Medical Library, sleep aids such as Tylenol PM contain diphenhydramine, a sedating antihistamine. There is little evidence that diphenhydramine improves insomnia and it may cause drowsiness the next day, due to its long half-life. Ann Marie Deas, a licensed acupuncturist who practices in Los Gatos, says 14 | Issue 15

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that Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine approach sleep problems differently. In Western medicine, “chronic insomnia is most often treated with sleeping pills or anti-depressants. Chinese medicine sees insomnia as a symptom of an imbalance in the flow of vital energy in the body’s major organ systems,” Deas says. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are often used to help patients sleep better, but in traditional Chinese medicine, there is no “one-size-fitsall” sleeping pill. Each treatment plan must be tailored to the individual, Deas says. “Not every insomnia patient will be treated with the same herbs or acupuncture points.” Both Western and Chinese medicine agree on the concept of lifestyle modifications for better sleep. In addition to the sleep habits Dement suggests, Deas adds that people who have sleeping problems should “turn off all electronics—computer, email, TV, phone, etc.—a couple hours before bedtime.” She also recommends a cup of chamomile tea as a sleep-inducer, and simple relaxation techniques such as taking a warm bath, reading, or meditating before bedtime.


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green thumb iPhone apps that can help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle // by Stephanie Liou

Over the past few years, iPhones have become so ubiquitous that they are no longer viewed as just flashy, expensive gadgets, but rather as useful tools. Nearly everyone can find a reason to become a bona fide, twitchy-thumbed addict, whether it’s to check our email every 0.24 seconds, avoid getting lost on the freeways, or figure out where to find great Lithuanian food. Even better, now with a quick visit to the iTunes app store we can harness the power of our iPhones to help us live more eco-friendly lifestyles. Here’s a roundup of apps that offer a greener life with just a couple taps of the finger and clicks of the thumb:

The GoodGuide Don’t leave home without this free app. No matter what product you’re shopping for, the GoodGuide’s iPhone app can help you find the greenest, safest, healthiest version of it. The GoodGuide’s comprehensive database of over 75,000 products and companies covers everything from crayons to cars to cereal. Simply scan a product barcode with your iPhone camera and you can see the product’s ratings for health and nutrition, environmental standards, and social responsibility. Or, search for and view the top-ranked products in categories such as household cleaners, baby food, hair care products, or toys. Ingredients, nutritional data, recommendations for similar products, and comparison tools are also available.

This $2.99 app can be very useful, especially in the Bay Area where we have such an abundance of locally grown food.

Farmers Market Finder Take Locavore one step further by downloading Farmers Market Finder, which puts a comprehensive list of farmers’ markets in your pocket. Market listings in Santa Clara County are provided for free, with additional directories available for purchase by state (99 cents for the California version). Search for a market based on location, hours, types of products offered, or whether you can pick your own produce. The app also provides detailed directions, maps, contact information, and a “favorites” function for convenience. Finding fresh, green produce has never been so easy.

Carticipate Another great way to minimize fuel consumption (and gas costs!) is to carpool. Using the power of the iPhone and social networking, Carticipate can help you rideshare more efficiently with friends, family, and coworkers, plus find people in the area with similar destinations. Simply open up this free app and indicate where and when you’d like to travel. Carticipate will broadcast your location and destination so that other drivers can contact you to coordinate carpooling. Or, check out the schedule of trips that have already been planned and choose one to join.

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Transporter & Caltrain xPress Public transportation is a great option for getting around, but it can sometimes be a hassle to figure out connections, locate stops, and remember schedules. This is where the two free apps Transporter and Caltrain xPress come in handy. If you ride MUNI, BART, or AC Transit, Transporter can help you figure out arrival times, map out where you are, and keep track of frequently used stops. Caltrain xPress provides a handy trip planner: Simply enter your desired initial and final stations and it will provide a list of upcoming train times, with details such as express routes and fares.

Locavore Eating local is one of the biggest eco-friendly decisions we can make, and it’s a healthy and delicious choice, as well. The app Locavore helps you locate and choose food that is in season and grown close to wherever you are, and lets you know what fruits and vegetables will soon be coming into season. It also provides links to farmers’ markets and recipes.

iRecycle Everyone knows about the importance of recycling, but do you know where to take old batteries or used tires? What about that iPod from two years ago that doesn’t play for longer than 10 minutes anymore? Unfortunately, a lot of stuff is thrown away just because people don’t know where to recycle it. Enter iRecycle, a free iPhone app in which you enter whatever product you want to recycle; the app provides a list of registered recycling facilities near you that will accept that product. Handy recycling tips are also included. Green Charging Some of the best things in life are also the simplest. This tiny little app costs 99 cents and has just one function: It prevents you from leaving your iPhone plugged into the charger and forgetting about it. With this app, you’ll minimize wasted energy and also preserve the life of your battery. It may not be an enormous energy savings, but every little bit helps. EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 17

Eat your fruits and vegetables.

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Café Gratitude, Whole Foods in Cupertino Café Gratitude, with locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Healdsburg, Oakland, San Rafael, and in the South Bay at Whole Foods Cupertino, may be the ultimate juice bar in the Bay Area. Its juice offerings such as “I Am Healthy” (made of lemon, kale, celery, and cucumber), and “I Am Rejuvenated” (made of wheatgrass, apple, ginger, lemon, and sparkling water) are nutritional powerhouses. Dawn Shalhoup, public relations manager for Café Gratitude, says that the cafe is unique in that it has custom-built juicers that press the produce rather than cut it. “The juice is a concentrated version… by pressing the vegetables, oxygen doesn’t reach the beneficial cells, so it’s a more pure version of the juice.” The cafe also offers a variety of creamy smoothies to satisfy a sweet tooth, including the popular “I Am Luscious” (made of hazelnut milk, figs, dates, raw cacoa, and vanilla) and the seasonal “I Am Peachy Sweet” (made of peaches, almond milk, dates, and vanilla). Customers run the gamut from high school kids needing a quick calorie fix to seniors who have been instructed by their physicians to cut gluten out of their diets. Rea Morales, a Café Gratitude employee, says, “Our customers tend to be people who are really focused on sustainability and are committed to their health. We also cater to a lot of people who are on restricted diets… gluten-free, all vegan, mostly raw, low-glycemic.” Café Gratitude also stands out because of its philosophy. True to its name, the company operates from a perspective of “gratitude” and encourages employees to be present and // continued on page 22 grateful. The owners,

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Most of us have heard this refrain since childhood, expounded by well-meaning family members and physicians. Even our government lends its voice: The USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends that we consume three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of fruit each day. Yet many of us struggle to achieve these numbers. Although we know that a diet rich in whole, organic foods and a variety of produce helps to prevent a myriad of diseases, our hectic lifestyles often get in the way. Could the answer reside in a glass? The answer can be yes, when that glass contains fresh vegetable and fruit juices. Consuming raw fruits and vegetables in liquid form provides a level of ease that’s hard to match. Juices are the ultimate fast food, providing a healthy boost when you’re on the run. Drinking juice allows you to consume larger quantities of fruits and vegetables, since there are usually several servings in a single glass. In addition, your body absorbs liquids more readily than solids; it doesn’t have to expend as much energy on digestion. Fresh juices and smoothies are made differently, and their benefits are different, too. Juices are made by pressing or squeezing; the pulp is then discarded. Smoothies utilize the whole fruit, fiber and all, which creates a thicker consistency. Both are delicious and, as long as excessive sweeteners are not added, will support a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few of our favorite places to get a liquid fix around the South Bay:

In Palo Alto, Calafia’s “Beet Generation” drink is made with beet, fennel, parsley, and carrot juices. EUCALYPTUSMAGAZINE.COM | 19


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“Fair trade.” You’ve seen the label on products ranging from wine to earrings. But what, exactly, do those two words mean? Fair trade is a set of principles that strive to ensure that farmers and other producers get paid a fair price for their goods, that promote sustainable manufacturing and farming processes, and that encourage producers to use their profits to improve their communities. Under fair trade practices, farmers and producers “are empowered within their communities,” says Stacy Geagen Wagner of Fair Trade USA in Oakland, a nonprofit agency that audits transactions between U.S. companies offering Fair Trade Certified products and the international suppliers from which they source. “This is not the same thing as throwing money at a problem and hoping that the money fixes everything,” she says. “We call what we do ‘trade, not aid.’ ” For those promoting the practices, “fair trade” is much more than a slogan on a package. It’s more like a cause, and the goal is to bring improvements to the lives of small, family farmers and producers of handcrafted goods in developing regions of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Pacific Island nations. Coffee was one of the first goods to be sold under the “fair trade” umbrella, but more products are joining the crowd every year. In addition to coffee, shoppers can now purchase fair trade tea, chocolate, wine, spices, honey, jewelry, and even vodka made from quinoa farmed in Bolivia. The 20 | Issue 15

group Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International estimates that global retail sales of fair trade products in 2009 equaled about 3.4 billion euros, or about $4.6 billion, up 16 percent from a year earlier. At MatadorVino in San Jose, owner Michael Hutchinson imports wine from Fair Trade Certified growers in Argentina and Chile. “Without fair trade, the little guys will never have a chance against the big retailers,” he says. “They can’t compete with places that operate on huge economies of scale, and so they end up getting paid prices that are extremely low.” Fair trade has improved the lives of impoverished people all over the world, Hutchinson says. “It’s enabled kids to go to school. It’s brought people health care and clean water.” Hutchinson is particularly proud to stock Cantora Carmenere, a red wine from one of the most economically depressed parts of Chile. The wine bears a label designed by a sixth-grade Chilean girl who received a computer as a result of a fair trade venture. Fair trade differs from conventional trade in several ways, experts say. One is that conventional traders, generally speaking, believe that less restricted markets help alleviate problems such as poverty and social injustice, while fair traders think that the world cannot prosper if the producers of the goods—including those who are the

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poorest—are not able to live full, healthy lives. Thus, pursuing fair trade means guaranteeing producers a stable price for their wares. An item with the Fair Trade Certified label is the end product of a long chain of events. Wagner tells the story of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which uses fair trade coffee as a key ingredient in its ice cream. “The company wanted to include more fair trade ingredients in their ice cream. As a result, we now have Fair Trade Certified sugar farmers in Mexico supplying Ben & Jerry’s.” The Ben & Jerry’s experience encouraged Fair Trade USA to begin certifying ingredients, instead of only finished products, Wagner says. Consumers can now purchase items such as clothing, jewelry, and toys that were produced using fair trade practices, too. Monterey-based People Towels, for example, has had its 100 percent organic cotton, reusable personal hand towels on the market for more than a year. Co-founder Linda Lannon, whose website trumpets a “BYO towel” message, says the average person uses enough paper towels in one year to fill eight large garbage bags, and that People Towels can cut way down on paper towel waste. “We don’t think about the importance of something like paper towels,” Lannon says. “We don’t look at a paper towel and think, ‘That used to be a tree.’ ” People Towels tried hard to find a U.S. manufacturer of 100 percent organic cotton terry cloth, Lannon says. Unable to find a suitable mill, “the next choice was fair trade, overseas,” she says. People Towels’ // continued on page 24 cloth comes from

Coco-Zen truffles from Pacifica are made only with Fair Trade Certified chocolate.

These Dominican Republic farmers grow cocoa beans for a Fair Trade Certified cocoa exporter.

clockwise from upper left: courtesy coco-zen; lane johnson; courtesy fairtrade foundation; courtesy transfair usa; courtesy people towels; courtesy fair trade USA (2); courtesy transfair USA

A worker sorts beans at Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, a fair trade coffee producer in Ethiopa.

Selling at fair trade prices enables small-scale sugar farmers to pay for organic certification.

Sold at San Jose’s MatadorVino, Cantora Carmenere is a Fair Trade Certified Chilean red wine.

Workers in Sri Lanka carry bags of tea leaves at the Fair Trade Certified Koslanda Organic Tea Garden.

The Fair Trade Certified label assures that producers are paid fairly for their goods.

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In Palo Alto, Calafia has a limited but alluring assortment of juices and smoothies. Having received many accolades for its California cuisine and vegetarian menu options, Calafia is the culmination of chef Charlie Ayers’ vision to provide healthy, affordable food to customers while supporting local farmers in the process. The fresh juice concoctions offered here are intriguing: “Glamour” consists of cucumber, lemon, avocado, and melon juices, and “Green Eyed Lady” is made with zucchini, broccoli, arugula, celery, and garlic. Smoothies include the Facebook Freeze (blended blueberries, peaches, peanut butter, and yogurt) and the Google Gulp, a combination of black tea, soy milk, strawberry, banana, and honey. 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.322.9200

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