Green Home Sustainable Luxury: Hickory Nut Forest Eco Community “Open House Tour” in Asheville NC

VIDEO TOUR OF RYAN LUBBERS’ GREEN HOME / SUSTAINABLE LUXURY (Hickory Nut Forest Eco -Community)

(Having trouble viewing the video above?  Check it out on Youtube – Video Tour of Ryan Lubber’s Green Home – Sustainable Luxury in Hickory Nut Forest eco community)

If you’ve ever been to Asheville, NC, then you know it’s a unique community and beautiful place with plenty of beautiful Eco villages to check out.  Recently, my family (Kathy, Jolie, Johnny and I) got a chance to visit our dear friend who lives there (Debbie Wilson Pustorino), and she invited us to “Hickory Nut Forest Open House Tour,” presented by The Western North Carolina Green Building Council.

As the 2012 Western NC Green Building Directory reports, one of the many great things we learned about Hickory Nut Forest is that it’s “a 200+ acre eco-community in Gerton, NC where residents share a 10-acre organic garden and heirloom orcahrd, alogn with acess to miles of trails through forest protected under a conservation easement.”  It was founded by John Myers and Jane Lawson, who bout the land and had the dream that is now becoming a reality.  We got to meet John and Jane, and they are truly wonderful and warm.  In fact, their

I was amazed by the homes we saw and the people we met, and I was excited to learn that all three of the properties we visited, including the one above, were owned (and some, co-built) by first-time builders who successfully created  what I consider to be “Sustainable Luxury.”

What exactly is Sustainable Luxury?   For me, it’s simply luxury combined with Eco-friendly / Green / Sustainable development and something I plan to help create.  Of course,  much like beauty, luxury is “in the eye of the beholder.”  See if you agree with my assessment of the first Sustainable Luxury property we toured above, owned by first-time builder Ryan Lubbers, and co-built by Nate Ballinger.

A year in a life without refined sugar – Day 7

Keeping it simple, here is what I had on 3/7/12:

Breakfast

1 large grape fruits, 2 oranges + Green Tea (no sweetener)

Lunch

3 bananas + cliff bar

Snack 1
organic almonds

Snack 2
Raw veggies (broccoli, red peppers, cucumber, tomatos, carrots)

Dinner

Fish tacos + chips and salsa at AMC Fork & Screen (date nigh with my wife watching Act of Valor – Unfortunately, Rotten Tomatoes reviewed this movie well)
Diet Plan

Pescetarian dinner  + raw fruit durring day

Supplements

none

Exercise

day off (following 4-hour body weight gain routine)

Notes

Had a lot of energy all day up until after lunch.  Not sure what was in the fish tacos, chips or salsa, but it made me very sleepy.
Not to self: don’t order that again.

 

A year in a life without refined sugar – Day 6

A year in a life without refined sugar – Day 6


My friend and amazing human being, Mark Joyner, launched a new site called aYearWithoutSugar.com and I’ve joined him on a quest to go a full year without sugar.  Fortunately, I’ve been doing this for a few years already; however, I’m tracking what he’s doing b/c 1. I respect him and 2. I’ve been drawn to finding healthier ways to eat even on my current pescetarian diet.

He has also cut out alcohol in his diet, and though I haven’t been drawn to that yet, the 80/10/10 Diet (my amazon referral link *wink*) is quite interesting to me.

Check out what he’s up to and follow along. Oh… and Its never to late to join in.

Since he posts his daily meals, I figured I’d do the same starting today (in a very similar format).

Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast

2 large grape fruits + Green Tea (no sweetener)

Lunch

3 bannanas

Snack 1

Cliff bar

Snack 2

Raw veggies (broccoli, red peppers, cucumber, tomatos, carrots)

Snack 3

large apple

Dinner

Fish w/ homemade sauce, salad w/ homemade dressing and two small sweet potatoes
John Stringer's Dinner - A life without refined sugar

Diet Plan

Pescetarian evening + plenty of raw fruit and veggies durring the day

Supplements

none

Exercise

day off (following 4-hour body weight gain routine)

Notes

Not sure if I got enough sleep last night as I was pretty tired this morning, but once I ate, I felt much better.

Looking for assisted living solutions for seniors in Atlanta? Check out Dogwood Forest

I recently found out about an assisted living facility in Atlanta called DogwoodForest.com.  Now, I’m not about to put my mom in an assisted living facility or anything – as she says, she’s still a “spring chicken,” so no need – but I found out about this company through my job and I gotta say I like their style.

They are one of the only facilities using something called Simple C, a non drug alternative to helping make seniors lives happier.  For example, if you have alzhimers, instead of treating you with a bunch of drugs, the staff at this unique community actually create scrap books, scan them and show them to you because science apparently shows it increases brain activity.

Dogwood forest also uses their residents favorite music and other unique behavioral tools to make seniors lives happier.   Gotta say, if I did plan to have parents in an assisted living facility, or if I ever decided to retire in an assisted living community, this would definitely be the type I’d go for… (and maybe my mom would even dig it)!

 

Note: the term Nursing Home seems to have a bad stigma, so I left that alone, but I guess you could consider Dogwood Forest a nursing home with happy residents and staff.