This all started at a dinner party in October 2006, when a savvy and otherwise mindful hostess tossed her organic greens into a salad bowl but dumped the newly-emptied plastic container into a garbage sack instead of the recycling bin. Watching this, Nickie Knight had an epiphany: Despite the fact that many of us understand and empathize with the eco-friendly movement, our hectic schedules and busy lives too often incline us toward ‘easy’ (or, better stated, habituated) actions. On the spot, she decided to dedicate herself to proving that going green and making a positive impact on the environment needn’t be a chore. HipMomsGoGreen — a website and free online magazine — quickly sprang to life. We’re dedicated to empowering you to simultaneously effect a healthful difference in the lives of your children and planet. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to make your existing home green, want to identify creative ways to share environmental and social responsibility with your little ones, or incorporate nutrient-dense foods into your family’s diet in a delicious way, HipMomsGoGreen is your ultimate resource. In addition, we’ll vet and direct you to hip, stylish, and fun consumer products made of organic, recycled materials and/or certified fair trade, thus making it easier than ever to eat, shop, and live in an ecologically-responsible manner. Together we can make a big impact on the planet, one baby step at a time. HipMomsGoGreen is sectioned into;
- Dish-yummy organic recipes, tips on what to indulge in, and articles on what to exclude.
- Dwell-creating a green home from the products you use to the design you choose.
- Explore-eco-travel at its finest, where to stay, and tips for the road.
- Style-eco-friendly fashion never looked so hip.
- Bloom-healthy body, mind, and spirit.
Founder and Editor in Chief
Nickie Knight is the founder and publisher of HipMomsGoGreen. She combined a nursing degree from The University of Virginia and an innate love of research to tremendous effect in her personal life by minimizing her children’s severe health issues through alterations to her family’s diet and environment. Those personal successes proved to her the symbiotic relationship between healthy children and healthy surroundings, and generated marked interest from eco-minded moms nationwide. Thus, an improv consulting business was born. For over a decade, Nickie has fielded inquiries in the fields of homeopathy, naturopathy, and nutrition, and also draws on her experience in interior design to gather and disseminate information on the management and/or elimination of home-based toxins. Her specialty is in simplifying the process of going green so that moms are undaunted by the task of creating a healthier world for themselves and their children.
Photograph by Vicki Kent. Vicki Kent is a Phoenix area professional photographer who specializes in fine art black and white and hand-colored photographs of newborns, babies and children, teens and women. She has a true gift and I feel as though she captured my true personality in this beautiful photograph. You can see more of Vicki’s work at www.vickikentphotography.com.
Contributing Writer and Chef
Kelly Polston is a graduate of UC Berkeley as well as culinary school. She grew up eating vegetables out of her mother’s garden, and “sticks and twigs” at her dad’s house. Kelly’s family has always been into healthy eating-her parents are products of the sixties, after all. Her goal is to make healthy, organic eating a delicious way of life for all. She is the mother of two boys, one eleven, and one sixteen months. Her second child was born at home with a midwife. She has been eating and cooking organic since the birth of her first child and has been hiding vegetables in her older sons food for three years. A former competitive rower, Kelly is an avid runner, knitter, reader, gardener, and amateur interior designer. She lives in Southern California with her husband, children, and a miniature zoo of animals and is currently at work on a novel. Kelly has been cooking since she was four, when she made her first “soup” for her mom. And yes, her mom ate it.
Ellen Urbani is the author of the memoir When I Was Elena, which details her life in Guatemala in the early ’90s, during the final years of that country’s civil war. Her autobiographical short stories have appeared in bestselling pop-culture anthologies and regional publications since her college years, when she studied literature at the University of Alabama, and she recently completed a novel set in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to her writing career, Ellen has an MA in art therapy, with a special focus on illness/trauma survival. She is a renowned speaker on the national lecture circuit, and her work is the subject of an Oscar-qualified short documentary, Paint Me a Future. She is considered an expert on the emotional repercussions of bio-terror and disaster, having served as a mental health specialist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and an advisory board member at the Annenberg Center for Health Science Research. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two children and a passel of imported family members. She is, admittedly, a reluctant convert to the green movement, having been chastised into better recycling habits by her children. But with customary verve, Ellen now embraces all possible outlets (including applying green technology in her new home), and is happy to report she can go almost a full month before accumulating a bagful of traditional garbage!
Dr. Phil Wazny NMD
A native of Colorado, Dr. Wazny graduated magna cum laude in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. While in Colorado, he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and served as president of the University’s Premedical Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta.
Searching for adventure and new experiences in health care upon graduation, Dr. Wazny spent two years with the United States Peace Corps in Honduras where he worked with midwives, physicians and nurses at the local health center. It was here that he first witnessed the power of botanical medicine. Working with patients at the health center, traditional medicines were often in short supply. As a result, Wazny walked with patients and handpicked dozens of local rainforest’s botanicals to treat their ailments.
These experiences prompted Dr. Wazny to pursue a career in naturopathy. Dr. Wazny graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, in Tempe, Arizona and then completed a two-year residency in Mesa, AZ with a focus on pain management and family practice.
As a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), Dr. Wazny is trained in the various disciplines of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): acupuncture, homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, environmental medicine, detoxification, and mind-body medicine. He is also trained in more traditional subjects such as pharmacology and minor surgery. To learn more about Dr. Wazny please visit his website directly at Integrative Health Care in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Contributing Writer and Cosmetics Expert
Founder and Creator of Healing Anthropology
Sabrina was born in Rome, Italy in 1974 and immigrated to the United States a year later. Her mother, from a tiny town in Italy, was an early source of inspiration for her, using natural remedies and concoctions throughout her childhood. “I remember her using rosemary-infused olive oil on her skin and how amazing it smelled,” recalls Sabrina.
Later she was fortunate enough to travel the world through modeling and international social work. She was always introduced to the latest in skin care technology, but inevitably found herself inquiring about natural beauty secrets within the local culture. These experiences gave Sabrina a unique perspective on skin care, one that blended modern science with ancient healing practices.
Sabrina’s passion for natural practices intensified after she lost several family members to cancer. She realized her relatives that had remained in their small towns in Italy were living longer, healthier lives than those who had moved to the states and that the food we eat and the products we use have an incredible impact on our well being.
Changing her diet to natural and organic foods, free from chemicals and preservatives, was not that difficult, however finding beauty products with the same standards was nearly impossible. Sabrina repeatedly found that even products claiming to be 100% natural still contained parabens, petroleum-based ingredients and other chemicals. She realized there was a need for high quality, truly natural products and so Healing Anthropology was born.
As founder and president, Sabrina is involved in every aspect of Healing Anthropology, which includes working closely with ethnobotanists and clinical herbalists to formulate every product. She feels very passionately about creating skin care products that are truly pure and healthy, yet still luxurious and effective. As proof to the efficacy of the products she is still modeling at 35 with girls half her age! She has also always been passionate about the environmental and social health of the planet and this comes out in every aspect of the company.
Contributing Writer and Certified Aromatherapist
While attending esthetics school in the mid-1990s, Mindy was introduced to aromatherapy. It immediately captured her attention. Playing with essential oils and herbs on her own for several years led Mindy to complete the Aromatherapy Certification Program at Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies, in November, 2008. She has fulfilled courses in anatomy and physiology and teacher training at the Institute, and plans to continue her “aroma education” in the future. Mindy is certified by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA). She owns the home-based essential oils business Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy in Rochester, New York, and teaches classes on how to incorporate essential oils into everyday life. As a new mom to twin girls, one of her favorite class offerings is how to use essential oils safely during pregnancy and with babies. She uses aromatherapy regularly around her family and has seen it contribute to their good health.
Strongly against the use of pesticides in all areas of her life, Mindy uses only essential oils that are tested for purity and that come from organic or unsprayed plants. Essential oils free of pesticides and other chemicals can enhance one’s health rather than compromise it, offering the true potential of the plant’s essence. Mindy believes being responsible for one’s own health is empowering and knows how supportive aromatherapy can be to one’s physical and emotional well-being.
As Mindy developed an understanding of plants and their medicinal properties, she also developed her skill as a nature photographer. She feels that this relationship with flowers and plants and the beautiful essential oils that come from them add a depth, wonder, and fullness to her life she is so grateful for.
She hopes to have her website up by September; in the meantime, you can follow her at Facebook/Sweet & Woodsy Aromatherapy. Mindy is excited about the opportunity to share her aromatherapy knowledge with hip moms go green!
Raw Food Master, Coach, Author & Founder of the 3 Weeks Back to Health Program
I began my journey of discovering the disease-preventing and healing power of raw, plant-based food at the #1 alternative medicine facility in the world, Hippocrates Health Institute. I was so impressed with the program that I not only enrolled in the program immediately but also, upon graduation, I accepted an offer to work at the Institute. Dr. Brian Clement, director of HHI, offered me the opportunity to put into practice everything I had learned. This experience taught me the powers of consuming living foods that nourish, cleanse and alkalinize the body; the importance of food combination; and the powers of wheatgrass. During my stay at HHI, I have witnessed remarkable transformations of people’s health, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Conventional medicine doctors would call these recoveries from “terminal illnesses” a miracle. I, on the other hand, call it the power of raw, plant-based foods “God’s Medicine”. I believe the food we choose to consume plays a vital role in healing the body, mind, and soul.
I had a personal experience with the deadly disease cancer. At my yearly checkup, the gynecologist told me I had cervical cancer and the growth was the size of a golf ball. I looked at her and smiled. Confused as to why I was smiling, she said, “Nobody smiles when I deliver this devastating news. Why are you smiling?” I looked in her eyes, and with a smile still on my face, I said, “Thank you for telling me. Now I can go home and do the right thing. I can assure you that within a month, it won’t be there.” When I told her what I was going to do to get rid of the cancer, she thought I was crazy. She didn’t believe it was possible, because all she knew was the traditional way of treating cancer with chemo and radiation. In my eyes, traditional medicine only puts a Band-Aid on the symptoms. It does not cure the cause, and therefore, most of the time, the disease returns.
Without wasting time, I immediately started my detox with wheatgrass juice and green juices. Within a month of cleansing, I knew I had gotten rid of the cancer. I made an appointment to see my gynecologist, and when she examined me, she couldn’t see the growth anymore. I couldn’t help myself but say, “You see. I told you so.” Of course, she hated to be wrong, so she said, “Just because I don’t see it, that doesn’t mean that you got rid of it. The only way to know for sure is by doing a blood test.” I gave her my arm so she could draw blood, confident that the test would come back negative. And guess what? It did. She called it a miracle.