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About Summer Rayne Oakes
Summer Rayne Oakes is an entrepreneur, author and model whose work centers on health, wellness and sustainability. Graduating Cornell University cum laude with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology, Oakes began to bridge her interest in ecological systems to industries that affect our everyday life—from what we wear to what we eat to what we grow.
In 2009, while modeling full-time, Oakes co-founded the award-winning start-up Source4Style (now Le Souk) to connect designers to more sustainable textile suppliers around the globe—from cotton weavers in India to silk spinners in Cambodia. From there she applied her knowledge of sustainable systems to the world of food, helping to launch food startups seeking to build and strengthen more sustainable, regional food systems.
After working to nix her own sweet tooth, Oakes founded SugarDetox.me in 2014, a website which offers easy-to-follow, affordable 10-day and 30-day guided cleanses, centered around helping people transition away from sugary, processed foods and to begin embracing whole foods free of added sugars.
Most recently, she founded Homestead Brooklyn to help people become more attuned to nature in the city, largely around growing plants indoors and outdoors. Homestead Brooklyn includes a blog and Instagram channel (@homesteadbrooklyn), a weekly YouTube series called "Plant One On Me", Plant Swaps, and the Houseplant Masterclass (houseplantmasterclass.com)—the first online audiovisual course on houseplant cultivation, care and maintenance.
Oakes’ vision is to help find the extraordinary in the everyday person by inspiring and empowering those to live an active, healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life. Her work has been featured in a range of media outlets worldwide including: CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, Vanity Fair, INC, and others. You may see her in Brooklyn cooking sugar-free meals, hanging out at her local community garden, or tending to her own copious indoor jungle. More about her work at www.summerrayne.net, www.homesteadbrooklyn.com, and www.sugardetox.me.
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Everyone deserves to feel the inner peace that comes from taking care of greenery. Beyond the obvious benefits--beauty and cleaner air--there's a strong psychological benefit to nurturing plants as a path to mindfulness. They can reduce our stress level, lower our blood pressure, and improve our overall outlook. And they offer a rare opportunity to find joy by caring for another living being.
When Summer Rayne Oakes moved to Brooklyn from the Pennsylvania countryside, she knew that bringing nature indoors was her only chance to stay sane. She found them by the side of the road, in long-forgotten window boxes, at farmers' markets, and in local garden shops. She found ways to shelve, hang, tuck, anchor, secure, and suspend them. She even installed 150-foot expandable hose that connects to pipes under her kitchen sink, so she only has to spend about a half-hour a day tending to her plants--an activity that she describes as a "moving meditation."
This is Summer's guidebook for cultivating an entirely new relationship with your plant children. Inside, you'll learn to:
* Pause for the flowers and greenery all around you, even the ones sprouting bravely between cracked pavement
* Trust that your apartment jungle offers you far more than pretty décor
* See the world from a plant's perspective, trading modern consumerism for sustainability
* Serve your chlorophyllic friends by learning to identify the right species for your home and to recreate their natural habitat (Bonus: your indoor garden won't die!)
When we become plant parents, we also become better caretakers of ourselves, the people around us, and our planet. So, let's step inside the world of plants and discover how we can begin cultivating our own personal green space--in our homes, in our minds, and in our hearts.
Pflanzen sind viel mehr als reine Deko, denn sie machen uns glücklicher, gesünder und ausgeglichener. Sie schenken uns niedrigen Blutdruck und frischere Luft, reduzieren Stress und haben einen enormen psychologischen Nutzen: Wer sich um Pflanzen kümmert, ist zufriedener und achtsamer. Summer Rayne Oakes hat über 1000 Pflanzen in ihrem New Yorker Apartment und zeigt, wie jeder seine ganz persönliche grüne Oase schaffen kann. Denn Zimmerpflanzen machen das Leben besser! Und ganz nebenbei unser Zuhause schöner.
Overcome your sugar cravings, lose weight, and get your health back on track! With more than 100 mouthwatering recipes, menus, and gorgeous color photographs, SugarDetox.Me is on a mission to help readers shake their addiction to the sweet stuff. It not only arms you with scientific knowledge about the harmful effects of sugar, it offers an achievable strategy for detoxing safely and effectively—including 10 Meal Maps. These maps explain how to create multiple meals, maximize each ingredient, minimize waste, and save money. There’s no economizing when it comes to flavor, though— each recipe delivers healthy, delicious food. Enjoy a breakfast of an egg, sunny side up, over cauliflower and bacon with potato hash; a light lunch of mixed salad greens with chili and sage-roasted acorn squash; and a memorable dinner of savory seared scallops over marinated mushrooms, corn mash, and red sorrel. And, to satisfy your sweet tooth without sugar, there’s even a chilled bowl of banana-almond butter “ice cream.”