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The Brutality of the Cold Winter Exposed
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I don’t think I’m much of a winter person anymore. Actually, I don’t think I ever was.

I was raised in the province of Quebec, Canada, where snow and cold appears to be part of our nature. The famous French-Canadian poet Vignault said “Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver”. Loose translation: “My Country is Not a Country, It’s Winter”.

I never could relate to that.

When I discovered raw foods in 1996, I changed my diet to a mostly raw food diet. I was excited to discover new fruits like mangoes and papayas. I started dreaming of picking my own fruits in the trees.

In 1997 I packed everything and bailed for southern California, where I stayed for about 3 years.

Since then, I’ve tried to get away from the snow and the cold every winter.

But over the years, I’ve grown to dislike even just a few months of this cold.

I was in Canada in the last few months and we got hit by a mountain of snow just last week. It was brutal.

On Thursday I landed in Costa Rica where I’m going to stay until April at least.

As soon as I got here, I could feel my body relax. Like every time I leave the cold winters to come to a tropical country, I feel more alive as soon as I arrive.

The smells of flowers, the sunshine and cool breeze, the Latin music, the friendliness of people, the juicy tropical fruits, and the promise of beaches and waterfalls awaken something in me, a life-force and happiness that makes me think always “How was I even able to survive all those cold winters without going crazy?”

A lot of my readers feel the same way, and would like to find a way to live somewhere warm or at least be able to get away every winter.

Who knows, maybe you already live in a place like that, but you’d still like to be able to travel and discover new places.

It certainly is a worthwhile goal.

Let’s look at what’s needed to make this happen.


First, you’ll need some financial resources to make that happen. How much? Well, honestly, in my experience, that usually isn’t the problem.

Costa Rica is certainly not the cheapest place you can stay in the world, but to give you an example, my cost of living drops by about 50 to 70% when I’m here.

So if you spend $2000 per month to live in the US or Canada or Europe, then it could cost you probably less than $1000 per month to live here, and significantly less in many other countries, for the same standard of living or better.

If you pay rent at home, you could technically keep paying the rent while you’re away and still end up spending less than if you had stayed at home.

So that part is really not a big issue when you look at it that way.


The biggest obstacle that prevents most people from even considering doing something like that, is their current work commitment.

If you’re like most people, you work from 9 to 5 or something similar in a place that you call your “job”, and if you’re lucky you can maybe take off for 4 weeks per year.

That’s the part to be handled.

If you want to experience complete freedom and be able to work and live anywhere, you have to handle that work part and get rid of your *job* or reshape it completely so you can be gone for several months per year if you want.

Here are some good steps to get started:

1- Know the numbers. Figure out exactly how much you currently spend per month, down to the penny. Keep track of all your expenses for at least a month, and establish your cost of living.

Then, consider how much it would cost you to live a few months or more per year in a beautiful, exotic place. Ask people who have been there.

2- Design your life on paper. What would it look like?

When I did that process, I realized the following:

– I wanted to be at least 5 months per year in a place where it’s warm, safe, inexpensive, with access to tropical fruits and where I could go scuba diving or snorkeling every weekend if I want.

– I also wanted to spend 6 months per year (only the best months) in Canada, and stay in the countryside and go to lakes and mountain hikes every weekend.

– I realized that in order to do that I needed a place that was inexpensive, had Internet access and where I could easily go back home or have friends come over to visit.

So that made Costa Rica the best choice for me. But there are many other possibilities.

But maybe you’ll come up with some different choices. But start by brainstorming, dreaming and writing it down on paper, and know exactly how much it would cost you per month.

3- Next, you need to be able to work from anywhere.

The best way to do that is to earn a living online.

When I started creating that dream, I was still going to the post office to ship my books. So I moved to a fulfillment company that now handles all of my orders.

I got an e-Fax number to receive faxes on the Internet, and I started working with virtual assistants to outsource some work.

At this point, all I need to work is a laptop computer, an Internet connection and a portable printer.

Most people have no idea how to create a business like that. Start with the beginning, because it’s not as hard as you imagine.

If you really want it, you can make it happen. At this moment it’s too late to sign up for my course, but you have other options.

– You can sign up for my monthly newsletter and coaching program, the “Do What You Love Success Group” where I share all my strategies on how to make this happen. To sign up, go to:

– You can register for the next edition of my course, happening in March 2008, by going to:

NOTE: The page has not been updated yet, but if you sign up, we’ll put you in for the next course.

*Courage and Action*

So far I’ve talked about the obvious elements to make that dream happen. But I need to mention one last thing that really is what makes you not live your dreams: fear and inaction.

Yes, it’s not always easy to leave what you know to try something new. Because your ego is afraid, it’s coming up with all of these reasons *why* you can’t do it.

– I’m too old
– My family won’t let me
– I’m not smart enough
– Maybe I’m not so bad here after all

And so on and so forth… does that sound familiar?

To get over that, start taking some baby steps. No need to change everything overnight.

If your dream is to live several months a year in the tropics, start by taking a one-month trip. Then go from there.

If you’d like to get my system for earning a living doing what you love, also consider signing up for my course “How to Make a Living in the Natural Health Movement.”

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Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.