Bras and Cream (Behind the Scenes) ...

We are funny creatures aren't we us humans… Are you ready to forever look differently at two very common products that before now were widely accept...

Tea with Wu De (we are drinking Pue...

Some people get swallowed by LA's debauchery, I found a beautiful tea community and indulged in swallowing the nectar a philosophy of this beautiful l...

Epic Bars – Paleo the most pa...

Epic Bars… They're tasty, clean, grass fed and unofficially organic. Awesome. I met these guys at Expo West 2013 and again this year (2014 ind...

Messy future? GMO Genetically Modif...

GMO Genetically modified organisms. This is a quick chat with Lauire Cohen Peters who is the director of communications at IRT (Institute for Respo...

Bras and Cream (Behind the Scenes) Sunscreen Interview with Nadine Artemis

We are funny creatures aren’t we us humans… Are you ready to forever look differently at two very common products that before now were widely accepted in our society?

Sunscreen and bras. When you’ve watched all of this interview with the awesome Nadine Artemis (from Living Libations) your summers and the way you think about breasts will always be different. This was filmed behind the scenes the Longevity Now Conference following Nadine’s brilliant presentation.

Sunscreen is controversial subject only because it has been used for so long without question. Like smoking and tobacco was widely accepted, even encouraged, the safety of sunscreen is being deeply questioned.

The main concern about sunscreen:

- Some ingredients in most high street sunscreens become carcinogenic in the sun

- Some sunscreens separate the UVA and UVB rays. This means that your skin doesnt get burned great – BUT the burning of your skin is a signal to tell you to GET OUT OF THE SUN – you’ve had enough!

- Sunscreen blocks UVB rays, the UV that creates the sunburn. The UVB being blocked separates them from the UVA. This means that the UVA still penetrate through. Studies (I will course them ASAP) show that UVA rays cause more skin damage. And, because you’re STILL in the sun (because you’re not getting the message from your skin) then those UVA rays do their damage for longer.

Look a little deeper at what is happening and we see that sunscreen is blocking our vitamin D production because it is UVB rays that create vitamin D.

On top of that we are baking carcinogenic free-fradical chemicals into our skin. Oxybenzone being a main sunscreen issue.

Sunscreen blocks the absorption of Vitamin D3. Low vitamin D levels are linked to
Staying indoors all day, not seeing sunlight, then going on holiday for 2 weeks ROASTING are the perfect recipe for skin problems.

Dr Ackerman, founding father of the study of dermatology, author of Sun and the epidemic of Melanoma; Myth on Myth (2008) substantiated that there is no direct link between the sun and melanoma. Helen Saw, published in the medical journal the Lancet, found that indoor workers who are exposed to artificial lighting are more likely to get Melanoma.

It’s apparent that Lack of sunlight and our cultures lack of vitamin D3 is linked to cancer.
Appropriate sun exposure prevents skin cancer.

All of the above can lead to accumulation of toxins in our lipid layer and xenoestrogens which imitate estrogen in our bodies further messing with our hormonal balance…. what!?

Yes sunscreen will prevent the sun burn but at that cost. We do want to avoid sunburn but, sunburns are actually easier for our DNA to process than the sun damage of being in the sun with sunscreens.

What’s the solution?

- Natural alternatives to sunscreen include: coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba

- Build protection from the inside with antioxidants. They will help protect and heal from the inside out.

- Gradually build up more time in the sun without sunscreen. The naturally darker your skin the more time you can spend without burning. But listen to your skin – if it’s burning it means go found shade.

- Get sun in the morning or late afternoon. This way you will be exposed to milder rays.

- If you are really white then expose parts of your body first. Feet, calves, hands and forearms and build up from there.

- Connect to nature. For millions of years we have evolved awaking with the sun and going to sleep with the moon. You are always connected to nature, it’s time to tune in and listen.

This was a beautiful interview with Nadine Artemis from Living Libations took place back stage at the Longevity now conference in California. David Wolfe is one of the creators of Longevity and known force in the Vegan and superfood World.

Nadine has arrange of very clean products (see them here) that I have used and highly recommend. Nadine Artemis is a highly sought after World Renowned speaker who offers insights on health. As far as I can gather her lifestyle is peacefully sustainable and based in Canada, away from the intensities of city life.

The highly fascinating illusive obvious.

This is Nadine Artemis’ talk at the Longevity Now Conference:

Tea with Wu De (we are drinking Puerh living tea)

Some people get swallowed by LA’s debauchery, I found a beautiful tea community and indulged in swallowing the nectar a philosophy of this beautiful leaf while loving every second of being around the fun, loving and interesting people.

I’ve spent many hours with the brilliant Wu De, once a group of us we sat for 7 hours with a short snack break. Wu De is a tea master and is a pleasure learning from and drinking with!

Enjoy this interview about Tea:

Living Tea is one of natures gifts to us. It is perfect.

There is no other leaf that fits so well with the human being than tea.

Always at least Organic Tea Fast Facts:

Organic tea will have some nutrients for you without the damaging chemicals
Non organic tea will be full of chemicals and very little nutrients (lacking in one of tea’s greatest gifts to us – antioxidants)
Organic and sustainable tea farms help bring a beautiful beverage to humanity, non organic bring poison and damage the planet
Wild living teas have a deeper energy and gift for humans.

What to do?
Only drink at least organic Tea. I say at least because you can get wild living tea that is from wild, old trees that are found high in the mountains of Taiwan and China.

What else is important?

It’s important to look deeper, seeing through the cup in front of you to the leaf, the tree, the ecology of the tree. If it is not organic tea (or from a wild source) the tea will have been grown on a farm using herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.

Those chemicals damage and leak from the farms (which in themselves are not isolated from the planet – just like nuclear waste cannot be ‘contained’) into rivers and then everywhere those rivers travel.

So what? Some scientists are predicting we are well into the 6th mass extinction. Though this one has been induced by man him/herself. To date one study shows that ** % of the World’s species have already been wiped out. Fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides (used as chemical weapons in the Vietnam war)

Back to you. Because, perhaps you’re probably still thinking – what has this got to do with you? Well, all of the chemicals that went into the non organic tea tree from below are now in your leaf (tea bag) and all of the chemicals that were sprayed on top of the tea tree were also absorbed by the tea leaf. So… now when you pour hot water on to your tea leaves the chemicals are in your beverage. Drink it down and it’s inside your body, your thoughts, your relationships, your work, your life.

Organic or living tea from sustainable farms is the one way to instantly improve your life and help preserve our place on the planet.

This interview with Wu De, a brilliant man who is the tea master of Global Tea hut and the *** foundation in Tiawan. Having enjoyed many bowls with him Wu De has taught me much of what I know about tea. Thank you for your wisdom!

I’d also like to thank the beautiful tea community in Los Angeles for inviting me in, arms wide open. Love, tea and push ups.

Epic Bars – Paleo the most paleo I’ve seen

Epic Bars… They’re tasty, clean, grass fed and unofficially organic.
Awesome.

I met these guys at Expo West 2013 and again this year (2014 indeed) so grabbed them and their bars for a tasty interview! Check this!!

Epic Bars are a paleo treat, yep they’re paleo and from wild free roaming animals. I met the Epic bars team, (you know that already if watched the video above). They’re decent guys and on a decent mission bringing a replacement for nasty the factory farmed and chemical laden beef jerky. Epic paleo bars are a different world to beef jerky. Incomparable.

I’ve chilled out a lot since my hardcore zero tolerance paleo days. Paleo was my stepping stone into actually understanding my digestion and digestive system but after a couple of years of paleo (really zero tolerance) I started to feel a little drag in my energy. Traditional Chinese medicine saved me here, helping me get in touch with my spleen. More on this later… Back to the point of this paleo bar rant, it’s for vegans who might be hating on this post. These paleo treats fit into a wildly brilliant theory of relativity – they’re relatively MUCH better for the world than 99% of the chemical lade, processed foods out there.

Just like it’s a World better (relatively speaking) for someone to go from a 3L per day diet crack, I mean, coke habit to a 3L orange juice habit. Sleep on that one.

Paleo is cleaning things up around here.

Messy future? GMO Genetically Modified

GMO Genetically modified organisms.

This is a quick chat with Lauire Cohen Peters who is the director of communications at IRT (Institute for Responsible Technology). She knows pretty much all there is to know about the most up to date info on GMO’s.

GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms.

Go to the Rich Eats FaceBook page because I post on there loads more. Or the twitter or the Instagram for images and recipes.

Butt Exercises and interview on fat burning

Butt butt butt butt butt! This interview with Jules has so much more than just that, BUT following this interview I’ve been doing the exercises she recommends and they are AWESOME!

Combine a great love for glutes (and their development), great white sharks, ‘eating clean’, doing what you love for a living and sunny Santa Monica and we’ve got Jules!

I selected this young lady as a ‘subject for question’ having seen her working with clients at Iron Fitness in Santa Monica. We chatted for a few seconds and bam! I knew I had to interview her… Get involved with this video if you’re looking for info on getting off a plateau with your training, bum / butt exercises, training philosophy and a load of smiles:

Jules is a PT (Personal Trainer, Entrenador Personal) at Iron Fitness, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California. Her passion, drive, love for training and sharing this knowledge is second to nadie (no-one).

(I’m throwing in the Spanish today because I just got back from doing some research in Colombia – they still think Soy is healthy! OMG.)

The back of the legs and butt are some of the hardest areas of the body to hit. Hip thrusters are one of the best butt exercises around, actually according to that study that university of Pheonix Hip thrusters ARE the best butt and leg exercise.

Get involved.

Tea Smith London – Pouring and Steeping Tea

Tea first ‘Spoke’ to me at Tea Smith in London.  It’s a pretty wild and odd experience, though when she speaks to you, you will know.

This video is part of 3 or more hours of… Tea.

Tea with Wu De – More than Just Tea, it’s Cha Tao

This interview was an absolute privilege. Wu De, when in the Western World, is a highly sought after Tea Master.

His ceremonies are World renowned and I had the absolute pleasure of spending a couple of hours with him drinking tea and chatting about Cha Tao (The Way of Tea).

(Notice the dozy state I am in from the tea and Wu De’s hypnotic words…)

www.globalteahut.org is the website for the centre Wu De is part of in Taiwan. They share their learnings, inviting everyone to taste the real depth that tea has to offer. It can be much more than a simple beverage.

This is a just a snippet from the hours of chatting and tea drinking we did. You will notice in this 3 minute clip that we hardly touch upon flavors or tastes because when we drink tea, we drink for a feeling first then for the taste…

(I will write more here after my siesta followed by a high mountain Oolong)

OK, that was a nice siesta, followed by a ‘high mountain oolong’ tea. So I’m fresh and wide awake!

This is the deal, tea is a delicate plant. It’s a beautiful thing (yep, beautiful!). And there are, broadly speaking 3 ways in which tea is available to us in the Western world.

1) Non-organic, ‘tea in a bag’ (always avoid).

Yes, I know most people drink this kind of tea. Well, it’s OK to drink it if you want to, of course it is, though know this – non-organic tea in a bag that is crushed to a powder (commercial english tea and especially those ‘herbal’ teas in brightly colored packets) will have been farmed, cultivated for mass production using chemical fertalizers for maximum plants and profit. Which, by the way, is a BRILLIANT business model if the focus is just profit with little care for the tree or consumer. THIS is the key part, ready; When we drink that kind of tea we also take on the chemicals used to grow it.

2) Organic ‘tea in a bag’ or Organic loose leaf.

This kind of tea is a step in the right direction. It is going to be cleaner than the non-organic tea. Opt for loose leaf organic tea over tea in a bag, especially if the tea in a bag has been crushed to a powder. When tea is in powdered form it means all the tea’s properties will be released in one or 2 steeps, as opposed to 4 or more from the loose leaf. Loose leaf tea just takes a little more effort, and is absolutely worth it.

Important note: not all loose leaf tea is created equally. A lot of loose leaf tea is also grown using chemicals and fertilizers. Look out for that jittery feeling often associated with coffee, it is very often the chemicals used which cause those feelings and not the properties of the natural plant.

3) Living tea (sometimes called wild tea).

This is the real deal… and often hard to find, because it is such a precious thing.  It is tea leaves harvested from big old trees that have been alive for hundreds of years. Hundreds of years, often more than 600 years of sunlight, moonlight, taking in energy from the nutrient rich earth high in the mountains of Yunnan where the air is clean and the water pure. That is the kind of tea we want to be drinking. Sometimes deep and wise tea (like the puerh’s), sometimes light and energizing light a high mountain oolong…

There is so much more to write about here, and equally there is much about tea that cannot be communicated through the written word because tea has it’s own energy, it’s ‘chi’. This chi is tricky to describe and almost impossible to define though Wu De answers the question “What is Cha Chi?” from my favorite tea house in London www.TeaSmith.co.uk in a video coming soon…

 

Drink tea for a feeling first, then for the taste.

David Wolfe – Longevity Now 2013 interview (Exclusive Behind the Scenes )

Exclusive behind the scenes interview with David Wolfe from the 2013 Longevity Now Conference! I drugged him with beef and made him answer questions… just kidding. These are a couple of scenes to give you a taster!

Vegans, Paleos, Vegetarians, Flexitarians… what rEATligion are you and who cares/does it matter? I’ve loved spending this weekend learning from a predominantly ‘Flexitarian’ and Vegan bunch and I’ve learned SO much.

(Interesting that at the Longevity Conference, when Tony Horton (P90X guy) asked the audience “Any Paleos here?” Guess how many people, from 2000, raised their hand? Just 1… )

Anyway, David Wolfe video interview for you:

David Wolfe is one of the supper forces in the vegan and superfood community around the World. It was greta fun meeting this man and spending some time with him back stage at the Longevity Now Conference in Anaheim California.

David Wolfe is perhaps one of the most well travelled and well versed people in the World on super foods and alternative health lifestyles. He continues to bring important topics to light, making us aware and conscious of certain bad eating / lifestyle habits and offers alternative ideas.

The longevity Now conference in my opinion is the honey pot of amazing, relevant and up to date information on alternative foods, super foods, alternative medicine and a great place to explore this World of alternative healing and medicine.

Whatever your opinion / way of eating is pretty sure we can all agree on this kind of thing needing exposure:

Vegan and Paleo can surely agree on this…

The Video to Anna’s Talk: http://www.upworthy.com/watch-the-video-that-coca-cola-and-mcdonalds-hope-you-never-see?c=tkp1

Nakd Bars Jamie Combs Interview

Jamie Combs is the man who brought the World Nakd Bars. An awesome whole food treat that I get stuck into any time I’m in the UK. This is one of my favorite Rich Eats interviews to date!

(Nakd bars are basically Nuts, Dates and then a whole food ingredient for taste like Cacao, cacao and orange oil, mint oil…)

We are talking whole foods, food manufacturers, processed foods, Zen masters, foodies – all kinds of things come up! Get stuck in… By the way, look out for the ‘Bastardization of the Orange’ story – I LOVE that one.

PS. I am proud to say I have been crowned a ‘Nakd Person’

Tea Etiquette (and how to say ‘cheers’)

Who cares about tea? If you’re into health, living a high quality healthy life and already drinking tea (and even if you’re not) then you are going to love this! Tea is especially good for those training at high intensity because of… well because of a million different reasons (some of which I have listed after this video)

The more tea masters I meet, the more learning I do. Tea is the teacher. It’s much more than just an energy kick. Without getting too hippie (which I’m told I am becoming) tea can really enhance a persons’ life. Without a doubt tea, specifically living tea, is the single most significant thing I have discovered in the most recent 6 months, you might like to get involved…?

In this short clip John at Tea Smith London explains a secret way of saying ‘cheers’ or showing respect when drinking tea. (Remember hit that like button if you like this because I’m not selling or pushing drugs on you, the ‘like’ or ‘share’ is all that is required.)

Tea, as legend has it

The finger tapping described in this video is from a legendary tale of an Emperor who was inspired to learn from a tea house who were delivering a particularly high standard of tea service. And, as you can imagine, it’s not really customary for the Emperor to serve tea. Insistent on getting stuck in, he started working there, and as a way for ‘his people’ to show respect without blowing his cover, instead of bowing they would bow with their fingers.

(On a side tangent, in East Asia, bowing is a fairly complex and brilliant thing – with the depth and angle of the bow determining the amount of respect shown – now you know)

Different teas offer different feelings / health benefits…

Antioxidants, stress relief, deeper sleep, better digestion through probiotics, stimulants (with a much more gradual ‘come-down’), meeting people, making friends (‘make friends through tea’ is a known saying in the tea world – it’s true.), less anxiety, self actualization (thought I’d throw that one in there for dramatic effect…).

Tea – it’s awesome.

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