Castle Rock Water on Everything Wat...

This video is featuring the awesome Castle Rock Water, and see if you can see how deep the messages go... Castle Rock Water are on a great miss...

Macro Life – Natural Products...

This is a lovely little chat with the Jing Slingers exposing their skills with Macro Life Naturals at the Natural Products Show, Expo West. Che...

Better Life by Clean Happens (Video...

These Better Life by Clean Happens cleaning products are so clean you can literally eat them!! (I'm not saying go eat them, just making the point tha...

David Wolfe on LSD, Resveratrol, Su...

David Wolfe interview behind the scenes and Longevity Now conference in California. (With some fun edits...) The Longevity Now Conference is ...

Castle Rock Water on Everything Water + Glass or Plastic bottles?

This video is featuring the awesome Castle Rock Water, and see if you can see how deep the messages go…

Castle Rock Water are on a great mission. For so many reasons, not just their contribution to and collaboration with the community of Dunsmuir where the water caves are but also what they stand for – using glass bottles, providing water from a source so pure and nourishing (water is not just water).

Like when people buy organic foods and choose local produce or dine at restaurants supporting local farms, by choosing water from glass bottles you’re helping yourself (not ingesting the plastic) and the environment.

The mountain where this water comes from is a magical place. Yeah I guess that could sound a little bit hippie but if you ever get the chance to visit Mount Shasta you will know why…

This interview with Castle Rock Water @CastleRockWater at Expo West and at their plant near Mount Shasta was a nourishing one!! I love these guys, their messages and everything they are standing for.

Castle Rock Water is one of the Worlds best water. They even won an award for it in 2014. But their mission and message is wider and deeper than this…. watch the video now if you’re yet to do so… get in!

Oh, and, we are not saying to start shipping this water all around the World, simply if you’re fortunate enough to be in this area to try it. And wherever you are in the World to choose a water source that is clean and nourishing for your body and mind and that is supporting the local community rather than depleting.

Macro Life – Natural Products Expo – Expo West

This is a lovely little chat with the Jing Slingers exposing their skills with Macro Life Naturals at the Natural Products Show, Expo West.

Check out the very awesome Jay and Joy Jing Slingers here

And, the tasty nutritious Macro Life here

Better Life by Clean Happens (Video Interview)

These Better Life by Clean Happens cleaning products are so clean you can literally eat them!! (I’m not saying go eat them, just making the point that it’s possible)

The simple and basic fact that we breath in the chemicals that are on our clothes, bedding and cleaning products makes the decision for me very simple – whichever brand I choose, I’m always going to choose something that I’m comfortable spraying on my skin or getting in my mouth BECAUSE it goes in passively anyway

Winning.

David Wolfe on LSD, Resveratrol, Supplements, Sirt 1 Gene

David Wolfe interview behind the scenes and Longevity Now conference in California.
(With some fun edits…)

The Longevity Now Conference is where we did the interview… looking forward to this years’!

When I did the interview with David Wolfe I didn’t know too much about him, and in all frankness, I was at the beginning of an exponential curve of learning that proceeded this interview at the Longevity Now Conference in California.

Resveratrol, a natural phenol, is one of the compounds reported to play a role in great longevity and great health… I’m not saying it will or it won’t get you to 150 but it’s an interesting thought to entertain.

Resveratrol, like so many other, ‘alternative health’ foods or supplements gets mixed reviews as to wether it works or not but this is the thing – the experiment, the science that tests the isolate cannot replicate the real life experience of the human consuming it. The science test cannot be a fair one.

Likewise, saying take ‘this’ or ‘that’ supplement and live longer is a fallacy. It MIGHT up you chances, but environment, job and life satisfaction and those thoughts in your mind play an even bigger role…………… And, as your environment changes, so your eating habits should change. The seasons will change.

Love and Tea,

Rich

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Chapul Cricket Protein Bars

Chapul cricket protein bars!

I love these bars… you?

If you are in LA you can find them at Erewhon or head to Chapul

Here are a couple of snap shots from their site, fascinating info I think you will find:

Chapul Cricket Bars

Chapul Cricket Bars

Rich Eats Tshirts here by the way…

No Years Resolution – NOT Dieting in 2015

STOP EATING THIS!! STOP THAT!! RESTRICT THIS!! DON’T THAT…

Come on?

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(Organic Grapefruit, Silly Man With Hat, Miami, Florida)

So, resolutions… Really? You’re still making these? Well, I guess there COULD be merit in it but before you consider making a new years resolution have a quick think back to your last to see if that list of stuff you wanted to change is actually any different? And, read on…

Lazy to read all of this post then know this:

– Restricting yourself from something can create a head full of traps. Move towards what you want..

– Ignore the Social Media New Years Resolution hype because you might ‘inherit’ someone else’s problems. Do your thing. If you want to, focus on upgrading the already awesome you…

– When it comes to food, the restriction plan has proven itself useless, even problematic (…decades of fad dieting) time and time again. ‘Move towards nutrient dense foods’ is a full proof basic strategy. With that fine tune your nutrient dense food selection based on how you react to it (energy levels, skin, hair and moods are some of the feedback systems to ‘listen to’).

– Tune in to, respect, and listen to your environment. That is everything in your life. It is speaking to you, you are speaking with it, it affects you and you affect it. I invite you to tune in.

– Restricting others. What!? Yeah, that’s right… Something that any food blogger, nutritionist, trainer, or any human really should consider; is where am I projecting (putting) my own beliefs and restrictions on others. And then considering how offer learnings without inflicting them…

THIS NEXT ONE IS A BEAUTY!!!
– What action does the person you want to become already do? Just do it. By doing the thing that the person you want to become does you instantly become the person you want to become. You’re one and the same. Do it. You ca rinse and repeat this one for a while because it will always apply.

Back to RESTRICTION…
The second you say (or even think) ‘I can’t eat this or that’ you put a trap in your mind. The 7 year old in you rebels with a force stronger than the bowl movements of a lactose intolerant drinking pasteurized fat-free milk (which should be avoided at all costs by the way).
Health should NOT be about mind traps and restriction.
(That’s what our childhood was for, right!?)

Youcan flip it…

Check this example:

Imagine person A wants to lose some weight. They begin the year with a list of all the foods they’re not going to eat. No chocolate, no cake, no fish and chips, no bread, no pasta, no carbs, no sugar…
Now imagine person B takes a different approach. Instead of depriving, taking things away they choose to add green vegetables to their meals, upgrade from grain fed beef to grass fed beef, to eat eggs from free range organic chickens, or to add a green smoothie, or to add 10 minutes to their dog walking, even to find time to go for a walk or even begin some kind of sport or training.

Person B is moving towards nutrient dense foods, saying yes to life (yeah i know it might sound hippie but as you will see in my videos the hippie category so created by man, is absolutely bang on right with most things life). Person B is nourishing their mind, body and energy. Creating something in their life that they can then freely and happily share with others.

Rich Eats Enion

All change…

Now, with aaaaaaaaaaall of that said…

If you are still hell-bent on making a resolution based on dieting this year, have a read of this so you jump the first hurdle:

Heard someone (maybe you) say this before?

“OH, yeah dude, I know how to lose fat, just train more and eat less…” WRONG (well that depends too really because you will probably lose a bit in the first couple of days BUT know that the ‘eat less, train more’ is severely flawed and almost certainly not sustainable for you and will almost certainly wreak havoc on your hormones doing unnecessary damage)

Train more, eat less is a bit like the finding that smoking cigarettes can temporarily increase your lung capacity, very short term gain for medium to long term damage).
Calories in Calories out? That’s what ‘train more eat less’ is based on really, so yep, calories in calories out is severely flawed too.

Quick 2015 fix for fat burning?
Again this absolutely depends on you, your heart, your lifestyle, motivation, health and physical ability but…

– Sprints (or HIIT) before a protein dominant breakfast is a basic rule of thumb that many experts (including me) use on themselves and with clients.

– Squats. Deep, satisfying squats. Get them in your life for fat burning, strength building, feeling awesome and mobility.

Give yourself freedom from restriction in 2015

So, if you’re going to set yourself any kind of ‘goal’ for 2015 give yourself freedom from restriction. Taking a 180 degree view of your approach to food and health.

Give yourself the gift of moving towards nutrient dense foods while increasing your awareness on how your eating and buying decisions impact you and the environment around you. That is a deeper way to nourish yourself.

Simple when you feel the shift.

THIS REALLY HELPS: If you like this, click like at the top and on Rich Eats FaceBook to stay in touch because I will be posting much more regularly to motivate the awesomeness out of you!

@RichEats on Instagram is awesome too. Follow there, here’s to a mind blowing 2015!

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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 paleo 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. 100% GrassFed.

I met the Epic bars team, (you know that already if watched the video above). They’re decent guys and girls and on a decent mission bringing a nourishing replacement for nasty other factory farmed, chemical laden protein bars.

They’re not beef jerky, Epic paleo bars are a different world to beef jerky. Incomparable.

My experience eating Paleo
I’ve chilled out a lot since my hardcore zero tolerance paleo days. Paleo can be an amazing stepping stone into actually understanding digestion and your digestive system, and for some they will stay paleo and feel awesome. And for some it will potentially save their lives, or at the very least enhance and elongate their experience and time on this planet.

But there can be some pitfalls to avoid when it comes to eating paleo.

After a couple of years of paleo (zero tolerance) I started to feel a little drag in my energy, my digestion was becoming pretty inefficient and, basically I hit a wall with ‘What they heck do i eat now?’

Traditional Chinese medicine saved me here.

Chinese medicine helped me get in touch with my spleen. More on that later. The point is important because by blindly ‘going paleo’ it’s easy to miss out on foods that are necessary to nourish our organs OR to overindulge on certain ‘paleo’ foods that should perhaps be eaten in moderation.

Back to the point of this paleo rant…
In my opinion these bars taste awesome and are very clean and the team behind them are legit. Get in!

Epic are cleaning things up around here in the protein bar world

GMO Genetically Modified – Messy future?

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.

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GMO or genetically modified organisms are a hot topic for health right now because, well because finally people are finding out about them.

It’s hard to know who to trust and which studies on GMO are legit but there are a few important things to consider:

– Why have Monsanto and the other GMO companies been so secretive about GMOs? If they had been open about the labeling in the first place then this fuss would be much less intense.

– Man-made Trans fats were introduced into food as a means of giving foods a longer shelf life. They were not initially labeled. Then, when we found out that trans fats were causing illness and disease in humans (heart related mainly) they were forced to be labeled. GMO’s are following that pattern in many ways.

– The long term effects in humans of taking genes from an octopus and putting it into a potato, for example are known.

– The GMO genetically modified organisms industry is worth billions of dollars.

More to come…

For now we are organic and local where possible. And it’s almost always possible..