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1 man, 1 exercise, 5 stores… The Rich Eats Burpee Competition

A wild day spreading the word!

Before you watch this, see if you can guess how many burpees I completed in total, in all 5 stores before being kicked out…

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(Awesome song in the video is called ‘This House is a Circus’ by the Acrtic Monkeys, one of my favorite bands. Thanks guys!)

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(Full competition video coming to you on Sunday 6th May, 2012)

“Many factors contribute to rising obesity rates. Among them: The abundance of low-priced, high-calorie processed foods and sugary drinks. Incessant food marketing to drive people to eat more, even when they are full” Harvard (2012)

Rich Eats: We Are Animals

Some of you will disagree with this, though having spent the last 3 days throwing up and involuntarily ‘number two-ing’ I’m going to go with my gut on this one.

This post is inspired by 5 days in the Sierra Nevada, Colombia and a well timed blog post by the Metabolic Effect…

One of their most recent posts was in reference to the Paleo diet, which is, in short a cave man way of eating. Quoted from “The core of the paleo approach to health is the diet: we eschew grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.” I’d say it like this: if it grows in the ground, has ‘parents’ or grows on a tree in the country you’re in then eat it.

I’m into Paleo. Well, almost all of it, I do eat (yes eat) fruit that is native to the country I’m living in, when it’s in season.

Here’s the bit about animals:

Zookeepers learned early on that animals like lemurs and monkeys could be kept alive by feeding them a basic ‘monkey chow’. However, in order to thrive, reproduce and live an exceptional life, they would need to replicate the diet the animal would naturally eat in the wild. Obvious right? So why are we humans chowing down on refined sugars, cereal and chemically altered oils?

When these animals were fed the generic ‘monkey chow’ they developed chronic diseases and rarely if ever reproduce. Sound familiar?

Feed a piece of meat to a horse and it will not thank you for it. Likewise offer a lion some hay and it’s going to bite the hand that feeds.

Horses have flat grinding teeth and a large gut to handle a fibrous vegetarian diet of grasses and shrubs. Conversely, lions as carnivores have fangs, claws and a smaller gut – perfect for meat, marrow, bones and organs.

“The genetic makeup of each of these animals has been shaped by the foods found in their environmental niches.” (Metabolic Effect, 2012)

When an animal eats food it’s not evolutionarily designed to eat, dissonance occurs between the newly introduced foods and the animals genetic profile.

If the animal continues to eat unfamiliar foods, this dissonance will ultimately cause illness, disease, and dysfunction.

Let’s get eating, of all things right…

You’re feeling energetic? Do you wake up full of beans? Or… maybe something is going on that the doctor can’t quite put his finger on? If you fart a lot you probably need to remove something from your diet. If you’re fatigued you might need to remove or add something to your diet. My advice here is do your own food & flatulence diary, then at the end of the month take a look at how your feeling and what you’ve been eating. Then, for lack of a better word – refine it.

And… of course, if you well and strong then nice work – you’re on the right track! Remember, you can always evolve your eating and training.

So hang on, what to eat?
Does it grow in the ground? Have parents or grow on trees?

For more of the science and details I highly recommend you check out Metabolic Effect

Thanks to: for the image for the zookeeper blog post

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 3

This is a special guest advent calendar tip by Bella who owns and is a chef at the Thai restaurant Kaibella in Samara, Costa Rica – Awesome Phad Thai by the way…

Oh, and she also has her own Kombucha brand. (Rich Eats Video on Kombucha coming soon!)

Bella’s tip is ‘not to overcook your vegetables because you will lose the nutrients and vitamins’. It’s an awesome tip from a great entrepreneurial Chef, a pleasure meeting you Bella! Thanks!

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Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 2

Day 2 (2nd December, 2011)

“Do something you enjoy” If you’d prefer to dance salsa than to use the gym then dance salsa! Like horse riding? That’s awesome exercise for your body and mind too. Do something you love and you’re more likely to keep doing it and become healthier!

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Rich Eats: Birthday Treats

WARNING: This next video post is not my normal eating regime. It’s what’s known as an anomaly. An unusual occurrence.

Diets high in refined sugar can lead to weight gain, emotional instability and further sugar cravings. Sugar is highly addictive.

That said, eating cake until I couldn’t was a lot of fun!

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Rich Eats: Whole Foods

I wrote and filmed this the following back in 2011 before Whole Foods were exposed for selling GMO foods.  Now they are lower on my list of favorite places to shop though they do still stock some awesome stuff.

While I was in California I visited as many of these stores as possible… So many amazing foods to enjoy! And an awesome place to meet people!

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Rich Eats: Placenta Experience

Some of you will love the fact that this is all about opening up to new things, learning about food, nutrition and how people look after themselves without the use of prescription drugs. Others will be confused, perhaps disgusted by this. Whatever your opinion I welcome you to the next level.

I stand by my deep set belief that we can learn something from everyone…

Additional note made 27/06/2012

While having a grass-fed beef dinner with a female friend in Larchmont Village this evening the interesting topic of eating placenta came up. To get straight to the point, the most thought provoking part of the conversation was her observation that people will often be ‘grossed out’ by the thought of eating their own placenta, though will quite probably have a completely different opinion of someone partaking in oral sex with a complete stranger. And, may even have done so themselves. At least eating your own placenta you know where it has been. Maybe think about it?

(Told you it was going to be straight to the point)

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Rich Eats: Shopping List – Stay focused

Have you ever gone into a supermarket for one single item and left with a bag full?

You know that supermarkets plan the layout of their stores to maximise your spend right? Of course they do, they’re a business. The colour of the shelf labels, height of certain products on the shelves, the smells, the music, the lighting… get this, even the size of the floor tiles, is part of a very genius strategy to get us to fall asleep on our feet and spend spend spend.

I Love Fresh & Wild / Whole Foods in the UK though can you see what they’ve done with the pricing strategy of these beautiful Brazil nuts?

The image above shows the nuts on ‘Special Offer’ at £3.29 per 250g (discounted from £3.99) and the image below shows them in the exact same store at their normal price of £9.99 per kg, which is about £2.50 per 250g. The difference? The ‘Special Offer’ costs you £3.16 more per KG.

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With millions being spent on Supermarkets’ marketing, and of course the infamous ‘in-store experience’, we’ve got to stay conscious when we’re buying fuel for our body.

Now, I shop without a list because the food I buy is ingrained in my mind, I’ve repeated time and time again. sounds boring? Nah, we all buy the same cycle of food over and over again. It’s what you do with it that counts…

A little info before we start:
G.I = Glycemic Index = the measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. In ‘English’, this means ‘how fast sugar is released into your blood’. The higher the G.I, the faster the glucose is released into your blood, and thus a faster increase in energy. This fast increase or ‘spike’ activates insulin which balances the level of sugar in your blood by storing any excess glucose as fat.

Slow Carb = low G.I (see point above in reverse)

The Rich Eats Shopping List

Chicken (organic or free range)
Turkey  (organic or free range)
Beef (always grass fed)
Salmon Steaks
Tuna Steak
Other fish when feeling adventurous. Fish is a winner basically – always looking for wild  / free range and organic.
Eggs (Free range or organic)

Coloured Greens
Cucumber (on average I eat one every day or 2 days)
Sweet Potatoes
Parsley (this is a great herb to flavour eggs or chicken. Of course if you don’t like parsley then it’s not so great)
Pink Grapefruit (AWESOME – vitamins, cleaning the body and reported to slow sugar release fro stomach )
Green Apples (lower sugar content than red though this is if you want to get really picky)
Almonds (I eat a handful every day)
Brasil nuts (around 8 per day for their selenium)
Cacao Beans (the purest form of chocolate – great hit of magnesium – important for sleep and muscles and generally lacking in western diet)
Dates (no added sugar / oil)
Raisins (California Raisins and Nakd are pretty much the only ones in the UK without oil or sugar. Comment on this blog with ones you find)
Real Organic Butter or Ghee (for cooking)

Coconut Oil (unrefined, organic, cold pressed)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil! (Unfiltered where available. 
Organic Dark Chocolate (first option for is 85%
Cinnamon (awesome taste and reported to slow the release of sugar from your stomach – helps to not store fat)
Lara Bars (dates and nutes basically – great sweet treat)
Tea – always organic or wild: Green Tea, Oolong, Dandelion Root, Pu’er (aged), Heath & Heather (Liquorice & Oriental Spices), Traditional Medicinals (Dandelion Root), Organic Steamed (not smoked) Yerba Mate.


Killer / kind of ridiculous / avoid:

Rice Milk

Anything marketed as ‘fat free’ or 99% fat free… (utter bullshit).
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

On the ‘don’t even bother list’:

White Pasta
White Bread (organic brown/multigrain bread I will eat every few years and regret it.)
Legumes / beans (these agree with some people more than others.  Generally not easy to digest = bad)
Refined Sugar (added)
Processed meats (Head to the Deli and ask for ‘off the bone’ for the real stuff)
Yoghurt with any fruit flavour (They are full of with sugar, sweeteners, syrups and other JUNK that is unnecessary and can/will affect your energy levels ‘spike & crash’ and your mood)
Anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup in the ingredients list (most fizzy drinks)
Cordial Mixers that make ‘fruit flavoured water’. Never drink it and never give it to your kids. Help them enjoy water.
Avoid – breakfast cereal – pretty much just sugar and wheat.

Fruit juice in a carton. When they take the fibre away from fruit we’re left with the juice. It’s stored for a while so it loses a large percentage of any vitamins Fine, if you’ve had a massive workout or ran a marathon, or even a little hungover, though juice in a carton is, in essence, unnecessary fructose that acts in a similar way to sugar – it spikes our energy and gets stored as fat. If you’re really into juice opt for freshly squeezed (in front of your eyes) and get the pulp put back in. Green apples have a low G.I so the sugars are released more slowly = better for not storing that sugar as fat.

Important Notes:
1) Fat is not the enemy, Sugar (kind of is – that’s a long story too)

2) Buy organic, grass fed, free-range, ethically sourced meat when you can because, in part, we take on whatever has been fed to the animal.

Rich Eats: Tea Taster

I’ve been meaning to do a video about Tea for SO long… This is a prequel to more detailed tea videos. I just had to get this one off my chest!


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