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

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 concerns about sunscreen:

– Some ingredients in most high street sunscreens can become carcinogenic in the sun

– Some sunscreens separate the UVA and UVB rays. This means that your skin doesn’t 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!

– Some Sunscreens just block UVB rays, the UV rays that cause sunburn (the message from your skin). When UVB’s are blocked they are separated from the UVA. To be clear, this means that the UVA still penetrate through. Studies 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) those UVA rays do their damage for longer.

– Look a little deeper at what this means and we can see that sunscreen is blocking our vitamin D production, because it is the UVB rays that create vitamin D.

– And no, using man-made sunbeds is not a short cut. The intensity makes the dangerous (2, 3)

On top of that, some of the sunscreens (many high street common brands) contain carcinogenic free-radical chemicals, which get baked into our skin when exposed to the sun. Oxybenzone being a main sunscreen issue (1)

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. Staying indoors all day, not being exposed to much sunlight, then going on holiday for a ROASTING is the perfect bad recipe for skin problems.

Lack of sunlight and our cultures lack of vitamin D3 is linked to cancer and that appropriate sun exposure can prevent skin cancer.

The use of some common, household name, high-street sunscreens can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the lipid layer and increase xenoestrogens (1) which imitate estrogen in our bodies, further messing with our hormonal balance….

In the Interview, Nadine goes on to say that; “Yes sunscreen will prevent the sun burn but at what 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: raspberry seed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba

– Build protection from the inside a diet rich in foods high in antioxidants. They will help protect and heal from the inside out. Chaga mushroom, acai, beetroot, purple grapes, red grapes, blueberries, lemons (including the skin), spirulina.

– 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 find shade.

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

– If you are really white (and or prone to burning) then expose certain parts of your body first. Feet, calves, hands and forearms, and build up from there, slowly. Think of it as a marathon – not a sprint, as we have been told, often by the sunscreen manufacturers.

– Connect to nature. For millions of years we have evolved waking with the sun and going to sleep with the moon. You are always connected to nature, it’s time to tune in and listen to the messages, not numbing and blocking them.

This 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 a known force in the Vegan and Superfood World.

Nadine has arrange of very clean products that I have used and highly recommend. Nadine Artemis is a highly sought after World Renowned speaker who offers insights on health.

Sunscreen; a highly fascinating topic, resulting with an illusive obvious answer.

This is Nadine Artemis talking about sunscreen and sun exposure at the Longevity Now Conference:

SOURCES:

1) www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/

2) http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/852.aspx?CategoryID=87

3) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/skin-cancer-selfie-mother-tawny-willoughby-warns-against-dangers-of-sunbeds-on-facebook-10246132.html

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 – For better or Worse?

Watch this first…

Why are we all being fed by a poison expert?

 

GMO Genetically Modified Organisms 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 WHAT = They changed the genetic make-up (DNA not ‘war paint’) (DNA) in a way that does not occur naturally.

GMO WHY = to survive herbicides – i.e so they can spray as much herbicide as possible on the land and the plants will survive.

GMO WHERE = More than 70% of packaged foods in North America contain GMOs.

GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms

GMO or genetically modified organisms are a hot topic of health and sustainability right now. Especially the labeling of GMO’s – Unless you know the right questions to ask and ingredients to look for, it’s tricky to know what’s GMO and to choose the Non-GMO. I’m heading to high tech foodie event Bite Silicon Valley this weekend in Santa Clara this weekend to find out even more…

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.

– Biotech companies (Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Dow Chemical Company) own the crops and pitch their products to be the saviors of humanity.

– Neil Young just released and album called ‘The Monsanto Years’ and is going on tour against Monsanto and GMO. He is bringing awareness.

– Bono of the band U2 is pro-GMO$ and pro Monsanto.

Do you want GMO crop in the UK?

Imported GMO foods and GMO feed for animals is already all over the UK. Organic meats will not be from animals fed GMO.

This is the British newspaper the Guardian reporting on Birth Defects in Hawaii and GMO:
“When the spraying is underway and the wind blows downhill from the fields to the town – a time no spraying should occur – residents complain of stinging eyes, headaches and vomiting.”

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/23/hawaii-birth-defects-pesticides-gmo

The people of Hungary burned Monsanto’s crop when they tried to grow there.
Dr Huber and Dr Mercola discussing GMO:
“It’s important to realize that glyphosate is not “just” a herbicide. As explained by Dr. Huber, it was first patented as a mineral chelator. It immobilizes nutrients, so they’re not physiologically available for your body.”
You may have the mineral [in the plant], but if it’s chelated with glyphosate, it’s not going to be available physiologically for you to use, so you’re just eating a piece of gravel,” Dr. Huber says.

Dr Mercola and Dr Huber on GMO:

“Despite what the media and so-called “experts” proclaim, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops.
According to Dr. Huber, so far, no one has been able to establish that there’s a safety factor to either the genetically engineered proteins (i.e. the foreign proteins produced by the genetically modified plant) or the chemicals we’re consuming in ever larger quantities as a result of the genetic engineering process.
There are, however, both clinical and peer-reviewed scientific papers showing the hazards of GMO crops, including harmful secondary effects.”

France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Luxemburg amongst others banned GMO crop.
http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-regions/bans.html
EU countries, unlike others, can ban GMO.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/…/new-e-u-law-lets-natio…/
More quotes from Dr Huber and Mercola:
“Epidemiological patterns show there’s an identical rise in over 30 human diseases correlated with our increased usage of glyphosate and the increased prevalence of genetically engineered proteins in our food. ”

“You can’t really discuss genetic engineering without also addressing the chemicals these plants are engineered to tolerate. About 85 percent of all genetically engineered plants are herbicide-tolerant—designed to tolerate very high levels of herbicides, glyphosate in particular. These are the so-called Roundup Ready crops.
It’s important to realize that glyphosate is not “just” an herbicide. As explained by Dr. Huber, it was first patented as a mineral chelator. It immobilizes nutrients, so they’re not physiologically available for your body.
“You may have the mineral [in the plant], but if it’s chelated with glyphosate, it’s not going to be available physiologically for you to use, so you’re just eating a piece of gravel,” Dr. Huber says.

This is what WholeFoodsMarket.com says about GMO:

corn soy cotton canola sugar beets genetically modified

These end up as ingredients in all kinds of packaged foods:

Corn = corn syrup, corn starch.
Soy = hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
Canola = canola oil.
Sugar beets = processed sugar.
Cotton = cottonseed oil.

Various food additives including flavoring agents, nutritional supplementation, thickeners and pH regulators.

Meat and dairy animals as well as farmed fish may eat GMO feed since GMOs are prevalent in the commodity grain market.

(http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/gmo-quick-facts-what-why-where)

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More to come…

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

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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