Health is the cornerstone of prosperity. If our body isn’t functioning properly, we can’t do anything, we can’t lead joyful lives. We normalize aches and pains, bloating, exhaustion, headaches, ill-health - all the things caused by our lifestyle. We come to believe that to be human means to get progressively sicker every year. That simply isn’t true. There’s no reason we can’t be vibrant and active well into our 90’s. Today’s guest is a perfect example.
Eric L. Adams is a former Democratic State Senator and police officer, and current Borough President of Brooklyn and social justice warrior. He knows first-hand how powerful a simple lifestyle change can be. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with advanced Type 2 Diabetes. He had stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, permanent nerve damage to his hands and feet, and had lost sight in his right eye. Specialists told him that because diabetes ran in his family, he was inevitably heading towards kidney failure, blindness and possible foot amputation.
So he made a change. After reading Dr Greger’s How Not To Die (check out Episode 214), and watching Forks over Knives, he cleaned out his kitchen cupboards and swapped his Standard American Diet for a whole foods plant-based diet. Just 3 weeks later, his vision cleared up, his stomach ulcers disappeared, and the nerve damage was reversed. A complete turn-around.
Now, Eric is determined to empower people to heal themselves. Because after all, there’s no such thing as prosperity without a healthy community. He’s teamed up with schools to teach children to grow food, and runs initiatives like Meatless Mondays and 10-day challenges for people suffering with disease, as well as hosting events to demystify veganism.
But perhaps the most exciting initiative is what’s happening at Bellevue hospital. The first ever plant-based unit will be set up, run by functional medicine doctors, dietitians and nutritionists to show patients how to heal themselves, reverse disease and come off their prescription meds with a whole-food plant-based diet. Could this model be rolled out on a global scale? This could change the conversation around medicine for good. The future’s looking bright! Check out Eric’s Instagram to learn more!
We can’t achieve our goals without being productive. But sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Kris McPeak is a certified life coach, author, blogger, podcast host, founder of the Silver Peak Performance swim team… and she also holds a full-time job. We couldn’t think of anyone better to give us holiday productivity hacks!
How does she do it all? Prioritization, routine and self-care. It all goes hand in hand. Kris spends 8 hours at the office, makes sure she gets 8 hours sleep, and that leaves 8 hours to elevate. And Kris really has made the most of those 8 hours. She’s written the books Shake it Off: Ten 10 Minute Resets For Your Day (Making Work Work For You), and Elevate Your 8: 21 Days to Prosperous Time Management, AND launched her new podcast Elevate Your 8. All this in just a few months, after attending our Rise & Bloom Mastermind in April.
Whatever your goals, or no matter how long you’ve been an entrepreneur, you can always learn new ways to be more productive.
Kris’s Productivity Hacks:
But what about this time of year? The holidays are the perfect time to connect with loved ones and new people… but it’s also easy to get overwhelmed by it all.
Here are Kris and Leslie’s tips for getting through the holidays while staying healthy and productive:
A Delicious Holiday Detox?
And of course, we all want to look and feel fabulous during the holidays. This is a time when it’s even more important to detox, because we’re eating a little more and drinking a few extra glasses of wine. No one wants to feel sluggish and bloated at this time. What if you could add something to your regular routine that helps your body to detox naturally? Well, you can, with Teami blends.
Detoxing helps get rid of these extra holiday toxins, improve your energy levels, clear up your skin, boost your metabolism and clear out the digestive tract. We love detoxing, but this usually means fasting, which is not easy to do at this time of year!
That’s why we’re excited for you to try Teami Blends, a fun way to detox that fits into your normal day-to-day. In other words, you can eat and cleanse at the same time. What’s more, you can turn them into a delicious Mocha Choca latte - you’ll have to tune into the podcast for the recipe! Right now, you can get 20% off Teami Blends with discount code FoodHeals.
Is it possible to eat meat AND be cruelty free? Can we continue eating burgers and still tackle the global climate crisis? A few years ago, the answer to that would have been no, absolutely not. But today, clean meat is forging the way towards exactly that: meat that requires no killing, and that has no environmental impact. One of the people involved in this shift is Bruce Friedrich.
Bruce went plant-based way before it was popular, back in 1987, after reading Diet for a Small Planet and realizing that meat production was taking us towards global starvation. When he found out what Pat Browne of Impossible Foods was doing, he realized clean meat is the future, and co-founded the Good Food Institute (GFI) - a non-profit organization that works with scientists and entrepreneurs to find sustainable, kind alternatives to industrially produced animal products.
Clean meat is not another veggie burger. It IS meat - but grown from cells in a lab, rather than by rearing livestock. The result is meat that is better for your health, and for the planet:
Better for Your Health and Global Health
Did you know about 70% of the antibiotics produced in the US go to farm animals? The risk is two-fold. Firstly, those meds end up in the meat and on your plate, and we are not designed to eat medication aimed at animals. The other risk has to do with how bacteria and viruses evolve. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics has resulted in the development of superbugs so strong they pose a greater threat to life than global climate change. In fact, by 2050, over 10 million people a year might die from antibiotic-resistant bugs. We absolutely need to end our reliance on these medications! With clean meat, there are no livestock animals, so no need for antibiotics - and no antibiotic residues in your burger!
Another reason clean meat is better for your health is that, since it’s grown in a lab, it doesn’t get contaminated by bacteria because it doesn’t come into contact with animal intestines or poop. That means no salmonella and no E.coli. Did you know that contaminated meat makes tens of millions of Americans sick every year? This doesn’t happen with clean meat.
Better For The Planet
Factory farming is not sustainable - we’ve known it for decades! It takes 9 calories of food (from grain or grass or soy) to “grow” 1 calorie of meat. So we’re throwing away 8 calories of crop to get just 1 consumable calorie. Basically, it’s 800% food waste. Think about what it takes to grow the crops to feed livestock: water, pesticides, herbicides, gas and energy to ship the crops to feed mills and to factory farms, to ship the animals to and from slaughter houses. It’s no wonder the UN’s report Livestock’s Long Shadow found that animal agriculture is one of the top 3 contributors to climate change.
End World Hunger
A transition to clean meat could end world poverty and hunger too. Plant-based meat could feed the world. Tens of millions of people die every year from starvation-related causes. Instead of growing crops to feed animals, these crops could be grown to feed the world’s poorest.
So clean meat means no waste, no cruelty, no environmental destruction. And it doesn’t require anyone to change their habits. It looks like meat, tastes like meat - it IS meat, but grown differently. That’s why it’s a game changer. And why Bruce and others predict that we’ll see a 100% plant-based meat world by 2050 (or sooner!).
Clean Protein - The Book
Bruce has just co-authored a new book with Kathy Freston. Clean Protein - The Revolution that Will Reshape Your Body, Boost Your Energy, And Save Our Planet is a presentation on which clean proteins are best for our health, as well as tips on working out how much protein you need, transitioning to veganism, plant-based shopping, and a ton of tasty recipes. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s the perfect read for anyone worried about how to stay healthy and vegan during the holidays.
Ah, Italy! The pizzas, the pastas, the wine, the gelato…. But what if you’re vegan? Well, let’s bust a myth right now: it’s a total misconception that travelling to Italy if you’re vegan, or gluten-free for that matter, is difficult. We’re used to the American versions of Italian foods, where it’s all about cream and cheese. Truth is, traditional Italian specialties, particularly in the South of Italy, are just about fresh produce done in a healthy way. Real Italian food is a whole other world - and it’s super vegan-friendly.
How do we know this? Because we’ve travelled throughout Italy and sampled the best vegan options! Like our Italian Getaway last year, where we went to the best restaurants Ravello has to offer. Check out Episode 211 to hear what previous guests thought of the experience.
But let’s go back to veganizing for a moment. Today is about how can you veganize Italian dishes at home, reduce the calories and make them healthier. Vince, our talented producer for the day (and mixing & mastering engineer) is Italian, but intolerant to dairy. Here are some of Leslie’s go-to Italian classics made plant-based.
Vegan Alfredo sauce:
Easy vegan gelato:
Alli’s super-fast chocolate mousse:
How to make lemon olive oil:
These are just some of the dishes you could learn at our next Italian Getaway. That’s right, we’re going back to the Amalfi Coast! And we’d love to take you with us! This is not a large tour-bus type holiday - it’s an intimate retreat for like-minded women. We will fully immerse ourselves in Italian culture. We’ll sample the most exquisite food and wine, go shopping, hiking, and sailing. Leslie will teach you how to make healthy vegan meals so you can bring a taste of Italy back home with you. But that’s not all you’ll take back - this is a life changing retreat, where you will make connections that will last a lifetime.
Go to www.foodhealsnation.com/italy to find out more. Right now, the price is set, but prices go up in January 2019. If you want to reserve your spot, all you need to do is put down a deposit (it’s fully refundable by Jan 2019)! There are only a few spots because we want to keep the group small and intimate. This year’s Getaway sold out so fast, so book your spot today!