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10 Tips to Stay Healthy at Expo West, 2015

Simply put,  being at Expo West for the weekend is exhilarating, fun, exciting, fun, delicious, fun, fun,... and overall exhausting. Besides all that fun, Expo can rear it's ugly head in the most subtle of ways. Most notably regarding our health and well-being. Let it be known, the effects of Expo will wear the vocal chords, deplete chi, stress the adrenals, disrupt your digestion, cause gastro issues, zombify you (lack of sleep) and whatever happens to YOU when you fall off center. I've been to about 10 trade shows by now, this will be my 5th expo and while it’s super fun every time -it’s … [Read More...]

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Your Juice Is Old (but they won’t tell you that).

When I recently made this image my intentions were pure. Communicate to the uneducated, juice-consumer market what many HPP juice companies don't. And that is this: Your juice is old (but they won't tell you that). What Is HPP? HPP (which means High Pressure Processed) is a method of preserving a raw juice without having to pasteurize or flash pasteurize post production. Basically, without getting into the nitty gritty, HPP is accomplished by submerging the bottled juices into a cold-water chamber. The chamber is then exerted under extreme pressure, thousands and thousands of pounds of … [Read More...]

Natural Products In Review

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It’s Epic

For years, beef jerky has graced the isles of convenient marts and 7-Eleven's alike, growing a segment of dedicated consumers along with it. And for years, nobody in the natural sector seemed to car e to expand on it, until they did, and eventually the small market segment for beef, turkey and even salmon jerky reached it's zenith on small end-cap displays at the store level. So, how does a new brand of  sustainable//pasture-raised//hormone free beef, turkey, lamb and bison, edging to compete … [Read More...]

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Wrap It Up Right

Most of us in the health world by now are pretty aware on the effects of gluten and wheat in our bodies- we're not that into it. Combine that with the almost innumerable amount of GMO wheat in this country and it becomes a no-brainer, gut based decision. People are moving further away from processed grain products b/c they don't feel good eating it or supporting the industry. So, now that we're moving towards the new health & gluten-free paradigm, how do we get around this new-age … [Read More...]

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Chia Wiz.

We all know by now that chia is seriously contending with other protein, healthy fat and fiber sources as a reputable food in the industry, right? What started out as a pet project has sprouted its way onto nearly every shelf, in every natural food store, in every town across... the world! One of the largest manufacturers of chia is Australia (The Chia Co. is based there), did you know? So today while I was casually strolling the aisles of Whole Foods Market, I came across these two chia … [Read More...]

From The Health Coach

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5 Simple Steps for a Better Day

Today I woke up, stretched on my yoga mat, breathed a little, made some digestive-warming tea, ate breakfast and chose to feel good. It wasn't until I was walking to a local coffee shop to set up my laptop for the day that something occurred to me, this is a healthy way to start the day.  I began to appreciate my health and nutrition training, as I so often do, and the many gifts it has presented me. Like I know if I ever get sick or stuck in my life, I can always turn to food to help move me … read on...

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Fall Reset

Autumn is here.. the winds of the west are calling and we are moving into darkness! For a lot of us this is a time of sadness; no more summer!?! Darn-it! But the truth is you can be happy and inspired all year round, if you approach each season properly. So, what's proper about it then? The season changes and so shall we. In fact, if we move with what the season is telling us, we will be in alignment with our outside environment. You may have heard of that word called "balance", but do you … read on...

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Smooth Brekkie

I've always been someone who has rotated my meals. I've never eaten the same breakfasts, lunches or dinners. It feels good to me to always be rotating my diet and this past week is no exception. I moved into a new house in Berkeley and my lovely roommate Carina turned me onto her breakfasts which tasted and felt perfect for me in the midst of summer. She puts a whole bunch of frozen berries in her food processor with a banana and raw protein powder and whips it all up into a frozen swirl of … read on...

Expo West

What Is Natural Product Expo West!? (pt. 1)

As I prepare my travel and accommodations for the greatest show on earth 2.0-style, Natural Products Expo West (aka- the next best thing since sprouted, locally harvested and milled, sliced artisan chia bread) I am resourcing myself, my inner-self, and..  my inner-inner self to get ready for a very stimulating, magical experience. Actually, I take that […]

Expo West (pt. 2) 10 Ways to Stay Grounded at Expo

Now you you know what Expo is (about either from experience or bc you read my colorful article above) you know, or could imagine, that being at expo for the weekend is exhausting. It can tax the vocal chords, can deplete chi, stress the adrenals and have you fall off your center. I’ve been to […]

(8 short videos) Brandon + Expo West + Vine.

I have to say, Vine is really freaking fun to play with. And when combined with the excitement of expo west, the innovation of brands and the creativity of the people who make up this industry, what you get is the possibility for new age marketing. Here are some Vines I created from my time […]