4 Issues with HPP Juice

If you've been following my personal wall on Facebook, or even my page, The Health Crunch of late you will know that I am clearly against the High Pressure Processing of plant-based juice.  It comes down to a very specific context of issues for me, I'm not against how it spreads the awareness of a "raw" green juice or healthy living. In this respect I jovially compare it to the sushi world. We all start with the California Roll and once we graduate to raw fish, i.e. 'real' sushi, we never go back. That's kind of how I hold HPP juice in this case. By the way, HPP stands for High Pressure Pascalization, or High Pressure Processing, as it's commonly known as. This is the method of pressurizing juice in a cold-water chamber under such high amounts of pressure, the bacteria are squeezed to … [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...]


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...]

Health and Wellness

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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...