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Expo West 2012! It’s bedlam. Part 1 of 2

Expo West in Anaheim is one of the ten biggest trade shows in the world, of any kind, and the biggest “natural products” expo in the world. I’m blogging this week about my adventures there. We always go with SunWarrior to Au Lac, Chef Ito’s raw vegan restaurant. All the same people are there every year. Fabulous food, I highly recommend it!

This year we went to a Ziggy Marley concert and danced!  When we got in, we had to race from LAX to a class I taught to 200 in Buena Park the night before, and we forgot to account for the traffic. Oh my. Health Mate Sauna was at the show, who arranges our group buy, letting everyone try out the sauna—fun!

I caught a cold the night before, and between walking the show all day and staying up late, you can see the puffy circles under my eyes! (By the way, getting a cold once or twice a year is a good cleansing mechanism and not at all bad for you. Clear mucous is cleansing. The problem is when it gets stagnant and is thick, and yellow or green. That’s the sign of an acidic condition. I felt fine two days later, and came home to go back to early-morning boot camp, tennis with my team, and then an afternoon of skiing in 62-degree sunshine—all in the same day.)

I’m recovering from the fun in Cali, for 2 days. I’m about to hop  a plane to speak in Maui and Honolulu sponsored by the very active Vegetarian Society there. I’ve never been to Hawaii and am very excited.  My friend Ben is coming along, and we’re meeting GSG reader Debbie, who spends a lot of time in Hawaii and has wanted Down to Earth and the Veg Society to host me for about a year now, just finally worked it out.

(In the next few days, you get my interview with Fabio selling his whey protein, an interview with one of the leaders of the Non GMO Project movement, a video I did on my favorite and least-favorite “healthy” bars, and my wanderings around the Expo talking about the BS in the “health food” industry.

Meantime, ah, the characters at Expo West, and what some people will do to sell their product! Get a sense of it yourself here. Kristin really outdid herself stalking them all with her camera. Enjoy!

 

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