Expo West 2012! It’s bedlam.

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.

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!

 

Seattle…best day EVER!…part 3 of 3

This photo is the Rat Pack of Raw. So says Tony Ricco of HyperThrive, one of the geniuses behind our new tour.

Which is funny. Because Steve (left) is a Stanford rocket scientist by education, and a minister. I was a marriage & sex therapist and university professor. And David Wolfe was a lawyer whose parents were medical doctors.

We’re all self-taught and driven by life experience.

You can’t see snowy Mount Ranier off the side of this photo where Mr. Long Legs Brent Hauver is sitting. I keep getting asked on Facebook what I’m drinking in these photos. It’s Ormus Greens, of course! Tastes even better in a wine glass.

The SunWarrior guys had it made up, in gallon jugs, in the Party House on the lake. So I drank it whenever I wanted, which is a lot, and I got by just fine without my beloved green smoothies.

One of my favorite things about Avocado is his motto. See what his shirt says? BEST DAY EVER! Everything in his world revolves around that. At Chaco Canyon, the food was generally wonderful, but I told him one dish wasn’t my favorite. He said, “Yeah, it’s a little bit less than the Best Thing Ever.” Cracked me up. (My ex-husband used to describe something he didn’t like as, “That’s below average.” I love understatement.)

We’re going to Hawaii in September, maybe do a lecture on Kauai, Oahu, maybe one more. Do I even have any readers in Hawaii?

And this weekend I’m going to Avocado’s Longevity conference in the OC, I just decided. I’m going to take a notebook, see if I can get a drink from the firehose. You coming?

Seattle….I might have a crush on David Wolfe….part 1 of 3

I’m back from speaking in Seattle and Federal Way, WA with David Wolfe, see photos below. In one, we’re sitting on the pier at our Lake Washington party house.  (We had an after-party Friday night, and although I went upstairs to bed at 1 a.m., I woke up at 4:45 and the party was still going! For the raw foodie crowd, KOMBUCHA is the alternative to booze! Yum.) And of course I had to have a picture of the guy named Avocado eating….an avocado.

What I didn’t take a photo of was Bikram Hot Yoga. OMG.

Ninety minutes of it, in 120 degrees of steam. Only SunWarrior’s Cody didn’t make it through. Everybody else? Shirtless, wearing next to nothing, 10 minutes in. There’s nothing else like it. What a release! The first 45 mins., I felt like I was in hell, and I wanted to kill Brent Hauver who insisted we all do this. Endorphins, toxins through the skin, emotions, you have to just let go of it all. (As you stand there holding a pose, dripping from every pore.)

Go to Hot Yoga if you ever get the chance. We don’t have that here in Kansas, Toto.

Making a video in the photo below, I’m with SunWarrior co-founder Brent Hauver, Avocado Noni Cacao Himself, and Sacred Chocolate’s Steve Adler. (He’s a modern-day, nutrition-guru Willy Wonka whose 45th birthday was that day.)

And in the photo below eating a lot of fabulous raw food at Choco Canyon is all of us and the SunWarrior / Hyperthrive crew, where Dave the Raw Trucker downed FIVE shots of wheat grass juice to all of us egging him on.

We had 350 people at Mary Gates Hall (see me, then Avocado, speaking there in photos below) and more than 350 in every nook and cranny at Marlene’s Market in Federal Way.

We’re gonna take the GreenSmoothieGirl / David Wolfe show to a few more metro areas. Should we come to your city? Tell me: where?

Not gonna lie, I have a little thing for David Wolfe. I like smart guys who can talk and are passionate about something. And then there’s his Johnny Depp-ness. He is the Encyclopedia Brittanica of biochemistry, human anatomy, superfoods, micronutrients and more.

After I spoke, I literally sat at his feet the second night (since there were no seats and no standing room either), highly entertained by the audience  “getting a drink from a firehose,” someone’s description on facebook yesterday of what it’s like to listen to Avocado speak. Got a kick out of watching folks try to write it all down. Good luck with that! I’m not wowed often or easily. But let me say this: WOW.

I’m not a supplement girl, but I confess he inspired me to try a few of his favorites. We dreamed up some GreenSmoothieGirl superfood chocolate bars in our long drives in the car. We talked about what the best sweeteners are that we’ll use in formulation to keep blood sugar impact LOW, and what superfoods we’ll include in the formulation to slow aging, increase your energy, and rocket your LIBIDO.

(Nobody talks about it. Lots of people struggle with it. Just sayin. I’m going to bring you a chocolate that addresses PMS *and* makes you an enthusiastic lover. Just you wait.)

 

The NASTIEST green smoothie ever…a war is brewing…and Samantha’s blog

Today I filmed inside a closed Good Earth store, where the Wilberts, Cornias, and Total Care Dental got the following fun surprises:

$50/week for the next 2 months in groceries from The Good Earth, presented by co-owner Scott Howard

$50/week for the next 2 months in groceries from SunWarrior, plus free protein powder, Liquid Light, and Ormus Greens, presented by co-owners Denley and Jan Fowlke

$100 gift certificates for green smoothies from the Roxberry franchises that have GreenSmoothieGirl franchises inside them, presented by co-owner Holly Jackman

Everyone was pretty excited. I gave each group a tour around the inside of a health food store, so they begin to feel comfortable there. I told them that you spend MOST of your dollars in Produce and Bulk…and when you figure out something is going to be a staple at your house, you buy a case/box of it and ask for a case discount. (Good Earth is happy to arrange this.)

The Wilberts and Cornias break my heart every time I see them because they are such beautiful families facing such daunting health challenges. The Hot Chicks of Total Care Dental crack me up because they are so much fun–they never stop laughing and joking around.

Dental Hygienist Jillene and I are cooking up a total GreenSmoothieGirl smackdown. She’s an extreme-athlete mom like me, and we are gonna have a contest: wearing athletic gear, a ref wearing a jersey and whistle on hand to enforce the rules, all oiled up with black football-player lines under our eyes, we are gonna make each other the NASTIEST. EVER. GREEN SMOOTHIE. Whoever takes the longest to gag hers down is GOIN’ DOWN.

(Help me with this: what should the loser have to do? I sense I should be spending some time boning up on pushups.) (I made the mistake of telling Jillene’s co-workers that I gag on wheat grass juice….they were quick to inform her of my Achilles Heel, my Kryptonite….I am SCARED. Maybe I will stop by Good Earth every day for a few weeks to drink wheat-grass shots. UGH. Her co-workers said, “Do you know who you’re dealing with?!”)

Anyway, it’s gonna be a smackdown of epic proportions. Stay tuned because that video will eventually air here. I called Jillene on Saturday to tell her about my idea, and she had to pull her bike off the road to answer and listen to my ideas. She is not jokin’ around, that girl.When I’m skiing, she’s biking. When I’m playing tennis, she’s training for a marathon. When I’m kickboxing, she’s probably crocodile hunting or something.

GAME ON. Bring your wheat grass juice and I’ll match you….ohhhh, no, I am not going to give my tricks away here. Muahahahaha.

And here’s Samantha’s blog, so you can follow along her path to whole foods and health. She and Nate quit drinking soda and started green smoothies on Monday. Enjoy her blog!

 

what I do every day, in my family

In a couple of interviews I’ve done for people lately, I’ve been asked, “What do you do in your family to ensure a healthy diet with lots of enzymes and nutrition?”

I find myself thinking, “Really, you want that in a 30-second sound byte?” I mean, everything I do is about that. I’ve written whole books about it.

But it’s a good exercise to have to boil it down. Like you, I have times when I’m better, and times when I get a little lazy or at least busy. But these are quick-n-dirty habits that “stuck” with my family, that I do every single day without fail. They involve a snack, breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

  1. Always the green smoothie. Make it in the morning, put a pint for each kid in the fridge, follow up to make sure he/she drinks it after school. Automatic 7 servings of greens/fruit for each kid.
  2. Homemade kefir for breakfast. Sometimes I just blend a banana in. I add pea protein powder for my 17-y.o. Occasionally I add frozen strawberries. This ensures a healthy microbial population in the gut, against all the nasty critters we’re exposed to throughout the winter.
  3. A raw vegetable and a raw fruit in the brown-bag school lunch. My mom always did it. I always do it.
  4. Big green salad of some kind for dinner. Most often it’s romaine and spring greens, with whatever veggies are in the fridge. Bell peppers, cukes, and tomatoes are staples. On our busiest nights, dressing might be as quick as pouring a little EVO and raw ACV on the salad and tossing it. Automatic guarantee that dinner will have enzymes supplied, for whatever other main dish I might serve.

Those ideas are detailed in Steps 1, 2, and 10 in 12 Steps to Whole Foods. But they’re the things we never slide off the wagon on. They go a long way, even if we are not perfect on vacation or in someone else’s home. I sometimes feel awkward about people who seeing me as GSG instead of just . . . me. (Regular girl next door. Single mom. Doing my best but with good days and bad days.) I feel like I need to say, occasionally, hey, I’m not perfect either. I always mean to have a fermented vegetable on every dinner plate, but sometimes I forget. I know my kids eat crap at school and their dad’s house sometimes, and if I told you I’d never eaten a brownie with ice cream, I’d be lying. Remember how I always quote my Grama, who was my original inspiration:

“It’s not what you do occasionally that will kill you. It’s what you do 95% of the time that will save you.”

Those four things I’ve just listed, I can tell you with confidence, we ALWAYS do them. With those four things in place, 60-80% raw is almost assured. With those four things, we’re far, far ahead of our culture’s low standards.

Teaching about green in beautiful green Spanish Fork

Hey, thanks to everyone who came to Spanish Fork for my very recent class, photos below. I met a retired fashion photographer from Paris who was diagnosed with a fatal cardiovascular disease and is correcting it with diet, traveling through the U.S. and looking for answers. My editor came–she’s spend hundreds of hours editing my books and recipe collections but finally got her first green smoothie. My friends Denley and Jan, founders of SunWarrior, who I’m traveling with to New York this weekend. A college student trying to address bipolar disorder without drugs. A Roxberry smoothie shop franchisee that wants to be a GreenSmoothieGirl franchisee too. A single mom of 11 kids. And of course the lovely and gracious Aven, owner of Beehive Health Essentials.

I love meeting interesting new friends at my classes. Thanks for honoring me with your time. I hope you get something of value in the time we spend together.