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Why Eating “Clean Foods” Has Never Been More Important

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 There’s a clean food and drink movement brewing. More and more people are becoming conscious of how their food is made. There’s never been a better time to pay attention to every single thing that you chew and sip. That’s because consuming foods with toxic ingredients suppresses the immune system. 

But before you go assuming that certain foods are safe, do your research. Food labels, unfortunately, don’t always tell the whole story…

Drink Clean Green Drink! 

That’s what I’m all about when it comes to the 7 leafy greens in Chef V Organic Green Drink. I know exactly where these high nutrient-density, health-supporting veggies come from: local organic farms. 

So next time you’re in a supermarket, think about what you’re putting in your shopping cart. Are you 100% sure that there are no contaminants like heavy metals in the plastic-wrapped produce or veggie juice? 

Unfortunately, lots of people are still deceived by store-bought veggie juices. Most of them trick consumers into thinking they are healthy when in reality they are barely healthier than soda!

Here’s why most brand name juices aren’t healthy:

  • They are high-heat pasteurized. High heat pasteurization kills the compounds in the veggies that don’t appear on nutrition labels, most notably prebiotic fiber, which is like food for the bacteria in your gut. CHEF V GREEN DRINK is raw, meaning all the friendly bacteria remain intact, which is good for your gut, which in turn is good for your immune system!
  • They aren’t organic. Even if a veggie juice is low in sugar (most aren’t), if it contains non-organic produce, it will contain pesticides. With Covid-19, you want to minimize as much environmental pollutants as possible.
  • They are preserved. Ever wonder why a bottle of juice can stay good in your fridge for a long time. Yes, the refrigeration has something to do with it. But it’s also because of preservatives. CHEF V Organic Green Drink is always fresh, made-to-order and contains zero preservatives.

If you have any questions about how Green Drink is made, contact me at [email protected]. I promise full transparency.

I’m happy that more people these days are willing to pay more for healthier food and drinks. That’s why you’ll always find me shopping at local farmer’s markets. And with Chef V Organic Green Drink, I’m passing the health (and savings) directly on to you.

Clean Foods: No Glyphosate!

Consider hummus, one of the most popular dips and spreads that most people would consider healthy. Made from chickpeas, hummus should be a nutritious plant-protein-filled snack. But according to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), several brands of hummus contain unhealthy levels of glyphosate. If you’re not familiar with glyphosate, it’s the world’s best-selling pesticide and herbicide. It was invented by the notorious Monsanto Corporation. Glyphosate has been linked to certain rare cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

The report revealed that nine out of 27 varieties of non-organic hummus far exceeded the EWG’s recommended threshold of 160 parts-per-billion. And sadly, these days, government agencies that are supposed to regulate industries for our safety are run by former executives of toxic industries. I’m not going to veer on a political rant; that’s not my thing. But when it comes to clean food, I have to speak up from time to time. So allow me to vent real quick on this issue: How insane is it that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now headed by someone who was a coal industry lobbyist?

Is it any coincidence that EPA says glyphosate is safe, and instead of 160 parts-per-billion, the agency’s safe threshold is 30 times greater than EWG’s: 5,000 ppb. 

And if you think a brand like Whole Foods sells safer hummus, think again. It actually tested highest among all the brands EWG analyzed. Even Whole Foods’ organic hummus contained 2,000 ppm. (In general, organic hummus contains far less glyphosate than non-organic.) 

Is the lesson here to never eat hummus or chickpeas again. No. But you might want to think again about how much of it you eat per day. 

The same is true about oatmeal and anything else with oats including granola bars. Popular breakfast cereals like Cheerios also contain the controversial weed killer. (You shouldn’t eat cereal for breakfast anyway. Instead, sip 16 oz of Green Drink. Then have a plant-based protein shake.)

Drink Clean Wine and Clean Veggies

Thanks in large part to actress Cameron Diaz, clean wine is a growing consumer trend. Her wine label, Avaline,  uses organic grapes produced in biodynamic soil. No synthetic chemicals or fertilizers are used. (In the winemaking industry, glyphosate isn’t spread directly on grapes or the vines but is applied on vineyard weeds.) 

Diaz’s goal in making clean wine is to provide full transparency to the wine making process. 

How To Make The Most Of A Virtual Back To School Season

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Forget Christmas. For my mommy friends, the end of August/beginning of September is the most wonderful time of year. The kids are back in school, and after the little ones get dropped off, mommies get to have some much needed “me” time: Yoga. Spin. Zumba. Spa day. Catching up on emails, working on their businesses.  

But with Covid craziness, the 2020 back to school season is going to be an unprecedented, stressful one. Whether your kid is elementary-school age or high-school, keeping your kids stoked to learn all day via Zoom will be challenging. 

And with your kids at home, that means there’s less time for you to run errands, run your business, cook, clean and fit in some downward dogs and cat/cows. 

Hopefully, things will turn around, the numbers will improve and health officials will declare it safe for kids to learn at school. 

Until then, I hope the following tips can keep you sane in the meantime….

More Time To Make Healthy Veggie Juices

With the current situation, to stay positive, it’s all about finding silver linings. And one positive about not having to shlep your kids to school is that you won’t feel rushed (hopefully) to make sure your kid is plopped down in front of a screen. 

That means that you’ll have more time to make your kid a healthy breakfast. A low-sugar, veggie-rich smoothie or juice will help your little one concentrate better. High-sugar juices, in comparison, get metabolized very quickly. And that means that within half an hour after drinking a glass of orange juice, your kiddo is going to complain that he or she is hungry. Fueling your child with sugary juices and cereals also leads to mood fluctuations. High insulin and blood sugar spikes ultimately lead to energy crashes. Don’t want a moody, fussy, cranky kid at home all day? Give them some fiber-rich, nutrient-dense Green Drink in the morning. 

Use this most unusual “homeschooling” experiment as an opportunity to make more of your own veggie juices and smoothies in the morning. If you need to leave in the morning for a job while your spouse or someone else stays at home with the kids, pour some Green Drink or make your own homemade veggie juice at night so you’re not rushed in the morning. 

Whip Your Kids Into Shape

In speaking to some of my mommy friends with older kids, the schedule for a virtual school day is going to be much like a regular one. If you have a middle- or high-school age kid, they may only have a 10-minute break in between virtual lessons. In a perfect world, the school would provide a mini workout session catered to children. 

But it’s most likely going to be to you, Super Mom, to make sure your kids are getting off their tushes and getting some activity. Use this time to get some movement therapy as well. For older kids, get their blood pumping with jumping jacks, running in place, karate punches and pushups. Think about the great bonding experience this will create. 

For youngsters, lead them through a mini session of animal noise yoga. Every time you do a cat/cow, belt out a loud meow/moo and make silly faces while you do it. Your little one will love it. If you can lift your kid, also use this time to do some kiddy squats to strengthen and tone your glutes, quads and hamstrings.

Get Your Kids Involved In Making Lunch

Depending on how old your kids are and what their schedule will be like, there may not be a lot of free time for lunch. But regardless of how long the break will be, use this time to connect with your kids. 

Of course you’re going to pray that your kids can go back to school, but while they are at home, use this time to bond with them during the lunch break. 

Get them involved in the food preparation by chopping veggies (if they’re old enough) or mixing the salad bowl. And while you’re forced to be with them, again find the silver lining in the moment. How often do you get to eat lunch with your kids and genuinely take interest in what they’re learning about? In a normal year, probably not that often. You may ask your kid, “How was your day?” or “What did you learn today?” But chances are, it’s just cliche conversation. 

By connecting with your kids during lunch, you just might find yourself enjoying this time of day—even if it means pulling you away from the things your brain is telling you that you need to get done. 

Teach Your Children Well

If you’ve ever thought about home-schooling your kid, use this time to experiment. If there’s anything you feel that your child isn’t learning in their virtual lessons, use family dinner time as an opportunity to teach them in a fun way about things like nutrition and finances. You can even teach your kid about what it takes to run a business. Who knows … maybe your child will one day turn out to be one of my biggest competitors. I welcome the competition!

Look, this back-to-school season is not going to be easy, for both you and your child. Remember to find the silver linings in every opportunity. We still have so much to be thankful for. 

To your health,

Chef V

Conquering The Quarantine 15

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Back in March when the craziness started, I thought that by now, in the heart of the summer, things would be back to normal. But surges, upticks and spikes are the new normal; as if we as a nation didn’t have enough anxiety to begin with. 

And now, with gyms closed for who knows how long, our options to manage stress have been taken away. Going for a run in the 90-degree muggy heat with a mask on? No thanks! Doing a group fitness class on Zoom? That was a sanity-saver for the first weeks in March and April, but now I want to play outside…

The endless cycle of doom and gloom on the news combined with spending more time at home has fueled boredom and anxiety. No wonder lots of people are talking about putting on the Quarantine 15. Boredom, anxiety and the lack of motivation to exercise at home has led to an epidemic of not only unhealthy weight gain, but also suppressed immunity and psychological fragility.

But not all hope is lost. There’s actually good news if comfort food has gotten the best of you so far this year. In fact, I have an easy three-step solution for conquering the Quarantine 15…

Intermittent fasting

Conquering the Quarantine 15: Step 1 – Intermittent Fasting

How many episodes of [insert name of your favorite show] did you binge watch last night? And what snacks did you have while watching? Too embarrassed to say? No worries… 

I really don’t care what you ate late last night. And in fact, no matter how many pieces of pretzels or popcorn you popped into your mouth, you can still lose weight—as long as you give your body enough time to tap into its stored energy to fuel your muscles and brain instead of all the sugar in your blood. And the simple way to do that is to not eat anything for at least 14 hours after you have finished eating or drinking anything with calories at night. (Eventually work your way up to 16 hours or longer.)

intermittent fasting schedule

If you have a snack at 10 p.m. while watching TV, you can do it guilt-free, so long as your first calories aren’t consumed until at least 10 a.m. That’s a 12-hour fast, which is ok for beginners but for best results, shoot for 14-plus. 

Amazing things start happening when you do intermittent fasting for an extended period of time. You may lose weight but your health will improve in other ways. For example, your insulin and blood sugar levels will go down. And these days, a healthy immune system is on everybody’s mind. Well, guess what, there’s been some research that shows that intermittent fasting improves the immune response

I’ve read some clickbait articles with headlines that read something like this: Why I Bombed Intermittent Fasting. These types of articles warn that intermittent fasting doesn’t work because people end up making up for lost time and eating like there’s no tomorrow when it’s meal time. 

Which brings us to step #2….

Lose Weight & Feel Great: Step 2 – Replacing Breakfast & Lunch With Green Drink & A Protein Shake

Let’s say you had your late-night snack at 10 p.m. Now imagine it’s the next day at 10 a.m. See if you can go an extra hour or two before having any calories. If your belly rumbles, drink a tall glass of warm water with some lemon juice. That hunger will probably go away. 

And remember that what you’re experiencing isn’t true hunger (read: starvation). Rather, it’s just your body tricking you. If you eat a lot of carbs it could be the overgrowth of yeast in your gut telling your brain that they want more carbs to feast on. (Which is why you should take a good-quality probiotic and not frequently eat empty calorie carbs.) Placing your body under a little bit of stress, which is what intermittent fasting is all about, is what it takes to lose weight. When it’s finally time to have some calories don’t break the fast with bacon, eggs and toast. Instead, if you really want to lose the quarantine 15 quickly, break your fast with a 16 oz serving of my Green Drink.

Green Drink Plan

And when you’re having the Green Drink, think about this: your body really doesn’t need a lot of calories, not nearly as many as the standard American diet. What your body craves is to be nourished with phytonutrients. When your cells are fueled with the vitamins, minerals and other miraculous healing compounds found in the 7 green leafy veggies in Green Drink, hunger and cravings go away. The brain no longer becomes tricked into eating processed food, because you just supplied your body with the optimal nutrition it needs to get through the day. 

About half an hour after having Green Drink, support your beautiful muscles, nails and hair with a protein shake. 

Need a high-quality plant-based protein powder to help you lose weight fast? Try one of my Cleanses.

Losing The Stay At Home Extra Weight: Step 3 – Eating a Sensible Dinner

As I said above, the key to staying full and preventing cravings is to flood your cells with nutrient density. But keeping your tummy full and satisfied also requires having enough fiber in your diet. That’s another reason a Chef V Cleanse is perfect for fast weight loss. That’s because with each cleanse I make from scratch, I include a serving of Detox Soup for dinner, which contains up to 13 grams of fiber. 

If you combine intermittent fasting with my 1 day, 3 day or 5 day Cleanse, there’s no reason why you can’t lose the extra weight you’ve put on during these challenging times. And then once the Cleanse is over, if you want to keep the results going, graduate to my 21 Day Detox, where I make it easy for people to lose 30 pounds or more. 

And to keep the momentum going, make intermittent fasting a part of your lifestyle instead of a temporary weight loss fix. Replace breakfast with Green Drink and a protein shake and then eat a sensible lunch and dinner, loaded with seasonal veggies from your local farmer’s market. 

It’s really easy. But sometimes we all need a gentle nudge and a helping hand back to health. 

That’s what I’m here for. 

Now as for the motivation to exercise at home, well, let’s save that topic for next time…

To your weight loss success. 

Love,

Chef V

P.S. Keep your spirits up by not watching the news and limiting time spent on social media. Focus on the positive!

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