Thursday, May 26, 2016

Intimate One Day Workshop with Esselstyns Sells Out, Second Day Opens Up

I can't say I'm all that surprised.

After the Esselstyn's planned a one day event at their magical home in the woods and opened up registration for 25 lucky folks, the event sold out.

So many people are ready to take control of their health through plant based nutrition. It's really exciting!

But . . . there were so many people still clambering to attend. It became so obvious that they needed to host a second one day workshop on the following day, Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Response to a Sugar Addict, Part IV--Japanese Sweet and other Potatoes

If you missed my last blog post with my first official HGK podcast episode, check it out here! I'm thrilled with the response and I hope you love it too. If you've got questions for Dr. Shah, a plant based pediatrician, please feel free to leave them on yesterday's post because I will be conducting a round 2 interview with her very soon.

The longer I stick around the dieting and human nutrition space and the more experts I listen to, the more I am convinced that there isn't a one size fits all diet. So anyone who tells you that they know exactly what you need to do to lose weight and get healthy is a little over the top, IMHO.

But what we can talk about is "possibles."

It is possible that eating at least one pound of non-starchy vegetables as your first meal of the day will help you to lose weight and to stop craving sugar.

But then again, maybe not for you. (I would argue that this recommendation is
really worth a try!)

It is possible that eating nuts, seeds and avocado in your otherwise healthy plant based diet is preventing you from losing weight.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Introducing the HGK "Taking the Stress out of Plant Based Living" Podcast. Episode 1, Pediatrician Dr. Reshma Shah.

Seriously folks, I'm really excited about this.

Today I present to you my very first podcast episode.

I have this very strong intuition that I need to be talking with you and others about taking the stress and the struggle out of plant based living. So that's what I'm going to do.

Yes, the sound on this recording is a little raw, but I hope you'll listen anyway. I'm totally new at this and really stoked that I was able to pull it off.

In this inaugural episode, I'm interviewing Dr. Reshma Shah, a plant based pediatrician based in California's Bay Area. We talk about how Dr. Shah came to adopt a plant based diet in her own life, her balanced approach to feeding her own family, and how to manage our own unique food needs while attempting to maintain peace and harmony in the home.

Plant-based Pediatrician Dr. Reshma Shah

We began answering some questions that all parents have about keeping kids healthy on a plant based diet, and because we didn't even begin to answer all of the questions that were sent in, I'm already planning a second podcast episode with Dr. Shah.

I think you will find the conversation between Dr. Shah and me quite refreshing.

If you've got more questions for Dr. Shah, please leave them in the comments section to this blog post, or e-mail them to me at 

If you'd like to check out Dr. Shah's blog, you can find that here.

I truly hope that you learn and enjoy. I know I did!


Or you can listen here.

Disclaimer: I realize that this is a very primitive version of podcasting. I know a fraction of what goes into producing a professional level podcast, but I didn't want to let that stop me. If you guys enjoy the conversations that I'm having on the podcast and it gets some traction, I'll seek out better ways to bring a great podcast to you! Thanks for being part of the beginning!


P.s. This week I'll be bringing you plenty more from my series on sugar/flour/alcohol addiction.

P.p.s. If you want even more of HGK, consider joining my book club and private Facebook group where we will be working our way into THRIVING in food sobriety using The 30 Day Sobriety Solution by Jack Canfield.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Response to a Sugar Addict-Part III-How Your Candy Coated Environment Determines Your Outcome

Welcome back to my series on sugar (aka processed food) addiction.

If you've missed any of the previous posts, you can find them here:
The Question
Part I
Part II
and stay tuned for parts IV, V and now VI.

I'm not sure if you've noticed this, but anytime I post about sugar addiction, I don't use pretty pictures of triggering foods.

Why is that?

Because you could have the best of intentions to eat a whole foods diet, and as soon as you see or smell something highly caloric and highly palatable, you brain starts to think about eating that thing. You may even start to salivate. If you don't have a strong defense mechanism, chances are, you might go in search of that food and get derailed from your best laid plans.

Researchers found that after looking at the high-calorie food photos, study participants’ brain regions linked with appetite were activated. Meanwhile, these regions weren’t activated when they looked at the photos of non-food items. Looking at the pictures of the high-calorie foods was also linked with a greater reporting of craving sweet and salty foods. Source

Once this fact was pointed out to me, I started to become really aware of how every image that came into my view, every location I was in (think movie theater or theme park), every book I read, every conversation I had-it all had the possibility of contributing to my eating food that I didn't want to be eating.

When I would see or smell something "indulgent" I would check in with myself, and more often than not I had a sudden urge that I wanted to eat something.

The good news is now that I know this, when I'm "exposed" I can quickly talk myself off of the ledge.

But I have, over time, put up some boundaries to keep these instances from happening too much. I wouldn't want to find out what would happen if I was exposed to images and smells of my old favorites too often or for too long.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Response to a Sugar Addict, Part II-Why Going Sugar, Alcohol and Flour Free is Something Worth Considering

First off, a disclaimer: I am not talking to every HGK reader.

So let's get that out of the way right off the bat here.

We are all wired differently and there are plenty of folks who do perfectly fine eating a little sugar now and then, bread and flour products daily and an alcoholic drink or two at appropriate times.

This series on sugar addiction is in no way meant to imply that no one can eat sugar.

If you can moderate your use of sugar, more power to you!

That just wasn't me, and I suffered for so long, that with my relief came a passion to share my message with the world.

If you SUFFER from sugar addiction, and I believe you know if you do, than this blog posting is for you.
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