Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wegmans (Organic Kombucha) Is Magical

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As you guys might remember, I am a long-time fan of Wegmans. They’ve made their way to Massachusetts with 6 locations, and I seriously love to visit. There’s a location about 25 minutes away, so we’ll pop in from time-to-time to do our family’s grocery shopping, especially if we’re in the area.

In recent months, I’ve heard more and more about the Natick Wegmans location and just how incredible it is. A number of people have told me how much I would love it, so when Wegmans reached out about trying their Organic Kombucha, I knew it was the perfect excuse to see what the Natick location was all about.

Verdict: The Natick store was everything that I expected and more: Amazing, massive, and truly one-stop shopping! Check out everything it has to offer!

Mal and Quinn wanted to come along for my Wegmans adventure, so we drove out mid-morning to do our grocery shopping for the week. When we arrived, Quinn was all business with the cart!

Wegmans Organic Kombucha was, of course, on the top of our shopping list. I already love kombucha – obviously, for the taste and bubbles, but also for its gut health properties – so I was really excited to try the Wegmans brand.

Gut health is such a hot topic nowadays and definitely one that I pay attention to – given my past struggles with ulcerative colitis.

So, what is gut health exactly? According to the winter issue of Wegmans Menu magazine, gut health is simply supporting the health of your digestive tract, its digestion, and the quality and diversity of its “good bugs,” which seem to support a happy gut. And, of course, the health of your gut can very significantly impact other aspects over your overall health and wellness, including protecting the immune system, preventing chronic inflammation, and even boosting your mood. For more information on gut health, visit www.wegmans.com/feelyourbest.

Wegmans Organic Kombucha is fermented tea with added probiotic. It’s craft-brewed, minimally processed, and unpasteurized to maintain health benefits. Each variety includes a bright (not artificial) fruit flavor with a touch of bubbles, and I love how it tastes. Of course, the health benefits are important, but I simply love the taste. In fact, a bottle of Wegmans Organic Kombucha has become my favorite afternoon pick-me-up lately! 🙂

Wegmans Organic Kombucha is sold in individual 12-ounce bottles as well as in a 6-count Family Pack, and it comes in 5 delicious flavors: Raspberry Lemon Ginger, Ginger Honey Lemon, Cranberry Peach, Mango Turmeric, and Pineapple Habanero Cayenne. Obviously, I stocked up! 🙂

In addition to the Organic Kombucha, we also picked up a case of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Lemon Sparkling Water to make kombucha spritzers at home. Ooooh, yes, and they’re the perfect afternoon pick-me-up as well as a healthier alternative to my usual glass of wine in the evening. (You may have seen me rocking them on Instagram Stories recently.) Wegmans recommends mixing 60% Wegmans Raspberry Lemon Ginger Kombucha with 40% Lemon Sparkling Water, and it’s so delicious. Be sure to give it a try – and be sure to keep a look out for Organic Kombucha at your local Wegmans!

We spent well over an hour cruising the store and checking out everything it had to offer before deciding to wrap it up and eat some lunch. We could easily have spent much more time shopping, but we were all starving,

Thankfully, this location features The Burger Bar, a casual restaurant that specializes in burgers, sandwiches, and salads, so we decided to grab lunch there. (I actually ended up getting a big salad from the salad/hot bars.)

Quinn said he wanted a burger and fries, so that’s exactly what we ordered him – and, guys, he ATE it. It was incredible – our child ate meat!! Wegmans is quite the magical place!

P.S. As I was writing this blog post, I actually got such a craving for kombucha, I grabbed a bottle of the Wegmans Mango Turmeric. Delish!

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Emails Reveal: Coca-Cola’s Shocking Plot To Take Us Down

While working on my new book last year, I received a STARTLING email from U.S. Right To Know. They had obtained an internal email from Coca-Cola… and when I read it, I was shocked.

Right there in black in white, I read how Coca-Cola tried to lobby the FDA against us, the Food Babe Army.

In the months following our successful campaigns to get “yoga mat” out of Subway, the artificial dyes out of Kraft Mac & Cheese, and the caramel coloring out of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, Coca-Cola took aim at our ability to convince major food companies to change. You see, we were hurting their bottom line, and they wanted to put that to a halt.

As I read through Coca-Cola’s correspondence I couldn’t believe the lengths they had gone to try to stop our movement. An email proposal was sent to the head of the FDA, written by none other than Alex Malaspina. Alex is a former senior vice president at Coca-Cola who founded the front group International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) way back in the 70’s (1). This front group still operates today, funded by Coca-Cola, NestlĂ©, McDonald’s, Pepsico, and other processed food and chemical companies (2). Notice how Alex greets FDA head Michael Taylor in his email… 

“Dear Mike: How are you? I hope with the summer you have slowed down a little; Our friend Mat Echols, whom you met at our breakfast is asking, as per his email, if you would have an interest in becoming involved in this most important debate. i assume that, if your time would allow you, you will try to consider this task as this would be so important in FDA bringing good science to the table and as a result help people make the proper choices in such critical health issues. If you are interested, and could do it, please contact Mat directly to obtain all the details. Many, many thanks. Warmest personal regards. Your Friend. Alex”

Pretty interesting to see that “friend” Alex Malaspina, Mat Echols (a senior vice-president at Coca-Cola), and the head of the FDA had been breaking bread together. Makes you wonder if they’ve worked together in the past, doesn’t it? Sure sounds like they have a close relationship. 

And, there’s more. The email thread included a FDA Roundtable proposal written by Coca-Cola…

“Recent events—the vaccine scare in California, investigations by AMA and others into Dr. Oz, criticism of the Food Babe’s misuse of science and pledges by food service establishments and companies to remove ingredients in response to ‘consumer pressure’—have created a window of opportunity to drive an important message about the pervasiveness of pseudo-science and the unintended consequences it creates among consumers who now fear perfectly safe and beneficial products.”

Hah. I’ve heard many outlandish things from Big Food companies, but I never thought I’d hear someone defend soda as “beneficial.” And, this is what they wanted the FDA to do…

FDA chairs a roundtable discussion on “Junk Science Reporting and its Unintended Consequences on Consumer Confidence, Consumer Choice and Public Policy. FDA convenes experts from a variety disciplines from nutrition policy, food science/academia, healthcare and journalism. During the discussion the experts will examine case studies where junk science is driving media attention, corporate action and consumer decision-making. They will look at how this information is communicated, its effectiveness in raising concern among consumers and how it could be addressed in the future to prevent alarmism and risks to consumer health and wellbeing.”

Risks to consumer health and wellbeing? Isn’t removing risky additives linked to cancer and other health issues helping consumer health and wellbeing? Who’s really risking consumer health here? Could it be that Coca-Cola’s PROFITS were at risk because of all the caramel coloring and additives they use in their products? 

I’m not the first person to be targeted by Big Soda… and I certainly won’t be the last. They will try every tactic under the sun to trick the public into buying their unhealthy products, and that includes infiltrating our government agencies. When the food industry can’t get people to trust them, they use front groups to help weasel their way in. And ILSI (that front group partially funded by Coca-Cola mentioned above) has been successful at this… 

A new report published in The BMJ and The Journal of Public Health Policy document that ILSI has huge influence in China (3). So much in fact, that ILSI operates from inside the government’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing. Pretty crazy.

What’s most ludicrous is that ILSI is supposedly “fighting” the obesity epidemic in China… organizing obesity conferences and paying scientists to attend these events. They’ve launched public health campaigns heavily promoting the idea that obesity is caused by a lack of exercise – and not from drinking sugary sodas and processed food. Anything to make sure people keep loading up their grocery carts up with Coke, right?

You may remember that Coca-Cola tried the same tactics here in the U.S. and it backfired BIG TIME when they were caught secretly funding a nonprofit group called the Global Energy Balance Network. Emails obtained by the Associated Press and U.S. Right To Know outlined how “the group would use social media and run a political-style campaign to counter the ‘shrill rhetoric’ of ‘public health extremists’ who want to tax or limit foods they deem unhealthy” and “quickly establish itself as the place the media goes to for comment on any obesity issue.” (4) The group disbanded and Coca-Cola’s chief health and science officer retired after the scandal broke. (5They might have been caught then – but we both know they are going to try another tactic. And another. And then, another.

This is the reason why I wrote my book Feeding You Lies.  Not only are the food companies using front groups to feed us lies in the U.S., but they are doing it across the globe. It’s happening everywhere and they won’t stop until they are exposed.

There’s more to this story too. I have so much more to share and put all of the information you need to know in Feeding You Lies. Just like the tobacco industry lied to us about the dangers of cigarettes, the same untruths, cover-ups, and deceptive practices are occurring in the food industry.

It’s more important than ever that people know about this. Feeding You Lies is written for you – it’s a tell-all on the food industry in one book that’s super easy to share with your friends and family.


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Boys + Toys

Back to work side eye. Hope everyone had a nice MLK weekend. Thomas worked yesterday but Mazen has off two days. Winter break x 1,000!

The boys and their toys:


On Friday we often plan for pizza nights. Thomas makes an awesome grilled pizza using Whole Foods brand pre-made dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella and whatever veggies/toppings we have on hand. This week it was jalapenos, pepperoni, and artichokes! Plus I made a kale salad with lacinato kale, peppers, tomatoes, and Cava hummus for a creamy dressing.

On Saturday morning I got up early to meet these lovely ladies at the gym. I had a peanut butter + banana + coffee breakfast before I left. It’s weird – if I have even one small bite of vegetables or meat in me I feel soooo full and can’t do cardio, but fruit/fat/coffee/bread/cereal – none of them bother me at all and I can jump around within 30 minutes of consumption.

This is my new favorite workout tank. Luckily it’s only $11-15, depending on the Old Navy sale of the day. I bought two more over the weekend! I like that the fabric is thick, that the mesh and high cut keeps cleavage concealed, that it’s long enough to cover the booty, and that it’s so inexpensive.

Saturday second breakfast was an omelet and mango. I needed it!

We had a super cozy Saturday complete with freezing temps and drizzly rain. T and I snuggled with B on the couch while Mazen went to Matt’s for the night.

I had a quesadilla and leftover veggies for lunch.

We took a family nap : )

And then rallied to Three Notch’d for the Duke v. UVA game! I’ve been a Duke fan since before I was born but a UVA fan since moving to Cville in 2010. So I root for both teams. But when they play each other, I gotta go with my Duke loyalty. I said to a friend that morning: “I hope Duke wins but only by one basket so UVA gives them a good fight.” And that’s exactly what happened! It was a good nervous energy-filled game. PS. Mazen Duke ONLY roots for UVA now!

I had a beer, fish n chips, and a really awesome poached pear and blue cheese salad split with Thomas for dinner.

Little B slept most of the game in the Boba carrier <3 He had a late bedtime at 9:30 and then slept 7.5 hours straight to 5:30am!

On Sunday morning I had leftover tropical farro bowl for breakfast (you’ll be seeing this again very soon as a recipe!) and lots of coffee. I can’t get enough coffee these days!

I took Mazen to the gym and met Sarah for a calm yoga stretch. I was really sore from ath con the day before!

Lunch was a big salad with all the leftovers: chicken, veggies, potatoes, kale, baguette.

We made fluffy slime in the afternoon. I usually just Google the recipe. They all call for Elmers Glue, shaving cream, baking soda, food coloring (we used red sprinkles actually!) and this contact solution.

It’s actually not that messy once it comes together! And the shaving cream made it extra fun.

Sunday night we had Butcher Box steaks on the grill, roasted broccoli, and leftover potatoes with sour cream. An all American dinner. PS. Mazen LOVES steak! He ate his whole plate and some of mine.

the end.

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Episode 418 – Jason Woodard – Interview Interrogation and Building Rapport




Today we have my friend (and source of my jiu jitsu pain), Jason Woodard. Jason is a veteran Marine Sergeant who served with the 1st Battalion 5th Marines from 1994 to 1998. He is a decorated 19-year law enforcement veteran who has served as a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Range Master, SWAT Operator, SWAT Sniper Section Leader, and Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor. The focus of Jason’s career has been as an investigator and instructor; while conducting major crimes/homicide investigations he worked multiple high profile and death penalty cases and developed a reputation for investigative tenacity and interrogative skill. Jason is also a lead instructor for the Interview & Interrogations Institute and is still an active-duty Law Enforcement Officer.

Show Notes

00:48 – Pre-Intro/Summary
1:43 – Introducing Jason Woodard and his background
4:08 – What Jason does with teaching interview interrogation
6:10 – Rapport building
11:12 – Using Jason’s techniques for coaching people
16:35 – How Jason has been helping gyms with recommendations
22:50 – Chickasaw Nation – Unconquered Life communication improvement
25:05 – Pressure tested methods
30:30 – Skill set of law enforcement officers for coaching
32:35 – Basics and foundation of building rapport
37:25 – Robb’s plan for having Jason on, and Q&A followup
40:40 – Where you can find Jason


Building Rapport – A Cheat Sheet (PDF Download)

Email: TheHumanCaliber@Gmail.com

The Interviews and Interrogation Institute Website





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Clean Eating Kung Pao Chickpeas Recipe

This clean eating kung pao chickpeas dish is both versatile and totally satisfying!

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