Monthly Archives: October 2012

Inspirational Health Story of the Week: How a vegan’s journey solved a frustrating vegan issue!

The problem faced by vegan athlete Brendan Brazier (one of the top professional Ironman triathletes in Canada) was constant: Difficulty in finding a vegan all-in-one protein and nutritional supplement in a form that was 100% plant-based and whole food derived, as well as convenient and portable due to his busy travel calendar. Can you imagine taking a blender with you everywhere everytime you traveled? Well, that’s what he was he was forced to do! With each trip, it became more and more clear that bringing the blender was necessary – The lack of good vegan products of the quality and form he needed posed a big challenge. Something had to be done.

The challenge: Create a shake of superb quality with the following 10 vegan criteria:

1. Made with all natural, plant-based ingredients (absolutely no animal products)
2. Made primarily with whole foods in their freshest, least processed form possible
3. Provide a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, plus a significant contribution to your daily intake of vitamins and minerals when mixed in plain water
4. Feature proteins from a diverse variety of vegetarian sources that combine to
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Hydrate AND repair with Elizabeth Grant Biocollasis Renewal night cream

You work hard all day; shouldn’t your beauty products work equally hard for you all night? Elizabeth Grant says yes – Torricelumn™, a superb moisturizing compound used by Elizabeth Grant, is clinically tested to boost hydration levels in skin. As we know, consistent hydration facilitates a smoother and healthier state for our faces – But Elizabeth Grant has given Torricelumn great supporting stars too 🙂 Bio-engineered Marine stem cells assist our skin’s inclination and preference for natural repair. This is nice news for those who feel their skin tries on its own to best cope with daily stressors, but instinctively you know your complexion needs a high-end system of defense.

Mediterranean myrtle extract serves as a powerful peptide, limiting the degradation of skin tissues.

Overall, skin feels protected/nurtured with continued use. In summary, 20 natural extracts, vitamins and enzymes help repair skin all night from the damaging effects of pollution, recognized as the second most important contributor to skin aging after sun exposure. Click the product image to be taken to Elizabeth Grant’s website!


Immuno-Viva RENEW SERUM™ with organic black cumin seed oil (Nigella Sativa)

Certified organic skin serum delivers extreme antioxidant activity

contains extraordinary black cumin seed oil

Rejuvenate and moisturize skin naturally. Renew’s organic oil blend instantly revitalizes skin and helps reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven tone

From the same makers of

Immuno-Viva DEFEND+ caffeine-free energy drink mix packets

• Blend of 8 fruit and herb seed powders and D-Ribose!

• 4 times more vitamin C  than one glass of orange juice

• More total electrolytes and a higher potassium-to-sodium ratio compared to leading sports drinks

Amazing Grass®, a customer favorite for years, makes premium organic superfoods in convenient form for busy people!

Natural foods pioneer Amazing Grass® has expanded its popular line of organic Green SuperFood whole food energy bars by adding two NEW flavors: Chocolate Chip Coconut and Sweet & Savory Almond. During a healthfood expo I visited this week, I learned the unique combination of alkalizing Green SuperFood Powder with antioxidant fruits plus veggies combat hunger pangs and sluggishness the natural way: Nourishing us with unprocessed ingredients straight from nature, always organic, whole and bioavailable. When you combine the right flavors, natural whole foods become amazing and literally IRRESISTIBLE. When your body talks to you, you ought to listen and go for both nutrition and flavor. The creative minds behind Amazing Grass are pretty much flavor experts in my opinion. I say this because I was given a sneak preview taste sampling of the new flavors (available January 2013), in addition to a lot of  their current health products (see images here), and I was very impressed right on the spot. I sincerely wanted to eat up all the samples on the table – Really, I did.  I expect the new additions to be fan favorites because the flavors truly reminded me of two of my childhood favorite snacks (the notorious processed ones handed out on Halloween), which were, unfortunately, irresistible too, but in a white sugary, processed, laden-with-suspect ingredients way! The folks at Amazing Grass have, in my opinion, replicated the flavors of two of my sinfully delicious old childhood favorites. Actually, way better, so thanks, I say. My taste buds are very picky, so I know – Wiser and older now too, LOL. Visit the company website at

If you think “Well, it’s just grass; how can grass be ‘amazing’?”, please hear them explain why their wheatgrass is more potent by viewing this short video on wheatgrass planting and harvesting:   AmazingGrass explains it all (YouTube video, >2 minutes)


Read more about the people behind this company: Click here

Manhattan gets its own ALDI

ATTENTION: Folks living in or around Spanish Harlem, the UES, Harlem, etc., you ought to know how lucky you are! Let me add to that: You ought to know how really lucky you are! ALDI has opened a store right beside Target at 517 East 117th Street (part of East River Plaza)! This store is clean and spacious with fast checkout! I’ve yet to try all the groceries I brought home, but what I’ve tasted so far has been really good. To ensure ALDI exclusive brands meet or exceed well-known national brands on taste & quality, ALDI conducts rigorous testing on all products (see the image here). The East Harlem location will be open 7 days a week and accepts debit and EBT cards; and cash too, of course.  (Note: Don’t try paying using a credit card – Credit cards aren’t accepted at ALDI! –  Cards must be debit type cards or in EBT form. The store hours are not 24 hours, but as mentioned already, the store is open 7 days a week.) Take a look at the happy ribbon-cutting ceremony I captured on video: ALDI ribbon-cutting Grand opening (NYC/Manhattan), October 2012

Other current NYC ALDI locations include Junction Boulevard in Rego Park and Gun Hill Road in the Bronx. (An upcoming opening is planned for late 2013 on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn) So get to know ALDI and start saving! Word-of-mouth will spread about this particular store. How do I know? Easy – Any way we slice it, food is something we need daily, so the sooner you start saving, the sooner those dollars and cents add up and you’ll notice more food in your refrigerator & pantry and/or more cash in your wallet. ALDI operates more than 1,200 stores in 32 states, spanning largely from Kansas to the East Coast. Americans are loving the ALDI experience! When it comes to low-priced groceries, ALDI takes the top spot (for the second year in a row now) according to a study by Market Force. If you’re shopping and you feel you’re forced to make decisions about quality or price, ALDI says “Choose both!” That’s what I call a solution!!! 🙂

The best way I feel to get to ALDI on foot is: Walk as far east on 117th Street until you hit the up escalator. Take the escalator up one flight, then walk straight (less than 200 feet) to the entrance. Want more pictures? Here you go!

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Manhattan ALDI (part 2)

Just some more pics. There were so many items I literally could’ve spent the entire morning just taking pics. Remember to get friendly with the normal paper circular, or the mobile app, or both! In-store raffles might be held from time to time – Best bet is to ask the staff. Happy shopping!!

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