Pokemon Go did what Michelle Obama could not in nearly 8 years

Yes, we downloaded Pokemon Go (or spelled correctly “Pokémon Go”) and let the kids have a go at it.

Pokemon Go

For those who don’t know what this latest craze is all about, here’s a blurb from its Wikipedia page:

Pokémon Go (stylized as Pokémon GO) is a free-to-play location-based augmented realitymobile game, developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon franchise. It was released worldwide in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices.

The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned for future release and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby. It can be viewed as an emerging massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) although the social elements are not directly internal in the game.[2]

The game received a mixed critical reception, and attracted negative attention due to reports of accidents and public nuisance associated with it. However, it was the most downloaded smartphone app in the United States in its first three days of release and was a boon to the stock value of Nintendo, which owns part of The Pokémon Company.

Apart from the negative reports of people wandering around, glued to their phones and exploring places on foot that they usually would never visit outside of the game, I propose to you that what Pokemon Go did do is something that Michelle Obama was not able to accomplish in nearly 8 years: getting Americans and especially children and teenagers to get out more and get more exercise. What’s actually funny too is that when I set out to write this article, I did not know that other blogs were writing the same thing… I found several other websites that have a similar headline after publishing this one… Here’s a sampling:

Pokemon GO got more American kids off the sofa in 4 days than Michelle Obama’s 7 years of haranguing

5 things we learned from ‘Pokémon Go’

Pokémon Go may be the greatest unintentional health fad ever

I won’t lie to you… the game can be slightly addicting. And we let the kids try it out on one of our phones (thankfully, they don’t have iPhones or Android and can’t play it!). They really enjoyed it since they’re already big Pokémon fans anyway. But it was kinda funny to what one of them walk to the store, phone in hand and playing Pokémon Go, and sure enough, nearly walked into a sign post because he wasn’t looking where he was going.

Apart from being slightly dangerous if you’re not paying attention, Pokémon Go seems to be helping with getting us to be more active. And the game also seems to be bringing us more together as a family, having something to talk about and do that we’re all interested in.

Funny how stuff like that can work out like that sometimes!

Green Tea Summer Morning Smoothie 

Our newest morning favorite is a green tea smoothie we like to call the green tea summer morning smoothie. It’s easy to make and only has 5 ingredients
To 24oz of unsweetened, cold almond milk, add:

Blend on high for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Optionally, add a couple of ice cubes before or after blending. We’ve found that we like both options to make it colder or the no ice option with cold almond milk, either way it’s awesomely refreshing and boosts focus!

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Daniel and Luci’s Tasty Summer Hydration Drink

Ready for the summer? Today, we got surprised by a hot sunny day in Santee, CA. Not that it’s strange for us to have beautiful sunny weather here in San Diego, but it’s been cold and rainy the last few weeks. So was today just a fluke or what marks the first day of our summer?

What you don’t want on a day like this though is to get dehydrated! Drinking plenty of water is definitely a good thing, especially if you’re a coffee drinker. But not everyone likes just “plain” water so here’s our recipe for a tasty summer drink that will definitely keep you hydrated.

In 1 gallon of filtered water add:

  • 1 medium orange, cut in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut in 1/4 inch slices
  • 10 mint leaves (fresh is better but dried will do too
  • Add ice if you want it cold

Gently mix it all up and enjoy!

Cucumber, why?
Cucumbers help your body to retain water. Remember how we mentioned coffee drinkers? Caffeine actually does the opposite, it helps your body get rid of water. Cucumbers are also alkaline which means that it helps your body regulate it’s pH, neutralizing the acidity from other foods, especially processed foods, and gives you a better chance of warding off infection.

Orange, why?
Citrus in general help cleanse your intestines and even promote fat burning and weight loss. But perhaps what makes it so good in our drink is that it helps reduce stress, refreshing and revitalizing along the way.

Mint, why?
There are all sorts of things that mint is good for and along with the orange and cucumber, it’s actually pretty tasty too! Mint also refreshes is known to take headache away, by smelling it or massaging some of the essential oil on your temples. Imagine what it can do to your dehydration headache if you drink it!

Where do we get our ingredients? Our favorite place for these ingredients is Growers Direct. They’re a small, farmers-market-like shop on University Avenue, on the border between San Diego and La Mesa.  All their produce is locally and organically grown/sourced and way cheaper than Sprouts or Whole Foods. More information can be found HERE.

Bitchin’ about your kitchen? This is the makeover you need

Have you ever heard yourself say some version of this…
“If I just had the right equipment, I’d eat healthier most of the time!”

Look, I get it. Eating healthy can be time consuming and intimidating at times.

But… what if you had the right gear, ingredients and recipes at your fingertips?
It would probably make a healthy lifestyle a LOT more fun and exciting.

Well, if you’re ready to take your healthy to the next level… it all starts with rebooting your kitchen and upgrading the whole thing! But instead of those “healthy kitchen makeover” shows, I’m going to make it easy for you. Ready?

When you order my new cookbook and lifestyle guide, Eaternity, you’ll get three exclusive tutorial videos on on nutrition and fitness, a bonus ebook PLUS you can enter my $3,000 healthy kitchen reboot giveaway.

The giveaway features a Blendtec Designer Series 725 Blender with all accessories ($800 value), a Robert Welch Signature Knife Set ($400 value), superfood products from Sunwarrior, Ojio, Om Mushroom Nutrition and deliciously healthy vegan foods from Hilary’s Eat Well, Yes Cacao, Miyoko’s Creamery and Sweet Earth Natural Foods. There’s also recipe books, organic apparel and much more!

Order Eaternity and enter the healthy kitchen reboot giveaway!

Here’s the deal, though… you’ve only got about 4 days left to enter. The giveaway and bonus gifts all go away at Midnight PST on April 13th.

So get your buns in gear, order the book and take a chance on this epic kitchen giveaway!

Much love and light,

Jason

The REAL reason why you’re hungry all the time

When you woke up this morning, how did you feel? Did you feel alive, full of energy and ready to take on your day with gusto?

Or did you feel lackadaisical, low energy and dissatisfied with your life?

Ever find yourself saying, “I just wish I had more time do get everything done!”

But you can’t add more time. What you CAN do is add more aliveness to your moments. If you access and use the right tools, resources, wisdom and food. And it’s way easier than you think it is!

When you focus on true nourishment, you shift the paradigm of what actually feeds you. And I’m not just talking about food you put in your mouth – I’m talking about ALL the things that nourish you – thoughts, feelings, impressions, belief systems, relationships – they’re all interwoven. And if you feel lack, limitation, or feelings of being “hungry” in your life… it’s because you’re not giving yourself what you need.

I’ve made it my life’s work to teach people just like you how to compassionately nourish themselves. That’s why I wrote my new Hay House book Eaternity – a lifestyle guide AND cookbook – which launched today in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.

From food to fitness, meditation to spirituality, I cover a lot in the book. It’s a powerful resource for you to start feeling more alive, more connected, more present and more vibrant. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • 154 easy vegan recipes (gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free and low glycemic)
  • 14 benefit chapters to improve sex, sleep, energy, weight loss and more
  • Latest scientific research supporting the benefits of plant-based eating
  • Fitness strategies and mindfulness techniques to feel better
  • Pantry lists, product recommendations and functional food choices

When you order the book online, you’ll get three exclusive tutorial videos and a bonus ebook PLUS you can enter my $3,000 healthy kitchen reboot giveaway:

Get your copy of Eaternity and start nourishing yourself on every level

As you change your life, you change the world. This is not a cliche at all. That’s the kind of power you have inside you… you just need to access it, let it out and then watch the goodness show up in your life.

You deserve to be healthy, satisfied, joyful and alive… every day. So start now. There’s never been a better time.

6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Mood

Have you ever felt like total crap?
Like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to feel good?
Are you craving a lot of sweets or starches lately?

I know this place all too well. While recovering from clinical depression, I learned about the relationship between food and mood, and how our lifestyle plays a big role in our emotional health.

If your blood sugar is on a roller coaster from eating too much processed sugar, refined carbs and artificial ingredients, you’re more likely to feel emotionally imbalanced and cranky. Keeping your blood sugar steady and your digestive tract running smoothly with natural ingredients will do wonders for your overall mood. Plus, the nutrients you get in healthy foods can influence your brain neurotransmitters like serotonin, GABA and dopamine.

Here are easy 6 ways to improve your mood with food:

  • Consume foods rich in folic acid and Vitamin B12 
  • Eat more fresh, organic fruits and veggies
  • Choose selenium-rich foods
  • Consume more omega-3 fatty acids
  • Get a daily dose of Vitamin D 
  • Make dark chocolate or raw cacao your new indulgence

Also, daily practices such as gratitude journaling, meditation and exercise can have dramatic benefits for your emotional health and help to increase feelings of optimism, joy and appreciation.

These are just a few functional practices, food tips, and life strategies from my new Hay House lifestyle guide, Eaternity. Order before April 12th and you’ll get four bonus gifts, including three exclusive videos, a complimentary ebook “The Ultimate Morning Routine” and be entered to win my $3,000 kitchen reboot giveaway:

Pre-order Eaternity and use it to feel better now

Once you start eating more of the right foods and taking good care of your brain chemistry, you may be amazed at how much better you feel in a short period of time. It’s way easier (and more delicious) than you think!

Much love and light always,

Jason

Open Your Mind from GoodOnYa Deli

Today, I tried the “Open Your Mind” and I was actually pleasantly surprised by this drink. I’ve heard a few positive things and a few negative things about adding butter or coconut oil to your coffee and decided to test it out for myself. I think by blending both into the coffee with a hint of cinnamon and raw honey (these were optional on my part), GoodOnYa Deli was able to pull it off excellently!

Here’s some excerpts from their ordering page:

Organic, 100% Grass Fed Butter
Organic, Raw Coconut Oil

We blend that together with Dark, Rich, Organic Coffee.

The healthy fats shoot to your brain and give you energy and focus. They also balance out the caffeine.

The butter and oil together make turn it into a creamy latte drink you have to taste to experience.

Superfood Power Smoothie with Navitas Naturals

Last week I ordered a number of Navitas Naturals products and decided to experiment with a Superfood Smoothie. The following is what I was able to come up with and has become a favorite for us. Here it is in a nutshell:

In a blender add:

1 cup almond milk (we use Blue Diamond)
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

2 cups warm drinking water (around 80 F is fine)

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Goji Powder
Navitas Naturals Goji Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Camu Powder
Navitas Naturals Camu Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder
Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Acai Berry Powder
Navitas Naturals Acai Berry Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder
Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder

2 heaping tsp Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder

contents of 1 capsule of Nature’s Way Elderberry
Nature's Way Elderberry

contents of 1 capsule of Nature’s Way Echinacea
Nature's Way Echinacea

1 eye dropper of Solgar Vitamin D3 (5000 IU)
Solgar Vitamin D3 (5000 IU)

2 eye droppers Omica Organic Liquid Stevia (with vanilla)
Omica Organic Liquid Stevia

1 tbsp (local) raw honey
Local raw honey

1 pinch of ground turmeric powder
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Blend all ingredients for about 1 minute.

The reason why I use warm water for this is so that the honey would dissolve better (note that the raw honey should not go over 110 F or else you’ll kill the enzymes that make it so good for you). Well, it’s like drinking a hot chocolate that’s cooled off quite a bit. So, if that’s not your favorite way of drinking a chocolate smoothie, other alternatives that we’ve tried is to simply add a few ice cubes and then blending it again, which makes a tasty cold chocolate drink, or dissolving the honey in the warm water beforehand and then having it cool down in the fridge before making the smoothie.

 

 

Appetite for reduction? Here’s my favorite juice recipe!

How’s your Spring so far? Are you feeling energized, focused and full of life?
Or are you sluggish, run down and exhausted right now?
If it’s the latter, it might be time to try a seasonal cleanse to kickstart your energy, balance your mood and help you feel better.

My personal favorite seasonal cleansing regimen involves some simple (but really effective) strategies for rebooting your system. One of my favorite ways to cleanse is with organic, raw green juices. So I’m going to share with you my #1 favorite juice recipe…

This Glorious Green Juice is loaded with antioxidants, flavonoids and is fantastic for adrenal, liver and skin rejuvenation:

1 large bunch watercress
1/2 medium bunch curly parsley
2 cups sunflower sprouts
1 large green apple, sliced
3 medium apples, sliced
5-inch piece of ginger root, peeled
1 small lemon, peeled and quartered

Run everything through a juicer and serve fresh. This is one of my top go-to juices from my cleansing protocol, which also includes strategies such as:

  • How to reduce inflammation with natural foods
  • Why sauna therapy and dry skin brushing is good for lymph detox
  • How probiotics can balance your emotions and brain health
  • Why liquid nutrition and trace minerals are essential for rejuvenation

Along with 154 healthy vegan recipes, I have an easy-to-follow natural cleanse and detox program in my new Hay House book, Eaternity. When you pre-order before April 12th, I’ll include some awesome bonuses, including my new ebook “The Ultimate Morning Routine” and three exclusive tutorial videos not available to my YouTube subscribers. You also be entered in my $3,000 kitchen reboot Grand Prize Giveaway.

Click the link below to pre-order the book and then enter your name, email and order number to get the bonus gifts sent to your inbox:

Pre-order Eaternity & get your bonus gifts!

Wishing you a delightful, energetic start to your Springtime and thanks for being amazing!

Much love and light always,

Jason