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Dr. Melanie Joy : Carnism vs Veganism | A PBN Interview

Carnism Vs Veganism: Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M., is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, organizational consultant, and author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award, which was previously awarded to Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

Her work has been featured by numerous national and international media outlets, including the BBC, ABC Australia, NPR, and the New York Times. Dr. Joy has given her acclaimed carnism presentation on five continents, and the video of her recent TEDx talk on carnism is in the top 1% of the most-viewed TEDx talks of all time. She is also the author of Strategic Action for Animals. Dr. Joy currently lives in Berlin, Germany, with her husband and co-CEO of Karnismus erkennen, Sebastian Joy.

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Animal Rights Extremists: Terrorism vs. Protest

Has your group been labeled as a terrorist organization have you been labeled as a terrorist we got threatening phone calls to people following our trucks know hey we’re terrorizing our local farmers they’re terrorizing us. I’m in Berkeley California and I’m meeting with an animal liberation group called direct action everywhere also known as DXE they’re notorious for their extreme tactics which includes civil disobedience mass protests and trespassing because several of DX these tactics are illegal many of their members have been arrested some are even facing felony charges that could land them up to 60 years in prison but even with the looming threat of prison time DXE is planning the largest action in the history of the organization which will happen tomorrow morning at an undisclosed location let’s do it all one more time my name is Wayne Cheung and I’m co-founder of the animal rights Network direct action everywhere I’m also a lawyer and former and law professor we started the EXCI in 2013 because we wanted to build a movement for animal rights [Music] we haven’t labeled this terrorist and it’s shocking because we’re just a bunch of people volunteer at dog and cat shelters and really love animals some of these terrorist labels may be in response to past DXE actions in May of 2018 Wayne was indicted with multiple felony charges after breaking into a pig farm in Utah to document living conditions he removed two piglets from the property these charges could send Wayne to prison for sixty years if he’s convicted so you are facing pretty much the rest of your life in prison yeah and you’re still going to participate in this open rescue tomorrow yeah why for most the past 20 years of my life as an animal I attacked us I thought to myself that there will come a time where you have to make some sacrifices to bring exposure to this issue and you have to be ready to make those sacrifices I am several hundred activists from across the country gathered to hear Wayne’s final briefing as he reveals the specific target and mission of today’s action their objective is to break into a large egg farm and occupy the property until all the sick and injured chickens are removed folks we are about to march into a massive factory farm in the heart of darkness and hell we’re gonna expose what’s happening inside and try to take some of the Andals out and today we’ve got a legal opinion from a scholar we’ll be delivering to the company saying we have the right to be there we have the right to rescue these animals are we all ready to go a lawyer has written Wayne a legal opinion arguing that DX’s actions today are protected under a California animal abuse law Penal Code 597 II however 597 II has yet to be used as a successful legal defense for actions like this since DXE is technically trespassing vais will not cross property lines to film all footage inside the farm is filmed by DXE we are approaching the facility I can see the signs to say eggs so it seems like they’re starting to brush the facility they’re starting to run I’m an investigator with the rescue network for California peonies attached to this letter you can be de let’s uh sorry I’m not thank you very much sir thank you very much right to do this we do have the right to fire ace seems like a lot of the workers are coming out really confused about what is happening coming onto the property who has no right to be here these animals are not being missing so this is a good operation this is a very very good operation so you expect arrests I’m gonna go over and tell our deputy [Applause] you have a right under all right or anything we did you want me this ever right pictures [Applause] look at how crimps wave conditions are dehydration because they have no access to water as you can see there’s probably a few hundred of them to come and support the animals are going to be coming out soon we have at least three cars I don’t know how many officers are actually on sites it’s gonna they’re gonna be walking for a few minutes there’s a few hundred of them oh they’re all coming out over here is this one okay is there anything wrong with this one nobody in there is okay what do you have going on right now she was found in there 5 rescuers isn’t I’m just holding on to her right now is she dead yes it looks like the police are actually starting to like occupy the front of the building and probably stop them from going back in police have blocked the entrance to the farm DXE is considering going back into the property to release more birds Wayne is negotiating these demands with officers and farm owners we’re gonna check on animal patrols MTA okay I’m appreciative rays of operation so far so good and we’ll take a look here in a little bit thank you very much I appreciate it so Wayne what is happening what we’ve argued is that under 597 first of all we have the right to go again it doesn’t matter but they cannot stop it cannot sighs just like if someone is torturing their dog and you go to give the dog some assistance the other right to do it have a right to do all right what’s up is Sergeant Thompson asking you no go back in he’s asking us not to go back and right now and and he’s he’s saying that in exchange for not exercising our rights he will go in with animal control and we will have an opportunity to see some of these disease and distressed animals in the barn Wayne Wayne can I talk to you over here we’ll get going talking to [Applause] I’ve asked you to be reasonable I’ve asked you spend a winter with me yeah and you’re refusing that this is a setup Friday it looks your game file it’s leaves a box outside let’s leave the press and the cameras off and have seen the outside as well sure using both of you guys okay Dave going I don’t even want to go inside I don’t want any police officers okay so basically what’s happening is the owner said he wants to talk to Wayne without media without police so that’s where they went we’re gonna wait and see what happens they said we could remove sicker distressed handles but they kind of waffled on this and they said what do you see a sick and distress and they also said we did not remove any sick of distress panels so well the folks are applying to do a civil experience please approach the fraud we just announced everybody that they are going to go in here they go so there are walking across they’re gonna get arrested we see Wayne there are a lot of people who have charges who are going to get arrested [Music] Duane is getting arrested property in total 40 activists including Wayne are arrested and taken to sonoma county sheriff’s office and they’re released the next morning so we’re going to visit Mike he’s one of the owners of the farm that dxc escaped the break-in and I’m gonna talk to him about how he’s feeling a few months out how it has affected him how are you good my clever thanks for having me out here you bet so in the aftermath of what happened what what have your thoughts been what have you been thinking about right after it was really why me what was so bad with our operation that we were the targets we looked at DXE and after really understanding what they’re about and how they’re not for upsetting animal welfare standards they’re for the eradication of using animals if you realize there’s no way there’s a cover going to be a common ground they excel at trying to create some some mayhem and they they think it’s a positive or constructive way to have a discussion but it’s not it’s detrimental it shut our business down it concerned our employees and we have people today who have lingering issues about this type of thing happening again it’s a big operation but we’re small farmers do you consider your farm humane should there be a concern about how your birds are raised all farmers should be held accountable they should be doing everything they can to provide humane care for the amount of effort we put in to take care of these animals that’s the way it should be done we’re audited by three different groups that look at our animal care from a humane or animal welfare perspective the statements that dxc had made were false they were saying that the birds are not provided water and not provided feed basically and I’m happy to show you inside of our chicken houses so you can see that every chicken has feed and water access to it 24 hours a day this is a cage free house and these curtains this is where the nests are and what we’re doing is creating a safe place for them that’s dark because they like to lay their eggs in a place that’s safe from predators that’s why these curtains are here you can see the nipples as well up here if I push it and so they know to do that since day one they’ve been drinking water this way something from that day I do remember there was a dead bird that one of them did bring out yeah animals are just like humans if you have a city with a hundred thousand people in it there’s some people die every day it’s part of the natural process it’s one of the things that if I could run a farm and none of my animals ever died I’d be all for it but I can’t it’s hard it’s hard to be a farmer and have your integrity called on the floor by a bunch of people who don’t have any understanding of our industry the challenges we face the amount of effort that goes into producing this safe affordable and humanely raised product because of the DXE event we have evaluated everything we do from an animal welfare perspective we’ve looked at ways that we can improve it we’re actually making some changes so there’s there’s a good thing that comes out of it but it came out of it in the most unconstructive manner do you consider a DXE a domestic terrorist group that’s a great question they’re terrorizing us they’re terrorizing our local farmers there’s not a night that goes by that I hear a slow-moving car that I think that there’s somebody out there patrolling everybody is nervous now because of what they’re doing there’s nothing constructive about their action I mean were you know so it’s been a while since we’ve seen each other and last time I saw you you were being arrested so just update me what’s happened since then we’ve done a number of other mass demonstrations but most notably we went back to Sonoma County with a couple hundred people to do a demonstration of a huge poultry farm and as a result 58 activists including myself around up in charged with multiple felonies and now we have to win this fight in court so talk to me a little bit about that you know how are you guys working with 597 a when you’re in court facing some of the charges that you’re facing it’s always scary to be in court it’s even more scary when you’re facing dozens of felonies and that’s what we’re facing now at the same time we know this is an opportunity because if we can win one of these cases what that will mean is that the law and the court and the jury accept the fact that these animals are living creatures and that will open the doors for activists across the state and across the nation to start infiltrating these farms taking the animals out and exposing an industry that when exposed people want it to stop so I think what Mike would say and what I think he did say to you um when we weren’t there is that he’s doing everything by the book by the law but that’s not still not okay for you guys the laws are corrupt and the laws are often written and enforced by the industry for the industry their response is always one in the same which is this is an industry standard and our response to that is corporations don’t ride the laws that people write the laws they want to believe what they’re doing is not bad for the animals are bad for the environment their economic interests certainly are aligned with that belief but when we actually look at this with a an objective lens we have to acknowledge these animals are suffering do you think if you and Wayne ever talked again you don’t think that you guys would come to some sort of agreement I don’t know a good analogy for it but the only one I could give you is if you own a house and there’s an arsonist who once have a conversation with you a discussion with you how could you ever come to agreement on something he wants to shut all animal agriculture down I need to pay off the loans I want to continue our family business I want to continue to provide fresh food for the citizens of this state things happen and after they happen life is never the same for us it’s having several hundred people come break into your building and broad daylight push their way past your employees and steal animals out of your house that happened you know I can’t can’t go back can’t make it go away what you were doing is illegal you know what do you say to them you never change the world by following the rules first of all so some rules are meant to be broken when there’s an unjust rule someone should break it but more importantly I don’t see us as rule breakers I see us as rule makers that if you look at the course of human history these great social changes only occurred because people were willing to test the boundaries of the current system

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74 Year Old Discovers the Fountain of Youth in Her Garden looks 40

Today we have another exciting episode for you. I’m here in South Florida once again, and
I’m here actually at a really cool home that is growing food. And the reason why I am at this home today
is because the gardener here that I’ll be interviewing at the end, basically has found
the fountain of youth. And she’s actually been on many different
TV shows and the news media come and interview her and kinds of stuff. And basically the Fountain of Youth that everybody’s
always been searching for and they sent what Columbus or Ponstillion or whoever to find
the Fountain of Youth. What if it’s where you are right now? And basically, the fountain of youth that
she found is growing food at her house and eating the foods that she grows from nature. And eating foods from nature. And it’s, this lady is incredible. She’s a new friend of mine. I just met her for the first time today. And I’m going to go ahead and share with
you guys actually what she’s growing and how she’s growing it, and talk to you guys
about some of the benefits of the foods that she’s growing. And then at the end we’re going to interview
her about, you know, her diet, her lifestyle and of course her garden as well. So I mean, I really think it’s a sad shape
here in south Florida. Most people just have front lawns. And, you know, what if you could grow food
and keep your health and stay younger longer. Not because of any supplements or anything,
potion pill, you know, that you have to buy but just if you’re just growing your own
food and high quality food at that. Because she like me, also believes that you
know, we need to have a high quality food. So she’s adding things like trace minerals
into her food to have better than store bought quality food right at her fingertips and right
outside her back door. So anyways, let’s go ahead and head across
the street and we’ll show you guys how she’s growing not only in her front yard but also
in her back yard as well. So now we’re over in Annette’s front yard. And as you guys could see, she doesn’t have
a lawn here. She’s actually using the space more wisely
to produce food. And this is what I believe everybody should
be doing, at least growing a part of the food that they need to eat. You know, we have shifted responsibility for
our health to the doctors, to, you know, get us better when we’re sick, and to the farmers
that are growing food to hopefully keep you well. But I personally believe that in most instances
they’re failing on these tasks because there are more and more diseases, you know, than
ever. And like the top 15 killers are caused by
the food that you put in your mouth. And, you know, the doctors can only, you know,
help your body, assist your body to heal you in some cases but in many cases, you know,
they give you prescription drugs that just control the symptoms. And they never really heal you. So, you know, it’s my belief that the body
heals itself. And that’s why I think everybody should
take some responsibility for their health but also, you know, for the food they’re
eating. And that’s what Annette’s doing here in
her front yard. She has these wood chips in, so as the wood
chips are sitting on the ground it’s actually creating more fertility and adding fertility
to the soil in the forms of fungal dominated compost. And in this whole area here she has a whole
bunch of pineapple plants. So these will make some delicious pineapples
in, I don’t know, over a year, a year and a half. And then behind that, she has a big bunch
of bamboo. If you guys could see that, she could use
the bamboo for stakes in her garden, but more importantly, she’ll actually eat the young
emerging sprouts that she’ll cover up, you know, with an old trash can or even just pile
some dirt on it. And when they come up and they don’t get
hit by the sun, they’re a lot more easy and tender to eat. Now she does have a special variety of bamboo,
you know, for eating, you know, in it’s natural raw and uncooked state. Many bamboos can be, you know, cooked and
eaten and they get a lot more tender. But anyways let’s go ahead and go over,
oh I see one on the ground over there. Let’s go ahead and take a look at one of
her favorite foods that is probably responsible or partly responsible for her good looks. So now what we’re looking at is a tree that
she planted many years ago on her property. And this thing is huge. This is probably like pushing fifteen feet
tall and she told me earlier that this thing was taking over the front yard. So she actually had to cut it back a lot. But despite being cut back, this is actually
fruiting and producing lots of fruits and lots of leaves. And yeah, I mean you could see just there’s
so many fruits it’s also attracting bees and other beneficial insects here. And what this fruit’s called is it’s called
Noni. And it’s from the South Pacific, and in
Hawaii it’s very popular, and it’s often used in Hawaii, I have videos before where
I talk about Noni a little bit. But it’s a very medicinal fruit, and medicinal,
you know, read non-sweet fruit. And one of the things Annette does is she
never will pick these off the tree because if they’re picked off the tree, these are
not ripe, they’re really hard. She wants to get fruit in their peak ripeness. Which also means that they are at their peak
nutrition as well. So to do that you don’t pick them off the
tree, you actually just look on the ground. So right here, check it out, we found one
today on the ground. And when they’re on the ground they get
kind of little bit translucent. Here’s one here that’s like still kind
of green and what not and it’s nice and hard. I don’t know if you guys could see this
branch over here. But in the front there’s a little small
baby, a bigger one and then a green one, and in the back it’s starting to get a little
bit lighter in color, but it’s not as translucent as the guy over here. But yeah this guy is ripe and ready to go. And the thing about this fruit is if you smell
it, it has a strong odor. And it kind of smells like cheese. So, so yeah. Like this is probably not the tastiest fruit. Let’s go ahead and, how she normally would
do this is she would harvest it, she would wash it, and then she would store it in the
fridge. So maybe I’ll take this in and we’ll go
into the fridge later, I’ll show you guys washed fruit, and then we’ll explain how
she uses it, and then at that point maybe I’ll try one of these guys to let you guys
know how it actually tastes. But yeah. The Noni fruit, it’s definitely healing,
medicinal fruit, and she drinks the juice quite often as she has a huge tree that makes
more fruits than she could even eat. And I want to stop there, I mean, this is
more of a wild fruit tree. And I want to encourage you guys to get wild
fruit trees whenever you can. They’re generally higher in anti-oxidants
and lower in sugar, you know, than fruits that are commonly made today. A lot of fruits that actually you would buy
at the nursery or Big Box store are fruits bred for sweetness. And, you know, in my opinion we should have
fruits bred for nutrition. Because that’s what I’m after and that’s
my goal. I mean, sweetness is good but, you know, they’re
bringing things like the anti-oxidants out of the fruits so that they could be stored
and shipped well. Because a fruit could have many different
traits. And it would actually be cool someday if somebody
actually, you know, had a variety of Noni that is actually sweet with also the medical
benefits. Anyways let’s go ahead and share with you
guys more sweet high anti-oxidant fruits that could be grown probably many places in the
United States. So another fruit tree she actually has in
the front yard is right here. It’s these guys. I don’t know if you guys could see all the
berries on here. There’s like a whole bunch. The red ones are not quite ripe yet and these
guys are the ripe ones. These are black mulberries. So mulberries are really highly pigmented
berries and I encourage you guys to eat copious amount of berries because they are very high
in anti-oxidants and lower in sugar compared to many other fruits. And, you know, it’s the anti-oxidant color
that’s staining my fingers, this red color, it’s this color that has, mmm that’s quite
good, beneficial properties for us. I mean, they’re doing all kinds of research
nowadays and finding different anti-oxidants are effective against cancer and many other
diseases out there. But most importantly for me besides just the
disease fighting of the anti-oxidants is because the anti-oxidants protect us from free radical
damage. And I think this is the major contribution
to aging, you know. There are things you could do that will age
you faster. I mean, we know that smoking will give you
wrinkles and you know, your dietary choices will play a role in how fast you age. You could eat foods that will age you faster
or you could eat these high anti-oxidant foods that will prevent the free radical damage,
which means you’re going to age slower and be able to keep your beauty and your health
much longer. I mean, I like to look at my food like Hippocrates
said, Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. An unfortunately in our society we’ve gotten
away from eating the foods found in nature. Like Annette grows and also eats. So what I want to do next is actually go ahead
and head in to the back yard and share with you guys some of the vegetables she’s growing
now and more importantly, the most important vegetables that she’s growing in her backyard
here in South Florida, but you guys could grow wherever you live. And I think everybody should be growing these
vegetables that I’ll show you in just a little bit. So now I want to share with you guys one of
the best leafy green vegetables you guys could grow here in the south, you know, that is
hot and humid that really likes the conditions. And it’s actually right over there yonder. So let’s go ahead and take you over there. So the leafy green that’s been growing the
best for her at this time of the year are these guys. These guys are known as the Georgia southern
collard greens. And you could see they’re nice and huge
and large. So greens are definitely one of the main staples
of Annette’s diet, and looks like she’s not having any problems growing these collards. In addition, she has the bottom mulched with
leaves, you know, so that she does not have to water as much. And this creates a layer of protection on
the soil because the soil microbes and earthworms and all the creatures in the soil are some
of the most important things for your garden. So I like that she’s doing that and all
this stuff looks super healthy. Now all the cruciferous vegetables such as
the kale, the collard greens, and bak choy, cabbage, all these cruciferous vegetables
have anti-cancerous compounds in there. And the best way to get them into you is to
harvest your greens and then chop them up and then eat them. So whether you’re going to chop them up
and eat them in a salad, or whether you’re going to put them in the blender, the blender’s
chopping it up, add them with a banana, some coconut water and drink it in a smoothie. Or whether you want to put these through the
juicer and have the juicer chop it up and then drink the fresh vegetable juice. Those are some of the best ways to get the
most amount of nutrients out of your greens. Next let’s go ahead and tale a look at another
area where she’s really growing some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. So as I mentioned before, another way that
Anette is growing food is actually in these pots here. And these are just standard nursery pots. And, you know, she has a lot of area that’s
actually ready to grow and raised beds and a lot of pots. But she also has a lot of landscape rocks
and things down where she maybe doesn’t want to grow in the dirt. So she actually is growing in pots. And I mean, you guys could grow a lot of foods
in pots even if you are renting, and you could take these pots and the soil with you when
you move. And she’s chosen to grow some of the most
nutritious plants in these pots and some of the ones that are very easy to take care of,
such as the herbs. I think everybody should have an herb garden
like Annette is growing here. She has things like the thyme and the cuban
oregano, both the variegated and non variegated standard oregano, and she has different kinds
of mints. She’s also growing of course the arugula
in the containers here. And these are all very important foods because
it’s all the different flavor components in the foods, you know, that actually protect
the plants from the insects and the bugs. You see what happens is the plants make plant
metabolites, and for instance the tomato can make up to 300 different plant metabolites,
so that means the tomato will produce 300 different compounds within it’s structure
as will the herbs, you know, to protect itself from external factors, you know, from the
stress, from the sun, from the pests, from disease. And when we eat these plants, we get protection
in us, because we’re not able to make our own protection, you know, anti-oxidants and
phenols and poly phenols and lignins and all these different plant compounds, essential
fats, essential oils. And its, that’s why the herbs are so easy
to grow because they have these essential oils that, you know, repel pests. But when we eat them, you know, those confer
you know, benefits to us. And I think it’s really cool that Annette’s
growing a lot of herbs. So I’m sure she gets a lot of high anti-oxidant
foods into her because the herbs are some of the highest anti-oxidant foods on the planet,
even over, you know, things like berries and fruits and other things like that. So besides the herbs, she’s also growing
a really good anti-cancer vegetable that I like a lot. And it’s actually, once again, in a container. So you don’t need to have a lot of land
space to be healthy, you just need to start growing some food. And even if it’s not a lot of food, even
in a container you could grow a lot of onions. And that’s what I’ll be showing you guys
next. So in these two small containers here, just
the little pot and a little container here, she has over two dozen onion plants. And not only will she get the onion bulbs
that we’re all familiar with, at any time she’s getting something more valuable than
just the bulbs, which are really good, they’re shown to be anti-cancerous, as is the whole
allium family which includes leeks, garlic and shallots. She’s getting the leaves. So to me, the leaves of onions and garlics
are much more valuable than actually the bulbs, which is what normal, most people eat. And these, the greens, I mean, once you got
the plant growing, it keeps throwing up greens most times. Actually the greens will turn brown. You have to just cut them off and get rid
of them. So why not instead harvest them and add them
to foods instead of having to wait, you know, the four months to get one bulb when you could
have greens all the time. So one of the things I enjoy doing is taking
cuttings from my onions year round, because I have, you know, Bunching Onions and Egyptian
Walking Onions that grow year round and take cuttings of them and put those in my salads
and in my meals every night. So I’m always getting an influx of these
anti-disease foods in me. So I believe, you know, health is not only
about staying young and eating high anti-oxidants but also disease proofing yourself. You know, it’s shown that the standard American
diet, you know, high in processed foods, animal foods in excess, you know, causes damage. And it’s this damage that needs to be undone
by eating nature’s foods, you know, such as the onions that we see here. Now another thing that Annette’s growing
that’s even more powerful probably than the onions and the herbs and the greens that
you guys saw earlier, are the sprouts. So that’s where she’s really focussing
a lot of attention to grow a lot of food. And the cool thing about the sprouts is that
you can grow them anywhere. So let me go ahead and show you guys her sprouts
operation. So probably one of the most powerful foods
that she’s growing and eating in large amounts here are what’s underneath these trays. And let me go ahead and reveal that for you
guys. Basically these are some kind of like bakery
trays and are like nice and oversized and she’s drilled a lot of holes in there for
drainage. Actually for moisture to escape. And what she has in here are basically all
sunflower seeds that she’s growing into baby sprouts. So as you guys could see, I don’t know if
you guys could see that but they’re starting to pop up here and emerge. And she’s growing these guys into a tray
of sunflower greens for her and her entire family. And over on this side, if we take the cover
off, you guys could see she’s got a lot of the buckwheat greens, which is basically
unhulled buckwheat, she’s growing it to the little baby greens. Now it’s these sprouts, and also known as
microgreens, are super important because it’s these foods that are a lot more nutritious. They say 4 to 40 times, sometimes even 200
times more nutritious than the larger vegetables that I showed you guys earlier. So we really want to be growing these and
consuming them because now you’re really getting a big influx of nutrients that most
Americans simply are not getting. And so we could really have a lot of nutrition
in a small amount of space. So we could actually eat less calories. And that’s one of the secrets to longevity
is eating less calories but getting all your nutrients requirements fulfilled. And that’s what the sprouts allow you to
do easily. These guys are so nutritious but they’re
low in calories. And that’s the only proven thing that’s
shown to extend the lifespan is calorie reduction. But the problem with that is if you’re eating
junk foods and processed foods, you’re not going to meet all your nutrition goals, so
you’re not going to have the best health even if you are extending your life. Alright. So yeah, let me go ahead and do some closeups
on what these guys look like. And then we’re going to go ahead and take
you guys to the finished product and show you how much mass of food you can grow in
just a small amount of space. Now we’re going to go ahead and show you
guys the sunflower sprouts that are starting to grow. As you guys could see some of them are starting
to emerge and pop up here. And these are just standard in shell sunflower
seeds. It would be the best if you actually grew
your own in the summer time and then saved the harvest and then grew those into sprouts
to eat, and of course save s few to plant out next year. And there are even heirloom varieties of sunflower
seeds. And the best kind to use if you’re going
to grow sprouts like this are the oilseed. So look for some heirloom oilseed sunflowers
to grow out and sprout. And, you know, any seed will work, you know. I don’t know exactly the seed she’s using
here but I have friends that use just the black oil bird seed that are meant for birds,
it says not for human consumption, but you’re not eating the seeds themselves you’re growing
them into the sprouts. Just make sure that they’re a 100% seeds
and there’s no oils or any other additives to that, if you do choose to do that. Over on this side she has some buckwheat greens
growing. I love these guys. I do not recommend juicing the buckwheat,
it’s definitely not too good. But if you’re just going to grow those and
just eat them, you know, mixed in with a salad with other things, I think that is definitely
great. And you guys could see it’s the unhulled
buckwheat. These are available at most health food stores. And you could easily grow some buckwheat greens. Now she’s growing this in, you know, in
partial sun. It’s out, it’s in the shade but and it
gets some, you know, side light but not a whole lot of light. And, you know, it doesn’t like to get, these
guys don’t like weather that’s too hot. So putting them in a greenhouse here in South
Florida will probably not be a good idea, it would get too hot in there. But basically the sunflower greens, the buckwheat
greens and the microgreens and the wheatgrass that I’ll show you guys in a minute, like
the temperatures that we like. So if it’s comfortable for us, it’s comfortable
for them. So like around 70 degrees would be really
good. And guess what, if you are climate controlling
your house, that’s you know the perfect temperature for these guys. So you guys can grow these guys indoors year
round, no matter where you live, no matter the season. So you could have the most nutrient dense
foods, anti aging foods that will keep you young. Next let’s go ahead and take a look at the
next food that’s actually maybe even more important in some ways than these small sprouts. It’s the wheatgrass. So now I’m going to share with you guys
the wheatgrass. But before I do, I want to show you guys these
guys right here. I mean, this is a massive amount of sunflower
greens right here that I’m holding out. These guys definitely need to get harvested. This tray is actually quite heavy. She does her own composting here as well. And you know, if you’re going to buy sunflower
greens, they can get actually quite expensive. I was actually at an organic farm that grows
indoors here in Miami and they are charging $14 a pound for sunflower greens or wheatgrass
or the other , you know, small greens that they offer. So $14 a pound man, that’s a lot of money. But it’s really easy to grow your own in
a small amount of space. And as I said, this stuff is all concentrated
nutrition. So here what we have is we literally have
a field of greens or wheatgrass here. You don’t want to be mowing this stuff with
your lawn mower, you want to take some scissors probably about now because it looks like it’s
a good time to harvest it right before the jointing stage. And you’re going to harvest it just cut
it off, and then you’re going to go ahead and juice it. And that’s how she uses the wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is thought of to be one of the
most highly chlorophyll foods on the planet. And that’s why they say wheatgrass is so
good. But besides just having chlorophyll, there
are many other nutrients in the wheatgrass that is beneficial, such as the trace minerals. So what she does is she adds the ocean solution,
which adds 90 trace minerals to the root zone and so the plant will absorb these minerals
and grasses absorb up to 90 different minerals. And she says when she does this, the wheatgrass
tastes sweeter, so that even people that don’t normally like wheatgrass will like it, because
this stuff tastes better. And let me tell you I have tasted the difference,
wheatgrass grown with or without the ocean solution. And the stuff grown with it tastes a lot better
to me, and it’s actually tolerable whereas the stuff that is not grown in it is not as
tolerable. Now the other thing besides adding those nutrients
to your grass, another thing that’s very important is getting high quality, good quality
seed. Much like there’s many different varieties
of apples, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Fuji, there’s different kinds and varieties of
wheat seeds. Normally they recommend hard winter wheat
to grow the wheatgrass, but there are different varieties and depending on where it was grown
and how it was harvested, how it was grown and how the seeds were made, you know, it
depends on the quality of your grass. So there’s no substitute for getting good
wheatgrass seeds from a reputable dealer. Of course if you don’t want to spend the
big bucks on that stuff, just go to your local health food store and you could buy, you know,
wheat that’s supposed to be used for grinding into flour to grow your own wheatgrass. Now one of the things in wheatgrass that’s
really important to me is like I think it’s a plant growth factor. This is why wheatgrass in the first 10 days
really shoots up really fast, and it’s this plant growth factor, the wheatgrass produces
when we juice it and drink it, now we get that into us. And that, I believe is another anti-aging
component and healing component of the wheatgrass as well as all the other, you know, phytochemicals
and phytonutrients that are in there. And this is why wheatgrass is so important
to me. And if I was home where I’d probably be
growing it more, and it’s one of my goals to grow more wheatgrass and juice it on a
daily basis like Annette is doing here. And just seeing her motivates me to want to
grow more wheatgrass, seeing how much wheatgrass she grows for her and her family. So now I want to show you guys another place
Annette has some sprouts growing. And she’s not necessarily growing her sprouts
in here, but as they’re sitting inside her fridge they are still growing a bit very slowly
because it is quite cold. She’s actually kind of grown them already
outside and put them in there to slow down their growth so that she could catch up and
have time to eat them. But you will see how many sprouts she actually
eats. And this is for her family and this is a lot
of sprouts. And this maybe sheds some light on how important
of a food category this is for her. But unfortunately most Americans just simply
do not eat enough sprouts. Now I don’t necessarily know that I’d
recommend go out and buy sprouts, you know, at the store, because there has been contamination
with E Coli and all this stuff. And this is not because you could get E Coli
from sprouts. But the problem is there are, there is contamination
on the seeds from animal feces or animals that’s causing these problems. So they don’t have good seeds sterilization. So the best way I encourage you guys to sprout
is to grow your own seeds, grow some peas if you want to have some pea sprouts, grow
wheat if you want to sprout your own wheat seeds. You know, grow lentils so you could have your
own lentil seeds. And that way you know it’s clean stuff. Otherwise I encourage you guys to go out and
not just buy, you know, seeds from the local bulk bins which of course you could do and
it’s the least expensive. But go out and find a reputable sprout seller
that tests his seeds for pathogens, so that you do not make yourselves sick because of
animal contamination. So let’s go ahead and open up this fridge
and see what kind of sprouts she’s got inside. Alright so now inside her fridge of course
she looks like she’s getting the same carrots that I get, the Bunny-Luv carrots, 10 pounds
from Costco, the best price. These are some of the sweetest carrots. And you know, for me, you know, as much as
I could grow carrots, I don’t have a lot of space in my garden to grow a lot of carrots. I’d rather use the space to grow something
more valuable than carrots to me, which are leafy greens. And just buy my carrots. And one day when I have acreage and a farm
and a lot of space, I will definitely be growing some carrots, and they probably will not be
orange ones, they’re going to be the purple ones that are high anti-oxidant, and actually
they taste really good too. But anyways, inside here what she’s got
is she’s got two big one gallon jars with some cheesecloth on the top. And this is how she sprouts her peas inside. And these peas are getting a bit longer now. This is maybe not the ideal time to be eating
them. She usually let’s them get a bit smaller
but she’s been so busy lately, but these are still good and edible. And she would just grow these guys and take
them out and eat them raw. They’re nice and crunchy and delicious. And I encourage you guys to grow some sprouts
because when you grow a sprout, you know, this could be done in as few as like 5 days,
some of these sprouts. I mean, I sprout buckwheat inside just to
grow a little tail. And in the summer time, you know, I could
have sprouts within a day or two at the most. Of course when it’s cooler outside, sprouts
don’t grow as quickly. And if you keep it nice and cold in your house
it’s going to take a little bit longer. The main thing to remember with the sprouts
is you want to rinse them frequently and also let them get a lot of air to breathe. Now you know, some people may argue that glass
is not the best thing or a jar is not the best to grow sprouts, but as long as you get
enough air in there, you know, you won’t have problems with mold as long as all the
water could drain out. And it looks like Annette has a great system
to do that because I see no water in the bottom of these containers. In addition, besides that, she has small sprouts,
such as alfalfa or clover , things like that. I mean these are very expensive nowadays at
the grocery store, but very simple to grow yourself. And you know, when you get the seeds, you
buy the seeds, they expand, you know, literally hundreds of times their size for you guys
to eat. And you don’t even need any kind of sunlight
for these sprouts and they green up. And so these guys green up and because they
green up that means they also have the chlorophyll. And, you know, I want to encourage you guys
to expand and eat a diversity of foods in your diet. Alfalfa, unless you’re a cow or a horse,
you don’t normally eat alfalfa in your diet. But by sprouting alfalfa seeds you could not
get some of the nutrients from alfalfa in you, which I believe is super important. Now let’s go into the back here. She has one more one gallon jug here. And this is a category that unfortunately
many people into raw foods and into diet are not consuming, and these are the legumes. So she has, you know , many legumes can be
sprouted but should not be eaten in their raw and natural state. Because you could get very ill and even lose
your life. She has the ones that you can sprout to eat,
such as the lentils, different kinds of lentils, and mung beans. So she’s got like green lentil, she’s
probably got some black lentils and I mean I feed my dog like fresh lentils, they got
all kinds. And then the mung beans in here just a sprout
blend and a mixture in there. And she sprouts these guys. And looks like this is about the right stage
to be harvesting the tails maybe like a quarter inch long. And these are quite delicious, specially when
you put some dressings on it and what not, and you just mix them in with your salad otherwise. You could also dehydrate these into veggie
patties and burgers and do all kinds of cool stuff with them. But yeah, the beans, they’re another very
powerful food along with onions and leafy greens that I believe you guys should be including
in a regular basis on your diet. And my favorite way to enjoy those are actually
the way she’s doing here, is by sprouting them. So the last thing in her fridge that I want
to share with you guys today is right here. It’s what I showed you guys earlier. This is the Noni. So she collect the noni, as I said, and she
washes it and then she puts it in a bag. And normally, you know, the bags sit in here
for maybe a week at the most, and she’s constantly pressing out the juice out of this
Noni and she uses the hydraulic press to do that. And it makes a nice and thick mixture. The other thing that they’ll do is they’ll
actually drink the liquid that, you know, collects in the bottom. And that’s a lot thinner, more watery texture. What I thought I’d do in this episode is
actually go ahead and open one of these guys. And if you guys were here to smell this, probably
about like 80% of you guys, maybe 90% would be like man John that smells like something
rotten man. I mean, it kind of smells like, you know,
a fine cheese maybe, if you’re really into cheese, I’m not. But it smells like a funny fermented smell. So let me go ahead and open one of these guys,
open this bag up and I’ll take one out and I’ll show you guys what it is and I’ll
taste it on the camera. Uughhh oh my god, I don’t know, I might
like vomit or something, we’ll see what happens. I’ve rarely eaten Noni raw. My favorite way to eat it is actually to blend
it with some bananas and dehydrate it into like a fruit leather. That way it’s a lot more tolerable and it’s
not quite as strong. One of these days I want to actually take
Noni and freeze dry it and then see what that tastes like. Alright, so let’s go ahead and open this
guy up for you guys. Alright, so man it’s like really kinda juicy,
the juice is kinda getting all over. And that’s what it looks like. There’s a lot of seeds, you know, so that’s
a good sign, you know. Fruits with a lot of seed, that’s kind of
like more a wild food in my opinion. Like bananas, the bananas you buy in the store
are so far away from the wild ancestor bananas. Because wild bananas have tons of seeds in
there and there’s barely any flesh. And that’s always good sign for me. Because this is a food that hasn’t really
been too much modified, you know, naturally by man. Now I do not recommend any kind of genetically
modified food. But man has been modifying food, you know,
just by selective breeding for many years now. So as you guys could see, there’s like little
seeds pods and then around the seed pod is like some flesh. And that’s kind of like, kind of reminds
me a little bit of a pomegranate. And let’s go ahead and try a little bite
of this. Wow! You know what? Could be because I’m not eating the skin,
I’m just eating the fruit around the seed. It’s actually not that bad. And this might be the best tasting Noni that
I’ve had. Now I do feel al little bit of burn on my
tongue. I’m not exactly sure why that’s happening. But then maybe one of these days I might try
to juice this stuff. They are kind of getting a little strong bite
there. Kind of tastes like a strong cheese now. Tad bit hot, not like a pepper hot but more
like a water pepper hot. Hmm. It’s quite interesting. Maybe if it was in the juice form I’ll be
able to eat it better, but I don’t think I’m enjoying this one too much. Alright. So anyways, what I wanted to do next is go
ahead and sit down with Annette Larkins. And we’re going to go ahead and interview
her, talk to her about, ask her about the Noni, why she thinks it’s so good and how
she just drinks it like water., and about the sprouts and how important they are. And just about gardening and life in general
and get some of her beauty tips for you guys. So now I have the pleasure of introducing
you guys to Annette Larkins. And this is the garden that you guys saw today. And Annette’s garden is really near and
dear to her heart as my garden is to me. And if you take a look at Annette, you would
never know that she is a grandmother, and she could even be a great grandmother at this
point, because she doesn’t look to me like a day over 35. Completely amazing. And this she attributes to, you know, growing
food and her diet, and just simply what she’s eating. And, you know, in my opinion, this is what
I aspire to be, you know. We can be younger than our actual age. But it’s so unfortunate in this day and
age that people are eating the foods that, you know, cause them to premature, you know,
too early, in my opinion. She’s been featured on many different news
programs, you know, the doctors, the tv shows, she’s been asked , you know, video on many
other popular shows that she has maybe declined. But she’s been on many local media outlets
and they have plenty of videos on YouTube about her. And nobody’s ever until now showed her garden
and really got into the nitty gritty of what she’s growing and how she’s eating it. And so that’s why I’m here today now. She’s been growing her food now for over
45 years. So she has a lot more gardening experience
than I ever do. Actually she’s probably like been gardening
almost as long as I’ve been, as long as I’ve been alive. So. John: So anyways Annette, I guess what everybody
wants to know is what is that Noni fruit that I just had a little bit earlier, and why do
you juice it so much and why do you, you know, attribute part of your health to the Noni
fruit? Annette: Well, I just happen to like the juice. I really have never concentrated on, it certainly
has great qualities of course, but I’ve never concentrated on those qualities. It’s just that I drink it because I like
the taste of it. It gives me a little buzz. But the thing is, is that it does have a lot
of great health qualities about it. What it’s the elements that are there, they
do. But that’s just one of the things that I
do. And I don’t do it, you know, necessarily
all the time. It’s the same kind of a thing with the wheatgrass
juice. I drink wheatgrass juice. But if I don’t drink it, I mean, it’s
not like you know regimented to the point that I’m going to just be so out of whack
if I don’t, you know, I got to have my, my, I’ve got to have my wheatgrass, I’ve
got to have my Noni juice. No, no, no, no, no, those are the things that
contribute to health. But there are other things that contribute
to health as well. So the Noni juice, it certainly is a good
juice to drink as well as the wheatgrass juice. John: And these are two juices that actually
most people probably have never drank in life. Annette: Probably. Probably wouldn’t even like. But give it a chance, give it a chance. Because probably just have the wheatgrass. I know John, you are so familiar. And certainly people have been here and we’ve
been in the garden of course. But I’ve always had to do the talking about
what this is because they have no clue. John on the other hand, he knows everything
that’s there, and he gave it a good go of what’s what it’s good for and this and
that and the other. And I wasn’t out there with you John, but
I know, I could hear you out there. And he talked, we are both talkers. So you know. I mean, let’s not run over. But we both talk a lot. And the thing is that other people have been
here, but John I’m so delighted that he’s here because he knows. He’s someone who can totally totally relate. We just had some Brazilians here, about 8
of, there were 8 people here, Brazilians. But they have no idea about what’s going
on. They had to ask me everything. John he had to ask nothing, I just left him
out in the back yard, front yard, wherever he wanted to go. I let him travel there because he knows. And so that’s just a great thing to, I feel
so good about that. Feel so good the connection that we made in
the short time that we’ve been, we both know about each other of course, but we’ve
never met. This is our first meeting and it’s a greet
one. And we’re hoping it won’t be the last. John: Yeah, that’s awesome. Yeah and thank you for having me out. I mean I know you don’t have everybody coming
out, you know, you have a big criteria list attached. Annette: I do indeed. And like I said, it’s such an, I’m always
having different experiences, and I really welcome different experiences because it’s
great, you know. Life, what is it about? You know, you have lessons and different experiences
and all that. And it’s great to have these experiences. But like I said, John’s experience is something
just it’s really really wonderful because it’s I mean he’s, we can relate. And I don’t think there’s been anyone
here before John, I don’t think there has been anyone here who can relate the way that
we can. You know, we’ve talked pre shooting, we
talked and you know we have so many things in common. Certainly there are things that we won’t
have, we disagree on certain things of course, but we can agree to disagree. And you know, we still have basics that are
important and I think that is what is important, you know, the basics of this whole thing. This health thing that we are into. John: Cool. Yeah, so let’s back into like, you know,
you’ve been gardening for so long. Why did you originally get into gardening? Annette: Well, I got into gardening because
after having gone, abstained from dead animals flesh for , well, I think it was about 5 years,
so whatever, after having done that, then I saw the benefits that I was getting from
doing, making this change. So originally it had my change into the different
food situation had nothing to do with health, really. I mean they can get my book, Journey to Health,
and find out what happened, how it came about that I got into, well abstained from the animal
flesh. But after doing that, being a bibliophile,
being the reader that I am, I came across material and it stood to reason that I would
come across some material that would lead me further onto the path because I had begun
a path, had absolutely no idea where it was going to take me. But after reading some things about the, what
the refined sugar and flour and how all of the nutrients are taken from the refined sugar
and flour, then I understood that because I felt differently abstaining from the meat,
the animal flesh. I felt differently after I had abstained from
that, so I’m going well you know there’s got to be something to what we’re putting
into our bodies. I knew your four basic food groups at that
time, like everybody else. But nutrition wise I was ignorant. And when I came across something that told
me about the dead food, I mean, refined sugar, flour, I decided okay that’s my next step. I’m going to give that up. I did. Again made a difference. Then it got into the dairy products with,
you know, and eggs with all the mucous causing, and I noticed I was, at each phase I noticed
a difference. So that is how I, so naturally you want to
build on your growth . And so it came to the point where I thought you know what, I don’t
know what they’re doing to the food out there, why not grow my own food. And that’s how it began. John: Yeah, I want
you guys to get independent of the food system because you don’t know how it’s being
grown, and even if you do choose to eat animal products, even if you, you know, grow your
own animals, slaughter them, you know, take their eggs or whatever, that may be better
than the industrialized animal products that you could procure. But at the same time there are still inherent
problems in my opinion, with eating animals. So Annette, you want to share some of those
things? Even if they have the best grass fed or you
know eggs you know organic, you know. What are some of the challenges you’ve seen
and why don’t you include them in your diet? Annette: Well, the thing is, is that yes I
would agree with you that if you’re going to do that, and we’re not here to tell anybody
what they should or should not do. I don’t gonna soap box and preach to anyone
nor do I try to convince those who do not wish to be convinced. I don’t mean to do any debates, you know. I just share what my knowledge that I have
acquired, and I share what I do. And that’s what it’s about. So my thing is like I was saying about the
dairy products and even the cooked food, it’s mucusy, you know it causes mucus. And it prevents people from having great bowel
movements, you know, all of that stuff. So, you know, it’s like the animals, it’s
going to be even worse because you’ve got uric acid that you have to deal with in the
animal kingdom. And I don’t think that we were designed
actually John, I don’t think we were designed, our bodies are not designed to digest, to
properly digest animal flesh. I mean, you get a tiger, you get a lion, they
have alimentary canals that are short. Ours is like 30 feet long. I mean, it’s got to go a long way. And you know digesting food is really, people
don’t understand, that’s a lot of work. It really really is, and you got to get down
into the capillaries, you got to, I mean small intestine, large intestine, you got to go
into the waste and all that. So it’s a lot of, lot of work. So the thing about it is is if we help our
bodies by what we put into it, our body, you know, it makes a difference. And so you want to help it as much as you
can. So the reason like you said, if you’re going
to do this thing with the, just if you’re going to do it hey do it yourself, you know. Maybe everybody can’t afford to have a farm
but you know what you do is the best you can. And that’s what I always say to people,
you do the best you can. So, but I wouldn’t, I , first of all, you
find out why I’ve stopped eating had nothing to do with nutrition why I stopped eating
animal flesh. I began to abhor it, I couldn’t stand the
taste, smell, I couldn’t stand to look at it. I mean it was just something to me, I equate
carnivoresism and cannibalism, I should say, to be one and the same. So that to me, I just can’t stand the idea
of eating flesh, you know, dead animal flesh and certain vegetable flesh like nuts, you
know, stuff like that, that’s good. But yeah if you’re going to do it though,
you want to be in control of what you’re putting into your body. You control what the animal if you’re going
to do that. I mean I certainly don’t suggest it. I’m just saying if you’re going to do
it. You know, just be in control. Because we do have control over, there’s
certain things that we don’t have control over, but there are things that we do. And I think that we need to take it and be
in control, do those things that are necessary in order to make it happen so that it will
benefit us. Why not? John: Yeah. I mean, I totally agree. And if you do choose to eat, you know, animal
products, what I recommend is this, because I recommend, you know, instead of how the
standard American diet does it, which they have it all wrong in my opinion, is big servings
of animal products and small servings of salads. How about big servings of vegetables and salads
and fruits and sprouts and what not and a small portion of meat. I don’t, I mean that in my opinion if you
do, you know, only small amounts of animal products, you know. It’s not really going to have a major consequence
in your life, you know, provided you eat enough vegetables. Now Annette on the other hand, gave up meat
50 years ago, and you know, she’s 74 years young now. And this is amazing. So if you want to look like Annette and keep
your beauty, right, maybe you want to eat all plants, so I’m going to follow in her
footsteps. So Annette, let’s talk about, you know,
the sprouts you eat and how important are the sprouts to you to eat, on a regular basis? And I mean I just showed everybody how many,
like wheatgrass and buckwheat sprouts and sunflower sprouts and alfalfa sprouts, bean
sprouts, pea sprouts, and all the sprouts that you’re growing. I mean, you must eat a good amount of that
everyday. Annette: Well, I even go, I have some stuff
that I sprout, the broccoli sprout, I have the broccoli seeds, I have those. You name it, I sprout it. And so I do all of that and yeah I mean you
know John if you think about it, people always want to know, they ask me well do you give
any tips on gardening which you do. I haven’t yet put it in any format, but
what my thing is is that before plants reach full maturity, they first grow from seeds
into sprouts, shoots, people call them microgreens, whatever, whatever. This to me is, you know, you think about it,
this is optimal healthy eating because even when you take it from the sprouting environment,
for example the sprouts that you showed that were in the refrigerator, those sprouts continue John: they’re still growing Annette: they’re growing right now, they’re
still growing. So even when you harvest them, take them out
of the sprouting environment, the growing environment, and put them away in the refrigerator,
they’re still continuing to grow. So when we eat these tiny delicious morsels,
we’re actually eating living foods. Does it get any better than that? I don’t think so. So this is the thing that keeps people, if
you’re eating living foods then that’s the living foods part of it. You only have live and raw. Now of course your carrots are not going to
continue to grow after you, well if you take a, the tops of carrots and you put them in
water, then they will grow the green leaves, you know. But I mean certain things like cabbages, you
know, those kinds of things, they’re not going to continue to grow after harvest. But nutrition wise, they still are superior,
because when you eat them in their natural raw state that gives you what you need. I mean, your enzymes are there, everything
is there. So, and I have a universal truth. I believe in this. If you eat something in it’s natural raw
state as opposed to overcooking it, over processing it, it certainly is going to benefit you more. I don’t see how people could argue with
that. But certainly there’s someone who will. John: Wow, Yeah I mean so the living foods
is the exact opposite end of the spectrum from, you know, dead animal foods. And so this is the result she’s getting
from eating living foods. And living foods are, you know, there’s
still a lot, as you eat them they’re still growing. And these, if you have ever known or heard
of Kirlian photography that kind of measures the energy rating of the foods. So if you have Kirliam photograph of, you
know, something that’s not alive like a piece of animal flesh, it’s just not really
that vibrant. But if you put a sprout on there, you know,
it’s totally shining, it’s like one of those aura photos if you guys know that. But it’s not really aura photos, it’s
measuring the rating energy. And in certain countries like Germany, they
call it biophotons, they call it prana in certain places, or chi. And this is the energy of the foods. And when you eat the energy, the live foods,
it transfers to you so that you’re more full of life, instead of full of not life
which is quite sad. And I see people you know, zombie like, people
walking around all the time who just are not eating enough live foods. Annette: And you know, we were talking earlier,
John, it came to my attention because John has been here a while now at my home and I’m
just delighted to have him. But we were talking earlier, we were standing
in the family room, and we stood, we had not sat down. This is our first sit down. We had not sat down the whole time. And that’s because we’re both so energized. We don’t have to sit. And isn’t that a wonderful thing. We do not have to sit. And I’m telling you, I get 8 miles of activity
every day, at least 8 miles of activity. I was telling John earlier, I go up and down
my spiral staircase until I achieve 50 floors at least a day. It’s more than 50 now because, but I’ve
done a 100 and I will still do a 100. But mostly it’s 50 floors, and when I go
down and come back up that’s one floor. So that I mean I just have energy, I have
energy to spare. I always said that if we could bottle and
sell the energy that I have, man we could be millionaires because it’s there. And I truly truly attribute it, attribute
it to my lifestyle. And it’s not just about food, understand
that. It’s not just about food. But that’s the foundation, that is a very
big part of it. So in addition, of course, to eating and drinking
well, we want to get exercise and that means exercising our minds as well as our bodies. And we want to get enough sleep. And sleep is dependent upon the individual
needs, you know. I was telling John that if I sleep for 4 hours,
which I do quite often, get up jump out of the bed, ready to meet the day with a smile
and attitude conducive to doing something positive, living a positive life, eating well,
drinking well, doing all the things that I do. And I do a lot of things. My husband sits back sometimes and goes whew
I just don’t see how you do it. But the thing about it is, you know, you want
to get what you need. Like I said if I do that there’s no scientist
in the world that can tell me , and I jump out of bed ready to go meet the day, there’s
no scientist who could tell me I need 4 more hours sleep. So it’s dependent, rest and sleep, dependent
upon the individuals needs, you know. And I think because where we are, we don’t
need the rest. Because I could sleep, I told John I could
sleep for days. I mean, I exaggerated but, you know, I’ve
slept much longer than I did. And you know besides getting the rest and
the sleep and the exercise and eating the right foods, of course, we need to include
some sunshine in our lives. You know, that beautiful sun that we have
is such a gift. I mean it lightens the world, it gives us
vitamin D and there are other minerals that come from the sun. So, you know, get that when you can, get some
sunshine when you can. And even in addition to that, I think having
a positive attitude. But you know what, you’re doing all those
other things, I think it’s apparent that you’re going to have positive attitude. I’m walking around in stores sometimes and
someone says oh you’re so happy. Well, why not? Because I’m, I might be listening or singing
or whatever, I might even be doing a little dance if the music is on. Because put the music on and I’ll move. But I don’t do that too often, but, in the
stores. But, you know, just saying it’s why shouldn’t
we be happy. And it’s contagious, when you are happy
and you’re smiling, it makes other people happy. You don’t know how many times I’ve, I
can’t count the times that I’ve had people say oh goodness you’re infectious, you know. So yeah why not, smile, you feel like emitting
love. I’ve had people tell me that I have a glow
or something or the aura, they can feel an aura around my head. Well, it’s because it’s coming from the
inside and it’s showing itself outwardly. It’s not a fake. It’s genuine. And you too can have that same aura. Just hey put those live foods in you, get
all that other stuff that we mentioned and just go with it. John: Wow, yeah. I mean for me it’s just been really fun
hanging out with Annette. Because I mean she’s often, you know, featured
on news shows because she looks so young. But, you know, just hanging out with her,
she’s much more than looking young. I mean she’s vibrant, energetic, she’s
sharp, she has energy. I mean, this is what everybody that’s 74
years young should be like. But unfortunately this is not happening because
people don’t take their health or their gardening seriously enough. And so Annette, do you want to talk about
that a little bit more, like talk about like how important this is to you and even for
example your husband, like you want to share with my viewers what your husband did for
a living and how he chooses to live his life or in the past? Annette: Yeah. Well, my husband was a butcher at the time
that I became a vegetarian, which no doubt was one of the reasons because when people
would ask me I’m going well I don’t know, I know your four basic food groups like I
said. But I was nutritionally ignorant. I just began to have horrible taste touch
smell of dead animal flesh. But I continued to cook it for my family because
I thought it would be unfair of me to subject them to an ideal that I had seemingly suddenly
come upon. Now in retrospect I really I understood that
it didn’t happen all of a sudden. There are things seething within us and then
one day bam it seems like it’s all of a sudden when it’s really not. It’s just that you’ve been building to
that point. But one of the things I believe that had an
influence was the fact that my husband owned a butcher’s shop. And I would go there and see these half cows
hanging up in that cooler. That just didn’t look right to me. It just did not play, didn’t look right
to me. And of course my husband was eating, well
we ate, you know I ate the stuff, I ate it because this was all I knew. Until that time that I did decide that no
no no no enough enough enough I’m 21 now, oh I can make my decisions, I was raised on
cows and hogs and all that but I can make a different stance now. And since I started disliking it or hating
it, couldn’t stand it, but I made the decision and that was it. But my husband, it was funny because I told
the story in the first booklet, Journey to health. We were sitting at the dining room table and
I told him I had not had any animal flesh in me for two weeks. And I said to him, I told him, do you know
this is a milestone. I said to him I have something to tell you. Well he was a little serious and everything
and I sat down and said to him, I just wanted you to know that i have not had any meat for
2 weeks and I don’t ever intend to have it again. Well he looked at me and he said what’s
the matter honey? You think you need to see a doctor? And the way he looked at me, I absolutely
fell on the floor laughing, because, and I understood where he was coming from, I loved
meat so he thought, you know. And we had never even met a vegetarian. This was in 1963, I was 21 years old. Never met a vegetarian. This is all we knew. And so I knew where he was coming from but
he thought I had gone bonkers. And when I , my husband respects me and that’s
so great to know and to feel all that because after 57 years , 57 years we are going into
our 58th year of marriage, the man still treats me like a queen so that is so wonderful. He’s always respected things, my thoughts,
you know, we have arguments and listen we don’t have a perfect marriage by any means
okay, but he, whenever we’ve talked about something, he’ll stop and he’ll think
about is and he’ll say well you know I never thought about it like that or whatever whatever. So even though he thought I had lost my mind,
he just well when I explained to him the reason why I wasn’t having animal flesh anymore,
he took it and nevertheless I think for a few he watched me very carefully because he
was still trying to see if I had really lost my mind. But you know, something interesting about
that is that he after when I was in my 18th year of vegetarianism, he decided that he
was going to become a vegetarian. He said he saw the benefits I was deriving
from being a vegetarian even. You know because I was telling John earlier
I would , you could come around me pretending you had a cold, I’d show you how to get
sick, I’d show you how to get down dirty sick okay. Nose runny, puffy eyes, I mean, headache,
stomach ache, everything, I would just get down sick. Now I’m exaggerating a bit okay but I mean
really the whole point is because I mean it’s just that I was so susceptible to colds than
anything else that was around. I really was. So that changed. Now he saw things different. He saw things. Not only was I feel and experiencing a difference,
just by abstaining from the dead animal flesh. He saw a difference. So he decided that he was going to make that
change. Now being a businessman and back during that
time they didn’t have the salad bars the way that they do now, and they would not,
certain things that were available the way they are now. So he being a businessman , about 6 years
later, he decided that he was going to start eating some fish. And you know that’s all he had to do is
start with one thing, and before you know it you’re back to where you started. So that’s what happened with him. But I initially told him when this all occurred,
I said to him listen I’ve been fair for 18 years , they can put that on my epitaph,
it was her endeavor to be fair, you can’t say that I always am but I still to this day
try to be fair. So I said to him I continued to cook it not
wanting to do it, but if you ever go back don’t expect me to cook it for you. You either have to cook it yourself or you’ll
go out and get it. Hence the reason why we have two kitchens. But he doesn’t cook meat now because he’s
given up, he’ll have some I don’t know what turkey or some seafood or something sometimes. But for the most part he’s giving up the
meat now. And I don’t know if people have heard the
story about his constipation problem. I thought we were going to have to give him
an enema for the rest of his life. But he started including more raw foods into
his diet, all that fibre, you know, fibre really acts like a broom to sweep out your
colon. So he started doing that. Because one time I told him about drinking
lemon juice in the morning and he , with warm water and he did that and he was ok. But then, you know, once you get so clogged
up because you know your colon’s like that, well you can spin it around, spin it around
with all that gook gook gook until all that gook is there and there’s a little hole
in the center. And so that’s not good. You’re gonna strain and all of that. And so he started changing , well this was
actually about 2012 that he started eating more raw stuff. And people always ask me is it too late for
me. I get these calls is it too late for me. But my husband he’s 80, he’s 9 years older
than I am, he’s 82 and the thing is, is that I tell them he’s a prime example of
not too old because he definitely, now let’s understand he’s on medications that , i
mean I haven’t taken an aspirin since a long, if I took an aspirin my body would probably
jump up, I’d jump in somebody’s poo and drown myself. My body would not react to traditional conventional
medication. But my husband he’s on medication, he’s
really improving upon his life. He always tells people of course that I wish
I had done what she’s done. And you know, this is after the fact, it’s
kind of like that old man of who said that if I had known I was going to live this long
I would have taken better care of myself, you know. That’s the after thought. But he is trying to make a difference now. And is just, it’s I believe it’s really
helping him to live better, you know. So it will if you, people notice, I have people
all the time telling me, you know when I eat a certain way that what you know that it is. When they tell me that they eat more raw fruits,
they eat more fruits and vegetables and they like you know lessening the meat intake and
all that, they feel better. Well of course you do, your body is going
oh wow wow wow feeling good feeling good. Your cells are being satisfied instead of
tantalized. So they’re enjoying what you’re putting
into it. So, you know, And you know that I tell people
listen the first thing you have to understand is that that old cliche Rome was not built
in a day. So if you don’t, you know, you’re not
in a race. You can go at your own pace. Unless you’re in diet straits of course
you know that means that you need a diet action okay, you need some radical action. But you take steps. Some people can go cold turkey while others
need to be weaned. You have to know what kind of individual you
are. And go with it. And it’s just , like my husband right now,
and you would think, people would call me all the time asking me is it too late for
me. They’re in their 50s , 60s. And I’m saying hey it ain’t too late until
the mail is in the coffin or the ashes are in the urn. So there’s always, as long as you’re breathing,
as long as you’ve got breath in you, there is generally the opportunity to make. And mother nature is so forgiving. You give it a little help, just give it a
little go. Even if it’s even after years of abuse. I’ve seen it with people years of abuse,
they can still make improvements. That’s mother nature. You give it a little help and it will take
you a long way . A long way. So understand that if you are giving it more
than a little help, understand how far you can go. John: Wow, I mean that’s so true. I want to encourage you guys to you know eat
more plants and more importantly start a garden if you’re not already , and specially the
sprouts and the microgreens, some of the most important foods. I mean I say this all the time to you guys,
I have videos on how to grow sprouts and microgreens if you guys want to learn , since we’re
not going to really get to have time to cover that today. The next thing I want to ask you Annette is
really important. It’s what’s the most important thing that
you want to share with my viewers today? Annette: Well, if I have a most important
thing, my thing is health is wealth. Get healthy. Get healthy. Anything else you want to do in life, you
can be more productive if you are healthy. We all know that we’re going to leave here,
right. But don’t concern yourself with the leaving,
concern yourself with the living here and now. Whatever age I am, I want to be psychologically,
physiologically and spiritually sound. I would advise you to shoot for that same
thing. Because it’s important. I want my faculties to be clear. I want to be clear. And if you’re eating a living foods diet,
and who’s perfect, none of us are perfect. I quoted Salvador Dali in my second booklet
in the introduction, Journey to health 2. Salvador Dali said don’t go looking for
perfection. I’m quoting exactly, I’m paraphrasing. But the whole point is he says don’t go
looking for perfection because you’ll never find it. So none of us are going to be perfect but
what I follow that up with is saying, but we can do the best that we can. And once you do that, I mean, you know, things
fall into place, you’ll want to do better. Once you start taking steps in the right direction,
you’ll feel so good about it that you’ll want it. And if you stumble, don’t despair, straighten
yourself up and refocus. If you stumble straighten yourself up and
refocus. If you stumble straighten yourself up and
refocus. You say that as many times as is necessary,
because you’re not , you know, don’t take that as failure. Just take it as an experience and understand
that you’ve spent a lifetime doing wrong things. So you have to understand that it’s going
to take some time to undo these wrongs. Give it the time that it needs and everything
is going to be alright. John: Yeah whether that’s with your garden
or your health. Because I know a lot of you guys may have
gardening challenges and you may not be able to grow anything. But let me tell you, sprouts, once again microgreens,
they are the easiest things to grow because you don’t got to grow them into big plants Annette: Right John: You grow them like 10 days and some
of them are ready in 3 days, little small sprouts, and they’re ready to eat now. You can’t really mess that up. And if you do, you’re going to learn how
not to do it. And you could do it better next time. Annette: And if I may say so, John, the sprouts
that you showed I don’t grow them long, I just let them peek out. John: Yeah Annette: The ones with the, like the, the John: the peas Annette: the mung beans and the peas and the
lentils and all of those, they usually just peek out. Somehow I got busy with something and let
them stay another day. And it doesn’t take long. Those peas and those lentils, they’re good
to go after you’ve soaked them appropriate time, they’re good to go in a day. So this point of time you’ve got live food
that you could have in one day. So if you talk about these things being time
consuming. What’s time consuming about that? You soak them, you drain them, they’re ready
to eat. And then you’ve got good nourishment. So, you know, whatever else you’re gonna
have in your body, put some good stuff in there to counteract all the bad stuff that
you might be throwing in. John: And yeah it’s that easy to be a gardener. So I want all you guys today to go out and
sprout some stuff so you could be an instant gardener and more, you know, importantly enhance
your life by eating the foods. I mean, this is why I garden. This is why I got into gardening and growing
food, because I had a health challenge and almost lost my life. And you know, that’s why I garden and it’s
so important to me. And hopefully it is important to you guys
as well And that’s why I make all these videos to educate you guys about gardening. And then how everybody should take some control
of , you know, food they’re eating and also choosing the right and better foods to eat
, so that you guys could have vibrant health. Because, once again, I agree with Annette,
your health is your greatest wealth. And people may say this but I don’t think
they truly believe it until maybe they’re sitting at the possible end of their life,
You know like I was in my 20s and I’m like my health is really my greatest wealth because
without your health you have nothing. I was almost maybe not even going to be here
anymore. So I really take this seriously, and want
you guys maybe if you don’t take this as seriously as me or Annette, that’s fine,
I don’t really care, but just you know make a little bit more of a part of your life and
take the time to garden, take the time to juice, take the time to make a blended smoothie
if you don’t want to take the time to juice, you know. But take some time in your life because you
are worth it. Annette: Indeed John: So anyways, that’s pretty much it
for this episode, it’s getting kind of rather long and I know a lot of you guys don’t
like the long episodes. So Annette if somebody wants to learn more
about you, your work, get your little booklets, your dvd, so that they could learn, you know,
what you do, how can they get a hold of you? Annette: Well, you could go to my website. I’ve got stuff on YouTube, you can go and
subscribe and any time you are, anytime anything new comes out, of course you’ll be alerted
if you subscribe to the channel Annette Larkins , that is what you put on there, and you’ll
separate the Annette from the Larkins and that’s Annette Larkins. Now put it all together, AnnetteLarkins with
a dot com – AnnetteLarkins.com – and that will take you to my website. So when you go to my website, if you are interested
in anything that I have, you can go to the orders page which is on that red strip which
is the Navigation bar, menu bar, go to the right of there and press Orders and you’ll
see everything that I personally have, my dvds and my booklets and that is is how you
can get more of what I’m doing. And listen good health to everybody. John: Awesome. Yeah, so , but, if you guys enjoyed this episode
hey please give me thumbs up to let me know. I’ll come back and visit Annette next time
I’m in town. Also be sure to check my past episodes. I have over a eleven hundred episodes now
educating you guys how to grow your own food at home. Also be sure to click that Subscribe button
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The Millionaire Pitcher that Lives in a Van

This is all my kitchen equipment and then here it’s kind of like pots and pans keeps the soup in there French press and I’ll move on to the next room and I’ve got my bed along with my closet on the side right here my surfboard this is my baby [Music] [Music] you know people ask me a lot of times like why I do this it wasn’t really anything I thought about it was just once I got this like I knew this is what I’m just gonna do this you know I didn’t do it really a thought process that went into I wanna you know make this liveable I want to do this and this and this is just this is what I’m gonna do that’s not terrible throw for your camp members in there be alright with Hannah so I get to learn a lot about myself just you know you’re by yourself a lot here it’s like complete you know alone we were in a meeting and she touched out for blue jays was making a joke about somebody’s van in the parking lot and how it had grown grass all around it I saw like Nora’s kind of laughing so I introduced myself and I met dia I met the big hippie so guys you know most guys aren’t hotels or houses you know he’s just a simple guy so he parks it at the beach or the old Walmart there and you know sleeps out no one giving me a hard time because you guys are here they love it I always want me to make cook for him and stuff [Music] a little kind of a nice shake I hold it [Music] every time I start it up like it’s it takes five minutes for me to get going so I like stop at a red light and all just die out you deal with it and you just gotta be patient really take that into other forms alive I guess I think my first year in pro belong to us in twelve I had an eight-and-a-half er a that’s not good that’s really bad and I became a bulldog on the mound it’s controlled chaos you know off the field I don’t really I never get like that but I’m human and baseball gets into my mind on my car maybe I can remember out some push-ups like it makes you feel like you know I did something to get better today I think of all day there’s an opportunity to do more just like tonight like before I lay down to sleep I’m gonna go to pull ups at Walmart well basically this is where I do my pull-ups like see if I can demonstrate a few before I get kicked out of here her Cyrus get a roll start and she’s off right now see that kind of I guess into it I can fill it up for 25 bucks but I usually try to my stop it gas station I felt like usually like five to seven bucks Inc if I have a full tank I’m always gonna go off on some kind of crazy adventure never know where I’ll end up so I gotta keep myself inside of a little window there’s time try to drive and I’ll kind of like start kicking myself because I’ll see something interesting and I’ll pass it by I’m just like dang it should I should I like check that out and so I I think recently I’ve done a lot better job if I see something I’ll hit the brakes or even like turn around you know but like now it is like I’ll just pull off to the shoulder and and like kind of get in the grass you know and then just go to it and walk this is what I look for like this is the way I was raised up and that’s what I enjoy just because money is there doesn’t mean that it’s you know you gotta have nicer things and you used to have you know no I’m not a money could really buy this I’ve been offered more than what I paid for it before and I just it’s easy for me to say no just because it’s like it’s a part of me just ever been in it and all that stuff sounds weird but it is you

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How Vegan Diet Affects The Psychology of Humans: Dr. Will Tuttle

Hi my name is ken Specter with happy cow and I’m here in Las Vegas Nevada at the health healing and happiness Expo and I’m here with dr. will Tuttle he’s written a book called the world peace diet it’s an amazon.com best seller and he is an author a composer pianist and a speaker who is heard internationally he’s also heard all over the internet in his various videos dr. Tuttle how does the vegan diet affect the psychology of humans yes thank you so basically as I discussed in the world peace diet can eating animal foods being forced to do that from time our little children is not good for our psychology for our emotional stability for our capacity to be sensitive to the sufferings of others it really represses our natural wisdom and compassion being forces little infants to participate in rituals mealtime rituals where we’re eating the flesh of animals who are abused and killed and the secretions of those animals dairy products and eggs and so once we move toward a plant-based diet a vegan diet when we especially when we do it for compassion for animals then we open the doors for our psychology to begin to heal our emotions to begin to reconnect actually we going to reconnect with our emotions and our feelings and our sensitivity and we begin to take the armor off our natural self-confidence can begin to flow again our natural self respect because when we’re not respecting other beings we’re not going to really respect ourselves and I think eating animal foods essentially reduces not only our natural wisdom and compassion but also our natural self-respect so I think it’s very important for us to understand these things whether we’re vegans or whether we’re previous and as we move toward a plant-based diet for ethical reasons to also understand the reasons why that when we cause suffering to other beings we’re simply going along with a cultural program that is not in our best interest so one of the things that going vegan does I think psychologically is it helps build our character we have to go against the current of not only our own programming but the programming of our society as well the other thing I want to emphasize is that when we go vegan it’s important for us to make an effort to understand the big picture of our culture’s food system and I go into this in the world peace diet quite a bit but basic idea is that in the beginning we’re usually pretty shallow in our in our understanding and it’s quite easy to fall back and to be eating meat and dairy again because the doctors or our friends and family or the boss or whoever it is makes life difficult for us but if we are able to persevere through that we very often come to what I refer to as the second stage of veganism which is the angry vegan stage because now we’re angry because people we understand why don’t they get it I’ve went vegan why don’t they go vegan don’t they care we get outraged and angry so it’s very important I think for us to move beyond that stage because that’s a not a good stage to be in and and not to move into the other stage which very often often happens which is the closeted vegan stage so then if being angry is so miserable then I just won’t tell anybody I’m a vegan and I’ll just hide it and do not let anybody know and then maybe they’ll leave me alone that’s also not satisfying and healthy either so the third or I think there’s multiple stages actually beyond these beyond the shalour stage the angry stage the closeted stage and these are what I refer to as deep veganism where we are actually understanding the whole picture and a much deeper level we realize that people are programmed to eat animal foods we’re not opposing them we’re seeing together that even as a vegan I’ve been in many ways programmed by my society and so we realized that veganism is essentially a path of psychological and spiritual growth where we’re adopting a whole new way of relating not only to animals but to other people into ourselves and we’re being a force for compassion and healing and radical inclusion and we realize that veganism isn’t really nothing to be proud of it’s simply coming home to our own heart to our true nature and seeing beings when we see beings rather than seeing things and to be effective as vegan advocates were called to live this understanding at a deep level which basically means to understand that our cultural programming so when being so competitive and judgmental and shaming other people and getting angry and all that to really have compassion and kindness for everyone this is the path of veganism it’s really to me an enormous ly positive thing it’s something anyone can engage in and I think the more of us to do it well we have to it’s critical times we live in Kent I think we all know that in our bones it’s time for us to make these kinds of positive changes and veganism is really a path of liberation of Awakening and fundamentally of empowerment it’s empowering and and getting out of the prison of being a consumer only caring about myself but you actually have compassion for animals future generations hungry people ecosystems slaughterhouse workers and really for even other people who are eating animal food to have compassion for them and realized that as we live our life with joy and abundance and with delicious food and so forth and support that we are making the most positive difference anyone can make in our planet today so thank you all for listening and thank you happy cow for the great work you’re doing to help bring the vegan message to the masses to everyone thank you great thank you so much well I’m Ken with happy Cal this is dr. will Tuttle and thank you for watching bye-bye

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Top 3 Things Vegans Can Do To Increase Their Longevity: Dr. Michael Greger

hi I’m Ken Spector with happy cow and we’re here in Las Vegas Nevada at the health healing and happiness expo I’m here with dr. Greger and he is a physician an author a nationally renowned lecturer and he’s the founder of nutritionfacts.org what are the top three things that vegans can do to increase their longevity in terms of life span beans actually so it’s a legume consumption or pulse consumption so beans peas lentils the one if you look at long live populations around the world so the longest living formally started population in the world are these Adventists at Aryans living in California then there’s the okinawa japanese if you go around the world and see who lives the longest the one thing they all have in common is leg them they all eat their beans whether they’re eating you know brown beans the Mediterranean or the reading their tofu and you know whatever it whatever bean it is that seems to be the best predictor of longevity is whether or not and how many beans we number two is probably nut consumption eating nuts may cut our cardiac mortality number one killer in half just that alone I’m so encouraged even ounce and nuts like a palm full nuts everyday nuts or seeds and probably the third thing they can do is you know stuff their face with as many fruits and vegetables as possible the healthiest fruits berries the healthiest vegetables dark green leafy vegetables so the study I recently profiled on nutrition facts that are that just a single daily salad could literally add years to one’s life span right healthy years so these aren’t just you know years of disability healthy years literally just doing something that’s delicious and so you’re a second delicious and you get to live longer that’s what plant-based eating is all about and as a bonus question what would be the top nuts and then the top beans for nutrition that you would recommend whatever not you like whatever not you’ll eat but walnuts are the healthiest nuts number two pecans in terms of beans actually black beans topped the list but look if you don’t like black beans you know you can go to Pinto which is I forget down the list you know dark red kidney beans are good actually chickpeas are kind of lower down the list but look if you liked it please like comment go for it absolutely any be anything you’ll eat is a healthy bean lentils are wonderful to me okay terrific thank you so much dr. Greger be sure to check out dr. Greger on nutritionfacts.org he has incredible videos and an exorbitant amount of information check them out and check out happy cow comm thank you I’m Ken Specter bye bye

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The Forest Green Rovers Are The World’s Only Vegan Football Team (HBO)

Talk about British football culture an environmental conscientiousness probably isn’t the first trait that springs to mind but try telling that to Forest Green Rovers the aptly named Club has been based in a tiny English village for a hundred and twenty nine years for the last eight they’ve been owned by wind power tycoon Dale Vince who also owns a multi-million dollar green energy company eco tricity with his investment the Rovers have won a place in England’s professional leagues for the first time they’ve also become the greenest sports team in the world and they’re completely vegan every year we reckon about 20% of all of the electricity we use comes from our own solar panels and the rest we bring in from the grid using our own windmills and solar panels in other parts of the country so we’re on absent powered by green electricity and about 20% of it is made here on-site well I would occasionally call myself a hippie I would say more than anything else if you’re looking for a label I’m an environmentalist sometimes people call me a businessman Erdem like that I think they’re smartly insulting we’ve got a series of drains dug across the pitch and we collect the water that flows on it and we pump it up into a big tank up in the corner there and put it back on the pitch lasers like a you know motorcycle one of the things we’ve done is to take the club vegan and we are described often as the world’s first or any vegan Football Club and we did it for the environment reasons primarily but of course there are human health reasons and animal welfare issues behind to drive to veganism as well and and I personally support all of those first thing you did was stop the serving and red meat and that went down you could say like a lead balloon with some people it was it was a bit shocking bit controversial media called a red meat ban to our players we said look this is a performance issue serious athletes then he read me and they took that on board we’ve done really well last season and we’re on you can diet around the club so this year is all about staying in the league and we’re doing a face over when you first sign here you hear a lot of things about the club and how its run takes you a while to get used to X is completely different to any other football club but when you’re here you really take it on board and you really understand what he’s trying to do at the end of the day they’re trying to save the world two seasons ago now we just took the cows milk away you know and it was a little bit hard for a couple of people you know what are we gonna do you know but you know push comes to shove I say we’ll look to have a beer you know are you trying to steal my limelight have you put the timer on fantastic so what we got here katsu curry pickled vegetables and pickled ginger it’s not typical football food and actually there were there was some resistance and naturally it’s changed but sales have gone up people have realized actually they’re not being punished you don’t get punished good for you given food it’s actually a celebration of what we’ve got look at the size that fire out there you don’t need four is green hungry well I think the classic stereotype of a football fan in England is it’s going to be somebody that doesn’t eat healthy food perhaps isn’t the most progressive in their outlook I don’t think it’s actually holds to like most stereotypes and if you look at our fans talk to our fans you find it actually once they’re introduced to these ideas around the environment they’re very keen to pick them up and run with them which is what our fans have been doing oh it’s great because we’ve been coming up about three or four seasons now and all of a sudden people know us for the vegetarian cycling the club so it’s great for us club this more to be talked about around the world is brilliant football has given us a massive platform and dreamt of really to talk to people all around the world we’ve got fan clubs springing up in so many different countries of the world is quite incredible and these are people that aren’t necessarily football fans but they are people that are concerned by the environment and are adopting for our screen as a football club because what we stand for off the pitch [Applause] you you

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Training with the Meat-Free MMA Fighter

More important is the time that I’m having while I’m training in the actual fight you know the fight is just a result upon my training was and how I’ll prepare that way so if you put too much pressure on the result and you have an attachment to the result then you’re always waiting for that moment you don’t enjoy everything that happens up until that moment flights gonna happen on that day when that day comes I’ll get my adrenaline going but I’m not going to get my adrenaline going today over that let’s start from closed guard today if you open the legs keep going if you get to half guard keep going into a full pass if the guy turns to his knees the guys I hear boom it turns to his knees keep going until it’s a full pass if he gets both hooks then you stop all right if you sweep or submit you stop all right let’s go my name is Kron Gracie I was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil I’ve been competing which it’s my whole life teaching my whole life more recently like the past five years I’ve been focusing on MMA Jiu Jitsu is the biggest foundation for fighting I think if you don’t know jiu-jitsu it’s gonna have a hard time to get into a real fight with somebody because the fight is most likely going to end up on the ground at some point so I think jiu-jitsu is the most valuable martial artist I’ve been teaching introduced my whole life I spent a lot of time building this gym spending a lot of time building my jiu-jitsu spend a lot of time building my students good job guys good morning everybody are you guys ready for some apple cider vinegar shots for what if I cannot do this first helps flush out my body of my system first and then I’ll have like either your water or lemon water at least just water for me I like to stay light in the day and I get my body just enough of what it needs to get through that workout or through that next stage luckily Eggs Benedict right now or the big meal it’s going to slow me down I used to be able to eat anything and go train and do anything you know any 20 year old kid is going to be able to eat anything and perform still I’m going to be 28 so there’s only so long you can fight for if I’m like eating bad foods it’s really putting my body in danger it’s really putting it in risk I enjoy to eat healthy because I enjoy being able to train the way I train able to feel the way I feel and I’m supporting things that are good for the environment good for the world basically haven’t eaten a year I eat fish and I don’t need too much dairy I don’t drink milk I don’t eat that much gluten it just kind of happened slowly you know it took a long time for me to be able to really believe and not being able to eat meat and still be a professional athlete I’ve been doing jiu-jitsu since basically before I can remember what is what I already was training with a little ghee on and a little yellow belt I started learning with my father and he learned with his father so we come from a very strong foundation of jiu-jitsu my grandfather was the Jiu Jitsu what Einstein is to mathematics you know he basically took Japanese Jitsu which was based on explosiveness and strength and started developing his own techniques his whole mission was to prove that jiu-jitsu was based on leverage and that a weaker man can beat a bigger man within a little bit of time he became the one who was the representor and like actually fighting and his brother kind of stepped inside and became the businessman and them together was real made the Gracie family one had 21 kids the other one had nine kids and they just basically created this army of little jiu-jitsu champions biggest martial arts family in the world and we’ve been representing for hundred years most people who even watch fighting don’t even know who the Gracie’s are it’s almost lost and your arm trying to make sure that the family name is kept alive [Music] you we’re in Santa Monica and we’re gonna run six miles to Venice pier and back you really don’t need that much food like if you’re eating like nutritious food with nutrients in small meals you can keep your energy level way higher have a better endurance have a better training have a better everything you know you live longer move faster and think better when you eat a lot of food it makes almost like slow I’ve eaten like that too and I eat like this and I’m able to perform way more and do more if I eat less and just see good food I [Music] train for triathlons to help me with fighting for me triathlon and running and biking and swimming is just fun and being out and just doing something different because I’ve been caged up in a gym with a bunch of men training sweating just grappling and punching that it’ll drive you crazy I’ve learned a lot of breathing from my father you know he from a little young age my dad you always was encouraging me to learn how to breathe and he always did diaphragm work and did a lot of movement with breathing and as I get older and older and older more difficult situations more mental stress more physical stress all these things start adding up and I kind of started to breathe more and I kind of restarted to notice that it was a big part of my life and a big part of my growth and my peace so I started to put more time into it and I’ve created my own like sequence of things I like to do in ways I like to breathe things that I think are important luckily I brought a a backup protein this is this plant-based protein I really enjoyed being like good news you know tired you know like II hydrated overworked broken down sore I really enjoyed those students vision makes me feel alive you know this is a bag of sport endurance gel just sugars and salts and potassium extra lights and stuff like that I try to be in touch with what’s coming in my body what’s going out of my body if I need energy how am I going to get it from Piper to awake how am I going to relax I’m just testing all these things out finding out what works for me what’s up and I have a number one piece and yeah yeah we’re going to do it all [Music] sometimes you don’t have it but today you have it the lentils right here and I’m gonna get the hummus too wherever there thank you this is ginger this is tumeric right and then you want to explain them what this is twelve complex with a little bit of an alkaline water the vitamin b12 that we use is derived by algae and easy to bring her everywhere she can explain everything so I don’t have to explain I’m not getting much of this right now I really feel like like this much of this and I can train for another like two hours three hours easy by now my priority isn’t eating my priority is training so I’m gonna eat what I need just to get me through the training after I’m done with all my workouts then I’ll just take time to eat and you gear up and get ready for the next day it’s six o’clock yeah I’m going to go to my house show there for a little bit and then we’ll go from there ah my personal masseuse I mean it’s not like an actual massage but it definitely helps makes me feel good like my body knows exactly when ten minutes is up I already know oh so I’m ready to minerals and this helps oxygenate your blood there’s no typical day for me you know every day is a little different I follow my intuition you know what I feel what feels right to me which was my body what feels good to my training that isn’t on a schedule except for it at 7 p.m. I got to be at the gym the last few years been kind of more focusing on my MMA I’ve been teaching less and focusing more on my progression and I have to put a lot of time into other things besides you Jitsu so I’ve been working my boxing in my judo kickboxing karate and my overall performance physically mentally and spiritually to reach these strong points in the fight after training you drink a lot of water and you drink a lot of liquids because I’m dehydrated I’m delusional because I didn’t drink a lot of liquids throughout the day so I’m first trying to get all my liquids in and then once that goes down I can eat [Music] it’s 10:30 right now it’s pretty early sometimes I only get out of training like I leave the gym at 11:00 or leave the gym at 12 thank you those are mice got a fight no no I was supposed to fight this month but we got pushed back to September can I have albacore sushi okay chrome grace hero a sweet shrimp and a baked crab hand roll avocado can I have a hug green tea and a Pellegrino yeah I was like man I like this roll we’re like a California roll with big scallops on top and they’re like but we don’t make that roll I was like can you make it for me and they’re like yeah and I’ve been coming here since I was like 12 years old so they just started making it for me and I’ve been trying to get him to put it on the menu but they just they’re like oh my god I guess I got to win a lot more fights when are we gonna get the Kron Gracie wrote on the menu that everybody wants to know only for me I’ll accept it hi it come race the road oh no very tasty good to get like a little light she she puts a lot of nutrients good protein and just good food if I were to try to eat like a big bowl of pasta or somewhere and I couldn’t do it this is baked crab with avocado to tell you truth right now I’m I’m already full I’m only eating this cuz I read or do I get pool quickly my first meal especially if it is close to training this is gonna pass and then I’m gonna get really hungry while you’re going to ask for all those calories that I burned see I’m still kind of full from all the drinks and all the training I’m still kind of tripping and stuff this is just for right now and then I’m going to eat at least at least one more time you know but once I’m done with my training now I forget about my training I try to forget about as much as that possible and I just hang out with my friends or hang out with myself or do my research or eat food relax this is the time I get to enjoy the day like really and I think life is about working hard then also getting to enjoy it and appreciate it and look back and I really absorb it for the next morning early I thought matinee Saturday matinee hello campus a pickup order please all right well gang it oh yeah can I get a breakfast burrito please with no meat and extra guacamole on the side Kron Carolyn see after training I could barely walk now I’m already like almost normal again until tomorrow morning then I won’t be room 11:40 yeah just getting home it’s early this is a really day for me so good about it it’s gonna be easier wake up tomorrow but I’ll still be up for at least 3-4 hours now I actually feel hungry before I was just eating just because it’s time to eat I’m gonna I was hungry too but but not definitely feel more hungry I feel like my body’s asking for what it’s just getting through all that water and all that that I drink I know that if I wanted to if I had to I could probably eat a lot and go work out and build train myself to do that but I just don’t feel like that’s necessary you know I feel like I like the way I do my thing [Music] people get comfortable in whatever they do I get comfortable when I’m in my gym I can be that all my students I’ve taught them everything they know and once I reach that comfort it’s not the most interesting thing for me because for me to really be able to improve and achieve things that are greater than me I have to put myself in an uncomfortable place that’s where I like to be you know so anything that makes me uncomfortable there’s going to benefit me from our mental of my physical I’m going to try to do you know I don’t really think of the famous what what I used to think it was you know I used to really want to be known for fighting and known to be the best in the world and I still want to be the best because I want to push myself to those limits but if I wasn’t going to push those limits with martial arts I would push those limits with other things you know whether it’s like environment for spirituality I still have it in the back of my mind that I have a bigger purpose and I don’t want to have any regrets with myself because I didn’t do what I felt was right and I feel like what I’m doing is right but I also feel like there’s a lot more to do in a global way so if I can use my fighting in my martial arts to help me achieve something better for the world that’s what I’m doing it for [Music]