Are Fermented Foods the Key to Happiness?

Written by Max Goldberg on July 24, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Whether it is with a salad or any other dish that I am making at home, organic fermented foods – usually sauerkraut (above) or kimchee – can almost always be found on my plate. Why is this?

I have come to understand that if we want to have a strong immune system, we must take care of our gut and provide it with beneficial bacteria.

And that is exactly what fermented foods give us – beneficial bacteria.

Dr. Natascha Campbell-McBride, a Russian neurologist and founder of the GAPS Diet, says that: Read More »

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Recap of My Two Talks in Herkimer, NY: Beating Depression Naturally and Organic Food

Written by Max Goldberg on April 9, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Last week, I was in upstate New York where I gave two presentations at Herkimer County Community College.

The first talk was on Beating Depression Naturally. Aside from sharing my own personal story of what happened during and after my 11 years of antidepressants, I provided the students eight different ways to fight depression naturally, a few of which were avoiding refined sugar, yoga, meditation, and eating more organic and raw food.

This presentation was covered by the local press, including the Herkimer Telegram and the local NBC affiliate (To watch the video, click on the blue box on the left that says “healthy living”).
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My Speech at APCA in Syracuse, NY – Going off Antidepressants, How I Got Into Organic Food

Written by Max Goldberg on October 16, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Last week, I was in Syracuse, NY to give a speech at the APCA (Association of the Promotion of Campus Activities) Northeast Regional Conference.

At this conference, I talked about my nearly 11 years on antidepressants, Prozac side effects, and how I got into organic food. This was the first time I have ever given this speech publicly.

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Living with Intention

Written by Max Goldberg on September 12, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

A few months ago, I went to a fantastic David Wolfe lecture here in New York City at Organic Avenue.

Aside from the wealth of food and herbal medicine-related information that he shared with us, I was particularly struck by something else that he touched on.

David Wolfe spoke about living with intention and always checking back in with your intentions. This was the most compelling part of the entire lecture and has had a huge impact on me to this very day.

This whole concept of intentions was not new by any means but hearing it again was a very powerful reminder.

Despite the fact that organic food is and will continue to be the focus of my blog, there are other essential elements to living well that I strongly believe need to be discussed.

One of these elements, and maybe the most important one, has to do with our thoughts.

You can eat a 100% organic diet but if your thoughts are polluted or negative, how healthy can you really be? I would say not healthy at all. Read More »

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My Morning Meditation and Visualization

Written by Max Goldberg on July 12, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

I learned how to meditate in college when I took a Transcendental Meditation class and have maintained a very serious practice over the past 11 years.

For some reason, I don’t remember doing it that consistently in the 90s. Most likely, it was the hard-partying lifestyle that got in the way.

Anyhow, my meditation practice is something that I cannot live without. It calms me down, centers me and gets me more focused. Nothing makes me more relaxed or present.

So, when I get up in the morning I sit and meditate for 20 minutes. The meditation is Transcendental Meditation, which uses a mantra as a way to keep the mind from wandering.

And after I finish meditating, I do something called Creating My Day. Read More »

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