The Most Important Food Book of the Year – The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari

Written by Max Goldberg on February 10, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Today is a monumental day in the world of food activism and healthy food. Why?

Because it is the release of The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.

In just a few years, Vani Hari, also known as The Food Babe, has enacted more positive change in the food industry than anyone else in our country today. She has forced many of the biggest conventional food brands – such as Kraft, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, and Anheuser-Busch – to alter the way they do business, all to the benefit of the individual consumer. Read More »

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What’s Your Nutritional Style?

Written by Max Goldberg on September 17, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.


When you start delving into the world of health, one thing becomes very apparent.

There are a ton of labels.

Usually described as a way to eat or what to avoid, some of the most popular ones are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, paleo, raw, and pescatarian.

Needless to say, there is a lot to figure out, and many people treat these labels as if they were absolute, with no room for flexibility.

And that is exactly why I think Holli Thompson’s approach in her new book – Discover Your Nutritional Style: Your Seasonal Plan to a Healthy, Happy and Delicious Life – works so well.

Her philosophy rests on the importance of figuring out what works for you, regardless of what the label says. Read More »

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Organic Avenue’s New Recipe and Lifestyle Book is Fantastic

Written by Max Goldberg on April 22, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Organic Avenue recipe

With pressed organic juice now experiencing tremendous popularity, it seems that everyone wants a piece of the action and entrepreneurs from all over the country are quickly jumping into the juice game.

Yet, one of the pioneers of this massive trend, Denise Mari, founder of NYC’s Organic Avenue, was inspired by something other than money.

Having lost her younger sister to cancer at an early age, Denise quickly realized that she needed to live a life of real purpose and wanted to serve as an inspiration to other people.

Guided by the concept of ahimsa, which means “to do no harm”, her vegan and raw food lifestyle eventually manifested itself as Organic Avenue, and it was her goal to share her knowledge with as many individuals as possible.

Now, the publication of her just-released Organic Avenue: Recipes for Life, Made with Love* (LOVE = Live, Organic, Vegan, Experience) will allow her to do just that and reach people well beyond the confines of New York City. Read More »

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Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, on Fixing Our Food System and Foodopoly

Written by Max Goldberg on September 1, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Having been entrenched in the organic food sector for the last few years, I have come to gain a tremendous appreciation for the non-profits that play such a vital role in protecting both our industry and the American consumer.

And without a question, one of these phenomenal non-profits is Food & Water Watch.

Recently, I caught up with the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, someone who worked for Ralph Nader for 10 years, and we spoke about many different topics – food policy in the U.S., what exactly her organization does and where it operates, and how citizens must get involved.

We also discussed her excellent new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

If you’re interested in learning about what is truly going on in our food system and how we can fix it, I strongly suggest that you read Foodopoly. It can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

(Several of the photos used in the video are courtesy of Food & Water Watch.)

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Looking for Inspiration in 2013? Check out Taylor Wells’ Create the Best Life Ever

Written by Max Goldberg on January 1, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

The very first video that I launched on livingmaxwell (see bottom of the post) was about the raw food diet and my profile of The Prana Cafe, an organic raw food restaurant in Newton, MA.

Back then, I was still living in Boston and frequented The Prana Cafe A LOT. Within time I got to know the owner, Taylor Wells, and it turned out that we had many things in common.

Aside from the fact that we were each very into organic, we both went to Brown and played on the tennis team there. So, we hit it off right away.

The thing that struck me about Taylor Wells was that she appeared to be this “superwoman” who had more on her plate than anyone I knew and had a ridiculous amount of energy.

She had a raw food restaurant, four yoga studios in two states, a consulting business, and several blogs. Furthermore, she had three children (two of which she home-schooled) and was pregnant with twins in 40s. Never once did I hear her complain about how busy she was, and there was a constant smile on her face. Nothing but words of gratitude flowed out of her mouth. Read More »

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Veggies for Carnivores is an Excellent Resource for People Craving More Vegetables

Written by Max Goldberg on November 20, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

When I go to the supermarket, my absolute favorite place to shop, look, and browse is the vegetable section.

I am captivated by the bright colors, fascinating shapes, and wide variety of flavors from the vast array of these plant-based foods.

Even though I could take many of the beautiful vegetables that catch my eye and throw them into the juicer, I know that they could be put to use in many other ways.

And that is precisely why Veggies for Carnivores is so compelling.

Author, blogger, cook, and world traveler Lora Krulak takes the mystery out of preparing vegetable-based recipes and demonstrates their incredible versatility in the kitchen. Read More »

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Embarking on a 42-Day Journey with The Abounding River

Written by Max Goldberg on March 25, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

The other day I wrote a review of the fantastic movie MAY I BE FRANK.

This film documents Frank Ferrante, a gregarious 290-pound Brooklyn man, and his 42-day journey of organic food, gratitude and holistic healing. Needless to say, he undergoes an incredible life transformation. (If you haven’t seen MAY I BE FRANK, I strongly suggest it.)

In the movie, he is instructed by his coaches to use a workbook called The Abounding River written by Matthew and Terces Engelhart. The Engelharts are the amazing founders of Café Gratitude, the most unique organic restaurant in the country, which also serves as the backdrop for the film.

The essence of Café Gratitude is all about living in abundance. And that is exactly what this workbook is about – a practice of being in abundance. Read More »

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