Why Sheryl O’Loughlin’s Killing It is Such an Important Read for Organic Food Entrepreneurs

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Serial entrepreneur Sheryl O’Loughlin has just come out with a phenomenal new book called Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart, and it should be at the top of the reading list for all founders of organic food companies, regardless of whether you’re in start-up mode or well on your way to generating $100 million in revenues.

Aside from the fact that Sheryl O’Loughlin has some serious street cred in the organic food industry – CEO of Clif Bar, Co-Founder of Plum Organics and now CEO of REBBL – and has plenty of experience to draw upon as an entrepreneur, this book focuses on the most important aspect of building a company that rarely gets discussed – the human element.

While strategy, branding, operations, and interfacing with customers are critical components of running a company, Sheryl has us look at the human emotions of being an entrepreneur and how it can be enthralling, debilitating and rewarding all at once.

Love, communication, support, honesty, presence, curiosity, self-reflection and radical self-acceptance must all be a part of the business journey. Yet, so many of us get caught up in the grind thinking that start-ups are nothing more than 16-hour days, rushing from to meeting to meeting, and pitching to investors. As a result, our health suffers and our companies do not thrive. Read more »


Depression and Antidepressants – What They Don’t Want You to Know

Mind of your ownIn the summer of 2001, after being on Prozac for more than a decade, I made the life-altering decision to go off of antidepressants.

Despite what doctors and nearly everyone else around me were saying – that I had a chemical imbalance and that antidepressants were essential to keep me going – I believed otherwise. Intuitively, I knew that there was a better way to live, yet almost no one in my support system was in agreement with this line of thinking.

For the millions of people facing depression and who have similar doubts about medication being the only answer, a book has arrived that completely validates our concerns.

In the New York Times best-seller A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives, Dr. Kelly Brogan, an MIT and Cornell-trained psychiatrist, gives us the hard facts about antidepressants and busts all of the widely believed myths about this class of drugs.

In fact, the medical community is so terrified of the truth being exposed in A Mind of Your Own that Dr. Brogan and this book have been blacklisted by the mainstream media. Yes, blacklisted!  Why? Read more »


Top 5 Foods for Beauty — with TV Host and NYT Best Selling Author Sophie Uliano

Sophie Uliano, green beauty expert, NYT best selling author, and TV host, was in New York City recently and we shot what turned out to be one of my favorite interviews yet.

As you can tell from the video above, not only is Sophie Uliano an incredibly engaging individual, but she has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to holistic health, nutrition, wellness, and beauty.

In her brand new book, Gorgeous for Good, Sophie shares all of this information in a very practical and approachable format. What I particularly love about this book is that it incorporates the different components of beauty – physical, emotional, and spiritual — in a “skin to soul” program. While the food we consume is certainly a major contributor to beauty, it is by no means the only one and people need to pay equal attention to these other components. Read more »


The Mega-Talented Shari Leidich of Two Moms in the Raw just Released her First Cookbook

Having covered the organic industry for more than five years, I come across many, many impressive entrepreneurs and one name that belongs at the top of this list is Shari Leidich, the founder of Two Moms in the Raw.

Having cured herself from MS through her dietary choices, Shari Leidich is also a living example of what food can do to a person’s health.

And now everyone else can enjoy the foods that Shari eats through the release of her new cookbook, aptly named Two Moms in the Raw. Read more »


The Suja Juice Solution is a Proven Winner

annie-lawless-the-suja-juice-solutionBefore she became the one of the country’s most successful juice entrepreneurs, Annie Lawless, co-founder of Suja Juice, suffered from awful eczema, allergies, chronic ear infections, asthma and Celiac disease during her teenage years.

Not surprisingly, all of the steroid creams, inhalers, and antihistamines that doctors gave her never provided much help.

So, Annie decided to take matters into her own hands and set out to completely revamp her entire lifestyle. Along with eliminating gluten and dairy from her diet, she became very serious about juicing, which provided her the nutrition that she was severely lacking.

This new approach to food resulted in clear skin, an improved mood, and more energy than she ever had before. And most importantly, all of her health problems disappeared.

The basis of Annie’s turnaround serves as the foundation for her fantastic new book The Suja Juice Solution: 7 Days to Lose Fat, Beat Cravings, and Boost Your Energy. It is incredibly approachable, has a ton of great recipes and beautiful photography, and provides an easy-to-use framework for anyone to dramatically improve their physical and emotional well-being.  Read more »


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

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 »


What’s Your Nutritional Style?

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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 »