The Best Night Ever at Organic Avenue with David Wolfe

Written by Max Goldberg on June 17, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

David Wolfe, the most well-known person in the raw food world, is famous for saying “have the best day ever.”

Well, I can tell you that it was indeed the best lecture and after-party ever at Organic Avenue on Wednesday night.

LECTURE

David Wolfe came to New York City to give a talk on longevity. In a video interview that I shot with him (which will be posted next week), he is incredibly excited about what is going on in the world of genetic research and thinks that we have to do the best we can to stay healthy for the next 15 years. Why?

Well, the new research coming out about telomeres (the ends of each chromosome which hold the key to good health and longevity) over the next 15 years will help us live much, much longer. Maybe an additional 40 years.

So, the lecture was focused on the most important ways to stay healthy and to fortify our immune system now. They include live (raw) food, juicing, superfoods, chinese medicine, herbal medicine, cacao and fresh spring water.

David Wolfe presented his talk using a slideshow, showing various herbs and plants, and talked non-stop for three hours. For the entire time, I was completely engaged and could have easily sat there for an additional three hours. Every bit of information he shared was incredibly valuable.

Even though he covered so many topics, here were my key takeaways from David Wolfe’s lecture:

- He talked about him being a “do-er”, not a “be-er”. He isn’t into “die-ts” but he is into “living”.  This really set the stage for his entire presentation and was inspirational. Everthing David Wolfe does is about having the best time ever and doing the best he can.

- He always makes sure that there is some medicinal value in every food that he eats. So, if he is having a smoothie, he will make sure that it contains maca or some other superfood or herb. He never treats food as just a filler. It always has medicinal value.

This was consistent with something he said numerous times “Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” I loved this one.

- Three very important vegetables – radishes, asparagus and cabbage. Radishes modulate the thyroid, blast apart kidney stones and contain high levels of vitamin C and sulfur. Asparagus has very powerful healing and anti-cancer properties. Cabbage has tremendous anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and pro-digestive properties.

I don’t eat or juice enough of any of them but am going to start.

- Bernando LaPallo, a 109 year-old raw foodist, says that there are five foods critical to health: garlic, cinnamon, honey, olive oil and chocolate.

- David Wolfe believes we must supplement, that we cannot get enough of the vital nutrients and minerals simply from plants. We need DHA, ALA and EPA. Some foods to get these from are marine phytoplankton, E3 Live, super blue-green algae and krill oil, among others.

- He also believes that we can change our genetics through food and love.

- You can’t get caught up in “I only eat this” or “I only do that”. Just add the good things in, the bad things will eventually disappear.

- David Wolfe mentioned numerous times making a tea from chaga, reishi, horsetail and nettles.  He also said that mucuna is important for increasing dopamine levels. Dopamine is said to have a very strong connection to Parkinson’s disease.

As someone who took Prozac for almost 11 years, I, too, have come to understand the importance of dopamine. Dopamine secretes serotonin, one of the neurotransmitters responsible for happiness. Eating foods that stimulate the production of dopamine is of paramount importance.

- One theme that he touched upon a few times was that you want to take herbs to build for tomorrow, not to treat the illness of today. Build that bank of a strong immune system so if and when illness comes, you are prepared. Very good advice.

- David Wolfe is a major, major proponent of cacao — the number one antioxidant in the world, the dominant alkaloid for good heart health, theobromine is anti-fungal — and he is the author of Naked Chocolate: The Astonishing Truth About The World’s Greatest Food. He thinks that we are in the infancy of what chocolate can become, similar to where wine was 30 years ago.

- Sea vegetables are very important and can help counter hypoglycemia. We start shaking when we don’t have food in our bodies because we are mineral-deficient.

AFTER-PARTY

As someone who hasn’t had a drink in 12 years, I can’t tell you how great it was to be at a party where there is a DJ, dancing, people having fun — and no alcohol.

Organic Avenue had a whole menu of the most amazing elixirs.  Two that I had were:

LOVE* Island Iced Tea™
Rids the body of toxins, supports a healthy immune system, excellent for energy, anti-aging, improves sexual functions, antioxidizes

Ingredients: chilled tea mixture of Spring Dragon Longevity Tea, Rainforest Matte Tea and Rainforest Treasure Tea, green tea, He Shou Wu, Astragalus, Organic Avenue Lemon Juice™, agave nectar

Goji Berry Cacao Delight™
Supports all phases of physical activity-from stamina levels to muscular strength and recovery, supports hormonal system, relaxing, beauty-enhancing

Ingredients: Amazon Power Shake, Schizandra powder, cashews, dates, cacao powder, vanilla, purified alkaline water, agave, Himalayan salt, goji berries

MY TAKE:

1) It was truly a spectacular night. Not only was David Wolfe a wealth of nutritional knowledge but he really understands and appreciates how our attitude and thoughts impact our well-being. You could see this with his verbal and non-verbal communication skills and the manner in which he engages people.

I had never met David Wolfe in person before but walked away very, very impressed. If you have the chance to see him, absolutely do it.

2) I hear often on Facebook and Twitter that I am so lucky to live in New York City. I agree. This is my third time living here, and I do not take it for granted. I appreciate it so much.

And as someone who is extremely dedicated to organic, I find it to be a real luxury to have access to a place like Organic Avenue here in New York. Not only do they make fantastic pressed organic juice in glass bottles (an absolute rarity) but they are playing an important role in building a community of people who care deeply about organic food.

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Again, I shot about a 12-minute video interview with David Wolfe and Organic Avenue Co-Founder Doug Evans. This will be posted sometime next week. Stay tuned…

Thanks to Jeff Skeirik, the www.rawtographer.com, for use of the photo above.

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. I had the best time ever!! Awesome information! David A. wolfe is my teacher,mentor and healer. He is the coolest guy ever!! I feel in love with his knowledge,kindness,friendliness,etc. I am a student of Integrative Nutrition ,and I had so much fun learning about super herbs,super foods,zapping,and more.After the lecture was over, there was an after party with great music,dancing,mingling ,and I got a shoulder,back,neck massage from a guy that works for Instrinsic Strectch. I have to say that Organic Avenue is the best place ever to have a great meal ,and some awesome dessert. Yummy!!. I felt so at home with the workers in that store.It was nice chatting with you Debbie ,and God bless little Oliver. Well job done!! I will definitely recommend this place to everyone. Until next time. Diana O. hugs

    Written by Diana ocasio on June 17, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Hi Diana,

    I am glad that you had the best time ever!!! So did I.

    It was a fantastic event and I am hoping that they have many more of these.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 18, 2011 @ 3:56 pm
  3. I agree with you Max.

    Live,laugh,and love
    Diana

    Written by Diana ocasio on June 20, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
  4. Great to hear Diana!!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2011 @ 7:48 pm
  5. Hello Max,
    I hope and pray that you are having the best day ever!!

    I was wondering ,did you ever post that 12 mins video with David A.Wolfe?? I would love to watch ,and hear what insights he has given you, when it comes to herbs,nutrition etc.

    Thanks a million,
    Live,Love,Laugh.
    Diana

    Written by Diana ocasio on June 24, 2011 @ 1:55 pm
  6. Hi Diana,

    Thank you so much!!

    Yes, I did post the 12 minute, unedited video. Here is a link to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVxKuMbVj5g

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 26, 2011 @ 9:54 pm
  7. HI Max,

    My experience has been that juicing,colonics and eating a diet that
    is high in raw foods does not work with breathing city air. Eventually
    it caused us to move out. We did have a place in the country to escape
    to, but it ended up making it even clearer to us we needed to leave NYC.

    Would love to hear what you and others think.

    Really like your information and approach.

    Mary

    Written by Mary Leck on June 27, 2011 @ 12:56 am
  8. Hi Mary,

    I think you have a very legitimate concern, and it is something that I, as a New York City citizen, think about a lot.

    While I do have the absolute Rolls Royce of air purifiers in both my office and apartment, it is just not enough. The quality of the air in Manhattan is a real issue. Nevertheless, living in New York City is a choice that I have made. For me, the mental and intellectual stimulation that I find there cannot be replicated in other places. So, it is a trade-off and one that I am willing to live with for now.

    Thanks so much for your kind words and input.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 27, 2011 @ 6:24 am
  9. Hi Max,

    I understand your reasons for continuing to live in New York. No elaboration on my part is necessary.

    Loved the interview with Doug Evans and David Wolfe. David Wolfe
    is a gifted speaker who exudes fun.

    Thanks,

    Mary

    Written by Mary Leck on June 27, 2011 @ 9:54 pm
  10. Hi Mary,

    I agree with you — David Wolfe is an incredibly gifted speaker. He in engaging, enthusiastic, fun and informative.

    Thanks so much for your kind words.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 27, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

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