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2016-04-06

Incredibly Delicious Supplements Delivered Via Raw Honey Made By Awesome People

Some of you may remember that Dara did this huge organizing project in 2012. She quit her day job, lived off savings and ran a global initiative aimed at building peace. She met a lot of really great folks doing that work and it has been such a pleasure for me to meet and interact with them.

At her NYC going away party I hung out with Zak for the first time. Zak’s a really great guy–positive energy radiates from him and he’s really just the kind of person who elevates your mood when you’re around. He’s an entrepreneur and I knew his work with the Ring Thing because Dara had sold them in partnership with Good 4 Me with a school non-profit she was consulting with. I have had a Ring Thing on my phone ever since Dara was selling them and I cannot endorse it enough as a wildly useful phone accessory–a kickstand, hook, handle and many more things in one. I use it many times a day.

darazakDara and Zak at her going away party at Chelsea Piers.

So here’s Zak, this great dude I’ve only just met whose work already has been an intimately helpful part of my life, and he says that he and his business partners at Good For Me Lifestyle have a new product they are unveiling. He literally whips out a box of superfoods to let me taste. A whole fleet of superfoods infused in delicious raw honey.

“Hell yes I would like to try those,” I said.

While everyone else in Dara’s NYC party went on to the karaoke bar, Zak and I sat down for some one on one time talking superfood honeys.

They enable you to take all of the superfood stuff you know (and probably some you don’t know) and get it into your life easier. It’s ideal when you have time to plan a biodiverse menu for yourself and your family full of superfood plant products.

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But there are times when you’re busy, traveling, sick, whatever and you don’t have capacity for that. These supplements handle that, or just add to your already super spectacular menu.

Since they’re infused into honey you can just grab a tiny spoonful (maybe 1/2 teaspoon or so) and eat it. Or you add it to hot water to make a delicious beverage. They can be added to food really easily and the new butter infusions are fabulous to cook with.

Zak gave me a flight of honeys to try and they were a Goddesssend during our cross country road trip. I served them in microwaved sweet potatoes or gluten-free peanut butter sandwiches when I made us dinner in hotel rooms, we used them as supplements, and they were really great when our bodies were weary or sick from travel. Dara’s a cancer survivor and we take making sure we eat well pretty seriously.

Here are all of the flavors you can choose from:

Energize Me–a delicious chocolate flavor is actually all naturally occurring from the superfoods, Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Bee Pollen and Organic Maca Root. It’s great for a pick me up and focus. I’ve never used it in lieu of caffeine I really just think it’s delicious and throw it on oatmeal a lot.

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Heal Me–the answer to my complete inability to ever actually make the anti-inflammatory powerhouse golden milk. Instead of doing all of that cooking I just grab the superfood and enjoy the tumeric, black pepper (activates the absorption of tumeric), and cinnamon. I use anti-inflammatories to help with my chronic digestive disorder as well as keeping me from getting sick. The Good 4 Me Lifestyle literature espouses these further benefits: treating migraines, menstrual pain, upset stomach, detoxing and more. I think it is delicious and also great as a baste for chicken, tea, oatmeal and sweet potatoes.

Love Me is their blend of Cayenne, Ginger and Goji Berry. All are great at healing when you feel sick or under the weather. Also great for heart health, treating migraines, allergies and more. It’s spicy, I really like it!

Savor Me is better than pesto, in my opinion. Moringa, Himalayan Rock Salt and Basil Leaf
are anti-inflammatory, improve your immune system, restores cell pH and lots of other benefits. Zak suggested putting it on pasta and he was right!

Not on the website now is Fuel Me, their supplement that includes protein powder that Dara and I really ran through as a meal supplement when we didn’t have time to eat big meals while on the road. I hear you can special order it!

These things are delicious. They sell out regularly at farmer’s markets. This is the kind of thing where someone is giving you a tester and you’re like, “Oh yes this is amazing sign me up.”

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All of their supplements are sold in month supplies, $45 (on sale for $40 right now) for four jars. The jars are infinitely reusable, too, I love them for storage. You can get one flavor or a variety pack.

While on our road trip we stopped at Jordan’s house to say a quick hello while leaving New Orleans. Jordan, like Zak, was also totally charismatic, genuine, high vibration sweet guy. He made us organic sprouted brown rice crispie treats using the Heal Me butter, which is a perfect road treat. We got to see the home where Semaj (the other third of the trio of awesome folks behind Good 4 Me Lifestyle) makes the superfood supplements.

jordansemajJordan and Semaj are also wildly talented musicians and their album the Zenn project (named after their adorable daughter Zenn, who is on the cover of the album) is fabulous!

I feel pretty strongly that everything carries energy and these are great people making great products. I seek to operate at the vibration they are! Seriously!

As someone who has started a small product-based business, I know how hard you have to work and how much you have to believe in what you do. Zak, Jordan and Semaj are working hard to get healing to people and these are fabulous products I am excited to support. (P.S. I always say when a post is sponsored, and this one is not. I’ve used and enjoyed this stuff immensely and want to support this great small business!)

If the superfood honeys or butters sound great to you, give them a chance you will not be disappointed!

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2015-07-08

How Getting Neutral About Food Helped Dara Drop Sugar

When I posted my thoughts about being a good ally to fat folks by getting neutral about food, Dara and I have had a lot of conversations about it, including a pretty startling revelation that I wasn’t aware of. It turns out that Dara, working to get neutral about her food self-talk in order to be a better ally to me as a fat person, was able to transition to a low-sugar anti-cancer lifestyle a lot easier with food neutrality than if she had kept up agonizing about food being “bad” or “good.” Her words on this are below.

bevindarapridePhoto by Tinker Coalescing.

What Dara says is in alignment with what Health Coach Isabel Foxen Duke says about the diet-binge cycle. Hating your body creates the desire to emotionally eat which is a feedback loop that causes more body hatred. When you get neutral about your food it helps you detach from emotional eating as well.

Some background of Dara’s choice to go for a low-sugar anti-cancer diet. We believe pretty strongly that her breast cancer was the result of high stress. Prior to doing the Anti-Candida Murder plan I read the book The Candida Cure, which talks about how when your body is stressed out, your blood sugar spikes–just as though you ate a donut. Lots of studies show lots of things about preventing cancer reoccurrence but for sure creating a less stressful lifestyle comes up a lot. Lots of studies talk about how cancer feeds off sugar. So, we believe stress becomes sugar and sugar feeds cancer. (Dara did a video blog about this theory when she announced she was stepping back from the global initiative she started and self-funded.)

The eating plan she follows is based on Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer diet, if you’re interested in reading more. Lots of green veggies, plant-based whole foods, a little bit of meat (that’s not in the Kris Carr plan, but you do what you do), whole grains, yadda yadda yadda.

Anyway, here are Dara’s words about getting to food neutrality.

IMG957531Dara doing paddleboard yoga during our trip to Key West.

When Bevin first asked me to stop talking outloud about my uphill battle with cutting sugar from my diet (a step that research suggests prevents cancer recurrence), I had mixed reactions. I mean, cancer is a whole different thing than body positivity, right? Surely, the same rules of food neutrality don’t apply to me?

Because I love my partner deeply, and so respect the work she does in the world to help everyone love and value their bodies, I decided to give it a try. (I mean, I could always use the Cancer Card to say, “Baby, this just isn’t working for me” and know I would get a free pass.) Instead, I decided to give it a shot… and in doing so, I had a surprising and powerful realization: IT ACTUALLY GOT EASIER TO SAY NO TO SUGAR!

I don’t know how it happened to be honest, but I think it got easier to say no to sweets because instead of badgering myself (outloud often) about whether or not I should eat something, and what it would mean about me, and my lack of discipline, or my willingness to commit to staying alive… instead of having this agonizing back and forth, I instead just said a simple ‘no thank you.’ And that was that.

What would normally take up at least 10 minutes of space in my brain, and cause unknown quantities of anxiety and self-flagellation pretty much just went POOF! Gone. Buh-Bye!

It made me realize just how much my anxiety about what I was eating was wrapped up in my head. How much of a victim I was to my own insecurities and doubts. Making the decision to be neutral about food put me back in control, and enabled my rational brain to take the lead, while my negative internal chatter was forced to sit quietly in the back of the room.

Now, I’m not saying it’s easy to turn down cookie-cake or a jelly-filled donut when offered – and I’m not even saying that I do turn it down all the time. But I will say that it no longer consumes my thinking like it once did. And I no longer feel guilt or shame about my decisions. I feel stronger, more in control… and (as a result of the fact that I now eat less sugar) can say that I have a better chance of living the rest of my life cancer-free.

IMG_7020At the Dyke March in 2014, just about a month after her last chemo treatment.

I am grateful to Bevin for helping me better understand the idea of body currency and food neutrality. As a fat ally, I have for sure sought to prioritize ways of being that enable all bodies to been loved exactly as they are. But this side benefit of being able to apply the concepts to my own health, to be able to live a longer, happier life? That one I didn’t see coming.

It’s true what Dara said, if she needed to keep externally processing about food to support her anti-cancer goals we would have come up with another solution, another way to talk about food that isn’t laden with shame and guilt. We work together to mutually support our goals. I’m really grateful that I had a way in which I needed her to work as a thin ally to me and it ended up enhancing her goals!

You can read more about Dara’s cancer journey on her cancer Tumblr page as well as read my posts about going through chemo and her diagnosis process.

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