Super Green Smoothie – Crazy Goodness in Minutes

As a nutritional coach, people often ask me: “Why can’t I get all the nutrients I need from the foods I eat?”

In theory, you can. While it’s entirely possible to get all the nutrients you need from the foods you eat, it almost never happens. Not now, and not even 10,000 years ago.

Archeologists have analyzed bone fossils that show mineral deficiencies in perhistoric man that resulted from dietary imbalances dating back as long as 10,000 years ago—and this was long before the invention of Coca-Cola or Twinkies.

So how can that be?

Macro nutrients are really easy to get: carbs, proteins, and fats. But since the beginning of time, it’s the micro nutrients that are the most challenging—particularly keeping those micronutrients in balance. For example, salt, in its natural form contains over 84 different minerals (not just sodium), and that’s part of the reason why it was such an important item of trade historically, and why it continues to be highly coveted all over the world even today.

Get the Full Story on Mineral-Deficient Diets & What to Do About It Here

Doctors Now Prescribe Fruit/Veg in NYC

Dear Yoga Student,

In New York City, anywhere from 10-50% of lower income residents
are not getting even a single serving of fresh produce daily…

… so there is a new prescription fruit and veg program where
people are given something called, “Health Bucks,” that can
be used to buy fresh produce at the local farmers markets.

Even better, there are free nutrition and cooking classes as
part of the program.

Prevention of disease and illness is always more difficult
to promote than treatment (after the fact), but to me these
“health bucks” are a really positive sign that there is a big
mindset shift taking place.

Stay bendy,


p.s. I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts on this below, and
if you have something similar in your area, please let us know!

Does Yoga REALLY Burn Calories? [video]

Dear Yoga Student,

Pop health culture tells us that in order to lose weight,
we need to burn as many calories as possible through
exercise and reduce our food intake through portion control.

Bad news. This is terrible advice, and it almost always
fails long term.

You might be able to run like a hamster on the treadmill
and starve yourself for a few weeks or even a few months,
but almost no one can do that long term.

Here’s why…

Overeating and excess weight are symptoms of an
imbalance in hormones, and until you correct that,
you’re just chasing your tail.

For long term health and weight management, it’s totally
irrelevant if you burn 100 or 1,000 calories during exercise.

The real question is this: “Did you help to balance your

See, hormonal balance is what has the biggest impact
on your level of hunger, and on what types of foods
you crave.

So for weight loss, people often get incredible results
doing simple, enjoyable, and even what some would
consider “gentle” practices like walking, QiGong, and
yoga (of course!).

Ask any yoga studio owner and they’ll all relate similar
stories of students losing weight naturally, almost
accidentally, simply by coming to class.

How does this work?

Yoga increases sensitivity to two important fat hormones
leptin and insulin, and it almost immediately reduces
cortisol, the stress hormone that when chronically elevated
(like in most of us), leads to fat storage.

Yoga also builds strength and flexibility, and it’s a
very complete and sustainable form of full-body fitness.

There is so much confusion around weight loss, calories,
and hormones, I’ll be sending you more info on this in
the next few weeks.

In the meantime, please try this short and effective 11 min
yoga for weight loss video created by my friend, Katrina:
Yoga for Weight Loss Video [11 minute video]

Stay bendy!


p.s. I met Katrina in Bangkok last year while she was filming
her new at-home, Yoga for Weight Loss Program. She has a
really interesting story (she lost 60 lbs) and a very no-nonsense
approach I think you’ll appreciate.
Yoga for Weight Loss Video [11 minute video]

Yoga for Weight LOss

Gymnastics Flexibility & Recovery

Dear Yoga Student,

When I first started YOGABODY, we catered exclusively to
yoga students…

… but over the years, we’ve attracted gymnasts, dancers,
rock climbers, runners, and even bodybuilders.

As a totally uncoordinated person myself, I find it quite
flattering, but the truth is that our nutritional support formulas
are very effective for any activity that requires maximum
range of motion and flexibility.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to our new
YOGABODY Ambassador, Sarah Flett. You can watch her
story here: Gymnastics Flexibility & Recovery

As always, love to hear your feedback…

Stay bendy,


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The “Good” Coffee Gene?

The “Good” Coffee Gene?
(it means you can handle it)

Dear Yoga Student,

Do you know anyone who can’t tolerate any caffeine, ever?

There are people who will get anxious and jittery just
from green tea or even a little chocolate. Did you ever
wonder why?

It turns out there may be a genetic factor at play. Researchers
have isolated a “coffee gene” called CYP1A2 that can be turned
“on” or “off” by a number of factors including diet.

So what does it mean?

Basically, if your CYP1A2 gene is expressed, it might mean
that you can handle (meaning you can detoxify) caffeine much
better than someone whose gene is dormant. So if you’re one
of those people who can take 2 shots of espresso and fall right
to sleep, it might be in your genes.

But does that mean you should drink up? Probably not…

Top 3 Reasons I think Yoga Students Should Skip the Bean:

(1) Adrenal Fatigue – prolonged use of caffeine can lead
to adrenal fatigue with symptoms like chronic tiredness,
disrupted sleep, and sugar cravings.

(2) Constipation – caffeine is a diuretic. In the short term,
that might help you have a bowel movement, but prolonged
use leads to chronic dehydration and constipation exacerbated
any time you happen to miss your morning coffee.

(3) Nervous System Fry – almost every practice in yoga is
intended to sooth and calm the sympathetic nervous system.
Most of us are trying to balance out our over-stimulating lives,
and drinking a cup of coffee before class is really counter productive.

All that said, there are some perfectly legitimate (and even
healthy) times to drink coffee or tea. As a “stay awake” tool
for long drives or to get over the hump of jetlag during travel
are ok ways to use caffeine.

And while long term us of caffeine leaves you tired and
hooked, occasional use as needed (like those long drives)
can be both effective and extremely safe.

Stay bendy,


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Does Green Tea Make You Skinny?

Dear Yoga Student,

There’s an Asian supermarket across from my apartment
in Barcelona, and the other day, a woman in front of me
with 12 packets of ramen noodles asked the clerk for some
“slimming tea.”

Quite pleased, the clerk pointed to over a dozen different
green teas that are meant to help you lose weight.

No need to mention that ramen noodles are loaded with
MSG (shown in over 100 clinical studies to cause weight
gain) and hydrogenated fat, two of the nastiest food
stuffs around.

The idea is appealing, I understand… drink some green
tea with meals, curb hunger, speed up metabolism, lose

The reality? I’ve worked with thousands of yoga students
and weight loss clients, and not once has anyone I’ve worked
with found that caffeinated teas were helpful. The opposite
is very common though.

You see caffeine does speed up your body which sounds
good for weight loss. Trouble is it speeds up your adrenals
too which causes a spike in cortisol. Increased cortisol leads
to increased insulin which leads to weight gain.

It’s kind of like smashing out your bedroom window in the
heat of the summer only to find yourself freezing when
winter comes.

My takeaway thoughts from the ramen-noodle lady story?

Teas are great, but focus on organically grown, non-caffeinated
teas. Use caffeine only when needed (like to overcome jetlag
or stay awake during an important event), and focus on cleaning
up your current diet rather than trying right the wrongs by
adding something on top of it.

Hope that’s helpful…

Stay bendy,

Yoga Swings for Yoga Inversions

p.s. With teas, it’s especially important to make them fresh
or drink organically-grown dried teas because manufactures will
almost never “wash” their tea leaves, just dry them.

So if you’re drinking non-organic teas, you’re basically drinking
pesticide rinse water. You can wash fresh herbs pretty effectively
with a salt water solution or with a light vinegar bath.

Thoughts? Comments? Share them below…

Is Decaf Coffee Really Healthy?

Dear Yoga Student,

Everyone knows that drinking too much coffee can increase your
blood pressure and fry your adrenals…

… but what about decaf?

There’s almost no caffeine in decaf, which sounds good, but there
are two very big problems. Firstly, most decaffeinated coffees
chemically processed so you’re basically drinking a cup of
chemical joe.

Secondly, decaf is made with a different type of coffee bean, a
much stronger flavored bean called, Robusta. Robusta beans
stimulate fatty acid production in the body and have been shown
in clinical studies to raise bad cholesterol.

The bump in “bad” cholesterol was around 10%, not that scary,
but for people working to lower their cholesterol, that’s really bad

Cholesterol, of course, is just one of many possible indicators of
future heart problems (not definitive by any means), but certainly
worth noting. On the flipside, caffeinated coffee has been shown to
increase blood pressure which is a risk factor for heart problems too,
of course.

So what do you do?

First, skip chemically-processed decaf coffees (water processed it better),
and avoid drinking decaf regularly (herbals teas are a better option).

With caffeinated coffee, moderation is really the best answer. 50% of
Americans drink 3 or more cups per day, so you can imagine, that ca

lead to all kinds of problems.

Eventually, if you can, get down to just 1 cup of caffeinated coffee or
tea per day. Or even better, save your coffee fix for rare necessities
when it’s imperative you stay awake (used only occasionally, coffee
is actually quite effective for waking you up, used daily, the opposite is true).

As a caffeinated alternative, some people like grain coffees, but
personally I like honeybush tea. It’s as strong as a black caffeinated
tea, but has no caffeine. It’s also easy to find organically grown.

Hope that helps…

Stay bendy,

Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Swing, Yoga Inversion Swing

p.s. Many of my students use Vitamin B12 to give them a natural
life in energy while kicking coffee. It’s not all the same as a caffeine
jolt, but in the interim, many people find it really does work.
Liquid B12 for Quitting Coffee

Dr. Terry Wahls Reverses M.S.

Dear Yoga Student,

Many of the people touting healthy living and wild-style
foods are people like me, people who have never really
had a major health crisis.

Don’t get me wrong…

That doesn’t make the message any less valid (I hope:)
but the people who most-inspire me are those that have
had health challenges and have overcome them.

Dr. Wahls reversed her MS… pretty impressive. Watch the
video and let me know what you think.

Stay bendy,

Yoga Swing for Back Bend Practices
Sun Warrior Protein

p.s. They always say prevention is very difficult to teach or
to share with people while “cures” always receive a receptive
audience (sick people). It’s really a shame that human nature
is reactionary instead of naturally more proactive; but for me,
watching stories like this helps me stay motivated.

Comments? Thoughts? Share them down below…

Never Take This Medication While Doing Yoga

Dear Yoga Student,

I need to tell you about an extremely common antibiotic
that can cause massive tendon problems according to the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

But first… a story.

When I was 16 years old, a dermatologist put me on
tetracycline (an antibiotic) for the better part of
18 months.

That couldn’t have been a good thing for the microflora
in my gut, and who knows what else it affected? In retrospect,
all I can say is “live and learn,” and I’ll bet you’ve had a
similar experience where you took some medication that
you probably should have done without.

Antibiotics are one of the more overprescribed drugs on
the planet, and yet, when you need them, they will
save your life (and probably have at least once already).

Everything in life has an upside and a downside, and as
they say, “the poison is in the dose.” So the best we can
do is try our best to avoid medications like antibiotics…

… except when absolutely necessary!

Just because a medicine is common does NOT mean it’s
safe or without side effects. I’m sure you’re already familiar
with the common side effects of taking antibiotics (yeast
overgrowth, tinnitus, kidney problems), but most people
are not aware that some antibiotics have been directly
linked to tendonitis and tendon ruptures.

And this, my yoga friend, is why I’m writing about this today.

Fluoroquinolones (brand name Cipro & Levaquin) are
broad spectrum antibiotics that the US FDA now requires
to include tendon rupture warnings on their medicine boxes.

U.S. FDA Official Statement on Antibiotics & Tendon Ruptures

So if you get in a situation where you’re taking Cipro or
something similar, and you’re doing a strong yoga practice
or exercising rigorously, you really need to be careful as
your risk of tendon injury is believed to be 4x+ to areas like
the Achilles.

Stay bendy,


p.s. After a round of antibiotics, it’s crucial to add in
live foods (sauerkraut, kim chi, etc) and consider taking a probiotic
supplement, such as maximum strength Happy Belly:
Probiotics After Antibiotics

p.p.s. Have you ever had any weird side effects from common
medications like antibiotics? If so, please post in the comments
section down below…

3 Tips for Quitting Coffee (doh!)

Dear Yoga Student,

I received an interesting email the other day:

“Lucas, I know coffee is frying my adrenals
but I don’t know how to wean myself off it…
what should I do?”

The first 2 days are not easy, but here’s
what I recommend:

1. Switch to green tea for 1-2 weeks first.
Just have one cup daily. It has less caffeine
and has some interesting health benefits as well.

2. Next try honeybush or raspberry leaf tea.
Both can be brewed very dark and taste similar
to caffeine teas (but without the caffeine).

Drink these liberally (multiple glasses daily)

3. If that’s not working, try a water-processed
decaf (not the chemical stuff)

You will get constipated initially (using GI
can help), so drink lots of water, eat
lots of veggies and fruits, and don’t worry. It’ll be
over soon!

Hope that’s helpful…

Stay bendy,


p.s. One of the most ironic things about coffee
is that as soon as you’re addicted to it, it stops
doing what it’s supposed to do – wake you up!

Within a week of quitting, most people find they
have more energy without it. Lots of our students
use Liquid Clarity-B too. It can give you a nice, natural lift.