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Chef AJ

Chef AJ

Posted March 27, 2010

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John Mackey is putting the WHOLE back into Whole Foods

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I recently had the privelege of teaching for a week in Austin, Texas at the invititation of my good friend, Rip Esselstyn (author of bestselling book "The Engine 2 Diet".  The event was part of the "E2/Whole Foods Immersion Program".  Mr. Mackey is not only improving the food choices in his store by offering oil-free options in his salad bar and prepared foods section (for vegans like me and my family who avoid all oils) but he is generously giving his employees the opportunity to get healthy as well through these immersions programs.

Along with other giants in the plant based movement (Dr.Caldwell, B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD - author of "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease", his amazing wife Ann and 2 of his children, Rip and Jane) we got to introduce 85 Whole Food Team members from all across the United States and Canada about the miracles of eating a Whole Food/Plant Based diet.  Other leaders in this movement who I have long admired (Jeff Novick and Dr. Pam Popper) were also there.

The education they recieved in 5 days was more than doctors recieve in their entire 4 years in medical school!!!

The food was absolutely amazing!!!  We had 3 huge buffets a day with all the recipes from "The Engine 2 Diet" and "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease".  And I got to prepare the desserts every night!  (for those of you who attended the last Healthy Lifestyle Expo you may remember Rip talking about being in a food coma from eating at my house the night before.

Soon, all of the Whole Foods will have in store educators as part of their Healthy Eating Initiave.  So next time you're in the store, take not of these great changes.  And maybe even e-mail John Mackey a thank you for what he's doing.

Love & Kale,
Chef AJ


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I heard John Mackey speak and had a chance to meet him at McDougall Advanced Weekend. What an outstanding man. I see things going on now that make me more optimistic that maybe things will change for the better. I also consider the diseases of affluence and poverty and think maybe our country's current poverty direction may be a blessing in disguise. Maybe we will not have the money for physicians or the diet loved by many. Maybe we will get healthy in spite of our health care system.

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