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  • Marie:          Hey it’s Marie Forleo and you are watching MarieTV, the place to

  • be to create a business and life you love. One of the things I learned asking you our

  • beloved viewers about what you’d like to see more of is that you want to see more MarieTV

  • viewers, people who are out there in the world shaking things up and making it happen doing

  • what they love. So when I heard about this particular MarieTV viewer, this woman, who

  • is making big waves out there taking on the big major food corporations, I knew I had

  • to have her on.

  • Vani Hari started foodbabe.com to spread information about what's really in the American food supply.

  • Her activism brought national attention at the Democratic Convention when we protested

  • in front of the US Secretary of Agriculture on the issue of GMO labeling. Vani has taken

  • on and gotten response from huge food corporations like Kraft, Chipotle, Whole Foods, McDonalds,

  • Coca Cola, and Red Mango. She's been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington

  • Times and appeared on the Dr. Oz show, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, CNN and others.

  • Vani, so great to have you here on MarieTV

  • Vani:            Thank you so much Marie. Youve been a huge inspiration to

  • me. I'm so excited to be here.

  • Marie:          Awesome! So before we dive into it about the five surprising

  • health foods you shouldn’t be eating, I would love to know about your story, how less

  • than a year ago, you were at this cushy job and why you left to go to foodbabe.com and

  • do it full time.

  • Vani:            I never thought I would be blogging and taking on some of

  • the biggest food corporations for my daily job. I never thought that would actually be

  • my job one day when I started foodbabe.com which was two years ago in response to a bunch

  • of friends and family that begged me to share my lifestyle with them, my recipes, how I

  • was able to heal myself naturally. About 10 years ago I suffered appendicitis and I could've

  • died from this because the initial doctor that saw me told me that there was nothing

  • wrong and asked me to go home. At that moment recovering in the hospital room over the holidays

  • in December I made a commitment to myself. I saidto make myself my number one priority.”

  • I was living the typical American lifestyle before that; I had just gotten out of school,

  • I got a really awesome job at a top management consulting firm which I thought was my dream

  • job and I wanted to fit in. I wanted to eat what everybody else was eating, I wanted to

  • live the lifestyle, I wanted to work the crazy hours so that I could impress my boss and

  • get promoted and I didn't realize what a toll that was going to be on my health.

  • I started to slowly teach myself the habits on how to live a really clean organic lifestyle

  • and in this over processed world and in this corporate environment. Slowly but surely I

  • started developing all these habits and my coworkers and my friends and family and everyone

  • around me started wonderingwhy is she drinking that green stuffandwhat's

  • going on with this lemon water thing she does every morningandhow did she go from

  • being chubby and not really in shape to being in shape for now over 10 years maintaining

  • my weight.” To this day one of my aunts thinks I got work done. I started foodbabe.com

  • in response to their wanting to know everything that was going on especially some people at

  • work that were watching my daily habits and sat next to me in my cubicle and were trying

  • to mimic what I was doing and I was teaching them a lot and they just loved it. They were

  • likeyou know so much about food, you really need to tell everyone and you need to tell

  • me so I can tell my mom and share it,” and I saidokay sure,” so I started the blog

  • and I remember I had 20 or 25 readers for the first month.

  • Marie:          Probably your friends and your coworkers.

  • Vani:            I think my mom and my best friend read it and that was about

  • prior to starting my blog; I was never on social media. I actually had an intervention

  • from some friends that saidlisten, you don't know about anything that's going on

  • in our lives because you are not on Facebook, so you need to go on Facebook right now because

  • how are you going to spread your blog,” and I'm likethat’s such a good point.”

  • So I'll get on Facebook and I started Twitter and I had no social media experience before

  • that because I was in the corporate world; it was scary to be on Facebook with all of

  • your party pictures and you didn't want your boss finding those. I got on and slowly but

  • surely I remember the first person who commented that wasn't someone I knew and I was like

  • whoa, who’s this.”

  • Little did I know at the time that I developed this power and I really didn't understand

  • this power at the time until companies started reacting to my writing. A lot of things get

  • me energized and I'm really an activist at heart; I want to fight for the people. I was

  • at this yogurt place that's an organic yogurt place ororganicyogurt place in Charlotte

  • and they had all this marketing on saying it was organic, and then when I found out

  • what was really in the ingredients, it started with organic yogurt, but they added trans

  • fat, which is in a little bit of amount to eat that stuff can cause heart disease, artificial

  • colors made from petroleum products, artificial flavors and then other crazy ingredients and

  • I'm likewhat is going on here, this is not truth in advertising, I need to write

  • about it.” I wrote about it and immediately the president of the company reached out to

  • me and took down all the marketing. It's because of not me writing about it but all the people

  • sharing it with their friends and telling their friends about it and being likewatch

  • outand it just went viral and of course the president heard about it through their

  • customer service hotline and they listened and that was pretty amazing at that point

  • because I realized, ok I have this voice. My nameVanimeansvoiceso I

  • always knew that I had something to voice growing up and I was even nationally ranked

  • debater in high school, and I was just always into research. I spent every summer researching

  • at Dartmouth College and I would bury myself; I quit the cheerleading team to join the debate

  • team. At that point in time in my life in high school was one of the most exciting times

  • and I was able to bring that back because I was able to research and get in and fight

  • for the people. In a debate you weren't really fighting for the people but you're fighting

  • for your side, and I've always had that tenacity about me so it was coming out.

  • Marie:          I love this. I love your story and not to interrupt you too much

  • but I can see the fire in you but I think it’s so interesting also for our viewers

  • because so many of us are multi-passionate and there's things that we have a strong skill

  • set for maybe early on in life and then they kind of fall away, but it sounds like youve

  • really rediscovered that ability to use all the skills you built up as a debater and bring

  • that into your now incredibly fast growing career as a food babe. Curious, take me to

  • the point where, I know it wasn’t that long ago, you were still blogging but you also

  • has your job and then you made the decision that you were ready to leave your full time

  • job and do your new business full time. What was that like?

  • Vani:            My friends about a year ago said to meVani, you need to

  • make a decision, you need to do this full-time, this is your calling,” and I saidOh,

  • that’s so nice for them to say that, it's so great.” I wasn't until I really allowed

  • myself to appreciate my own voice and allow myself to understand this is why I was put

  • on this planet. It wasn't until in all actuality I found you Marie. In December I was in Machu

  • Picchu in Peru and I was reading a book, and you had her on here, Danielle LaPorte, Fire

  • Starter Sessions, watched one of your interviews with her and I was reading the book at the

  • same time and I just found you through a mutual friend, and I couldn't believe that I was

  • like number onewhere Marie Forleo been my whole life, why hasn’t she been coaching

  • me this whole time to do my passion,” and number two, I was on the top of Machu  Picchu

  • on December 21st, the day the world was supposed to end, and I made the decision right there

  • on top of Machu Picchu and my contract was ending and I could've gotten another contract

  • because I am a management consultant, but I said to myself “I'm going to make this

  • happen.” I turned over to my husband and I saidare you willing to do this, I am

  • giving up my salary and we're going to do this and I am going to tell everyone what's

  • in their food and I want to change the way Americans are eating and the way they think

  • about food and I'm going to make it my life's mission, are you on board?,” and he looked

  • at me and he's likewhat have you been waiting for?”

  • Everybody else was giving me permission but not myself and it wasn't until I really realized

  • that that's what I needed to do and it was scary. I landed back the first week of January

  • and I didn't go into an office, I had no boss, I was likewhat is going on, this is so

  • weird, and I got to figure out a way to make some money because I got to pay the mortgage.”

  • I started slowly just figuring out a way that met my values partnering with the right companies.

  • The companies I already use and by and have loved my whole life and that provide benefit

  • to the world in finding and reaching out for those relationships so that I could start

  • working with them and everyone can really live the life that they want to live. What's

  • so amazing is I didn't realize this at the time but if people have something that they're

  • really passionate about and they love and they're really good at it, you have to cherish

  • that and you have to find out what it is that you can do to share that passion and no matter

  • what, the money will follow. I never really believed that. I was like “I had to work

  • hard; I had to keep my job.” I was a management consultant for 13 years of my life and to

  • give all that up, I was successful too, and say bye was a tough transition mentally, and

  • then the thought of going back and being a management consultant totally freaks me out.

  • And I wake up every single day right now and I put my feet on the ground and I still live

  • in the same condo surrounded by the same people that I used to work with and I walked down

  • the street and I just smile and I'm likeHa, ha - I'm not in that cubicle anymore.”

  • There's nothing wrong with being in a cubicle because there are great companies that have

  • cubicles but-

  • Marie:          But for you it wasn’t the right match and for you there was a different

  • path.

  • Vani:            I needed to be using my voice in a way to change the world.

  • I really think I was put on this planet to change the world and I really want to do that.

  • Marie:          That actually was the perfect segway to what were going to

  • talk about next, which is the five surprising health food that we shouldn’t be eating,

  • but before we start, I just want to make this point. This is about awareness so you can

  • learn how to help yourself and your family make better choices. This is not about being

  • perfect, we all have our vices, but we want to make better choices more often. So let's

  • get rolling.

  • Vani:            The first one is, and this one is a really tricky topic because

  • a lot of people when they go out to eat and when they order a sandwich when they go for

  • lunch or whatever, they order the whole-wheat bread. The whole-wheat bread at different

  • major fast food chains, for example, Subway, the nine grain bread. Everyone thinks that

  • the nine grain bread is like the hallelujah sandwich. You get it and you get your veggies

  • on it and it's under 300 calories and you're good to go. But that sandwich has probably

  • close to over 50 ingredients in it and the sandwich actually has an ingredient in there

  • along with the slew of other ingredients that is a dough conditioner that is banned in Europe.

  • If you get caught using it in Singapore you get fined $450,000. It's banned in Australia

  • but we still use it here in the United States, and let me just try to say this word because

  • it's a long word: Azodicarbonamide.

  • Marie:          It’s funny and it's not funny because to think that that’s what

  • were putting in our bodies, we can’t even pronounce it but it's going in our food

  • system, so well lay it on there, but keep going.

  • Vani:            The reason why it's so controversial is it gives people asthmatic

  • symptoms and allergies and it's really sad. It's a really sad ingredient. But what you

  • can do instead, that’s the important thing. If you are at Subway don't recommend it but

  • if you are at Subway, get the salad, get a whole avocado on top. An avocado has protein

  • added to it and that's the way to really enjoy a meal without any major toxins and you are

  • getting some really healthy fat with the avocado.

  • Marie:          Awesome, so were going to stay from the whole grain, whole

  • wheat bread generally speaking and go just for a salad.

  • Vani:            Yes, that’s right. And if you do go for bread and you love bread,

  • I really love this Ezekiel bread. It’s amazing because there's no flour in it, it’s actually

  • a whole grain so that’s the way our body was intended to actually digest grains and

  • it actually gives us more energy that way because flour what it does is spikes our insulin

  • level and promotes fat gain.

  • Marie:          What's number two?

  • Vani:            Number two is agave nectar.

  • Marie:          Oh God, I'm guilty of this one. Tell me about it.

  • Vani:            Agave got really popular because the raw vegans found a sweetener

  • that they could have that was raw and vegan, and it was as close to nature as I thought

  • to put in a lot of different desserts and other sweetened items. It’s a liquid base

  • so it replaced honey for people who are concerned about the bees and things like that. What

  • they found is actually agave nectar has a higher concentration of fructose and almost

  • 80% more higher concentration than high fructose corn syrup. What that means is that the first

  • thing your liver processes is fructose. It’s either alcohol or fructose. If fructose is

  • going straight to your liver, your liver is not in its fat burning mode. What that does

  • is it promotes visceral fat and all the fat around your midsection. What I love to recommend

  • to people is coconut palm sugar.

  • Coconut palm sugar comes straight from the coconut tree, it's dried sap off the tree,

  • it has all the minerals and vitamins, it's a one to one substitution for sugar, it's

  • a low glycemic index so it's great for people who are on the diabetic spectrum were concerned

  • about their glycemic level, or if you're really concerned, you can go with Stevia and Sweet

  • Leaf here - they have the Stevia that doesn't have all the fillers and the crazy stuff going

  • on. There are Stevia products that are dreadful. Examples of those are Truvia and Purevia that

  • are owned by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo respectively and they have this crazy 40 step patented

  • process to completely process the Stevia to hell and just take a really natural beautiful

  • plant that adds a lot of sweetness and just destroy it, so I wouldn’t recommend those.

  • Marie:          If were going to do Stevia, were going to do Sweet Leaf.

  • Where are we going next?

  • Vani:            Alright, so the third one here, let's talk about Gatorade.

  • Marie:          Gatorade! Let's talk about Gatorade even though we don’t have

  • a Gatorade to hold. We didn’t want to bring it in the studio; it's so toxic. Tell us why.

  • Vani:            Gatorade is like one of those things that like my parents and

  • I'm sure your parents gave to you when you were sick and when you are under the weather

  • and you're out on the soccer field or cheerleading whatever you're doing when you were little

  • and your parents would bring you Gatorade because they didn't want you to get dehydrated

  • and it is one of the worst things ever because what Gatorade really is, is a bunch of sugar

  • and chemicals with salt. And until recently it had this really controversial ingredient

  • called brominated vegetable oil, BVO, which is actually still in Powerade today. It's

  • something that's banned in other countries and is a flame retardant. What I like to tell

  • people is look to nature for electrolytes; coconut water is so amazing for electrolytes

  • and you want to make sure you get a really good coconut water though because there's

  • a bunch of coconut waters, and I did not know this until I started researching it, that

  • are made from coconuts from all over the world and they use the concentrate so all the electrolytes

  • are diminished. What you want to do is go for raw coconut water and Harmless Harvest,

  • who’s based in New York, is amazing.

  • Marie:          And you know what well do, were going to put link to all

  • of Vani’s recommendations below so if you're listening and like “I can’t write all

  • this down,” were going to have it below the video.

  • Vani:            Another really great electrolyte booster is celery. You can

  • either eat the celery or you can juice it and combine it with a little lemon, a little

  • apple, and that's just a great way to keep electrolytes. The third option to keep electrolytes

  • is Chia seeds. Chia seeds, when they are soaked in water, they soak up 10 times the amount

  • of water and when you eat that, it keeps your body hydrated. Aztecs back in the