You know when you are in presence of greatness; you can just feel it. I felt something special when I spent time with Deepak Chopra.
His energy was calming, positive, powerful, and inspiring. Deepak is the author of over 75 books in 35 different languages and 25 of them have hit the NY Times bestseller list. One of my favorites (and I have read many) is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.
I also love his new book What Are You Hungry For? It is an amazing account of our relationship with food. The premise is that if your life is not fulfilled, you are not going to fill it through your stomach (which many people try to do). What are You Hungry For? offers insight into the damage done to the body from the toxins in our food, and provides ideas for a healthier lifestyle. When my friend Felicia, who handles his PR, offered me the opportunity to chat with him at his book signing at LYFE Kitchen in Culver City, I was astounded! I have been a big fan of his work for years. He has single-handedly improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world. It was so much fun talking to him and if given the time, I would have asked him a million questions.
Here is what I learned about his personal healthy lifestyle and practices: He walks a minimum of 10 miles a day (up to 20 miles), gets plenty of sleep, meditates twice a day and eats healthy, organic food. His other advice was to stay away from anything toxic: no toxic relationships, food, or environments. Avoid them all!
We also discussed a few other interesting lifestyle-related facts, like how food manufacturers hire scientists to make processed food more addictive with just the right combinations of sugar, fat, salt, and preservatives. We can avoid this by eating organic and non-processed foods. Also, when we are present in the moment while eating (and not multi-tasking), we metabolize food differently. We digest the food much more efficiently and significantly increase what we absorb so we are better nourished.
Here is a great vegan recipe from his new bestseller, What Are You Hungry For?
Sautéed Greens and Cabbage
Serves 4-6 people
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 bunches Swiss chard or kale
1 small head cabbage
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a wok and saute the ginger and turmeric for about 40 seconds. Add the Swiss chard or kale and cabbage and toss over high heat for about four minutes. Sprinkle with coriander, salt, and pepper and stir to coat the vegetables. Add 1/8 cup water, cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until done to taste.
Lori Rischer is a music business executive, the KIIS-FM health and fitness spokesperson, and a yoga instructor. Rockstar Health & Fitness shares the healthy secrets of celebrities. Check out her weekly blog at: KIISFM.com, keyword “Rockstar” or LoriRischer.com
Photo credit: Jeremiah Sullivan.