We recently caught up with the Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe, to get some insight into her meteoric rise as a food crusader. Vani’s life’s mission is to educate the world in how to live a clean, organic, healthy lifestyle in an overprocessed, contaminated-food world, and how to look and feel fabulous while doing it! She receives more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month on Foodbabe.com, and with the mobilization of her “Food Babe army,” her successful petitions to companies such as Subway, Kraft, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, and Anheuser-Busch have resulted in the removal of harmful ingredients from their food, steering them toward more healthful policies.
Vani's new book, THE FOOD BABE WAY, aligns perfectly with the eatlocalgrown projects mission to empower us to not only change our food but also change our bodies and the world!
What is THE FOOD BABE WAY about?
There’s a way to look good and feel great without always needing to be on a diet. The Food Babe Way contains the 21 essential habits that Vani Hari taught herself to take control of her health. Vani Hari methodically takes someone through the simple changes they can make to live a more energetic and vibrant life while still being exposed to the food system we have today. After learning to maintain these habits she has never had to diet again, despite the challenging environment we live in with an abundance of tricky marketing and addictive additives in our food that make us eat more than we should. Hari invites you to follow an easy and accessible plan to rid your body of toxins, lose weight without counting calories, and restore your natural glow in just 21 days.
In The Food Babe Way, you’ll learn how to:
- Avoid the top 15 ingredients that wreak havoc on your weight, beauty, and health
- Spot manipulative marketing and manufacturing techniques the food industry uses to get you to eat processed foods or hide questionable ingredients
- Replace the foods that make you fat, look older, and sap your energy with healthful, delicious substitutes
- Prepare dozens of additive-free meals with easy and delicious recipes
Who Needs This Book?
Anyone who is tired of the food industry hijacking their taste buds and wants to take matters in their own hands and become their own food investigator, nutritionist and food activist. We have the power to change our health faster than anyone else and The Food Babe Way will show people how to do just that.
The Food Babe Way goes into all the things they want to hide and tell you exactly what you should do about it. It’s a book that the fitness and diet industry have never written either—because these fundamentals are so much more affordable than expensive supplements, workouts and gym memberships. In The Food Babe Way, you’ll learn how to:
Develop 21 simple, lasting habits that will get you off chemical-laced food for good
Avoid the top 15 ingredients that wreak havoc on your weight, beauty, and health
Spot manipulative marketing and manufacturing techniques the food industry uses to get you to eat processed foods or hide questionable ingredients
Replace the foods that make you fat, look older, and sap your energy with healthful, delicious substitutes
Prepare dozens of additive-free meals with easy and delicious recipes
Where to buy THE FOOD BABE WAY
You can reserve your copy of The Food Babe Way today and pre-order (to qualify for bonuses!) at these retailers:
Q&A with Vani Hari, the Food Babe
What inspired you to write The Food Babe Way?
When I started to investigate the food industry and found out exactly what’s in our food, I was shocked. I realized there was a lot of information out there about the food industry no one knew, including me. I have made it my life’s mission to tell people the truth about what’s in their food and how it could affect their health, and now in this book I get to give people the most critical information, and a roadmap for how to live in this overprocessed-food world.
When I started to understand what’s in my food, and changed my eating habits and food choices, things dramatically shifted in my life. I went from someone overweight and sick to a new being full of vibrant health. There’s a way to survive and look good without always having to be on a diet. The Food Babe Way contains the 21 essential habits that I taught myself to take control of my health. This book is for anyone who is tired of the food industry hijacking their taste buds, andwants to take matters into their own hands and become their own food investigator, nutritionist, and food activist. We have the power to change our health faster than anyone else, and I wrote this book to show people how to do just that.
Your blog, FoodBabe.com, has millions of readers now. How did you start?
I began my food journey, like most people, by following the standard American diet. As a successful management consultant, I was either in the office eating whatever takeout was available, or on the road eating every meal out. Although this lifestyle allowed me to fit in with my peers and work crazy hours, it also took a huge toll on my body, and I became very ill. Over the holiday season over ten years ago, I found myself in a hospital bed. I was sick and overweight, and I was ready to change! I made a personal promise that from that point on I was going to make health my number one priority. FoodBabe.com was born in April 2011, from my years of learning, investigating, and researching how to live a healthy lifestyle in this overly processed world. As I learned more about the habits needed for a healthy lifestyle and what dangerous ingredients to avoid, my friends and family begged me to start a blog in order to share everything I had uncovered. My first investigation was into my favorite yogurt chain. After the CEO responded to my writings by yanking some of the misleading marketing, I continued writing about the injustices and corrupt practices of the food industry. Over the past three years, FoodBabe.com has grown to have a readership of over four million inspired individuals who are seeking to lead heathier lives and to rid our food system of deadly ingredients. It is through the help of the entire Food Babe Army that the investigations and petitions on FoodBabe.com have forced some of the largest food corporations to change, including Kraft, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Subway, Anheuser-Busch, and Starbucks.
What is the easiest good habit someone can start following today?
There is a reason I made this habit Day #1! Start your day with warm lemon water and cayenne pepper. I love hearing how well people feel once they start this ritual. Doing this one small habit every morning provides a super stimulant to the liver, your main detoxing organ in the body. Keeping your liver and digestive system clean and in optimal condition will help your body prevent diseases like cancer in the future. Combining cayenne with lemon increases the detoxing effect and raises the temperature of your body, increasing your metabolism. Drinking this combination will cleanse your body every single day safely and naturally. I plan to do it for the rest of my life.
What was your biggest lesson learned from writing The Food Babe Way?
It was impossible to put everything I have discovered about our food system in one book. I worked very carefully to choose what I felt were the most urgent and important topics to share. On a personal level, writing this book has taught me a great lesson about taking care of myself no matter how large the project at hand. There were times when I let the stress of deadlines start to impact my habits, but thankfully the message I was writing helped me get back on track.
What is your advice to people just starting to implement healthy changes in their lives?
In The Food Babe Way, I methodically take people through the healthy changes they can make to live a more energetic and vibrant life while still being exposed to the food system we have today. I share the life-changing habits that have allowed me to maintain my weight for over a decade after losing the extra pounds I had been holding onto for years. After learning to maintain these habits, I have never had to diet again, despite the challenging environment we live in, with an abundance of tricky marketing and addictive additives in our food that make us eat more than we should.
What is the first and most important thing that someone should shift about the way they eat?
The most important thing someone can do is to start reading ingredient labels and stop looking at the front of packaging for information about the product and its health benefits. Read labels and start to research. In The Food Babe Way I highlight the top fifteen sickening ingredients to avoid if you want to lose weight and feel and look years younger.
How would you respond to those who say eating healthy is too hard?
Eating healthy is a commitment. Just like anything in life, you have to take it step by step and one day at a time. The Food Babe Way works because it is a day-by-day approach to breaking free from the hidden toxins in your food. This was the book I wish I’d had when I initially set out to lose weight and start eating more healthy, and started learning about our food system and how corrupt it has gotten.