Harlem Grown was there promoting their inner city projects to help encourage healthy eating among the youth of the area. They teach hydroponic gardening techniques to the kids and were looking for volunteers to help out and learn as well. Some of the vegan deserts were fantastic! From ice cream to pies, I was quite impressed with the taste and texture of many of the products on display. I especially enjoyed the pie samples by, “This Pie is Nuts.” There were stands that advertised brands of olive oil, like Kastania olive oil, which were imported from Greece. Many of them had strong delicious flavors that kept you begging for more. OM botanical’s were also on hand giving demonstrations of their skin care line. Their products are said to be gluten free, vegan and eco friendly. Jyoti natural foods had a tasty sampling of some of their Indian style recipe’s made with their products. I could go on forever telling you about my taste adventures but I won’t as I am sure you want to also hear about these lectures I attended.
As disappointed as I was in not hearing more about his vegan adventures as he was pursuing his athletic endeavors and improving his life, I still enjoyed his highly motivational talk about how he overcame so many obstacles in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. In the process he was also promoting his book, “Finding Ultra.” As I mentioned earlier, I heard Rich Roll speak about his experiences going from a coach potato lawyer and turning his life and health around by not only going vegan but participating in these Ultra Man Marathon’s that are run in Hawaii.The other speaker, Mr. Johnathan Balcombe, discussed various animals and illustrated how they had feelings that we should be cognizant of. What really struck me during that session was that fish, yes, actual fish like to be touched and massaged, much like dogs. Who knew! And then he showed a photograph of this perfectly shaped mandala that was made by a puffer fish in the sands of the deep ocean to attract a mate. Another astonishing fact that he dispensed was that sharks actually like humans, even more so when you massage them. No offense to our fish friends, not trying to sound awful, but this knowledge did not deter me from consuming fish, or encourage me to get cozy with sharks.