What is the Reginivore Diet?

The Reginivore Diet

 Leveraging Sustainability to Improve Your Health


With the new year just around the corner, it’s a great time to reflect on how to improve our life’s experience here on the planet. Many of us are asking, “How can I live a healthier lifestyle”?  In years past, our response has been to carry on with a new exercise routine or perhaps take up a new healthy hobby. This is good, well done… but there is more.

A trending diet aimed at simultaneously addressing the health of the planet and our bodies has emerged.  The Regenivore Diet  is a way of eating to support the health of the planet and our bodies. Following these tips will have your body feeling amazing and your heart will rejoice knowing your eating style is making a difference.


Follow these 3 easy tips to give the Regenivore Diet a go.

  1. EAT FOODS THAT REGERATE THE SOIL. Up your consumption of organic fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts and seeds. Reduce your consumption of animal protein including dairy and eggs. Why? First, consider all of the acres being used to farm animals. The waste from those facilities are polluting and  damaging the soil for miles around. Secondly, consider how many more acres of forests are being plowed down to grow crops to feed the animals. These are not organic gardens- they are large scale, biologically engineered grain production sites pumped with synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides that further exploit the soil.  So ditch the meat for plant  and rejoice in the fact you are contributing to the climate change solution. Your figure and your health will also rejoice!
100 grams of beef protein can result in the release of the equivalent of 105 kilograms of CO2. The same amount of protein from a well-managed field of peas, by contrast, typically releases the equivalent of only about 0.2 kg of CO2.



2. BUY FROM LOCAL FARMERS WHO PRACTICE REGENERATIIVE AGRICULTURE . Next time you are visiting with growers at your local farmers market, ask the about their regenerative practices. Organic farms will, by definition, be adding nutrients to the soil by means of their organic farming techniques. Learning about their holistic practices will inspire you to continue subscribing to the concept of The Regenerative Diet. Meanwhile, you will be taking home produce with higher nutritional contents than conventionally grown produce.

3. MIND FOOD WASTE & COMPOST. Buying but not consuming food wastes electricity and water and supports the need for more transportation- all of which contributes to CO2 emissions.  Be mindful to not over-buy at the store. If you do stumble upon a bag of produce past its peak, there is a solution. Start composting with your kitchen scraps and encourage your friends and local restaurants to do the same. Many people are afraid to start, but give it a try. It is easier and much less stinky than you fear!

Food scraps and tossed veggies create methane gas in a landfill- a potent and toxic gas that adds to greenhouse gas emission.

Transforming eating habits, improving food production and reducing food waste are three ways to begin your Regnerative Diet practice! The outcome will be  a mostly plant based diet and a renewed thoughtfulness surrounding global sustainability.  You will be feeling and looking gorgeous in the new year!

Health Bear Protein Oatmeal perfect for the Reginivore Diet

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Ending Extreme Poverty for Female Farmers of Africa

Health Bear is partnering Opportunity International, a Chicago based, global non-profit whose mission is to design, deliver, and scale innovative financial solutions to help families living in extreme poverty. Johanna Mahal, director of Philanthropy at the non profit organization will take our consolidated gifts to given to agricultural finance initiatives. Managed through Opportunity International, the money provided to farmers in the Sub-Saharan African region will enhance their efforts to grow more sustainable and profitable crop and increase production. Our collected support will break the cycle of extreme poverty for generations.

Be a part of the change and give when you checkout at www.healthbearfood.com.

“Health Bear and Opportunity International are coordinating with female farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to enhance their farming practices, improve their harvests, feed their families, send their children to school and break the cycle of poverty” states Johanna Mahal, resident of Menlo Park, CA and Director of Philanthropy at Opportunity International.

“I started Health Bear Protein Oatmeal with the intention of bringing healthy food to busy people looking to find a quick, healthy solution for breakfast” says founder Lisa Matar. “With grab-and-go food at our fingertips, we can start our days off right but easily forget there are millions of people in the world that have a hard time getting the food they need to thrive”. This is precisely the reason Health Bear Food Company has partnered with Opportunity.

Matar states, “In all reality, I have something in common with these female farmers. We are all business women working diligently every day to move our businesses in the right direction to have something to inherit to our children. There is nothing more powerful than women supporting women. It is my joy and pleasure to help them grow their businesses.

Visit www.healthbearfood.com and give to Opportunity International at checkout

Health Bear Food Company’s Mission: “To make the world a more sustainable and equitable planet for all living things through plant based food”
Founded by Lisa Matar and established 2019
Media Contact: Lisa Matar – lisa@healthbearfood.com – 619-742-0315

#1 Way to Transform Post-COVID Era for the Better

Support Woman Owned Businesses

#1 Action you can Take to Transform the Post-COVID Era for the Better

The impact of the pandemic, shortages and current economic turmoil has
further widened the disparity between women-owned businesses, particularly
those owned by women of color, and other businesses. Closing the revenue
and employment gap by supporting and revitalizing women-owned businesses
will not only help to fuel economic growth and recovery, but also will empower
women as leaders and bring about a more diverse, balanced and sustainable

Like a Boss

We also know that families and communities continue to suffer from the
economic and societal effects of the last few years and may not have extra
consumer dollars to spend. That’s why we are calling on consumers to
take everyday essentials they use and consciously choose to instead
source it from a women-owned business – put simply #MakeOneSwitch.
This year, we ask you to take the #MakeOneSwitch movement one step

This holiday season, try to help your friends, family and coworkers
discover a new favorite Women Owned brand by gifting an essential that
will help them make the switch to sourcing more of their everyday needs
from Women Owned businesses. Practical gifting (always a winner in our
book) meets supporting women entrepreneurs – what is not to love?

Protein Oatmeal Cups are a perfect example. Show your family and loved ones you care about their health and nutrition by turning them on to a convenient plant based protein breakfast they can enjoy well into the new year.  Health Bear is owned by a female entrepreneur based in California.

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Health Bear Food Company is a member of Women’s Business Enterprise
National Council (WBENC).

Perfect Bootie with this ONE Exercise

Want a Bootie that says POW?

Are you on the hunt for the latest techniques to enhance your fitness journey?  Welcome, Health Bear’s Fit Squad! Our newest member, Sam Abrams is personal trainer to Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers. He is sharing his knowledge with you to help you elevate your routine to the next level.
Personal Trainer Sam Abrams

Want a bootie that says POW? Sam, what is your top trick to build a gorgeous bootie?

What you need to understand is a fitness fundamental… Adduction Exercises.

“Adduction means bringing a limb toward the midline of the body. This joint action occurs every time we take a step, walk up a flight of stairs, or get up off the floor. Adduction exercises can help us do all of these things. It’s not talked about very much, but adduction is also essential to the use of our glutes.  Everyone wants to do abduction exercises, which draw the leg away from the midline, for their glutes, but if the body can’t adduct, it can’t use it’s abductors. This is because muscles like to lengthen before they contract. When we adduct (draw the leg toward the midline), the abductors (muscles that draw the leg away from the midline) are stretched and then, like a rubber band that has been stretched, the adductors want to contract hard to return to their normal length. If the abductors can’t stretch, they can’t really work well. For example if all we do is abduction exercises like band walks and the abduction machine, we might actually limit our ability to train our glutes”. 

What is a good adduction exercise? 

Sumo Squat
Sumo deadlift. In a sumo deadlift, the legs are wider than the hands. The knees are so far away from the midline that the body and the adductors fight to try to bring the legs back toward the midline. As an added benefit, this exercise also works the glutes, and whole leg. 

What types of muscle do adduction exercises work? 
Adduction exercises for the leg would work all of the muscles of the inner thigh. These groin muscles are sometimes referred to collectively as adductors. Adductors are important for stabilizing the knee and hip, protecting the low back, and supporting pelvic floor function, and these functions are essential for walking, getting up and down off the ground, and turning. These muscles also assist in explosive movements like sprinting, jumping, and changing direction so they are essential for athletic performance as well.
What is your #1 favorite exercise to build the bootie?
My favorite abduction exercise is a single leg deadlift with a band around the knees. This exercise is not often seen in commercial gyms but it works wonders for those who have trouble turning on their glutes. The single leg stance forces the abductors to stabilize the pelvis and the band around the knees forces the abductors to pull the leg away from the midline.
Fitness and Fuel go hand in glove. 10-12 grams of plant based protein is ready in a snap. Give us a try! Health Bear’s Protein Oatmeal 
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Expert Reveals 3 Secrets Goals to Better Your Life by Andrea Needham

Self-Improvement Goals That Focus on Self-Care

By contributing editor, Andrea Needhham

It’s natural to strive continually for self-improvement, but there’s a lot going on around the world today causing stress and complicating life. Maybe right now the best goals should focus on taking care of yourself, including your emotional, physical, and mental health.

Enjoy healthy oatmeal with gluten-free plant protein oatmeal cups from HealthBear!

Tackle Your Physical Response to Stress

Stress puts your body into a physical state with increased blood pressure, elevated heart rate, and tense muscles. Some stress can be positive, but too much stress causes physical and emotional challenges. Maybe it isn’t possible to change the source of some of your anxiety, but there are steps you can take to reduce their impact:

  • Cut out the triggers you can control
  • Practice saying “no” to unnecessary demands
  • Make time to relax every day
  • Work on removing negative energy from your day

You could benefit from lighting white candles and sage smudging or including a peaceful guided meditation each morning as you prepare for the day.

Refresh Your Home Environment

Researchers have found that a cluttered home makes it difficult to focus, leads to frustration, and wears you down. Conversely, they’ve also found a correlation between tidy living spaces and increased levels of happiness. Focus on developing simple, daily habits of decreasing clutter, creating an organization that suits your routine, and cleaning a little deeper each day.

Create a Fitness Routine You Look Forward To

You’ll probably never find a self-improvement list that doesn’t include fitness goals. If the word “exercise” causes your heart rate to start racing, take a step back and think about achievable movement activities that you can enjoy. Something as simple as walking your dog or playing a neighborhood game of basketball provides valuable benefits.

Eat and Sleep To Reduce Stress

According to experts, certain foods affect your cortisol levels; among other things, cortisol affects the physical results of stress. Foods that provide relief from stress include poultry, fish, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. The Mediterranean diet is often recommended to people who feel anxious and overwhelmed to the point that their health is suffering.

Your quality of sleep and your ability to handle stress create a cycle that either improves or gets worse, each factor impacting the other. When you start to cram too much into your day and sacrifice quality sleep, your ability to respond to daily stressors decreases. This, unfortunately, also means that the quality of sleep you do get decreases.

Shake Up Your Workday and Start a Business

It’s a fact that if you are spending 8 to 10 hours a day in a stressful job, you will struggle to decrease the emotional and physical impact. You may also find that even if you loved your job a year ago, you now find yourself feeling stagnant. Now may be a great time for a career change.

Maybe you’ll find that the best move for you is starting your own business. Controlling your own business day can be a huge boost to your self-improvement success. There are many online resources available that can help you out; you’ll need to learn about choosing a business idea, finding funding, marketing, and how to structure your business. Instead of hiring an attorney, you can use a formation service to register your business. Read reviews and customer testimonials to find the best LLC formation service for you.

Remember that caring for yourself shouldn’t cause more stress. Choose one or two of these suggestions that resonate with your current situation. Whether you’re starting a new fitness routine or opening a business, pick up new habits that help you feel better each day. With changes that you can easily maintain every day, you may find that you feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally. With your new improvements, you should find that it is easier to handle those stressors that you can’t control.

Surprising Benefits of CERTIFIED Gluten Free

Surprising Benefits of CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE


  • Why is CERTIFIED gluten free so important?
  • Gluten found in the most unexpected places
  • Which certifier is the most trusted?

Undoubtedly, you or someone you know is following a Gluten Free lifestyle. That being said, there are an estimated 2 million people in the United States suffer from Celiac Disease* and for those folks, it is imperative they can consume GF foods with confidence. For this reason, we at Health Bear are taking the precautionary steps to certify our product Gluten Free. With this massive need comes a massive effort. We hired a consultant to help us through the process and learned a lot along the way.

Highland Naturals Consulting, a firm dedicated to guiding companies like Health Bear, has taken on the role of navigating through the painstaking process of certifying Health Bear as Gluten Free. They have uncovered some little-known facts of the GF world you will find interesting:

Q: Why should companies certify GF?

  • A: Companies get a product certified GF because it creates a trust level with the customer. It is easy to claim gluten free even if you have done testing and it’s under 20ppm. It is much harder to go through the certification process, have the procedures, testing in place to prevent gluten cross – contamination concerns. It also takes the guesswork out of the product for people that are shopping for GF products. They know when its certified, the product has been tested and made in a way to avoid gluten. 

Q: Are you seeing any trends in the GF space you find interesting?

  • The gluten free market is growing. It is not just people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance looking for gluten free products. I have seen articles that say as much as 30% of Americans are looking for gluten free options because they consider it a healthier way to live.  

Q: Oats are gluten free, so why go through the trouble?

  • Oats themselves are not a gluten concern, however because oats are stored in some of the same grain bins as wheat, rye, barley, the oats can become tainted with gluten from cross – contamination. 

Q: What are some unexpected ingredients out there that can be surprisingly tainted with gluten?

  • A: There are definitely some products that you may not think of as having a gluten concern: Play dough can be made with wheat flour and pose a serious gluten concern. 

Q: When a company goes through the certification process- what are the maximum parts per million of the gluten that is acceptable?

  • A: The FDA says that you can claim your product is gluten free if you test and the finished product tests under 20 ppm. If you get it certified with GFCO for example the threshold is under 10ppm. 

How many companies are out there that certify GF and are some of the logos better than others?

  • There are a handful, like NSF offers it along with other certifications. However, their requirement is only 20ppm. There are other companies that offer gluten free certification as well as other programs. I only know of 2 GF agencies that require under the 20 ppm. GFCO, and Gluten Free Food Program. GFCO requires less than 10 ppm, GFFP is 5 ppm.  One of the most recognized logos in the GF space is GFCO’s logo. They have been a certifying body since 2005 and that is the only certification that they offer.

With so many people living with Celiac Disease, it is so important for companies like Health Bear and others to go through the added effort and expense of being certified to ensure all of our friends can enjoy food without fear.

This fall, Health Bear’s grocery collection will be CERTIFIED gluten free

Coordinator of Philanthropy Supports Kneaded Culinary Academy

Philanthropy is a core value of ours at Health Bear, and using our influence to inspire a more peaceful and equitable world is of paramount importance to us. As a deeply thoughtful and heartfelt company, we have called on Johanna Mahal to be our Director of Philanthropy.

Health Bear’s Coordinator of Philanthropy Johanna Mahal

Johanna will work with Health Bear to bring our attention to the charitable organizations whose objectives match ours. Johanna and founder Lisa Matar will be working side-by-side to find ways to support these profound organizations. We look forward to donating Health Bear Food products to auctions, rally Health Bear employees to volunteer, help bring awareness and lend a hand in meaningful ways to support these phenomenal organizations. Thank you Johanna for your wisdom and passion to spark change! Welcome to the team.

Starting off our philanthropic work with a bang, Johanna and Lisa supported the ‘Pop a Cork’ event on May 12th, 2022 at the Mohi Vineyards in Morgan Hill, CA which benefited Kneeded Culinary Academy of Gilroy, CA., a culinary school for underprivileged youth in California’s South Bay Area. This extraordinary program trains youth to be proficient kitchen employees, giving them the opportunities to flourish and grow in the world of food service and cuisine.  Additionally, the staff works with the students to show them the value of loving themselves;  entire mind body and soul. What enormous hope and promise is given to these students through this incredible program! Thank you for all you do, Kneaded Culinary Academy.

If you would like to nominate a non profit organization for Health Bear to support, please reach out to Johanna at johanna@healthbearfood.com

Health Bear Names Coordinator of Sustainability

Mike Acker, Coordinator of Sustainability, Health Bear

We are excited to announce our executive team has expanded to include a Coordinator of Sustainability! Mike Acker of San Diego, CA, accepted the position. He will be guiding Health Bear to ensure environmentally-conscious decisions on everything from packaging to transportation and ingredient sourcing. At its core, Health Bear was founded on the concepts of sustainability by being a plant based product. Health Bear is committed to helping to reduce our carbon footprint as we bring you fun, healthy, and delicious food!


Mike’s background is in sustainable design and energy rating for the built environment. He uses his expertise to guide homeowners in making green choices when remodeling or adding companion units (ADUs) to their homes. He is a LEED-certified Green Associate and is passionate about making a difference in our communities. We are thrilled to have Mike on board as we strive to create happy, healthy, and vibrant communities – one family at a time!

Opportunities to make a positive impact are all around us. A collective effort is what will take to turn the tide. You can count on Health Bear to do our part.

Best Teacher Appreciation Gift at BOGO

Show the teachers some FUN FIT FOOD love!

It is especially meaningful for us to run this deep discount for Teacher Appreciation Week: BOGO on 12 packs being sent to schools anywhere in the US. That is 24 cups of quick prep, supercharged  breakfasts in the hands of America’s best! This is a once-in-a year opportunity to stock the teacher’s lounges with healthy, tasty and convenient treats is here. Your teachers will feel the Fun Fit Food love!

24 cups Superfood Oatmeal for only $30!

Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Use code ThankATeacher for BOGO on 12 packs

Here at Health Bear, we love teachers. Founder Lisa Matar’s mother was an elementary school educator for 30 years. She watched her momma work long hours starting at 6am and going until 6pm five days a week. Quickly prepared, healthy breakfasts helped. Then there were the weekends- more work to do. She did it with a smile knowing she was a meaningful influencer on her kids.

This year May 6th is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Our gratitude is LEGIT. During the time spent in quarantine, parents stepped in to fill the role of teacher to give their children a chance to keep learning at home.   They learned it takes tremendous patience, creativity, and commitment to be a teacher. Now parents across the globe truly understand and value our educators. Its time again to say, “Thank You”!

Teacher Appreciation Day is a chance for us to appreciate not only the classroom teachers, but sports coaches, gymnastic teachers, swim teachers, horseback riding teachers, foreign language teachers etc…  all of those extra experiences enrich our kids’ lives and mold them into the exceptional adults our society needs. The world would be quite different without these heroes in it. Use this week as a time to thank them too. We will honor the BOGO promo to all teachers.

Have a Fun Fit Day!

HB Founder’s Mother, Retired Teacher Kay “Erb” Dirks

Converging Roads of Gender Equality & Sustainability

International Woman’s Day 2022

Converging Roads of Gender Equality & Sustainability

Converging Roads of Gender Equality & Sustainability


The UN has touted 2022 as the year of Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow. Thank you, United Nations, for shining light on this important subject, as many of us in our comfy western bubbles don’t realize how climate change is affecting marginalized women across the globe at higher rates than their male counterparts.


Speaking of comfy western bubbles… from the gleaming skyscrapers that dot the skies of bustling Chicago, Opportunity International is a nonprofit organization known for traveling the globe to aid those experiencing extreme poverty. Many times, extreme poverty is made worse by changes in climate, resulting in drought, fires, floods and famine.


In countries like Malawi, Africa, women are more frequently leading the changes to farming practices to ensure more secure and prosperous futures. Opportunity International recently formed ‘Donor Trust Groups’ in the United States, donor groups who pool together their donations to fund special agricultural projects with micro-loans. These loans provide the women the ability to enhance, upgrade and or completely overhaul their farming operations to be more sustainable and profitable.


One Donor Trust Group we have learned about was formed in Silicon Valley by Johanna Mahal. Friend to HBFC, she brought together 10 Bay Area families willing to make an annual contribution of $5,000 each to enable farmers, many of whom are female, in Malawi to transition away from growing tobacco and into drought resistant beans. With financial resources behind the farmer, she is now growing a more sustainable crop that will aid in the health and wellness of the global community, reduce valuable time spent transporting excessive, and often times, hard to come by water, and increase personal earnings. Greater revenue in turn provides the farmer’s children with true possibilities to attend school for more consecutive years, and this helps break the cycle of poverty.


The Silicon Valley Donor Trust Group is using the experience to educate their own children about philanthropy, sustainability and wellness. As a former middle school educator, Johanna is using the experience as a chance for the family’s children to learn. “We are modeling, through our enthusiasm, what philanthropy can look like from a young age, in a very tangible way for our children,” says Johanna, whose 12-year-old son William was very involved in selecting their project.


Join us in applauding Opportunity International in making strides for gender equality and sustainability. If you would like to participate in gathering a Donor Trust Group with your friends and family, contact oppotunityinternational.org for more info!