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by Riley Cote, former NHL player and current Assistant Coach to the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) and shown (above) with wife Ashley Cote
The wheels started falling off the carriage at the ripe young age of 28, and was the main reason I retired from my playing days in the NHL. I was physically worn down, mentally drained, and I had a lot of questions about why that might be. I was always fit, in good shape and did everything in my power to be the best I could be. Or so I thought.
I realized I neglected the single most important part of being a human being, and on top of that, a professional athlete. Proper nutrition. I say proper because the words nutrition and health are thrown around pretty loosely these days and without any real substance.
As I embarked on a new chapter in my life coaching professional hockey, I also changed my lifestyle drastically. I cut out chemically processed, dead foods and replaced them with nutrient-dense whole foods.
Still having a passion for fitness, I adopted a totally different way of taking care of my body and fueling it. As most of you know, protein is the building block of muscle development and repair, so I began learning about different types of protein and learned how not all protein is equal. I also learned that one of the most balanced and digestible forms of protein was the hemp seed.
HEMP? You crazy, won’t you get high?
As I stuck my head down a few more rabbit holes, everything started making sense to me. Not only was the hemp seed a nutritional powerhouse, it was much, much more than that. Hemp is the oldest known sustainable, renewable resource that civilizations since the start of time thrived upon. I decided to create the Hemp Heals Foundation which is dedicated to educating, inspiring and empowering people to take ownership and have some accountability in their own health. To embrace this God-given natural resource the way we are supposed to and not fear it.
This tiny seed is one of the most nutrient-dense and perfectly balanced foods on the planet. It is a complete source of protein, essential amino acids and essential fatty acids (EFA). In fact, the hemp seed is the only food on earth that supplies all man’s dietary needs in one food source.
“It is the only food which can sustain human life without any other source of nutrition.”
Unfortunately, farming this valuable crop is outlawed and prohibited in the US. Ironically, you can go to any natural food store where a variety of hemp foods are sold. How odd! If the nutritional profile of the hemp seed isn’t enough, the list of hemp’s natural eco-friendly uses truly magnifies how beneficial this crop really is.
Understanding the entire cannabis plant is crucial to understanding the incredible power this plant has and how much it has to offer to society and we don’t even know it. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the positive progress the marijuana side of the plant has taken. 18 states have legalized it for medical use now and it is clearly helping thousands of people treat and manage different diseases and ailments.
My mission is to focus on industrial hemp, a sustainable, eco-friendly crop with no THC that most people have no idea even exists.
Cannabis is a healing plant, and represents health across the board, in my opinion. This incredibly useful plant can help replace many of the toxic and polluting industries we depend on, which are directly responsible for the amount of disease and sickness present today.
Cannabis prohibition affects all of us whether we think it does or not. Having an extremely useful resource sitting on the sidelines, forfeits a ton of jobs and a sustainable, eco-friendly industry to help build the economy back up. How about a strong, durable, eco-friendly hemp shirt instead of a pesticide infested GMO cotton one? Or biodegradable hemp plastics instead of oil-based, chemically made plastics that pollute the earth and our health? It’s a no brainer. Hemp is a sustainable plant with thousands of non-toxic solutions.
You got to know something’s up when nature is outlawed. The sad fact is money and power are the driving forces behind it. We live in a chemical world and outlawing your naturally growing competition ensures maximum profits for some major corporations.
Here are a few more facts for you to put it all in to perspective.
• Industrial hemp can be used for over 25,000 different uses. Examples: food, fiber, textiles, fuel, medicines, paper, plastic, hemp-crete (like concrete, but stronger), body and hair care products
• One acre of hemp produces more fiber that four acres of trees.
• Henry Ford built a car out of hemp plastic and ran it on hemp bio diesel, before it was outlawed.
• Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington had hemp plantations and grew it.
The fact is, the cannabis plant is a healing no matter how you cut it. We have been blessed with this wonderful plant and we as a society continue to go toe-to-toe with Mother Nature. We have become so disconnected with what’s real and what’s not. Let’s face it, we are slowly killing the planet and ourselves and she will prevail. Mother Nature always does. Hemp heals the human body, the soil, the environment and will help heal our economy. It’s simply the healing of a nation! Period.
Healthy & Delicious Coco-Hemp Nugs
Prep time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (choose organic if possible):
- 2/3 cup ground raw almonds/cashews
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 3 Tbsp. Raw cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp. raw honey or agave syrup
- 3 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1 rubber mold tray
Place raw cashews in a food processor until finely ground. Melt down coconut oil into a liquid and mix with cacao powder, honey, hemp seeds and ground cashews. Stir it all together. Afterwards, spoon mixture in molds and place into the freezer or the fridge if you like them a bit softer. Ready in 10-15 minutes.
Riley Cote is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger and is currently an assistant coach with the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played four National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and was mainly known as an enforcer.
Mission of Hemp Heals Foundation: