Great Q+A from today's email

The Question: 
Hi Sophie,
I just ordered the 14-day cleanse and am extremely excited to get started once it gets here in order to get "back on track" and actually improve my overall health and begin to obtain the weight loss that I've been fighting to lose for the past 5 years.
I'm writing, though, because I have a 4 year-old daughter that hasn't had the greatest food options and now that I'm making positive changes I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to ways I might be able to slowly transition her from processed foods to more healthy options.  I have tried to switch as many of her foods to organic as I can in the past month or so but I need to get her eating more fruits and vegetables, as well.  I also have a 6 month old daughter who has been on organic formula (she had a breast milk sensitivity) and organic food for the past month but I want to try to avoid the same mistakes with her going forward as I made with my first daughter.  I just really don't ever want them to go through the experience I'm currently going through with having issues/trouble with food choices and needing to lose 35-40 pounds.  Any insight or suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
My response: 
Hi Angela!
thanks for reaching out! 
I have a 4 year old, too! (almost... Aug 24th!)
I would make extra of every single dish you make for the cleanse and offer it to her, as well. If it's what mommy is eating, she will be intrigued. Offer that first. Let her try everything and show your excitement of preparing it, have her help you throw things in the blender, get fun straws, etc. Make the 14 days an amazing experience for both of you. As she tries each thing and sees there aren't a lot of other (not so healthy) options, she will open up more.
There's no reason to force feed her, but she WILL be hungry eventually :) 
I offer the more unique, less sweet, less kid friendly dishes when my kids come in from playing outside and I know they are super hungry. 
The biggest advice I have is to not let there be too much of an energetic "charge" concerning the food she's eating. I try to avoid "FINISH YOUR PLATE OR ELSE" mentality, because they will eat when they are hungry. Being forced to eat food when they don't want it is setting them up for bad habits, in my opinion. Listening to their own bodily cues is more important. 
When she is eating nutrient-dense foods like these, she will be able to hear her cues more easily. 
One more thing: you can make ANY smoothie into a popsicle or ice cream by putting it into molds or into the freezer. My 4 year old is currently on a "smoothie strike" so this helps us both be happier and ensure he's geting the proper nutrients... and no food is being wasted! :)
Good luck and stay in touch!

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7 Ways to Boost Your Immunity Before Your Big Vacay

Whether you’re jetting off to another continent, exploring the next quaint town over, or escaping for a restorative retreat, you’ll without a doubt want to be healthy for your vacay. There’s nothing worse than getting that terrible scratchy feeling in your throat – a big red flag that you’re getting sick. To help you ward off any bugs, as well as look AND feel your very best during your trip, here are 7 simple ways to boost your immune system!

BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Get a full night’s rest EVERY NIGHT during the week before your trip. While you may have a lot of extra work to do (on top of shopping, packing, and making sure that your pets and plants will be taken care of), make sleep a priority. This may mean scaling back your Netflix time or skipping out on happy hour until you get back, but it’ll be SO worth it.

Keep up your workout routine. If you’re more active, you’ll be a lot less likely to catch a cold! Plus, if you’ll be lying on a beach for the next week, you might as well as do those planks now. If you need a short + sweet, but powerful workout, try this HIIT routine in your home!

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DURING YOUR TRIP

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Celebrating Global Wellness Day at the Four Seasons Hotel

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From the moment we opened the door to our incredible room, we were overwhelmed by the care and thought the hotel staff put into our stay. It’s almost something I can’t put into words. The boys had adorable cookies waiting for them and immediately gobbled them right up. My hubby and I had champagne on ice that went down a little too easily – vacation mode ON! The amazing level of service we received throughout the stay is what really sets The Four Seasons apart from other hotels.

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Heart of the Week - Shape House Sweat Lodge

My amazing assistant, Taylor, and I recently visited a HEAVENLY sweat lodge in LA. It was Taylor’s first time, and she ended up loving it so much that she wanted to spotlight it as the Philosophie Heart of the Week. Read on for what to expect at a sweat lodge + why it’s THE perfect ritual to integrate into your summer cleanse!

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After, I found my 170-degree cocoon and hopped in–I looked like the filling in a burrito! They then handed me a remote and alkaline water, which has anti-disease + anti-aging antioxidants–an essential during the 50-minute detoxifying sweat.

MANY people, Kardashians included, are in love with Shape House. Not only does this sweat session burn anywhere from 800-1,200 calories, it also improves metabolism and digestion, gives your skin that glow, and helps you enter a deeper sleep (I slept like a baby that night).

My skin also felt firmer and tighter post-treatment since I was sweating out toxins and improving the flow of my lymphatic system. Shape House uses FAR infrared sweat technology to provide heat that warms the body from the inside out, which creates a deeply cleansing sweat!

The first 24 minutes were glorious. I was also secretly patting myself on the back for handling this like a champ! Then...I got a bit warm! Nothing that I couldn’t handle though, especially when I had the alkaline water and Reese Witherspoon to pull me through. I took deep yoga breaths and relaxed even more, knowing I was treating my bod to something special! Then, an employee came in with a cold lavender towel for my head, which really kicked the experience up another notch! Right when I thought, “I could probably get out now,” and started puzzling over what to have for lunch, my time was up!

I wobbled to their relaxation room and savored refreshing orange slices (great vitamin C boost!) and a cup of tea to bring me back down to earth. I sat there and thought about how much I loved sweating out the bad stuff to make way for the good stuff! 

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Gather This:

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Do This:

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Together, the vitamin K-rich cucumbers + vitamin C-packed sprouts add a truly lovely crunch! The cucumbers also help hydrate your body and flush out toxins – PERFECT for the warm months. 
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And if you do fancy the idea of dressing up in your prettiest floral dress and holding a garden tea party, you could definitely serve up this recipe (without toasting the bread and also cutting off the crust edges) with an iced rendition of this Chai Tea Latte Recipe!
.Gather This: 
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Do This:
Toast your slice of Udi’s Gluten Free Bread, spread on the Kite Hill Cream Cheese, and top with sliced cucumber and a handful of sprouts. Enjoy! 

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