Sophie Jaffe’s Favorite Winter Workout

When people ask me what my favorite workout is, I always tell them that it depends on the season. During the warmer months, I love outdoor workouts where I can enjoy the beauty of nature while getting a good sweat. A sandy beach yoga practice or a long hike in the mountains near my home is ideal when the sun is shining, but on cold and dreary winter days I like to take my workouts inside with some solid sessions in the gym. There are so many reasons why gym workouts are my favorite wintertime way to stay fit, and here are just a few!

 

No Excuses & No Distractions

One of the best parts about working out at the gym is that it leaves no room for excuses. While outdoor workouts can get sidelined by nasty weather, the gym offers a dependable space to get and stay fit regardless of whether it’s raining, snowing, or freezing outside. Since there’s nothing to do at the gym except work out, I know I can make the most of the time that I have set aside to focus on myself and my own well-being. I like to turn my phone off and tune into my breath and my body as I enjoy the sensations of being active and pushing myself physically.

Dress to Sweat, Not to Shiver

Lots of thick, puffy layers can make it difficult to get a full range of motion and can trap heat and sweat, which can make for an uncomfortable workout. Working out at the gym means I don’t have to stay bundled up while I’m exercising, even if it’s chilly out. I simply throw on some active wear, like the super comfy pieces from Champion’s C9 line for Target®, along with a weather appropriate outer layer that I throw in the locker once I get to the gym. That allows me to focus on my workouts instead of fussing with winter layers.

  

Endless Options

I really like to switch up my workouts regularly to avoid plateauing or burning out from boredom. One day I will focus on my upper body with sets on the lateral pulldown machine, tricep dips, and free weights, and the next I will give my legs a run for their money with squats and lunges. I also like to alternate between strength training workouts and high intensity cardio, like interval running on the treadmill. On days where my body needs a break, I’ll slip away into an empty corner of the gym and do some gentle yoga to stretch and lengthen my muscles while releasing bodily tension. On days that I am really feeling super-powered, I’ll do a super session and get it all in!

 

So next time you look out the window to find that it’s looking like sweater weather outside, remember that there’s no need to ditch your fitness plans just because of cooler temperatures, raindrops, or snowflakes. Just grab your gym bag and head over to that place where the sweat sessions never stop. Well, at least, not due to winter weather anyway.

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9 all opinions are my own. 

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Heart of the Week: 5 Day Reset Cleanse

The holidays can be grueling on the body. Between all the sweets, stress and exhaustion it’s a wonder you manage to pull it off by the time the new year comes around. We celebrate Hanukkah but also participate in the fun + magic of Christmas traditions like putting up a tree.


To say our home is a bit crazy right now is an understatement and I’m FEELING it. That’s why it’s SO important to kick my health into high gear and fuel my body with all the nutrients + sustenance it needs. You may not think to take the time during the holidays to participate in a 5 day or 10 day cleanse is worth it, but that is absolutely not true. I especially love the magic of the 5 Day Reset Cleanse to help keep me on track during the holiday season.


This holistic, revitalizing cleanse will not only support you in detoxing from the taxing energies of the holidays, but will also make you feel rejuvenated, refreshed, lighter, and truly ready to celebrate all that’s to come.

Benefits of the 5 Day Reset Cleanse

This type of cleansing is unique in that it doesn’t promote deprivation, but rather focuses on giving your digestive system a well-deserved break.

Since we all get busy and don’t always have time to shop for and prepare healthy, wholesome foods, we’ll often turn to picking up fast food or ordering a pizza (guilty!). The issue with this is that we’ll be filling ourselves with foods that are much more likely higher in trans fats and high-glycemic sugar, possibly sprayed with pesticides, and lower in nutrients.

A food-based cleanse like this 5 Day Reset Cleanse provides just the opposite and consists of protein-rich smoothies, nutrient-dense salads, whole food snacks, superfood energy bars, fresh juices and fiber-filled soups—all of which are gluten-free, vegan, low in sugar and high in plant-based proteins.


Let your intuition guide you and take this time to fully explore your needs – think of yourself as part scientist, part researcher, and part healer as you do a deep dive into what is working for your body and what isn’t. Remember, it's a journey that requires patience.


How are you supporting your health + body during the bustling holiday season? Share your tips + tricks with me using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods.

Crush-Your-Cravings Classic Cacao Magic Fudge Recipe

Anyone else have a sweet tooth during the holidays? Between all the hot coco and sugar cookies, my craving for sweets + chocolate is on some other level! Philosophie Babe, Marissa Cohen, whipped up an AMAZING Cacao Magic Fudge recipe to help satisfy all the cravings with a healthy, good-for-you twist.


A fudge recipe that requires one bowl, is ready in thirty minutes, and is superfood spiked? Yes, please. The other day I came home with a deep craving for a piece of creamy, decadent fudge. In order to satisfy my sweet tooth, I whipped up this recipe using Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend and a few other simple ingredients in no time.

Unlike other treats that may leave you with a bit of a sugar hangover, this fudge will make you feel amazing. The Cacao Magic provides the rich, chocolatey flavor with healing adaptogens and energizing nutrients. I sweetened it with the Green Bee Honey for a hit of antioxidants and cleansing powers of spirulina, and the Coconut Magic makes it oh-so creamy.

Feel free to get creative and add fun toppings such as goji berries, bee pollen, coconut flakes, extra cacao nibs, and chopped nuts or seeds to your liking. Enjoy this fudge at the end of your meal with a warm cup of tea or mid-afternoon for a quick boost!

Gather This:
1 tbsp of melted coconut oil
½ cup melted Coconut Magic Coconut Butter 
½ cup creamy cashew butter (can sub with any other nut or seed butter of choice)
¼ cup Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
2 tbsp Green Bee Honey
pinch of sea salt

Do This:
Melt the coconut butter and coconut oil on medium-low heat. Add the cashew butter until it is incorporated. Remove from the heat and stir in the Cacao Magic, Green Bee Honey, and sea salt. Pour mixture into square pan (I recommend using a glass pan that has been sprayed with a coconut oil spray or rubbed with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil) and sprinkle on any toppings your heart desires. Chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, cut, and serve!

Note: This recipe can keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in an air-tight container (not that it will last you that long).


If you make this recipe or any other creation using Philosophie products tag your creations with #makeeveryfoodasuperfood and #philosophiesuperfoods!

A Note on the Final New Moon of 2018

Happy first week of December loves! I’m loving the cold, rainy weather here in LA. All I want to do is stay home, snuggled up with my family. Did you all know that Noa is now 6 months?! Time is flying by! Feeling it ALL.


This week we are greeted by an ever-expansive and mind-opening New Moon in Sagittarius in the early morning on December 7th. This moon is energizing and fueled with a spirit that challenges your expansion and growth, perfect for switching your intentions and manifestations to 2019.


New Moons are a beautiful time for new beginnings and new cycles. It’s a time to turn inward and set intentions whether emotional, physically or spiritually on the cycle ahead. This moon is challenging you to dream. Dream bigger than you’ve had all year.

New Moon in Sagittarius

The Sagittarius New Moon challenges us to seek optimism and expand your mind outward. You may feel a new sense of hope and uplifting. The eternal wanderer and traveler that is Sagittarius, offers us with mystical New Moon energy to expand our horizons and experience new experiences and new truths.


This is the time to allow yourself to leave the painful parts of your past behind and take hold of the inner work you did during Scorpio season and branch out, visualizing a brighter and more fulfilling path ahead. If you find yourself suffering in emotional, physical, or mental ways brought on by the struggles of the year - this New Moon offers hope and small joys in the magical little wonders of life. Instead of seeing a situation as it is, you will be able to imagine what your situation could be.


Full of adventurous and impulsive energy, this Sagittarius New Moon could give you that final push to move ahead on a big decision you’ve been troubled over or book that trip you’ve been longing for.


The Sagittarius New Moon this week encourages us to celebrate all that we have done and all that we have achieved over the year. It asks us to recognize the inner growth we have completed and to celebrate where we stand today. I can’t think of a better way to welcome in the final month of 2018.

New Moon Ritual

This ritual is to help you step into a more relaxed and positive state of mind for the final month of the year. It is going to use the energy of the New Moon to help you celebrate where you are, and all the hard work you have achieved throughout the year.

Inner growth was a huge part of 2018, so even if you feel like you haven’t done much, know on the inside you have been transforming + growing.


Tools

Palo Santo

Candles

Crystals (choose one that calls out to you for the upcoming cycle)


Begin by cleansing yourself and your space with your Palo Santo. Light your candle and place it directly in front of you. Take your crystal, hold it in both your hands and press it against your heart center. Take 10 deep breaths here. Take in the energy pulsing around you and the energy of the crystal. Imagine yourself inhaling and exhaling with this vibrant energy.


Recite a mantra or affirmation while you’re doing this, such as -


I open myself so I may see the path to my highest destiny. With my gift of openness, I offer joy. I will fill my life with joy, love, and laughter.


I will turn big ideas into action.


Allow yourself during this New Moon to find happiness and give yourself love. Do something that brings you joy and fills you up. There are no limits and it can absolutely be something simple. Make yourself a healing + nourishing superfood smoothie like the Cacao Magic “JOY” Smoothie or baking warm chocolate chip cookies. Maybe it’s dancing around the living room with your littles or quieting your mind in a healing detox bath. Whatever it may be, allow your heart to completely fill up.


What are your intentions for this month + new cycle? Share yours with me in the comments below or on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove.

Sophie's Thoughts on Navigating the Societal Landscape

This past week has been an absolutely magical one. My family and I spent the holiday weekend with my love, Eva Shipp and all her kiddos. Experiencing all the kid’s love + joy for each other and watching the magic of life through their eyes is such a blessing. It has such an impact on our family to be able to escape for the weekend, reconnect, and experience the magic of play + imagination.


Coming back home I’ve been reflecting on all we’ve gone through as a society especially us here in Southern California. In one week, there was a shooting in Thousand Oaks and then devasting wildfires near Malibu. These were so close to home. I’m sincerely grateful every day that our home is okay and my family is safe + comfortable.


When tragedies like these hit so close to home they have an effect on your mental wellbeing and her kids’ emotional + mental health. My boys are at an age now where they know the seriousness of these events. There are elementary schools practicing active shooter drills. My boys wake up in the middle of the night from a nightmare about a fire or a shooting. This is our reality.


I’ve always loved the holiday season because of it’s magical quality to transcend reality and create a bubble of comfort, joy and love. You're able to spend time together as a family, curl up with a movie, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate or yummy chocolate chip cookies. But as a mom, I know that tragedies are just that because of there nature to happen unexpectedly with serious effects. How do we navigate it? How do we stay prepared + responsible, but still remain optimistic + elevated for our kids?

Here are some ways we’ve made changes in our home to help navigate the societal landscape.


Create a code word with your kids.

As an entrepreneur and a mama with a little babe, I’m perfectly comfortable asking for help with my boys’ schedules. Whether they have a casting call, yoga class or want to go play at the park, they may be accompanied by Adi or I or any of my the beautiful souls in my support system. When I need to use a babysitter or carpool service like Kango (use my code “Sophie20” for $20 off a ride!), the kids and I created a code word that means this person is safe and you can trust them. It gives us all comfort.

In times of tragedy, heal yourself first.

It’s so important to take the time and process whatever happened in your own way. Maybe that looks like a really intense workout class, a long soak in a bath, or a night out with your girlfriends. Connect with your community, escape for a bit, let out your emotions so you can come back to your kids and approach them in a more grounded, level manner.


Digest the scary topics at their level.

Take the time to talk with your kids and explain what happened in a way they can digest. Talking to them about it early on allows them to process it in there way, ask questions and allow the space to heal as a family. This way they don’t learn about these events in the media or at school where it can be misconstrued.


Above all, show up to the world the way you want to. I show up with love - love for everything and anything. When I show up with love, my kids see it and hold on to it. They, too, know how to give and receive love.


Hold your families close this holiday season. It’s truly a magical time and a wonderful time to teach and connect with your kids.


How do you stay present + grounded as a mama? I’d love to know! Share in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove.

Velvet Berry Bliss Oatmeal Recipe

After the festivities from this weekend, a healing + nourishing oats bowl is just the answer this week to get me back into my flow. This touch-of-velvet oatmeal dish is loaded with a couple of my favorite berries and tons of our Berry Bliss blend.


Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend is made with camu camu, the one of the world’s most potent form of vitamin-C making this a great blend to incorporate into your favorite dishes as we head into the winter season. A spoonful of Berry Bee Honey not only tastes amazing but feels so healing on my immune system.


Let me know what you think after you make this oatmeal full of sweet fruit goodness!

Gather This:

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups almond milk

1 cup water

1 cup organic blueberries

1 scoop chia

1 tsp cinnamon

1 scoop coconut flakes

1 tbsp Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend

A handful of organic raspberries

A drizzle of Berry Bee Honey

Sprinkle of bee pollen


Do This:

Mix the oats, milk, water in a pot and turn to medium heat. Add in the blueberries, chia, cinnamon and Berry Bliss until well mixed. Place in a bowl and top with raspberries, coconut flakes, bee pollen and a drizzle of Berry Bee Honey. ENJOY!


What superfood dishes are you making this week to get you back to your grind? Share your recipes with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove! We always love to see what you create!

Cacao Magic “JOY” Smoothie Recipe

We are all in the Thanksgiving spirit at Philosophie HQ! We hope your day is filled with love, kindness, gratitude, yummy food and...JOY! We are so, so grateful for all of you. We have so much to be grateful for this year. We have so much to be humbled by. Remind yourself throughout the day how wonderfully sweet your life is (almost as good as the food you’re blessed enough to enjoy!).


We created this beautiful high-vibe smoothie to help kick your holiday into gear and start your day in the best place possible. We lovingly crafted this perfect little cacao smoothie, so you’re reminded that you are JOY! It’s inside all of us. It’s our choice to share our joy + happiness with those around us. Choose today. Share your light. The world deserves to know it.


This smoothie is filled with our favorite Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend so you feel naturally energized + vibrant ready for the day ahead!

Gather This:
½ cup frozen banana
1 room temperature banana (add more banana to make it extra thickkk!)
¾ cup full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
1 tbsp almond butter
2 pitted medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg
Dash of pink sea salt

Do This:

Blend, top with cacao nibs + ENJOY!


Optional: use a banana + small cookie cutter letters to cut out letters and create your own affirmation on top of your smoothie!


Are you making something special for Thanksgiving this year? Did you recreate this joy-filled cacao smoothie? Share your creations with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieSuperfood or #PhilosophieLove.



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