Heart of the Week: Autumn HIIT Workout

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Lately, I've been at my MAX—I've been traveling frequently, involved with my kids' busy lives, teaching yoga at their school, working with private clients, and running Philosophie.
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However, I don't see being super busy as a good excuse not to work out and believe that breaking a sweat actually makes you feel LIGHTER + MORE ENERGIZED.
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As a result of my crazy schedule though, I've been loving FAST + SIMPLE workouts—especially ones that take place outside in the gorgeous light + crisp air.
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I know I'm not the only busy bee so I teamed up with Free People to create this high-intensity interval training fall workout—get MOVING + let me know how you feel after! 

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By Naomi, Free People 
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As fall sets in, many workout regimens tend to fall short. 
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Without that summer motivation, we just don’t hit the sweat sessions as much as we should. But, in order to remain healthy, it’s important to move our bodies all year long. A good workout lifestyle will keep us vibrant and energetic well into our later years. So, to give you a little motivation, we met up with FP Escapes instructor Sophie Jaffe. With a background in personal training, she shares a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout to implement this fall. And hey, soak up those last months of decent weather — now is the perfect time to take that workout outside!
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This HIIT session will blast calories, boost your cardio capacity, strengthen your core, upper and lower body and challenge your coordination and balance. Perform two rounds of this routine below, executing moves at 70 percent of your maximum effort (you shouldn’t be able to speak more than a few words at a time), with a 15- to 45-second rest between each exercise and a 1-minute recovery between each set. Do this workout two or three times per week.

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1. 2-minute Run
Start off slowly and gradually increase your pace until breathing becomes difficult and you are only able to speak a few words at a time (working at approximately 70 percent of your max effort).

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2. Burpees
Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms at sides. Squat, placing hands flat on floor under shoulders, and then jump or step feet back into plank position. Immediately jump (or step) feet back up to hands, and jump straight up from squat position, extending arms overhead. Do 10 to 15 reps.
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3. Single-Leg Deadlifts
Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms at sides. Lift right foot a few inches off floor, balancing on your left leg. Keeping back flat and abs engaged, hinge forward from your hips, sending right leg (and hips) behind you, reaching hands toward floor. Lower as far as possible while maintaining a flat back, and then squeeze glutes as you return to standing. Do 10 to 15 reps. Switch sides and repeat.

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4. Jumping Lunges
Stand with feet shoulder width apart, arms at your sides. Bend your knees, keeping them in line with your feet, and sit back into a quarter squat (a). Perform a small jump, and land back in your squat position (b). Repeat. do for a total of 1 minute.
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5.  Push-Ups
Get into plank position, hands on the ground directly under your shoulders, legs about hip width apart (a). Keeping your elbows tucked against your sides and your body in a straight line, bend your elbows and lower your entire body until it almost touches the ground (or as far down as you can). (b). Return to start position (c). Repeat. Total of 30 seconds x 3 sets.
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6.  Jump Squats
Start with feet hip width apart, arms at your sides. Perform a small jump upwards while simultaneously moving your right leg forward and left leg backwards, landing in a lunge with right knee bent directly over your toes, left knee bent directly in line with your hip (a). Jump and at the same time reverse legs (b). Repeat. 30 seconds total x 3 sets. 
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7. Tricep Dips
Get onto all fours facing the sky, knees bent 90 degrees over your toes, one leg lifted towards the sky, hands on the ground under your shoulders, fingers facing forward, back straight so your core is parallel to the ground (a). Keeping your elbows tucked in, bend them to lower your butt as close to the ground as you can get (b). Push back up (c). Switch legs and repeat on other side. 1 minute total x 3 sets. 
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8. Boat Pose Obliques
Sit on your booty and point your straight legs towards the sky, sitting in a “V” position. Take your hands to the right as your pulse up, lower your body halfway down, then come to the center. Turn your body and hands to the left. Lower down and repeat. 15 reps x 3 sets.

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4 Rituals for the Fall Equinox + Jewish New Year!

Happy Fall Equinox + Jewish New Year!
This is a time for reflection and refinement. Let the light pour in on this Autumn Equinox and New Moon in Virgo. This period marks the transition from old into new. We now have the opportunity to release old thoughts, beliefs, and habits as we let go of the old year.
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Together we can ride the rush of the new energy of the Lunar New Year to renew, reset, and rewrite the story of our lives. Here are 4 rituals you can do to bring in the new year with grace + intention:
1) Light a candle. The candle's glowing light will symbolize the reflection of your past year.
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2) Free write or journal about a few things you want to let go of from the years past. As we move into Fall, shorter days, and darker energy, what shadows do you want to embrace and focus on in this moment? Write a few sentences about your shadows and what you've learned from them.
3) Set intentions for the coming year. How can you utilize the Virgo moon + sun energy to create healthy new rituals for the New Year? 
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4) Light palo santo and walk around your home, to every single corner, saging yourself, your family, your entire space to start fresh and new. Take time for self care + reflection. 

We love you all so much! Please give yourself the time you deserve to celebrate this oh-so-special moment 
What intentions are you setting for this new period? Share them with us on Facebook with #MyPhilosophie!

Celebrating the New Moon

I always find the New Moon to be such a magical time for setting intentions, listening to your intuition, and allowing yourself to cleanse + reset. Tomorrow night I'll be doing a  Full Moon Celebration + New Moon Temple with Free People in Santa Monica. I would absolutely love to see you beauties there, especially if you're new to celebrating the beautiful changes that come with the moon!
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Read on to catch my interview with Free People, where I share everything from my favorite crystal to how the new moon affects us!  
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Your astrological sign:
Taurus Moon, Taurus Sun, Virgo Rising (earth mama!!!)
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Your spirit animal is:
 My son, Leo the Lion
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You are a yogi, raw food chef, healer, health coach, mother. What can you NOT do? 
We can all do anything we want. Truly. We are all standing in our own way because we think we have to do it perfectly or "right". There is no right. There is just showing up and doing.
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Best piece of advice you ever got:
Learning the word "no". That saying "no" to others is actually oftentimes saying "yes" to yourself. 
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Worst piece of advice you ever got:
I get all sorts of unsolicited advice from other mothers. They loveeeee to share their two cents even when it isn't asked ;) 
Go-to superfood:
My Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend. It's packed with Vitamin C so it works on supporting and strengthening our immune system while helping our skin glow from the inside out. I add it to smoothies, juice, oats, yogurt, and just about anything else! 
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Your upcoming workshop in Santa Monica is about the new moon. How does it affect us?
As women, we are all affected by the moon and her shifts. The new moon is a time to start fresh, set new intentions for the month ahead, connect inward, and check in with our shadowy side. This is a time to journal, take long baths, meditate, rest, and cleanse. Solo time is necessary. 
What should we be learning from this experience?
That it's completely normal to feel more emotional around the new moon, that it's vital to connect with other women to be truly "seen" and felt, and that we are always supported and held by our sisters, even if we don't always see it or feel it. 
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Your favorite crystal and why: 
Citrine is so beautiful. It also manifests abundance + brings energies of generosity so that the prosperity + success is shared. Citrine is a solar plexus chakra stone used metaphysically to increase, magnify, and clarify personal power + energy.
What does free mean to you?
Free means expressing + living without restrictions – mentally or physically – so that I can feel open, vulnerable, and fully connected. Free is a state of mind, and I can get there as long as I'm focused on the moment + not future tripping or living in the past. 
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How do you celebrate + embrace the New Moon? Tell us on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie!

Heart of the Week: Fall Equinox Cleanse + HUM Nutrition

Now that fall is upon us, we’re beginning our gentle cleanses to welcome the new energy of the season. The best part about nourishing food-based cleanses is that they naturally detoxify the body without making you feel hungry all of the time, which is super common during juice-only cleanses. Instead, you restore your body with vibrant, healing foods and supplements like Hum Nutrition that further amplify the benefits of your cleanse!

The Philosophie Cleanses provide LOTS of fiber, so while you're cleansing, I recommend taking Hum Nutrition’s Flatter Me, which helps your body digest what you eat, as well as reap all of the nutritional rewards of these foods. If you aren't digesting your food properly, you’re not getting all that you can out of these high vibrational fruits, veggies, and superfoods!

While cleansing, I also love taking Hum Nutrition’s Beauty ZzZ, which ensures that I get a night of quality sleep. A full 7-9 hours of sleeps is SO essential to our day-to-day routines, let alone when we’re doing a cleanse.

If you're looking to feel lighter or gain more internal clarity, definitely check out our line of cleanses + email me at sophie@thephilosophie.com if you need help choosing the right cleanse for you!

Do you have any questions about your Fall Equinox Cleanse? Share them with us on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie! 

5 Tips for Cultivating a Walking Meditation

The simple act of walking can be one of the most blissful and serene moments in your day. It’s an opportunity to clear your head and be mindful of your surroundings – to celebrate and savor the small, beautiful things in your community. The vibrant marigolds, the toddler and her mother playing in the sprinklers, the mailbox with the flamingo whirligig bobbing up and down in the wind. The sweet things that are not to be missed and won’t be missed when you fully embrace the practice of walking.

To cultivate a walk that is both meditative and rejuvenating (and in every sense, a chance to stop and smell the roses), follow these 5 tips before you step out the door.

  • Hydrate with a nourishing superfood smoothie. It’s important to keep your body properly hydrated, especially if you’re taking a walk in the heat of summer–nor do you want to be hungry! Blend up coconut water, leafy greens, a frozen banana, mango, and pineapple, along with some chia and flax seeds, for a nutrient-rich, tropical drink that will help you focus on your walk.

 

  • Wear cute, comfortable clothes and shoes. Slip into a workout top and tights that will let you move freely (and not overheat), along with a pair of kicks with good support.

  • Keep your phone at home (or in your pocket). When you begin you walk and step outside, think of it as entering your yoga studio. Let your phone rest. Leave your list of to-dos, your dinner plans, that spreadsheet you’ve been working on all morning behind. Limit distractions that would bring you back into the daily grind of your life and – instead open yourself up to the “distractions” of the outside world – the fireflies, the oak trees, an old jazz tune floating out of a neighbor’s cracked window.

 

  • Set an intention for your walk. Again, think of this as a yoga practice, where you set an intention, a guiding light that helps you stay on the path you’d like to walk. It could be an intention to find gratitude, to be open and receptive to your surroundings, or to find calmness and serenity during your steps.

  • Walk with a friend or your four-legged pal. Ask a friend to join your walking meditation. Instead of swapping work stories or recapping the latest episode of your favorite show though, take the time to explore your environment together. Dogs also make wonderful buddies for walking meditations since they’re fully tuned into the moment (squirrel!) and can help you connect to it as well. If your dog is being extra good on your walk, be sure to reward him or her with these Superfood Doggy Biscuits!

Do you ever go for oh-so-calming, meditative walks? Tell us on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie! 

Green Dream + Berry Bliss Layered Pudding Recipe

This spectacularly layered yogurt pudding recipe brings together the detoxifying, beautifying powers of Green Dream + Berry Bliss! Make this dreamy creation on a weekend morning when you have plenty of time to savor the gorgeous green and magenta hued pudding OR as a midday treat when you need to boost your energy levels, fight any hunger pangs, and allow your mind to meditate on the relaxing task of preparing a high vibrational food.

So what goes into making this beauty? It's actually quite simple! Each layer only features 4 ingredients – a superfood blend, a superfood-infused honey, yogurt, and leafy greens or juicy fruits. Just blend up each protein-packed layer and pour into a tall glass, along with any granola or fave toppings! 

Gather This:

 

Do This:

In the blender, combine one cup of yogurt with spinach, Green Dream, and Green Bee Honey. Set aside. Blend a separate cup of yogurt with the berries/pitaya, Berry Bliss, Berry Honey, and set aside. Layer a jar with the two yogurt blends + sprinkle with granola or more fruit! 

It always makes my day to see your beyond beautiful superfood creations – especially when they feature lovely layers! Share yours with us on Insta with #PhilosophieSuperfoods! 

Philosophie Babe Recipe: Hazelnut Cacao Cookies

We have another ridiculously delicious Cacao Magic cookie recipe this week from talented Philosophie Babe, Caroline of Caroline's Kitchen! Not only do her chewy chocolatey cookies pack in the protein, they're also filled with crunchy bits of hazelnuts and cacao nibs. DREAMY. 

These Hazelnut Cacao Cookies are slightly cakey, rich in flavor, and have the perfect amount of sweetness. The base of these cookies is a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. The combination of these two flours keeps them from being dry or dense like many “healthy” cookies, and they’re also grain free!

I added Cacao Magic, a mix of cacao, superfoods, and hemp protein with no added sugars, to add more protein and nutrients to each cookie. Unlike most protein powders, the Cacao Magic is completely unsweetened and contains no additives, fillers, or emulsifiers, just 100% pure goodness!

The flavor of these cookies is seriously amazing! The cacao powder gives them an amazing rich chocolate flavor, while the coconut sugar, one of my favorite low glycemic sweeteners, adds just the right amount of sweetness. Each bite contains bits of chopped hazelnuts and cacao nibs that add the best texture and crunch. Hazelnuts and chocolate is always a winning combination. Nutella fans, this is for you. 

Gather This:

  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts

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Do This:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, and Cacao Magic in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add the coconut oil, egg, almond butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla to a medium mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Make sure the coconut oil is cooled and the egg is at room temperature, otherwise the coconut oil will harden!

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold with a spatula to combine until a dough forms. Add the cacao nibs and hazelnuts and fold again.

5. Scoop the cookie into 11 or 12 balls, depending on how big you want them, and place on the lined baking sheet. Flatten the balls slightly with your hands. The cookies will spread a little, but not a lot due to the coconut flour.

6. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, then place them on a cooling rack to cool. Enjoy!

Do you have a Philosophie Babe recipe that you'd love to share with our tribe? Share it with us on Insta with #PhilosophieSuperfoods + send it to sophie@thephilosophie.com!