Soy foods and soy protein myths explained

soybeanWhen I used to work at the juice bar in Hollywood, girls (for the most part) would come into the store asking about being vegetarian or vegan. I remember one story in particular confessed by a naive customer . She had recently "gone vegan" and she began replacing almost all her dairy and meat items with soy products. She was gaining weight, was moody and lathergic. Why? Wasn't she supposed to go vegan, drop meat, and all the sudden drop the weight along with it?

There are a few common misconceptions about soy that I hope to clear up.

How much soy is too much? Is it dangerous for babies or kids to consume? Are there benefits to consuming soy?

Firstly, a "safe" amount of soy to consume is debatable. Each person is unique in the way we digest foods and what we are sensitive to.

Foods that contain whole soy can be a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans because they provide all the amino acids — a type of nutrient — that people need to stay healthy. (People who eat meat get all their essential amino acids from animal products.) Soy is sometimes added to foods like breads, cereals, and meat products, and used as a meat substitute in vegetarian products such as soy burgers and soy hot dogs.

Here are some common soy products/foods:

edamame Edamame: soy beans that have been boiled in water.

Soy Milk: a beverage made from soybeans, mixed with water. can be a good alternative to dairy. (not for children and definitely not as a formula or breast milk replacement)

Tofu: the white, soft processed soy milk coagulated with a chemical- (such as calcium sulfate) similar process to cheese. Should probably avoid this, almost all is genetically modified.

Tempeh: the natural fermented version of soy. Considered the healthiest of all soy varieties.

Miso: traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kōjikin. Also safe and considered to have health benefits.

Soy Sauce: the soy contained in this salty mix is actually comparatively low.

Soy Lecithin: a great emulsifier (promotes solidity) for many different products. Research is showing many positive health benefits including lowering cholesterol, improving brain functioning and memory and aiding in the breaking down of fats to be used as energy. Check before using to make sure you are not allergic, allergies can cause many complications and side effects.

Soy protein: unless you know differently, most soy protein is produced in a large commercial factory and is typically in an aluminum container which isn't safe. MSG is often added as well.

Health Information

The FDA has authorized use of health claims about the role of soy protein in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) on labeling of foods containing soy protein. This final rule is based on the FDA's conclusion that foods containing soy protein included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of CHD by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Recent clinical trials have shown that consumption of soy protein compared to other proteins such as those from milk or meat, can lower total and LDL-cholesterol levels.

The real health benefits of soy might lie in its nutritional content and the fact that people often use soy foods as a replacement for less-healthy foods. Soy foods are a great source of protein and contain other important nutrients, such as fiber, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Foods containing soy protein are also a healthy alternative to meats and other animal products that contain cholesterol and saturated fat.

But soy's greatest advantage may lie in it being a rich source of isoflavones - plant hormones that have been linked to several health benefits. For example, researchers believe a soy-based diet could account for Asia's low rate of heart disease. The leading cause of death in the United States, one of the risk factors for coronary heart disease is high levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol. In recent clinical trials, men and women with high LDL levels were able to reduce them by consuming soy over an extended period. In October, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced that certain foods containing soy will be able to claim that they may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (To qualify, the food must contain at least 6.25 grams of soy per serving, one-quarter of the daily recommended serving of 25 grams). And that's not all. It is possible that isoflavones may help prevent bone loss, therefore lowering the risk of osteoporosis.

Isoflavones have been credited with reducing the rates of certain types of cancer. For example, there is some evidence that eating soy may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. And isoflavones were the primary ingredients in a "smart bomb" - a drug that University of Minnesota scientists believe holds the potential to cure childhood leukemia. Finally, a study by the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii indicates that consumption of soy products may help reduce the risk of uterine cancer.

Soy milk, soy burgers, and soy snacks are available in many supermarkets and specialty stores. When selecting soy foods, be sure to check food labels to be sure that the food is a good source of soy protein and is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugar.

If you're interested in eating more soy, introduce it into your diet gradually. And remember that the key to good health is to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods without focusing too much on any one food.

Possible Negative Side Effects?

More to the point, the real problem is not whether soy is inherently bad (after all, people have been consuming plants with hormones for centuries) but that no one is sure how much soy it is safe to consume. While Asians have been consuming soy for centuries, there have been conflicting claims about how much soy they consume. Nonetheless, since soy is turning up in everything from cereal to ice cream, we may be consuming far higher amounts than is normally found in the Asian diet, without any real idea of the consequences. A related issue is that modern preparation methods for soy products may increase the health risks. For example, some companies use chemical hydrolization instead of traditional fermentation methods to make soy sauce. It's something to think about.

Time to get science-y: Apart from the question as to whether soy even has demonstrable health benefits, there are long-standing concerns that soy may have negative effects on thyroid function and hormonal health. Soy falls into a category of foods known as goitrogens -- vegetables, grains and foods that promote formation of goiter -- an enlarged thyroid. Some goitrogens also have a definite antithyroid effect, and appear to be able to slow thyroid function, and in some cases, trigger thyroid disease. A huge danger is soy infant formula, this should never be given to your child in such a vulnerable age. Infants that consume soy have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen circulating in their blood stream.

Most importantly, soy is rated as the second most allergenic food to humans, with the first being peanuts. So before you go soy crazy, check it out with your doc to be sure you aren't allergic.

Soy-lovely Research

In January 2006 an American Heart Association review (in the journal "Circulation") of a decade-long study of soy protein benefits casts doubt on the FDA allowed "Heart Healthy" claim for soy protein. The panel also found that soy isoflavones do not reduce post menopause "hot flashes" in women, nor do isoflavones help prevent cancers of the breast, uterus, or prostate. Thus, soy isoflavones in the form of supplements is not recommended. Among the conclusions, the authors state, "In contrast, soy products such as tofu, soy butter, soy nuts, or some soy burgers should be beneficial to cardiovascular and overall health because of their high content of polyunsaturated fats, fibre, vitamins, and minerals and low content of saturated fat. Using these and other soy foods to replace foods high in animal protein that contain saturated fat and cholesterol may confer benefits to cardiovascular health." -- Sacks et al. 113 (7): 1034

The common amounts of phytoestrogens in soy beans are not to be compared to concentrated estrogen. One study followed over 3000 Japanese men between 1965 and 1999, and that showed a positive correlation between brain atrophy and consumption of tofu.

A study on elderly Indonesian men and women found that tempeh consumption was independently related to better memory.

Lastly, soy contains trypsin inhibitors, which means the proteins in soy are not as absorbent by the body. They block the enzyme trypsin, which is secreted by the pancreas and breaks down protein in the small intestine. Basically what this means is that your body will not be able to properly break down proteins unless you take extra enzymes separately.

Long story short: it's still too sketchy to claim soy is the soy-tastic and start replacing everything with soy. My advice? Eat as many different foods and meat/dairy alternatives as possible. Don't just stick to one kind. It's fine to have a soy yogurt for breakfast with fresh fruit, but then skip the soy burger for lunch and go for a big green salad. There are plenty of milk alternatives, and I rarely use soy unless that's the only thing available. Almond milk is super easy to make and is almost as common as soy milk now. There is also rice milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk and hemp milk. Try different options and always switch it up! Don't ever use soy milk as a baby formula and avoid giving it to small kids, especially boys, when they are still growing. Finally, don't be soy-crazy! Soy isn't the devil and won't kill you. Just eat it with moderation in mind and keep yourself educated with the latest research.

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Eco-Friendly Grocery Shopping Tips

Across the planet, we are waking up to systems in place that no longer serve us as a collective; we are pulling many things up from the darkness into light. The state of our Mother Earth has always been present and there are MANY doing all they can to fight climate change and spread more sustainable and eco-friendly practices, but more are joining the cause. 


We can become part of the change by using more reusable products, shopping with reusable bags and totes, refusing bags and utensils if you order takeout, buying more sustainable products in your home to clean up messes, and become more mindful on your food consumption.  At Philosophie we're on a mission to make more conscientious choices so we can create the best environment for our little ones and the Philosophie community. The goal is to make lots of little daily changes to be more eco-conscious and choose goods, products and food with more intention. 

Why do we run a sustainable wellness brand? 

We don’t need to be the first to tell you that climate change is real and scary. It’s so important now more than ever to be part of the solution and not the problem. We want a world that our children’s children can grow up in and experience the beauty of this planet. 


As the food we eat plays such a large role in shaping how we use and treat our planet, it’s essential that we make environmentally conscious choices while gathering all the ingredients for our yummy recipes. We make it a point to research who and where we source all our ingredients for all our superfood blends and infusions


This is also important when it comes to your food waste within your own home. Mamas, I know how challenging it is to get your kiddos to eat everything on their plates. In our own homes, we are always looking for new and fun ways to use leftovers which often look like using leftover fruits and veggies in smoothies, soups or bowls. When you make your leftovers into an entirely new meal it makes it a new experience for the whole family to enjoy!

Here are our top tips for shopping sustainable while shopping for nutrient-dense foods:


Always ask questions about your food. What ingredients are used and where do these ingredients come from? Are they sustainably grown and harvested? This is so SO important, especially for ingredients like palm oil (which is oftentimes unsustainably harvested, harming natural ecosystems and beautiful creatures like orangutans).


BYOB (bring your own bag) - including produce bags! While many stores have completely banned plastic bags or charge extra for them, produce bags remain a staple. You can find reusable produce bags made of nylon or cotton. 


Shop the Farmer’s Market. By hitting up your local Farmer’s Market, you have access to an abundance of amazing fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts AND you can learn exactly where and how they were grown. Local, organic produce has a much smaller carbon footprint than larger grocery chains that ship theirs from far distances. And make sure to bring your reusable totes wherever you go!


Shop in season. Food can travel a long way to make it to your local grocery store and into your home. To help the environment, try shopping for produce that’s in season and it often saves you money too!


Buy in bulk. Go to grocery stores that offer grains, nuts, etc. in bulk and bring your own jars. It’s so cute to see them around your home, too! Turn to reusable products like our Philosophie Smoothie Jars. I’ll be going reusable with all of baby girl’s diapers and I’ve cut out sack lunches/ziplock bags for the boys.


Practices in place

A part of nourishing ourselves is respecting and protecting this beautiful planet that we call home, we feel it’s SO important to ensure that the Philosophie products also support the environment. All of our superfood + protein blends come in 100% biodegradable kraft paper, created with long, unbleached fibers from maritime pine that require minimal chemical processing and keep the wood’s gorgeous natural color. 


The paper itself actually decomposes naturally, just like the leaves of a tree, and will return to its original state of cellulose fibers in several weeks—completely safe for the environment! And while these bags are green and can be put back into the earth, their fibers are super strong so they can be reused again and again! All our jars of supercharged raw honey and our superfood coconut butter come in reusable glass jars. 


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Mental Health Check-In + Tools for Healing

Mental health is just as important as physical health. You NEVER KNOW who is struggling and it’s our job as humans to show up with compassion, with love and support, and with understanding. You are not alone. You are not meant to do life alone and no matter what your home life, work-life or romantic life looks like there are people out there that support you.


Let’s be remembered as kind, good humans who did our best, and spread love, okay?


We created this community and our superfood blends to help you live a life of vibrancy and abundance. A major tool we use to experience the beauty of life is through our food. Food has the power to heal. It is so much more than survival. It is nourishment. It grounds you. It brings you back into your body and shows you how bountiful our beautiful home is here on Earth. 


Well-being is more than the high vibrational food we eat. It’s mental health, physical wellness, and emotional stability. There are little daily habits you can incorporate into your routine to help you check in on your mental well-being.


You are never too much or not enough. It’s okay to take a break and rest. Above all, it’s okay to ask for help. We love you!


We’re sharing some of our favorite tools to check in on your mental health and whole being.



Breathwork

With all that’s going on in the world having a breathwork practice to still the mind and ease your stress is absolutely imperative. We rely on our bodies and our breath to keep us grounded and centered. The moments when you go really IN are when you focus on what’s going on underneath the surface. The best place to start? Your breath and lifeforce energy. 


Try this exercise: Take a DEEP BREATH in through your nose and fill up your whole body. Exhale through your mouth and release any stuck or stressed energy. Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly then repeat. Take another deep breath in through your nose - the biggest one you’ve taken all day - and exhale it out with a sigh. Give yourself a hug and repeat as often as you need!



Drink Water

Drink your water! Our lives can be so full, chaotic, and beautiful that sometimes stress, fear, worry or anxiety arises because we aren’t caring for our physical needs. A big glass of cold water can be SO healing. We love ours with a little bit of sunshine. What about you?


Journal

Writing can be a powerful way to release your daily worries and clear your mind. Writing your stresses, worries or concerns physically on paper can be a mental tool to clear up your headspace and take the weight off your shoulders. 


Check out this blog post for tips on journaling. 




Yoga or Movement

Yoga allows us to bring it ALL to the mat and greet every part of our bodies + true self. To feel all our power and light it. Try this pose to get out of your head and back into your body. 



Try this heart-opening yoga pose:

1) Lie prone on the floor. Stretch your legs back, with the tops of your feet on the floor. Bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your waist so that your forearms are relatively perpendicular to the floor.

2) Inhale and press your inner hands firmly into the floor and slightly back, as if you were trying to push yourself forward along the floor. Then straighten your arms and simultaneously lift your torso up and your legs a few inches off the floor on an inhalation. Keep the thighs firm and slightly turned inward, the arms firm and turned out so the elbow creases face forward.

3) Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Narrow the hip points. Firm but don't harden the buttocks.

4) Firm the shoulder blades against the back and puff the side ribs forward. Lift through the top of the sternum but avoid pushing the front ribs forward, which only hardens the lower back. Look straight ahead or tip the head back slightly, but take care not to compress the back of the neck and harden the throat.

5) Urdhva Mukha Svanasana is one of the positions in the traditional Sun Salutation sequence. You can also practice this pose individually, holding it anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds, breathing easily. Release back to the floor or lift into Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog) with an exhalation.

 

 

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Simple Family Passover Recipes

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Passover has always been a symbolically intimate celebration in my life at the start of spring. Passover is a celebration of rebirth and freedom. What better way to celebrate than with homemade foods the whole family can enjoy?


Carrot & Beet Latkes with Raw Savory Applesauce 


Gather This:

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp coarse salt

½ tbsp Green Dream

¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

½ pound carrots (about 4 medium), peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater

¼ pound beets (about 2 medium), peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater

1/4 pound sweet or russet potato (about 1 small or 1/2 medium), peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater


Do This:

Stir carrots, beets, potato, Green Dream, salt, pepper and lemon juice and toss until combined and evenly coated.

Fill a large skillet with about ½ inch oil. Place over medium heat until oil is almost smoking. (To test, drop a small bit of batter into the skillet; it should sizzle upon contact.) Working in batches so as not to crowd skillet, carefully spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into oil for each latke. Lightly tamp down to flatten. Cook, turning once, until golden on each side, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spatula, transfer to a paper-towel-lined wire rack to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve immediately with cashew cream and applesauce (recipe below).


 

Savory Apple Sauce 


Gather This:

2 lb Granny Smith apples (4), peeled, cored, and chopped

½ cup water

2 tbsp ghee

1 tbsp Green Dream

1 tbsp cider vinegar

4 garlic cloves, quartered

½ tsp chopped fresh marjoram or thyme


Do This:

Simmer all ingredients except Green Dream in a 3-quart heavy saucepan, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples fall apart and garlic is tender, about 15 minutes. Mash garlic into applesauce. Add Green Dream, mix well. Season with salt + pepper.


Matzah Pizza Recipe


Gather This:

PESTO & ARUGULA PIZZA

pesto

cherry tomatoes

arugula

bell pepper

MEDITERRANEAN PIZZA

tahini or hummus

marinated olives & artichokes

dairy-free, meltable cheese

ITALIAN PIZZA

tomato sauce

baby summer squash

dairy-free, meltable cheese

SWEET PIZZA

fig jam

goat cheese

Cacao Bee Honey


Do This:

To create a base, spread your sauce of choice (pesto/tahini/hummus/tomato sauce/jam) on the matzah. Add your favorite raw toppings, sprinkle on some cheese, and then pop your matzah pies into the oven. Bake until the cheese has melted and voila—your pizzas are ready!


Simple Green Dream Roasted Carrots Recipe


Gather This:

1 bag of Organic Carrots (we used heirloom carrots)

1 tbsp EVOO

1 tsp Green Dream

1 tsp Green Bee Honey

S+P


Do This:

Slather carrots with Green Dream, Salt and Pepper, and roast on 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Once caramelized, take out of the oven and drizzle with a bit of Green Bee Honey.


Optional: Add our Green Dream Pesto on the side for that extra flava.


Salted Chocolate Matzah Toffee 


Gather This:

10 matzah crackers

2 cups coconut oil

2 cups coconut sugar

2 tsp kosher vanilla extract

1 cup small sliced almonds

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup cacao nibs

1 cup goji berries

2 ⅔ cups dairy-free, semisweet chocolate chips

⅛ cup of fleur de sel


FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON THIS POST


You can serve the matzah toffee treats whole or break them into pieces. Arrange on a plate as a single layer with parchment in between and be sure to serve with love! 



Raw Charoset Truffles Recipe


Gather This:

For the truffles:

1½ cups pitted dates

½ cup dried apples

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 tbsp Cacao Magic

1 tbsp Cacao Bee Honey

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp sweet red wine/dessert wine (for non-alcoholic truffles, use water)

1 tsp cinnamon

coconut sugar, for decorating

TOPPINGS

2 Fuji Apples, chopped

1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

⅓ cup sweet red wine/dessert wine

1½ tsp of cinnamon

1 tbsp Berry Bee Honey

1 tbsp dark coconut sugar

½ tablespoon orange zest


Do This:

FOR THE TRUFFLES:

Pulse all ingredients in a blender or food processor until fully incorporated. Once the mixture comes together, form into balls and roll in coconut sugar. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container. Truffles will last up to two weeks in the fridge!

FOR THE TOPPING:

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Rituals to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

On March 20th, we welcome spring here in the Northern Hemisphere with the Vernal Equinox. As the Earth rotates around the Sun, the Equinox brings a peaceful equanimity to the entire Earth. It’s a day when all is in balance; a moment of equal light and darkness, giving us the ability to find balance in the hemispheres of our brain and the energies of our body. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the welcome of spring - a time of awakening, rebirth and growth and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the welcome of fall - a time of death, inward being and slowness. Both indicate a time of change and new beginnings.  


The Equinox allows a moment to reflect on the balance that the universe created for us. Many times our own personal lives and our role in our global life seem imbalanced; however, the Equinoxes are those sacred moments in nature’s cycle where we can tune in and come back into harmony.


The shift of the season is full of meaning and potential. This is a beautiful time for setting new intentions, cleansing out aspects of your life and starting fresh. It’s a time for planting seeds - both figuratively and literally. Envision the miracles and magic you want to manifest and invite them to unfold. 


Rejuvenate your body with a 5-day, 10-day or 14-day spring reset! We’re hosting a 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge on Instagram (@philosophielove)! Grab our recipe e-book by joining our community here.



March 20th also means an astrological New Year as the zodiac begins again with the start of Aries season. We’ll all be buzzing with a sense of renewal and ignited with the adventurous, vibrant Aries spirit. Driven by competition and leadership, Aries season is all about taking the initiative toward new advances, turn up the confidence and embrace the fierce-loving, radiant being you are.  


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Take your workouts outside.

For months - and especially over this past year - you’ve been staying safe indoors and warm & cozy from the cold. It’s time to bring your yoga flow out to the grass at a local park or on the sandy beaches. Take morning walks around your neighborhood or go on a hike. No matter what your exercise routine looks like, you’ll feel so much more energized and refreshed by doing it under the sunlight. 



Examine the energy leaks in your life.

While the Earth is in perfect balance it’s a great opportunity to examine how you expel your energy in your life. Are you receiving as much as you’re giving? Have you created boundaries? Look at all aspects of your life - career, finances, love, relationships, health, diet - and ask if each feels in alignment with your highest self. What can you do to create more harmony in your life? This may look like saying “no” to people and projects that suck energy from you. This may look like bringing supporting more relationships that support you and lift you up. 


Start a body reset and cleanse the physical space around you.

The shift in seasons is a great opportunity to go on a mind and body reset. You can join us at Philosophie in picking up either our 5-day, 10-day or 14-day reset guides. A reset with your health and nutrition offers space to detox and heal your body. 


You can also cleanse the energy in your home - maybe this means creating a space in your room for meditations or donating items in your home that are no longer in alignment with your life. It’s a beautiful opportunity to generate positive energy in your surroundings. Make sure to use Chrysalis Water in cultivating beautiful energy in your home!



Journal about new intentions and new beginnings.

The Spring Equinox is a potent time to re-evaluate your life and begin planting seeds for what you want to let in and release this season.


Try the following journal prompts to get started:

What are you thankful for? How can you celebrate these joys in your life?

Where can you balance the masculine and feminine energies in your life?

Where can you embrace your shadows and honor your light as we move forward in this Equinox?



This season is a magical time of the year to celebrate all the vibrancy of life you have around you and show up to it. Each season brings energy with it to support you on your life journey. Embrace it!

Why Your Home Doesn’t Feel Zen and How to Fix It

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A comfortable, serene, and zen home is a place we all want to retreat to after a long day, especially during these times. We all want rooms filled with calming hues and simple, streamlined furnishings to add to that serene aesthetic, but did you know that there are little mistakes that could be preventing you from experiencing that tranquil, peaceful feeling in your home? 


Creating a comfortable and grounded home with a relaxing atmosphere can be achieved by correcting a few key components to help infuse your surroundings with positive energy. To help make your home a peaceful sanctuary, Redfin reached out to experts, like me, from Los Angeles, CA all the way to New York, NY to share mistakes that could be preventing your home from feeling zen and creative solutions to solve them. 


Check out the Redfin article I was featured in: Why Your Home Doesn’t Feel Zen and How to Fix It, According to Experts.

 

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How to Love Your Body After A Baby: Postpartum Tips

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It’s important to remember that yes, this new baby matters so, so much — and you’re here to care for him or her in every way — but you, as a mama, are recovering. Your body just birthed a human being, and it needs time to heal. You are in the midst of changing your entire way of life to make space for this tiny person, one that can’t even hold their own head up at first! 


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REST, REST & MORE REST

Sleep as often when you can and when you can. Most new mamas forget that when baby is sleeping you, mom should be sleeping or resting, too. You don’t have to conquer the million other things on your to-do list. Use this time to reconnect and check-in with yourself. What do you need in order to find calm and serenity? Being well-rested means you can provide more energy for your babe, and also be a much more calm and balanced person. You’ll be able to give all you can to your baby — once you get your own fill of sleep.


ASK FOR HELP & SUPPORT

All of our Philosophie mamas agree this is SO important and often looked over. Remember to reach out and ask for help. You can’t do it all and nor should you have to. It’s okay to have a babysitter come while you get a message or have a bath. Fill your life with people that support you through it all. Let them help celebrate the little bundle you brought to this world by helping you.


GET OUTSIDE

Fresh air and movement are medicine for your mind and soul. Plus, easing your body back into exercise is very good for you. A gentle stroll is healing and is a great option for stress relief when you and the little one have been cooped up inside for far too long. Grab your trusty stroller and take a walk!

EAT, DRINK & NOURISH

Caring for a newborn means also caring for yourself. You are your little babe’s sole provider for all nutrients and vitamins. So, you have to pay extra special attention to what you’re fueling your body with. You also need to drink as much water as you can to keep yourself well hydrated. Make sure to get in a lot of warming foods postpartum, like ginger, coconut water and cooked foods like quinoa and sauteed veggies.  In Chinese medicine, it is thought that pregnancy is a time you are very warm internally and need to balance it with cooling foods (like raw fruits and veggies), and postpartum is a time your body is very cold and needs to be warmed.


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HOTW: Placenta Encapsulation


EXPRESS YOUR NEEDS & SET BOUNDARIES

The new baby phase is intense. You’re giving all you can to your new babe and anything left over goes to other kids, your career, friends and husband. Remember, this is a humbling period. This is where you truly learn what matters in life and what no longer serves you. It’s up to you, mama. You’re the one that gets to call the shots and ask when you’re in need of help or space. This also means setting boundaries. If life feels a little too chaotic it’s okay to say no to events and instead stay home with your baby. Or maybe you’re in need of time to reconnect with your partner or friends — do it, all of this is good for you.


BE KIND TO YOURSELF

There’s no need to do it all — and no one is asking you to. Invest in self-care and remember you’re only human. We’re some crazy fierce goddess women for being able to birth a human being, but it’s okay to set realistic expectations on what happens from there. Go slow. Your body is healing, give it space and time. Opt for soothing baths or a healing massage. Treat yourself, you’ve earned it.


This love is truly like nothing else in this life. You can’t fully understand it or experience it until you’re in it. Then that’s it, there’s no going back — and in the very best way possible.