Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw: When Categories Don't Work

Generally this is the way my conversations pan out:

Person:"So what do you eat? are you a vegan?"

ME: "well, I am mostly vegan but I eat fish."

Person: "Wait, whaaattt??"

ME: "I avoid dairy and don't eat any food that walks around on land. I eat anything that comes from the sea, including fish."

Person: "But, aren't you raw?"

ME: "I mostly eat raw. I gravitate mostly towards raw, fresh, organic foods. But if I'm at restaurant with family or friends or on vacation, I'll eat cooked foods like a piece of baked fish or steamed veggies."

Person: "I've figured it out. You're a vegetarian, then."

ME: "No. I don't eat dairy, and vegetarians do. Plus I eat fish, and vegetarians tend not to eat fish."

Person: "OHHHH I Get it. You're a flexitarian!"

ME: "Sure. I'm whatever makes it easiest for you."

Are you 100% raw?

No, I am not completely raw. I consume a high percentage of raw food, probably somewhere between 75-85%. I will eat steamed veggies, quinoa, brown rice or a piece of sprouted toast with almond butter. If I go out to eat with friends I will have a piece of broiled or steamed fish with veggies and I have quite the sweet tooth. I’ve been known to polish off a fair amount of dessert, but I’ve learned to limit this over time because it just doesn’t make me feel good. Within an hour of eating the sugary dessert I remember why I don’t eat that way every day. I usually share a dessert and then I feel fine, I’m all for moderation of things we enjoy, not restricting.

Are you a vegan?

I probably eat fish once a week, so I’m not a vegan. I’m careful to research the latest eco-friendly and safe options for fish so that I don’t support any sort of negative treatment. It isn't necessarily an ethical decision, overall I don't like the taste of meat or the health negatives associated, like high cholesterol and high saturated fats.

When I moved to Los Angeles 7 years ago, I became much more aware of my likes and dislikes, and much more educated about the environmental impact created by eating meat. There is ample evidence in peer-reviewed scientific journals that mammals experience "not just pain, but also mental suffering including fear, anticipation, foreboding, anxiety, stress, terror and trauma," says Prof Andrew Linzey, director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and author of Why Animal Suffering Matters. I would go to the farmers Market in Hollywood every Sunday and talk to people in the community and learn. I decided that within myself, I prefer not to potentially bring that emotional poison into my own being, but I absolutely don't judge others that do. I've known since I was a child that I have an extreme sensitivity towards others and energies, and I may just be hyper sensitive to these feelings about animals as well.

I wear leather boots and have a beautiful leather bag, both from a trip to Argentina. My husband's cousins own a leather company there. I consume raw honey and bee pollen. I make sure all the honey and bee pollen is from a good source where the bees are treated carefully, from local bee farmers. They never transport the bees to pollinate commercial corps, and they embrace traditional, local in-season-only, low stress beekeeping methods that help keep the bees healthy.

Vegan/Vegetarian/Pescatarian/Raw-Pick one!!!!

People enjoy categorizing.  In fact, many a psychological study indicate our brain naturally desires to put things into categories, to organize things and find relationships between new objects and those already stored in our brain.

Unfortunately, I don't have an easy answer for you. This hasn't been a quick and easy process for me. It takes intuition and learning about your own body and how it reacts to different things. My journey has 100% been about how things make me feel. Dairy makes my stomach hurt, no more of that. Meat doesn't taste good, and has repercussions if we eat too much; no bueno.  Raw food makes me feel AH-MAZING... so I tend to eat as much of it as I can. Too much processed or cooked food makes me want to take a nap and not feel alive: NAH, I'll drop that from my eating regime. We must learn to listen to our internal mechanisms. Just as women "know" when they are pregnant before seeing a physician, no doctor, health coach or expert can lead you 100%. You are your own expert!

The only advice I will give is to listen to your own body, figure out what works for you and to attempt to reduce the amount of red meat you consume (for health and environmental reasons). The red meat you eat today, will absolutely affect your children's generation, either directly or indirectly. My dad's health (his cholesterol) affected me by making me scared and more aware of the health implications.  This statistic makes me happy:

"More than a quarter of people say they eat less meat than they did five years ago. There is a shifting change in the diet," says Ms Gellatley.


For more info on the benefits to eating organic, local food and more details on eating red meat, read the follow two posts:

Natural organic food explained

Eating meat, global warming and the environment

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Superfood Donut Recipe

Today we were inspired to make healthy donuts that can double as a nutritious snack! Last night, Leo saw a donut shop and got very emotional because "You never let us get donuts.” So my amazing assistant Taylor and I created these grain-free, paleo, superfood-dense, homemade beauties! 

To make them super light + fluffy, we used egg whites, which along with the Green Dream, Berry Bliss, and almond flour, create a breakfast or snack that's PACKED with protein. 

If you don't have almond flour on hand, you could definitely sub it out for a gluten-free, all-purpose flour. We also doubled this recipe so that we would have plenty for breakfast this weekend. (Pro-tip: Pair them with this Vegan Bulletproof Coffee for an uh-mazing brekie in bed).

And instead of regular ol’ frosting, glaze these yummy donuts with Philosophie Coconut Butter to help balance blood sugar levels and keep everyone full and happy LONG AFTER after their superfood pastries are all gone!


 

Gather This:

 

Do This:
Add dry ingredients into one bowl and mix together. Mix wet ingredients in another bowl, and then add the wet combo to the dry combo. Mix the egg whites in, pour into donut molds (greased with coconut oil!), and then bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Feel free to use any toppings you want (we used bee pollen, goji berries, and coconut shreds).



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toast Tuesday: Hummus + Avocado Chia Toast Recipe

Take your avocado toast to the next level with a layer of homemade Green Dream Hummus!

I ❤️  making my own fresh hummus – it’s so easy and so much better for you (+ better tasting!) than store-bought spreads. This wholesome recipe features garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas), which are not only a fabulous plant-based source of protein, but also help control blood sugar and insulin secretion. The best part is that it only takes 1/3 of a cup of beans per day to reap all of the benefits!

Tahini (a sesame paste + one of my pantry staples) is next on the list. A star player in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking, tahini is a must in hummus. To make your spread super detoxifying + alkalizing, squeeze in fresh lemon juice, and then add a few cloves of garlic to give it BIG flavor and anti-inflammatory powers. As a finishing touch, add a spoonful of our Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend. The gorgeous emerald hue in Green Dream comes from spirulina, an antioxidant-rich, blue-green algae that is packed with nutrients including iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, chromium, vitamin B-12, and protein.

Once you’ve whipped up and spread on your supercharged hummus, add the avocado slices to give your skin a beautiful glow – and make your toast ultra delicious. To top it all off, add a sprinkling of chia seeds. In addition to providing a nutritious crunch, they prevent premature aging of the skin, support digestive health, AND boost your energy and metabolism! How’s that for a superfood breakfast?

 

Gather This:

For the Green Dream Hummus:

 

For the Toast:

 

Do This:

Pop the bread in the toaster. Combine all ingredients for the hummus in the food processor and pulse until creamy. Salt+pepper the hummus to desired taste. Spread the hummus on the toast, and then top with avocado and chia seeds!

Want to be looped in for when we post our next Toast Tuesday recipe? Be sure to follow us on Facebook! In the meantime, try making this Strawberry + Berry Bee Honey Toast OR this Sauteed Banana + Almond Butter Toast

When Women Support Each Other, Incredible Things Happen

For me, Monday vibes are all about radiating #MondayInspiration! Start the week off strong with these EMPOWERING words of wisdom about female relationships from my friend Marissa Cohen, a member of our beautiful Philosophie Tribe! 

Female relationships have always been important to me. I am one of three sisters, eight of my first cousins are girls, and I have incredible female role models in my life (I’m looking at you, Soph!). International Women’s Day seemed like a second Christmas this year. I could feel the hands of my sisters reaching out across nations to join together as one. But what if I told you that despite my passion for women’s empowerment and regardless of all the incredible relationships that I have with women, women scare me.

Through our lifetimes, we all experience some level of “cattiness” with other women. Perhaps the prettiest girls in elementary school left you out on the playground, or maybe within your circle of friends in high school you felt a sense of competition. While I am not a mother myself, I know that many working mothers and stay home mothers victimize the other group for their choices in raising their children. Today, we don’t only look to the women in our immediate life, but we are vulnerable to the depths of the internet. Social media can be a source of inspiration, but it is also a pit for comparison. She looks like that? Those are her friends? Her boyfriend took her where and bought her what? She works that job and manages to be the life of the party? “She” has it all. Her life is perfect. Sometimes I find myself in a trap of feeling bad about myself and not being able to feel happy for “her.” And that – choosing to compare instead of connect, and criticizing instead of celebrating – is what I think may be the one factor holding us women back from reaching our full potential.

There is nothing more draining than a group of women putting one another down. Despite the ratings that The Real Housewives episodes receive, in real life no one wants to be a part of a circle of gossip. But, miraculously, there is nothing more igniting than a team of women all loving one another, challenging each other to be the best versions of themselves while honoring their present state, and releasing the façade of their insecurities to allow their authentic self to shine. Now, more than ever, we need a space for women to unite and experience the wonders of sisterhood. We need each other.

I am so excited be be joining Sophie and Rachelle Tratt for their IGNTD Women Nourish Your Soul 2-week online program.  Starting April 1, these two soul-charging babes will be leading six Facebook live streams to cultivate an online community for support and accountability. There will be daily intentions, challenges, yoga, HIIT, and meditation classes, and so much more. Later that month, they will also be hosting their Nourish Your Soul Weekend Retreat from April 29-30 in Venice, CA. So whether you’re an LA local or there is a coast or an ocean between Sophie, Rachelle, and yourself, there is a space for you to cultivate your tribe. You are worthy of giving yourself this experience. The world needs you, my sister, to be your best self. Let’s carry each other to the top instead of pushing each other down. 

Inspired to join our Nourish Your Soul online program or retreat? Tweet at me with any questions with #MyPhilosophie! 

Heart of the Week: Waldorf Schools

I love Kai’s Waldorf School so much! We actually moved to our new beautiful home in Culver City last fall from the Valley just so that he could attend. Since Kai was in utero, I've been slightly stalking Waldorf schools. I would go online, research, and dream. The cost for Waldorf schools is typically between $20-30k per year, which is not a real option for our family. I filled out financial aid forms and never turned them in, dreaming on my own, slowly planting the seeds.

When Kai was 5, I went to the local kindergarten near our school in the Valley for a tour and went through all the motions of meeting the teachers, touring the classrooms, etc. I was crying the entire time. The school didn't feel right. Everything inside of me felt like screaming. I knew Kai would be amazing anywhere and survive, but I know he's meant to thrive. I then found out via a close friend about a Waldorf school on the Westside, that is *FREE*. It's a LAUSD public charter school, specializing in WALDORF! I couldn't believe my ears. Adi and I immediately went for a tour and applied, putting our names down for a lottery. That was last February. In June, they called to let us know they were opening a new kinder class and asked if we wanted Kai to be included. I snatched up the spot immediately and cried tears of gratitude.

The school was over an hour and 15 minutes each direction so we moved in the fall. My heart is so complete. With their vibrant gardens and outdoor play area, baskets of wooden toys, and rows of books, they’re incredible at promoting creativity and encouraging active, hands-on learning.

At Waldorf, the kids sing songs, tell stories, do dramatic performances, and memorize fun rhymes and verses! I like that the teachers also pair language arts and music with specific movements, games, and patterns to boost coordination, concentration, and support different types of learners.

They weave math organically throughout the day with fun activities so that the kids learn to love it at an early age and really see its value! Kai and his class play with shells, stones, and beans to learn patterns of organization and also get to design necklaces, finger knit, sew, and count with circle games.

And of course, art is huge at Waldorf. Kai absolutely loves drawing and watercolor painting time! They also offer modeling with BEESWAX. (What other school does that?!)

As I mentioned earlier, gardening and the outdoors is integral to the Waldorf curriculum and serves as a beautiful intro into the science world. As a zero waste school (where EVERYTHING is reusable!), they cultivate an early appreciation for nature and teach the kids that the world is innately good and needs us all to work together to protect and support it. This has helped ME be less wasteful and more mindful of every single thing we use and don't use in our home.

Leo will go there as well in the fall as a T-K student, and the school goes until 8th grade. I feel so content and at peace. When I pick Kai up in the afternoon, he’s always bursting with excitement to tell me what he did that day – I couldn’t ask for more in a school.

If you have any interest in learning more, I encourage you to look into Waldorf-inspired preschools/schools in your area. You'd be surprised how many schools there are (or even after school activities with a similar theme). Please feel free to ask any and all questions – I hope this helps!

I'd love to hear what you do as mamas + papas to give your kiddies the best education possible! Please share with me on Facebook with #MyPhilosophie! 

Green Dream Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl Recipe

I loved how dreamy + nutritious last month's Cacao Magic Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl was, so this week I decided to whip up a Green Dream rendition. I also decided that I wanted this one to be super coconutty, so I added a cup of coconut milk, shredded coconut, AND Coconut Dream–one of our luscious coco butters supercharged with the detoxifying powers of Green Dream

And it did not disappoint! I recommend creating this oh-so-yummy bowl when you're looking for an ultra nutritious breakfast or when you know that you'll be eating out later in the day and want to ensure your bod is super happy + nourished. 

 Gather This:

Do This:

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Top with cacao nibs, hemp seeds, bee pollen, shredded coconut, and sliced berries and bananas! 

What veggies do you like to sneak into your smoothies or smoothie bowls? Let me know on Twitter with #MyPhilosophie!

3 Dreamy Philosophie x Cafe Gratitude Brunch Recipes

Last month, we teamed up with Cafe Gratitude and had the most magical brunch that I’m still in awe over. I’m pretty positive the Acai Berry Bliss Parfaits were made of unicorn poo (aka: Berry Bliss, wild berries, frozen acai, gluten-free granola, and pure love!).

I’ve been going to Cafe Gratitude for 9 years, when the only location was in San Francisco. I would visit my older sister when she lived there and take a public transportation adventure through the city to get there.

When they came to LA, I burst with excitement. I’ve probably been to the Larchmont location 500 times. It’s been a huge part of my world for a decade, and now I’m collaborating with them in the most dreamy of ways!

And now I’d love for you, my ever expanding Philosophie family + community, to try this trio of beautiful brunch superfood recipes created by Cafe Gratitude’s Chef Dreux Eliis.

Acai Berry Bliss Parfait

For the Berry Bliss Coconut Yogurt:

Gather This:

Do This:

Mix together in a bowl.

For the Parfait:

Gather This:

  • 1 teaspoon Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend and 3 goji berries (topping)
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 RS mixed berries
  • 1 GS acai
  • 1 RS mixed berries
  • 1 GS Berry Bliss Coconut Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 2 tablespoons Berry Bliss Coconut Yogurt

Do This:

Layer it up, starting from the bottom of the ingredient list and working your way up. Garnish with the Berry Bliss and 3 goji berries.

Green Dream Chopped Salad

Gather This:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup blanched broccolini
  • 2 pieces blackened tempeh, rough chopped
  • 1 RS sun-dried tomato and olive tapenade
  • 1 cup chopped romaine
  • 1 cup chopped massaged kale mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked salt
  • 2 ounces ramekin escabeche, chopped
  • 1 ounce ramekin toasted pistachios, chopped
  • 1/2 ounce Lucky Vinaigrette, mixed with 1 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend
  • 1 PS cashew mozzarella
  • 1 teaspoon gremolata
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

Do This:

Saute the olive oil, garlic, salt, and broccolini. After heating well, add the tempeh and tapenade. Transfer to a bowl and toss together with the romaine, kale mix, smoked salt, escabeche, pistachios, and vinaigrette. Garnish with the mozzarella and gremolata and dust the plate with the Green Dream.

Cacao Magic Buckwheat Pancakes

Gather This:

  • 4 ounces Cacao Magic Buckwheat Pancake Batter
  • 1 ounce maple syrup, swirled
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup, on pancake
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 half banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
  • 1 ounce chocolate sauce

Do This:

Grill the batter on a flat top. Transfer the pancake t’o a plate, add ½ ounce of maple syrup, and then swirl 1 ounce of maple syrup on top. Garnish with the bee pollen, banana, almond butter, coconut, and chocolate sauce in stripes.

I can’t wait to see your gorgeous brunch pics! Please share them with me on Instagram with #MyPhilosophie + #PhilosophieSuperfoods!