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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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! 

End of Summer 4x4 HIIT Workout

During these last summer days when the weather is still gorgeously beautiful + balmy, get outside for a 20 minute 4x4 workout! Do these 4 toning + strengthening exercises for 1 minute each for a total of 4 rounds, capping off your HIIT sesh with a bonus round of push-ups. Remember to cool down with some yummy yoga stretches! 
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1) Jumping Jack Squats
Do as many as you can for 1 minute.
2) Side Plank
Hold on each side for 10 seconds, then switch back and forth for a full minute. 
3) Front Leg Lift Into Warrior 3
Extend your leg behind you, flexing the foot as if it's against an imaginary back wall. Repeat on both sides for 1 minute. 
4) Side Lunges
Alternate your feet for these lunges.  
Bonus 
Pushups – do as many as you can do for 1 minute. 
Cool down + stretch. 
Starting in Child's Pose, flow through these yoga asanas to stretch out your joints and muscles. 
 
What's your favorite HIIT move? Share it with us on Facebook with #MyPhilosophie!