On Sunday, June 20th we welcome a solstice, an earthly transition. Change is happening. Energy is shifting and we enter a new cycle and season.
For us, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are drifting into the heart of summer - longer days and shorter nights. Physically and energetically we experience more light. This is a time of celebration, to honor the fire within. When lightness feels heavy and all you can see and feel is darkness, follow precious moments and experiences that make you feel light again.
Go to the light. Live in the light. Love in the light. Decide, this season, to be the light.
We are also entering feminine, watery and motherly Cancer season. Astrologically, the Sun is associated with masculine energy. Cancer season rules the feminine energy and is ruled by the Moon. This is a divine time of balance.
Use this season to reflect on ways you can balance the masculine and feminine within. Where can you be more gentle, open and receptive? Where can you be more fiery, action-oriented and decivide? We all contain both energies within us, the solstice is a beautiful moment to widen what this means to us.
On the summer solstice rituals are performed all over the world to celebrate Earth’s abundance and remind us of the fullness of our lives. We’re sharing some of our favorite rituals to help celebrate this transition and maye make some of these rituals into a daily recurrence.
Celebrate the summer solstice with these soul-expanding rituals!
Set intentions and manifestations for the season ahead. At every new season we begin again. Summer is a season of letting go, of ending to start new. Set out intentions and manifestations for how you want to feel at the end of summer. What do you want to create?
Toast to the season with a Sunshine Drops Mocktail. Make it a season of hydration and elevate your water with herbal infusions, superfoods and chlorophyll. Take water, lemon, mint and of course, Sunshine Drops then pour over ice and enjoy!
Gather with others and celebrate. This is a season of gatherings and reunions! Exchange songs, stories, and poems with loved ones. Dance, sing and celebrate.
Light a fire (or burn candles). You can make a big fire like a bonfire with friends or a small fire in the form of a candle and it can be just as powerful.
Journal. On the solstice, the sun is at its peak. Use the following prompts to inspire you and reflect -
- Write about a time you recently felt at your peak? What have you accomplished recently that you feel proud of?
- This is a time of letting go. What has reached its end in your life? What no longer serves you? How will releasing this allow you to change and grow?
What are you currently manifesting for summer ahead? Share below and make it come true!
We LOVE starting our day with superfood coffee. It has all we need to energize us and fuel our body for the day. But there’s something about a fresh cup of coffee at your local coffee shop that tastes SO good. Curious why that is? It’s hard to brew coffee that tastes as good as coffee brewed in a shop. That is, if you normally use plain faucet water.
The reason why coffee shops have a better-tasting brew is that they use filtered water. Many companies either have filtered water faucets or use filtered water coffee brewers. While you may not have coffee shop grade machinery, you CAN produce quality coffee at home, simply by using filtered water.
Here are a few reasons why using filtered water in your homemade superfood coffee makes it 10x better! [SHOP OUR SUPERFOOD COFFEE BUNDLE AND SAVE!]
The coffee tastes much better.
Since water makes up 98 percent of your coffee, it’s safe to say the quality of your water makes a huge difference. Companies like Berkey offer some of the best countertop water filters on the market for instantly providing clean water. Installing one of these can dramatically improve the taste of coffee you brew at home, regardless of the method you use.
It makes your water healthier.
When you drink tap water, the weird taste is because of toxins and bacteria that naturally occur in standard faucet water. So, when your coffee has a metallic aftertaste, it’s because you’re ingesting whichever metals are in your faucet.
When left unfiltered, these toxins and metals begin to negatively impact your immune system. Perfluorinated compounds, or PCUs, reduce your body's amount of healthy immune cells. This makes you vulnerable to a number of health conditions that can even be fatal.
Other compounds like chlorine can also be found in tap water. While it does help to disinfect your tap water, chlorine can be dangerous for your immune health when you inhale or ingest it.
These toxins attach to your filter, leaving you with healthier, cleaner water. So. you won’t have to feel guilty about harming yourself if you choose to have an extra cup of coffee during a stressful day.
It’s a cost-effective alternative to buying filtered water.
Whether you drink multiple cups of coffee throughout the day or have more than one coffee drinker in your home, buying filtered water to brew coffee everyday gets expensive. Statistics show that the average coffee drinker consumes three cups per day. Having to buy enough water to drink and make coffee everyday can add up relatively quickly.
Obviously, there are some upfront costs to purchasing a water filter. However, you will save money and time in the long run because you won’t have to leave your home when your bottles run out. In addition to cutting financial costs, you’ll also reduce your environmental footprint.
It maintains your brewing equipment longer.
Some people argue for using tap water because certain compounds in it improve the taste of coffee. However, the same minerals and compounds that bring out the flavors in your coffee damage your brewing equipment over time.
Limescale can gather in your coffee brewer without you being able to see it. Eventually, your coffee won't get as hot and your brewer will stop working. When you use filtered water, your machine stays cleaner and produces quality coffee for longer.
Even if you do use filtered water, you need to clean your coffee brewer occasionally. Descaling a coffee brewer removes excess mineral buildup. To clean your coffee brewer, you need to clear any excess water or coffee grounds from your machine. Follow up by adding equal parts water and vinegar into the water chamber and allowing your brewing cycle to run halfway through.
Turn it off and let it sit for an hour before finishing the brew cycle. Pour your vinegar mixture from your coffee carafe and repeat the process with only water a couple of times so your coffee won’t taste like vinegar.
From now on, you can ALWAYS enjoy your favorite cup of superfood coffee. With a water filtration system, you'll also never have to compromise the quality and taste of the coffee you brew at home. Be sure to do your research and find a water filter that fits your home and your budget. Both your wallet and your taste buds will thank you.
This post was written in collaboration with Big Berkey Water Filters but entirely our own thoughts and opinions!
How do you drink your morning coffee? Share with us in the comments below!
Exercise doesn’t have to look like completing some sort of strenuous activity while your body drips in sweat. It also doesn’t mean spending hours at a gym 6 days a week or running a mile every morning. It doesn’t have to “look” like anything as long as you feel GOOD doing it.
I used to be a personal trainer and would push my body to new extremes to be in the best “shape” of my life. I was exhausting myself and I never felt awakened or energized as one would expect after getting in shape. Instead, I felt depleted and weak. I decided to change the rules about how I exercised and fell in love with yoga. Until then I had only really moved my body for athletic purposes, so yoga really felt good for my skin and soul. Yoga helps me connect with my inner nature. It helps me to tap into my core, my truth and provides me with insights of who I really am. Yoga always brings me back to my truest essence.
After having Noa and then experiencing the global shutdown the idea of a strict exercise regimen has been nearly impossible. Instead, I’ve followed my intuition in every aspect of my life and that includes how I move my body.
That’s the beautiful thing. Exercise can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood and doing some at-home HIIT exercises in your living room. Exercise can look like a new workout class you’ve never tried before like pilates, barre, or hot yoga. Exercise is falling in love with the way your body moves and finding new joy in moving it and challenging yourself to new growth. It’s finding vibrant energy because of the way “exercise,” fuels and ignites you.
Some of the biggest obstacles we face in motivating ourselves to exercise are mostly internal blocks. Maybe you think that no matter how many crunches you do or how many miles you run on the treadmill, nothing changes and you still look the same. Or you’re frustrated because you don’t know how to work your way around a gym, do yoga or run properly. These internal blocks are our biggest enemy and can easily be conquered with a change in perspective.
Exercise is NOT about how much or how long you can “work out,” it’s about feeling unapologetically good inside your body and having so much vibrant energy it radiates from you.
Here are some of my favorite and simple ways to move your body!
Energize your body with high vibe nourishment! Starting your day with a superfood smoothie is a great way to fuel up and energize before getting in some movement. You could sit down and do thousands of situps and if you still eat unhealthy foods, you absolutely will not feel the way you want to feel. Make an energizing pre-workout smoothie with Cacao Magic or Berry Bliss then refuel post workout with Coconut Magic and Sunshine Drops.
Start small. Experiment a little. For me, it really 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.
Get creative with your daily habits and chores! For as long as I’ve been active I’ve found CREATIVE fun ways to do so all day long. You don’t have to do a classic / long form workout every day to be in shape/fit or healthy. Sometimes it’s jump squats while I brush my teeth, other times it’s push-ups while my kids build legos, maybe it’s calf raises or squats while I wash or dry dishes. A few leg lifts while I watch a TV show with Adi or doing 2-3 min of yoga/handstands during the workday when I’m feeling stagnant. It all *COUNTS* + IT ALL ADDS UP.
Track your movement and count your steps. I’ve challenged myself to walk 10,000 steps every day which may seem crazy but when you track even just walking around her home picking it after your kids it starts to add up! I’ve found the best way to motivate myself is getting a simple fit tracker off Amazon and being more conscious about walking. Craving a coffee? Walk to your local shop. Need to mail a packing? Walk to your local post office. There’s so many fun ways to get in your movement without even stepping foot in the gym.
Once you tell yourself that it’s not about how you look or the number on the scale and instead about how you feel during and after then you slowly begin to fall in love with exercising. It always comes back to loving yourself.
Finding what really works for you whether that’s yoga, cycling or outdoor running can dramatically change the way you approach exercise. You’ll be motivated to go out and challenge yourself. You’ll notice immediate changes in how you carry yourself and the kind of relationships and opportunities you bring into your life because you begin to fall back in love with YOU.
Raw honey is one of our favorite ways to sweeten up our tasty kitchen creations. And when our superfood + protein blends are swirled into jars of raw honey, you have a low-glycemic, high-vibrational, nutritionally-dense nectar that is pure bliss.
It’s one of the oldest and most versatile natural remedies. Raw honey has been used to soothe sore throats, sweeten tea, and contains powerful antioxidants that help reduce signs of aging. Who knew that little jar of liquid gold held so much! When we combined our nutrient-rich superfood blends with healing raw honey, we created an incredibly powerful superfood product that is just as delicious as it is nourishing
Today, we’re sharing 5 benefits and uses of our favorite supercharged raw honey.
It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals
Raw honey contains an assortment of vitamins including Vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, along with minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium AND zinc! This definitely makes it one of the most nourishing ways to sweeten your eats + drinks.
It can help you ease into sleep
If you struggle with falling asleep or insomnia, try adding superfood raw honey to an evening herbal tea. The natural sugar found in raw honey raises your body’s insulin levels which releases tryptophan where it gets converted into serotonin, which becomes melatonin.
Try adding 1 tsp of Cacao Bee Honey to an evening cup of chamomile tea.
It’s the best cold remedy, especially for your little ones!
When it comes to preventing and promoting recovery from colds, honey is a powerful multi-tasker. It is rich in phytonutrients that boost immunity, is packed with methylglyoxal (MG), a substance that has naturally antibacterial properties, and is an excellent throat-coating cough suppressant thanks to its thick consistency. You can add superfood raw honey to all of your favorite foods and drinks to boost your immune system and heal your body.
Try a spoonful of Berry Bee Honey when you feel a cold coming on!
It's full of antioxidants.
Micronutrients called polyphenols in honey contain antioxidants, which are SO essential for radiance + wellness. Antioxidants help combat free radicals, those bad atoms that contribute to cellular damage and can lead to disease.
It beautifies the skin and makes the perfect face mask.
The healing benefits of raw honey have been recognized for centuries. Ancient Egyptians and Ayurvedic traditions used honey to treat skin infections, burns, and wounds since this sweet gift from nature possesses antibiotic properties. I love mixing it into a hydrating DIY mask with aloe and cucumber since it reduces both redness and swelling!
Try this DIY Green Bee Honey face mask!
What are your favorite ways to use our supercharged honeys? Tag us on Instagram @philosophielove!
This is for our mamas. As a mama-founded and mama-run company we know a thing or two about the beautiful and not so beautiful moments of motherhood. We choose to celebrate it all. We choose to celebrate YOU and the choice you’re taking in being more present to your whole-being, to your joy, freedom, bliss and balance just by being part of our Philosophie family.
Motherhood is a powerful journey. It can be so heavy at times, but we wouldn’t change it for a single second. Every mom out there is simply trying to do the best she can for her children.
One question that we see a lot here in the community is, “How do you raise happy, healthy and independent kids?”
You raise happy, healthy and independent kids if you are as well. If mama’s happy, kids are happy. Our kids love to echo everything we do, from the good to the bad and everything in between. From making and loving superfood smoothies as much as we do to random dance parties. It helps us to be better humans, and we can learn so many lessons from them.
It’s never an easy journey and sometimes it feels as if the house has literally flipped upside but we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to support yourself as a mama. You matter above all else.
You can’t fill from an empty cup.
"Berry Bee Honey is my favorite product!! I add it to my pancakes, waffles, smoothies, and even my coffee and matcha. It’s soooo delish & its ingredients are 👌🏼 just the best for my body, now more than ever as a mom!
+ I looove the mission behind this amazing company that works to balance you in all aspects of your life." - Paola from @paosfitworld
CHECK IN ON YOUR FEELINGS
Check in on your own needs. Ask yourself, “What do I need at this moment to feel most aligned with myself?” If you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed or burnt out, you need to address it. Being our best selves and being the best mama we can is honoring YOU and your needs. In order to be the best mama you can be, you need to take priority. The amount of love you give yourself and family will be reflected in your kiddos. They’ll give all that love right back.
KEEP THE FOOD REAL
Food is energy! I love making my kids yummy and nutritious meals loaded with Philosophie superfoods. Substituting a lot of traditional ingredients for healthier options is an easy parenting trick so that our kids stay healthy but still get to enjoy their favorite meals. They won’t even know the difference! It’s all about eating meals with nutrient-dense, whole foods instead of limiting your options.
“ I love that Philosophie products are formulated so cleanly with no added gums, fillers or flavors. My favorite part is that there’s no stevia or monk fruit in their superfood protein which is almost impossible to find with protein powders. Philosophie products make it easy to add superfoods into your life daily!” - Leah G from @leahsplate
CREATE MOMENTS OF SELF-CARE
Mamas, self-care is more than just a shower and errands! Take a few minutes to yourself each day to check in and care for your mind, soul and body. Whether it’s 2 minutes of deep, belly breaths or a face mask. We like to use Chrysalis Water, an acid-balancing witch hazel loaded with natural fragrant oils, to wake up the body and help us feel refreshed.
ASK FOR HELP, IN SMALL AND BIG WAYS
It’s knowing that in order to succeed in life you have to delegate and let others step in and pick up the reins when you can’t. It’s knowing that you’re human and you’ll never be perfect but as long as you put in the work, do the research and SHOW UP then life is saner and 100x more enjoyable.
“We both love drinking the Sunshine Drops while we work on her schoolwork in the morning!” - Jen from @greenweddingshoes
LOVE YOUR BODY WITH MOVEMENT
Do everything from a place of love—which means working out because you love the movement of your body, or eating because food tastes good. The moment you do something because someone says “it’s good for you” is the moment that it loses some of its power.
Try this 15 min. HITT Vinyasa Flow for when you’re stuck in your head and need to release stagnant energy throughout your body.
EMBRACE WHO YOU REALLY ARE
Once we overcome the fear of being incredibly vulnerable and uncomfortable, we have the capacity to truly grow. By stripping down to our truest selves and using products that bring out your natural core, we allow others to see us for who we really are, and they, in turn, are so much more likely to share with us their true selves, ultimately allowing for greater trust and compassion.
“You are what you eat,” or as the saying goes. So often we forget that food IS energy. Ever felt tired after a big meal? Ever felt a mid-afternoon caffeine crash? What you consume can affect whether you live life from a low vibrational frequency or a high vibrational one. And we all want to be in a high vibration where we feel happiness, love, joy and abundance!
Raise your vibration with superfoods! They are some of the highest vibrational foods on the planet and full of magical properties that can protect us from getting sick, balance out our internal systems (hello, less stress!) and keep us feeling energized, vibrant souls. Superfoods are full of healthy, strong vibes that protect you and build you up - fueling you to be the best self you can be.
What makes a food a superfood?
It’s not as easy to Google as you may think because there’s not a concrete definition out there. A superfood is often described as any food that contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Most likely, you’re already enjoying superfoods throughout your day! Ever had a piece of dark chocolate? Research has shown that dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. It's recommended that you look for chocolate with 60% or higher cocoa content; the darker, the better!
A healthy diet incorporating a variety of superfoods will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, and live longer. One thing they all have in common: every superfood is going to be a 'real' (unprocessed) food.
Incorporating superfoods into your diet can be life-changing. Unbalanced hormone levels, poor inflammatory response, mineral imbalance and improper fatty acid ratios are typically at the root cause of many mood disorders like anxiety and depression. By balancing these systems and providing the body with proper nutrition, improved mood and mental clarity can be achieved.
Here are three of our favorite mood-enhancing superfoods you should try.
RAW CACAO is one of the most abundant sources of antioxidants in the world (far more than blueberries and red wine) and will give you amazing energy and mental clarity. It also has a great amount of Magnesium in it, which most people are deficient in and don’t even know it. Cacao has natural mood-boosting compounds, which help restore natural energy and ease mood imbalances. I love using cacao in my morning coffee and in my favorite sweets and baked goods.
Raw cacao is a star ingredient to our Cacao Magic blend, which provides the blend’s chocolate flavor. It tastes AMAZING and also provides an energizing, caffeine-free power boost. Just add a spoonful of Cacao Magic to get your protein, calcium, and yummy chocolate fix!
MACA ROOT is a radish-like root vegetable that grows in the high plateaus of the Peruvian Andes and is rich in fiber, protein, and a plethora of nutrients that promote physical, mental, and emotional health. Maca has exceptional antioxidant and immunity-boosting properties due to its high levels of vitamins E and C and also contains vitamins B1, B2, and B12, which are known to aid digestion, promote blood health, and increase energy and focus. It’s known to balance hormones, support your mood, energy, stress and stamina.
Each of our three OG superfood blends - Berry Bliss, Cacao Magic, and Green Dream - has its own unique combination of healing superfoods, but one ingredient that they all have in common is organic Maca root.
CAMU CAMU is an exotic, enchanting fruit that is extremely high in vitamin C and A, giving it lots of antioxidant superpowers. Antioxidants help prevent aging and disease by combating the effects of oxidation in our body tissues. Camu Camu is a small red berry that grows in the Peruvian jungle, and has the highest vitamin C content of any fruit on the entire planet – over 20 times the C found in two pounds of oranges (wow)!
Our blend, Berry Bliss is SUPER high in antioxidants, vitamin A, and protein, and also contains camu camu—one of the most abundant sources for vitamin C in the world!
Everyone can enjoy the benefits of superfoods - even your kiddos!
By incorporating more superfoods into your kid’s diets you can maximize the nutrients and vitamins at each meal meaning less ingredients, less stress and more yummy foods everyone enjoys! All of my kiddos tried a yummy superfood smoothie at a young age where I can be sure they’re getting good fats, healthy sources of protein, no weird fillers and nothing processed.
Sometimes, in the morning, I'll add raw cacao to their oatmeal. Other times I'll sneak superfoods into an "ice cream" where I blend frozen bananas, spinach and cacao, maca or other superfood blends. These tricks ensure my little loves are getting everything they need nutritionally.
Superfood Coffee Recipe
I can't survive a morning if I don’t get my caffeine fix and my go-to is this amazing superfood coffee. It has all I need to wake me up and fuel my body for the day.
1 cup high-quality coffee
1 cup homemade cashew mylk or nut milk of choice
1 tbsp Cacao Magic
1 tbsp Coconut Magic Coconut Butter or almond butter
Sweetener: organic honey or Cacao Bee Honey
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend! Pour into a mug and enjoy!