Good fats are IN! Coconut oil, omega 3 fats and DHA!

Did you know that eating "GOOD FATS" can help you lose weight? That's right folks, GOOD fats can get rid of BAD fat! Although fat used to get a bad rep, it's finally getting it's due! The fact is: we all need fats.

We now know that some fats, specifically the omega fatty acids (also known as Essential Fatty Acids-EFA's) are vital for health.

Omega-3 Fats

The king of the EFA's are the omega-3 fats: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic aicd (DHA). Unfortunately, although DHA is  also an omega-3 fatty acid, it is NOT found in the other fats, so you have to find it elsewhere. (see below)

Plant sources of omega-3's include nuts and seeds, especially flaxseed oil or ground flaxseeds. they are also found in lesser amounts in legumes, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Coldwater fish like wild salmon are a great source as well. The adequate intake guideline developed by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine recommends that men consume 1.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids a day, and that women consume 1.1 grams daily. (unless pregnant or lactating, see below)

DHA's and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, developing babies rely on their mothers to get needed DHA. Since DHA is derived from the foods we eat, the content of DHA in a mother's diet determines the amount of DHA passed on to her developing baby. Unfortunately, the majority of pregnant women in the U.S. fail to get the recommended amount of DHA in their diets and DHA is not found in most prenatal vitamins. The good news is leaders in maternal health are beginning to educate women about the importance of DHA and some food manufacturers are starting to come up with creative ways to help people - pregnant and non-pregnant- get the DHA they need.

Current research suggests adequate levels of DHA may help increase a developing baby's cognitive functioning, reduce the risk of pre-term labor and decrease the risk of postpartum depression.

Why do pregnant and lactating women, who so critically need DHA, find it difficult to get the recommended amount of this crucial nutrient in their diets? There are two primary reasons. First, during pregnancy the daily requirements of DHA increase from 220 mg to somewhere between 300 and 1,000 mg (depending on which expert you consult). Second, DHA isn't easy to get in your diet, especially when you are pregnant. Significant amounts of DHA are found in animal organ meats and fatty fish.

My advice? Get a good DHA supplement from your doctor or from a health foods store. According to Dr. Barbara Levine, associate professor of nutrition in medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, "the purest source of DHA is not the fish itself, but rather what fish consume: the ocean's vegetarian plant algae." Taking DHA supplements produced from marine algae is therefore a safe way for pregnant women to boost their fatty acid stores. (like the spirulina which is inside Green Dream powder!)

Another good fat: Coconut Oil

Organic coconut oil is an unrefined, non-hydrogenated plant oil that's produced from fresh coconut kernel without the use of harmful chemicals. The production process retains a maximum amount of the active medicinal compounds in this organic oil, including lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. Modern research studies have found that these coconut oil compounds provide a number of benefits.

Possible Weight Loss

Coconut oil can be a healthy source of dietary fat when you're trying to lose weight, according to Bruce Fife. In his book “The Coconut Miracle,” he writes that it contains fewer calories than most oils and has no toxic trans-fats. Furthermore, the saturated fats in coconut oil are in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are more easily metabolized than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) and are less likely to get stored as body fat.

True story:

My girlfriend, who had a baby the same time as I did, couldn't lose the last few pounds 6-9 months after having her baby girl. She tried everything. She connected with me about the stubborn last pounds, so I asked her what she was eating each day, when, and what her activity level/exercise was like. Everything seemed fine.  She was breast feeding, so that should be doing the trick. After I was stumped, I said, "just as an experiment, try having 1-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil each day in addition to the rest of the stuff you're eating/doing. Don't change anything else, only the coconut oil each day." She DID, and 2 weeks later she reported in that she had lost that last 5-7 lbs!!! With NO other change but the coconut oil. Yeee! Love success stories!

Improves Immune Function
Functional Benefits

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a compound that supports immune function, according to Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. He writes that when you take coconut oil, the body converts the lauric acid in this oil into a compound called monolaurin. Kabara reports that monolaurin is a potent immune system stimulant that can also be obtained from human breast milk. It helps nursing babies to fight off infection while their immune systems are developing.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil is classified as a functional food because it provides a number of benefits beyond those provided by its nutritional content (also known as a superfood). Fife notes that more than half of the fatty acids found in coconut oil are in the form of lauric acid and capric acid, two compounds that have potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoal properties that aid in treating genital herpes, influenza, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and gum disease.

My son AND my dog LOVE coconut oil. They will eat it by the spoon full, which is the best way to consume it. If you (or your family) don't love it that way too, no biggie, just add it to any smoothie or substitute it for other oils when cooking. You'll fall in love, trust me!

HERE is a smoothie recipe including coconut oil!

and the majority of my desserts contain coconut oil, check out those recipes, too!

references and for more info:

The Coconut Miracle, Bruce Fife, 2004

Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D: Health Oils From the Tree Of Life

The Coconut Research Center: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

She Knows-Pregnancy Website

Comments (5):

Charley Neal on

I’ve been taking Coconut oil for 3 and half years,and it does wonders for me. It helped me drop thirty five lbs. Now my Diabetes type 1,is in control.

Jaime on

Great article! I loooove coconut oil. Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all the toxic chemicals in your life with healthy organic alternatives. Its completely changed my life and how I feel everyday! :)

Heres a great review of everday roots: http://reggiesreview.weebly.com/everyday-roots-review.html

Keep up the great content!

Jaime on

Great article! I loooove coconut oil. Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all of the harmful chemical products in your life with organic ones. It’s completely changed my life and how I feel everyday :)

You can read a good review of Everyday roots here: http://reggiesreview.weebly.com/everyday-roots-review.html

Ginger hunt on

In The Google heading said this answered the question of “does coconut oil have EPA & DHA?”, however I could find nothing that addressed that question. Krill oil is so expensive I was hoping to find another good source of Oleg 3 with those in it. Thank you. :)

dusti on

i wonder if any one can tell me the proportions od ALA , DHA, and EPA in coconut oil? one is so often told veg an nut oils only contain ALA’s but i’m sure that cant be true of coconut oil, can it? thankyou

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Don’t Be Afraid to Act Fucking Nice

As I’m out in the world exploring with my kiddos whether it’s on a run in the jogging stroller, walking around the neighborhood to a local ice cream shop or traveling on an airplane with all three littles, time and time again the thing that can INSTANTLY transform my meh into a YEH is kindness from a stranger.


Picture this: three hours into a challenging flight with both boys and baby Noa. My kids and I had just eaten an overly expensive, less-than-average lunch at the airport before boarding, then both boys proclaim they’re “starving” (great, another overly expensive, less-than-average purchase option on flight), Noa is WIDE awake due to her long lunch/airport nap and already OVER IT from a previous flight, and there’s an asshole in the seat in front of me who makes snide comments or shakes his head in disgust every time we move a muscle or Noa makes a sound. I pace the airplane like a psycho praying that somehow Noa will become sleepy during this process, and on my 400th lap up and down the plane, a woman mouths to me,


“You’re a great mom.”  

 


My entire face lit up. I smiled from ear to ear and tears formed in my eyes as I continued my lap to the way back (to bug the flight attendants because there’s literally nowhere to go on a flight with a baby that isn't in someone's way) of the plane.


Now, I’m empowered. I have 2 hours left until LAX and I can DO THIS. Fuck that dude with his negativity in front of me! I’m a great mom! It can’t be a coincidence that 12 seconds later Noa fell asleep in the carrier. I’m sure my energy relaxed her, too!



Once I was on a jog with Noa in the jogging stroller and had Lucca, our pup, too and I only had 20 minutes to get in this tiny bit of exercise before showering and going to speak on a panel. This was it. I had to pump up my energy or else I would not be active that day. As I was jogging along, every step felt next to impossible. While running through one of my fave neighborhoods to jog in, a man is crossing the street and looks at me (I’m expecting an annoying catcall) and says, “Keep going, mama!” It motivated me tenfold. I felt so strong! I told myself, “I can do this, it’s just a few more minutes of effort and I’ll feel so good later!” After a few blocks, I felt my energy drop again and my desire to walk/give up. Someone yelled out of their bedroom upstairs from a beautiful home, “You’re doing great!” Once again, I felt a surge of energy and just what I needed to carry me home. That’s it. TWO. MEASLY. SENTENCES. That transformed my day.



So, my point is this. BE FUCKING NICE. The concept we learned in elementary school, “don’t say anything if you don’t have anything nice to say,” has never been truer than it is right now. In this moment. In this current world. How can your words or actions affect others? You have NO idea unless you give it a try.



 

How can you spread some kindness today? Let me know in the comments below and connect with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove!

How to Give Yourself the Space as a Couple to Decompress and Drop In

As parents and entrepreneurs, Adi and I get SO caught up in everything else in life from our children to our work to our friends and everything else we forget where it all began - with us. It’s so important for us to take time away from everything in life and be in it - even if that means having to actually fly on a plane and get the F away from LA and all that we know. But it’s so good, friends. It's so good to be in it with the person you love and reconnect to all you cherish together.


At the end of last month, Adi and I escaped to Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a weekend and the vortex was so powerful. The second I got there I felt so nurtured and released so much. The facilities, excursions, and activities gave us a weekend to truly decompress with my partner for life.


It took lots of years of being off balance, unconnected and working through a ton of shit before we as a couple could figure out this way to go off the grid for a day, a night, or a weekend and reconnect to one another. This is a bit of what we did to give you an idea.


Our weekend getaway at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

When we arrived we both felt completely ungrounded and unsettled from all that we were leaving in our FULL as-can-be lives so we took that first day to decompress and create space for softening. That buffer time is essential to any kind of deep reconnection whether with your partner, parent or spouse.


We spent the first day relaxing and reading on the dock by the water - literally HOURS of reading. Which I haven’t done in such a long time. What a gift it was just to read; so pure, so simple. After hours of reading and a glorious nap we took a soak in their natural mineral spring and dove deeper in the vortex of nature.


By the end of day two, we were so IN it that I was offline for a full day! We went to a yoga class which we haven’t done together since before Noa was born. We lay under the stars. We took lots of naps and ate all the food. We both got CBD massages and had a 90 min. hypnotherapy session where we had the most incredible past-life regression together. We found ourselves several times in past lives and found all the gifts we have brought to our children - such a heart-opening experience. I opened up to it entirely and felt so much appreciation and gratitude for the life Adi and I have created.


We created this magic

I am so appreciative of how open-minded Adi was to the whole weekend. It was very much a spiritually-curated weekend including a healing session with a Shaman which was perfect for me and Adi (surprisingly) was all in.


This time together is so sacred. It reminds us of the magic we have created including our three little love beings full of pure light and wonder. So little we give this time to ourselves. We always have people over or go on double dates or have family events and Sunrise Springs gave us a weekend to pause and remember where it all began.


By Saturday night we were so filled up and ready to see our babies, we left SUPER early Sunday morning. Honest, that’s all we could ever want out of a weekend getaway - the chance to reconnect, recharge and come back excited and ready to embrace our full lives.

What are some of your favorite ways to recharge and drop in? Let me know in the comments below and share with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove. 

How I’m Manifesting My Dream Home

I get a lot of questions about manifestation and how to work through it. I don’t believe there’s a step-by-step process to it but while I’m DEEP in it I decided to share the experience, what I’m feeling, and all that’s been going into MANIFESTING my dream home.


Manifestations are the sum of our intentions and aspirations coming into fruition. Manifestations identify goals, aspirations and desires, and are created through pure intention. I’m constantly in awe of the magic of the whole thing and the ability to step outside your ego. When you begin calling out your manifestations into the universe it’s important to be clear on your intentions. You want to make sure you have a clear and concise vision. If you keep flip-flopping on your dream desire the universe won’t know what you’re trying to bring into reality.


For manifesting my dream home, I had a very specific vision: 5 bedrooms, a good-sized backyard, a gorgeous kitchen for all my filming and recipe creations, private bedroom for our live-in au pair, room for both Adi and I to work, space for a pool and enough space to entertain and host small events.


With my intention clear and my vision set, it was time to put everything into action and I’m beyond grateful Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties entered my life to help the process truly unfold.


Initial meeting with our broker

Berkshire Hathaway has BLOWN ME AWAY with their professionalism and seamlessness, right from our very first meeting with our broker Yana (@yahahomesla) who is this super sweet and crazy smart human that makes house hunting a joy. Yana and her team were so great at curating the houses we went to and she quickly was able to adapt to us and our lifestyle which is just a tad on the crazy side.

Home hunting and viewings

We’ve gone on several showings with Yana and oftentimes they are all over the place and have to fit between a VERY tight time range. She makes sure to thoughtfully lay out the tours to work in our time frame. Everything has been organized and made sense from a point to point map view. It means so much us to us as we have businesses to run and kiddos + a baby to care for. She always makes sure we end up near our home after showings and adjusts the showings to our specific needs and desires.


All the homes we’ve been shown have been perfect for OUR family. We saw one home that had a wing with 3 bedrooms and a shared bathroom off to one side of the house (perfect for our 3 kiddos) and the master wing was on a different side but still close enough. It also had guest quarters on the outside with a separate entrance (we always have friends and family, and currently our au pair staying with us). She kept in mind that we worked from home and this home had little areas we could insulate for sound for the podcast, a lighted kitchen, spacious rooms for photos and video and, of course, a backyard.


Yana learned quickly what we did and didn’t like, so much so that she adapted in the moment if she realized we wouldn’t like something. We felt like we were really heard on all our desires for a dream home - bringing my manifestation further into reality. It’s been so easy to connect with Yana, whether over text or call, and she continues to make herself readily available to us and always carries a kind, thoughtful demeanor.


Where we’re at now

Originally I wanted a place by this spring but as I’ve learned you have to gracefully move through phases of expansion. Manifestations are the result of aligning with the universe and its divine timing. Our hunt has slowed a bit as we get our financials together for a preapproval. It’s a bit complicated since both Adi and I work for ourselves but Berkshire Hathaway has helped us connect to the right resources to get it all straightened out. The MINUTE that we are all set we know Yana will be ready to jump back in and find the house of our dreams.


The stress + anxiety that goes in a home hunt has been taken off drastically by working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeService California Properties. We’re confident that there will never EVER be a shortage of homes in Los Angeles so I'm not worried. We will find the PERFECT house for our family, possibly brand new or possibly with some love and work needed. No matter the case I know it’ll be just right for our little family.

Thoughts on the home buying process? Share your tips & tools with me below!

Turning 35: Beauty Secrets

I’ll admit that turning 35 doesn’t exactly feel (as Kai and Leo would say) “easy peasy lemon squeezy.” I’m definitely having some *feelings* as I (officially) transition into my mid-thirties. Other birthdays have flown by without even a blink. No biggie.


This one feels bigger, more permanent, and heavier in some ways.


Every year brings new challenges, new wisdom, new love and life. I’ve always felt honored to embrace every new stage of life whether it was 16, 18, 25, 30 and now, 35. In life, I practice transparency and authenticity in everything I do in order to remain completely honest to where I’m at in life, what I’m struggling with, what I’m in love with and finding the courage and determination to fight through the challenges that inhibit my growth.


Challenging and accepting growth also means embracing physical changes. In 35 years of life, I’ve been in both the worst and best shape. I tried extreme veganism, became a plant-based foodie, a hardcore yogi,  had three children and traveled around the world. Childbirth created skin pigmentation and years around the sun meant skin shifting, wrinkles and everything that comes with growing. I am proud of the way I view my body, as a woman, and especially during this age of social media and living in Los Angeles. The healthy, balanced relationship I share with it makes me feel confident but that doesn’t mean I’ve taken all the support I can to keep me feeling vibrant, beautiful and healthy.

One thing that’s helping me gracefully move into this next phase is certain beauty regiments that help my aging skin feel more youthful. As it turns out, the majority of my wellness friends have all been using these sorts of services for YEARS — some of them as maintenance in their late 20s, others more recently as they entered their 30s.


I’ve decided to share many of my secrets in this blog post in case you ever have any questions or ponder any of these services for yourself or a friend. I’m always here for open dialogue!


Here are some of my favorite beauty rituals and maintenance practices to keep me feeling confident and in LOVE with the body I’m in:


Shape House - I’m in love with this self-care center and have been going here for lymphatic drainage and a delicious detoxification sweat! Sweating is so healing for the body!


Facials and massages - I routinely get a facial for maintenance and as a general self-care practice. It’s “me” time whenever I go to get a facial or massage. It’s time away from kids, husband, friends and everyone in order to turn inward and reconnect with myself and feel amazing in my skin and body after! I get facials done at Beba Beauty for deeper treatments (mention my name for a discount!), HeyDay for routine maintenance facials and The Now for a 75 min. Massage with extra head focus and CBD cream.


IPL (intense pulsed light) treatment - I’ve been doing IPL (light therapy) for about 6 months now. I decided to omit the numbing cream and daily bleaching cream due to breastfeeding, but I definitely notice a difference each time I go. The results are quite mind-blowing, to be honest! I went to Lasky Aesthetics in Beverly Hills and was blown away by the center itself, care, concern, professionalism and RESULTS.

Eyelash extensions - I’ve been doing eyelash extensions for YEARS now and I love that I can wake up feeling put together with no makeup on. I go to Beba Beauty in Westwood and I really focus on the lashes feeling as organic as possible. I also go back and forth between eyelash extensions and keratin lash lift to give my eyelashes a break. Day to day my skincare routine is so vital to feeling bright and fresh. My favorite brands are AHAVA, Boscia and True Botanicals.


Endermologie and IV - I go to my girl at Embody Esthetics in Beverly Hills for Endermologie on my entire body. They also do IV which helps with hydration and vitamin C. I’ve noticed amazing changes particularly to my c-section scar with Endermologie. Highly recommend Embody!!


Glamsquad and Dry Bar - When it comes to getting ready for shootings, events, etc. I rely on the Glamsquad team to come help get me “camera ready.” They come to your home and give you the full treatment which is so great for a mama with a baby at home! When I can I also love getting a blow out done at Dry Bar. It’s such a relaxing and beautiful salon and the team really knows what they’re doing.

3 months ago I got my first ever Botox treatment (!!!!) with Dr. Rovelo and I honestly don’t know where I’ve been. Friends several years younger than me have been doing it and we just never talked about it because it wasn’t in my awareness of possibility. I did a little Botox around my eyes and forehead, where my smile lines and concentration lines form. Already, after 3 months, it’s almost completely gone but I like that because it gives me a chance to check in with my skin and face to see what level I actually want to continue at, if any.


I pumped and dumped all weekend after getting Botox on a Friday afternoon. I can’t believe how terrified I was and it honestly just felt like little teeny pinches and nothing more. The IPL was way worse. Within 7 days I saw the Botox completely show up - AKA all my teeny wrinkles were gone and the muscles in my forehead weren’t being used anymore when I frowned or concentrated in a yoga class.


Once I’m done breastfeeding Noa, I’ll be working with Dr. Rovelo for pigmentation and more treatments including bleaching creams, etc. I highly recommend her if you’re also experiencing these kinds of “growing pains”! She works with you and makes sure you feel comfortable and confident in any kind of treatment you pick!



So, here I am, approaching this new phase of my life journey EMBRACING my new growth edges and sitting in the magic of all I have created up to this point. I am abundant. My children are happy and that’s what matters.

 

What are some of your favorite beauty maintenance rituals and self-care splurges? I'd love to know! It's so important to stay open on this and share these conversations. Comment below or connect with me on Instagram!

Magical Moon Talk: Full Moon Bloom in Libra

Today we celebrate a Full Moon in Libra which is also commonly known as the Pink Moon because as a reference to all the blooming flowers that show up at this time. It reminds us that life is continuously growing + rebirthing much like the wildflowers and creatures that emerge and blossom this month. This Pink Moon in Libra also signifies a time of balance and harmony. This is time to look at areas of life that may be draining your energy or asking for more. It also encourages to focus on the collective and the relationships will nurture.


“With a second Full Moon Blue Moon in Libra, the cosmos is focusing our consciousness on our relationships. The sacred dance of the masculine and feminine is being recalibrated at foundational levels. There are greater forces at work moving us all into new evolutionary pathways, we must trust that ultimately these changes are leading us toward greater expansion and fulfillment.” - Mystic Mama


How can you show up more the relationships that align with you and fill your life? Can you let go of some that deplete you or drain you?




I shared an article on Chalkboard mag all about ways to improve your quality of life by harnessing the ability to DROP in. With all the Full Moon energy in the air, it’s easier to tune into the present moment but I also walk through my 5 ways to drop in on the daily.

Here's an excerpt:

"What does it take to drop in? Dropping in means to fully connect to that deep intuition within, to feel grounded energy and feet planted firmly on the ground, to channel all the sisters and mothers before you, to hear the wisdom within and let love pour out from the belly of your bones.

After years of working with my mind and body to be able to sink into the present moment better, my ability to show up, drop in and let go is much faster than ever before. There are many ways to get to that place of grounded-ness and presence, but I find the best way is to be alone. To connect inward and sink in."

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Magical Moon Talk: Aries New Moon

When the first Friday of a new month is also a New Moon you know is going to be a day full of magic and potent energy. New Moons are a beautiful time for planting intentions and speaking them out so you can begin to put steps toward achieving them in this new cycle. Most New Moons are full of quiet, introspective emotions—it’s days where I turn inward, meditate, take a long bath and stay inside, close with my loved ones.


This New Moon, however, is fueled by fierce and fiery Aries. She encourages to recognize our true selves and throw out anything and everything that doesn’t align with who we are and our life’s purpose. An Aries New Moon encourages us to be bold, daring, spontaneous and confident in all our actions.


“We are finding our courage in knowing that our honesty/vulnerability is our redeeming strength, what we feel deep down is valid, and we are valiantly moving forward with our hearts like lanterns guiding us through the darkness.” - Mystic Mama


Channel all this vibrant energy through a meditation to help channel your intuition and call your true intentions forward. I shared a guided moving meditation now live on my YouTube channel.




Grab a Magical Moon Satchel or “intuition kit” to help uplift your energy today and every day.


Happy New Moon!!


What are your intentions for this moon cycle? How do you plan to celebrate today’s New Moon? Let me know in the comments below!