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 (6):

Arizona on

With the way it helps diabetes, obesity, cuts imflimation and strengthens the immune system, it’s no wonder the medical system wants to demonize coconut oil!

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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HOTW: Model Meals Complete & Fresh Meal Delivery Service

Life has been non-stop, but when is it not?! Traveling, unpacking and more life has been full to the max for my family and me! One of my favorite things to do to drop in a de-stress is being in the kitchen creating high-vibrational dishes full of nutrient-dense superfoods, but when I’m pressed for time (which is, if I’m honest, almost all the time) I’m lucky if I can cook one meal for my family. Which is why I’m so happy Model Meals came into my life. This fully cooked and super fresh meal delivery service makes it so easy to feed my family of 5, our live-in au pair and the occasional guest or family member ready-to-eat meals that are super tasty and good for you!


While I’m not someone who labels the way me or how my family meats, I do love that Model Meals is Whole30 approved because their meals are guaranteed healthy and use all organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Their menus change week to week creating some fun variety and there’s no subscription necessary! It’s so easy to try them out and see if something that’ll work for you and your lifestyle. If 100% worked for mine!! 

The convenience factor of Model Meals, along with their yummy food, makes keeping my family healthy really easy. And NOW, you can ADD-ON our amazing Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend and Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend to uplevel any Model Meal dish! I loved adding a touch of Green Dream to their salmon and spinach meal - so good! 


Add-on Philosophie Superfood + Protein Blends to your first Model Meal delivery by going to https://modelmeals.com/pages/order-new and clicking “Add-Ons”. It’s so simple. Let me know what you’re adding to your delivery! 


Tips for adding superfoods to your complete meals:

Make a Green Dream Hummus and use as a superfood dip

Use Green Dream to make a superfood salad dressing

Sprinkle on top of roasted veggies

-Mix Cacao Magic nut or seed butter for a protein-packed topping for apples or toast.

 

What are healthy eating hacks do you use for you or your family? Share them with us on Facebook with #MyPhilosophie!

How I Navigate the Entertainment Biz With My Kids

It’s safe to say that my kiddos take center stage in my life and since they were little they’ve never shied away from a camera. Following my mama intuition, I decided a long time ago to embrace the radiance that was pouring out of my boys and manage their biz in the industry. I’ve been asked by so many of you for tips & tricks for getting your kiddos in the industry, so here’s my attempt! Please, please remember that this is my advice and my experience in LOS ANGELES. You can take it and leave a lot of it too, depending on which city you live in and depending on the needs of you and your family.

 

As I say over and over again, listen to your gut and your intuition. It knows what’s best when it comes to your kid’s health and wellbeing. My kids THRIVE in front of the camera and they have fun with it. However, if they’re tired or burnt out then we won’t go to the audition and I will never force them to do something they don’t want to do. When I go with them I give them my full attention + play with them instead of using it as time to get my own work done. I REFUSE to become a typical stage mom and work hard to not let them get sucked into the industry.

 

That said, it brings me so much joy to see the screenshots I’m sent of Kai or Leo on TV or on a billboard. And they’re SO proud too when they see themselves on the screen. Currently, my little lion and I are in JAPAN for one of his gigs. Seriously the trip of a lifetime and he is loving every second of it.

Image via Anine Bing Kids

 

How my boys got started

Kai and Leo both started to work in the industry in the first 6 months of life. We’ve lived in LA since before they were born and I, myself, have been acting and modeling since I was 18 so for us, it was an easy transition. It’s something I was familiar with and felt comfortable navigating. If it’s something you’re trying to get your little ones into, the newborn stage is actually the best way to “make it” without compromising too much of your routine with your babe since they can only be on set, legally, for 20 minutes.

What are the benefits of putting your kids into “the industry” and taking them to auditions?

What are the downsides?

These are the questions I’m constantly asked! While this is more personal, I will happily share my own experiences with my kids. For my kiddos - who both attend a Waldorf school and went to a Montessori preschool - it may seem, in many respects, an industry job in entertainment (specifically modeling for huge brands and acting on big-budget TV commercials) seems counterintuitive.

 

However, I chose to focus on how I can make each experience as fulfilling + creative as possible for them. At auditions and on set, they have limited access to screens and instead draw, do activity books, puzzles, etc. There’s also a teacher on set to help with school work. For both my children, the CONFIDENCE it has provided them is immeasurable. They can go anywhere and talk to ANYONE from any walk of life. They are comfortable in their skin, they can take direction and they have a sense of work ethic. 

 

At a young age, they’re blossoming into their gifts and showing off their natural talents to the world. Finding the balance of embracing the spotlight and staying humble allows them to step into their own being + beautiful light.

Image via Junk Food Clothing Co


My tips of the trade

Acting classes are super important for everyone at every stage and age. In the beginning they will just teach them how to slate (which you could do at home) and to be around other kiddos going through the same thing. I try and do one class a year or every 18 months to keep them fresh and learning. 

 

Make sure you get amazing headshots, and get new ones every time there’s a big change. 

 

BE SURE TO KEEP ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS UPDATED for stats. This is HUGE! Your agent will submit you based on these stats and if they are off by even an inch you could be losing an opportunity. 

 

Best acting classes in LA: 

The Young Actor's Studio in North Hollywood

Lisa Picotte's Young Actors Workspace in Pico Roberston  

Keep It Real Acting Studios in North Hollywood

Image via Anine Bing Kids

 

Agents:

These are the best in LA and from my friend Katie Taylor (who has a casting company in Santa Monica). In no particular order:

Abrams Artists Agency

CESD Talent Agency

Mavrick Artists Agency

Coast to Coast Talent Group

LA Models/LA Talent

Paloma Model and Talent (this is our agency, feel free to put my name down to try and get your kid in!)

Zuri Model and Talent

Brand Model and Talent

Daniel Hoff Agency

Osbrink Agency

 

Money:

I use a Coogan Savings Account

Strongly advice to get a Work Permit (Make sure you renew before it expires so you can renew ONLINE instead of going into the hellhole that is their Van Nuys office: trust me.) 

 

TIPS FOR SANITY and balance:

You can definitely self submit on these online sites until you get an agent: Actors Access, Casting Frontier, Casting Networks (aka L.A. Casting), Catz, etc.

Bring TONS of snacks and activities/books to auctions to fill the time

My Fall Favorites for the Ultimate Coziness

I’m all about FALL - it’s a wonderful time for turning inward, finding gratitude, expressing love and cozying on up! I need this energy so much in my life right now so I’m making this season count and taking full advantage of the cozy vibes.


Along with joining my Philosophie fam on a GROUP FALL RESET (starting on the Autumn Equinox on Monday, 9/23) these are some of my favorite essentials I keep around the home all throughout this season for my own self-care and healing.


1) Books! And one of my go-to's for DROPPING IN is Mamaste by Lori Bregman

A beautiful read about supporting motherhood from within and finding community along the way. Some others in my essential reads are: The Book of Awakening, Ram Daa Be Here Now, Untethered Soul, I Am Her Tribe, Yoga Journal


2) Palo Santo 

A MUST for creating positive energy. I use Palo Santo during the cooler months because we’re home more and have a tendency to invite over more friends + family for the holidays so I want to make sure we invite in positive, uplifting energy in our space. 


3) Liquid Sunshine Chlorophyll Drops

Chlorophyll has been part of my daily routine for years and I’m so happy I can share this magic with you all! It has the power to completely transform your water - it detoxifies your body systems, hydrates your skin and boosts the stimulation of the immune system. So necessary when battling a cold!


4) Green Dream Savory Blend

An essential for easy nutritious + tasty dinners for you and the family! I use it on all my favorite roasted veggies, soups and savory meals! So yummy!

5) Superfood Lattes

Mmmmm! I can't get ENOUGH of these superfood lattes! While a fancy latte may sound like something you should leave up to your barista, it's just as easy to make in your own home! 


6) The Moon Deck Cards

This deck is one of my best friends and is so beautiful! Whenever I feel super overwhelmed or like I need a bit of inner guidance, I use this deck to tap in and it always gives me a beautiful message of clarity.


7) Chrysalis Healing Water

This is pure SKIN MEDICINE, an anti-aging treatment AND a skin hydration solution that makes me glow. I usually put it on throughout the day + it smells amazing—it's a luscious combo of sweet orange, rose, and plumeria.


8) Candles and I’m loving Dehv!

A good candle can completely change the energy of a room and I love using candles that are made consciously and so full of love like Dehv. Their packaging is also insanely gorgeous!

What are YOUR fall favorites? Share them with us on Instagram with #myphilosophie!

Refusing To Cover Up + Products With A Purpose

As a mama and, truthfully, a woman, I’m told a lot about what I should and shouldn’t be doing in order to have a perfect, healthy life. After years of work in establishing boundaries and leaning in fully to my intuition, I’m not easily swayed by the rules and labels put on women. I’ve created such a strong circle that I barely come across products and stigmas that don’t align with my life. But, I know they exist and my hope is to help other women cut through all that noise and come back to their own body in a beautiful, gentle and loving way. I REFUSE to shrink and label myself to do things that make me look, feel or SMELL better. The second we try to hide what we’re made of is the second we create a toxic cycle within our bodies. 


This is why I’m challenging myself to commit to certain clean, non-toxic products that enhance my natural body’s makeup for the next few months and see how I feel and where I end up. I would love for you to join this movement with me!


Using products made with natural and purposeful ingredients EMBRACES our natural beauty. I am partnering with type:A deodorant for the next few months to see what happens after committing to ONE clean deodorant for several months. I’m so excited to see it all unfold and will update you along the way! 


Deeply connecting to our intuition and focusing on the natural beauty allows us to truly radiate out to the world and we organically look, smell and feel better without harmful chemicals and toxins covering us up. Other ways you can create this natural beauty and glow is through:

Mindful movement: Moving your body in a way that feels good deep within your bones like a morning yoga flow, a midday afternoon jog around the neighborhood or a HITT class at your local gym.

Daily nourishment: Eating lots of fresh fruits + veggies and TONS of superfoods because it gives you long-lasting energy and boosts your body’s nutrients. Eating all the colors because it’s fun, delicious and rewarding.

Conscious consumerism: Using trusted and safe products like type:A to support natural body functions (aka sweat!) makes you GLOW from the inside out.


All type:A deodorants are aluminum-free, paraben-free (needed!) and come in gorgeous scents like The Dreamer which is made of a soft white floral linen scent with hints of ylang ylang and jasmine. It feels super lightweight when I put it on and gentle to my skin. Since it’s cream-based it also moisturizes my skin but dries to the touch. It’s amazing! I’ve never had deodorant in a tube, but I can already tell, I’m a fan.

If you’d like to join me and try type:A for yourself, use my code “SOPHIE20” for 20% off! So excited to see how my body feels after these few months and I’ll continue to update you all throughout this journey!

How To Do It All

In living a life that’s filled up with so much adventure, hard work, joy, love and laughter it’s important that I also live a life of RADICAL TRANSPARENCY. A lot of the good is coupled by a lot of heartache, pain, and struggle. Multiple times a day I’m asked, “How do you do it all?!” and as a mama of 3, an entrepreneur, wife, sister, friend, yoga teacher and wellness advocate—the truth is, I don’t. My loving Philosophie community, I will tell you anything about everything because I WANT to share the things that bring me joy, sanity and peace. So that you can live a life you deserve, too. So when it comes to “doing it all” I’ve learned (the hard way) to ask for help


My support system has been made from years and years of trust, open communication, and growth. From my husband to my business team, my chosen family and other trusted services, my businesses have grown (Philosophie and IGNTD) and my children live a life that supports their nurturing and allows me to show up to them fully as a mother. I have an amazing manager Erin Cutler, founder of Neon Rose Agency (truly amazing if you’re looking for a manager!!) and an incredible personal assistant, Taylor Heinrich

When it comes to my kiddos, we knew a network of babysitters wouldn’t cut it anymore and we couldn’t afford a full-time nanny so we tried out Cultural Care, which is an au pair cultural program bringing amazing humans from other parts of the world to live with you and be a part of your family. Our au pair, Noemii became part of our family. If you’re not ready for an au pair, you can also explore sharing a nanny with another family or swap when you can, meaning you watch a neighbor’s kids and then they watch yours another time. 


How do you ask for help?

Communication is SO important. While nothing is perfect, a relationship is built on communication, intimacy, vulnerability and trust. 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. 


Some of my favorite service and go-to's include:

Bambino Sitters: I use this especially when I’m traveling because I don’t want to feel trapped because little babe is asleep. I want the freedom to explore.

Kango: A literal lifesaver in navigating my kid’s schedules that are often busier than mine! This reliable car pickup/dropoff service is super safe and I trust them 100% to help get my boys wherever they need to be on any given day.

Washos: Mobile car wash and detailing service that is SUPER helpful when you need a quick wash but can’t leave your home.

Spatial Soulutions: Dany has become part of my family and helps keep my home organized and beautiful. I work with her every few months or so to make sure things stay clean, organized and functional. Highly recommend!!

Find some of my other MOM HACKS in this post and tips for a WORKING MOM here. You can also find some of my favorite beauty tricks and secrets that have become timesavers in this post. Never feel guilty for asking for help and support! Relationships are built on an equal give and take. Know that every problem has a solution once you take yourself out of the “victim” role. You got this!


Anything I’m missing? Anything you use? Share in the comments below!

Cutting Cords Energetically to Align with Your Highest Self

We’re spiritual beings. We share energy on a daily basis with humans, places and things. Most of the time they bring in positivity, joy and love into our lives but there are times when they create low vibrational energy. By sharing energy we create attachments or energy cords to relationships and things that either serve our highest good or block our growth. Like a mother’s bond to a child or a passionate bond to a lover, energy cords are made up of mutual sharing, trust and love. As we are always in a state of growth, bonds have the potential to shift or transform as time comes and goes. It’s our CHOICE to decide when energy shared enhances your life or restricts it. Then you can decide how to move forward from there. 


There are certain people and things you effortlessly align with and keep coming home to over and over and over again. Trust their love for you. Trust the joy they bring you. Anyone who you can pick up exactly where you left off and get DEEP into it—those are your people. Hold them close. 


Decide now to choose YOU. Your joy and happiness. Nobody or nothing can rob you of your joy. Did you know that? If you feel the energy cord inhibiting you from living a life you’re meant to experience, let go. Create more space. More music. More baths. More nature. More breaths. More fun. More nourishment. Cut cords energetically for more love and gratitude to seep in. 

What are some signs of unwanted energy cords?

Obsessive thoughts or behaviors around a person or thing

Negative self-talk or feelings with that relationship

Feeling drained with a person or a thing

You don’t feel like your true self around that person or with that thing

You hold onto to the hurt or pain in a low vibrational way

The relationship makes you physically anxious, tired or sick


The same way we can energetically attach to people, places or things, we can also physically attach. It’s our choice and birthright to cut any forms of an unhealthy attachment. Through connecting to your intuition and maintaining nourishing self-care rituals and practices you’ll recognize where energy cords are strengthening or depleting you.


The best thing you can do is let go of feeding that person, place, trauma or hurt your energy through thought or emotion. Forgive them, forgive yourself and LET GO.

A ritual for energetic cord-cutting

Find a quiet place and light some candles then clear away negative energy with Palo Santo (available here). Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Then perform this visualization exercise:

Picture a thick cord coming from the center of your body, traveling deep into the earth and tying you safely to the core. Grounding you and protecting you.

Now imagine the person, place or thing you wish to let go.

Visualize a physical cord with this relationship and imagine cutting it. Tell this person, place or thing that you love them and are grateful for them but will no longer be tied to them. 

Remove the cords.

Visualize the cord you tied to the earth coming back to your center. 

Bring your awareness back to reality and move your body (try a quick yoga flow or delicious stretch).


Finish by lighting some Sweet Grass (available here) and bring in new, vibrant positive energy into your home and the energy within. 



How do you challenge your growth and reach toward your highest self? Share in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove.