Five Really Easy Ways To Be Healthy

Reposted from Into the Gloss

Instagram is full of health food #goals. It's easy to get sucked in—you mindlessly click follow, and before you know it, you're liking every smoothie bowl with chia seeds and goji berries that flits past your screen. And here's the thing: I want to have the time and energy to make my own Kombucha, to sprout my own almonds and turn them into milk, to make decorated mush morning, noon, and night. But there's just something about living in a big city in a tiny apartment that makes those goals seems not feasible.

Enter my friend Sophie Jaffe. We met on Instagram. She's an LA-based health and wellness expert, founder of The Philosophie, certified raw food chef, and mother of two baby angels. After a few email exchanges with her (and one too many sad desk salads), I've now got a few things on rotation that help me get extra nutrition without trying very hard at all.

1. Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: Sophie says that “unlike iodized table salt, pink sea salt hasn’t been mined using dynamite or exposed to modern day pollution. It's mineral-rich and helps regulate your water content" (My interpretation: no sushi face). Also, it’s pretty! And #glossierpink.

2. Dulse Flakes: Calm down, they're seaweed flakes, not sawdust. I sprinkle these iodine-rich specks on salads to up the nutritional value without altering the flavor much. Sophie also suggests other sea vegetables like nori, wakame, and kelp for "excellent sources of protein, potassium, iron, omega fatty acids, and vitamin B-12."

3. Philosophie Superfoods in Green Dream, Berry Bliss, and Cacao Magic: I use these superfood blends everyday, thrown into sauces, oatmeal, yogurt, pudding, even pancake batter. Plus, once I grow up and buy a blender, I will put them in my smoothies. They're filled with plant-based protein and star ingredients like spirulina, hemp, maca, chia, camu camu, and reishi mushroom. If that sounded like a different language you can trust me when I say they taste amazing.

4. Coconut Sugar Packets:  I keep a packet or two in my purse for when I’m out at a coffee shop and want a low-glycemic sweetener in my tea or coffee. Sophie says that “coconut sugar includes more nutrients than regular sugar since it's unrefined and unprocessed." It tastes just like brown sugar and doesn’t have a weird aftertaste.

5. Trader Joe’s Sauerkraut: When I asked Sophie about an easy way to get fermented foods in my diet without spending $10.99 on a jar of kimchi at Whole Foods or waiting three weeks while I make it myself, she introduced me to Trader Joe's sauerkraut. Sophie explains that "it's totally raw and fermented, aiding in proper digestion and a strong immune system."  I eat a little on the side of my dinner for peace of mind, body, and gut.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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Reflections From The Nourish Your Soul Day Retreat

This year is about falling more in love with the life I have created and embracing my community. It’s amazing to see what you can create when you decide to open up and show up, 100%. Our one day Nourish Your Soul retreat was an example of the magic we can create in when we decide to commit to ourselves and embrace what makes us authentically unique.


So many magical souls joined up on our Nourish Your Soul day retreat in Venice. A day full of yoga, dance, heart-opening workshops, nourishing food, superfoods and so much more was just the tip of the joy, beauty and radiant presence we all experienced.

I’m amazed by how quickly we were all able to drop IN and get to work.  We started our day with delicious superfood coffee with Chameleon Cold Brew and Cacao Magic to elevate us into a more energetic headspace. We danced, moved, shook, laugh, cried, hugged and held space for one another. Flow kept us hydrated all day! We experienced a magical sound bath by Hayley Rose (@hayleyro) and wrote what word we wanted to represent from here on out.


We had delicious and nourishing vegan Mexican food from Tocaya Organica. After a HIIT workout to get us sweating and moving we enjoyed a soothing skin care moment with Boscia matcha face masks. SO healing!

After a mid-afternoon Berry Bliss smoothie, we discovered how much more similar we are than different and discovered the power in vulnerability. We came together as a group and decided to full drop in and remain present. We all took home a super amazing gift bag to remind us of the beauty we experienced and empower us through the rest of the days, weeks and month ahead.

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How will you commit to your self from here on out? Share in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove!

Unpopular Opinion: Choosing Moderation Over Sobriety

It’s not new to say that our society revolves around drinking and birthday parties, holidays, celebrations, heck, the weekend are all implied to include alcohol consumption. It’s why so many in our wellness community looking to live a “high vibe life” decide to choose sobriety over substances. I attended a beautiful panel with some of my closet friends all about alcohol and choosing sobriety—it got me thinking.


It went deep and offered a great starting point for this conversation. A conversation like many in this space is saturated with the shoulds and should not’s. Like celery juice, matcha lattes, intermittent fasting, and even superfoods I believe there is a time, a place and a balance to it all.


Which is why I choose conscious consumption over sobriety. Why, you ask?


I will say that I know many who choose to live a sober life and their lives are equally abundant, happy and loving. It’s true that society as a whole shouldn’t be alcohol-focused and the more conversations we have about sobriety the more we create a positive change. The more we’ll feel a release from societal pressures to choose alcohol or drugs because it’s what everyone else is doing. Instead, that choice will come back to our control. To following our intuition.

But, here it is. I’m against complete sobriety.

To preach sobriety could have a negative effect. It stigmatizes everyone who drinks a glass of wine at a family dinner or smokes a bit of marijuana to mellow out in the evenings are not living up to their fullest potential, are not living a life of bliss, of light and of profound love.


I find substances have a time and a place. We drink wine on Shabbat, for Passover and other holidays + celebrations. I use alcohol and drugs to enhance the intention behind it whether that’s to love what life has given me, deepen the connection with my husband or celebrate the joy and support I have in all my sisters.


It’s when drinking is used as a crutch to hide deeper issues that it becomes a problem. It’s when you depend on alcohol or drugs to numb whatever you’re afraid to confront. Once you’ve done the work, dug in, brought awareness to all that’s holding you back, and released it from your life then the balance can be restored and you can rely on your inner-knowing to use substances for connection and for celebration.

How can you begin to live a life of moderation rather than total abstinence?

Anything can be toxic and considered “poison” if used excessively and used to hide away from whatever is going on below the surface. This is the same for all the considerably “healthy” activities. The key is to use any substance or any experience with intent.


If you’re INTENTIONAL, the mechanisms in your brain will send messages to your operating system so the substances used will connect rather than disconnect. Any substance done with the intent behind it can be ceremonial - cacao, ashwagandha, MDMA, or psychotropic substances, to name a few - have been used in healing and grounding ceremonies for years. I use MDMA to deepen my connection with my husband and cacao is commonly used in heart-opening ceremonies and to deepen meditations. It’s using them for a PURPOSE, not a distraction.


The use of alcohol and drugs in this form will sustain all the magic and joy of the experience. Our minds and bodies are untapped and restrained so much of the day, using drugs and alcohol to only enhance the human body experience and expand the realm of possibilities in this universe is magic.   


If you find yourself wanting to be sober look into the WHY. Is there fear? Anxiety over the loss of control? This is where there the healing and growth work is begging to be done.


Abstinence isn’t the only answer!! If you want another option, check out The Abstinence Myth by Adi that offers an entirely new perspective to actually heal from abuse and addiction rather than numbing out and pushing it away.


Instead of choosing sobriety while you do the deep work within, experiment with being “sober curious.” In the IGNTD Recovery Secrets podcast, Adi connected with Ruby Warrington all about her new book, Sober Curious and her approach to going alcohol-free that is much more forgiving and empowering. Listen here!!


Remember loves, life isn’t all that serious. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Soak up every moment as they come. As long as you show up to yourself entirely you'll already be a more present, powerful and captivating soul.



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Heart-Shaped Cacao Magic Smoothie Recipe

Happy ❤️Day, loves!!


Enjoy a day filled with kisses, hugs and all the sweets with your loved ones. Single, dating, married or other today is all about the beauty and pure  m a g i c of love.


Valentine’s Day is more than a holiday to celebrate couples, to me, it’s about celebrating love in all forms. The love we give and receive - yes - but maybe even more importantly, the love that we are. The love that we radiate. So today, remind yourself that don’t NEED someone to love or be loved by because guess what? You can be love.


Be love today by making this blissfully loving Cacao Magic smoothie bowl. In addition to the best superfood out there, cacao, our Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend and Coconut Magic Coconut Butter contain maca, a libido-enhancing root that also boosts energy + mood. So good!


When combined with a creamy nut butter, banana and chocolate bits on top, this superfood smoothie is the best way to show yourself how much love you already are!


xoxo


Gather This:

1 frozen banana

1 C almond milk

1 T Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

1 T Coconut Magic Coconut Butter

1 t Ancient Nutrition Collagen

1 T nut butter of your choice

On top: Hu Kitchen, raspberries + shredded coconut


Do This:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Grab your favorite bowl or even better, a heart-shaped bowl (we love ours from Breakfast Criminals!) if you have it and add crumbled Hu Kitchen chocolate, raspberries, shredded coconut and a drizzle of Cacao Bee Honey. Sip, enjoy and fall in love!


How are you spreading the love you have today? Share your favorite love enhancing superfood creations with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #MakeEveryFoodASuperfood.

Introducing Foods into Your Babe’s Diet

There’s so much magic in rediscovering life with your little one. Opening them up to the limitless experiences this world has to offer and what it means to live a life of bliss, balance, health and full of love. Every sensation, every experience is open for them—all you need to do as parents is guide them.


Noa is growing so much, so fast, but I feel insanely honored every day to be her mama. I’ve gotten so many questions about how I’ve been introducing real foods into her diet and wanted to share my experience and has worked best for us. More than anything, this is a period of play and experimentation. It’s connecting with your little one and allowing him or her to be CURIOUS. There’s a saying that goes, “Food before one is just for fun.” This stage is all about experimenting together and figuring out what works.


Our little miss Noa started with solids at 6 ½ months and I knew she was ready because she started to be very curious about food. She would reach for plates of whatever food was around her and was really interested in whatever I was eating. So much so that she would actually try to grab food from my mouth. All I’ve done is facilitate this initial curiosity. She still gets most of her nutrients and vitamins from breast milk and we still breastfeed 6 times a day, every 3 hours. She only tries food in-between when she’s awake and full of energy.

Instead of dictating what she does or doesn’t eat, I’ve been introducing her to a LOT of ingredients at a time. All of which are clean and organic - a whole lot of fruits and veggies, and more recently, organic nut butter! She eats everything; she’s definitely not a picky eater. What can I say? She gets it from her mama.


Some other tools & tricks that have worked for little Noa during this curious + playful phase:

Pureed food is the BEST way to get in a lot of nutrients + superfoods (of course!) - I’ve introduced both Green Dream and Berry Bliss to Noa, especially Berry Bliss because of all the vitamin C

This is a phase to experiment with a variety of spices, sweet flavors (fruit), salt flavors (a little bit of sea salt) and textures

Combine foods + ingredients in different ways, especially if they seem initially confused about it - Noa was initially not interested in kale by itself but tried it in smoothies and she’s liked it!

When trying a unique and potent ingredient (i.e. fennel) you can offset the taste with potato, banana, or pear

One major tool we’ve found to work is introducing allergy foods early on in her diets Did you know that most Israelis have no peanut allergy? One cause of this has been said from introducing little babes to peanut early on. Bamba is a peanut-butter puffed snack and is in almost every Israeli home (including ours) and everyone enjoys them from kids to adults! They have a great texture for infants and it helps babies to familiarize with the flavor profile and sensations of peanuts. One study has shown that babes introduced to allergic foods (primarily peanuts) are less likely to develop this allergy later on in life.


We’ve also been relying on a sample of baby foods and products to help ease this transition and make it a safe and enjoyable experience.


Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder: So great for fruits + veggies. We add frozen fruit to it which has also helped with teething.

Happy Baby Organics Puffs: These are so great for snacking and have so many different flavors. They melt in her mouth, are sourced from clean ingredients, full of vitamins, and encourages self-feeding.

Baby Mum-Mums Rice Crackers: Rice biscuits created especially for teething and are entirely gluten-free and non-GMO certified. The best part is that they melt in her mouth easily and are easy to hold.

Square Baby Food: Personalized puréed baby food with real, whole ingredients. They help customize a food plan based on your baby’s age, diet restrictions and preferences. Each blend incorporates a little’s ones recommended servings of fruit, veggies, proteins and grains. Noa loves them!

Yumi: These baby foods are created for each stage of food introduction + development. They begin with single ingredient puréed blends, then move to soups with 2 ingredients and finally, multi-ingredient chia or quinoa puddings. All their blends are organic, gluten-free, low in sugar and nutrient-dense—just the way mama eats!

Once Upon A Farm: Super clean and super simple organic baby food that offer a TON of flavors and varieties. Noa loves, loves, loves the applesauce blend. These are so easy to take on-the-go and I don’t have to worry if she’s still getting the right nutrients and vitamins into her little body.


If you’re curious about what to feed your baby from the foods that already exist in your kitchen. Here’s the food that Noa has gravitated more toward and what has worked best for her. But everyone is different and what works for my babe might not work for yours. Just like us!

Fruits: Asian pear (her first food), berries, banana, mango (frozen from Trader Joe’s)

Veggies: Carrot (to chew on), avocado (great finger food), sweet potatoes, cucumber

Combos: Whole grain cereal mixed with bone broth (her favorite) and smoothies


Right now, we’re staying away from honey until she turns one due to a risk of botulism. You can bet that she’ll be trying organic raw honey on her first birthday!


It’s been such a joy to watch Noa try out different foods and find the magic behind taste. I love creating recipes for her and can’t wait for the many more we’ll be trying.


Simple Purée Recipe

1 pear

Handful of peas

Handful of spinach

¼ tsp of Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend


Combine and blend in a baby food processor and serve! YUM!


Do you have a little one starting to experiment with food? Let me know if any of my tips + tools worked for you! Share with me on Instagram using #PhilsophieSuperfoods or #PhilsophieLove.

Philosophie Self-Love Challenge

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and with it comes the pressure of either being in a loving relationship or showing off your commitment to the one you’re in already. This pressure can build into a cloud of negative energy within your soul and throw you off the vibe you’ve been riding throughout the rest of Aquarius season - a time for growth, freedom, and experimentation in your life. In this “season of love”, it’s easy to forget the most important romance you have: the love of self. You might have had some wild, passionate, unforgettable relationships, but none of your partners - past or present - will ever love you as much as you must love yourself. In the spirit of that, we’re announcing a special Philosophie Self-Love Challenge.


Self-love is simply about wielding your power to act from a place of kindness + respect toward your entire SELF. This holiday is celebrating love in its purest form. The love we give, the love we receive, and, maybe most importantly, the love that we are.

Starting this Sunday, make a promise to the fierceness + beauty within you by committing one act of genuine self-love each day leading up to Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14). Whether you finally make that tasty recipe you bookmarked long ago, go on a scenic hike, start a new creative project, or just put your feet up and relax for once, we encourage you to do something nice for the one who’s been there since day one and will stay with you until the end. Each day, snap a photo/vid of your gesture and post it to Instagram from Sunday to Thursday (Valentine’s Day) for a chance to win a Berry Bliss Self-Bonding Bundle that includes: Berry Bliss Superfood + Protein Blend, Berry Bee Honey, Palo Santo, Rose Quartz and some extra beauty goodies from our favorite brands. Bonus points if you treat your body to the Berry Bliss product of your choice every day!


Like all true love, self-care is a challenge. But those who put in the work will reap the benefits - and not just the ones with delicious superfoods in them. Show us that you can practice self-care for five days; show yourself that you can do it for a lifetime.


Challenge Rules:

  1. Post on Instagram once a day leading up to Valentine’s Day an act of self-love/self-care you did that day. (You’ll score extra points if you include Berry Bliss and mention how you incorporated it into your day.)
  2. Tag @philosophielove on Instagram and use #PhilosophieSelfLove
  3. Love yourself!

Are you in?! Let us know in the comments below or share with us on Instagram using #PhilosohieSelfLove.

30 Day Flow Challenge Recap

Aligning and connecting with your body is so important for overall health vitality, bliss and abundance. So much of this relationship begins within and making sure you fuel your body with everything it needs. Our body is made of up of about 60% water so above all, remaining hydrated is our #1 health goal in life.


In January, I challenged myself and took on Flow’s 30 Day Alkaline Challenge where I drank up to 3L of Flow Naturally Alkaline Spring Water erry’ day! Flow made it so easy to enjoy more water throughout my day. They have fun flavors and are 100% recyclable, making me feel even better about sipping on them! My favorite was the lemon + ginger flavor, very refreshing.


Breastfeeding is SO dehydrating and at 7 months, Noa and I are still beautifully in this flow. It’s said that producing breast milk takes approximately 25% of the body’s energy. It makes so much sense that it makes you thirsty! I always drink a LARGE glass of water whenever I breastfeed. Rather than making dramatic changes and trying to control this aspect of our relationship I’ve decided to make a simple change for myself by taking on #TheFlow30 and support my body in staying well-hydrated! Staying hydrated when you breastfeed provides natural minerals and electrolytes for not only your body but also your little one's daily meals.

Throughout the challenge, I noticed changes in how I breathe and move every day. I felt lighter, abundant and had more vibrant energy. I noticed a major shift in my skin, which is usually the first sign of dehydration.


Some of the other major benefits I noticed are -

  • A major shift in positive, increased energy (so needed for long work days)
  • An increased sense of focus
  • Better digestion
  • Stronger immunity (this is an absolute MUST during the cold season)
  • Glowing, soft skin
  • A deeper and more restful sleep

Challenging yourself to up your water intake and add more superfoods into your diet are very simple changes you can make right now! They don’t require you to dramatically change or modify your routine. It’s about supporting the journey + transformation you’re already on by making it easier!


The second you wake up grab a Flow water and drink it as you ease into your morning routine. Warm water with lemon is great for digestion while a cold glass of water can wake you up.


How will you be challenging yourself to drink more water? Share in the comments below or connect with us on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #TheFlow30.