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

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Julia Erickson on

Thanks for your research on coconut oil. This will hopefully redeem millions of Filipinos relying on vast regions of coconut plantations who got mired into poverty for the last half a century when Western medicine bad mouthed the coconut and its byproducts like coconut oil. Thanks again and Godbless! :-)

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HOTW: Weekend Getaways

I’ve been lucky enough to get away for the weekend during last month’s Full Moon and this month’s New Moon (perfect timing, right?!). It’s honestly such a treat to pack up the car, grab the family and get away. I love mini vacations or stay-cations with my family even if we’re not going that far.


I encourage everyone to make time for a mini-vacation! You can even stay local as long as it’s an escape from your day-to-day routine and someplace you can soak up some magic with your loved ones.


A few weekends ago, we went to Palm Springs and stayed at the Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs during last month’s Full Moon. So, so beautiful! We took both the boys + baby girl and everyone had the best time. I was also treated to a CBD-infused spa experience exclusively for Estrella Spa at the Avalon by LA-based cannabis wellness brand, Highland Pantry. So, so good for mama! Highland Pantry offers 4 different CBD infused “benefits-based” massage treatments, all using a hand-crafted line of spa products. Each massage offered - Glow, Cleanse, Heal and Renew - corresponds with a customized essential oils blend crafted to promote specific benefits. I went with Heal made with chamomile, and patchouli essential oils - so calming.

Last weekend, we escaped to Joshua Tree for a magical weekend in the desert vortex. Surrounding myself in the quiet of the desert under a New Moon with my family was so healing. We stayed at one of the Vintage Desert Homes and I CAN NOT recommend enough. Honored Mother Earth’s magic, soaked in some much-needed family love + bliss and celebrated little Noa turning 7 months! So grateful for this life.


How can you escape for the weekend? Here are a few tips!


Put some money away each paycheck into a separate “vacation” fund!


Plan a month in advance. (You know when you’ll need a break)

Book a trip in the offseason - especially popular spots like Joshua Tree.


Get others involved! Plan with a group or ask for tips/support.


Finish up all the work you can before the weekend! Don’t leave anything for the day you come back.

Meal + snack prep! You don’t have to buy everything there so bring all the superfoods you need!


Get your kiddos involved in packing! Let them choose their favorite clothes + toys, but don’t forget the essentials!


What are your favorite weekend spots to escape to? Share yours with me on Twitter using #PhilosophieLove!

Feed Your Face // Green Dream Face Mask Recipe

The winter season has been making my skin incredibly dry - it’s so important to not only nourish your body with clean, vibrant ingredients on the inside but on the outside too! I always make sure to treat my skin with the cleanest products to avoid toxic buildup and keep my skin fresh and full of GLOW! Philosophie Babe, Marissa Cohen, shares an amazing Green Dream Face Mask recipe that completely nourishes your skin down to every cell!


Hi beautiful babes! This recipe is meant to nourish you from the outside in. While I definitely believe that the key to clear eyes, radiant skin, and strong hair/nails start with what you put into your body, Philosophie products can also be used topically to get you glowing. With just a few simple ingredients, this face mask in the perfect way to pamper yourself. Since our skin is our largest organ, it’s important to be conscious of the ingredients in our beauty products.  Many masks on the market strip your skin of its natural oils. This homemade version will help treat impurities and decrease inflammation, but when you splash yourself clean, your skin will be left airy instead of tight.


Greek yogurt is the base of this mask, which provides cooling effects to calm any redness and combat dryness. We mixed this with our Green Bee Honey for its antibacterial properties and a squeeze of lemon juice to provide enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin. Skin and self-care, made simple!

Gather This:
1 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt (can sub any plain non-dairy yogurt that you have on hand)
1 tsp Green Bee Honey
Juice of ¼ of a small lemon

Do This:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Lather paste mixture on face for 10-20 minutes, sip on one of our tonic recipes and indulge in a Philosophie superfood-infused treat for the ultimate at-home spa experience.


What’s your favorite way to hydrate and moisturize your skin in the winter? Share yours with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #PhilosophieLove!

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I promise to continue showing up to all of you and to myself, every day. I promise to be vulnerable and honest because you’ve given me the space to do so. I have so much in store for 2019 and I can’t wait to share it all with you. Thank you for riding this journey with me.


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How to Make Drool-Worthy + HEALTHY Dishes During the Holidays

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It’s so easy to upgrade a dish when you bake it or roast it in the Samsung oven. You can add a ton of holiday spices to your favorite veggies like ginger, sage and rosemary. What I love adding the most though to any veggie dish I’m baking is Green Dream! It has such healing + detoxifying properties and brings out the rich flavors of the veggies making it completely drool-worthy.


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Paleo Vanilla Cookies

The Cacao Magic gives the cookie a lovely hint of chocolatey-ness, while also providing an energy-lifting burst of nutrients. Then sneak some serious detoxification powers into your treats with a spoonful of Green Dream. A serving of this superfood blend packs more protein than an egg, more iron than a serving of beef, less sugar than a stick of gum, and more fiber than bran cereal!


Gather This:

2 cups almond flour

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp sea salt

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup honey

2 tbsp chocolate chips


Do This:

Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the superfood blends. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Add chocolate chips. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter evenly onto the prepared baking sheets; repeat with all of the batter to make 6 cookies on each baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cookie comes out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

What healthy + yummy holiday recipes are you looking forward to making for your friends + family this week? Share yours with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods.

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You can also explore my discounts post for some of my favorite brands that I’ve partnered with for a discount code! MUAH!

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As we continue through the whirlwind holiday season packed with parties, all the decor, baking, cooking and gift shopping runs, it’s SO important to stay HEALTHY, grounded + calm so that you can savor the beauty of the holidays + celebrate what it’s really about—spending time with your tribe of family + friends.

To stay supported + connected to yourself and YOUR needs, incorporate these rituals throughout the season:

Start Your Day with a Superfood Smoothie
It can be difficult to maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays, especially when you don’t have as much time to make wholesome, homemade meals and will be attending festive gatherings with dishes that might not be the most nutrient-dense. To make sure your body is receiving all of the nourishment it needs to keep you free from sickness and GLOWING, make it a daily ritual to whip up an energizing smoothie filled with fruits + veggies, Philosophie superfoods, and coconut water or nut mylks.

Ground in the MAGIC of Crystals
Beyond their beauty, crystals can heal and restore balance by drawing out any negative energy and tension from you or your environment. Place your crystals under the Full Moon (December 22nd) to help them reset and absorb good vibes + energy. Then release your intentions by holding your crystals during meditation and carrying them throughout your day.

Focus on Your B R E A T H
Breath or prana is our life force, our energy, and our way of being. When we’re rushing around, we forgot about it entirely. Whenever you feel out of touch with your being and need to restore a sense of serenity, practice this relaxing breathwork: close your mouth, inhale through your nose and count to 4, hold your breath and count to 7, and then exhale through your mouth and count to 8. Repeat this breath cycle until you feel revitalized and calm.

Stay HYDRATED

Did you know about 60% of the human body is made up of water? Anything from light activity to stress can deplete your water source. Make sure to keep yourself vibrant + hydrated during the holiday season! I love adding Liquid I.V. to my waters throughout the day because they make it super simple to stay hydrated. By adding one packet to my water bottle, I am actually increasing my water intake 3x and adding delicious replenishing electrolytes without any of the sugars found in most hydrating drinks. Such a win.


Cultivate a Sacred Space at Home
Maintain a welcoming, soothing environment at home—contain all the gifts to a single corner or room in the house and ask your kiddos to be your little helpers in keeping the house tidy. Gather beautiful candles and keep the energy in your space uplifting and welcoming by cleansing the air whenever you can with Palo Santo and a spritz of Chrysalis Water (I spray this on myself when I need an instant uplift).

M O V E + S W E A T
Release stress + re-energize by staying active! Choose whatever sport or activity that you LOOK FORWARD to doing and then make time for it amidst the chaos. You don’t have to allocate an hour or two for each workout—keep it short + sweet if you like with 10 minutes yoga flows, a night walk around the block (perfect for scoping out all the pretty twinkly lights!), or at-home workouts!

Fill Your Journal with Gratitude
Collect your thoughts, focusing on ones of gratitude, in a small journal over the next few months. Even though we may know we have a lot to be grateful for, it makes a world of a difference to carve out a sacred time to acknowledge and appreciate the treasures + love we have. Jot down the items, people in your life, and special experiences that you’re grateful for + find joy in knowing that you are blessed with abundance.

 

What tools do you turn to for staying healthy + calm during the holidays? Share with me in the comments below!