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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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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Green Dream Apple Toast Recipe

Who’s ready for a super delicious high-vibe toast for this #ToastTuesday? Yes! This slightly sweet, savory snack is the best to enjoy on a crisp fall day when you’re in need of an antioxidant-rich boost in your day.


We created this superfood toast using a delicious dairy-free cheese, crisp organic apples, herbs, and our detoxifying Green Bee Honey. Perfect for the onset of any cold and for adding super greens into your diet!


Best served with a warm superfood latte or post workout snack! So, so good!


Gather This:

slice(s) of your favorite gluten-free bread

Kite Hill cream cheese

1 tbsp Green Bee Honey

1 fresh apple (sliced

fresh rosemary or thyme


Do This:

Toast up your favorite bread. Spread on the cheese and top with apple slices, sprinkle with herbs, and drizzle with Green Bee Honey!

What superfood toast are you making to celebrate this awesome #ToastTuesday? Share yours with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods!

HOTW: Family Fall Activities

I’m going to take a moment to say how truly thankful I am for my home, my beautiful Philosophie community, my soul sisters who support me, and most of all, my family. It’s weeks like this past one where I decide to take the time and hug my loved ones a little closer and wrap myself up in my families’ love. The best way to escape (just for a little) for some much-needed healing is with some of our favorite fall activities. I partnered with Pure Flix to share some favorite ways to celebrate the fall season with those you love. Take some time for you and your family this season. It’s needed!


With November now in full swing, you’ve stowed away your tees and shorts to make room for those cozy chunky knit sweaters. As the temperatures drop and your family’s schedule ramps into high gear, it’s crucial to find time to bond. There’s something about freshly fallen leaves and crisp nights that create a cozy ambiance perfect for getting closer with the ones you love. Set a goal to knock off at least one activity on this sweater weather bucket list in order to make the most out of this season’s bonding.

Hygge the Home

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Scandinavian practice of bringing warmth and coziness into one’s lifestyle. Although the practice is intended on sustaining this coziness throughout the year, fall is the perfect time to begin to bring this Danish influence into your home.


Spend a day to decorate the home with Hygge influences to jumpstart your season of family bonding. Bring warm textures into your living space, like thick blankets or shaggy textured rugs and pillows. Stick to muted or earth tones like light toupes, creams, or blush. Hygge utilizes a combination of these textures and colors to create a cozy and relaxing ambiance. Our home is filled with lights and earth tones to create this warm and welcoming space. Since it also functions as my “office,” a cozy, creative & functional space is absolutely needed.


Hygge adds to the relaxing vibe through dim lighting and inviting scents, making candles a perfect way to bring warmth into the space. Invite your kiddos to pick out candles to include in the home. Let them choose from seasonal scents like apple spice, pumpkin pie, or warm vanilla cookies!


It’s also a great time to light some Palo Santo and clear away any stagnant or negative energy stuck in the space before settling into your new cozy space with the family. Set intentions and affirmations for the space as you make your way around your home.

Embrace the Fall Flavors

You don’t need to spend a fortune to experience fall! Plan a day to visit your local cafe and get hot seasonal drinks. Either find a corner to sit as a family or take your beverages to go, sipping on them as you take a walk at a local park or hiking trail. You can enjoy a hot seasonal latte while your kids can indulge in rich hot chocolate or warm mulled apple cider!


We have a TON of delicious and high-vibe warm drinks that make the perfect companion on a family outing or cozy night in. Some of my favorites are a Cacao Cinnamon Dulce Latte, Chai Latte, or a Mayan Hot Chocolate for the kids (P.S. it can also easily be spiked for adults!).

Get Baking for Movie Night

Plan some quality baking time with your family. Food is a great way to bond with those you love, allowing you to have fun while being creative in the kitchen. Family time doesn’t need to stop in the kitchen. Plan a movie for a cozy night in and bring your desserts with you! Your hygge space is already prepared to be turned into a warm private theater, and there are tons of wholesome family movies to choose from!  


Head into the kitchen with the intention of creating movie night snacks and desserts. Have your children pick out a few of their favorite homemade superfood snacks! For something salty, try making Superfood Popcorn! If you’re looking for something more fall focused that’s a bit fancier, try our Pumpkin Pie Mousse. Some of my other favorite fall recipes include Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies, Protein Pumpkin Muffins, and a good ol’ Fruit + Nut Cacao Honey Platter.

Host a Fall Cookout

Take advantage of the outdoors while the temperature is still warm enough to grill, and invite your friends and family to enjoy it. Host a classic country cookout by serving up your take on BBQ. Grill veggies + fruits, barbeque chicken, hotdogs and burgers with a fun Philosophie superfood touch! Or, make the night one of friendly competition by including a chilli cookoff! Have guests bring their best recipe and serve sides to compliment the main dish.


Go to a local craft store and purchase barrels of hay for guests to sit on while they enjoy their meals and mingle. For the kids, pitch a basic tent and lay a picnic blanket out to make it feel as though they’re roughing it in the great outdoors. For a sweet campfire treat, make banana boats or our fav Vegan S’mores for the best sweater weather desserts!


Give Back

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Carve out a day to focus on your community and encourage your children to become more involved in giving back. Have them choose the charity they’d like to volunteer with or research other ways to give back to the community.


Volunteer one weekend at a shelter or ask about volunteer opportunities at a local animal rescue. You can even give back by helping neighbors with yard work or contacting your child’s teacher for permission to bring in special treats! No matter how big or small the gesture, the focus is on showing appreciation in our lives.


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Fall Latte Recipe

Philosophie Babe, Marissa Cohen shared with us her favorite Philosophie fall latte recipe she’s been loving lately. I’m OBSESSED with this recipe. It’s so, so good. The superfood-spiked honey, fresh ginger, and cinnamon will also soothe your tummy, fight inflammation, and reduce the risk of heart disease, making it the most healing latte you’ll ever sip! The best form of natural energy with a ton of nutrients and superfood goodness.

 

Good morning, Philosophie fam! As we continue to ease into fall, I find myself craving a nice, warming drink first thing in the morning. If you haven’t tried the vegan bulletproof coffee, you must. The addition of the coconut butter makes it oh-so-creamy and comforting. If you’re looking for an alternative to your morning coffee that is just as energizing and delicious, give the Cacao Chai Latte recipe a try! I’ve been making it each morning as a ritual to nourish my body and my spirit.


This recipe contains a moderate amount of caffeine from the black tea and the cacao in the Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend. However, Cacao Magic contains 10 grams of plant-based protein to help balance your blood-sugar, meaning this latte will leave you feeling uplifted and not jittery. The addition of our superfood-spiked Green Bee Honey, fresh ginger, and cinnamon also aid digestion, fight inflammation, and reduce the risk of heart disease, making it the most healing latte you’ll ever sip! From our mugs to yours, sip this latte slowly and with gratitude.

Gather This:

1 -2 cups of boiling water

1 cup nut milk or non-dairy beverage

1 bag black chai tea

1 - 2 medjool dates, pitted

1 tsp Green Bee Honey

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

1 teaspoon cinnamon


Do This:

Steep tea separately, and then mix all in the blender.


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We have a lot to be proud of here in the US, but a lot still to be done. Whether you feel the call to work internally or externally take in the magic of this New Moon to set new intentions, plans of action and show up to yourself and your home.

The New Moon in Scorpio

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Light some Palo Santo and repeat the following mantras —

I am fearless and therefore powerful.
I create my own reality.

 

Read more in my article on The Chalkboard Magazine!

What are your intentions this upcoming moon cycle? Share yours with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove.

 

Squash Almond Butter Toast Recipe

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Gather This:

Delicata Squash

1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

Canyon Gluten-Free Bread

Wild Friends Almond Cashew Super Butter

A sprinkling of coconut flakes

A sprinkling of bee pollen

A drizzle of Berry Bee Honey


Do This:

Slice squash into ½ inch thick pieces, push out seeds and arrange slices on a baking pan. Spray w/ avocado oil, Cacao Magic, s + p, then bake at 375 for 25 min. While those are roasting, toast bread and spread on almond butter. Sprinkle on coconut flakes, bee pollen, then place on a slice of the squash and finish with a drizzle of Berry Bee Honey. ENJOY!

How are you enjoying this cozy #ToastTuesday? Share your superfood toast creations with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #MyPhilosophie.

HOTW: Placenta Encapsulation

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You can also have it put into a tincture which is ready for consumption three months after birth. If you are having a hospital birth, bring a cooler with ice to the hospital and make sure to notify your nurse staff so they save your placenta after the birth.

The lovely ladies at Kindred Space LA are absolutely perfect if you want this service done for you. They picked up my placenta from the hospital then delivered the capsules + tincture to my home a few days later.


I did this with Kai (my first birth) and Noa. Although there are several factors involved, this has been my best recovery yet. Animals naturally consume their placenta after birth, intuitively knowing the value.

I also owe this to hiring Jenna Furnari as my postpartum Ayurvedic doula and having her help me create a strict 40-day postpartum plan. You can read more about this plan here. This sacred time of post-birth, also known as the “fourth trimester,” is a time to RECOVER. You have been through an INTENSE traumatic experience no matter how “magical” the birth experience was. Your body grew a human (or multiple) over 9 months, and this time right after giving birth is a time to rejuvenate, be loved, nurtured + find your wholeness again.


You want to find any and all ways to be taken care of — think of someone that’s incredibly nurturing in your life (maybe it’s your mom, a friend, an aunt) and ask them to come be there for you. Hire a postpartum doula. Set up a meal train and have friends/family order food delivered to your home. Set up weekly massage + acupuncture.


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The best thing is to be consistent in your 40-day postpartum plan. This is a time for YOU. Care and love yourself in all the ways you can.

Mamas, have you done Placenta Encapsulation? How were your experiences with it? Also, if you have any more questions, please contact me or connect with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove!



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