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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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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If you missed this one, don’t worry we have a retreat coming up in October in Sayulita, Mexico!! Join us for 5 days of yoga, nourishing meals, workshops, explorations, connections, meaningful conversations and deep connections. Click here for the full info!


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.



Did any of this resonate with you? I would love your thoughts!! Share with me in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook using #PhilosophieLove.

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.