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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Summer HIIT Workout With Bodyweight

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During these summer days when the weather is still gorgeously beautiful we love to get outside for a quick workout. Try out this 20 minute 4x4 workout - no equipment needed! Do these 4 toning and strengthening exercises for 1 minute each for a total of 4 rounds, capping off your HIIT sesh with a bonus round of push-ups. 


Moving the body helps to keep us mentally and physically strong, balanced and grounded. Remember to cool down with some yummy yoga stretches and then mix up a superfood smoothie using Philosophie superfoods! Try out this Blissful Berry Pineapple Smoothie for a post workout treat!

 

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1) Jumping Jack Squats

Do as many as you can for 1 minute.

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2) Side Plank

Hold on each side for 10 seconds, then switch back and forth for a full minute. Build that strength from within. Lift your top leg and hold!

 

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3) Front Leg Lift Into Warrior 3

Extend your leg behind you, flexing the foot as if it's against an imaginary back wall. Repeat on both sides for 1 minute.

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4) Side Lunges

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Bonus 

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Cool down + stretch. 

Starting in Child's Pose, flow through some yoga asanas on your own to stretch out your joints and muscles. 

5 Benefits of Chlorophyll

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It’s no secret that keeping your body well-hydrated does wonders for your overall health and wellbeing. It keeps us well-balanced and overflowing with energy. When you harness the power of plants you provide your body with vibrant skin, optimal digestion, a strong gut, and immunity.


Liquid chlorophyll is a fantastic detoxification and energizing supplement for the body and can help reset the system to get it back on track. Chlorophyll cleanses your system, boosts your energy, and hydrates and by adding fresh lemon juice with some mint you’re making a drink that tastes great and totally hydrates and boosts your body. If you’re someone who isn’t a big fan of the taste of chlorophyll, sneaking a few drops into your morning smoothie is an excellent way to get all the benefits of chlorophyll.


Our Sunshine Drops with liquid chlorophyll & mint essential oils help to eliminate harmful bacteria from the body, hydrates the skin, boosts your energy and ignites your senses!

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Here are 5 benefits of chlorophyll:

Helps with Hunger and Cravings

The best you can do for your body is to focus on a nourished, well-balanced diet and physical activity. There have been studies that compounds containing chlorophyll can help to suppress hunger and therefore, support weight loss.  


Changes Your Body Odor

Chlorophyll is good for the body from the inside out. Body odor is caused, not by sweat itself, but by the bacteria on your skin that feed on the sweat. When you consume chlorophyll, you are flooding your body with the molecule. The chlorophyll then binds to the compounds that would otherwise feed bacteria and cause bad odors.


Supports Cleansing & Detoxifying

We are CONSTANTLY taking on external & environmental pollutants like toxic metals. Chlorophyll has been shown to bind with toxic metals to lessen absorption. Chlorophyll has also been shown to support the liver’s natural ability to remove toxins and waste from the body, which is known as detoxification.

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Relieves Systemic Redness and Swelling

Traditional medicine has long used green leaves for infections. Modern approaches with limited effectiveness and a list of side effects, natural remedies are back in the spotlight. Studies have found that consuming your greens help reduce swelling and redness in the body.


Helps with Skin Health

Chlorophyll is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, which all play an important role in the radiance, rejuvenation and vitality of your skin.

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The Magic of Superfoods: Cacao

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Cacao: A chocolate lover’s healthy indulgence. Most people think of Cacao - a powder that comes from the cacao bean grown primarily in Central America - as the base for chocolate, but this SUPERFOOD is one of the most powerful energizers, mood boosters and health tonics you'll find! No wonder it's the main ingredient in our Cacao Magic Superfood Blend.


We believe that superfoods should be a part of everyone’s daily ritual. Why drink a plain black coffee or a latte when you could be drinking a supportive cup of coffee, full of powerful superfoods and adaptogens that give you even more energy and stamina throughout the day. 


Here are 5 incredible, scientifically studied health benefits of raw cacao:

 

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE & TASTES DELICIOUS! 

Cacao powder (more than cocoa powder) is the base for high-end, decadent dark chocolate. Raw cacao contains 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and can give you amazing energy and mental clarity! It is also the most iron-rich plant food available and has more calcium than cows' milk!

 

HIGH IN PROTEIN & CAN HELP WITH WEIGHT CONTROL

Cacao powder is about 25% plant protein, and can help you feel nourished and full! Studies have found that raw cacao boosts your body’s metabolism by helping it convert more fat into energy. 

ONE-SERVING DAILY CAN PROTECT AGAINST HEART DISEASE

As one of the most abundant sources of ANTIOXIDANTS, Cacao powder has incredible healing effects that leave you feeling full of vibrance!

 

CONTAINS FLAVONOIDS THAT REDUCE CANCER RISK

Enjoying high-quality cacao can help your body stay strong, healthy and able to repair more quickly!

 

IT’S A DEEPLY POTENT MOOD-BOOSTER

Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine - neurotransmitters associated with wellbeing, happiness, and less depression. One study in pregnant women found that more frequent intake of chocolate was associated with reduced stress and improved mood in babies (see here). 

Check out a couple of ways to use our Cacao Magic Superfood products for a healthy dose of cacao.


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As a topping - Adding our honeys and butters on a piece of toast add a high vibe punch. Fruits like blueberries, or fresh figs covered with our Cacao Bee Honey + Coconut Magic Coconut Butter combine for an extra delicious snack.


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How to Block Out the Negative Self Talk

How to Block Out the Negative Self Talk

Here's the deal.

If you don't start speaking to yourself with love, you will never ever see yourself as beautiful, fit, toned, pretty, smart, fast…whatever it is you want to look or feel like.

If you are desiring to change an aspect of yourself, FANTASTIC. We are here to grow, evolve, and change, always. But you will absolutely not truly see yourself as that evolved new person if you are continuing to speak negatively about yourself.

In our modern world of social media and technology, we’re CONSTANTLY feeling defeated, less than, judged. Everything you put on your feed is risked for judgment and negative comments. It almost forces you to create the image you want people to see. Out of fear of being hurt and insulted you want to take 1,000 selfies in order to put up the one that catches the dimples perfectly in your cheeks. I think this is absolutely the wrong way to go.

I encourage everyone to remain authentic. The true you is so beautiful and the world deserves to know it. By opening up and being the REAL YOU, you can inspire others in such a profound way. If I walk away each day inspiring one person to live their truth and walk their own path, I feel aligned with the truest version of ME. And that, feels awesome. 

Drink a large cup of SUNSHINE with our Liquid Chlorophyll Sunshine Drops and block out the hate!

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Here are some simple steps to help you get away from this negative habit:

BUILD AWARENESS

Begin by jotting down in a notebook or on your phone each time you say something unkind to yourself. No matter what it is, take notes and build awareness for 3 FULL DAYS. Just the annoyance of needing to continuously write it down should help minimize the amount you do!

BELIEVE “THERE IS NO PERFECT”

Give yourself a break! It's enormously freeing and not to mention, a huge stress reducer, to stop holding yourself to insanely high standards. Perfect isn't real. Perfectionism is a dangerous place so when you recognize it in yourself, take action to relax your standards just a little. If you give yourself the same empathy you'd show a friend, it will be so much easier to take on the unkind voice and win.

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DEFY SHAME

My hubby speaks to shame a lot.When you feel silly or dumb or like you said something ridiculous, instead of beating yourself up over it, call a friend and tell them how you're feeling. "Hey, I feel so silly, but I'm stuck in a downward spiral and it's only getting worse. Here's what happened..." By saying it out loud, you realize how SMALL of an issue it is and your friend will be there to support you. Shame only works if we keep it a secret! Be vulnerable and see what happens.

REPLACE NEGATIVITY WITH POSITIVITY

In place of negative thoughts and habits, cultivate healthy positive habits:

  • Start a gratitude journal.
  • Create an at-home yoga retreat for yourself where you can relax + zen out.
  • Sign yourself up for a new fitness class or a half-marathon.
  • Put on a cute outfit even if you have no intention of leaving the house.
  • Pick up a positive affirmation card each morning.
  • Take notes to witness your growth in any area of your life + build self-love!
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At this point, the only challenge you’re left to face is blocking out negative talk and surrounding yourself with support and love. This took years of practice but what we can tell you is to remind yourself of all the love you're worth.

Repeat this mantra: I am SO worthy of love.

Turn to self-care and know when to step away from a situation or maybe, when you may even need to let go of a relationship. Develop healthy boundaries with people and environments. Be careful about the circles you enter and what you follow on social media. If you’re in need of a little body positivity then follow a boss lady who’s all about it. For myself, I’m a new mama again and my feed is covered with other conscious moms practicing what I preach every day. We lift each other up constantly.

Accessing your vulnerability is a challenge but once you do, it can be so liberating. The world will open up and you’ll find an inner strength you never knew you had.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”" —Marianne Williamson, Founder of The Peace Alliance 

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The Magic of Superfoods: Camu Camu

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As a small business, we often get asked how Philosophie was created. The idea actually came to our founder, Sophie Jaffe right in her kitchen. As a working mama wearing many hats, she realized how wonderful it would be to have a product that would make her life and many others’ lives easier. She decided to have ALL of her beautiful superfoods rolled into one simple package.


Philosophie blends were born and each are incredibly versatile and only enhance a dish, never overpowering it! A trip to Thailand inspired the creation of Berry Bliss.


Berry Bliss is high in antioxidants, protein, vitamin A, and contains camu camu—one of the world's most abundant forms of vitamin C. No fillers means you only need a small amount of this perfect mix to feel a shift in your energy! Plus we've added the highest quality, sprouted, raw brown rice protein powder to this incredible blend, which adds a creamy light flavor and a nourishing boost of gamma-aminobutyric acid.


Not only is Berry Bliss great for your health, but it is delicious too—all without any added sugar! In this post, we’re exploring more about camu camu and its vast health benefits.

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CAMU CAMU

Acai, Goji berry and Camu Camu are all exotic, enchanting fruits that are extremely high in vitamin C and A, giving them lots of antioxidant superpowers. Antioxidants help prevent aging and disease by combating the effects of oxidation in our body tissues. Camu Camu is a small red berry that grows in the Peruvian jungle, and has the highest vitamin C content of any fruit on the entire planet – over 20 times the C found in two pounds of oranges!  You’ll find that these superfoods come in many forms including powders, pills and frozen. All can be added to juices, smoothies, or even added to oats or greek yogurt. 


Camu Camu is an exotic, enchanting fruit that is extremely high in vitamin C and A, giving it lots of antioxidant superpowers. Antioxidants help prevent aging and disease by combating the effects of oxidation in our body tissues. Camu Camu is a small red berry that grows in the Peruvian jungle, and has the highest vitamin C content of any fruit on the entire planet – over 20 times the C found in two pounds of oranges (wow)!  


Our blend, Berry Bliss, is SUPER high in antioxidants, vitamin A, and protein, and also contains camu camu—one of the most abundant sources for vitamin C in the world!


A fruit that’s native to the Peruvian Amazon, Camu Camu is a potent source of vitamin C (one serving contains 1100 percent of your daily required dose, which is more than nine times the amount found in a medium orange) and may be able to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Mix it into smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt or even add it to your tea (so long as the water isn’t boiling hot).

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How To Use Camu Camu

Camu camu powder has the highest food-based form of vitamin C of any food known on this planet. Camu camu is also high in antioxidants, which can fight off free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease. Enjoy in your morning yogurt or smoothie with fruits & honey to balance the tart flavor.


Because it’s a whole food, you’re getting phytonutrients, antioxidants, and co-enzymes, which makes it really nutritious for the body.


Camu camu powder is POWERFUL for colds and overall wellness

Of course, most agree that vitamin C is great for immunity, and since camu camu has a TON of vitamin C, it makes sense that it could help with sickness & colds. 

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What Foods To Fill Up Your Life This Spring

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The season of spring is a beautiful time to refresh your diet and routine. All around us the world is waking up from the rest & restoration of winter. This season, embrace a mindset of cleansing and resetting your body, mind & energy which can all start with the foods you eat and your daily habits & routines. This is the time of the year to cleanse, simplify, and return to the foods & habits that make you glow from within all year long. 


Spring is a perfect time to support the natural detoxification happening within your body and nourish your beauty from the inside out with spring beauty foods. During the winter, we enjoy warm, cooked meals but spring is a time to eat colorful, crisp & green beauty foods like leafy greens. 


The shift in seasons is also a great opportunity to go on a mind and body reset. You can join us at Philosophie in picking up either our 5 Day Reset, 10 Day Refuel or 14 Day Rejuvenation reset guides. A reset with your health and nutrition offers space to detox and heal your body. 

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SHOP THESE SPRING FOODS

Arugula

Wild arugula is foraged in spring and fall. It’s a cool-weather crop that is full of antioxidants, helps with digestion, is good for your skin and is a great detoxifier.


Leafy Greens

Green nourishes the skin with powerful vitamins for a youthful and vibrant glow. Dark green vegetables are also high in fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, K, D, and E. 


Mint

This herb doesn’t get enough credit for its healing properties. Mint contains an antioxidant that may relieve seasonal allergies and can also soothe an upset stomach.


SHOP OUR MINT + LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL DROPS

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Strawberries

There’s nothing better than enjoying strawberries in their peak season from late spring to early summer. It’s highly-antioxidant and can balance blood sugar, support immunity, boost healthy cell renewal, and many other benefits.


Asparagus

Fantastic for detox support. It's also low in calories and packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants. It’s also a great source of fiber, promoting strong digestive health. It’s affordable, easy to prepare and a yummy, high-vibe addition to any dish!

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There are so many other beautiful ways to open and welcome this revitalizing season of transformation + growth.


Set Intentions by asking what you want to create in this new season. Envision the opportunities and magic you want to manifest and invite them to unfold. 


Release old energy and anything that is no longer bringing light, joy, and radiant energy into your life. Spring's a wonderful time to recognize a mindset, habit, or relationship that is no longer serving you and to let it go.

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