Fun + Simple Ways to Exercise and Move Your Body

 

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Exercise doesn’t have to look like completing some sort of strenuous activity while your body drips in sweat. It also doesn’t mean spending hours at a gym 6 days a week or running a mile every morning. It doesn’t have to “look” like anything as long as you feel GOOD doing it.


I used to be a personal trainer and would push my body to new extremes to be in the best “shape” of my life. I was exhausting myself and I never felt awakened or energized as one would expect after getting in shape. Instead, I felt depleted and weak. I decided to change the rules about how I exercised and fell in love with yoga. Until then I had only really moved my body for athletic purposes, so yoga really felt good for my skin and soul. Yoga helps me connect with my inner nature. It helps me to tap into my core, my truth and provides me with insights of who I really am. Yoga always brings me back to my truest essence.


After having Noa and then experiencing the global shutdown the idea of a strict exercise regimen has been nearly impossible. Instead, I’ve followed my intuition in every aspect of my life and that includes how I move my body.


That’s the beautiful thing. Exercise can be as simple as walking around your neighborhood and doing some at-home HIIT exercises in your living room. Exercise can look like a new workout class you’ve never tried before like pilates, barre, or hot yoga. Exercise is falling in love with the way your body moves and finding new joy in moving it and challenging yourself to new growth. It’s finding vibrant energy because of the way “exercise,” fuels and ignites you.

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Some of the biggest obstacles we face in motivating ourselves to exercise are mostly internal blocks. Maybe you think that no matter how many crunches you do or how many miles you run on the treadmill, nothing changes and you still look the same. Or you’re frustrated because you don’t know how to work your way around a gym, do yoga or run properly. These internal blocks are our biggest enemy and can easily be conquered with a change in perspective.


Exercise is NOT about how much or how long you can “work out,” it’s about feeling unapologetically good inside your body and having so much vibrant energy it radiates from you. 


Here are some of my favorite and simple ways to move your body!


Energize your body with high vibe nourishment! Starting your day with a superfood smoothie is a great way to fuel up and energize before getting in some movement. You could sit down and do thousands of situps and if you still eat unhealthy foods, you absolutely will not feel the way you want to feel. Make an energizing pre-workout smoothie with Cacao Magic or Berry Bliss then refuel post workout with Coconut Magic and Sunshine Drops.


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Start small. Experiment a little. For me, it really depends on the season. During the warmer months, I love outdoor workouts where I can enjoy the beauty of nature while getting a good sweat. A sandy beach yoga practice or a long hike in the mountains near my home is ideal when the sun is shining, but on cold and dreary winter days I like to take my workouts inside with some solid sessions in the gym.


Get creative with your daily habits and chores! For as long as I’ve been active I’ve found CREATIVE fun ways to do so all day long. You don’t have to do a classic / long form workout every day to be in shape/fit or healthy. Sometimes it’s jump squats while I brush my teeth, other times it’s push-ups while my kids build legos, maybe it’s calf raises or squats while I wash or dry dishes. A few leg lifts while I watch a TV show with Adi or doing 2-3 min of yoga/handstands during the workday when I’m feeling stagnant. It all *COUNTS* + IT ALL ADDS UP.


Track your movement and count your steps. I’ve challenged myself to walk 10,000 steps every day which may seem crazy but when you track even just walking around her home picking it after your kids it starts to add up! I’ve found the best way to motivate myself is getting a simple fit tracker off Amazon and being more conscious about walking. Craving a coffee? Walk to your local shop. Need to mail a packing? Walk to your local post office. There’s so many fun ways to get in your movement without even stepping foot in the gym.




Once you tell yourself that it’s not about how you look or the number on the scale and instead about how you feel during and after then you slowly begin to fall in love with exercising. It always comes back to loving yourself. 


Finding what really works for you whether that’s yoga, cycling or outdoor running can dramatically change the way you approach exercise. You’ll be motivated to go out and challenge yourself. You’ll notice immediate changes in how you carry yourself and the kind of relationships and opportunities you bring into your life because you begin to fall back in love with YOU.

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5 Tips for Better Sleep

Mornings are sacred but what about your evenings? Our evenings can offer a beautiful space for turning inward, slowing down and softening. How can you elevate your evenings for a more restful sleep and a better day ahead? 


Rituals allow us to harness the energy swirling around you to really tap into your own internal consciousness and decide how you want to expand your life. This upcoming week try a cup of chamomile tea with a bit of Berry Bee Honey before getting ready for sleep each night or Chrysalis Oil as part of your evening skincare regimen. See how you feel after 7 days and share/tag us on Instagram! We LOVE hearing from you!


Sleep is SO important to our mind, body and soul and deep, restorative sleep should be an absolute non-negotiable but often gets pushed to the back of your mind. Sleep is connected to so much in our body including our eating habits. Studies have shown that those who are well-rested have better portion control and will select healthier food options than those who are sleep-deprived!

Of course, wanting to get enough sleep isn’t the same as actually doing it, which is why we’re sharing five tips on how to cultivate a better bedtime routine:


Create a wind-down routine.

One of the best ways to ensure a good night's sleep is to set it up with a proper wind-down routine. Meditate, journal, or practice some skincare, whatever clears your mind after a long day. Set the mood in your room by dimming the lights while you get unready. Take a warm bath (elevate it with our Chrysalis Bath Soak) or simple stretch and breathe. 


Try to unplug 2 hours before it’s time to hit the hay.

It’s time for ALL of your screens – your computer, TV, tablet, phone – to go to sleep so you can give your eyes and brain a chance to wind down. If you have the discipline to not get sucked back into checking your email or Instagram, then feel free to use your phone as your morning alarm. But otherwise, I suggest getting a good ol’ fashioned clock and leaving your phone in the kitchen or living room.

Brew a cup of calming bedtime tea.

Chamomile is always a wonderful go-to for bedtime, but if you’d like to try a potent blend of herbs and flowers, try Yogi Bedtime Tea. We love this relaxing, stress-relieving tea because it contains chamomile, valerian, St. John’s Wort, lavender, skullcap leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, rose hip, raspberry leaf, stevia, passion flower, licorice root, AND spearmint. We recommend drinking your tea an hour and a half before it’s time to go to bed so you can hit the bathroom right before you go to sleep. Add a spoonful of superfood honey like Berry Bee Honey or Green Bee Honey for extra immunity and glowing skin!


Write down 5 things from the day that you’re grateful for.

While you’re sipping your tea, take out your favorite journal and reflect on 5 amazing things that you’re thankful happened. They could be as big as getting a job promotion to as small as noticing how pretty the flowers were outside your neighbor’s home. Write down whatever made you smile + filled your soul with bliss.

Do 5 restorative yoga poses or breath work.

One of the best ways to ensure restful sleep is to cap off your day with restorative, bedtime asanas. Slowly begin to calm the nervous system down with these five relaxing yoga poses—a lovely way to counteract stress, naturally prevent insomnia, and promote peaceful dreams.


Those few moments before you drift off to sleep can be deeply healing. By using breath work or pranayama practices you have the ability to drop whatever is weighing you down to completely reset as you sleep and wake up ready to show up in the world as your best, most vibrant self. 

Our 5 Tips to Navigate Indulgence Over the Holidays

Halloween is here which means we’re at the official beginning of the holidays and the beginning of a whole season of edible temptations. From leftover Halloween candy at home to the bombardment of holiday treats that seem to start popping up everywhere, we’ve developed a game plan that can help you enjoy treats in a healthy way.


My guess is you found yourself here because you are someone who cares about personal well-being and nourishing the body from the inside out. So I want to tell you that just because it’s the season of indulgence doesn’t mean you’ll be sacrificing all the good you’ve done all year. In fact, because of all the good you’ve done, you shouldn’t feel guilt or shame around indulging a little as long as you do it intentionally, and indulge from a place of love.


We like to look at holiday sweets and treat them as “bad” instead of just food—food that has the potential to fuel us and feed our cravings. Make a choice to change your perspective. It’s okay to enjoy a slice of home-baked warm pumpkin pie or chocolate goodness. It’s about balance.


This holiday season, remind yourself of all the good you’ve done, and all the good you’ll continue to do. Step into the present and fully embrace time with friends or family. Once you’ve decided to provide your body with all the love, care, and superfoods it needs you’ll understand how to fully treat yourself this holiday season.

Here are our 5 tips to navigate indulgence during the holidays.


NOURISH YOURSELF

All throughout the day and whenever you can. Before going to a holiday party, fuel your body with whole, nutrient-dense meals. Eat gently and flood your body with organic fruits and veggies. Superfoods and adaptogens are a great way to give your body a boost when you need it.


HYDRATE, CONSTANTLY 

Keeping yourself well-hydrated keeps your body feeling full longer. Our snack cravings often come from dehydration. Enjoying a cool glass of high-quality water will also help you tap into what your body is actually craving. Elevate your water with Sunshine Drops for even more hydration power.

GET PLENTY OF REST

Another body cue that people mistake for hunger is exhaustion. When you aren’t getting an adequate amount of sleep, blood sugar and hormones that affect appetite can be affected in ways that lead you to feel hungrier than usual. People who are sleep deprived also tend to have more intense cravings for sugary foods and simple carbs as the body seeks a quick energy boost. Be sure to get a full night of restful sleep or take a mid-afternoon nap to avoid rampant ravenousness. Create a sleep ritual that keeps you grounded and balanced. I love diffusing essential oils, taking a bath with a detox bath soak and putting my phone on airplane mode in my bathroom (away from my body).


MAKE SUBSTITUTIONS + CREATE RECIPES WITH LOVE 

Volunteer to bring a dessert to a holiday get together and make a recipe that may seem like a sweetness overload but is actually nourishing for the body and full of vitamins and nutrients. I love making healthy dishes disguised as desserts because it not only feels good making it, but it tastes amazing and you feel just as good after. Try Nice Cream, Dark Chocolate Bites or my own Immunity Chocolate—they are all ways to satisfy a sweet tooth but also feed your body with things it loves. Make sugar substitutions when you can and use intentional ingredients like Fall Vibes which is loaded with superfoods and adaptogens combined with the traditional pumpkin spice flavor we all love.

ABOVE ALL, ENJOY IT 

The holidays are a beautiful time of the year, and over before you know it. When you enjoy a little sweet here and there throughout the season, really take the time to enjoy it. Savor each delicious bite. By tuning into the beauty of the experience, you’ll truly feel satisfied and actually pretty good about yourself. Remember, when we deprive ourselves and restrict foods, it triggers a mechanism of survival in our brains. Cravings, overeating and binge-eating happens when we deprive and neglect ourselves from simply enjoying our food, our lives and the moment.


I’m by no means perfect, but I know in my heart that I do my best. Either you can obsess over the one slice of delicious pumpkin pie you ate, or shift your focus to the accomplishments that you’re proud of. You need to change your tune and look at indulgences as rewards for treating your body with love and filling it with superfoods MOST of the time.

The Magic of Superfoods: Reishi

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. 


While adding any kind of edible mushroom to your diet can produce awesome detoxifying benefits, there’s nothing more magical than the reishi mushroom.


This superfood that is included in our Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood Blend has so many awesome health benefits including life-extending properties, anti-cancer properties, the ability to promote the regeneration of liver cells, and neuroprotective properties. Reishi mushrooms have also been found to help protect your immune system and provide a quick energy boost. A life saver for any busy mama.

Here are 5 incredible, scientifically studied health benefits of reishi mushrooms:


Increases your longevity

In 2009, a lab-based study published in Bio-organic & Medicinal Chemistry concluded that the polysaccharides, or long chains of carbohydrates, found in the reishi mushroom had life-span-extending properties. These unique molecules were linked to promoting longevity by boosting the immune system and preventing abnormal blood vessel formations that could lead to life-threatening cancerous growths. In other words, if you drink reishi mushroom tea every day, it could have huge long-term payoffs.


Anti-cancer properties

While so much of what causes and prevents cancer remains a mystery, there have been studies conducted around reishi mushrooms that find that regular consumption could help fight against cancer cells. The reishi mushroom has not only been shown to prevent the development of cancer, but research has indicated that the reishi mushroom may also eliminate existing cancer cells in the body. 

They have neuroprotective properties.

Want to improve your memory and protect your brain against some of the diseases that come with aging? There are a number of ways to do this, and reishi mushrooms might be one of them. In studies, it’s been shown that reishi extract supports the production of nerve growth factor, a protein that is vital for healthy neurological function.


They can give your immune system a boost.

No matter what the season, our immune systems can always use a boost. A number of studies have shown that reishi mushrooms can affect the genes in white blood cells, thus altering and lowering inflammation levels. When your inflammation levels are lowered, your body is better able to fight off infection.


They could help improve mood and might fend off depression.

Struggling with depression, anxiety, or irritability? While reishi mushrooms won't cure it once and for all, there is some evidence to suggest that eating, drinking, or taking reishi mushroom supplements could do quite a bit to ease some of the symptoms.

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


In smoothies - Our superfood products are an easy addition to any smoothie mixture. Take a look at our Classic Cacao Magic Smoothie recipe for a Cacao Magic smoothie favorite.


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.

 

Find more recipes using our Cacao Magic Superfoods on the blog and be sure to follow @PhilosophieLove for more tips and tricks to start your week healthy and balanced.

Accessing Your Authenticity in a World of Labels and Limitations

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We’re on a journey to have the courage to be real and human in this world of labels, rules and limitations and it’s not always an easy journey. From early on, our founder, Sophie Jaffe made it a mission to remain authentic and vulnerable no matter how much she was risking. Why? Because it’s so powerful.


When I first moved to LA I started working at a raw juice bar. I was so excited to be welcomed into the community that I immediately transitioned into a raw and plant-based diet. While it felt good and I learned about the powerful effects of raw, whole and nourished fruits and veggies, I began to take this label to an extreme. Soon, my body began to feel restricted. It was draining. 


That’s when I decided to make my own rules. I decided what I could and couldn’t eat. I started listening to my intuition. I finally felt balanced. 

 

Our subconscious tells us that we need to label who we are and what we do. I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked how I remain authentic and vulnerable as an influencer. It’s not easy. I’m constantly challenged. But there is a power when you access your authenticity.

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What it means to access your courage and authenticity

I encourage everyone to remain authentic and have the courage to be real and human. 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. Listen to your body - each one of us is so uniquely different. No one is going to crave the same thing, and similarly, we’re all not all going to feel nourished by the same things. What diet may work for someone may not work for another. Ultimately, what matters is if you do everything from a place of love - love for the way you fuel your body, love for the way you move your body and love for yourself.


At this point, the only challenge you’re left to face is blocking out negative talk and surrounding yourself with support. This took years of practice, but what I can tell you is to remind yourself of all the love you’re worth.


Repeat this mantra: I am abundance.

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Here are some tips to accessing your authenticity

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 eating habits that fuel you from the inside out. One place to start is integrating the magic of superfoods into your meals like Cacao Magic into your morning coffee, Berry Bliss into your afternoon smoothie, or Green Dream on your roasted veggies.

Be careful about the circles you enter and who 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. 

Most importantly, find out what works best for you. For myself, sometimes that’s a piece of chicken, or smoothies every morning for a month, but most times, its chocolate late in the evening. 

 

Your body knows what it needs - listen to it.


Accessing your authenticity 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.


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 ignites me.

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A Philosophie Guide to the Moon’s Phases

The moon follows a beautiful cyclical cycle; its waxing and waning affects everything from the ocean to our own sleep cycles. You may already begin to notice your energy affected during different phases of the moon. During a New Moon, you may feel softer while on a Full Moon you may experience a high flux of energy and cascading emotions. When you begin to align with the moon and her phases you begin to connect to your inner self, and harness all you need to manifest and expand to your highest self.


Our energy softens and heightens the same as the moon. We are not always supposed to be in a constant state of go and hustle. The moon encourages you to tap into your best version of self, embrace your uniqueness, and own your independence. How can you connect your dreams to your real physical life? How can you go with the flow more?


Make a cup of tea with a spoonful of Berry Bee Honey or Green Bee Honey and learn how to become aware of the cycles of the moon to take another small step on the path to wholeness and connection to our higher selves.


We love this recipe for relaxation and introspection: Moon Pearl Latte Recipe

NEW MOON // the dark moon

A New Moon is completely shadowed and invisible in the night sky. It marks the start of a new lunar cycle and therefore represents the birth of creation and intention. It’s a new beginning. Every New Moon is a chance to let go of anything from the past and reset. During a New Moon your energy is lower making it a beautiful time to turn inward. It’s full of loving yin energy that embraces the emotional self and helps you to soften. Use New Moon energy to put your intentions out into the universe and trust that they will manifest. Take time during the New Moon to cleanse your space, journal your intentions, meditate, and practice loving self-care rituals like a bath soak


WAXING MOON

During the Waxing Moon, the moon is growing larger and enters three phases: Crescent Moon, First Quarter or Half Moon, and Gibbous Moon. These phases are full of energy all about taking action on your intentions and trusting the process that unfolds. It’s a time to set definable goals, research, ask questions and plan. Using this energy you can take your intentions and turn them into actionable items. This is a time to prepare for your future, listen to your needs and connect with others. You may notice problems that continue to show up and it’s a wonderful way to align with the energy of a Waxing Moon by working through them and take decisive action. 

FULL MOON // illuminated moon

During a Full Moon, she is at her brightest and illuminated by the sun, unobstructed by the earth. Her energy is brightest and the most potent. We can either feel full of love, excitement and joy or anxious, vulnerable and sensitive. It’s okay to honor both. Because this energy is more intense during this phase than the rest we may have trouble falling asleep and can be hit with our inner shadows. We align with this energy by embracing it all and feeling into it. Go out and celebrate with loved ones, host or participate in a moon ceremony, dance, move your body or turn inward and meditate. Whatever you may need. A Full Moon is also a good time to charge your crystals and journal. With a Full Moon, your intentions are illuminated so you can carry them out more clearly. 


WANING MOON

During the Waning Moon, the moon is getting smaller, on her way to begin her cycle over again. She enters three phases: Disseminating Moon, Third Quarter or Half Moon and Balsamic Moon. These phases allow you to asses the progress you’ve made and clear out any clutter stopping you from achieving your manifestations. The energy present allows you to face what you are called to release and let it go from your life in order to make room for abundance. Take some time during these moon phases to physically and energetically cleanse the space around you (I love using Chrysalis Water). Use the energy present to reflect on areas of your life that could use a little more love and nurturing and transition in the growth and expansion of these areas. Let go of what no longer holds you to a higher path and surrender to all that comes - ready to begin again. 

 

What new projects or positive changes are you going to embark upon with the moon? Share them with us on Facebook and tag @philosophielove!

5 Simple Ways to Involve Your Kids in The Kitchen


Truly at the heart of every home is the kitchen. We can pass on healthy eating habits and wellness practices to our kids by teaching them the value of food and the importance of their health. Instead of creating a “healthy diet” based on limitations and rules, you can show them how to eat, move, and breathe from a place of love: love for themselves, their communities, and their larger world.


In the Jaffe home, I make smoothies with the kids or superfood waffles. I don’t limit their diets because I show them how to love whole, nutritious, and vibrant food. I cook with them and allow them to experiment with meals—under my watchful eye. I stock the house with a ton of fruits, veggies and delicious nutrient-dense snacks. 


Cooking together is a beautiful way to bond and spend more time together. Yes, having kids in the kitchen can slow things down and be messy, but it’s so fun and a great learning experience for kids who will only grow to be more comfortable in the kitchen. 


Here are 5 simple ways to involve your kids more in the kitchen!


There have been so many amazing memories created in our kitchen surrounding food. Kai will create smoothies for us and sometimes we have a brunch party with endless superfood waffles. We try new things together and get fun and experimental with food.



My number one tip is to make it FUN!! 

Find new recipes to cook together in the kitchen, make them feel important, and make them feel like they’re actually doing something by themselves. They get an extreme sense of accomplishment and cooking is such a great way to spend quality time with them. Put on music and dance around in the kitchen while you’re cooking. Even if it’s slow and messy, the most important thing is to have fun.


Here’s an easy kid-friendly recipe to try: Cacao Brownies


Keep introducing them to new things; don’t force it. 

You don’t need to pressure them. Hopefully if they keep seeing you eating something, they’ll want to imitate you. Your kids are a mirror of your habits and behaviors. If you demonstrate respecting your body through self -love and care through nutrition, your kids will also mirror that priority of self-love. All of our kids eat very differently, they still crave sugary treats, but they also do a really great job of eating their colors. I never pressured them into eating foods like me, but I just tried my best to lead by example. It's so rewarding to see them wanting "to be like mommy," all the while making healthy choices and truly enjoying it!



Take a trip to the store or farmer’s market together.

Let their curiosity run wild! Check out the new seasonal veggies and colors and flavors. Pick out some new produce and get creative in the kitchen with it. If they have a favorite color, then go off of that. Get them EXCITED to try something new that they picked out themselves and they’re curious to try! Make it a challenge to eat your colors, not your “vegetables.”


Make the time, but only if it makes sense for everyone. 

By no means do you need to MAKE your kids help out in the kitchen. If you’re pressed for time, preparing a more elaborate meal, or feeling overwhelmed, it’s better to make a meal on your own. Try out meals together on weekends, holidays, days off, evening and when you have the space and excitement to do so. 


Try this dinner recipe to make with your kids: Cauliflower Pizza



Take the pressure off. 

They don’t need to be professional chefs to succeed in the kitchen. It’s an accomplishment if they’re just interested. Ask your kids to work on preparation while you read out the recipe or ask them to read while you prepare. Your kids can mix ingredients, wash fruits + veggies and as they get older they can cut and measure ingredients. Cooking together can be as simple as putting ingredients in a blender for a superfood smoothie, arranging toppings on a pizza, or creating our own smoothie bowls. 


My kiddos love superfood smoothies because for them, it’s a treat. I make the smoothie with tons of ​Philosophie superfoods and lots of organic fruits and veggies, but I let them choose the toppings. During the summer, I turn the smoothies into popsicles that they can eat poolside which they love.