Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: Eating for the Soul. My Top 6 Spirit Friendly Ingredients Fit for Every Goddess!

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Have you ever dug into a special meal and felt so totally satisfied in your entire body and soul, but couldn’t quite put your finger on why you felt that way? The chow you were chewing was seriously phenomenal. It left your belly happy; your spirit excited, and had you glowing all day long. Every bite was beyond—to the point of ecstatic bliss.

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when a few special green goddesses (and gods) came into my life that I discovered the difference between lack luster lunches and delicious dinners.  These fine friends showed me the magic of eating for my soul.  You see, the things you put into your body literally feed your soul. You charge your brain, spirit, and body system with the foods you eat and the right choices can make all the difference.  Here are the top six items I keep in my kitchen to set my soul on fire with every meal:

Cilantro. Some folks hate the stuff, but these fresh leafies have me begging for a second helping every time. Let’s get down to the dirty on cilantro! Rich in vitamin-C and K, this nutrient rich ingredient is a serious anti-oxidant. You feel amazing when you add cilantro into dishes on the regular because it fights off viruses, toxins, and disease causing agents that make you feel sick. Every goddess deserves to shine, so if you love the taste like I do, try cilantro on your next salad or sprinkle some on top of warm veggies.

3d055b8700a8f936e35383bcc29863a8-1Garlic. This is one of my all time faves. It’s not just used for disease prevention, detoxification and other types of therapy—it tastes amazing! Back in the day it was used as an aphrodisiac, so if you’re having a sweet evening in with your honey add a little extra of the spicy stuff to your dinner and cozy up, babes.

Basil. This soft, dark leaf is so diverse! Alone it tastes a little like the dark licorice you’d chew on as a child, but in meals it can change something bland into total magic! You can use it in your fave caprese salad, or make an amazing organic peach pie with a splash of this healing herb.  Basil is known for keeping our hearts healthy and our joints smooth, as it is a known anti-inflammatory and essential in cardiovascular health.

Mint. Mint is the little green bad boy that can change a beverage, salad or meat dish into something seriously special on the double.  It’s unique taste matches well with other organic ingredients fruits, cheeses and meats and it aids in digestion. It has been known to help with fatigue, weight loss and nausea to say the least. Mint in the morning is a big game changer. Add mint to your fresh fruit tomorrow morning and notice your belly singing and thanking you!

Coconut Oil. I put coconut oil on nearly everything. My skin, my nails, my food: everything! This oil is so healing and it tastes amazing. It has been proven to aid in brain and heart health, and it regulates ones metabolism like it’s no one’s business. You can massage your leafy greens, use it in your smoothies or use it as a replacement for other oils. Use a small amount in your cooking and notice the delicious flavor!

a411c110c452af078eca6953ce11f2f5-1Kale. Kale is king of the green palace in my kitchen. This dense dark leafy takes precedence over all others when it comes to salads, smoothies and stir-fries. Here is the trick: massage your kale, boho bellas. When kale is massaged it’s dense walls break down a little and the “green” flavor isn’t so harsh. Its flavor literally changes and its texture softens. Take your favorite oil (coconut!) and massage your kale for a few moments. It will be ready to devour and you’ll enjoy it much more!

These are my top 6 soul friendly ingredients that are staples in my kitchen. I know you have a few that really send your spirit soaring. Share them with me in the comments below and we’ll talk food, bellas!!

 

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 From Your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby xx

9 Eco Products for Stylish Yogis

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.52.26 AMYoga means union, and is a process by which we can become more connected with ourselves, and recognize our interconnectedness and oneness with all beings and the earth. When we realize the effect we have on the environment, and the inherent unity we have with it, we can live more harmoniously with the natural flow of life.

My favorite products have a low impact on the environment, are kind to animals, and are made without exploitation or oppression of humanity. When the products we use and the money we spend are in line with the philosophy of yoga, we come closer to the union we seek. Our choices, our dollars and our words are ways in which we cast a vote towards consciousness or disconnection. When we realize the power that we have to make changes with our choices, we give voice to what matters and to our morals.

 

1. My Tiny Devotions Daydream Mala: I love connecting with the energies of the earth through what I wear, especially because I live in a city. Crystals, minerals, and stones remind me of the miraculous power of creation. Sandalwood is grounding and reminds me of the support that the earth has to offer. When we meditate and practice yoga, we become more mindful and can utilize our own inner resources and the earth’s resources in ways that will benefit our descendants and show respect for all we have been naturally given. My mala is a constant reminder of that commitment. www.lovetinydevotions.com

 

41OYrO1KWiL._SL500_AA300_2. Manduka Black Mat Pro: This mat has a lifetime guarantee, so you’ll never need to buy another yoga mat. Manduka is committed to ecology, sustainability and life long support for your yoga practice. They also recently created the world’s first 100% recyclable yoga mat. How awesome is that? www.manduka.com

 

3. Miakoda Hand Crocheted Cowl: This eco-friendly, vegan, organic company is made in a small factory in NYC by Julia Ahrens.  When it’s cold, I never leave home without my hand crocheted cowl. They’re made with love by my sister who carries out a mission close to both our hearts. www.miakodanewyork.com

 

4. KiraGrace: KiraGrace is an American conscious yoga clothing company run by an amazing woman CEO named Kira Karmazin. This company celebrates women’s beauty and individuality while supporting the bigger picture– KiraGrace donates 100% of the proceeds of the Warrior T-Back Yoga Tank to Off The Mat Into The World, supporting the community locally and globally and showing commitment to progress and change in the name of unity and justice. www.kiragrace.com

 

5. North Coast Organics Natural Deodorant in Death by Lavender: The armpits and the skin are vulnerable to absorption of toxins, so I choose products that are natural and non-toxic. North Coast Organics is committed to kindness to animals and the environment, contains only natural and organic ingredients, and are even made on equipment cleaned only with natural products. http://north-coast-organics.com/

 

6. Leni Penn, Light Grey Ostrich Tote: Made in the USA with all vegan materials, this incredibly authentic feeling and looking leather alternative is gorgeous, durable, and compassionate. No animals are harmed, and it comes in multiple sizes with different ways of closure. The bags are versatile enough for you to take to practice, the beach, or wherever your travels take you…  www.lenipenn.com

 

7. Simplecare Products, Coffee Bean Fresh Scrub: Owned by a woman entrepreneur, this small company uses only vegan and wholesome products that are good for you, for animals, and for the earth. The products are handmade, detoxifying, and ecologically responsible. www.simplecareproducts.com

 

IMG_6719_210aa4d2-3cfa-4dcd-a55a-fdbb87ba4aad_large8. Stone & Violet, Crystal Grid Board:  Artist, woodworker, and crystal specialist Lauren Gray visits a lumberyard weekly to salvage wood that is destined for the landfill and creates boards emblazoned with sacred geometrical patterns for use in crystal grid work. Creating grids is a beautiful way to bring ritual and intention into a particular space, ceremony, or practice, and helps me to navigate the highs and lows of life, show my gratitude, or invite energy that I want to cultivate in my life. www.stoneandviolet.com

 

9. My Zen Home, Dhyana Cushion: I love the support and sustainability the Dhyana Cushion brings to my meditation practice. I can feel comfort and also know that this company’s organic products are easy on the earth. The owners of the company are committed to the practice, and have been seen burning sage to clear the energy before opening their booth at yoga festivals worldwide. www.myzenhome.com

 

We live in a world of abundance and beauty, and it is a practice of gratitude to enjoy all of the physical creations and manifestations of others’ energy. However, remember when purchasing that it is important to enjoy what you already have. Sometimes, the most ecological choice is what you don’t buy, or choosing not to make a purchase. Try to repurpose, reuse, and recycle old or others’ belongings into something you can save from throwing away. Because there is no “away,” and everything we do impacts this earth. Purchase quality products that use resources responsibly and promote freedom and justice for all, and they will support your own personal growth and last for years to come.

 

IMG_0024 (1)Laura is passionate about connection to body, spirit, and the earth. She works with attention to alignment and each individual’s current physical and emotional circumstances (the only possible starting point) to create a practice that is fuelled by deep breathing, a strong connection to core, reverence for ancient wisdom and ceremony, and the use of the practice of yoga to be more alive in each moment. She’s forever grateful to her teachers, formal and otherwise, and has completed a 200 hour training in vinyasa, the Forrest Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, a year-long mentorship program with Forrest Yoga Guardian Dr. Heidi Sormaz and holds a BFA from The University of the Arts.
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Wellness Wednesdays with Hol:Fit- Top 5 Supplements for Optimal Health

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Now that you’ve added in the 5 Most {Inside/Out} Beautifying Foods, today I want to review 5 Supplements you may want to consider.

It’s important to know that there is no supplement that will trump a consistently healthy, organic whole foods diet. With that in place though – there are still times you may not be getting everything you need. Our soil quality, toxic environment and lifestyle can leave us depleted, and that is where the beauty of supplements comes in. Always seek out foods rich in the components of these 5 supplements first and remember that you generally get what you pay for when you are looking at brands. And before you dive you in – it’s always best to chat with your medical professional to understand what your specific gaps + requirements are.

 

Here are the Top 5 Supplements to consider:

1. Omega 3:

While the obsession with low-fat foods has come + gone, most people still do not get enough healthy fats in their diet. Fats contribute to mental health, hormonal balance, reduce inflammation and most importantly – ensure that vitamins A,D,E + K are absorbed properly! After researching all the fish oil supplements on the market, I feel that Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures is the way to go. It’s contains the most deficient forms of Omega 3’s, DHA + EPA and is naturally high in Vitamins A  + D.

2. Vit D:

If you live in a seasonal climate, are dark skinned or don’t get at least 10 min of sunlight on your sunscreen-free skin, there is a good chance you are deficient in Vit D. This is something your doctor can do a simply blood test to determine which is great so that you have a baseline to compare to after you start supplementing. Vit D is a hormonal precursor and deficiency is linked to many diseases. Optimal levels in the body range between 50-70ng and again you can work with your doctor to determine where you are currently at. The best approach would be to get outdoors every every and let the sun kiss your cheeks for about 10 min. Otherwise – this is my fave D3 supplement:

3. Magnesium:
This is a necessary supplement due to our soils being so depleted and it is difficult to get enough from food sources. An anti-inflammatory and lacking in many

people’s diets. The are several ways you can top up your levels – being mindful that you don’t exceed 500 mg total per day. Topically – you can apply Magnesium Oil to your skin – I would focus on areas of typical inflammation for you. Internally you can take magnesium supplements – my fave way is to make a tea at night using Natural Calm brand. Lastly – you could just take a bath! Run the water and add 1cup of epsom salts, dazzle it up with a few drops of pure lavender essential oil and soak for about 20 min 3x a week. Boom! Relaxation, magnesium supplementation + bliss.

4.Gelatin:

Want healthier hair, skin, nails + joints along with improved digestion? You may have heard of the healing powers of Bone Broth and it’s due to the gelatin. Most people see noticeable changes in their skin, hair + nails within weeks of taking. My fave brand is Great Lakes Grass-Fed Gelatin. As a supplement 1tbsp has 6g of protein – so it’s a nice add into a smoothie, or you can use it to make homemade jello.

5. Probiotics: 

Happy gut = happy life and the best way to ensure a happy gut is to make sure you have more good bacteria than you do the bad guys. Gut health has a huge impact on your overall health and by supplementing with probiotics you will boost your immunity and improve digestion, absorption + elimination. Fermenting foods to preserve + produce probiotics is still a practice in many cultures and has become popular in recent years once again. So raise that glass of kombucha boho babe! Here’s my fave probiotic brand for supplementing when your diet is lacking in kraut, kefir, kombucha, kimchi + tempeh. {If you want to learn how to make your own Kombucha, Kefir + Sprouts at home – check out my webinar/eBook bundle}

Ange Peters, the founder of Hol:Fit  is a holistic personal trainer & nutritionist, online holistic health teacher, podcaster of The Holistic Health Diary and an Ambassador for Tiny Devotions.

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Wellness Wednesday with Hol:Fit – Beautifying Foods

Welcome to week three of our 6-week Wellness Wednesday Series with Hol:Fit!

This week is all about letting our glow come through the inside out!
Here is a link to Week 1 + Week 2 if you missed them:)

 

 

Ange Peters

Founder of HolFit
Online Health School
Creator of EAT CLEAN :: GET LEAN & Ready, Set, GLOW Detox
Co-Host of The Holistic Health Diary Podcast
Twitter @ Hol_Fit
Facebook @ HolFit