Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Consider Moving Together a celebration of sorts — making a date with your best bud/s to get active and give back to those around you… all in the name of a good cause!

Next weekend, 10/7 and 10/8, FP will play host to 18 fitness classes across the US that support the incredible work of our charitable partner, Girls Inc. In addition, members of those Girls Inc. chapters located near our participating stores will be on hand to do a little moving of their own!

WHO IS Girls Inc.?

Girls Inc. is a New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit with over 100 chapters across the US, serving 140,000 girls annually, that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct services and advocacy. As part of the Moving Together initiative, Free People will be supporting Girls Inc.’s Mind+Body program, which promotes physical and mental wellness, body positivity and overall health of 6-18 year-olds in their network.

EVENTS

Everything is better together. Grab your friends and get moving in the name of charity… A weekend dedicated to working out and working as one. See below for details on our in-store events on Saturday, 10/7; and our NYC Fitness Festival scheduled for Sunday, 10/8.

10/7 EVENT DETAILS:

  • Free fitness class and “give back” shopping event at 17 stores across the US.
  • 100% of profits from our custom FP x Girls Inc. hoodie, the Move Together Tee, will benefit Girls Inc.
  • 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases made on 10/7 will benefit Girls Inc. (in-stores and online across the US, all day!)
  • Free to customers!
  • Bring your own mat!

For any questions regarding your RSVP, visit us here.

FIND AN IN-STORE EVENT NEAR YOU:

Log onto Facebook and reserve for the event closest to you!

10/8 EVENT

NYC – Governor’s Island Fitness Festival   go here for more info on this special event!

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Grow Your Glow, Part 1: Nutrition

Grow Your Glow, Part 1: Nutrition

Beauty and health coach Jolene Hart is back to share with you her tips on aligning your diet with the change in season…

Your gorgeous glow: you know it’s there, but there are some days — weeks, even — when it feels like it’s playing hard to get. A stressful time, a few too many indulgences, a stretch of weather that leaves you feeling blah — these routine life situations influence the way your skin behaves, and in turn what you see in the mirror.

In this 4-part series I’ll teach you how to take your baseline glow and amp it up, taking your skin and your glow to the next level of healthy and gorgeous. We’ll start with nutrition (kind of the foundation for everything glow-y, in my book), and spend some time looking closely at digestion, energy and hormone balance. I promise to leave you smarter and better-prepped to grow your glow, in good times and lackluster times, too.

Nutrition to Grow Your Glow

Eating well is the number one way to put your best skin forward. If you’re still questioning whether or not food matters to your skin, know that it does, in a big way. When I first shifted from my role as magazine beauty editor to that of beauty-focused nutrition coach, my skin had a pretty nice glow, most of the time. I was eating well to support my skin, with plenty of fresh, whole, colorful foods. But over the years I’ve fine-tuned my approach and found that there are even more ways to support your skin not just to be clear, but to be radiant.

First, use more herbs and spices in your cooking. Yes, they’re delicious flavor-enhancers, but there are so many other levels upon which these kitchen staples support your skin. They’re some of the most powerful foods in the world. Their concentrations of antioxidants blow other anti-aging beauty foods like berries and dark chocolate out of the water. Humble cloves, for example, pack 22 times more antioxidants than blueberries! Of course, you’re eating them in much smaller amounts, but be sure not to underestimate their nutritional powers. Herbs and spices also naturally support digestion (the better you digest and assimilate your food, the glowier your skin — stay tuned for next week), and fight off unwanted bacteria and viruses that can compromise your health. I challenge you to find new ways to spice up your smoothies, stir-frys, soups, dressings, and whatever else you’re cooking.

Next, grow your glow by regularly (read: daily) eating foods that specifically support the health of your liver. What’s so important about this organ? Your liver cleanses toxins from the body and supports healthy elimination, an essential for skin that is not only clear, but radiant and thriving. Eat more beets, which cleanse and purify your blood and promote lymph flow (another important mode of waste removal). Eat more cruciferous vegetables (think cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes) which help produce a powerfully liver-detoxifying compound in the body. And drink lemon water with fresh lemons, which help your liver produce helpful enzymes and aid in digestion.

Incorporate these two powerful strategies into your diet, and you’ll make major strides to optimize your skin glow. Check back next week for two more key ways to grow your glow!

BIO:

Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a Philadelphia-based health coach and founder of Beauty Is Wellness, a natural beauty and health coaching practice. Her coaching and Eat Pretty book series teaches women to use nutrition and lifestyle choices to look and feel their best from the inside out.

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Grow Your Glow, Part 1: Nutrition

Grow Your Glow, Part 1: Nutrition

Beauty and health coach Jolene Hart is back to share with you her tips on aligning your diet with the change in season…

Your gorgeous glow: you know it’s there, but there are some days — weeks, even — when it feels like it’s playing hard to get. A stressful time, a few too many indulgences, a stretch of weather that leaves you feeling blah — these routine life situations influence the way your skin behaves, and in turn what you see in the mirror.

In this 4-part series I’ll teach you how to take your baseline glow and amp it up, taking your skin and your glow to the next level of healthy and gorgeous. We’ll start with nutrition (kind of the foundation for everything glow-y, in my book), and spend some time looking closely at digestion, energy and hormone balance. I promise to leave you smarter and better-prepped to grow your glow, in good times and lackluster times, too.

Nutrition to Grow Your Glow

Eating well is the number one way to put your best skin forward. If you’re still questioning whether or not food matters to your skin, know that it does, in a big way. When I first shifted from my role as magazine beauty editor to that of beauty-focused nutrition coach, my skin had a pretty nice glow, most of the time. I was eating well to support my skin, with plenty of fresh, whole, colorful foods. But over the years I’ve fine-tuned my approach and found that there are even more ways to support your skin not just to be clear, but to be radiant.

First, use more herbs and spices in your cooking. Yes, they’re delicious flavor-enhancers, but there are so many other levels upon which these kitchen staples support your skin. They’re some of the most powerful foods in the world. Their concentrations of antioxidants blow other anti-aging beauty foods like berries and dark chocolate out of the water. Humble cloves, for example, pack 22 times more antioxidants than blueberries! Of course, you’re eating them in much smaller amounts, but be sure not to underestimate their nutritional powers. Herbs and spices also naturally support digestion (the better you digest and assimilate your food, the glowier your skin — stay tuned for next week), and fight off unwanted bacteria and viruses that can compromise your health. I challenge you to find new ways to spice up your smoothies, stir-frys, soups, dressings, and whatever else you’re cooking.

Next, grow your glow by regularly (read: daily) eating foods that specifically support the health of your liver. What’s so important about this organ? Your liver cleanses toxins from the body and supports healthy elimination, an essential for skin that is not only clear, but radiant and thriving. Eat more beets, which cleanse and purify your blood and promote lymph flow (another important mode of waste removal). Eat more cruciferous vegetables (think cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes) which help produce a powerfully liver-detoxifying compound in the body. And drink lemon water with fresh lemons, which help your liver produce helpful enzymes and aid in digestion.

Incorporate these two powerful strategies into your diet, and you’ll make major strides to optimize your skin glow. Check back next week for two more key ways to grow your glow!

BIO:

Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a Philadelphia-based health coach and founder of Beauty Is Wellness, a natural beauty and health coaching practice. Her coaching and Eat Pretty book series teaches women to use nutrition and lifestyle choices to look and feel their best from the inside out.

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TONIK’s Curcumin: The Under-the-Radar Nutrient You Need to Know About

TONIK’s Curcumin: The Under-the-Radar Nutrient You Need to Know About

It contains a medicine chest’s worth of benefits…

As far as superstar nutrients go, curcumin might not be on your radar — but it should be. It’s the active ingredient in turmeric (aha, now THAT you’ve heard of!), which is loaded with health benefits. The Food Lover’s Companion (a classic culinary dictionary of sorts), gives a quick history on the root: First, it’s part of a tropical plant that’s related to ginger and often grows in India and the Caribbean. Another cool detail: in ancient times, turmeric was often to make perfume since it has a rich, earthy fragrance. Today, the spice is super popular in curry dishes, and also the primary ingredient used in mustard to give it that bright yellow color.

Think of curcumin as the hero of turmeric — it’s responsible for providing the bulk of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and holistic expert Dr. Andrew Weil estimates that two to six percent of the spice is made up of curcumin. So what’s the best way to get your fix, besides eating lots of curry and smearing mustard on everything? Tonik has a much easier solution: a 750 milligram supplement, which it now conveniently offers in a daily tablet form.

Pop one and here’s a quick overview of the wellness improvements you might notice…

Curcumin…

Aids metabolism.

Is loaded with antioxidants.

Improves digestion.

Has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Soothes body aches.

Keeps skin strong.

Speeds wound healing.

 

Ready to step up your wellness game? Check out more from Kari here

 

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Wellness Encyclopedia: MCT Oil + Morning MCT Matcha Latte

Wellness Encyclopedia: MCT Oil + Morning MCT Matcha Latte

That’s medium-chain triglycerides… Read on to learn why MCT oil might be what’s missing from your routine, and how to use it…

My favorite season is finally here, guys. Nope, not fall (though I do love the cooling weather and vibrant trees), I’m talking hot coffee season. While some may swoon at iced coffee, I crave the ritual of blending up my morning cup. That’s right, I said blending. Coffee-making has reached new heights in my kitchen, with daily adaptogens, collagen, a dash of cinnamon, and brain-boosting MCT oil for good measure. Toss it all into the blender with a cup of strong coffee? Doesn’t get much better. That last ingredient has been a favorite these past few years, and it’s not just me. Look up “MCT oil” and you’ll find post after post extolling the benefits. But what, exactly, is it?  Today I’m diving into the specifics — and sharing a great alternative to your morning cup of joe. Read on to learn why MCT oil might be what’s missing from your routine, and how to use it:

What is MCT?

MCT, which stands for medium-chain triglycerides, is an essential fatty acid commonly derived from coconut oil, but also present in grass-fed butter and palm oil, and most other foods that contain saturated fat (though in smaller amounts). Easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides, MCT oil is beneficial for the entire system. Most MCT oils on the market are derived from coconut oil because coconut oil is such a rich source — roughly 60-65% MCTs — however, the distilled oil is a great choice for harnessing the pure benefits of MCTs, as it has a higher, more potent amount of medium-chain triglycerides. Coconut oil still has an important place in our diets, but for those looking to get a diverse and concentrated array of MCTs, a specialty oil is a great choice. Just be sure to choose a high-quality, organic formula.

Benefits of MCT oil

So, why are MCTs so special? Medium-chain triglycerides are easier for our bodies to absorb and digest than long and short-chain fatty acids — they’re sent right to our liver, creating a thermogenic effect that could boost metabolism. MCTs have also been found to increase satiety, keeping us feeling fuller, longer. Good quality MCT oil could help boost energy and stamina, especially when used in place of carbs in a low-carb diet (such as Paleo). MCTs could also help boost mood, as healthy fats are an essential part of brain function. Additionally, the fats in MCT oil aid the body in properly absorbing vitamins (which is why salad should always have a little healthy fat in it), promotes gut health and balances gut bacteria (which has recently been linked to healthy brain function). And — good news — like coconut oil, MCT oil also boasts many of the same antibacterial benefits, with the ability to potentially protect against streptococcus, straphylococcus, and more.

How to use MCT oil

MCT oil can be taken by the spoonful, like you would a daily vitamin, or added to recipes. Because it’s digested differently and used quickly by the body, it’s important to start with small doses of MCT. Start with ½ to 1 tsp and work your way up to avoid potential stomach upset. MCT oil blends easily into warm liquids and is the perfect substitute for butter or coconut oil in bulletproof coffee recipes (check out the version below for a coffee-free MCT-powered bulletproof). Since it stays in its liquid form, MCT oil also mixes seamlessly into salad dressings and can replace olive oil in most dressing recipes. Add a spoonful to smoothies, chia puddings, or overnight oats for added healthy fats. MCT oil is super versatile and can be used as a finishing oil on almost anything, from sweet desserts to savory dishes, or subbed for coconut oil in baked goods — for a dose of healthy, brain-boosting fat!

Morning MCT Matcha Latte

Ingredients

8 oz plant-based milk or water (or a mix of both)

1 tsp matcha powder

1 tsp – 1 tbsp organic MCT oil (start slow)

½ tsp ashwagandha

½ tsp rhodiola

¼ tsp cinnamon

Optional: Collagen peptides

Method

In a pot over low heat, heat the milk or water over the stove until hot but not boiling. Combine milk with remaining ingredients in a high speed blender and blend on low to medium until mixed and frothy (be careful blending hot liquids, a blender with a locking lid is recommended). Pour into your favorite mug and sip slowly. Enjoy!

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The Art of “Hi Tea” with Neakita

The Art of “Hi Tea” with Neakita

The founder of herbal tea company Neakita shares with us a bit about her brand, and what to expect at our Santa Monica wellness event on 9/19!

5 words that best describe NEAKITA…

Nourishing | Ritual | Beauty | Courage | Love

Nourishing tea made with love

Spirit animal…

Wolves. They’re wild with a strong connection to instinct and intuition.

You gave up a very dreamy occupation in order to seek out your truth. Tell us about that.

In my first career, I traveled the world making wine and growing vines for some of the most renowned wineries and vineyards. It was an incredible life. I thought I had found the winning lotto ticket when it came to career paths! There was so much to be grateful for, but here’s the truth bomb: on the inside I was a total mess. I was suffering from hormone imbalance, chronic fatigue and depression. I didn’t understand why all of it was happening, but looking back now, I see that it was simply Universe sending me a message: “You’re not living your truth, darling. You need to slow down and reconnect, but since you’re not doing it I’m going to make you do it.” And as always, Universe won. So I took a huge risk. Right when I was being offered two of my most desirable jobs, I decided to decline both to go back to school and study holistic nutrition, meditation and metaphysics. It was time for a life reboot and, my goodness, did it happen! Nourishing mind and body became my absolute priority and once I started I couldn’t get enough! Fast forward a few years later and BOOM – here I am living my truth as the proud creator of NEAKITA. I count my blessings everyday and I know none of it would have been possible without the support of my family and friends. 

Your mantra…

We can only be what we give ourselves the power to be.

Best piece of advice you were ever given…

Don’t live your life to please others — live your truth instead. Even if it means you don’t fit in all the time, that’s fine, because true greatness wasn’t created by fitting in anyways. 

Worst advice you were ever given…

To play it safe. 

Favorite self care routine!

Beginning each day with tea and meditation.

Top 5 fave herbal teas and when to drink them…

I believe our bodies know exactly what they need to nourish themselves and it’s up to us to listen. I keep several herbal teas on hand and let my senses decide what my perfect cup of tea will be. I usually smell a few and pick the one that I feel most drawn to.

Here are the five herbal teas I recommend stocking up on:

Drink :Freedom stress-relief tea with rose petals, lavender, chamomile, peppermint and oat straw.

Because: It soothes the central nervous system to evoke a calm sensation throughout the mind and body.

When: Drink this when you are experiencing anxiety, stress or feeling overwhelmed.

 

Drink: Wisdom brain tea with ginkgo, gotu kola, cardamom, ginger, licorice root, lemon verbena and cinnamon.

Because: It assists with focus, clarity + memory enhancement.

When: Drink this when you need a mental boost without caffeine.

 

Drink: Strength immunity tea with spicy ginger, turmeric, lemongrass peppermint and black pepper.

Because: It strengthens the body’s natural immune system by revving up your digestive and metabolic fire.

When: This is the perfect tea to sip on when you feel run down or under the weather. If you feel something coming on, drink this throughout the day and it usually does the trick! It’s also a great post-meal digestive.

 

Drink: Purity detox tea with lemon peel, dandelion leaf, stinging nettle, lemongrass, ginger and peppermint.

Because: This tea helps bring your body back into balance so you can glow from the inside out!

When: Drink this when you are experiencing cravings, bloat or a breakout.

 

Drink: Grace woman’s moon tea with kava kava, cramp bark, sarsaparilla, sassafras and licorice root.

Because: Cramp bark and kava kava is an age-old Native American remedy that works well to soothe cramps and menstrual malaise.

When: Drink this tea in place of an advil or midol for PMS cramps. It’s also a beautiful tea to unwind with before bed.

What does free mean to you?

To me, free means believing and living as though anything is possible.

+ Join Hannah in a tea ceremony at our Santa Monica pop-up on Tuesday!
Photos by Kristine Lo.

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Matcha for Inner AND Outer Beauty

Matcha for Inner AND Outer Beauty

What’s green, caffeinated and more ubiquitous than that one speedo-clad guy who shows up at everyone’s yoga class? Matcha!

That’s right, the finely ground green tea leaves that have been part of Japanese and Chinese culture for centuries is fully in the mainstream (you can’t walk around New York without passing a dedicated matcha bar or shop every few blocks), and we couldn’t be more excited. Not only is the stuff delicious, the preparation is incredibly soothing if you choose to make your own — it’s a great alternative to yet another cup of coffee and it is loaded with antioxidants, making it one of the most health-supportive things you can sip.

Still not sold on the wonders that is this gorgeously green powder? Here’s a quick overview and a short history lesson: Matcha is finely ground powder made from green tea leaves that have been grown in the shade, conditions which produce more theanine (a relaxing amino acid) and caffeine than typical green tea. This combination of chemicals is what accounts for the “calm energy” effect people get from drinking the stuff as opposed to the shakes you can get from too much coffee. In the twelfth century, matcha came to Japan care of the Chinese, where an elaborate tea ceremony around its preparation was (and still is) practiced. Zen Buddhists were even believed to drink matcha for meditative focus.

Calm energy aside, matcha also boasts an impressive roster of health benefits. It’s particularly high in antioxidants like polyphenols and EGCG that have been linked to everything from slowing the growth of cancer cells, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, anti-aging, fighting inflammation, regulating blood sugar and boosting metabolism. And since you’re actually drinking the ground leaves (instead of steeping them in hot water like other teas), you ingest more of the nutrients.

Not too shabby for something you can pour over ice and sip through a curly straw!

By all means, continue to sip out of that curly straw, but there’s no need to let your tastebuds have all the fun. Yes, drinking and eating your vitamins and minerals is almost always the preferred method of getting them where they need to go — into your body — but your skin can also drink up matcha’s goodness. (See what I did there?)

Here are a few matcha-infused beauty products to let the tea leaves work their magic on your face. Throw in a little matcha-fuelfed meditation every once in awhile and you’ll positively glow.

Pangea Organics Facial Mask

When it comes to antioxidants, you’d be hard-pressed to find three more potent purveyors than matcha, acai and goji berries. Lucky for you, all of ‘em can be found in this mask from always-reliable Pangea Organics. Not only does the mask deeply cleanse and detoxify the skin thanks to the inclusion of white clay, it also leaves tired, dull skin rejuvenated thanks to a hefty dose of moisture. The matcha, goji and acai work together to pack skin cells with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins to restore and brighten the skin on your face. And the 10-20 minutes you wear it present a pretty perfect time to practice your matcha whisking skills if the mood strikes.

Flora Remedia Matcha Green Tea Skin Treatment Scrub

Matcha is a whiz when it comes to reducing inflammation in your organs thanks to its status as being chock full of antioxidants. So let it work that same magic on your tired, inflamed skin with a matcha-infused body scrub. Flora Remedia’s version combines matcha powder with raw sugar and sea salt to treat redness, inflammation and body acne, while the eucalyptus oil offers not only moisture but also a gorgeous scent to help you de-stress, refresh and revitalize your shower routine. 

Cocokind MYMATCHA All-Over Moisture Stick

What do you get when you blend organic matcha, organic virgin coconut oil and organic beeswax together? If you answered lip balm, under eye balm, dark circle corrector and spot treatment, get yourself a prize. This stick from Captain Blankenship may be tiny in stature, but it more than makes up for its small size by being a veritable Swiss Army Knife of skincare benefits — and all with only three ingredients. The antioxidants in the matcha help fight off baddies that have taken up residence in the skin and de-puff while the coconut oil offers up deep moisture and nourishment. Then beeswax swoops in the seal the deal, locking hydrating in and protecting the skin from the elements.

Sun Potion White Dragon Matcha

If you want to keep things simple, you can always whip up a good old fashioned DIY face mask with a spoonful of matcha powder and some manuka honey. You’ll look like a swamp creature for a few minutes, but the combination of soothing, anti-inflammatory matcha and acne-and-bacteria-fighting honey can’t be beat, especially if you’re dealing with a pimple situation. What’s more, this type of mask is super gentle while also being incredibly effective, so you should be ok to use it every couple of days if the mood strikes.

One thing to note: This Sun Potion White Dragon Matcha is high grade and of excellent quality, so if you want to save if for sipping, no hard feelings.

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Why You Need: Anima Mundi

Why You Need: Anima Mundi

Not every cure comes with a safety cap or prescription…

Back before a quick internet search could tell you whether your stuffy nose was a routine cold or a rare disease caused by a bug only found on a tiny island you’ve never set foot on (because it’s definitely one or the other), and even before you actually had to pick up the phone to make an appointment with a doctor, people relied on what they could find and forage to help cure their ills. In other words: plant medicine.

If it came from the ground, chances were there was a way to use it that would benefit your mind, body and soul, and no one knew that better than herbalists. For centuries, they studied botany and how to use plants to soothe and cure. Today, even though pharmaceuticals and OTC cures are a dime a dozen, there’s still something to be said for a form of medicine that dates well before Google and phone lines and drug stores. (And if you’re interested, Google tells me there’s archaeological evidence to indicate that using plants as medicine dates back nearly 60,000 years, so this whole internet thing is good for something.)

So given that it’s been a minute since herbal medicine was de rigueur, it’s a rare and special treat to find someone who not openly champions the power of botanicals when it comes to our health, which is where Adriana Ayales, founder of Anima Mundi comes in. As someone who fluently and beautifully speaks the language of the plants, Ayales, a rainforest tribal herbalist from Costa Rica, has dedicated herself to healing and natural elements.

Believing that not every cure comes with a safety cap or prescription, Anima Mundi strives to present pure, powerful, traditional herbal formulations to help the people of today with what ails them, much like the same plants did for our ancestors. To do so, each tonic is a gorgeous, well-researched combination of wisdom from all corners of the earth: rainforest tribal botany, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda.

Let’s break down some of these botanical superfoods to figure out which jives best with your life and needs.

Happiness Tonic

Anxious? Jumpy? Can’t sleep? Try drinking less coffee. Or spend some time on a yoga mat. Or maybe turn to plants in the form of Anima Mundi’s Happiness Tonic.

Why “happiness”? Well, can you think of anything that ruins your mood faster than not getting a good night’s sleep? Which is why this wildcrafted tonic is full of adaptogenic herbs that work together to stabilize hormone function, serotonin and dopamine, and sooth the nervous system so you can rest easier and, in turn, be happy!

(Side note: Don’t remember what adaptogens are? In short, they’re herbs that have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to boost energy and resilience. They support your adrenals, the glands that help your body manage stress, anxiety and fatigue, and adapt their function to your body’s needs so they work in gentle harmony with what your system without the fear of crashing—hence the name.)

The herbs in question? St. Johns Wort (known to fight insomnia), mucuna (a bean that acts as a mood booster and nervous system soother), rhodiola (which has been shown to improve brain health), ashwaganda (a plant that supports adrenal fatigue) and albizzia (a plant affectionately known as “the Tree of Happiness”).

Responsible for releasing hormones, it’s easy for stress and sleeplessness to send your adrenal and endocrine systems into overdrive. When your body is stressed, they respond by releasing an overabundance of cortisol and adrenaline which just makes everything worse. So these “happy” herbs work together to relieve stress and anxiety, most importantly by working to aid your adrenal system.

Fat Belly Tonic

In order for your body to properly digest everything you put into it, every part of the digestive system needs to be working well and together. Sure, you know what foods upset your stomach and which ones mess with your gut (hello, probiotics!), but do you ever think about how what you put in your mouth does to your liver?

Since it’s the liver’s job to metabolize fat, it needs to be at 100% to take the food you eat and turn it into the energy your body runs on. More often than not, that A+ liver status isn’t consistent, so a good chunk of fat gets left behind, un-metabolised. You could just let those fat cells be; they’ll make a nice home for themselves somewhere in your body, maybe they’ll even raise some kids and live a long, happy life in, say, your tummy. Then, every time you’re sweating your tush off in a spin class, you can blame your liver.

But if you want to play mean landlord, you could just add Anima Mundi’s Fat Belly Tonic into your daily routine and metaphorically raise that rent so much that those fat cells won’t have any choice but to move out of state. You see, the formula is a blend of herbs that are anti-inflammatory ( turmeric, mangosteen and ginger) and detox (cha-de-bugre and green coffee) powerhouses. They get in there and strip the liver of impurities, opening it up to perform at — you guessed it — 100%. When it’s in tip-top shape, there’s just no room for leftover fat since all of it gets processed the right way.

Feel free to use that newfangled internet to do more research on any of this stuff, but if your computer turns out to be a time machine that catapults you back thousands of years, you can bet the people you’ll find there will be using the same plants and herbs to treat their issues. And a word of time travel advice: Hide that computer ASAP lest someone think it’s black magic sent from another world to mess with their herbalist way of life.

+Want to see more Anima Products? Shop the full collection here

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.

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Tips for the Plant-Eating Traveler

Tips for the Plant-Eating Traveler

Traveling while maintaining a plant-based diet requires a little organisation, a touch of research, and a desire to be a bit adventurous…with the best local produce always serving as your reward.

Without fail, my parents frequent their local farmers’ market every week. Rain or shine, Saturday mornings are spent in the town square, inspecting seasonal produce from organic local farmers who they know on a first-name basis. Jean, for example, sells olives he’s carefully selected from France and parts of Spain. His ‘secret mix’ is one of almonds, green olives and whole cloves of garlic, as well as a mysterious blend of spices. He enjoys a good laugh and will make you sample the contents of his entire stall upon each visit.

Their love and pursuit of whole foods was easily passed onto me, who has embraced an omnivorous diet for years. And after over a year of practicing vegetarianism, I decided to take it a step further and go vegan. There is a certain art to applying this diet to an on-the-go lifestyle…but I believe I’ve become quite good at acquiring great produce no matter where I find myself.

Prior to my trip, I always conduct a little research to find out where the local markets are, on what days they’re open, where the local health food shops are, and what supermarkets are in the area. That way, when I arrive, I can pick up a few essentials straight away.

Markets are a wonderful way to meet the locals, experience the region, and buy fresh (and sometimes unique) seasonal fruits and vegetables. My trick is to walk once around the market to eye up the best deals and best-looking produce, then decide from which stalls to buy. This saves considerable disappointment when you discover that two stalls down the old man with his beret is selling the ripest juiciest peaches for half the price you just bought yours (I learned the hard way!)

With a basket filled with golden apricots, a couple of warm baguettes, lettuces, fresh basil (for pesto!), the ripest tomatoes you’ll ever find, and a whole tray of nectarines, I declared myself happy and sat down in the dappled light under a big leafy tree for a well-earned espresso at the local café, watching the locals go by with their own overflowing baskets.

When in France, always pick up a bunch of purple garlic, and ask around for the best bakery in town. Bread is a religion around here — never settle for a baguette that makes you feel less than the happiest person in the world. Also, a little trick I’ve learned this year — if you ask for a ‘croissant patissier’ or a ‘croissant ordinaire‘ you’ll be served a vegan croissant made with margarine instead of butter! You’re more than welcome.

* Research before you leave. Locate markets, health food shops, supermarkets and restaurants with vegan options (the HappyCow app is a great tool!)

* Pack an easy-to-transport meal and snacks for your travel day. Remember — no liquids if you’re flying! Hummus and carrots, granola bars, dried fruit and nuts, grain salads or simple sandwiches are my go-to picks. Nothing worse than being hangry and stuck on a plane.

* Be adventurous. Go out of your way to find new places to eat, wake up early to go to the market, chat to locals, try new ingredients. You will experience your destination in a whole new way, I promise!

 

Photos and words by Tania Gault.

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Santa Monica Pop-In: Q&A with Maha Rose

Santa Monica Pop-In: Q&A with Maha Rose

Consider signing up for Maha Rose’s course on crystals this August 30th…and learn why they’re so healing (in addition to being beautiful and nice to have around), how to use them and how to cleanse them…


Maha Rose. What does it mean?

Maha means high, holy and great in Sanskrit. The rose is the bountiful crown of the plant kingdom, radiating beauty and the energy of unconditional love to the world.

Your spirit animal:

It changes, actually! Different animals come through at different times. I’m very connected to Wolf, Hawk, and Deer. I call on them at different times in my life — wolf for inner guidance and wisdom, Hawk for inspiration, taking action, and clear vision, and deer for softness, gentleness, and understanding.

5 words that sum up your philosophy:

Love
Integrity
Relaxation
Connectivity
Community

Is there a surefire way to reconnect with your self? 

Yes — listening to and respecting our intuition! Our “gut” tells us everything we need to know…it will guide us towards what we are really meant to be, do, and believe in life.

Tell us what one might learn at one of your workshops in Santa Monica…

All about crystals! Our crystal guru Luke Simon will be there to tell you everything you need to know…why crystals are so healing (in addition to being beautiful and nice to have around), how to use them, how to cleanse them, and specific attributes of different crystals.

Fave breakfast:

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about macrobiotics, and eating a macro bowl for breakfast. Rice/grain, veggies, tofu friend in sesame oil, some kimchi and whole bean miso. All organic and as much as I can get from the local farmer’s market. It’s so gratifying and energizing, and sustains me the whole day!

Fave self-care ritual:

Taking a walk in nature! I always feel relaxed and embraced by all the sounds, smells, breezes, and calming views. I live in the Catskill Mountains so nature is my constant self-care companion.

Song that best sums up your mood:

I lovee Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon because I’m currently surrounded by amazing women collaborators and friends –Maha Rose is a female-owned and run business, so I’m just in awe of all of these ladies who are both mystical and creative, and also grounded and organized.

What does free mean to you?

Whew good question! “Free” means a couple of things to me: It is one thing to be physically free, where one is able to move and act with flexibility in one’s environment, to travel and make choices without inhibition. I think being physically free is definitely a privilege, and not everyone has it. A lot of us are pretty lucky in the U.S. in that regard. There’s also mental/energetic freedom, where we can have an open mind and literally “free” ourselves from restrictive and inhibiting patterns and blocks. That’s the kind of work we do at Maha Rose. Help people to unfetter their minds, and work towards getting to a place of calm spaciousness. This is the place where we can really tap into the guidance that comes from the heart, by stepping out of our negative mental patterning.

+ Don’t miss out — check out Maha Rose and more at our Santa Monica Pop-up. Sign up here today!! 

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