Valentines Day Chocolate Superfood Balls!

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A day late and a dollar short - here’s a nice Valentines Day treat for ya! But, the love and joy of Valentines Day shouldn’t only be experienced one day a year, it should be felt year round. So in essence, these little love balls are to be enjoyed when ever you damn well please!

Treat yoself to some nourishingly healthy chocolate superfood balls! Mmmm..... energy balls!

And, while you’re at it, tell everyone you care about that you love them, because well, life is short and we really outta do a better job at showing people that we care about them instead of getting all wrapped up in meaningless stress!

* 1 cup packed pitted dates or 1/4-1/2 cup raw honey
* 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
* 2 tbsp chia seeds
* 2 tbsp hemp seeds
* 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
* 2 tbsp Navitas plant superfood with protein
* 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
* 2 tbsp cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
* 2 tbsp MCT oil or coconut oil
* 1 tbsp matcha to sprinkle on top of desired

First blend the walnuts until they’re nice and chopped up, then add the rest of the ingredients to a blender and process into a dough. Form 16 balls and place in fridge or freezer for an hour. Enjoy!

2019: A Time for Slowing Down

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I have been feeling the sheer effects of the theme that 2019 seems to be emanating. A theme of transition, re-alignment, restoration of energy and vibrancy. The need for self-care and inner nourishment has never felt so great. I was recently reading some wisdom from Sophie Bashford, an inspiring intuitive channel, teacher and writer, who shared that this year, we'll be asked to slow down, to respect our innate rhythms.  We'll start to become in tune with our true energy and emotions - allowing our unadulterated creativity, gifts and ideas to flow without being fueled by chemicals or stimulants.

This means we need to slow down as a society. To learn to respect our natural rhythms and to respond to feelings that are showing up in our bodies, instead of ignoring them and pushing on. The need to push on in our culture has become a natural response. Unfortunately, this response will only further drive our souls into a state of exhaustion. If, like me, you are feeling burned out, overwhelmed, and in need of some space, try taking advantage of the below themes that Sophie recommends for this year:

Work on addictions of all kinds 

Clear strong attachments to stimulants such as caffeine and  alcohol 

Gently alter your eating habits in a way that is based on self-love,  including increasing your intake of fruit & vegetables and reducing chemicals 

Adopt a very regular deep breathing and stretching practice 

Come into daily meditation & silence 

Come into Nature very regularly 

Practice regular deep relaxation

Receive regular massages and healing touch 

These words all landed so powerfully within my soul because I’ve been feeling the need for this over the past couple of months. I’ve come to learn that these feelings I experience are rarely something to be ashamed of, but a feeling to be shared as usually they are experienced within the collective consciousness of humanity. If you too are feeling over exerted, yet see everyone else around you pushing on, please exercise judgment before comparing yourself to someone else’s actions. Just because others are pushing past their boundaries of self-sacrifice, doesn’t mean everyone needs to. Its time for us to change the status quo and take a time out for rest, recovery, and inner-work. Have we all forgotten how to slow down?

Here are some quotes to inspire you on your journey toward inner-nourishment and transformation:


“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally, of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are” - Chöguam Trungpa Rinpoche


“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul place” Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes


“Trust means that you will open to life knowing that you will experience situations & emotions that bring you to your knees, and not shying away from these or modifying your reality to avoid them” Ezzie Spencer


“You cannot be in tune with your inner truth if you are constantly distracted by how others are working. Your purpose needs to be 100% focused upon your own intuitive guidance” Sophie Bashford


“We live in a world that is constantly noisy, stimulating, and distracting. Our attention is relentlessly pulled to the external and the material. There is simply so much going on out there, and online, that our need for retreat and inner connection has never been more urgent” Sophie Bashford


“Our individual consciousness is influenced by the collective consciousness of our environment. We absorb and reflect what is around us” Thich Nhat Nanh


“We are lead to believe that there is only ever a limited supply of what we want, yet the truth is that abundance is infinitely available and provided by the universe” Vex King


“Faith is an active choice we make to stay optimistic” Vex King


“Sometimes all we have is our faith - our faith in the fact that things are going to get better. Hang on to it and keep believing, even if that means you’re the only one who does” Vex King


“To meditate is to focus energy within. It is a method of drawing awareness back to our center: to gather the scattered pieces of our outer beings and bring them into our internal home” Sophie Bashford


For some wonderful reading to inspire your journey to inner growth and transformation, I highly recommend the below books:

Bashford, Sophie. (2018). You are a goddess. Working with the sacred feminine to awaken, heal and transform.

King, Vex. (2018). Good vibes. Good Life.

Spencer, Ezzie. (2018). Lunar abundance. Cultivating joy, peace, and purpose using the phases of the moon.

So What is "Functional Nutrition" Anyways?

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Contrary to conventional medicine, functional and integrative forms of medicine, including functional/integrative nutrition, aim to discover the root cause of patients’ ailments. Instead of placing a band-aid on the symptoms, we dig deep into health history, symptoms analysis, blood work, additional laboratory work, physical manifestations, among other aspects of your physiology to really get down to the bottom of why you aren’t feeling well. Imagine it like this. The human body, in its optimal state of health, is like a tree. The roots of the tree are made up of things like our sleep, relaxation, exercise, dietary intake, stress, environmental toxin exposure, and our relationships. The base of the tree, moving up from the roots, is our mental and emotional state, spiritual influences, our genetic predispositions, and our experiences, attitudes, and beliefs (in other words, our perspective). Building on top of that are events throughout our lives such as traumas, accidents, major life changes, marriages, child birth, divorce, etc. that are major triggers or mediators of our state of health.

As you start getting toward the branches of the trees, you begin to see the signs and symptoms appear, growing out of the roots and the trunk of the tree. You can see these symptoms categorized to each major branch of the tree (or organ system off of the body). The nervous system, endocrine system (chemical messenger system, more commonly known as hormones), digestive system, circulatory system, renal (kidneys), pulmonary system (lungs), etc. Symptoms manifesting within these branches all stem from some sort of an environmental input, interacting with our genes, further down toward the foundation of the tree. This is the tree of functional medicine.

What we put into our bodies, whether it be food, the water we drink, or the air we breathe, has a major impact on our health. Think about it. Food is information to our cells. If we are consuming information that our body’s don’t know how to process, such as hydrogenated fats, synthetic food coloring, or artificial sweeteners, it will begin to cause a malfunctioning within our cells that can lead to whichever disease we are genetically predisposed to. Functional nutrition aims to restore cellular integrity and communication with the proper inputs by identifying what the body is lacking in the form of micronutrients or phytonutrients, and by identifying what sort of inputs our unique individual physiology does and does not benefit from. Did you know that a large percentage of American’s are deficient in Vitamin C, Magnesium, Vitamin D, among other nutrients? And did you know that long-term deficiencies of any of these nutrients can cause symptoms? This is a highly individualized process, one that oftentimes requires a little bit of laboratory work, and most importantly time. Through targeted supplementation with micronutrients, phytonutrients, herbs, and other nutraceuticals, along with a whole foods based customized dietary plan, functional nutrition is born.