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2016-05-09

What the Heck is Inflammation and Why is Drinking Anti-Inflammatory Tea Good For You?

My friend Mucha just moved to LA and she’s renting out our guest room briefly while she gets settled. It’s nice to have someone to teach all of my newfound information about the neighborhood and living in LA. She used the same movers we used, she already has her driver’s license, she’s getting stuff done.

She’s also getting hives. It’s probably a weed allergy she hasn’t been exposed to yet, so she’s doing the things you do like taking Zyrtec and whatnot, but I suggested drinking my Hibiscus Coconut tea to help with the inflammation.

hibiscuscoconutteaThis tea is so gorgeous, when it’s in dry form and when you brew it, it’s so pink and pretty.

She said to me, “What the heck is inflammation anyway?” (She didn’t say heck, actually.) She’s right, people throw around health buzzwords but they rarely get explained in this mile a minute internet world.

I’m going to tell you my understanding of inflammation. I am not a doctor and you should totally consult a doctor or naturopath or someone in the medical field who knows your body before you take my advice, but maybe this will help folks have more understanding about how inflammation works and why anti-inflammatories are so good for you.

My understanding of inflammation comes from my experience doing my friend Vic’s cleanses. Vic is my health coach and I am so forever grateful to her for helping me address chronic health issues by reorienting how I interact with food. Her cleanses are a real stay full, learn about cooking and foods and your body’s reactions to foods experience.

Inflammation is when your body is in fight mode. Our immune system is meant to rise up to attack when we get sick or injured, to move healing energy to that part of our body that needs healing. When you have a cut that’s puffy, that’s inflammation because our immune system is going to work. When we have chronic inflammation it is where our bodies are fighting everything.

beltanemuchaA weed allergy and yet the opportunities to hang out on lawns on blankets with friends in LA abounds!

For example, if you are allergic to the grass around your house and every single day you had itchy eyes and watery nose and hives, you might get used to that being your everyday life. But you go to visit a friend’s house and when you’re there you have clear eyes and no watery nose and no hives. You feel so good! And then you go home again and feel crappy. Inflammation is like a silent version of that, where your body is exhibiting lots of side effects from other parts of your body you don’t realize.

Inflammation in the gut (where 70% of your immune system lives) can lead to tons of outside symptoms–for me it was chronic IBS and my body being achy. For other folks it can lead to auto-immune disorders, psoriasis, increased depression, the list is endless. Anti-inflammatory foods are also sometimes linked to cancer prevention and since my partner is a cancer survivor we work hard to give her nourishing anti-inflammatory foods!

bevinmuchaLove this babe so much. She got to town four days before Dara and I threw a HUGE Seder dinner/performance art event in our backyard. This photo is from my outfit as “God.”

Inflammation can result from the food you eat, sleep deprivation and stress. Yes, having an ongoing stressful situation can physically harm you and wind you up with a chronic or worsened health condition.

I handled my chronic inflammation by doing the Candida Murder Plan. Working with Vic, it really helped me figure out what are my trigger foods and how to orient my nutrition.

I now focus on supplementing my diet with anti-inflammatory natural foods. (Like the Good for Me Lifestyle Heal Me honeys–so good for inflammation and migraines.) I make a lot of bone broth and try to make sure there’s always soup in the house made from bone broth. The recipe I use is from my health coach and I make sure to add a whole bunch of scallions, more salt than you think you need, a little pepper and a cup of dried Nettle leaf because of its anti-inflammatory gut healing properties.

muchaonsunsetWalking in Silverlake.

When I made my Hibiscus Coconut tea it was because I wanted something refreshing and hydrating and delicious. I also realized as I did more work with hibiscus, how good it is at anti-inflammatory work in the body. I decided to add Nettle leaf to the tea to just give it a wham pow of anti-inflammatory magic. So folks who bought the tea in the first pre sale got the original version and when I tried

The way Reiki works is to transmit life force energy. When you get a Reiki treatment, this energy is put into you by your practitioner. Because it is energy once you are Level 2 certified, you can transmit that energy through time and space and into objects. My goal with my teas is to amplify the naturally occurring herbal benefits in the flowers and leaves themselves, as well as provide the drinker with Reiki healing energy.

With all of my teas, I think you get the most benefit drinking one cup a day. Set aside fifteen minutes a day to enjoy a cup, treat it as a centering experience and you’ll experience better quality of life. Even if you don’t buy into the anti-inflammatory idea, self care stretches time. Taking that pause is important!

I’m excited to be feeding Mucha lots of nourishing foods and see if having her drinking deliciously tart Hibiscus Coconut tea every day helps with her “Welcome to LA you’re allergic to everything” hives.

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I’m doing a pre sale of my teas through May 10th, but will leave the sale open a bit longer if you’re reading this post later than that. Can’t wait to scale up my business so I can do orders all the time!

And if you have questions about any of the tea blends hit me up, I am excited to talk about them and have so much communications work to do on my forthcoming website! It’s truly my dream come true to develop a business to help get healing and self love into as many hands as possible!

2016-04-06

Incredibly Delicious Supplements Delivered Via Raw Honey Made By Awesome People

Some of you may remember that Dara did this huge organizing project in 2012. She quit her day job, lived off savings and ran a global initiative aimed at building peace. She met a lot of really great folks doing that work and it has been such a pleasure for me to meet and interact with them.

At her NYC going away party I hung out with Zak for the first time. Zak’s a really great guy–positive energy radiates from him and he’s really just the kind of person who elevates your mood when you’re around. He’s an entrepreneur and I knew his work with the Ring Thing because Dara had sold them in partnership with Good 4 Me with a school non-profit she was consulting with. I have had a Ring Thing on my phone ever since Dara was selling them and I cannot endorse it enough as a wildly useful phone accessory–a kickstand, hook, handle and many more things in one. I use it many times a day.

darazakDara and Zak at her going away party at Chelsea Piers.

So here’s Zak, this great dude I’ve only just met whose work already has been an intimately helpful part of my life, and he says that he and his business partners at Good For Me Lifestyle have a new product they are unveiling. He literally whips out a box of superfoods to let me taste. A whole fleet of superfoods infused in delicious raw honey.

“Hell yes I would like to try those,” I said.

While everyone else in Dara’s NYC party went on to the karaoke bar, Zak and I sat down for some one on one time talking superfood honeys.

They enable you to take all of the superfood stuff you know (and probably some you don’t know) and get it into your life easier. It’s ideal when you have time to plan a biodiverse menu for yourself and your family full of superfood plant products.

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But there are times when you’re busy, traveling, sick, whatever and you don’t have capacity for that. These supplements handle that, or just add to your already super spectacular menu.

Since they’re infused into honey you can just grab a tiny spoonful (maybe 1/2 teaspoon or so) and eat it. Or you add it to hot water to make a delicious beverage. They can be added to food really easily and the new butter infusions are fabulous to cook with.

Zak gave me a flight of honeys to try and they were a Goddesssend during our cross country road trip. I served them in microwaved sweet potatoes or gluten-free peanut butter sandwiches when I made us dinner in hotel rooms, we used them as supplements, and they were really great when our bodies were weary or sick from travel. Dara’s a cancer survivor and we take making sure we eat well pretty seriously.

Here are all of the flavors you can choose from:

Energize Me–a delicious chocolate flavor is actually all naturally occurring from the superfoods, Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Bee Pollen and Organic Maca Root. It’s great for a pick me up and focus. I’ve never used it in lieu of caffeine I really just think it’s delicious and throw it on oatmeal a lot.

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Heal Me–the answer to my complete inability to ever actually make the anti-inflammatory powerhouse golden milk. Instead of doing all of that cooking I just grab the superfood and enjoy the tumeric, black pepper (activates the absorption of tumeric), and cinnamon. I use anti-inflammatories to help with my chronic digestive disorder as well as keeping me from getting sick. The Good 4 Me Lifestyle literature espouses these further benefits: treating migraines, menstrual pain, upset stomach, detoxing and more. I think it is delicious and also great as a baste for chicken, tea, oatmeal and sweet potatoes.

Love Me is their blend of Cayenne, Ginger and Goji Berry. All are great at healing when you feel sick or under the weather. Also great for heart health, treating migraines, allergies and more. It’s spicy, I really like it!

Savor Me is better than pesto, in my opinion. Moringa, Himalayan Rock Salt and Basil Leaf
are anti-inflammatory, improve your immune system, restores cell pH and lots of other benefits. Zak suggested putting it on pasta and he was right!

Not on the website now is Fuel Me, their supplement that includes protein powder that Dara and I really ran through as a meal supplement when we didn’t have time to eat big meals while on the road. I hear you can special order it!

These things are delicious. They sell out regularly at farmer’s markets. This is the kind of thing where someone is giving you a tester and you’re like, “Oh yes this is amazing sign me up.”

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All of their supplements are sold in month supplies, $45 (on sale for $40 right now) for four jars. The jars are infinitely reusable, too, I love them for storage. You can get one flavor or a variety pack.

While on our road trip we stopped at Jordan’s house to say a quick hello while leaving New Orleans. Jordan, like Zak, was also totally charismatic, genuine, high vibration sweet guy. He made us organic sprouted brown rice crispie treats using the Heal Me butter, which is a perfect road treat. We got to see the home where Semaj (the other third of the trio of awesome folks behind Good 4 Me Lifestyle) makes the superfood supplements.

jordansemajJordan and Semaj are also wildly talented musicians and their album the Zenn project (named after their adorable daughter Zenn, who is on the cover of the album) is fabulous!

I feel pretty strongly that everything carries energy and these are great people making great products. I seek to operate at the vibration they are! Seriously!

As someone who has started a small product-based business, I know how hard you have to work and how much you have to believe in what you do. Zak, Jordan and Semaj are working hard to get healing to people and these are fabulous products I am excited to support. (P.S. I always say when a post is sponsored, and this one is not. I’ve used and enjoyed this stuff immensely and want to support this great small business!)

If the superfood honeys or butters sound great to you, give them a chance you will not be disappointed!

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