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Kelp Jerky is going to be your new favorite snack and here’s why

June 4, 2018

 

 Snacking is life.  I am never not snacking. I am snacking, not meal’ing.

I’m over protein bars and faux sugar treats. Nuts? I eat way too many. Veggies only go so far. I tried this magical snack and I was hooked. A high-protein, plant-based snack that’s not a bar loaded with sugar or a mushy soy snack? Look no further, there’s a new kid on the block called Kelp Jerky, and it’s going to be your new favorite go-to snack. 

We tried Kelp Jerky and loved its chewy texture and exciting flavors like Turmeric Thai Coconut, Sesame Sea Salt, and Maple Rosemary BBQ!  

The main ingredient in Kelp Jerky is, well, kelp. Often called “the superfood from the sea”, kelp, which is a seaweed, is full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, amino acids, omega-3 fats and fiber, including zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, and calcium (10x more than milk!). Kelp supports your body’s ability to absorb water and is a rich, natural source of iodine that helps to stimulate a healthy metabolism.

And did you know that kelp is also one of the only foods that expands in your stomach, making you feel fuller, longer?! Thank you!

Lastly, kelp is one of the most sustainable sources of food on the planet so kelp jerky is a snack choice you can feel good about too beyond just its human body benefits.

Kelp Jerky is a brand new snack that’s launching this summer. The company behind this new snack is AKUA, and they are currently raising funds on Indiegogo to support their launch. You have just 1 week left to pre-order Kelp Jerky on Indiegogo before the campaign ends. Click here to get your hands on some!

 

Simple Tonics Mother’s Day Rose Specials

May 5, 2018

Simples Tonics and Apothecary has a different kind of Rose for Mother’s Day. I have been hooked on them ever since my first sip and I cannot wait to do a deep dive into this incredibly delightful looking elixirs and essences. Totally up my alley and perfect to enjoy on Mother’s Day (or any other!) with my amazing Tibetan bowl Mother’s Day curation from Unlimited Singing Bowls (did you order one yet?!)

Simples Tonics Rose Tonic – The Elevator

Gentle and soothing, this Bulgarian rose water tonic embodies the essence of thousands of roses. At once uplifting and calming, rose balances the mood and nourishes the soul. As the highest vibrational plant on the planet, the delicate rose intoxicates with her fabled aroma, power and beauty. As an esteemed heart opener, mood lifter and aphrodisiac, no wonder the rose is the universal symbol of love.

16 oz. – $6 / 32 oz. – $10

 

Simples Rose Elixir

This delicious elixir is felt immediately as the sacred and high frequency rose enters the system dissolving stress and anxiety, leaving you with a sense of calm and centeredness. Soothing to the heart and soul, Rose is our favorite go to in the face of emotional challenge, overwhelm, and overburdened nervous system. Keep it nearby to take any time you feel your heart beat beginning to rise and stress fogging your mind.

1 oz. – $20

 

Simples Flower Essences

Simples Tonics Flower Essences are a collaboration between Sunsong and Simples and are formulated by Sunsong herbalist Saewon Oh. Available are four flower essence blends, therapeutic remedies for emotional and energetic healing. Flower essences are subtle yet powerful medicines that facilitate personal journeys. The Simples and Sun Song collaboration has resulted in the creation of four stellar blends alchemically made with wild harvested flowers as well as flowers from the Simples organic garden. The Flower Essences collection includes Goddess Bless, Shadow Spell, Soul’s Dream and Gentle Warrior. Choose the best bouquet for Mom this Mother’s Day.

.5 oz. – $15

 

 

 

ABOUT Simples

Simples is a handcrafted, plant-based tonic and apothecary shop located in Santa Monica, California. Simples was founded by Traci Donat, an herbalist devoted to traditional folk medicine practices, with the goal of sharing the wisdom of ancient plants as medicine, and the belief that plant-based tonics and elixirs are the medicine of the people. Simples Tonic Shop and Apothecary is a destination for those looking for daily nourishment and ancient plant-based wisdom. For more information about Simples Tonics & Apothecary please visit simplestonics.com or follow us on FACEBOOK @simplestonics & INSTAGRAM @simplestonics.

Dr. Stacy Mitchell Doyle and The Effects of Inflammation

March 20, 2018

What if there was ONE unifying cause of all your health and wellness issues? If there was one thing you could target that would resolve your blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, even bad skin and aging? Well there may actually be a root cause of all these conditions and more. That thing is INFLAMMATION. Chronic inflammation is widely recognized as the central pathologic feature of all the things that kill us the most, such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and even cancers. But even if you consider yourself healthy and disease-free, stopping chronic inflammation can be your ticket to slowing the aging process, better skin, less infection like colds and flus, and even faster athletic recovery and less injury.

Everyone is familiar with acute inflammation. It is the body’s natural response to injury, infections, or any type of damage. The redness, warmth, and swelling that happens when we injure ourselves is the way that the body heals. The process is complicated, and it involves things like cellular mediators, hormones, oxidative stress and coagulation factors. But if we didn’t have those biologic mechanisms, we wouldn’t make it out of childhood. What happens when that inflammatory process that is so beneficial when you twist your ankle or catch a cold, never shuts off? The result is CHRONIC INFLAMMATION and a myriad of conditions, many of which are life-threatening. The problem with a chronic inflammatory response is persistent oxidative stress and free radicals, which run roughshod through your DNA, cells and organs to produce damage. For example, it is free radical and oxidative damage that destroys the sensitive lining of your blood vessels, makes your heart arteries stiff (raising your blood pressure), and even changes cholesterol into a form that becomes sticky and eventually blocks your arteries and leads to arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. And it is also free radicals that age the skin prematurely and cause wrinkles.

Although there are many sources of chronic inflammation (such as smoking, toxins, etc), the main causes are the foods we eat. Animal products, processed sugars and white flour all produce those inflammatory reactions. The good news is that the acute inflammation dies down in about 4 hours. The bad news is that then it’s time for lunch and the process starts all over again! But if the thought of chronically being bombarded with inflammatory mediators scares you, there is a fix. ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES. And the place to find these amazing substances is in plants. Not in a pill or a bottle, but in actual unprocessed plant foods. The scientific term for these compounds is phytonutrients. These are plant derived substances that have a wide array of amazing properties, such as removing free radicals, deactivating cancer-causing substances, improving immune function, and stopping inflammation in the vessels and organs. Unleashing the anti-inflammatory power of phytonutrients is simple: eat plants, and eat lots of them. It is also best to eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds, because there are thousands of phytonutrients (one vegetable can contain dozens of them) and they act together synergistically to exert the maximum health effects.

The takeaway message is that it isn’t necessary to treat a host of conditions with different methods. Attacking the underlying chronic inflammation will resolve the majority of health issues, from the minor to the life-threatening. And it is as easy as a trip to the produce section of the grocery store or the farmer’s market

Industry-Leading Physician Stacy Mitchell Doyle MD 
Offers Plant-Based Alternatives to Pharmaceuticals
 
FoodTherapyMD, a Los Angeles-based health information center, is proud to announce the start of its new consultation service, entitled “Second Opinion.” Second Opinion aims to provide patients with alternative methods to treat illnesses and manage their health without relying on the heavy use of pharmaceuticals, so common in today’s treatment plans. By tailoring a patient’s diet using unique properties in plants, Second Opinion is able to specifically address a variety of health conditions.
 
Second Opinion consultations are available with FoodTherapyMD’s resident physician, Stacy Mitchell Doyle, MD. After receiving her degree from UCLA’s School of Medicine, Dr. Stacy opened her own practice in Internal Medicine and treated patients there for nearly two decades, often developing “food prescriptions” tailored to specific health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer. A long-time advocate of plant-based diets, Dr. Stacy is thrilled to now be able to fully commit her time and extensive knowledge of evidence-based, plant-centric nutrition to help people through her work with FoodTherapyMD.
 
“Our motto at FoodTherapyMD is ‘food is medicine,’ and that is something I have come to truly believe in,” explained Dr. Stacy. “I have witnessed, first-hand, the tremendous benefits that transitioning to a plant-based diet can have on a person’s health; benefits that can be achieved without a reliance on prescription drugs,” she added. “Second Opinion provides a personalized path for people to treat not only the symptoms of an illness, but the root cause of the problem as well.”
 
In addition to offering consultation services to individuals, FoodTherapyMD is also offering Second Opinion to physician groups and corporate initiatives. Businesses looking for ways to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees, or medical professionals seeking to learn more about plant-based nutritional protocols are encouraged to reach out.
 
To schedule a Second Opinion with Dr. Stacy, or to inquire about a group consultation series, interested parties can complete a brief application on the FoodTherapyMD website.
About FoodTherapyMD
FoodTherapyMD is the brainchild of Dr. Stacy Mitchell Doyle, MD – or Dr. Stacy as she is known by her patients. After completing medical training and residency at UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Stacy obtained her board certification in Internal Medicine and set up private practice in Los Angeles. But after nearly two decades, Dr. Stacy realized that she was participating in a failing medical system, and she began to treat her patients using plant-based nutritional protocols. FoodTherapyMD takes the concept of food as medicine to the next level. Not only do they promote whole, plant-based diets for disease management and longevity, they recognize that phytonutrients, the things that make plant food so amazing, can be tailored to fight specific disease states.

Beauty & Essex’s Amazing over-the-top $1,000 Valentine’s Day offering!

February 9, 2018

Beauty & Essex‘s amazing over-the-top $1,000 Valentine’s Beauty & Essex Valentine’s offering, anyone? Go big or go home, I say!!

With only 6 available per city (LA , NYC, Vegas), this insane dessert is complete with a chocolate sphere that you crack open to reveal a white diamond from the Beauty & Essex pawn shop. 

Yup. It’s glam time, peeps!

Who luvs ya?

The $1,000 Beauty & Essex Valentine’s Day dessert will include the following:

  • Tray of Espresso Macchiato served with sugar jewels in a heart-shaped locket and a chocolate sphere incasing a round, brilliant cut white diamond from the Beauty & Essex Pawn Shop.
    • The diamond from the Beauty & Essex Pawn Shop is a round, brilliant cut white diamond at 0.10 cts.
  • Jewelry box filled with glitter dusted doughnuts served with caramel, chocolate and berry dipping sauces
  • Jewelry box of chocolate hearts with various fillings
  • Bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne 

Gather Around the Table with PlateJoy

 

Some of the fondest memories you can have are usually made around the dinner table. It’s a time to disconnect from the world and connect as a family. There’s just something about good conversation, good food, and laughter and PlateJoy will help you create these moments.

What is PlateJoy? Well, it’s only the best thing to come from the meal plan craze! Unlike the usual meal kit subscriptions, PlateJoy.com offers more flexibility with personalized plans that include recipes and grocery lists to make cooking easy. They even offer optional ingredient delivery when you want it, with no packaging waste, and at a more affordable price too.

Simply take the lifestyle quiz on their site to help them understand what suits you and your family best. Once completed, you’ll receive a custom plan that’s right for you! This can include quick and easy dinners, slow cooker recipes to really take the work out of it, and even kid-friendly options. The choices are truly amazing, and you will love bringing the family together for a nice home-cooked meal.

Also, with Valentine’s Day basically here, PlateJoy makes the perfect last-minute gift. They say that a couple that cooks together, stays together, so grab your meal plan subscription today! You’ll even save $20 off your PlateJoy membership with code COOKWYOU through 2/20/18.

So, whether it’s a family affair or just dinner for two, let PlateJoy take the stress out of cooking for you! Find out more at PlateJoy.com.

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