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ROYAL GHEE by FLORA Ex MACHINA Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

August 16, 2018

 CRUSHING on this ROYAL GHEE OMG!!

obsessed and addicted. i made ice-cream last night with bananas, almond butter, a ton of powders and my Royal Ghee and it was better than any fancy ‘real’ ice cream i’ve had. and my kids LOVE IT!  we are using it on everything!  created by holistic nutritionist Alle Weil,
this is more than a product – Royal Ghee is heart, soul, passion and science.

 WHAT:

Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

A whipped spread made from the most nutritive ingredients on earth.

Inspired by the traditional nutritive Ayurvedic spread, Chyawanprash – we’ve taken the same principles, and Westernized and modernized the overall vibe and ingredients into a whipped honey butter with benefits.

Sourced from the finest organic ingredients including grass-fed, pastured and traditionally made ghee, raw California wildflower honey, and a blend of medicinal and alkalizing greens, adaptogenic herbs, grounding roots, and immunity-boosting mushrooms, Royal Ghee provides a daily boost of nutrition and energy with the flavor of a decadent treat.

Royal Ghee is a thick and creamy, whipped spread that can be consumed daily as a nutritive boost by the spoonful, added to smoothies, “bulletproof” tea and coffee, spread onto toast, and slathered as icing…the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

A proprietary blend of grass-fed and pastured ghee, raw California wildflower honey,  Tocotrienols derived from organically grown brown rice. (It is a super concentrated source of bioavailable vitamins E and D, with a high antioxidant count.)

Greens and Algae: Moringa, cracked cell-wall chlorella, nettles, barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, alfalfa, dandelion leaf, kelp, dulse

Roots, Berries and Fruit: whole schizandra concentrate, beet root, lemon and orange peel

Mushrooms: reishi extract, maitake extract, shiitake extract, chaga extract, turkey tail extract, beta-d-glucans, reishi triterpenoids…and a touch of pink himalayan salt.

And the blog is filled with recipes! Run and grab a bottle or two or ten. 

When You Just Need Pizza : Wood Silverlake

July 22, 2018

Love a good neighborhood spot to grab an easy pizza. But when it’s wood fired, with yummy veggie offerings and salads – I get super happy. We popped over to Wood Silverlake and I’m still having ordering regret that I didn’t try more than the 4 Cheese and truffle pizza! My kids wanted pasta so we ordered two dishes – a classic meatball and a veggie mix and while they were both gobbled up – the pizza is the star. My eyes kept tracking all the pizzas as they came out and I was saying we need to try more pizza!! But everyone was full. Self included. The sides of veggies (crispy brussels in tahini with pomegrante gastrique, coal roasted spaghetti squash with fontina, rosemary brown butter sauce – YES, this is how you make spaghetti squash actually taste amazing! and the roasted cauliflower with za’tar, currants and chermoula). Of course we had to see what the non-pasta entrees were about so we tried the wild scottish salmon and it was grilled to perfection and resting over a mound of couscous with marinated tomato, olives and tzatziki.

We pounded the cannoli and banana cream pie and were stuffed and happy and convinced we had to go back and order ‘all the pizzas’. Wood is easy, breezy, perfect to grab a bite, meet a friend, a chill non-fancy first date. We sat on the open patio and on the corner of Sunset and for the peeps who live over there it ‘s prob the go to for great wood fired pizza. For us it was totally worth the 20 minute drive. The service was attentive, warm and fantastic. OH!! I am also having FOMO about the grilled escarole caesar that looked amazing. Next time!!

2861 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California
(323) 667-9940

“We offer many shareable wood-fired dishes, including several vegetarian
options as well as an array of traditional Neapolitan pizzas.”

 

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.