• SOLFUL Health w/ Kate McCabe : Part Three

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    Hi Loves! Join us later today (2/8) for a live session with the amazing author of this blog series, nutritional coach and wellness guru, Kate McCabe from Solful Health! Find us on Facebook & also on instagram to tune in to our live session at 3:15pm eastern time | we will be talking detox tips, balance, and some of Kates favorite go-to clean (but delicious, duh) meals!

    xo-Nikki

     

    THE POWER OF A MENTAL DETOX

    Collectively, most of us associate ‘detoxing’ with the physical body (as detailed in the past two posts), but the act of ridding ourselves of toxins and unwanted baggage relates to the mind as well. Without a strong, steady, and energized mind, our physical health means very little. Because who cares if you look hot in a bikini if you feel chronically stressed, overwhelmed, and unhappy? 

    Actively and intentionally setting aside time to unplug, shut the world out, and check in with yourself is an absolute must. Real talk, the loop of negative self-talk, stress, anxiety, and low vibe thoughts will do more harm to your mind and body than any ‘cheat meal’ or bowl of ice cream could ever do. The mind-body connection is proven and very real, whether we’re aware of it or not, and our thoughts + beliefs are directly affecting our state of physical and mental health. 

    As an example: when we’re feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or upset, this information is actually communicated from our brain to our gut and digestive system. This in turn affects the way our body digests and processes the food we’re eating that day - digestion slows, nutrients are not absorbed as effectively, and toxins can begin to build up within our systems - leaving us feeling low energy from lack of nutrient assimilation, at an increased risk for getting sick, and most likely with some digestive discomfort (think bloat, gas, constipation, etc.). Not good, babes. All of that from a simple state of mind. 

    Finding what works best for your ‘mental detox’ is a very personal endeavor. It may be getting outside to soak up some vitamin D and revitalize in pacha mama, hitting the gym for an endorphin boost, finding your state of flow experimenting in the kitchen, or getting some much needed peace and quiet floating in a sensory deprivation tank. Whatever it is for you, make it a priority and a commitment.

    Personally, I turn to my yoga and meditation practice for some soul love and mental detoxification. Research shows that regular practice elevates our moods, decreases stress + anxiety, boosts the immune system (the mind-body connection at work!), promotes mindfulness, and improves sleep. Below, I’ve shared my absolute favorite yoga pose for a powerful mental (and physical) detox - legs up the wall. No matter how crazy my day is, I make time for 10 minutes here to recharge.

     

    Legs Up the Wall

    By elevating the legs, we reverse our circulation, sending fresh blood and oxygen to the heart and head (thereby boosting brain power), as well as facilitating the body’s detoxification processes. The restorative, passive nature of this pose also calms the nervous system, lowering our levels of stress and giving our minds a chance to detox and release mental clutter. 

    Find an open wall and sit parallel to it. The side of your leg should be right up against it. In one motion, swing both your legs up the wall. Lean back, resting your head on a pillow. If the low back feels achey, place a pillow beneath the sacrum. Eventually the tailbone should be right up against the wall, but if your hamstrings are tight feel free to back the tailbone away from the wall a few inches. Relax the leg muscles, and allow your hands to fall off to the side. Close your eyes and take long, deep inhales and exhales through your nose. For best results, stay here for 1-10 minutes. 

    We hope you enjoyed this Three Part Series & can't wait to share more with you in the coming weeks!
    Don't forget to tune in later today at 3:15pm while we chat with Kate live on Facebook + Instagram!

    Be sure to check out her site, it packed full of juicy + healthy goodness. You can also find out about her teaching schedule, set up a consultation for nutritional coaching, or see where she will be at next sharing in her knowledge in her community!

    Kate McCabe | Nutritionist | RYT-200 | Founder, Solful Health

    instagram: @solfulhealth

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  • SOLFUL Health w/ Kate McCabe : Part Two

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    Kate is back at it again and this is one of our favorite topics. Hydration and its role in detoxification for both the inside of the body and the outside. If Cameron Diaz wakes up in the morning and chugs a giant glass of water and it has anything to do with her glowing skin and ability to not age a day in a 15 year span, we can get on the hydration train. 
    Read on if you want to glow like Cameron.

    Last post was all about how we can cleanse and detoxify our systems with food, but it’s important to note that organic juices, herbal teas, and good old h20 play a huge role in our body’s ability to detox effectively. Do I personally recommend all liquid diets and juices cleanses? Nah. But as a supplement to a nutrient-rich, plant-based diet - hell yeah

    Dehydration is a major source of poor detoxification - without water, the digestive system comes to a complete halt, causing major toxin back-ups and build-ups. You’re also likely to experience headaches (almost 90% of which are caused by dehydration), dull + lackluster skin, weight gain, mood swings, and trouble focusing. Getting enough high-quality hydration is just an absolute must. 

    But I get it, it can be tricky to navigate what qualifies as a nutritious, wholesome beverage and what doesn’t. So today, I’m breaking it down for you. 

    Let’s begin with what we want to avoid when it comes to hydration. Caffeine and sugar are, unfortunately, on the no-go list. Both of these substances actually have a dehydrating effect on the body, and can contribute to weight gain, dull skin, increased toxic load, anxiety + mood disorders, hormonal imbalances, and a slew of other health issues. If the mere thought of giving up your morning coffee makes you freak out a little on the inside, no worries. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m in a very committed relationship with my morning matcha lattes. Just be sure you drink a tall glass of water before and after to offset the dehydration, and do your best to limit yourself to one cup each day.

    Though coffee and tea qualify as exceptions here, sugary energy drinks, sports drinks, and sodas are totally off limits. Seriously, that s*** is the worst. You’d be surprised where sugar is lurking, especially when it comes to beverages, so read labels and ask questions. Raw honey or pure maple syrup make amazing natural and nutrient-rich sweeteners. 

    Now for the fun part - all the amazing things you can drink that will literally bring your body + mind to life. A few of my go-tos are:

    • Coconut water
    • Organic, cold pressed fruit + veggie juices
    • Organic fruit + veggie smoothies
    • Unfiltered kombucha
    • Herbal teas
    • Lots and lots of water

    Below, I’ve included the recipe for one of my absolute favorite hydrating + detoxifying elixirs. Lemon is one of the most detoxifying foods, as it nourishes the liver and promotes healthy digestion + elimination. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, which serves to support our bodies’ detoxification system. This elixir is also rich in beautifying, energizing, and immunity-boosting vitamin C for an inside-out glow. 

     

    Turmeric Lemonade

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3-4 large lemons)
    • 1-3 tbsp fresh turmeric juice or 2 tsp ground turmeric 
    • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
    • 7 cups water
    • Dash of black pepper (needed for our bodies to absorb the turmeric)

     

    Prep:

    • Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir until well combined. 
    • Taste and adjust ingredients if needed - everyone has a slightly different taste preference, so feel free to make sweeter (add honey), more tart (add lemon juice), and/or slightly stronger (add turmeric).

    Be sure to check out her site, it packed full of juicy + healthy goodness. You can also find out about her teaching schedule, set up a consultation for nutritional coaching, or see where she will be at next sharing in her knowledge in her community!

    Kate McCabe | Nutritionist | RYT-200 | Founder, Solful Health

    instagram: @solfulhealth

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  • SOLFUL Health w/ Kate McCabe : Part One

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    Hi Babes! Nikki here :) 

    I wanted to kick off this new year with setting some positive and mindful intentions to create more health conscious decisions in business, in relationships + friendships, and most importantly in the way I care for my body. I was introduced to Kate through a mutual friend and upon meeting her immediately knew she was doing exactly what she was put on this earth to do; educate and nourish the soul, one bite at a time. Kate is a nutritionist, yoga teacher, plant-based chef, herbalist, and wellness expert. I can promise you will fall in love with the way she roots her extensive knowledge of providing and healing the body through food, yoga and meditation. 

    You can find out more about Kate here. And without further ado, I hope you enjoy this 3 Part Series on Detoxifying the body!

    PS. The recipe at the end is SO. FREAKING. DELICIOUS.

    The word ‘detox’ gets dropped and everyone immediately thinks: juice cleanse, deprivation, and just a general ugh. If the process of detoxing is so good for the mind, body, and soul, why does it feel so sh***y? Rest assured, Jiva Babes. I’m here to tell you there is a much better (and way more effective) way to detox + cleanse our systems that doesn’t require an all liquid diet, and actually makes you feel really, really good. 

    Detoxification is simply the body’s way of processing and removing toxic, foreign substances from our systems. This bodily function happens naturally every single day, and certainly doesn’t require a colonic or a green juice to occur. Each time you eliminate, sweat, and even breathe, you’re detoxifying. So if this process is naturally occurring, why the need for periodic detoxes and cleanses? 

    For most of human existence, our bodies functioned exceptionally well on their own; but unfortunately for us 21st century babes, our biological evolution hasn’t yet caught up with our fast-paced, toxin-overloaded, modern lives. At this pointm our bodies simply cannot keep up with the amount of toxins that we come into contact with each day. Modern-day toxin sources include our food, drinking + bathing water, self-care products, makeup, cleaning products, environmental pollutants, and electromagnetic radiation. Ick. Even the most health-conscious among us can’t escape this reality, so our best bet is to optimize our bodies’ detoxification systems.

    Though our bodies are hardwired to detoxify naturally and automatically, it’s crucial to regularly dedicate time to support this perpetually overworked + undernourished system. This is particularly important after periods of prolonged toxin-exposure, indulgence, stress, and travel (oh hey, holidays). As these toxins build up, we experience weight gain, decreased energy, hormonal imbalances, skin issues, lowered immunity, and a slew of mood + cognitive problems. 

    Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my top detox tips for keeping your bodies + minds healthy, energized, and radiant all year long. And we’ll begin with the most effective, necessary step of detoxification: eating a nutrient-rich diet. 

    Contrary to popular belief, food (and not the absence of food) is one of our most potent detox tools. When we go on a juice cleanse, we’re depriving our bodies of the fiber, fat, and protein needed for effective detoxification. This not only leaves us feeling hangry and deprived, but you’re also not detoxing as effectively as you could be. 

    Of course, not all food is created equal, so it’s important to be mindful of what you’re consuming, especially during periods of detoxification. Generally, we want to be loading up on organic, whole, plant-based foods. Think fresh veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. These foods are high in fiber, which will sweep our digestive track clean of any toxic build-up and support healthy elimination, as well as healing + energizing vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. And unlike the processed foods our society has become so accustomed to eating, these real, whole foods are free of toxic chemicals, additives, and preservatives. A total win for the body, mind, and soul.

    Using some of my favorite plant foods, today I’m sharing a recipe that is both satisfying and detoxifying (#bestofbothworlds, baby). This bowl is my go-to for when I feel like I need a little detox but am also super hungry (aka story of my life). 

    It’s full of the detoxifying + fiber-rich greens and veggies we need for proper digestion and elimination, which also serve to keep you feeling full and satisfied. The addition of avocado and the (seriously dreamy) dressing provide you with the high-quality fats your body + mind need for healthy digestion, luminous skin, elevated moods, heightened memory + concentration, and weight loss/management. And you’ll get a hefty dose of plant-based protein (along with some extra fiber) from the brown rice + lentil blend. All this nutrient-rich, detoxifying goodness in one seriously delish bowl. 

     

    Detox Macro Bowl with Creamy Coconut Almond Dressing

    Serves 2

    Bowl Ingredients:

    • 2/3 cup brown rice
    • 1/3 cup green lentils
    • 1 head broccoli 
    • 1 medium sweet potato
    • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
    • 3 cups leafy greens (spinach, arugula, kale, spring mix, romaine, etc)
    • 1 avocado, sliced 
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Himalayan salt

     

    Bowl Prep:

    • In a medium sauce pan, add the rice, lentils, 2 cups water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Allow to simmer until the water has been absorbed and rice and lentils are cooked through (about 40 minutes).  
    • While the rice and lentils are cooking, chop your broccoli into florets and your sweet potato into bite-sized cubes.
    • About 10 minutes before the rice + lentils have cooked through, add your sweet potato. If needed, add a bit more water. After 5 minutes, add the broccoli in as well. 
    • While the rest of the meal finishes cooking, begin thinly slicing/shredding the cabbage. Toss with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and pinch of salt and set aside. 
    • To assemble, spoon the lentils, rice, and veggie mixture into a medium-sized bowl. Add in the marinated cabbage, fresh leafy greens, and sliced avocado. Drizzle with your dressing and enjoy! 

     

    Dressing Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup almond butter
    • 1/4 cup full fat unsweetened coconut milk
    • 1/8 cup organic rice wine vinegar
    • 1/5 tbsp toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp organic tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
    • Juice from 1/2 lime
    • 1 tsp pure maple syrup or raw honey
    • Red pepper flakes, to taste

     

    Dressing Prep:

    • In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend for 30-60 seconds.
    • Taste and adjust seasonings if needed - extra red pepper flakes, more lime juice, a pinch of salt, etc.
    • Drizzle over your bowl (or anything, really) and enjoy! Stores in refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

    Be sure to check out her site, it packed full of juicy + healthy goodness. You can also find out about her teaching schedule, set up a consultation for nutritional coaching, or see where she will be at next sharing in her knowledge in her community!

    Kate McCabe | Nutritionist | RYT-200 | Founder, Solful Health

    instagram: @solfulhealth

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  • meet & greet.

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    Say hello to co-founder, Remi Aliseo & get to know a bit about how she made her dream job a reality.
    ((psssst... special discount included))
    1.)  What was your journey like to get where you are now with JIVA?
    It has been a complete learning and growing process from the day Nikki showed me our first pattern, to start sewing up until now. I was in a career path of health and wellness when Nikki and I decided to put our all into JIVA. I have learned so much about building a business, independence and even discovering new things about myself throughout this journey. It has been a roller coaster ride, but I am so proud of what JIVA is today and what it is going to continue to grow into - and I am so thankful I can do it all with my sister!
    2.)  What's your favorite part of Florida?
    The weather is my absolute favorite part of Florida. I grew up in New Jersey where we were only blessed with this weather 3- 4 months out of the year. It makes me a happier soul constantly being surrounded in beautiful weather and dreamy skies. 
    3.)  If you didn’t help start JIVA, what would you be doing?
    I was personal training when we first started JIVA, so I would have probably continued down that path and Nutrition Wellness , possibly a yoga teacher training course. Something I have a passion for.
    4.)  What are your dreams for JIVA? 
    I want to see JIVA be an extremely successful brand that is an inspiration for others around the world. JIVA being a lifestyle brand that is not only activewear, but filled with several different products. 
    5.)  Where do you see yourself in 5 years (personally)?
    In 5 years I will be 30 years old. I don’t like to look too far ahead, but I hope to have done some epic traveling and feeling really content of where I am in life. 
    6.)  What gets you out of bed in the morning?
    Sunlight! But honestly, getting out of bed in the morning is my biggest weakness- it's always a long process. I have to keep my curtains open so the sun beams in. If it's a rainy morning- I’m doomed. I try to schedule myself to take a yoga class first thing in the morning or go for a run by the beach. It’s always a great day starter!
    7.)  What keeps you up at night?  
    I have a bad habit of being on my phone or computer until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. Researching or browsing around on social media. 
    8.)  What is your work out of choice?
    I love to run by the beach, but lately have been dabbling a lot more into yoga, a slow yin yoga is my absolute favorite. Both are very helpful when I need some mind clearing.
    9.)  What do you feel makes JIVA stand out in the sea of active wear brands?
    I think that JIVA stands out because of its authenticity. We love to show the skeleton of JIVA; where it’s made, the time and passion put into it, and the faces behind the brand.
    10.)  What’s your favorite product of JIVA?
    My favorite product by far are our full length flex leggings. They just fit so good and I forget I even have them on half of the time. I get so much use out of them year round. I also really love our bamboo scoop tanks - so comfy! I love the Nuvo Legging from our summer collection! 
    11.)  What is your favorite JIVA style?
    I love mixing our bamboo scoop tank tops with leggings or shorts. Its such a comfortable but sporty look and you could wear it to the gym or out and about!
    **  USE CODE: REMISPICK FOR 15%  OFF THE NUVO LEGGING **
     

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  • 5 Health Benefits Of Yoga

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    5 Health Benefits Of Yoga

    “Yoga is selfless, cleansing, freeing, balancing, inspiring, and joyfully performed: a vision in which one experiences peaceful interconnectedness with all life around them.” Or at least so says The Bhagavad Gita, written thousands of years ago, long before anyone uttered the words “downward facing dog.”

    Yoga has mutated and transformed before our very eyes. Some yoga practitioners barely move, while others sweat from the backs of their knees (by choice). No matter what your practice looks like, yoga is a very healthy thing indeed. Here are five amazing health benefits that should make you feel great about your decision to roll out your mat:

    Staves Off Stress And Anxiety

    Studies have shown that yoga practitioners are significantly less anxious, depressed, tense, angry and fatigued after class than they are before. This is hardly surprising. However, the health benefits of yoga are not just contained to that hour of class. Practicing yoga can certainly have physical consequences, such as lower blood pressure, but it can also allow you to take a step back from rash reactions. That deep breathing is just as effective after an argument as it is in an incense-scented room.

    Yoga May Lower Your Risk Of Cancer

    A 2013 study tried to look into how yoga may improve wellness and it found that there was a rapid effect on gene expansion. There was a greater change in circulating cancer-fighting immune cells after a series of gentle postures, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises). Pretty amazing yoga magic, if you ask us.

    It Can Help With Low Back Pain

    A staggering amount of people (some suggest 80%) will experience some form of low back pain in our lives. This can be debilitating and worsened by the shapes we place our bodies in again and again. Slouching over a computer may become our baseline, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A study placed yoga at the same level of effectiveness as stretching with a physical therapist. One thing is for certain: our bodies crave movement. Yoga’s ability to stretch the spine in all directions can help us to feel healthier and pain-free.

    Controls diabetes

    Adding to the list of astounding health benefits, a study showed that yoga had a positive effect in the management of type II diabetes by decreasing blood glucose levels. The postulation is that the mindful movement associated with yoga is excellent for improving digestion, and therefore, improving blood sugar. Helping move things along, as it were, is a good practice for all of us.

    It Can Enhance Mental Health

    Mental illnesses are one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Yoga has been reviewed as helpful for people living with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or sleep disorders. Studies suggest that yoga influences neurotransmitters, inflammation and oxidative stress in a manner similar to anti-depressants and psychotherapy. This does not mean that it will stand in for medication, but it can work wonderfully as an adjunct to strengthen mental health.

    It may feel like a simple thing to do: show up at a studio to stretch and have some time away from your obligations. However, science is proving that this slow hour may be an incredibly beneficial change to the quality of your life. So what are you waiting for? Get on your mat today!

     

    Courtney Sunday went to her first yoga class in the late 1990s. It took some time for her to get hooked but once she did, she went to a teacher training, claiming adamantly that she would never teach. That didn’t work out so well. Courtney now leads 200-hour teacher trainings around the world and works as a freelance writer. You can find out more about her at www.courtneysunday.com and https://somuchyoga.com.

     

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