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
- 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
- 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!
- 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
- 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 Healthwebsite: www.solfulhealth.comemail: firstname.lastname@example.org: @solfulhealth
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 **
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.
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.
It's February, and you know what that means? You made it through the 1st month of the New Year! January can sometimes feel like a crazy month. With coming right off of the holidays and starting with a holiday, only to be followed by trying to stick to our resolutions, this past month may have felt a bit rushed.
But this month, let's remember that it is still winter, and in winter, animals hibernate; thus, we should a bit too! Take a cue from Mama Nature and slow down. Stop hurrying from one thing to another, and try to enjoy the moments in between, ya know, life.... #mondaymantra
By: JIVA Soul Sister, Aleena @mermaidyogagirl
Have you ever spent the entire day wondering when you were going to get that break to relax, whether it be in the distant or wishful vacation you day dream of, or simply the couch that is calling your name? Those things are amazing, and so exciting to look forward to, cuz, duh, but I’m about to share a couple little tricks to help you feel less stressed in general and to aid overall mental well-being.
Pranayama Exercise = Breathing
Anuloma Ujjayi Pranayama translated from Sanskrit to English means to “go with grain.” First, start by developing your Ujjayi breath, in and out through your nose, keep your mouth closed. As if you were to fog up the car window with your breath, constrict the back of your throat, you may even start to hear your breath moving through your lungs and throat. Take 10 deep Ujjayi breaths. Now inhale through both nostrils, then use your ring finger to close your left nostril (if you are left handed, use your thumb) and emphasize on a longer than natural exhale through the right nostril. Again, inhale through both nostrils, then hold your right nostril closed with your thumb (lefties, use ring finger) and emphasize a long exhale here. I usually recommend 10 rounds, each side. It may be hard to keep count, and that’s okay, just always remember to finish exhaling on the right side, as energy exits through the right side of the body. This is also meditation, so letting yourself lose count is sometimes nice. Anuloma is relaxing because the alternating long exhales oxidize the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
photo via yogaoutlet.com
Relax with a Simple 20 Minute Sequence
You will need at the very least a mat and wall. An eye pillow, bolster (or firm pillow), and/or a blanket are optional. Start with the top of your mat touching a wall. Begin with Anuloma Ujjay (the breath above)i in Baddha Konasana, aka “butterfly legs.” Fold in Baddha Konasana. Take a few spinal rolls forward and back then settle onto your back with knees into chest. Give yourself a loving embrace. Plant palms by your sides and the soles of your feet on your mat, press firmly into your feet and kick feet up and over head for Halasana, plow posture. Take palms of your hands to the small of your back, finger tips face up, walk shoulders underneath you and draw elbows toward each other to avoid splaying. Little weight goes into your neck, most of it should be sustained by your shoulders. With every inhale, expand the heart, with every exhale, relax into your hips, let them be heavy.
Note, if you experience high or low blood pressure, you will need to be able to practice Halasana (plow) for no less than 3 minutes prior to performing the next posture. First, extend the legs up for Salamba Sarvangasana, Shoulderstand. Stay in shoulderstand as long as you feel comfortable. When you are ready to release down, extend back into Halasana, then lower one vertebra at a time onto your mat.
Next, roll up to seated and make your way to the wall. Pick either right or left hip to sit flush with the wall. Release down onto your mat, completely onto your back, extend legs up the wall for, well, legs up the wall! *You may like an eye pillow here and a rolled up blanket right up against the wall supporting your sacrum and low back area in this posture. This is your savasana, your final resting posture.
Once you feel complete in legs up the wall, you may choose to practice Supta Baddha Konasana, which is the reclined version of butterfly legs from earlier, and place a bolster under your mid back area so your spine and head rest on the bolster. Another round of meditation with Anuloma Ujjayi could be performed, or if you choose to, you may perform Anuloma either to begin or conclude your relaxation practice.