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  • How to Feed Your Heart, Body, and Soul

    How to Feed Your Soul

    By Shanna Fanelli

    Figuring out health these days can be intimidating. Looking at a list of popular diets and lifestyle hacks holds more shout-outs than any rap song roll-call. An innocent run to the grocery store becomes a race where items are either quickly tossed into the cart before that “health-nut” you always run into can scan your selections, or you end up with a walk-of-shame over the extraneous amount you spent on organic, biodynamic superfoods. 

    All in the name of health.

    But really, what is health? Is it simply the act of feeding our bodies the energetic fuel it needs? Is it creating a rigid schedule of yoga and alternating between calisthenics and cardio? Is it being in the BBG community? Is it looking lean and amazing or is it being able to count grams and be the Jeopardy Master of the nutritional content of everything?

    We count and chart and macro until we’ve cornered our gastronomic experiences into such a microcosm of rules and comparisons that we throw in the proverbial towel and wind up doing exactly what we should be doing, only with the wrong types of foods, drinks and activities – and that, my friends, is the simple act of eating and doing what we want.

    To be truly nourished encompasses the entire BE-ing; that is, your mind, body and heart. When you nourish yourself, you honor yourself. Yes, investing in the best foods and supporting local farmers and craftsworkers will connect your spirit to your intentions of humanity, love and respect, but are you encompassing these beliefs in all that you do? Even if you’re eating the most nutritious, paleo, sugar-free chocolate treats, staying in ketosis and doing high intensity interval training, you likely won’t reach your true goals without practices to nourish yourself on a deeper level. 

    It’s this authentic concept of nourishing ourselves - on all levels - that is what we are really craving. Digesting feelings of gratitude for the air we breath, love and respect for the earth we harvest from, grace and empathy for those around us (in addition to our daily practices of ingesting pure foods and drink) – this is true wellness. Moving our bodies with awareness, noticing the small magic in the everyday, being conscience and truly tapping into our intuition of what we really want grounds us and keeps us in tune with who we are. Nourishment is provided in the warming sun, the wet waters, the physical earth and the invisible winds. These elements are in everything and in us. Our authentic selves want to connect to all the earth provides – every natural experience, taste, and sound is not only exciting but healing and regenerative! 

    True nourishment is not a trend, it’s not a list, it’s not waiting to be read or bought and it certainly isn’t out to intimidate or impress.

    Don’t worry about doing diets, trends or health. Just BE well, be grateful, aware, respectful to life and self-honor. And listen to YOUR body – it is a sacred vessel, and it will tell you what you really want. Without any roll-call.

  • Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe Packed with Herbs

    This chocolate ice cream recipe is so smooth, creamy, and delicious, you would never guess that it is packed full of potent herbal extracts!  If you don't have a high-power blender like a VitaMix, you can use 6 oz of ice and 12 oz of almond milk or coconut milk to make a chocolate milk shake... not quite the same thing as ice cream, but still totally delicious!

    In a VitaMix Blender put:
    10 lage Ice cubes (Approx. 24 oz ice)
    2 Tablespoons Addictive Wellness Cacao Powder
    2 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds
    1 Tablespoon Lucuma
    1 Tablespoon Mesquite
    1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha
    1/2 teaspoon cordyceps
    1/2 teaspoon reishi
    1/2 teaspoon he shou wu
    1 tablespoon almond butter or grass-fed ghee
    1 tablespoon C8 Caprylic Acid MCT OIl from Coconuts
    20 drops Omica Stevia

    Blend on high until smooth while aggressively using the tamper/plunger to drive the ingredients down into the blade. Enjoy!

  • The Greatest Adaptogen You've Never Heard of- Gynostemma

    At some point or another, we’ve all imagined a sci-fi future with robots that can predict our needs, knowing what we need before we even know it ourselves.  They would have the shower turned on for us before we got out of bed, breakfast waiting for us at the table, and they might even drive our cars (or hovercrafts!) for us.   And of course, they’d know exactly what to do to promote our optimal levels of physical, mental, and spiritual health, leaving no detail overlooked.  While it may be a few years before we have stainless steel butlers, unbeknownst to most people, for thousands of years, nature has provided humans with intelligent adaptogenic herbs to regulate their bodily functions and achieve optimal health.

    Adaptogens, especially well known in Ayurveda, Taoist Tonic Herbalism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, are also known as dual-directional herbs.  This means that they are able to regulate certain bodily functions in whatever direction is needed by the body, distinguishing them from all other herbs, which will only be able to push bodily functions in one direction or another.  There are many different adaptogens in the world, including ginseng, maca, gynostemma, astragalus, and ashwagandha, to name just a few.

    Gynostemma Adaptogen

    Gynostemma wasn’t widely known, even in China, until the early 1970s when Japanese researchers took a closer look into the incredible longevity being achieved by residents of a particular region in Southern China where gynostemma tea was being consumed on a daily basis.  The dual-directional nature of adaptogens is generally attributed to compounds in the herbs called saponins.  While the most famous adaptogenic herb in the world, ginseng, contains on average 36 saponins, the Japanese researchers found that gynostemma contained over 80 different saponins.  Gynostemma holds the record to this day for the broadest range of saponins of any known plant in the world.  The similarities in the saponins between ginseng and gynostemma earned gynostemma nicknames such as “7-Leaf Ginseng,” “Southern Ginseng,” and “Ginseng at a tea price,” reflecting how affordable it was compared to ginseng of comparable potency.  However, the people who have been drinking it for hundreds, if not thousands of years still call it “The Magical Grass.”

    Gynostemma’s incredible saponin profile gives it the ability to regulate a vast myriad of bodily functions, covering everything from energy, to immunity, to weight and cholesterol.  For example, whether one is tired or overly-anxious, gynostemma will help restore a state of peaceful vigor, without being stimulating or sedative.  Both athletes and those wanting to lose weight will equally appreciate that gynostemma simultaneously increases the body’s ability to burn fat and build lean muscle.  Furthermore, studies in Japan and China have shown gynostemma to have an effective rate of 94.8% in lowering “bad” cholesterol while increasing “good” cholesterol.

    Now you’re probably wondering, “This all sounds fantastic, but how do I get this herb into my body? And surely something so healthy must taste horrible!”  Firstly, your taste buds need not fear, gynostemma tea is actually slightly sweet and very tasty!  Where as many herbs must be cooked for long periods of time to extract their beneficial compounds, gynostemma comes in easy-to-use tea bags and need only be steeped in near-boiling water for 3-5 minutes.  Not in the mood or don’t have time for a hot tea?  No worries, gynostemma is also available in capsule form.  No matter how you take it, this is an incredible herb that can be taken throughout the day, by just about anyone at any stage of life to build great health and vitality.

    Our favorite gynostemma tea product is Spring Dragon Longevity Tea from Dragon Herbs- at just $9 for a box of 20 teabags (each of which is strong enough to make 3 cups of tea), you've got nothing to lose- give it a try!

    Stay tuned to future blog posts to learn how we use gynostemma tea to create a wide variety of delicious and potent hot tonic creations!

  • Valentine's Day Love Elixir Recipe

    Give this sugar-free aphrodisiac elixir a try with your partner and learn about the amazing energetic effects of the Chinese herb polygala!
  • Sugar-Free Superherb Coffee Elixir

    Learn how to bring together the perfect combination of clean coffee, tonic herbs, and healthy fats!
  • Probiotic Aloe Vera Margarita Recipe

    Try this recipe for a delicious, refreshing probiotic drink that is incredibly soothing to the digestive system!
  • Sage's Experience with the Wim Hof Method (The Iceman)

    Cliff Notes:
    Is the Wim Hof Method awesome? Yes!
    How much time does it take? 30 minutes/day
    How long is the online course? 10 weeks of video guidance, then you can continue as you
  • Beauty Berry Ice Cream Recipe

    Life with the Addictive Wellness team is always ridiculously fun.  Just the other day a meeting with our friends, Campion and Sally Primm, who masterminded our packaging design quickly turned into an ecstatic ice cream party!  Flavor/function of the day?
  • Immortal Machine Ice Cream - Raw Chocolate Vegan Protein Meal Recipe

    This delicious recipe is based on the Immortal Machine blend- a delicious chocolate hemp protein superherb mix created by David Wolfe and Justin Bua.  They've done a great job with this one- you can blend it with almond milk and it tastes just like chocolate milk! But with so many benefits!
  • Infrared Saunas for Incredible Detox

    You've most likely been in a traditional sauna before, but have you been in an infrared sauna?  Comparing a conventional sauna experience with the ultimate sauna experience in a Clearlight EMF-free Infrared sauna is like comparing Green & Black's Chocolate with Addictive Wellness Chocolate..
  • Getting Your Family Healthy - Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

    It's great to be doing everything you can to work on your own health, but of course the very next thing you want to do is get your family and loved ones on the same journey.  But as we all know, this is much easier said than done!  One of the best things you can do is figure out a way to recreate your loved ones' favorite foods in the healthiest way possible and make sure they still taste just as good.
  • How to Avoid the Biggest Mistake Making Green Smoothies (Recipe)

    First the bad news, then the good news and a delicious recipe to go with it!The usual concept of the "green smoothie," blending a few leafy greens with sugary fruit and liquid to mask the flavor of the greens is a DISASTER for digestion and intestinal bacteria balance.  The body digests the sugary fruit quickly and digests the greens much more slowly.  Combine the two and you've got a big problem!

  • How much cell phone radiation is hitting you and when?

    The fact that our cell phones are giving off harmful radiation is no secret.  There's a pretty clear warning about it in most all cell phone manuals.  But how much radiation/EMF is actually coming from your phone? Is it always happening or only when you are on a call?Do headphones protect you or are they just drawing the radiation right from the phone to your head?
  • Vanilla Cookie Dough Endurance Pudding Recipe

    Tonic herbs, superfoods, and the healthiest brain-fueling fats combine for delicious slow burning energy to power you for hours and hours…