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Feb 04

Wellness Encyclopedia: Ashwagandha + Evening Sleep Tonic

By KellyWil

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Clearing the clouds of stress that have a bad habit of hanging around…


Stress has a funny way of sneaking up on us. Maybe it’s been a crazy week, but you’re holding out hope that the one that follows will be calm. Or a family member is going through a rough patch, and you’re doing your best to help him/her through it. We all have our own storms to weather… world events, family life, work, obligations… and those storms can swiftly take their toll without us even realizing it. Suddenly, sleep seems fleeting, a cloud of exhaustion lingers, or other symptoms of chronic stress begin to slowly unveil themselves. Our lives are fast paced, more so than ever before and, if we’re not careful, stress can too easily eclipse the joy and excitement we should all be taking in living. So… what do we do? Just as chronic stress is caused by various factors compounding one another, making you feel as if you have no control, relief can come by intentionally taking some of that control back through diet, exercise and self-care. And sometimes our bodies need assistance in dealing with it all, which brings us to adaptogens. You may be familiar with these potent substances, but if you’re not, may I suggest you make 2017 the year you become an expert. These potent substances, ranging from herbs to mushrooms to roots, assist the body in regulating everything from hormone levels to blood sugar. Adaptogens can help you sleep, help you wake up, reduce stress and anxiety… they can even help your sex life. They help the body normalize and balance itself in the face of internal and external stressful events.

My favorite adaptogen? Ashwagandha. Fun to spell, fun to say and immensely helpful in clearing the clouds of stress that have a bad habit of hanging around. Today I’m discussing ashwagandha and its benefits. Read on to learn more, then scroll to the bottom for a soothing bedtime drink that will give you a dreamy night’s sleep.

What is it? Also known as Indian ginseng and poison gooseberry, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a plant from the tomato family native to India, which has been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning it assists the to body restore its balance, helping it respond to outside stressors such as toxins and environmental stress, as well as hormonal issues, anxiety and insomnia. Long prized for its ability to calm and promote restful sleep (somnifera translates to “inducing sleep” in Latin), it’s a common ingredient in over-the-counter sleep supplements and some medications, and has gained more recent recognition for its use as an adaptogen.


What are the benefits? Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen, assisting the body in regulating its response to both internal and external stressors such as anxiety and environmental toxins, while strengthening the immune system, regulating blood sugar, and toning the adrenals. Ashwagandha has the unique ability to both energize and invigorate, and promote relaxation and restful sleep — a one-two punch for those of us who have a difficult time getting up in the morning and falling asleep at night. It works with your body to regulate hormones, which in turn helps to regulate the thyroid, lowers cortisol levels, reduces stress and anxiety, and balances blood sugar levels. Ashwagandha has also been found to boost memory and cognition, and may even make you feel a little extra sexy (yes, both men and women).

How do I use it? Powdered ashwagandha is widely available and mixes easily into milks and smoothies, a helpful attribute depending on your personal taste, as many people find the flavor of ashwagandha a bit too woody and slightly bitter (at least my hand is raised). When mixed with spices it blends seamlessly, though, and lends a deep, unique note to anything it’s added to. Traditionally, ashwagandha should be consumed with a small amount of fat to aid in absorption; coconut oil, almond butter, and coconut butter are all great options. To reap the energizing rewards of ashwagandha, mix it into your morning oatmeal, yogurt or smoothie. On the flip side, try the recipe below for a relaxing, sleep-promoting potion that will have your head hitting the pillow in record time.

Evening Stress Relief Potion


8 oz nut milk of choice (almond, soy, macadamia, etc…)

1 tsp Sun Potion Ashwagandha

1-2 tsp spiced cardamom honey

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp loose chai

Tea strainer

Pour the nut milk into a sauce pot, add the loose chai and stir. Heat on low, stirring occasionally, until hot and steaming but not boiling.

While the milk warms, place the ashwagandha, honey, and coconut oil in a mug. Place the tea strainer over the mug.

Once the milk is hot, slowly pour it through the strainer and into the mug. Remove the strainer and whisk milk mixture to combine and froth. Enjoy!

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This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. 
Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.

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Feb 04

FP Lets Move 2017: A Recap

By KellyWil

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 A quick look at the beauty that was our FP Lets Move 2017 event program…


Today, as many of us look to unify under a shared goal or purpose, we thought it only befitting to reflect on the events of last week, where many of you came together, across 7 cities, to practice bettering our minds, bodies and souls via FP Lets Move. Take a glimpse below. We hope you’ll consider sharing your energy and love with us next year.

LA 1/10/17

Happy campers via The DEN Meditation.

Nourishing treats crafted by our friend, nutrition expert Mikaela Reuben.


DENVER 1/12/17

Guests readying themselves for a yoga session with Kate Mulheron.

Facials courtesy of Osmia Organics.


HONOLULU 1/14/17

Our guests are getting younger and younger…

A Haku Lei DIY hosted by The Surf Jack.



ReFRESHing food and drink from FP Gather chef Greg Glowatz.

Yoga instructor Maria Margolies in the evening glow.


LONDON 1/18/17

Nourishment and good vibes via The Detox Kitchen.

Delving into a deeper self with yogi Cat Meffan.


NEW YORK 1/19/17

Say (vegan) cheese!

MNDFL meditation.


MIAMI 1/21/17

Beach yoga with Nichole Patxot.

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this event a reality. A special thank you to our photographers: April Morlock, Ashley Randall, Chandler Kim, Brian Ladder, Ramsey Cheng, and Iona Macleod.

Until next time, remember to breathe and seek peace wherever you go. XO

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Feb 01

Natural Wellness in Maui – LPN’s Top Healthy Picks

By KellyWil

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Summer was a pure blessing. If you followed me on Instagram, you probably saw a few posts of me bouncing around the globe. I started my journeys in Sri Lanka, then over to Maui, before heading to Vancouver and Whistler and back to Oslo.

kate living pretty naturally

This post is focusing on the Maui portion of my trip: my favourite natural and wellness finds, as well as vegetarian / vegan places to eat!  Oh, and a few snaps into my adventures with Tessa- one of my besties who is also a fellow yogini living on the island of Maui. Follow her on Instagram here.

Where to Eat Healthy, Vegan & Vegetarian in Maui

I am fortunate to have had a yogi guide around the island — needless to say, her faves became mine pretty darn quickly. First stop:

Health Food Maui: Choice Health Bar

Dine-in or take-out, smoothies and fresh pressed juices, find on the menu awesome elixirs, Buddha bowls, and local brewed kombucha on tap. Some of my favourites?

The Buddha Bowl – pictured – quinoa, lentil soup, layered and topped with a kale salad

The Chronic Smoothie – fresh mint, hazelnuts, banana, coconut meat, greens, hemp, macadamia milk and cacao (wow!)

vegan maui

And the coconut kefir, which replenished my gut after getting pretty darn sick on my way out of Sri Lanka. I drank two jars of this during my 1 week stay, and loved the ginger lime flavour.

Find Choice Health Bar off of Honoapi’ilani Highway 30, on the mountain side.

health food maui

Gluten-Free on Maui – Maui Sugar Shop

Feeling like a little sweet taste post lunch, we headed over to the organic, local and gluten-free bakery, the Sugar Shop. Right near Old Lahaina Centre, you will find them with loads of yummy deserts and quick treats for everyone. Try the fresh muffins and doughnuts made with local passionfruit (lilikoi).

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Raw Food Restaurant: Maka by Mana Foods Maui

I had my life changed the first (of three times) I sat down at Maka by Mana Foods in Paia. I also ate this dish twice (but not in the same day – ha). This vegan, raw restaurant is owned by the healthfood store down the block, Mana Foods (pop down there for some awesome shopping – think of it as the island’s local Whole Foods).

Do not miss on the menu: open breakfast sandwich on waffle bread with house pesto and coconut cream cheese (pictured).

Also their salad mix plate that gives you 3 of their best salads including a Royal Coconut Slaw made with coconut noodles (yup) and kale. Yum!

vegan restaurant maui

Best Yoga in Maui: Island Spirit Yoga

The best yoga in Maui? Island Spirit Yoga, hands down. I spent a few days at the studio, with the beautiful and glowing owner Deborah, and my girl (and fellow yoga teacher) Tessa.

Classes not to miss (schedule here):

Core Power Yoga with Tessa
Vinyasa Flow with Julie
Restorative with Jenelle

Photo Cred. Maui Reviews

Photo Cred. Maui Reviews

kate living pretty naturally yoga

Natural Beauty in Maui

There is no shortage of natural beauty on this island – the people are glowing, and I can’t help but think it isn’t just the Vitamin D. What’s really going on? Could it be the coconut?

On my search for local natural beauty, I found Zenziva, a handcrafted in Maui youth serum using coconut oil as the base for its skin exlixir.

Pictured below is their U’i Oil, you can find them online here or on site at Goin’ Left (in Lahaina town) in Maui. 
natural skincare maui

Also at Goin’ Left was this awesome Monk Oil from Brooklyn NYC. Monk oil creates skin potions, and the one pictured here is the Palo Santo blend. In this jar is a beautiful healing blend of avocado oil, palo santo essential oil, vetiver essential oil, self heal flower essence and smoky quartz crystal. Use this as a beautiful healing blend and take your clearing palo santo with you for the day.

monk oil maui

Also find great natural skincare brands at Choice Health Bar (30 minutes from Lahaina town, Mana Foods (Paia) and many of the spas also carry natural goods).

Hope you enjoyed, babes. Any other additions that I should have made? Any other experiences you’ve had in Maui? Shoot a note below!

Mahalo, beauties!

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