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That Smoothie Recipe I Promised!

My tried-and-true this year, and a client favorite ...

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Simple Supernatural Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 C berries or other fruit
  • 1/2 bunch or 2+ C spinach
  • 2 tbsp acacia fiber
  • 1 tbsp flax, chia or hemp seeds
  • Water or coconut water as needed (about a cup)
  • Blend well, drink slowly.

Optional additions: 3 tbsp hemp protein like Nutiva or Bob's Red Mill. (Consider using occasionally rather than daily.) 1+ tbsp cacao powder. Any herbs, spices, or special extras you like.

Supernatural News | melting rainbows, herbs vs. cancer, and Q&A with you! 🌈

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein

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  • Herbworks’ Inner Peace supplement: I was so inspired by Roger Drummer (podcast above) that I decided to try his supplement. A half dose (three capsules) at night has given me some of the deepest and most dream-filled sleep of my life. This is a potent mix!
  • Susun Weed: I’m having so much fun listening to her. She’s not agreeable to everyone, but her tough love comes from a life of work with plants that continues today.
  • Recently finished reading The Quantum Doctor, by Amit Goswami. Because sometimes I grasp. I liked the idea but overall it was too speculative for me. And so I'm rebounding with some classicCarlos Castanada, heh.
  • A fiery piece from Hippocrates Health Institute, which I respect for being unwavering in extremeness: Raw Veganism: The Most “Extreme” Diet?
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"Clearly, vitality comes from eating vegetables, preferably in their raw state. I don’t care if man has lived for the last 5,000 years on a diet of hamburgers and pizza; it simply is not the healthiest way to live."
Hippocrates Health Institute, which happens to have a nice-cream recipe tho.

From Supernatural

  • March 18th: All About Adaptogens Lunch & Learn at Supernatural: If you’re not able to attend, consider watching via livestream. (Details on event page.)
  • March 29th: Recovering the Creative Process: Moderated by Rachelle Robinett, founder of Supernatural, and featuring Mallory Lance, founder, editor-in-chief and creative director of Ravenous Zine.
  • On the menu at Supernatural: Always something new, but one of my favorites right now is a Plant Love chlorophyll shot - with part of each purchase being donated to the Amazon Conservation Team, an organization I learned about after seeing its founder Mark Plotkin speak in NYC. Here’s his TED talk: What people of the Amazon know that you don’t.

NEW: From You! Q&A Date

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"I’d love to hear more about immunity and daily vs. seasonal detox regimens. I love NY but I’m taking a break from it’s toxicity. I’d love to know how to get my immune system stronger! 💚"- @ham_slamwich

Rachelle: Ham Slamwich has a good approach by taking a break from toxicity for a while. Our bodies are alway processing toxins, and all of our lives involve toxicity, albeit in different quantities and kinds depending on where and how we live. Overall, it’s important for us to be mindful of those facts - that pollution intake is inevitable, and that our bodies are working against it. I’d suggest minimizing chemicals from food and water (eat organic and filter water), home/body products (use natural cleaners and skin-care you could eat - because your skin does that), and environment (use air filters for example; or find a park).
As for inside-out support, do consider the liver but know that other organs are involved in detoxification too. Our skin is our largest detoxification organ (shout out to dry brushing) and others include the kidneys, lungs and intestinal tract. Daily good deeds go a long way. Sometimes a juice cleanse is a great idea. Sometimes (usually always) eating more greens is ideal. Sometimes Dry January should include February and March too. Sometimes moving to a new place is best. Sometimes, some dandelion root will do the trick. Or nettle, burdock root, milk thistle, some wheatgrass, and more fiber (surprise!). As for immunity, I’ll save that one for a future Q&A. @ham_slamwich, thanks for being my first!

Have a question you want answered? Ask away over on my Instagram and I'll include another next month. Photo by Alexis Cuddyre.

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Next month, I'll have stories from Lake Atitlán, which is where I'll be recovering from winter, soon.

Supernatural News | prebiotics, plants v protein & the quintessential hallucinogen 🌀

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"A point of concern for some wanting to consume more plant foods is they don’t provide enough protein, and plant-based protein is incomplete. Different types of plant proteins have different amino acid profiles, and our bodies actually create the exact proteins required, when required, and they do this from amino acids, not protein. Our body naturally pools amino acids together from the array of foods we eat and naturally creates proteins for us. Protein is broken down by the body; it’s the middleman that provides the amino acids we need."
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    “... the shaman is the remote ancestor of the poet and artist. Our need to feel part of the world seems to demand that we express ourselves through creative activity. The ultimate wellsprings of this creativity are hidden in the mystery of language. Shamanic ecstasy is an act of surrender that authenticates both the individual self and that which is surrendered to, the mystery of being. Because our maps of reality are determined by our present circumstances, we tend to lose awareness of the larger patterns of time and space. Only by gaining access to the Transcendent Other can those patterns of time and space and our role in them be glimpsed."
    - Terence McKenna, Food of the Gods

    Supernatural News | mushrooms in your laundry, drinking pitch & glowing plants 🍃

    Supernatural Newsletter by Rachelle Robinett January 2018

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    • Physics and consciousness, still and forever.
      • The Physics of God: Unifying Quantum Physics, Consciousness, M-Theory, Heaven, Neuroscience and Transcendence. This book was very fun. I made notes all over the place.
      • Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law. I’m trying to be better about reading criticisms of things I might love or believe, because confirmation bias is too easy.
    • And plants: The final chapter of The Philosopher's Plant: An Intellectual Herbarium, which was absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite reads.
    • This is a great short podcast about nervines (herbs that work on your nervous system). Note the point about the effect of stress on the parasympathetic nervous system and then/therefore digestion.
    • Shilajit: Trying this for the first time, drinking it every single day, loving it. I’m into its trace-mineral content but also the fact that it’s essentially earth-pitch "made by the compression and biodegradation of plant matter over centuries." - Collective Evolution
    • Ayahuasca, because Peru is around the corner ...
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    “The moment that ayahuasca takes you is called the mareación, literally, “the dizziness,” a phrase that does no justice to the feeling of being ushered into another world, in my case ... the secret kingdom of the plants. I felt I suddenly understood ... what it’s like to know, as one intrinsically knows love or grief, that plants are as alive as any animal, simmering with intelligence, with sentience, with what truly seemed a kind of spirit.
    I felt myself swept up in what the poet Dylan Thomas famously described as “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower,” given to understand that there is a genius in the universe much larger than our own, ascending orders of genius braided into the DNA of every living thing. I heard other people singing out as if in celebration of the same epiphany ... some of the most exquisite wordless arias I have ever heard, icaros improvised in the moment, reverberating with joy, glistening like orchids made of sound.” - National Geographic

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    • Frog venom ceremonies in Brooklyn. I’ve known about kambo for a long time, but yet to try. This may be the year.
    • Africa is planting a tree-wall that spans 11 countries and counts 11 million trees.
    • “Roads of the future could be lit by glowing trees instead of street-lamps, thanks to a breakthrough in creating bioluminescent plants.”
    • “Long before she began writing poems, Emily Dickinson undertook a rather different yet unexpectedly parallel art of contemplation and composition — the gathering, growing, classification, and pressing of flowers, which she saw as manifestations of the Muse not that dissimilar to poems ... what emerges is an elegy for time, composed with passionate patience, emanating the same wakefulness to sensuality and mortality that marks Dickinson’s poetry.” Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium
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    December, 2017 | The altered states economy, eating dirt, modified ketosis & more 🌾

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    B12 is synthesized by bacteria in soil that live in symbiotic relationships with plant roots. Humans have been getting their B12 from the dirt for thousands of years by eating plants that still had bits of soil on them, or animals that did the same. Today, however, we wash our fruits and veggies so well that we no longer consume (much) dirt or, possibly, proper levels of B12.

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    • I spoke about aphrodisiacs at The Assemblage last month. The full video is here.
    • The big-news special-announcement I've been hinting at is almost ready. Expect to hear it from me later this month!!!
    • Meanwhile, here’s a favorite recipe that’s really easy to meal prep and modify for any season.

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    “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.
    Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” ― Oliver Sacks