Sometimes in life you need to take a moment to step back and reevaluate and revive yourself. Whether you are in a rut, feeling sluggish, down, consumed with daily routines, working too hard, or feeling stressed, it helps to stop, take a deep breath, and do something unexpected and fun.
With crazy busy lives it is critical to plan/schedule some good fun. Sure it’s fun playing with our kids, working (for those lucky people), relaxing, but it is also fun doing something out of the ordinary for just us.
Last weekend, The Husband planned a perfect night away for us to see Coldplay in San Jose. Seeing Coldplay in concert has been the only thing on my bucket list. Please don’t ask me why. After I was diagnosed with cancer, this has been the only thing I really, really wanted to do. I don’t even really listen to their CDs, but I do love Chris Martin’s energy and what he brings to his music. Pure talent. Pure dedication. Pure passion/joy/energy/FUN and a killer performer.
This concert couldn’t have come at a better time. I was able to forget about everything and just vibe out on the music. It was what my soul needed to revive and I can’t thank my sweetie enough for crossing that off my list. On the car ride back home, my next bucket list item popped into my head (another complete random out-of-no-where thought) a trip to Capri, France.
Don’t really think I will be packing my bikini and sundress soon for that trip but…
I have heard that good things come to those that wait.
And waiting is what I have been doing for my revive. As in revive, kombucha.
My friend Michael, who works at Whole Foods, gifted me a gorgeous bottle of this magical kombucha. Truth be told, it has been sitting in my fridge for a few months. I love kombucha so I don’t have the slightest clue why I haven’t drunk it until today. I love the bottle and think it is almost too pretty to open but really, come on. It’s getting a bit ridiculous that it has taken me this long to down it. I think I just like the comfort that it is there for me when I need it.
Just some facts about kombucha:
Kombucha the “Immortal Health Elixir” has been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich history of preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.
It is made from tea and sugar fermented by a pancake-shaped yeast and bacteria culture. Sounds delish right? Trust me, it is!
It is a fizzy, fermented drink with kind of a tangy taste.
According to Livestrong, “Although human studies on kombucha are lacking, there is evidence for anti-cancer effects of acetic acid and vitamins. W. Yu and colleagues at the University of Texas tested an acetic acid solution with vitamin E derivative on breast cancer cells and found it aided mitochondria, the energy-powerhouses in cells, to induce the death of cancer cells. The study was published in the November 2010 issue of “Molecular Carcinogenesis.” Another article, published in “The Journal of Nutrition” in February 2000, stated probiotic cultures have been shown to inhibit the growth of precancerous lesions and tumors in animal studies of colon cancer. Probiotic cultures are friendly bacteria found in fermented foods, such as Komubcha.”
I have tried a few different brands of kombucha but revive is by far my favorite.
1. I dig the dope bottle.
2. The taste is fresh, intoxicating and energizing. It kind of taste like spiced cider. I am thinking this is my new faux beer (it does contain traces amount of alcohol).
3. It is based in Sonoma County so you are supporting local businesses and helping save the earth by doing so.
4. The small (7 and growing) “Buch Crew” practice sustainable business and truly care about having the tiniest carbon footprint.
Their mission: to work towards a more sustainable future.
Their goal: to lovingly create drinks that make your body feel good and that your mind and soul can feel good about buying.
According to these folks at revive,
“There are hundreds of healthful properties naturally created from our loving fermentation process. With all that good stuff in it we believe that you’ll find that revive will energize you, detoxify you, reduce your appetite, increase your metabolism, aid in healthy digestion, boost your immune system and give you a greater feeling of well-being.”
For a small sweet 16oz bottle, it is $3.99 with a one-time refundable $2 deposit
For a 64oz jug, it is $11.99 with a one-time refundable $5 deposit
Go to Whole Foods on Arden and get your revive, say "what up" to Michael, and when you are finished bring the bottle back in to exchange and get your deposit back. Feel great that you are supporting a sustainable local company that cares about making a quality drink and making your body feel nourished.
Many more health benefits are listed here on the revive website.
Bottom line, there are many ways to revive yourself. If you can’t plan a crazy impromptu trip or outing, reach for the next best thing, a delicious revive kombucha drink to energize, refresh, and tickle your soul!
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