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Watch out, green juice; there’s some competition in town. While medicinal mushrooms have been a part of the health and wellness scene for decades, it’s only within the past few years that they’ve made their way to the mainstream (i.e., Whole Foods).
And here in LA, it’s not uncommon to spot a mushroom drink or two on a menu at your local coffee shop or eatery. But nothing says “here to stay” quite like the Shroom Room, Four Sigmatic’s cafe dedicated solely to these mysterious ancient fungi.
Unlike psychedelic mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms have no hallucinogenic effects (sorry, not sorry). Instead, their power lies in their well-studied health benefits — and there are a lot of them. These superfoods are packed with antioxidants and have been shown to increase energy, lower cholesterol, and even give your immune system a boost.
But that’s not all. Many medicinal mushroom varieties are also considered to be adaptogens — substances and herbs used to help the body deal with stress. And that’ll come in handy when you have a looming work deadline or are mentally preparing for your daily drive on the 405.
Four Sigmatic got its start when founder Tero Isokauppila quit his draining corporate job to start a company based on his passions (#goals) — mushrooms and health. It’s nothing new for him, though — Four Sigmatic has been successfully selling mushroom-based products since 2012. Think coffee, wellness elixirs, lattes, adaptogen powders, and more.
Just getting into the mushroom game? Try the Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane. It’s one of Four Sigmatic’s most popular products and features a blend of coffee, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, and Rhodiola Root, which can be easily added to hot water or a smoothie for natural, all-day energy without all the coffee jitters.
Luckily for Angelenos, we have a place where we can score these awesome shrooms IRL. Tucked away on Abbot Kinney Blvd., the Shroom Room is Four Sigmatic’s first-ever retail space and mushroom cafe designed to resemble a birch tree forest (birthplace of the Chaga mushroom). The space is bright and inviting despite its noticeably small size — cozy might be the right word.
And if you don’t know a thing about mushrooms, no worries. The employees here are well-versed on everything mushroom and are more than happy to help you choose the best product to meet your needs. Still unsure? You can test the waters with some samples to find the blend for you.
Fitt Tip: Out of respect for its incredible employees, the Shroom Room has flexible hours. So before you make the trip out to Venice, we recommend calling ahead to make sure they’re open.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.