Sep 24, 2023

Fall Focus Reset: Day 8

Fall Focus Reset: Day 8

White Chocolate Matcha Elixir

(Focus Superblend)

Serves 1 • Paleo / Vegan + Dairy-free optional

This steamy elixir takes your matcha superlatte to the next level with white chocolate creaminess, but without the refined sugar or dairy. The secret? Cacao butter (the naturally occurring fat in the cacao bean). Plus, thanks to the Focus Superblend, organic ceremonial grade matcha is joined by potent adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms including ashwagandha, lion’s mane mushroom, moringa and pine pollen. Together these powerhouse ingredients create one brain-loving brew!


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp grated or finely chopped cacao butter
  • 1 serving (1.5 tsp) JOYÀ Focus Matcha Superblend
  • optional: 1 scoop collagen powder
  • ¼ cup full fat coconut milk, steamed
  • optional: raw honey, maple syrup or other natural sweetener, to taste 

How to

  1. Fill a mug with half of the hot water. Add the cacao butter, cover, and let mixture sit for 1 minute to melt the cacao butter.
  2. Add Focus Superblend and collagen (if using) and blend using your handheld frother.
  3. Top off with remaining water and steamed milk. Sweeten to taste if desired.

Movement Practice 

Our hips aren’t the only body part that takes a beating from hours of computer time, so today is upper body day. To kickstart the work week, Lindsay works on opening our chests and improving posture with three stretches you can do from any doorway. 


Holistic Health Deep Dive

We’ve been exploring stress in these Deep Dives: the various stressors that can cause it, how it affects our body’s ability to function in balance, and how adaptogens can help our body fight the effects of stress.

But as we said, adaptogens are not a panacea. So today, we’re going to dive into one of the most powerful and most accessible ways to help keep ourselves resilient to stress AND support energy, focus and productivity.

It’s free, and we all already do it everyday. But we often do it poorly or for an insufficient amount of time. Sleep.

Why Sleep?

Healing the body

All day, we’re exposed to internal and external stressors that can compromise our body’s functioning. When we sleep, our body recovers and regenerates. So the longer we sleep, the longer our body has to heal tired muscles, regulate the immune system and hormones, and reduce inflammation. Sleep is key to keeping our body healthy and strong.

Better brain function

Sleep is not only important for our body’s recovery. When we sleep, our brain reorganizes and recharges itself. It also clears unwanted information and toxins that accumulate while awake. Sleep has been shown to improve memory recall, remove toxic molecules from the brain, and improve decision making and reflexes. That’s why getting enough sleep helps to promote optimal brain function.

Tips for better sleep

Maintain a consistent sleep schedule: Going to bed at different times each night prevents the brain and body from establishing and maintaining a healthy sleep cycle. Whether it’s watching three too many episodes of your favorite show or staying up late on the weekend, late nights and inconsistent bedtimes will throw off the body's biological clock—the circadian rhythm—having the same impact as jet lag.

Skip that mid-afternoon coffee: Caffeine is a stimulant that directly and quickly impacts your central nervous system. But, while you experience the peak effects of caffeine 30-60 minutes after consumption, it can stay in your system for many more hours, which might affect your sleep.

Caffeine’s half-life (the amount of time it takes for the quantity consumed to be reduced to half the original amount) is about 5 hours. An average 8 oz (1 cup) brewed coffee contains between 95-180 mg of caffeine. So if you reach for that 3 pm cup, you’ll still have 47-90 mg of caffeine in your body at 8 pm. Not a recipe for deep, sound sleep.

Limit alcohol consumption: Whether it’s a glass of wine with dinner or an afternoon beer, consuming alcohol can make you feel tired and even foggy headed. This is because while alcohol has a sedative effect that can help some people fall asleep, it disrupts your sleep cycle, resulting in poor quality sleep.

Limit night time exposure to blue light: Exposure to blue light at night can suppress the secretion of melatonin, throwing the body's biological clock out of whack. As a result, sleep suffers. In fact, studies have found that late night blue light exposure can impact the time it takes to fall asleep, as well as sleep quality and duration. (The most common sources of blue light are fluorescent and LED lights and back-lit electronic screens on televisions, computers, tablets, and cell phones.)

Wishing you sweet zzz’s, deep sleep and productive days that follow!