By now you’ve probably seen plenty of those “in” and “out” lists for 2023. Us, too. It seems like we’ve all collectively agreed to slow down, treat ourselves gently (and others, too) – and celebrate life’s small joys this year. We love to see more people taking good gentle care of themselves!
Since the new year is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings, mushrooms are right at home in your resolutions and goals. There’s something so magical about finding a new-to-you species in the woods, experiencing a mushroom’s benefits for the first time and coming up with new ways to make room for old favorites in your life. Read on for our favorite simple routines and rituals that put mushrooms front and center.
1. Savor every drop.
One of the highlights of 2022 was launching our first-every mushroom drops! Our Gratitude Mushroom Drops are a symbiotic blend of some of our favorite mushrooms to support your mood, immunity and longevity.* With 8 mushrooms in an equal 1:1 ratio, they are formulated to inspire infinite gratitude — for the mushrooms and nature’s wisdom. (Choosing eight mushrooms was intentional, since an 8 looks like an infinity symbol!)
What you might not know is that this great-tasting extract is vegan, with a base of organic glycerin. That makes it naturally sweet – without sugar – and a novel way to taste the mushrooms. Instead of dropping each serving in water, try placing it directly on your tongue to slow down and savor every drop.
2. Take time for tea.
Also in 2022, we partnered with renowned luxury tea company TEALEAVES, on our Fantastic Mushroom Tea. Each sip is filled with the world's most revered mushrooms, deepening your connection to nature while rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit.
In addition to organic red Reishi, organic Cordyceps and organic Lion's Mane, the tea includes ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and nutmeg. Each sip has a warming and slightly earthy flavor, allowing you to sip on the benefits of some of your favorite mushrooms.
Teas are among the oldest and most traditional ways to consume mushrooms and other botanicals – and sipping tea is a wonderful daily ritual. This blend is caffeine-free, so there’s no worry about drinking it after dinner.
3. Watch the invisible become visible.
When the world feels like it’s moving too fast, and life’s daily stresses feel overwhelming, there’s nothing like quality time in nature. And when that’s not possible, time-lapse videos of nature’s intelligence are equally calming and satisfying. Only have a few minutes? Check out our main FantasticFungi.com site for inspiration. When you have the gift of more time, rewatch the film that started it all.
4. Engage your senses.
Slow down snacktime and make it a multisensory experience. Not only will your digestive system thank you, but you can also practice intuitive or mindful eating to help you stay connected to your body’s natural hunger and satiety cues. Whether you crave salty or sweet mushroom snacks, you can give this practice a try.
Step away from your desk, put away screens and focus on each bite and piece. Notice how it smells and feels – not only how it tastes. Pause and take a deep breath between bites.
5. Embrace fun and joy.
Creativity is often seen as a luxury or an “extra,” but so much good can come from expressing yourself. Whether you play music, make pottery or doodle in a notebook is up to you. Why not resurrect a favorite artistic pastime from childhood? Coloring books aren’t just for kids – and there are real benefits to this simple activity.
You’ll love getting to know your favorite fungi species in our Fantastic Fungi Coloring Book.
6. Grow them yourself.
If you’ve been eager to try more recipes made with fresh mushrooms but can’t always find them near you, let this be the year you finally try growing them yourself! Oyster mushrooms are especially fast-growing, so they can feel downright magical to cultivate. (Your kids will love helping!) And you can also grow your own Lion’s Mane mushrooms at home – for a vegan alternative to use in your favorite chicken recipes.
Grow kits make mushroom “farming” possible even in a tiny apartment or dorm room, and they include detailed instructions.
7. Don’t go it alone.
Setting goals and making plans can be exciting – but executing them isn’t always as easy. Humans are hardwired for connection, so speak up and share your goals and dreams with others. And, you can also turn to nature for support.* The supplement section of our shop lets you sort products by benefit, so you can find mushroom products to be your ally on your journey this year. Working on energy or endurance?* We’ve got you covered. Trying to embrace the privilege of aging?* You’ve got options! Or maybe you’re just trying to relax?* Make mushrooms part of your plan.
How are you bringing mushrooms into the spotlight this year? Do you have a special routine or ritual? Share on Instagram and be sure to tag @fantasticfungi to stay connected!