Thursday, January 29, 2015

Seven Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth | By Kiley

I can’t be the only one around here with a serious sweet tooth. Move over salty snacks, it’s sweetness I’m craving 99% of the time. Since (added) sugar contains nothing good for the body, here are some healthier ways to satisfy that sweet tooth, sans the sugar high or slump!

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  • Fruit (“nature’s candy!” eat fruit fresh, frozen, dried, or even dipped in dark chocolate)
  • Sip on tea with honey
  • Go for a latte or coffee
  • Combine seltzer, fresh fruit, and a dash of stevia for a sparkling sweet drink
  • Make a healthy smoothie or some yummy banana froyo
  • Mix plain Greek yogurt with vanilla and stevia
  • Try trail mix or homemade granola

One Healthy Breakdown: tame your sweet tooth without damaging your teeth or your waistline!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow Storm Survival Kit | By Kiley

It’s coming…lots and lots and lots of SNOW! Don’t panic, we got you covered.

image(31)Snow storm survival kit:

  • Shovel
  • Salt
  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Sand
  • Blankets
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Windshield scraper
  • Charged cell phone
  • Full tank of gas in car
  • Warm clothing
  • At-home workouts
  • Food
  • Wine
  • Board games
  • Lots of snacks
  • Radio
  • Carrot, scarf, and coal for snowman building

One Healthy Breakdown: stay safe, warm, and cozy!

 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Ultimate Reminder to SLOWWWW Down! | By Kiley

I recently experienced the ultimate reminder to SLOW DOWN and I’m here to share.

slowHere’s how it went down. Busy Wednesday mid-November. Home for an hour between meetings to eat lunch and get some work done. Starving. Going 100 miles an hour. Cue the incident. No time to cook. Go for a frozen veggie burger. Go to cut two frozen burgers apart with a sharp knife. Stab knife between frozen burgers to separate. Think “bad idea.” Keep going. Cut ring finger. Cue pain and LOTS of blood (will spare further gory details.) Stop in tracks. Cringe. Attend to booboo. Get very nauseous. Get better. Decide to shake it off instead of go to hospital. Live with swollen finger for three months (yes, THREE MONTHS.) Finally go to doctor. Get engagement ring and wedding band sawed off finger. Told severed tendon will not heal without splint. Go to physical therapist. Get splint made. Forced to slow down because everything is slower with a splinted finger.

Curse my own stupidity. Count my blessings. Thankful only a finger. Thankful all limbs working fine. Thankful that recovery is only a month. Thankful for good doctors. Annoyed with self. Regretting going 100 miles an hour. Missing rings desperately. Aggravated that shampooing, cooking, TYPING, holding weights, kettlebells, steering wheel etc. difficult.

See where I’m going with this? If I had just literally taken the extra four seconds (FOUR SECONDS!) to set the gosh darn veggie burgers down and cut them in a safer manner, I would have saved myself hours of nausea, three doctors visits, replacing my wedding and engagement rings with far less-attractive finger splints, hundreds of dollars in medical bills, lots of frustration, and a really silly story to tell.

Point is, we’re all super busy. We’re going, going, going…but, regardless of where it is that we’re going, if we rush, cut corners, and get ahead of ourselves, we’re not living in the moment, we’re not enjoying the ride, and we’re putting ourselves and others at risk of making a silly mistake. Do it right or do it twice and pay the price. I’m paying alright.

This is my reminder to STOP in your tracks. Take a minute to breathe. Really breathe. Allow yourself a break. Reset your speed a bit slower. Enjoy the ride. Embrace the moment. Don’t miss this minute because you’re eager to get to the next. Live in the present. Count your blessings. Hug your loved ones. Be kind. Stay calm. Put the phone down. Practice mindfulness. Do what you do with grace and intention. Work hard. Prepare the meal slowly (and safely.) Taste your food. Chew slowly. Be yourself. Listen to music. Take care of yourself. Find pleasure in everything. Embrace nature. And once again, B R E A T H E. Breathe slowly. Stop every once in a while to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Your to-do list can wait and you’ll need all 10 fingers to be the superhero that you are…trust me!

One Healthy Breakdown: Proceed slowly.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wine & Wellness | By Kiley

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

red wine, sunny afternoonLet’s talk WINE. Some of the oldest documents, dating back to 2200 BC, mention wine as a man-made medicine. Wine has been promoted, since Hippocrates’ days, as a part of a healthy diet (yay!) Some of the benefits of moderate wine drinking (everything in moderation!) include:

  • Reducing the risk of depression
  • Anti-aging
  • Preventing certain cancers, like breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer
  • Raising levels of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Preventing dementia
  • Reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lowering risk of heart disease
  • Promoting strong bone density/lessening Osteoporosis
  • Lowering risk of stroke
  • Boosting good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol
  • Cutting the risk of cataracts
  • Increasing lifespan
  • Boosting mental health

One Healthy Breakdown: pour yourself a glass tonight and cheers to good health!

*Note: Most sources focus on red wine over white. Sources include: Medical News Today, WebMD, and Foodandwine.com,

 

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Happiest, Healthiest Month Ever! | By Kiley

Hamptons Wellness Month has kicked off amazingly and there’s still three more weeks to soak up the healthy goodness, free classes, awesome discounts, and tons of fun! There’s no better way to dive into a new year, a new opportunity for bettering ourselves, than focusing on our mind, body, and soul. Here’s to a healthier, happier 2015 – YOU DESERVE IT!

MP900386362(3)Hamptons Wellness Month helps individuals gain a sense of empowerment over their well-being. No matter your age, ability, or income, participating in this local happening fits and benefits every lifestyle. Bringing together top wellness providers and fitness studios so that you can experience them, with or without friends, on your on time, at your own pace, on your own terms – without any obligation, it’s the best way to beat the winter blues! The line-up keeps growing by the day…even including local restaurant, cafe, and hotel deals…we told you it was the most wonderful time of the year! With your one-time purchase of a $45 wristband, you can literally fill your calendar with wellness, each and every single day! Start a new habit, get a makeover, and THRIVE in 2015!

HWWCalppIf you’ve already got your wristband, good for you! We hope you’ve already taken advantage of the great deals, free classes, pampering, and exciting events. You’ve given yourself the gift that keeps on giving and helped fund the Wing It Project simultaneously – GO YOU!

If you’re not yet participating, you’re seriously missing out, but thankfully it’s not too late! Wristbands are for sale all month long online or at Blow Hampton in Bridgehampton and East Hampton. This event offers something for everyone, unlimited possibilities, and endless wellness from Montauk to Westhampton and beyond! It’s not all about health and fitness, there’s also wine! Join us this Wednesday, January 14th for Wine, Women, and Wellness at Wolffer Estate 5:30-6:30pm. We’ll meet, mingle, and chat about the health benefits of wine and how to find balance. Isn’t life really all about balance anyway?! Here at OHH, it sure is!

One Healthy Breakdown: Cheers to a month of the very best wellness around town…and the very best YOU in 2015!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sticky Oats | By Kiley

Oatmeal is a traditional favorite breakfast for a reason; it provides energy, fiber, and tons of nutrients. Low on the glycemic index, oatmeal is a great way to start your day. Just be sure to opt for whole rolled or steel-cut oats (preferably organic) instead of instant oatmeal as processing strips nutrients and adds unnecessary sugar. For a super healthy, protein-packed oatmeal that’s delicious and nutritious, try sticky oats!

FullSizeRender_2Sticky oats: (makes 2 servings)

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (preferably organic)
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil on stove. Add all ingredients above and stir at low heat until desired consistency (about 10 minutes.) Add your favorite oatmeal toppings (nut butter, dried fruit, etc.) and enjoy!

One Healthy Breakdown: the stickier, the better!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Twisting Challenge | By Kiley

Happy 2015!! This year, we’re stepping things up and twisting them out! Get ready to work your entire core with Russian Twists. To perform your twist, lie on your back with a light free-weight. Raise legs and upper body into a V-sit position (knees bent off the floor.) Hold weight with both hands and rotate upper body to one side, back through middle, and to the other side. Each number below should be performed on each side. Just print or pin this calendar and commit to challenging yourself and changing your core!

Jan15RussianTwistOne Healthy Breakdown: get ready to twist and shout right into the new year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter 2015 Retreats Near & Far | By Kiley

It’s about that time we start to feel that winter itch, right? Some sunshine is looking pretty darn good right now! As does wellness, self-care, and trying new things! If you’re craving the sand, sun, surf, and all of that good stuff, here are a few retreats you should definitely know about!

soulsurfWomen’s Soul Surfing Retreat: Join Evelyn O’Doherty and Alyson Follenius, two fabulous Hamptons locals, on their second annual Women’s Soul Surfing Retreat in Rincon, Puerto Rico February 4th-9th, 2015. Kick off the New Year catching waves and bonding over new possibilities! Retreat includes daily surf lessons, yoga, meditation, healthy breakfasts and lunches, wellness coaching, and lots of fun. Space is limited. For more information, click here or contact surfvixens@gmail.com.

Yoga, Surf, and SUP Retreat: Relocate with KamaDeva Yoga’s Jessica Bellofatto and Paddle Diva’s Gina Bradley January 22nd-26th, 2015. Experience daily yoga on the deck, SUP lessons and tours, running, surf lessons, horseback riding, snorkeling, waterfall tours, and healthy eats. For more information, click here.

MP900227552Annual Tulum Yoga Retreat: Twice-daily yoga with Jessica Bellofatto along with lots of exploration, water, sunshine, and self-care. Restore on the shore from February 1st-7th, 2015. For more information, click here.

Half-way to Summer Shape Up: Hosted by Core Fusion co-founder Elisabeth Halfpapp, attendees can enjoy a variety of exhale’s signature classes, healthy meals, a juicing workshop, and more at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, February 6th-8th. Enjoy ocean-view accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, all exhale classes, exhale nightly turndown item, exhale Gift Bag, activities, and access to the resort’s famed Seawater Spa. Click here for more info.

Yoga For Bad People Brazil Retreats: Two weeks in Brazil in March, 2015 can make it the best time of the year. Enjoy morning meditation, two yoga classes daily, surfing, hiking, horseback riding, hang-gliding, cycling, partying, and so much more. For more information, click here.

collageWellness Staycation: If you’re not able to jet-set away this January, just buy a Hamptons Wellness Week wristband and soak up the wellness right at home ALL month long! This is the best way to try new things, get out in the community, commit to a habit of self-care, and indulge in some serious deals! Hamptons Wellness Week allows YOU to experience an array of health and wellness experiences (fitness class, spa treatments, nutrition programs, salon styling, personal training, restaurant specials, and SO much more) for the affordable price of just $45 for the entire month of January! See participating businesses and offers here and take advantage of it ALL with your wristband!

One Healthy Breakdown: wherever and however you decide, give yourself a break this winter!