Monday, June 29, 2015

Hope in the Hamptons | By Kiley

Come out and celebrate the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® at the Inaugural St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons on July 11th! Hosted by FOX News National Security Expert, Columnist, and Commentator, KT McFarland, this chic red carpet event will feature gourmet, farm-fresh fare, cocktails, an exclusive auction, and a performance by Billy Joel’s Broadway tribute band, The Movin’ Out Band. It’s an event not to be missed with an unprecedented cause.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Everything they do is centered around finding cures and saving children. The most amazing part about St. Jude is that families never receive a bill. They pay for treatment, travel, housing, and food – because St. Jude understands that the only thing that these families should worry about is helping their children live. Now that’s something to celebrate.

Hamptons ImageSt. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent and working to drive this number to 90 percent in the next decade. Meanwhile, St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

In addition to celebrating this great cause and this amazing community, we’ll honor local Hamptons family of little Drew, currently receiving treatment at St. Jude for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Let’s rally for Drew, support St. Jude, and celebrate summer in the Hamptons! Click here or call (212) 239-3239 to purchase tickets for Hope in the Hamptons. One Healthy Hamptons is honored to support this cause and we’re looking forward to seeing you Saturday, July 11, 2015, 6-10:30pm at 1143 Deerfield Road, Water Mill.

One Healthy Breakdown: lets spread hope throughout the Hamptons and far beyond!

Monday, June 22, 2015

PH 101: Alkaline Eating for Overall Wellness | By Caroline O'Neill

While learning about pH in high school chemistry class may not have seemed like anything worth knowing back then, it’s actually vital in understanding our body’s reaction to certain foods and what will promote ultimate health. This is an area of health that is grossly overlooked! So many of our modern health problems can be linked back to an overly acidic diet. Let’s explore!

screen-shot-2015-05-25-at-6-41-03-pmWhat is pH?

pH value determines how many hydrogen ions are in a given solution (in this case your blood). It is measured on a scale of 0-14. Everything below 6.9 is more acidic, and everything above 7.1 is more alkaline, with increasing value the higher or lower it is on the scale, and 7.0 being neutral.

How does it affect my health?

Different parts of our bodies require different levels of acidity or alkalinity. Your stomach needs to be more acidic to break down food, but your blood needs to be slightly more alkaline. Without the correct pH, your cells won’t do their job which is to keep your body alive. Kinda important! Because your body wants to stay alive, healthy and in balance it will do everything possible to maintain the proper pH if it ever gets out of balance.

When we eat large amounts of acidic foods it causes inflammation in our bodies which is a gateway to all sorts of health problems (overgrowth of bad bacteria like yeast and fungus, heart disease, arthritis, allergies, skin problems etc.). In addition to being anti-inflammatory, alkaline foods are easier to digest which impacts our immune system, as well as reducing yucky bloat.

If your blood is overly acidic due to the food you eat or environmental conditions such as chemicals and toxins, your body needs to find reserves of more alkaline minerals (magnesium, potassium and calcium) from your bones, tissues and organs to get back to its happy place of balance. Which can be a bad thing if it happens all the time, because your bones and organs need those minerals too. And it’s just taxing on your system to constantly be fighting to maintain homeostasis.

Think about it this way: The body needs to remain at 98.6 degrees. Any higher or lower and your body goes into certain processes to get back to that temperature or else bad stuff happens. On a hot day you sweat to cool off, on a very cold day your blood will leave the extremities and go to the most vital internal organs to keep them warm.

Your body does the same thing to keep itself at that perfect pH which is around 7.35-7.45. If you eat too much acid forming foods, your body will pull vitamins and minerals out of your own tissues and send them to the blood to get that pH back down.

Fun fact: Everyone knows that dairy products contain calcium. So a direct line of thinking would assume that if I drink more milk I will be putting more calcium in my body and therefore have stronger bones. Not exactly. Once in our bodies dairy becomes an acidic food, so your bones will actually lose some calcium in your body’s effort to balance the pH after eating something as acidic as dairy. Scary right? You’re better off getting calcium from a plant-based source so you can utilize that calcium without losing any from your bones.

So which foods are acidic and which are alkaline?

I’m not going to list the pH value of every food here (trusty ol’ google will help with that if you really want to know). But it’s important to know which foods to eat more of, and which to eat less of.

More acidic foods:

alcohol
meat
dairy
coffee
eggs
sugar
wheat
processed foods

More alkaline foods:

fruits
veggies
nuts
beans
some grains are slightly alkaline like buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, millet, oats, barley and spelt.

Since balance is key, it is not recommended to eat a 100% alkaline diet. Our bodies are slightly more alkaline, therefore respond best to a slightly more alkaline diet. My favorite book on alkaline eating (Honestly Healthy for Life) recommends 70% alkaline to 30% acid foods. So you don’t have to give up all acidic foods forever.

3 easy ways to begin to eat a more alkaline diet:

1. Make the veggie the main and the meat the side. You don’t have to change what you eat as much as the portion size. Instead of 8 oz of steak with a side of rice, carrots or broccoli, make a 3-4 oz portion of meat as your “side” then make a huge salad with lots of veggies in it as your main. No need to become a vegan if you don’t want to.

2. Warm Lemon Water. I know this is totally ubiquitous on the internet right now. I realize it’s beginning to sound like a broken record. Everywhere I turn there’s another site touting the benefits of drinking warm water with lemon in it first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything else. But it’s only because it’s true! This is an easy habit to get into and you don’t have to deprive yourself of anything.

3. Ditch the sugar and processed shit. Pretty self-explanatory. Everyone knows sugar and processed foods are the devil. But let’s be real, I don’t expect myself to give it up for good, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make good choices and substitutions whenever possible.

My 2 cents: This is not an all or nothing strict diet. Just because a food is on the acidic list, doesn’t mean I have to give it up completely. While meat is on the acidic list, I personally don’t believe giving up meat entirely is healthy either. The amount and quality of the meat is most important. I try to get grass-fed beef whenever possible. It contains far more nutrients than conventional beef does. The best thing to do is just be aware and if you tend to experience inflammatory symptoms it may be worth switching up your diet to include more alkaline foods.

One Healthy Breakdown: awareness is key…in alkalinity!

 

*Caroline O’Neill is a year round Hamptons resident and passionate wellness warrior. By day she is a Speech-Language Pathologist and spends her free time learning everything she can about nutrition, yoga, food, spirituality and personal development along with creating her blog www.bloomandspark.wordpress.com.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sweet Summer Sangria | By Kiley

Sweet, sweet sangria. The perfect summer drink made of nothing but simple sweetness and fruity fun! This easy recipe is great for your next pool party, happy hour, barbecue, or Sunday Funday.FullSizeRender_1Summer Sangria:

In a large pitcher, combine the following:

  • 2 bottles of rosé wine
  • 2 liters of club soda
  • 3 chopped apples
  • 2 cups berries (any combo of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
  • 2-3 chopped peaches or nectarines

Just mix and serve chilled. Simple as that!

One Healthy Breakdown: cheers to the perfect summer cocktail

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hamptons YogaFest Making Yoga History | By Kiley

Come one, come all! An inclusive weekend festival full of yoga, music, entertainment, local eats, community wellness, and healing workshops right in our own stomping ground! What better way than to wrap up another crazy Hamptons summer (gasp!) and welcome another beautiful fall season? (yes!) The first annual Hamptons YogaFest draws the best yogis from across Long Island to build an amazing, unifying experience for the Hamptons, Long Island, and beyond. Mark your calendar and get your spot now before ticket prices increase and the summer craziness commences!

HYF_Poster_1080_horizWith food from FRESH Hamptons, yoga for the whole family, wellness experiences galore, and more, Hamptons YogaFest is not to be missed! Local residents and visitors are invited to indulge in this grass-roots celebration. Customize your own September retreat in the Hamptons, which just may be the best time of year out East!

The goal of the weekend event is to bring the East Endcommunity together as one. Jenna Walter, co-founder of Hamptons YogaFest, explains that the event came from a desire to unite the community for a greater good. That’s something One Healthy Hamptons can get behind! While we’re so lucky to have such a wide variety of yoga studios, yogis, and health-conscious folks here in the Hamptons, Hamptons YogaFest creates the platform for harmony. You’ll see your favorite East End yogis as well as some new faces, styles, and perspectives.

2015_HYF_Lineup_HiResInstead of another over-the-top Hamptons party, Hamptons YogaFest promotes inclusively, spirituality, nature, diversity, simplicity, and wellbeing. It’s the best of both worlds, with first-rate yoga in a relaxed setting we like to call home. Get ready for the first annual Hamptons YogaFest September 18th-20th at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. Purchase your tickets now (prices rise on June 21st!) for this world-class yoga event! We can’t wait to see you there!

One Healthy Breakdown: Get ready to make yoga history in the Hamptons!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Run the Shelter Island Run! | By Kiley

We’re looking forward to the upcoming Shelter Island 10K Race! Charmingly picturesque Shelter Island sets the stage for the 36th annual event on Saturday, June 20th at 5:30pm. The historic race has been touted as one of the country’s most beautiful runs by Runner’s World magazine…and anyone that’s spent time on Shelter Island can surely validate that!

10kIn addition to the surrounding beauty, this event is fun for all and directly benefits a variety of local causes, from scholarships and grants for Shelter Island Schools to charities such as East End Hospice and Reach Within. The Shelter Island 10K is proud to have the 2014 Boston Marathon winner and Olympic Silver Medalist, Meb Keflezighi, along with fellow elite runners Katie DiCamillo, Hirut Guangul and Amos Sang run in this year’s race.

 

SI10KLogo(1)What’s better than running with pre-sunsent harbor views, world-class athletes, and an easygoing island vibe? Celebrating afterwards…right?! So register now for the 10k or 5k run/walk and you’re also invited to celebrate with SALT Restaurant at the Island Boatyard with live music, dancing, free BBQ for runners, and free shuttle service. Click here for the full event schedule, including pasta dinner, free kids run, pre-race stretching clinic, and book signing with Meb Keflezigh.

One Healthy Breakdown: a whole new way to spend your Saturday night in the Hamptons, see ya at the finish line of the Shelter Island Run!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Local Delivery, Local Goodness, Local Special! | By Kiley

The Good Farm Delivery brings the best in local eats and goodies right to your door, not only making farm-to-table possible, but also incredibly convenient and fun! Shop the online farmer’s market for anything from “good grab” bundles or à la cart produce to handmade cleaning products, coffee, and much more. Whether you frequent The Good Farm or have yet to order,  you’re invited to take advantage of their “Locals Month” promotion by getting one free delivery during the month of June! Just order by 8pm on Tuesday for Friday delivery (Southampton to Montauk, Memorial Day thru September.)

TGFDlogoThe Good Farm Delivery, solely sourced from East End farms and artisans, was founded by Megan Schmidt, cookbook contributor, food stylist, local food advocate, passionate home cook, and mom. As a true believer in the benefits of locally-made food and products, Megan wondered how she could make eating locally in the Hamptons easy and convenient. After all, many seasonal residents are just figuring out Water Mill from Wainscott, let alone sourcing local food. The Good Farm Delivery has returned for its third season to curate, collect, package, and deliver the best local food right to your doorstep. No hassle, just real, good stuff.

081613So, get shopping! Use code ‘LOCAL2015′ at check-out on any order during the month of June for free delivery! All Good Farm clients receive 10% off any OHH Nutrition Package this season as well! The Good Farm and One Healthy Hamptons want you to get healthy, get local, and get cookin’!

One Healthy Breakdown: Bringing the farmers’ market right to your Hamptons door step! That’s GOOD!

 

 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Happy Weekend | By Kiley

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One Healthy Breakdown: there’s just nothin’ like it, enjoy!

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Clamshell Challenge | By Kiley

Happy June! This month, it’s all about the clamshell, the best beachy exercise for the booty and inner thighs. To get clammy, lie down on one side. Bend legs to a 45 degree angle at knees and hips. With heels stacked, open top knee and close like a clamshell, keeping heels together. Save, print, or pin the image below and clamshell your way right into beach season!

June Clam ChallengeOne Healthy Breakdown: it’s clam season, work it ou!

 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

First Annual Edible Business Conference | By Kiley

The new Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton presents the first annual Edible Business Conference June 5-7th, bringing together today’s leading thinkers in food business, media, and policy. The conference is organized around the interests and needs of people working at all links in the food chain—from farmers to foodtech startups, investors to next-wave food enthusiasts, policy makers to agribusiness executive.

BreadThe panels, presentations and other events at the conference are as much about economic development and successful business models as they are about the latest trends and techniques in delivering sustainable farm-to-table, healthy and delicious food and beverages. This inaugural event kicks off with a tasting at the Southampton campus on Friday night, featuring food and drink makers assembled by Edible East End magazine and entertainment by DJ Carlos Lama. Saturday’s agenda includes engaging discussions and presentations on food business, meat and seafood, and the alcohol industry, informative and unusual tastings, and a meal prepared by East End chefs. Sunday features a morning networking session as well as a discussion of socially-purposed food businesses.

Attendees will have access to affordable accommodations on campus, as well as guides to enjoying food and drink experiences around the conference. Tickets for the three-day conference are $259. For more information, visit thefoodlab.org or contact Kathleen.Russo@stonybrook.edu.

One Healthy Breakdown: if you’re in the food industry on the East End, you won’t want to miss this!