Hampton Doula to the Rescue

Truth be told, for the majority of my pregnancy, I was in complete denial that I was actually going to have to give birth. Though I was pretty content living in this state of mind, I knew that I would have to accept the fact that I was going to have to physically deliver a baby…that and the fact that I needed some serious guidance, education, and support…aka HELP!

Enter, Hampton Doula, Monica Kadash, to the rescue! I met Monica early in my second trimester when I started to attend her prenatal yoga class at Ananda in Southampton. I instantly gravitated towards Monica’s welcoming personality, calm demeanor, and lighthearted sense of humor. I loved the class and attended weekly, right up until days before I gave birth. Monica incorporates lots of stretching and relaxation to get centered as well as some challenging poses to prepare the mind and body for birth.

When I was considering hiring a doula, I knew that I wanted someone who would bring out the best in me, ideally someone spiritual, but not too spiritual that I couldn’t relate. Monica is exactly that;  straightforward and realistic, yet very warm and tranquil.

The day that I gave birth was a long, uneventful one until my water broke around 2pm, when suddenly, baby came fast and furiously. When it got down to the hard labor (the part I was dreading) I was thanking my lucky stars for Monica’s presence. As a doula, Monica provides support (both prenatal and postnatal) and advocacy alongside the medical staff. (Doulas are commonly confused with midwives, who are medically qualified to deliver babies.)

Statistically, with the help of Doulas there are less interventions,  fewer C-sections, shorter labor and reduced postpartum depression. This results in a fulfilling and satisfying birthing experiences, in short, many more happy moms!

My mission is to honor, protect and guide you, so that you feel empowered to birth fearlessly and joyfully, thus starting your journey into motherhood with confidence.” ~ Monica

Monica did just that for us; I was able to stay (somewhat) strong through the worst contractions, push with sheer determination and confidence, and instantly connect with our baby girl. In the moment, all of my fears of needles, blood, and pain were overcome by sheer empowerment.

Throughout this unique process, Monica helped in every way promised. She provided literature on the birthing process and came to our house twice to get to know our family and educate us on the whole process. She prepared us with facts, stories, strategies, and support we needed to feel ready. Does that mean that everything was smooth sailing? Of course not! But when it came down to it, everything that Monica had prepared us for unraveled pretty much as predicted. It’s already becoming a slight blur (isn’t that how women keep doing it??) but I know that I would have been far less prepared, confident, and comfortable without Monica the Doula.

Here’s Monica, baby Rowan, and I at our postnatal home visit about a week after birth 🙂               If you’re interested in learning more about Monica, visit hamptondoula.com.

One Healthy Breakdown: Happy, healthy, and empowered, thanks to Hampton Doula!

37th Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk

OHH is happy to announce that the 37th Annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk, a USA track and field certified course, will be held on Saturday, June 18th at 5:30 pm! Touted as the most scenic course by Runner’s World Magazine, the Shelter Island Run is a fundraising event for numerous East End Charities. It’s always a great event!

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This year’s race will welcome former Olympian, four time NYC Marathon winner and four time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers and Olympic Gold Medal winner and first-ever women’s Olympic marathon champion, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and many more super stars.

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Stop by before the race to make a prediction of the combined running time of George and Bill in the 10K. There will be prizes for closest predictions!

New to the race this year is “Revelry on the Rock;” official Shelter Island Run after party, produced and sponsored by Hampton Event Management International. Revelry on the Rock will be held at 7pm following the race at the Island Boatyard and Marina on Shelter Island. Live music with the Hoo Doo Loungers and DJ Twilo, local artisan food trucks, cash bar, local merchant shopping area, photo booth, kids area, raffle prizes, and more. (Free admission for runners, $10 admission for non-participants and kids 14 and under are free.) For a full schedule of events throughout the weekend, click here.

Proceeds from the race will go to support several East End charities: The Shelter Island 10K Community Fund, which assists with philanthropic donations to community programs for Shelter Island, educational services including scholarships, project Excel, school trips and family services, East End Hospice, which offers home health care, short-term hospital stay for the people of the Hamptons and surrounding towns, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, which provides a safe haven for boys ages 10-21, who are in Introducing the new post-race Party Revelry on the Rock Race for Good – Supporting Local Charities. Register here!

One Healthy Breakdown: run the island, do good, feel good, party on!

Healthy Holidays at The Beach

Jamie Lerner is a private in-home fitness trainer and studio instructor specializing in flexibility, strength, core power, alignment, and balance as well as cardio and dance. How does Jamie stay healthy through the holiday season in the Hamptons? Here’s how:

IMG_4670Gratitude + inspiration. I’m grateful for the love and support that is all around us, it’s always available if we let it in. I’m grateful for the comforts of the privileged life we live here. I’m inspired by the millions of people on earth who devote their lives to helping others who suffer.

Healthy Thanksgiving. Whenever I’m home for Thanksgiving, I like to offer a fitness class that morning. This year is no exception. It gives us a feeling of community, an hour or so to put the preparations and fuss and visitors aside to take care of ourselves, and offers the best possible insurance that we’ll feel so much better before, during, and after the feast! And then I teach a cardio class Friday morning to help burn it all off!

Mindfulness tricks. No tricks! Plenty of treats! It helps to keep in mind that a treat means something out of the ordinary, not something you consume or experience every day. When you get an impulse or craving for something that qualifies as a treat, try filing it under “hm, sounds good! Let me hold off on that today, maybe tomorrow.” The next time that impulse arises, punt it again and continue to enjoy the anticipation. You may forget about it entirely or the special situation presents itself to treat yourself. It could be food or drink, an activity, a big purchase, or another indulgence. As for staying healthy, my fitness/dance/movement practice has gotten me through cancer, heartbreak, the blues, anxiety, and continues to sustain me as I contend with the aging process. That, and spending as much time as I can with dogs!

IMG_1691It’s also good to remember that even though it’s getting colder and we’re busy-busy-busy, the beach is always there, year round, waiting to calm us down, open us up, and reconnect us to life.

One Healthy Breakdown: What a great reminder – we sure are lucky to be surrounded by beach and beauty in the Hamptons! Happy holidays, Jamie, and thank you for sharing your insight!

*Until January, 2016, we’ll be spreading health through the holiday season here in the Hamptons! If you’d like to share your own holiday tip, trick, tradition, recipe, etc. as part of OHH’s #HealthyHolidays, email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com.

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Healthy Holidays in the Hamptons

Holiday goals: Stay healthy. Work out. Feel fit. Don’t hibernate. Eat veggies. Fit into jeans. Enjoy family time. HydrateSleep. Eat the cookie without the guilt. Wouldn’t it be nice? This year, we’re getting through it together. Yes, that means you – we want to hear from YOU!

IMG_3036OHH invites you to share YOUR healthy holiday habits, recipes, tips, stories, inspiration, and celebrations leading up to the New Year. Simply email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to share your idea. Follow @hamptonskiley and use hashtags #healthyholidays and #onehealthyhamptons on social media to join the conversation.

One Healthy Breakdown: Together, we’ll make spirits bright and feel healthy and light!

Sweat for a Cause…or Two!

Come sweat for a cause on Saturday, October 24th at Hamptons Gym Corp! Join us for great music, exercise, and snacks as we support The Retreat and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

12074841_1068645896513221_9010213101450571183_nThis event will bring two of the East End’s most valuable resources together with one of the area’s favorite local fitness spots. Both The Retreat and the Southampton Animal Shelter are in the business of providing care and shelter for the whole family. 100% of proceeds will be donated; classes are $25 per class, $40 for 2, $60 for 3. Here’s the class schedule:
9:30am Cyling w/ John Leonard
10:30am BODYPUMP w/ Jacqui Perrine and Liza Gallia
11:30am ZUMBA w/ Master Instructor Oscar Gonzalez

Reservations recommended. Drop-ins welcome but please allow for enough time to register before the event. Call (631)725-0707 to reserve your spot.

One Healthy Breakdown: sweat for the community, sweat for a pet!

Leaders & Lemonade

Our local YMCA East Hampton’s Leaders & Lemonade Campaign is teaching children how to take initiative, rally a group, collaborate with the community, lead a mission, and make change.

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1 Part Local Business
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The YMCA East Hampton RECenter is stirring up something amazing this weekend! Local teens from their Leaders Club will work with volunteers and business owners on a creative and refreshing FUN-draiser. Teams will be mentored by Donna McCue, alumni of ABC’s #1 TV show Shark Tank and dozens of local community/business leaders. Watch and support our youth as they lead and compete to support the East End of Long Island in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The YMCA East Hampton RECenter is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. From camp scholarships to teen centers, cancer survivor programming through Southampton Hospital, health education, and community social responsibility, the Leaders Club is making serious local enhancement. Leaders Club youth believe in making the community a better place to work, live and play for everyone. Leaders & Lemonade will enhance current and expanding community needs. And YOU can help too!

Visit any Leaders & Lemonade stand August 15 – 16 at Indian Wells Beach, Gurney’s Spa & Resort, the Candied Anchor, and click here for more information.

One Healthy Breakdown: developing leaders changes the world, do your part locally…with lemonade!

Hamptons YogaFest Making Yoga History

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!

Bump Up the Good Days

Last week, I got the opportunity to speak at and attend a wellness assembly at the Bridgehampton High School. The High School and Middle School students and staff gathered for an interactive, multi-faceted morning of wellness, discussing healthy boundaries, learning about (eek!) sugar, fat, and salt consumption, Zumba and movement, yummy just-fruit sorbet, and more.

Sadly, there’s a huge disconnect among today’s youth and all of the many, many ways that we can take better care of ourselves, feel better, and be happier, more confident beings. Middle and high school students (and teachers) are constantly stressed and tired – talk about overworked and underpaid. So, the fact that Hamptons schools are taking an initiative to teach children about self-care, real food, and stress-management is a HUGE achievement. We’re so very lucky to be a community full of healthy goodness.

Not only did I get to attend this awesome school day, I was asked to introduce the theme of wellness and my own holistic view on the topic. This really got me thinking. How do I communicate my whole mission to busy students already balancing a full plate…the day before April vacation, mind you. And then it became very clear how to break it down: wellness is about having more good days than bad.

image(43)It’s really that simple. Here’s how I chose to introduce the theme:

Picture this: you wake up after a good night’s sleep. You know that feeling – you stretch out and maybe a smile forms on your face as you excitedly think about your day ahead. You get out of bed and get dressed for school. Maybe you put on your favorite shirt, sneakers, outfit, whatever it may be that gives you an extra boost of confidence. You have a healthy breakfast – something you love, you know is good for you, and is going to give you energy for the day. You get to school, all of your homework’s done, your work is all organized, you get an A on a quiz, and you’re a beast at practice after school, whatever sport you play. You’re having a gooood day, right? You get home from school and help make dinner. You sit and eat with your family and have a nice talk about your day as you enjoy your home-cooked meal. After dinner, your friend comes over to watch a movie. Before bed, you finish the book you’re reading and promptly drift off into dreamland. Things are just going your way today. You FEEL good. That’s what I call a healthy, happy day. That’s what I call wellness.

Now, picture this: you overslept after staying up way too late studying. You procrastinated and barely got any sleep…again. You rush to get dressed and out the door to catch the bus, putting on the first thing you see. You make it just in time, but your socks don’t match and you have no time for breakfast, so you’ll have to wait ‘til lunch. You get to school and you’re already in a bad mood. The quiz doesn’t go so well, you stayed up late studying but you can’t remember anything! You just can’t focus because you’re so tired, not to mention hungry! That greasy pizza you have for lunch doesn’t sit so well and practice is miserable. You have no energy, your stomach hurts, and you’re having a no good, very bad day. You get home and next thing you know, you’re fighting with your parents because you’re tired and moody and nothing’s going right. You skip dinner because you don’t want to have to sit with your family and you go to bed starving, anxious, and upset.

Yuck. We’ve all been there. We all have good days and bad days – that’s life. The difference is having more good days than bad as a result of the way in which we treat ourselves and our body. Consciously taking care of your mind and body in various ways and living your life in a flow that moves in the right direction. That’s what it’s all about, that’s wellness. Do we get off-track sometimes? Of course, we all do…but, we get back on board and keep moving forward.

Enjoy your good days. Do whatever it takes to get through the bad days, remind yourself that far more good days are just around the corner. Take care of yourself, your body, and mind, and it will do the same for you by giving you more good days. Lots more! If you’re stuck in a rut, that’s what I’m here for, to support you on your wellness journey. Whether it’s a little encouragement to get back in the gym, a family friendly lesson on kitchen staples, a diet overhaul, or help refocusing on goals, we’ll make a plan and get there. Let’s bump up the good days and cutback the bad days. Click here for more info about OHH’s personal nutrition support and wellness consulting.

One Healthy Breakdown: a healthy day = a good day > a bad day –> any day.

Celebrating Nutrition Month in a BIG WAY!

March is National Nutrition Month and timing couldn’t be more perfect!

image(35)See here for why! Wahoo! Couldn’t wait another day to announce this news!

If you’re considering some nutritional support, I’m your girl! Reach out now because I’m happily offering an introductory rate until the end of April. Until then, we’re springing into spring serving up some serious healthy goodness to nibble on:

Here you have OHH’s top 10 nutrition tips to incorporate into your life because YOU deserve to enjoy the taste of eating right and flourish through food. Let’s live that high vibe life full of whole foods and no guilt! Speaking of whole foods, read all about the Whole30 program and why OHH is hopping on board too! No matter if you’re paleo or pale-no, it’s all about the whole foods, leans and greens, and listening to YOUR body.

So, there you have it, lots of yummy links and nutrition tips to crunch on! Now pay it forward. If any of your friends, family, or coworkers could use a little help developing a healthier, happier lifestyle, point them in my direction. Send them a link, suggest they sign up for OHH’s free e-magazine, or let them know to contact kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com for one-on-one support. Happy March, indeed!

One Healthy Breakdown: get your nutrition on all month long!

The Happiest, Healthiest Month Ever!

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!