New Year Kick Start

Raise your hand if all that eating, drinking, and being merry took a little toll on you over the holidays. Ditto. Let’s move on and move up with this New Year Kick Start. We’re focusing on starting the year off feeling our absolute best…no juice cleanse included (you’re welcome!)

Your liver and kidneys constantly cleanse your body, so a typical juice/flush cleanse is just not necessary, healthy, or any fun at all! This kick start will “detox,” “cleanse,” and “reset;” however, instead of solely ridding the bad stuff, we’ll actually replace it with healthy goodness! Instead of focusing on deprivation, we’ll focus on fuel and fulfillment. Lets set precedents to make the next year (not just the next week) your healthiest, happiest yet!

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Although these tips are meant to be followed indefinitely, aim to be more strict this week, hence the term ‘kick start.’ With that said, everybody (and every body) is different, so do what works for you, your body, and your lifestyle.

  • Reduce your consumption of processed foods, fatty meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • Increase your consumption of fruits and veggies. Try to buy in-season and organic whenever possible, especially for the dirty dozen. Frozen organic produce is great too, as availability is limited in the winter and frozen produce maintains its nutrients.
  • Incorporate whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, and lean protein in moderation, but keep veggies the center of attention. For example, trade your taco or sandwich for a salad or use lettuce wraps instead of bread/tacos.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water, water, water (tea, kombucha, and sparkling water are good options too.) Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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  • Start each morning with lemon water to stimulate your cleansing organs, boost metabolism, and aid digestion.
  • Include some sauerkraut or kimchi in your diet for a healthy gut.
  • Eat breakfast every day. Your body will not efficiently burn food if your stomach is empty, so be sure to eat breakfast within about an hour of waking (click here for breakfast recipes.)
  • Aim to move your body for 30-60 minutes every day, weather it’s a morning run, group fitness class, afternoon walk, yoga session, strength training, etc. Just do something, preferably something that you enjoy. Your body and mind will thank you.
  • Have a green smoothie a day, preferably in the morning to optimize nutritional benefits.

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  • Keep things simple by making big salads and veggie-based soups to keep on hand.

Here’s a quick and easy Detox Soup Recipe: using a Vitamix or high-speed blender, combine 8 ounces of bone broth, (or veggie/chicken broth ) 1 zucchini, (raw) 1 handful of greens, (romaine, spinach, or kale) 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped scallions, 1 teaspoon basil, thyme, and other herbs of choice, 1/4 lemon, and 1/3 cup chickpeas. Heat mixture on stove and enjoy. Makes two servings.

  • If you find your sweet tooth ramping up, have fruit or tea. Low sugar fruits include grapefruit, berries, papaya, melon, and green apples. The fiber in fruit hinders sugar absorption, so don’t feel bad about eating a banana either! If you experience night cravings but are not physically hungry, brush your teeth and tell yourself that the kitchen is closed…until tomorrow. Just stepping out of the kitchen is sometimes enough to banish cravings and revert your mind.

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  • Tune in to your body’s cravings for warming, comforting winter eats. It only makes sense that our eating style should change with the seasons, just like the clothes that we wear.
  • Chew food slowly and eat consciously. Taking the time to tune in, chew each bite mindfully, and truly enjoy the pleasure that food brings fosters healthy digestion and satisfaction.
  • Why not take some time to clean out your fridge, pantry, and even closets? As you shop for replacements, keep foods, products, and cleaning products au natural.
  • Sleep a full eight hours as much as possible and make time for self-care and meditation. The way in which you treat your body and mind is just as important as the food you eat.

If you’d like more information about proper portions, reading labels, or a personalized meal plan, please email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to set up a personalized nutrition & wellness consultation today. We’ll start working towards your personal goals together.

One Healthy Breakdown: “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas!” ~ anonymous

Why We Should Cleanse for Fall

Fact: fall is the optimal time to cleanse. Just like the trees outside, we turn over new leaves during the autumn season. Our routines change, our priorities change, and our eating habits also change to support optimal health. Although our schedules get busy, it’s important to take some time to rest and rejuvenate our bodies during this time of natural transition.

Tree_in_autumn,_Gran_SassoWhy cleanse now? Great question! Cleansing in toxins and treats we’ve accumulated all summer long (rosé, ice cream, s’mores, anyone?!) and prepare ourselves for winter. Simply cleaning out the old and making space for the new. Cleansing will kickstart the digestive system, reboot the organs, and strengthen the immune system to ward off illness this winter. Cleansing with in-season foods makes up for lacking nutrients. For example, less sunlight means less vitamin D. Therefor, we’ve got to get our D through food instead of sunshine. When you hear people say ‘food is thy medicine,’ it’s because eating clean, nutritious foods can actually prevent sickness. No joke.

So, how should we cleanse? Recent nutrition research opts for whole food cleanses over fasting or juicing. Thats good news! We can avoid sipping our meals, depriving our bodies, and listening to our stomach growling while experiencing major FOMO on life. The best cleanses includes an abundance of real foods, seasonal recipes, and self-care.

It’s no coincidence that fall makes us crave pumpkin, cinnamon, and other warming comfort foods. It’s prime time for these eats, which means that they’re higher in nutrients and lower in price! Herbs and spices actually have the power to raise our body temperature from the inside out. So, get shopping fall’s favorite foods and email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to get your five day Fab Fall Cleanse e-program today to give yourself the gift of health this season!

FullSizeRender(39)One Healthy Breakdown: Less sniffles and a warmer winter? Yes, please.

Morning Lemon Water

Wake up. Rise. Drink warm water with fresh squeezed lemon. Shine.

FullSizeRender(29)Just wash your lemon, (organic is best) squeeze 1/4 lemon into a cup of warm water, and throw the peel right in. Lemons are nutritional powerhouses, full of vitamins B, C, calcium, potassium, fiber, and minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and more. Acting as a mini-cleanse, warm lemon water aids digestion, flushes toxins, and stimulates your liver to kick-off the day right. Boosting the immune system, it provides antibacterial properties as well as instant energy. Nourishing brain, nerve, and skin cells, each sip improves alertness, joint pain, acne, and wrinkles. The pectin fiber may aid weightloss and cravings in addition to setting your mindset for a healthy day. In addition to the hydration benefits, the warm water dilutes the acid so that it’s less harsh on the enamel of your teeth. Do your body and mind a favor and begin each morning with warm lemon water. Cheers!

One Healthy Breakdown: don’t start your day any other way!