The Gift of Holiday Presence

The holidays are meant to be H A P P Y, remember?! Give yourself the gift of presence! (It’s not all about the presents, it’s about the P R E S E N C E.) We often get so wrapped up in the falalalala that we forget to pause, breathe, and actually enjoy the most wonderful time of year. Below are our top tips on staying present, sane, and even H A P P Y throughout the holiday season.

Pick and choose. Your calendar is FULL of holiday parties, cookie exchanges, secret Santas, cocktail parties, and pure busyness. It’s when we over-commit that December becomes a blur and we end up ringing in the New Year in need of a nap, vacation, and detox. What if we stopped saying “yes” to everything and commit to only what we’re actually looking forward to?? Not to sound like the Grinch, but truth is that we have a choice. Say yes to the things that you enjoy and skip the rest; you’ll have more fun and be less burned out!

Embrace the crazy. Holiday shopping, in some regard, is pretty unavoidable for most of us. While it would have been ideal to start the shopping early to avoid the last-minute crunch, for most of us, that concept is long gone (better luck next year!) Instead of heading into the madness with frustration and angst before you even find a parking spot, commit to embrace the chaos, lines, music, and the crowds. Turn shopping into a family affair, girl’s night out, or excuse for a date. Remember that you always have a choice. Remind yourself what the holidays are really about and choose to be positive, you’ll find that the little things just won’t bug you as much. The hustle and bustle is out there, so we might as well embrace it!

Catch your breath. We get so ‘wrapped up’ in the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cookie-baking, caroling…This just leaves us overwhelmed and under the weather. Schedule down time with (or without) friends and family. There’s nothing wrong with staying in for a movie or game night, partying in your pajamas, or soaking up the season solo in a warm bath. Schedule time to do nothing just like you would put aside time for an important event. When you are out and about, remind yourself often to pause, take a long, deep breath and return to the current moment instead of worrying about what’s to come and go. Click here for more mindful tips and here for OHH’s tips on staying healthy throughout the holidays.

It’s the thought that counts…right?! The more thought we put into our gift-giving, the more we enjoy the giving more than the getting. So, instead of thinking of each gift as another check on your to-do list, take some time to put genuine thought before you buy, especially for those near and dear to your heart. Few of us need more “stuff,” so instead of clutter under the tree, spend some time doing for others to fulfill their hearts and yours this holiday season.

One Healthy Breakdown: keep presence over presents this year!

The Gift of Well Necessities

Is there anything better than getting a package in the mail full of healthy new, fun, and tasty snacks? I think not. It’s like Christmas all year round with The Well Necessities Collection, a bag full of *healthy* goodies hand-picked by a fabulous Registered Dietician and Doctor team!

“A seasonal surprise of functional foods and lifestyle essentials that protect and promote your health and well being,” The Well Necessities Collection is the obvious choice for a healthy holiday season and the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Use code OHH10 for 10% off!

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Subscribe to the collection to receive shipments quarterly, each with 10-15 full and sample size products to expand your healthy horizons. Everything is vegan and gluten-free, so whether or not you eat that way, you’ll learn something about what you put in your body. Who knew that pasta made of lentils and gummies packed with biotin can be just as delicious as the real deal?!

From a raw, guilt-free brownie to kale and jicama chips to satisfy your craving for crunch, everything is made of real, whole ingredients. You never know what you’re gonna get with The Well Necessities Collection, but you can rely on lots of fuel-filled food, the latest and greatest wellness products, and a straightforward explanation on why each product is good for you.

As if that’s not yummy enough, Lisa Hayim of The Well Necesities also includes exclusive discount codes so that you can order more of what you love at a reduced rate! TWN Collection is the perfect gift to give your health-conscious friends (and yourself too!) Every season, you’ll look forward to rummaging through the bag, reading about the goods, trying new healthy snacks, and feeling great as a result. Click here to read more about this nutritious, delicious offer and don’t forget to use code OHH10 for 10% off!

One Healthy Breakdown: we’re hooked on the Well NECESSITIES Collection!

Calypso Cares Shopping Event!

Mark your calendar for November 19th and get ready to shop, sip, and support! We’ve partnered up with Calypso East Hampton for a fun shopping event to celebrate the season of giving, thanks, and holiday shopping! Before the holiday hustle and bustle takes over, stop into Calypso East Hampton (21 Newtown Lane) on Wednesday, November 19th between 5-7pm to shop One Healthy Hamptons style! Bring a gently-worn item of clothing to donate to Clothes4Souls non-profit to “wear out hunger” and get 25% off your purchase! Gather your girlfriends and join us to kick off the holiday season right – with style, giving, warmth, and champagne! Let the shopping begin! CalypsoCaresOne Healthy Breakdown: shop to show you care…see you there!

Make Mom’s Day this Mother’s Day

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Here are some special, personal gift ideas for mom:

  • write down best memories and make a collage or memory book
  • cook her a meal or make it a bonding experience and cook together
  • make a photo album (a real, tangible, real life one, not online!)
  • go to her favorite fitness class or activity with her
  • rent her favorite movies and watch it with her (make her popcorn for extra points)
  • take over the laundry, dishes, cleaning for the day (or week if you’re extra dedicated)
  • give a signed document that says “you were right all along”
  • if you’re crafty, make her something with love
  • take her to get a manicure/pedicure
  • a puzzle with a family photograph
  • a cookbook of your favorite family meals
  • a recorded Happy Mother’s Day video
  • send a jib-jab (who doesn’t like a jib-jab?!)
  • bring her breakfast in bed
  • give her favorite tea, coffee, or wine 😉
  • a subscription to her favorite magazine
  • whip her up a batch of Mom’s TLC Oatmeal Cookies
  • send flowers

One Healthy Breakdown: it’s the thought that counts, put some thought into making Mom’s day this Mother’s Day!

“Ease into the Season” with Us!

Woman Soaking Her FeetWhat’s better than some well-deserved R&R?! It’s been a busy winter and spring brings nothing but possibility! Personally, I could sure use a massage, a nap, and a personal assistant…and I know I’m not the only busy bee in town! Since I misplaced my magic wand, I’ll have to just get back to work and sit tight until Hamptons Wellness Week, when the real relaxing will take place ALL week long! Luckily, May is just around the corner!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re “Easing into the Season” with over 30 locations to get pampered and well from Montauk to Westhampton Beach! Click here to view the full list of participating spas, salons, wellness providers, experts, and HUGE discounts, 50% off or MORE!

Signing-up is as easy as a click of a button! You can purchase your voucher HERE (only $28 per person for unlimited discounts throughout the week!) or stop into Bliss Sleep Center in Watermill, e Day Spa and Salon in Hampton Bays, or Gloria Jewel’s shop in Bridgehampton to get your voucher today.

Masseuse Massaging Young Man Lying on Table Closed EyesThat’s some serious R&R! So, check out hamptonswellnessweek.com, get your voucher today, mark your calendar for May 3rd-10th, and start booking your appointments! Plan the week around your schedule, but be sure to pencil in time to party as we’ll wrap-up the week at Page at 63 Main on Saturday, May 10th! Easing into the season couldn’t be easier when you participate in Hamptons Wellness Week! Let the “easing” begin!

One Healthy Breakdown: The only way to prep your mind, body, and soul for another crazy Hamptons summer!

Santa’s Favorite Peppermint Bark

Who can pass up that minty bark?! Peppermint bark is definitely an indulgence to be enjoyed this time of year. That combo of rich chocolate and mint is enough to spread holiday cheer in one little bite. After all, there’s no better way to eat a candy cane than with a side of chocolate!

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Here’s a healthier upgrade for a homemade peppermint bark that’s sure to please anyone from your kitchen to the North Pole and back!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quality dark chocolate, chocolate chips, or carob chips
  • 1/4 cup cacoa powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops of pure peppermint extract
  • 4 peppermint candy canes or 20 peppermint candies – crushed into small pieces

Instructions:

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except for candy canes in a bowl. Transfer mixture to a sauce pan to melt on low heat (or in microwave.) Stir until consistent and let cool for just a few minutes before adding half of candy canes. Spread evenly on wax paper. Add remaining candy canes on top of chocolate sheet and freeze for at least two hours. Once completely solid, remove from freezer and break into pieces. Eat, gift, and smile.

One Healthy Breakdown: just as delicious (and way more nutritious!) than store-bought bark!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

One Healthy Hamptons is sharing the best of the best for local holiday shopping and gift giving! We’re sharing where & what to shop and gift for everyone on your list. There’s no better gift than the gift of health and happiness…and no better place to celebrate the holidays than here in the Hamptons!


Give the Gift of Refreshment
Hampton Coffee Company

Hampton Coffee Company, the East End’s first coffee roastery, is the perfect place to shop for lots of people on your holiday gift list. Whether they’re coffee-lovers, tea-lovers, or foodies, you can’t go wrong with a surprise from Hampton Coffee.

Choose from elegant made-to-order Holiday Hamptons Gift Baskets, hand-delivered or shipped anywhere, and starting at only $25.99! Plus Bodum press pots, Hampton Coffee mugs and gift sets, Holiday Teas, and their exclusive Holiday Blend coffee beans.
A Hampton Coffee Gift Card makes the perfect gift for the HCC fan in your life as well as your dog groomer, trainer, or babysitter. Teachers love Hampton Coffee, too!
 
And, if you’re throwing a Holiday Party for yourself or your business, call on Hampton Coffee Company. With such a wide range of delicious catering options, you’re sure to please your guests at reasonable prices that will please. From breakfast and lunch to much more, you can even host your event at their Southampton or Water Mill venues. Personal professional service guaranteed and at some of the best prices around.
 
To get your holiday shopping done at Hampton Coffee Company visit their Holiday Cafes in Water Mill, Westhampton Beach, or Southampton or shop conveniently online at www.hamptoncoffeecompany.com. For catering information, call their Catering Director Samantha at 631-726-2633, ext. #5, or e-mail catering@hamptoncoffeecompany.com.

 

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Give the Gift of Health
The Juicy Naam

The Juicy Naam provides health from the inside out. What could be better than gifts that nourish, cleanse, rejuvenate, balance, heal, and harmonize the body? Just be sure to say One Healthy Hamptons sent you!
1. The Juicy Naam Cleanse (gift certificates available)

The Juicy Naam Cleanse is a comprehensive customized program designed to bring about transformational shifts in consciousness. They incorporate the best organic ingredients and superfoods to provide the most nutritious, fresh organic juices, smoothies, herbs, raw food, and vegetarian cuisine.

2. Transmutation Powder

The vibrationally enhanced Transmutation Powder formula is designed to eliminate fat, reduce cellular debris through detoxification, and support immune function and mineral assimilation with SGS probiotics. For maximum benefit, mix 1 tablespoon in with your favorite juice, smoothie, or water.
Ingredients: Raspberry Ketones, Irvingia Gabonensis, (Wild Mango) Brown Seaweed, Saffron, Horsetail, Fossil Shell Flour, Licorice Root, Silica, Probiotics, Sporogenes, & Chia.

3. Kangen Alkaline Water Home System

The SD501 Kangen Alkaline Water Home System is the finest machine in its class, with the highest quality built-in electrolysis chamber on the market. This machine generates a continuous stream of five types of water for countless household needs, including alkaline super-hydrating water for drinking (a healthier alternative to acidic bottled and tap water.)Stop into The Juicy Naam at 51 Division Street in Sag Harbor, check out thejuicynaam.com or call (631) 725-3030 today!
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Give the gift of Purity
Pure & Peaceful

Pure & Peaceful produces natural home-care products formulated and handcrafted right in Sag Harbor. Born out of passion for health, wellness, and environmental sustainability, Pure & Peaceful products effectively clean your space and home while filling the air with fresh, therapeutic scents. All products are made with organic, therapeutic-grade, high-quality essential oils. Pure & Peaceful products are all non-toxic and completely mineral and botanically-derived.

Pure & Peaceful products make the perfect practical gift, as they safely clean and beautify your home. From all-purpose cleaner to light air sprays to yoga mat spray, you can trust Pure & Peaceful for pure products made with love. Check out Pure & Peaceful’s products here.
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Give the gift of Well-being
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This season, gift and get well-being at exhale. Exhale makes it easy to share the gift of transformation with your friends, family or colleagues. Gift an exhale holiday gift card package or choose an exhale denominational gift card in the perfect amount for any of our signature spa therapies or fitness class series. Exhale pulled together the following holiday gift card packages to make it easier for you to give a custom-gift to whoever is on your list.

a. Balance: One Mind Body Class and 60-Minute Fusion Massage
b. Indulge: 60-Minute Fusion Massage, 60-Minute True Facial, Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure
c. Evolve: Mind Body Class Ten-Pack and 60-Minute Fusion Massage
d. Transform: Mind Body Class Ten-Pack, 60-Minute Fusion Massage, 60-Minute True Facial, Pure Manicure and Pure Pedicure

To purchase gift cards (e-cards or gift cards), visit www.exhalespa.com/gift-card or stop by any of our 21 locations nationwide. You can’t go wrong with a gift card from exhale mind body spa!


More Great Local Places to Shop:

Relax – Comfy, cozy, and sexy loungewear and more, 150 Main Street, Sag Harbor.
Gloria Jewel – High-end women’s clothing, Main Street, Bridgehampton.
Bliss Sleep Center – Everything for healthy, blissful sleep, Hayground Rd., Water Mill.
Norma Jean Pilates – A variety of effective Pilates classes in a beautiful, cheerful environment and fabulous instruction. Division Street, Sag Harbor.
Hampton Gym Corp – Health & fitness club throughout the Hamptons. Holiday gift certificates now available.
Fresh Hamptons – fresh, healthy, delicious food, gift certificates available. Sag Harbor Turnpike.
Salty Home – gifts, decor, furniture, and unique home goods with the best customer service around. Located in Bridgehampton Commons.
TRX with Linda – Give the gift of fitness with “Not Your Average Trainer,” Studio 89, Sag Harbor.

Flying Point Surf & Sport – great beachwear, surf, and skate. Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Sag Harbor

Boot Camp with Christa – Holiday specials for Boot Camp classes at Studio 89, contact cs.schleicher@gmail.com.

One Healthy Breakdown: You can’t go wrong with these healthy gifts, get your shopping list out and your Black Friday outfit ready to go! Happy Shopping!
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Yoga’s Gift to Me

Young Woman Meditating on the FloorMoms have the hardest job! With five kids of my own, I’m guilty of bellowing “I can’t take another minute of this!” Not so positive, I know… But I have to be honest, I meant it! I meant this and…many other negative, self-defeating thoughts and statements through the years. General stress topped with ‘end-of-day-mommy-exhaustion’ can do that to a person. Am I right or am I right?

Then one day, I heard my daughter shout in an awful, guttural, honestly horrifying way, “I can’t TAKE another MINUTE of THIS!” I couldn’t even try to deny where she got it from, everyone in the house looked right at me. It really is something when we face ourselves in our children isn’t it? The good, the bad and the ugly. Ugh.

In my highly-energized (some may say ‘wound-up,’ I prefer ‘highly energized’) way, I shared this latest exclamation with one of my serene, calm, always-balanced friends (we differ in some ways…) She suggested I join her for a yoga class. Yoga? Not fast enough for me. I spin, I run, I lift, I swim, and I do triathlons. I am fit. Yoga? I don’t think so. Truly the teacher would not want me there. I will squirm, mentally go thru my grocery list, watch everyone else, count how many ladies are wearing LuLu…nah, it won’t be good, it’s not for me.

My friend persisted….she spoke of things like breathing, (duh, I do that!) listening, slowing down, (slow is not usually my style) and sweating (now that’s what I like to hear!) So I went to yoga. And to this day, I have a dysfunctional relationship with yoga, but I did I get one of the biggest life-changing gifts during that yoga class.

My mother always said: “f you have nothing nice to say, say nothing.” In life, that saying has always stayed with me, but there’s more to it. What I learned in that yoga class was the power of positive thoughts. Pay attention, this is actually life-altering. Take it from me, the skeptical mom of five who will try anything to make life flow a teeny, tiny bit smoother.

At the end of class, the teacher had us close our eyes and lay on our backs. She continued to quietly talk about self-kindness and the power of positive thoughts. (I should probably mention the fact that she was going from person to person massaging each of our feet – THAT may have helped!) Anyway, she suggested, when we go home, to hear our negative thoughts and try to replace every negative thought with a positive thought, recite the positive thought aloud, take 3 big inhales and exhales, and then recite the positive thought again.

The payoff? That yoga teacher claimed many; serenity, calm, happiness, hope, gratitude, improved immune system, improved overall mental health, improved concentration, and more! What mom isn’t looking for a little of that? So I tried it. And it worked. Not overnight, it takes time, but it helps. A lot. It’s something I am mindful of everyday, and it works.

While I can become a bit discouraged about the number of times a negative thought still floats through my mind, I’m in awe of my ability to press ‘rewind’ and turn a negative into a positive. I’ve discovered positive behavior follows positive thinking! You know what else? Positive energy attracts positive energy! I’m constantly amazed at how greatly this one exercise has empowered me. Finally, I live a life full of positivity. And the change is actually doable. It’s free, it’s personal, and it’s mind-blowing.

The best part? The other day…my daughter was running across the playground and a little boy bumped into her. She took quite a spill. As I approached her, I braced myself for her response. Perhaps she would cry, want to go home, or even lash out at the other child. Guess what? She slowly got up and while wiping all the sand off her knees, I heard her mumbling “It’s ok, little boy. We are fine. We are strong kids! We are positive! Want to play?” And off they went!

I am inspired by that yoga teacher. She taught me that being fit is about more than just my body. It’s about being strong enough to listen to my thoughts, breath thru them, make a choice to change them, and believe in the power of positivity. It’s a great gift we can give ourselves and our children. Try it for yourself…if I can do it, you can do it!

*Norah Benincasa is the owner of Pedal and Pose Fitness Studio in Concord, MA. She is a certified personal trainer, spin instructor, TRX trainer, Body Pump trainer, more…and mom of five! Norah holds a masters degree in social work and is an expert in all things fitness!