Does Fat Make You Fat?

News flash: a low-fat diet can actually cause weight-gain, not a diet high in fat. So, what is fat anyway and why do we assume that fat is what makes us fat?

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Fat is a nutrient that our bodies need, in fact, about 30% of your daily calorie intake should come from fat. This may surprise you, but it’s true!

There’s a catch, though, sort of. We should be eating good quality fats, just like we should be eating good quality foods in general. That means no trans fats. Deal?

So, what are the healthy, good quality fats that we should be eating? Good question. Nuts and seeds, avocado, fatty fish like salmon, coconut, olive oil, unprocessed lean meat, flax, dark chocolate (yay!) and dairy. These healthy fats do not cause obesity, heart attacks, or high-cholesterol, but actually promote nutrient-absorption, raise immunity, and actually burn fat. Really!

Fat also makes us feel satisfied for longer. For example, adding a spoonful of nut butter to your apple or half an avocado to your eggs will make you feel more satisfied, help your body absorb the nutrients it needs, and ward of hunger longer. Win/win!

One Healthy Breakdown: do not fear the fat, eat the fat!

Run 10 FEED 10 Recap

The FEED Foundation, started by Lauren Bush Lauren, aids world hunger and malnutrition in a creative, powerful, and trend-setting way. Over seventy five million meals have been provided through sales of FEED’s signature artisan products (bags, t-shirts, jewelery, etc.) Buyers can feel good about purchasing great products that support an even better cause, providing adequate nutrition for those in need.¬†Good products that FEED the world, check them out here!

photo 3I learned about FEED Projects through Women’sHealth Magazine’s Run 10 Feed 10 Campaign, a series of 10k races to fund domestic hunger. Each registration fee FEEDS 10 meals to those in need right in your own ‘backyard.’ Food is available; however, it is unfortunately not accessible to everyone. FEED Projects, in collaboration with Women’sHealth Magazine, is out to make change, one meal at a time, one bag at a time, one runner at a time.

I’m eager to spread the word about Run 10 Feed 10 because this fabulous campaign combines all good things One Healthy Hamptons loves to support: women’s health, fitness, aiding hunger, running, celebrating, and more! Every summer, Women’sHealth Magazine heads out east for a weekend celebration packed with fitness and fun in preparation for NYC’s Run 10 Feed 10 race on Sunday, September 21st. Register today!

picstitch(21)*Pictured above with Lindsey & Casey from Women’sHealth and friend Alicia

We kicked off “Women’sHealth covers the Hamptons” weekend with a great Flywheel class on Saturday morning before the celebrations commenced. And celebrate we did, at the Run 10 Feed 10 “Party Under the Stars.” There’s nothing better than celebrating a great cause with like-minded, inspirational people…Hamptons style of course!

picstitch(22)*Pictured above with friends Kristy & Marisa, B-School founder/entrepreneur Marie Forleo, and The FEED Foundation’s Lauren Bush Lauren

One Healthy Breakdown: run for a cause, shop for a cause, celebrate for a cause.

We Partied Under the Stars

What’s better than spending a Saturday night with the stars sipping drinks and roasting marshmallows under the stars at the Bridgehampton Beach and Tennis Club?! Doing it all for a good cause! Saturday night, Women’s Health Magazine and the FEED Foundation kicked off their annual Run10Feed10 Campaign, Hamptons-style. Run10Feed10 is the 10k sweeping the nation, raising money to feed mouths in need, fighting the hunger epidemic, one meal at a time.

photo 1From chatting it up with one of my fave ladies, Gabby Bernstein to Kelly Bensimon shaking her booty on the dance floor, sitting around the bonfire with Kelly Rutherford and fam, to top designers in their best ‘Hamptons chic,’ it was a night to remember, that’s for sure. So what brought all of these fabulous people together to party under the stars? Fighting hunger, that’s what.

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photo 2Women’s Health and The Feed Foundation are stopping hunger in its tracks, one mile at a time. As of today, 50 plus million Americans are living hungry. Sadly, hunger effects about 1/6 children, inhibiting their ability to learn and thrive. Right here, in our own country, in our own city, in our own neighborhood. Unlike disease and natural disaster, hunger is a problem we can all do something about, fast. We can all take one morning this fall to push ourselves to run 6.2 miles in what has become such a popular event that last year, they shut down the West Side Highway! Local fitness studios even jumped on board; local classes at Flywheel Sports, Barry’s Bootcamp, and Exhale went to the cause, in addition to their generous donations to the event’s silent auction.

Women’s Health sure knows exactly how to do it up here in the Hamptons. Drinks were flowing, dj was playing, s’mores were roasting, and the company was amazing. Lauren Bush Lauren displayed FEED’s adorable bags that raise money to fight this epidemic worldwide.

photo 3Yes, the Hamptons definitely got behind the cause. You want in? Your registration for the upcoming Run10Feed10 run in NYC Sunday, September 22nd will donate 10 meals to those in need. What’s better than running NYC knowing your feeding 10 mouths?

One Healthy Breakdown: OHH is all about paying it forward, doing good, feeling good, sweating for a good cause, and of course, a good party under the stars. Thanks¬†Women’s Health Mag and the FEED Foundation for a memorable summer night. See you September 22nd!