What’s Really on My Mind for 2014 and Why YOU Should Care

The saying “this is the first day of the rest of your life” never really resonated with me because there’s always tomorrow (well, hopefully…) But, today? TODAY is the FIRST DAY OF 2014. That feels more real to me, more concrete, more attainable. I can’t really picture the rest of my life, I can’t picture 20, 30, 40 years down the road, but I can picture the next 365 days and I can grasp what, how, and why they’re going to be absolutely amazing.

sabatino-060Rewind back to the fall. I was having a conversation with a friend about what really drove me to start One Healthy Hamptons and what I dreamt it to be. The goal of OHH is to provide a resource and a community to celebrate and grow health and wellness here in this amazing place we call home. I wanted to rejoice the uniqueness of this beautiful place full of incredible people and outstanding resources. But why? Why me? Why here? Why now?

Why not just let people do what they want to do? Health is already a huge part of this community; we love our fitness classes, our kale salad, and our fun nights out, embracing the Hamptons scene, all while penciling in the next day’s workout…right? But, is it a positive thing? Are we just going through the motions and working out to make space for the fun? Are we indulging with thoughts of cardio and detox? If this is you, don’t worry, this was me too.

I started OHH because I am so DONE living like that. We only have one life, only 364.5 more days to enjoy and embrace 2014. So, unless we’re enjoying the process, it’s really just a big, huge waste of valuable time. I started One Healthy Hamptons because I was DONE with this deranged mindset. DONE with society’s pressures to ‘get skinny.’ DONE with the cycle of overindulging followed by detox, diet, and cardio binges. Ugh, what a miserable, unbalanced way to NOT enjoy all of the valuable time we have on this earth. I was DONE with the negativity that’s been so closely wound into such positive concepts of health and wellness. DONE hearing, seeing, judging others, done being jealous, done overdoing it for all of the wrong reasons. I know if I was DONE, that lots of others must be just as fed up, just as ready to turn things around. Once I hit this realization, things began to shift, especially as my eyes opened to the unique world of wellness throughout the Hamptons. Health and wellness became a positive passion, not a negative obsession. One Healthy Hamptons resulted from my growing passion to turn negativity to positivity and to spread that positivity throughout the place I love to call home as much as possible. To connect people over the common theme of embracing health and wellness.

I started One Healthy Hamptons to get the message across, not just to other young girls with deranged mindsets from society’s impact, but to an entire community of diverse people, that being healthy and fit, making wellness a priority, doesn’t have to be a sacrifice at all. It can actually be a balanced, ENJOYABLE process with huge positive outcomes. Eating healthy is fun. Working out is fun. Trying new things, challenging our selves, pushing the limits, attaining goals – it’s all fun. The things that make us feel our best, our strongest, our healthiest, are GOOD for us and they deserve to be embraced.

For me, 2013 was a huge year of personal, professional, physical growth. I gave up time at the gym and put that energy into enjoying moments with family, friends, and growing professionally. (Yes, LESS time working out is what I’m preaching here.) Less dreaded time on the treadmill or elliptical, fewer hours, and less sweat. Why? Because I was DONE working out just to get it over with. DONE eating bland food just to wear certain clothes. DONE detoxing on Mondays to make up for a fun weekend. I do it now for enjoyment. I workout because I ENJOY it and I eat what I ENJOY. One Healthy Hamptons is built on the premise of balance in life, not extreme exercise, not cutting calories, or cutting fun in any way. That’s so last year.

And, ya know what? I’m healthier and fitter than I was last New Years. I’m not perfect, I’m not balanced, but I’m closer and I’m happier. And I’m here to share the health and happiness with YOU. Living a healthy lifestyle and embracing it can be a balanced, ENJOYABLE process. That’s really what a resolution should be about. A goal that you aspire to reach with a process of getting there that is ENJOYABLE. Or else what’s the point?!

My drive to start this community, One Healthy Hamptons, came from the desire to fully embrace the positivity of health and wellness and to make it that much more accessible for all of us. In a few short weeks, once we’ve settled into 2014, gotten used to our routines, and hopefully taken the holiday decorations down, health and wellness in the Hamptons is going to be the MOST accessible it’s ever been. We’re throwing a party and it’s called Hamptons Wellness Week. For one week only, all things healthy and well Montauk to Westhampton will be RIGHT at your fingertips.

If you want 2014 to be THE year, YOUR year, then join me. If you’re ready to set yourself up for success, if you’re DONE with the negatives and ready to CELEBRATE, or you’re ready to make this your healthiest year yet, you’re invited to Hamptons Wellness Week. If you want to learn, try, and grow, you’ve got to be there! Where?

Sign up for Hamptons Wellness Week on January 12th at Hampton Coffee’s Experience Store in Southampton, meet me there between 8 and 11am or 4 and 6pm to commit to getting fit, reinvest in your health, learn a ton, and have some fun. Participants in Hamptons Wellness Week will get: SEVEN premium fitness classes of your choice that work with YOUR schedule, SIX lectures to learn the skills to make 2014 knock your socks off, nutrition consultations, natural facials, a party and tasting at Fresh, the Hamptons top restaurant for healthy, local eats. PLUS, the first 50 to sign up will get awesome gift bags to kick off the week/year/healthier YOU!

One Healthy Breakdown: I resolve to write more concisely in 2014 😉

Kiley’s Top 10 Nutrition Tips

Your health is your wealth. Nutrition is pivotal in living healthy. Although food is the best medicine, it’s not just about what you eat and everyone is different. Here are 10 universal nutrition tips that everyone can apply to live a healthier, happier life! Vegetables1.  Eat REAL Food:

REAL, whole food comes from the earth. Our bodies operate on whole foods, just like our ancestors did, so why would we put processed chemicals that we can’t even pronounce into our bodies? Don’t eat less, just eat less packaged food. Regardless of whether you eat meat, vegan, vegetarian, etc., clean eating is the way to go. Whole foods are like putting the best gas in a car, they stimulate our bodies to work, grow, move, think, and fight disease most efficiently, from the inside out (from organs, digestion, muscles, bones, to skin, hair, and nails.)

2.  Drink Up:

We’re made of water, and we need water to live (although the majority of Americans are dehydrated. Are you?) It’s easy to drink water when it’s right in front of you, so carry a reusable water bottle everywhere you go. FYI: Water means water…not soda, coffee, beer, or sports drinks. Cheers!

3.  Eat Local & Seasonal:

The best way to get quality, tasty food at the best price (while supporting your local farmers) is to eat local and seasonal. Eating local ensures that you’re getting the absolute freshest food possible. Eating with the season provides your body with what it wants and ensures that you don’t get bored of the same old things. Think pumpkin in the fall and watermelon in the summer! Along with eating local, eat the rainbow! Variety is key, especially with produce, to guarantee that your body gets as many nutrients as possible. Your plate is your palette – be the artist and be colorful!

4.  Read Labels:

Though we should be eating mostly whole foods that don’t have labels at all (ie: apples, tomatoes, and lettuce.) For foods with a label, watch out for added sugar, artificial flavors, colors, and dyes. If the ingredient list is long or you can’t pronounce something, it’s a red flag that it’s something you probably shouldn’t be eating. If the big writing on the label says “healthy” or “natural,” that actually means very little because there are no clear standards behind either of these terms. To ensure that you’re on the right track, just eat more foods without labels (fruits & veggies) and be sure to pay attention to the ingredient lists on labels, not just the front of the package.

5.  Try New Things:

There are so many nutritious foods out there. Try incorporating one new food or recipe a week. Pretty soon, you’ll have a whole repertoire of nutritious foods!

6.  Rely on Staples:

Try new things, but if you love certain foods that you know are healthy, go ahead and eat them often! Spinach, salmon, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes are some great staple examples – they’re nutritious and delicious.

7.  Food is FUEL:

Start to rethink the role of food in your life. Eating isn’t a hobby; food is fuel for your body. Although food can be celebratory and give us great pleasure, keep in mind that food nourishes your body, it’s not a hobby to do when you’re bored. Food provides us energy to carry out our day. It’s pretty simple: if you put crap in your body, you’re going to feel crappy. If you fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods, you’re going to feel healthier, stronger, energized, and alive.

8.  Upgrade Your Favorites:

Even if you’re a lover of all things pizza and chocolate, there are healthier options for you. Thanks to Google, Pinterest, and One Healthy Hamptons, you have a bazillion healthy recipes at our fingertips, so take advantage! You can make brownies with spinach, avocado, and black beans and you may not even know the difference. Applesauce can substitute for butter and spaghetti squash or quinoa pasta can be just as delicious as regular pasta, but far higher in nutrients! Whatever your favorites may be, there is a healthier version, so make an upgrade. Turkey meatballs, fish tacos, even ice cream made from bananas…that’s bananas…but it’s good!

9. Cook at Home:

When you cook at home, you’re able to control exactly what goes into your meal (and, more importantly, what doesn’t) Going out to eat is fun once in a while, but cooking at home is the way to go. If cooking is not your thing, start very simple with vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

10. Don’t Eat Your Emotions:

As discussed above, food is fuel for our bodies. It’s not something to do or a way to ease emotions. Awareness is everything. When you’re eating regular, balanced, whole food meals, your body will use food properly and become hungry every few hours. Tune in to real, physical hunger. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied – before you feel full. Instead of grabbing a snack when you feel bored or anxious, drink some water, go for a walk, or take some time to think about what’s making you feel that emotion instead of grabbing for a bag of chips or cookies.

One Healthy Breakdown: Follow these 10 tips for a healthier, happier you! Click here for more info on OHH Nutrition and contact kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com today for personalized support!