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!

Hamptons Wellness Week is Coming!

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Hamptons Wellness Week returns this June! The premiere wellness event in the Hamptons kicks off on June 5th with more excitement, variety, and wellness than ever before! With so many wellness experiences and fitness pop-ups popping up across the East End, Hamptons Wellness Week is the only all-inclusive, week-long event of its kind. It’s one week of endless possiblities!

Mark your calendar for June 5-12th and feel free to try one of everything; save, save, save as you get well, well, well…no registration or buy-in necessary. Take a week for your wellbeing before the craze of the summer season rolls down Sunrise Highway. With a variety of deals and discounts, try what works for you, on your schedule, all week long. Whether you’re looking for some fitspiration, pampering, or healing, Hamptons Wellness Week has your back.

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From healthy eats to fitness classes, acupuncture to astrology, wellness consulting, or a ‘Wing It’ strategy session, there’s something for everyone. We’ve even got the kids covered with our state-of-the-art speech-language offering and 2-for-1 tuition at Hamptons Baseball Camp! Feed the whole family with Old Stove Pub’s special wellness menu or 25% off at Sabrosa Mexican Grille!

Hamptons Wellness Week is all about living consciously in the Hamptons; a portion of the proceeds support the Wing It Project, a non-profit that provides educational opportunities for children, both locally and globally. Get well for a great cause!

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We’re thrilled to welcome some of our wellness newbies, including The Good Farm Delivery, JT Personal Fitness, GYST, Amber Waves Farm, and Solutions Organic Juice Bar, to name a few! It’s not too late to register your business, just sign up here to hop on board the wellness train.

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We saved the best for last! We’re wrapping up HWW with Wellthily at Gurney’s on June 11th & 12th. Join us for a live DJ yoga class with DJ Ray and Leigh Anne Eberle, Exhale Spa Core Fusion, and Yoga in the Vines at the beach with Erica Velasquez. Between classes,  Wellthily will host a power-packed wellness panel about staying healthy all summer featuring Kiley & Anastasia, Debra Halpert of Hamptons Magazine, and Elisabeth Halfpapp of Exhale Spa. Sign up here!

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What’s a wellness event without some healthy, yummy eats? Sip on juice, try a Hugly cookie, and hit the beach feeling WELL as ever. Register for the wrap-up event June 11th and/or 12th  here and get $10 off with code HWW2016.

Hamptons Wellness Week is also thrilled to partner with BEACH101.7, WBAZ, and WEHM and Hamptons Magazine as our media sponsors. Stay tuned to hamptons-magazine.com, and be sure to pick up their Memorial Day issue featuring Hamptons Wellness Week!

For more information, see hamptonswellnessweek.com and/or email kiley@hamptonswellnessweek.com. To register your business, click here. Sponsorships also available for national wellness brands; reach the Hamptons population both online and off!

One Healthy Breakdown: kicking the summer off WELL!

 

2016 Farmer’s Markets & Farm Stands

OHH has a serious love for all things fresh and local. We think farmer’s market season is the best season. Here’s your 2016 guide to local Hamptons Farmers Markets and farm stands:

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One Healthy Breakdown: shop local, eat fresh, know your farmers, feel good!

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Local Delivery, Local Goodness, Local Special!

The Good Farm Delivery brings the best in local eats and goodies right to your door, not only making farm-to-table possible, but also incredibly convenient and fun! Shop the online farmer’s market for anything from “good grab” bundles or à la cart produce to handmade cleaning products, coffee, and much more. Whether you frequent The Good Farm or have yet to order,  you’re invited to take advantage of their “Locals Month” promotion by getting one free delivery during the month of June! Just order by 8pm on Tuesday for Friday delivery (Southampton to Montauk, Memorial Day thru September.)

TGFDlogoThe Good Farm Delivery, solely sourced from East End farms and artisans, was founded by Megan Schmidt, cookbook contributor, food stylist, local food advocate, passionate home cook, and mom. As a true believer in the benefits of locally-made food and products, Megan wondered how she could make eating locally in the Hamptons easy and convenient. After all, many seasonal residents are just figuring out Water Mill from Wainscott, let alone sourcing local food. The Good Farm Delivery has returned for its third season to curate, collect, package, and deliver the best local food right to your doorstep. No hassle, just real, good stuff.

081613So, get shopping! Use code ‘LOCAL2015’ at check-out on any order during the month of June for free delivery! All Good Farm clients receive 10% off any OHH Nutrition Package this season as well! The Good Farm and One Healthy Hamptons want you to get healthy, get local, and get cookin’!

One Healthy Breakdown: Bringing the farmers’ market right to your Hamptons door step! That’s GOOD!

 

 

First Annual Edible Business Conference

The new Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton presents the first annual Edible Business Conference June 5-7th, bringing together today’s leading thinkers in food business, media, and policy. The conference is organized around the interests and needs of people working at all links in the food chain—from farmers to foodtech startups, investors to next-wave food enthusiasts, policy makers to agribusiness executive.

BreadThe panels, presentations and other events at the conference are as much about economic development and successful business models as they are about the latest trends and techniques in delivering sustainable farm-to-table, healthy and delicious food and beverages. This inaugural event kicks off with a tasting at the Southampton campus on Friday night, featuring food and drink makers assembled by Edible East End magazine and entertainment by DJ Carlos Lama. Saturday’s agenda includes engaging discussions and presentations on food business, meat and seafood, and the alcohol industry, informative and unusual tastings, and a meal prepared by East End chefs. Sunday features a morning networking session as well as a discussion of socially-purposed food businesses.

Attendees will have access to affordable accommodations on campus, as well as guides to enjoying food and drink experiences around the conference. Tickets for the three-day conference are $259. For more information, visit thefoodlab.org or contact Kathleen.Russo@stonybrook.edu.

One Healthy Breakdown: if you’re in the food industry on the East End, you won’t want to miss this!

Meet Me at the Barre!

If you haven’t tried a barre class yet, now is the time and Pure Barre Southampton is the place to lift, tone, burn, and take advantage of PURE WELLNESS! Pure Barre has been OHH favorite ever since they opened in June, 2014, and now we’ve partnered up for 15% off Pure Barre classes AND OHH nutrition counseling so that YOU can stay fit and healthy all in one place!

OHHPBThat’s right, come to Pure Barre for classes and get 15% off a nutrition package with yours truly as well as 15% off your Pure Barre package too! That’s a PURE perfect combo for being your healthiest, happiest you! I myself have Pure Barre Southampton to thank for toning my arms for my wedding dress! I didn’t want all that pulsing to go to waste, so I practiced what I preach about healthy eating and self-care. If you want in on the PURE Wellness, just email kiley@onehealthyhamptons!

photo(191)Offering at least three classes a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year, this barre studio is here to stay. Conveniently located in Southampton village, Kaitlin, Leslie, and Patti, excitedly opened the studio to fill a void in fitness out East by bringing their favorite workout to their favorite place, all year round! Like-minded locals can appreciate their welcoming approach, reliable schedule, fun atmosphere, convenient location, and dependable full-body workout delivered in every class.

Pure Barre is the perfect mix of strength and stretch, fun and vigor. Unlike some other hot group-fitness classes sweeping the nation today, Pure Barre focuses on precise movements to strengthen muscles and the mind-body connection simultaneously. The low-impact moves can really be done anywhere, but the sequence of the Pure Barre method ensures a heightened sense of awareness and appreciation for this important connection. Concentrating on nothing but these movements allows guests to block out the chaos of life outside the door, creating a tranquil energy throughout the studio. The 55-minute workout targets all of those trouble zones head to toe, building long, lean muscles. While the technique stays consistent, the fun music and choreography sequence prohibit boredom and plateau. While you can always rely on that 90 second plank, working your booty ’til it hurts, and abs for days, the new routine keeps us coming back for more.

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The Southampton Pure Barre studio and great team of instructors are incredibly welcoming, so newbies should feel at ease and excited to tuck it out. The studio constantly offers great deals and promotions, so just ask before you pulse! Get ready to shake, tuck, sculpt, lift, tone, and burn every muscle group in your body. Come one, come all, meet me at the barre for the best toning and nutrition team in town! No more excuses, put yourself, your body, and your health first!

Visit Pure Barre at 5 Windmill Lane, Southampton, soon and check out Pure Barre Southampton on Facebook and instagram @purebarresouthampton and click here for more information about OHH’s private nutrition and wellness consulting.

One Healthy Breakdown: Meet me at the barre to LTB and chat nutrition!

Christopher’s Run 2014

Get ready, get set for the 7th annual Christopher’s Run!Logo_Final w-Number(1)The annual 5k run/walk, Chinese auction, and fun community gathering will take place on Saturday, June 7th. Christopher’s Run is always a great morning in Southampton, as The Christopher Lesta Fund rallies the community in celebration and remembrance of “the little man with the big smile,” Christopher Lesta.

Christopher was born with Hunter Syndrome, a rare and untreatable genetic disorder caused by the body’s inability to produce certain necessary enzymes. Christopher passed away in 2007 and June 2008 marked the First Annual Christopher’s 5K Run/Walk to remember Christopher Lesta. The 5k begins in Agawam Park in Southampton at 9:30am and takes participants through a beautiful tour of Southampton village. This year, the Christopher Lesta Foundation will also be hosting their Chinese Auction both at the race and on the following Saturday, June 14th, at the North Sea Community House. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University Medical Center. Donations will go toward helping the children and families on the Transplant Unit, which had a great impact during Christopher’s life. For more information about Christopher’s Run, click here and to register, click here.

One Healthy Breakdown: A win-win for all, support a local family’s cause, commemorate a special boy’s life, and get running!

Flourishing Through Food with Tapp Francke

It was 12:29pm when Tapp Francke (local registered nutrition counselor and founder of TappsTips.com) and I realized that our one-hour session had run a little longer than planned…by 29 minutes to be exact. I have a feeling I’m not the only one who can’t get enough of Tapp’s wealth of knowledge on all things food.

me with breakfast shakeSkilled artist and photographer, Tapp Francke’s journey into nutrition counseling began while pregnant with baby #1. Her desire to contain baby innocence lead to a search for “pure” baby products. After examining countless labels, (at the health food store, mind you) Tapp concluded that there weren’t any “pure” baby foods on the market that met her standards. As a loving first-time mother, she wasn’t about to feed her perfectly healthy baby something she wouldn’t even eat herself. And so her journey began with making her own baby food. When her baby grew, so did her curiosity and she went back to school to learn how to empower herself, her family, and others to flourish through food. Now, Tapp balances life as a nutritionist, artist, mom of two, wife, and chef for her clients and family. While she wears many hats daily, talking to Tapp is surprisingly calming, soothing, and totally intriguing (hence those extra 29 minutes.)

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My convo with Tapp kicked off with normal bodily functions. First things first – I gave a run-down of a typical day in my diet. Though I was expecting critiques throughout, Tapp’s response was instead: “and how are you feeling?” Life’s everyday processes, as Tapp states, are the “basis of health.” If your body is running smoothly, you’re probably fueling it right. If not, you’re probably not.

How refreshingly simple is that? Tapp’s mission is to spread awareness, most of all, that we should not put up with life as we know it. Most people live day-to-day feeling mediocure, blah, tired, sick, bloated, moody, in pain, etc. Instead of putting up with it, we can find out why we feel less than perfect and change! Tapp’s mission is simply to help people feel their best day after day. If we learn to fuel and heal our body naturally, like Tapp and her family do, we too can flourish through food.

In order to do so, it takes some “digging,” a process Tapp associates with the job of a detective. Once Tapp gathers all of the facts from a client about their diet and bodily processes, together, they follow the clues, eliminate the mysteries, and pinpoint the ‘culprit.’ There’s no better way to identify our sensitivities than to rid them from our diet and reintroduce them with awareness of results. Case closed.

As much as I learned from Tapp about nutrition, (a LOT) the most valuable lesson was a simple, yet profound, reminder of self-awareness. Awareness of how foods make us feel, awareness that we can feel better, awareness of the power of food, the quality of the foods we choose, ingredients in our fuel, and how they affect us individually. Education is huge. Research is huge. But nothing beats awareness.

Chatting with Tapp also gave me a renewed perspective (aka awareness) on why I do what I do. Even in a world of fast food, disease, obesity, malnutrition, overmedication, contradiction, and a food & drug administration built on money, not health, Tapp remains confident and hopeful as the minority. Although we can’t change the system from the top down, we can create change from the ground up through word of mouth and spreading awareness, individual to individual. Not only is it the goal of One Healthy Hamptons to spread health throughout the Hamptons, motivate and connect people, but also to encourage YOU to create small windows of change. Creating change throughout small groups and communities is what adds up to larger transformations. Together, we’re pretty powerful, huh?! What can you do? Be self-aware and spread the word of health. Tell someone you know about One Healthy Hamptons, try out Tapp’s nutritious recipes, or better yet, chat with her yourself – just email Tapp@tappstips.com to set up a consultation. Trust me, you’ll learn…a LOT!

One Healthy Breakdown: Thanks, Tapp, for being an amazing Hamptons resource and reminding me of these simple super powers. And thank YOU. If you’re reading this, you most likely care too and you will be part of a healthier future.