Healthy Holidays: Nails Au Natural

It’s the holiday season and we’re all aiming to stay healthy. It’s not just about the food we eat – what we put on your skin goes into our body as well. The same goes for what you put on your nails. Lately, there have been a number of articles circulating about the toxicity found in nail polish and I’ve done some research that’s worth sharing.

Red_nail_polish_in_applicationThere are various chemicals like toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor found inside standard nail polishes. These polishes can wreak havoc on your nervous, reproductive and endocrine systems. They have been linked to birth defects in babies, an increase in allergies, and the production of cancer causing agents.

Luckily, there are alternatives. There are polishes that are either 3-free, 4-free, or 5-free (of the above chemicals.) Personally, I opt for 5-free polish and acetone-free remover because I prefer to use as little chemicals in my everyday life as possible.

IMG_3256As a new mom, pre-school teacher, and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I am definitely more conscious of my health and well-being; what you put in your body daily effects the big picture. During pregnancy, I only used 5-free nail polish and that became my new normal. Here are a few of my favorite 5-free brands to seek out if you’re looking to go au natural with your nails as well:

  • RGB (my favorite because they also make a base and top coat and remover, so I can depend on the the consistency of their products)
  • Ella + Mila
  • Tenoverten
  • Uslu Airlines
  • Spa Ritual
  • Priti NYC

As for the holiday season in the Hamptons, I love going on walks and taking in the fresh air that smells like pine and firewood or cozying up by fire and drinking homemade dark chocolate hot chocolate! Here’s my go-to recipe:

Hannah’s Hot Chocolate: (makes 1 serving)

Heat one cup of almond milk on stove on low heat. Add 1/4-1/2 bar of dark chocolate (depending on desired taste – I prefer Nibmor’s 80% dark) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Stir until melted and enjoy! You can also add vanilla, peppermint, or other flavors of choice.

*Hannah Oehl Ruppel is a pre-school teacher and graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She loves to follow wellness and sustainable beauty, living her life as naturally as possible. She lives in NYC with her husband Tyler, her son William, and their dog Stella. She escapes the city to Shelter Island every summer and weekends, where her family has been going since she was little.

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? Good news! Recent nutrition research opts for whole food cleanses over fasting or juicing. We can avoid sipping our meals, depriving our bodies, and listening to our stomach growling while experiencing major FOMO on life. The Fab Fall Cleanse 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.

Healthy Child Healthy WORLD

photo 5When Healthy Child Healthy World hosts a luncheon in the Hamptons, I become a lady who lunches for sure. Healthy Child is a non-profit that brings companies and communities together for collective advocacy for a healthier, safer world for generations to come. Healthy Child Healthy World was founded by James and Nancy Chuda, who lost their daughter to cancer linked to pesticide exposure in utero, a tragedy that could have been prevented. Did you know that 60% of what is applied to our skin topically is absorbed in the bloodstream? Everything we breath and touch has an effect on our health as well as our kid’s health. Gigi Lee Chang, the CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, put it best: children make up 25% of our population and 100% of our future.

photo 4Sadly, this will be the first generation of kids not to live longer than their parents due to toxicity, obesity, and genetically engineered food. The mission to reverse this awful realization unites people all over the country. Today, I lunched with Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farms, Gigi Lee Chang of Healthy Child Healthy World, Tiffani Theissen, (yes, Saved by the Bell) and LOTS of fabulous and interesting women, all of whom share a genuine value for making the world a healthier place. Who can’t get behind that?

The day was beautiful and the setting was perfect. Of course, the food was delicious and nutritious: kale salad, red quinoa, black bean burgers, salmon, corn, and Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit for dessert. YUM. During lunch, we listened to an interesting panel discussion from Gary Hirshberg, Gregg Renfrew of Beautycounter, Robin Wilson of Healthy Space Interior Design, Dr. Richard Ash, The Ash Center, and Christina Anderson of Elizabeth Street. The point driven home is that we wrongly assume, as Americans, that when we shop, whether it’s at the grocery store, a high-end department store, pharmacy, or even farmer’s market, what we purchase is safe. From food to makeup, household cleaning products, sunscreen, clothing, etc. Unfortunately, our system is not built upon preventative healthcare, so our industry standards are sadly sub-par. Doctors are trained to fix health problems, not to prevent them. Until this changes, that’s where we come in.

While the mission of making the world a healthier, safer place, both today and in the future, seems totally overwhelming on a personal level, we can do our part. Gary Hirshberg was refreshingly insistent on making small changes. Collectively, this adds up. Don’t be overwhelmed if you can’t buy all organic foods, but do what you can. Buying organic is not only a step towards better health, it’s a step in the right direction for our progress as a nation. Each and every purchase made in the United States speaks volumes for our future. The things we choose to buy sends out the message that we prefer and support that product, that store, that brand. Buying organic, whole foods gives society a  ‘yes’ that what we want is healthy food. In turn, each time we buy fast or processed food, we’re sending out the message that we support our current food industry. While many argue, myself included, that the price of local, fresh, unprocessed food is expensive, in the long run, we are investing in our future. Eventually, enough “votes” for real food will lower pricing. Increased demand forces a bigger supply. Simply put, we vote with our wallet, so one thing you can do is to use your vote for good.

If we want to make the world a healthier, safer place, it’s time to start making small changes, taking baby steps. This all starts with education. We’ve got to educate ourselves because we can’t really trust our current food, medical, or pharmaceutical industries. We must continue to research for ourselves, because things are constantly changing and new information is released daily. If you want to learn something new today, check out Healthy Child Healthy World. If you feel strongly about demanding the labeling of genetically engineered foods, check out Gary Hirshberg’s movement JustLabelIt.org and sign the petition to let those running your state, and our country, that food labeling is important. What else can we do? One suggestion, something we can all easily do is to take our shoes off upon entering the house, our own home and others. 85% of pesticides found in the home are brought in on the bottoms of our shoes. Another was starting with a nylon, instead of vinyl, shower curtain, and replace household cleaners with natural products next time you run out. Basically, just start reading labels and be more aware of what you’re putting inside your home, and your body.

In fact, if you take action today, in some way, (whether it’s doing five minutes of research on the web, leaving those shoes at the door, purchasing organic produce, or just pledging to become more aware) you could win a Weleda Body Wash and Body Lotion Kit! Weleda’s products are certified 100% natural and the first ingredient is water. If you’d like this Weleda revitalizing kit, just let us know in a Facebook comment on One Healthy Hamptons’ Facebook page with one way you already or plan to make a small change towards a healthier world. All comments will be considered and winner will be picked Monday, August 26th at noon via Random.org.

photo(85)One Healthy Breakdown: The U.S. is one of the only developed countries that does not require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. That fact alone is enough to get educated today.