New Year Kick Start

Raise your hand if all that eating, drinking, and being merry took a little toll on you over the holidays. Ditto. Let’s move on and move up with this New Year Kick Start. We’re focusing on starting the year off feeling our absolute best…no juice cleanse included (you’re welcome!)

Your liver and kidneys constantly cleanse your body, so a typical juice/flush cleanse is just not necessary, healthy, or any fun at all! This kick start will “detox,” “cleanse,” and “reset;” however, instead of solely ridding the bad stuff, we’ll actually replace it with healthy goodness! Instead of focusing on deprivation, we’ll focus on fuel and fulfillment. Lets set precedents to make the next year (not just the next week) your healthiest, happiest yet!

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Although these tips are meant to be followed indefinitely, aim to be more strict this week, hence the term ‘kick start.’ With that said, everybody (and every body) is different, so do what works for you, your body, and your lifestyle.

  • Reduce your consumption of processed foods, fatty meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • Increase your consumption of fruits and veggies. Try to buy in-season and organic whenever possible, especially for the dirty dozen. Frozen organic produce is great too, as availability is limited in the winter and frozen produce maintains its nutrients.
  • Incorporate whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, and lean protein in moderation, but keep veggies the center of attention. For example, trade your taco or sandwich for a salad or use lettuce wraps instead of bread/tacos.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water, water, water (tea, kombucha, and sparkling water are good options too.) Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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  • Start each morning with lemon water to stimulate your cleansing organs, boost metabolism, and aid digestion.
  • Include some sauerkraut or kimchi in your diet for a healthy gut.
  • Eat breakfast every day. Your body will not efficiently burn food if your stomach is empty, so be sure to eat breakfast within about an hour of waking (click here for breakfast recipes.)
  • Aim to move your body for 30-60 minutes every day, weather it’s a morning run, group fitness class, afternoon walk, yoga session, strength training, etc. Just do something, preferably something that you enjoy. Your body and mind will thank you.
  • Have a green smoothie a day, preferably in the morning to optimize nutritional benefits.

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  • Keep things simple by making big salads and veggie-based soups to keep on hand.

Here’s a quick and easy Detox Soup Recipe: using a Vitamix or high-speed blender, combine 8 ounces of bone broth, (or veggie/chicken broth ) 1 zucchini, (raw) 1 handful of greens, (romaine, spinach, or kale) 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped scallions, 1 teaspoon basil, thyme, and other herbs of choice, 1/4 lemon, and 1/3 cup chickpeas. Heat mixture on stove and enjoy. Makes two servings.

  • If you find your sweet tooth ramping up, have fruit or tea. Low sugar fruits include grapefruit, berries, papaya, melon, and green apples. The fiber in fruit hinders sugar absorption, so don’t feel bad about eating a banana either! If you experience night cravings but are not physically hungry, brush your teeth and tell yourself that the kitchen is closed…until tomorrow. Just stepping out of the kitchen is sometimes enough to banish cravings and revert your mind.

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  • Tune in to your body’s cravings for warming, comforting winter eats. It only makes sense that our eating style should change with the seasons, just like the clothes that we wear.
  • Chew food slowly and eat consciously. Taking the time to tune in, chew each bite mindfully, and truly enjoy the pleasure that food brings fosters healthy digestion and satisfaction.
  • Why not take some time to clean out your fridge, pantry, and even closets? As you shop for replacements, keep foods, products, and cleaning products au natural.
  • Sleep a full eight hours as much as possible and make time for self-care and meditation. The way in which you treat your body and mind is just as important as the food you eat.

If you’d like more information about proper portions, reading labels, or a personalized meal plan, please email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com to set up a personalized nutrition & wellness consultation today. We’ll start working towards your personal goals together.

One Healthy Breakdown: “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas!” ~ anonymous

Bounce Back to Balance

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: life’s about balance. That means indulgence, moderation, and wiggle room. For some of us, fun-filled weekends may mean a little too much indulging and not enough moderation. Instead of that all-or-nothing, detox-to-retox-plan, get back on track in a balanced way with these simple ‘bounce back’ strategies (juice cleanse not included):

Bounce-Rate1. Get over it. Don’t beat yourself up. You can’t change the past. So, move on and look forward.

2. Drink UP. Alcohol, salty foods, and the hot sun will cause some serious dehydration. Make it a point to drink water around the clock, carry a water bottle with you everywhere, and spice it up. Rise and shine with lemon water or start your day with a detox drink and just keep sippin’.

3. Eat a lot, too. Stick to whole foods – lots of leafy greens and veggies, fresh fruit, lean protein, and portioned healthy fats. Raw fruits and veggies reset the digestive system and provide the body with tons of nutrients and energy to keep you going. Season foods with herbs and spices; ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, dill, cinnamon, and cumin naturally detox with flavor.

4. Move. Exercise will make you feel renewed from the inside out. Not only will you torch calories and burn off those indulgences, sweating also flushes toxins. Hit up a class, head out for a run, or do an at-home workout to get the heart pumping.

5. Rest. Get some R&R to rejuvenate the mind and body. Remember, ya snooze, ya lose!

One Healthy Breakdown: keep these tips in mind this week and you’ll be back on track in no time.

Get Ready for an Antigua Adventure!

HUGE, bigger than BIG, super EXCITING news to share! You’re invited…IMG_0051Along with Jenna Raynell (left) and Erica Velasquez (center) of Wolffer’s Yoga in the Vines, we’ve been eagerly planning a week-long, uber-luxurious escape to…ANTIGUA…for…YOU!

Antigua-RainbowWe’re bringing home away from home and escaping another NY winter for a week of sunshine, beauty, yoga bliss, and island adventure…and we’re pretty pumped about it!IMG_0064So, mark your calendar for January 31st – February 7th, 2016 and get ready to kick next year off with intention, warmth, and an experience you’ll never forget! Click here for all of the details.

Here’s a sneak peak of what you can expect during the Antigua Adventure Yoga Retreat:

  • Deluxe private villa with two private pools, tropical garden, and walking distance to Pigeon Beach and Falmouth Marina (beach, shops, restaurants, supermarket, bars, etc.)
  • Two yoga classes daily, custom workshops, rooftop & sunset yoga, and private yoga with hands-on assists and massage
  • Intention and self-exploration exercises
  • Nutrition workshops and private consultations with yours truly
  • Wolffer Estate Vineyard Wine Tasting Class
  • Traditional Antiguan craft workshops
  • Guided scenic hikes, beach runs and walks
  • Mermaid pools, swimming, and snorkeling
  • Plenty of time for R&R
  • Optional zip lining tour
  • Optional paddle boarding
  • Tons of adventure
  • Daily healthy homemade breakfasts and lunch & dinner outings at local hot spots
  • Professional digital photography service
  • Wifi connection
  • Maid service
  • Lots of individual attention, group bonding, and good old fun in the sun!

IMG_0070We can’t wait to dive in…to our private swimming pools and the gorgeous Antiguan waters!

c8Check out all of the details, schedule/Q&A, and reservation instructions and book ASAP for early bird pricing, as there are only six exclusive spots available! See you in Antigua!

IMG_0034One Healthy Breakdown: Live adventurously. Listen carefully. Love passionately. Go fearlessly…Antigua Adventure 2016, baby!!

*Photos by Kate Petrone Photography

 

Reflecting on Hamptons Wellness Week

The beauty of Hamptons Wellness Week is that there are no rules, little direction, and endless possibilities. When we first created Hamptons Wellness Week, the concept immediately grew beyond just free fitness classes. It’s about connecting, growing, and thriving. It’s about creating a balance between old and new, challenging and rejuvenating, and balancing goodness for the mind, body, and soul.

Vintage Balance ScaleIn reflecting on my own experiences during Hamptons Wellness Week, I only wish that I had had the time and energy to try EVERYTHING! Here are a few of my summer Wellness Week highlights:

I spent Sunday at the Southampton Farmer’s Market meeting and greeting (and eating fresh local goods!) and was lucky enough to catch a Pure Barre class right across the street. I walked in feeling great and walked out feeling extraordinary, flexible, and fit. Is the goal of Wellness Week to diet and detox all week? Heck, no! But a week full of wellness sure does make us more in-tune with how we fuel our bodies. The more energy-packed foods we eat, the more energy we have to move. Kicking the week off right set me up for better balance all around.

photo 2Monday morning came along and I was so excited to step out of my comfort zone and onto the beach for Jimmy Mindardi’s Beach Workout. After hearing about Jimmy for years, I couldn’t wait to get started…and then I couldn’t wait to get finished…! Holy heart-rate, Batman! It was a morning to remember, that’s for sure. If you’re looking for a full body challenge, cardio BLAST, raw outdoor workout, (and have some $ to spend) Jimmy’s your guy. Tell him “Killer” sent you.

photo(185)Just a beach, some cones, some flags, and about 10 of the most in-shape women I’ve ever met in my entire life. Needless to say that Tuesday I woke up sore as ever. But I had things to do and people to see, so I headed to Hampton Bays to MARVILfit and I’m glad I did. I pedaled through the pain with Marisella and her gang. If you’re going to try something new and you have a feeling you’ll be meeting some inspiring people, it’s worth the drive and the sore muscles, trust me. Get back on the bike…always get back on the bike!

And so I did. When I walked onto the treadmill at Barry’s Bootcamp on Wednesday morning, I wondered if my legs may just fall right off. They did not, thankfully…and as soon as class wrapped up, that post-Barry’s high was well worth every minute, incline, and lift..and later came some stretching, lots and lots of stretching.

10561595_1529730033922088_4665748599437855778_nBy Thursday, my body had just about had it, it was time I “take care of what I’ve got.” I decided to balance out the physical exhaustion with some much-needed spiritual goodness. The day started with yoga, ended with yoga, and included nothing but R&R in between. Thank goodness for Time to Breathe Zen in Southampton! I enjoyed a private yoga session with Kristina, who is not only one delightful yogi, but also incredibly skilled, graceful, welcoming, and clearly intuitive as this is how we wrapped up:

photo 5Pure bliss. After our yoga session, I moved right along to some reflexology and meditation. I sunk into the cozy chair and into my own little world. Utilizing the wide variety of guided meditations on the personal tablet during my reflexology treatment, I was definitely breathing nothing but zen. What’s better than personalized yoga, reflexology, and meditation? How about following it all up with a manicure and pedicure for 50% off?! Yes, please!

photo 2Thanks to Flying Point Nail Spa for putting the icing on cake of my afternoon of pampering! Just thinking about it makes me excited for the next Wellness Week! After all, where and when can you get utterly pampered and super fit all in the same week, at HUGE discounts?! Oh I love me some Hamptons Wellness Week!

Sporting newly primped nails and full of zen, I headed to Wolffer for some Sunset Salutations.

photo 3Along with many other Wellness Week warriors in the vines, we didn’t want to leave!

photo 4So we stayed. If that doesn’t say “job satisfaction,” I don’t know what does! Just an hour of Yoga in the Vines can turn anyone into a yogi, it’s really just that good. Talk about a day of R&R!

Friday morning started with a green smoothie and some Dance Cardio at Elements Fitness Studio. The weekend couldn’t have kicked off any better! This class is the perfect combination of cardio, core, strength, sculpt, and choreographed fun, head to toe! It just may be impossible to get bored of this fast-moving class and I can’t wait to head back for more!

photo 1Last but definitely not least, it was time to ditch the yoga pants and celebrate an amazing week at the Old Stove Pub for our “Wellness Wing-Ding” (smiling here with Kim of Hamptons Health Concierge and Emily of AKT in Motion, two fabulous HWW providers.)photo 5 With the sun shining, drinks flowing, live music playing, healthy apps passing, plates breaking, (opa!) and Hamptons Wellness Week rockstars all in one place, a good time was had by all. Greeks know how to throw a party that’s for sure!

2014-07-18 18.41.01(1)The perfect way to wrap up a perfect week! Ok, enough of me, what about YOU?! Regardless of how you chose to spend your Wellness Week, if you put yourself first, tried something new, went outside of your comfort zone, spoiled yourself, and felt better, healthier, more balanced, GO YOU! You succeeded at Hamptons Wellness Week! Where and how did you spend your week? What did you try? Who did you meet? How did you challenge yourself? Where did you pamper yourself? What was your favorite part? Least favorite? We want to know! Email kiley@hamptonswellnessweek.com and/or anastasia@hamptonswellnessweek.com with your thoughts, highlights, questions, and suggestions! We can’t wait to plan the next Wellness Week this JANUARY (mark your calendar!) and your input means a LOT to us as we embark on our second year!

photo 3Most of all, we can’t thank YOU enough, participants, providers, trainers, instructors, sponsors, and supporters! It’s YOU who makes this event so amazing, so keep up the good work! Be sure to follow Hamptons Wellness Week on Facebook and Twitter for exciting updates and stay well!

One Healthy Hamptons: Happy Hamptons Wellness Week to all and to all, a great SUMMER!

July Hamptons Wellness Week Countdown!

The third and HOTTEST Hamptons Wellness Week is just days away and we’re counting down the minutes to the BEST week of the summer! Get your ticket before they sell out!

hamptonswellnessweek_300x250_070214(1)THIS is the ONE week all summer that you can put everyone and everything aside, put yourself first, and take advantage of outrageously HOT deals at over 50 local businesses! This is the week of endless possibilities! July 13th-20th showcases everything wellness under the sun from boutique fitness to holistic healing, spa services to stroller strides, pampering to prevention, hydrotherapy to hypnotherapy, water sports galore, and tons more! Who’s bored of their fitness routine and ready to try some new classes? Who’s been dying to try standup paddleboarding or surfing? Whether you want a quick mani/pedi or you’re ready to see a holistic doctor, this is the week to give it (ALL!) a go for pennies!

surfing 001Tickets are selling fast which means folks are reserving their spots in classes and booking their appointments and getting ready to attend the “Wellness Wingd-ing” celebration at the Old Stove Pub (ALL included in the price of ONE ticket!) so don’t wait! Take advantage of 8 complimentary fitness classes and UNLIMITED 50% off discounts throughout Hamptons Wellness Week for a one-time fee of $45!

Masseuse Massaging Young Man Lying on Table Closed EyesYes, it’s true…and it gets better! Proceeds benefit the Wing it Project for global education. Together, we can make a difference by funding education for children who are not otherwise granted the privilege of schooling. Hamptons Wellness Week is all about empowering ourselves to be healthier while empowering children to better the world. So hop on board today to connect with like-minded people, experts, and businesses in and around the Hamptons community in the most relaxed and fun way! Click here to see the full list of offers and click here to buy your ticket!

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Purchase your ticket at Sean’s Place in Southampton, Montauk Juice Factory in Montauk, or Simply Sublime in East Hampton to get your Hamptons Wellness Week ticket and get 50% off a juice or smoothie too! Does it get any better than that?!

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OR head to LURK Beauty in Sag Harbor (across from the post office) to claim your ticket and get 10% off your health and beauty purchase!

One Healthy Breakdown: Buy ticket —> get a juice —-> reserve classes —> book spa/wellness appointments —> help the Wing it Project —> attend cocktail party —> do good —> feel better!

Friday Faves!

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FIRST FRIDAY FAVES! Every Friday, I’ll be sharing my current faves – workouts, snacks, books, products, apps, recipes, clothes, hot spots, you name it. If I love it, I share it!

This week’s Friday Faves:

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  • At home YouTube yoga sessions
  • Cinnamon Apple car air fresheners (and pretty much anything cinnamon apple!)
  • Fruits and veggies for breakfast (whether it’s a green smoothie, fruit in my oatmeal, zoats, or pumpkin pancakes, it’s good to get it in first thing!)
  • Daily Affirm app (free short quotes, super powerful)
  • Heidi’s Hair Ties (as bracelets)
  • French manicures (classic)
  • French manicures + engagement rings!
  • Free weights

One Healthy Hamptons: a few of my favorite things, including Fridays!

Beat The Mondays

Ever have a serious case of “The Mondays?” The average person doesn’t smile once until after 11:16am on Monday due to those “Monday Blues,” that’s not cool! Here are some tips to get you smiling early, bust “The Mondays,” and make it through the week happy and healthy!

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  • Get enough sleep. Snooze an extra 10 minutes if you can, it’s Monday and you deserve it.
  • Take 10 deep breaths to relax your mind and body a little.
  • Think of how lucky you are to have a great job or beautiful family, whatever it is you do, feel good about it.
  • SMILE. And even laugh a little.
  • Get to the gym, the earlier the better. Working out boosts mood instantly.
  • Listen to good music on the way to work.
  • Eat an enjoyable, fueling breakfast and pack or make time for a satisfying lunch.
  • Do a good deed for a coworker or friend, and then feel good about it.
  • Wear something new or really comfy, something you love, on Mondays.
  • Get some fresh air.
  • Go for a walk outside – this will get you moving and get your vitamin D in!
  • Start a new book or DVR a show and save it for Monday evening to give you something to look forward to.
  • Call an old friend to catch up tonight.
  • Do something after work every Monday, like take a bath, get a pedicure, or take a class you love.

One Healthy Breakdown: Beat those Mondays all the way to Friday!