Coconut Oil is Your Friend

I’ve been turning to coconut oil for everything lately. From after-sun to conditioner, toothpaste to tasty recipes, and everything in between, its superpowers are endless! Look for unrefined, organic, virgin, and raw to maximize benefits.

Half Coconut and Flower on Bamboo Mat --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

  • Hand lotion
  • Chap stick/lip balm (BEST healer of chapped lips, works instantly!)
  • After sun lotion
  • Hair conditioner/mask (melt with heat, apply to wet or dry hair. If dry, let sit for a few hours and wash out in shower)
  • Sweet potato topper
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Eye cream (rub around/under eyes)
  • Baking and/or sautéing oil
  • Face lotion (rub on dry skin – only dry areas NOT entire face, it is oil!)
  • Defrizz (rub small amount in hands and apply to top of hair to stop frizz)
  • Body scrub (combine with sea salt, sugar, or ground coffee beans to exfoliate)
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Eczema treatment (rub on inflamed areas)
  • Popcorn topper (better than butter!)
  • Massage oil (just melt a little)
  • Moisturizer (apply to body after shower)
  • Diaper cream
  • Cuticle healer (softens and fights bacteria)
  • Foot cream
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Digestive aid

One Healthy Breakdown: talk about a super food!

Happy Feet, Happy Me

Are your feet happy feet? They can be if you have 60 minutes! Happy Feet, the Hamptons new gem, offers not only reflexology, facials, and massage, but also a completely unique and cultural escape miles and miles from life as we know it. Happy Feet allows for an instant 60 minute ‘getaway’ right in the middle of Sag Harbor.

Bare Feet on Sand

Although I’m new to reflexology, I know a good massage when I feel one. Reflexology is an ancient Chinese massage treatment based upon the notion that areas on the feet correspond to areas of the whole body, and by stimulating these with pressure, one can improve health and reduce tension through one’s qi (energy.) As one with a rather ‘tightly wound’ qi, (both physically and mentally) there’s nothing better than the combination of mental relaxation and physical release.

Happy Feet shut my mind off in a matter of minutes and I began to feel the first signs of bliss. Feeling ultra-comfy in the huge leather chair, I was ready to embrace the next hour, which began with sampling the fresh tea/juice deliciousness by my side as I sank my feet into the trough of warm water and rose petals below.

The reflexologist then began to rub my hands and arms, massaging each finger one by one, and pushing pressure points in my wrists. I felt my body continue to loosen up and my feet were definitely all warmed up and ready to get their happy on. From knees to toes, every little part was massaged, patted, rubbed, pounded, and given proper attention. Pressure points I didn’t even know existed were uncovered. I felt the connection between points on my feet and other parts of the body, a push here caused a pinch there.

The worst part about Happy Feet was that the hour flew by super fast, but I loved every single second of it…well maybe not the last few seconds. The rub ends with hot stones, which, ouch (!) definitely woke me up, but ended up to be one of those things that ‘hurt so good.’ Case in point, Happy Feet makes ya happy.

And the best part, you’d think an hour at Happy Feet in the Hamptons would typically cost an arm, a leg, and a month’s salary, right? Nope, not even close! Happy Feet is smart and totally reasonable – $35 for the hour and worth every single last cent.

Thanks, Happy Feet, my feet have let me know that we will be seeing you again real soon!

One Healthy Breakdown: Happy Feet induces head-to-toe happiness, inside and out!