One Healthy Young Entrepreneur

Introducing the dynamic sibling duo behind Fair Harbor Clothing, Caroline and Jake Danehy. Inspired by the beaches of Fire Island, these two created their line of boardshorts out of none other but recycled plastic bottles. Inspired by their favorite local beaches, (and the greater good of our planet) these two are recycling wellness in a whole new way. Here’s their story…

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  1. Tell us about yourself and how life as you know it came to be.

Growing up in Westchester, NY, my family and I were fortunate enough to be an hour away from Fair Harbor, Fire Island – so naturally, our summers were spent on the beach. There are only a few rules of the island: no cars, no shoes, and hardly any clothing (just a bathing suit, of course). As we grew up, and our schedules became busier with sports, school, and other chaos, our trips out to the island became fewer, but our memories never faded. Fire Island was, and will always be, my “happy place”. However, over the years, we have started to notice more and more plastic waste appearing on the shores and in the ocean, and it really bothered me.

I will be a Sophomore at Colgate University this fall and my brother, Jake, just graduated from Colgate in May. As a Geography major, Jake learned a lot about resource allocation and overconsumption, and called me in spring of  ’14 with an idea that he had to make a product that is both consumer and environmentally friendly. With our generation becoming more eco-conscious, we feel we have a responsibility to make a difference in the way people approach consumerism – and what better way to do it than by turning plastic bottles into boardshorts, connecting it with our childhood summers spent out in Fair Harbor. Within a few months Fair Harbor Clothing was born. While it definitely isn’t a glamorous process, we are very proud of how far we have come today.

In March 2016, we launched our second line, including seven new boardshort styles and five new shirts. Each of our boardshorts directly recycles 11 plastic bottles and all of our shirts are made form 100% organic cotton.

FH@This whole adventure with Fair Harbor has been an incredible learning experience for us, and I feel so grateful to be a part of it. Wellness has always been a passion of my ours, so by the nature of our healthy lifestyle, those ideals have seamlessly become embedded into our brand. For example, this upcoming weekend we will be selling Fair Harbor at the Nantucket Yoga Festival!

2. What’s something you overcame and how?

I always dreamed about playing college lacrosse since I was a little girl, however, my body had other plans for me; I started to develop chronic stress fractures in both of my shins in 8th grade. During the summer going into my junior year of high school I was diagnosed with my 6th set of stress fractures and had to hang up my cleats for good. Lacrosse had been a part of my identity since I was 5 and all of a sudden it was gone. However, over time I started to realize that where one door closes another opens. Since I couldn’t do any activity that required running – or fast walking for that matter – and I started practicing yoga. Slowly, I began to develop a deep passion for it. I became more aware of my body and my confidence started coming back. I believe feeling confident starts from within and then radiates outward, and I found that yoga was the perfect environment for me to work on my inner self, while still exercising my body in a way that didn’t harm it.

Since then I have wanted to get my yoga certification, and this spring, I realized that there was no time like the present. I found a yoga studio about 10 minutes away with a summer teacher training and signed up for it. I started my training in May and it has been one of the most amazing, liberating and self-confidence building experiences I have had. One of the most incredible aspects of my training so far is realizing how much power we have over our thoughts, our bodies, and our energy.

3. What is your favorite recipe? workout? Favorite weekend activity? Favorite part of the business?

I try to practice moderation on a daily basis, something I believe that is key to a healthy lifestyle; which includes everything from the food I nourish my body with to how I move. Cooking is one of my favorite activities, and I love spending time in the kitchen with my mom preparing meals. That being said, when I was seven my family and I took a trip out to Jackson Hole, WY, where I quickly became conscious that the meat that I was eating was once living. While I wanted to be a vegetarian, my parents needed to make sure that I ate enough protein since I was so young, so I agreed to eat chicken and fish. Over the years I have dedicated a lot of time toward food, and learning about nutrition; I think it’s incredibly interesting. I have so many foods/recipes that I love– such such as spaghetti squash with chicken meatballs, salmon & lentils, and of course blueberry pancakes because who doesn’t?!

My favorite workout is a really great core yoga class and a long walk with my mom, sister and dog on a beautiful sunny day. I try to get outside as much as I can and move – especially in the summer!

My favorite part of Fair Harbor is definitely working with my brother on something that we both are so dedicated to. We have spent countless hours working on it together and it is incredible to see all of the progress that we have made.

4. As young entrepreneurs, business owners, students, and part of the Hamptons (Fire Island) community, etc. how do you maintain balance in your life?

Scheduling is key to balance because it helps me keep track of my daily responsibilities. Without it, I tend to get overwhelmed. However, since Jake and I are so passionate about the work that we are doing most of the time it doesn’t feel like “work”.

5. Any great healthy/balance tips for other busy folks?

Moderation and mapping out my upcoming week are two lifestyle tips that really help me. Fair Harbor and my yoga certification definitely consume a lot of my time this summer, so finding time to relax is hard sometimes but definitely necessary!

6. What food items do you always have?

My favorite breakfast lately has been an omelet (one whole egg, two egg whites), sautéed onions, spinach, peppers – topped with fresh salsa and hot sauce. Other food items I always have are: green tea and peanut butter Think Thin bars (they taste like Snickers!).

7. What is your favorite indulgence? (can be edible or not)

My favorite indulgence is being at the beach reading a really good book.

8. How do you make health a priority in your home/life?

I believe that we have complete control over our health and how we treat our bodies – a concept that is so powerful, yet most people take for granted. Therefore, how we nourish, rest and move our bodies is extremely important, so I always make my health a priority. Sleep is also a key part of my wellness routine. I know that when I am tired I don’t function as well – trust me, ask my brother!

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9. What is your FAVORITE thing about the Fire Island? Favorite place? Favorite memory?

Remarkably, no matter how much time passes, Fire Island always remains the same. I have countless childhood memories taking outdoor showers, jumping off the lifeguard stand and early morning fishing adventures. Almost every morning, we would all go down to the dock around 7 am, before most people were awake, and fish for snapper with bamboo poles. After fishing, we took the fish back to the house and made snapper and eggs. These were the simple joys of living on the island for the summer – something that makes me smile every time I think back to those days. With each decision that we make with Fair Harbor, we think back to our childhood memories, in effort to recreate the lifestyle with our brand.

One Healthy Breakdown: You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.

One Healthy Educator

Introducing Tara Daniels, wonder woman with a brilliant way of combining her expertise in Early Childhood Education with her passion for fitness to create innovative strides (literally.) Read all about how Tara’s company Kiddie Fit is changing the world, one little classroom at a time!

image1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did ‘life as you know it’ come to be?

I am an East Quogue resident and a mother of a wonderful seven year old boy, Cooper. I’ve always had a passion for health and wellness. There is nothing more rewarding than a kick-ass workout and a happy, healthy child to come home to. Having worked in the early childhood field for 20 years, as a teacher, then working my way towards administrator, I always had a strong belief that the playground should be used as an extension of the classroom for physical fitness. My desire to incorporate this belief into the daycare/pre-k world was a challenge. I always went for a short run during my lunch break to clear my mind. Soon enough, others teachers wanted to join me, which prompted me to start a running clinic for teachers during lunch (we invested in lots of baby wipes and baby powder! 😉 It didn’t take long for my coworkers to realize how energized and alert they felt upon their return to the classroom. I then encouraged them to channel that exact feeling towards the children in their class, to have them move with a purpose. This paved the way for Kiddie Fit, which combines both of my passions – a true dream. I believe that introducing young children to various physical activities provides a foundation for them to identify activities that they can enjoy for a lifetime. My goal is to teach young children how much fun excercise can be and lead them to teach or encourage others to be physically active as well; it’s never too early to start living a healthy lifestyle!

image_22. What’s something you overcame in your life and how?

Wow, this one is hard to believe, but I overcame my fear of public speaking!  I have to say I took my father’s advice and whenever I needed to speak in front of a large group, I would start with a joke and picture everyone in their underwear! (Can I say that?) It really worked, and of course, finding my inner strength and confidence helped too! Although parent meetings was not the easiest thing to do, believing in myself caused that aha-moment. When you change your frame of mind and maintain the confidence, anything is possible!

3. What is your favorite food? recipe? workout? weekend activity?

I love, love fresh veggies and Ahi Tuna, but I will never pass on a corner slice of grandma pizza and a glass of red wine! I live for summer months when fresh fruit and veggies are right at our fingertips. My favorite refreshing recipe is watermelon, feta cheese, and fresh mint leaves. Being that I am a certified spin instructor, I will say spinning is my favorite workout. When I am not teaching Kiddie Fit or spin classes at Sportime, my weekends are spent with my son and my amazing boyfriend, Ryan. We bike ride, jog in the neighborhood, walk on the beach, collecting shell and beach glass, and any other fun idea a seven year-old boy may come up with! We even turned our house into an obstacle course during this crazy winter!!!

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Photo: Tara and her son, Cooper, and boyfriend, Ryan, enjoying a limo ride and beach walk on Christmas Eve thanks to Santa!

4. As a woman, business owner, mom, member of the Hamptons community, etc. how do you maintain balance in your life?

I believe that a balanced life is a healthy life. I like to keep an open mind with complete confidence. It is not as easy as it sounds; we all have those moments when life tries to drag you down. In those cases, I always make “me time” for self-reflection.

5. Any great healthy/balance tips for other busy women?

Find something that you enjoy doing, something that makes you say “wow, that was awesome!” Be active, be consistent, and most importantly, have fun with it! Taking time for yourself to pursue your passions, doing things you enjoy, and relaxing will make you happier and healthier!

6. What food items do you always have on hand?

The one food item I always have on hand are my Green Magic, Mamma Chia squeeze..This little pouch provides me with a refreshing little treat and are packed with essential Omega-3s, protein, and fiber. It’s a great way to kick start my work out!

7. What is your favorite indulgence?

My favorite indulgence, well…I have three. We already know about the corner slice of grandma pizza and red wine…my third is dark chocolate. While I would never deprive myself of these favorites, I know that moderation is key to maintaining a healthy diet.

8. How do you make health a priority in your home/life/family?

We’re a pretty active family. My son loves to watch me teach spin and cannot wait until he can take a class! Whether it’s Sportime, Kiddie Fit, or spin class, our bike rides, walks, or little jogs, exercise really is just a part of our everyday life. When it becomes routine, it becomes part of you and you don’t even have to think about it, just do it.

9. What is your FAVORITE thing about the Hamptons?

My favorite thing about living in the Hamptons is definitely the beaches! We really live in an area filled with such beauty – coastal living at its best! Each town has amazing restaurants and that small community vibe I love!

One Healthy Breakdown: Don’t look for happiness, create it! Life is full of choices, do what makes you happy!

*One Healthy Hamptons is proud to partner with KiddieFit for a pre-k program at Sportime this fall, we’ll keep you posted on details soon!

One Healthy Mud Runner

Introducing Candace Couper, a childhood friend of mine through horseback riding. When Candace’s posts about paleo recipes and mud runs appeared on my Facebook feed, I couldn’t wait to hear more about her transformation. I could feel Candace’s inspirational energy through her words, enjoy!

10353566_10202324567615865_2086178525415640473_n1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did ‘life as you know it’ come to be? How did you get into your profession? How did you get into mud runs?

I’m Candace. I’m from Boston and I currently live in Denver, CO with my awesome dog, Bruin. I came out to Denver for undergrad then ended up staying for graduate school and have been unable to leave.

I grew up horseback riding and have always loved animals. I got into social work during a high school internship. I originally chose the internship because the woman I wanted to work with was a massage therapist (and that’s what I wanted to do at the time) who also worked full time as a behavior counselor at a middle school for high-risk youth. After accompanying her to the middle school daily, I became passionate about helping at-risk youth. I decided to get my masters degree in social work when I learned about University of Denver’s animal-assisted therapy program. I thought it would be a great opportunity to combine my love of animals with my passion for helping people (and it was!)

I got into mud runs in May of 2013. I had done a few fun runs and 5ks previously and decided – on a whim – to enter the Rugged Maniac. I thought it would be a fun way to keep myself motivated. I thought I was in pretty good shape as I was running quite a few miles several times a week and riding at the time. However, Rugged Maniac kicked my butt. I was so sore afterwards that I couldn’t move for a week and was covered in bruises. Then, I happened to see a deal at Fitness Together (a personal training studio) for introductory sessions and I decided to go for it. I haven’t looked back since! This was the start of a complete lifestyle change for me. I’ve learned so much about exercise, nutrition and all around being healthy. I’ve lost quite a bit (weight, body fat, bad habits, etc.) but have gained so much more (strength, empowerment, courage, self-confidence, and more!) I’ve since participated in eight fun/mud/obstacle runs including the Tough Mudder!

9201924_race_0.5178423625966894.display2. Is there any overlap in your profession and your values for health, wellness, and challenging yourself? Do you ever combine the two? In what ways?

Yes! I’m currently working for an after school program focused on movement, nutrition, and mindfulness, which overlap quite a bit with my own core values. Within the social work profession, I am personally very interested in alternative therapies. I’ve utilized equine-assisted therapy, community agriculture, and food justice work with at-risk youth. In the future, I hope to combine my passion for health with my profession by using fitness as a form of an alternative therapy. It’s one of the best methods out there!

3. What is your favorite workout? Favorite weekend activity?

I go back and forth; I was doing a ton of HIIT, (high intensity interval training) which is great for cardio and strength in one and utilizes very little equipment. While HIIT is a very effective workout, I recently switched back to strength/weight training. My original goal when I first joined the gym, and committed to changing my lifestyle, was to get stronger, which is one of the many benefits of weight training. My favorite weight training exercises are squats and deadlifts. I love the feeling I get after a hard weight training session – I feel accomplished, strong and confident.

My favorite weekend activities are hiking and walking my dog. There are so many great hiking areas close to Denver. This past summer, I spent most of my weekends training and doing Mud Runs, including the Manitou Incline and hiking my first 14er (we actually did two/three in one day!).

4. As a young woman, hard worker, and athlete, how do you maintain balance in your life?

Balance has been one of the hardest aspects for me, especially while I was still in school. However, I’m a firm believer that if something matters to you, then you can make some time for it…even if it means going to the gym at 6am on a Saturday. Combining multiple aspects of my life is another great way I’ve found balance. For example, when my family came out for my graduation, I convinced some of my family members to do a mud run with me which was super fun!

5. Any great healthy/balance tips for other young woman?

Keep it interesting and find what you like! This applies to everything – fitness, nutrition, work, and your personal life. If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing or if you’re bored, you’ll become miserable and less likely to stick with it. Figure out what works for you, (I like working out with a trainer and prefer to work out by myself. Some people work better when they have the support of a buddy or group classes) do it for yourself no one else, keep healthy snacks on hand, (I keep a bag of washed baby carrots in the door of my fridge so even if I’m mindlessly snacking, I am more likely to grab something healthy.) and be patient – with the process and with yourself.

6. What food items do you always keep in your house?

There are so many food items I always have in my apartment – being prepared makes cooking and eating healthy meals so much easier. I always have a wide variety of fresh and frozen produce (frozen is great for emergencies and frozen fruit is one of my favorite desserts.) I always have some sort of precooked protein on hand for nights when I don’t feel like cooking or I’m short on time. Other things I always have are eggs, chicken, nuts, and homemade snacks.

10629590_10202906037232242_5330012433469019646_n7. What is your favorite indulgence?

I’m a huge chocolate hoarder, especially when it comes to dark chocolate.

8. How do you make health a priority in your life?

Being healthy is somewhat of a new priority for me. At first, it was really difficult to stick with it, but I’ve discovered that being healthy really is a lifestyle. Meal prepping has been a huge help when it comes to eating healthy. In terms of fitness, thankfully, I live in a great place that emphasizes living an active lifestyle and a lot of my friends enjoy being active as well. That makes it easier and more enjoyable to make health my priority.

9. What is your FAVORITE thing about mud runs?

There are so many things about mud runs that I love. I love the physical and mental challenge. One of my favorite aspects, though, has to be the camaraderie. Every mud run I’ve done has focused on helping out fellow participants; there is always someone to lend a hand if you need it whether it be a fellow participant or a volunteer. Participants at mud runs tend to be so supportive and encouraging of one another, which lends to an amazing environment.

10. One Healthy Breakdown: Candace is one tough mudder we can all learn from! Whatever we’re working through in our lives, put health and yourself first!

One Healthy Heath Coach

Meet Marc Mouhadeb; health coach, entrepeneur, and self-transformed athlete who looks forward to a cold beer on a hot Hamptons day. Great read, awesome advice, the real deal!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did ‘life as you know it’ come to be? (career, family, location, etc.) How/why did you start City Health Coach and what do you like best about it? What’s the overlap between your career and your value for health, fitness, and wellness?

Marc5I grew up in a Jewish-Lebanese household full of love and lots of Mideastern food. I was relatively active, but by no means was I healthy. I loved Shawarma, falafel, and stuffed grape leaves.

In my early 20’s, my dad was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and all everyone ever said was that it was hereditary. I was scared shitless! Am I next? Is this written in my book of health? I did a whole bunch of research and came to realize that Type 2 Diabetes is not only preventable and treatable with proper nutrition, but it’s actually reversible! And so my journey began into the realm of health. I became a Certified Health Coach and delved into the teachings of Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. Neal Barnard who both advocate a plant-based, Nutritarian way of eating. Simply put, a Nutritarian diet bases food choices on maximizing the micronutrients per calorie (term coined by Dr. Fuhrman.)

Simultaneously, in 2011, my good friend invited me to join him on a training run before his first half-marathon. I repeatedly told him to play a real sport like basketball or football. After a month of him asking me, I finally obliged and decided to lace up my sneakers and go running…I couldn’t make it a mile. I was so embarrassed that I decided then that I needed to start running. Three years later, I’ve logged hundreds of miles, a few marathons, a 50 mile ultra-marathon, and a few triathlons.

See, I am one of you. Just a guy trying to make it in this hectic world. I grew up in Brooklyn and now live in NYC and love summer in the Hamptons. I read a book called The China Study, which I highly recommend, and decided to explore the plant-based way of eating. The combination of following a Nutritarian lifestyle and running has transformed my health and my life.

With my health and fitness now in check, I decided to share what I know with the world and help people overcome many issues including weight loss, cholesterol issues, and diabetes. I realized that giving people a diet rarely works. Telling them they are going to die if they eat that burger will also be ineffective as people need something tangible to grasp and small targets to reach.

And then it hit me: charge people obnoxious amounts of money (something tangible) and when they hit their goals and targets, they get it all back. The next time one of my clients reaches for a burger, it’s not death they are worried about, it will be losing $10,000. Mean, I know…but it works. And so City Health Coach was created and after two years, every single one of my clients got all of their money back. It’s a good thing I have a full-time job as well!

People always ask me how do I make a living when I give my clients all of their money back? It’s simple: I don’t. I do this because I love helping people transform their lives. I have a full-time job which pays the bills and gives me the luxury to do this.

2. What’s one thing you overcame and how?

The concept of running a 50 mile race seemed like the most daunting task in the world but I decided I needed to do it to take my mental and physical fitness to another level. It’s one thing to be physically fit for a marathon. It’s a whole other thing to be fit for double that.

Marc4Aside from the physical stress, running The Bison 50 was by far one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever taken on, physically, but even more so, mentally. I was out there for about nine hours alone in corn and wheat fields. I’d worked really hard to get to that point. I trusted my coach and focused on the task at hand – mile after mile – trusting my body and trusting my mind. Obviously, I survived. You can read about my experience here.

3. What is your favorite recipe? workout? Favorite weekend activity? How did you get into running?

Favorite recipe: hummus and veggies in between two portobello mushroom caps – my version of a burger ☺
Favorite workout: sprints
Favorite weekend activity: love a delicious farm-to-table brunch

4. As a young man, business owner, member of both the NYC and Hamptons scene, how do you maintain balance in your life?

Balancing everything is actually extremely difficult, but I’ve come to realize that if I sleep well, I can undertake all of my tasks effectively. Between sleep and proper eating, my mind stays sharp and I can complete everything I need to do in a quick and efficient manner. If I don’t sleep well…boy oh boy…

5. Any other great healthy/balance tips for other busy folks?

My biggest tips are as follows:
• Sleep – sleep is vital to proper health and functionality. Without it, your body doesn’t recover, grow, replenish, or reboot.
• Eat – Eat for nutrient density. Instead of focusing on carbs, fat, and protein, focus on foods high in nutrients; veggies, greens, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Your busy life will get so much better when you eat efficiently. When you get rid of anything that is not nutritious in your home, you won’t be tempted to eat it. Sounds radical, I know, but it’s less radical than dealing with the ramifications of disease later on, right?

6. What food items do you always have available?

I love hummus! I eat it on a daily basis. And lots of fruits (mango and avocado are my top favorites), If I have hummus and fruit, I’m a happy man.

7. What is your favorite indulgence?

While this is certainly not in the health category, I love a cold beer on a summer day.

395025_10100166701705267_246147346_n8. How do you make health a priority in your home/life?

Health has become a huge priority in my life. I tell my clients all of the time that if health isn’t a priority, everything in your world may falter. You can only do what you want to do effectively if you are healthy. If you aren’t healthy, nothing else really matters. Health has to be a mindset, a total shift in perspective. Most people wait for a near-death experience to change. Don’t let that be you.

9. What is your FAVORITE thing about the Hamptons? Favorite place?

My favorite thing about the Hamptons is sunset drinks and my favorite place to enjoy them is Dockers.

One Healthy Breakdown: If you want to live life to its fullest, you need to be healthy. Focus on becoming a Nutritarian and you’ll live to see life in a much happier and positive way.

One Healthy CrossFitter

Welcome local CrossFitter, rugby player, trainer, student, athlete, and phys ed teacher to be!

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Mike Bunce is a great role model for prioritizing fitness and managing time effectively, read how he does it all!

1. How did ‘life as you know it’ come to be? How did you get into fitness? How did you get into Cross Fit? Personal Training?

CrossFit for me was a very natural progression. I played rugby in Europe, Iowa, and Boston and then I came home and started a degree in exercise physiology. I was playing for the Montauk Sharks when I got a concussion and had to hang up the boots. I was working as a personal trainer and started building a nice clientele at the gym. When CrossFit Hamptons opened, my fiancé, Emily, knew I would love it. I started working out there and after a month, they asked me to come on as a trainer so that I didn’t have to buy a membership. I couldn’t have been happier. CrossFit gave me with the feeling of competition that had been missing from my life. To me, CrossFit provides a positive atmosphere that allows me to grow as an athlete.

2. Why is CrossFit your favorite workout?

CrossFit allows me to push the envelope. It forces me to use proper form and technique. Before CrossFit, I was not squatting or dead-lifting heavy, and I was not doing any Olympic lifting. It pushed me out of my comfort zone, challenging me physically and mentally. CrossFit is very effective because it is a very challenging hour, both physically and mentally.

3. What’s another active activity you enjoy?

I got a standup paddle board for my birthday this summer. My fiancé and I take them to Shinnecock inlet and surf the sandbars.

4. As a trainer, CrossFitter, fitness professional, and young man, how do you maintain balance in your life? Can you give us your top health tips?

Time is very valuable and being able to prioritize your time is my best advice. I am currently studying to become a physical education teacher, which means I spend 12 hours in my car going to and from class four days a week. This has taught me to value my time more than ever. Since I don’t have a lot of free time, I have to manage the time I do have in order to get everything done. For me, that means scheduling in activities that I enjoy, training clients, school, and even simple things like sleep.

If you decide to make fitness a priority, that’s when you will start to see results. You need to find the time and block it off the way you would block off a meeting or trip to the doctors office, it’s non-negotiable.

5. What food items do you always keep in the house or eat everyday?

I just started the Zone Diet, which lets me eat what I want as long as it is in a 40:30:30 ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. I always have coconut oil in the house for cooking, and I just discovered a coconut and peanut butter spread that is rich in monounsaturated fats and taste great.

6. What is your favorite indulgence?

Gummy worms or Swedish fish! I eat very clean for the most part, but if I’m going to cheat, I go right for the gummy candy.

7. How do you make health a priority without going overboard?

Making health a priority has become second nature for me. I try to live my life the way that I feel the most comfortable and that includes making healthy decisions. Clearly, I am surrounded by health and fitness, between my career, school, and my personal passions, so it has become my way of life.

8. What is your FAVORITE thing about living in the Hamptons?

I like that there is a busy season and a slow season. I love the pace of the summer. I love the hustle and the busy schedule and hard work pays off. When fall and winter comes, I love that I can slow down and take it easy while still being surrounded by everything there is to love about the Hamptons. I like the change of pace.

One Healthy Breakdown: Mike, thanks for reminding us that there is no end point in the fitness world. Even after conquering personal fitness, Mike has made his career about doing the same for others.

One Healthy Interior Designer

Introducing, Marie-Christine “MC” McNally, interior designer, Hamptons-lover, kick-ass spinner, newlywed, and owner of Marie-Christine Design, LLC!

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did ‘life as you know it’ come to be? How did you get into interior design and what do you like best about it?

It’s been a slow and organic evolution. I started my adult life in the world of advertising and marketing. It was a great place to start life in NYC in my early 20’s — I loved the energy, the activity, and all the people I got to meet and work with. But, eventually I realized I wasn’t truly inspired by my work and slowly started the the process of finding what really drives me. I ended up leaving my career in advertising and going back to school for a post-graduate degree in interior design at the New York School of Interior Design. I have never looked back. After school, I landed an internship, and then a job with an amazing designer for three years and eventually took the leap to start my own business in 2008. Finding myself in the Hamptons happened much the same way. I started coming to the Hamptons through summer share houses in my early 20’s. Over the next decade, I found the pull of this place to be so strong, and realized it was my happy place. Over the years, I gradually started spending more and more time here. First it was Fridays, then Mondays and Fridays, now Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays whenever possible. While I still keep an office in NYC, and have to travel back and forth weekly, my husband and I call Sag Harbor home and I structure my life so that I am here as much as possible.

2. Is there any overlap between your love for design, which seems to involve simplicity, beauty, and functionality and your value for health, and wellness?

“Good design” in interiors and “good design” in lifestyle are so subjective and differ greatly from person to person. It’s all about finding what is right for you, what drives you, what makes you feel good, what makes you happy, and then making that your goal.

3. What piece of advice would you give to others about achieving goals?

Achieving your goals, be it professional or personal, is really all about overcoming your fears. But, if you believe you can do it, and you put the work and sweat into getting it done, I find it pretty amazing what we can all accomplish.

4. What is your favorite workout?

My favorite work-out is spinning! Nothing like getting lost in amazing music and the energy of a motivated group. It’s amazing to me that it consistently feels like fun instead of work. That’s why finding what you love makes achievement so much more attainable! When you enjoy it, you stick to it!

5. What’s your favorite weekend activity?

We have three large dogs at home and they all love to get out to play and run. They’re a wonderful motivator for getting outside and enjoying this beautiful place we live in. We are constantly taking walks on the beach or going for trail runs in the woods. Sunday mornings, sitting on the sofa, drinking my coffee, surrounded by my doggies and my husband is one of my favorite times. This is my time to re-charge.

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6. As a young woman, interior designer, wife, business owner, member of the NYC scene and the Hamptons community, etc., how do you maintain balance in your life?

Balance…? What balance?! 🙂 It’s hard. I often feel like a nomad and could easily get overwhelmed by all the moving parts. I think the key for me is to be organized so I can really maximize my time no matter where I am or what my task is. Also, being clear on my priorities is huge. On the bus into NYC, I use the quiet time to catch up on reading or email. In the city, I use the frenetic energy to keep me busy from morning to night, so I can get all my work done and get home. When I’m home, I take the time to re-charge and enjoy my family and friends. Working hard allows me to enjoy the downtime and enjoying the downtime is what allows me to work hard!

7. Any great healthy/balance tips for other busy woman?

You have to find what works for you. I really believe that different approaches gel for different people and it’s really important to keep searching until you find the right combination that works for you.

8. What food items do you always keep in your house?

Fruit and cereal! For me, cereal is a great snack and having fruit around gives me a way to get the sweets I often crave without going to candy (which I LOVE!). And coffee…..Lots of coffee….. 🙂

9. What is your favorite indulgence?

Naps! There is nothing like curling up in my comfy bed on a sunny afternoon for a quick nap.

10. How do you make health a priority in your home? My husband and I are both naturally active people with naturally active lives, so I feel lucky that we don’t have to make that effort, it just happens. We also both follow the same, “early to bed, early to rise” mantra, so we get lots of sleep. Other than that, we do our best to eat healthy, although neither of us really believes in dieting, depriving, etc. We just do our best where we can and it usually seems to fall into place!

11. What is your FAVORITE thing about living in the Hamptons?

It’s the life I have here that brings me happiness. My husband, our home, our dogs, and our friends make it what it is. It’s also about the natural beauty that I see everywhere when I’m here. It’s the villages, the beaches, and the lifestyle, the houses, the light, nature all around us…I leave here inspired every single time and am always so anxious to get back out to the Hamptons.

One Healthy Breakdown: Do the work and take the time to find out what really drives you, what really inspires you, what really makes you happy. Once you know, make it the priority and achieving all of your goals get so much simpler!

One Healthy Barista

Enjoy this interview with Jason Belkin, espresso lover and owner of a business we all know and love, Hampton Coffee Company! Read with a hot cup of your favorite brew in hand if you wish!

photo-about-011. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did Hampton Coffee Company come to be and was this something you always wanted to do? How is HCC different from other coffee shops?

Hampton Coffee Company started 19 years ago, so when I was a college student at NYU, I worked for the original owner one summer as a barista/assistant manager. I thought it was the best summer job ever! Since there was only one Starbucks on all of Long Island at that time, specialty coffee was still very new on the East Coast, so HCC was a very unique place. I graduated and started working in my career field of journalism and public relations. One day, I found out that Hampton Coffee Company was for sale and I thought it was now or never to take a chance on my dream of owning an espresso bar.

Since then, my wife and I have grown this single sleepy espresso bar and small roastery into a bustling little mini-chain of espresso bars and cafes in The Hamptons with wholesale coffee partners throughout the state. I always knew that HCC was a special and unique business. We treat each and every customer as a VIP and take care to produce only top quality coffee and food. We value our staff and the company’s positive role in the community.

2. Are you a coffee lover yourself? Can you share any physical benefits of drinking coffee?

I love coffee. Lately, I especially enjoy our Westhampton Beach Blend and our new Southampton Organic Blend. Coffee has a lot of great health benefits. If you follow us on social media, you will see us posting all the time about the greatness of the coffee bean. Of course, you shouldn’t overdo anything, but coffee has shown to reduce the onset of Alzheimers and other diseases and increase short-term memory in addition to boosting metabolism and waking us up. Coffee also has lots of antioxidants, similar to green tea! In fact, just the other day on the radio, Dr. Oz said to skip the harmful-to-your-body energy drinks and chemicals and just stick to an old-fashioned cup of coffee to stay alert and improve your mood.

coffee beans and brewed3. How does Hampton Coffee fit in to the healthy Hamptons lifestyle?

Hampton Coffee Company is an important part of an overall healthy Hamptons lifestyle. Our menu has something for everyone, whether you’re fueling up for a workout or a local 5k, indulging in comforting baked goods, following a certain diet, or just picking up a cup of coffee. My wife and I, and our staff, are members of the community like everyone else and we have built a business in and for the community to serve the values of the Hamptons people. Customers stop in to and from the gym or park their bikes outside. We fit into an active Hamptons routine. Health is a part of life in the Hamptons and we have everything you need for a healthy day.

Folks can kickstart their day with a healthy breakfast or stop by after a work out for a fresh fruit smoothie – nothing but real fruit! Of course, you’ve got to have some baked goods and sweets to go with your coffee. Even our made-from-scratch Krispy Treats are low-fat, our Raspberry Oat Bars are healthy and all-natural, and all our expertly-prepared espresso bar drinks can be ordered with skim milk and sugar-free syrup. We understand that our customers rely us on for dependable coffee and fresh food that won’t break the bank or the waistline!

4. What is your favorite workout? Favorite family activity?

I am a big fan of Core Dynamics in Water Mill, although my trainer, Jim McWinnie, will tell you for sure that I need to get in there more…much, much, more. It’s really a challenge to make the gym a part of my life with two kids under 3 and a busy, growing business, but it is going to be my resolution for 2014!

We are constantly running around with the kids, so that keeps us active. My favorite family activity when my kids get older is going to be going to Disney World, I used to love going when I was younger with my family. Disney World is the best place anywhere. In the meantime, we love Safari Adventure in Riverhead, Target (they have Play Doh!), and we have a great time in our own backyard having fun. My three-year-old, Cian, loves Play Doh and Legos and our little guy, Oran, loves balls, so we keep busy!

5. As a business owner, father, husband, and member of the community how do you maintain balance in your life?

It is super hard to keep balance in my life, but to be honest, I think I actually do a pretty good job (except for the going to the gym part!) Balancing work and family can be tough, but it’s a must. I do usually have two days off which I spend doing family things. On vacations, I forget about work, which allows me to focus on family and also rest and recharge myself. My family is more important to me than my business. If push came to shove, I would choose them over Hampton Coffee Company in a second. I think that’s a real important perspective to have and I have to credit my wife, Theresa, for reminding me that the reason I work hard is so that I have time on my days off for my family. Although running the business is a lot, I am home virtually every night since my kids were born.

6. Any great healthy/balance tips for other busy folks?

One trick I have since it’s hard to eat right when you’re busy at work and surrounded by delicious food is that I always share my lunch at work with someone so we’re both only eating half! I have been trying to keep a refillable bottle of water right in front of me on my desk at work to remind me to drink. And I try to remind myself that I can only do one thing at a time. Of course, it’s always helpful to try to carve out a date night every week or two to get away for a few hours and do something outside of the family “routine.”

7. What food items do you always keep in your house?

I am addicted to Tangerine juice lately (I dilute it 50/50 with filtered water.) We always have peanut butter on hand as well as yogurt, apple juice, cereal, eggs, bread, cheese, and milk for the kids. Dinner may include frozen shrimp, tacos for “Taco Night!” or fish sticks – not minced! 🙂

8. What is your favorite indulgence?

I love filet mignon with béarnaise sauce. If that’s on the menu, I treat myself. Other favorites include pumpkin pancakes with real maple syrup, boneless spare ribs, (well done) shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket (I know I’m not alone on that one!) and, Mountain Dew (less and less, though.)

9. How do you make health a priority in your family?

It’s definitely more of a challenge with two little kids. They come first, so when we come home, our main goal is to get dinner for them on the table as quick as possible so we can move on to baths and then bed. Although it’s a lot harder to find the time to focus on healthy dinners for us, having kids has started us on some new healthy eating habits. We are starting to eliminate soda from our house so that as the kids get older, it won’t be here for them to drink, as with all other artificially sweetened drinks. Having kids is also encouraging us to serve more well-balanced meals, so of course we’re benefiting from that as well. No more eating take-out in front of a movie on the couch! Although after a rough night with the kids, a pint of Haagen Daz sometimes mysteriously disappears!

10. What is your FAVORITE thing about living in the Hamptons?

I’m so glad you asked, this just came up the other day when I was talking with one of my customers. We were saying how lucky we are to live in The Hamptons. It truly is such a unique and special place; I’m even wiling to go out on a limb and say on of the best places in the world to live. We really are so fortunate. Not to say everything is perfect here, but we have forests and oceans within a few miles of each other, lots of wildlife, beaches, fishing, parks, amazing schools, so much to do, stores, restaurants, and main streets that most people only see in movies. Plus, we’re so close to New York City, which brings an eclectic group of people who call the Hamptons home.

Where else can you dine with billionaires and farmers in the same room? Or pass a potato trailer and a mansion on your way to work? We have so much fresh food and so many wonderful cafés, markets, and artisans. If you’re a go-getter there’s ample opportunity for you and if you’re an outgoing and resourceful student, this is a great place to grow up and start on a successful path.

My favorite thing about living in The Hamptons has to be Hampton Coffee Company, of course! Seriously, if it wasn’t for Hampton Coffee, I wouldn’t be living here. I wouldn’t be raising my family here. I wouldn’t have met all the wonderful co-workers and suppliers and customers over the past 14 years. I wouldn’t have been able to provide jobs for hundreds of people over the years either. I wouldn’t have been able to support more than 100 local organizations every year. I am so proud that Hampton Coffee Company has become such an important part of what is The Hamptons.

One Healthy Breakdown: Thank goodness this man followed his dreams, the Hamptons absolutely wouldn’t be the same without HCC!

One Healthy Photographer

One Healthy Photographer, Kate Petrone, is a Hamptons local with an eye for art, both in and out of the kitchen. Her love for photography and for life grow with each day she embraces. Enjoy learning more about Kate and tune in to her words of wisdom on doing what you love and treating yourself, and others, right.

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did ‘life as you know it’ come to be? How did you get into photography and what do you like best about it?

I feel very lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to grow up out here. I was originally born in Rockville Centre, but my family moved out here because of all the wonderful things they heard about the school system. I began kindergarten in Amagansett Elementary School, and then went to East Hampton for middle school and my freshman year of high school. Growing up, my mom always had a camera in her hand, whether she was taking pictures and videos of me or photographing the beautiful scenery out here. However, it wasn’t until I transferred to The Ross School my sophomore year of high school that I really discovered my love for photography.

It started with an intro darkroom class and I completely fell in love with it. I learned how to develop my own film, print my own photos, and I even mixed my own chemicals. The satisfaction I got from looking at a print I made entirely on my own was addictive. I got to travel to Australia with my photography class during my junior year of high school, where we spent three weeks taking pictures and exploring. During my senior year, I started my senior thesis project, which, as a final product, ended up being a show of over 50 prints ranging in size from 11×14 to 16×20.

Once I graduated, I went to The School of Visual Arts in NYC where I earned a BFA in photography. I remember my first day of class, everyone brought in his or her portfolio, and the guy sitting next to me asked to see mine. Once he saw they were all black and white, hand-printed photos, he casually said, “oh, I’ve never been in a darkroom before.” It blew my mind how someone in school for photography had never been in the darkroom to learn the fundamentals of the art. It was then that I decided to be different, to choose a traditional form of photography over digital photography. Instead of using the computer to make a photograph into art, I wanted to explore other methods and I ultimately chose Wet Plate Collodion Photography, which originated in the 1850’s and was actually the second form of photography ever invented. You’ll see some of my work here.

I photograph on black tin and clear glass, creating both negative (ambrotypes) and positive (tintype) images. My 8×10 camera is made out of cherry wood and I have a French Darlot brass portrait lens made in 1871. It produces beautiful, timeless photographs that have an eerie, dreamy quality to them as well.

2. Is there any overlap in your love for photography and your value for health, and wellness? Do you ever combine the two? In what ways?

That’s a great question! I think my value for health and wellness rolls into every aspect of my life, whether it’s my relationship with my family and my boyfriend, my job, my love for photography, even the way I interact with other people. There’s something to be said about the method of photography I have chosen to practice. It’s completely organic and a really stripped-down way to produce art. I love photographing my friends and family, and making still lifes out of every day objects that are a part of my life. As an example, a friend of mine passed away a few years ago, and every year since then a group of us go down to the beach with white roses and throw them in the water for her. Well one year, I was walking along the beach about a week later, and I saw one of the roses. It was weathered from the salt water but was still insanely beautiful. I took it home that day and made a portrait of it.

Cassidys roseI also use Instagram to post photos of new, healthy recipes or fitness goals I make. I use the photo app to check-in to a fitness community I’m a part of called Tone It Up. This allows everyone in the community to connect from all over the world. When I’ve made a masterpiece in the kitchen, I love taking photos and uploading them to share over social media, I love trying new things and getting feedback from others. Social media check-ins are a really great way to stay motivated and it’s fun to incorporate photography in to this practice.

3. What is your favorite workout? Favorite weekend activity?

I’ve been getting into spinning recently, which I love because it’s fast-paced and really challenging, but fun at the same time. I found that spin class motivates me to push myself to levels I didn’t know I could reach.

I’ve always loved yoga too. I practice Ashtanga, which is all about challenging yourself and focusing on your breath. No matter how much you’re sweating or what posture you’re in, if you’re not breathing correctly, you’re not practicing correctly. There’s always room for improvement. One of the things I have always loved about yoga is that there’s no competition. It’s all about bettering yourself and focusing on no one but yourself.

On the weekends, I love to relax, go wine tasting, spend time with loved ones and get some fresh air! Another thing I do is meal prep for the week ahead, it’s such a good way to plan healthy meals. I love having people over on Sunday to watch the game, and I’ll make a big pot of chili or throw together something in the crock pot and know I’ll be able to eat all week.

4. As a young woman, photographer, girlfriend, member of the community, etc. how do you maintain balance in your life?

I’m very lucky to have such a wonderful family and a loving boyfriend who have supported me with any decision I have made. Whenever I have any doubts I think back to the question, “if money wasn’t an issue and you could do whatever you wanted, what would it be?” It’s really important to do what you love. I hate seeing people stuck at a job they’re miserable at or getting up for a day they know they’re going to hate. Why torture yourself? I once left a job where I was being treated poorly, I just up and left. It felt so great to stand up for myself, and I’m really happy with where I am today. Do what you love, and the rest will fall into place.

5. Any great healthy/balance tips for other young woman?

When in doubt, keep it lean clean & green! As often as possible, I try to eat natural, in season vegetables and fruits. I really feel a difference when I’m feeding my body the nutrients it needs to thrive. My biggest advice, though, is don’t beat yourself up. If you have an off day or even an off week, just get back on track. It’s not about failing, but how we bounce back that really counts. Far too often I see women putting themselves or others down. Girls can be really judgmental on themselves and others. I’ve gotten bullied before, and it’s really sad because it shows that these people are so unhappy with their own life that they feel the need to bring others down with them. Remember, nobody ever got ahead by putting someone else down, and if someone is trying to bring you down, they’re already beneath you.

6. What food items do you always keep in your house?

I’m a nut butter fanatic. At all times, without fail, I have at least eight different jars of peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, almond butter, etc. I’ll eat it with anything- on an apple, in a wrap, on a banana, on a celery stick, and in a stir-fry. I even make little energy bites or bars by combining honey and peanut butter on the stove till it’s thin, then add oats, any kind of dried fruit, slivered almonds, shredded coconut, and roll them into little bite sized balls or cut them into bars. They’re delicious- and I love knowing I can grab one and run out the door if I need to!

7. What is your favorite indulgence?

It’s all about the simple things! I love relaxing with a nice glass of red wine, a good movie, my kittens and my boyfriend. To tell you the truth, I’m kind of a crazy cat lady!

8. How do you make health a priority in your home?

As often as possible, I look up recipes and meal prep for the week. I try to look for recipes that include a lot of the same ingredients, or Crock Pot recipes that are simple and delicious. Crock Pots are great because they don’t require a lot of prep time or even ingredients, and you literally throw whatever you want in there, go about your day and a few hours later, you have a healthy, hot, home-cooked meal ready to eat! My boyfriend is also a really good sport about trying new things. I even got him to like brussels sprouts!

9. What is your FAVORITE thing about living in the Hamptons?

The seasons! Fall is so beautiful out here. I’m a summer girl, but I love when the crowds leave and we have our town and beaches back! I love how crisp and cool the air is and how vibrant the leaves are. I’m also very lucky to have grown up a few miles from the ocean. I don’t think I could ever not live near a body of water. I grew up surfing in Montauk and riding my bike to the ocean after work just to dig my toes into the sand. I love the water so much that I became a lifeguard for about 7 years. The ocean is so therapeutic. Salt water cures everything!

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One Healthy Breakdown: Embrace life, explore your passions, treat yourself and others right, and dig your toes in the sand as much as possible. It’s workin’ for Kate!

One Healthy Fiancé

This week’s One Healthy Guest is someone I know pretty well, my fiancé, Nick! Learn how Nick balances life as a developer, One Healthy Hamptons insider, and of course, the luckiest man in the world…

91. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did ‘life as you know it’ come to be?

I moved a lot when I was a kid, which meant I got to experience a lot and meet a lot of people, but it wasn’t until settling in the Hamptons that I truly felt at home. Although people come and go, this place is a constant for me. After college, I passed up a good opportunity at a finance firm in Manhattan to work at a small development company out here. My fear was falling into a career that years down the road, would just be a job, not a life. I started at the bottom and worked my way up, learning everyday. I was involved in every aspect of the job. It didn’t take me long to realize that this is my passion. I truly wake up everyday and love going to work, it’s not just a job, it’s my life. I now have more knowledge and confidence in my own designs and skills, but the learning never stops. I’m not sure if my love for real estate was always within me or if it developed with experience, but I know that now it is my true passion.

97 gloverWhen I met my fiancé, Kiley, (you may know her) my focus shifted from friends and fun to building a career and a future. Real life. Our relationship gave me a sense of foundation to really go for it. In 2011, I started the company DeMarco Development (site coming soon!) Kiley and I support each other daily in our own goals. We’re each building our own businesses while building a life together. Now, we live in a farmhouse in Sag Harbor village, close to the village and the ocean. We’re lucky.

2. What’s something you overcame and how?

Moving around a lot as a child was a challenge. It was sometimes a struggle to settle in and get to know new people. I tried to be tough and suck it up. Starting a new life in a new place was always hard, but because of sports and school, I met friends fast and it always worked out. The Hamptons is my home. It’s quiet sometimes, which is great for getting work done and relaxing, but the summer brings fast-paced fun and excitement. It’s the best of both worlds.

3. What is your favorite workout? Favorite weekend activity?

I lift weights most days. Weight lifting at the gym and playing sports, like ice hockey and golf, are my favorite ways to stay active.

As for the weekend, I like to catch up and get a lot of work done on Saturday mornings to plan my week ahead. During the summer, my favorites are golfing, family barbecues, and going to Montauk with friends. I love the relaxed beach-town attitude in Montauk.

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4. As a young man, developer, fiance, business owner, and a member of the Hamptons community, how do you maintain balance in your life?

Time management is really important. I’m organized (super neat, I put Kiley to shame) and prioritize work and family on top of all else. I like to think that I balance a healthy lifestyle. Going to the gym is crucial for me to release energy, stay in shape, and feel my best. I have to keep up on the job sites, so staying fit is important. I have gotten into such a habit of going to the gym after work that I feel ‘off’ when I don’t go, it’s just a part of my day and I always make time for it. Eating is something I’ve become much more aware of over the past few years. I know I’ll feel better after eating chicken and vegetables than I will after three slices of pizza.

5. Any great healthy/balance tips for other busy men?

When it comes to work, work as hard as possible and then work harder. Same for fun and relaxing. I am pretty strict about my routine during the week, but I definitely let myself relax and indulge on the weekends. Decompressing makes it possible to get up Monday morning and work twice as hard. Also, small changes are better than nothing. I’ve made small, doable, shifts, like choosing Ezekial bread for sandwiches, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit for snacks, and much less frequent fast food. Kiley kind of put a damper on me enjoying fast food, but it’s obviously for the better.

6. What food items do you always keep in your house?

Peanut butter and jelly, Ezekiel bread, hummus, eggs, apples, and Chocolate Haagan Daaz (with chocolate sprinkles.) One Healthy Hamptons pretty much takes over the kitchen, but I’m allowed a little space in the cabinets and the fridge for the above.

7. What is your favorite indulgence?

My favorite food in the world has always been an everything bagel with cream cheese. Other indulgences are watching football on Sundays and Raisinettes at the movie theater.

8. How do you make health a priority in your home?

I live with One Healthy Hamptons, so I don’t have a choice.

9. What is your FAVORITE thing about living in the Hamptons?

I love the non-stop action: the real estate market, summer excitement, and Christmas-time fun.

One Healthy Breakdown: A good balance, time management, organization, and some fun make for success.