Fitness & Health
As the leftover turkey wanes and your waistline waxes, remember this: There’s still hope — and discounted gym memberships — come New Year’s Day. But if you can’t wait until then, consider dipping into your savings and booking a quickie at The Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu‘s Ranch 4.0 (aka R4.0) program. According to the founders, it’s “life-changing.”
A shortened version of the Ranch’s original 7-day program, the R4.0 program is held Thursday through Monday for those who can’t get away from their lives for a full week but still want a “jump start” to their fitness, weight loss and wellness goals. It features up to 10 hours a day of rigorous activity, including four hours of morning mountain hiking, an afternoon of exercise classes, daily group yoga sessions, a daily massage, a diagnostic fitness test and a VO2 metabolic test. (Whew! I got a workout just typing that.)
While it may seem intense, this mind-body retreat/boot camp is far from rustic. Held at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village with the California Health & Longevity Institute (CHLI), it includes a daily 1400-calorie diet of gourmet vegetarian fare, a healthy nutrition class and cooking demo led by a registered dietitian/chef in what they call the “Wellness Kitchen,” plus lodging at the Four Seasons and access to The Spa at Four Seasons.
And, unlike the 7-day program, you can stay plugged in (meaning you can actually get Wi-Fi). The catch? It’s $3,800 per person. (I know, I know … but think of it this way: It’s a steal compared to the 7-day $6,200 price tag!)
We had a chance to interview Ranch founders Alex and Sue Glasscock about the 4.0 concept, and here’s what they had to say: (more…)
Every once in a while, I get really fed up with my lifestyle of working a lot, eating far too much crappy food at the office (who can resist chips and fresh guacamole when it’s put right in front of you?) and just generally not getting nearly enough time to exercise as I would like. Most of the time, me getting fed up just involves me complaining about it to a friend, but this time I went all out and decided to do a cleanse. I’d previously done a juice cleanse with Ritual Wellness and really enjoyed the juices, so I decided to use them again since I’d had such a good experience. I opted for a three day cleanse – you can choose from either pre-set juices (the Classic Reset Cleanse, the Seasonal Reset Cleanse) or you can build your own cleanse and order whatever combination of juices you’d like. I went with the three day Seasonal Reset Cleanse, which replaces one of the classic juices with one that uses the best seasonal fruit because as great as the green juices are, let’s face it, it’s nice to have another option during the day. There’s only so much green juice a girl can drink! (more…)
Every day around 3 p.m., I get the munchies. You know, right before the sleepies kick in. And almost every day, I’m totally unprepared. The jar of mixed nuts on my desk has been reduced to crumbs. I’m out of Maccha Green Tea Kit Kats. I have no change for the overpriced Doritos in the vending machine. Life is rough. ;-)
But yesterday, life got smoother when Ping! My co-worker emailed me with a coveted Graze invitation code. Headquartered in London, Graze is a food-meets-tech startup that offers nutritious, delicious mail-order snacks. To use the service, members rate the snacks they want to try, specify where to ship them, and choose whether to receive them biweekly or monthly.
With help from a patented algorithm called DARWIN that customizes snack choices based on member preferences, Graze staff packs and ships snack boxes to members in the U.S. and the U.K. DARWIN also helps staff members ensure there are multiple tastes and textures are represented in each box, and that any user-selected dietary requirements are satisfied. And, get this, every box is just $6, including shipping!
“Everything that we put on our bodies must be nutritious and safe,” says Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Intelligent Nutrients, who is an active environmentalist changing world of beauty. I couldn’t agree more–it makes total sense, doesn’t it? I am a firm believer that the food you eat makes a huge difference in your health and appearance, so it follows that what seeps into our bodies from the outside should be carefully sourced as well. I sampled and fell in love with two products from Intelligent Nutrients, the Anti-Aging Serum and Organic Hair Shine.
My skin is fed and glowing with clarity as soon as I apply the oil-based Certified Organic Anti-Aging Serum, which combats dryness as it nourishes. With autumn’s inevitable cool-down on the way, I now feel prepared! The unique blend of argan and acai oils protect skin from fall’s drying wind gusts while boosting elasticity. The results are undeniable, and I can actually see my fine lines (crinkles!) fading. I’m currently using the serum at least once a day before bed, so the oils can work magic and literally create beauty sleep for me. Because of the hydrating properties, I don’t even need a separate moisturizer since it acts as a barrier to seal nutrients and moisture in. I use a gentle cleanser, then just one pump of the serum covers my whole face, then one more pump for neck and decolletage. I massage it in using gentle, circular motions, and it’s soothing and calming as it absorbs. My face actually looks younger in the morning, and any irritation or redness is happily absent. My mind is at ease knowing that night after night, the serum I’m generously applying is certified organic. The treatment also contains antioxidants to affect skin on a cellular level, restoring collagen and elastin production.
When I planned my late September wedding, the idea was that the temperatures would be cooler and the weather nicer. What I forgot to account for was that the last three months leading up to the wedding (aka when things get realllly hectic), I would have to deal with planning in the sweltering summer heat. That’s right—running to meet vendors, coordinating appointments, dealing with guest list drama (don’t know a single bride who avoided that one)…all in 100 degree weather while trying to hold down a day job and not totally go insane. There’s only one hashtag for this: #StressSweat. There are three main causes of sweat: activity, heat, and stress and in one fell swoop, I’m hitting all three. Thanks a lot, upcoming wedding!
However, I really lucked out when my friends over at Secret got wind of my less-than-glamorous summer and offered to help in the form of their Clinical Strength Stress Response Deodorant. This product is formulated to stop sweat (any sweat, not just heat included sweat) and has totally been a lifesaver this season. Unlike many other products, Secret’s Stress Response Deodorant specifically addresses stress induced sweat—which in addition to straight up feeling awkward, also tends to smell. The deodorant formula contains proprietary technology that traps and locks away odor to neutralize it and then releases a fresh scent, instead of just covering it up since that usually make you smell even worse. The deodorant comes in a pretty citrus scent (which not only matches my favorite perfume of the moment) but also keeps me feeling energized (in a good way) throughout the day. (more…)
Yoga is my go-to class – not only for the fitness benefits, but also for the mind and spirit. Lucky for me, lucy Activewear stocked me up on some amazing clothing that I’ve really loved wearing in my classes lately. (more…)
It’s almost a bit of a tradition here at TDO to pay a visit to the US Grant every time any of us are in San Diego. The glamourous hotel is one of our favorites in the city, thanks to its prime location, delicious drinks and cuisine, spacious guest-rooms complete with French modern artwork, opulent decor, and now exclusive personal training fitness programs. When I was in San Diego last month, I of course, spent a couple nights at the US Grant and took the opportunity to try out the new Work It Lifestyle Program, complete with my own personal Pilates class! (more…)
If you’re not familiar with Ballet Beautiful by now, you should be. Owner and former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers counts Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler, Kirsten Dunst and several Victoria’s Secret models among her svelte celebrity clients — and she helped tone Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Her latest offering: These gorgeous satin ballet slippers made by Porselli for Ballet Beautiful. I immediately thought “gift!” as soon as I saw them. They’re perfect for dance enthusiasts and those who just want to have the best. If you’re interested, get to the website now because they are selling out. (They also carry leather slippers.) (more…)
Ah, cleanses. It’s been over a year since I did my last cleanse — mainly because, well, I’m not a huge fan of cleanses. But leading up to my latest vacation, I decided to do a short one to prepare myself for the days of decadence ahead (and yes, lose a quick few pounds). That and I was curious about Kaeng Raeng, an affordable vegan and gluten-free detox cleanse developed by entrepreneur, writer, certified personal trainer and animal rights activist Lindsay Reinsmith.
When I think about summer essentials a few things come to mind: bright colors, sheer makeup, extra SPF, and dental hygiene. This last one might get overlooked often, but think about it: summer eating is full of BBQ, burgers, cheese, dips, condiments, meats, sauces, marinades, garlic, onions- basically all sorts of things that are tasty but never quite leave your breath. So I was really excited to discover the new Scope Dual-Blast collection, which not only blast away strong food odors immediately, but also kills germs, cleans and fortifies teeth and eliminates strong aftertastes.
The collection features the Scope Dual-Blast mouthwash in a fresh mint or icy mint formulation. I prefer the fresh mint as its refreshing without being overly spicy and have been using it after heavy dinners at home. Honestly, the only thing I’m waiting for is for them to create a travel size version of this product so I can just throw it in my purse for on-the-go freshening. (more…)