Fitness & Health
Even though I’ve been working on developing a healthier lifestyle, I’m not always sure what to cook. To be honest, most of my at-home meals are pretty bland. For example, I’m having plain steamed broccoli and shrimp for lunch today. Ok I don’t even know if they go together but it is microwave prep friendly- which sadly is why I made it this morning.
But when I’m not in such a rush, I actually like to try the recipes from my latest obsession: WomenHeart’s ALL HEART Family Cookbook. Being healthy isn’t just about watching your weight which I feel a lot of us young women forget when we try to shed pounds by doing detrimental things to our bodies. For example, I finally gave up fake sugar and decided to opt for limited quantities of the real deal instead of ingesting chemicals. And I would never, ever do the Atkins Diet again. The All Heart cookbook isn’t necessarily focused on losing weight- but it is focused on eating nutritious foods that’s good for your heart and body. The weight loss, of course, follows when you eat a truly healthy diet. The book contains over 170 recipes- most that I still have to try but have enjoyed reading about and looking at pictures of.
Unlike other yoga studios, Kula prefers to call itself a project- an apt name considering that practicing at Kula is a true experience. Located 4 floors above an unmarked door in an unnamed building, Kula operates in a simple space with 2 rooms and a small changing area. There’s nothing fancy about the studio but Kula offers some of the most genuine yoga classes that I’ve experienced. (more…)
I totally love, unabashedly love listening to Bollywood music (and this was the case even before I went to India). Although I have no idea what they are singing about, I find the music so upbeat, and infectious that I can’t help but smile and get into it. This made me incredibly excited to try a new workout DVD called Bollywood Booty, and I highly recommend it even to those of you who aren’t Bollywood music fans for a fun, sweat inducing workout that you can do in limited space.
Included on this DVD are four workouts and one warm-up on the DVD (giving you a total 45 minute workout), as taught by Instructor Hemelayaa Behl (better known as Hema), who promises to help “tighten your booty” with some Bollywood cheorography inspired steps. These steps are all introduced to you slowly in the warmup section and include moves such as ‘Turn the Lightbulb,” “The Bollywood Vogue”, “Paint the Walls,” “Paint yourselves” and others. I live in New York City, and my apartment is fairly small, but I was able to perform all of the DVD moves within the small, matchbook shaped confines of my living room.
The four workouts increase in intensity, as Hema steps up the pace and adds more steps to the routine. By the end of the fourth workout, you will definitely be sweating. Although the workout may not be as intense as a full body workout at the gym, it is a fun way to tone your glutes, as many of the steps focus on the hips and doing squats and lunges.
Although you won’t be in danger of kicking any furniture as Hema keeps the workout steps confined, the only danger you will face while watching this DVD is bursting out into giggles. It’s difficult not to burst out into infectious laughter as Hema instructs you cheerily to “tighten that BOO-TAY, encourages you to ‘infuse yourself with love,’ and teaches you a move ‘inspired by the mating call of the elk.’” Her enthusiasm is contagious and guarantees an enjoyable workout.
Now that Fashion Week is long over and I’m no longer subsiding on champagne and cupcakes, I have no excuse not to eat healthier. That means I’ve replaced champers with Pelligrino and cupcakes with Keribars. Created by renowned nutritionist Keri Glassman, the Keribar is the ultimate snack for an on-the-go individual that is high in fiber and proteins, low in fat and made entirely of all natural ingredients. The idea behind the Keribar is aligned with Glassman’s approach to health and weight loss – by snacking healthy. Let’s face it – regardless of what type of diet you’re on, you’re probably restricting yourself from entire flavors of things (i.e. sweet) and probably starving yourself in between meals to count calories. Or alternatively, you may not be on a diet and just eating whatever you feel like, whenever. Really, neither of those scenarios are healthy or sustainable ways to live and eat, so Glassman developed the Keribar as the solution to snacking when you’re hungry, but only on something that is nutritious, satisfying, and good for you! Keribars satiate hunger, while keeping you energized and blood sugar level constant so you can take your mind off of obsessing over eating and onto living your daily life.
So how good are Keribars really? Taste-wise, they may be the most satisfying bars I’ve had to date. It’s a good consistency that is not dense like many raw food bars or (on the complete opposite end of the spectrum) Powerbars. When I’m having a craving for chocolate, I reach for the Strawberry Chocolate Chip flavor (my favorite) instead of my hidden stash of milk chocolates in the drawer. Nutritionally speaking, Keribars are made with nutrient dense whole foods so you’re not consuming empty calories. At 10-12 grams per serving, the sugar content in Keribars is much lower than many other bars and even lower than some fruits! And the ingredients don’t contain weird things like 10 grams of “other carbs” (what is that really???) found on the label of Lunabars.
Keribars are now being carried in more and more grocery stores, but if you can’t find them, you can also order from the website. More information can be found on Keribars.com.
Not even the non-presence of rumored attendee Michelle Obama could put a damper on my excitement for The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, which showed just in time for Valentine’s Day. I was excited to officially kick off Fashion Week by attending The Heart Truth’s Red Dress show, which combines three of the elements in a truly awesome fashion show: celebrities, beautiful clothes and a fantastic cause. All of these elements were there in full force at the show today at Bryant Park with celebrities ranging from Amanda Bynes, Nastia Liukin, and Katie Couric (who debuted a new, cute page boy cut), to some red dress stunners by designers such as Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, and Max Azria. (more…)
Ahh Valentine’s Day. I have to say I’m incredibly happy that Fashion Week starts today, which means I’ll be celebrating February 14 the only way it’s meant to be done – fashion shows all day and then partying with La Perla at 1Oak. But whether you have a hot date or will be bumming around with the gals (or yourself), make sure that you do something that will be good for your heart.
1. Eat Well. One of my favorite new discoveries is a custom artisanal cereal site called MeAndGoji.com where you can mix up your own morning meal by choosing a variety of wholesome, healthy ingredients. The site is incredibly user friendly, making the process as informative and fun as possible. You drop your choice of ingredients into a bowl and their nutrition tracker automatically updates. They even have their own recipe for a mix called i <3 my <3, a nutritious mix of oat bran, cranberry, strawberry, walnut, soy nut, chia and flax – all ingredients that have beneficial properties for your most important organ. I even brought my can of cereal to work to munch on it all day long. The mix is so delicious, but if you have specific preferences, MeAndGoji lets you add or subtract individual items. Just make sure you don’t load up on too many servings of their divine choco-cranberries and you should be good. (more…)
Ever since I watched Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush, I have harbored this small fantasy of being a surfer chick. I already love the look of beach hair – so looking fierce, tanned and mastering the waves was obviously the next natural step. And I got my first taste of the life of a surfer girl (for two hours anyway) during a trip to Playa Jaco in Costa Rica.
About two hours away from San Jose, Playa Jaco is just one of the many renowned surfer towns in Costa Rica and one of the closest. Because of its proximity to San Jose, hardcore surfers can often de-plane and surf on the same day if they head to Playa Jaco. (more…)
As I mentioned last Friday, I was planning on checking out Pure Yoga, the newest (and arguably nicest) studio to land in New York, this past weekend. Though I wasn’t able to make it to the public workshop they held, I did get my hands on a three day guest pass and subsequently maxed it out.
When I mentioned last time that Pure is very upscale and exclusive, some readers thought that didn’t quite fit the message a yoga studio should send. The Pure studio in New York is opened by Equinox Fitness, and they follow the same model as the gym – an intiation fee and annual membership. The classes are members-only (no drop ins), but their club model keeps the facilities impeccable, the class sizes small, and the instructors top notch. Unlike other yoga studios, Pure offers 19 various yoga disciplines and are one of the very few studios in New York that offer a hot vinyasa class. Other types range from Jivamutki to Pure Core, a fusion of downward dogs and traditional body sculpting. An average of 16 classes are offered per day, starting as early as 6am and as late as 8pm. The 20,000 sq feet space includes six separate studios, gorgeous Zen waiting/ meeting spaces, a small shop, and perhaps the most expansive locker rooms I’ve ever seen in New York. (more…)
New Yorkers know a thing or two about exclusivity- in the sense that some things are strictly open only if you’re in the club. Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side is one of those cases…. It’s known as one of the most upscale yoga centers in Asia and I’ve been dying to try ever since they came to New York City – but it’s members-only so I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. Luckily for me and the other New York yogis, Pure is opening its doors to the public for a free yoga workshop tomorrow in honor of National Yoga Day. And of course, because it’s Pure Yoga, that means they will have some of the best in the industry at the event. I for one will be there (hear it’s an amazing place) and will be reporting back afterward. Details behind the cut… (more…)
It’s not easy to dress warm while looking cute, and this challenge is even more difficult when jetting away to a winter ski/ snowboard getaway. Keeping warm on mountain peaks and on the ski lift is essential, but there is no reason to sacrifice your style for the sake of practicality. This “How To” focuses on how to look stylish and warm both on slopes and après ski, so that you look less Abominable Snowman and more Snow Bunny. Read on after the cut for some pictures of celebrity inspiration, and offerings from some winterwear designers who know exactly how to blend fashion and function: (more…)