Happy New Year + Two Events in January

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun celebration last night to kick off 2018.

I am hosting two FREE events this month to help the Hamptons community get a jump start on goals for 2018.

On Wednesday, January 3 I will be leading a class on goal setting at Wild By Nature in Hampton Bays from 7-8 pm. There will be plenty of time for nutrition Q&A after my talk! More details are available on their website.

Then on Saturday, January 13 I am hosting a goal setting workshop at LOFT35 (in the Lululemon store) in East Hampton at 1:30 pm. We'll be discussing the simple steps you can take today that will help you reach any new year goal, followed by a nutrition Q&A.

I hope to see you at one of these events, or, as always, contact me directly at jenn@hamptonsrd.com to book an individual consultation.


New Blood Pressure Guidelines Released by AHA

Yesterday, the American Heart Association announced new guidelines that set a lower threshold for diagnosing high blood pressure. High blood pressure will now be defined as anything above 130 over 80.

Here's the full breakdown:

—Normal: Under 120 over 80

—Elevated: 120-129 over less than 80

—Stage 1: 130-139 over 80-89

—Stage 2: 140 over 90

There's plenty of controversy surrounding this change. People are claiming AHA made these changes just so doctors can sell more blood pressure-lowering drugs.

In reality, these changes give people a more realistic and honest idea for who might be at risk of heart disease, stroke, and other heart-related problems.

And it's not just drugs that can help with lowering blood pressure. More importantly, it's lifestyle factors that will bring long term success. Losing weight, eating less sodium and sugar, eating more fruits and vegetables, making healthier lifestyle and dietary choices, exercising and moving more, not smoking, and lowering stress levels can all help reduce blood pressure and lower risk of disease. 

In my practice I help clients focus on long-term solutions for managing health. If your blood pressure falls above normal levels and you're ready to make a lifestyle change, contact me now for a consultation and we will design a lifestyle plan that will help get your health back on track.

One way to help lower your blood pressure: eating more vegetables and fruits, which are packed with potassium and fiber.

One way to help lower your blood pressure: eating more vegetables and fruits, which are packed with potassium and fiber.

Nutritious Life Masterclass 2017

I just got back from an INCREDIBLE trip to California for the Nutritious Life Masterclass in Santa Monica. I am so proud of our small team and super impressed by all of the amazing women who attended.

Masterclass was a two-day event bringing together some of the leading experts in the wellness industry to discuss nutrition science and trends, eat delicious (and healthy!) food, work out with top trainers, and learn business and counseling skills.

While all of our speakers were informative and inspiring, some personal highlights were:

  • Sam Polk who talked about Making Healthy Food Affordable for All. Sam is the founder of Everytable, a grab-and-go style eatery in Los Angeles that aims to provide nutritious meals at an affordable cost. They price meals according to the neighborhoods they serve making nutritious food accessible to the local community. I was moved by the mission and stopped by the location in Santa Monica. Everything looked seriously delicious and healthy for the same cost as a traditional fast food meal.
  • Kelsey Patel, a spiritual empowerment coach and Reiki master in LA, led the group through a powerful discussion followed by an introduction to Reiki, which was new for me. Kelsey was truly inspiring and made everyone in the group feel comfortable to open up and share their fears. Early on a Saturday morning, she really brought the room alive.
  • Pamela Salzman, a natural foods chef, led a discussion on adapting recipes to fit different lifestyles. I resonated with Pamela's philosophy on cooking with whole foods and love that her goal is to get clients more comfortable in the kitchen so that they have to confidence to experience with flavors and cook on their own.

I am so proud to be a part of the Nutritious Life team and am already counting down to Masterclass 2018!

The Nutritious Life Team on the beach in Santa Monica!

The Nutritious Life Team on the beach in Santa Monica!

Expo East with Nounos Creamery

This past weekend I attended Expo East in Baltimore on behalf of Nounós Creamery, a Long Island-based authentic Greek yogurt company that I represent. If you haven't had a chance to try Nounós yet, hopefully you will soon. The company started in Southampton and has been around for about four years, but just started expanding outside of New York State in the last year. You can now find the yogurt in the northeast, Texas, Chicago and Southern California. For those in the Hamptons, it's in Citarella, Schmidt's and several local farm stands.

Nounós is unlike most Greek yogurts on the shelf because they use the traditional method to strain the yogurt. Big yogurt companies rely on mechanical straining. At Nounós, they simply use cheesecloth bags and let gravity do all the work. The entire yogurt-making process takes about three days and you can taste the slow-food difference. It is creamier, tangier and fresher-tasting than any yogurt in the store. In fact, Nounós is the only company with FDA approval to sell yogurt made with this method outside of New York.

Expo East attendees got a chance to sample all of the unique Nounós flavors, including classic plain, this past weekend. We also debuted three new whole milk yogurts. In addition to the fresh and delicious taste, attendees were blown away by the innovative packaging for the yogurt. The original low-fat flavors come in little glass jars, and the new whole milk flavors are packaged in ceramic. Both materials are better for the yogurt and the environment compared with plastic.

Check out our booth and be on the lookout for Nounós Greek yogurt!

Expo East

Why I Love Breakfast

Everyone who knows me well knows that I love breakfast. Yes, I believe that it is important to eat a morning meal to get your metabolism up and running for the day. Yes, I love most breakfast foods, like Greek yogurt, fruit, whole grain toast, eggs and smoked salmon. But really, it's the ritual of breakfast that I love the most.

I'm sort of a morning person, but I will fully admit I'm not a people person in the morning. I relish the hour or so I get to myself before the rest of the house gets up (the dog included). Breakfast is me time. A time to wake up. A time to relax and simply enjoy before the day really gets started. Some people have meditation; I have breakfast.

Nourishing foods, freshly ground Hamptons Coffee and a New York Times crossword: it might sound simple, even silly, but I have so much value for my morning routine. We live in such a fast-paced world, so many people rush through the day without taking some time for themselves. It doesn't have to be breakfast, but I encourage you to find a few moments when you too can simply enjoy. Take a 15-minute afternoon stroll, get away from your desk during lunch, or head to bed a few minutes earlier and read a new book. Find time for yourself no matter how stressful the day. You will learn to look forward and cherish the few moments for you.

5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy in the Hamptons

I am lucky to live in a health-conscious community.  Wellness is a way of life out here and it doesn't have to come at an outrageous cost. Here are five super simple ways to stay healthy in the Hamptons.


5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy in the Hamptons

  1. Shop the local markets. In the summers we are blessed with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables grown right outside our doors. Choosing local produce is better for the environment and is one way to ensure a minimum amount of nutrition is lost in transit. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables there are plenty of purveyors who offer minimally processed, locally made dry goods such as breads, grains, granolas and jams. I always buy the local stuff if possible.
  2. Hit the beach. There's nothing better than spending an afternoon basking in the sun on the sand, but there are other ways to take advantage of the local beaches. Running on sand provides a solid workout and beach yoga gives you awesome views. You'll find me walking my dog Brock on village beaches in Southampton.
  3. Get out on the water. Surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming...there are so many different ways to work out on the water. I love to kayak around the North Sea Harbor.
  4. Order the fish. Fish is one of the healthiest protein sources you can choose and we are lucky to have plenty of it locally in the Hamptons. Choose local fish at your favorite markets and when ordering at restaurants around town.
  5. Take a cruise around town. On a beach cruiser, that is! Whether you are just cruising around or clipping in for a serious ride, biking is a fun way to get outdoors and be active with friends and family.

Why I Became an RD

Lots of people get intimidated, even turned off, when they hear I'm a dietitian. I think the word "dietitian" sounds a little strict, and people often interpret the word to mean "food police."

I'll be the first one to admit I'm a healthy eater. I eat a ton of vegetables. I eat whole grains and beans. I eat fruit every day and I eat fish a few times a week. But I also eat dessert. And pizza. And the occasional burger.

Everyone has their own interpretation of what "healthy" means. My philosophy is about eating wholesome foods and using food to nourish your body, mind and soul. Good health is about so much more than nutrients (though nutrients are super important too). 

I became a dietitian because I love food. I love to eat good foods to nourish my body, but I also respect the power food has as a part of culture, the ability it has to bring joy, and the role it plays in our families and communities.

Yes, I start my day with Greek yogurt and fruit and eat salads most days for lunch, but I also go out for ice cream. I drink wine and eat cheese. When I travel, I eat the local specialties and on holidays, I eat the traditional dishes.

As a dietitian my goal is to help clients find the balance that works for them. I strive to help others learn to love and appreciate how eating well makes them feel and understand the connection good food has to health. I help clients develop a healthy relationship with their food, and emphasize that their is a place for food that is indulgent and fun.

I became a dietitian so that I could help other learn to love food, not fear it or agonize over it. I became a dietitian to help create a healthier, happier and well-fed world.


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