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Wine Water is Two Simple Ingredients Made for Active Lifestyles

Active wine enthusiasts rejoice! Wine Water is bringing you a refreshing alcoholic drink to be enjoyed all summer long. Inspired by the active, coastal lifestyle in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wine Water is for working hard and playing just as hard. 

Wine Water is exactly what it sounds like - crafted with two simple ingredients, dry French wine and sparking water. There are no added flavors and nothing artificial. Compare that to other popular spirit and malt based seltzers available with unnatural ingredients and flavors.

Another perk - Wine Water comes in portable cans. Each can is 4.9% alcohol and just 69 calories, with 0 grams of sugar, low sulfites, and non-GMO. This means a can of Wine Water fits into gluten free and vegan lifestyles.

There are currently two varietals available:

Rosé Water

On the palate, the bright acidity of the French Dry Rosé wine is balanced by the effervescence of the pure sparkling water. With aromas of strawberry and melon generously expressed, this simple but striking combination reveals an incredibly refreshing tasting experience - perfectly paired with an afternoon in the sun, by the pool, or anywhere good friends gather.

Wine Water Sauvignon Blanc

Aromas of exotic fruits including pineapple and mango are featured on the nose and palate, and are beautifully balanced with the effervescence of the pure, sparkling water. Simple but striking, Wine Water Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect expression of the Entre-Deux-Mers terroir in an approachable, incredibly refreshing, easy-to-enjoy presentation.

Two other varietals, Cabernet and Chardonnay, are arriving later this year.

A percentage of all Wine Water profits are donated to support clean water initiatives. You can find Wine Water at Trader Joe's across Miami. To see other locations, click here.

Find out more at sipwinewater.com or follow them on Instagram at @sipwinewater.

Active wine enthusiasts rejoice! Wine Water is bringing you a refreshing alcoholic drink to be enjoyed all summer long. Inspired by the active, coastal lifestyle in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wine Water is for working hard and playing just as hard. 

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Miami Swimwear Brand Elspiri Debuts With Summer Collection

Elspiri is a new swimwear brand launching in the U.S. this summer and are based right here in Miami. Their first-ever swim and beach collection for Summer 2022 will feature colorful florals, bright solids and animal prints that reflect many of the tropical and oceanside colors reminiscent of Santorini and nearby islands.

Elspiri is a new swimwear brand launching in the U.S. this summer and are based right here in Miami. Their first-ever swim and beach collection for Summer 2022 will feature colorful florals, bright solids and animal prints that reflect many of the tropical and oceanside colors reminiscent of Santorini and nearby islands.

“Elspiri celebrates individuality and diversity with adjustability and attention to detail to let your body tell your story,” said Juanita Carmet, Swim & Resortwear Designer for Elspiri. “Our feminine styles are designed to make you feel empowered and confident in your own skin.”

The body-positive swimsuits and beachwear evoke wanderlust towards the sea through their vibrant, coastal styles and versatile designs made for every body. The collection includes adjustable and supportive bikini tops with removable bra cups that come in four styles and seven different colors. Styles include:

  • Cora - a lace front bralette with a supportive band in tones such as plumbago and fantasy floral
  • Athena - an over the shoulder top with tie back, available in a painted animal print and bougainvillea pink
  • Lyra - a versatile cross back bralette available in white, sorbet, bougainvillea and painted animal colors
  • Ophelia - a triangle over the shoulder top, available in Greek blue and fantasy floral hues.

Elspiri’s bikini bottoms are available in three different styles and a range of colors, including: Thea, a high leg V-cut bottom available in bougainvillea, printed animal and fantasy floral colors; Maya, a high-waisted, high leg bottom available in plumbago and bougainvillea; and Zoe, a drawstring tie-side triangle bottom in sorbet, printed animal, Greek blue, and floral colors.

All bikini tops and bottoms are available in sizes small to extra-large, and can be mixed and matched. Bikini tops start at $79 and bikini bottoms start at $77.

For a little more coverage, Elspiri created two styles of one-piece swimsuits, including Chloe, a lace front piece with a deep V-cut back and adjustable straps, available in sorbet, bougainvillea, and painted animal tones. The Alexandra, is a cut-out, keyhole one piece with adjustable tie back strings and comes available in Greek blue and fantasy floral colors. One-piece swimsuits start at $165 for solid colors and $172 for prints.

In addition to swimwear, Elspiri is launching beachwear that complements its swimsuits or can be worn on their own as casual resort wear. From solid colored shirt dresses for a classic look, to sexy off-the-shoulder crop tops, the beach attire collection has something for everyone. 

When deciding on the collection’s materials to incorporate into the design, Carmet stated that “the brand strived to use quality fabrics from top mills in the industry to provide customers with the most value for their money. The human skin is the largest organ; we wanted to make sure we dressed it in premium fabrics.”

Elspiri is made with quick-dry, anti-pilling, and wrinkle-free premium Italian fabrics that maintain comfort, colorfastness, and elasticity. The beachwear collection is made with 100% Brazilian cotton and 100% viscose, giving each piece a linen appearance that is breathable, lightweight, soft and drapey. All fabrics used are OEKO-TEX® and Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) certified.

To purchase Elspiri’s swimwear and beachwear or for more information, visit shopelspiri.com.

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Silver Mirror Facial Bar Announces Fall Launch in Miami

Silver Mirror Facial Bar is bringing its glowing concept Miami. Founded in New York City by Cindy Kim and Matt Maroone, Silver Mirror Facial Bar will be delivering its unique and customized facial treatments to Brickell later this year.

Silver Mirror Facial Bar is bringing its glowing concept Miami. Founded in New York City by Cindy Kim and Matt Maroone, Silver Mirror Facial Bar will be delivering its unique and customized facial treatments to Brickell later this year.

Started in 2016, Silver Mirror Facial Bar aspired to bring fast, effective, and affordable facials to the market. The company lives by three principles: (1) Love your skin (2) Respect your schedule and (3) Provide real results. The Miami location will span almost 1,800 square feet and include nine dedicated treatment stations, the largest for the brand.

“When looking for our first facial bar outside of NYC and Washington D.C., we felt Miami was the perfect next step outside of the northeast to embrace our fresh, modern approach to skincare,” said Maroone. “As a South Florida native, it’s always been my dream to bring our growing start-up to my hometown. From a skincare perspective, South Florida’s tropical climate presents unique skincare challenges, and we are excited to deliver dynamic, personalized solutions so that South Florida residents can feel confident about their skin.”

Silver Mirror Facial Bar offers a spectrum of luxury maintenance and targeted treatments, including the spa’s signature facials as well as add-ons, such as dermaplaning, hydradermabrasion, decompression massages, LED therapy, and chemical peels. In addition to à la carte facials, the brand offers a monthly membership platform that allows customers to prioritize their skincare needs, which includes discounts on services & skincare products, special give-a-ways and promotions, first access to new skincare technology and much more.

To continue an at-home maintenance program, the acclaimed facial bar also carries an extensive collection of the best medical-grade skincare and beauty products on the market today, including iS Clinical, Skinceuticals, Revision, Sanitas, Dr. Dennis Gross and Supergoop! among others.

The company is as passionate about healthy skin as it is about giving back, with a focus on education, healthcare, social justice and women’s economic-development opportunities. The company partners with nonprofits to donate a portion of Seasonal Facial proceeds to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Women’s World Banking, City Year and Experience Camp.

The new Brickell location will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week, offering an easy solution for clients looking to pop in during lunch breaks or on their way home from work. Silver Mirror Facial Bar currently has locations in the Flatiron District and Upper East Side in New York City and in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. In addition to its Miami location, the company is opening additional locations in Bryant Park (NYC) and Navy Yard (Washington D.C.) in 2022.

Head to silvermirror.com to learn more or keep up with the new location at 115 SW 8th Street in Brickell.

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5 Fitness Trends You'll See in 2022 According to New Mindbody Report

Definitions of wellness and fitness continue to change and are encompassing a lot more than just "being in shape". In Mindbody's 2022 Fitness Trends Report, they highlight some of the trends they are expecting for this year based on a survey of over 16,000 Americans. Here are five takeaways.

Definitions of wellness and fitness continue to change and are encompassing a lot more than just "being in shape". In Mindbody's 2022 Fitness Trends Report, they highlight some of the trends they are expecting for this year based on a survey of over 16,000 Americans. Here are five takeaways.

1. The understanding that wellness is mental, physical, and spiritual

78% of people say wellness is more important than ever

Wellness now encompasses a whole lot more than just being in shape. It includes reducing stress and finding a sense of community and belonging. It spans mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions and people are now prioritized mental wellness above them all.

2. More recognition that physical health plays a large role in mental health

77% of people say being physically active helps their mental health

To the majority, a workout is not just a workout. While working out used to be primarily about weight loss and living a long life, the top reasons people workout today are to reduce stress, feel better mentally, and look better physically.

3. Immune health continues to be top of mind

46% of people are interested in trying new services or treatments that support immune health

Almost half of people are interested in more immune-boosting services and education on topics like nutrition, sleep, and stress reduction. There is also an interest in trying new things in general.

4. Virtual fitness can exist with in-person classes

35% of people started going to an in-person fitness class they discovered through virtual fitness

For many, virtual workouts are an extension of a brand they’re already engaging with. In fact, 25% of those who participate in virtual workouts do so with the gym or studio they currently attend.

5. More people are prioritizing recovery

44% of people say recovery is important

While men are more likely to engage in recovery services than women, almost half of participants agree that recovery is an important part of any wellness routine.

Do you agree with these sentiments? To read the entire report, click here.

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March is National Sleep Awareness Month, Here’s How to Get Your Zzzs

March is sleep awareness month and if you’re struggling to get some Z’s, then keep reading. We tapped Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, Doctor of Chinese and Integrative Medicine and Founder of Helia House, a non-toxic healing oasis located in North Miami, for her best tips to help you snooze. Keep reading for five products to help ensure a solid night of shut eye.

March is sleep awareness month and if you’re struggling to get some Z’s, then keep reading. We tapped Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, Doctor of Chinese and Integrative Medicine and Founder of Helia House, a non-toxic healing oasis located in North Miami, for her best tips to help you snooze. Keep reading for five products to help ensure a solid night of shut eye.

Dr. Trattner suggests: 

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, ideally 9-10 hours. Try and go to bed around the same time each night, optimally getting into bed by 10 pm. The sleep between 10 pm and 12 am is some of the most restorative.
  • No TV, bright lights, tablets, or cell phones before bedtime or during sleep. They emit blue light which stimulates the brain and suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin, as well as keeps you up and delays and changes sleep onset times. 
  • Ban bedtime snacks and keep a regular 12-hour fasting window.  Meaning, if you finish dinner at 8:30 pm, you shouldn't eat breakfast until after 8.30 am the next day. In medicine, both Eastern and Western, it is good to give yourself 3 hours after eating a meal before going to bed. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, food retention is one of the reasons for insomnia. 
  • Establish a relaxing nighttime routine that promotes ritual and self-care including a warm bath, aromatherapy, or a nighttime foot rub. These all stimulate the production of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us relax and lowers cortisol, the fight or flight stress hormone.

Beyond Dr. Tratttner’s tips, we found these five products for a good night's sleep. 

1. EightSleep Pod Pro Mattress

If you suffer from sticker shock at the price of a new mattress, try and reframe your thinking as it’s the best investment you can make in yourself and your home. We’re loving EightSleep Pod Pro Mattress, which features a five-layer premium foam mattress that is 12 inches deep for the ideal support in all the right places, along with ambient sensors that measure room temperature and humidity allowing the Pod Pro to automatically maintain your ideal thermal environment. Plus for those that share your bed, no more fighting over the temperature as you can set each side of the bed to anywhere between 55°F - 110°F, controlled by the Eight Sleep app. There are other cool features like chest-level vibration and gradual temperature change to help wake you up in the morning, along with health tracking. $2,845, payment plans available, eightsleep.com, @eightsleep

2. PeachSkinSheets

Nothing in our book feels better than crawling into a bed with soft, cool sheets. PeachSkinSheets feature a unique moisture-wicking, temperature controlled fabric, designed to ensure hot sleepers stay cool and cold sleepers stay cozy. The 1500-thread count level is ultra soft and features a velvety brushed PeachSkin finish on each side, along with deep pockets that stay put on the bed. We went with classic white, but they are available in 24 different colors. Starting at $75, peachskinsheets.com, @peachskinsheets

3. Blackberry Rose Sleep Formula

We are no stranger to CBD, but these gumdrops from Molly J. feature a 50mg of the CBD/CBN blend, coupled with 5 mg of melatonin per gumdrop to help relax you into sleep and keep you in a deep one.  Made by hand in small batches with natural fruit flavors and hemp-derived Broad Spectrum CBD that is organically grown in the U.S., and are gluten-free with zero THC. $70 for 9 pack box, mollyj.life , @molly.j.life

4. Dream The Night Away Lotion

This self-care and wellness brand owned and led by expert and entrepreneur, Stephanie Morimoto and Chief Brand officer and tennis star Venus Williams, is on a mission to democratize wellness, making it accessible for those who don’t have lofty budgets or leisure time. We not only love their mission, but their Dream the Night Away lotion with Melatonin and Magnesium. Scented with lemongrass essential oil, this smooth, moisturizing shea butter lotion will ease you right to sleep. Story has it, Venus used the lotion during the product photoshoot and 30 minutes later had to fight to keep her eyes open. Take it from Venus, and use it right before bed. $19.99, ​​asutra.com, @asutra.life

5. myAir Sleepy Gray+ Bar

This yummy bar includes superfood ingredients like dates, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, cashew nuts and terpenes (plant molecules) widely used to improve sleep quality such as hops. We’re obsessed with these bar’s natural formulas and functional ingredients that are customized to suit your stress levels. Since stress affects everyone differently, be sure to take their online assessment to find out which bars you need based on how stress manifests in your body. $2.99 per bar, myair.ai, @myairsmartfood

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Health Goals in 2022

New year, new you? Coaches at Life Time say one of the biggest reasons for failed resolutions is that they're too big and broad. People also set too many goals at once, setting themselves up to feel overwhelmed within weeks. Here are 5 tips from Life Time personal trainers on how you can set and keep your goals in 2022.

New year, new you? Coaches at Life Time say one of the biggest reasons for failed resolutions is that they're too big and broad. People also set too many goals at once, setting themselves up to feel overwhelmed within weeks. Here are 5 tips from Life Time personal trainers on how you can set and keep your goals in 2022.

Tip #1 – Trim your Goals: One Specific Habit at a Time

Rather than set multiple resolutions, you should set one specific positive habit at a time. Once you establish one positive action, you can move on to add another and build momentum through the year.

"Trying to do it all is a recipe for disaster but accomplishing one thing at a time and then moving on to the next will create long-lasting change," Personal Trainer and Dietitian Michelle Wong said. "Be sure to also give yourself a bit of grace, if you backslide one day or one moment, get right back on the horse and move on".

"Most New Year's goals break down after disconnecting the process from the end result," said Nick Sandoval, Personal Trainer. "If you focus on the smaller victories, you don't tend to feel like you're failing and you're less likely to give up."

#2 – Create a plan and track your progress

Once you have a healthy habit in mind (adding a serving of vegetables to your day, walking 30 minutes four times a week, etc.), create a detailed plan and find a way (digitally or on paper) to track how you're doing, said Personal Trainer and Instructor Kemma Cunningham.

"Focus on creating small habits and renew your motivation by rewarding your small wins when you make progress."

#3 – Find a workout buddy or group

No matter what your health goal is, find a friend, group, or digital community with similar goals to keep you motivated and accountable.

"This could come in the form of hiring a coach, finding a workout buddy or group, or being held accountable to yourself by tracking healthy habits in your digital app or wearable technology," says Lindsay Ogden, Digital Manager for Content and Coaching at Life Time.

"It's always more fun when you accomplish a task with someone else but it also provides you built-in accountability," Wong said.

#4 – Remind Yourself of Your Goal Daily

Personal Trainer Dan Hove says this can be as simple as hanging a note somewhere where you see it every day, or setting reminders on your phone. Daily check-ins and reminders ensure your goal is top of mind.

"When things get tough, dig back into the why of your goal and remind yourself why you wanted to do this."

#5 – Visualize Success

Visualize what a successful outcome is for your goal. It will be easier for you to develop a game plan and be motivated to keep moving when things get tough. "Think about when you accomplished a goal before and ask yourself what did you need to be successful? How did you overcome the obstacles then?" Wong says.

According to Life Time's recent national wellness survey of nearly 1,000 people across the country, the top health resolutions expected in 2022 are:

  • Lose weight (31%)
  • Build muscle (22%)
  • Eat better (13%)
  • Move more (13%)
  • Improve mental wellbeing (11%)

What are your 2022 goals?

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10 Best Fitness and Wellness Gifts To Shop on Black Friday

It used to be Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. And now it’s Cyber Week. Get ready to shop at a serious savings for all your fitness and wellness wishes, wants and needs. Here we compiled some of the best deals we feel you might love. Whether you are gifting yourself or the wellness and fitness junkies on your holiday list, be sure to check these out. 

It used to be Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. And now it’s Cyber Week. Get ready to shop at a serious savings for all your fitness and wellness wishes, wants and needs. Here we compiled some of the best deals we feel you might love. Whether you are gifting yourself or the wellness and fitness junkies on your holiday list, be sure to check these out. 

1. Heat Healer Sauna Blanket

We could go on and on for our love for a good sauna session, but we’ll spare you and let you try it for yourself. The Heat Healer Infrared Sauna Blanket heats up to 158 degrees and features 96 smooth Jade and Tourmaline stones that perfectly distribute heat with maximum infrared emissivity and EMF blocking technology. Heat Healer Sauna Blanket is 20% off through Monday, November 29 heathealer.com,  @heathealer

2. Dosha Mat

Acupressure Mat helps relieve tension, soreness and pain in the back, head, neck, shoulders, hips, feet, and other parts of the body, and can aid in deep state of relaxation, more restful sleep, reduce stress, eliminate headaches, increase circulation, and many other health benefits. We love that Dosha Mat is 100% eco-friendly, handmade using the highest-quality, hypoallergenic natural linen, and features 4,500 high-quality acupressure points in the shape of honeycombs. Dosha Mat is 20% Black Friday Doshamat.com, @doshamat

3. Liteboxer

Punch away holiday stress and pounds and get into fighting shape with this at-home boxing platform that combines gaming with fitness like never before. Think Simon Says meets Dance Dance Revolutions meets the most killer playlist that gets your heart pumping and your body sweating. Choose from trainer-led workouts, sparring sessions or Punch Tracks, aka choose your own music from a well-stocked library of popular music. Liteboxer is the only fitness platform where you can choose your own music. Starting Wednesday, November 24 through Monday, November 29, take $750 off any Liteboxer package (regularly priced at $1,495 for the wall mount and $1,695 for the free-standing unit.)  Liteboxer.com, @liteboxer   

4. SoulCycle At-Home Bike

Cycling at home just got sweeter as SoulCycle at-home bike is offering $600 off the SoulCycle at-home bike, which brings the bike to $1,900 from $2,500. This also includes free shipping and assembly. Sale runs through Friday, December 24. equinoxplus.com, @eqxplus

5. The Ness

Jump for joy and your health with this celeb-approved springless trampoline that offers a high-impact, low-intensity workout and endless health benefits including lymphatic drainage, pelvic floor strength and mental, emotional, and physical stamina. Take 20% (*originally $499) and get 3 free months of digital subscription. Or opt for 35% off the first 3 months of The Ness Digital Subscription (originally $39.00/month), which includes over 380 on-demand bounce and sculpt videos, 10 different modalities and seasonal special programs + challenges. Sale applicable only for new subscribers. Use Promo Code: FRIDAY. thenessnyc.com, @thenessnyc

6. equipt 

Arguably the most stylish workout equipment, the popular U bar weight available in 4lb, 8lb, 12lb, and 16lbs, is ergonomically shaped for comfort and utility. Save 20% sitewide Friday, November 26 - Monday, November 29 (no code required) on these functional fitness equipment that can double as home décor. equiptmovement.com @equiptmovement

7. AGOGIE Resistance Pants

We’re always up for an extra push and AGOGIE Resistance Pants (styles for men and women) have eight resistance bands built in to add constant tension, turning  every movement into a calorie-burning and muscle toning workout. Receive $25 off 1 pair or $30 off 2 pairs each. agogie.com, @agogielife

8. IBKÜL

Your go-to for functional temperature controlled apparel (think tops that lower your body temp by 5 degrees, and pullovers and vest solutions to keep you warm), for men, women, and girls is offering not to be missed deals. Use Code BLACKFRIDAY15 to get $15 off $150; BLACKFRIDAY25 to get $25 off $250, BLACKFRIDAY35 to get $35 off $350. Valid on Friday, November 26. www.ibkul.com@ibkulbrand

9. Ivy by BellaBeat

Going beyond a smart watch, Ivy is a health and wellness tracker disguised as a stylish bracelet that is engineered specifically for the female body with proprietary app algorithms that monitors biometric data - anatomic, mental and physiological. Tracking everything from resting heart rate, respiratory rate, and cardiac coherence to menstrual cycles, Ivy will be 20% Friday, November 26 - Wednesday, December 1. Receive 2-year subscription with every IVY purchase. Bellabeat.com, @bellabeat 

10. NutraMilk

Perfect for the chef or the DIYer, NutraMilk is the only patented processor/blender appliance that can produce fresh, ready to drink alternative milks, butters, dips, spreads, smoothies, and other delicious treats in minutes from virtually any nut, seed, grain, legume. Take $100 off plus free shipping for customers based in the continental US. Sale currently running through Monday, November 29. thenutramilk.com, @thenutramilk

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Intermittent Fasting from a Dietitian

As a dietitian, I often get asked about intermittent fasting. What is it? Are there any benefits to intermittent fasting (IF)? How long do I have to go without eating? Can I work out when I fast? Who should not do Intermittent Fasting?

As a dietitian, I often get asked about intermittent fasting. What is it? Are there any benefits to intermittent fasting (IF)? How long do I have to go without eating? Can I work out when I fast? Who should not do Intermittent Fasting?

We are a 24/7 nation. Food is available about every place you turn. We are bombarded with commercials about fast food and we have delivery companies that will deliver food anytime, anywhere from your favorite restaurants. Food is easily accessible all of the time. And most people find it difficult to fast. 

Over the years as portion sizes have increased, so has our waist size and risk for CVD and type 2 diabetes. In fact, an estimated 88 million Americans (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes. And most of them don’t know they have it. Pre-diabetes puts you at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. 

Before considering intermittent fasting, check with your doctor, especially if you have been diagnosed with a chronic disease or if you are on certain medications that require you to take them with food. 

What is intermittent fasting?

It involves metabolic switching from one fuel source to another and reduction of cellular stress. The key to intermittent fasting is the timing of the fast. 

The science behind Intermittent Fasting is that when we eat carbohydrates they are quickly broken down into sugars which our cells use for energy. If we eat too many carbs or our cells cannot use what we have eaten, any extra is stored in our liver as glycogen and in our fat cells as fat. The hormone insulin made by the pancreas, helps get the sugar into the cells.

Between our meals, our insulin levels normally will go down and our fat cells will release the stored sugar to be used as energy.  When we let our insulin levels go down, we start burning fat. The goal of IF is to allow the insulin level to go down enough for a longer period of time to help burn off the fat to lose weight. 

How do I start intermittent fasting? How long do I go without eating? 

There are several ways to approach intermittent fasting.

  • You may eat during an 8-9 hour window and then fast the rest of the time. For example: Eat breakfast at 9:00 AM and have your dinner at 5:00 and then do not eat again until the next morning at 9:00. This will be about 16 hours of intermittent fasting, most of it while you are sleeping. This seems to be the easiest way to do intermittent fasting, since you are sleeping through most of the fast. (Unless of course, you are a sleepwalker who wears out a path to the kitchen during your nightly walks.)
  • There is the 5:2 intermittent fasting approach: where you eat regularly for 5 days of the week, then on the other 2 days, you eat one 500-600 calorie meal each day and fast the rest of the day. As a dietitian, I think 500-600 calories/day is too low of an intake. 

Going long periods without food (48-72 hours) is not any better for you and could actually encourage your body to start storing fat because it thinks you are trying to starve it.  

It can take your body several weeks before it gets used to intermittent fasting. Initially you may feel hungry and/or irritable, however people that can get through those weeks report feeling better from intermittent fasting. 

So during the fasting period, can I drink beverages?

Yes, you can drink water, carbonated water without calories, black coffee and tea without milk or sweetener. This does not mean that during your eating period you can pack in the calories and eat junk food or highly processed refined foods and sweets. Eat your normal 3 meals and a snack if that’s what you typically eat. 

Can I workout when I am fasting? 

When fasting your glycogen stores will become depleted and you will start burning fat as fuel, so during your workout you will be burning more fat. But you may also be breaking down the muscle you worked hard to build to use as protein for fuel. And you may have less energy to perform your workout or hit the wall sooner due to lack of available fuel. In my opinion, I would not exercise on the days you fast. 

What are the benefits of intermittent fasting?

A New England Journal of Medicine study found that intermittent fasting in the short term can lead to increased insulin sensitivity and reduced waist circumference and in the long term, increased longevity and decreased incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. 


Source: Effects on Intermittent Fasting on Health, Aging and Disease; de Cabo R, Mattonson MP New England Journal of Medicine. nejm.org.  Dec. 2019

Metabolic Effects of Intermittent Fasting. Annual review of Nutrition. August 2017

The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung, MD

Intermittent fasting: Surprising Update- Harvard Health. www.health.harvard.edu 


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Connect with the Hottest Trainers in Miami Using Motto

It's no secret that Miami is a city with tons of talented fitness professionals. Now, Motto - a new fitness concierge platform, is allowing you to discover and book the hottest trainers in town for individuals and groups.

It's no secret that Miami is a city with tons of talented fitness professionals. Now, Motto - a new fitness concierge platform, is allowing you to discover and book the hottest trainers in town for individuals and groups.

RELATED: 25 Miami Fitness Trainers You Need to Follow in 2021

Motto solves the common challenge of discovering and booking high-quality, trusted personal trainers by giving you access to their community of vetted and hand-selected talent across four cities (Miami, Palm Beach, New York City & the Hamptons). Users can book trainers who offer strength & HIIT, boxing, yoga and pilates with different session types.

“We created this platform because we needed it and recognized this would help the industry,” said Co-Founder, Leanna Brittis. “We are hoping that Motto refocuses the industry and provides a safe and trusted place for people to turn to.”

Motto offers personalized training for individuals and groups of all sizes with no upfront or subscription fees - only the price of the session, this provides users with the flexibility to try various trainers and workout types without commitment. These sessions can be booked at home, a location of your choice or virtually.

  • 1-on-1 (1 person): Individual session to improve one’s mental and physical health
  • Social Sessions (2-4 people): Small group training to get social with friends, colleagues or clients
  • Group Classes (5-15 people): Group workouts that allow the client create a class to bring together friends, coworkers, bridesmaids etc

Trainers build out their profiles and list their own rates and availability for clients to choose from. Motto allows for direct messaging between users and trainers should they need to request a specific availability that may not be listed on a trainer's schedule.

For more information, visit https://bookmotto.com/welcome



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5 Body Oils for Sexy, Soft, and Smooth Skin

At some point, we’re not quite sure when, we ditched body lotion and began moisturizing with body oils. Given our hot and humid climate, one might think that body oils are too heavy for us Floridians, but the truth is, there are so many lightweight and fast-absorbing oils that they are in fact the perfect option to keep skin healthy and hydrated. The trick is to apply right after your shower, giving skin the ultimate glow-up. Here are our top 5 finds. 

At some point, we’re not quite sure when, we ditched body lotion and began moisturizing with body oils. Given our hot and humid climate, one might think that body oils are too heavy for us Floridians, but the truth is, there are so many lightweight and fast-absorbing oils that they are in fact the perfect option to keep skin healthy and hydrated. The trick is to apply right after your shower, giving skin the ultimate glow-up. Here are our top 5 finds!

1. Versed Keep It Supple Body Oil 

First we fell in love with the mess-free, mist-on application of this quick-absorbing formula and then the delicate, floral scent of ylang ylang oil, one of many oils in this affordable body oil. This sustainable and clean brand blends sweet almond, macadamia nut, and coconut oils with nourishing calendula flower extract and vitamin E to keep skin supple. Hence the name. $15,  versedskin.com, @versed 

2. Jordan Samuel Skin Olio Per Il Corpo Body Oil 

Formulated by a former professional ballet dancer, the ingredient list reads more like a salad. Inspired by the Sicilian countryside it includes antioxidant rich, Grapeseed Oil and Tomato Extract along with anti-inflammatory Broccoli Seed Oil, Mango Citrus Fruit Blend, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Olive Leaf Extract among others.  Not only does this soothe our skin, but it has the most intoxicating, sweet-smelling Citrus scent  that does in fact transport you via your senses to Italy. $32, https://jordansamuelskin.com@jordansamuelskin 

3. African Botanics Firming Botanical Oil

Hydrate and firm with this 100% cold-pressed oil that combines the firming and restorative benefits of antioxidant rich and nutrient dense Pinotage Grape, Marula, Moringa, Kalahari Melon and Rose extract, which have firming and toning benefits. Ever so slightly scented this is our go to when we need a little extra firmness or spent too much time in the sun 

$130, Africanbotanics.com, @africanbotanics  

4. J.R. Watkins LOVE Body Oil Mist

This oil mist has a powerful blend of natural pink peppercorn and guarana, both of which may boost sexual desire and stimulation which is an added perk. It also hydrates with sunflower seed oil extracts, jojoba seed oil and apricot kernel oil along with summery scents peony and patchouli that left us loving how our skin felt. $15, jrwatkins.com@jr_watkins

5. NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Body Oil 

Prepare your body and mind for a restful night with this oil that includes a complex blend of 19 essential oils to help you ease into sleep including English lavender, along with sweet basil and jasmine. The nourishing and skin softening blend also includes safflower oil, jojoba oil and rosehip oil to keep skin soft. $40, neomorganics.com, @neomorganics 

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MYP Athletes Sees Increase in Demand for Meditation Services from Athlete Clients

I began to notice a shift in the types of needs more and more of these athletes were having. As a result of them beginning to resonate with and ask for mindfulness/meditation work, as well as Pilates, I knew that this was an opportunity for MYP to fully serve as a go-to for “working in.”

When “MYP Athletes” was created, athletes were, of course, the primary focus. I also knew it was time to offer more than just yoga, which I had already been offering for years. I began to notice a shift in the types of needs more and more of these athletes were having. As a result of them beginning to resonate with and ask for mindfulness/meditation work, as well as Pilates, I knew that this was an opportunity for MYP to fully serve as a go-to for “working in.” Therefore, adding both of these to the mix was a no-brainer. I know first hand how valuable these forms of “working in” are, as they ultimately allow an individual to keep cultivating and creating the energy needed to continue performing and working out. This was why offering more than one option seemed to be what made my brand and vision feel complete. Except it wasn’t.

RELATED: Bend Like a Pro with These 10 Athletic Yoga Poses

Once again, I realized there was more to “MYP Athletes” than I was tapping in to. After working with athletes at all levels, as well as people who push their bodies and minds like athletes do, I realized that “MYP Athletes” was meant to serve more people. The people I am referring to, for example, are those who are low on time because they already commit themselves to working out almost as much as athletes do; those who consistently prioritize bettering themselves, not just physically, but also mentally; and those who fully understand the importance of recovery and taking care of their mind, body, and spirit, yet don’t necessarily want togo to a yoga or Pilates studio.

In essence, “MYP Athletes” is here to help the real MVP’s: the ones who are committed, willing, and connected to not just being the best, but also feeling the best. The ones who prioritize “working in” just as much as working out.

We offer an all-encompassing online sanctuary consisting of body-part specific recovery, homeostasis attainment, add-ons to current fitness regimens, and convenient + on-the-go videos. This is by design to create the ultimate mind-body connection so that you can heal, perform all tasks better, and enhance your current skill set.

“MYP Athletes” is here for you if being a yogi isn’t your thing, but you still connect to the actual practice of yoga facilitating recovery, healing, and feeling your best. We got you covered without the yogi flair. MYP is here for you if having to drive and show up to yet another class just isn’t for you. We got you covered with several types of classes/categories to help you “work in” at various durations. MYP is here for you if you know you need to “work in,” but staying within a budget is also a priority. We got you covered with a 7-day complimentary trial and a $29/month membership. MYP is here for you if adding anything else to your schedule is just not practical. We got you covered with time-efficient classes, as short as10 minutes, to add-on to your current fitness regimen. MYP Athletes is here for you if you feel like a novice at this work or even intimidated by it. We goty ou covered with classes you can access from your phone, tablet, or computer in the privacy of your home, backyard, hotel room, or office. MYP Athletes has been made with YOU in mind.

Life is meant to be lived feeling good and being your very best from the inside out. Join the team. We are waiting for you.

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Get Ready for Serious Savings and an Insane New Wardrobe Thanks to Miami Sample

We’ve been keeping a secret, but in the interest of sharing is caring, we are going to let you in on it. It’s called Miami Sample, and it’s the best thing that has happened to our wardrobe. We’ve been shopping the site since its initial launch and finally caught up with the Founder Bree Feibischoff to get the scoop on Miami Sample. 

We’ve been keeping a secret, but in the interest of sharing is caring, we are going to let you in on it. It’s called Miami Sample, and it’s the best thing that has happened to our wardrobe. Miami Sample is an online sample sale site that offers the most incredible sales on top athletic wear brands, think Heroine Sport, Year of Ours, Beach Riot, Koral, APL sneaker and brace yourself because this Thursday, September 9, they are launching Adam Selman Sport at 12PM. There will be sizes ranging from XXS-XXL along with all types of inventory: bras, leggings, hoodies, crop tops, skirts, etc. and at crazy discounts, of course. 

We’ve been shopping the site since its initial launch and finally caught up with the Founder Bree Feibischoff to get the scoop on Miami Sample. 

Bree with her dog

Miami Sample is the best kept secret (until now). Tell us a bit about how you got started? 

I moved to Miami From NYC in 2019 and found myself flying back to New York for sample sales on weekends. Sample Sales were a part of my daily schedule in NYC and I just couldn't understand how Miami didn’t have them. My background is advertising- I was a copywriter at an agency in New York. I figured, if I’m here with the NYC work ethic, a background in advertising and a cool idea, why not just go for it? I quit my job and decided to go all in on a concept that to me was a no-brainer. Who doesn’t like discounts?

You launched right when COVID shut things down. Did you have to pivot to online or was that always part of the plan?

Online sample sales were never really a thing! My store opened in March of 2020 and had a 2-hour wait to get into the first weekend we opened. After launching with such great momentum and then being told I had to close my doors two weeks later, I knew I had to pivot and make it work online. COVID created an environment where stores were canceling brands’ orders, and it gave a lot of the companies no choice, but to let us do the sales online. Brands didn’t really want to show sample sale prices online, but we got creative with ways of keeping it “exclusive” to our following.

Tell us how the sales work? VIP vs open to the public? 

We are open to the public for over 90% of our sales, but we do have a VIP program, called VICE, which not only grants our VICE members early access to our sales, but gives exclusive invitations to some of our smaller-inventory, high-demand sales.

In addition to the killer activewear and athleisure brands, you also have insane sales on accessories, home décor and top name designers? How do these collabs come to be? 

On the B2B side most of our sales and connections come from word of mouth. We’ve maintained great relationships with our partner brands which not only allows us to host great sales, but leads to most of our new sales which come from referrals. I am super picky with the brands we work with for being such a young company! I think it’s extremely important to work with brands that appeal to our customers and our own brand! I basically study our followers in my down time. What do they like? Who are they? Where are they from? Do they like trends or classics? Where do they vacation? LOL I want to know everything so that I can work with brands that they genuinely love. I’m obsessed with our insta-fam.

Dream sale?

Easy - Golden Goose. Our favorite types of sales are luxury items that most people don't splurge on, so that we can allow them to purchase at affordable price points without going too over their budget.

Tell us about you, Bree:

I’m a total weirdo. I hate water. I don’t sleep. California rolls only at a sushi restaurant. The epitome of unpopular opinions. I work all day long and love every second of it. I hate people that say “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” and yet I find myself saying it...all the time. I love to gamble. Let’s play craps!

What’s your favorite way to sweat? 

Any way as long as it’s while working out. And it doesn’t count unless it’s a LOT of sweat. But the second I’m sweating outside of a workout, in hot weather, sauna, meat sweats…. it’s game over. Find me the nearest shower ASAP.

Favorite studio(s)?

Solidcore has changed my body, but Tone House in NYC is where I will always return to if I want to feel humbled.

Favorite instructor’s class? 

Kira Stokes used to have a 90 minute class in NYC on Monday nights that turned into a 2.5 hour class weekly. We were all in it together and the class became a family. I haven’t found that in Miami yet, but you can find me at Solidcore every single day at 8:10 AM. Every instructor is equally successful at torturing me there!

Do you prefer solo workouts or are you more of a sweat-with-a-friend type of active? 

I’m actually a sweat-with-a-rando type of active. I’m so competitive by nature that I like to keep my friends separate from my workouts LOL. But give me a rando on a treadmill next to me at Barry’s and you better believe we will be racing the entire class. Or at least I’ll secretly be racing them.

Favorite healthy place to grab a bite? 

Pura Vida never fails.

How do you take your coffee? 

Often. Like 3 or 4 times a day. Iced with almond milk, no sugar.

What are three things we will never find you without? 

  1. Sweatpants
  2. My intern who happens to be a mini goldendoodle
  3. GUM. I never am not chewing gum!

Anything else you can share with us? 

If you ever see something when you’re shopping that you don’t want to spend the money on, slide into my DM’s. I’ll get you a sample sale. And if you ever find a great workout class in Miami, let me know, I’ll do it with you! Will never turn down a workout class :)

Be sure to follow Miami Sample on Instagram (@miamisample) as they post teasers, flash deals for followers and to stay tuned for the latest upcoming sales. And subscribe to their list online https://miamisample.com


National Hydration Day
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Stay Fit, Stay Hydrated - 4 Ways To Replenish on National Hydration Day

It’s officially summer and it’s officially hot. The humidity is back in full effect making us even more susceptible to dehydration, which can show up as muscle pain, headaches among other symptoms. In honor of National Hydration Day today, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to stay hydrated. 

It’s officially summer and it’s officially hot. The humidity is back in full effect making us even more susceptible to dehydration, which can show up as muscle pain and headaches, among other symptoms. In honor of National Hydration Day today, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to stay hydrated. 

1. Jovē 

This 100% purified water (pronounced Jo-V) is made with proprietary Advanced Cellular Hydration Technology™ that is clinically shown to provide proper skin and cellular hydration to support healthy, vibrant living. Jovē alkaline water goes down smoothly with pH 9.5+ and contains an exclusive patented liquid silica, an essential mineral that increases alkalinity. It is also charged with electrons, a primary source of energy for our body and cells. We love the one-liter sized bottles, which can be found at Publix and on Amazon. Drinkjove.com, @drinkjove


2. Aquarian Sky CBD Water

We’re fans of CBD for everything from muscle recovery to anxiety, so this sparkling water that combines medically researched, patent-pending Tanasi™ formula of CBD/CBDa along with 100 other cannabinoids excites us. This full-spectrum, CBD-infused bubbly beverage that is made under the stars in Florida with local, fresh ingredients and natural spring water, is not only vegan, but it also contains no sugar, no carbs, and no caffeine. Aquarian Sky Sparkling Water is available in four flavors, Original, Grapefruit, Mojito, and Black Cherry and can be purchased in six-packs for $30 and cases of 24 for $76. Aquariansky.co, @aquarianskyh2o


3. HALO Sport

Skip the popular sports drinks and opt for this lightly-flavored, reverse osmosis water with organic ingredients. HALO Sport is infused with lemon juice and re-mineralized with the brand’s bespoke formula of electrolytes, vitamins A, C and E, trace minerals and ionic magnesium harvested from Utah’s Great Salt Lake, as well as antioxidant rice Amla berry. Your body will be thanking you for keeping it hydrated and helping it fight against oxidative stress. It’s hard to choose our favorite flavor from their line up of Blood Orange, Pineapple, Peach, Lemonade, Black Cherry, Tangerine, Pink Lemonade, and Lime, but we do love that it’s only 10 calories per and has 2g of sugar per bottle. ($23.99/12 pack) halohydration.com, @halohydration 


Drink Your Vibes

Something as simple as a water bottle can make all the difference when trying to drink half your body weight in water. Drink Your Vibes bottle is a 1-liter, chic-looking, BPA-free bottle with a wide mouth that not only features timestamps to keep you on track of your water intake throughout the day, but also has a high vibe words like gratitude, health, love, abundance marked on the every hour starting at 8 am until 7 pm along with a refill reminder. $33, drinkyourvibes.com, @drinkyourvibes


Father's Day Gift Guide
Lifestyle

Shop For Pops - 5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

When it comes to shopping for dad, let’s leave gifting him ties a thing of the past. Rather, this Father’s Day, help the male role model in your life look and feel his best with these gifts that will certainly wow. 

When it comes to shopping for dad, let’s leave gifting him ties a thing of the past. Rather, this Father’s Day, help the male role model in your life look and feel his best with these five gifts that will certainly wow. 


1. Liteboxer

Yes, it’s a splurge, but dad deserves to be in frightening shape. Litboxer is not your ordinary punching bag. This freestanding, lightweight device is a first-of-its-kind fitness platform that provides a heart-pounding, full-body and sensory experience, boxing workout. By combining advanced gaming technology, music, and expert training all-in-one platform, dad will be ready to rumble. Liteboxer costs $1,495 and $29 for the subscription service, Liteboxer.com, @liteboxer


2. Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager

We’re pretty sure at some time in your life you’ve been a pain in dad’s neck. But we’ve found the perfect solution for stress related to nagging kids, work, or stress the body endures from a hard workout. For at-home or on-the-go relief this Shiatsu Massager for Neck and Back features 16 massager nodes that will provide instant relief of aches, knots, and muscle tension. With three strength modes and infrared heat, muscle tension will melt away. $46, Amazon.com 


3. Biography

Not all men are great at taking care of their skin, because let’s be honest, skincare can oftentimes be complicated and overwhelming. Enter Biography Few Words Oil. This luxurious face oil that is cruelty-free, paraben-free, free of fillers, mineral oils, preservatives, alcohol and water protects skin from razor burn, moisturizes itchy and dry skin, prevents ingrown hairs, bumps & nicks, and promotes beard growth. $52, Bazaar Project Coconut Grove, biographynyc.com, @dearbiography


4. Revtown

No dad jeans here. Revtown’s premium jeans are designed with the performance and comfort of athletic pants, but with the look and feel of designer jeans and are touted as “the most comfortable jeans on the planet.” Launched by former Under Armour executives, Revtown allows for shopping by fit as well as by using their online  “digital tailor” sizing tool, which offers 96% accuracy. Stylist and sustainable, 100% of all waste is recycled, and their denim is sustainably dyed using shrimp shells, orange peels, and nutshells – saving energy, water, and using fewer chemicals in the process. Jeans start at $79, Revtownusa.com, @revtown 


5. Mizzen+Main

You got him the jeans, now complete the look with Mizzen + Main, shirts designed to be wrinkle resistant, and featuring four-way stretch and moisture wicking fabric that will have dad looking and feeling cool. You can shop their dress shirts, but we suggest the Leeward Vacation Shirt (Classic or Trim fit) available in Blue and Green Palm Print, as it gives off that Miami vibe. $88,  mizzenandmain.com, @mizzenandmain 

Miami-based Beauty
Lifestyle

3 New Miami-Based Beauty Brands To Help Get Your Glow On

Check out these three Miami-based products to help you get your glow on.

Check out these three Miami-based products to help you get your glow on.

1. Careen

We’re suckers for body oils so when we first heard about Careen’s vegan, plant, and sea-based line with no artificial fragrance and no artificial dyes, we had to check it out. We fell instantly in love with both the Renewing and Illuminating Body oils and have an equal affinity for the body scrubs and body soaks. Launched during the pandemic by Kristen Panebianco, Careen is perfect for soothing skin and detoxing sore muscles as the salt-based products combine Dead Sea, Epsom salt, Himalayan salt, and regular sea salt for deep detoxification.  Plus the packing, shipping, and bottling products are recyclable, and some elements, when noted, are compostable. Going the extra step, Careen also recycles all the waste from making the products and has a composting partnership with Compost for Life Miami for the products that use fresh fruit peels. https://www.careen.us, @careen.us 

2. NĀELI

This all-natural skincare company caught our attention with its simple yet chic packaging and “free-off” ingredient list -- free of harsh chemicals, paraben-free, MEA/DEA/TEA free, sulfate-free, dye-free, synthetic fragrance-free, phthalate-free, Dimethicone free, Silicone free resulting in us feeling worry-free about what we’re putting on our skin. The brand name NĀELI means “the truth will be revealed,” and they’ve set out to make the collection clean, effective, and affordable. The standout for us is the  4.25% Retinoid Collagen Night Moisturizer ($26) as its lightweight formula smoothes into the skin and delivers a collagen and elastin boost with its retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, and peptides. Plus the lemongrass scent makes the application a spa-like experience. https://naelinaturals.com, @naelinaturals 

3. CTRL

If you have sensitive skin, finding products that are effective yet non-irritating can sometimes be a challenge. Until now. CTRL created a collection of skincare (and some killer lipglosses) that uses effective and natural ingredients that target sensitive skin without feeling “too clinical” and are also affordable. The Rejuvenation Facial Polish uses amber granules to gently exfoliate skin and the honey and vanilla-infused polish is hydrating and soothing on the skin and the senses. And since there is no avoiding our hot, humid summers, the Paradise Smooth Moisturizing Gel, will be your new BFF. This oil-free formula is extremely lightweight, instantly absorbs, and doesn't leave you feeling greasy. It helps to minimize pores while keeping skin hydrated with botanical antioxidants like Snow Algae, Vitamin A-rich Cloudberry, and Caffeine, which also work to revive dull skin, support collagen and boost skin defenses. https://ctrlcosmetics.com, @ctrlcosmetic


J.Lo at Anatomy South Beach Miami
Lifestyle

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Spotted Together on Gym Outing to Anatomy

As reported by Page Six and ET Online, J.Lo and Ben Affleck worked out at Anatomy Sunset Harbour today and sources say they were very affectionate.

As reported by Page Six, J.Lo and Ben Affleck worked out at Anatomy Sunset Harbour today and sources say they were very affectionate.

Anatomy is a notorious fan-favorite for celebrities who visit Miami.

Photo of J.Lo and Ben Affleck by MEGA for PageSix.com

Check out the full story here.

Gen E Fintech App
Lifestyle

Climate Action With Every Transaction with Gen E

The climate crisis can feel overwhelming. It is hard to feel like one person can have an impact. Now with the recently launched Generation Environment or Gen E phone app, becoming more climate-friendly is easier than ever.

The climate crisis can feel overwhelming. It is hard to feel like one person can have an impact. Now with the recently launched Generation Environment or Gen E phone app, becoming more climate-friendly is easier than ever.

Gen E is a climate fintech app that combines the tools of financial management apps, the perks of having your own philanthropy fund, and a social feed filled with the positive actions of a like-minded community stepping up to protect the planet.

The idea was started by Kristen Kammerer after she reconnected with her passion for nature and the environment.

"I thought about how I can make an impact on climate change,” said Kammerer. “It is hard to make lifestyle changes; even if you care about climate change, you have to be really dedicated."

Kammerer created Gen E to make climate change seamless and easy. Her goal was to automatically give back to the planet with every purchase as a way to stand up for what she believes in her daily life. She knew she had to seamlessly fit into other people’s lifestyles in order for people to adopt this climate action as an easy entry point in leading a more climate-friendly life.  

While it may be hard to avoid the way society is built, there are things we can do within our own lifestyles to give back even while taking from the planet. Now Gen E makes it easy to create a positive reaction and maximize your impact.

Once you download the app, you can tailor your support to vetted organizations working on climate solutions. It rounds up the change from your everyday purchases and donates it to the organization of your choosing on a monthly basis.  You can add more impact by planting trees, for example, and all their impact and tax receipts are stored in the app.    

Gen E allows you to take back some control and stand up for the planet in your everyday life by giving back to it – your way – every time you swipe that card.

"If you have the means, this is the easiest most impactful way an individual can take action on climate change,” said Kammerer. “This is the first step into living a more climate-friendly life. Once you see how easy it is and raise awareness of the environmental impact, it can be a positive snowball effect of starting to do more."

Download Gen E for both Apple and Google phones or find out more about the app by heading to generationenvironment.com.


Susan Cote
Lifestyle

You're Only As Good As Your Gut. It's Time to Take Care of It

For those of us striving for ripped abs or the coveted six-pack, let’s take time out to look at what’s underneath those abdominal muscles. The gastrointestinal system, also known as your GI tract or gut, has a lot to do with how healthy you are.

For those of us striving for ripped abs or the coveted six-pack, let’s take time out to look at what’s underneath those abdominal muscles. The gastrointestinal system, also known as your GI tract or gut, has a lot to do with how healthy you are.

“Our gut plays a major role, not only in our gastrointestinal health, but in the health and well-being of the entire body,” says Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Get to Know Your Gut

Your microbiome is as much your body’s footprint as your DNA. It is unique to you.

Your microbiome is an ecosystem that resides inside your gut, specifically your large intestine (colon).  You are the host to 100 trillion microbes and you want to keep the good microbes happy so they proliferate and stick around. On the other hand, like a bouncer at your favorite nightclub, you want to discourage the trouble maker microbes from getting out of control.

Without taking a deep dive into human anatomy or advanced nutrition, the gut is often referred to as our second brain. Your gut and your brain are constantly communicating.  Your gut sends a message to your brain which then helps us to determine what, when, how much and how fast to eat and drink.

Your gut is where 90% of the body’s serotonin (the happy hormone) is produced. In fact most of our emotions are generated in our gut, not our brain. Since serotonin regulates our appetite, body temperature, sleep cycles and sexual desire, we definitely want more of this happy hormone.

Taking Care of Your Gut

So what foods can you eat to increase your levels of serotonin naturally to keep your appetite in check, body temperature regulated, sleep like a baby and boost your libido? Consuming foods that contain the essential amino acid, tryptophan, which aids in production of serotonin are lean protein like: salmon, chicken, turkey, eggs, spinach, nuts and seeds, dairy and soy products.

Regular exercise and exposure to light can also help increase your serotonin levels. In South Florida, we get plenty of natural sunlight, so get outside to soak up those rays for a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day. If you have any history of skin cancer, then obviously take precaution. People who hail from more Northern states can experience a depression known as SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder, during the winter season due to shorter days of light.

How to Reward Your Gut

Another hormone generated in our gut is dopamine also known as our reward hormone. Dopamine is a brain chemical or neurotransmitter that influences your mood, and is associated with pleasure and reward. And who doesn’t like to be rewarded? When your brain is expecting to be rewarded, the hormone dopamine is released. An imbalance in the levels of both of these hormones have been linked to anxiety, aggressive behavior, and depression.

For your body to make dopamine, consume foods that contain the amino acid Tyrosine. Tyrosine containing foods include almonds, bananas, avocados, beans, fish, chicken and eggs.

Balance the portion of animal protein on your plate by adding lots of plant-based foods: cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli and Brussel sprouts and don’t forget your leafy greens like arugula, collards, kale, microgreens, spinach, Swiss chard and watercress. All of these plant-based carbs help feed the good gut bacteria so they will stick around. Ditch the processed, refined foods full of fat and sugar to discourage those trouble making microbes from proliferating so they don’t take over the party.

You have put in the hard work to get those abs in primo shape, so be a great host to your gut microbes and eat the food that keeps them in balance and happy. Trust your gut, your body will thank you for it.

To find out more about how the Downtown Miami YMCA can help you achieve your health and wellness goals, please contact us at nutrition@ymcasouthflorida.org.

Endospheres Therapy Miami
Lifestyle

Everything You Need to Know About Endosphères Therapy

One of the latest health and wellness trends has come to Miami. You are going to want to try Endosphères Therapy, an innovative treatment that promotes muscle recovery and reduces inflammation.

One of the latest health and wellness trends has come to Miami. You are going to want to try Endosphères Therapy, an innovative treatment that promotes muscle recovery and reduces inflammation.

Endosphères Therapy is a globally recognized treatment that is new to the US market.  A roller device composed of 55 silicon spheres makes up the Compressive Microvibration system, which generates low-frequency mechanical vibrations to rejuvenate, tighten, and tone.

The treatment is enriched with a sensor system, which is a pressure-controlled mechanism that allows it to accurately assess the amount of pressure applied in relation to the type of tissue and the number of sessions already completed.

This method delivers results in as little as one session and is a non-invasive treatment with zero side effects Additionally, the patented technology is backed by seven years of clinical research experience and has been proven effective in physical therapy, injury rehabilitation, and sports medicine. 

For athletes and fitness enthusiasts, Endosphères Therapy can help increase flexibility, relieve minor aches and pains, and promote faster recovery. A single session harnesses the mechanical boost that your body needs to restore homeostasis and aid in injury prevention. 

Endosphères Therapy optimizes body function and helps prevent injury by

  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Increasing circulation
  • Boosting lymphatic drainage
  • Strengthening immune function
  • Reducing fibrous tissue
  • Improving muscle tone 

Try Endosphères Therapy for yourself with esthetician Amy Peterson at Skincare by Amy Peterson in Miami Beach.