Super Coffee

 

 

Your bottled coffee drink just went from a sugar-packed milkshake to a nutritious protein drink with Super Coffee. This delicious new line of Keto-certified, organic coffee creamers and beverages add the nutritional benefits of healthy fats and protein, for all-day energy without the sugar and extra calories in other coffee drinks.

With three product lines — Super Coffee, Super Creamer, and Super Espresso — all are available in such flavors as Mocha, Hazelnut, and even a seasonal Maple Pumpkin. Naturally sweetened with the antioxidant-rich monk fruit, a 12oz. Mocha Super Coffee has 80 calories, 2g carbs, and 0g sugar — compared to a 13oz. bottled Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino with 260 calories, 47g carbs, and 42g sugar!

Coconut Oil has become one of the most popular “superfoods” — MCT Oil in particular, the healthy fat extracted from coconuts. Super Coffee adds those MCTs which are known to increase energy levels, regulate blood sugar, accelerate fat burning, and improve cognitive performance – for a sustained boost without the crash. Super Coffee also adds grass-fed and lactose-free whey protein concentrate for a creamy flavor with the benefits of 10 grams of lean protein per bottle.

Super Coffee is popping up in major grocery and pharmacy chains making it an easy grab-and-go beverage for a delicious, nutritious, and satisfying energy boost — anytime and anyplace.

 

The 10 Buzziest Superfoods

 

 

Apple cider vinegar, turmeric, activated charcoal, kombucha, and more… you hear people buzzing about these hot wellness favorites all the time! Walk into a smoothie bar and you see matcha on the menu, pick up a magazine and some celebrity is swearing by the miracle benefits of celery juice. We asked Sarah Wragge, our contributing nutrition editor to give us the real deal on 10 of the trendiest foods — and the ones we should be eating now!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar started getting really popular a few years ago, with everybody talking about its health and weight loss benefits. Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar levels that lead to cravings, and is said to work as an appetite suppressant when consumed with meals. It contains organic acids and enzymes that help speed up metabolism and can increase the rate at which body fat is burned. It also works to detoxify the body, helping our digestive systems become more efficient.

SAYS SARAH: Like all fermented foods, apple cider vinegar it is a great probiotic remedy — something everyone should be taking for a healthy gut. Know that bloated feeling? Apple cider vinegar helps increase the good bacteria living inside our digestive tract, and fight the bad bacteria which are often the cause. Personally, I’d rather you take a great probiotic – look for one with 10 billion cultures or higher, and at least 5 different bacteria strains. I like Renew Life. For some people, raw vinegar on an empty stomach (when you should be consuming it) doesn’t feel great, especially first thing in the morning.  Read More

 

Change Your Mind, Change Your Body

 

YOUR EDITOR FEELING THOSE SUMMER VIBES!

 
Elite athletes eat to fuel their bodies for optimal performance and inherently understand the concept that food is fuel. They generally don’t eat something just because it tastes good. They train their bodies like machines, and are not putting bad gas in the tank. Many of the rest of us, however, have gotten away from this basic concept. TV commercials tantalize with images of irresistible fat, sugar, and calorie-laden foods. We order what is most delicious on the menu. We fuel our mouths, but not our bodies.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all had the performance driven motivation of these athletes? What if it were effortless? For those trying to lose weight, it’s generally thought to be a matter of willpower to resist those foods that have put on the pounds. But what if those foods had no appeal, because not eating them felt so much better that eating them?

I recently shifted to a Paleo diet, which includes meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and nuts — but no dairy and no grains. That means no bread, which I would have considered impossible a few months ago. But when replaced with delicious and satiating healthy fats like nuts, avocado, and coconut, the temptation has kind of disappeared — especially when my body has leaned out using its fat stores instead of sugar for fuel. Read More

 

5 Simple Fixes!

 

 

Training hard and not seeing the results you want? Got an event coming up and a dress you wanna rock? Been carrying around some extra lbs. and finally ready to drop them? We want to help! Yes, exercise is critical to having the body you want, but diet is just as important, and sometimes 5 simple fixes is all it takes. I found that out with the help of our STYLE OF SPORT contributing nutrition editor, Sarah Wragge, and you can too!

Thinking I ate pretty clean, but wondering why my stomach had the jiggles despite daily exercise, I asked Sarah to take a look at my diet. Our in-demand holistic nutritionist has a packed roster of clients she has helped to attain their fitness goals. Expecting a pat on the back for my diet, instead I got, “OMG… you eat so much sugar!”

“What??” I replied. Unbeknownst to me, what I thought was my healthy fruit and rice cake snacking was like sugar dosing and carbo loading all day. With some simple substitutions like adding more healthy fats such as avocado and nuts; swapping dairy for plant based alternatives like almond milk and coconut yogurt; and replacing my fruit dessert with dark chocolate (yes!), those abs I worked so hard for started to pop — and with no feeling of deprivation because I was eating satiating and nutritious foods.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! We are offering 2 lucky readers the chance to have Sarah make over their diets with 5 simple fixes. All you’ve got to do is sign up and enter to win! The deadline is July 28th. Winners will be selected at random, and announced July 30th. Good luck!

STAY TUNED FOR WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS!

 

Team Sunscreen

 

At the height of the summer season, be sure to keep skin protected from those damaging rays with these all-natural and eco-friendly sunscreens made for your active and sporty lifestyle. Sprays, oils, sticks, and creams — pick your preference to keep summer sun from spoiling your summer fun!

 
FROM LEFT, COLUMN 1: BARE REPUBLIC MINERAL SPRAY SUNSCREEN. Coco-Mango, Citrus Cooler, Vanilla-Coco… these are just a few the scrumptious scents of Bare Republics Mineral Spay Suncreens. Perfect for outdoor water sports, this ultra-clean SPF 30 sunscreen spray offers a layer of zinc oxide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, enhanced with antioxidant-rich hydrators including grape, raspberry, and carrot seed oils.

SKINNIES SUNGEL. A little dab will do you — in fact, a pea size blob. Skinnies Sungel is a concentrated soft spreadable gel that easily rubs in instant UVA/UVB protection. Water-resistant up to 80 minutes.

COLUMN 2: JUICE BEAUTY SPORT SUNSCREEN. Water-resistant up to 80 minutes, this mineral zinc, SPF 30 broad spectrum sun protection is made especially for the active outdoor lifestyle. Organic coconut, aloe, and jojoba provide antioxidant-rich hydration, with vitamins C and E to feed the skin essential nutrients.

RAW ELEMENTS FACE STICK. Made from certified all-natural ingredients, Raw Elements provides SPF 30 UVA/UVB true broad spectrum protection in a performance driven sunscreen. Water resistant beyond 80 minutes, it’s packed with active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and extracts that continue protecting your skin even after sun exposure. Read More

 

The Nutrition Buzz: Intermittent Fasting

 

 
Last month we introduced Sarah Wragge, our contributing nutrition guru who we’ve brought on board to give us the real deal on the latest wellness and nutrition trends buzzing around the fitness universe. “Intermittent fasting” is the trend du jour, which both athletes and those looking to lose weight are integrating into their eating plan. 16:8, Eat Fast Eat, and 5:2 are just a few of the specific types of intermittent fasts which all refer to a schedule of how many hours or days you eat vs. don’t eat — or fast.

Although it’s not a diet per se — as intermittent fasting doesn’t refer to what you eat, but when you eat — the results can be quite dramatic for both sport performance and weight loss. Like all diets however, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. After hearing a friend say she was going to try intermittent fasting because she could eat whatever she wanted all day and then starve until noon (wrong!), I knew we had to get the facts straight for our readers — the pros, cons, and whether it’s right for you.

STYLE OF SPORT: What is intermittent fasting?

SARAH WRAGGE: Intermittent fasting is giving your body a break from food for a certain period of time. There a several different ways to do the fast. The most common is to stop eating at certain time and allow at least 12-16 hours before you eat again. Read More

 

The Buzz: Could Too Much Exercise Make You Fat?

 

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Keto diet, 10 Day Challenge, Celery Juice… it seems like everyday a new nutrition trend takes the wellness scene by storm. Some of it’s legit and some it’s BS, but we wanted to get the scoop on all to share with our readers. Meet Sarah Wragge, our nutrition wiz, who every month is going to give us the real deal on a variety of different health trends.

Sarah Wragge is a holistic nutritionist and wellness coach who has lived on both sides of the health spectrum. After a 15-year career in advertising, Sarah found herself fed up with steak and martini dinners, and feeling worn out. Having always been drawn towards wellness and nutrition, she ditched the corporate life and decided to make her passion her career — with a particular focus on designing health and nutrition regimens for those same busy execs. What we love is her practical approach to integrating wellness into real life.

One of the buzziest nutrition topics you hear about right now is “over-exercise”. The fitness obsessed — or you might say addicted — daily doubling on SoulCycle classes, going from a cardio to a strength class, working out every day with no rest days off (guilty, as charged). And yet, many of these people are not losing weight. In fact they find the opposite. “I don’t understand… I’m eating so well”, they say, “Why am I getting fat?” Read More

 

Strtchd & Lymbr

 

 

Stretching went Hollywood on Showtime’s Billions last Sunday when a mysterious blond showed up at finance tycoon Bobby Axelrod’s penthouse. We assumed she was there to provide some sort of service, but surprised to find out what it was. When U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades walks in on them and comments, “Here you are dry as a bone after a workout,”Ace replies, “No workout. Kelly just stretches me. She’s the best in the city.” Later in the episode, she would be seen stretching Rhoades.

While having a personal stretcher may be the new luxury for billionaires where once a masseuse’s hands would be, stretching — or getting stretched — has become one of the newest wellness trends to go mainstream with boutique stretching studios popping up across the country. In New York City, you’ve got Stretchd, Racked, and Lymbr — the latter with multiple bi-coastal locations. Nationwide there is Stretch Zone and StretchLab. Read More

 

You Glow Girl!

 
PHOTOGRAPH BY EMMANUELLE HAUGUEL/TRUNK ARCHIVE

Get those summertime vibes all-year long with beautiful skin that radiates and

glows. For the sporty girl on the go, these no-fuss beauty products are designed to bring out your best features — exfoliating, hydrating, and brightening dry

winter skin. You’ll look and feel like you just stepped off the beach —

even in a polar vortex!

 

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KORA ORGANICS NONI GLOW FACE BALM $38. This brilliant solid balm melts with a swipe into a super-nourishing face oil A combination of coconut oil, rose hip, calendula, and noni fruit extract — it can also be used in place of a highlighter for a dewy and radiant finish.

DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. FRAMBOOS™ GLYCOLIC NIGHT SERUM $90. Go from a dull to luminous overnight with this high-tech night serum that resurfaces skin for a smoother and more radiant complexion. Formulated with an AHA/BHA blend including glycolic, citric, and salicylic acids, along with with raspberry extract, T.L.C. Framboos™ delivers an effective chemical exfoliation without harsh side effects like dryness or irritation.

YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE SUPERBERRY HYDRATE + GLOW OIL $44. This ultra-enriched, fast-absorbing face oil harnesses the nutrients of rare superberries and leaves skin velvety soft, hydrated, and glowing. Maqui, the most antioxidant dense fruit in the world, is combined with açaí, goji, and hydrating prickly pear for a potent antioxidant elixir. Read More

 

Have Your Cake

 

…and eat it too!

Nutrition bars have begun to resemble your favorite desserts and pastries… with decadent flavors like Maple Glazed Donut, Birthday Cake, White Chocolate Truffle, and Peanut Butter Pie. Replacing a meal or snacking on one of these new delicious varieties is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth while getting in your daily nutritional requirements too — especially during the Holiday season! Whether you’re trying to cut carbs or sugar, or fuel up for a workout, these eight bars pass the taste test with flying colors – and with grab and go convenience!
 

ZING BAR

Dark Chocolate Coconut, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and Lemon Cashew Crunch are just a few of the delicious Zing Bar flavors. Offering both plant-based and vegan options, 220 calorie Zing Bars pack 10 grams of high quality protein; 7 grams of prebiotic dietary fiber; and 22 grams slow burning low-glycemic carbs for long lasting energy. Created by professional nutritionists for ultimate nutrition, they’ve got ama-Zing taste too! Girl Scout Cookie fans — Dark Chocolate Mint flavor tastes just like a Thin Mint! Get 25% off all Zing Bars through December at zingbars.com with code: ZINGSTYLE25

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Sporty Sun Skin Savers

 

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Hey sun lovers… we want to make sure you’re taking care

of your skin and hair this summer! Protect, hydrate, and moisturize from head to toe with these all-natural beauty favorites.

 

ROW 1: SUPERGOOP PERFECT DAY 2-IN-1 EVERYWHERE LOTION $19. It’s a broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen and SPF 30 lip balm all in one handy tube. Protect your face and body with this anti-aging, anti-oxidant enriched sunscreen, with moisturizing Mint Condition Lip Shield neatly hidden inside the cap.

RINSE BATH & BODY PEPPOFIT FOOT STICK $16.95. Feet take a beating in the summer so give them some love. Triple distilled peppermint and tea tree essential oils are blended with shea butter, apricot and avocado oils for invigorating foot moisturizer in a handy stick.

BARE REPUBLIC HYDRATING AFTER SUN SPRAY MIST $12.99. This refreshing spray features cooling aloe vera and anti-inflammatory seaweed in an antioxidant blend of citrus, apricot, almond, and vanilla essential oils that calm, hydrate, and soothe sunbaked skin. Read More

 

Cap Beauty: The Wellness Mecca

 

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: CAP BEAUTY THE COCONUT BUTTER; UMA WELLNESS OIL AROMATHERAPY DISCOVERY KIT; TATA HARPER REJUVENATING HAND CREAM;VINTER’S DAUGHTER ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM; THE NEAT MATCHA STICK BOX; MAY LINDSTROM THE HONEY MUD; CAP BEAUTY THE CAPTIVATOR ENERGY MIST; EIR ACTIVE BODY WASH; KARMAMEJU RECHARGE IONIC BODY BRUSH

 
Nestled on a typically quaint side street in Greenwich Village is CAP BEAUTY, a boutique and mecca for New York City’s wellness obsessed woman. With their slogan, “Beauty is Wellness. Wellness is Beauty”, CAP carries over 100 brands of 100% natural products. Ranging from ingestibles like medicinal mushrooms, matcha, and coconut butter; to serums, lotions and oils, CAP covers the beauty and wellness spectrum inside and out. We had planned to include CAP in our 31 Days of Wellness feature, but upon visiting the shop discovered there was so much there, it was a story in itself.

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Though all are available online at CAPBEAUTY.com, the shop is a destination created to embody the understated, yet fairly fabulous lifestyle these enticing products represent. You understand each in the context of the whole. None of it is inexpensive, but all is tempting in this space where wellness reigns and style abounds. The floors are lined with rose quartz, tonics flow, and beauty secrets are buzzing. All can be yours in a jar, tube, or mist. Add to that a spa downstairs with wellness infused facials and other body treatments.
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James Truman: From Edits to Eats

 
 
JAMES TRUMAN AT HIS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT NIX
WITH A FEW OF THE TASTY MENU OFFERINGS

 
Just about two years ago, James Truman, the former Editorial Director of Conde Nast, opened Nix, a style and cuisine focused vegetarian restaurant in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This was not, however, his first foray into the restaurant business. He had partnered previously with hotelier André Balazs on Narcissa in the East Village and Chiltern Firehouse in London. But, really, his first restaurant was the famous Conde Nast cafeteria at the company’s former Times Square headquarters. It was his project to oversee. He hired Frank Gehry to design the space, and it became the hot spot for lunch. The only way to get in was if you worked there or knew someone in the building.

When I’m asked to describe what is STYLE of SPORT, my one liner is it’s where sport intersects with fashion, design, art, news and culture. James Truman, who once held one of the most influential positions in fashion and publishing, opening vegetarian restaurant – with a Michelin star no less – is very much at that SOS intersection. Add to that the coincidence that he and I worked together at Conde Nast on a women’s sports magazine, Conde Nast Sports for Women, that was his idea to launch in the mid-90’s.

James and I met for lunch last week at Nix, where we chatted about his evolution from the magazine to the restaurant business, and the passion he has for sport, food, and the healthy lifestyle.  Read More

 

31 Days of Wellness!

 

 
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the “31 Days of Wellness”! In years past, January 1st has commenced my 31 Days of Fitness odyssey, with SOS (aka me) sampling all the hottest workouts every day for 31 days straight. With a few nagging injuries from 2017, I decided to shift the focus this year from the outside to the inside with 31 days of the most buzzed about wellness trends, classes, and studios. Yoga, meditation, sleep, breathwork, cleanses, sensory experiences, restorative therapies, and more… it’s about looking good AND feeling good in 2018, which can only happen with that mind and body connection.

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SOS WEEK OF WELLNESS GIVEAWAY

DEADLINE TO ENTER FRIDAY, MARCH 9 AT MIDNIGHT!

 

What’s also unique this January is that the first day of the week, year, and month are all on January 1. The planets have aligned for a fresh start! So here we go…

Day 1: HOT VINYASA YOGA. With most of the country in an arctic freeze, what a perfect way to kick off our 31 Days of Wellness than with a Hot Vinyasa class — especially as I started the new year with the 9 degree NYRR Midnight Run at 12:01am this morning! Read More

 

A Yogi’s Journey

 

AMANDA MURDOCK, DECEMBER 2017

I belong to Pure Yoga in NYC, a popular members-only yoga studio on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. There is one on the Upper West Side as well. As I have discussed before on STYLE of SPORT, I really don’t like yoga, but force myself to go as a counterpart to all the running and spinning I do. Like any fitness class you take, it’s about finding an instructor you like, and one of the first yoga teachers I found at Pure, whose class enjoyed, was Amanda Murdock. For me, that’s saying a lot.

I first took Amanda’s class back in 2013 during my annual 31 Days of Fitness feature. I remember thinking then that she was very skinny. With a ballerina’s physique and muscle definition, my assumption was she was or had been a dancer. I didn’t presume the other explanation. It was only a couple of years ago, when I noticed her body started to change and become much healthier looking, that I wondered if she might have had an eating disorder. The Pure community is fairly tight knit, and when I asked another instructor, a friend of both of ours, she told me that had been the case.

Amanda has gone from about 90lbs. to 120lbs. since I have been a member of Pure. As a fitness instructor Amanda’s transformation has been very public. I started thinking about what it must be like to have a classroom of eyes staring at you every day — going through such a challenging and emotional journey while on display. I wanted to know her story and tell her story. Although Amanda and I were friendly, our only contact was in class, and I was very hesitant to ask her about something so personal. Read More

 

Moo-ve Over, There’s a New Milk in Town!

 

 

ILLUSTRATION BY FERDINAND VAN ALPHEN

 
It used to be if you were looking for an alternative to cow’s milk, your only option was soy milk. It was the first non-dairy milk to go mainstream, popping up in grocery stores and soy lattes everywhere. Soy milk fell out of favor, however, for the digestive and allergen issues it caused some people, and rice milk became the popular alternative. Almond milk soon took its place, and has held court as the nut milk of choice for a few years.

Walk into a health food store or your local hipster coffee house these days, and you’ll find a plethora of plant-based milk alternatives, from cashew to coconut, oat to hemp, and more – each claiming to be the best alternative to the alternatives, and leaving us to wonder which one we should drinking.

Plant-based nut and grain milks vary in their macronutrient composition (protein, carbohydrate and fat), and also in the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) they contain. Each have their pros and cons, and for many it comes down to personal preferences – taste, consistency, and dietary needs. For me, it’s which one makes my coffee the creamiest, and is the color closest to cow’s milk. The good news is on that front there are a number of options available in a barista or coffee creamer blend. Read More

 

XPT PUNTA MITA: Wished You Were Here!

 
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: SUP TO SAND – STAND UP PADDLEBOARD FROM PUNTA SAYULITA TO BEACH FOR SAND TRAINING; SAND RUNNING DRILLS; DUMBBELL SWINGS IN GABBY’S HIGHX WORKOUT; “THE CELLPHONE” – SWIMMING WITH WEIGHTS; LAIRD PERFORMANCE BREATHING

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SPENCER IAN HARRIS

 
What do you get when you combine 3 days of non-stop training with some of the world’s most renowned athletes on the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico? The XPT Experience: Punta Mita! Everyone was invited and we promised a life changing experience. For those of you who showed, we delivered!

We featured The XPT Experience back in October. Hosted and led by former pro-Volleyball superstar Gabrielle Reece, legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton, and human performance specialist Brian Mackenzie, XPT is 3-day turbo-charged immersion into the cutting edge training, nutritional guidance, and recovery techniques of these super athletes. XPT clinics are held throughout the year in different locations from Malibu to Hawaii to Montauk, and for the first time this past April, in Punta Mita, Mexico. This idyllic spot is nestled next door to Sayulita, one of our favorite surf and SUP destinations.
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Double Vision. One Focus.

 

 

“On 4/3/15 I woke up like the picture on the left. I’d had a stroke in my sleep which caused a palsy in the 3rd nerve of my brain, causing my right eye to swing out. I saw two of everything and could only see straight if I closed one eye. It’s taken over a year and a half, 3 surgeries, an ocean of tears, and the desperate need to regain my life to get ME back. I took the pic on the right just after taking my new SoulCycle instructor photos — hence the incredible and very fake lashes. I never imagined having the courage to share the ‘before’ pic, but think it’s important to recognize and celebrate the journey, no matter how painful. Unlike so many stories, this one has a happy ending, one that will hopefully inspire determination and hope!”

-Emma Zaks, Facebook post, November 18, 2016

This is the story of Emma Zaks, a bubbly, energetic, and very popular SoulCycle instructor. Those who ride with Emma watched this healthy and fit 33-year old woman go through an unimaginable two-year journey — becoming increasingly ill with debilitating symptoms, both gastro-intestinal and neurological, that ultimately resulted in a stroke.

On and off the SoulCycle schedule at first, Emma began subbing out her classes for other instructors. Then followed a long absence. She would later return to teach — a patch on one eye and face swollen from the steroids doctors had prescribed for devastating symptoms no one really could explain. An autoimmune disease of some sort was the rumor. As is her nature, Emma remained her upbeat self through it all, or so it appeared, never letting her riders see the pain and fear going on inside.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending. After her illness was finally diagnosed and treated, Emma started posting little bits of her journey on Facebook. So moved and overwhelmed by her strength and bravery, we asked her to tell us what happened from beginning to end. This is her story in her own words…. and her Facebook posts.
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The New Year’s Cleanse

 

 

Happy New Year! As we head into the first week of the year, many of us may be feeling the results of all that holiday fun. Perhaps a few pounds from 2016 have decided they might like to hang around for 2017. Well not so fast! As quickly as they joined your waistline, you can bid them farewell. From juices to shakes to teas to food based cleanses, there are a number of popular and effective ways to quickly shed that extra weight. Even a short 3 day cleanse is a great way to jump start your New Year’s goals, and get you mentally and physically back on track.

A cleanse gives the internal organs a break from having to digest processed and fatty foods, sugar, and alcohol, which is energy depleting too. Limiting your food choices takes unhealthy options out of the equation and forces you to regain your healthy focus. As that food fog lifts, mental clarity, more energy, better sleep, and clearer skin are other benefits that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. Plus that quick weight loss, while initially it may be mostly water, will leave you feeling lighter and less bloated — and everybody loves the confidence boost of their jeans being loose again!

Here is round up of the tried and true, and most popular new cleanses. 3 days, 1 week, 14 days or a month long, even if you’re not letter perfect, you’ll be feeling better and ready to the new year!

FOOD BASED CLEANSES

These food based cleanses feature a combination of healthy eating, along with protein shakes and nutritional supplements that support the body during detox and weight loss. They are most non-restrictive and are ideal for those looking for a regimented cleanse with something they can chew on.

Burn & Build Body

Burn & Build Body offers a variety of different cleanses. From their 7-Day Fit Kit ($129) to their 14 Day Detox ($229) to their 28 Day Protein Lean Power Food Diet ($295), they feature a combination of healthy food choices and protein shakes, along with nutritional and energy supplements. Each program has a different focus, from weight loss to anti-aging detox to fat burning, but all three are designed to detox the system, reshape eating habits, and increase energy. Dairy, sugar, and gluten are eliminated, along with processed and prepared foods, and replaced with lean proteins, whole grains (restricted amounts), fruits and vegetables. Protein shakes are consumed as snacks or meal replacements, depending on the cleanse. Burn & Build Body cleanses have been featured in The Oprah Magazine, Mens Fitness, T The New York Time Style Magazine, and Harpers Bazaar, among numerous other fashion and health publications, and are favorite of  your editor for a quick tune up. And for you Style of Sport readers, get a special 25% discount with code: SOS2016 at checkout!
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Keep Calm & Meditate On

 

THE DEN

While you might consider meditation a discipline for only the deeply spiritual or those still stuck in the 70’s, it is now one of the hottest new wellness trends. Meditation studios have been popping up all over the country, many designed with the modern feel of a boutique fitness or yoga studio, and with a variety of class options. Chic, contemporary, and very zen, these drop-in studios offer a new spin on traditional meditation practices.

Tal Rabinowitz, founder and owner of LA’s newest drop-in meditation studio The DEN, started penciling meditation into her daily schedule as an NBC executive. She and several colleagues would try to block off time in their busy days to reflect and unwind. But she wasn’t satisfied, saying, “Sometimes it’s hard on your own. I wanted something better and something regular, before work or after work, kind of like exercise classes.”

That’s when she came up with The DEN. Rabinowitz’s studio is a beautifully designed multi-use space which she says embodies “exactly who I am.” She and her clients can not only take a class, but also lounge, relax and read with a cup of tea. The DEN is unique because of its variety of offerings and evoked feelings of “home.”

While the aesthetics may have changed, the benefits of meditation remain the same, and are perhaps more important than ever. Meditation is proven to reduce tension and anxiety; improve mood and focus; and boost energy and creativity. In this digital era in which we are always connected to the outside, meditation provides an opportunity to unplug and re-focus on the inside. Says Rabinowitz, “We’re all just craving a moment of balance.”

From NYC to LA, here are the new meditation studios that have got even the busiest learning to check out to check in:
 

MNDFL NYC

MNDFL

MNDFL is located in NYC with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. MNDFL’s inventors, spiritual blogger Ellie Burrows and The Buddha Walks Into A Bar author Lodro Rinzler, dreamed of a non-traditional, non-religious space to meditate. The modern studio at MNDFL features exposed brick walls, large greenery and neutral-colored plush cushions. MNDFL offers drop in classes for 30 or 45 minutes of modern guided meditation. When you book your cushion, you chose from a “menu” of meditations catered to your mood or current state; for example, there is MNDFL Breath for relaxation, MNDFL Mamas for expecting mothers, or MNDFL Sleep for insomniacs. When classes aren’t taking place, the studio is open to the public for self-guided practice. 10 East 8th St, New York, NY. Photograph: Stephen Wilson

 
Unplug Meditation Center

UNPLUG 

Founded by Suze Yalof Schwartz, former executive fashion editor at Glamour magazine, LA-based UNPLUG was the first of its kind as a chic, boutique meditation studio. Clients can “drop-in” for 30 or 45-minute guided meditation classes, a format that the The New York Times described as “a Drybar for meditation” UNPLUG’s minimalist aesthetics make it a peaceful and uncluttered place to unwind. The classes focus on mindfulness, breath work, and imagination, and the “drop-in” style allows people to investigate the practice of meditation. UNPLUG offers crafted unique meditation programs for kids and corporate groups, too. 12401 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca.
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Another Cup of Coffee? Research Says Yes!

 

SURFER LAIRD HAMILTON WITH HIS NEW LINE OF COFFEE AND CREAMERS

For years coffee drinkers have been told that their love of the buzz was bad for their health. Studies in the 1970s and 80s showed that the ingredients in coffee were tied to increased risk of cancer and heart disease. It is time now to rejoice! In recent years, researchers around the globe have learned that coffee may not be so bad for you after all, and in fact there are quite a few health benefits in that cup o’ joe. Coffee is…

1. A MOOD BOOSTER
We all know that coffee makes you feel more alert and energetic, but researchers report that those who consume 4 cups a day were 20% less likely to be clinically depressed than those having just one cup. Caffeine stimulates the brain’s release of dopamine for mood and anxiety regulation.

2. A HEART NOURISHER
Several studies have found that coffee fanatics drinking 3-5 cups a day have the lowest risk for cardiovascular disease. Please take note this means plain black coffee. Hold the milk and sugar!

3. A METABOLISM SUPPORTER
Caffeine has been linked with weight loss and prevention of weight gain because it can suppress appetite and stimulate calorie burning.

4. A NATURAL LAXATIVE
If you’re feeling backed up, coffee may be able to help. Many ingredients, namely chlorogenic acid, stimulate the distal colon which helps to quickly rid waste from the body.

5. A CANCER FIGHTER
In early 2015, three studies were published that found coffee to reduce risk of skin, endometrial and liver cancer. The National Cancer Institute published a study showing that people who drank four cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of melanoma than non-coffee drinkers. An AACR journal found that women who drink four cups a day have a reduced risk of endometrial cancer. U.K. researchers released an analysis of 34 studies conducted around the world and concluded that coffee consumption—even just one cup a day—reduces the risk of liver cancer.
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The 6 Things I Hate About Yoga

 
BUT HALLE BECKER IS NOT ONE OF THEM

Photographs by Jay Sullivan

I probably shouldn’t admit this, as the editor of a website about sports and fitness, but I don’t like yoga. I really don’t like it at all. I don’t like the music, how long the classes last, the seriousness of the teachers and the lack of personal space. But I do yoga like other people do workouts they don’t enjoy, because I know it’s good for me. I try to go with some disciplined regularity, once a week if I can bear it, because with all the running and spinning I do, I know how critical it is to balance out the intensity of those workouts with something stretchy. Whereas those workouts fly by as I dance my way through a SoulCycle class and endorphine out during a run, I find myself counting the minutes in yoga.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think yoga is an incredible workout, depending on the style. I think the toned yoga body, with its strong shoulders, high glutes and athletic quads, is one of the best you can have. I find myself awestruck as I look around the studio at regular people like me doing handstands and balancing on their arms with their legs tied in pretzel positions that I could never imagine getting into.

I joined Pure Yoga in NYC a few months ago assuming if I was paying monthly for classes I would force myself to go. That has kind of worked; I have a six class per month membership but only go about two to three times a month, so it has become very expensive, too.

So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a Hot Power Yoga class taught by Halle Becker, aka “Halle Homegirl,” that I daresay I enjoy. I must confess she had an advantage going in: Halle is also an instructor at SoulCycle, of which I am a devotee, and a family favorite teacher. I was greeted with hugs and high fives upon arriving at my first class, and received shout outs for my down dogs. Who has ever heard of shout outs in yoga??
 
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Whey, Hemp, Soy & More: The Scoop on Protein Powder

 

 

When recently ordering a protein shake at my favorite local juice bar, Juice Generation, I was offered the choice of soy, hemp or whey protein powder. Not really having any clue about the difference, I ordered whey and then consulted with my contributing fitness and nutrition editor, David Kirsch, to get the scoop on the pros and cons of each.

David Kirsch is the founder and owner of Madison Square Club, a state-of-the-art fitness training and nutritional counseling center in NYC. He is one of the most highly regarded trainers in the fitness industry, sought after by some of the biggest names in the entertainment and fashion worlds — Liv Tyler, Kerry Washington, Julia Roberts, Heidi Klum and Kate Upton, just to name a few. David has his own line extensive line of nutritional products, and vast knowledge of what the body needs to get in shape, look great and function at its best. Below is David’s guide, created just for STYLE OF SPORT, on everything you need to know about protein powder in 750 words or less!

PROTEIN POWDER SUPPLEMENTS – WHICH ONE IS BEST? By David Kirsch

Ideally, the path to optimal health is through consuming a balanced diet of nutrient rich foods in all of the food categories – carbohydrate, protein, fruits, vegetables, dairy and some healthy fat. Eating up to 5 small meals a day every three or so hours is the way to do it. Having said that, the reality is few of us have the time to eat that way. Add to that one’s busy, active lifestyle, the stress of work and life, and one can see why supplements factor in to many people’s diets. This article is going to focus on protein supplements. There are so many choices out there. Which is best and how should they be used? Read More

 
 

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