Posts tagged ‘New York’

Press the Reset Button: Fall Health Bootcamp

It’s officially Fall! Hooray, my favorite time of year. Pumpkins, a crispness to the air, and the chance to wear that fabulous leather jacket you have.

Here’s the thing though: If you’re like me, you’re playing catch-up with your health from the summer. I know I’ve had one too many ice creams (see the past 2 day’s posts, and damn you artisan ice cream truck parked up the street from my apartment!), margaritas, and late nights out. I could definitely use a well-being overhaul!

You too? What a coincidence!

So what you have to do now is join this awesome Fall Health Bootcamp my mother and I are doing together in her midtown NYC health center.  For 6 weeks beginning October 12th, we’ll tell you all we know on how to jump start your health so you’re feeling amazeballs. So many people push off their health until the New Year, where they swear they’ll be healthy and go to the gym 6x/day, which of course they never do. I’ve learned that health must be a priority, and it certainly is not something you push off for a time “down the road.”

So here’s what you’ll learn in the 6-week bootcamp starting October 12th:

October 12th Easy Detox: How to lose the extra summer weight!

October 19th Eat to Refuel: Learn how to feed your body exactly what it needs to feel your best

October 26th Sleep to Renew: One of my mom’s specialties. What good is eating healthy food if you’re so dang tired all of the time?

November 2nd Move to Recharge: Learn the best ways to move your body.

November 9th Think to Empower: This is all about mindset, baby. Your frame of mind has is the KEY to lasting wellness.

November 16 Build your Team: How to create support around you after you set your health goals.

Don’t wait to sign up because space is very limited. Check out the information here and reserve your spot pronto.

Can’t wait to see you!

September 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm 2 comments

BPA-Free water bottles–which one for me?

I hope y’all had a great weekend!

After finishing up my summer class on Thursday, I celebrated with some spa pampering, and then some hiking, a walk around Woodstock, NY, and a visit to the Ulsa County Fair. Complete with 4H animal exhibits (read: chickens, horses, rabbits, and a terrible-to-watch pig race). See, that’s me with a very possessed look on a tractor at the John Deer exhibit. Not sure the dress works well with the look, though.

Anyway, this post has nothing to do with barnyard animals or tractors. That’s a different blog.

But in unrelated news, I’ve decided that I want a new, pretty reusable water bottle to take in my bad. Not to big, not too small, and pretty looking.

I found this link to Good Housekeeping’s Review of the Best 32 BPA-Free water bottles so I thought I would share just in case you were in the market for a new water bottle, too. Actually, the title is misleading and they only review 22 water bottles. Also, check out this cute review of water bottles from Slate magazine.

Let me know what you find…or if you have a favorite you can recommend!

August 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm 2 comments

Teeny Tiny Itsy Bitsy Yumminess

People (especially my New Yorkers)–I’ve got something good for you.

I just tried some super delicious cupcakes, and you can trust me…I’m a cupcake snob.

I even had 2 of them! Yes, 2!

But you wanna know the best part? They’re the size of a quarter. NO JOKE. Seriously, the size of a quarter.

The creator of this deliciousness is Baked by Melissa, who has 2 small shops in NYC’s Union Square and Soho. She’ll also cater an event and ship nationwide. With over 10 flavors to choose from, it’s a win-win.

I love that I can eat 2 of these babies and still feel groovy. However, be forewarned…they’re like Pringles.  Once you pop….

June 28, 2010 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Journey Dancing My A$$ Off!

I hope you had a lovely weekend! Mine was quite fabulous, thank you.

On Sunday I had the pleasure of going to the West Side Pure Yoga  (OMG, have you been to that place? It’s drop dead GORGEOUS!) for a workshops where I danced, hardcore, for 2 straight hours. Incredible DJ, fun people, free-form dancing, letting my freak flag fly, sweating more than I have in ages. Sound up your alley?

This, my friends, is Journey Dance, created by the amazing Toni Bergins. To take Toni’s class–let alone be in the same room as she–is magical. She has the most incredible, abundant, radiating energy I have ever experienced. Sorry to get woo-woo on you, but it’s true.

So, what IS Journey Dance? According to the website:

JourneyDance is a grooving celebration that will have you loving your body and loving your life! Weaving simple, guided movement sequences and free exploration, JourneyDance reconnects you with your innate state of joyous well-being. Your mind becomes clear, free, and positive, and your body feels supple, energized, and powerful. Practiced to inspiring world music, your dance is an empowering journey to self-acceptance and transformation.

And if you’re still confused, check out this Youtube video to see a class in action.

I highly recommend signing up on the website so you won’t miss out on Toni’s next New York adventure (she rarely comes to NYC!). Oh, and btw, this is an fantastic entire body is sore, but in the “good” sore type of way.

May 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm 2 comments

Are you Pouring on the Pounds?


My post featured at the Naked Apartments Blog yesterday:

We are all aware that our country is experiencing an obesity epidemic of gargantuan proportions. As New Yorkers we think we’re different (and, let’s be honest, better) than the rest of the world, but sadly in this case we are not. Although we live in the most walkable city in the country and for the most part can pull off spandex and ankle booties, the truth is that we too are in the crisis.

Our beloved city has watched as our waist size has increased and finally is putting her Christian Laboutin heel down! New York City is taking a stand with a new health campaign.  First topic—sugary beverages.

Did you know that Americans are consuming on average 200-300 more calories PER DAY than we did 30 years ago? More than half of these calories come from sugary beverages, such as soda, iced teas, and sports drinks.The New York Health Department surveyed adult New Yorkers about their consumption of these drinks and the results showed that more than 2 million down at least one sugar-laden drink each day. That’s on average an extra 250 calories, and that adds up….quickly! Did you know that a 20oz Cola contains over 15 teaspoons of sugar? Yikes!

Now is the time to take a look at your diet and see what types of beverages you enjoy.  If you eat healthily and work out yet can’t figure out why the pounds aren’t dropping, take a look at what you are drinking. If sweetened beverages play a role in your day-to-day diet they might be the culprit. Especially if you enjoy alcohol during Happy Hours or on the weekend, it can all add up.

So, what can we do to limit sweetened-beverages?

*The best change we can make is drinking water, plain and simple.  As New Yorkers, we are lucky enough to enjoy safe, great tasting tap water.  But if you just can’t stomach it, try adding a squeeze of citrus, slices or strawberries, cucumber, or mint. Get creative!

*Use seltzer as a vehicle. If you don’t like plain Club Soda, try adding a splash of fruit juice to sweeten.  And for all the vodka tonic drinkers, drop the tonic and use seltzer instead (Tonic is just carbonated water with sugar and quinine)

*Wean yourself off of your soda habit slowly.  No need to go cold turkey. Start by diluting your soda a bit with fizzy seltzer, and as time progresses, add more seltzer and less soda. In a few weeks, you’ll be surprised at how easy the switch was!

*Check the sugar amounts in your drinks. I’m amazed at how much sugar sports drinks, smoothies, and coffee drinks contain. I’m talking teaspoons of sugar per drink!  You don’t want that, do you?

And if those tips don’t help you, just take a long, good look at the new advertisement (featured above). It’s shock value and vomit-inducing graphics might be enough to stop you.

Come on New Yorkers! Let’s make our city proud!

September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm 1 comment

Labor Day Weekend Nibble’s

I hope you enjoy a nice LONG weekend! I’m heading to Cape Cod for a wedding, and I couldn’t be more excited. I haven’t been to the Cape since I was a little girl. I’m also excited for the road trip we have ahead of us, and the 17 hour music mix that Matt has expertly crafted. Matt, I know, is excited to eat his weight in lobster rolls and fried seafood, as I lovingly watch and cheer him on.

Here are this week’s links:

The American Heart Association made a public announcement telling people to cut their sugar intake. YES! (Yours truly has been sugar free for over 2 months now!!!)

New York is targeting the beverage industry as major contributors of sugar to our diet. Have you seen these ads?

Another drawback to obesity: you get dumber!

Stick to whole foods, and ignore the ridiculous claims on packaged goods. It’s all about the marketing!

Some great tips on how to cut the sugar out of your life.

And some tips on how to cut 100 calories out of your diet. It all adds up!

Another reason to downward dog-yoga can help your eating!

Do you know your stomach? I mean, really know it? Take this fun quiz and find out!

I swear there is something in the water, as many of my friends have become pregnant recently. While I’m not ready yet, I can still prepare my body for pregnancy

September 4, 2009 at 2:33 pm 2 comments

Finding Time for the Burn–from Naked Apartments

 Check out my latest post at the Naked Apartment’s blog:

July 16th, 2009 by Amanda Goldfarb


New Yorkers have this “thing” with time.  We never seem to have enough so we obsess on how to make more of it. And when we find a spare minute here, another there, we still never seem to maximize our potential.  Five minutes of TV turns into an America’s Next Top Model marathon on VH1. We take classes on how to manage our time, all the while we could be using that class time to actually DO something.  So when we read that we should be exercising 30-60 minutes a day, we laugh. Who has the time for that? 

I used to be a five-day-a-week morning gym rat. I loved it. I felt that I somehow belonged to an elite workout club whose members were hardcore, 6 a.m. exercisers. We bounded through our day with that smug “look at me, I’ve already exercised!”  smile on our faces. 

Sadly, I am no longer a card-carrying member.  A move to another borough, a longer commute, and evening classes has thrown a wrench into my exercise schedule. I’m one of those, sigh, evening workout-ers. And because something always pops up after work, my workout schedule is a mess. Or actually non-existent. But I still need to work out. How can I make some time to get my daily exercise?

Here are 5 easy tips:

1. Wear a pedometer: A very basic exercise tool, this little gadget measures the amount of steps you take.  The goal is to take 10,000 steps, which is about 5 miles. Seems like a lot, right? You might be hitting this goal already, in which case, aim for 11, 000 steps. Lucky for us we live in the most walkable city on earth. Strap on those fit flops and get walking. (insert link:

2. Use the stairs: I never understand why people don’t walk up the escalators when in the subway.  If you have an injury, debilitation, or heavy suitcase, you have an excuse. The rest of you: start climbing! And the people that take the elevator one floor…down? Again, start stepping.  Even if you start out with just one floor, something is better than nothing.

3. Work out at home: I know what you’re going to say: “I don’t have enough room in my apartment.”  Or, “When I get home the last thing I want to do is work out.”  Fair enough. Try this: during commercial breaks try different exercises. Triceps dips off of your coffee table during one break, pushups during the second, and crunches during the third. Repeat and you’ve watched one hour of television AND worked out for 30 minutes. Hooray for multi-tasking!

4. Schedule gym time: Exercise is just as important as a business meeting or happy hour.  Treat your gym time as an appointment and literally schedule it in your planner. Think of it as much needed alone time, where you can catch up on the latest podcast or listen to Totally 80s.

5. Get a buddy: I’m all about accountability partners. Why not find a friend that is in the same predicament as you (which is probably 90% of your friends) and schedule time to be active together.  Go for a walk, take a spin class, or play Wii fit for some healthy interactive competition.   Whatever it is, no more excuses, just move!

Amanda is currently studying at NYU for her Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics, and is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with a degree from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is committed to inspiring people to live their best, most fulfilling lives possible, incorporating mainstream, holistic, and integrative approaches to health and wellness.  Check out her blog.

July 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

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