My Life Has Changed Since the Be Well Cleanse

Be Well Cleanse
By Cayli Cavaco Reck as told to Katrine van Wyk

The Be Well Cleanse has truly changed my life, and I don’t say that lightly. Like so many women, I was frustrated and fed up with diets and gimmicky products; then I finally discovered the Cleanse. I had tried so many things and nothing had worked, so when a friend suggested that I do the Cleanse with her, I felt like maybe if we did it together, I could finally be successful!

I was so relieved to discover that the program was a lot easier to follow than I thought it would be and even easier to maintain afterward. If you follow it, you will see results!

I started it February 1, 2016, and now, in June, I am a dedicated Be Well fan. The Cleanse helped me lose weight, and, because it really targets inflammation, I felt so much better overall. That feeling of instant relief is very motivating. Even though the diet is restricted, I didn’t really feel like I was on a diet.

My weight has gone down a total of 20 pounds to date, and I am continuing to drop as I’ve embraced the Be Well lifestyle as my own now. I love how my skin glows from within. My relationship to food has also changed once and for all. Before the Cleanse I was more emotional around my eating habits. After the two-week cleanse, my body naturally fell into a new rhythm, and now my hunger is almost like clockwork, which means I can very easily plan to eat a nutritious and clean meal. I now know that eating whole, real, and organic foods is what fuels my body best and makes me feel great!

I continue to take GI Herbal  and Digestive Enzymes (the supplements found in the Be Well Cleanse) to keep my digestion working well. I also incorporated a new routine after completing the Be Well Cleanse: I start every Monday with a Cleanse shake to start my week off right and reset after the weekend, which can involve a few indulgences. I also see a trainer regularly. In many ways I am still leading my same life—I still eat out, I still eat chocolate, I am exercising the same amount, etc. The  thing that has really changed is that I don’t wonder or worry if my jeans will fit when I put them on, I know they will fit. That has released a lot of mental energy and made me feel much more joyful.

At least six of my friends have started the Cleanse once they witnessed my results. I believe in the Be Well mission and trust these products so much that I decided to add a selection of them—of course including the Be Well Cleanse—to the inventory at my pop-up shop, Knockout Beauty, in Bridgehampton, NY, this summer.

Posted by on Jul 08, 2016 | 0 Comments
07
Jul

6 Safety Tips for Cellphone Use

Cellphone Radiation

Their Health Matters Too

At least six countries have issued warnings to consumers to reduce cellphone radiation exposures, especially for children.

So Many Likely Risks

More research is needed, but we can’t ignore the studies out there that suggest that caution is warranted.

It’s a Fact

We do know that young children’s brains absorb twice as much cellphone radiation as those of adults.

1. Use a Headset or Speaker

Headsets emit much less radiation than phones. Choose either wired or wireless. Experts are split on which version is safer. Some wireless headsets emit continuous, low-level radiation, so take yours off your ear when you’re not on a call. Using your phone in speaker mode reduces radiation exposure to the head.

2. Hold Phone Away From Your Body

Hold the phone away from your ear and your body when you are talking. If you are using a headset, don’t put the phone in your pocket or clip it to your belt—put it in your bag or purse or on some nearby surface. The amount of radiation absorbed by your head and body decreases dramatically with even a small distance.

3. Text More, Talk Less

Phones emit less radiation when you’re sending texts than during voice communications. Texting keeps radiation away from your head.

4. Call When the Signal Is Strong

Fewer signal bars mean the phone must try harder to broadcast its signal to the tower. As much as possible, make and take calls when your phone has a strong signal. Research shows that radiation exposure increases dramatically when cellphone signals are weak. (more…)

Posted by on Jul 07, 2016 | 0 Comments
05
Jul

10 Ways to Eat an Avocado

Avocado
Avocados are one of our favorite foods here at Be Well. They are delicious and full of healthy fats as well as 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid. Looking to incorporate more avocados into your life? Here are 10 ways to eat them:

Chocolate Mousse

Blend a whole avocado with ¼ cup raw cacao powder, ¼ cup almond milk, 2 Tbsp almond butter, and stevia to taste. Top with slivered almonds and berries.

Salad Dressing

This is my favorite creamy green goddess dressing—and a perfect dairy-free alternative.

Guacamole

Simply mash up an avocado with diced white onion, chopped tomatoes, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Enjoy with sliced veggies (or a spoon)!

Smoothie

Add a quarter of an avocado to your smoothie to make it creamy and delicious! Here is one of our go-to smoothie recipes.

Ice Cream

Green avocado ice cream is fun for kids and adults alike. Make it for your guests and see if they can figure out the green ingredient! (more…)

Posted by on Jul 05, 2016 | 0 Comments
04
Jul

5 Must-Pack Travel Wellness Helpers

Travel Health
Summertime is getaway time, be it to a nearby beach, a cabin in the woods, or a far-off land a plane ride or two away. And, of course, some folks travel virtually year-round to work and play. So how to avoid travel ills no matter how much you roam? Simple: Keep your body fortified all year long so it’s less susceptible to bugs—and better equipped to fight them should one or two gain a foothold.

How to fortify yourself? The classic rules apply: Eat fresh, whole foods; get regular exercise; get enough rest; steer clear of sugar, drugs, and alcohol; and supplement strategically to help fill in any nutritional gaps along the way. Next, when it’s time to hit the road for work or pleasure, add a bit more firepower to your health arsenal by stocking your carry-on with my five favorite Feel-Good Travel Essentials to help cut common health interruptions off at the pass:

1. Probiotics—Your Insurance Against Traveler’s Belly

It’s always a good idea to pay attention to your gut health, doing what you can to keep your microbiome in balance. A compromised gut won’t function well, giving rise to digestive problems like chronic indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation–none of which you want to be dealing with while away from home. To keep your gut in check, two of the simplest things you can do is to lay off the sugar that bad bacteria thrive on and add a daily probiotic supplement to keep defenses on high alert. Look for one that does not need to be refrigerated, so you can travel with it. Doing so promotes healthy digestion, balances intestinal flora so the bad doesn’t overwhelm the good, and strengthens overall immune function. Probiotics offer a tremendous amount of protective health bang for your buck, so take advantage!

2. Magnesium—The All-in-one Fixer-upper

Responsible for the metabolic function of over 350 enzymes in the body, magnesium is a crucial mineral and a powerful remedy for many ailments. It’s one of those wonderful, good-for-what-ails-you supplements that’s great for travelers who need gentle relief from constipation or headaches or help falling asleep. It’s also a drug-free way to help keep blood pressure down and relieve menstrual cramps and muscle aches after a long day of sightseeing. Traveling with a stash of magnesium is like having a mini–medicine cabinet packed into just a few capsules, so think of it as a space saver, too.

3. Greens Powder—The Caffeine-free Way to Power Your Day

I’ll admit it, I am a bit of a greens freak, and I encourage you to become one, too, particularly if you often find yourself coming up short on energy. Add greens powder to cold water, and shake up an energy drink that nourishes every cell in your body and gives you a terrific, jitter-free boost to flagging energy, especially if you haven’t been eating enough leafy greens or you just need to make it through one more museum without taking a nap! Green drinks are an easy way to supercharge your diet with nutrients, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes—all of which will help keep your gut balanced and your immunity high, no matter where you roam.                   (more…)

Posted by on Jul 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman and Hyatt Collaboration:
Recap of the Chef Workshop in New York City

Hyatt Collaboration
Last month, it was announced that Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman joined forces with Hyatt to bring healthy hospitality to a new level by focusing on guests’ health and wellness in a variety of ways.

To kick off the collaboration, a Chef Workshop was held at Andaz 5th Avenue with the Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman team and 10 Hyatt chefs from hotel locations in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The workshop was centered on creating more food and beverage experiences that deliver on Hyatt’s continued focus on healthy meal choices for guests.

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The Chef Workshop was led by Be Well’s founder Dr. Frank Lipman (center), along with Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman Chef and Wellness Advisor Seamus Mullen (left) and Hyatt’s Culinary Director Maximo Lopez May (right).

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The morning started with a chef roundtable discussion lead by Dr. Lipman and Seamus. Topics included decreasing carbohydrate consumption, switching out industrialized vegetable oils, minimizing factory-farmed meats, and most importantly, loving our food!

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An interactive cooking lesson then took place. Each kitchen station was assigned a unique Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman recipe. The station pictured above was set up for Be Well’s Kale Caesar Salad. Here is the recipe:
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Posted by on Jul 01, 2016 | 0 Comments
30
Jun

Forever Fit

Forever Fit
Reprinted with permission from Experience Life Magazine.
By Joe Friel

Getting older doesn’t have to mean retiring from your favorite activities and sports.
Here’s your guide for staying fit for life.

I’m 70. There, I said it.

None of my previous milestone birthdays — not 40, 50, or even 60 — got my attention. But 70 did.

For whatever reason, 70 seems a lot older than 69. It fact, it felt different enough that I contemplated the start of my eighth decade for the better part of a year. My greatest concern was that it might signal the beginning of the end of my lifelong adventure as a serious athlete. I simply didn’t know what to expect.

We know that our bodies go through several key physical changes that affect our fitness and athleticism as we get older. So leading up to my Big Seven-Zero Day, there was one question I wanted answered: How can I slow, or perhaps even reverse, my loss of fitness?

From research and personal experience, I’ve learned that with the right training, you can maintain — and improve — fitness as you age. The -following guidelines have helped me stay on top of my game, and they can help you stay fit after 50, too.

The Facts of Aging

Let’s face it: Time changes us, at least to some degree. And as you get older, some people will probably step forward to offer “helpful” advice on how you should adjust your fitness efforts — usually by warning you away from exercising so strenuously. Advancing age means you must slow down, they say. Maybe they tell you -horror stories of broken bones, of heart attacks. Look at so-and-so, they say.He wouldn’t stop, and now he’s getting knee replacements. Overdoing it is bad for you. Back off — you’ve earned a rest. Enjoy the twilight of your life.

Ugh, I know. But here’s the thing: By the time we’re in our 50s, it starts to become apparent to most of us that some things are progressing the wrong way, even if we’re active.

The first thing aging fit people usually notice is that we don’t recover as quickly from our workouts and training sessions, or race as quickly, as we did just a few years earlier.

We might also be feeling a loss of power. Hills seem steeper and we will probably see certain performance markers declining. This sort of decline is, to some real extent, inevitable; we just don’t know how rapidly it will occur.

Scientists have a long list of phenomena that are typical signs of aging. But if you’re active and vigorous, you aren’t typical. And that’s good.

Still, even the most athletic among us can expect certain performance-diminishing declines with advancing age. I call them the Facts of Aging: (more…)

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 | 1 Comments
28
Jun

Eating Out, Be Well Style

Eating Out

By Be Well Health Coach Jackie Damboragian

When you start to change your eating choices and habits, eating out can be a point of confusion for many. We see this all the time with patients at the office—they want to stick to their food plan because they’re feeling great, but they also want to be able to enjoy eating out with others and not feel like they are sabotaging their hard efforts. While it is helpful to pick a restaurant you know serves high-quality food, it’s not always possible to steer the ship.

In general, we recommend focusing your plate on roasted or grilled fish or animal protein, healthy fats like olives and avocados, and vegetables. For those of you on the Be Well Cleanse, you’ll find our cleanse-friendly tips below.  

Mexican

Go for the fajitas (shrimp, chicken, or beef) with salsa and guacamole, but leave the tortillas alone. You can add rice and beans on the side.

Cleanse tip: Keep it simple and get a salad (you can always ask for a double salad if it’s too small) with grilled chicken or shrimp, topped with avocado.

Japanese

Steer clear of any dishes with heavy sauces and spicy rolls; instead, opt for the simple sushi like a salmon avocado roll, yellowfin roll, or any basic roll of your choice. Choose tamari, which is a gluten-free soy sauce, if they offer it.

Cleanse tip: Since you’re avoiding grains on the cleanse, opt for naruto rolls, which are wrapped in cucumber instead of rice.

American

You want to be sure to skip anything cheesy, fried, or breaded. Choose dishes like roasted chicken and brussels sprouts, grilled fish and asparagus, and shrimp cocktail.

Cleanse tip: Choose any type of fish or animal protein you’d like, and pair it with vegetables and/or salad.

Italian

We certainly recommend avoiding the pasta and any fried options. Instead, opt for grilled or roasted fish or meat, a salad, and a side of sautéed vegetables such as spinach or broccoli rabe. I’ll often order an appetizer of mussels marinara and pair it with a salad and veggies to make a complete meal.

Cleanse tip: Get simply prepared grilled fish with a salad and sautéed vegetables.

I find it really helpful to scope out the menu before I get to a restaurant and decide on what may work best. It can really help to take any worry out of your dining experience. Oh, and if you’re feeling like dessert, go for fruit!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
27
Jun

Bug Off, Buddy: 6 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites

Avoid Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes. This year the prospect of getting bitten is more unappealing than ever, particularly with increased awareness of and rising concerns over the diseases mosquitoes can transmit, like Zika, West Nile, dengue, etc. Even if it’s just those itchy bites that we’re all too familiar with, the fewer mosquitoes feasting on us the better. So, how to make yourself a less appealing prospect to the little buggers? While there’s no one perfect path to a bite-free summer, you can fight back in a variety of ways without having to poison yourself in the process. This season, try a few of our healthier mosquito-repelling tips, and send those nasty creatures elsewhere to dine.

1. Mosquitoes Love Some People More Than Others

If you’re one of those people who always seem to get bitten, it’s because you’ve got what they want, namely blood, and if you’ve got type O, studies indicate you’ll likely be the most popular guest at the mosquito buffet, compared to those with types A or B running through their veins. So all you type Os out there might want to ramp up your repellent efforts, particularly this summer.

2. Mosquitoes Like A Little Heavy Breathing

To attract mosquitoes, simply exhale. They’ll be able to pick up your scent—from up to 150 feet away—using the carbon dioxide you’re exhaling as a sort of dinner bell calling them to the table. Granted, holding our collective breath for the summer isn’t an option, but heading inside during peak hours is, so limit outdoor activities during mosquito-biting prime time.

3. Mosquitoes Like You Dirty, Sweaty, And Perfumed

The more scent you’ve got, the easier it is for mosquitoes to find you and take a bite. They’re attracted to all sorts of fragrances, from the ones we spray on ourselves to the ones we waft after intense exercise, like lactic acid, assorted bacteria, ammonia, and so on. So, if you’re out sweating round the track on a steamy summer day, hit the showers as quickly as possible so you don’t attract a stinging crowd. Another tip? If you tend to get bitten a lot, you may also want to lay off the brewskis—mosquitoes are attracted, for reasons not totally understood, to beer drinkers. (more…)

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 | 1 Comments

Healthy Habits for Summer Skin

Summer Skin
There are a few lifestyle changes I make every year when summer starts. We all want to look and feel our best during the summer months, and my little mental checklist makes me feel at least a little more in control and prepared during swimsuit season. Here’s my list of healthy habits for summer-ready skin from head to toe.

Infrared Sauna

It’s relaxing, makes you drip sweat (and toxins!), and helps your skin glow. Need I say more? Infrared saunas also help to relax your muscles and improve circulation. Lately, after my workouts, I’ve been stopping by a little spot near my house that has one, and I’m quickly becoming addicted. My muscles aren’t as sore, my eyes and skin look healthier, I’m more relaxed, and most important, l just feel better overall.

Research has shown infrared saunas to help balance cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. They also go a long way toward relieving tension and relaxing your muscles. Plus, the heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate—the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. Infrared saunas can penetrate the skin more deeply, increase metabolic rate, and help the body burn anywhere from 200 to 600 calories in a half-hour session! I know…sign you up?

That’s not all: These saunas will also improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimulating better circulation, blood flow, and increased collagen production—all of which improve the look and health of your skin. The last thing you’d want to do after your sauna is apply skin care products that contain the toxins you just sweated out, so thank goodness for nontoxic Drunk Elephant! The C-Firma Day Serum contains anti-aging ChronoPeptide, which transforms into vitamin D and mimics the vitamin D we get through sun exposure. Which means, you guessed it: The infrared sauna and Drunk Elephant make quite the duo when it comes to fighting the signs of aging!

Dry Brushing

When I first heard about dry brushing I was intrigued, but I just couldn’t see myself taking the time to do something like that every day. It wasn’t until my husband gave me a gift certificate for a massage on my birthday that I finally decided to go for it and buy a dry brush while I was there. The woman who sold it to me said it would take care of everything from exfoliation to cellulite reduction. It sounded a little too good to be true, so I went home and did some research. As it turns out, dry brushing is the real deal. Our skin, the largest organ, is responsible for 10 to 15 percent of detox elimination, so dry brushing gives your kidneys and liver a break by helping the skin regenerate more efficiently. It helps to smooth and tone your skin, rid your body of dead skin cells, and boost circulation. And yes, it truly does help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Suddenly, finding three minutes a day doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right? Happy brushing! (more…)

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

10 Hacks for Better Living

Life Hacks
As a holistic psychiatrist, I would love for my patients to forage for wild greens in an old-growth forest and meditate an hour a day. But I practice in New York City, so most of my patients push back on that plan and say they can dedicate about 90 seconds per day toward wellness. To help out, I’ve identified a few life “hacks” that pack the most bang for your buck. Give some of these a try, and you’ll be feeling better with minimal effort.

1. Stand Up For Two Minutes Every Hour

Sitting is toxic. The healthiest people in the world have never been on an elliptical—they’re just a little bit active all day long. Even if you sit at a desk, approximate an active lifestyle by building micro activity into your day. Walk to the bathroom every hour, stand up to change the channel, take the stairs, or just stand up and sit back down after a minute. Any movement at all will be much better than uninterrupted sitting.

2. Get A Squatty Potty

Humans evolved squatting to poop. Sitting to have a bowel movement is a recent phenomenon, and I feel it contributes to modern gastrointestinal woes like constipation, IBS, and hemorrhoids. The Squatty Potty is safe, affordable, and potentially life-changing. This is my favorite kind of medicine, and I recommend it to everyone.

Step 1: Go to www.squattypotty.com, and pay about $25 for a 9” Squatty Potty.

Step 2: Experience the revelation of an effortless and complete evacuation.

Step 3 (the hardest step): Explain to curious houseguests what that stool is in your bathroom.

3. Eat Real Food

What’s the right diet: paleo, Mediterranean, vegan, raw? In a world of conflicting research and opinions, here’s a simple way to think about the right way to eat: Eat real food and avoid fake food. Full stop. Pay less attention to the parade of contradictory headlines—fat is bad, butter is good, carbs are bad, eggs cause heart disease (oops, now they’re healthy)…. From now on, just ask yourself: Is it real food? And a good follow-up question is: How do I feel when I eat this? Pay special attention to foods marketed as health foods. Is it real food? Probably not.

4. Count Chemicals, Not Calories

You may hear experts say a calorie is a calorie. Wrong. What you eat affects your hunger, satiety, metabolism, gut flora, insulin sensitivity, fat distribution, inflammation, and stress levels. Diet soda, with zero calories, is much more likely to send you on the path toward metabolic syndrome than a piece of grass-fed steak or veggies doused in olive oil. Chris Kresser put this best: “Count chemicals, not calories,” and you’ll make the right choice. (more…)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 | 2 Comments