4 Tips To Feeding Your Inner Self With Self Care

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In a world of external focus where a scale determines your worth and your salary defines your success, you need to turn inward to find wellness and well-being. In order to survive and create balance, start connecting with your inner core — your true self. But how can you make this connection when everything around you points to the polar opposite of looking outward?

Here are my favorite ways to self-care that allow for connecting with yourself and feeling the best. The beautiful thing is that you don’t need to shell out money in order to utilize these methods. All of the following tips ultimately affect food intake, so pay close attention. They will help lead you on your journey to feeling and being well.

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1. De-Stress Your Nervous System

That’s right! Rid pain, inflammation and more with my favorite at home self-care set. It is the “melt method” and props. This method is not about melting away your love handles. It’s about ridding pain while also restoring balance to your nervous system ultimately affecting digestion, energy levels and more.

I was first introduced to this method by my master gyrotonic and pilates instructor, Michelle Spinner, at Kinected Studios in NYC. Michelle, as well as my rolfing practitioner, Marie Zahn, always told me, it starts in our feet. If your feet are “off,” your body will be “off.” It makes perfect sense, yet most people never think about their feet when contemplating well-being.

So start from the tips of your toes, and work your way up. Use the melt hand and foot treatment with the melt balls. These little balls may not exactly feel heavenly the first time you use them, but they work. I started using them last Fall, and by the time winter rolled around, I noticed remarkable change.

This was the first year that I was able to ski pain-free since 1996! I used the melt method every night after skiing. The best thing about this new tool? The balls are travel-friendly! You can easily transport the balls with you wherever you go. The melt balls enable you to be proactive with your own form of manual therapy!

 
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Be Hip and Healthy at NYC’s Top Chic Restaurants

Living in NYC is about working hard and playing and who are we kidding, being our best. So while out on the town, Laura Cipullo, will give you her favorite healthy dishes at this urban’s oasis of fun summer restaurants.

Bacaro
Escape the scene and the heat and go underground to this cool bar and restaurant hidden on Division street. This is one restaurant where you can eat the pasta. Opt for the whole wheat linguine with sardines. Skip apps and dessert because you will be filled by the high fiber carbs and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Hudson Clearwater
We love the garden at this West Village restaurant. Once a bike store and now a fave of the healthy and hip! Go around the corner to find the sneaky entrance. Get your antioxidants with the calacas cocktail made from beets and lime. It looks healthy but I assure you this is no juice cleanse. Start with the lentil and braised fennel salad and then mindfully move to the entrée of Blackened Sea Bass with the most delicious array of fruits, veggies and even pesto. Hip and healthy could not be better sold!!

North End Grill
Super sleek and super sexy especially for the Wall Street Crowd. So many “yes” choices” at this restaurant. With the focus on fish appetizers and organic foods, you can come here multiple times and get a different meal favoring the healthy side every time. What’s even better is you can walk home along the Hudson River après dinner. This RD’s favorites include Heirloom Cucumbers, Hakurel Turnips, Thai Basil with black pepper and lemon juice with the King Salmom, quinoa entrée. The chicken for two is delicious sans the skin!

The Smith
After work hit the scene uptown or downtown! Start with oysters to share for the table. Low calorie and high protein so it will not spoil your appetite. Get the trout for your best bet of omega-3 fatty acids and moderating carbohydrates. The trout is served over vegetables and frisse. The trout has a kick to it, so beware!! Also, this is not the trout on Menu Pages!! Want to go vegetarian pub style? Choose the vegetable bibimbap. Vegetarian doesn’t mean lick the bowl clean so practice portion control!!

Sorella
Support the slow food movement at Emma Hearst’s new eco-fabulous restaurant. You just feel good being there, admiring the plants growing on the walls. The focus is on seasonal food so the menu will be ever changing. Instead of thinking what is lowest in calories, think like Buddha. Center before your meal. Order what you want, eat mindfully with respect to your body and don’t skip dessert. You can walk away feeling good knowing the food was made with love and locally grown.