OH SUGAR! [HEALTH & WELLNESS]

Immunity-Boosters Plate PhotoSugar. The sweetness that many palates crave is touted differently by others of late. During the last year, in our quest to maintain better health and wellness, we took a closer look at the foods that we were consuming. The foods that we were relying on to maintain our health. And, we noticed an ingredient that we didn’t expect to find in many of the foods. We noticed it over and over again. What was it? It was sugar. Sugar in it’s various forms…cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, glucose, maple syrup, and agave. And, it was everywhere! From pasta sauces, to breads, to juices, to cereals.

Based on our research, we found that excessive consumption and buildup of sugar in our bodies could play a major role in various health-related issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammation, arthritis, thyroid conditions, dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer. So, in our quest to ensure that we maintained our health, managed our sugar consumption, and consumption of inflammatory foods, we decided to significantly reduce all processed foods and foods that had added sugars from our diet. This included some pastas, pasta sauces, potato chips, granola bars, bagels, bottled juices, breads, and cereal. But there was more. It was more than the sugars that were listed on ingredient labels. We factored in natural and “hidden” sugars that were in whole and dried fruits, and carbohydrate-rich foods that our bodies convert into sugar such as corn, potatoes, peas, carrots, and others.

We decided to do this for 12 months, with the intention of reintroducing certain foods back into our diet afterwards. You may wonder as many did…”What did we eat?” In addition to increasing our intake of immunity-boosting foods like lemon, ginger and garlic, below are some of the foods on our “Eat More of” list.

1) Low-sugar, non-starchy foods:

    • Arugula root
    • Cabbage
    • Cilantro
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Mushrooms
    • Spinach
    • Cauliflower
    • Cucumber
    • Asparagus
    • Celery
    • Baby carrots
    • Artichokes
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cucumber
    • Garlic (raw)
    • Kale
    • Onions
    • Tomatoes
    • Zucchini

2) Fruits that were lower in sugar:

    • Avocado
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Olives

3) Unsweetened beverages:

    • Water
    • Coconut water
    • Almond milk
    • Coconut milk

4) Snacks:

    • Almonds
    • Cashews
    • Sesame seeds
    • Pumpkin seeds
    • Veggie chips

Because we were opting for more fresh foods, this meant cooking more often which meant grocery shopping more often. Sometimes the most frustrating and time-consuming part of this process was having to deal with long grocery store check-out lines, but we remained determined. When pursuing this, we realized that this also meant a lifestyle change. This changed our daily routine especially when we had work events. Gone were the days when we timed our mornings so that we could squeeze every second of morning snooze with just enough time to shower, dress, and go (fellow sleep-lovers…you know how difficult this is!).

Instead, we woke up earlier to prepare our daily meals to make sure we had as much of what we needed for the day. Oftentimes, we cooked large meal portions enough to last the full week and we reheated the meals in the mornings so that we could bring breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages for the day. Needless to say, our shoulders felt the burden of carrying the meals in heavy glass Tupperware. But our solutions for our heavier loads…rolling back packs and lighter stainless steel food containers! During days when we did not have events, we would often eat lunch before leaving home and then return home after meetings and/or errands for dinner.

At times it seemed impossible to stick to our new diet especially during gatherings with friends and family due to the options available. Yet, we chose wiser options and we kept to our diet as much as possible.

At the conclusion of the 12-month period, we felt the difference in natural energy levels. And, we decided to keep many of the changes that we made to our diet, incorporating more color and variety in the produce that we chose to consume to make sure we had the proper nutrients and vitamins to nourish and replenish our bodies. And, the fresher the ingredients, the better. 2017 was a year of healthier discoveries for us. And, we met many friends and colleagues on this same journey which helped us stay on track. By doing so, our journey better prepared us for a healthier 2018!

Did you have a similar journey? Let us know. We thank you for being kind to your body.

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At West Elm in DUMBO..this is where it all began.

Tomorrow marks exactly one year from when we first popped up at their beautiful new venue. Thank you West Elm DUMBO for partnering with us! You’ve made our journey even more amazing!

Our Pampering Station will be set up at West Elm DUMBO tomorrow, Sunday, November 19th, from 12pm to 5pm..just in time before our December holiday season begins. So, come by, grab a cup of coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company and shop West Elm‘s wonderful selection of home decor and gifts for the holidays. And, we’ll have our skin care treats ready to help your skin stay moisturized and protected this Winter season. We’ll see you tomorrow!

And, in collaboration with West Elm LOCAL, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds from our Pop Ups to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks for your support!

Fast Forward to the end of the evening when we were so excited to present our first donation for St. Jude to West Elm DUMBO ! Such an amazing year it has been so far and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Our best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season!

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Our facial steamers and bath soaks just got a travel upgrade!

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They’re now available in an air-tight, travel-friendly, zip-top pouch! Use what you need…zip it up…and bring it with you to wherever your travels take you! These jetsetters will debut with their new travel-friendly outfits on Friday, November 17th, at Pottery Barn Flatiron! We’ll be there from 3pm to 8pm, so come get some for your carry-on bags!

And, in collaboration with Pottery Barn Flatiron, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds from our Pop Ups to St. Jude to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks for your support!

We’ll be at Pottery Barn this Weekend!

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Our Pampering Station will pop up in Pottery Barn on 1965 Broadway at 67th Street, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Come by and get some skin-hydration in before and after Sunday’s NYC Marathon! Our Avocado Moisturizers are great for runner’s needs…that’s testimonial from a marathon-running NS Fan!

And, in collaboration with @potterybarn, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

See you soon!

We’re Collaborating with West Elm for St. Jude…

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In collaboration with local West Elm stores, we will be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds from our upcoming West Elm LOCAL Pop Ups to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our donations will help in finding cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases and will help provide financial support to families so that they can focus on treatment and care for their children. Shop us at our upcoming West Elm Pop Ups and join us in supporting St. Jude’s mission.

Our upcoming West Elm LOCAL Showcases are:

WEST ELM Chelsea

112 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12:00pm-5:00pm

 

WEST ELM DUMBO

2 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:00pm-5:00pm

 

We look forward to seeing you!

NS Fan Stories: Avocado Rose Salve

An NS Fan who met us at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market this past December, recently came by our shop at Artists & Fleas to purchase the Avocado Rose Moisturizer that she came to love. She mentioned that she had stumbled upon our booth at Columbus Circle after a chemotherapy session and, in addition to making her purchase, she wanted to come by to personally thank us for making all-natural products. We’re grateful for her kind words and thankful that she’s well.

Avocado Rose Salve Moisturizer

Avocado Rose Salve Moisturizer