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The Difference Between Cold-Pressed Juices & Smoothies

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The wellness world is quick to offer up a smoothie or juicing recipe, or recommend the latest healthy hotspot, but few people know the difference between the two produce-based beverages. To help break down each sip’s unique place on the nutritional spectrum, we tapped into the knowledge at the wellness-driven resort, Carillon Miami Beach. Staci Shacter, author of The Meat and Potatoes of a Healthy Meal Plan, and haute hotel nutritionist, Marissa Ciorciari, are here to straighten out the myths and misinformation about juices and smoothies.

What is the basis of a smoothie?

STACIE SHACTER: Smoothies use the whole fruit, so [when making one] you don’t need to use as much fruit as you would if you were juicing.

Is the whole fruit nature of a smoothie good or bad?

SS: This is good since fruit tends to be high in sugar. Because the whole fruit ends up in your cup, smoothies are also high in fiber. Soluble fiber has been shown to help with lowering cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar. Insoluble fiber has been shown to help with keeping the digestive system healthy and vigorous, and preventing and treating constipation. However, too many dark green fibrous vegetables in a smoothie will not be palatable. For this reason, you may want your smoothie to have mostly fruit or mild tasting vegetables like cucumber, romaine, or celery, and smaller amounts of dark leafy greens.

And what about juices — how do they differ from smoothies?

SS: Juicers are different from blenders since juicing separates the liquid from the healthy fiber, and only the liquid is consumed.

What are the benefits of juicing?

SS: Juicing allows for more vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients per serving than a smoothie: This is partly because you can consume higher quantities since it does not contain the fiber. More importantly, the amount of greens you can convert to juice is much greater than what you can put in a smoothie. Unlike with smoothies, with juicing it is better to use primarily vegetables with smaller quantities of fruit.

Are there any drawbacks to juicing?

MARISSA CIORCIARI: Yes, there are. While some enzymes and other bioactive ingredients can become enhanced in the juicing process, others are lost due to the heat and physical process. 

Are there any additional drawbacks to having a juice or smoothie?

MC: Many juices and smoothies can be high in calories and simple sugars. This can occur from large amounts of high-fructose fruits and added sugars added to the recipes. If over consumed, the calories can add up leading to weight gain. For this reason, I often recommend many juices include a higher proportion of either leafy green vegetables, celery, fresh herbs, and even beets or carrots to reduce total sugar content.

SS: Variety is key!  Yes, kale is good for you, but so are other greens. For juices, use celery, cucumber, romaine, collards, escarole, parsley, spinach, chard, cilantro, basil, fennel, mint, dandelion greens, beet greens, etc. Add a little apple to this blend for a really tasty drink! A low-carb way to balance flavors is to add lemon, lime, or ginger to your juice: This will help balance out the bitterness of the greens or the earthy taste of beets.

So what’s the bottom line on these two produce-based drinks?

MC: Cold pressed juices and smoothies are beneficial to the average individual in moderation or used daily, and when kept in relatively low sugar content.

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Commencement Speeches That Inspire People Of All Ages


Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO at UC Berkley on resilience and gratitude.

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“We all at some point live some form of option B. The question is: What do we do then? As a representative of Silicon Valley, I’m pleased to tell you there is data to learn from. After spending decades studying how people deal with setbacks, psychologist Martin Seligman found that there are three P’s—personalization, pervasiveness, and permanence—that are critical to how we bounce back from hardship. The seeds of resilience are planted in the way we process the negative events in our lives.

Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience. People who take the time to list things they are grateful for are happier and healthier. It turns out that counting your blessings can actually increase your blessings. My New Year’s resolution this year is to write down three moments of joy before I go to bed each night. This simple practice has changed my life. Because no matter what happens each day, I go to sleep thinking of something cheerful. Try it. Start tonight when you have so many fun moments to list— although maybe do it before you hit Kip’s and can still remember what they are.”

Read the full text here.

Steve Jobs, Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios CEO & Founder at Stanford on “connecting the dots” and

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“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Read the full text here.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter Creator and Author at Harvard speaks on the benefits of failure and the necessity of imagination.

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“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default…

If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

Read the full text here.

Ellen DeGeneres at Tulane University on losing everything and being true to yourself.

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“I wouldn’t change a thing. I mean, it was so important for me to lose everything because I found out what the most important thing is, is to be true to yourself. Ultimately, that’s what’s gotten me to this place. I don’t live in fear, I’m free; I have no secrets and I know I’ll always be ok, because no matter what, I know who I am. So In conclusion, when I was younger I thought success was something different. I thought when I grow up, I want to be famous. I want to be a star. I want to be in movies. When I grow up I want to see the world, drive nice cars, I want to have groupies. To quote the Pussycat Dolls. How many people thought it was “boobies”, by the way? It’s not, it’s “groupies”.

But my idea of success is different today. And as you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes. For many of you, today, success is being able to hold down 20 shots of tequila. For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not to give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not, to live your life as an honest and compassionate person, to contribute in some way. So to conclude my conclusion, follow your passion, stay true to yourself. Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path and by all means you should follow that. Don’t give advice, it will come back and bite you in the ass. Don’t take anyone’s advice. So my advice to you is to be true to yourself and everything will be fine.”

Read the full text here.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer Prize winner and “Hamilton” Creator on how individual stories are essential.

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“My dear, terrified graduates: You are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your children and grandchildren and therapists. They are the temp gigs and internships before you find your passion. They are the cities you live in before the opportunity of a lifetime pops up halfway across the world …

There will be blind alleys and one-night wonders and soul-crushing jobs and wake-up calls and crises of confidence and moments of transcendence when you are walking down the street and someone will thank you for telling your story because it resonated with their own.”

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Matthew Kenney Opens Asian-Inspired Pop-Up, Arata in Belfast, Maine

I’m no vegan (or even a vegetarian, for that matter), but given my extensive carnivorous cutbacks, there are now few things I appreciate more than well executed, filling, and tasty plant-based meal. Miami has been a bit behind in the raw food realm but was finally nationally pillared with the arrival of Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food & Wine and Culinary Academy in Wynwood (adjacent to conscious wellness hub, The Sacred Space Miami, no less). As a Kenney newbie, I visited the restaurant on a dinner date and was floored by the team’s ability to manipulate flavors and textures: We gobbled up kelp-based Cacio e Pepe, watermelon poke, and hearts of palm. A delightfully tart and creamy strawberry hibiscus “cheesecake” with lime curd, vanilla shortbread, pistachio, and sorrel sealed our satisfactions. The interior design was equally impressive: A contemporary dining room with mirrored wall panels and wood beamed ceilings opened up to fountained courtyard.

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Arata ramen with pulled mushrooms.

Kenney’s concepts show no sign of slowing down: Before landing in Miami, Kenney opened a pizza parlor in New York City. During Memorial Day Weekend 2016, he’ll head home to open Arata in Belfast, Maine. The Asian-inspired pop-up sprouts on May 27, 2016, through late October 2016. Housed inside “The Gothic,” an experimental culinary incubator, the menu will don mushroom ramen bowls, oyster buns, and kimchi pancakes: The meals and cocktails all muse on seasonal summer ingredients. “Each of our restaurants has a unique style but there are similarities in signature dishes, emphasis on innovation, and the artistry of our plant-based cuisine thanks to the creative oversight of Director of Culinary Operations, Chef Scott Winegard,” explained Kenney. “Yet each restaurant has its own personality—Scott immerses himself in the local markets to source the best local produce of each different climate and culture.”

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Arata’s smoked king oyster buns.

“I’m thrilled that the next project aimed at crafting the future of food is taking place in my home state of Maine,” said Kenney. “With Arata, we will be giving our talented team the space to test new ideas, experiment and continuously innovate within the category. I’m excited to share a delicious, healthy menu with the Maine community, and continue to prove that plant-based cuisine truly knows no bounds.”

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Spicy udon.

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Weekly Wellness Round-Up: Orgasmic Yoga, Ugly Produce, & More!

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This summer on The 365, we’re exploring our sexual wellbeing trend, and to get things warmed up, we’re highlighting stories that fit within the trend’s growing popularity. To start, read about how one woman reclaimed her libido through an Orgasmic Yoga session with Palm Isadora. Curious for more? Find out how your personality can affect your sex life.

We’re all about workplace wellness and adding Zen to a workspace, but for those of us lacking green thumbs, the idea of plant-keeping can be daunting.  Real Simple has a solution: Read about the seven office plants you won’t kill. If work days have felt particularly long lately, here are a few two-minute habits that will break up the daily slug.

Check out this start-up that sells “ugly produce” often denounced by supermarkets to conscious consumers.

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Workout Series: Stability Ball Combinations, Week 6

Our Stability Ball Workout Series continues this week with side leg lifts and side stretches. Here is a quick refresher on our previous moves and combinations:

Week one: Ball squats and forward extensions.

Week two: Rotations and pectoral and hip flexor stretches.

Week three: Sit-ups and back stretches.

Week four: Ball push-ups and spinal stretching.

Week five: Back extensions and lumbar stretches.


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Move One: Side leg lift

What It Does: Strengthens the obliques, extensors, and hips.

How To Do It: Kneeling on your left knee with the ball at your left side, extend your body over the ball with your left palm to the floor for support. Extend the right arm over your head and also extend your leg. When you are ready and stable, inhale and lift your right leg up, attempting to bring your right palm to the knee. Exhale on the touch. Then Inhale and release the leg back over the ball. Repeat 12 times and then switch sides. 

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Move Two: Side stretch

What It Does: Stretches the hips, back, rib cage intercostals, and trapezius.

How To Do It: After your side leg lift, release to the starting position and then lower your head down, extending the arm away from you for a deeper stretch. Inhale and exhale 3-5 times. Then, to stretch the traps and neck, inhale and lower your right arm down towards your leg; let your head drop. The weight of your head creates a wonderful stretch for the neck. 


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Want To Know What Your Spirit Veggie Is?

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Almost the entire creative department at Spafinder Wellness 365 found themselves hilariously encroached with this fun little quiz produced by food site, Dirt. Part of our engagement grew from our lack of knowledge; we didn’t know that half the vegetables featured even existed. (Shame on us, but we learned something new!) We also couldn’t believe how accurate some of the matches were.

So find out for yourself: Click here to uncover what your spirit vegetable is!

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Get Your Beauty Buzz On With HigherDOSE’s Infrared Saunas

I’ve been obsessed with infrared saunas for several years now, and as a spa consultant, I often recommend hoteliers swap out the classic steam room for this hot little number. The modality’s effects mimic a good work-out, encouraging a substantial detox within thirty minutes. You emerge with your skin glowing and feeling completely regenerated. According to experts like Dr. Mark Hyman, (Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and a New York Times bestselling author), infrared’s heat deeply penetrates the body, increasing circulation, balancing sugar levels, and aiding in weight loss. 

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The gals behind HigherDOSE.

So when I got Katie Kaps and Lauren Berlingeri, the co-founders of New York wellness brand, HigherDOSE, I was stoked. I chatted with them at the launch of the Future Spa concept on the rooftop of The Standard East Village, New York.  As they cocooned me in an infrared blanket, I listened to a playlist of soothing music and gazed over the New York skyline. Katie and Lauren just opened their flagship spa at The Alchemists Kitchena communal juice, retail and event space where folk gather over botanical elixirs for “happiness hour.”

“We are seekers of natural highs,” confesses Berlingeri, a former international model and certified holistic nutritionist from The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. “Our mission is to bring infrared to the masses. [It’s also] been my beauty secret for the last couple of years.”

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A HigherDOSE sauna shot by Keziban Barry.

“We are not your typical Mother’a Day spa,’ adds Kaps, a former investment banker and marathon runner. “We don’t hold back when it comes to offering experiences to heighten the senses. We play Burning Man mixed house tapes and then mix it up again with healing chakra light therapy: This is what you’ll find when you hang with us.”

The set up at HigherDOSE is unlike the usual spa: Inside the warehouse space are five infrared saunas, a communal relaxation area, and a bar with state-altering elixirs like Joy Juice, Brain Tonic, and Kava Nectar. The saunas feature mood-enhancing color therapy while amenities include dry towels and lavender face mists. The design works well for private sessions, groups, and couples, too.

In a nutshell: These two girls rock! And they are shaking up the spa scene by elevating “get high, naturally” wellness experiences. They’ve already got the infrared expertise covered, from infrared detox body wraps to infrared heated studios (check out Yoga Vida and Y7 ) to stand-alone, pop-up saunas. Now they’re all about expanding: The duo is opening another HigherDOSE outpost at ABC Homewares by fall 2016.

“We’re starting a movement to get you beautiful and buzzed all at once,” says Katie. “We are all about elevating dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphin levels.” I am, too, so I say ditch the after work vino plans and meet up with friends and sauna together – you’ll feel amazing and connected!

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Buddhify Your Life With This Mindfulness App

When Morgans Hotel Group launched their Spring Renewal wellness initiatives this year, they also announced a partnership with meditation app, buddhify. Developed in the UK by Rohan Gunatillake, buddhify is loaded with over 80 guided meditations that “help get you through the day.” The app asks what you might be doing and your mood, be it traveling or going to bed, and then curates meditations based on your needs. A timer has been built in for freestyle Zen, and a tracker takes note of ongoing progress.

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Gunatillake explained that the alliance with Morgans was seamless.

“Today’s travelers are looking beyond fitness to include all aspects of one’s well-being, and the buddhify app brought the health benefits of meditation directly to the mobile devices of Morgans’ guests. It is a combination of mindfulness and innovation which ties in with Morgans’ brand.”

Morgans’ conscious lifestyle concept rolled out at pillar properties nationwide, additionally presenting exclusive workout classes and new treatments: Delano South Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Clift San Francisco, and Hudson New York were among the featured hotels.

He also added that the app helps people make time to meditate by greeting them in their current state or place. “Time is perhaps the number one scarce resource in our lives, so buddhify helps you get the benefits of mindfulness in a way that fits into a busy, always-on lifestyle.”

Gunatillake pulled from his corporate experiences to build the app. “I first got into meditation at the same time as starting a fast-paced, corporate technology-based job in London. Rather than compartmentalize meditation from the rest of my life, I had to work out how to practice while in a busy, urban environment. That led to creating lots of different techniques, many of which can be found in the app. I then decided to make an app. So many of my friends were interested in mindfulness themselves, but I discovered that I couldn’t recommend something that fit their lifestyle and their level of design and tech-savviness. There was a gap [in the market], so I decided to make something to fill it myself!”

Buddhify’s success speaks to the growing desire for digitalized mindfulness and on-demand apps. Read more about this growing trend in our 2016 Trends Report.

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Workout Series: Stability Ball Combinations, Week 5

Our Stability Ball Workout Series continues this week with back extensions and lumbar stretches. Here is a quick refresher on our previous moves and combinations:

Week one: Ball squats and forward extensions.

Week two: Rotations and pectoral and hip flexor stretches.

Week three: Sit-ups and back stretches.

Week four: Ball push-ups and spinal stretching.


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Movement One: Back extension.

What it does: Strengthens the spinal extensors, rhomboids, and lumbar.

How to do it: Lie on the ball with the ball under your hips, abs, and rib cage and with your legs open slightly wider than your hips. Inhale and lower your head and extend arms in front as if you are diving. Exhale, and open your arms out and around as if you are pushing through water. Extend the arms to the sides and lift the chest, extending your upper thoracic spine and head. Inhale, and release yourself forward. Exhale, and lift back up with the arms around to the side. Repeat eight times.

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Movement Two: Spinal extension and rotation.

What it does: Strengthens the rotators and lumbar lats.

How to do it: From the spinal extension in Movement One, keep the arms up and wide like the letter “T,” then rotate to the right and exhale. Inhale and rotate to the left; exhale on the return to center. Repeat the side to side rotations slowly, eight times.




stability ball workout 5 stretchMovement Three: Lumbar and spinal stretch.

What it does: Stretches the back extensors and lower lumbar.

How to do it: From the “T” position in Movement Two, lower your arms and wrap them around the ball. Bend the knees carefully to the floor. Inhale and exhale 3-5 times slowly to stretch.

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Weekly Wellness Round-Up: Urban Hiking, Hangover Prevention, & More!

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Via the Kimpton blog.

Voting has opened for Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards.

Urbanites crave Mother Nature, too, so Kimpton’s The Suite Life Blog has outlined four cities with easily accessible hiking trails.

Breakups suck. Here’s how to heal when heartbreak strikes.

Lifehacker has crafted the ultimate guide to having a good night’s sleep and avoiding a hangover after a night of drinking. We should just rename them, Lifesaver.

In honor of the National Park System’s 100th Anniversary, Afar has crafted a nifty quiz to match traveler personalities with a National Park.

Mark your calendars: Global Wellness Day returns June 11, 2016.

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