June 2021

The Breakfast That Helps You Lose Weight

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It’s 7 a.m., you scarf down a bowl of cereal and two much-needed cups of coffee only to find yourself starving by 10 a.m. Sound familiar? Wellness guru Frank Lipman, M.D., says it’s all too common. In fact, almost all of us are getting breakfast “wrong,” which is leading to weight gain and fatigue. The New York City-based physician says what our bodies really need to start the day is healthy fat and protein.

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A person’s diet, especially breakfast, should include “no gluten, no sugar and as little dairy as possible; breakfast is the meal people find the hardest,” Dr. Lipman said. “Part of the problem is that gluten is super addictive. You’re basically a drug addict, and [when you take gluten out of your diet] there’s going to be withdrawal.”

So gluten, meaning anything with wheat in it, leaves us feeling sluggish and dependent. But banishing bagels from the breakfast table is easier said than done, unless you have a decent substitute.

Dr. Lipman, who works with celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, suggests a breakfast of gluten-free bread with almond butter, an omlette, or kipper (a small salty fish) and eggs. If you dare, you could even eat last night’s dinner for breakfast.

Alternatively, you could try his brand of health and wellness products, Be Well, which includes protein shakes, like “Recharge” ($99, Bewellbydrfranklipman.com), which are packed with the right nutrients to start your day. With 21g of protein and a blend of mixed greens and organic berries, I was full until lunchtime.

Twenty-one grams of protein sounded like a good amount to me. But Dr. Lipman’s says numbers aren’t exactly his thing. “I’m not a calorie person,” he told me, adding that we don’t need a specific amount of protein first thing in the morning, just fewer carbs and more natural foods. That also means time isn’t the most important thing to consider when preparing breakfast. So none of that eat-20-minutes-after-you’re-awake stuff, just eat when you’re ready to start the day.

Admittedly, I’ve been hesitant to drink protein shakes in the past, since the taste can be really icky, but Recharge was pleasantly bearable. After I mixed it with a glass of almond milk, I got a creamy-textured, fruit and veg-flavored smoothie.

“My attitude toward food is that we need to eat real food, not food that’s been manipulated,” he said. “Try and eat as close to nature as possible.”

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Fashion Week for All?

By Jennifer Wright

With the dog days of August upon us, New Yorkers are looking forward to that most delicious of autumn events—Fashion Week. I can’t wait! Neither can Donna Karan, who had a lot to say on the subject when I caught up with her at in her Urban Zen Sag Harbor Boutique, where she hosted a cocktail party for Agas & Tamar Jewelry Design and its creative director, Eli Halili.


Rumors are flying about how Fashion Week—and indeed the fashion industry—may be changing. Financial pressures are everywhere. Anna Wintour took a bit of heat last week for reportedly stating at a Council of Fashion Designers meeting that everyone in the industry should agree on discounts, saying that the “80% off” sales have been detrimental for all designers (although great for some clothes-crazed people who shall remain nameless). Smart, smart Diane von Furstenberg is said to have pointed out that price-fixing is illegal, at which point Wintour reportedly countered, “Is that something we can change? We have friends in the White House now.” No, the answer is no.


Wintour’s comments were actually in response to Karan speaking up about her concerns about the industry. Karan filled me in. “People—consumers—forget that they’re not just shopping for themselves. When they buy clothing, they’re helping to support an entire industry. Think about the fabric sewers, the pattern makers, everyone. And without the fashion industry, I wouldn’t even want to think about life in New York. We have to engage the consumers to remind them why they’re shopping.” Let’s just hope she meant those who still have money, as opposed to others who are worried about paying their bills.


While Karan may not be on board with Wintour’s ideas (Obama probably isn’t either, although Michelle did look lovely on the cover of Vogue), she loves Betsy Johnson’s. This blithe spirit believes Fashion Week should be open to everyone, and she’d love to stage a show at Madison Square Garden. Karan remarked, “I agree completely! I think relating to the consumer right now is probably the most important thing. Designers need to send good energy out, and consumers need to see the products in season.”


I also spoke with Karan’s guest of honor, Halili, about his work. Trying to integrate his Israeli heritage with old world style, he loves working in New York and says SoHo reminds him of Tel Aviv.


His beautiful jewelry—subdued, natural looking stones—complement Karan’s line. Halili even notes that as soon as he received Karan’s phone call he sensed her “great energy.” Let’s hope for more good energy at Fashion Week.