Editor’s Letter

All you need is love.


Table for three: with cover subjects David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris. Photography by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca

Welcome to your summer dose of Purist!  We cover every pillar of wellness and beyond here. The conversation today seems to be about weight loss and thinness, but we have a long way to go to make the connection between what you eat and how you feel and the quality and quantity of your life. We keep you informed on what’s what because education is empowering and you should have a say in your health. We cover a different diet in every issue of Purist—from carnivore to Paleo—but they are often fads, tools within a toolbox.

So what do the experts favor? I recently spoke to the famed Dr. Will Cole, whose new book, Gut Feelings, we excerpt in this issue. He teaches his patients how to pair a diet with foundational lifestyle tools to fall back on—the core tenets of which improve quality of life and decrease disease. In Cole’s excerpt, he researches the mind-body connection to determine how shame impacts inflammation and what you can do to metabolize stored transgenerational trauma. By tapping into the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual we can regulate the nervous system and improve vagal tone, also utilizing gut tools like soups and stews, GAPS (gut and psychology or physiology syndrome) protocol, and breath work.

It’s one of our missions to provide answers on how to keep a functional momentum long after the injections and bad habits stop.

From a metabolic standpoint, our ancestors periodically vacillated between different macronutrients, and it’s important to intuitively be flexible. Many nutritionists favor clean carb cycling, where you increase and lower carbs as in a ketogenic diet, which is like a proverbial yoga class for your metabolism. So this summer while you ground to the earth and put your toes in the sand, take your head out of it—have conversations, read Purist and get empowered.

Love is in the (sea) air, and it’s one of the most important pillars of wellness that we celebrate in Purist. Our cover subjects, actors and fathers Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, are great examples of two people guiding us to self-realization and understanding who we should be. We followed them up with other Hamptons people we wanted to salute, like surfers Quincy Davis and Pat Schmidt; Saie founder Laney Crowell; musicians Taylor Barton and G.E. Smith; designing duo Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan; and social activist Jodie Patterson.

Happy Father’s Day!