by Cristina Goyanes for SHAPE.com
Oprah WinfreySuperstar media-mogul Oprah Winfrey may be dipping her hand, particularly her green thumb, in another completely unrelated business: agriculture. The 59-year-old recently revealed that she has plans to turn some 16 acres on her 1,000-acre property on Maui into farmland. The idea, which came from her friend and health expert Bob Greene, was to grow crops on an island that imports roughly 90 percent of its food.
"We realized if we could grow delicious food ourselves, we could share it," Winfrey wrote in the May issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. She hired the natural resource management group Bio-Logical Capital to help oversee the harvest, which includes more than 100 species of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They're planting the, er, seeds of change on one side of the dormant volcano called Haleakala at some 4,000 feet above sea level.
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Should you eat kale in the summertime?We've all heard you should eat produce that's in season, but what about superfoods? Should you stop eating kale in the summer and blueberries in winter, or do you still get benefits from consuming them?
Our current food system gives us the luxury of having foods all year despite certain ones not being in season where you live. But research shows that prolonged storage of food can lead to decreases in the nutritional content of the food, specifically vitamin C. So while the kale you eat in the summer that was shipped to your local supermarket from an average of 1,500 miles away won't be as nutritionally robust as the kale you buy locally in the fall, it is still a superfood.
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Regarding blueberries, when you use frozen berries as many people do in smoothies, you are getting the full benefit of in-season fruit out of season. Most frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness and
by Keri Gans, R.D., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Are Flavored Waters Diet Soda in Disguise?
Should you drink flavored water?You know water is super healthy and important to drink, but if you don't like the taste, you're not alone: About 20 percent of Americans dislike the flavor of plain H2O, a Wall Street Journal article says.
Now many beverages companies are focusing on this group of non-water drinkers, offering alternatives that they believe are healthier than regular soda and diet soda, which both have gotten a bad wrap over the years. But sorting through all these new options can be overwhelming. Deciphering between what is a healthy choice and what might be another soda in disguise can lead many to think a Ph.D. in food science is needed.
Lots of these new waters are sweetened, some naturally and others artificially, to attract the taste buds of those who at heart may prefer soda. Current research still supports that artificial sweeteners are safe to consume, and I have always told my diet-soda drinkers that one a day is fine, but if they are drinking a lot of them
By Jessica Smith for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Tricks to Make Running More Fun
Mix up your running routine with these free expert ideasHas your running routine become, well, routine? If you've exhausted your go-to tricks to get motivated--a new playlist, new workout clothes, etc.--and you're still not feeling it, you're not doomed to a lifetime of colorless cardio. We asked running experts to share their most creative (and totally free!) ideas to up the fun factor and help you look forward to lacing up your sneakers.
1. Run with a frisbee: Instead of steadily plodding along the well-worn path at your local park (how many times have you done that before?) head to an open grassy area, toss a Frisbee (as if you had a partner), and sprint after it. See how long you can go before letting it touch the ground-you'll be forced to change directions quickly, run in different patterns, and vary your speed, all of which can help you burn more calories and engage your muscles in a new way. Plus, it's fun!
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by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Surprising Reason People Are Turning to Plastic Surgery
Would you go under the knife to look good on social media?The constant presence of social media in our lives certainly has its upsides, but more downsides keep emerging, including lower personal growth, Pinterest stress, and, now, an increase of plastic surgery, according to a poll from the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
The survey asked 753 AAFPRS board-certified facial plastic surgeons to describe trends they were seeing in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. One finding stuck out: Surgeons are seeing a 31-percent increase in plastic surgery requests as a result of how people want to present themselves on social media accounts.
"We live in a very visual world, and have come to expect that we will be 'Googled' or 'Facebooked' even before actually meeting someone socially or professionally," Sam Rizk, M.D., an AAFPRS member and director of Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery in New York, told Time. "I see a lot of men and women who are executives or high-profile so they
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by Jessica Smith for SHAPE.comRead More »from When Your Weight Fluctuates: What's Normal and What's Not
Stop being a slave to the scale!Although you know a number is just a number, it's hard not to worry when you see the scale jump a pound or two overnight or-worse-during the same day. But take a deep breath: Most weight fluctuations are normal.
Since most of us can't eat enough in a day or two to actually gain 5 or 10 pounds, if you notice a dramatic increase on the scale, chances are it's due to water, says Anita Petruzzelli, M.D., doctor for BodyLogicMD.
"Eating, drinking, urinating, having a bowel movement, and exercise can all impact your body's water composition and therefore weight," she says. For example, high-carb and high-salt foods can cause water retention and a boost in poundage, while exercise can lead to temporary water and weight loss.
So don't get too excited-or freaked-if you weigh yourself after a meal or workout. "Weight gain due to water fluctuation should normalize in a day or two when you resume exercising and eating a healthy diet that's low in salt, refined
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by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from What No One is Telling You About Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie has always been a trendsetter, and now she is using her powers of persuasion to bring awareness to a very sensitive topic with her announcement in yesterday's New York Times that she had a prophylactic (preventative) mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery after finding out that she has the BRCA1 gene.
The decision was a powerful one on a personal level for Jolie, who had watched her mother fight and then eventually succumb to ovarian cancer. But people everywhere are applauding her for making her choice public as well.
"What Angelina has done is hugely powerful and courageous," says Niki Barr, Ph.D., founder of a psychotherapy practice dedicated to working with cancer patients and author of Emotional Wellness: The Other Half of Treating Cancer. "It encourages women to explore their options and makes this option much more viable."
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What to do if man's best friend attacksWhether you run in the park or around town, chances are you've come across a dog or two during your miles. And while some are friendly, leashed, and only want to play with you, others can cause panic as you wonder if you're going to be attacked.
For one 63-year-old female, that nightmare came true last week. The unidentified woman was found dead, mauled during her morning run in Littlerock, CA. Police quickly seized eight dogs that were identified by an eyewitness as the attackers, though DNA tests need to be run to verify if the dogs were the killers.
Unfortunately stories of runners being confronted by dogs are becoming more common as irresponsible owners dump their unwanted pets or improperly restrain them. But you don't need to stop your workout to stay safe. Roo Yori, a dog trainer who specializes in pit bull rehabilitation and the proud owner of the famous and beloved therapy pit bulls Wallace and Hector, offers advice on how to deal with an
by Elizabeth Goodman Artis for SHAPE.comRead More »from 6 Things You Didn't Know About Your Muscles
How your muscles can keep you healthy, happy, and disease freeFull disclosure: As the executive editor of Muscle & Fitness Hers, I'm vehemently pro muscle. It keeps your metabolism revved, takes up less space than fat, protects your joints, and allows you to lift heavy objects without the help of a guy.
Full disclosure number two: I almost never weight train. Like most women, I typically choose cardio (my go-to workout is Bikram yoga) over strength training, not because I'm afraid of bulking up, but I'm a sweat addict and hate figuring out the correct weights, reps, muscle groups to target, and so on. But I should. I really really should, for the reasons listed above, as well as the surprising muscle-related facts that follow.
1. Muscle is like scaffolding for your entire body: Without muscle, your bones, joints, and ligaments are considerably more vulnerable to age-related decline and injury, according to Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, an orthopedic and spinal surgeon based in New York City. Building core strength
by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from Do You Suffer from Pinterest Stress?
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The site is wildly addictive, but as anyone who has ended up silently weeping into a birthday cake that looks more like a pile of poo than Pooh Bear knows, pins often don't turn out exactly like the picture. And then the guilt and shame set in.
But don't fret---if you too have been pickled by Pinterest, know you are not alone. In a TODAY Moms survey of more than 7,000 women, 42 percent said they suffer