Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Danielle Solari
Stock up on these healthy foods to make countless healthy, portable snacks that are delicious and good for you. Plus, these foods are proven disease fighters, energy boosters, and heart helpers so you can snack your way to better health.
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Disease Fighters: Fruits and Veggies
Munch on blueberries, apples, peppers, and spinach, which are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Plus, the potassium, magnesium, and calcium in most fresh produce may help lower blood pressure.
Quick Tip: Buy extra cartons of your favorite seasonal berries, gently wash, and pat dry. Freeze in a zip-top plastic bag. Let the fruit defrost on your counter overnight, and mangia!
Heart Helpers: Dark Chocolate
Both regular and sugar-free dark chocolate decrease blood pressure in overweight adults, according to new research.
Consuming just a small amount of flavanol-rich cocoa powder daily can increase blood flow to
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Lose your shoes.
To nudge yourself into the right strike zone -- mid to forefoot rather than heel -- spend a few minutes at a time running barefoot on a firm surface. A smooth stretch of sidewalk is ideal for this, Davis says.
Tone below the knees.
Subtracting support from your shoes means the muscles in your feet and calves have to take on more work, Davis says. Build them up with single-leg calf raises and arch domes (while barefoot, press
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Good start -- you managed to peel away from your comforter with only minor separation anxiety. Now it's time to snap to it. First order of business? Eat! Or risk going into energy debt later in the day. "A balanced breakfast raises blood sugar, which perks you up, and it also stokes your metabolism -- your body's chemical 'on' switch, which helps you burn calories throughout the morning," says Molly Kimball, RD., sports dietitian at Oschner's Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans. To get the biggest bang, build your breakfast from these foods and drinks.
Peanut or Almond Butter on Whole-Grain Toast
Protein and heart-healthy unsaturated fat are digested more slowly than carbs, releasing a steady stream of energy.
Smoked Salmon with a Scrambled Egg
The fat fills you up and prevents an energy crash before
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1. Yogurt can give you flat abs.
Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much -- in conjunction with cutting their total calories -- lost 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who skipped the snack, according to research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They also retained one-third more calorie-torching lean muscle mass, which can help you maintain weight loss. "Fat around your waist produces the hormone cortisol, which tells your body to accumulate even more belly flab," says nutrition professor and lead study author Michael Zemel, PhD. When you eat yogurt, the calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to drop
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When Gwyneth Paltrow gave up dairy, I rolled my eyes. And when Zooey Deschanel waxes poetic about "g-free" cupcakes, it makes me want to bake some gluten-licious ones stat. In the past few years celebrities have made wheat, dairy, nuts -- you name it -- into public enemies, mostly, it seems, because cutting out these foods helps them fit into their red-carpet dresses.
But I found myself wondering if I'd been too quick to judge when my doctor prescribed an elimination diet after medication failed to get my chronic weekly migraines under control. He told me to give up alcohol, chocolate, and bacon -- in other words, joy -- plus nuts and any foods containing nitrates, sulfites, or MSG for an entire month. I did it and my migraines disappeared. Then I reintroduced these foods one by one. After some trial and error I figured out that red wine, nitrates (in my beloved bacon), and aspartame were my key food triggers.
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Whether you need a break from your usual route or just want to get outside more, trail running is becoming the latest craze to lace up to. According the Special Report on Trail Running 2010 by the Outdoor Foundation in partnership with Montrail, trail running attracted 4.8 million participants in 2009, and the numbers have only increased since. And more than 82 percent of trail runners were roadrunners looking for a new scene.
"Trail running is much more engaging than going for a run on the road," says Stephen Hatfield, REI outdoor programs and outreach manager in Portland, Oregon. "You have a limited corridor so you constantly have to sense what is around the corner and make sure you are fully engaged in what you're doing, as opposed to mentally checking out on a run around the block."
Before you head out for your first trail run, check out this must-know info.
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That store-bought frosting from a tub might taste great on cakes and cookies, but it's packed with problems. "It's one of the only items in the grocery store that still has trans fats, which are terrible for your health and waistline," says Melina Jampolis, MD, physician nutrition expert and coauthor of The Calendar Diet. "Trans fat raises bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and causes inflammation, which can lead to belly fat and diseases ranging from heart disease to diabetes." On top of that, tub frosting is loaded with sugar, and high-sugar diets contribute to premature wrinkles. Yikes.
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When aches and pains send you to the doctor's office, you probably don't question the diagnosis. But physicians can be wrong. Up to 15 percent of patients are misdiagnosed, research in the American Journal of Medicine revealed. And more than 150,000 people in the United States suffer preventable harm from an inaccurate diagnosis every year, according to a newly released estimate from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. We asked MD's we trust to tell us which conditions they often see misunderstood and mislabeled in active women. Here are five common mix-ups docs make -- plus how to finally get the right Rx so you can feel better fast.
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You have an urgent need to pee all the time, and when you go, it's uncomfortable. This happens a lot.
Misdiagnosis: Urinary tract infection
What it really is: Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis)
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Whether you run, lift, or are into Spinning, we know you don't let beauty challenges get in the way of a workout -- especially when you're armed with these easy fixes for the biggest skin, hair, and nail bummers that affect active women.
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My hair is a frizzy mess after yoga.
Before hitting the mat, mist a dry shampoo, such as Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($8, drugstores), all around your hairline, including the nape of your neck, where sweat often collects and causes fuzz. If you have supercurly or hard-to-manage hair, comb a light leave-in treatment, like Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Overnight Miracle Repair Serum ($6, drugstores), through the ends to seal in moisture and form a barrier against frizz, says Gregory Patterson, a hairstylist for Blow, The New York Blow Dry Bar in New York City. Then pull hair into a high topknot and slip on a mesh head wrap, such as the Lululemon Athletica Bang Buster Headband ($14,
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Not a runner? No sweat. Start a walking routine instead. Researchers found that overweight women who did 45-minute speed-interval walking workouts and toning exercises four times a week lost 23 pounds in 16 weeks. "The key is to perfect your form, so that walking feels good and doesn't become boring over time," says Danny Dreyer, the creator of the Chi Walking technique. Fast-track your fat burning while you walk with these easy tweaks.
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Breathe fat away.
"It takes oxygen to keep all of your muscles firing and not run out of steam," Dreyer says. Filling your lungs completely allows you to burn fat more efficiently and improve your endurance. To maximize your breathing, focus on exhaling as deeply as you can. "The inhale will take care of itself," Dreyer says.
Get your abs in on the action.
Hinge slightly forward from your hips, not your waist, and you'll engage your core. The payoff is a stronger midsection,