Photo: Getty ImagesAs told to Jessica Henderson
Best Shower Song
"What's Love Got to Do with It," by Tina Turner. When I was little, I would dress up as Tina and shimmy to her music.
Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk is my all-time-favorite ice cream. When I found this flavor, I was like, "This is totally what I would have created!"
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Walking into the stadium in Athens for my first Olympics in 2004. All I remember is being blinded by the camera flashes. It was a little overwhelming-I was 18. It took my breath away.
Best Recent Read
I'm loving Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. It's about a bombardier, Louis Zamperini, who crashed in the ocean and was stranded for weeks before ending up in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. He was also an Olympic runner.
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Alisha and I met in the sixth grade, and now she's an attorney. We're total opposites-she knows absolutely nothing
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- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 12:03 PM EDT
Photo: Getty ImagesAs told to Jessica HendersonRead More »from How Olympic Sprinter Allyson Felix Lives Her Best Life
- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Jul 27, 2012 11:15 AM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Emma Haak
First, the not-so-good news in neuroscience: According to a recent study, cognitive decline may set in as early as age 45, much sooner than previously thought. But before you start to panic, there's also reason for hope: Researchers around the globe are learning that we can build up our brains--making them bigger and sharper--simply by feeding them the right nutrients. Here, six smart foods to add to your shopping cart.
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A handful provides a good dose of vitamin E, a nutrient that appears to shield neurons from cell-damaging free radicals. After analyzing data from subjects ages 55 and older, Harvard researchers discovered that people who consumed the most vitamin E were 25 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who consumed the least.
An alternative: almond butter.
Head to the dairy aisle for this plentiful source of vitamin B12.Read More »from 4 Things to Eat Today for a Smarter Brain Tomorrow
- Oprah.com | Shine Food – Fri, Jul 27, 2012 11:14 AM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from 4 Examples of Chocolate Making Food Even... Healthier?
Barely a week goes by without another study touting the health benefits of chocolate--especially the antioxidant-rich dark varieties. Research has shown that it can help reduce high blood pressure, protect cells from age-related damage, help us control our weight, and lower the risk of heart disease and strokes (it can also lift our spirits--but we didn't need science to tell us that).
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With dark chocolate rapidly approaching superfood status, we've been thinking about ways we could use it to sweeten up boring health foods. Fortunately, these companies are one step ahead of us:
Prunes are loaded with potassium, high in fiber, and, of course, help keep you regular. But for those who still see prunes as a treat only a senior citizen could get excited about, Sunsweet takes chewy prune bites and covers them in dark chocolate. These good-for-your-gut Raisinets are perfect for munching at the movies.
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Photo: ThinkstockBy J.I. BakerRead More »from 3 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Career
Pitfall #1: You Aren't Channeling Your Inner Italian
Think like Robert Duvall in The Godfather, and be a consigliere to someone. If you don't have the boss's ear, get the ear of the person who has the boss's ear. If you can't get that person's ear, get that person's best friend's ear.
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When a boss who'd deeply trusted me became suddenly enamored of a new employee, thereby shutting me out, I didn't let my ego get in the way. Instead, I took the new favorite child to lunch and asked if I could help her with a project she was working on. As a result, we became friends, and my boss started hearing about all my "brilliant" ideas through the current darling. All this returned me to the boss's favor--and eventually led (along with other things, of course) to a promotion.
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Pitfall #2: You Haven't Cracked Your Boss's Code
I once had a boss who never
- Oprah.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 24, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
Read More »from The Beyond Cute, Super Affordable Baby Shower Gift
Photo: Oprah.comAdam Glassman, O Magazine's Creative Director, has made a new discovery:
I've had to buy my share of baby's gifts over the years, and just because a present is meant for a little one doesn't make it any easier to find the perfect thing. Which is why I'm crazy about Burt's Bees Baby, a new line of organic apparel and earth-friendly products.
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Photo: Oprah.comThe clothing--in tasteful shades of muted grays, pinks and creams--is absolutely adorable, and is sure to please style (and environmentally) conscious parents. And while 100% organic clothes are usually quite expensive, these pieces are super affordable: a 3-piece newborn set (bodysuit, bib and hat) is $9.99; a baby knit terry coverall is $14; a 7-piece gift basket (which includes clothing, shampoo and lotion) is $39.99.
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Photo: Oprah.comThe line, available now at Target.com, will eventually expand to include home and lifestyle products, but in the meantime I've found my new go-to baby
- Oprah.com | Shine Food – Tue, Jul 24, 2012 6:48 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy: Lynn AndrianiRead More »from This Summer's Most Mouthwatering Food Combinations
You already know about iced tea and lemonade, hot dogs and mustard, and peach pie with vanilla ice cream. How about these three pairings, though?
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Why we're thinking of these two things: Salt's BFF goes into everything we cook, and lately we've been combining strawberries with balsamic vinegar.
Putting them together: Instead of giving the berries a sharp bite, pepper lends a subtle warmth.
Add one more element: A drizzle of orange juice over pepper-dusted strawberries creates a luscious sauce for ice cream.
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Why we're thinking of these two things: It's common to match the salty Greek cheese with olives, tomatoes or cucumbers, and eat the melon on its own or in a salad with other fruit.
Putting them together: The sweet, juicy watermelon takes on an almost savory edge with sharp feta.
Add one more element: Mint brightens both foods'
By Stephanie Pearson
Toni Bark's secrets for staying happy, sharp, and healthy
Photo: Courtesy of Callie's Charleston BiscuitsBy Kate RockwoodRead More »from 5 Tasty New Reasons to Jump Out of Bed
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but morning auto-pilot means it can also get pretty boring (eggs, cereal, repeat). If you're feeling ho-hum about your current rotation, consider one of these swaps instead.
If you always eat: Bagels with cream cheese
Swap it for: Ozery Bakery's Morning Rounds. Think of this saucer-sized, chewy bread as the love child of a bagel and an English muffin. Studded with plump cranberries and chewy bits of orange, they're the perfect canvas for a thick schmear of Karoun's Labne cheese, a thick, spreadable yogurt that's lighter than cream cheese and subtly tangy.
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If you always eat: Cheese and toast
Swap it for: Carrie's Black Pepper Bacon Biscuits. Handmade by Callie's Charleston Biscuits, with caramelized bacon, cream cheese, and green onions, these addictive little biscuits are shipped pre-baked and frozen. Simply pop one (or three) in the oven to warm, and breakfast
Warning: These new books will keep you out of the pool, hiding under the beach umbrella and then up all night to finish.Read More »from 6 Page-Turners You'll Tear Through
Photo: Oprah.comGone Girl
By Gillian Flynn
"You could imagine the skull quite easily" is just the kind of sentiment you wish serial killers would keep to themselves. It's also one of the first things Nick Dunne--the handsome, smarmy, admittedly dishonest narrator of the opening chapter of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl-tells us about "the finely shaped head" of his wife, Amy. Make that his missing wife, Amy, who just happens to disappear from their Missouri home on the morning of their fifth anniversary, fueling a small-town melodrama--complete with middling cops, fame-hungry neighbors, and cable-TV news crews--in her wake. As the story unfolds in precise and riveting prose, alternating between Nick's voice and Amy's diaries chronicling their relationship, it quickly becomes clear that theirs was not the happiest marriage, and that Nick, "a big fan of the lie of omission," is hiding
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Fun Facts that Bring the Olympics into Our Homes
During the 2010 winter Olympics, two Canadian friends of mine had the great fortune of scoring tickets to some of the events in Vancouver. They later emailed me about sitting close enough to Johnny Weir's family to make conversation, and about how they could practically feel the ice chips in Apolo Ohno's wake as he zoomed to victory in the speed-skating finals. Oh, Canadians! How I envied them! I'm sure I'll feel the same way about the Brits next month as I watch the London summer games...from my apartment far, far away in Brooklyn.
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Lucky for me, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has put together a neat list of Olympic Fast Facts that help make the games feel a little closer to home. For example, you know the balance beam on which gymnasts flip, run, tumble and leap? It's about the width of a novel--a paperback, no less--like those strewn all over my bedroom. And the 10 meter high dive platform?