With colleagues that bring cupcakes, 4 o'clock trips to the vending machine, and the fact that you need a pre-gym fix, eating healthy at work is no easy feat. That's why we invited nutritionist Keri Gans to REDBOOK - and asked her to make over our snacks. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
Instead of chocolate-covered strawberries…
These babies are delicious, but despite being made of fruit, they're unlikely to satisfy you. You're better off with something that has "the full meaning of a healthy snack," says Gans. "A snack should be a mini-meal that helps hold you over until your next meal so you aren't starved. It's important that it consists of some protein, healthy fat, and fiber." If you're set on having some chocolate - and who isn't? - sip a glass of low fat chocolate milk with a side of strawberries. Unlike the chocolate coating, the dairy equivalent has nine essential nutrients such as calcium vitamin D, potassium, and protein.
Instead of peanut butter crackers…
Sure, bringing your snack
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With colleagues that bring cupcakes, 4 o'clock trips to the vending machine, and the fact that you need a pre-gym fix, eating healthy at work is no easy feat. That's why we invited nutritionist Keri Gans to REDBOOK - and asked her to make over our snacks. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Yep, Your Office is Making You Gain Weight
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Ease into waking up
Does your alarm clock honking at a nearly eardrum-shattering volume really make you want to get out of bed? Chances are, it has you shoving your pillow over your head and hitting the snooze button. Newsflash: There's a less traumatic way to rise and shine. "I wake up to soothing music or nature sounds that gradually intensify," says Lev Natan, a life coach at The Medicine Tree Center in New York's Hudson Valley. "I make a playlist. The first song might be a gentle flute tune, the trickle of a stream, or the 'om' chant. The second song might be more energizing, such as rhythmic drumming." Banish the default iPhone alarm that greets you at 7 a.m., and scroll through other options - or consider shelling out the 99 cents for a more soothing tone.
Ask yourself one question
As soon as you wake up, assess how you feel about life in
In a relationship, it's not only women who like to hear that they look nice, or that they're wanted. Whether it's a simple compliment to kick off his day or something deeper, these affirmations will strengthen your bond. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.Read More »from The 10 Sweet Nothings He Needs to Hear
"You look handsome"
It may sound obvious, but men enjoy a good ego-stroking, especially when they're not trying to impress. "Whenever my fiancé groggily tells me I look nice in the morning, before I head out the door for work, it makes me feel unstoppable for the rest of the day," says New Yorker Charles C., 30. "It's one thing to hear it if we're going out to a nice place, but when she tells me I look dapper when I'm on my way to the office, it gives me a renewed confidence."
It's easy to overlook the small gestures, like when he swaps out his toothbrush head for yours or straightens up the apartment even if you're not having friends over. Instead of issuing a passive aggressive, "it's about time!" thank him. "Catch him doing
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Halle Berry's "Natural" Pregnancy Announcement
Congrats are in order for Halle Berry - she's expecting her first child with fiancé Olivier Martinez! The actress is roughly three months along, and the couple already knows it's a boy.
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TMZ was the first to break the news - with some additional commentary. "It's definitely worth noting ... Halle is 46, and Olivier is 47." Okay, uh, noted? Women are having children in their forties these days, TMZ. Then, People reached out to Berry's rep for confirmation, who offered a generic, "I can confirm that Halle and Olivier are expecting a child." Then, of course, came the "sources close to the couple," who also must be interviewed in cases like this when a simple confirmation just won't satisfy the public's thirst for information.
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"Halle is feeling great. It's a very exciting time," the source told People. We're glad to hear that she's feeling well and definitely agree that
Forget about spending big bucks on scary, doctor's office procedures. Celebrity dermatologist and Skin Rules author Deborah Jaliman, M.D. reveals how to erase the years at home and on the cheap. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 6 Skin Habits that Take Off 5 Years
Use a retinol
Dark spots and uneven texture are dead giveaways to your true age. Keep fooling folks by applying an at-home retinol every night. "It's one of the few things that reverses sun damage," says Jaliman. "It will lighten brown spots, improve texture, and make skin smoother. You can see a difference in weeks." By stimulating collagen production, the inexpensive remedies cause dead skin to slough off faster, eliminating signs of ware and dullness. But be aware that retinols make skin particularly sensitive to sunlight, so after applying one at night, be extra-sure to wear at least SPF 30 the next morning. Jaliman likes Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer ($20.99).
Get your vitamin B
You likely get your necessary supply of B3, a vitamin
From grand romantic gestures to being a rock during tough times, REDBOOK readers on Facebook have some beautiful stories about love - and the many ways to show it.Read More »from Aw! The Nicest Thing He's Ever Done for Me
"He runs to meet me! Example: I'll call him on my way home from work and ask him to meet me for dinner at our local diner. I'll sit in the window and watch him run down the block from our house." - Rebecca I.
"I did a 100-mile bike ride last fall, and he tracked my phone and showed up on the side of the road with a smile and a dry erase board with words of encouragement throughout the day!" - Renee N.
"I haven't put gas in my car since we've been together, and we are going on 10-plus years. He makes sure that my car is filled up and clean for me. He will get up in the middle of the night - no matter the weather - and get gas for me so I don't have to do it. I know it sounds simple, but it's his way of taking care of our family. I so appreciate him for this. The little things make all the difference in a marriage." - Lee
It's not about trying to look 20 when you're 40, but rather a matter of nourishing yourself inside and out. Try these real world tricks to stay youthful no matter how many candles are on your birthday cake. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 12 Secrets to Aging like a Pro
1. Celebrate your milestones
"Embrace birthdays by reveling in how far you've come and all of the experiences you've had," says Wendy Ferguson, 45. "I went to Antarctica for my 40th because I love travel and want to see the world. But celebrating doesn't have to be anything grandiose - just do something that's meaningful to you. It took years and experience in order for me to feel more comfortable in my own skin, but I've earned every laugh line and gray hair. And I think celebrating my age - rather than lying about it - has helped me grow older more gracefully."
2. Age-proof your eyes - at home
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With the advent of smart phones, it's now harder than ever to disconnect from work. You have your phone with you at all times, and your email is on your phone, so what's the big deal about glancing at it from time to time? Unfortunately, those "I'll just see if anyone emailed" checks turn into "I'll just quickly respond to this; it seems urgent" matters in no time flat. We already know that spending more and more time buried in a screen decreases your vagal tone, which in turn alters our ability to empathize and connect with one another. That chronic stress of being plugged in 24/7 has hazardous effects on your health, too.
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As someone who took an actual stretching class last night, I was somewhat dismayed to see Gretchen Reynold's latest "Reasons Not to Stretch" Well blog post (yes, there have been multiple). How can something that feels so good and relieving have a case against it?
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Well (pun intended), it turns out Reynolds is being a tad hyperbolic in her lead. The two studies she's citing only measured the effect of static stretching - think reaching for your toes and holding it for 90 seconds - before exercises that require immediate high-intensity muscle action. Participants in one study lifted less weight - and felt "wobblier" - after performing static stretches. The second study revealed that static stretching actually reduced strength and explosive muscular performance.
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Here's the kicker, though: Most of us aren't stretching pre-workout because we need to burst from a starting block or do