by Jessica Smith
Want to run a marathon? Improve your PR? Whatever your running goal, these tips will help you achieve it.
Improve your running technique1. Don't run heels first: Avoid striking the pavement with your heels-save that for your power walks. "When you walk, you keep one foot in contact with the ground, while running has a moment of weightlessness in the stride," says Alex Figueroa, a running coach and creator of Priority1 Wellness in Miami Beach. Running with a heel landing can contribute to back and knee pain.
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Invest in barefoot running shoes2. Invest in barefoot running shoes: "When it comes to support, less is more," says Figueroa. Build up to wearing shoes with minimal support, like NIKE Free or Vibram Five Fingers, to help strengthen and develop the natural muscular support in your foot and ankle. But don't toss your sneakers just yet - slowly begin by running, one block at a time, with less support to gradually strengthen the muscles in your feet. Developing foot strength can help make
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by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
Tomato sorbetGoodbye, chocolate-covered bacon; hello, chocolate-dipped cauliflower! While you may normally think of veggies as something to choke down before moving onto dessert, a new trend of veggie-inspired desserts may change that, according to a report in the latest issue of Food Technology magazine. Classic sweet treats such as carrot cake and sweet potato pie have long been fan favorites, but now pastry chefs are going above and beyond to include flavorful picks such as cucumbers, eggplants, beets, squash, carrots, mushrooms, and tomatoes in baked goods.
I was excited to read about this trend, because I've been experimenting with veggie-based treats for some time. I recently shared my recipe for secret spinach brownies with FitSugar viewers, and lately, I've been baking up a storm, folding pureed lentils or bean flours into cookies and cupcakes. In addition to being downright fun, adding veggies to theRead More »from Trend Alert: Veggies for Dessert!
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 26, 2012 11:01 AM EST
by Jené Luciani
Vanessa Lachey on her post-baby bodySometimes life as a new mom is all about smoke and mirrors. Just ask Vanessa Lachey. The 32-year-old Wipeout host and wife of singer Nick admits that those post-baby pics (son Camden is three months old) weren't the results of hours of working out or some miracle weight-loss diet. We chatted with Lachey-the new spokesperson for Procter & Gamble's "Have You Tried This Yet?" campaign-about those pictures that had everyone buzzing, plus how her life has changed since becoming a mom.
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Vanessa Lachey (VL): One on hand, I want to say thanks for your kind words. But on the other hand, I want to encourage women out there that there is no perfect "after-baby body!" Truth be told, when those pictures came out, I wasn't wearing a bikini, so you couldn't really see my body. I just know how to dress for my body type and was
by Phoebe Lapine
Turn the remains of your holiday dishes into originals so good, you'll wish you had cooked more!
Green bean and potato salad with pesto1. Roasted potato and green bean salad with pesto: Since next-day veggies can seem limp and boring, toss those beans and roasted potatoes with the bright, fresh flavors of pesto to liven them up.
Serves: 4 as a side
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup blanched whole almonds
1/2 cup snipped chives
1 cup coarsely chopped basil leaves
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups leftover roasted potatoes*
4 cups leftover green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
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1. Pulse garlic and almonds in a food processor. Add chives, basil, lemon juice, and salt and pulse until roughly chopped. Stream in oil 1/4 cup at a time until pesto is smooth and has the consistency of mayo. Tastes for seasoning and add more salt if necessary.
2. Toss potatoes and beans with 3/4 cup pesto, reserving
by SHAPE editors
Passing up pie on Thanksgiving? Sacrilege! Instead, learn how your favorite Thanksgiving pies stack up and easy ways to dial down the decadence.
Pecan pie1.Pecan pie: 503 CALORIES; 27G FAT
Though nuts are a great source of healthy fats and protein, too much of a good thing can kick this southern treat into the diet danger zone. Slash 60 calories and 9 grams of fat per piece with a tip from Betty Crocker kitchens manager Shirley Dolland: Sub rolled oats for half the pecans, and replace the three eggs most recipes call for with one egg and four whites.
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Cherry pie2. Cherry pie: 486 CALORIES; 22G FATRead More »from The Best and Worst Holiday Pies for Weight Loss
A can of cherry pie filling contains 133 grams of sugar-as much as in 10 doughnuts! To make your own (and shave off 75 grams of sugar), Anthony Stewart, the executive chef at the Pritikin longevity center + spa in Miami, says to simmer 4 cups frozen cherries with 2 tablespoons Splenda, 1 tablespoon vanilla
by Alanna Nuñez
Are energy drinks killing people?Energy drinks are causing a buzz lately, and we're not talking about the kick-start that they claim to provide; instead, they're all over the news.
Last Thursday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they're investigating 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations for conditions including heart attacks, convulsions, and one case of a spontaneous abortion tied to 5-Hour Energy Drink. This news comes only a few weeks after the agency began looking into five deaths linked to Monster Energy drink.
While many experts have questioned the safety of energy drinks since the beverages came out on the market, these new reports have even more wondering if they should buy them, let alone if these products should be allowed to be sold.
Most energy drinks include caffeine, but it's the caffeine in conjunction with other ingredients that can be a problem, John P. Higgins, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Texas told SHAPE in an earlierRead More »from Is Too Much Caffeine Deadly?
by Ysolt UsiganRead More »from Fun Facts About Thanksgiving
From calorie counts to total cans of cranberry sauce consumed (answer: a lot!), these fun facts will surprise you.
How many calories will you consume on Thanksgiving?1. Your T-giving meal in calories: It's common knowledge that people consume more calories on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, but did you know that the average American's holiday meal packs more than 1600 calories? This infographic by Visual.ly will help you keep things in check while still enjoying your favorite Turkey Day dishes.
Click here to see the full infographic.
Photo credit: Visual.ly
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How many cans of cranberry sauce do people purchase for Thanksgiving?2. Thanks trivia: This FreshDirect infographic gives us a glimpse into how the grocery chain operates as it relates to your Thanksgiving meal. For instance, if you stacked up all the cans of cranberry sauce customers bought from FreshDirect alone, it would stand twice as tall as the Empire State Building. It's amazing how much we consume during the holiday season, and for that matter, every day, isn't it?
by Elizabeth Goodman ArtisRead More »from 5 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer
Here are five reasons why you (yes, you!) can afford a personal trainerPut the word "personal" in front of any service-trainer, stylist, dog groomer-and it immediately takes on an elitist (read: expensive) ring. But a personal trainer is not just for those with big bank accounts. We talked to Jason Karp, Ph.D, an exercise physiologist and author of Running for Women, for a few perfectly legit reasons anyone can hire a personal trainer-and why it actually doesn't have to break the bank.
1. Because health equals wealth: When you're feeling healthy and physically fit, you're going to be more productive in any area of your life. Research backs this up: According to a study published in the Journal of Labor Research, people who work out regularly (three times a week) earn about 10 percent more than those who don't. Using that extra cash on a trainer (which costs, on average, about $50 to $80 per session) is definitely money well spent.
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2. Because there probably is room in your budget: "One of the
by Jessica Smith
Save money, slim down. Win-win!It's a multitasker's dream scenario. But can saving cash really help shrink your waistline? Yes, according to behavioral psychologist Matt Wallaert. "Eating and spending are very similar behavioral processes in that they both are about the competition between our desires and the consequences," he says. "Psychologists often look at the lessons learned in one domain to apply them to others."
So why not kill two birds with one stone? These expert financial tips work for fattening up your wallet and slimming down your waistline. Ka-ching, ka-ching!
1. Put the break on splurge spirals: "One of the key findings with both spending and eating is that when people "break" their diet or budget, they tend to go big, figuring that they'll just start over tomorrow because it is broken for today," Wallaert says. Case in point: One study found that dieters who ate a single Hershey's Kiss in the morning overate for the rest of the day, saying they had alreadyRead More »from Save Money, Lose Weight!
Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
Snack smart to lose weightIf you were taught that an afternoon snack would "ruin your dinner" or that you should stick to "three square meals" a day, I'm happy to report that it's perfectly okay-even healthy-to break those rules. People with the healthiest diets snack twice as often as those with the least healthy diets, a new NPD survey reports.
And they're reaching for better choices: While nighttime noshing on ice cream and chips is declining, there's been an uptick in the number of people having a midmorning bite on foods such as fruit, yogurt, nuts, and seeds.
Most snacking is also no longer mindless or impulsive. Nearly 80 percent of food choices were planned or composed of pre-purchased items.I love reading reports like these because they parallel what I see in my private practice. More than ever my clients see snacking as a way to fit in whole grains and produce, and boost their intakes of key nutrients including antioxidants and fiber. Rather than seeing between-meal eating Read More »from Why You Should Snack More Often