Eat the rainbow
Down on your weight-loss luck? Take a cue from the Irish and turn that luck around, stat! Here are seven lessons we can learn from the Irish that really work:
Eat the rainbow: Not to be confused with taste the rainbow, which will result in a serious sugar crash, eating a rainbow of fresh produce comes with a wealth of health benefits and can help you lose weight. A new study from Florida State University found that women who incorporated apples into their daily diet lost more weight than their non-apple-eating counterparts. Make a goal to pick up one new fruit or vegetable every week-and actually eat it. Mixing up a smoothie is a simple way to work some new flavors into your diet (Try these delicious and healthy smoothie recipes).
Lift some heavy metal2. Lift some heavy metal: As amazing as it would be if there were random pots of gold around town for the taking, stick with iron for guaranteed results. New to weight lifting? Try working in a total-body strength routine twice a week (This
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Get more sleep tonight!It's always nice to get more sleep! Just in case you need a legitimate reason to hit the snooze button once or twice, we've rounded up six healthy benefits of a good night's sleep:Read More »from 6 Reasons You Need More Sleep
1. Sleep curbs unhealthy cravings: Although most people get around five to seven hours of sleep a night, experts caution that number should really be somewhere closer to eight hours of sleep. "The problem with being chronically sleep-deprived (as in, missing one to two hours nightly) is that the body perceives the sleep loss as a "stress," which increases levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol (which interferes with insulin function)," says Shawn Talbott, nutritional biochemist and author of The Secret Vigor: How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy. That means blood sugar regulation is compromised and you'll crave more sweets and junk food. The increased appetite for unhealthy snacks puts you at risk for abdominal weight gain, diabetes and obesity. Yikes!
It's easy to fall into a healthy eating rut, but if you're not adding these small superfoods into your diet, you're missing out on a big nutritional bonus! Here are some of our favorite healthy (and easy) breakfast add-ins:Read More »from Healthy Ways to Give Your Breakfast a Boost
Chia seeds1. Chia seeds: Add chia seeds to your yogurt (oatmeal, cereal, etc.), suggests Margaux J. Rathbun, certified nutritional therapy practitioner and creator of nutrition website Authentic Self Wellness. "Chia seeds are gaining popularity, as more people are discovering their amazing health-promoting properties," Rathbun says. "These little seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (for heart health), fiber (for digestive health), calcium (for strong bones), and protein (for healthy muscles)." The daily recommended amount of chia seeds is about 1 tablespoon.
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Flaxseed oil2. Flaxseed oil: Create energy-boosting oatmeal by adding some flaxseed oil, Rathbun says. "This oil is virtually tasteless so it's a perfect way to
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 12, 2012 2:00 PM EDT
By Elizabeth Goodman Artis
Cocktails, cupcakes, salty potato chips, a big juicy cheeseburger. These things all taste pretty darn good as they pass through your lips, but what happens after they move on down the road? "No matter what you swallow, the mechanisms are the same: past the food pipe, through the esophagus, and into your stomach," says Ira Breite, M.D., a clinical assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center. "But there are differences in how specific nutrients like proteins, carbs, and fats are absorbed," he says.
Here's what happens when some of your favorite guilty pleasures hit your belly, and how to take a healthier approach:
This is your belly on...cocktails. 1. Alcohol: Unlike just about everything else that you swallow, alcohol is actually absorbed directly by the stomach (the stomach essentially serves as a waiting room for everything you eat; nothing is processed and absorbed until after it reaches the small intestine ). Once that glass of vino-Read More »from This is Your Belly on Cocktails, Cookies, and More
By Jené Luciani
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What does Can anyone besides the bride wear white to a wedding? What does "festive" really mean? Is black tie always formal? As a style expert, these are questions I get asked on a regular basis and a topic I recently covered on an episode of The Nate Berkus Show (airing in May). With peak wedding season on the horizon, we thought it would be a good time to give you a prep course in event-wear etiquette.
Here are eight common wedding invite dress codes and what they all mean, exactly.
1. Festive: This seems to be an invite trend of late but an enigma to most people. To me, "festive" means anything goes. Think cocktail party, bold colors, and funkier styles that you wouldn't try for a more formal event. Just have fun with it! For guys, try a fun tie!
"This is the time to break out the ties with the fun patterns or something that goes with the theme," says celebrity event planner Samantha Goldberg. "For example, ifRead More »from Your Guide to Wedding Dress Invite Codes
You're paying for it, so you deserve to get the most out of your gym membership, but if you're making any of these common workout mistakes, you're not getting the most bang for your buck. Follow these expert tips and you're sure to see a difference in your workout.
You're not using the heavy weights1. You're not using the heavy weights: It can be intimidating to venture out onto the weight room floor, especially when it's full of bodybuilding types throwing weights around. But you aren't doing yourself any favors by staying in the corner with those little pink dumbbells!
"You have two types of muscle fibers: slow and fast. If you don't use heavier weights, you neglect an entire set of muscle fibers, namely the fast fibers, which are important for moving quickly, lifting weighty objects (your heavy purse, grocery bag, suitcase), and for spine and hip stability," says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery and creator of the Perfect Legs, Glutes & Abs DVD.
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Healthy habits may matter more than genetics. By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
You know you should be eating healthfully and exercising, but when you're young you may feel disconnected from the long-term rewards. Now, a new study from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine finds that living a healthy lifestyle in your 20s leads to a HUGE health payoff in your 40s and demonstrates that your lifestyle is far more powerful than your genetics.
In the study the researchers analyzed data from over 3,000 people between the ages of 18 and 30 and followed them in time. The scientists tracked how well the participants adhered to five lifestyle factors:
1. Maintaining a lean body mass index (BMI)5. Engaging in regular physical activity
2. No excess alcohol intake
3. No smoking
4. Eating a healthy diet, and
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A good breakfast can help you lose weight , boost brainpower, increase energy, and set a healthy tone for the rest of your day-so make it count each morning! "A great breakfast provides a number of food groups, especially those that most Americans fall short on if they don't include them in the first meal of the day," says Christen Cupples Cooper, MS, a registered dietitian . In addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight and stay focused all day, studies also show that regularly eating a healthy breakfast can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer, Cooper says.Read More »from Expert-Recommended Breakfast Ideas
To help you make the most out of your morning meal, we asked nutrition experts for their top low-calorie breakfast ideas that are easy to make (or that you can grab on the go) and are sure to keep you satisfied till lunch.
Frittata1. Leftover frittata: While eggs are a great protein-rich breakfast, they aren't always convenient to make on a busy morning. Mary Hartley, MPH, a registered dietitian in New
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words! For the days we need some inspiration, we decided to share our favorite images that get us moving, lifting, and laughing in hopes that they'll inspire you too!Read More »from "Fitspiration" We Love
My Butt is Big from NikeWomen. 1. My Butt is Big from Nike Women: Muscular thighs, big butt, wide shoulders: Whatever body part of yours you've been taught to hate, Nike wants to change your mind.
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You are more important than the scale.
2. You're more than just a number: Sometimes you just need a little reminder that getting healthy is way more important than getting skinny.
3. Cause you never know when you'll find yourself in the Hunger Games: OK so your life will probably never lead you to a gladiator death-match on TV, but being strong will help you with whatever does come along.
4. Christie Brinkley: If Christie Brinkley is still dancing (and looking this smoking!) at 57, then we want to be able to as well!
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Strong is the new beautiful
5. Strong is beautiful: Need we say more?
Derek JeterJust because you can't hit one out of the park like Derek Jeter or throw a fastball like Joba Chamberlain doesn't mean you can't take a lesson from the boys of baseball and train like a pro athlete. We spoke exclusively with professional baseball strength and conditioning coach Dana Cavalea, who recently opened a New York training facility called ML Strength, to find out how "regular" people can apply the same techniques used by today's top athletes to their own workouts.
"The methodology [I use with players] is based on seven elements: evaluate, educate, prevent, train, compete, fuel , and recover," Cavalea says. "We've taken these seven elements and applied them to the general population to give athletes the feeling of competitive achievement with regard to performance enhancement, body awareness, and injury prevention."
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