By Charlotte Andersen
Three ways to use your brain for a better sex life. Sex is fun. I'm sure I don't need to sell you on the concept. But exactly how fun dancing the horizontal mambo is depends more on what's going on up top than, well, anywhere else. Your brain is your most powerful sex organ, and learning how it works can be the difference between "eh" and "ah!"
Let's start with hormones. Any woman who's ever wondered why she cried through a shampoo commercial and ate six bars of chocolate only to find Aunt Flo on her doorstep the next day won't be surprised that hormones like dopamine (the happiness hormone), oxytocin (the cuddling hormone), and even testosterone (yes, girls have some too), rule our sex drive too. We tend to think of hormones as things that control us, but it turns out we have some control over them as well. And it all starts with your brain!
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- SHAPE magazine | At Home – Thu, Jan 19, 2012 11:46 AM EST
Nicole Bulcher, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaderBeing fit and healthy is important for most people, but for a select few, staying in tip-top shape is actually part of their job description. All that pressure can be tough, so we asked these pros to share the healthy living tips that make each paycheck possible.Read More »from The Best Fitness Tips from People Whose Body is Their Career
1. Nicole Bulcher, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader: Nicole Bulcher, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, swears by the Barre Method to get her "dancer's body". "The small and precise exercises work every muscle over the entire length of the body, and after you max-out each muscle group, you stretch it. I had never done this before, although my flexibility definitely showed improvement within the first couple of weeks."
Kiana Tom2. Kiana Tom, fitness model: Kiana Tom, fitness model and host of ESPN's Flex Appeal, says success is as much mental as it is physical. "I am a goal setter and I set more goals every day. I keep lists of goals in my office to stay on track."
Ashley Bouder3. Ashley Bouder, ballet dancer: Ashley Bouder, principal dancer for the NYC Ballet,
Would you try blood testing for optimal health?It's dinnertime and all you want is a huge bowl of ice cream. But why? Is it due to PMS , blood sugar swings, food cravings, illness, or perhaps just a susceptibility to crafty advertising ? That's the tricky thing about our bodies-figuring out what is actually going on inside them takes a weird mash-up of science, voodoo, and cosmic luck. One of my greatest fantasies (ready to find out how truly geeky I am?) is to have a computer screen attached to my brain that would tell me exactly what's going on inside my at any given time. While so far that's not a scientific reality, I did get one step closer to living my dream when I got to try out a new service called Inside Tracker that analyzes your bloodwork and then recommends an optimal nutrition and exercise plan tailored to you .Read More »from Would You Try Blood Testing for Optimal Health?
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Professional athletes have been using these types of tests (generally based on blood tests and questionnaires) for a long time, but they've recently
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 18, 2012 4:37 PM EST
We asked some of our favorite food bloggers to describe the weirdest food they've ever tried, and they delivered! From alligator gumbo to bugs to monkfish liver to fish scales, here are their bizarre food stories:
Alligator gumbo1. Alligator gumbo:
Describe the food in one word: Chickeny/fishy.
How did it taste: When I tried it in pie form, the taste was a bit overwhelmed by the buttery pastry, but when I tasted it in the gumbo, I really got to see how tender and flavorful alligator could be. Combined with hot peppers, crawfish, and veggies, the alligator made for a mouthwatering gumbo.
Would you eat it again: Absolutely! I love eating strange and unconventional foods, especially when they have a great flavor. It's really the issue of whether or not I'd be able to find 'gator in the Chicago suburbs.
--Kathryn Steed of Omnivore100Project.com
Pictured: Alligator gumbo from West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off in Marlinton, WV
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Describe the food in one word:
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 18, 2012 10:48 AM EST
Holy deliciousness hummusCooking at home and eating healthy often go hand in hand. But if you're not a kitchen-savvy gal, the best nutrition experts and bloggers have come to the rescue. We gathered their favorite quick and easy recipes for healthy meals that require as few ingredients as possible.Read More »from 5 Fast and Easy Meals for the Girl that Doesn't Cook
1. Holy deliciousness hummus: Even food bloggers need an occasional break from the kitchen. Caitlin of Healthy Tipping Point falls back on her creamy homemade hummus recipe when she wants a delicious, healthy snack. "Make a big batch ahead of time and eat it all week long," she says. "It tastes great on toast, bagels, or crackers; stuffed in celery; scooped on carrots; or even as a pasta sauce alternative."
1 c. white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 c. goat cheese
1 tbsp. tahini (sesame seed butter)
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic (or 1/4 tbsp. minced garlic)
Two heavy pinches salt
One heavy pinch pepper
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 18, 2012 10:19 AM EST
8 reasons to lift heavier weightsExperts agree: Heavy lifting is in! You can't swing a kettlebell these days without hitting some workout guru, exercise program, or book advising women to not only lift weights but lift heavier weights. But why? And should you try it if you're aready happy with your current workout routine? Here are eight reasons why you need to make this change.Read More »from 8 Reasons to Lift Heavier Weights (And No, You Won't Bulk Up)
1. You'll Torch Body Fat: You may have been told that cardio is the ultimate fat burner, but that effect stops the minute you hop off the treadmill. Build more muscle and you'll keep your body burning fat all day long. According to one study, adding just two sessions per week of heavy lifting can reduce your body fat by three percent without cutting calories. Another study from the University of Alabama in Birmingham showed that dieters who lifted heavy weights lost the same amount of weight as dieters who did just card, but all the weight lost by the weight lifters was primarily fat while the cardio queens lost a lot of muscle along with some
Are you eating too many healthy fats?We know that foods like almonds, avocado, olive oil, and salmon have monounsaturated fats, but how much "healthy fat" is too much? And how much of these fatty foods should you eat to get the benefits without gaining weight? We went to Mike Roussell, PhD, and SHAPE Diet Doctor to find out. Here's what he had to say:
Fats are a good thing, but they are no different in that you can get too much of them. Calories matter, and especially with oils, it's easy to take in a lot of calories without knowing. I'm going to a make a couple assumptions so I can most accurately answer your questions.
Let's assume that you eat 1700 calories per day, and you follow a that is roughly 40-percent carbohydrates, 30-percent protein, and 30-percent fat (a sensible, moderate diet). You eat 3 meals and 1 snack of almonds (1oz) each day.
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New Balance Audio NB639 headphonesGizmos and gadget and Garmins, oh my! In the market for some new workout swag? These high-tech tools will help you to get motivated and check your progress as you head out on your fitness journey. Here are our five favorite:Read More »from The Best Fitness Gadgets to Track Your Vitals
1. Our favorite sleek new earbuds (left): New Balance Audio's NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphones ($99.99 at iHomeAudio.com; iPod Nano not included) feature a one-touch heart rate monitor, pedometer, and stop watch. It provides real-time voice-over feedback on heart rate, caloric burn, steps taken, and distance without pausing your music or your workout! You can also manage and graph your exercise data using the included Heart Pal software and your home computer.
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Garmin Forerunner2. Our favorite for the triathlete: The Garmin Forerunner 910XT Multisport GPS Training Watch ($399.95 for pre-order at HeartRateMonitorUSA.com; out February 2012) is a multi-sport heart rate monitor that provides metrics for swimming, running,
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 17, 2012 10:33 AM EST
Fill up the healthy way with these tips!We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what we don't know about the morning meal could inadvertently be packing on the pounds! We consulted with health expert Dr. Lisa Davis, Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Affairs at Medifast, to expose some of the biggest breakfast no-nos.Read More »from 5 Breakfast Mistakes that Could Be Sabotaging Your Health
1. Fill up the healthy way: Davis says pancakes and waffles are a no-no for breakfast, especially when accompanied by sugary syrup. "Instead, try a whole-grain cereal or toast, and try to get some protein in the form of low-fat or fat-free yogurt, lean meat, or egg whites," she says. "You'll feel fuller for longer."
You don't have to give up your morning cup of coffee. 2. Don't give up your coffee: You don't have to give up your morning cup of Joe, even if you're vying for a healthier diet. "Unless you have sensitivity to caffeine or a medical condition that makes it unwise to consume it, coffee can be a delicious and natural way to boost your mood and your brain function," Davis says. "If you need more than a cup or two to get going in
Butternut squash soupYou might follow the perfect healthy diet all day long, but when late-night hunger strikes, a bad snacking decision is a quick way to throw your hard work out the window. These famous chefs reveal what they cook to satisfy their post-dinner hunger pangs, while still keeping calories in check.Read More »from The Best Late-Night Snack Ideas from Celeb Chefs
1. Christine Avanti: Butternut Squash Soup If you're hungry right before bedtime, whip up this creamy soup recipe by Christine Avanti, Health Consultant on Food Network's new show Fat Chef and author of Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food. Using low-fat Greek yogurt and sweet corn, she reinvented this classic comfort food so it's only 190 calories per serving.
"Butternut squash provides dietary fiber, which is essential for losing weight," Avanti says. "This soup is a great way to boost your fiber intake if you did not get enough throughout the day. Although it has a subtle hint of sweetness, it's low in sugar. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for reducing water retention."