by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for SHAPE.com
Why everything we thought about pregnancy is wrongFree diapers, coupons, unsolicited advice from strangers on the bus-when you first become pregnant, you get a lot of things! But one of the most important things you get is your due date, which is key for everything from measuring fetal health to tracking on baby sites which piece of fruit your fetus resembles.
Plus, "When are you due?" is always the first question people ask when they spot your bump. But new research from the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says that assigning women a due date may do more harm than good because normal pregnancies can vary by up to five weeks.
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The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, followed 125 women with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies and discovered that there was much wider range of "normal" than previously thought. "We were a bit surprised by this finding," Anne Marie Jukic, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a
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by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from Why a 9-Month Pregnancy is a Myth
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by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Fast-Food Breakfasts Healthier Than the Taco Waffle
Should you try the Taco Bell Waffle Taco?Taco Bell recently announced plans to expand its test of waffle tacos in preparation for the launch of a national breakfast menu next year. The handheld item-a fried waffle wrapped around scrambled eggs and sausage, served with a side of syrup-will be offered at 100 additional locations in California, Nebraska, and Tennessee.
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But at 460 calories and 30 grams (g) of fat, this is not the healthiest on-the-go option. And when you think of some of the other sandwich options, including the glazed donut breakfast sandwich at Dunkin Donuts (a fried egg and bacon sandwiched between glazed donuts) and Wendy's sausage biscuit that clocks in at 570 calories and 1,390 milligrams (mg) sodium, you may think you're better off having nothing than grabbing a to-go meal if you're busy.
However, there are seven fast food breakfast sandwiches that I whole-heartedly approve of, although they represent only three
by Nicole Williams for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Dos and Dont's of Smart Networking
7 tips to help you network like a bossSocial media has made it easier than ever before to network with people who could help you gain valuable advice, insight, and connections. But just because it's easy to access people doesn't mean you should-at least not without a nod to some good old-fashioned etiquette rules from the pre-2.0 era.
I am fortunate to meet a lot of interesting people and to be part of a lot of industry events, panels, and the like. I also genuinely like to connect with people. But lately I feel like the boundaries of "professional" contact are getting a bit blurry. I'm not suggesting we go back to an era of formal notes asking for appointments delivered by butlers on silver platters. But I do think a little more manners would go a long way.
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Mostly, I think good-versus-bad networking etiquette is a question of respect. I don't mean genuflecting or addressing someone formally (although "oh holy brand queen" or "empress of
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 6, 2013 1:57 PM EDT
by Elizabeth Goodman Artis for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Surprising Ways Junk Food Can Make You Miserable
You already knew junk food was bad for you, but here are a few reasons it's even worse than you thought...Sugar, bad fats, processed carbohydrates. These dietary devils are what make up the bulk of all junk food-and bulk isn't the only thing they cause.
According to Jim White, R.D, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios in Virginia Beach, VA, foods like processed "white" carbs, packaged cookies, potato chips, sugary sodas, and high-fat burgers and fries not only pack on pounds, they can cause physical symptoms and conditions that make you look and feel like, well, crap.
These seven potential side effects of a diet high in junk food just might inspire you to make a beeline for the nearest Whole Foods.
1. Botox before your time: What's bad for your waist is also bad for your face. Sugars, trans fats (used to extend the shelf life of some packaged foods), and starches can cause insulin to surge and trigger an inflammatory response, the end product of which is called glycation. This speeds the aging process (gives you wrinkles) by deactivating the
by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for Shape.comRead More »from What the New Gluten-Free Standards Means for You
Should you go gluten-free?The recent news about the Food and Drug Administration's new standard for labeling gluten-free foods had me a little shocked. Who knew that the FDA had not regulated all the products claiming to be "gluten free" on our grocery shelves already-certainly not me.
I was thrilled to hear that after a six-year delay, all products labeled "gluten free", as well as "no gluten," ''free of gluten," and "without gluten," will have to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Interestingly, these products don't have to be 100% free of wheat, rye, barley and their derivatives, but according to the medical community this amount is recognized as safe for those individuals who suffer from celiac disease.
So what is gluten anyway? Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in wheat, rye, and barley. And for those who suffer from celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune condition, their bodies produce antibodies that attack and damage the lining of the small
by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Will Eating Late at Night Make You Fat?
Can your late-night snacking habit pack on the pounds?Last week, I co-hosted a twitter chat for Shape.com. There were so many great questions, but one particularly stood out because more than one participant asked it: "How bad is it to eat after 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m.) for weight loss?"
I love this question. Truthfully, my patients ask it all the time. And my answer is almost always the same: "Eating late at night doesn't cause you to gain weight, but eating too much late at night will."
Let's review: If your body needs 1,800 calories to maintain a healthy body weight and you ate only 900 calories by the time it was 9 p.m., you could in reality eat another 900 before bedtime. The problem is the longer it gets until dinnertime, the hungrier you get, and for most people the chances they will overeat increases. So what ends up happening is excess calories are consumed. I sometime explain this as the "domino effect." You've waited so long to eat that by the time you do, you can't stop.
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by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Is Your Bagged Salad Safe?
Should you toss your bagged greens?You may have heard that a recent outbreak of stomach illness, including diarrhea, has been linked to a parasite from bagged salad mix. And after the big spinach outbreak in 2006 many of us thought those days were behind us. This time, the parasite cyclospora has caused around 400 people across the country to get sick, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The brand of this salad has not yet been identified since the CDC and FDA are not sure exactly where the bug originated. There are many different lettuces used in the mix and anyone of them could have been the culprit. Also they are not sure at what point of the process the contamination occurred, whether it be the water irrigation for the lettuce or the prewashing prior to bagging. What they do know is that they think the outbreak is coming to an end. Reports started in mid-June and the bagged salad is a perishable product; therefore, it's probably no longer on
by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from Do You Smell? 10 Sneaky Sources of Body Odor
Do you smell?You already know that you're a little ripe after an intense workout or that eating garlic before a big meeting (or date!) isn't the best idea. But did you realize that these lesser-known factors might be affecting your breath, B.O., and more? Here's how to get to the root of the problem and ditch the stench for good.
1. Your super stressful job: It's a familiar feeling: Your mind seizes on that dicey conversation you had with your boss about looming layoffs and all of a sudden your heart is pounding, your breathing increases, and you're wiping damp hands on your dress pants. Anxiety triggers a release of cortisol, the "stress hormone" that helps prepare you to deal with a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, cortisol also makes you sweat. While sweat alone isn't stinky, when you add it to the bacteria that lives on your skin, you start to smell as bad as you feel.
2. Blood sugar swings: Calling all Steel Magnolias fans! The fruity smell of ketones
by SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, Ph.D, for SHAPE.comRead More »from Should You Eat Before a Morning Workout?
Should you eat before a morning workout?It's a constant question in the fitness world: Should you eat before a workout? If you're anything like us, when you work out, especially in the morning, you end up starving afterward. But does eating before a workout mean you'll consume more calories than necessary?
We went to SHAPE diet doctor and nutrition expert Mike Roussell, ph.D, author of 6 Pillars of Nutrition to get his opinion on eating before a morning workout. Here's what he had to say.
Not only will you not eat that much more, you should always fuel yourself before you exercise in the a.m. The key with working out first thing in the morning is that you want to energize your training session so you can perform at your best. Feeling sluggish and dragging through your fitness routine is no way to work out.
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Despite what you may have heard, training fasted doesn't lead to greater fat loss and instead allows for excessive
by Nicole Williams for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Tricks to Dating at Work
Now you have no excuse not to ask out that hottie in accounting...Work is where we spend our days, explore ourselves, and build our networks--so why should dating be excluded? That said, deciding whether or not to date the hunk 10 cubes down and two rows over from you is extremely personal. And while there are no right answers, there may be a company policy. Legislation doesn't regulate matters of the heart, but you definitely want to understand the potential implications of going out with an officemate.
First, find out how your organization views at-work relationships, and start your decision-making process from there. If you think you want to give it a try and ask him out, use the following strategy to help you sort through both the emotions and the day-to-day realities of dating at work.
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1. Know your intentions. No shame here, but the parameters of the relationship and the level of risk are directly proportional to your purpose. Are you having a one-night-stand with