How do you handle arguments during the holidays? If this is supposed to be "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," then why can't you get through a single mall trip or holiday party without wanting to punch your spouse? The couples and families you see in movies may be caroling with the neighbors, smooching under mistletoe, and wrapping gifts in a state of yuletide bliss, but that's not real life. For most people, schedules only get tighter and wallets just seem to get thinner between Black Friday and New Year's Day. That added pressure can damage your relationship, sucking the fun out of the festivities and sowing the seeds for resentment in the year ahead.
It doesn't have to be this way. We asked top relationship therapist Argie Allen, PhD, how to navigate some of the most common pitfalls that cause rifts between couples over the holidays. With her tips, you'll be able to enjoy that glass of eggnog--without wanting to throw it in your husband's face.
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How do you handle arguments during the holidays? If this is supposed to be "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," then why can't you get through a single mall trip or holiday party without wanting to punch your spouse? The couples and families you see in movies may be caroling with the neighbors, smooching under mistletoe, and wrapping gifts in a state of yuletide bliss, but that's not real life. For most people, schedules only get tighter and wallets just seem to get thinner between Black Friday and New Year's Day. That added pressure can damage your relationship, sucking the fun out of the festivities and sowing the seeds for resentment in the year ahead.Read More »from How to Get Through the Holidays Without Fighting
Do any of these surprising Christmas allergies trigger you?When you wheeze through your fa-la-la's and your nose rivals Rudolph's, it's a little tougher to feel jolly. Although allergies peak in the spring and fall, the holidays may surprise sensitive sufferers with a gift of unexpected triggers, from dusty decorations and potent potpourri to even-say it ain't so-the Christmas tree. Here are seven yuletide allergens, and expert tips to help you stay focused on shopping and wrapping, not sneezing and scratching:Read More »from Are You Allergic to Christmas?
Get 4 Fast Fixes for Holiday Health Problems
1. Trigger: The tree
That's right-the one and only, the centerpiece of all things Christmas, that perfect fir you found hiding in the lot of freshly-cut trees that's now twinkling with the lights you spent hours untangling-may be to blame for your stuffy nose, watery eyes and rash-y skin. "Mold is the biggest problem with live Christmas trees," says Marilyn Li, MD, an asthma and allergy specialist with the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. "Often, they
Just when you thought Grandma's Christmas sugar cookies and hot buttered rum were the worst waistline wreckers out there, these 12 holiday foods from around the world may, er, take the cake. Full of butter, sugar, and notoriously fatty ingredients, the only thing these international foods are giving this holiday season is the gift of girth. See what deep-fried, gravy-layered dish takes first prize for the worst holiday food in the world. Read More »from World's Top 12 Worst Holiday Foods
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Schäufele, a German pork shoulder dish1. Germany: Schäufele
It's no secret that Germans love their meat, and Schäufele, a southern German dish, does this country proud. This fatty, often cured, pork shoulder dish is made at least two different ways: In Franconia, it's seasoned with salt, pepper, and spices, put in a casserole dish, and covered with root vegetables, onions, and beer. Afterward, it's smothered with gravy and served with potato dumplings and cabbage. In Baden, it's simmered in a bath of wine, water, vinegar, onions, and herbs for hours,
You don't have to go on a deprivation diet or spend hours exercising to ward off disease and be your healthiest self!Staying healthy can feel like so much, well, work (think: logging hours at the gym and whipping up nutritious meals from scratch). However, there are plenty of small moves that you can make in your everyday life that will have big health benefits. We've rounded up 15 practically zero-effort ways to fight disease, whittle your waist, lower stress, and more. Bonus: Many of these good-for-you moves feel good, too. So say sayonara to the old adage, "no pain, no gain" and try these tips today.Read More »from 15 Lazy Changes that Ramp Up Your Health
Learn 8 Lazy Ways to Flatten Your Belly
Lazy Move #1: Protect Your Ticker By Snoozing
Need a good excuse to grab your comfiest set of pajamas and hit the sack? Skimping on shut-eye may do more than make you cranky or unproductive-it also boosts your risk of a heart attack. According to one Norwegian study, people who reported that they did not wake up feeling refreshed in the morning had a 27% higher risk of a heart attack, those who had trouble staying asleep almost every night in the last month
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 12, 2011 10:19 AM EST
Are any of these elliptical mistakes ruining your workout results?As the weather drops, more and more people head straight to one machine in their gym--the elliptical trainer. According to a 2008 report from the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, the number of users of elliptical trainers in health clubs grew sevenfold from 1997 to 2007. And while you may be proud of yourself for making it to the gym and squeezing in some cardio, taking a lackadaisical approach to your elliptical workout and casually spinning your legs while reading a magazine or watching TV isn't going to blast away those holiday cookies. Here, 10 mistakes you frequently make on the elliptical and how to fix them so you maximize calorie burn while adding fun to your ho-hum routine.Read More »from Top 10 Mistakes You Make on the Elliptical Trainer
1. You're too lazy to enter your information.
Most machines are calibrated for a 150-pound person--but personalizing your stats will help you get a more accurate calorie read. Aim to burn around 100 calories per 10 minutes, says Jennifer Cassetty, an exercise physiologist.
Mom always said, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." And she was right. Morning meals are essential to revving your metabolism and kick-starting your calorie burn, but indulging in a fat- and calorie-laden breakfast from your favorite fast-food chain could easily send you into sugar shock and pack on the pounds. Research shows that people who ate a big morning meal consumed an extra 400 calories per day, setting themselves up for muffin tops and pancake bottoms. Here are six breakfast drive-thru disasters and their Prevention-approved healthier, make-at-home options.Read More »from 6 Unbelievably Bad Fast-Food Breakfasts
50 Simple Strategies To Lose 10 Pounds
1. Starbucks® Zucchini-Walnut Muffin
Muffins are calorie sinkholes-they pack in the calories but somehow still leave your stomach grumbling. This muffin from Starbucks® seems healthy enough, boasting both zucchini and walnuts, but don't be fooled by its veggie-based name. This morning baked good has close to 500 calories and 28 g of fat.
Try Instead: Zucchini-Raisin
Are you always skipping breakfast?Morning meals that help you lose weight, fuel a workout, and feel fullRead More »from 8 Excuse-Free Tips to a Healthier Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day--it jumpstarts your brain and keeps you slim. In fact, studies show that people who skip breakfast tend to be heavier than people who eat a healthy breakfast. Whether you're too busy or just not hungry, we've found delicious ways to stop you from skipping your morning meal. One of these healthy ideas will fit your lifestyle and fulfill your health and weight loss goals.
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1. If you need to stay full all morning long: Greek yogurt is a powerhouse breakfast, packing up to 18 g of protein into just one 6-ounce container. Plus, one serving of plain can tally only 100 calories and 0 g of fat. Mix in some almonds and a fiber-rich fruit, like fresh pear, to round out the meal.
2. If you need something fast and convenient: Grab a bar, but not just any one: Many are laden with sugar and fat. Try Kind fruit and nut bars, which have up to 10 g
There are some surprising reasons your concentration is suffering.You walk into a restaurant to meet a friend and remember you were supposed to meet somewhere else. You leave your boss's office and, quick as that, forget the deadline she gave you for a new project. You had your keys in your hand, you were just holding them, and now they're gone -- again. What's going on? Here, nine possibilities for why your mind is wandering, and expert advice on how to get your concentration back.Read More »from 9 Reasons Why You Can't Concentrate
Could You Have ADHD? Learn the Symptoms
1. Your numbers are low. Fuzzy mindedness could signal a vitamin or hormone deficiency, especially if you're also feeling unusually tired. For example, hypothyroidism -- too-low levels of thyroid hormone -- could be to blame, says Robert Orford, MD, consultant at the Mayo Clinic's Preventive Medicine Division in Scottsdale, AZ. "If there's a deficiency in thyroid hormone, metabolism slows, which reduces blood flow and cellular function in various parts of the brain," Dr. Orford says. B-12 deficiency and related anemia can have
Takeout seems like a fast and easy solution when you're in a pinch, but make it a habit and you'll quickly pack on the pounds--not to mention empty out your wallet. These takeout staples are packed with calories, loaded with fat, and often come in oversized portions, a triple play that can quickly result in weight gain. Cross these 7 items off your mental take-out menu for good, and replace them with our satisfying make-at-home alternatives.Read More »from 7 Unhealthy Takeout Nightmares
What Nutritionists Order at Fast Food Restaurants
1. Pad Thai with Tofu The word "tofu" makes it sound wholesome, but don't be fooled by this greasy dish. One serving of this vegetarian-friendly Thai standby is 750 calories and 23 grams of fat. That's more fat and calories than 2 slices of cheese pizza.
Make this instead: Cashew, Tofu, and Broccoli Stir-Fry
This tasty tofu option boasts almost half the calories of the takeout dish and just one tablespoon of oil. Cashews add a satisfying crunch, and honey and soy sauce mimic the sweet-and-salty
Is your hometown putting you at risk for heart disease?These urban centers have the highest rates of heart disease and obesity in the country, perhaps because they seem to promote sedentary lifestyles and diets heavy on fast food but light on fresh produce. We sorted through the latest statistical research from the CDC on obesity and heart disease rates to come up with this list of eight metropolitan areas with a population of over 200,000 that are most likely to clog your arteries. And because studies show that unhealthy habits are contagious, anybody moving to or spending time in these places should be extra careful to take care of their tickers.Read More »from The 8 Most Artery-Clogging Cities in America
7 Heart Tests That Can Save Your Life
1. Detroit, MI Detroit residents report more heart disease diagnoses than any other big city in the nation, according to CDC data, and 33% of them are obese. One thing the city's hearts do have in their favor: A vibrant urban agriculture movement is transforming empty lots into veggie-filled community gardens, increasing access to fresh produce in