Americans have a serious love affair with pasta. Unfortunately, we rarely eat it like the Italians do-in small portions with light sauces-but in dinner plate-sized piles swimming in creamy or high-fat sauce. And the calories add up, sometimes to almost a full day's worth, not to mention the off-the-chart amounts of sat fat and sodium many contain. Here, are seven of the worst offenders-and healthier options that scratch your pasta itch without sending you into a carb-induced coma.
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1. Ridiculous: Spaghetti Bolognese with Meatballs "Bolognese" usually denotes meat sauce, but a few more meatballs added in can really start to ratchet up the calories, saturated fat, and sodium. One plateful can contain almost a full day's worth of calories, plus nearly 4,000 mg of sodium.
Ridiculously Healthy: Our take on spaghetti Bolognese is made with "no-salt" tomato sauce, cutting the sodium to only about 150 mg per serving.
2. Ridiculous: Lasagna With its
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Americans have a serious love affair with pasta. Unfortunately, we rarely eat it like the Italians do-in small portions with light sauces-but in dinner plate-sized piles swimming in creamy or high-fat sauce. And the calories add up, sometimes to almost a full day's worth, not to mention the off-the-chart amounts of sat fat and sodium many contain. Here, are seven of the worst offenders-and healthier options that scratch your pasta itch without sending you into a carb-induced coma.Read More »from 7 Ridiculously high-calorie pasta dishes
Believing popular misconceptions can keep you from taking the right course of action to reach your goals, says Julia Valentour, MS, program coordinator and media spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Blaming a plateau (or a gain) on any of these half-truths will keep you stuck in your rut and derail your motivation. Here, 10 of the most pervasive diet-related rumors and the real scoop on how to hit your goal weight for good.
Get dozens of ideas that make weight loss easy here!Read More »from 10 diet and exercise myths that pack on pounds
1. "Strength training will bulk me up."
First, let's tackle the myth that a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat. A pound is a pound is a pound-whether it's made up of muscle or fat. That said, muscle is denser than fat and takes up less room, so two women who weigh the same can look much different if one has a higher ratio of lean muscle mass to fat, says Valentour. "Muscle weight is a good weight because you look firmer, smaller, and more fit. It's also more metabolically
- The Editors of Prevention | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 14, 2011 11:25 PM EDT
Throwing a barbecue is one of the great joys of summer, but the typical fare is usually processed and loaded with calories and saturated fat. But outdoor cooking begs for fresh veggie sides and open flames that give leaner meats great grill flavor and encourage unhealthy fat to drip away. All it takes is a detour down the produce aisle and opting for healthier (and often organic) meats and toppings. Here are 11 healthy and delicious barbecue-friendly recipes you'll make all summer long.
1) Chicago-Style Buffalo Dogs
Choose healthier organic dogs and pile on low-cal sweet pickle relish plus spicy, antioxidant packed pepperoncini and you'll never miss the processed variety.
2) Grilled Mexican CornRead More »from 11 Healthy BBQ dishes that won't bust your waistline
Don't wait for the county fair for this yummy corn-it's quick and easy to make yourself. You'll never miss the butter!
3) Chicken With Mango Salsa
Nothing says summer like homemade salsa. Here, mango, citrus juices, and cilantro combine for a refreshing topping
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 9, 2011 6:37 PM EDT
Dandruff--the single most common scalp complaint among hairstylists' clients--plays no favorites. Just about everyone has the problem to some degree, and it often leads to a scratch-and-itch cycle, says Maria Hordinsky, MD. Ignoring the condition lets scaling build up. That, in turn, can cause itching and scratching, and scratching too vigorously can wound the scalp and leave it vulnerable to infection. Fortunately, some simple home remedies can end this vicious cycle.
Amazing home remedies for every day issues!
1) Take advantage of summer sun. "A little sun exposure is good for dandruff," says Joseph F. Fowler Jr., MD. Direct ultraviolet light has an anti-inflammatory effect on scaly skin conditions, which may explain why dandruff tends to be less severe in summer.
But by all means use sun sense, says Dr. Fowler. Limit your exposure to 30 minutes or less each day, and apply your regular sunscreen to exposed skin. "You have to balance the sun's benefit to your scalpRead More »from Preventionâ€™s Quick Fix: 12 Tips to control dandruff
If you've ever had a canker sore, surely you've been amazed by how something so small can cause a sting so big. No one knows for sure why some people get canker sores and others don't. For most people, a hot pizza burn heals in 2 to 3 days with little or no pain, but for others it can lead to a lesion that won't heal for 2 weeks. Some experts think canker sores result from a body chemistry imbalance that can result after an illness, fever, or other body stress, leading to reduced immunity. Here are 12 ways to ease the pain:
How to avoid over-the-counter and RX remedies
1) Rinse it away. There are rinses that help normalize the pH in the mouth to fight canker sores, says Janet Maccaro, Ph.D., C.N.C. She suggests rinsing with salt water, echinacea tea, or aloe vera juice.
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2) Read the labels. Look for over-the-counter canker sore medications that contain benzocaine, menthol, camphor, eucalyptol, or alcohol in a liquid or gel. They
Chicken is a good source of lean, low-fat protein, but some of our favorite recipes deep-fry and over-sauce it until it's only a shell of its former healthy self. We've hunted down nine complete diet disasters to avoid and offered up ridiculously healthy (and delicious) recipes to try instead.
1. Ridiculous: Chicken Parmesan
Traditional chicken parmigiana involves pan-frying the chicken, coating it with bread crumbs, layering on sodium-filled tomato sauce, and adding a generous dose of full-fat cheese. Served over a heaping plate of pasta, it's a 1,000-plus-calorie meal with double the amount of recommended sodium.
Ridiculously Healthy: Try this healthy chicken parmesan recipe instead. It uses part-skim mozzarella, less oil, and whole wheat bread crumbs to make a 365-calorie meal.Read More »from 9 Ridiculously fattening chicken dishes to avoid
2. Ridiculous: Chicken Quesadilla
Order this in a restaurant and you may be getting more than 1,000 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat. Why? Gigantic white flour tortillas, double
When warm weather arrives, so does the urge to liberate your legs-in all their pale, vein-ridden or fuzzy glory. Use these fast fixes (and more serious solutions) to bare yours with confidence.
TO FIGHT FUZZ
The good news is that hair growth on your legs typically slows with age. The bad news? Because the skin on your legs also gets drier, fuzz removal is more likely to cause irritation.
1) FAST FIX: A MULTIPLE BLADE RAZORRead More »from 4 Ways to get your legs in shape without exercise
Razors are the gold standard for quick, easy hair removal. "Pick one with multiple blades to get the job done in fewer strokes and minimize nicks and razor burn," says Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Try (1) Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care ($9.50; drugstores), with four blades centered in a skin-conditioning solid that melts onto wet skin as you shave. Other keys to a clean sweep: Moisten skin with warm water first and shave in the morning, when legs are less likely to be
Veterinarians estimate that as many as 15% of dogs suffer from environmental allergies, most of which begin before your pooch's third birthday and continue--and usually worsen--throughout his life. While you and your four-legged friend may share triggers, his symptoms aren't like yours. "Dogs may lick and chew their paws, scratch constantly, and develop inflamed ears or skin infections," says Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD, a veterinary dermatologist for Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland, OR. "These are all tip-offs that they're suffering from allergies, though only a vet can make the official diagnosis."
Keep your pet healthy naturally
While a veterinarian can prescribe strong meds or even cortisone if necessary, there are also milder treatments with fewer side effects. Regardless of the symptoms' severity, the best approach is likely a combination of the options below.
1) Eliminate AllergensRead More »from 5 Ways to treat allergies in dogs
"We now think that allergens are absorbed through the skin, not inhaled," Dr. Plant
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 2, 2011 7:27 PM EDT
Chaffing is a (miserable) fact of summer. Whether the cause is jogging shorts that ride up, skin-on-skin friction or the underside of a bra, with just a few rubs, skin can become red, hot, inflamed, and, in severe cases, even bleed. So when something rubs you the wrong way, try these 11 strategies.
Get more amazing natural cures
1) Choose natural fibers. No matter what your sport, synthetic uniforms may be more durable, but when it comes to chafing, cotton is the fabric of choice.
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2) Wash, then wear. Wash any new exercise clothes before you wear them to help soften the fabric enough to lessen abrasion.
3) Wrap it up. People who are overweight or who have big thighs, which makes chafing more likely, may find relief by wrapping elastic bandages around the portions of their legs that rub, says Tom Barringer, MD. These bandages will shield the skin when your thighs rub together, so instead of skinRead More »from Preventionâ€™s Quick Fix: 11 Ways to prevent chafing
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If the warm weather is inspiring you to exercise outdoors this weekend (or for the first time in weeks, depending on how cold and rainy spring has been where you live), there is nothing more annoying-and exercise interrupting-than a side stitch. What's the cause? This sharp pain occurs when the ligaments that run downward from the diaphragm to hold up the liver become stretched. When you run, you breathe in once for each two strides, and you breathe out when one foot-usually the right-strikes the ground. So your diaphragm goes up when the force of your foot strike causes your liver to drop. This stretches the ligament and makes it hurt. This often happens to runners, but you also can get side stitches from walking or even laughing. Whatever the reason, here's how to make them go away.
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STOP. When the pain hits, stop whatever you are doing. You need to relax to calm your twitching muscle.
SLOW DOWN AND WALK. If you're running when you