An animal communication expert gives you a sneak peak into the mind of your petEver wonder what your dog or cat is really thinking? Just ask pet psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick, author of the upcoming book There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven. You may know Fitzpatrick from her former Animal Planet series, The Pet Psychic, or her Sirius-XM show, Animal Intuition. She's helped countless clients and celebrities solve issues with their pets, so we consulted her to get some of her best tips. Read on for the secrets every pet owner should know:
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You already communicate with your pet
We're not just talking about telling them to sit, stay, or go outside. According to Fitzpatrick, animals are constantly picking up on our emotions, feelings, and energies. Her suggestion: Visualize what you want to communicate to your animal or how you wish they would behave, because they're particularly sensitive to this kind of message. Another tactic, "When you say something verbally, always match your feeling with whatever you are telling
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- The Editors of WOMEN'S HEALTH | Pets – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:11 AM EDT
An animal communication expert gives you a sneak peak into the mind of your petEver wonder what your dog or cat is really thinking? Just ask pet psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick, author of the upcoming book There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven. You may know Fitzpatrick from her former Animal Planet series, The Pet Psychic, or her Sirius-XM show, Animal Intuition. She's helped countless clients and celebrities solve issues with their pets, so we consulted her to get some of her best tips. Read on for the secrets every pet owner should know:Read More »from Tips from a Pet Psychic: 5 Secrets You Didn’t Know
The next time you find yourself jonesing for the sweet stuff, reach for one of these good-for-you alternativesYou know that candy's bad for you, but sometimes a Snickers bar or a bag of Skittles is just calling your name. So what's a girl to do when a craving hits? Simple: Instead of hitting the vending machine, reach for one of these nutrient-packed alternatives suggested by Brooke Alpert, R.D., founder of B Nutritious.Read More »from 7 Healthy Ways to Beat Your Candy Cravings
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You're Craving: Reese's Cups
The Healthy Swap: 1 oz dark chocolate + 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter
about 250 calories
You'll get lots of healthy antioxidants, some filling protein, and way less sugar.
You're Craving: A Snickers Bar
The Healthy Swap: 1 oz raw almonds + 1 tsp hot cocoa powder
about 200 calories
The hot cocoa mix adds just enough sweetness to the almonds, which are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fat.
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You're Craving: Junior Mints
The Healthy Swap: mint tea latte
about 60 calories
Add about half a cup of steamed 2 percent milk to your favorite minty brew
Surprisingly healthy snacks you NEED to tryIt's easy to get sick of your go-to snacks, especially if you eat the same things every day. These new snacks will add variety to your munchies to keep you feeling satisfied (and never bored). And you'd never guess that each clocks in under 200 calories.Read More »from 11 Low-Calorie Snacks You Haven’t Tried
1 Pepperidge Farm English Muffin and 1 oz of Lox
This small dish has 15 grams of protein to keep you feeling full and energized for longer.
Per serving: 160 cal, 15 g protein, 2 g fat, 1 g sugar, 740 mg sodium, 1 g fiber
1 1/2 Cups of Sliced Cucumbers and 1 oz of Kraft Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese
Because it contains more air, whipped cream cheese has fewer calories per scoop than the regular stuff. What's more: Cucumbers are a great source of water, so they can help you de-bloat.
Per serving: 100 cal, 2 g protein, 8 g fat (5 g sat), 4 g sugar, 125 mg sodium, 1 g fiber
1 Cup of Kale Chips
Kale is an awesome source of vitamins A, C, and K--plus calcium and fiber. So skip the high-fat chips, and munch this homemade veggie
Would that cheeseburger be nearly as tempting if you knew you'd have to log 33 minutes on the treadmill to burn off all of the calories it contains? Didn't think so. So it's not exactly shocking that, when menus list how much exercise you'd have to do to work off each food, people order lower-calorie options, according to a recent study. The experiment found that listing calories on the menu didn't lead people to order lighter options--but listing the minutes of brisk walking necessary did.Read More »from How to Burn Off Your Favorite Foods
So, the next time you go to a restaurant, you probably won't see the exercise equivalents for each dish--but you can still use a similar motivational strategy to curb junk food urges. The next time you hear a donut or a slice of pizza calling your name, consult this handy guide to see if you really want it (and if so, what it will take to work that indulgence off):
PLUS: For even more ways to customize and ignite your fat burn, check out the calorie-torching ABS 360 Plan from Women's Health!
New research uncovers two new tricks to curb snackingCan't resist the candy bowl? There may be a way to control your sweet tooth without depriving yourself entirely: New research suggests that people eat less candy when it's individually wrapped or served with tongs, according to a new series of studies appearing in the December issue of Appetite.Read More »from The Easy Way to Eat Less Candy
In the studies, researchers asked participants to taste-test wrapped and unwrapped chocolates and dried fruit. In some scenarios, they were served with tongs, while in others, they were served without them. Interestingly, people ate nearly 30 percent less when they had to unwrap the food or use tongs to serve themselves (the two different strategies didn't differ significantly, say study authors).
PLUS: The Easy Way to Cut Cravings
Researchers suspect that making food just a little more difficult to eat--by wrapping it up or using a utensil to serve it--might help you eat less (the more time you spend serving or unwrapping the food, the more time you have to consider whether you really want
This football season, add a few NFL training secrets to your workoutWe're not talking about carbo-loading like a linebacker, but there are definitely some health and fitness tips you can rip out of the NFL playbook. On any given game day, there are an average of 27 medical professionals on the field, according to the National Football League Physician's Society. So we talked to a few of them to get their best tips for staying fit like a professional athlete.Read More »from 10 NFL Training Secrets You Should Steal
BEWARE: The 13 Biggest Fitness Myths
Pro Fitness Tip #1 Stay Balanced
One way pro athletes work to prevent sports injuries: correcting muscle imbalances, says Robin West, M.D., orthopaedist for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She always tells her players to focus on the front and back in every exercise. So work out your core and your lower back, then target biceps and triceps.
Pro Fitness Tip #2 Take a Time-Out Before the Big Event
Training for something major like a 5K or a triathlon? Hold off on strength training for 48 hours prior to it, says West. Even NFL players take a similar break before
You've been working out for months--so why is the number on the scale going in the wrong direction? Many people actually gain weight despite going to the gym, according to a recent survey by Forza Supplements.Read More »from The Surprising Way the Gym Makes You Gain Weight
The U.K.-based company polled 1,000 people on their diet and exercise habits and found that 26 percent of the people surveyed actually packed on pounds after they started going to the gym--although, to be fair, some people included in this group only went to the gym once a week, while others went daily.
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While the irregularity of exercise may be a factor in why many of the gym-goers struggled to maintain their weight (let alone drop a few pounds), Forza reps say there's likely another factor at work, as well: People who work out tend to overindulge in foods before and after their sweat sessions, according to the company's press release. "People think working out harder can make up for eating unhealthy foods," says J.J. Virgin,
It doesn't come from success, it can be bought, and other shocking truths about achieving blissA few things--like chocolate, chick flicks, and clean sheets--are almost guaranteed to boost your mood. But when it comes to achieving true happiness, there are a ton of misconceptions. Shawn Achor, author of the upcoming book Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, clears up some of the most common myths about finding bliss.Read More »from 12 Myths About Happiness, Debunked!
PLUS: 4 Ways to Be Happier
Myth #1: It's genetic
It's true that some people may be predisposed to being happier, but like most things, your genes tell only half the story. "You can teach yourself optimism and happiness just like you teach yourself a new language," says Achor. "You'll be just your genes unless you make positive habits in your life."
Myth #2: Career success makes you happier
Getting that corner office doesn't guarantee bliss, says Achor. "You can raise your success your entire life, and your happiness will be the same." His research did find, though, that if you work on improving your
Learn how to stop abusing your tresses and get the gorgeous hair you wantIf you want shiny, gorgeous hair--and, really, who doesn't?--then you should pay close attention to how you treat your strands. How you wash, dry, and style can seriously affect the health and appearance of your locks. Are you making these hair care mistakes?Read More »from 10 Biggest Hair Care Mistakes
PLUS: What Your Hair Color Says About Your Health
1. Not Brushing Before Washing
A damage double-whammy: Hair is weakest when it's wet, and wet hair is more prone to tangling. To prevent shower-induced snarls, give your hair a brush before hopping in. If you like to comb in the shower, apply conditioner, untangle strands with your fingers, then use a wide-toothed comb before rinsing.
2. Brushing the Ends Only
You've heard that brushing too much causes breakage, but your scalp's natural oils are one of the best conditioners out there. Massage your scalp with a wooden-bristle brush like Widu to stimulate circulation and hair growth and brush from roots to ends to add luster naturally.
PLUS: What Your Haircut Says About Your
Could everything you know about pregnancy be wrong? Get your facts straight Think you've got the whole birds-and-bees thing figured out? Turns out, much of what we know about baby-making is based on old wives' tales instead of scientific research, according to the just-released book, Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know. Prepare to have your mind blown.Read More »from 10 Myths About Pregnancy, Debunked
Myth: Pregnancy Lasts Nine Months
Truth: In reality, the length of your pregnancy can vary by as much as five weeks, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Human Reproduction. When you deliver ultimately depends on your age, your weight, how much you weighed at birth, and a slew of other factors.
Myth: Sex while you're pregnant can hurt the baby.
Truth: In almost all cases, sex shouldn't affect your little one, says Shari Brasner, M.D. assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a member of the Women's Health expert advisory board. There are some