I'm so lucky to write for such an amazing community and wanted to take a moment to address some questions that have been raised about my recent trips to a nutritionist.
I didn't really get into the reasons behind this decision, but you've all been so amazingly supportive that I should probably be a little more forthcoming about the details. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) many years ago. While I have proven via food journals that I'm eating under 2,000 calories every day (which, according to their charts, means I should be losing weight just doing my daily life and moving this much weight around), and my blood tests show that I'm not diabetic or pre-diabetic (whatever that means), people who have PCOS tend to have insulin resistance and weird reactions to carbs, as well as fatty livers.
That's such a weird diagnosis: fatty liver. Like, how do they know? Does my liver have a hard time fitting in movie theater seats? But, ah well, it is what it is. Actually,
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I'm so lucky to write for such an amazing community and wanted to take a moment to address some questions that have been raised about my recent trips to a nutritionist.Read More »from Weetabix gets up close and personal about PCOS
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Because I'm a little bit of a loser with terrible short-term memory, I went to the fancy/problematic coffee shop the other morning on my way home from the gym. And, weirdly, no one from the regular crew was there. Not RC, not the hot barista, not any of the army of overly dressed-up enemies I'd encountered before. I had my laptop with me, so, even though I looked horrible, wearing no makeup, gym sneakers from (I am not kidding) 1996, brown leggings, and that same teal green V-neck tee with a built-in sports bra that caused these style wars in the first place, I decided to sit down, work a little, and enjoy my coffee right there on the comfy leather sofa. And then I heard... "Hey, Jenn! I thought that was you!" It was one of my boyfriend's friends--honestly, one of his cute friends, with good style. "Hey, just let me get my coffee and I'll join you." At this point I would've cut off a small toe to have special Bewitched powers and change my outfit into something like this, this, andRead More »from Brooklyn Style Wars Continue...This Time, with a Man!
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Have you ever received a copy of your Pap test in the mail, only to be completely befuddled by what it means? Let me decode the mysterious language, and what it means for you.
Phrases that mean everything's fine:
- Endocervical cells present
- Squamous metaplastic cells present
- Transformation zone component present
- Negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy
- Atypical squamous cells of uncertain significance. Also called "ASCUS." The pathologist sees abnormal cells, but doesn't know why. Could be an infection, could be the start of a true abnormality. Your gyno will either repeat the test in 6-12 months, or order an HPV test. (Here's how to tell if you have HPV.)
- Atypical glandular cells of uncertain significance. Also called "AGUS." Could be you were near your period. Your gyno may want to do a small biopsy of the lining of your uterus.
- Cannot rule out high-grade abnormality (or SIL). Your gyno will perform
- Glamour Magazine | Shine Food – Thu, Oct 2, 2008 8:04 PM EDT
We've given you the pizza crust recipe--and it really is such a good recipe, and perfect to make on a lazy Sunday afternoon--but what do you do with that crust? Do you waste a perfectly spectacular homemade dough under a handful of mozzarella and a couple of slices of pepperoni? Well, sometimes you do because a classic is a classic for a reason. But Chow has got ten ideas -- and that is a lot of ideas -- for pizza topping combinations that will make you happy to be alive and putting homemade pizza in your face. Some are easy enough mixes of ingredients, perfect for a busy night--like roasted asparagus and prosciutto--and then some are a little more complicated, when you feel like sloughing off a tough day with a little meditative chopping at the kitchen counter. And all will make you feel a little smug, because you are so smart and fancy.
Get an extra boost of nutrition with this surprisingly healthy pizza recipe.
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Yes, trick-or-treating is more exciting for your kid when you dress up, too--but you're tired of your lame witch hat (and your husband's even lamer asides). Try these easy pairings.Read More »from Perfect Pairings: Matching Halloween Costumes for Kids and Their Parents
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COLONEL SANDERS AND A BUCKET OF CHICKEN
For Kids: Brown outfit; bucket; brown paper (stuffing)
Mom or Dad: White suit; glasses; black-ribbon tie; wig
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DR. WATSON
For Kids: Trench coat; hat; candy pipe; magnifying glass
Mom or Dad: Bow tie; green vest; umbrella; top hat
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY AND HER CAT
For Kids: Orange outfit; boa tail; felt ears
Mom or Dad: Black dress and gloves; sunglasses; pearls
CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE MAN WITH THE YELLOW HAT
For Kids: Brown outfit; felt ears; banana
Mom or Dad: Yellow shirt, pants, hat, and tie; black dots; rain boots
TINKER BELL AND CAPTAIN HOOK
For Kids: Wings; tank top; felt skirt; ballet slippers; wand
Mom or Dad: Red coat and hat; feather; eggbeater; yellow ribbon
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After my disastrous last session with the nutritionist/registered dietician, I endeavored to completely follow the plan to the letter, knowing damned well that I'd probably gain weight, as I often do whenever I eat meat, meat and more meat. If the scale agreed with my suspicions, then I could rightfully tell the nutritionist that her diet was clearly not the diet for me and then go on my merry little way.Read More »from Do you suffer from last meal syndrome?
Except...well, then I had an extended week in San Francisco, a trip that started with gourmet cupcakes made by the lovely hand of my friend La Wade. Also, did I mention that she had made Fleur De Sel Caramel Cupcakes, which is pretty much the best cupcake (short of red velvet) ever created? There were other flavors too, undoubtedly even more beguiling, but I put my hand to the level of my eye and did not look at them, and made it out of her house having eaten only one. It didn't matter. The slope, she was slippery. (Speaking of cupcakes, have you ever wondered where the whole cupcake
- Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Thu, Oct 2, 2008 5:10 PM EDT
I'm cranky--I have a date tonight (my fifth with a gentleman we'll call Mr. Chill) and I am having the worst hair day of my life. Seriously. I've tried everything, but it's no use--my waves are crazy and my bangs just will not behave. I actually had a fleeting thought that maybe I'd cancel my plans and hide on my couch...
but chased it away when I realized just how lame that excuse would sound. Plus, Mr. Chill is way too nice to say anything about what's going on up top my head. But I can't be the only one who's ever wanted to call in cowlick-sick, right?
Have you ever canceled plans because of bad hair? Ever come close? And is anyone else out there having problems with wacky locks today (I hear there's comfort in numbers)?Beth Shapouri
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It took a few days before I figured out what it was--why I felt so tired, why my legs were kind of sore, my ankles felt a little throbby, my butt was looking a little more taut, maybe, or that could have been wishful thinking, and I was so very, very tired all the time. The walking. All the walking I did. I haven't walked like that, and sometimes in four-inch heels, since, well, since I lived in a city where you can walk everywhere and to everything.Read More »from Body of Work: Walk it off
Bike riding is marvelous and it gets you everywhere quickly, but there is really nothing in the world like your own two feet, heaving your butt all the way through the world. There's a reason doctors recommend weight-bearing exercise as the most healthful and calorie burning, and that is because your carcass is a big damn chore to haul across the surface of the earth. Your legs have to not only pump and move and propel you forward, but they've also got to support you and keep you upright and balanced and provide finely tuned direction and
Sandwiches are an easy lunchtime staple. They are easy to make, wildly portable, and very convenient to eat with a book in one hand, or with your fingers on the keyboard and your mouth full as you work through lunch (which you really oughtn't do--but we understand). Sandwiches, though, they get boring. They can be fancied up only so much, right? Bread, stuff inside the bread. Their very simplicity can also be their downfall. When I found this recipe for lavash--a Middle Eastern flatbread--I immediately fell into dreams of hot bread and delicious hummus, true. But then I thought, oh, the sandwiches. The sandwiches that can be elevated to lunchtime gourmet food, with the simple addition of soft, homemade lavash. The recipe is crazy-simple, and doesn't baking bread always make you feel like you are some kind of superstar?Read More »from Delicious: Lavash makes lunch lavish
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