ThinkstockThe bread section is the grocery market aisle many of us frequent the most. It's also the most confusing. Faced with labels ranging from "organic whole wheat" to "seven grain" to "flax and grains," it's enough to make your head spin. But the decisions you make in this aisle affect your health, along with your risk of chronic disease, in a big way. Consider this your shopping guide to help you bag a loaf that'll add years to your life, instead of taking away from it.
The Health Risks of White Bread
Good, old-fashioned white bread? It's no more than an enormous sugar cube. It will shoot your blood sugar to the roof and take it back down just as quickly and steeply as it turned it up. Along for the ride is insulin (sugar's chaperone), needed to take sugar into your cells so it can be used for energy. This roller coaster of blood sugar has been shown to increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, fatty liver, obesity and diabetes. It's also a real beauty buster, proven to
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ThinkstockThe bread section is the grocery market aisle many of us frequent the most. It's also the most confusing. Faced with labels ranging from "organic whole wheat" to "seven grain" to "flax and grains," it's enough to make your head spin. But the decisions you make in this aisle affect your health, along with your risk of chronic disease, in a big way. Consider this your shopping guide to help you bag a loaf that'll add years to your life, instead of taking away from it.Read More »from Which Bread is Best?
ThinkstockThink of yourself when you wake up in a fabulous mood. You put on an outfit you love, try a creative new hairstyle, then walk to work with a smile and a bounce in your step. Totally different than those frumpy days when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, right?
A great mood makes you feel gorgeous, and is proven to make you look more beautiful too.
When we're flooded with positive emotions, we naturally see the world in a better light. "Your mood influences what you remember and how you interpret everything around you," says YouBeauty Psychology Advisor, Art Markman, Ph.D. You'll remember a rosier past and pick out the positive details in the present. Even looking in the mirror can be a better experience-you'll be more likely to focus on features you love instead of the "imperfections" that nag you when you're down in the dumps.
When you see the best in yourself, that confidence shines in your conversations with others. "WhenRead More »from Is Your Bad Mood Making You Less Beautiful?
- YouBeauty.com | Fashion – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 5:12 PM EDT
Melissa Gorga wearing fat suit in Times Square.Real Housewife of New Jersey, Melissa Gorga, has done a lot of crazy things on TV for ratings, but last night, she pulled off her biggest stunt yet-no pun intended.
Gorga squished a 400 lb. fatsuit into the skin-tight sausage casings of a pink velour tracksuit.
It was all part of an Entertainment Tonight "special report," which aired last evening, to get the pint sized star to find out what it's like to be nearly three-and-a-half times bigger. Her ensemble for the social experiment was a far cry from her advertised weight, 115 lbs., and an even further cry from her typical coiffed look.
The Jersey girl had on no makeup and an unflattering, unfashionable outfit. Heck, she wasn't even wearing a bra! It's no wonder the reality star broke down in this artifice wailing, "What is this?" as she picked up her fabric rolls.
According to ET, 69 million Americans are obese. But Gorga argues, "Fat is also a feeling." And that'sRead More »from Real Housewives' Melissa Gorga's Fatsuit: Brave or Publicity Stunt?
ThinkstockLet's all get up and dance to a song that was a hit of yore: "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" was a 1938-recorded ditty that was traditionally sung by a man to butter up a lady friend, (and obviously has been used in countless diaper commercials ever since).
Fast forward to 2011: Ye olde observation may not be much of a compliment after all.
A study published in the December 2011 issue of Infant Behavior and Development compares the relationship between facial attractiveness in infants (age 24 months and under) and the same individuals as young adults (age 16-18 years) using infant photos and adult photographs from high school yearbooks for 355 participants.
Somewhat surprisingly, participants found that a pretty baby did not necessarily a grownup supermodel make.
So if beautiful babies don't necessarily grow up to be attractive adults, is it not a stretch to think that ugly babies still have a fighting chance to beRead More »from Cute Baby = Beautiful Adult? Not Quite.
ThinkstockA reader recently asked me this: "What's the best way to wash my fruits and vegetables? You hear about so many different methods, and it's confusing."
Great question, and one that I find that many of us take for granted-and we cannot afford to take food hygiene practices for granted.
Why? Good food hygiene that you and I practice at home, every day, can have a significant impact on our public health. Yup, it's true. You and I can help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses just by taking time to wash not only our hands, but also our fruits and vegetables.QUIZ: Are You An Emotional Eater?
It's essential that we know how. This is a great example of the ripple effect: what you do in your kitchen affects all of those around you, and they in turn affect those around them, and so on...et voila, before you know it, your everyday practices have affected the public health of untold individuals!
So, let's get down and dirty. How do you actually keep your kitchen safe, andRead More »from 5 Ways to Cut Food Contamination in Your Kitchen
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 26, 2011 6:31 PM EDT
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced this week that she reached her weight loss goal of 50 pounds-a goal she had announced via Twitter back in May.
McCaskill said that she chose to tweet her business as a way to hold herself accountable, saying: "I'm tired of looking and feeling fat. Maybe talking about it publicly will keep me on track."
Now here's the kicker...some websites and blogs are lambasting McCaskill for so-called preoccupation with a number on a scale, and they're critizing her for, as one website stated, putting "way too much emphasis on [weight] under the guise of getting fit.'"
They're claiming that by publicly setting a weight loss goal, McCaskill is perpetuating society's constant public scrutiny of women's bodies and the pressure that women haveRead More »from Do You Support Senator Claire McCaskill's Public Weight Loss Goal?
ThinkstockTake one step into your bookstore's dating advice section and you will learn every trick in the book for snagging a man and settling down before he even knows what hit him. Anyone who has actually tried those tips can tell you they come with more than a few broken promises, probably in no small part because most of the books are written by actresses, authors and comedians. But experts actually study dating-like, as a science-and they have their own dating advice to dish out.
From specifics about what to do on the first date to secrets for upping your odds, dating experts share with you their top tips for finding love.
1) Talk about yourself half the time.
Ever been on a date with someone who thinks his own fine self warrants a two-hour monologue? According to one study, on dates that go well, people talk about themselves about half the time, leaving plenty of open airwaves for their date to fill. On awkward dates, the balance shifts,Read More »from Top 5 Expert-Approved Dating Tips
- YouBeauty.com | Fashion – Wed, Oct 26, 2011 3:11 PM EDT
Joseph Chi LinAre you considering a short haircut? Here's what I have to say about that: Do it.
I know it's a big leap, and women are often scared of doing something drastic with their hair. But if you have that feeling inside that you might want a change, that you want to go from long to short, I only encourage you to do it. I would never tell you to not do it.
The shock of cutting of your hair can take a while to get used to. Yes, some women cut it and immediately love it and feel completely liberated. But if you're worried you won't be one of those women, don't let that be an excuse to keep you from taking a chance.
There can be a lot of doubt surrounding a drastic change, especially with a haircut, where you might feel like you can't go back. Trust me-after about a week it's like the old you is suddenly in the past.
Psychologically that can be a great thing for a woman. It takes inner strength to go through with it, and I've noticed thatRead More »from Thinking of Chopping It Off? Hairstylist Guido Says You Should!
- YouBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 25, 2011 3:54 PM EDT
ThinkstockImagine that you're on your way to the airport. You've been in a cab for just twenty minutes when you get a text from your partner: "Did you get there okay? Will you call me when you land? I miss you already!" You ignore it, thinking, "Ugh, so needy. Didn't I just leave the house?"
Or maybe you're the one sending the texts. You don't hear back and you think, "That's so inconsiderate! How much effort does it really take to text back? I shouldn't have to put up with this!" By the time you finally do get a call, you're ready to explode.
Either of those sound familiar?
Those are two examples of insecure attachment styles, and they represent a relationship dynamic that's all-too-familiar for many of us. But by recognizing your attachment style and tapping into a "secure mindset," you can improve your love life tenfold.
Know Your (and Your Partner's) Attachment Style
How comfortable each of us feels with intimacy and independenceRead More »from The Most Important Factor in a Happy, Healthy Relationship