Money is tight all around. But some money-saving strategies could be bad for your health. According to a new survey by Consumer Reports almost half of Americans are skipping doctor's visits and taking less medication than prescribed in order to save money. In the long run, that could cause pricier health problems. Instead of compromising your health, use these six tips to save money while getting the care you need.
Pick the Best Health Insurance Plan
Since it's open enrollment season, now is the time to compare your employer's plan with your spouse's before you re-enroll. If you choose carefully, the savings in monthly premiums can be huge. The golden rule, according to healthcare savings guru Cynthia Koelker, M.D., author of 101 Ways to Save Money on Healthcare, is to ask the right questions before handing over your money.
-- Premiums: Will your total monthly premium be lower if you're on the same plan as your spouse? Which plan offers better monthly
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- iVillage | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 22, 2011 10:46 AM EST
Money is tight all around. But some money-saving strategies could be bad for your health. According to a new survey by Consumer Reports almost half of Americans are skipping doctor's visits and taking less medication than prescribed in order to save money. In the long run, that could cause pricier health problems. Instead of compromising your health, use these six tips to save money while getting the care you need.Read More »from Affordable Healthcare: How to Save on Health Insurance, Prescription Drugs and Medical Bills
When asked about their attractiveness, African American women were three times as likely as Caucasian women to rate themselves as "hot," reports The Allure New American Beauty Survey, which polled 2,000 men and women across the country.
On the face of it, you might find this surprising. Black women have the highest rate of obesity of any group in the United States, reports the Office of Minority Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. And the American beauty ideal, celebrated coast to coast in every magazine, TV show, and advertisement we see, is decidedly not of color, from her silky Blake Lively tresses to her Zooey Deschanel blue eyes. Which is not to say beautiful black women never get represented -- Beyonce, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, and Iman all seem to be doing just fine, thanks -- but check the cover models on any given newsstand or the cast of your average runway show and you'll see that we've got a long way to goRead More »from Why Do Black Women Have a Better Body Image?
- iVillage | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 12:43 PM EST
Mariah Carey says she wouldn't let husband Nick Cannon see her pregnant body because it looked so "rancid." My girl Sofia Vergara (of the empowering K-Mart commercials no less!) has said she thinks she'd "look horrible" pregnant. And last week's episode of The Office was devoted to Pam's insecurities about her 50-pound pregnancy weight gain. "Obviously, you're at an all-time low," Dwight tells her when she asks him if she's still attractive.
So here's what I don't understand: If the whole point of beauty, from a natural-selection perspective, is to help us spot ideal mates with whom to breed, why do so many women hate looking pregnant? Shouldn't pregnancy be the absolute pinnacle of beauty, seeing as it advertises how very fertile you are? Shouldn't even those of us who are not at all pregnant crave that knocked up glow, those fertile curves?
Instead, "you look pregnant" is pretty much the last thing any non-pregnant woman wants to hear. If we aren'tRead More »from It's a Muffin Top, Not a Baby Bump. Now Leave Me Alone!
- iVillage | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 10:53 AM EST
10 Healthy Eating Myths That Could Be Ruining Your Diet
By Dena Irwin' R.D.' C.D.E.' author of The Weeknight Survival Cookbook
Cutting down on fried food and eating more fruit are important for a healthier diet, but some changes made in the name of healthy eating won't help -- sometimes they're even worse!
1) Myth: Two-Percent Milk Is Much Lower In Fat than Whole
Truth: The labeling of milk makes this one a common mistake. While 2% milk sounds like it would be much lower in fat than whole milk, in reality whole milk contains roughly 3 percent fat, not much of a difference. "A low-fat food is defined by having 3 grams of fat or less per serving and 2% milk has 4.9 grams of fat per serving," says registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet. She recommends opting for nonfat milk.2) Myth: Brown Eggs Are Healthier
Truth: When it comes to eggs, the color on the outside has nothing to do with the nutrition on the inside. The nutrients found in brown and white eggs are essentially the same, however, brown eggs oftenRead More »from 10 Healthy Eating Myths that Could Be Ruining Your Diet
- iVillage | Fashion – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 10:45 AM EST
by Katie Alberts
Why you want it: When our closet feels like it's playing on 'repeat', it's time to get organized and creative. Stylebook helps us out on both counts -- cataloging every piece we own and letting us layer them together to create new looks.
To use, simply input images of your own clothes and accessories (or borrow photos from the web), then layer and arrange them to your heart's content. When testing it out we realized that a green pleated skirt buried in the back of our closet was the key to the perfect office-party ensemble!2) Go Try It On
Download it now: Stylebook app for iPhone, $3.99 at stylebookapp.com
Why you want it: Need a second opinion before you buy an outfit or debut a new look? Take a photo of yourself wearing it using the Go Try It On app for iPhone and let stylish strangers -- or your own network of friends -- chime in instantly. Prefer to be the one doing the critiquing? Offer your feedback on thousands of real-life looks withRead More »from 10 Fun Fashion Apps that Make Staying Stylish Simple This Holiday
5 Ways to Save Thousands on Your Wedding Look
by Catherine Coreno
1) How to Save on Your Wedding Dress
While designer wedding dresses can easily run in the five-figure price range, with a little know-how you'll spend a fraction of that and still purchase your dream gown. The key? Shopping online. Xochitl Gonzalez of Always a Bridesmaid shares her favorite gown sites:
theaislenewyork.com: "They have limited-engagement sales on everything from Angel Sanchez gowns to Judith Leiber handbags," she explains of the shop's rock-bottom pricing on samples and end-of-season gowns.
oncewed.com: This boutique of gently-worn looks stocks "amazing designer gowns that have either had their one night wear, or, in some cases, were the victims of buyer's remorse."
Online shopping tip: Before beginning your internet hunt, however, Gonzalez recommends a reconaissance mission to a brick-and-mortar shop first to get your measurements taken and see what silhouettes work for you. When you do find your perfect gown online, err large, sinceRead More »from 5 Ways to Save Thousands on Your Wedding Look
by Jill Provost
How many times a week are you having sex? No matter what the number, I pretty much guarantee you it's less than 77-year-old Peter Kranz of Darien, Conn. According to WebMD, Kranz and his wife (also 77) get frisky twice a day. Twice a day! Meanwhile, a new study reports the rest of us can't even eek out twice a week.
According to a new WomenTALK survey by HealthyWomen, you're likely getting laid once a week or less. (Less is none, right?) The study of over 1,000 women found that 66 percent of us are lucky if we cop a feel once in any given week. More depressing than that, the study also revealed that lucky isn't exactly the sentiment we experience when we do get down and dirty. Turns out, women are having sex to placate our partners, rather than to satisfy our own sexual urges. Jeez, we sure hope Mrs. Kranz isn't doing the deed out of wifely duty.Read More »from Do you have sex out of obligation?
By Jill Provost
Here's a scenario you've never likely considered: You're engaged to your long-time boyfriend, a rugby player who loves going to the pub and watching sports with his buds. Then, one day, during a freak accident, he breaks his neck, suffers a stroke, and ends up in a coma. You and his family anxiously wait by his bed, praying for his recovery. While you fear that the accident will irrevocably alter his life, it does so in a way no one expected. He wakes up gay.
Crazy, right? Well that's exactly what happened to Chris Birch, a chubby bank teller and jock from Wales who suffered a stroke in 2005 that he says turned him gay.
"When I came round I immediately felt different," Birch explained to the Daily Mail. "I wasn't interested in women any more. I was definitely gay. I had never been attracted to a man before -- I'd never even had any gay friends. But I didn't care about who I was before, I had to be true to my feelings."
And true to his feelingsRead More »from A Stroke Turns a Straight Man Gay
- iVillage | Love + Sex – Tue, Nov 8, 2011 3:30 PM EST
Kris HumphriesBy Michele Laufik
Forget the divorce papers -- when you unfollow your hubby on Twitter, then we know it's over!
That's exactly what Kim Kardashian did, according to Glamour.com. The E! reality star reportedly stopped following Kris Humphries, her husband of 72 days, on Twitter, though he continues to subscribe to her 140-character posts.
Kim and Kris aren't the first celeb couple to go through a digital breakup, though. In the midst of the infidelity scandal, Two and a Half Men star and Twitter fanatic Ashton Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore mutually unfollowed each other, reported RadarOnline.com. (Don't worry; the two tweethearts have since reconnected).
So how should we handle the ex-factor in our online lives? We asked relationship and netiquette expert Julie Spira, author of "The Perils of Cyber-Dating" and "The Rules of Netiquette," some of our geeky-love conundrums:
iVillage: When do you change your Facebook status? How should you handle that?
JulieRead More »from The Digital Breakup: How to Cut Ties with Your Tweetheart
By Nicole Yorio Jurick
These 10 foods have life-extending superpowers! Add them to your grocery list to help your body fight disease, ward off cancer, reduce your risk of diabetes -- and make you healthier and stronger.
If you're craving a snack that's salty and crunchy, reach for the little green nuts. Eating 1.5 ounces of nuts a day may reduce the risk of heart disease, says Jackie Newgent, registered dietitian and author of The Big Green Cookbook. Those heart healthy benefits are due to the monounsaturated fats in the nuts, which lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increase HDL ("good") cholesterol. If you're watching the scale, know that pistachio eaters lost more weight than those who snacked on pretzels, a study from UCLA found. "The work that's required to shell a pistachio makes it harder to munch mindlessly, Newgent says. And unlike carb-rich pretzels, pistachios contain fillingRead More »from 10 Food Swaps That Could Save Your Life