Birth ControlBy Arricca Elin SanSone
About 85 percent of women get at least one PMS symptom a month. There's no magic cure, but these tips can help.
1. Stop Getting Your Period
Taking the birth control pill on a continuous basis may stabilize hormonal swings and knock out physical symptoms for some women. "If you're on the pill, you aren't ovulating so you may get symptom relief," says David Plourd, M.D., an OB/GYN practicing in San Diego. You can use a pill that delivers the same dose of hormones all month long and skip the placebo pills, or use an extended-cycle pill such as Seasonale. Take the pill at the same time every day so you're getting a steady dosage. The main complaint with continuous dosing is breakthrough spotting, though it may decrease over time.
2. Eat Good Carbs
Complex carbohydrates can reduce mood swings so eat more whole grain breads, pastas, brown rice and beans. Try steel cut oatmeal for breakfast instead of sweetened cereal, a handful of soy nuts instead of chips and
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9 Tips for Smart Farmers' Market ShoppingBy Lexi DwyerRead More »from 9 Tips for Smart Farmers' Market Shopping
Expert advice for navigating the stalls and picking the best ingredients of the bunch.
1. Advice from the Pros
It's good for the environment, the community and your palate: When you shop at a farmers' market, everybody wins. But the very things that make a greenmarket enticing -- the parade of locals, the busy atmosphere and, of course, the seemingly endless array of gorgeous things to eat -- can also overwhelm you as a shopper. Before you grab your reusable grocery sack, check out our tips and tricks from chef and cooking instructor Richard Ruben, author of The Farmer's Market Cookbook, and Ann Yonkers, co-director of FreshFarm Markets in Washington, D.C. They told us how the home cook can make the most out of every trip while having a little fun along the way.
2. Know the Rules
Because every market has its own guidelines that govern what's allowed to be sold, the term "farmers' market" means different things in different places. Some permit vendors to peddle only
Cupcakes By Jill Provost
Forget alcohol -- these snacks can trigger a crazy binge that will make you do bad, bad things.
You know the old ad for Lay's Potato Chips -- Betcha can't eat just one? Turns out, it's not just a catchy slogan. Scientists have discovered that certain foods -- kale not being one of them -- can trigger major pigging-out tendencies. You don't say.
An article on Today Health calls them gateway foods -- foods that "make you do bad things." You take one bite and suddenly all discipline has gone out the window. In a chocolate-covered nutshell, you lose your effing mind.
Just looking at or even thinking about a bin of Ho-Hos sets off a chemical reaction that lights up the reward area of your brain like a boardwalk arcade. Blame evolution. We're programmed to devour all fatty and sugary snacks in sight, because in our ancestors' time these foods were hard to come by, and eating them increased our chances of surviving the next famine.
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- iVillage | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 4, 2012 12:09 PM EDT
Chocolate and appleBy Jeannette Moninger
Grab a seat at these dietitians' dinner tables for a look at how they eat.
1. Stay Well Secret: Know How Hunger Feels
True hunger pangs aren't the only things that drive you to eat. Stress, boredom, depression -- even happiness -- can all prompt a need to fill up on food. "Psychological hunger often triggers cravings for salty or sweet things," says Christine Mastrangelo, R.D., founder of New England Nutrition Associates in Boston. If distractions like going for a walk don't work, grab a protein-packed snack like string cheese and almonds.
2. Stay Well Secret: Reconsider Gluten-Free Goods
Fat and sugar are often added when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is removed from products like breads, crackers, cereals and pasta. Besides, "gluten's only a concern for those with sensitivities like Celiac disease," says Page Love, R.D., founder of Nutrifit Sport Therapy in Atlanta. If you do go gluten-free, try healthier alternatives like legumes,Read More »from Stay Well Secrets: Healthy Eating Tips from Nutrition Experts
Get Ready, Get SetBy Jessica Smith
Looking for a fun, low-impact way to get fit? From buying the right bicycle to completing a four-week cycling program, follow this step-by-step plan for beginners.
1. Why Get (Back) in the Saddle?
As a kid you rode a bike because it was fun. And it still is! Riding a bike is a great way to improve your health, lose weight and get in shape -- without breaking the bank. It's also a great, joint-friendly cardio alternative -- and comparable calorie burner -- to running. "The average 150-pound person will burn at least 200 calories riding in 30 minutes," says Lee Uehara, owner and League Certified Instructor at City Bike Coach in New York City. "Cycling is good for anyone. It's low impact and works the muscles of your core, hips, glutes and even your upper body."
Enter Win a Cycling Starter Kit from Giant Bikes! Five winners will get a new, lightweight bike from Giant, a helmet, front and tail lights and a quick fix kit. You've got to be in it to win it!
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- iVillage | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 4, 2012 11:32 AM EDT
Cycling Starter KitBy Ashley Vactor
Exercising doesn't have to be a drag. It doesn't have to be expensive, either. In fact, you could learn a thing or two from your past five-year-old self -- who needs the gym when you have a bicycle?
Cycling is great exercise. You can do it alone or in groups. It's cheap, benefits your entire body, and gets you to do cardio without ever once having to use a treadmill.
Just starting out and not sure what you need? Sign up for a chance to win our Cycling Starter Kit, worth a retail value of $545. Included, five lucky winners will find:
- The Escape 2 W (a basic, entry-level bike with a lightweight aluminum frame, 24-speed drive train, and large 700C road bike size wheels)
- A Talos Woman's Helmet
- A Recon LED front light, as well as a Numen LED tail light
- And a Quick Fix Kit (which is actually a seat bag containing a multi tool, patch kit, mini pump, and tire levers)
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10 Tips for Buying Food in BulkBy Sara GauchatRead More »from 10 Tips for Buying Food in Bulk
Shopping strategies for getting the most out of your warehouse grocery store.
1. Shop Smarter to Save Money
To some, the idea of bulk-food buying conjures up the ultimate bang-for-your buck thrill ("Yay, a 10-pound jar of pickles!"). To others, it inspires scary visions of culinary excess ("What am I supposed to do with a 10-pound jar of pickles?"). The truth is that warehouse stores have come into their own as destinations for everyone from huge families to discerning foodies. The secret is out -- there is stellar food to be bought in bulk. You just have to be smart about your bulk buying, and with a little help from these shopping tips, you can make sure you're making the warehouse stores work for you.
2. Plan Your List Wisely
Venturing into a warehouse store without a list in hand can be both daunting and dangerous. So, before your wheels ever hit the parking lot, take the time to write up your shopping list. Take inventory in your cupboards, fridge and freezer
- iVillage | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 27, 2012 3:15 PM EDT
Fake. Unnatural. Downright weird. You can always tell when someone's gone under the knife or needle.
Garden PeasBy Brenda Kearns, Camille Noe Pagán
Trying to trim down? Stock your shopping cart with these fresh, fat-fighting picks.
1. Snow Peas
Snow peas have flat, edible pods (no shelling required!), plus a sweet flavor and crisp texture that make them great for snacking. And since almost 25 percent of a snow peas' calories come from sugar-stabilizing protein, eating one cup -- raw or cooked -- shuts down the munchies for two hours straight, say researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada. Chefs also love to toss them into their stir-fries and you should try tossing them into your sauté dishes too.
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2. Butter (Boston Bibb) Lettuce
As the name suggests, it has a slightly sweet, buttery flavor. And if you're looking for a slimming side dish, butter lettuce (sometimes called Boston Bibb lettuce) can't be beat. According to USDA researchers, you'd have to eat six cups of the stuff (packed!) to match the calories in a single slice of bread. To make
Easter Basket Treats They'll LoveBy Lia WiedemannRead More »from Easter Basket Treats They'll Love
This Easter, skip the drugstore candy and build a better Easter basket with some of these extra special springtime sweets.
1. Colorful Cottontails Easter Basket Treats
Covered with pretty pastel icing, these adorable bunny cookies will dress up any Easter basket.
Get it now: Colorful Cottontails, $24.50 at Eleni's
2. Cute as a Button Easter Basket Treats
Kids and adults will adore these pastel peppermint buttons that look like the real thing, but taste much better. Crafted by hand, they don't contain hydrogenated oils or corn syrup and have a flavor reminiscent of peppermint salt water taffy.
Get it now: Peppermint Candy Buttons, $37.50 for 50 at Etsy
3. Crack an Egg Easter Basket Treats
These old-fashioned sugar cookies have a special Easter twist: decorated with vanilla-flavored fondant and royal icing details, they resemble cute chicks popping out of eggs.
Get it now: Easter Egg Chick Cookies, $28 per dozen at Etsy
4. Crispy Easter Treats Easter Basket Treats