By Rebecca Taras and Jessica Marie, Refinery29
.While we don't agree with the theory that snacking in between meals is necessarily a bad idea, we do think that there is a right and wrong way to consume those extra calories. In a time of portion distortion and high stress, a snack can easily be a slippery slope. With that in mind, we asked board-certified health and nutrition coach Jessica Marie to lend us her expertise on how to snack in any circumstance. So, get your hand out of the chip bag and check out this expert's healthy food for thought.
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When we're stressed, we tend to throw caution to the wind and reach for carb- and sugar-loaded foods - think doughnut holes, gummy bears, and cupcakes. These tasty treats offer an instant dose of the mood-elevating, happy hormone, serotonin, says Marie. We get a temporary feeling of calm when a real crash is waiting just around the corner. If you're under a ton of stress or
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There are multiple benefits to practicing yoga during pregnancy.I was never really much of a yogi until back labor with my second baby had me down on the floor in the classic "child's pose" when nothing else worked to provide relief. Since then, I've learned so much about yoga's benefits for childbirth that "sign up for prenatal yoga" is now my go-to tip whenever a preggo pal comes looking for advice on how to prep for the big day. Are you planning a natural birth-or just want an easier birth? Check out these seven ways prenatal yoga help with labor and delivery.Read More »from 7 Ways Yoga Can Help Your Labor & Delivery
1. Yoga Focuses Your Breath
One of the main benefits of practicing yoga leading up to your big day is the ability yoga gives you to tune in to your breath. According to Viji Natarajan, a DONA certified doula and certified yoga instructor from Fremont, California, "Yoga, by its very meaning is the union of body and mind. Through the branch of pranayama or breath control, yoga allows us to achieve control over our breath and subsequently, over our body. During labor and delivery ... our
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Have you brushed, flossed, and rinsed yet this morning? If not, I promise that you will want to after reading this post. If so, you will probably want to grab your toothbrush and do it again. Good oral care is not just important for being able to flash those big pearly whites and for staying out of the dentist's chair. While it is necessary for keeping those cavities at bay, it's important to know that oral care is also absolutely vital to your overall health. Keeping your mouth clean and healthy substantially decreases your risk of developing complications and disease. Growing up with a dentist in the family, it was instilled in me early on that brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice daily is super important, but I never truly understood the deep connection between dental care and our overall health. After learning more I will be darn sure to instill those same habits in my children from the get-go. Here are 7 reasons why you need to maintain good dental hygiene and why you too mightRead More »from Nothing but the Tooth: 7 Unexpected Benefits of Good Dental Hygiene
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What motivates people to work out greatly varies among different personalities. But some people blame the cost of fitness for why they don't exercise. There are certainly some trends that are on the expensive side these days, but you don't have to blow your budget to get physically fit. Here are 7 ways to get your exercise without bursting your budget. - By Anna Newell Jones
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Often the biggest obstacle to working out has nothing to do with the legs and lungs; it's about what's on your mind. Here's how to clear some common mental hurdles that can keep you from getting out the door.Read More »from Overcome the Top 5 Mental Roadblocks During Exercise
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THE OBSTACLE: Working out hurts!
GET OVER IT: Tuning out--not in--can help you get through those tough first workouts, says Christy Greenleaf, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin. Recruit a friend to walk the neighborhood with you; watch your favorite sitcom while you're on the treadmill; put together a workout mix with tunes that evoke happy memories. Studies have shown that listening to music reduces the level of perceived exertion, or how hard you feel like you're working. "Any way that you can focus your attention on something other than how your body feels will help," says Greenleaf. "As you get more experienced and your body adapts to training, you can tune in more to what your body is experiencing."
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I was pleased to be able to not report a fast food meal containing pink slime. Then pink slime goes and pops up in the news again.
Pink slime is moniker for the "meat" used in some processed foods, which is really just a conglomeration of leftover meat parts. It's typically used for things like chicken nuggets and chicken patties and pre-made hamburgers. What goes into pink slime is a little unknown and a little questionable, but most reports say it's not unusual for it to contain meat scraps, blood, hair, and more. It's treated with ammonia to kill bacteria, then dyes and flavorings are often added back in to make it slightly more appealing. Not really something you'd want sitting on your dinner plate or your child's school lunch tray.
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In his new book, Grain Brain, out today, Dr. David Perlmutter attempts to close the case on the devastating effects of gluten, carbs, and sugar on our bodies. But it's not just our waistlines that are in jeopardy, he says-these ingredients could be wreaking even bigger havoc on our brains by causing Alzheimer's, or what he calls "type 3" diabetes. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.Read More »from Are Carbs Messing with Your Brain?
In Grain Brain you make a very strong case linking wheat, carbs, and sugar with an increased likelihood of many degenerative and chronic diseases, but most definitively brain dysfunction, and namely Alzheimer's, which you call "type 3" diabetes. Can you explain the science behind the link?
The science supporting the relationship between carbohydrates and dementia is quite exciting, as it paves the way for lifestyle changes that can profoundly affect a person's chances of remaining intact, at least from a brain perspective. In a recent study published by the Mayo Clinic, those consuming a higher-fat,
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Should you drink coffee before your morning workout? Is it best to drink coffee before or after a morning workout? We went to SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, ph.D., to find out.
Caffeine has powerful nootropic effects, meaning it manipulates neurotransmitters to alter how the brain functions. While we all think of caffeine as a stimulant, it doesn't directly stimulate as much as it prevents or blocks the action of neurotransmitters that promote sedation and relaxation.
Your pre-workout caffeine-packed cup of coffee isn't just going to give you the mental edge, though-it will also help you burn more fat. The exact mechanism in which caffeine works to enhance fat-burning has yet to be conclusively nailed down (as it probably works via several different mechanisms), but it primarily seems to work by increasing the breakdown and release of fat.
Now let's get to the nitty-gritty.
What kind of coffee should I drink?
An easy way to adjust how much caffeine you consume is to change the type of
While you think you're getting rid of germs, you might be spreading them more.
We Asked: Jennifer Quinlan, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition sciences at Drexel University
The Answer: Despite what your mother or the Food Network may have taught you, washing your chicken before you cook it does more harm than good.
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Between 3 and 13 percent of commercial chicken harbor salmonella (some estimates are as high as 50 percent), and upwards of 70 percent contain the bacteria campylobacter. Chickens can carry these pathogens without getting sick. The problem: These bacteria do make humans sick. When chicken is processed for sale, the salmonella and campylobacter in their systems become dispersed throughout the thighs, breasts and wings you buy at the store.
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Why do we yawn?Before we can answer why it is that we yawn, let's talk about what a yawn is in the first place. Yawning is an involuntary action that causes our mouth to open wide and breathe in deeply. That air fills your lungs, causing your abdominal muscles to flex and the diaphragm to be pushed down. The yawn ends when you expel some of that air back out through your mouth. Research has shown that even fetuses yawn, proving that a yawn really is involuntary. So why do we yawn in the first place?Read More »from The Surprising Reason Why We Yawn
Why we yawn has been debated for centuries and some interesting theories have surfaced, attributing yawning to a lack of oxygen or of course, boredom and sleepiness.
The most recent research about yawning suggests that we yawn as a way to cool down our brain. A 2007 study done at the University of New York in Albany concluded that people yawned more in situations where their brain was more likely to be warmer. They performed their research by taking advantage of another curious phenomenon - contagious
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