- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:27 PM ESTWhen it comes to the holiday season, it's way more fun to think about the celebrations, gift-giving, elaborate meals, and time with family than to focus on staying healthy. Unfortunately, this is the time when Americans tend to gain the most weight. The average American gains about a pound or two year, with most of that weight gain occurring during the six-week holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's. The biggest problem with these holiday pounds is that people tend to keep that weight on, so a few years of holiday weight gain easily adds up to being a few pounds overweight. Nobody wants to miss out on the holiday celebrations to hit the gym, but there are still plenty of ways to keep that weight gain in check! - By Heather Neal Read More »from 7 Ways to Keep the Holiday Pounds Off Without Hitting the Gym
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Kalyn Johnson was a successful 34-year-old attorney at a major New York City law firm. It was the career path she'd always dreamed of, and yet she could count on one finger the number of days she'd been happy on the job. After listening to Kalyn talk about how unfulfilled she was, a friend made a radical suggestion: Strangers were always complimenting Kalyn's style. Why didn't she quit the law firm and launch a business as a wardrobe consultant? The idea of making a career switch intrigued Kalyn, but it also terrified her. "I saw it as a choice between practicing law while maintaining an upscale lifestyle or scraping by as an entrepreneur," she says. "I didn't know if I could do it."
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- Prepare yourself to handle these stressors with care.Silent night? Yeah right. With parties to attend, family members to shop for, and endless to-do lists that never seem to get done, it's all too easy to feel more frazzled than festive. Stressing out over the same things each year is basically a holiday tradition. This year, stop the madness before it takes over. We reached out to experts for brilliantly simple ways to prevent your annual meltdown moments.
Holiday Card Confusion
If you want to go the old-fashioned route and send holiday greetings via snail mail, but don't have everyone's current address, you can use e-card technology to your advantage. Paperless Post has an address card option that allows you to email your contact list a tasteful request for their mailing addresses. They fill in their info and the website automatically updates your address book.
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If you can't afford to get everyone Christmas presents this year, then don't get everyone Christmas
Peppermint isn't the only herb with a lot to offer."Seasonings can help with everything from insulin regulation to indigestion," says Wendy Bazilian, R.D., author of The The SuperFoods Rx Diet. Seek out these seasonal spices for great flavor and benefits.
Peppermint for Bloating
Feeling bloated from all those rich holiday meals? Have a candy cane. Yes, really. A new study in the journal Pain confirms what naturopaths have long suspected: Peppermint can ease the intestinal distress. Researchers discovered that the mint activates an "anti-pain" mechanism that soothes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. It doesn't take much to feel the benefit, just a small piece will do. For a sugar-free option, sip a cup of peppermint tea or try peppermint capsules sold in health-food stores.
Sage for Your Mind
Health Perk: A study in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior says this herbRead More »from Tis the Seasoning: 7 Healing Holiday Herbs
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 10:00 AM ESTIt may be cold, but these outdoor calorie-burners are leaps and bounds better than yet another session on the elliptical. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
The November Project
Need a little extra motivation? This thrice-weekly boot camp, started by two friends who realized they were using every excuse to skip their workouts come winter, will hold you accountable when you don't show up. If you sign up for the free 6:30 a.m. classes and bail, expect to be shamed on their blog. "It's a funky community thing, and people who go are obsessed with it," says YouTube fitness personality and Sarah Fit: Get Skinny Again author Sarah Dussault. If you don't live in one of the November Project's seven locations--Boston; Denver; Edmonton, AB; Madison, WI; San Diego; San Francisco; or Washington, D.C.--consider assembling a group of workout buddies who you're willing to support and, yes, give a hard time either publicly or privately.
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The best part
- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 7:41 PM ESTPhoto: Thinkstock
By Corrie Pikul
You want to: Lose weight
You should try: Early morning
Research from the American Council on Exercise has shown that people who exercise soon after waking tend to both be more consistent and to exercise more often than those who work out at other times of the day. Other studies have shown that a 45-minute a.m. workout can make you less ravenous for breakfast (and more prone to make healthy choices) and more likely to keep moving and burning calories throughout the day. Keep in mind that even if you wake up raring to go, your muscles will need time to warm up, so ease into the workout (doing a few jumping jacks or walking while swinging your arms should do the trick).
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You want to: Get stronger
You should try: Late afternoon or early evening
You're naturally pumped up from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is due partly to testosterone, which seems to be most responsive to exercise at this time of day, but also because yourRead More »from Why it Really Matters What Time of Day You Work Out
- StyleCaster News | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 5:25 PM EST
By Meghan Blalock, StyleCaster
body language secretsDon't stand with your arms crossed, don't touch your face, don't break eye contact-when it comes to body language, we've all memorized these words of wisdom.
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Whether you're embarking on a first date, going on an interview to land that dream job, or being forced to deal with your fear of public speaking at work, body language is an incredibly important factor in your success-or lack thereof. And according to body language expert Blake Eastman, the founder of Manhattan-based research and teaching organization the Nonverbal Group, not only are physical signals important, but on many levels, they're even more impactful than the words we say.
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- StyleCaster News | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 5:18 PM EST
By Julie Gerstein, StyleCaster
woman cookingMaybe you've thought about going vegan because someone you know did and suddenly can't stop talking about how amazing she feels, or because you saw Jay Z andBeyoncé just decided to embark on a 22-day vegan challenge. Whatever the reason,going vegan-which is abstaining from animal products, including meat and dairy-is a great way to get a health boost, save money, and do something good for animals and the world.
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We know quite a bit about going vegan - after 20 years as a vegetarian, one of our editors made the leap to a meat- and dairy-free diet two years ago. Despite what you might think-it's not all endless bowls of salad and raw, squishy tofu, promise!-going vegan has tons of positive health benefits, including lowered cholesterol, lower blood pressure and body mass index, and lower risk for heart disease. Some studies suggest that vegans may lower their risk of diabetesRead More »from How to Go Vegan: 12 Beginner Tips to Get You Started
- Details Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 4:18 PM EST
By: Nicole Catanese
Adam VoorhesMeet the newly minted health-food darlings-sweet, tangy, and packing the kind of superior wellness benefits that will make you forsake your açai smoothie.
PichuberryRead More »from 3 Superfruits that Are the New Darlings of the Health World
The Taste: A cross between a passion fruit and a cherry tomato
The Goods: Low-glycemic and features stellar levels of vitamin D (3/4 cup provides 39 percent of your daily dose). Also contains antioxidant flavonoids and withanolides (anticancer compounds), as well as surprisingly high amounts of B12, which keeps red blood and nerve cells healthy.
The Drink: Pichuberry Infusion Juice is available at Whole Foods in Arizona and California, with a nationwide rollout planned in the coming year.
The DIY Version: "This triple-berry smoothie is full of phytochemicals; different colors equal different nutritional benefits. Blend 1/2 cup each of pichuberries (minus husk), strawberries, blueberries, and papaya with 3/4 cup of water or pichuberry juice."-Manuel Villacorta, R.D., author of Peruvian Power
Here's motivation to live a healthier lifestyle: Following a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a low body weight, avoiding smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce the odds of dementia, according to research published Tuesday.
Researchers at Cardiff University in the U.K. studied 2,235 men and found that those who adopted all five, or even four, of these healthy behaviors experienced a 60 percent reduction in dementia and overall cognitive decline (with exercise being the strongest mitigating factor). Seventy percent fewer cases of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke were found in those men, compared to people who didn't practice any of the behaviors.
Yahoo Shine could not reach the lead study author, Professor Peter Elwood, for comment; however, he said in a press release, "What the research shows is that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health — healthy behaviors have a far more beneficial effect than any medicalRead More »from 5 Health Habits That Reduce Your Risk of Dementia
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