On Wednesday, Liedtke tweeted that he drove around, iPhone cookie in hand, and that it didn't take long for a cop to cruise by.Read More »from Comedian (Unsurprisingly) Regrets Pranking Cops With iPhone-Shaped Cookies
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- Epicurious.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 12:12 PM ESTMegan O. Steintrager
Glazed Pearl Onions and GrapesAccording to the CDC's weekly FluView report, "flu activity continues to increase in parts of the United States." Additionally, my super-scientific Sneezers on the Subway observations indicate that colds are also on the rise. And while the CDC stresses that the best ways to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated against it and wash your hands properly, there's evidence that certain foods can help boost immunity and might help ward off colds and the flu. Here are a few you might not know about:
Organic, Whole Milk: The findings of a just-released study on organic milk and fatty acid composition, published in the reputable peer-reviewed journal PLOS one, indicate that organic milk contains a better balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids than conventional milk. And omega-3s have been linked to tons of benefits, including boosting immunity by increasing the activity of phagocytes, "cells that fight flu by eating up bacteria," says Prevention. You'll also get theRead More »from 5 Surprising Immunity Boosting Foods for Cold and Flu Season
- Megan O. Steintrager
Lately it seems as if you can't open a newspaper, magazine, or online publication without seeing panicky headlines with phrases like "must-avoid ingredient," foods "that can make you sick" or "that will kill you," additives that are "banned in other countries," "scary," or "dangerous," and so on (these are all real examples of recent news headlines, by the way-Google "food killing us" for more). Sure, there's reason to worry (or at least educate yourself) about many things associated with food (trans fat and antibiotic resistant bacteria come to mind), but I worry that all this worry is what's going to make us sick. So, in conjunction with Healthy Eating Doable Challenge #12: De-Stress Your Diet, I asked licensed nutritionist, author of Nutrition Diva's Secrets for a Healthy Diet: What to Eat, What to Avoid, and What to Stop Worrying About, and Epicurious contributor Monica Reinagel to weigh in on food matters we could all stand to chill about. Read on after theRead More »from Foods that AREN'T Killing You
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:22 AM EST
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Cheese platterYou might want to skip the charcuterie and cheese platter entirely at holiday parties this year. Researchers at Harvard found that switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese but low on carbohydrates can have a negative affect on the bacteria in your gut in just two or three days. In that short period of time, the bacterium that flourish under a meat-rich diet start to thrive, and those microbes have been linked to inflammation and intestinal disease in mice.
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The team at Harvard set out to study the short-term effect of extreme diets on humans: They had subjects spend five days eating a meat and dairy-heavy diet, then five days eating foods rich in fiber. During the animal-product-laden food days, the subjects' stomachs began to produce more bile, which had previously been linked to inflammation and and colitis in mice. The research has important long-term implications: Scientists willRead More »from All that Meat and Cheese is Going Straight to Your Gut
- Gretchen Rubin | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:18 AM EST
Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree that a key - perhaps the key - to happiness is strong relationships with other people. We need to have intimate, enduring bonds; we need to be able to confide; we need to feel that we belong; we need to be able to get support, and just as important for happiness, to give support.
We need many kinds of relationships; for one thing, we need friends.
Now, the term "friend" is a little loose. People mock the "friending" on social media, and say, "Gosh, no one could have 300 friends!" Well, there are all kinds of friends. Those kinds of "friends," and work friends, and childhood friends, and dear friends, and neighborhood friends, and we-walk-our-dogs-at-the-same-time friends, etc.
Obviously, such relationships are very different, although they're all "friends."
In Geoffrey Greif's book Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships, he identifies four categories of friendships:
Must friend: a best friend, a member ofRead More »from Do You Have These Friends? Must Friends, Trust Friends, Rust Friends, and Just Friends
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:12 AM ESTCheyenne Ellis/FITNESS MagazineBy Sharon Liao
Your virus-protection plan needs an upgrade, and no, we're not talking about the one for your computer or smartphone. Studies show that the average person comes down with a cold two to four times a year and that up to 20 percent of the population gets the flu. Fortunately, there are now more effective ways than ever to kick your immune system into high gear. Here's how to fine-tune your healthy habits to fend off any nasty germs that come your way.
Healthy habit: You load up on plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Power it up: Sure, vibrant-hued produce like kale and oranges have cold-fighting nutrients, but don't overlook their pale counterparts. White button mushrooms, for instance, can jump-start the body's natural killer cells, which attack cold and flu viruses, according to a study at Tufts University. "Mushrooms are abundant in a type of fiber, called beta-glucans, that can activate the
- A new report finds mislabeling and misleading marketing common among these popular health productsBy Markham Heid, Prevention
Probiotics are so hot right now. With sales cresting $1 billion this year in the U.S. alone--and projected to leap another 20 to 30% in 2014--there's a reason doctors are saying things like, "Probiotics are the new vitamins." Research has hinted at the beneficial bacteria's ability to assist weight loss and fend off the common cold. But while probiotics' powers are likely legit, many consumers aren't getting what they pay for, reveals a new report from ConsumerLab.com.
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Roughly a quarter of the probiotic supplements ConsumerLab.com tested contained 56% or less of the healthful organisms listed on their labels, according to the independent laboratory's results. One product contained just 16% of the probiotic bacteria advertised. "Consumers who don't do their homework with probiotics might not get what they want or think they're paying for," says Tod Cooperman, MD, president of ConsumerLab.com. (ClickRead More »from Are Your Probiotics a Sham?
- Refinery29By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29
Like the name implies - coconut oil is extracted from ripe coconuts (specifically the white meat-y center). And, while you might have only recently started to hear about this multifunctional oil, it's not because it hasn't been around. Places around the world where the coconut palm tree grows have been using it for centuries in the kitchen and in their beauty routine (think Africa, Hawaii, and all those other tropical locales that you're probably dreaming about right now).
"Coconut oil used to be shunned because it contains [so much] saturated fat. But, it's now a trendy oil, as we've learned the saturated fat in the oil actually isn't as unhealthy as once believed," says Brooke Alpert, RD, a registered dietitian in New York City and founder of B Nutritious, who notes that coconut oil has about 12 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. Historically, another issue that deterred many from adding coconut oil to their diets was that it was typicallyRead More »from The Truth About Coconut Oil
- Trying to drop a few pounds? Then we suggest you steer clear of these buzzed-about weight-loss plansBy Esther Crain, Women's Health
Banking on a trendy weight-loss plan to help you shed pounds? Before you give up gluten or get biotyped, check out this list of the top five celebrity-endorsed diets to avoid. Put together by the British Dietetic Association, these regimens are unhealthy and potentially dangerous (and sometimes downright laughable …conquering cravings with air?!).
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The Breatharian Diet
It's not exactly a surprise that this diet--which involves pretending you don't need food or water and can survive on air and sunlight alone--is the biggest fraud of them all. Earlier this year, Michelle Pfeiffer told an interviewer that she was briefly involved in a cult that followed this plan--and it's similar to Madonna's supposed regimen of gulping air rather than food to feel full. But--shocker--air is not sustenance, and it can't give you the nutrients you need to stay healthy and energized.
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- Feel immediately calmer and more relaxed in seconds.'Tis the season to be jolly, right? Long lines in your favorite store, difficulty finding parking at the mall, cold weather. Jolly indeed. If you find yourself in the middle of your holiday errands and feeling less than in the spirit, try these simple, subtle strategies to relieve tension in seconds flat.
I know what you're thinking. I'm breathing all the time-what is she talking about? Well, yes, of course you're breathing, but you're probably not breathing as deeply or effectively as you can, and that can make a ton of difference when you're under pressure.
Researchers at Harvard have documented what has long been known anecdotally: that deep breathing has a positive impact on stress*. To get the benefits of a good, deep breath, breathe in slowly through your nose, then breathe out (even more slowly) through your mouth. At first, try to do this for just a minute several times a day. Then, if you can (without stressingRead More »from 3 Ways to Instantly Reduce Stress
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