By Leanne Beattie, for SparkPeople
"How do you do it?" my friend asked me one day over coffee. "You've had some awful stuff happen to you over the years, but you're still so cheerful. What gives?"
My friend was right, my life had been rough at times. I'd gotten divorced and I'd been laid off a couple of times within a five-year period. I should have been angry and bitter, but I wasn't. I was still looking forward to each new day and the possibilities ahead of me. While this was normal for me, my friend's comment made me realize that not everybody felt the way I did. Why was I so optimistic, anyway?
The Definition of Optimism
Optimism comes from the Latin word optimus, meaning "best," which describes how an optimistic person is always looking for the best in any situation and expecting good things to happen. Optimism is the tendency to believe, expect or hope that things will turn out well. Even if something bad happens, like the loss of a job, an optimist sees the silver lining. For
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By Becky Hand, Registered Dietitian for SparkPeople
When a virus enters your body, one of three things can happen:
The virus can die, OR
Your immune system can activate and kill the virus, OR
The virus can survive, multiply, and produce a cold or the flu.How do you keep this from happening?
The power of produce: Plant foods contain natural disease fighting compounds called phytochemicals and antioxidants. These substances can enhance your immune system. Therefore, eat vegetables and fruits at least 5 times a day, preferably 7-9 times.
Exercise: Regular, moderate exercise will stimulate the fighting T cells into doing their job - attacking foreign invaders like germs and viruses.
Healthy Lifestyle: To improve your immune system and resistance to disease commit to these guidelines: do not smoke, sleep 7-8 hours each night, eat a nutritious diet that includes breakfast, and avoid (or take steps to reduce) mental stress.
- The power of produce: Plant foods contain natural disease fighting compounds called phytochemicals and antioxidants. These substances can enhance your immune system. Therefore, eat vegetables and fruits at least 5 times a day, preferably 7-9 times.
By Jen Mueller, for SparkPeople
Believe it or not, outdoor exercise can be enjoyable year round-yes, even in the winter months!
When there is a chill in the air, it's easy to assume you'd be better off to pop in a workout DVD or take your daily walk indoors at the local mall. But as long as you dress properly, there's no reason you can't venture outside for a workout that is both comfortable and enjoyable.
The tricky part is wearing enough that you're not shivering from the cold, but not so much that you're sweating because of all of the heavy layers. Here's a guide to knowing what-and how much- to wear so that you can be prepared all season long.
Layering for winter workouts typically consists of three basic layers:
The Base Layer
Start with your base layer, which includes undergarments, socks, and the first layer of clothes (tops and bottoms) closest to the skin. This layer should be made of "wicking" material, meaning it pulls moisture away from the skin. Remember:
- The Base Layer
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If you're planning to ring in the New Year with a drink, watch out: Many popular cocktails contain more calories than a cheeseburger! To celebrate without adding to your weight, try one of these low-calorie cocktails.
Cosmopolitan Lite: 75 calories, 0 g fat
The ladies on "Sex and the City" popularized this typically-220-calorie cocktail. Lighten it up by squeezing a wedge each of lime and orange into 1 oz of cranberry flavored vodka. Top with club soda and serve on the rocks.
World's Easiest Cocktail: 75 calories, 0 g fat
And the easiest way to slim down your cocktail order? Ask for a flavored vodka or rum with club soda and a twist of lime on the rocks.
Morning Mimosa: 75 calories, 0 g fat
This classic of 1 oz. orange juice and 3 oz. champagne is the perfect drink for a New Year's brunch.
Mini Margarita: 80 calories, 0 g fat
Margaritas often come in glasses so big and are made from presweetened bases so sweet
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- Dehydrated Fruits: Don't worry about adopting a raw-food diet on top of it; you can dehydrate all sorts of fruits in the oven. Apples, mangoes, and blueberries are all tasty options. The best part about these munchies? They're eaten as easily as candy and have natural sugar, so you won't miss that box of Skittles.
- Pistachios: No need to worry about the crackling amongst a room of popcorn eaters. Pistachios, once opened, are delicious little morsels that will leave your salt craving at bay. By pouring the right portion into a container beforehand, you're snacking in a smart way. Fret about snacking in the dark no
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If you've been hearing buzz about, well, getting buzzed while pregnant, here's why: A recent study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology says that low to moderate drinking throughout pregnancy didn't alter kids' IQs. The researchers looked at 1,628 women, with the average age of about 30 years old, half of whom were first-time mothers. The authors of the study had the women report how often they were drinking: low was considered one to four drinks per week, moderate was deemed five to eight per week, and binge drinking was defined as five or more in a single occasion. The researchers then followed up with the subjects five years later and administered IQ tests to their 5-year-old children.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 26, 2012 3:18 PM EST
Dr. Travis Stork offers tips for a healthier new year. (Photo courtesy of The Doctors)Losing weight and getting in shape are two of the most popular New Years resolutions we make—and two of the ones we're most likely to break as well. Dr. Travis Stork, the Emmy Award-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," tells Yahoo! Shine about his 10 best health tips for the new year, and we have to admit, these sound like things a real-life human being can actually handle.
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"I definitely try to practice what I preach," he told Yahoo! Shine in an interview." So all these tips? I do them. And I can say that with all sincerity."
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It's easy for celebrities to talk about staying in shape and looking good when they have a personal trainer, nutritionist, and stylist at their beck and call. For the rest of us, though, Stork offers these ideas:
- Find an activity you enjoy, and exercise with a friend. Finding an activity you really enjoy is the key, Stork says. And it's OK if that
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Groupons for Botox: legit or lethal?Botox and other anti-wrinkle injectables ain't cheap, so when you see a deal from daily coupon sites such as Groupon and Living Social for 75 percent off, you may be tempted to click. But hold that finger for a sec.
There's good reason to be skeptical of these coupons, says Matthew Schulman, M.D., a New York City-based plastic surgeon who used to offer such discounts but has since stopped because of concerns for consumers' health and ethical issues.
Since the physician is offering an extremely low price yet has to give a percentage of sales to the coupon site, they don't profit as much. Some doctors may therefore overdilute the toxin to shave costs, which results in poor results for the consumer, he says.
"Doctors may also acquire the product from a cheaper source such as overseas or off the so-called 'grey market,' which sets up the potential for inferior, harmful products," Dr. Schulman adds. (The list of possible side effects of Restylane, for example, include
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Once called "The World's Ugliest Woman," Lizzie Velasquez was born with a medical condition so rare that just two other people in the world are thought to have it: She weighs just 60 pounds and has no adipose tissue, and cannot create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. She inspired women the world over earlier this year when, during an interview with CNN, she said that people "should stop staring and start learning." Since then, she told Yahoo! Shine, she's been flooded with speaking requests and supportive emails. In 2013 she's hoping write her third book (her second, "Be Beautiful, Be You" came out in September), continue her work as a motivational speaker, and meet as many people as possible in 2013.
"There are so many different people out there with so many different stories," she told Yahoo! Shine. "Hearing their stories is what inspires me. That's what keeps me going."
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