by Nicole Yorio Jurick
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You might have heard it before, but it is important advice: If you're trying to lose weight, never go to the supermarket on an empty stomach; no matter how focused you try to be, you'll feel like a kid in a toy store. There's no reason to make things so hard on yourself.
"I actually write out my grocery list in the order in which I encounter items in my supermarket," says Porscha Burke, a book editor who lost seven pounds on our 7 Years Younger Diet. "It helps me get in and out of the store quickly and avoid the cookie, candy, and cracker aisles."
Research shows that these tactics also work:
1. Make a list.
Arm yourself with a list, and stick to it. Not only will this keep you from straying, but it will also keep you from spending too much.
2. Eat a snack first.
If you have to squeeze in food shopping when your tank is a little low, pick up a small snack
Simply lace up your sneakers and get inspired by our easiest weight-loss strategy ever! Forget about having to slog through long workouts to shape up and slim down. Getting fit can be a walk in the park (literally).
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The secret: Take 10,000 steps per day. Those who do have the lowest body mass index (BMI) and body fat, according to the latest studies. Follow these tips to help you get to 10K, mixing and matching as you like. Losing weight has never been simpler or more fun!
1. Sign up for a weekend walking tour. Bring your family and join other locals and tourists on a trip around your town-which could easily cover a mile. Check with a nearby visitors bureau or visit freetoursbyfoot.com or a similar site. (2,000 steps)
2. Take the five-minute walk with your kids to the bus stop (or to school if you're close) instead of driving them. Then walk to pick them up after school. (2,000 steps)
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Feng Shui is the area of Chinese medicine that helps you rest, relax, and restore your vital energies through healthful practices and a calm environment. Learn how Astrology.com's Ellen Whitehurst can help you create a peaceful home, landscape, and workplace by applying Feng Shui principles of balance and harmony to your everyday life!
See how your Chinese element and animal signs influence you with a free sample Elements of Feng Shui Reading!
It's been said a million times: "If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all." During a month when the concept of luck is so prevalent, here's a Feng Shui way to give bad luck the boot so you can attract great fortune your way -- and wash all the other stuff down the drain (literally!).
If you believe you're experiencing a spate of lousy luck, try the Feng Shui remedy suggesting that a saltwater bath is your best bet to turn things around. Salt is a powerful antiseptic, as it not only kills bacteria and germs, but canRead More »from Your Feng Shui Guidance for March!
You like to rush into things head-first, so relieving tension in your skull can persuade you to slow down. Cranial sacral massage will help relieve all that built-up pressure.
Nothing makes you happier than a chance to indulge your sensual side. Combining soothing scents with a relaxing touch, an aromatherapy massage will provide you with a multi-sensory experience while relieving tension in every area of your body.
As an Air sign, you tend to overstimulate your nervous system. That's why reiki massage is a good choice to help yourself calm down and quiet your mind. This subtle modality can help heal blocked emotions and release pent-up stress.
You tend to carry tension and stored emotions in your
By Janet Kim, Everyday Health
Frantically rushing around the office or grocery store, tapping a pen on a table, finishing other people's sentences, sighing repeatedly, slamming down the phone - these are all clear signs of someone who's stressed. What's worse is that this kind of stress is contagious; you can get so-called secondhand stress just from being around people who are tightly wound.
"'Secondhand stress' is a stress response that is triggered by someone else's behavior," explained Jordan Friedman, MPH, stress management speaker, author, and founder of thestresscoach.com.
We may be seeing the other person's behavior as a threat to our environment, said Heidi Hanna, PhD, a fellow with the American Institute of Stress and author of the upcoming book Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress. "When we become aware of stress that others carry around us, it sends a very clear signal that we, too, should be worried," she explained.
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The frustration of seeing extra pounds on the scale--or of a too-tight waistband that you know used to fit--is understandable. But did you know that anything from a hormonal imbalance to vitamin deficiencies to the prescription meds you take can hold clues to what's making you gain weight? "A lot of people make what we think are lifestyle choices but are actually our bodies reacting to factors we can't control," says Robert J. Hedaya, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. "Whether it's hormonal, a medication side effect, or something else, too often we put the onus on the individual, and there are factors that sometimes justify a doctor's help."
Here, seven health issues that could be standing between you and your ideal weight--and how to fix them.
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Feel happier instantly!By this time of winter, most of us have had enough of the ice, snow, and freezing temps-and the funk that the cold, long, dark days tend to put you in. While you can't do anything about the weather, you can brighten your mood and bust happiness-sapping stress with the small changes in this schedule.
7:00 a.m. Rise and Om It's no secret that yoga shatters stress, and now a study in the journal BioPsychoSocial Medicine finds that having a regular practice also eases both the mental and physical symptoms triggered by anxiety, anger, depression, and fatigue. "Yoga calms your central nervous system and increases the flow of energizing oxygen in your body by incorporating deep breathing," says Mark Gerow, a mind-body specialist at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, and author of the upcoming book Years of Posing: A Yoga Teacher's Struggle With Addiction and Trauma. Start your morning on a calm note by doing 10 to 15 minutes of yoga poses when you wake.
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Adequate slumber (7 to 9 hours is the sweet spot) does more than make you feel human-a well-rested engine is essential for controlling your weight and sharpening your memory. Surprisingly, what you eat can play a big role in the quality of your rest. Here, the best snooze advice from Joy Bauer, RD. Photo by Getty Images.
Warm milk really might help you sleep better.
Milk contains tryptophan, which your body uses to make serotonin, a brain chemical that promotes sleepiness. Because tryptophan needs carbohydrates to work its sedating magic in your brain, milk is a natural choice since it has the drowsy duo-and warming it up adds to the soothing sensation.
Related: See 8 calming foods that ease stress.
Avoid eating a late meal, then going straight to bed.
Consuming a heavy dinner-or even a super-size bedtime snack-can make you feel lethargic, and there's a good chance
One thing we fitness pros are always babbling on about is the importance of having goals. In fact, the first thing I ask prospective clients is what they want to achieve, so I can help 'em get there. And while there's no such thing as a bad goal, having more specific intentions can be even more powerful--especially when you can measure that progress along the way. Consider adding these five goals to your list:
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Goal #1: Lower your body fat percentage
Clients often tell me they just want to lose 5 or 10 pounds to "lean out." (Sound familiar?) But you've probably heard the old "muscle weighs more than fat" line. While that's not technically true (a pound is a pound), it is true that a pound of muscle is denser and takes up less space than a pound of fat.