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- Thanks to these five no-equipment moves, you can build a better butt, with or without a gym (you can do these exercises in front of the TV!).
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by Sarah-Jane Bedwell
Courtesy Photo It's easy enough to choose a healthy breakfast and remain virtuous at lunch, but when the munchies strike during a stressful afternoon how is anyone supposed to avoid the cookie jar? (Or the chocolate bowl.) Turning into a snack-time cookie monster can often lead to a whole slew of problems, from a blood-sugar spike-and-crash to overeating later on that day.
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But forget the Oreos and leave behind the Chips Ahoy -- and meet the waistline friendly 4:00 Cookie. Unlike their sugary counterparts, the 4:00 PM cookie is specially designed to stabilize blood sugar and energy levels thanks to its blend of whole grains and low-glycemic sweeteners. Plus, there's no added white sugar or white flour.Read More »from Cure All Your Afternoon Snack Cravings with the 4:00 PM Cookie
But they don't taste like cardboard. We promise. In fact, they're more like bursting with flavor from ingredients like dried figs, dried cherries, blueberries, coconut, and bittersweet chocolate, so all your cravings will be
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – 12 hours agoRefinery29By Justin Sedor, Refinery29
Is it just us or does it seem like the stresses that bear down on us every day multiply exponentially as the holidays creep closer?
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With parties, gift shopping, and menu planning closing in, it's overwhelming just to even think about all the organizing necessary to remain the slightest bit calm. And, if you're anything like us, you know that wellness goals are the first thing to fall by the wayside in the ensuing chaos.
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Luckily, as with many things in life, it turns out that there's an app for that - or, more accurately, 10. Everyday Health has rounded up the very best iPhone apps that promise to magically transform your life from straight-up crazy to crazy-organized. Food and recipe apps from Food52, Yummly, and The New York Times-endorsed foodie Mark Bittman, for example, help you plan your menus, make grocery shopping a bit less painful, and
- Karen Pearson/FITNESS MagazineBy Alyssa Shaffer
I never once used the double jogging stroller that I received at my baby shower for jogging. I took it out plenty of times to walk or hike or just to get some fresh air in the park with my twins. But run with it? Not a chance.
It wasn't that I didn't run. In fact, as soon as I got the OK from my doctor, I couldn't lace up my sneakers fast enough. After a difficult pregnancy, the final two months of which I spent mostly lying in bed, and the nonstop blur of caring for newborn twins, I had decided that running was my chance for some peace and quiet. My husband and former running partner, Scott, now held down the fort so I could head to the park and escape.
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Scott and I had started running together when we graduated from college and had tackled many road races, marathons, and triathlons by the time the twins came along. As they grew, we got used to going solo as the other babysat.
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- How to work out during the holidays
The days between Thanksgiving and New Years are filled with pie, cookies, and marathon mall sessions. What often goes missing: regular exercise. Workouts aren't just crucial as a way to compensate for holiday indulgences. Fitting them in will help you sleep more soundly and stress less, both key to weight control and a happy and healthy season. Here, four ways to squeeze in more movement this month:
1. Focus on intervals
You could log your usual cardio session, or, slash the time commitment by alternating bursts of high-intensity activity with a more restful pace. Try a 15-20 minute interval routine that alternates jogging and walking... and boost your calorie burn for hours.
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by Jay Cardiello for SHAPE.com
Fitness experts dispel these common myths for goodThere is no shortage of opinions on the best ways to lose weight and get into shape. Over my career I have heard some fitness myths over and over again, and still hear them today! To help decipher fact from fiction, here is some more information about eight persistent assumptions that might be holding you back.
1. It's better to use a machine. Machine-only based programs train your body in a single, linear motion. These one-dimensional forms of exercise make you more susceptible to injury. Think about it: We live in a multi-dimensional world. Completing multi-joint exercises such as weighted squats, lunges, and deadlifts will prepare your body better for real life.
2. Losing weight only happens in the gym. It takes 250,000 crunches to burn one pound of fat. I believe that 80 percent of all fitness success happens in the kitchen, not the gym. If you spend one hour (or just four percent) of your day working out, you have the rest of you day toRead More »from The 8 Biggest Fitness Myths You Still Believe
Holiday travel can be a real pain. While guests will be grateful for a warm bed and a home-cooked meal, we love the idea of going the extra mile to thank them for doing the same. These tokens of appreciation are thoughtful, whimsical, and just plain smart.
1. A personalized, heartfelt, handwritten note thanking them for making the trip. Doesn't cost much, but it'll generate a ton of good will.
2. A voucher for a movie night. Pair it with a bag of candy or gourmet popcorn for the ultimate viewing experience.
3. A CD of your favorite sleepy-time tunes. Throw in a few bags of herbal tea, and they'll be in dreamland before their heads hit the pillow.
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4. A pair of cozy cashmere socks to snuggle in.
5. A split of Champagne. Nothing can get a party -- or a vacation -- started like bubbly.
6. A mini Scrabble game with a little note that says, "Open in case of rain."
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- Reap the psychological benefits of going gift-free.If you're like me, the sight of Black Friday shoppers crowding into stores last week probably got you a little queasy. Part of that reaction might come from the sense that we have gone a little too far in commercializing the holidays. Part might come from the spectacle of people fighting over purchases. And part might come from your own assessment of your bank account.
We all know that we are expected to go to events with family and friends loaded down with gifts. But, what if you want to get off that roller-coaster? It can seem like doling out presents is a no-negotiation proposition, even if you really can't afford it.
You probably feel the psychological tension between the social need to give elaborate gifts and your own desire to cut down on gift-giving. It's important that you find a way to identify, rationalize and minimize that tension, so you can do what's best for you, instead of overspending for the sake ofRead More »from Why You Should Consider Going Gift-Free This Year
- Redbook | Healthy Living – 14 hours ago
By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
We knew it! After a while--like, say, ages 13 to 30--food guilt can start to get old. And over time, any kind hyper-vigilance just seems to have a counteractive effect. You watch your calories constantly, and the next thing you know, you've gained five pounds.
Now, a new study shows your instincts are right.
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Researchers from the University of Canterbuy asked 300 adults whether they associated chocolate cake with guilt or celebration. The 27 percent who chose guilt had neither more positive attitudes about healthy eating nor greater intentions to improve their diet, but they did turn out to be less successful in losing weight over three months.
So go ahead, have your cake and eat it too--and enjoy it.
- Redbook | Healthy Living – 14 hours ago
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Oh, bread, how we once loved theeWhen it comes to food, 2013 was a year of extremes. On one end of the spectrum were over-the-top creations like cronuts and deep-fried Twinkie burgers. On the other was the exact opposite: A sad buffet where, one by one, our favorite delicacies were taken away because of the supposedly horrid ingredients contained within. Here's what had us whispering a plaintive sayonara as it went gently into the night of 2013.
The gluten-free craze has been around for a few years, but it reached a feverish peak in 2013 thanks to books like The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution and Grain Brain. Whether or not you take their advice is your decision, but the latter provided a perfect name for that thing that happens to your mind when a waiter places a bread basket on the table at a restaurant, and suddenly it's all you can think about because mmmmm brioche.
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The caveman diet is somewhat similar
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