Set yourself up for diet successNever count on just your willpower to stick to a nutritious meal plan. Rather than beat yourself up for occasional slip-ups (or abandon the diet all together) use these clever ideas to set yourself up for diet success.
1. Diet pitfall: You order takeout so often, the delivery guy knows you by name
Solution: Failing to plan can easily lead to diet downfalls: unhealthy menu selections or the lack of nutritious options. Prioritize your diet and make meal-planning part of your routine, not a chore, says Manuel Villacorta, RD, and author of Eating Free. "Schedule a date with your supermarket once a week, followed by a date with your kitchen, where you can pre-make a lot of healthy foods," he says. Boil rice and quinoa, cook beans, whip up a soup or stew, grill chicken, and roast veggies, so you will have basics ready to pack for lunch or warm up for dinner.
If you know you're going to dine out, read the menu and pick a diet-friendly option before you go. Watch out for terms like "braised"
Set yourself up for diet successNever count on just your willpower to stick to a nutritious meal plan. Rather than beat yourself up for occasional slip-ups (or abandon the diet all together) use these clever ideas to set yourself up for diet success.Read More »from 8 Diet Pitfalls — Conquered!
Sometimes being organized isn't always the solution.
One of the great lessons of my adulthood is realizing that outer order contributes to inner calm - far more than you might expect. Yet as much as you want to stay organized, it's tough. You may blame the sheer tediousness of trying to keep clutter at bay, but I think we often buy into certain notions about decluttering that make it harder to maintain order. Read on to discover 8 myths that will keep you stuck with too much stuff - plus easy ways to conquer clutter and find happiness.
Myth 1: You need to be organized
No! When you're facing a desk swamped with papers or a closet bursting with clothes, don't say to yourself, I need to get organized. Your first step should be to get rid of stuff. If you don't keep it, you don't have to organize it.
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Though it helps to have "a place for everything," even that well-worn saying can sabotage your decluttering efforts. If you spend a lot of time alphabetizing your spices or creating 80
- Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 10:47 AM EDT
A new study says that booze won't get you down. You might physically feel like complete crap the day after downing six too many mojitos, but drinking won't get you down mentally, according to new research out of Australia.Read More »from Booze Doesn't Give You a Case of the Sads After All
By Natasha Burton
Looking at over 3,000 old dudes, and focusing on how certain genetic mutations might play a role in how people metabolize alcohol, clinical neuroscientists from The University of Western Australia debunked the long-held myth that alcohol causes depression.
"Because of the observational nature of the association between alcohol and depression, and the risk of confounding and bias that comes with observational studies, it is difficult to be entirely certain that the relationship is causal," lead researcher Professor Osvaldo Almeida said. "For example, people who drink too much may also smoke, have poor diets and other diseases that could explain the excess number of people with depression among heavy drinkers."
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But while booze may not give you a permanent sad face,
Learn what's shaping your dreams and how to influence them a bit yourself. When we're sleeping, our bodies do everything they can to stay asleep. So rather than waking us up, outside stimuli-smells, sounds, sensations-often become woven into our dream narratives. "The dreaming mind has this really cool way of seemingly flawlessly incorporating the outside interference into the storyline of the dream," explains Lauri Loewenberg, a certified dream analyst and member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.Read More »from 4 Ways to Take Control of Your Dreams
Which means that there are a lot of influences that can shape how your dreams play out. Just keep in mind that your natural dreams, i.e. those that aren't at the mercy of what's happening around you in the real world, help you process your thoughts and feelings about your day. Too much interference, Loewenberg says, "can be disruptive to the message your dreaming mind is trying to give you."
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It's Mercury's last week in Libra so use this knowledge to really make your talks, meetings, agreements, sales, writing, and decisions count when it comes to partners in a romantic or business sense, your agents, attorneys and other representatives, clients, specialists, competitors, or other key relationships. You want to get in there and come to terms or share ideas, plan short trips or get involved locally, deal with transportation or electronic issues or needs, and propose ideas with them now.
The week ahead for ARIES: Make MONDAY about earnings, spending or possessions and any adjustments you need to deal with here involving partners, reps, clients, specialists, or competitors. You have good flow in the home, with real estate, family, parents, roommates, moves, or renovations so lean in this direction. TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY will point out any choices that feel a bit intense for you. This mayRead More »from ZOE MOON ASTROLOGY WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Sept 23-29
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Lost your enthusiasm for a morning run or meeting your best friend for Zumba? These eight encouraging reasons-none of them related to a smaller waist or tighter butt-will get you back in the rhythm. By Cathy Garrard, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Sneaky Weight-Loss Benefits that Will Get You to the Gym
You'll have more spending money
It's a myth that junk food is cheap-although nutritionally there's no question that it is-particularly if you gobble it down all the time. Swap those three daily cans of soda for water and you'll save more than $500 per year. You'll hold on to more than triple that amount of cash if a box of donuts is your sugary poison. Don't let the drive-through value menu fool you: A two-pound bag of brown rice, which yields 18 servings, is just a dollar or two more than one large order of fries.
You'll dazzle at dinner parties.
Say "see ya" to awkward moments when you can't place that person who's chatting you up like a long-lost pal. When overweight women shed unwanted pounds, they recognize faces better, researchers at Umea University in
It's officially autumn! Are you ready for the smell of cinnamon, pumpkin-carving parties, and Sunday drives to see the vibrant, changing leaves? We asked Shine readers to share what's on their bucket list for fall. Here are 14 fun things to add to your own. Tell us, what do you plan on doing this glorious, magical season? -- Ali Swank
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- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 5:30 PM EDT
by Lexi PetronisRead More »from 3 Weight-Loss Lessons that Actually Work, According to Science
photo: Mike Lorrig Does it seem to you like weight-loss tips sometimes change on the regular? Yeah, it can be a little overwhelming. But the good news is that there are some diet strategies that are irrefutably backed by science...which means there's at least some sort of solid base for those of us feeling like we would like to shed a few pounds.
Forbes came up with a list of six of them, , and I found these three to be especially intriguing. What do you think?
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Diet matters more than exercise. This isn't to say that working out doesn't matter...it does! But when it comes to weight loss, specifically, according to Samuel Klein, MD: "Decreasing food intake is much more effective than increasing physical activity to achieve weight loss. If you want to achieve a 300 [calorie] energy deficit you can run in the park for 3 miles or not eat 2 ounces of potato chips." Experts say that it's easy to binge after working out, so you end up
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 5:23 PM EDT
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photo: Toni Frissell/VogueWe may not be playing basketball or football or soccer when we tailgate at the games...but that doesn't mean we're not at risk for some parking-lot-induced injuries. I mean, think about it: You have to lift the cooler, flip the burgers, walk up a million stairs to get to your seats...a girl's gotta be prepared, right?
OK, those examples may not necessarily induce any major injuries, thank goodness. But Gold's Gym teamed up with celebrity trainer Mike Ryan to come up with a workout that strengthen and tone your muscles so that you'll be ready for just about anything--even an extreme tailgate party.
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Injury: Cooler Cramps
Pregame exercise: Standing Arm and Preacher Curls
Coolers can get heavy! To avoid straining your back while carrying them, Ryan suggests pumping up your arms (and taking the pressure off your back) with a mix of bicep exercises including standing arm and preacher curls. Do 3 to 4 sets of each
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Ever wonder if your diet is missing something? Add our expert-approved, eat-right picks to stay lean, healthy, and strong.
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The "Skinny" Steak
Red meat has a bad rap. The thing is, it really is good for you. Ideally, go for a cut that is both lean and grass-fed. A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that meat from grass-fed cows usually has more conjugated linoleic acid (which has been shown in animal studies to combat cancer) and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than the grain-fed variety. Plus, meat from grass-fed cows is lower in total fat and calories. As long as your serving is a lean cut, such as tenderloin, feel free to make this smart choice two or three times a week, says Jonny Bowden, PhD, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.
Shopping shortcut: "Look for meat that is clearly labeled 100 percent grass-fed," Bowden says. ("Organic" doesn't guarantee the cows didn't have
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