depressedIf you ever want to see me turn into Mama Hulk and go all SMASH on you, say something along the lines of "I don't need daycare to raise my children". That little sentence, uttered so thoughtlessly, is the most insensitive remark any working mother has to endure. The inference in it is that moms who put kids in daycare have ceded primary responsibility for their children to others and basically don't love their kids enough. Every time I hear some variant on it, I want to shake the speaker until they understand the deep love a working parent feels and the conflict of the heart that happens when the responsibilities of job and family diverge. My son was in daycare for three and a half years and it was a wonderful situation for everyone. While my husband and I missed him during working hours, he was thriving in a good center with caring, dedicated teachers and fun activities.(The center he was in paid teachers above-average wages and provided excellent benefits, which is why the quality ofRead More »from New Study Suggests Daycare May Help Children of Depressed Mothers
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
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Crunches With bikini season here, it's only natural to get a little crazy with the crunches. But no matter how many crunches you do, and we've done a lot in our spare time, you're not going to get the six-pack you've always dreamed of. If your goal is a smaller waistline, crunches just don't work. Here's why.
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Crunches Only Target One Section
Crunches only work the front part of the abdominals (the rectus abdominus muscle) so your midsection looks great from the front, but less so from the side. To get a lean look all around, you need to do exercises that work all of the abdominal muscles.
Crunches Don't Get Rid Of Fat
You can have strong, amazing abs and never see them if there's a layer of fat over the muscles. To get those perfectly sculpted abs we see on celebrities, you need to reduce body fat by keeping up with a low-fat diet with lots of protein. No crunches or ab workout is going to give you those results
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Jun 21, 2013 10:12 AM EDT
The most chemically treated fruits and veggies
Some 2500 years ago in Greece, when citizens were mainly feasting on fresh, local fruits and vegetables, the Greek physician Hippocrates told his patients: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."Read More »from Pesticides in Your Produce: 5 Most Chemically Treated Fruits and Veggies
Other age-old adages - "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" - have echoed the notion that fruits and vegetables are the very wellspring of our health. And they are. They're loaded with minerals, nutrients and phyto-nutrients that super-charge our immune systems. They promote good digestion and, among lots of other benefits, they support better brain function and memory.
But, today, when we're at the grocery store and we pick up a shiny crimson apple produced by some distant unknown farm, many of us think: Is this good for my kids?
In recent decades, as the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides has increased in conventional farming, scientists and activists have raised concerns that chemically treated fruits and veggies could be causing serious health problems in
One of the biggest challenges of trying to trim down is to make smart decisions when your sweet tooth strikes at that daily 3 p.m. lull or right after dinner. And I don't know about you, but a piece of fruit-however delicious it may be-doesn't always cut it when what you're really craving is dessert.
So we asked eight top nutrition experts for their favorite healthy treats that actually taste goodand satisfy a sweet tooth. Here are their picks. You can thank us later (just not with your mouth full, please).
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Healthy Foods Making You Fat
What happened when 10,000 dieters ate mainly healthy foods? Not much, if they filled up on the foods from this list. Here's how to eat right and lose weight.
1. FAT FOOD TRAP: Bread
Bread-lovers in the study discovered that it was easy to eat too much of that food in a single sitting. If you can't live without sandwiches, then you should have them, but try to splurge on only those couple of slices of bread a day. Bread isn't evil; it just tends to be hard to control for people who love it.
WHAT TO EAT INSTEAD: Grains
Slice your protein or veggies over grains including whole-wheat pasta, wild rice, couscous, or quinoa.
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2. FAT FOOD TRAP: Fruit-flavored yogurt
When Weight Watchers asked 10,000 dieters to eat wholesome foods - like grains, vegetables, dairy, and lean protein - they saw that people often ate four containers of low-fat yogurt a day if the fruit was mixed in. But if the subjects had to stir in the fruit
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 6:06 PM EDT
A spin class for the homeless in New York CitySpin classes are the latest fitness craze, (aside from Prancercising of course), but at around $34 per session a trip to SoulCycle or FlyWheel is not affordable for everyone. Leave it to Joshua Onassis, the self-proclaimed "Fat Jew" and hilarious fixture in the downtown New York City community, to bring spin class quite literally to the streets.Read More »from SoulCycle for the Homeless? One Dude's Creative Use of Citi Bikes
New York is the latest city to get a pay-as-you-go cycling program. Citi Bikes has pick-up and drop-off locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn with bikes docked and locked in clusters which you can rent for $9.95 plus tax for 24 hours. Onassis realized the wheels still spin like stationary bikes when they're not in use, and thus his idea was born: free outdoor spin class for the homeless. They may not be able to afford sneakers, but Onassis thinks they deserve a healthy workout routine like anyone else. He was spotted teaching a spin class to several people near Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on Thursday morning.
The news of James Gandolfini’s sudden death while traveling in Italy with his family was eerily familiar. Something similar happened to me when I was about the same age as the actor’s 13-year-old son, Michael. Ten years ago, my mother, aunt, grandmother, and younger sister were in a car accident on the first night of our vacation in Mexico. My sister was the only survivor.
While the rest of the world will mourn the Sopranos star I’ll be thinking of his teenage son. Losing a parent is something that no child should ever have to take on but being a teenager makes it all the more difficult. Adolescents should be focused on discovering the opposite sex, disguising acrid body odor, coming to terms with hair in new places, hormone fluctuations, mood swings, sports, friends, and homework. Losing a parent puts all of those things on the backburner.
Over the past decade I’ve grown up, changed, hit rock bottom, pulled myself up, cried (a lot) and laughed (more). Although every death and their Read More »from Losing a Parent as a Teenager: What I Learned
by Lexi PetronisRead More »from How to Be Safe when Exercising Outdoors
CN Digital Studio There are times when I feel especially adventurous during my daily runs, so I take different slightly routes to mix things up a bit. This isn't always successful though.
In fact, sometimes it's just stupid. Yesterday I rediscovered an overgrown path that is clearly almost never used--except at least once, when somebody apparently decided to dispose of a big loop of barbed wire in the middle of the path. A big loop of barbed wire that somebody else--me--didn't see, and stepped right into, ending up with bloody scratches all over the places. And because pieces of metal hanging around in the great outdoors are prime spots for tetanus, I decided to play it safe and get a tetanus shot (it's been a while since I had my last booster).
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All of this is to say: Exercising outdoors is great for your body (and your mood!), but it's important to be safe when you're doing it. So here are a few
by Lexi PetronisRead More »from 5 Secret Ways to Exercise at the Pool
Physical ArchiveNo doubt about it, swimming is great exercise: The water is 12 times more resistant than air in every direction, and when you do laps, you're using all your major muscle groups (shoulders, back, abs, legs, hips, and butt).
But swimming laps isn't the only way to exercise in the pool. In fact, these ways of toning up and burning calories are so down-low, people might not even notice that you're exercising at all!
Tread water. Keep your arms and legs moving! Treading water burns about 11 calories a minute, which is about the same as running 6 miles an hour. And a lot less sweaty.
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Crunch your abs. Stand in the shallow end with your back against the side of the pool, then extend your arms along the edge. Bring your knees up to your chest, extend your legs in front of you, then bring them back to your chest again.
Pretend you're Spider-Man. Or, you know--Spiderwoman. Face the edge of the pool and fan your arms out next to
It's officially summer! Are you ready for scorching days under the sun, family vacations, cool evenings spent with friends on a patio, and frivolous afternoons at the park? We asked Shine readers to share what's on their bucket list for summer. Here are 11 fun things to add to your own. Tell us, what do you plan on doing this glorious season? -- Ali SwankRead More »from 11 Fun Things to Add to Your Summer Bucket List
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