Ever since I was 6 years old and was moved from the girls' reading table to instead read with two boys (both of whom were mainly covered in snot), I discovered the power of girl cliques. Jealous that I was now in the top reading group, they promptly stopped speaking to me. I felt the icy cold shoulder as I was left by myself at break time and over lunch. I remember wondering, "What have I done wrong?" Hasn't it always been this way? When I watched Grease at 8 years old, I may not have quite understood what was going on between Rizzo and Kenickie, but I was aware of just how COOL the pink ladies were and how Sandy longed to belong. Personally, I think girl cliques should be abolished! Yet, I'm still facing them myself, most recently at the school gates. Being a working mom, I can't help but feel slightly excluded by the moms who stay at home and are able to meet daily for coffee. They don't mean to be aloof, but sometimes they come across that way. I wonder, is the best way to deal withRead More »from She Doesn't Even Go Here: The 7 Most Memorable Girl Cliques in Movie History
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 2:19 PM EDT
To perform your best, you need gas in the tank. Here are the best ways to fuel your fitness.Instructor Kristin Kenney frequently wraps up her intense sessions at Revolve, an indoor cycling studio with locations in New York City and Washington, D.C., with this advice: "OK, class is over-go make sure you eat to recover." And then she's met with a line of puzzled students, wondering what exactly they should choose for their post-exercise nosh. "It's really funny--but it's such a common question," she says.Read More »from 20 Perfect Workout Snacks
If you're part of the confused post-exercising masses, we've got you covered. Here, Kenney and Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, a sports nutrition expert in Washington, D.C., dish up their favorite power foods. Whether you eat before or after your workout, you should aim for up to 45 grams of carbs to provide energy, and 6 to 15 grams of protein to build muscle.
Here are the 20 best workout snacks to keep you fueled and energized. For more delicious recipes, sign up for the free Prevention Recipe Of The Day newsletter!
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I've spent years handpicking a posse of Spinning instructors, yoga teachers, and cross-trainers I can trust. They're smart; they're certified. They know the ins and outs of asanas, ab crunches, and aerobic conditioning. But how much stock should I put in the health information and advice some of them dole out during sessions? You know, like what I should be eating or how certain exercises might benefit my brain.
Organizations that train and certify trainers warn their members not to cross the line that separates fitness tips from health advice. "The line is thin, but trainers still have to respect it," says Grace DeSimone, editor of the American College of Sports Medicine's Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor. "For example, it's OK to talk about the basics of good nutrition. But it is absolutely not OK to tell someone to avoid a specific food group, like dairy, unless the trainer also happens to be a registered dietitian." Likewise, if something hurts while
What is your pee trying to tell you?You know that you've had your share of water/beer/coffee by the frequency in which you need to use the bathroom, but what else can pee tell you about your health and habits? A lot, it turns out. We asked R. Mark Ellerkmann, M.D., director for the Center of Urogynecology at the Weinberg Center for Women's Health and Medicine in Baltimore, MD, for some of the specific health and lifestyle issues your urine's odor, color, and frequency can indicate.
1. You're Pregnant.
The reason you have to pee on a stick after your first missed period is that shortly after conception (when a fertilized egg implants into the lining of the uterus), the fetus begins to secrete the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, which is what is detected by home pregnancy tests, Dr. Ellerkmann says. Some women also notice a strong, pungent odor early on, even before they're aware they're pregnant.
Once you've got a baby on board, running to the bathroom constantly is just one of the pesky parts ofRead More »from 6 Things Your Pee is Trying to Tell You
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!
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"
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.
Myth 2: You need to be super-organizedRead More »from 8 Reasons Clutter is Preventing Your Happiness
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."
Related: Benefits of Alcohol
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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Sounds If you've ever incorporated the sound of your alarm clock into your dream-maybe it became a fire
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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.
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Sat, Sep 21, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
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.
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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
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