By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29
.Bloating, headaches, low energy, tension - the stress and constant immobility that many of us experience during long work days can take a major toll on our bodies and sense of well-being. While we all know that exercise, adaquate sleep, and a healthy diet can make a big difference in how we feel over the course of the day, there is something you can do to perk up quickly (other than seeking out a constant stream of caffeine): stretching.
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If you're thinking that you might feel a little bit self-conscious stretching in the office, let us assure you - there are a multitude of easy, quick stretches that you can do quickly in the ladies' room, an abandoned conference room, or even at your desk, that will make a huge difference with your energy, digestion, and tension. To get schooled in stretching 101, we reached out to Lauren Imparato, Founder of
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At least, that's the impression you'll get if you walk by a newsstand or log onto the Internet. According to Radar magazine, she and boyfriend Kanye West (who the magazine observed was "noticeably absent during her pregnancy") parted ways after spending only three days together (three days!) so Kardashian could join her family on a vacation to Greece. "She's eating her feelings," one "insider" confided. While "In Touch" declared Kardashian "pregnant and alone" after Kanye ditched her. Yahoo! Shine did a little research and concluded that it's physically impossible for Kim (much less anyone with the last name Kardashian) to be lonely. That girl's entourage is larger than that of POTUS. Here's the photographic evidence from this week alone.
There's Kardashian (via her Instagram, natch) at an event hosted by E! and flanked by her mom Kris, E! presenter Giuliana Rancic, Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne, and assorted
food addiction"I'm seriously addicted to those cookies. I can not stop myself from eating them."
"Be careful with those brownies, they're totally addictive."
"Oh, I just can't have food like that in the house. I'll eat it all at once. It's like I'm an addict or something."
These statements, which are pretty typical these days, may be slightly hyperbolic but they all point to the same thing: there is something about food, or certain foods (sugar, I'm looking at you!), that triggers behavior we associate with addiction. Perhaps there is a certain snack we seek out everyday, feeling incomplete and anxious until we've had it. Or maybe there are times when it's not until we're licking the crumbs off our fingers that we realize we've eaten a whole bag of chips.
Certainly these behaviors are unsettling, but are they really addictive? Food "addictions," though often discussed, are only beginning to be studied. Just recently the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)Read More »from Chocaholics Anonymous: Is Food Addiction Real?
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by Amy WicksRead More »from Is Going Gluten-Free the Secret to Getting Perfect Skin?
Fairchild ArchiveThe latest trend in healthy eating involves cutting gluten out of your diet (if you've been to Whole Foods lately, you've probably noticed how the whole store is basically gluten-free). I'm a fan of gluten (pizza and beer are my friends), but I'm thinking about eliminating it from my diet--at least, temporarily--to see how it affects my skin. It turns out many of us could have a sensitivity to gluten, and this could lead to skin inflammations, such as acne and eczema.
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The Mayo Clinic reports that wheat--home to gluten--is one of the most allergenic foods, so it makes sense that many of us are adversely affected by wheat and gluten.
"In addition to frustrating skin problems, those with gluten sensitivity may have a host of other symptoms that include gas, bloating, fatigue, and joint pain," reports the Huffington Post. "Even those who don't experience gas and bloating may suffer from other digestive issues that stop our bodies from
- Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 3:54 PM EDT
Have you ever worn a corset after giving birth?I don't know about you guys, but I break out in sympathy sweat even when I see women in the appropriate garb at a summer Renaissance fair (yes, my nerdiness is showing: Let's just say I see this more often than most people see it). So Jessica Alba's confession to Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine that she wore two corsets day and night for three months to try to get back to the weight she was at before she had her daughters Haven and Honor sounds, well... horrible.Read More »from Jessica Alba Wore Two Corsets Day and Night for Three Months to Drop Baby Weight
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"It was sweaty, but it was worth it." She admitted: "It was brutal; it's not for everyone."
FYI, Honor and Haven were born at the beginning and end of summer, respectively: Even worse. I'm imagining trying to sleep in 95 degree heat wearing that straight-jacket they wrap Hannibal Lecter in from Silence of the Lambs.
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Regardless, let's go ahead and ask the inevitable question. Is this awful-sounding three-month torture sesson actually an effective post-partum weight
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 3:40 PM EDT
mammograms useless? That’s just one of the turn-your-world-upside-down questions raised in a provocative and personal New York Times Magazine piece about the fight against breast cancer, published online Thursday and set to hit newsstands this weekend.Are Read More »from Do mammograms really work? Mixed messages on screening for breast cancer
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In “Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer,” Peggy Orenstein—thoughtful writer and translator of marketing strategies, known for her takedown of princess culture in 2011’s “Cinderella Ate My Daughter”—turns her analytic eye on pink-ribbon mania, the possible over-diagnosis of breast cancer, and yes, the idea that the sacred mammogram may be barely making a dent in the fight against the disease.
Orenstein, herself a breast-cancer survivor, begins by pointing to a recent three-decade study. It found that, while mammography does reduce, by a slight margin, the number of women who develop late-stage cancer, it is is far more likely to result in overdiagnosis and
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Jessica Alba Stars-they aren't really like us. When we're looking to drop a few fast pounds, we head to the gym for a quick workout a few times a week (or at least we say we will, then sit on the couch watching "Law & Order" instead), but celebrities spend a good part of their lives focusing on intense fitness regimens and diets in order to appear perfect at all times, but sometimes, they take it to extremes that are just plain crazy. Below, we've complied the 10 most shocking (and downright weird) celebrity weight loss tricks and secrets.
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1. Jessica Alba: The 31-year-old actress confessed to Net-A-Porter's magazine The Edit that she had difficulty bouncing back body-wise after giving birth to her children Haven and Honor. "I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it." she said. "It was brutal; it's not for everyone." Yeah, definitely not for us.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow:
“They wear it like a badge of honor,” said Lolli, who is also a real estate agent in their South Park Slope office. “They get a lot of respect from the other agents with the amount of commitment that they have.”
There are other benefits as well: "Talk about marketing — they're walking billboards!" he tweeted.
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
allposters.com, was officially lame. I could do better than an XXL Bob Marley poster draped over my bed," Peyton wrote this week on the website Medium.com.Northwestern college sophomore Amanda Peyton wanted to decorate her dorm room wall in 2003. "As a result of having outgrown my freshman year style, I decided that the go-to room decor option, Read More »from Woman Bought a Print in 2003 for Around $100 That Turned Out To Be a Banksy
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Peyton, who was inspired to blog about her experience after reading a story about art and technology published in a recent issue of The New York Times, recalled how she had been browsing a British website when she found a cool print of a girl hugging a bomb. Impulsively, she purchased it for around $100, the most she had ever spent on a wall decoration. When the print arrived in a poster tube, it was signed and hand-numbered by an artist named Banksy.
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At the time, Peyton didn't know that Banksy is a world
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
by Lexi PetronisRead More »from The 10 Most Allergy-Inducing Places to Live (and 4 Cool Apps that Will Ease Your Sneezes)
Bill DiodatoHalf of the people I know are wheezing, sneezing messes lately, thanks to all the pollen-y stuff floating around in the air. And I don't even live in one of the country's top 10 allergy-inducing places, according to ZocDoc (which determined these based on the number of scheduled doctors' appointments for allergies)--is yours on the list?
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1. Portland, Ore.
4. Los Angeles
5. Orange County, Calif.
6. Long Island, N.Y.
8. Washington, D.C.
9. San Antonio
10. New York City
How are you doing with allergies this season? While there's nothing to magically pull the pollen out of the air and ease your symptoms--yet!--there are at least a few good tools that can help you out...right from your phone:
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ZocDoc: When the wheezing or coughing gets out of control, you can find an allergist near you and instantly book an appointment online.
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