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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:38 PM ESTAs a busy mom, I'm always looking for ways to sneak in exercise (and share them with you, like ways to sneak exercise into your work day and ways to walk more every day). So, of course, I loved the news about how subway stations in Moscow are getting into the Olympic spirit-by encouraging passengers to squat for a free ride.Train riders can earn free rides by doing 30 squats in front of an interactive machine. love both how this gets people active and how much fun people seem to be having as they're exercising. It seems like doing something a little out of the ordinary is pretty fun for these people, not to mention that they're probably pretty stoked about the free ride! I know I would be. It also made me fantasize about a world that encouraged activity in these ways, and made it more normal to exercise when you have nothing better to do. I'd love to see exercise encouraged in everyday activities, and here are a few ideas I'd like to see. - By Erin Whitehead
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:37 PM ESTIs Green Juice the New Status Symbol?One of my favorite Disney movies of recent years is WALL-E. The love story is cute and sweet, the message of stewardship over our home is timely and important, and the portrayal of our evolution as a species is, possibly, prescient. That part when the captain encourages everyone on the ship, the Axiom, to get their septua-centennial cupcake in a cup? Spot on. It seems we'd much rather drink our calories than eat them these days, as evidenced not only by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban large beverages in an effort to save money on health care costs, but by the preponderance of coffee shops and smoothie stands popping up all over. Recently I've learned that it's not as cool - or chic - to eat your vegetables, not when you can drink them.
Yes, vegetable juice is a hot commodity these days, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. So hot that a bottle of it can put you back about $10 (or $225 for a 3-day supply of juice, which includes shipping
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:29 PM ESTWhat makes a healthy lunch?Homemade roast beef, potatoes, milk, carrots, orange.
That's what Kristen Bartkiw, a mom in Manitoba, packed her two young kids for lunch. What they came home with was a note from their school saying she was being fined $10 because the meal was unbalanced. To balance it out, the school gave the kids Ritz Crackers.
There's no doubt everything is better when it's sitting on a Ritz. Healthier, though? That's debatable.
Sure, maybe there could have been a grain in the meals that Bartkiw packed. And, yes, kudos to the Canada Food Council for looking out for the health of children by requiring one milk, one meat, one grain, two fruits in their meals, according to Metro News. But surely there are kids whose lunches are much less healthy than the ones Barkiw packed, which really seems pretty benign/nutritious. Is adding crackers that contain high fructose corn syrup and zero grams of fiber really balancing the meal out?
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- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:57 AM ESTIs this library book giving you germs?Library copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" tested positive for traces of the herpes virus and cocaine, according to two Belgian professors.
- We bust the myths and reveal the truth.Some foods-from celery to spicy eats-maintain a mythical status among dieters, who believe they offer an effortless calorie-burning boost. But can a single food give you a real leg-up when it comes to shedding excess pounds, or is this right up there with baby unicorns and U.F.O.s? We asked Anthony Ricci, a certified sports nutritionist on the board of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, to give us the skinny on five foods often believed to magically tip the scales in your favor.
Claim: Celery burns off more calories than it contains. Ricci says the so-called negative calorie hypothesis is technically correct but the effect is so negligible it's useless for shrinking waistlines. "You may burn a small fraction more calories chewing and digesting celery than the number of calories the stalk itself actually contains, but you'd have to eat acres of the stuff to burn off just a few extra calories," he says. On the upside, the crunchy green veggie is low cal, fat free and packedRead More »from Can These 5 Foods Speed Up Weight Loss?
Steve shares his advice with Mary Jo (who has been single since her divorce nine years ago) on how to meet a man and how to change her life:
Hire a matchmaker.
Make a life change or relocate to change your patterns.
Go to different places to eat, workout, shop and be positive when you're there. You'll meet different people in different places.
Remain eternally young. Age is only a number if you act young, you'll feel young.
If you feel awkward asking a guy out, make a suggestion. Instead of asking a guy out, say, "There's a great coffee shop around the corner, we should check it out."
Some people prefer to communicate via text or via the phone, and men don't usually know. It's the woman's responsibility to let the guy know what you want.
After you make a suggestion, you set an expectation. So, if you say, "Let me give you my card," then you should follow up with, "Why don't you call me later in the week to set something up"
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- By Pamela Nisevich Bede, M.S., R.D., Runner's World
Every year on Thanksgiving I set out to run a half-marathon, by myself. I don't need a race or PR to make the day special; I simply want to burn off as many calories as possible so I can enjoy second helpings without the guilt. I know I'm not the only one since the roads are packed with runners on Thanksgiving morning--some at annual Turkey Trots, and others, like me, alone on the roads keeping the engine burning.
Like many of you, I'm thankful for the gift of running on this festive day of eating; I know of little else that has the ability to improve mind, body, and spirit while also allowing for indulgences like pecan pie and gravy. This year, in addition to racking up miles, there's another way to enjoy every last morsel while simultaneously feeling good about the fact that you've improved your health. All it takes is to include some of the following foods on your table. And if these foods are already on the menu, giveRead More »from 9 Thanksgiving Foods that Boost Weight Loss
- Blaine Moats/FITNESS MagazineBy Nicole Yorio Jurick
In case you've been living under a rock for the past 20 years (and if so, you're probably well rested, so this wouldn't apply to you), Americans need more sleep. Seven to nine hours is the sweet spot for waking up refreshed, and as anyone who has pulled a late-nighter with her Netflix queue knows, getting less than that can leave you groggy, cranky, and way worse. Just one night of insufficient shut-eye can slow your job performance, derail your gym routine, and even sabotage your relationships, new research shows. But worry not, weary eyes. We've pinpointed exactly what suffers when you're sleepy and how to sidestep those problems and feel wide awake.
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One bad night's sleep reduces the body's ability to process sugar the next day and leads to greater fat storage, a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found. According to Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, a spokeswoman
- Source: 11 Luxe Fitness Brands You've Never Heard Of
After more disparaging comments from Lululemon's founder, you might be on the hunt for a new go-to brand of athletic wear. If you're not sure where to start, check out these brands that do their best to flatter women of all different shapes and sizes.
- Solow: Solow is one of our favorite brands these days. Its products are cozy, versatile, and perfect for all-day wear. We're loving these eclon leggings with footholes ($99) that remind us of the stirrup leggings of the '80s.
- Moving Comfort: Moving Comfort says its mission is simple: "add a lift to every woman's workout." All of its products are comfortable, functional, and have flattering lines. I'll be rocking my flex hoodie ($39-$65) all Fall long.
- Alo: Once you slip into anything by Alo, it's hard to want to take it off. The soft fabrics are made with a yoga practice in mind, and we love that the company exercises eco-friendly practices. Its line is made from
- Source: Nighttime Habits That Ruin Your Sleep and Health
You slip under the covers, turn off the light, and rest your head on your pillow. Seems simple and perfect, but here are some things you could be doing in bed that harm your health.
If you suffer from a chronic cough, cold, sinus infection, or postnasal drip, sucking on a cough drop may be the only way you can get some sleep without coughing keeping you up. Although soothing to your throat, exposure to a bath of sugar all night long is sure to lead to tooth decay and cavities. Here are other natural remedies for your nighttime coughs. If the cough persists, it's time to see your doc.
No Wonder My Jaw HurtsRead More »from Nighttime Habits that Ruin Your Sleep and Health
Many people unknowingly clench their jaws or grind their teeth at night, which can lead to tension headaches, earaches, irritated tissue on the inside of your cheeks, jaw pain, and permanent damage to your teeth in the form of chips and worn-down enamel that cause sensitivity or cracks.
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