Your little health dilemmas, solved.
by SELF Staffers
Feeling better with sweets vs. drowning stress with booze
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Bottoms up! Alcohol is a proven stress reducer (especially when shared with friends), and a single low-cal drink--like red wine, vodka soda or other low-sugar cocktail--is the smarter option nutritionally, says self contributing expert Janis Jibrin, R.D. "Alcohol may protect your heart, and one drink won't damage your diet," she says. For instance, a 5-ounce glass of wine has only 125 calories; 1/2 cup of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream has more than twice that--and who eats just half a cup? However, alcohol lowers willpower, and you may still want to pig out, which sets you up for scale angst. So have the cocktail with your next healthy meal. You'll be full when the glass is empty and not as prone to drunk munchies. All that said, if you rely on alcohol to unwind, it may signal a deeper problem: Avoid the booze and have a
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by SELF Staffers
SKIPPING BREAKFAST vs. that DOUGHNUT in the morning meeting
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Look, you know we'll tell you a healthy breakfast (low in fat, high in fiber and protein) is ideal. But if a doughnut is all you've got going, it's better than starving, which sets you up to overeat later and trains your body to store fat, say SELF contributing experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D. Grab the plain glazed (260 calories) and have it with a small nonfat capp (80 calories) or plain skim milk; the protein will counter the blood sugar spike and dip that doughnut is bound to trigger. If you're always eating on the fly, stock up on healthy portables like Kind bars and nonfat Greek yogurt.
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For Andrea Sloan, that's a reality. The 45-year-old is suffering from stage 3 ovarian cancer, and she’s launched a social media campaign in the hopes of convincing a pharmaceutical company to give her a drug that’s in the early stages of development.
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Sloan is an attorney and executive director of the Texas Advocacy Project, an Austin-based group that offers free services to victims of domestic violence. At the age of 37, after visiting her doctor for intermittent abdominal pain, she received devastating news. “My doctor told me that I had stage 3 ovarian cancer,” Sloan told Yahoo Shine. “Three years later, I learned I had inherited the BRCA1 gene.” The gene leads to a heightened risk of breast and ovarian cancer (65 percent and 39 percent, respectively).
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A new study suggests you need more protein than you think to maximize fat loss. Most weight-loss plans have one thing in common: eating less. But new research suggests that eating more could boost fat loss--more protein, that is. Dieters who double their protein intake lose more fat and maintain more muscle mass than dieters who eat the recommended daily amount, according to a new study published in The FASEB Journal.Read More »from Should You Double Up on Protein to Lose Weight?
In the study, 32 men and 7 women followed a 31-day weight-loss diet that contained either the recommended daily amount (RDA) of protein, twice the RDA, or three times the RDA. At the end of the study, everyone had lost about the same amount of weight (an average of 2.7 to 3.5 pounds). However, the people who doubled up on protein lost the most fat; it amounted to about 70 percent of their total weight loss. For those who ate three times the RDA, 63.6 percent of their weight loss was due to fat loss. And the people who ate the recommended amount of protein fared the worst: Only 41.8 percent of their weight loss was from fat.
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- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
Source: Get Your Metabolism Soaring in the Morning With These Tricks
Want to turn your body's fat-burning potential up a notch? Check out these five ways to wake up and up the calorie burn.
- Exercise: That dawn workout doesn't just put a pep in your step; exercising in the morning also helps boost your metabolism, more than exercising at other times of the day. Studies have shown that people who exercised in the morning burn more calories than those who exercise at other times of the day, so lace up your sneaks and greet the sun for an added calorie burn.
- Add intensity: Good news for the time-strapped: a recent study found that a simple intense 2.5-minute burst of exercise can lead to an increased afterburn all day - up to 200 calories worth, in fact. Need ideas on how to add intensity to your workouts? Here are five short exercises that will help you burn extra calories fast.
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- Don't delay breakfast:
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:51 PM EDT
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With no one to tell you not to eat cookies for dinner or drink an entire two-liter of Coke while late-night studying, it's no wonder that pounds quickly creep onto your freshman-year frame. Whether you gain weight is in your hands, because it's the food choices you make every day that can affect your weight dramatically. To avoid the typical 15-pound balloon-up, harness these 13 healthy eating tips every time you set foot in the dining hall.
- Don't skip: Trying to save calories by skipping breakfast? Your plan will backfire since it slows down your metabolism, which can actually cause weight gain. If you can't make it to the dining hall, keep Greek yogurt or milk for cereal in your dorm room fridge.
- The little things add up: It only takes an extra 500 calories a day to gain a pound a week. So that extra slice of pizza or grabbing a second brownie may not seem like much, but those calories will add up.
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There are many health benefits to both coffee and tea - disease-fighting, metabolism-revving, and memory-boosting benefits, to name a few. But in order to maximize these health benefits, there may be a few tweaks you should be doing to your morning routine. Read on for the dos and don'ts for making your morning cup of coffee or tea even healthier!
- Do: Add Spices: Don't reach for the sugar; add flavor to your coffee with spices instead. Not only do spices contain fewer calories than sugar, but also, you'll be getting a few added benefits. Cinnamon, for example, can help control blood sugar, while nutmeg can help regulate your digestive tract.
- Don't: Add Milk to Your Tea: Tea and milk may be fit for the Brits, but mixing milk with tea actually decreases the health properties of those leaves. So if you're looking to reap some of the cancer-fighting powers from your daily cup of tea, then make sure you leave the dairy out of it.
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:43 PM EDT
Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society, London on Thursday.Kate Middleton took a glamorous break from diaper duty to hit the red carpet with Prince William at the inaugural
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It's a big day for Prince William, too. Earlier on Thursday, Kensington Palace announced that he is leaving his position as a helicopter pilot with the Royal Air Force's Search and Rescue Force, after almost eight years of service, to focus on
- POPSUGAR Fitness | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 2:31 PM EDT
POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Look Good Under That Sweater: Ab Exercises For Fall
Even though you're staying warm in bulky, oversize sweaters and bikinis are pushed to the back of the closet, you shouldn't skimp on core-strengthening exercises. That's right - now's the perfect time to get a sweater-ready six-pack with these five tummy-toning moves. Aside from helping you attain fantastic abs, these exercises will help with strength, balance, and posture, too.
Pilates Hip-Ups: With control, this dynamic exercise will strengthen your low abs in no time. Make sure to keep your core engaged throughout the entire move!
- Start lying on your back with you hands by your side.
- With your core engaged, lift your feet off the ground and cross your ankles.
- Lift your lower back off the mat, and rock up toward the ceiling.
- With control, lower your back (not your legs) to the mat.
- Repeat this motion for 20 reps.
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- Pilates Hip-Ups: With control, this dynamic exercise will strengthen your low abs in no time. Make sure to keep your core engaged throughout the entire move!
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The end of hot Summer nights can mean it's time to reset your sleeping habits. With cooler weather ahead, here are three ways to make this Fall the season of your best sleep yet.
Adjust the temp: Even if you don't have to depend on your AC any more for comfortably cool nights, you still need to make sure your bedroom is still the optimal temperature for a restful sleep. The good news is that cooler Fall temperatures are actually best for a good night's rest. Just make sure you swap out your Summer bed sheets and comforters for warmer options as the nights get cooler in order to maintain an environment that is between 60 and 68 degrees.
Clean your vents: Those heating vents that haven't been turned on all year could be hiding tons of dust, pollen, and other particulates that can trigger a nightly sneeze attack. If you find yourself suffering from sniffles, keep your bedroom windows closed to prevent allergies from late-Summer
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