Bonnie Holland/FITNESS MagazineBy Kimberly Goad
Trying something new in your job, your workout, or your relationship can reenergize your life. Here's how to take the risks that can be truly transformative.
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Kalyn Johnson was a successful 34-year-old attorney at a major New York City law firm. It was the career path she'd always dreamed of, and yet she could count on one finger the number of days she'd been happy on the job. After listening to Kalyn talk about how unfulfilled she was, a friend made a radical suggestion: Strangers were always complimenting Kalyn's style. Why didn't she quit the law firm and launch a business as a wardrobe consultant? The idea of making a career switch intrigued Kalyn, but it also terrified her. "I saw it as a choice between practicing law while maintaining an upscale lifestyle or scraping by as an entrepreneur," she says. "I didn't know if I could do it."
That's the thing about change: We're all for it when it doesn't involve
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 10:13 AM EDT
marijuanaRecently, LA city voters passed a proposition that will shut down roughly one thousand law-abiding, tax-paying businesses in its greater metro area. Business which contributed roughly 2.5 Million dollars to the local economy in taxes ALONE over the past year, not to mention the contributions made via payroll, mortgage/rents, suppliers, and the like. As you may know, Los Angeles is grossly in debt and has one of the worst school systems in the country. So why would they spit in the face of much needed tax dollars and entry-level jobs in a tough market? Because those one thousand stores are amongst the city's legal medical marijuana dispensaries, and if L.A.'s total and complete failure to effectively manage or capitalize on this booming seventeen-year-old industry is any indication, stigma always wins.
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The Alkaline DietELLE editors tested out the most extreme diet plans. Find out who will lose the most (without losing her mind).Read More »from The Truth Behind America's 8 Biggest Diet Fads
1. The Alkaline Diet
The plan: According to Honestly Healthy, a book by British nutritionist Vicki Edgson and vegetarian chef Natasha Corrett-about which Victoria Beckham enthusiastically tweeted in January-eating a diet of predominantly alkaline foods (veggies, mostly) and avoiding those that create acidity in the cells (carbonated drinks, red meat, dairy, bread) will balance the body's pH, for better skin, digestion, and immunity.
Editor's take: Eating the recommended 80:20 alkaline-acid ratio was easy (typically, salad with a side of fish), and I never craved sugar, a high scorer on the evil-acid index. However, I failed to give up coffee and wine, so I drank lots of superalkalinizing fresh-squeezed lemon for balance. To check that my pH never dipped below the optimum 7.35, I tested it daily with a saliva-activated strip. Like science class!
The payoff: Turns out
Find out what's causing your flake and how to fix it.
We Asked: Paradi Mirmirani, M.D., is a practicing dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif. who specializes in hair disorders.
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The Answer: First, let's explore where the flakes come from. Doctors aren't sure why some people get dandruff-itchy, dry, scaly scalp-and others don't. It's something of a headscratcher (pardon the pun) but is most likely a combination of genetics and colonies of mites that live on your skin.
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These mites, called Demodex , aren't something you need to worry about in and of themselves. Most, if not all, people have them on their skin, especially in areas that have large oil glands, like around your hair follicles. It's thought that some people are more sensitive to Demodex , or host a larger population of mites, resulting in inflammation that causes seborrheic dermatitis. That's science-speak for redness, itching and scaly skin that flakes off your head and onto your black sweater.Read More »from Is There a Cure for Dandruff?
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland OR, June - Early Nov
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a stunning showcase of pantaloons and farthingales, draws 400,000 visitors. The action centers on the Elizabethan stage, an eye-popping ode to the playwright's Globe Theatre.
Your theater weekend doesn't have to extract a pound of flesh--Read up on Ashland on the cheap.
SFJazz Summerfest, Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA, June 14 - Oct 10
Get ready for all the funky, soulful, smooth music you can handle. At SFJazz Summerfest, top local musicians from the Bay area delight crowds every Thursday for ten weeks at a time in three separate locations. In past years, greats like the Scott Amendola quartet have played.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO, June 20-23
Mornings at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival begin with a blast of bagpipes, as campers flood the gates in a landgrab. Roughing it does have its advantages, though: Fingerpickers like Tim O'Brien are known to sneak into the
- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 5:38 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Jenna Pincott
Keep a Messy Table
A meal's carnage--for instance, leftover bones, fatty scraps and rinds--acts as an "environmental cue" to stop eating. When diners at an all-you-can-eat chicken-wing buffet chowed down at unbussed tables, they ate significantly less food than those whose tables had been cleared between courses. The sight of empty beer cans and wine bottles may also reduce alcohol consumption, say the study's authors, Cornell University's Brian Wansink and Collin Payne.
Dine with a Man
Eat a meal with a male companion, and you'll likely consume fewer calories (720 versus 833 for women), found a study led by Molly Allen-O'Donnell at Indiana University. "Unconscious scripts" drive women to eat less in the company of men because they want to appear "more feminine," and men eat more with women to appear more "masculine," Allen-O'Donnell writes.
Inflate Your Calories
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- OKMagazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 5:10 PM EDT
Kate Hudson has perfected the over-the-shoulder smile while posing on the red carpet in backless gowns. While you're practicing your check-me-from-behind smile, here's a great workout to get your back in the best shape for summer.
Circuit Works LA trainer Mariko Virchis takes us through through the routine so we can be looking great from all angles as part of OK!'s 12 Week Countdown to Summer.Exercise #2: Bent Over Pulsing Rows
Exercise #1: Superman Swimmers
Laying face down on the floor with your arms straight out next to your ears, and the tops of your feet on the ground lift your arms, head, chest, and legs off the floor. From here bring the right leg and left arm down lower (but still off the ground) and switch to the opposite leg and arm. Release to the floor and repeat 15 times.
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Green TeaBy now, we know that drinking green tea is undoubtedly good for our bodies. The antioxidant and free-radical scavenging properties of green tea have made it a must-have for the health conscious and numerous studies highlight the potential benefits of green tea including cancer prevention and weight loss. But green tea isn't just a delicious and healthful drink; it can also be used as an at-home health and beauty remedy. Read on to find out 7 surprising things you didn't know about green tea. By Rona TisonRead More »from 7 Ways to Benefit Your Body with Green Tea
1. It can reduce puffy peepers: Stayed out too late last night? Soaking a cotton pad in green tea and placing it over eyes for 10 minutes can reduce the puffiness of tired eyes, making you look revitalized and refreshed.
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2. It can soothe skin: Spent a little too much time in the sun? Use the naturally calming properties of green tea to soothe sunburned skin. Place green tea in a spray bottle and mist on sunburned areas for
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 4:47 PM EDT
That's Cutest Couple. Not "cutest gay couple" or "cutest same-sex couple."
Carmel High School student Chelsea Blaney posted a snapshot of the yearbook photo featuring her friends, Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan, online late last week.
"Two of my best friends won Cutest Couple of our senior class," she wrote on Tumblr. "First time in my school history a same sex couple has even been able to run for this category, not to mention winning it. So proud of them, and my school."
More than 100,000 people shared the photo within a few hours, and news of the win quickly spread online, drawing both admiration and ire from around the world.
"Heartwarming! Having said that, I hope to see the day when somethingRead More »from Gay Teens Voted Cutest Couple in High School Yearbook: Win!
We ran mom advice by experts to find out if they contain a kernel of truth. Don't get us wrong-we love and respect our moms and all that, and they've steered us right plenty of times (it's scientifically proven that chicken soup helps cure a cold, you know). But sometimes, mom's words of wisdom seem, like, completely absurd. We ran these gems by experts to find out whether they're total BS, or contain a kernel of truth.Read More »from Mom Advice You Should Never, Ever Take
By Molly Triffin
1. Never shave above the knee or you'll get super hairy thighs.
Expert Consensus: BS
So many of you reported being told this whopper. Where did it come from? We think mothers across the country must have banded together to posit this theory in the hopes of putting the kibosh on sex. (Maybe we'd stop his hand from creeping up our thigh if we thought his fingers would get entangled in fuzz.) Nice try, moms: "There is no science to support that your hair will grow in thicker if you shave it," says Wanda Filer, MD, an American Academy of Family Physicians board member practicing in York, PA. "Hair growth is a function
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