They say that it is the most wonderful time of the year, but they often conveniently forget to say that it can also be the most stressful time of the year. We want to enjoy the holidays, celebrating happily with family and friends, but not quite knowing how we are possibly going to get it all done. Sound familiar? Please don't tell my kids, but I still have no idea what my kids are getting for Hanukkah gifts this year. A couple of them are planned out, but for the most part it is going to be a holiday-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of year. I should probably decorate the house today too. (Yikes!) Between wrapping up year-end items for work, entertaining family, budgeting for gifts, buying gifts, wrapping gifts, sending cards, cooking, baking, and decorating, when is there time or energy left over to spread that good old holiday cheer? Talk about a Christmas miracle. It turns out that there are a few simple, handy-dandy ways to make the holidays more enjoyable with family and friendsRead More »from 7 Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season with Your Family
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- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:19 PM ESTTake the right steps to lose weight, and then the right ones to keep it off.People who want to lose weight and people who want to maintain their weight loss often assume the same strategies. Eat less and exercise, right? Well, yes, to a point. While watching your portions and working up a sweat are always good beauty and health plans (regardless of if you want to drop pounds or not), turns out that the way you lose weight versus the way you keep that weight off are different.
If your goal is: Losing weight
Be a master planner
Most of us have our schedules planned down to the last minute-from early a.m. meetings to conference calls to that dentist appointment you're (finally!) getting around to-but rarely do we give that much thought to planning our meals.
Turns out it's in your best interest. A study from Penn State found that subjects who planned what they ate ahead of time were almost twice as likely to report successful weight loss than those who didn't.
"Aim for five small meals a day, and plan everythingRead More »from 7 Most Important Tips to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
- by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.com
Is intermittent fasting a healthy way to lose weight?If you are like many people I know, after Thanksgiving you feel terrible about the food choices you made and think you have totally blown your "diet." Some will decide to take matters into their own hands immediately and get back on track. Others may start the spiral downward till New Years and let all their hard work for the year be sabotaged. And then there are those who may have heard about new research on intermittent fasting and think that's the way to undo the holiday damage.
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In an unpublished study of 26 obese adults, those who fasted completely every other day and ate with no restrictions the rest of the time lost about the same amount of weight in two months as those who didn't fast at all. But four months later, after patients were off the intervention, those who had the initial "intermittent fasting" intervention had dropped more pounds and had greater improvements in memory than those on a standardRead More »from Intermittent Fasting: Not Just for Weight Loss?
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 11:11 AM EST
By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
Nobody say anything. It's fine.Sure, we're grateful that we no longer have to scream across the house for our husband when we want him to bring something upstairs with him (thanks, texting), are able shop from the comfort of our couches (see: Cyber Monday), and can easily connect our kids with their far-away-dwelling grandparents (FaceTime is fab), but this week's news makes us wonder whether things are getting a little out of control. Cause human communication and closeness is a thing, and one we'd kind of like to keep some semblance of if at all possible-but that may be moot with these five "upgrades."
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The dining chain announced this morning that that by the end of 2014, tablets will await you at every table. And IHOP may soon do the same. The idea is to order foods on the devices, but it can be nice to chat with your waitress, or you know, not have to wrestle one more thing away from your game-playing 6-year-old and
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 10:43 AM ESTby Cristina Goyanes for SHAPE.com
Have fun and stay slim this holiday seasonGoing into the scale-tipping holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year's, the typical mindset is to amp up workouts, cut calories, and stick to crudités at parties to dodge those extra holiday pounds. But who actually does that?
This year, dare to be different: Rather than take on unrealistic demands during an already stressful time, focus on only one thing that will help you look better, feel less tempted by party food, have more energy, and brighten your mood. The answer is as simple as sipping more water.
"Drinking water is the silver bullet for many of the challenges we face during the holidays," says nutritionist Kate Geagan, a CamelBak hydration expert and author of Go Green Get Lean. Fact is, we don't give H2O enough credit and it can have a dramatic impact on your overall well-being. When water levels drop in your body, even as little as 2%, you may start to see some side effects, from overeating and weight gain (you may mistake thirstRead More »from How to Stay Slim, Sane, and Healthy This Holiday Season
- Eat spaghetti with meat sauce for more iron
Getting more nutrients in your diet doesn't mean stocking up on supplements -- what you eat and how you cook makes a difference, too. Get the most from your meals with these tips from Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, author of the Nutrition and You series, and Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet.
1. Get More: Iron
Iron helps transport oxygen throughout the body, which helps keep you from feeling fatigued. Iron is better absorbed in the company of vitamin C, says Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet. One delicious way to do that: Serve spaghetti with meat sauce. The meat provides the iron, and the tomatoes in the sauce supply the vitamin C.
2. Get More: Water-Soluble VitaminsRead More »from 6 Ways to Maximize Your Food's Nutrients
Cooking can diminish water-soluble vitamin levels present in your food because they're sensitive to water and heat. Gans and Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, author of the Nutrition and You series, both suggest steaming
- Good Housekeeping | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 7:33 PM ESTHow to still eat well in times of stress
Approaching your kitchen with caution is key when your mood heads south. Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, nutrition director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, offers tips for what diet tweaks you should make to keep you in good spirits.
Eat your way through it … smartly. Certain key nutrients in foods can have an impact on your moods, says Cassetty. Try having whole-wheat pasta, which contains magnesium and may reduce stress responses in your body. Pair the pasta with salmon, which provides omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown these fish fats may help decrease anxiety symptoms. Round out your meal with a leafy green salad - like kale - or other fresh fruits and veggies that are full of vitamin C, which a 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition linked to lower levels of stress markers.
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When you're seeing red, think green. Having a cup of tea to help relax is a common
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 7:31 PM ESTCalling all tired women: You've tried the typical sleep advice (yawn… no, really, yawn). Now listen to what wise MDs tell their exhausted pals and get some real rest. By Lisa Whitmore, REDBOOK.
Eight hours a night is a myth
"If a friend comes to me stressed out because she isn't getting eight hours of sleep a night, I reassure her that it's okay. In fact, from a math perspective, the average person only needs 7½ hours of sleep, or five 90-minute sleep cycles. But it's individual. For instance, I've been sleeping fine on 6½ or 7 hours my whole life. The best way to figure out how much sleep you need is to calculate 7½ hours before you have to get up--that's your bedtime. If you wake up feeling great, you need 7½ hours. If not, adjust your bedtime gradually till you hit the magic number." - Michael Breus, Ph.D., clinical psychologist specializing in sleep, fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
A one-hour nap will make you more
by Anna Maltby
Arthur Belebeau You've probably heard many times -- even quite recently -- that it's possible to be overweight or obese and healthy. However, a new systematic meta-analysis, being published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that concept might just be a myth.
The researchers pored over eight previous important studies on weight, heart disease, metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors that include low HDL cholesterol, high-fasting blood sugar and high blood pressure) and death -- which overall included information on more than 60,000 individuals. The scientists grouped people as such: metabolically healthy and normal weight, metabolically healthy and overweight, and metabolically healthy and obese. (They also looked at metabolically unhealthy people in each weight category and, unsurprisingly, found that they had a higher risk of death and cardiovascular events--such as heart attacks -- than metabolically healthy folks at a normal weight.)Read More »from Can You Be Obese and Healthy?
Upon their review,
- Elle | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 4:28 PM EST
We know, it sounds like it's too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds. Just be cautioned: For these foods to work their miracles, they must be consumed as part of a clean diet. That's right, don't expect to make up for a junk-filled day by noshing on a few fat-burning kale chips.
1. Broccoli Rabe
Who knew that food could talk to your fat cells? That's exactly what the phytonutrient sulforaphane in broccoli rabe does. It stimulates an enzyme that tells your fat cells to burn fat. Meet your negotiator.
Easy meal ideas: Sauté broccoli rabe with lemon zest and chili flakes, mix broccoli rabe and sweet Italian sausage together, or toss broccoli rabe and summer squash with olive oil, mint, lemon juice, and pine nuts.
The much-maligned fat in
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