Dan Saelinger/Fitness MagazineBy Virginia Sole-Smith
When Gwyneth Paltrow gave up dairy, I rolled my eyes. And when Zooey Deschanel waxes poetic about "g-free" cupcakes, it makes me want to bake some gluten-licious ones stat. In the past few years celebrities have made wheat, dairy, nuts -- you name it -- into public enemies, mostly, it seems, because cutting out these foods helps them fit into their red-carpet dresses.
But I found myself wondering if I'd been too quick to judge when my doctor prescribed an elimination diet after medication failed to get my chronic weekly migraines under control. He told me to give up alcohol, chocolate, and bacon -- in other words, joy -- plus nuts and any foods containing nitrates, sulfites, or MSG for an entire month. I did it and my migraines disappeared. Then I reintroduced these foods one by one. After some trial and error I figured out that red wine, nitrates (in my beloved bacon), and aspartame were my key food triggers.
The experience made me more sympathetic to friends
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, May 13, 2013 2:16 PM EDT
Last weekend, security guards kicked sun-loving college students out of Playground 10 in Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town after a kids' soccer league complained. One New York University student in a leopard-print string bikini watched as guards told people to sit up and stop sunbathing.
“This is so ridiculous,” Melissa DeBlasio, 21, told the New York Post. “The sun’s out. It’s summer. People are going to be tanning.”
“There’s just a lot of rules here, and they enforce them randomly,” Marymount Manhattan College student Kaya Gieniusz, 21, agreed. “We pay outrageous money to live here. Let us sunbathe for a few hours.”
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Pinterest Fail!Nothing is simple on Pinterest. I know this because I am a Pinterest addict. As are my mom, my sisters, and most of my friends. Where else can you find a recipe for the perfect brunch quiche, a pattern to sew a brunch-appropriate dress, a twisty-braided hairstyle to complement the dress, and a 30-minute total-body workout to help you fit into that dress? And hey, while you're waiting for the guests to arrive you might as well spruce up your digs by making a new coat rack out of old baby doll limbs. (Think I'm exaggerating that last one? It's real.)
The site is wildly addictive, but as anyone who has ended up silently weeping into a birthday cake that looks more like a pile of poo than Pooh Bear knows, pins often don't turn out exactly like the picture. And then the guilt and shame set in.
But don't fret---if you too have been pickled by Pinterest, know you are not alone. In a TODAY Moms survey of more than 7,000 women, 42 percent said they suffer
Before you do anything, you must do thisTake a moment to check in with yourself right now. How are you feeling lately? What's good in your life right now, and what would you like to change?Read More »from The #1 Secret of Successful Weight Loss
The questions seem simple enough, but they're actually the keys to improving your life-whether you'd like to lose 20 pounds, enjoy more family time, or give up a bad habit. Getting specific about your goals is the best way to put power behind your intentions and bring your dreams closer to reality.
"An intention is a goal, an aim, or a purpose," says Prevention's fitness expert Chris Freytag, creator of the Prevention 28-Day Challenge. "When we lack intention, we tend to go through our days on autopilot. Often, the day ends with you feeling as though you haven't accomplished anything truly meaningful. Setting an intention helps you take your dreams and turn them into goals by giving them deadlines, and then work toward them with action."
Follow these steps to set an intention that will transform your life.
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Cleanse Now that we're on the cusp of summer, it's prime time to think about getting into shape for the beach. Whether you're hitting the gym more, switching up your diet or simply applying self-tanner to look like you fit in on the sand, a cleanse might be a good starting point for your perfect beach body. Going on a cleanse sounds much, much easier than it actually is, though, and especially so if you're a first timer. To help girls (and guys) everywhere succeed when going on a pre-summer cleanse, we've put together 10 rules to follow for amazing results - without quitting 12 hours in.
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1. Choose a cleanse you can actually stick to. If you're a first timer, we'd advise against the Master Cleanse (otherwise known as the method Beyonce used to get into shape for "Dream Girls"). Choose a cleanse that includes solid food, like a fruit and vegetable cleanse. By minimizing the work that your digestive
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In her book The Immune System Recovery Plan, Dr. Susan Blum, one of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine, shares the four-step program she used to treat her own serious autoimmune condition and help countless patients reverse their symptoms, heal their immune systems, and prevent future illness. I found her quizzes and tips very helpful and I wanted to find out more about how we can live better-and be nicer to our poor, poor guts.
First of all, thank you for your book. If I hadn't picked it up at work, I wouldn't have been able to start taking charge of some major health issues I was not aware of. Your quizzes are very helpful. Why are so many of us in the dark about our diet and the importance of a "healthy gut"?
Dr. Susan Blum: Because we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, and also a self-image crisis, everyone is very focused on being thin and counting calories. This is just the wrong way to look at food. One of my
Talking badly about your body is never a good look.
When was the last time you told your friends you thought your butt looked too big, or explained how much you wanted to lose just five pounds? How many times have you played verbal tennis, volleying back and forth about your body issues?
Ninety-three percent of women do it, no matter their weight. It's a bonding ritual-or at least that's how it seems, both to women everywhere and psychologists who study body satisfaction. But emerging research on fat talk-those disparaging comments about your own weight and body-suggests that, far from endearing you to other women, it could make them like you less.
To test what women really think when others fat talk, Alexandra Corning, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and director of Notre Dame's Body Image and Eating Disorder Lab presented 139 college women with one of four types of photos. The photos were of either thin or overweight women, accompanied by a caption relating either a fat-talk statement or positiveRead More »from Stop Fat Talking—It's Hurting Your Friendships
- Zoe Moon | Healthy Living – Sun, May 12, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
zoe moon astrologyMonday and Tuesday this week will aid you in tackling anything you have going on at home or with moves, roommates or family, parents or renovations, real estate deals or security needs, so plan on motivating on these needs now.
The week ahead for ARIES: Monday and Tuesday are all about your house, what you are doing there and whom with, any real estate needs, or subjects involving family or roommates. Monday focus on the outside financial resources in this or how divorce or sex life is affected or influencing things. Tuesday put more attention on earning money or spending on something that helps your aims. Tuesday as a trigger date for last week's Eclipse may
Monday this will align nicely with what you do behind the scenes. This may involve research, strategies, artistic approaches, some romantic tryst, spiritual interest, or dealing with institutions. You should be able to cement a financial, sexual or divorce matter relating to home or property as well.Read More »from ZOE MOON ASTROLOGY WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FORECAST May 13-19
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, May 10, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
On Monday, "Voice of a generation" icon Lena Dunham turns 27! In honor of her big day, here are 27 reasons we're happy she's a famous person.Read More »from Happy 27th Birthday, Lena Dunham! 27 Reasons We Love Her
1) Because on Friday, she tweeted: “Rule: if you call me fat I block you. There just aren't enough days on this earth. Let us do on twitter what we couldn't do in high school!”
2) Because even though she’s wildly famous, she still acts like a dorky fan at fancy celebrity soirees.
3) Because she convinced Judd Apatow, king of lad mag comedy, to pay attention to women and invest in her HBO hit, “Girls.”
4) Because she’s not afraid to play ping-ping topless on television (as you do).
5) Because she's been nominated for four Emmy Awards and won two Golden Globes for “Girls.”
6) Because she’s a native New Yorker.
7) Because she didn’t have a fighting chance of being boring: Her mother is a photographer who arranges dolls and doll house furniture to create “disquieting domestic tableaux” and her father is a painter of “overtly sexualized pop art.”
Start your day right.
One of the biggest problems that physically active women experience on a daily basis is maintaining high enough energy levels to be able to excel at work, exercise and socializing. If you find that, after work, your thoughts tend to run more toward getting home as quickly as possible to pass out on the couch for the night rather than hitting the gym for a high-intensity workout, you're in need of a diet makeover and some fatigue-fighting foods.
What you eat during the day will have a significant impact on your energy levels, so it's vital to eat the right foods at the right times.
Here are the best fatigue-fighting foods to concentrate on.
Steel-cut oatmeal with egg whites
You need some fatigue-fighting food to start your day off and to make sure you have enough energy to carry you through the morning, and you really can't go wrong with some steel-cut oats and egg whites. The steel-cut oats slowly digest in the body, so they will break down over time rather thanRead More »from 7 Foods that Will Fight the Morning Blahs
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