Phyllis Chesler’s journey to self-realization began in an unlikely place, more than 50 years ago, when she lived in a harem.
“I didn’t realize until the last decade that my very American feminism had been forged in the fires of my experience in Afghanistan,” Chesler told Yahoo Shine in a conversation about her newest book, a memoir, “An American Bride in Kabul,” due out on October 1. “In observing gender segregation there, it helped me to see it here, even though it was a pale reflection.”
Her remarkable story is one of a cross-cultural, cross-continental romance and huge life lessons, of a young and “invincible” Jewish girl from New York and a princely Muslim man from the Middle East. It’s about crossing over—from naiveté to eyes open wide—with a single flight across the ocean.
Chesler, now 72 and living in New York, was attending college in NYC when she met and fell in love with Abdul-Kareem, a bohemian film buff
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
Phyllis Chesler’s journey to self-realization began in an unlikely place, more than 50 years ago, when she lived in a harem.She is an iconic feminist activist, scholar and best-selling author. But Read More »from My Life In a Harem: New Yorker Recounts Afghanistan Nightmare
Looking to carry the team? Avoid consuming these items. Never is a strong word. Most nutritionists would probably balk at declaring any food as something you should never eat. But there are certainly foods that athletes should eat less of if they're looking to maximize their performance on game day. And, as much as it may be hard to swallow, they're really foods that everyone should probably eat less of.Read More »from Be the Best: 5 Things Athletes Should Avoid
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Moderation isn't a new concept, but understanding why things might not be good for you and how they can effect your performance is always the best course of action. At least, that's what we were all told in those after-school specials, right? Knowing is half the battle? As such, nutritionist Kelly Aronica has noted nine foods that athletes should avoid especially if they're looking to carry the team.
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Refined White Flour
Athletes have increased needs for vitamins and minerals. So they should avoid refined white flour and maximize their intake of those
Do you understand the Affordable Care Act?By: Eric SteinmehlRead More »from 6 Must-Know Facts About the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is coming -- quickly. The new health insurance exchanges (think "insurance stores") open for business on October 1, and most of the law's other features will be fully in effect by the New Year. Do you understand how the big, sprawling, sometimes-bewildering law affects you? Here's a keep-it-simple guide.
1. (Almost) Everyone Needs Health Insurance
Maybe the most famous part of the ACA is the "mandate," the requirement that everyone have health insurance coverage. (Medicare, Medicaid, employer-provided plans and veterans' insurance all count.) The rule exists to get healthy people into the insurance market to keep rates affordable, and to keep people from running up medical bills they can't pay. If you choose not to buy insurance, you'll have to pay a tax penalty, which could eventually be as high as $2,085 per year or 2.5% of your income, whichever is higher. There are exceptions to the rule, such as if your income is below a
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
Getting Your Spouse Or Partner On Board With Eating HealthyWhen you make changes to your family's lifestyle, and in particular, the way by which you eat, it's a big deal. It helps tremendously to have both parties on board, not only for you both to conquer the changes together, but to be on board with how you're going to handle an uprising from the little people in your house. Because believe you me, there will be an uprising.Read More »from How to Get Your Spouse on Board with Heathy Eating
Several months ago, I decided that I wanted to start eating healthier, and eliminating some things from my diet. At first, it was an experiment with just me, seeing if I could really go without cheese for a period of time (I can), or to see if I had the skills to conquer gluten-free baking (I don't). I made several new recipes for dinner, all of which were delicious and no one hardly even noticed the sometimes subtle, and sometimes dramatic changes I was making to our eating habits. But for the most part, the major changes were something I was just tackling on my own.
But then I started to get down to business, and
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:43 AM EDT
weight stigmaThe subject of weight stigma has come up many, many times in recent years in blog posts and in other news media outlets. As parents, many of us are trying to shift that perception, preferring terms such as fit, strong, and healthy over words like skinny.Read More »from Pound for Pound: Why Weight Stigma Could Be Causing More Damage Than We Thought
In my own home when I speak about my weight, I tend to use the terms comfortable versus uncomfortable rather than fat or thin, because truly that is how I have come to think of it. We point out role models for our kids, those people who work towards strong and healthy rather than thin. I want my kids to strive for fit, strong, healthy, and comfortable too. By the same token, I hope that they will show kindness and support of others. Time will tell whether it works or not. After all, it is hard to know if what I say at home will overpower what they see in the media, but it is certainly worth a shot.
This week is National Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW), which was launched to build awareness of the hurtful effects weight stigma can
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:36 AM EDT
Melatonin is wonderful for helping to promote a restful night's sleep, but can it also help you lose weight? The results of a new study say that just may be the case.
Melatonin is a natural hormone segregated by the body and melatonin levels generally increase in the dark at night. For those of us who have sleep issues like myself, melatonin is taken in a supplement form. Several years ago I began taking melatonin due to what I call "stress insomnia." Typically I fall asleep without much issue, but am a light sleeper and once something wakes me I may not be able to fall back to sleep for several hours, if at all. The one I prefer now is a sublingual supplement that dissolves under the tongue.
In addition to supplements, melatonin can be found in small amounts in several fruits and vegetables, such as: almonds, cardamom, cherries, coriander, fennel, Goji berries, mustard, and sunflower seeds.
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:32 AM EDT
,As healthy as I try to be and as satisfied as I am by superfoods like avocado, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds, I have one major weakness: fried foods. I know, they're not the healthiest, but there is something so delightful about a warm fast-food fry or the perfect carnival funnel cake sprinkled with powdered sugar. Fried pickles? I go weak in the knees. (I do draw the line at the deep-fried Oreo-I'm not impressed.)
Fried foods are definitely an indulgence best in moderation, we all know that. Culturally, the recent introduction of Burger King's new Satisfries-which are being touted as a healthier fast-food fry with 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories-just confirms what we already know, that we all consider fried-foods to be a guilty, sinful treat.
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New research shows that maybe we don't need to feel quite as guilty about our fried indulgences. While eating fried foods regularly may not be too friendly to yourRead More »from The French Fry Diet? Why Fried Foods Might Be Healthier Than You Think
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:22 AM EDT
Tim Soter/FITNESS MagazineBy Cristina GoyanesRead More »from Upgrade Your Workout: The Best Extreme Sports to Try
Thinking about taking your fitness routine to the next level? Smart idea, as research shows the secret to staying in shape is learning how to keep your body on its toes. "Fitness goers want to be challenged, and sometimes going to the gym isn't enough," says Pete McCall, exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise. Here, McCall offers smart and exciting ways to upgrade your workout, whatever your sport.
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Sick of Running Around in Circle?
If you're the queen of 5Ks, it may be time to expand your kingdom to include some obstacle courses, like the Warrior Dash or Spartan Race. With both race series scattered across the country and happening all year round, you can sign up anytime for the hard-as-hell three-milers that guarantee to engage more than your legs. "A lot of the obstacles -- mud pits, tunnels, and wall climbing -- require upper-body strength, coordination, agility, and
It used to be all about lying down on a couch in an analyst's office, but no more. With these fresh approaches to mental health gaining traction, your weekly session may be headed for an overhaul. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from These New Therapies Could Be Just What You Need
Sitting face-to-face in a room with an analyst can be intimidating, which is why Shannon Romig, a counselor in Castle Pines, CO, became a walking therapist. When you're strolling outside, you don't have to make eye contact, and you can engage all five senses. "You can stop to touch the trees, smell the flowers, and listen to the babbling creek," says Romig. "I take many clients on sunrise walks to help them forget the past and focus on the promise of a new day. Moving forward physically helps you move forward emotionally." Many studies have found that exercise helps ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. "Plus, the rhythm-left foot, right foot-helps people think. Clients say, 'It's as if my feelings were on the surface. I didn't have to dig,'" adds
A little positivity goes a very long way.Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life-and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.
A recent research paper published online in September 2013 in a journal of the American Heart Association shows that even for people dealing with heart disease-the number one killer of adults in this country-a positive outlook means living longer and stronger, or as we say, living younger.
The study, which looked at 607 patients in a hospital in Denmark, found that patients whose moods were overall more positive were 58 percent more likely to live at least another five years. These people exercised more, too. The scientists can't say for sure if positivity led to exercise or if exercise improved mood, but we say that the important message is the same either way: Positive thinking and regular physical activity are really important for life (and beauty, too).
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