My son turns 2 in January, meaning this is the first time he really knows something's going on during the holiday season. He avidly pointed out where each of our ornaments should hang on the Christmas tree and he tells me approximately 3,000 times a day that I need to turn the twinkling white lights "ON, on, ON!" He's not completely aware of the whole gift-giving and receiving thing yet, but I'm sure he'll catch on to ripping off the wrapping paper in no time. I struggle with what to buy him for Christmas, especially because he doesn't know yet he's "supposed" to get stuff. I don't want to set a huge precedent, but I still want to give him things just to see the joy on his face on Christmas morning. We've decided this year to give gifts that will benefit the whole family as well as gifts that will make us healthier, fitter, and happier. It sounds easy, but those are kind of big requirements to fill. Here are some ideas I've come up with that can make fitness and physical activity funRead More »from 8 Perfect Holiday Gifts to Help You Get Fit in 2014!
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 3:00 PM EST
- Rigorous yoga is not recommended, because intense workouts can be detrimental to reproductive health. Here are six more tips for yogis who are pregnant or trying to conceive, from Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child by Victoria Maizes, MD.
1. Don't do a rigorous yoga practice. Too intense a workout can be detrimental to reproductive health. Be gentle with yourself. Do sequences that feel luscious, connecting, and grounding. Move away from more demanding aerobic practices such as Ashtanga or power yoga, toward a more mindful approach to asana.
2. Don't do deep twists if you think there's a chance you could be pregnant. Twists signal the body to squeeze and expel-not the energetics you want to encourage if you are pregnant.
3. Do work on poses that encourage your hips to open and soften; concentrate on postural alignment to ensure that prana flows most efficiently and freely.
4. Do incorporate poses that encourage apanaRead More »from Yoga Do's and Don'ts for Fertility
- You might be able to skip this whole uncomfortable routine!
Some people are more hesitant to call the doctor than others. If I come down with a strange illness that Google doesn't diagnose as a run-of-the-mill cold, I call to make an appointment with my primary care physician, stat. Likewise, I've got my children's pediatrician on speed dial, and I don't hesitate to call their answering service at midnight on a Friday for a scary-sounding cough. But some people - like my husband - are not as friendly with their doctors. They go so infrequently that they have to remind their doctors who they are every time. And their wives are stuck making the appointments for them when they have a medical mystery that really must be solved by a qualified non-Google expert.
There are a lot of reasons one may be hesitant to call the doctor. From not having a doctor at all, to not having insurance, to trying to find the time to squeeze that appointment in, it's easy to procrastinate exams. It seems to be especially true for men. According to the Agency forRead More »from Doctors Now Making House Calls — Via Web Cam
- The Bethenny Show | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 12:09 PM EST
Holiday parties are filled with potential catastrophes, especially holiday dinners. Once you get past everyone's personal tastes and allergies and other dietary rules, you still might have to deal with the dreaded dish of ambrosia brought by a well-meaning relative or friend.
Whether it's ambrosia, or a dish that doesn't look great, or a dish that just flat-out tastes bad, Bethenny has the best way to handle things without offending the cook, and without letting anyone at the dinner think for one second that food is something you prepared!
Bethenny is answering your holiday questions! If you have a question, tweet her #BFHolidayHelp.Read More »from Bethenny's Holiday Help: When Someone Brings a Bad Side Dish
- Refinery29By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29
The holidays can be a wonderful time to reflect on love, family, and generosity amidst homey scents of mulled wine and seasonal candles. But, we're also usually under a crunch, running from work to potlucks to the airport, while furiously emailing on our phones, fighting bidding wars on eBay (that vintage bag is perfect for your mom!), and grabbing whatever snack food is lying around at any given moment. Add all that holiday cheer on top and, well, you're bound to get stressed.
So, it's important to implement little fixes here and there to keep us grounded and under control during super-stressful days. Ahead, some quick and easy-to-adopt tips on how to make the best out of your holiday - without totally losing it.Read More »from The Busy Girl's Guide to Holiday Stress
Pick and choose where you indulge rather than diving into every dessert tray and punch bowl you see.
Even if you're usually mindful of what you eat, the holidays have a way of negating your good habits. December feels like a free for all
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:23 AM ESTKevin Steele/FITNESS MagazineBy Francesca Castagnoli
Last June, at a moms night out to celebrate the end of the school year, I thought the toughest choice my girlfriends and I would have to make that evening was whether to split the flourless chocolate cake or the créme brulée. Much to my surprise, the big question was, "Who was going to sign up for a sprint triathlon, just 10 weeks away, on the Jersey Shore?" My immediate reaction: Not me. I'm many things, but a triathlete is hardly one of them. After hearing them chat, however, the challenge didn't seem so daunting -- a quarter-mile swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Not wanting to be left on a lounge chair while all my pals were swimming laps, I thought, "What the hell, I'll do it!"
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- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:54 AM ESTGet the most health benefits from these hot drinks.As winter sets in and the chill of air creates a need for warmth, we often turn to hot beverages. Coffee is a great option since it provides such abundant amounts of antioxidants but many coffee specialty drinks can be loaded with aging sugars and saturated fats. How can you still hold a warm mug and still get plenty of beautifying properties? Choose tea!
When a consumer is looking for a tea, they have a wide range of choices and all of these choices have healing benefits to the body. These benefits are derived from polyphenols (chemical substances that help fight disease) that are contained in the leaves and buds of the tea.
White TeaRead More »from Drinks That'll Keep You Warm and Boost Your Health
A recent study reviewing the antioxidant activity of 21 plant and herb extracts found that white tea had more beneficial polyphenols that other substances analyzed. This high polyphenol count may have something to do with the processing of white tea compared to other teas. White tea is made from the first
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:43 AM ESTEnough with the guilt! You can eat, drink, and still be merry--just follow these expert tips to navigate your hors d'oeuvres options healthfully this season. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.
Greek-yogurt-based dips vs. hummus
Using Greek yogurt in lieu of mayonnaise and cream cheese may lighten the calorie load, but these dips often contain cheese, which means saturated fats and cholesterol in every scoop. "Hummus is lower in calories and higher in polyunsaturated fats, which can help fight inflammation and heart disease," says Limor Baum, a nutrition therapist and registered dietitian.
Cheese balls vs. baked brie
"Serving size is the key here," says Baum, since both baked brie and cheese balls are made with high-fat cheeses that contain loads of artery-clogging saturated fats. So she suggests giving yourself a one-ounce limit, which is approximately the size of four dice and should only cost you about 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.
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- Vanity Fair | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:25 AM ESTJulie Miller
Ladies and gentleman of the Saturday Night Live audience, Lorne Michaels has heard your myriad complaints about there not being a black female cast member on his long-running sketch series. This was evidenced by a sketch earlier this season during which host Kerry Washington poked fun at the very subject by appearing as multiple black celebrities. And if recent reports are to be believed, the S.N.L. is creator has now actually done something about the viewer complaints, holding a top-secret audition for that demographic only at Los Angeles's Groundlings Theatre a week and a half ago.
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Comedienne Bresha Webb, who says that she participated in the audition, told The Jasmine Brand about the showcase in a new interview. "The audition came about from an inside source from SNL," she explains. "I don't think any of us had a clue about the showcase until two days prior. It was an awesome
- Refinery29By Laura Ruof, Refinery29
If I told you what my diet was like, you would think I was a fanatic. If I told you what time I go to bed, you would say I was boring. If I told you what time I wake up in the morning, you would assume that I am a nut. And, if I revealed how infrequently I drink alcohol, you would suspect I didn't have fun. None of those assumptions about me are actually true, but based on my habits, they would seem to be unless you knew me well.
You all know I'm a dentist, but I'm about to reveal to you my other full-time job: staying healthy. For most of you, staying healthy is a lifestyle that you either choose or you don't. For me, I didn't get healthy until I got sick.
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Allow me to paint the gross picture of how I took care of my body for the first 30 years. I say "gross" because it's actually embarrassing to admit how poorly I treated my body. I didn't listen to my body when it was telling me it was about to
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