1. Ditch dieting for sustainable lifestyle changes. Fad diets don't work. By the time you reach rour 30s you've heard this a million times-and probably learned it for ourselves the hard way. What you may not realize is that, really, diets in general don't work. The only way to reliably lose weight and keep it off for the long haul is to eat mindfully (that means paying attention, savoring and stopping when you're full), and to eat healthfully, focusing on fresh or freshly frozen vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and non-saturated fats, and avoid the five food felons-added sugars and syrups, any grain that isn't 100Read More »from 7 Things Every Woman Needs to Do Before Hitting 30
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:57 AM EDTAnd if you're past 30? It's never too late to check these off your to-do list.If your teen years were for rebelling and your early to mid 20s were all about exploration, then your 30s should be about learning from old lessons, putting bad habits to bed and setting new wisdom to work for you and your future. No matter what your age, the sooner you start these seven significant steps, the better:
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot – Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:53 AM EDTOn ABC Family's "Twisted," Avan Jogia plays a 16-year-old alleged sociopath who has spent five years in juvenile detention for the murder of his aunt. Despite the heaviness of the show's storyline, Avan says the set between takes couldn't be more fun.
"When we're not shooting we're just making jokes," he says. "Drama is very funny. When you're doing drama, it's all very intense, and then it's 'cut' and it's nothing but jokes for 20 minutes."
When they're not joking around, the young stars have certain routines in between takes. Kylie Bunbury, who plays Lacey Porter, "always has red vines," Avan says. "I’m drinking tea constantly."
When Avan isn't shooting, he spends time working with Straight But Not Narrow, an organization he co-founded that teaches young adults how to be allies for their LGBTQ peers. "It boils down to human empathy," Avan says of the organization, which attractsRead More »from 'Twisted' Behind the Scenes: What Happens During Downtime
by Lauren Frankfort
Harry Shum Jr. and Shelby Rabara
There's no doubt that Harry Shum Jr. has happy feet today! US Weekly reports that Shum, known for his role on FOX's Glee as the dance master Mike Chang, is engaged to longtime girlfriend (and fellow dancer!) Shelby Rabara. And apparently, this relationship development isn't so new- rumor has it Shum put a ring on it (which, from the photo above, looks like a classic round-cut diamond with a pavé band) while the two were vacationing in Hawaii this past October.
But a wedding isn't the only big life-changing news for the affianced couple: Shum purchased a three-bedroom house in L.A., which the pair moved into last month.
"They have been together for years and are so great together," a source told US of the dancing duo.
Like her future hubby, Rabara also dabbles in acting when she's not moving her feet to music. She's held smallRead More »from Glee's Harry Shum Jr. Is Engaged!
- Julia Bainbridge | Shine Food – Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:42 AM EDT
Austin chef Paul Qui is particular about how things look. The plates in his restaurant, Qui, are custom-made by a local potter. The aprons his servers wear were hand-sewn to his specifications. Qui commissioned the mural on the wall, which was painted by a Japanese artist he likes. And he convinced architecture firm A Parallel to build the space, even though A Parallel generally sticks to residential projects, because their work so perfectly matched his vision.
What he made sure the architects included in their blueprint: an open kitchen, so Qui can see his guests. “I like watching people eat,” he says. “Maybe that sounds weird, but I encourage my chefs to do that, too.” Based on his diners’ reactions, says Qui, he might change a dish. “How they eat a dish is very important. That will tell me what nuances in the dish should go away or don’t matter.”
Qui received this hawk eye training from working at a sushi bar. “Sushi chefs are always looking at what people are eating—andRead More »from The Plating Tricks That Will Make You Look Like a Pro
We had a chance to visit Pinnacle Foods this week in Parsippany, New Jersey, to take a look at the test kitchen where Duncan Hines hones their boxed cake mixes and meet the senior research chef in charge there, Joe DiPaolo.
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Consumers “want to be inspired,” DiPaolo said. “I think they want to be able to get more ideas. It’s beyond the cake. It’s what else can you do with it.”
Much of his job is figuring that out. Here are some of the things he’s come up with using the brand’s latest line, Signature Velvet (the various iterations of mixes do matter, because they’re designed to give different kinds of crumb and moisture to a cake).
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"You can take our cake mix, and you can add one egg and a stick of butter and a little bit of water and … make almost a dough out of our cake mix, and then add a cheesecake filling, and put some of our Duncan Hines Comstock [canned fruit] on top of it," he said. "I’ve actually made it where you
- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:33 AM EDT
When I heard that Bon Appétit was, once again, devoting a whole week to all things spicy, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “What the hell kind of horrible thing are they going to make me do this time?” This time last year, I sampled a bunch of different foods doused with Sriracha—yogurt with berries, coffee, etc.—to see what they would taste like. Spoiler alert: A bunch of them tasted real bad.
This year’s Sriracha Week challenge? To test different ways of cooling down one’s mouth after eating something really, really spicy. Goodie.
So, every afternoon for seven days, I chewed up a fiery Thai bird chile, waited until the burning in my mouth was unbearable, and tried a different method for quelling the flames. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Here are the results.
Ice Water: Surprise! This doesn’t work. My mouth felt bad. Thai bird chiles are spicy. I mean, I guess the cold numbed the pain somewhat while it was in my mouth. But as soon as I swallowed, the
I went over to a friend’s one Saturday night for an impromptu taco party. She’d walked to the new all-organic, all-artisanal, we-bag-your-groceries-in-hand-knit-sacks superstore to purchase ingredients for aforementioned fiesta. But you know what she couldn’t find amongst the purple potatoes and fiddlehead ferns?
Iceberg lettuce. Cool, crisp, crunchy iceberg.
This is not OK.
In the last ten years, iceberg has been rightfully displaced from the salad bowl by microgreens and local lettuces—who wouldn’t rather load up their fork with nutrient-filled baby spinach, mixed greens, escarole and arugula after decades of iceberg domination?—but now the poor chump is being ignored and unfairly maligned.
We’ve seen the enthusiastic embrace of the wedge salad at steakhouses and neighborhood bistros, and for good reason. If there’s one thing at which iceberg excels, it’s being a vehicle for fat, cream, and bacon-y unctuousness. But it has other tricks up its crunchy core. Let’sRead More »from In Defense of Iceberg Lettuce
iStockphotoUnfortunately, veterinarians like me are often in a position to bemoan the many ways in which my clients, colleagues and even random citizens manage to make our lives more of a stress-fest than it already is. Hence, the cheeky title of this post.
Now, if you're reading this, I'm pretty sure you don't tend to commit any such sins against your veterinarian. But in case you need a primer on what others do to test our sanity, here are nine ways to drive your vet nuts:
1. "Dine and dash." Leave a box full of nine kittens 10 feet away from your vet's back door. Run!
2. Talk bad about all the other veterinarians you've seen before. When we hear our colleagues excoriated (usually on the very first visit), can you help us for thinking you'll be saying the same things about us when you move on to the next "mean-spirited, money-grubbing" veterinarian in your vicinity?
3. Blame us for your pet'sRead More »from 9 Ways to Drive Your Vet Nuts
- Man and dog image via ShutterstockBy: Pet360.com
We all know dogs are man's best friend, but which breeds rise to the top of the loyalty charts? David Frei, co-host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and expert analyst for Purina's National Dog Show, shares his picks for the trustiest breeds, along with some of the most loyal dogs in history.
A devoted family dog and incredibly versatile breed, German Shepherds have "intelligence, temperament and character in one package," according to Frei. Used as police, service, search and rescue, war and watchdogs, German Shepherds are protective of and loyal to their handlers and family members alike. Because they shed throughout the year, German Shepherds should be brushed weekly and require regular training and exercise to keep their minds and bodies active.
Used to represent heroic war dogs from around the world, Susan Bahary's "Always Faithful" statue features the Doberman Read More »from 10 Most Loyal Dog Breeds
- Bridal Guide | Love + Sex – Tue, Mar 11, 2014 9:57 AM EDT
Forget sparkling diamonds - the most grand proposal gesture of all might also be the most practical!
ERA Real Estate surveyed 1,000 people in committed relationships and found that 50% of female respondents in their 20s would rather forgo a diamond engagement ring and put that cash towards a down payment on a house. (In fact, 18 percent of participants said they had already skipped getting a ring for this very reason.) Interestingly, there appears to be a generational gap with this perception: only eight percent of women in their 50s and two percent of women in their 60s agreed.
Furthermore, from those surveyed in the ERA study, 89 percent said their love bond was strengthened by buying a home together. With rising housing costs, socking away every little bit counts - according to U.S. Census data, the median sales price of new homes sold in the U.S. was $260,100 in January 2014 . Factor in an unstable job market, student debt, and another potentially huge purchase toRead More »from 50% of Women Would Prefer This Over an Engagement Ring
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