Always freezing? Try these easy, healthy ways to turn up your body's thermostat. By Amy Levin-Epstein, REDBOOK.
1. Try commercial-break yoga. If you've been parked in front of the TV all winter, deepening that groove in your couch, your circulation has slowed a bit. That'll make you chilly, so get the blood flowing again by doing a simple yoga pose during the commercials, or whenever, says Timothy McCall, M.D., a board-certified internist and the author of Yoga as Medicine. His favorite pose for firing up your internal heater? The cobra. Here's how to do it: Lie facedown on the floor with your palms near your chest. Push up, lifting your head, shoulders, and chest, pulling your shoulder blades down and together. Hold for 2 seconds, then lower yourself to the carpet again. After a few reps, you should feel toastier.
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2 Don't be a mouth-breather. Just inhaling and exhaling through the nose filters the air and warms it, which can help your whole body
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FitSugarSource: Gluten-Free Foods That Can Pack On the Pounds
Think going gluten-free can help you lose weight? It can, as long as you don't indulge too much of a good thing. While some may think a life of g-free foods equals instant weight loss, think again. Even healthy g-free foods are calorie-dense.
- Rice: The staple for gluten-free eaters. Rice noodles, rice flour, plain white rice, all of these foods can keep the gluten-sensitive from feeling like they are missing out. Although the grain doesn't contain gluten, it's still a carb, and eating more than the serving size can pack on weight the same way as pasta and bread.
- Chocolate: Since many desserts like cakes and cookies contain gluten, chocolate is often a dream for the gluten-free. It's still important to watch your intake, though, as chocolate treats can contain high levels of sugar. If you enjoy this indulgence and want to make it healthier, opt for heart-healthy dark chocolate. Or go straight to the source with cacao nibs -
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The perfect pair of workout pants, an exercise ball, a set of weights: investing in your fitness routine can add up. But it doesn't have to be expensive; here's how to save a few dollars on exercise equipment.
Know when to save and when to splurge: You don't have to throw down a ton of money for each part of your outfit, but you do want to make sure that you're not buying clothes that fall apart after just a few workouts. Certain foundation articles can be well worth the money, like a supportive sports bra or wear-anywhere workout capris, while you can save on other pieces, like workout tanks. Find out which workout clothes you can save on here.
Search for used equipment: Ever buy a piece of fitness equipment only to have it languish in a corner of your garage, gathering dust? You're not alone. If there's a big-ticket piece of equipment on your fitness wish list, check out sites like Craigslist or eBay, where you can buy it used and save some
Lessons from a 70+ year marriageInternet sensations Barbara and Harry Cooper, aka Cutie and Pop Pop, were married for 73 years. What was their secret? Joining Away We Grow host Diane Mizota are their granddaughters Kim and Chinta to talk about their book Fall in Love for Life and share some tips.
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How did their grandparents become famous online? Chinta shares, "It was just something fun we started doing. Something that us young people could do with the old people. So we started shooting videos and putting them on the Internet. Eventually the media picked up on them, and that's when they went viral. And people just fell in love with them."
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For Pop Pop, the secret to marriage was two little words: "Yes dear, yes dear, yes dear." Cutie's secret, says Kim, "is to simply love the guy. Love him and everything else will follow." Cutie once said, "I can't imagine anyone else in my life."
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I remember vividly the day I realized I had forgotten to explain exactly how a shower curtain works. Once my twins had outgrown bubble baths and were able to shower on their own, I gradually let them become more and more independent with their shower time.
That's when I learned the hard way that you must explain things in detail to little ones. As I walked into the bathroom after one of my children had taken a shower, water actually sloshed from the rug under my feet. It looked like gallons of water had been poured on the floor. My kid never realized the curtain needed to be on the inside of the tub during a shower.
Lesson learned, and thankfully no one got hurt. But there are many ways little kids can get hurt when they are learning to shower on their own. Fortunately, most shower hazards are preventable. Here are a few dangers you will want to look out for if your children are beginning to shower independently.
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The writer, Monica, with her daughter VioletThe Internet is exploding with parenting advice.Read More »from Words to Parent By: 3 Things You SHOULD Say to Your Kids
Do this! Don't do that! You must do this! Don't ever do that!
It's overwhelming, to say the very least.
Parenthood is a constant negotiation between freaking the eff out and trying to give your children your very best self. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle, ping-ponging between the two.
Like you, I've been inundated with parenting advice from the very minute I announced my pregnancy. I've employed a lot of those tips along my 4-year parenting journey, some with more success than others.
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But, there are three bits of advice I picked up that have served me very well. So well, in fact, that I really feel like they've made me a better parent. And they are so easy! Yup. In the end it wasn't some complex system of rewards (bribes!) and flow charts and gold stars that really made a difference, but three very simple things you can do every day that make
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Team Mom – Fri, Feb 1, 2013 6:05 PM EST
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It's February (believe it or not), so that means it's officially that time of year again: American Heart Month and Go Red for Women (hey, are you wearing red today?).
Heart disease is the number-one killer of women, and more than 42 million women are currently living with some for of cardiovascular illness--so it's important that we work to keep our hearts healthy! With that in mind, here are a few of the things you can do right now to give your heart a boost:
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1) Know the signs of a heart attack. So many of us are guilty of thinking a heart attack is something that happens to someone else--someone who's older, doesn't exercise as much, doesn't eat well--but it can happen to anyone. And as Elizabeth Banks' hilarious video points out (seriously, go watch!), women are often so busy taking care of other people and their busy lives, they might not know that nausea, hot flashes, and chest pressure are signs of a heart
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Fri, Feb 1, 2013 2:56 PM EST
Get those photos organized in a flash with these 4 simple tricks.It seems like I am constantly snapping photos from my regular camera and iPhone! I also have tons of fun shots from photo booths like the ones Smilebooth captured of us at Camp Mighty. And then there are all the printed pics and negatives. Sheesh. All of these photos just live on my computer, unorganized and not easy to find!Read More »from Snap to It: 5 Totally Clever Ways to Organize Digital Photos
I've been looking into some of the best ways to get a grip on all these pics so that I'll be able to find and enjoy them later. Of course, the easiest option would be to hire a photo geek to figure all this out.
Tempting, yes. But I'm going to resist reaching out for outside help and get my pics in order. I've got a handful of simple ways to do it. You'll wish you knew about these programs sooner!
Taking photos like this can be fun — sometimes so fun that we take too many, and they just pile up!
Here are 4 clever ways to organize digital photos:
1.) Use Shoebox
For those boxes and boxes of printed photos, Handmade Charlotte has recommended ShoeBox by 1000memories. Snap a hi-res copy of a print using your iPhone or Android camera and the ShoeBox
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February is National Heart Health Month, y'all, which means it's time for us to focus on taking care of our tickers. As a nutritionist, of course I recommend boosting your own heart's health through your diet. Yet "heart-healthy foods" are traditionally thought of as boring or bland, like fiber-filled cereal or plain baked chicken. Well guess what?! I'm here to bust that myth--try one of these five decadent foods that'll help your ticker and taste pretty good, too.
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Chocolate...in Many Forms: Everyone's favorite dessert contains compounds called flavonoids, whose antioxidant activity help to protect the heart. Keep in mind, though, the more cacao your chocolate contains the better the benefits are; aim for 70% cocoa or more. Bored of the bar? Add even more heart-health benefits to your next treat by mixing pure cocoa powder with low-fat milk, which contains potassium to promote a healthy blood pressure.
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Kids, back away from the snack packs. The World Health Organization is recommending that parents of children between the ages of two and 15 keep an eye on their child's sodium intake each day. These new guidelines, the first ever issued by the organization for children, are a response to the growing epidemic of high blood pressure in the United States. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the top cause of death worldwide.
Although the official report didn't mention specific sodium level for children, the recommended maximum level of less than 2,000 mg daily for adults, also new, "should be adjusted downward based on the energy requirements of children relative to those of adults," according to the report. The average American child consumes 3,400 mg of sodium each day, according to 2012 study in Pediatrics.
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