- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Wed, Jan 29, 2014 10:22 AM EST | CommentsDo you ever worry that you're pushing your kids too hard? Dr. Kristen Race, author of "Mindful Parenting," stopped by "Daily Shot" to tell us how an overstuffed schedule can affect a child's life.
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Children today have 50 percent less free time than they did a generation ago, and they spend an average of 53 hours a week interacting with some sort of screen media. Plus, they're sleeping less. "Life is crazy for families today," the psychologist says. "What I'm trying to do is help parents understand the impact of this craziness on our brains and on our children's brains, and how we can create balance in some really simple ways."
So how can you tell if your child is overstressed? Race suggests looking for attention problems that seem similar to a sudden onset of ADHD. "When kids are stressed, it's difficult for them to use the part of their brain that helps them pay attention and solve problems," she explains. If your child is impulsive or more distracted than usual, "th...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Jan 28, 2014 10:24 AM EST | Comments
Buddy Valastro is known for his over-the-top cakes, but there's one cake-tastrophe that he still can't believe ever happened to him. The baker and "Cake Boss" star designed a cake replica of the carousel at Atlantic City's Steel Pier, which tipped the scales at 2,000 pounds, stood seven feet tall, and moved like the real thing.
When the bakery staff opened the delivery truck for the big reveal, they were met with the horrifying scene of a collapsed carousel cake. "We got to Atlantic City, we opened the back of the truck, and I just lost it," Buddy says. "Not even God could have come down and fixed that cake himself."
This season on "Cake Boss," Buddy is looking forward to working with some exciting clients and creating more incredible cakes. Though he's worked with a number of celebrities, such as Snooki, Isaac Mizrahi, Mario Lopez, and Willie Nelson, Buddy says there's one person who still remains a dream client. "It's always been a dream of mine to mak...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Mon, Jan 27, 2014 10:14 AM EST | Comments
James Giuliani used to be a street enforcer for the Mafia and spent 20 years running in circles with John Gotti before a chance encounter with a dog in need inspired him to turn his life around.
"When you're growing up in my neighborhood, you went out and made your own fun," James says. "My fun was hanging out on the streets. You start messing around with the drugs and see the street guys making money, and you're like, 'Wow.'" During his time in the Mafia, James says he spent "20 years beating the hell out of myself."
Two events saved the former gangster's life: meeting the right girl, and meeting the right dog. While he and his girlfriend (now his wife) were on a coffee date, the pair spotted what looked like an old carpet on the side of the road. It turned out to be an abused puppy. "It had maggots on it," he says; "it was dying."
James took in the dog, which he named Bruno, and brought the pup back to health. Later, when B...Read More »
Michelle Bridges' 12-Week Transformation program is responsible for helping Australia's population lose a collective two million pounds. Now, the trainer and former host of "The Biggest Loser: Australia" is setting her sights on the United States, and she's starting by busting five of the biggest fitness myths:
Myth #1: Walking is a great way to lose weight. "Going for a walk is fantastic, but if you're in the market for serious weight loss, you're going to have to start changing gears," Michelle says. "Gradually build yourself up." Jogging for 10 minutes burns 100 calories, while walking for the same amount of time burns just 20.
Myth #2: Never work out on an empty stomach. "Training on an empty stomach means that you're going to go straight into your glycemic levels," Michelle explains. "You're going to be burning fat immediately."
Myth # 3: Pilates and yoga are great for weight loss. Michelle says that while these classes improv...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Thu, Jan 23, 2014 10:53 AM EST | Comments
Brian Boitano won the Olympic figure skating gold in 1988, and now he's preparing to represent his country in an entirely new role at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: as a member of the U.S. delegation.
"It's such an incredible delegation to be on," he says. "The message that President Obama is sending us over to deliver of diversity and tolerance is such an incredible message."
It was that display of tolerance that inspired him to make a big statement of his own. He publicly came out as gay shortly after being appointed to the delegation, something he never planned on doing. "I'm a really private guy. ... I reserved that side of my life for family and friends," Brian says. "I was never in or out. I just was."
He's looking forward to watching the American figure skating team in Sochi, where he suggests we keep our eye on one specific athlete with a big potential for gold. "The girl who has the best chance is Ashley Wagner," he says.
The 50-y...Read More »