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  • Spring-Clean Your Health (and Home!) with This Weekend To-Do List

    by Lexi Petronis

    Davide MaestriDavide Maestri
    Since you're going to spring-clean your house anyway--or at least that's the plan (I have yet to tackle my closet before the sheer volume of what's in there tackles me)--why not spring-clean your health too?


    According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the environment of your home can negatively impact your health. Indoor air quality, water purity, and potentially dangerous toxins and chemicals can all lead to possible illness or injury.

    Says Joel R. Cooper, DO, an AOA board-certified family physician practicing at 21st Century Family Medicine in Glendale, Ariz: "By setting aside a few hours one weekend this spring, we can make simple changes inside our homes--from steps to ensure we're breathing clean air to properly disposing of expired medications--that can help lower our risk of becoming sick or injured."

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    That's why the AOA suggests these tips--they're little things you can do to help

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  • Should You Do a Cleanse? Here's How to Find the Best One for You

    by Lexi Petronis

    Yanes, Romulo AYanes, Romulo A

    You hear all kinds of news about cleanses--why? One reasons may be because there all kinds of cleanses, from juice-only to raw foods.


    If you're considering a cleanse, Marissa Vicario, a board-certified health coach and healthy-living expert, has these tips for figuring out what might be the best type for you.

    Juice Only could be good for: someone who understands that juice-only isn't a quick-fix for weight loss or to correct poor eating habits.
    "A cleanse like this should be undertaken when recommended and supervised by a medical professional," she says. "Many commercial juice-only cleanses contain high amounts of sugar from the fruits and vegetables in the juice; any weight lost tends to be water weight."

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    Liquids Only could be good for: someone who has digestive disorders or needs to let her digestive system rest.
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  • This Fruit May Help You Build Muscle (Plus: 5 Yummy Ways to Eat It)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Fairchild ArchiveFairchild Archive

    Who knew? According to new research from the University of Iowa, green tomatoes contain a compound that may help build muscle (and protect against future muscle atrophy).


    Green tomatoes are rich in tomatidine (a compound that's obviously perfectly named), which the researchers discovered stimulates growth in human muscle cells--and also helped mice build more muscle and be able to exercise longer.

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    The authors say they're not yet sure how many green tomatoes people might need to eat in order to reap the muscle-building benefits. Even so, we know that green tomatoes have lots of other good-for-your-health benefits: One large tomato is about 42 calories, rich in antioxidants, provides half the recommended daily amount of vitamin C for women, as well as 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving.

    So in the interest of having some variety in your tomato routine, here are some yummy--and healthy--ways to

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  • Feeling Stressed? These 3 Kinds of Food Help Bust Stress and Anxiety

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes

    April is National Stress Awareness Month, so it's a good chance to stop and think about how stressed out you might be feeling (although, if you are stressed, you may be well aware of it already!).


    When we're feeling like our stress levels are getting out of control, we might occasionally turn to food--you know, diving into a bag of potato chips or heading straight to a drive-through. After his son developed colitis, Kevin Lawrence, CEO of BioNutritional Research Group, Inc.--the company behind Power Crunch Bars--studied health and nutrition, and he discovered there are a few types of foods that actually help quell stress.

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    Fill up on fiber. Fiber helps you feel fuller longer, which means you're less likely to want a banana split when you're feeling stressed out. That doesn't mean you have to load up on prunes or anything, says Lawrence: "A serving of raspberries actually has more fiber than prunes, and apples are

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  • 8 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Body (and Your Brain!)

    by Lexi Petronis

    George ChinseeGeorge Chinsee
    With the official onset of spring, it only makes sense that we're starting to think about spring-cleaning--homes and closets, sure, but also our minds and bodies. Arielle Fierman is a board-certified health coach and motivational speaker who has these cool tips for spring-cleaning your body and brain.


    1. Drink water. Research shows that upping your water intake helps rev up your energy and digestion-- and can even help give your skin a nice glow. Recommended amount: at least the amount equivalent to half your body weight in ounces. (So, if you're 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces of water a day.)

    2. Load up on greens.
    "Raw, steamed, sauteed, chopped, shredded--no matter how you eat them, they have lots of nutrients that will help make your skin glow, rid your body of toxins, and rev up your immune system," Fierman says. "They're loaded with fiber and phytonutrients to help your organs do their best work. My favorites include frozen spinach blended in a smoothie for

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  • What Kind of Milk Do You Drink? the Health Benefits of Every Type (From Skim to Almond)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes
    Whether you pour it over cereal, mix it into a favorite recipe, or stir it into your coffee, there's a good chance you consume some kind of milk during your day. I gave up cow's milk about 15 years ago ago--honestly, I just kind of lost the taste for it--but I use almond, soy, and rice milk on the regular these days.

    And that's what's kind of neat: There are tons of milk options from which to choose. Here's how some of them stack up, nutritionally, per one-cup serving:


    Skim
    86 calories; .4 gram total fat; 12 grams carbohydrates; 12.5 grams sugar; 8.4 grams protein
    Skim is less caloric than whole milk while still offering a good dose of calcium and protein (one serving offers four times the amount of protein that's in a glass of O.J.).

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    Rice
    120 calories; 2 grams total fat; 25 grams carbohydrates; 0 gram fiber; 0 gram sugar; .4 gram protein
    This sugar-free milk comes from a mix of partially milled

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  • 5 Healthy Snacks to Eat on the Way Home from the Grocery Store

    by Lexi Petronis

    Mike LorrigMike Lorrig
    So, you're really not supposed to go to the grocery store while you're hungry; studies have shown that shoppers end up buying more high-calorie foods when their bellies are rumbling. (Anecdotal evidence from--well, me--is that my "must buy a big bag of chips and jar of queso" reflex goes up substantially when I haven't eaten recently.)

    But when your fridge is close to bare, we've all found ourselves grocery shopping on an empty stomach...which can quickly translate into must-eat-food-now-itis after checking out. Here are some good ideas for portable snacks you can eat on the way home from the store.

    Roasted seaweed: This is my favorite, right now--it's crunchy and flavorful enough to feel like you're eating ships. Plus, it's filled with vitamins A, B-6, and C, and fiber.

    Dried Fruit: It's easy to eat, right? But it's also good for you (if you pick the right kind): a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that the antioxidants in

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  • Heidi Klum Shares Her Spring Workout and Diet Secrets (and Guess What: Cheeseburgers Are Allowed)

    by Fawnia Soo Hoo

    Courtesy of New BalanceCourtesy of New Balance
    If Heidi Klum's amazingly fit body and infectious energy level weren't enough inspiration for me to want to hit the gym already, her new collection of workout gear and sneakers with New Balance definitely did the trick.


    We're all for looking good at the gym, and Klum says she's "bringing the runway to the treadmill" with this collection. Another bonus: With four kids and an empire to oversee, the supermodel-businesswoman finds herself strapped for time just like us. She's come up with some very creative ways to raise her heart rate and fit in a workout anytime, anywhere. Klum shares a few workout secrets, fitness fashion ideas, and diet tips (which actually include cheeseburgers) with us below:

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    Glamour: What's your fitness regimen to get ready for bathing-suit weather?
    Heidi Klum: I pretend it's bikini season all year and regularly make healthy decisions. My favorite workout is a long run along the Westside Highway, which stretches along the Hudson River in Read More »from Heidi Klum Shares Her Spring Workout and Diet Secrets (and Guess What: Cheeseburgers Are Allowed)
  • 7 Ways to Clean Your Diet (and Your Pantry) for Spring

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo A YanesRomulo A YanesWell, I'm going to admit it--I've officially got the spring-fever bug. Do you? This doesn't mean I've done any actual spring-cleaning of my house or anything like that (yet!), but I have been thinking about it. (That counts, right?) And it makes sense to start with the kitchen--and one's eating habits--first, don't you think?

    Sharon Richter, R.D., thinks so too. She says that it's important to clean out your pantry at least once a year: "Its also great time to assess your eating habits and freshen up some of your go-to staples in the snack and nonperishable categories," she says. And she has some good ideas for jump-starting the whole process:


    1: "Empty everything from your kitchen cabinets. It's OK to start with a mess and you'll be surprised what's hiding in there!" she says.

    2: "Throw away anything that has expired, has been open for more than a couple weeks, or you know you're just not going to use."

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  • 5 Gluten-Free High-Fiber Snacks to Eat Pre-Workout

    by Amy Valpone

    Montrose Digital StudioMontrose Digital Studio

    These high-fiber snacks are surprisingly easy to make and are big on taste--despite being free of gluten, diary, and soy. They're delicious even if you don't have any food allergies!


    1. Trail Mix Quickie Oats: In a small bowl, combine 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/3 cup Enjoy Life Foods nut-free trail mix, 1/4 cup gluten-free oats, 1/3 cup almond milk; microwave on high for 5 minutes until oats are warm and water is absorbed. Add more almond milk if needed. Serve warm.

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    2. Cranberry Coconut Yogurt: 1 cup dairy-free coconut milk yogurt topped with 1/4 cup Earthbound Farm organic dried cranberries, 3 tbsp. pistachios, and 1 tsp. coconut flakes.

    3. Cocoa Roasted Walnuts and Chickpeas: Drain 1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas; toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1/3 cup walnuts, and 1 tbsp. cocoa powder. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 5 minutes and serve.

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