Run off that turkey!By the editors of FITNESS Magazine
Food for thought: The average Thanksgiving dinner contains 3,000 calories. Work up an appetite and start a healthy new holiday tradition this year with one of the many Turkey Trots happening all over the country. Find one near you here!
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Dana Point Turkey Trot: Dana Point, California
Last year over 10,000 runners did this scenic coastal run.
• Sign up at www.turkeytrot.com
Sacramento Food Bank Run to Feed the Hungry: Sacramento, California
It's the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation; with over 20,000 participants.
• Sign up at www.runtofeedthehungry.com
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Turkey Trot: 6 Tunnels to Hoover Dam: Boulder City, Nevada
This course, about 20 miles from Las Vegas, runs through several tunnels in each direction.
• Sign up at www.mountainmanevents.com
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot: Springfield, Missouri
Bring canned food -- past years runners have donated
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- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 23, 2011 11:28 AM EST
Run off that turkey!By the editors of FITNESS MagazineRead More »from Burn Off that Stuffing! America's Best Thanksgiving Day Runs
Make over your motivation this winter!By Jan SheehanRead More »from 16 Ways to Make Over Your Workout Motivation
Ever start a diet or workout routine with the enthusiasm of a late-night infomercial host only to have your motivation disappear in no time flat like a canceled sitcom? You're not alone. Research shows that a quarter of weight-loss plans fall by the wayside within two weeks. On the other hand, stick it out for a month and your odds of success skyrocket. "Doing something for 30 days ingrains and strengthens the brain's neural pathways, so you're likely to keep that behavior going on autopilot," says Lawrence Perlmuter, PhD, a professor of psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.
Use our four-week bail-proof guide to survive the first crucial month of a healthy-lifestyle makeover without losing your thin-spiration.
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Get a head start!Week 1: Stick-with-It Strategies
1. Start small. Aim to make one tweak a day: Add a new fruit to breakfast, skip your before-dinner cocktail, take a walk after
By Lisa Kovalovich Whitmore
Cold season is upon us, bringing its runny noses, congested chests, achy bodies, and too-tired feelings with it. Your best defense? Try to prevent yourself from catching a cold by washing your hands frequently, getting enough rest, drinking lots of fluids, and staying active. But when you catch a cold, you need more immediate relief. That's where these snacks come in. Each of them is packed with cold-fighting vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that may help make your cold less severe. Read on for our six feel-better snack picks:
A warm bowl of chili will instantly soothe your sniffles.
A spicy veggie chili made with onions, garlic, kidney beans, and tomato paste not only warms up a cold-afflicted body, it may also have medicinal properties! Onions and garlic have antiviral effects, beans have good-for-the-immune-system B vitamins, and the spices can actually help clear sinuses!
Recommended serving size: 1 cup canned vegetarian chili
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Burn calories no matter what the weather outside is like!By Suzanne SchlosbergRead More »from 5 Ways to Lose Weight This Winter
These five strategies will keep away winter weight gain -- despite comfort-food cravings, evenings on the couch, and roomy sweaters that hide every bulge.
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1. High Content Water Foods
Foods with high water content include soups (80 to 95 percent water), fruits and veggies (80 to 95 percent), and hot cereal (85 percent). "Water adds weight and volume without adding calories," says Barbara Rolls, PhD, a nutrition professor at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan (HarperCollins, 2005).
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2. Get Some Sun
"Sunlight can prevent dips in serotonin, a mood-boosting brain chemical that is also partly responsible for feelings of fullness," says Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, author of Winter Blues (Guilford Press, 2005). Even a heavy dose of artificial light, especially in the morning, may help suppress food cravings and the urge to overeat.
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- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 17, 2011 11:29 AM EST
Be your best self all month long.By Colleen OakleyRead More »from 4 Ways to Feel like a Goddess (Even During Your Period)
Who knew? The week after your period, your body produces a blend of hormones that makes you look and feel hot. "An estrogen increase helps raise levels of mood-boosting dopamine, clears your skin, and speeds up metabolism," says gynecologist Rebecca Booth, MD, author of The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle...at Any Age. Here's your menstrual cycle-mapped guide to feeling sexy all month long. Plus, how to fight bloat and boost your mood before, during, and after your period.
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1. Fake an Estrogen Boost
Plants contain phytoestrogens that can offset the I-hate-the-world-and-my-butt outlook brought on by an estrogen dip. Have two daily servings of soy, nuts, or legumes in the two weeks before your period.
2. Say Spa-a-ah
Get a facial or ask your significant other for a massage the week before your period. Pampering is a reminder that you deserve to be worshipped.
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The Skinny on Fat Read More »from The Big Fat Truth: Why Non-Fat Isn't the Answer
You've shied away from eating it and worked on the treadmill to burn it off. But fat, it turns out, can be your friend. "Your body needs it in order to function," says Barbara Roberts, MD, director of the Women's Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence and author of How to Keep from Breaking Your Heart. "Fats help you absorb vitamins A, D, and E, and they are vital for your nervous system." Not only that, women who ate a Mediterranean diet filled with healthy monounsaturated fat lowered their risk of heart disease by 29 percent, according to a new study in Circulation.
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Of your total daily calories, 25 to 30 percent should come from fat. The keys: Pick good-for-you fats, and limit the bad kinds. Don't know a saturated from a poly? Here's the skinny on which fats to eat and which to avoid.
The Good: Unsaturated Fat
What they do: These fats, known as MUFAs, raise good HDL cholesterol, lower
Eat up without the guilt!A cup full of cooked pasta has about 200 calories and a gram of fat. Not bad, until you smother it in high-calorie sauce. Use this guide to popular pasta sauces to learn the fat content, calorie count, and health benefits of 8 of our favorite noodle-toppers (numbers are for one-half cup unless noted).:Read More »from The 8 Healthiest Pasta Sauce Choices to Buy
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Emeril's Home Style Marinara
90 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated)
Tomatoes, onions, garlic, and olive oil -- this standby is heart-healthy.
Newman's Own Vodka Sauce
110 calories, 5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
Heavy cream ups the fat content. Stir in cauliflower, peas, and other vegetables to increase the volume for fewer calories.
Wild Oats Organic Puttanesca
120 calories, 12 g fat (0 g saturated)
This tasty concoction is the most earth-friendly of the bunch, and not a drop of the fat is saturated.
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Progresso White Clam Sauce
130 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
Although the clams
By Elizabeth Somer, RDRead More »from 4 Easy Nutrition Fixes
Diet? Nah. Use this simple plan to eat for energy and fight disease.
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1. Switch to Healthier Fats
Eating more foods that contain healthy monounsaturated and omega-3 fats such as olive oil, avocados, fish, and nuts, along with more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, can lower your risk for heart disease by 80 percent and diabetes by 90 percent, according to a recent Harvard study. But just including these foods on top of all the saturated and trans fats already in your diet will add up to excess calories. Instead, trade the bad for the good. Here's how:
Do better than butter.
"Dip bread in extra-virgin olive oil infused with herbs, such as basil and oregano flakes," recommends Cynthia Sass, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Or, says Jackie Newgent, RD, a culinary nutritionist in New York City, add a drizzle of white truffle oil and roasted garlic to mashed potatoes before serving, instead of
Bob Harper, trainer on The Biggest LoserBy Karla Walsh
More than three years ago, The Biggest Loser fan favorite and poster child for healthy living had a shock at his physical. "The doctor said I had high cholesterol -- and it had to be genetic because I eat well and exercise," Harper says. So he studied up on plant-based diets and tested out vegan living (no meat, eggs, or dairy) in an attempt to lower his cholesterol. To the shock of Harper and his doctors, his total cholesterol count dropped 100 points after making the switch. Since then, Harper has connected his diet with his love for animals. He's now the spokesperson for the Walk for Animals, a fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary, which aims to end animal cruelty.
Harper took a break from filming The Biggest Loser to chat with FITNESS about his vegan lifestyle, his healthy eating tips, and his crusade against factory farms.
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FITNESS: "You certainly noticed changes in your cholesterol after you stopped consuming animalRead More »from Biggest Loser Trainer Bob Harper's Diet Plan
Read before you crunch!Don't get sucked in by sneaky labels that manufacturers slap on products to make you buy them. Learn which foods deserve the healthy glows they wear -- and which are downright devilish.
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Sales of gluten-free products, which are designed for people with celiac disease, or an inability to digest gluten (the protein in wheat, barley, and rye), have doubled since 2005. The boom is thanks in part to celeb devotees like Gwyneth Paltrow, but the market-research firm Packaged Facts reports that people are going G-free in an attempt to ease ailments like irritable bowel syndrome and attention deficit disorder. Shoppers also think these foods will help them lose weight.
Reality check: These pricey products aren't necessary unless you have celiac disease (only about one in 133 people does, according to a study) or gluten sensitivity, which means you test negative for celiac but still suffer symptoms like diarrhea and migraines whenRead More »from Health Halos: What Food Labels Really Mean