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  • Can a Vegan Diet Prevent Cancer?

    by Mike Roussell, SHAPE Diet Doctor, phD

    Could a vegan diet really prevent cancer? Here's what the experts say.Could a vegan diet really prevent cancer? Here's what the experts say.When it comes to cancer, research abounds. Unfortunately science has yet to show us any specific diet that will prevent cancer. One of the main issues with the diet-cancer connection is that it is very complex. A cancer that impacts a particular area, like breast cancer, can be driven by several biological mechanisms so that while it is breast cancer, the diet or treatments that that particular breast cancer responds to could be very different.

    During my brief stint as a medical student (before leaving to study nutrition full time), I had a professor who was in oncologic pathology. He always talked about "cancer bingo" in that there are a set number of things that will influence most cancers: genetics (a big one), diet, environmental exposures, and more. It wasn't necessarily each individual component that would cause a given cancer but instead the coming together of several specific components that would then yield cancer.

    This makes it very

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  • Spring 2013's Hottest Hairstyle: Beachy Waves

    by Jené Luciani

    Summer's right around the corner...get perfect beach waves with these expert tips.Summer's right around the corner...get perfect beach waves with these expert tips.Just in time to bust your "I'm so sick of frizz and hat hair" winter styling rut, we found a hot new spring look to bring warm thoughts-and better hair days-to mind.

    Models sported beachy waves at last week's exclusive Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week presentation featuring designer Rebecca Minkoff and her lead hairstylist, Jeanie Syfu of Tresemmé. Minkoff said the hairstyle matched the relaxed, beachy, 80s vibe of her collection, which showcased lots of sheer fabrics, bright colors, and fun prints.

    We asked Syfu to explain how to achieve the low-key look at home, and luckily this is an easy one. Even better: It's not supposed to look uniform or perfect, so you don't have to worry about curling equal sections or even all sections of your hair.

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    1. Apply a root-boosting spray, such as Tresemmé 24 Hour Body Root Boost Spray, at the roots, and a lightweight volumizing mousse like Tresemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse

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  • How to Make a Healthy, Nutritionist-Approved Smoothie

    by SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, phD

    Nutritionist Mike Roussell shares his foolproof formula for a healthy, delicious smoothie.Nutritionist Mike Roussell shares his foolproof formula for a healthy, delicious smoothie.Homemade smoothies are a fast and easy way to fit high-quality nutrition into your day. "Homemade" is key, as most commercial/premade smoothies are packed with simple sugars and enough calories to fuel your entire workday, putting you on the fast track to developing diabetes.

    Here's a foolproof plan (plus a couple of my favorite recipes) for mixing the perfect meal or snack every time. Simply fill your blender with a little from each of the following categories, and you're guaranteed to get a nutritionist-approved final product.

    1. Fats: Your optimized smoothie is a great opportunity to get in a variety of essential fatty acids. Walnuts are my personal favorite because they blend well and don't leave any grit at the bottom of your cup. They also deliver an impressive blend of mono and polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 fats.

    Other good choices: Pistachios, almonds, natural peanut butter, and canned coconut milk. If you want more omega-3s

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  • 7 Fun Hairstyles for the Gym and Beyond

    These easy and cute hairdos keep your mane out of the way while you exercise and look just as good when you head to work or out on the town.

  • 9 Low-Carb Snacks to Eat on the Go

    by SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, phD

    Low-carb snacks perfect for your busy lifestyleLow-carb snacks perfect for your busy lifestyle1. Peanut butter and celery: This classic childhood snack is both convenient and low carb. Two stalks of celery topped with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter has only 8 grams of carbohydrates (3 of which are fiber). It's perfectly sized and very portable; you can put them together in the morning, toss them in your bag, and they're ready whenever you are.

    2. Cottage cheese: One cup of 2 percent cottage cheese is an extremely filling 190 calories with just 8 grams of carbohydrates. You can top it with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to get an extra 5 grams of belly-filling fiber. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for special antioxidants that improve your body's ability to handle carbohydrates.

    In addition to being low carb, cottage cheese also contains probiotics, the healthy bacteria that help improve your digestion.

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    3. Greek yogurt: Think of Greek yogurt as a creamier, carb-controlled version of regular yogurt. A 6

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  • Work Out like a Fashion Model

    by Jay Cardiello

    Work out like a supermodel!Work out like a supermodel!Fashion Week, a bustling and hectic time in New York City, just kicked off. Have you ever wondered what workouts those super-svelte models do to get runway-ready? I've worked with some of the most celebrated catwalk queens and know just what moves they love and which ones they need. The key is to perform exercises that trim and tone while strengthening the posterior chain (back), enabling models to stand tall all day long at a photo shoot or down the runway.

    Below are the moves I have my model clients perform pre-show. Now you can do the same moves at home-because everyday is your own fashion show!

    • This workout can be performed in sneakers or barefoot
    • Perform as many repetitions as possible in 60 seconds
    • Do not rest between exercises
    • Perform the first cycle on your right Leg. Repeat on your left leg for the second cycle
    • Complete 1 to 3 cycles on each leg, depending on your current fitness level
    • Perform the workout two to three times a

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  • Low-Cal Love Potions for Valentine's Day

    Forget the chocolate! This Valentine's Day, play bartender at home for your single ladies or special someone. These festive mixed drinks will give you just enough of a buzz to get your flirt on without packing on too many extra calories.

    Dessert fizzDessert fizz1. Dessert fizz:
    200 calories, 11 grams sugar

    Drink your dessert on V-Day in the form of this deliciously fizzy libation originally concocted by The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash. Thanks to dark chocolate vodka, you'll taste the complex flavors of cocoa with intoxicating notes of coffee and caramel.

    Ingredients: 1 large strawberry, chopped
    Handful of mint leaves
    1 tsp. agave nectar
    1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
    1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
    3 oz. sparkling wine or Champagne

    Directions: Muddle the strawberry and mint with agave and lemon. Add Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate and strain into chilled Champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine or Champagne. Garnish with a strawberry slice on the rim.

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    Love Potion No. 9Love Potion No. 92.

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  • Do or Don't? 5 Bizarre Health Fads

    by Charlotte Andersen

    Experts reveal which trends to try--and which to skip!

    Placental pills, oxygen shots, and more weird trends sweeping the nation.Placental pills, oxygen shots, and more weird trends sweeping the nation.1. Placental pills: Once considered the domain of hippies and ancient civilizations, eating the placenta gained mainstream attention, if not acceptance, when Mad Men star January Jones revealed she swallowed pills made from her placenta, the organ that provides oxygen and nutrients to a baby in utero. Jones explained her decision, saying, "Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas. It's not witch-crafty or anything. I suggest it to all moms."

    Do they work?
    Some makers of the pills like Fruit of the Womb assert that eating one's own placenta helps speed recovery from pregnancy, prevents post-partum depression, and restores energy. But according to Mira Calton, a certified nutritionist and co-author of Rich Food Poor Food, there's no research to support these claims. "The placenta is made to

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  • The Trick to Feel Satisfied While Eating Less

    by Rachel Meltzer Warren, R.D.

    Expert tips to satisfy any craving!Expert tips to satisfy any craving!The other week I met with a client who had a major dilemma. "I crave salty snacks like potato chips all the time," she said. "But I never ever buy them anymore." "Why not?," I asked. "Because I'm afraid I'll eat the whole bag," she explained.

    Now, for some people, avoiding trigger foods altogether is a valuable strategy for weight loss-no doubt about that. But new research from Cornell University shows that it is possible to conquer cravings for favorite foods without completely sabotaging weight-loss efforts. The solution? Smaller portions.

    When researchers gave 104 adults either a large or small serving of the same snack, the people with more food ate 77 percent more calories-no shock there. What is surprising, however, was that the additional calories they took in did not equal greater satisfaction. Fifteen minutes after eating, both groups felt perfectly satiated by their snacks, regardless of size.

    "If you want to control your weight, here's the

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  • How Can Shift Workers Lose Weight?

    by SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, phD

    Weight-loss tips for paramedics, nurses, and more shift workers.Weight-loss tips for paramedics, nurses, and more shift workers.Men and women who work in shifts who want to lose weight have to get creative, because traditional weight-loss strategies may not work for them as well as they do for the nine-to-five crowd. The big problem with shift work is that shift work itself is hazardous to your health. Researchers speculate that the disruption of circadian rhythms (which impact metabolism), decreased dietary quality, and lack of good sleep when it comes to both quality and quantity are the driving forces behind the negative health and body weight effects of shift work. You can't do much about the disruption of your circadian rhythm, but you can fix your sleep and diet.

    Getting adequate rest should be a major priority for you because insufficient zzzs-particularly the level of sleep debt that can accrue with shift work-is a major metabolic problem. Research is consistently showing that poor sleep habits create a hormonal environment that conditions your fat cells to be

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