Blog Posts by SHAPE magazine

  • Forever Young: 5 Ways to Beat the Clock for Life

    Turning back the hands of time-it's a quest for many women who simply refuse to age gracefully. And with all that's available aesthetically (Botox, wrinkle creams , etc.), the visible signs of aging can be erased altogether. But what about on the inside? Are there ways we can beat the clock for life when it comes to overall physical and mental health and well-being? Dr. Jennifer Landa, MD, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD and author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women says yes.
    "Staying young and beautiful forever used to be science fiction, but fiction is rapidly becoming fact, thanks to new medical advances," Landa says. "Yesterday's advances focused on disease management; today's new frontier is staving off sickness and aging altogether."

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    Feed your brain with nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. Feed your brain with nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. 1. Feed your brain: What you put in your mouth can affect your mind. And it's important to start eating right as early as your teens and twenties to stave off mental stress. According to

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  • 5 Oral Hygiene Habits to Break

    Think you know what it takes to have clean teeth and a healthy mouth? You'd be surprised which of your habits could be harming your oral hygiene. Here are five habits to break today. Go ahead, smile--your teeth will thank you!

    Don't brush too hard!Don't brush too hard!1. Brushing too hard
    Using a firm-bristled toothbrush and too much pressure to clean teeth can permanently wear away protective enamel (triggering tooth sensitivity and cavities) and cause receding gums. Instead, use a soft brush and gentle, circular scrubbing motions for two minutes at least twice a day. When buying a toothbrush, consider that compact heads move most easily around small mouths and long, flexible handles are best for reaching back molars.

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    Using the wrong toothbrush can damage your gums. Using the wrong toothbrush can damage your gums. 2. Using the wrong toothpaste
    Some toothpastes, especially those designated "tartar control," are too abrasive. Anything that feels gritty does a lot more than clean teeth; it can erode enamel and cause receding gums. Fluoride is the only ingredient you need. Dentist

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  • What Kelly Ripa Eats (Almost) Every Day

    Kelly RipaKelly RipaDo you ever wonder what celebrities really eat? We managed to snag some time with Kelly Ripa, and she gave us a peek into her daily diet. Read on for all the healthy foods (and one not-so-healthy snack), she won't give up!

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    Greek yogurtGreek yogurt1. Greek yogurt: Ripa adds fresh blueberries and pistachios to her favorite Fage Greek yogurt for a quick and healthy treat that's good any time of the day-and always in her fridge. "I also like to make my own lavender honey. Just get dried lavender, put it in honey and let it sit. It becomes lavender infused. So you get salty, sweet, and a little tang. It's very good. It's my dessert, my breakfast , everything!"

    Goldfish crackersGoldfish crackers2. Goldfish crackers: Kelly Ripa always keeps a box of the adorable and delicious Pepperidge Farm crackers in her pantry. "It's a wonderful snack that I'm addicted to," she says.

    CheeseCheese3. Cheese: What's one thing Kelly Ripa just can't live without? "I will never give up cheese! I gave it up a couple of years ago for Lent

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  • 5 Healthy Habits the Hippies Got Right

    By Elizabeth Goodman Artis

    I grew up in Center City Philadelphia in the 1970s, an enclave of clog-wearing moms and bearded dads. I went to a school run by peace-loving Quakers, and even my own mother, more preppie than hippie, went through a phase of growing alfalfa sprouts on our kitchen counter. Of course I rolled my eyes at all of it, but looking back, many of the food and lifestyle choices these aging hippies espoused were spot on. Here are five ways the "me" generation got healthy living right:

    Tofu burgerTofu burger1. They dug tofu: The first time I ever had a tofu "burger" was at a backyard barbecue thrown by a friend's vegetarian parents. It was literally a slab of tofu an inch thick, thrown on the grill and then stuffed between a hamburger bun. While this was not the most creative way to make a burger substitute, you can't argue with its healthfulness, especially when compared to red meat.

    Studies show that tofu, which is produced from soy beans and is the only plant-based food that is a

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  • Could You Have a Thyroid Disorder?

    Gena Lee NolanGena Lee NolanYou might remember her as one of those red-swimsuit-wearing hotties running in slow motion on the hit 1990's show Baywatch. These days, Gena Lee Nolan is on a crusade to save lives just like her character-but it's not on the beach. Nolan is one of 22 million Americans who suffer from weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, and other symptoms caused by poor thyroid function. Behind the scenes of her hit TV show, no matter how little she ate and how much she exercised, Nolan continued to gain weight. Her once-silky blonde hair became dry and brittle, and she was constantly tired.

    After a long journey, the actress discovered she suffers from Hashimoto's disease, in which the immune system attacks and eventually destroys the thyroid. It took more than 10 years-not to mention the development of increasingly frightening symptoms-for doctors to discover what was really wrong with her.

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    In honor of today, which is World Thyroid Day,

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  • 8 Super Nutrients for Weight Loss

    Guacamole is a good source of monounsaturated fat. Guacamole is a good source of monounsaturated fat. You already know that nutrients like fiber, protein, and monounsaturated fats are necessary to sustain long-term health. Now, our Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, phD, outlines the best ways to add 8 of these super nutrients to your diet so that you can optimize your weight-loss progress.

    1. Monounsaturated fats:
    Replacing carbohydrates in your diet with monounsaturated fats will help you slim down by shuttling fat away from your midsection (See my Ask the Diet Doctor column on this topic for a more in-depth explanation).

    Where to get it: Avocados, Macadamia nuts, and olive oil are great sources of monounsaturated fats. They also come packaged with great nutrients such as antioxidants (in olive oil), fiber (in avocado), and B-vitamins (in macadamia nuts).

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    Green tea contains EGCG. Green tea contains EGCG. 2. EGCG: EGCG or Epigallocatechin gallate is an antioxidant found in green tea (and put in most weight-loss supplements available today). EGCG can increase

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  • 3 Must-Try Mason Jar Meals

    Mini peanut butter cupsMini peanut butter cupsThese meals are not only adorable (seriously, everything looks better in a mason jar), but they're the perfect portion. Share them with a friend, take them on a picnic, or just eat them all yourself.

    1. Mini Peanut Butter Cups:

    280 calories, 22.5 grams sugar, 14.8 grams fat, 31.5 grams carbohydrates, 8.3 grams protein

    These vegan peanut butter cups owe their silky smooth texture to a secret healthy ingredient: organic tofu! Blended with peanut butter, the tofu adds creamy thickness without any extra calories or fat.

    For the crust:
    Heaping 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. graham cracker crumbs (10 squares)
    1 1/2 tbsp. pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
    1 tbsp. coconut oil (or Earth Balance)
    2 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder

    For the filling:
    200 g. soft/silken organic tofu, roughly chopped
    1/4 c. natural peanut butter
    1/2 c. Sucanat or brown sugar, processed into powder (or 3-5 tbsp. icing sugar)
    1 tbsp. almond milk
    1 tsp. pure

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  • Eat Carbs, Lose Weight? Here's How!

    by SHAPE diet doctor, Mike Roussell, phD
    How to eat carbs and lose weight.How to eat carbs and lose weight.
    While eating fewer carbs is essential for optimal weight loss , you don't need to completely eliminate carbs from your diet. The amount of carbs that you should be eating is based to two things: 1) How much weight you need to lose and 2) Where on your body you need to lose the weight.

    When people talk about cutting carbs or eating a low-carbohydrate diet, the Atkins Diet or a ketogenic diet approach often come to mind (which conjures up images of bacon, grease, and spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar-not the epitome of good health). But there's a lot of room in the carb-cutting spectrum between what the average person eats (the daily recommended value for adults is 300g carbohydrates) and the extremely low-carb ketogenic diet (usually less than 50g carbohydrates per day). Diets aren't one size fits all, and different levels of carbohydrate intakes work best for different people. There's even research to prove it.

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  • Common Healthy Eating Barriers, Solved!

    By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

    Do you worry about cost when grocery shopping for healthy food?Do you worry about cost when grocery shopping for healthy food?According to a new national poll in ShopSmart magazine, the cost of healthful foods is the number one barrier that keeps women from eating healthfully. The poll found that 88 percent of the women surveyed 'make excuses' for not eating healthfully, with 57 percent citing cost as the top obstacle and 47 percent naming social temptations as the greatest barrier. And while half of women feel good about their eating habits and have tried to buy healthier foods in the past six months, nearly 40 percent believe they could do better. Here are a few more findings:

    • 55 percent have tried to get their families to eat healthier, but nearly a quarter have been unsuccessful at doing so

    • Dinner and breakfast rank equally as the healthiest meal women eat daily; just 24 percent feel lunch is the healthiest meal of the day

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    • 63 percent have regular cravings for particular foods, with chocolate at the top

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  • Do Nightmares Burn Calories? and More Weird Weight-Loss Questions, Answered!

    Ever wonder how much your hair weighs or if tossing and turning during a nightmare burns calories ? We did too-so we asked Erin Palinksi, RD, Nutrition Consultant and author of the upcoming Belly Fat Diet For Dummies if there's any truth to these five off-the-wall weight-loss questions.

    Do nightmares burn calories?Do nightmares burn calories?1. Do nightmares burn calories? If your dreams are of the adventurous variety, surely you must burn a few calories leaping tall buildings and soaring through the air, right? Not necessarily, according to Palinski.

    "Just because you wake up with your heart racing , doesn't mean that you're burning calories," she says. However, if a dream or nightmare causes you to toss and turn for minutes or hours, this will burn a few more calories than lying still.

    On the flipside, if your nocturnal adventures are interrupting your sleep quality, it can actually have a negative impact on weight. Research shows that after a poor night's sleep, hormones that regulate appetite such as ghrelin and leptin can become

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