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  • 5 Foods that Help Ease Period Pain

    by Lexi Petronis


    Yanes, Romulo AYanes, Romulo ADo you feel exhausted, moody, and crampy during your periods? (Is that one of the dumbest questions ever? Who among us doesn't feel at least a few of these things?) Well, add these foods to your list of PMS and period pain relievers--just in case you want to ditch the ibuprofen and the hot water bottle for a while:

    Yogurt: According to some research, women who consume four servings of dairy a day--1,200 mg of calcium--experience 30 percent fewer PMS symptoms than those who eat around 500 mg.

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    Canned salmon: The fish is rich in vitamin D, which has also been shown to ward off symptoms of PMS. In fact, experts say that women who eat 700 IU of vitamin D are 40 percent likely to have PMS, compared with those who eat only 100 IU a day. Three ounces of salmon deliver 530 IU of vitamin D, plus calcium and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which help calm cramps.

    Oysters: Oysters are a great source of iron, filled with

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  • 3 Weight-Loss Lessons that Actually Work, According to Science

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo: Mike Lorrigphoto: Mike Lorrig Does it seem to you like weight-loss tips sometimes change on the regular? Yeah, it can be a little overwhelming. But the good news is that there are some diet strategies that are irrefutably backed by science...which means there's at least some sort of solid base for those of us feeling like we would like to shed a few pounds.

    Forbes came up with a list of six of them, , and I found these three to be especially intriguing. What do you think?

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    Diet matters more than exercise. This isn't to say that working out doesn't matter...it does! But when it comes to weight loss, specifically, according to Samuel Klein, MD: "Decreasing food intake is much more effective than increasing physical activity to achieve weight loss. If you want to achieve a 300 [calorie] energy deficit you can run in the park for 3 miles or not eat 2 ounces of potato chips." Experts say that it's easy to binge after working out, so you end up

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  • 4 Exercises That'll Make You Fit Enough to Tailgate

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo: Toni Frissell/Voguephoto: Toni Frissell/VogueWe may not be playing basketball or football or soccer when we tailgate at the games...but that doesn't mean we're not at risk for some parking-lot-induced injuries. I mean, think about it: You have to lift the cooler, flip the burgers, walk up a million stairs to get to your seats...a girl's gotta be prepared, right?

    OK, those examples may not necessarily induce any major injuries, thank goodness. But Gold's Gym teamed up with celebrity trainer Mike Ryan to come up with a workout that strengthen and tone your muscles so that you'll be ready for just about anything--even an extreme tailgate party.

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    Injury: Cooler Cramps
    Pregame exercise: Standing Arm and Preacher Curls
    Coolers can get heavy! To avoid straining your back while carrying them, Ryan suggests pumping up your arms (and taking the pressure off your back) with a mix of bicep exercises including standing arm and preacher curls. Do 3 to 4 sets of each

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  • Which is Better: Biking or Running?

    by Lexi Petronis


    CN Digital StudioCN Digital StudioIn some sort of weird world where there existed nothing but biking or running for exercise--which would you choose?

    It's a matter of personal preference, of cours--maybe you can't stand spin class, or running bores you to tears--or you may have knee or back problems that could keep you from doing one or the other. But, according to the New York Times, there are very specific benefits to both...broken down like so!

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    Biking:
    * Burns fewer calories per hour than running (a 150-pound person cycling at 16 to 19 miles per hour burns about 850 calories).
    * A gentler workout than running, at least for your joints and the weight-bearing parts of your body.
    * Vigorous cycling may lower levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates your appetite (meaning you won't be as hungry).

    Running:
    * Generally burns more calories per minute than cycling (a 150-pound person running a 7-minute mile--which is really, really

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  • 5 Diet-Sabotaging Salad Toppings

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo: Stephanie Foleyphoto: Stephanie FoleySalads can be tricky things. I mean, even though they might have things like lettuce in them--and, heck, the word "salad" in their names--that doesn't mean they're necessarily the best healthy-eating choices. In fact, some restaurant salads can pack as many as 1,300 calories per dish!

    So salad bars are especially good because you can control what goes on your salad, keep an eye on your portions--and, what I find is an extra-special bonus, make it exactly with the stuff you like most. The only problem is when the stuff you like is yummy--but not really all that healthful. (Looking at you, mayo-filled noodles!)

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    Experts say these are some of the big health bombs to avoid at the salad bar:

    Bacon bits. The crunchy, salty little nuggets--which aren't even necessarily made of real bacon--have basically no nutritional value. Two tablespoons are as much as 100 calories, with almost 400mg of sodium, which is about 1/4 of

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  • 4 REAL Ways to Actually Get a Good Night's Sleep

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo: Horst P. Horst/Voguephoto: Horst P. Horst/Vogue If you're anything like me, you wake up on some mornings ("wake" is kind of a subjective term), thinking, Well. That was the worst night's sleep I've ever gotten.

    Obviously, I hope you aren't like me, because sleep is important! Countless studies have shown how it helps regulate your metabolism, keeps your mind sharp, increases energy levels, and benefits you in all kinds of other ways. So, in order to actually get a full night's sleep--other than chugging some sort of mystery sleep aid, which doesn't necessarily give you the same kind of benefits of natural sleep--there are some proven methods that are worth trying.

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    Don't smoke, drink, or have caffeine. I know. But caffeine and nicotine are stimulants, which will make your body think you want to stay up. And alcohol may make you nod off, but researchers found that it affects your quality of deep sleep. That means that you could snooze for a solid

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  • Feeling Slumpy? These Surprising Energy-Boosting Foods Just Might Wake You Up

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo: Stephanie Foleyphoto: Stephanie FoleyThis may look like an ordinary bucket o' greens, but, really, it should have a cape attached. Seriously, is there anything spinach can't do?

    It's loaded with nutrients--fiber, vitamin K (for your bones), lutein (for your eyes)--and some research shows that it might even help make your muscles work more efficiently during a workout. But! The leafy greens also have tons of iron...which means spinach may actually even perk you up when you're feeling tired.

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    Cool, right? Maybe you don't have to turn to energizing drinks and powders--you can just chew some spinach instead.

    But spinach isn't the only food that can help pull you out of a yawn-filled afternoon (who hasn't had one of those? And, um, if you haven't, please share your secrets!).

    Greek yogurt: A serving of the low-fat creamy treat can pack twice the protein of a regular yogurt, which helps keep energy levels up. It also has less sugar (minimizing

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  • 9 Ways to Not Destroy Your Diet at a Wedding

    by Tanya Edwards


    CN Digital ArchivesCN Digital ArchivesWeddings are packed with romance and fun, but they're also full of lots of high-calorie drinks and food. If you have to hit more than one wedding this summer, you want to have a great time without packing on the pounds--especially if you have to fit into a too-tight bridesmaid dress. Here are our best tips for having a blast at your friends' weddings without the diet-busting guilt.

    1. Wedding Diet Tip: Plan Ahead
    You know the big day is coming (as if the bride will let you forget), so set yourself up to be successful. Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., a registered dietitian and nutritionist and author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips, says: "When you're trying to maintain a healthy weight and eat nutritiously and mindfully, plan ahead. Eat well that day and a few days before. Cut out some treats and alcohol for a couple of days leading up to the event."

    2. Wedding Diet Tip: Color Code Cocktail Hour
    "Avoid anything that is bright blue or neon green," says Frances

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  • Would You Eat a Meal a Stranger Cooked for You?

    by Lexi Petronis


    Yanes, Romulo AYanes, Romulo A
    When you're traveling, you spend a lot of time going out to meals at restaurants. But would you ever skip the restaurant and let a non-chef who lives locally whip up a home-cooked meal for you instead?

    That's the idea behind Cookening, a site where local amateur chefs sell homemade meals to others and serve them right in their own dining rooms. Like Airbnb, there are photos and descriptions of everything you can try. Like...

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    ...a "cheese apocalypse" in Paris:
    photo: Cookeningphoto: Cookening

    ...or a "dinner with a warm and kind Roman family" (aww!) in Italy:
    photo: Cookeningphoto: Cookening

    The photos are also accompanied by chef bios, which helps personalize the experience a bit. I don't know--I would be all over that pasta above!

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    And another service has recently taken root for amateur cooks: Shareyourmeal, where you can register the meals you've created that have lots of leftovers, and invite people in

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  • Your Dream Cooking Party: Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon (They Really Host Together!)

    by Lexi Petronis


    photo: Tyler Boyephoto: Tyler BoyeThis is one dinner party I would die to go to. Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore? Um, yes!

    US Weekly reports that Drew hosts cooking parties for her pals--including Reese--that include lessons and demos from nutritionist Kimberly Snyder on whipping up nutritious foods. Apparently, Drew "gets excited to share new dishes with her friends."

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    And I would imagine this kind of event could only be fun--sure, Drew loves Raw Taco Gorilla Wraps (which I still contend look amazing), but she's also revealed that she's a mac 'n' cheese kind of girl.

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    Plus, cooking demos are just naturally more fun with friends--don't you think? You get to laugh and, you know, maybe even have a glass of wine (even if it's a healthy cooking demo!). And you get to eat tasty food at the end. Win-win!

    Do you share new recipes and food ideas with friends? How do you do it: a party,

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