Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • 4 Calorie-Torching Exercises to Do...While Sitting

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
    Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown doing exercise in her office in the 1970sCosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown doing exercise in her office in the 1970s We're all guilty of sitting for a few more hours a day than we really ought to--but between work and school, there's a lot of time that's devoted to spending time on our tushes. Luckily, if you're stuck in a seat for most of the day, you can still exercise... with Sitacise.

    According to Sitacise founders Kathy and Mark Brown, sitting sit for six or more accumulative hours your risk for heart disease increased by 54 percent. But if you do "NEAT"--non-exercise activity thermogenesis movements--you can help reduce your risk (and, bonus: burn lots of calories). Here are four exercises--er, Sitacises--that you can try from your chair, right this second. No, it's not quite the same as a regular workout--but at least you can do something when you're sitting.

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    Seated Water Bottle Curl
    This tones the biceps, forearms, and wrists.
    * Fill two water bottles.
    * Plant your feet firmly on the floor. Hold the bottles to

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  • Feeling Anxious? 3 Safe Alternatives to Taking Unprescribed Xanax

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
    Did you watch the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion? It was tense, right? So tense, in fact, that Lauren Manzo says, "Xanax was being passed around like candy."

    She could be joking, naturally. But her comment underscored an important point: Xanax is getting more and more popular with women, according to Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D., JD, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Caron Treatment Centers who focuses on the treatment of addiction. And it's not just women with a prescription who are taking the drug to calm their anxiety--lots are taking it recreationally. Without a prescription.

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    Casual Xanax use comes with major risks, says Hokemeyer--like actual changes in the brain: "It slows down the brain's functioning, impairs judgment and motor coordination, which can result in poor sexual decisions, poor parenting decisions and poor relationship decisions," he says. If Xanax is mixed with other

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  • 4 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
    Today marks the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It's obviously an important topic: scarily, it's estimated that one in eight U.S. women will be affected with invasive breast cancer. So today, we're starting with ways you may be able to reduce your risk of getting it in the first place.

    The Breast Cancer Fund gave us these breast cancer prevention tips--as they say, prevention is power. There are lots of simple things you can do every day that could add up in a big way when it comes to reducing your breast cancer risk. Take a look:

    Avoid overnight work shifts for long stretches. Keeping a regular daily schedule and limiting the number of years that you pull overnight shift works may reduce your breast cancer risk by 33 percent. Overnight shift work over the long-term--and continued exposure to light at night--is associated with 1.5 to 2.5-fold increased breast cancer risk.

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    Make sure you

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  • 3 Fashion Styles that Are Health DOs

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour
    Skinny jeans that cut off circulation, heels that are bad for your feet, flip-flops that are wrecking your ankles--we've all heard about the alleged health risks of some of our fashion choices, but you may also like to know three chic style picks that happen to be healthy choices...

    Oversized sunglasses: If you love the Jackie O look, good girl: Experts say big sunglasses may deflect more rays. "Although the glasses are a fashion statement for most, few people are aware of the need to protect the eye, particularly the cornea, from harmful sun damage," reports CBS. "Corneal flash burns can cause pain and vision changes and even lead to permanent scarring. Look for labels on sunglasses which indicate the level of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection."

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    Small clutches: That enormous bag you've been lugging? Yeah, not so good for your back and spine health. Pairing down and switching to a smaller

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  • The Ultimate Slim-Down Smoothie, from Jessica Simpson's Trainer

    The holy grail of slim-down smoothies? Jessica Simpson's trainer, Harley Pasternak, has the recipe...
    by Sarah Jio, Glamour















    The healthy smoothie that Jessica Simpson and other celeb clients of Harley Pasternak swear by? Here you go:

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    Harley Pasternak's Breakfast Smoothie
    Yields: 1 16 oz. serving

    Ingredients:
    - 5 raw almonds
    - 1 red apple
    - 1 banana
    - 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
    - 1/2 cup nonfat milk
    - 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

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    Preparation:
    Place all ingredients in a blender. (Depending on how powerful your blender is, you may need to chop the apple and almonds into small pieces before blending.) Blend on medium-high for 30 seconds (or until desired consistency).

    Enjoy! (And, I think this is going to be my new breakfast fave!)

    P.S. More healthy smoothie recipes, and breakfast ideas.

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  • What People Think when Fergie Puts on a Few Pounds

    by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
    Fergie told Rachael Ray that when she puts on a few pounds, it gets everybody talking--because they make a big assumption about why.

    While a guest on The Rachael Ray Show, Fergie said: "[People ask if I'm pregnant] every time I fluctuate a few pounds. Like right now, I'm a couple pounds up. Sometimes I go a couple pounds down and I wear the clothes that are more fitted, but people kind of look at me because they're expecting [that] it's that time. We do hope for children and that will be coming up, but it's not yet."

    Yep, when Fergie's, um, lady lumps get a little more noticeable, people assume that she and Josh Duhamel are expecting a baby Pea.

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    OK, I'm sure newly-married celebs probably fall victim to this ridiculous "pregnant or fat?" game more often than most of us might, but don't you know a woman or two that's dealt with the "is she or isn't she" speculation, too, based purely on how she looks?

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  • 4 Really Weird Ways to Get Pregnant

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour
    If you have baby fever, you've probably gotten some unwanted fertility advice from friends and family. But, I promise, these may be the weirdest fertility remedies you will ever hear...

    1. Eat More Blueberry Jam
    : In her quest to get pregnant, a writer in England says she was told that blueberry jam, eaten straight from the jar, can help in the fertility department. If you're shaking your head at this, as I am, wait until you hear what someone in her family told her husband to do: Her husband, she writes,"was accosted by an aging uncle at a family gathering, and told he needed to cover his willy in blueberry jam.

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    2. Put Egg Whites Down There: When I was trying to get pregnant with my first baby and it didn't happen on the first try, I instantly panicked and read every pregnancy tip I could find. One of them involved putting raw egg whites down there before sex. The idea is the egg whites can

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  • An Amazing Cooking Ingredient to Try Now

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour
    OK, I cannot keep this to myself. I recently made the most delicious pumpkin bread (I know, I'm already making pumpkin bread), and I swapped out half the flour for this weird ingredient that turned out to be such a smart move...

    Have you ever cooked with almond flour (also known as almond meal)? It's basically finely ground almonds, and it's supposed to add a boost of nutrition and moisture to cookies, cakes, bread, etc.

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    So, I recently added a half-cup to a batch of pumpkin bread, and wow, wow, wow! It gave the bread the most moist, satisfying texture and the flavor was slightly nutty, but also really buttery and delicious. The best part was that it made the pumpkin bread feel more substantial, thanks to the protein in the almond flour, so a tiny slice for an afternoon snack powered me through to dinner with zero hunger pangs.

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  • How Texting Can Hurt Your Neck

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour
    CN Digital Studio Do you always have your phone in your hand, and are you frequently looking down at it to check emails, text messages, etc.? Of course you are! Everyone does. But, wait until you hear what this constant texting posture is doing to your body, and it's not good...

    Physical therapists call it "Text Neck"--the common poor posture we have when we lean over our phone. It can lead to neck pain, headaches, back pain, and poor posture.

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    Here's a fascinating tidbit, from CNN's Jacque Wilson: "The average human head weighs 10 pounds in a neutral position--when your ears are over your shoulders. For every inch you tilt your head forward, the pressure on your spine doubles. So if you're looking at a smartphone in your lap, your neck is holding up what feels like 20 or 30 pounds."

    What to do? Try holding your phone up higher next time you're texting or sending an email on your phone, say experts so

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  • Justin Timberlake Cooks! (Seriously, is There Anything Better Than a Man in the Kitchen?)

    by Sarah Jio, Glamour

    He sings, he dances, he acts. But that's not all. The man cooks! Well, bakes. Check out how cute he and Jessica Biel are in the kitchen together...

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    Justin Timberblake recently shared that he and fiance Jessica Biel like spending time in the kitchen together, and they have a really symbiotic culinary relationship: "It works out," he said. "She likes to cook. I like to bake . . . so dinner and dessert."

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    Can't you just imagine Jessica stirring the soup pot while Justin is checking on the cake in the oven? Too cute!

    Does your guy cook? Bake? What's his specialty?

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