Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • Can Exercise Break Up A Relationship?

    By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

    Do you crawl out of bed at the crack of dawn for a big workout, coming home only after your significant other has left for work? Does he? If so, you might want to take a look at the emergence of the "exercise widow"...

    According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, therapists are seeing more couples come in for counseling due to exercise. Specifically: one-half of the couple is in constant physical training and it's causing major cracks in the relationship.

    Apparently, the non-training half of the couple often feels resentful of the time spent away while training. There's also an insecurity risk, reports WSJ: "If one partner gets a new, buff appearance and a new circle of buff acquaintances, romantic possibilities can open up-and give the other spouse good reason to feel insecure about his or her own physique."

    But it's not all doom and gloom. Some couples start training together (which I think sounds awesome), or the non-training partner

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  • 3 Totally Unexpected Ways Exercise May Help You (Besides the Whole Getting-Fit Thing)

    By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

    Exercise gives you energy, boosts your immunity, helps your heart, and--oh yeah!--tones your bod. There's every reason in the world that exercise is good for you. No, seriously, there's every reason--check out the surprising results of these exercise-related studies...

    * Exercise may increase the size of your... brain! New research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that aerobic exercise might pump up the hippocampus part of your brain (which controls memory). Study participants who walked for 40 minutes three times a week had brain increase of about 2% (the participants that lifted weights had a brain decrease of about 1.5%).

    Related: Game On: Low-Calorie Super Bowl Foods

    * It could make you more active in politics. For a study in Psychological Science, researchers linked the "fittest" states--those with frequent exercisers, low diabetes rates, and low obesity--with the states that had the highest voter turnout in

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  • Broccoli Helps Fight Cancer--When You Prepare It Like This

    By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

    There's a reason Mom always told you to eat your broccoli: Those green mini-shrubs are filled with nutrition (think fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotene). And now a new study has discovered the secret to unleashing a potent cancer-fighting agent in broccoli...

    It's all in how you prepare it. According to a new study by the University of Illinois, published in Nutrition and Cancer, eating three to five servings of broccoli a week is enough to deliver a super-powerful cancer-preventative punch--if you steam it and eat it with broccoli sprouts.

    Broccoli contains sulforaphane and myrosinase, which, when paired together, give the veggie a serious anti-cancer boost. But when broccoli is overcooked, myrosinase is destroyed--which means the cancer-fighting agent gets obliterated, too, say researchers. The solution? Steam the broccoli for two to four minutes, long before it turns mushy.

    The researchers also suggest sprinkling your broccoli with broccoli

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  • Are Your Friends' Cheerful Facebook Status Updates Making You Miserable?

    By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

    When you're having one of those black-raincloud-over-the-head bad days, there's one thing that you should absolutely not do, according to new research--and, for a lot of us, it might be kind of difficult to avoid...

    Do not log onto Facebook.

    Related: Game On: Low-Calorie Super Bowl Foods

    Why? A series of experiments at Stanford University has discovered that, if we're feeling miserable, reading our friends' cheerful status updates will probably only make us even more miserable.

    The experiments had some key revelations in their findings, including: 1) we hide our negative emotions and promote our positive ones (which explains why there are so many happy or self-promoting status updates out there); and 2) we usually assume everyone else is happier than they actually are. "Taken together," say the researchers, "these studies suggest that people may think they are more alone in their emotional difficulties than they really are."

    Related: The

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  • 5 Ways to (Naturally) Detoxify Your Body--No Fasting or Weird Juices Required

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Does the thought of detoxing appeal to you? I admit, I'm intrigued, and yet I just can't get into the harsh "cleanses" and fasts that so many programs employ (drink lemonade mixed with cayenne for a week? Not this gal!). That's why I loved this list of gentle detox methods...

    I loved the tips that I found over at Gaiam from naturopathic doctors about how to gently cleanse your system (you know, when you've been going out with the girls a little too much and maybe resorting to junk food too many nights in a row!).

    Related: 50 Things to Put You in an Instant Good Mood

    1. Think fiber: Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to flush out the ickies, say experts. Best detoxifying high-fiber foods? Gaiam suggets beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed.

    2. Get your C: Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives

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  • A Spice That Makes You Smarter?

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Want a little brain boost this morning? As it turns out, one yummy savory herb--that tastes amazing in scrambled eggs--may help you be at the top of your game at the office today. Take a guess...

    Shape reports that a study published in Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior found that the yummy, savory herb sage may play a role in boosting brain function.

    The researchers found that people who took sage-oil extract (50 micro liters) before taking a test performed better than the subjects who were given a placebo. While sage extract is more concentrated than what you'll find in your spice jar, it wouldn't hurt to reap some of these brain-boosting effects.

    What's the magic about sage? The herb, which is awesome on eggs, contains compounds that prevent the breakdown of "acetylcholine," a neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory, reports Shape.

    Sage advice!

    Do you do a lot of cooking with sage? (I have a huge, wild bush growing in my herb garden. I

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  • New Quick-Read Food Nutrition Labels Coming Soon

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Coming soon: New, big-font, easy-read nutrition labels on the front of your favorite food products. A good idea, right? Maybe, but some people are concerned...

    Many of your favorite food products will soon be getting nutrition-label makeovers. Instead of flipping the package over and reading the fine print, you'll very soon be able to just look right on the front of the package and read the stats: sugar, protein, fat, fiber--the essentials.

    But, not all people are thrilled. Food writer Marion Nestle, for one, reportedly believes the new system is flawed. Others say that the quick-read nutrition labels are too brief, and will prevent people from reading ingredient labels where things like artificial ingredients and trans-fat lade hydrogenated oils lurk (remember, a product can still say "0 grams trans fat" if there is less than .5 grams of trans fat per serving--a tricky labeling loophole that means you could be eating several tablespoons worth of

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  • Walking Is Great, But the #1 Reason Why You Should Also Fit in Vigorous Exercise

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    I'm a big fan of walking and lighter-paced exercise (it counts too!), especially since I've been pregnant these past 9 months! But, if your exercise has gotten a little low-impact lately, time to amp things up. Here's why working in vigorous exercise as often as you can has some serious health (and hot body) payoffs.

    Did you workout this morning? Was it a vigorous workout? If so, good girl. While light exercise is just fine, be sure you're getting your heart rate going and sweating it out at least two or three times per week, say experts.

    Here's the thing, reminds the fit gals over at FitSugar, without that vigorous exercise, your bod isn't getting the important chance to whittle away the belly fat that tends to accumulate as we get older (and I'm not talking elderly here--it begins in your twenties). Other than the fact that blasting that belly fat will make you feel hot (nothing wrong with that), it's also good for your health. As you know, belly fat

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  • Weight Loss News: Why Turning Your Thermostat Up May Be Making You Pack on Pounds

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    The latest excuse for your growing waistline? That heater in your house or apartment, say researchers. The weird reason why a too-warm-house could be making you fat:

    Do you like a warm house? I do! My husband and I are always arguing about the thermostat. I tend to want to turn it up, and he's always turning it down. But wait, maybe his way is ... healthier, and maybe may help with weight loss?

    According to new research from British scientists, our too-warm houses and apartments may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. In short, by turning the heat up, we're robbing our bodies of the opportunity to make our own heat, and hence, burn calories.

    "Increased time spent indoors, widespread access to central heating and air conditioning, and increased expectations of thermal comfort all contribute to restricting the range of temperatures we experience in daily life and reduce the time our bodies spend under mild thermal stress--meaning we burn less

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  • RIP Jack LaLanne (So Inspiring: He Exercised Right Up Until the End!)

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Last night, I heard the sad news that fitness guru Jack LaLanne had passed away--at the age of 96. And while the world mourns the loss of an exercise and healthy living icon, I can't help but continue to be inspired by the man who got me hooked on juicing and reminded all of us of the importance of fitness--at any age...

    Jack LaLanne has been in the spotlight for the better part of his life as one of the world's foremost fitness gurus. Maybe you've seen him on TV, at 60, 70, 80, even in his 90's with those buff arms and a youthful vibe (really, I think the man had more energy at 90 than most of us at 20!). He even "invented" the first resistance band, which he called the "Glamour Stretcher."

    And maybe you saw the (a little corny, at times) infomercials for his juicers? They hooked me. In fact, I'm the proud owner of a Jack LaLanne juice machine, and I use it just about every morning. I'm a huge fan of juicing (touted by natural-health guru Kris Carr,

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