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  • Snag Your Own Tiffany Necklace: Nike Women's Marathon Tips

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    There are many things to love about the Nike Women's Marathon - the female-positive message, the energy, and, of course, that Tiffany necklace - and the fact that it's raised over $134 million for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since its inception makes it that much better. I had a blast at last year's race, my first half, so as soon as Nike invited me to run this year as part of their 10th annual celebration, I'd already slipped on my training shoes. With another NWM half under my belt, here's my second-timer's review of the Nike Women's Marathon, plus 11 tips to keep in mind if you're a first-time NWM runner.

    First off, there's no denying it: the atmosphere is amazing. There's nothing like 25,000-plus women (and a few men) running the undulating streets of San Francisco, blowing past famous spots like the Embarcadero, Ghiradelli Square, and the Presidio. Even though I've lived in San Francisco for almost a

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  • How to Liven Up Oatmeal and Keep it Under 400 Calories

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    Move over, cold bowl of cereal! This time of year calls for warming yourself up with a bowl of hot and hearty oatmeal. Full of whole-grain fiber, this breakfast will keep you satisfied all morning. Buying plain oats is healthier than buying packets that are already sweetened, and less expensive too, but that doesn't mean you have to go without flavor. Add these delicious morsels to your next half-cup serving of rolled oats (190 calories).

    • One small diced banana (89), three ounces nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (60), and two walnut halves, chopped (26): 365 calories
    • One small diced pear (86), one tablespoon pepitas (40), and one-quarter cup granola (82): 398 calories
    • One small diced apple (80), one chopped Medjool date (66), six chopped almonds (42), and a sprinkle of cinnamon (0): 378 calories
    • One tablespoon peanut butter (95), one-eighth cup dried cherries (65), and one teaspoon maple syrup (15): 365 calories
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  • Paleo "Pasta" That's Good Enough to Be Comfort Food

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    If you have 10 minutes, pasta is a quick and filling go-to meal, especially in the colder months. But if you're watching your carb intake or are following a gluten-free or Paleo diet, then even though it's healthy, whole wheat pasta is off-limits. Here's an equally satisfying, soft, and tender alternative that's as easy to whip up as that bowl of spaghetti. It's made with carrot ribbons using a simple vegetable peeler, then sautéed with mushrooms, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil for a bowl that's sure to satisfy your pasta cravings. The carrots add a sweet twist to this traditional dish, but the marinara and cooked veggies make it taste like you always remember - and your tastebuds won't miss a thing.

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    Adapted from Oatmeal With a Fork

    Carrot Fettucine With Mushrooms and Red Pepper


    1 1/2 tablespoons olive

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  • Burn Fat with Spice! Tasty Metabolism-Boosting Recipes

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    If you choose wisely, the spices you cook with can boost your metabolism and help your body burn more fat, like the four we've rounded up here: ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and turmeric. If you're not sure how to cook with these, here are two tasty recipes for each spice.

    The Spice: Ginger High in antioxidants, ginger offers big health benefits. Dr. Oz says that ginger can increase your metabolism by about 20 percent for three hours! This is namely because of ginger's gingerols and capsaicin, two compounds known to boost metabolic rates.

    • Taste This: Ginger-Carrot Soup: A bowl of this detoxifying ginger-carrot soup is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese, which aids digestion.
    • Taste This: Orange-Ginger Smoothie: Fire up your metabolism with a sweet smoothie that makes use of a piece of fresh ginger.

    The Spice: Cinnamon
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  • Why You Need to Snack on Raw Pumpkin Seeds ASAP

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    If you're not enjoying pumpkin seeds regularly, then it's time to start incorporating these little guys into your diet. While the seeds straight from the pumpkin are delicious - after they're roasted, of course - the more concentrated nutritional value comes from raw pepita seeds, the hulled, flat, green seeds you'll see in the bulk section of your supermarket. More than adding a seasonal flair to your favorite salad or bowl of yogurt, here are all the healthy reasons you should snack on pumpkin seeds as soon as possible.

    They support weight loss: Raw pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and fiber, which work to fill you up and keep you satisfied for longer. Snacking on them raw is great when you're in a bind for time, but you can also enjoy them in the form of this cilantro-pepita pesto that's a delicious dip for baby carrots or that you can easily spread on some whole-grain crackers or sliced turkey.

    They improve

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  • Sip Up to Slim Down: Pear Berry Weight-Loss Smoothie

    Source: Sip Up to Slim Down: Pear Berry Weight-Loss Smoothie

    The key to weight loss is filling up on low-cal foods that are high in fiber and protein to keep you satiated longer. Pears, berries, kiwi, avocado, greens, and flaxmeal are known for their high fiber content. Throw in some Greek yogurt for protein, and you've got a tangy breakfast that'll keep hunger at bay for hours, which means fewer calories consumed throughout the day. It's an easy way to sip down 19 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein. Keep reading to learn how to make this 350-calorie weight-loss smoothie.

    From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

    Pear Berry Weight-Loss Smoothie


    1 pear
    1 kiwi, peeled
    1/4 ripe avocado
    1 cup frozen raspberries
    1 cup raw spinach
    3 ounces nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
    1/2 teaspoon flaxmeal
    2 cups cold water

    1. Mix everything in a blender until smooth.
    2. Enjoy immediately.


    Category: Drinks, Smoothies
    Yield: 1 serving
    Cook Time: 5
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  • 4 Things You Should Never Eat (and How to Stop)

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    Despite its name, the Telluride WOW Fitness Festival wasn't just about push-ups, crunches, and burpees. There was also some great advice being shared - including this nugget from trainer Jonathan Ross: "One bad meal won't transform your body, just like one good meal won't equal immediate results; the body builds itself from habit." Curious to know which habits matter in the long run, Jonathan offered up his rules for things you should always - and never! - do when it comes to eating.


    • Eat veggies and protein at every meal: We're not talking fried, cheese-covered, or canned vegetables, either. Not only are fresh veggies rich in vitamins and antioxidants, but also, the water and fiber content help keep you full. If the thought of eating veggies all day long makes you gag, then get over it, says Jonathan. "Healthy food tastes boring for a little while. Your taste buds adapt." Alongside those veggies, make sure you
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  • Tactics that Prevent Overeating: Do These Work for You?

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    We've all stuffed ourselves silly once in a while; it's bound to happen sometimes. Saying no during holidays, weddings, or family-style dinners at Grandma's can be challenging. When you're trying to drop a few, portion control is tough but essential. Read through, and share whether these techniques would prevent you from overeating.

    • Chewing Gum: Sometimes your mouth just needs to keep busy, and chewing gum or sucking on candy does the trick. Does it help you?
    • Filling Up on Water: Drinking water throughout the day can stave off hunger cravings, and sipping a big glass while eating can also help you feel full faster. Do you drink water to prevent overdoing it during meals?
    • Eating a Salad Before the Entrée: Noshing on a salad before dinner offers fiber to fill you up, which can help curb your urge to stuff yourself once you get to the entrée. Is this a helpful tactic for you?

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  • How Your Car Helps You Lose Weight

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    Driving can definitely cause weight gain. If you're bored on long work commutes or road trips, snacking or hitting the drive-through can make the time pass. And sitting in traffic all the time doesn't quite burn calories the way running does. It doesn't have to be this way! Here's how your car can actually help you slim down.

    • Sip on this: Keep a reusable water bottle in your cup holder so you can sip it when you feel like snacking.
    • Stash healthy snacks: Forget McDonalds! Stash nonperishable healthy snacks in your car so you can reach for those instead of hitting the gas station mini-mart. Nuts, trail mix, granola bars, whole grain pretzels, and shelf-stable soy or almond milk are great options. If you know you'll be in the car for a few hours, pack a healthy meal so you can avoid having to hit the drive-through. Eating every few hours keeps hunger at bay and can prevent overeating at mealtimes.
    • Extra kicks: You never know when
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  • Phone it In: Free Apps to Help You Drop Pounds

    Source: Phone It In: Free Apps to Help You Drop Pounds

    If you're one of those people who is constantly on her phone, texting, tweeting, emailing, and snapping pics for Instagram, why not use your phone time to help you slim down? There are tons of iPhone apps to keep track of your calories consumed and calories burned, that can offer the support and motivation needed to follow through with your weight-loss goals. Here's a list of a few that won't cost you a dime.

    • Lose It!: Fill in some important info about yourself, including age, height, current weight, goal weight, and how many pounds you want to lose per week and you're ready to go. The app tells you how many calories you should have each day to meet your weight-loss goal, and also keeps track of the calories you consume each day and the calories you lose via exercise. The "My Day" feature gives you a quick snapshot of your day, how many calories you've consumed and burned, and how many cals you have left. Easy to use and easy to
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