Blog Posts by TheDailyZeel

  • Bagging the Best Tea for Your Health

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Whether you're quenching your thirst or simply warming your hands on a cold winter day, there are plenty of reasons to cozy up to a healthful mug of tea. But, taste preferences aside, which flavor should you try? Herein, a brief look at the benefits of popular types of teas, and why you may want to consider one leaf over another. Recycled tea bags, for chai worth its weight in goldRecycled tea bags, for chai worth its weight in gold

    Antioxidant Powerhouse: Green Tea

    With what some estimate to be as much as 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, green tea-which comes from the same plant as black and oolong-is a powerful health ally. In addition to a specific kind of antioxidant known as flavonoids, which stave off heart disease and certain strains of cancer (including skin, breast, lung and colon cancers), green tea also contains an abundance of polyphenols and catechins, two super-nutrients that fight cell-harming free radicals in the body.

    A Spicy Salve: Chai Tea

    Distinguished by an exotic medley of spices, chai flavored tea (the base of

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  • Fitness Bucket List: 4 Workouts to Try Before 2012

    By: StacyAtZeel
    Start on your fitness resolution a few weeks earlyStart on your fitness resolution a few weeks early
    I have to say, I've had a lot of fitness firsts this past year. My first half marathon, for example, during which I achieved a new personal distance record (or PDR, which is a term I also used for the very first time). There was my first hot yoga class too-not Bikram, which I've still yet to try, but power yoga in a sweltering room. And then there was my first go at Ki Power Yoga, an invigorating blend of martial arts, Thai yoga and power yoga. It was challenging, and I discovered that balance isn't my forte (not yet, at least), but I had a great time testing my skills and can't wait to go to future classes.

    With 2012 on the horizon, we're looking forward to new and exciting fitness to take on. But before the big sparkly ball descends upon Times Square, there's still plenty of time to cross these five impactful workouts of 2011 off your fitness bucket list. Get movin'!

    Power Plate.
    We can attribute the popularization of the Power Plate to The Fighter actor Mark

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  • The Candy Man Can't: Healthy Sweet Tooth Substitutions

    By: StacyAtZeel
    Dentures and mouthguards should be last resortDentures and mouthguards should be last resort
    Can't keep your paws out of the candy jar? Needless to say, you're not alone. Sugar isn't just delicious, it's completely addictive. How can you satisfy your sweet tooth without wrecking your New Year's resolution before you've even begun? Zeel nutrition experts with thriving New York practices offer practical options for healthy sucrose substitutions.

    Lisa Stollman, a seasoned RD who embraces food that's healthy and delicious.

    Easy answer: Eat more fruit. Start breakfast with a serving of fresh fruit. At lunch and dinner enjoy fresh fruit at the end of your meal. Also, eat whole grains in place of white refined grains. The whole grains will keep you full longer and your blood glucose stable, which should help decrease your cravings.

    Lauren Slayton, a media maven, popular blogger and owner of Foodtrainers.

    Cravings for sugar are fueled by the consumption of sugar, meaning the more sugar you consume, the more you will crave. That being said, you are better off eating

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  • Winter Races: Motivation to Get Moving

    By: StacyAtZeel

    So I've decided to sign up for the Manhattan half marathon on January 21st (and now that it's officially published on the internet, I have to follow through). I had no intention of racing in the dead of winter, let alone ever again after my first and only (so far) half marathon, which I completed back in August.
    I guess I'll run if you run too. Towards a cozy fire and hot drinks!I guess I'll run if you run too. Towards a cozy fire and hot drinks!
    There's something, though, about the community of runners that seems to lure me back time and again, and whether you're a runner or a cyclist, swimmer, triathlete or Ironman or woman, you probably know what I mean.

    With less than two months to train for the popular New York Road Runner-sponsored race, I'll be frantically--I mean, enthusiastically--looking for ways to stay motivated as the days get colder, the mornings get darker, and the temptation to spend weekend afternoons drinking hot chocolate rather than running 10 miles around the tip of Manhattan gets stronger.

    Here's how I plan to do it, and I'd love to hear your words of wisdom too.

    Get a buddy.

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  • 7 Ways to Reduce Stress-Related Neck and Shoulder Pain

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, and you're probably going to feel it in that general region as well, along with your neck and upper back.
    Stress, no matter where it comes from, tends to linger in the shoulders and neck, creating an achy sensation that can be hard to relieve. What can be done to release this pesky pressure? Zeel Experts in the field of bodywork and massage respond.

    Be aware.
    Try to bring awareness to the times when you tense up, especially if you tend to clench your jaw or tighten your muscles. Managing tension can help to prevent neck pain.

    Easier said than done, right? Be proactive and test relaxation techniques, like meditative yoga, to explore different ways of letting go.

    Gentle movements.
    Slow range-of-motion exercises can help to loosen the muscles and provide a gentle stretch. Carefully move your head up and down, look side to side and tilt your ear toward your shoulder.

    Myofascial release. Neck and shoulder pain can

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  • Meal Makeover: 6 Vegetarian Sources of Protein

    By: StacyAtZeel

    I get it all the time: Wait, you're not getting chicken on your salad? But how will you get your protein?

    To clarify, I don't eat (mostly) vegetarian because I'm against the consumption of animals. I'm not on a diet either. Meat just hasn't agreed with my stomach for years, and while there's nothing I love more than a delicious bite of a burger, any more, and I'll feel the aftermath for days.Delicious chickpeas (mash for hummus).Delicious chickpeas (mash for hummus).

    So without a choice, really, I've learned to incorporate lots of other vegetarian protein sources into my diet, which my body digests without protest. And what I've learned is that, despite what our grandmothers have told us, vegetarians-and non-vegetarians who don't eat meat for other reasons-can still consume more than enough protein without resorting to fauna.

    The RDA recommends an intake of about 0.36 grams of protein per pound, so a 130 pound female, for example, should consume about 47 grams of protein daily. Meat-eaters can satisfy about half of this daily requirement

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  • Pilates for a Healthy Pregnancy

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Most women who maintain regular exercise regimens tend to voice the same concerns about fitness-whether they're pregnant or not. How can I tone my arms? How can I avoid injury? and Should I get a personal trainer? are universal queries; and in reality, it's the answers, not the questions, which differ when a woman decides to work out while pregnant.
    Halle ClarkeHalle Clarke
    Halle Clarke, a Pilates expert and the owner of Mongoose Bodyworks in downtown Manhattan, knows what women need and responds to these same types of questions on a regular basis. Eager to educate others, Halle was kind enough to contribute to our Ask the Expert series and impart some of her infinite wisdom on Pilates for a healthy pregnancy to you, our inquisitive Zeel readers.

    What are the benefits of practicing Pilates throughout pregnancy?

    As a form of exercise, Pilates has an inimitable ability to strengthen the pelvic floor, including the transverse abdominis and the lumbar multifidus. This "inner unit" of core muscles

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  • CrossFit 101: Get Started, Get Strong

    By: MarcyAtZeel

    You may have heard of CrossFit, but if you're like me two months ago, you might be too intimidated to try it. CrossFit is like a combination of a sport, a training gym and a club. But don't be afraid. Just read up on my lil' CrossFit primer and you'll be ready to crunch your WOD (that's workout of the day to you, non-CrossFit goer) in no time.
    crossfit: good form, good strengthcrossfit: good form, good strength
    Don't look for luxury. This is not your typical gym with ellipticals, TV screens and lots of fluffy towels. The ethos of CrossFit gyms (or boxes, as they're called for extra badass mojo) is simplicity. The standard equipment includes gymnastics rings, plyometrics boxes, a medicine ball, dumbbells, kettlebells, climbing ropes, elastic bands and a rowing machine (the "ERG"). That's about it. And yes, you will be lifting large barbells over your head, just like Rocky.

    It's OK if you're not super-athletic. Despite the impressively muscular appearance of many CrossFit habitu├ęs, CrossFit is for everyone. All attendees do the same WOD,

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  • Can Veneers Fix Crooked Teeth?

    By: StacyAtZeel
    ashamed of a ghastly grin? veneers may help.ashamed of a ghastly grin? veneers may help.
    Crooked teeth may be the new cosmetic vogue (yes, you read that correctly) among beauty mavens in Japan, particularly in Tokyo where the "yaeba" look is all the rage. But here in New York, and presumably across the rest of the world, wonky teeth still rank among the most common dental woes, prompting those in search of the perfect smile to wonder whether veneers can fix their crooked grin.

    Ask and you shall receive! Zeel cosmetic dentistry experts from around the country offer their two cents as to whether veneers can successfully mend crooked, uneven and gapped teeth.

    Dr. Brian Gray, Washington, D.C.

    "Yes," says Dr. Gray, Washingtonian Magazine's "Top Dentist" and an international authority in general and cosmetic dentistry. "But the degree of complexity may require more tooth preparation (removal of healthy enamel) to give the desired esthetic result."

    During the application of porcelain veneers, about a third to half a millimeter of tooth enamel is typically

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  • Overcoming Achilles Tendinitis: A Novice's Story

    By: StacyAtZeeltip #1: stretch!tip #1: stretch!

    To put it bluntly, it was awful-the moment I realized that the uncomfortable and tight feeling radiating from my Achilles tendon was back and worse than ever.

    As a long-time runner, this wasn't my first go-around with Achilles tendinitis, and it probably won't be my last. And while I'm well aware that holistic healing methods like acupuncture, energy work and massage can be a tremendous help, it's simply not always possible to take an hour-or more-out of my day to tend to my aching extremities.

    As North Carolina-based personal trainer Christina Tyler explains, "There are several ways to aggravate the Achilles tendon. A few ways are an untreated or undiagnosed injury, side effects from medication, improper footwear, misalignment or even overuse."

    In my case, I could quickly pin my pain on the last, and thanks to these do-it-yourself tips from Zeel Experts like Christina, I was able to start jogging slowly again over Thanksgiving weekend-after only two

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