Blog Posts by TheDailyZeel

  • 6 Secrets to Being Social and Slender

    By: StacyAtZeel
    It's no secret that New Yorkers (and many other social savvy urbanites) love happy hours and fine dining. Restaurants, bars and the occasional cocktail or three are simply a part of living in a thriving city.

    While there's no harm in enjoying a night out on the town, Laura Cipullo-a Registered Dietitian and Zeel Expert in private practice in Manhattan-explains that she often works with clients who find it difficult to manage their weight when surrounded by drink specials and indulgence.

    "In the city," says Laura, "people tend to be extreme, either overdoing it with excess drinks and food or restricting it altogether." Balancing the two is key. Read on to learn Laura's six secrets to staying social, slender and most importantly, satisfied.

    1. Start the day off right. If you have evening plans, make sure to eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and a sensible snack before going out. That way, you'll be more likely to keep your smart eating streak going through dinner. (Plus,

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  • Fall Beauty Tips for Too-Tanned Skin

    By: StacyAtZeel

    See ya summer! The only thing more important than continuing to wear sunscreen through fall (no, SPF isn't seasonal) is to care for your fading tan. How can you refresh your sun-kissed skin? Make-up artist to the stars Jason Ascher recommends finding a great exfoliator to soften your complexion. Here, Jason-the resident beauty guru at Barneys' New York-dishes on which ingredients to look for at the beauty counter and his favorite products for fall.

    Scrub-a-dub-dub: Exfoliate

    Why is exfoliation so important? Scrubbing the skin with a gentle abrasive after a day, week or an entire summer baking in the sun helps to remove dead skin cells and flush excess oils trapped in your pores. Exfoliate at least once a week to achieve a head to toe glow.

    Jason prefers salt-based exfoliation products to those made from sugar. Salt scrubs are slightly coarser than sugar, so while individuals with sensitive skin should go sweet and opt for sugary exfoliants, salty scrubs are much more

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  • (For)Get Milk? 5 Non-Dairy Calcium Sources

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Quirky pixie dream girl Maggie Gyllenhaal is the most recent celebrity to flaunt the famous milk mustache on behalf of the "Got Milk" campaign. "Ooh-la-latte," the leopard clad actress proclaims while prominently displaying a mug of the foamy milk-laced morning beverage.

    Yet while milk is perhaps the best known source of calcium-touted for its ability to strengthen bones, nails, teeth and hair-it's not the only way to get your fix of this nutrient. (Dairy-shunning vegans have known this secret for years.)

    Lactose intolerant or not, here are five très bon dairy-free (and delicious!) ways to get your daily dose of calcium-which by the way, is about 1,000 milligrams.

    Orange Juice

    Your morning glass of OJ doesn't just fill you up with oodles of vitamin C; it also packs in a serious punch of this bone-building nutrient. Just make sure to look for calcium-fortified orange juice next time you hit the grocery store. Six ounces of this citrusy liquid is all it takes to get

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  • Purge Your Pores With 2 Gentle Peels

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Holy t-zone! Does it seem like your pores get bigger and bigger every time you catch your reflection?

    Go ahead and blame your enlarged pores on the number of candles on your cake (and your magnifying mirror). But, like wrinkles and gray hair, pore size is genetic too.

    While pores can't be banished permanently, you can minimize their appearance with a gentle chemical peel. We turn to our squad of skin smoothing experts and report back with the two most gentle, yet effective, peels to tighten enlarged pores and improve your overall texture and tone.

    Glycolic Acid: A Fruity Fix

    One of the most popular chemical peels on the block, glycolic acid is derived from alpha hydroxy acid-a common ingredient in exfoliating products as well as lotions and face washes. Glycolic acid is extracted from plants like sugar beets and melon, and is typically used to treat clogged pores, dull skin and puffed up pores.

    As Dr. George Lefkovits of Park Plaza Plastic Surgery confirms, "I

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  • Brain Boosting Exercises in 30 Minutes or Less

    By: StacyAtZeel

    A new study at the University of South Carolina is aiming to prove that exercise doesn't just build strength and endurance; it also boosts brain power. The research is based on evidence that the brain exhibits increased activity in response to physical activity, while sedentary subjects (in this case, mice) demonstrated no mental improvement.

    As we see it, there's never been a better reason to get in shape (save for beach season and your wedding day). Better yet, the amount of exercise needed to whip your brain into tip-top shape is totally reasonable-just half an hour per day. Sharpen your physical form and intellectual wit with these brain boosting exercises you've (probably) never tried. All they take is 30 minutes or less.

    CrossFit: Condition your body and brain

    If you think algebra is tough, try lifting a tire over your head-seven times. That's what you'll be asked to do if you participate in a CrossFit class, along with other hard-core strength and conditioning

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  • Friday Night Lites: 3 Football Favorites, Only Slimmer

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Just because you're watching football with the guys this weekend (or just because you are a guy) doesn't mean you have to eat like one. Yes, you can enjoy savory Buffalo wings, nachos and various other sporty snacks and still be mindful of your diet.

    What's the play? Follow along as we tackle three of your favorite game day appetizers and offer great DIY ways to make them healthier for your body. Trust us, the flavors rival that of any sports bar.

    Oven Broiled Buffalo Wings

    Have your wings and eat them too! Simply toss chicken wings (or drumsticks, if you prefer) in a piquant concoction of cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and kosher salt. After boiling the wings for 15 minutes on the stove, transfer them to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil them for 15 to 20 minutes on each side, and serve with a generous smattering of Frank's famous Red Hot Sauce. Oh, and this spicy topper has zero calories.

    Turkey Chili

    This tried and true recipe has won over

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  • 5 Reasons Why In-Office Tooth Whitening Trumps At-Home Strips

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Earlier this month, feisty pageant darling Eden Wood of "Toddlers and Tiaras" threw a fit when a Fashion's Week rep denied her teeth whitening. And who can blame the crop-top wearing six-year-old? "Big girl teeth" or not, a bright white smile will always be in style. (Note: Many dentists will not perform laser teeth whitening on clients under the age of 16.)

    If you want a smile that sparkles, but can't decide between the many tooth whitening options available (bleaching strips and whitening trays and lasers oh my!), then look no further than the Zeel team of dental experts. Here, we round up five reasons why in-office whitening treatments are the ultimate way to go.

    1. More comfort. Bleaching gels can irritate the gum line if the material comes in contact with the tissues surrounding your teeth-and it can be painful! As Zeel Expert Dr. Amanda Seay explains, when tooth whitening is performed in a professional setting, a trained dentist trims away excess gel to avoid

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  • 2 Seated Yoga Poses to Kick Piriformis Syndrome’s Butt

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Piri-who? Piriformis syndrome is a condition that affects millions of Americans each year, including me. Like many before me have quipped, it can be a real pain in the butt.

    A mild form of sciatica, piriformis syndrome feels like a deep, intense ache lodged deep in the flesh of the buttock. As it worsens, the crippling pain can radiate down the thighs and legs and up to the lower back.

    PS typically plagues runners (a la me), swimmers and workaholics, the condition which is caused by jogging on uneven surfaces, forward-moving athletic activities and sitting for extended periods of time. Symptoms include spasms (from mild to agonizing) and an uncomfortable tightening of the piriformis muscle.

    In recent years, Botox injections have emerged as a popular treatment for the syndrome (Botox relaxes the tight muscles). But for many, going under the needle is almost as unpleasant as the pain itself. So why not try yoga first?

    These seated yoga poses will help stretch out and

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  • Why Overachievers Need Massages Too

    By: StacyAtZeel

    Today's workhorse is a completely different breed of overachiever. It's no longer good enough to run a marathon or direct a Fortune 500 company. Now, we try to do both (while walking our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, raising a Harvard grad and putting an end to global warming, of course).

    Big Apple-based massage therapist Robert Wolf caters to these types of clients-what he calls "business-athletes." (And hey, we're all guilty of overdoing the multitasking sometimes.) Massage, he explains, can be an extremely beneficial healing modality for individuals leading particularly intense lifestyles. Here's how.

    Improve your performance. Like many holistic forms of exercise and rehabilitation, massage is becoming increasingly popular among athletes, especially the younger ones. Robert, who is part of the United States Tennis Association's Sports Medicine team, works with a number of elite athletes, from tennis professionals to runners. "You can see the transcendence in their

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  • 3 Reasons To Get Movement Educated

    By: StacyAtZeel

    I never thought that making a small adjustment to the way I was breathing would make such a huge difference in my life. Then I met movement educators Melissa Gutierrez and Kim Lien-Kendall, and my entire perception of this natural function changed.

    There was, of course, an aha moment. While lying on my back, Melissa placed her hand on my sternum and asked me to inhale while imagining that I was pushing her hand up and away from my chest. (Many people actually breathe from their belly, not their upper body. Try it. You'll see.)

    I inhaled, sucking all the oxygen into my chest and tried launching her hand to the moon. Almost immediately, the air was pierced by a loud crack-the sound of a painful knot in my back dissipating. It was the sound of instant relief.

    Maybe you've already heard of the Alexander and Feldenkrais Methods-two types of popular movement education. (Victoria "Posh" Beckham is a fan of the former, while Whoopi Goldberg is a Feldenkrais devotee.) Yet

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