Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • At the End of Your Rope? Try This Great Trick for Defusing Anger

    Do you explode easily or take things personally? Whether you've got a brief bout of road rage or an irritating long-term grudge, use this "framing" technique to manage it in a sane way. From The Art of Falling in Love, by Joe Beam.

    Imagine that you are driving along in traffic on the way to a meeting. Suddenly, a little red sports car pops right in front of you and you have to hit the brakes to keep from hitting it. The red car slows down a couple of times, looking for a turn, but remains in front of you. Then it slows down as you approach a traffic light, and takes just enough time passing under it to make you miss the light.

    How would you react? You may be irritated at the beginning, and then become more and more angry. If incensed enough, you may even run the red light to catch up with this automotive persecutor and shake your fist at him!

    The irritation you feel is normal, but whatever anger you feel is yours, not that of the driver of the other car. You may shout,

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Avoid Air Pollution

    By Dr. Mike Moreno
    Author of The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging

    It's hot, humid, and smoggy this summer, and no matter where you live, chances are you have seen signs that the quality of the air we all breathe in and out every day isn't what it once was. There are other types and sources of outdoor air pollution (including carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide), but I'd like to focus on ozone, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter.

    You cannot see ozone pollution. Ozone, which is a gas comprised of three oxygen molecules, may not sound harmful on its surface. It's just oxygen, right? Well, when it gets into the tissues of your lungs, a reaction occurs that causes damage. This damage leads some people to experience trouble breathing, pain, inflammation, and more. It can land some high-risk folks in the hospital.

    Get informed. Your local news outlets typically report on the level of ozone in the air, especially during the summer, when levels tend to be higher. Air Quality

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  • 5 Energy-Boosting Tips to Get You Through the Dog Days of Summer

    By Kristin Sidorov
    This summer's heat and humidity have been pretty brutal. When it's been ages since the temperature dipped below 85°F, it can be hard to find the energy to fan yourself, let alone get in a good workout.

    But don't let Mother Nature get in your way. By modifying your daily routine to suit these long, hot days and using a few tricks to your energy up, you'll find your pep and stick to your fitness goals straight through fall.

    1. Cool down for better zzzs.
    Health and energy start with a good night's sleep, but research shows that on average, most of us struggle with falling and staying asleep during the summer months. Hot, humid weather can prevent our bodies from dropping to the temperature needed for sound sleep. But by using a cold pack (or a bag of frozen veggies) to cool down before you hit the hay, the body can adjust and start producing melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. Just 15 minutes of using the pack on your wrists, neck, and in the

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  • 7 Exercises to Relieve Low Back Pain

    Oh, your aching back! Put down the painkillers and try these therapeutic relaxation exercises from End Back Pain Forever: A Groundbreaking Approach to Eliminate Your Suffering, by Dr. Norman Marcus. They take 10 minutes, and for maximum benefit, you should do them every day, exactly as described. Remove your shoes, wear loose clothing, and lie on your back on a firm surface, preferably on an exercise mat-not a soft mattress or hard floor.

    1. Diaphragmatic Deep Breathing
    The first exercise is to help you relax through proper breathing. Lie down in the basic position: on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the mat, and your arms at your sides. Breathe in through your nose so that your stomach expands and your chest does not move. Exhale slowly through your mouth as your stomach flattens. Do this exercise three times, and be sure to wait three seconds after exhaling.

    2. Deep Breathing with Shoulder Shrugs
    This time as you breathe in through your nose, shrug your

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  • 6 Ways to Beat Boredom and Be Happier

    Stuck in a rut? One of the best ways to stay fully engaged, energized, and enthusiastic throughout your lifetime is to enjoy new experiences regularly, says author Brendon Burchard. Here are a few ideas anyone can try, from The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive.

    1. The ninety-day getaway. Every ninety days, plan a getaway either by yourself or with your spouse or significant other. Yes, every ninety days. This doesn't have to be a trip around the world-the goal isn't how far you travel; it's how far you get away, the difference being measured not in the miles you travel but in how far mentally you can break the monotony of routine in order to relax and rejuvenate. Take a "staycation" at home or, better yet, leave your home for one to five days and go somewhere new and disconnected. Some people will balk at this, saying, "That's impossible." To which I reply, "Oh, I thought you to be a much more creative and resourceful person, especially in

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  • NYC Fun-Free as Vibrator Giveaway Turned Off by City Officials

    By Kristy Ojala
    The city that never sleeps and somehow simultaneously makes your dreams come true has been puzzling its residents with a new, not-so-improved side lately. Last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg moved forward with his proposed ban on super-sized soda, and yesterday the city shut down Trojan's free vibrator giveaway when it attracted thousands of thrill-seekers. What gives, NYC?

    "I'm 57 years old. I should be able to get a vibrator!" Linda Postell told the New York Post after being turned away. "I have a problem with the smoking ban, and the soda ban-and now this!"

    Check out the video here!

    Trojan planned on giving away 10,000 free battery-operated toys from Pleasure Carts, tricked-out versions of the iconic NYC hot dog vending carts. But as crowds gathered at the various locations, City Hall sent a rep to demand that the company cease its giveaway until it obtains proper permits.

    "This activity promoting Trojan products, which impeded pedestrian and

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  • 8 Ways to Save Money like a French Woman

    By Kristin Harmel
    Author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

    You've likely heard advice about eating like a French woman in order to avoid gaining weight, or tips about dressing like a French woman in order to fit in to any style situation. But there's another area in which our French counterparts excel too: personal finance. "Simply put, the French do not purchase nor consume anything in excess," says Slavica Monczka, creator and host of the Seductively French TV series.

    Nor do they spend above their means, for the most part, says Andrew Schrage, co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finance. "If you don't have the money," he says, "the French would tell you: Don't spend it." Simple as it sounds, practical advice like that can be the key to long-term financial stability-a secret that French women have long been privy to. After all, it's chic to be smart with your money.

    Don't run up debt on your credit card. "The French are champion savers and depend very little on credit card

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  • CelebraTORI Recipe: Let Them Eat Cake Martini

    Got a special occasion where a standard glass of wine or vodka and cranberry just simply won't do? This beautiful cocktail will thrill guests at a bridal shower, birthday bash, or girls' night in. From Tori Spelling's CelebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family.

    INGREDIENTS
    Vanilla icing
    Sanding sugar, blush or light pink
    2 ounces vanilla vodka
    1 ounce pineapple juice
    1 ounce cranberry juice
    1-1 1/2 teaspoons agave nectar (sweeten to your taste)
    1/2 ounce half & half
    Optional: 1/2 ounce almond liqueur or 1/2 ounce amaretto

    1. Ice the rim of a martini glass with vanilla icing and dust with blush or light pink sanding sugar.

    2. Combine all other ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into the martini glass. Top it off with a cocktail pick skewering a small piece of angel food cake iced with white frosting.

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  • Can the Paleo Diet Help Calm Auto-Immune Issues?

    By Nell Stephenson
    Author of Paleoista

    Following the Paleo Diet is not just a way to reach one's healthy, lean body weight. It also happens to be an excellent conduit to addressing symptoms of autoimmune disease, including multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disease.

    Autoimmune diseases are the third most common class of illnesses in the U.S., and women make up nearly 80 percent of those who suffer from them, according to Dr. Loren Cordain, the father of Paleo, in his latest book, The Paleo Answer.

    I've worked with many clients who've found tremendous relief-and sometimes complete cessation of their symptoms-once they cut out the dietary culprits that can make day-to-day living a painfully excruciating existence. The bottom line is that the Paleo Diet is a very alkaline and anti-inflammatory diet.

    When we cut out grains, we stop the process known as "leaky gut," which occurs as a result of ingesting the anti-nutrients found in even the

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  • 7 Gluten-Free Ingredients Your Pantry Should Have

    Gluten-free cooking is becoming more common as more folks discover they have food allergies. Chloe Coscarelli, the first vegan chef to win top prize on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, shares her must-have gluten-free ingredient substitutes. Are they in your kitchen yet? From her debut cookbook, Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way.

    If you are preparing a recipe for yourself or someone else with a food allergy, check all ingredient labels carefully to make sure that they are allergen-free. It is up to the consumer to avoid ingredients that contain allergens, allergen derivatives, or have been exposed to cross-contamination.

    GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES

    Flour
    Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour is an excellent product that can be used in many of my sweet and savory recipes calling for flour. It is made from a blend of garbanzo flour and potato starch, and can be found at your local grocery store or ordered

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