Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • Try This: 5-Minute Skin Detox Treatment

    Try This: 5-Minute Skin Detox TreatmentFor glowing, soft, healthy skin, try this simple Eastern medicine technique. From Eva Scrivo on Beauty: The Tools, Techniques, and Insider Knowledge Every Woman Needs to Be Her Most Beautiful, Confident Self, by acclaimed hair and makeup artist Eva Scrivo.

    Dry brushing of the skin has been practiced in Eastern medicine for centuries as a form of exfoliation and to increase circulation and lymph drainage as well as to assist in the elimination of toxins through the skin. On a purely aesthetic level, dry brushing once a week will also give you glowing, soft, healthier skin.

    To do this quickly and efficiently, you will need two natural-bristle body brushes that can comfortably fit in the palm of each hand. Before getting into the shower, vigorously brush your skin using sweeping strokes over your entire body. Since dry brushing helps to improve circulation, your strokes should be in the direction of the heart -- upward on the legs and arms and downward from the neck and chest.

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  • Cheat Sheet: What to Eat When Dining Out

    Cheat Sheet: What to Eat When Dining OutDining out can be a dangerous game for dieters. Choose from this list of healthy entrees by Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN, author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You.

    Chinese: Pass up egg rolls, spareribs, fried dumplings, pork lo mein, fried rice, moo shu, General Tso's chicken, sweet-and-sour pork, wonton soup. Opt for steamed or stir-fried seafood, chicken, bean curd or vegetable dishes, egg drop soup; rice (1/2 cup; request brown rice, if available).

    French: Pass up quiche, pommes frites (French fries), cordon bleu, croissant, pate, foie gras, sausage, escargot, any dish (including soups) made with cream or cheese. Opt for salad with vinaigrette dressing, bouillabaisse, roasted poultry, braised meat, mussels, oysters, ratatouille, steamed or grilled vegetables.

    Indian: Pass up any dish with paneer (Indian cheese), korma sauce (made with cream) or coconut, any dish with malai (cream) or makhani (with butter). Opt for chicken or shrimp Tandoori,

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  • 3 Foolproof Tips for Choosing the Right Bag

    3 Foolproof Tips for Choosing the Right BagIf the sheer volume of styles and shapes of bags confounds you, follow these three simple guidelines from Amy E. Goodman, author of Wear This, Toss That! Hundreds of Fashion and Beauty Swaps That Save Your Looks, Save Your Budget & Save You Time.

    1. Your bag shape and body shape shouldn't match. If you're tall and thin, consider an unstructured, slouchy bag. If you're round and curvy, get a structured style. Think opposite for a beautiful balance. And if you're average all around, lucky you -- you can sport any style. Be sure to try your bag on in front of a mirror. It's a must.

    2. The bag should hit your assets. If you have hips, make sure the bag hits above or below but not at your hip. If you are busty, the bag should hit below the bust. If you are petite, your bag should go no lower than the waist or you'll appear to be all bag and no body! Tall? Celebrate your stature with a long bag that hits just below the hip.

    Simon & Schuster3. Consider your bag's main functions. Will you wear

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  • The Beauty Superfoods Shopping List

    The Beauty Superfoods Shopping ListThese nutritious foods benefit your hair, skin, and overall health, says acclaimed hair and makeup artist Eva Scrivo, author of Eva Scrivo on Beauty: The Tools, Techniques, and Insider Knowledge Every Woman Needs to Be Her Most Beautiful, Confident Self.

    They contain essential nutrients such as omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, biotin, selenium, zinc, folate, betacarotene, protein, minerals, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. This list is far from complete, but it contains some of the more common items that can be found in many food markets and health food stores.

    Meat, poultry, and eggs: Pasture/grass-fed beef and lamb; free-range or organic chicken and turkey; chicken and duck eggs (duck eggs are especially high in nutrients).

    Fish (caught in the wild, not farm raised): Salmon, herring, rainbow trout, halibut, mackerel, sardines, tuna, cod, crab, lobster, shrimp, and oysters.

    Simon & SchusterVegetables: Tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, sweet potatoes, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, escarole,

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  • 8 Expert Tips for Wedding Toasts

    8 Expert Tips for Wedding ToastsDon't become a wedding toast casualty. Learn eight great toasting guidelines from David Tutera of WE tv's The Wedding Planner and author of My Fair Wedding: Finding Your Vision... Through His Revisions!

    A great toast will make you laugh (not cringe), bring back special memories, and tug at the heartstrings. It's always a lovely gesture for the bride and groom to stand up and toast their guests. This is their chance to thank everyone for attending, and also an appropriate time to pay tribute to any family members who may have passed on. Next to the ceremony itself toasts are often among the most emotional moments of the entire wedding. So it's important to get them right! Here are my toasting guidelines:

    • Toasts should be given during the reception - not the cocktail hour. The best time to start the toasts is after the guests have been seated and the first course has been served.
    • Each set of toasts should be announced -- in an elegant manner - by the band leader or
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  • 10 Wedding Etiquette Tips for the Bride and Groom

    Because your wedding will be one of the most memorable days of your life, your behavior needs to reflect this. Learn what to do -- and what not to do -- on the big day from David Tutera of WE tv's The Wedding Planner and author of My Fair Wedding: Finding Your Vision... Through His Revisions! It's simply important that you come across to your guests as appropriate, sincere, and genuinely thankful that they are there to celebrate with you. Trust me, being a graceful bride will keep you from having any regrets five, ten, or fifty years from now. It will also keep your guests filled with memories of you as nothing less than charming, beautiful, and blushing. Remember, this party isn't only about you; it's about the bride and groom -- and, of course, your guests! Follow these tips to ensure that you are the picture of elegance and grace at your wedding:

    • Walk down the aisle with poise, and hold your bouquet by the stems with flowers tilted forward.
    • Practice your wedding kiss
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  • How to Overcome Emotional Eating

    The next time you feel like mainlining a pizza, stop and ask yourself the following questions. They will help you identify and label the emotions that lead to emotional eating. From The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy, by Bob Greene, Ann Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D., and Janis Jibrin, M.S., R.D.

    1. Am I really physically hungry?

    2. What emotional state am I experiencing now? Label it. (Example: "I am sad because my sister was just diagnosed with breast cancer.")

    3. Decide how to handle your feelings. (Example: Call her. Empathize with her. Offer help. Talk to your husband and tell him: "I would like to go to California to help my sister during her treatments.")

    4. Learn to tolerate the reactions of others. (Example: In an ideal world, everyone would be understanding of the fact that you want to help your sister, but unfortunately, that's not always the case. If your husband responds negatively to your decision -- perhaps he gives you a hard time about

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  • When to Toss Your Makeup

    Makeup, like food, has expiration dates. Bacteria can build up and can lead, in the worst case, to rashes and infections. From Wear This, Toss That! Hundreds of Fashion and Beauty Swaps That Save Your Looks, Save Your Budget & Save You Time, by Amy E. Goodman.

    Here's a tip: Place a small sticker on the product and write the month and year (such as 4/2011) you open it. Better yet, calculate the date it expires and write that down. And if anything has a strange odor or is starting to separate, crackle, or clump, just toss it!

    How Long Should You Keep It?

    Makeup
    Concealer -- 1 year
    Foundation -- 1-1½ years
    Facial powder -- 2 years
    Blush, Powder -- 2 years
    Blush, Cream -- 1 year
    Bronzer -- 2 years
    Pencil Eyeliner -- 2 years
    Liquid Eyeliner -- 3 months
    Eye Shadow, Powder -- 2 years
    Eye Shadow, Cream -- 1 year
    Mascara -- 3 months
    Brow Liner or Powder -- 2 years
    Lipstick -- 2 years
    Lip Gloss -- 1 ½ -2 years

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  • Feel Better Fast with 17 Bloat-Busters

    When you have PMS, the last thing you want to do is exercise and ditch your favorite foods. Dr. Mike Moreno, author of The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor's Plan Designed for Rapid Results, shares easy ways to relieve bloat

    1. Stop eating high-sodium stuff like canned soups, fast food and cured meats. Sodium causes your body to hang on to water.

    2. Drink more water. Believe it or not, extra fluids will help to flush out the sodium -- and the bloat.

    3. Avoid simple carbs (think white bread, white pasta, chips, etc.). Carbs get broken down into glucose and stored in the body as glycogen for energy. In order to be stored, a water molecule must attach to that glucose. The more stored carbs you have, the heavier you'll feel.

    4. Opt for high-fiber carbs like vegetables and fruit. The longer food sits in your intestines, the more likely you are to retain water.

    5. Exercise. It sweats out excess water and speeds up digestion. When you exercise, you stimulate the muscles that help

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  • Alison Sweeney’s Fashion Tips for New Moms

    When you're tired and overwhelmed the first month at home with your new baby, being stylish isn't exactly a priority, but doing something that makes you feel good can have a huge impact. Get tried-and-true advice from Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet: A Month-by-Month Plan for a Healthy Body and Mind Before, During, and After Pregnancy.

    1. Don't expect to squeeze into your old clothes right away! Too-tight clothes are never attractive, so even if you can lie down and zip up your jeans with pliers, don't. Have patience, and remember that it took you nine months to get up to the size you were when you had your baby, and it might take nine months to get back to your former size.

    2. Hang on to a few of your favorite maternity pieces for a little while. Nothing tentlike, please, but maybe a great pair of jeans that look like normal designer jeans with an internal adjustable waistband, or a cute top from before you got really big. Yes, it's

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