• Super Bowl Hangover? Your 1-Day Eating Plan to Get Back on TrackBy Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., EatingWell Magazine

    There are times, like after a big food-filled party weekend, when I feel like my typically healthy diet needs a bit of a refresh. Instead of skipping meals, feeling guilty or drastically cutting calories-habits that can be detrimental to your health-try making some small changes to each meal to get back on track without a diet overhaul. Here's a daily plan with tricks for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that will save some calories and help you get right back on track. A day like this one allows you to eat lots of delicious food while still cutting calories to get back on track to losing weight. Incorporating these swaps throughout the day can add up to a 500-calorie savings, which over the course of a week can help you lose about 1 pound.

    See: 6 Foods to Ditch to Clean Up Your Diet

    Breakfast: I always start my day with a healthy breakfast-but when I'm trying to restart my healthy habits, I use a few tricks to cut

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  • avocados, olives and nutsavocados, olives and nutsBy Karen Ansel, RD


    Tops for Your Ticker
    Trying to eat healthier? Instead of avoiding all fat, pay attention to the type that's on your plate. Experts say up to 35% of your daily calories can come from good fats, so focus on the three best kinds for your heart. Photo by Rita Maas/Getty Images.

    Monounsaturated Fats
    How they help: Not only do they lower harmful LDL cholesterol, they may also boost beneficial HDL.

    Best sources: Avocados, olives, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and certain oils (olive and canola).

    Related: Check out these 15 fiber-packed foods.


    Omega-6 Fatty Acids
    How they help: These polyunsaturated fats help control both total and LDL cholesterol.

    Best sources: Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts and oils such as soybean and corn.


    Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    How they help: In addition to protecting against irregular heart rhythms, they clean up harmful fats known as triglycerides in your blood and keep arteries clear of plaque.

    Best sources: Oily

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  • Cheyenne Ellis/FITNESS MagazineCheyenne Ellis/FITNESS MagazineBy Sharon Liao

    Your virus-protection plan needs an upgrade, and no, we're not talking about the one for your computer or smartphone. Studies show that the average person comes down with a cold two to four times a year and that up to 20 percent of the population gets the flu. Fortunately, there are now more effective ways than ever to kick your immune system into high gear. Here's how to fine-tune your healthy habits to fend off any nasty germs that come your way.

    Related: 5 Foods That Fight Colds and Flu

    Stop the Sniffles
    Healthy habit: You load up on plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.
    Power it up: Sure, vibrant-hued produce like kale and oranges have cold-fighting nutrients, but don't overlook their pale counterparts. White button mushrooms, for instance, can jump-start the body's natural killer cells, which attack cold and flu viruses, according to a study at Tufts University. "Mushrooms are abundant in a type of fiber, called beta-glucans, that can activate the

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  • Refinery29By Greatist, Refinery29

    Full disclosure: sometimes, we're lazy girls. So, whether it's seven ways to simplify our morning routine or how to make our time at the gym actually enjoyable, we're into it. And to keep us on track, we've turned to Greatist, because they've got us excited about staying fit - and having fun doing it.

    Organic fruits and vegetables might have fewer pesticides, but whether organic food is more nutritious is hasn't really been proven. At least, until now. A new study shows that organic whole milk contains over 60 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk.

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    To produce milk that can be labelled "organic," cows are required to spend a certain amount of time in pasture. Those extra omega-3s in organic milk - which are likely due to cows chowing down on more grass and less corn - may improve brain function, and lower the risk of heart disease and depression.

    It should be pointed out

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  • 8 Healthy-Heart Facts8 Healthy-Heart Facts

    Heart disease is (still) the number-one killer of women in the United States, so it's important to keep your ticker in shape.

    Plus: 4 Supplements Women Should Take »

    1. Dogs Provide More Heart-Boosting Benefits Than Other Pets.
    The American Heart Association says that although having any household pet may help lower heart-disease risk, Fido is your best bet because dog owners often get more exercise, by walking and playing fetch, for example, than folks who have other pets.

    2. Wine, Vacations and Flu Shots Can Ward Off Heart Problems.
    Many aspects of our lives are tied to heart health. The flu, for instance, causes inflammation and can result in blocked blood vessels. A recent study found that those who got the vaccine had a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event the next year. Regular moderate alcohol consumption-one to two glasses of wine or beer per day-has been linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, while vacations lower stress levels

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  • It couldn't hurt to take some tips from America's favorite doc.For Mehmet Oz, M.D., the secret to starting his jam-packed days off on the right foot is to eliminate time-wasting decision-making by following the same routine every day. For the host of "The Dr. Oz Show," Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, an efficient morning routine is essential-which for this doctor includes an electric toothbrush, yoga and Greek yogurt. Here, YouBeauty takes a peek into a morning at Dr. Oz's house.

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    Wake-Up Call
    Dr. Oz says he's "very much a morning person" and avoids hitting the snooze button. He starts the day at 5:45 a.m.-like most surgeons, he wakes up very early. According to Oz, "It's the best way to get lots done during the day."

    Big Things First
    What's the first thing Dr. Oz does when opening his eyes each morning? He stretches in bed for 15 seconds while focusing on

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  • Good grub, check. Powdery slopes, check. Tasty cocktails, check. Now that's a vacation. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Barefoot Bistro Whistler, British Columbia
    The Canadian hotspot may have a (well-deserved!) reputation as a legendary ski town, but it's fast becoming notorious for farm-to-table dining as well. Whistler's chefs are taking full advantage of the bountiful farmland located just 25 minutes north in Pemberton Valley by partnering with local farmers and incorporating seasonal produce and organic meat into constantly-evolving, mouthwatering menus. As part of Whistler Cornucopia, an annual feast of all things culinary that brings together chefs, vintners, and farmers, top chefs take you on trips to local farms, winemakers host gourmet dinners, and experts teach you creative food pairings. Meanwhile, at Araxi, executive chef James Walt rotates his menu with local or organic produce and game, serving dishes such as butternut squash soup and Yarrow Meadow duck breast. At Bearfoot Bistro,

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  • By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com

    According to Lean Body, Fat Wallet by Ellie Kay and Danna Demetre, you can hit that sweet spot with just a few simple lifestyle changes. Kay is a financial expert, author, and international speaker, and Demetre is an inspirational speaker and author. Their joint endeavor aims to teach you how to live a healthier life, physically and financially.

    Surprisingly, these two pieces of the life puzzle fit together seamlessly and respond positively to the same uplifting habits -- or so the book proclaims. Its premise: four specific habits can help rid you of body fat and debt within one year and keep you on the straight and narrow for a lifetime.

    Related: Best cheap diet plans

    The first, foundational habit -- You Are What You Think -- teaches healthy self-talk that evolves into self-fulfilling prophecy. Practice the correct positive self-talk and thoughts, and before long that way of thinking is ingrained. "Personally, it's the habit I struggle

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  • photo: Walt DisneyIt's no secret that Disney has gotten flak for its blond, white princess archetype, and now a Virginia teen has one more suggestion for the animated film company: Create a plus-size princess.
     
    On January 24, Jewel Moore, a 17-year-old junior at Fuqua High School in Farmville, Virginia, launched a Change.org petition asking Disney to give us an interesting female character who isn't stick-thin. As of Friday afternoon, it had almost 2,000 signatures.

    More on Yahoo Shine: Disney Princess Makeover Sparks Outrage: Merida Petition Goes Viral

    "It's extremely difficult to find a positive representation of plus-size females in the media. If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard," Jewel writes in the petition. "Disney films are highly influential and wide-spread, and they

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  • Caffeine can cause depressionI used to drink three liters of Diet Pepsi a day. Disgusting. I know. I was completely addicted to caffeine and it took it's toll in the form of headaches, shaky hands, and mood swings.
    I now drink three cups of coffee a day (save fashion week when I virtually have an IV drip of Starbucks), but I more or less am committed to a caffeine-lite lifestyle. Why? The data proves it all. High amounts of caffeine intake has some pretty scary side effects.
    We spoke to Dr. Bryce Wylde author of the national best seller, The Antioxidant Prescription: How to Use the Power of Antioxidants to Prevent Disease and Stay Healthy for Life, Associate Medical Director at P3 Health, and friend to Dr. Oz to find out the facts on what really goes on when you're full of caffeine.

    According to the multitude of studies he cites , here are five things you may not know your body could be battling while on caffeine:



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    1.
    Depression

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