A comment I received on my post about re-evaluating the good and bad of the Paleo diet really got me thinking. It essentially said that you can eat a Paleo-style diet at McDonald's. Of course I wanted to run, scream, and throw things at the computer screen. Surely a burger patty on the dollar menu contains more than just beef. That would be too easy. I was positive it must contain fillers and enhancers of some sort, more than likely soy or corn (which would make it not Paleo). Admittedly I'm not a McDonald's connoisseur, so it's a good thing I checked the ingredient list before spewing off a response (in my head, not for real). According to McDonald's nutrition information, the beef patty is simply that: 100% beef. So I guess technically it's Paleo. Which of course led me down another train of thought: if you can eat Paleo at McDonald's, it can't be that hard to stick with. (The difficulty of following the diet was one of the major reasons it sunk to the bottom of the US News andRead More »from Who Would Have Thought? McDonald’s Pushes for Sustainable Beef
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by Alexandra Samuel
Winter and dry skin go together like mornings and coffee, right? So it only seems natural to grab your favorite scrub in search of that baby-faced goodness that's somehow way easier to get in the summer. But overdoing the scrub-love will make skin more susceptible to UV damage, accelerate aging and even wreck your lipid barrier so skin can't hold on to moisture on its own. Yikes.
If think you're on the road to over-exfoliating, look for these seven tell-tale signs you should lay off: Skin will feel tight and be noticeably parched, either all over or just as patchy areas. Your parched skin may also be red and itchy, or even more sensitive to other skin products than usual. And if you've really overdone it, you'll start to get acne and irritation -- which starts a totally addictive cycle of wanting to scrub more to get rid of all that flakiness. Not good.
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- Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 5:52 PM EST
by Anna Maltby
You already know yoga makes you feel all kinds of Om-azing, but new research in the Journal of Clinical Oncology gives scientific evidence that it can significantly help reduce fatigue and inflammation, particularly in breast cancer survivors.
Researchers at Ohio State University assigned 200 breast cancer survivors to either a twice-weekly 90-minute hatha yoga program or a control group (whom didn't do any yoga) and found that yoga practitioners had significantly less fatigue, more vitality, and lower blood markers of inflammation after three months than did control group members.
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"We wanted to look at breast cancer survivors because fatigue is an important problem for them post treatment, as is cardiorespiratory fitness. Data from other labs suggest that 30 to 40 percent of breast cancer survivors may experience significant levels of fatigue that interfere with daily life in some cases several years postRead More »from Study Drop: Did You Know Yoga Has This Awesome Benefit?
This season, win the fight against germs by supercharging your natural defenses.
By Nicole Catanese
Most of us already know the basics when it comes to warding off a wintertime cold or flu-from excessive hand washing to loading up on vitamin C and getting plenty of rest, as well as keeping stress at bay. However, incorporating these foods and spices into your daily meal plan will play as much of an integral role in keeping you healthy, all season long.
Greek Yogurt. "Yogurt is packed with probiotics, which are live active cultures, or good bacteria, that help keep up your defences," says Candice Kumai, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and author of the upcoming Clean Green Drinks, Cook Yourself Sexy and Pretty Delicious and a judge on Iron Chef America. Can't plan to eat yogurt every day? Try a probiotic supplement, too. "Probiotics are known to boost the immune system by supporting digestive function and gut health and helping to stave off, and fight flu symptoms-and takingRead More »from Eat These Immune-Boosting Foods
by Elizabeth Siegel
Here's something really surprising that I learned recently: "Eating a lot of citrus fruits in the winter can make it harder to heal chapped lips, because juice from oranges and grapefruits irritates them," says Jeanette Graf, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. "The same goes for certain toothpastes." Use a lip balm right after you brush your teeth or eat an orange, and your lips won't become as dry. And then there are two more things you should know about treating chapped lips, including the fastest way to rehab them:
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Soothe chronically chapped lips, fast. "The quickest way to fix them is by dabbing on an over-the counter hydrocortisone cream before bed, and then smoothing on Aquaphor the next morning," says Graf. "Keep using the Aquaphor morning and night until your lips are back to normal."
Pick the right lip balm for everyday. One that's creamy or viscous penetrates and heals the cracks in your lips betterRead More »from A Surprising Way to Treat Chapped Lips
by Sophia Panych
The other day I got a facial with a fancy aesthetician. It started out like any other: relaxing massaging, gentle scrubbing, a bit of steam before the extractions. Then, all of sudden, my aesthetician said with a little disgust, "Have you always had so many blackheads in your ears?" What? Wait! In my ears? I'd never heard of such a thing. But there I was, having someone scraping the insides of my ears with a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand. How long had they been there? Could people see them? What caused them? It's the earbuds; it has to be those filthy earbuds!
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Well, although this is a gross beauty issue, it's not exactly a rare one. A quick Google search (which I reeeeally don't recommending doing) brings about thousands of results on how to get rid of them, including lots of popping videos that are the equivalent of zit popper's porn. Also, none of the dermatologists I talked to seemed all that fazed by my problem.Read More »from Do You Have Acne…In Your Ears?
by Jenny Bailly
I have sleep deprivation on the brain these days. So I was thrilled by this news: Simply believing you're well-rested is enough to make you feel that way. That's right--you can get placebo sleep.
In a Colorado College study, just published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, participants were hooked up to a machine that measures brain-wave frequency and told that it could assess their sleep quality from the previous night. (It could do no such thing.) The group that was informed their sleep had been above average performed significantly better on a subsequent test than the group that was told their sleep was subpar.
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The takeaway? Clearly, we all need to stop whining--or bragging, or both--about how exhausted we are. Instead, let's start one-upping each other with tales of how wonderfully we slept, how sweetly we dreamed, how utterly refreshed we feel. Productivity levels may just skyrocket (as latte bills plummet).Read More »from Think You Slept Well? Then You Did!
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 5:22 PM EST
banner year. With the passage of trans-inclusive laws on both local and national levels, strides for students seeking equal treatment in schools around the country, and eased requirements for those wanting to change their gender on Social Security records, all in 2013, change is actually happening. That's in no small part due to the rising visibility of activists, and one in particular — Janet Mock, a powerful voice emerging from the trans community.The transgender-rights movement had a Read More »from The Latest, Greatest Face of the Trans Movement: 5 Amazing Janet Mock Facts
Since stepping into the national spotlight in 2011 with her pivotal Marie Claire essay, “I Was Born a Boy,” the Hawaii native and professional journalist has become a well-known activist for trans rights, lending her grace and knowledge to forums from NPR interviews to stints on "Melissa Harris-Perry." In February she’ll release a coming-of-age memoir, “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More,” and take her story on the road for a national book tour. Below, five facts
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 5:20 PM ESTThe Upside of Cold Temperatures
Living in an apartment building in New York City has its benefits and its challenges. One that falls in the latter category: having little control over the heat. Some days, it can reach 80 degrees inside during the winter, prompting us to crack a window to let the heat out. Other days, when the boiler is having troubles, we can be found huddled on the couch, swaddled in sweaters and blankets as the temperature hovers in the low 50s.
It's hard to think of anything good on days when we are reduced to burrowing in our blankets and it's even too cold to take my kids out for a run in the park. Those "days" have lasted for weeks, it seems, and during that time the hours drag on, and I feel more and more isolated. Playdates are few and far between as everyone else is as tired of bundling and unbundling themselves and their kids as I am.
This year, for the first time, I'm feeling the "winter blues" and a mild sort of desperation. TheRead More »from How Keeping Your Home's Temperature Chilly Can Help with Weight Loss
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 4:42 PM EST
On Monday night, Nitin Nohria, dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) stood in the packed ballroom of the Ritz-Carton Hotel in San Francisco and said "I'm sorry" to a crowd gathered to honor more than 100 Harvard alumnae by the HBS Association of Northern California. Nohria was making an extraordinary public apology to female students and faculty –– past and present –– for their having been "disrespected, left out, and unloved." He continued, "The school owed you better, and I promise it will be better."Read More »from Harvard Business School's Surprising Apology to Women
In his speech, he also committed to quantifiable changes, including doubling the number of female protagonists used in case studies (real-life situations and analyses used by the school instead of textbooks) from 9 percent to 20 percent. Harvard's case studies are used by as many as 80 percent of business schools internationally, so this change could have an impact on the perception of women business leaders around the world.
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