by Lexi Petronis
Kyle EricksenOne of the big problems--I think--with Halloween candy is that it's simply everywhere. I was at the doctor's office the other day and they had a bowl of complimentary treats! So even if you want just three or four samplings over the course of the season, it's easy to end up with...33 or 44.
So I liked this list of sweet swaps from TOPS Club, Inc.--they're on the healthier side and save a few calories and even deliver some nutrients. Take a look--would you try any of these ideas?
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Frozen Chocolate Bananas
Place peeled, medium-ripe bananas on sticks--or chop them into slices--and freeze them. Once they're frozen, drizzle them with a little melted dark chocolate and serve. (According to studies, dark chocolate contains flavanols that just might provide antioxidant qualities and boost your vascular health.)
Crispy Rice Treats
Squares of melted marshmallow and rice cereal? Delish! But for a healthier version,
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
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Cheyenne Ellis/FITNESS MagazineBy Liz NeporentRead More »from Improve Your Sweatitude: 8 Motivation Rut Busters
No more wimping out on your workouts. Here's how to lose the excuses, make over your motivation, and finally score the body you want.
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"I'm too far from my goal, so why start?"
Rut Buster: How about this for an incentive: Just by walking a little more every day, you can shrink your waist in 12 weeks. When formerly sedentary women consistently tallied a weekly average of 470 steps more a day -- that's about a five-minute walk -- than they had the week before, they lost a quarter inch from their waistlines without dieting. Whether you have a lot of weight to shed or a certain distance to run, break up your goal into smaller units, suggests trainer Tracey Mallett, creator of the Lose the Belly Flab DVD. Little victories, like dropping a pound a week or running an extra minute without stopping, will fuel your momentum.
"I hate cardio."
Rut Buster: Swap endless treadmill time for circuits, suggests trainer Jim Karas, author of The
Head pounding? Before you reach for the pain-killers, try these three steps first. Simple solutions could save you from a world of hurt.Read More »from 4 Steps to Curing a Headache
Step 1: Put down your smartphone.
A recent study found that people hold their mobiles way too close to their faces when texting or surfing online, which can strain the eyes. That, in turn, may lead to a headache. If that doesn't work...
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Step 2: Chug water.
Just being mildly dehydrated can cause severe headaches, per a 2012 study in The Journal of Nutrition. Drinking down a full eight ounces of H2O may quell throbbing in minutes. (Here are 10 Ways to Drink More Water.) If that doesn't work. . .
Step 3: Take a time-out.
Tightness across your temple could signal a tension headache caused by stress, says WH advisor Keri Peterson, M.D., a physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Retreat to a quiet corner--even a bathroom stall will do!--and use your fingertips to massage your forehead in a circular
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 11:39 AM EDT
by Lexi PetronisRead More »from Whoa, Doing This Simple Thing Every Day Burns as Many Calories as 10 Marathons
If you want to burn calories equivalent to running 10 marathons a year, then the results of a new study show that you should do this. Well, actually--the opposite of this (sorry, Liz Lemon!):
Courtesy of NBC The small study--via the BBC and the University of Chester--found that standing instead of sitting for an extra three hours a day can add up to burning serious calories over the course of a year: 30,000! That's about 50 extra calories per hour (or what amounts to 8 pounds of fat).
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In the experiment, volunteers stood for at least three hours during weekdays and wore, throughout their days, accelerometers, heart rate monitors, and glucose monitors. Then researchers took measurements on standing days and compared them with the days when volunteers sat instead. Not only did the volunteers heart rates stay higher on the days they stood--about 10 extra beats per minute, which translates into a bigger calorie burn--but
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 11:20 AM EDT
Ever since childhood I have loved the flavor of coconut. In the mornings I put coconut milk in my coffee and my dairy-allergic son uses it for cereal or in protein shakes. Now I am beginning to use coconut oil more often in cooking, preferring it over other alternatives. The more research I read about the health benefits of coconut, the more convinced I am that it should become, in moderation, a more steady part of my family's dietary intake. Here are 7 of the known health benefits of coconut! - By Jessica Cohen
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 11:08 AM EDT
More drunk than you thought?I solely blame all of the speeding tickets I got as a teenager on the music I blared from my stereo. Not that it was anything particularly bad, but it was definitely upbeat and put me in a good mood, which I'm still claiming made me push the gas pedal harder.Read More »from Study Shows Listening to Music While Drinking Can Affect Alcohol Tolerance in Women
I don't know if there's any truth or proof to my theory, but there is proof that music can indeed affect what you do. A study recently published in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology showed that listening to music can make women drink faster. Not just loud, raucous party music either; any music. While the study only included women, there's no reason to think the same wouldn't apply to the other gender as well.
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Have you ever been out at a bar (where you can rarely hear yourself think, let alone talk, due to the pounding "background" music), claimed you weren't drunk, then headed outside to go home and suddenly the sidewalk is spinning? Maybe the music is
- Woman s Day | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:47 AM EDT
woman smiling on scaleBy Anne Roderique-Jones
When you think of shaving calories from your day, a strict diet and exercise regime may come to mind. But it doesn't have to be that hard! The following simple changes to your daily routine could help you stop snacking, get your body to burn extra calories and more. It's the little things, right? Photo by Getty Images
1. Exercise at night.
Evening sweat sessions can curb cravings that watching TV can't. According to an April 2013 study in the journal Obesity, our circadian system makes us hungriest a few hours before bedtime. But you may feel fuller after working out: A different study in the journal Metabolism found that perceived fullness was higher among participants after 12 weeks of aerobic training than before they were exercising. So a brisk walk after dinner each night may make you less likely to snack before bed.
2. Break up your regular meals.Read More »from 9 Surprising Little Ways to Cut Calories Every Day
Here's what we mean: If you
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 8:20 AM EDT
The fix for thinning hair could be on the horizon!Hair loss may no longer be a life sentence.
The breakthrough comes from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), where researchers successfully grew human hair by mimicking a cell behavior that is thought to give rodents perpetual hair growth-a method that is particularly exciting for women experiencing hair loss.
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The secret lies in dermal papillae cells, which help form and nourish hair follicles. When human cells of this kind are transplanted, they revert to basic skin cells and lose the ability to birth new follicles. But when the same is done to rodent dermal papillae cells, they form clumps that scientists think allow the papillae to interact and release signals that reprogram skin to grow new hair follicles.
"This suggested that if we cultured human papillae in such a way as to encourage them to aggregate the way rodent cells do spontaneously, it could create the conditions needed to induce hair growth in human skin," says first authorRead More »from Scientific Breakthrough: Cure for Hair Loss Could Be Here Soon
Andy and Amy's Haunted House
Ellen's writer Amy scares pretty easily, but she's nothing compared to Ellen's Executive Producer, Andy. That's why he was the perfect person to join Amy in this haunted house. Enjoy.
- BabyZone | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 22, 2013 5:59 PM EDT
BPA is already banned from baby bottles and sippy cups, but should would-be moms avoid containers made with the chemical too?Pregnant with her second child, Danielle Glickman makes it a priority to stay hydrated...but she also questions whether she's making the right choice, at least in terms of how she consumes water.Read More »from BPA, Pregnancy and Fertility: Studies Raise New Concerns
"I drink a ton of water-at least 2 liters a day, and it's mostly in plastic bottles!" the New Jersey mom said. "Are plastic bottles really bad?"
Consumers are finding themselves increasingly wary of plastic products thanks to recent studies on the potential dangers of BPA or Bisphenol-A, a chemical found in many plastics as well as canned food containers. Plastics with recycle codes 3 and 7, specifically, may be made with BPA, according to the FDA. (Glickman and other disposable water bottle users may be relieved to learn that popular water brands like Poland Spring and Aquafina use recycle code 1 plastic in their handheld bottles.)
BPA's possible effects on pregnancy and conception efforts have proven especially fertile ground for researchers. Most recently, researchers at Stanford
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