• Tetra Images/NewscomTetra Images/NewscomBy Marissa Hill, as told to Courtney Rubin

    You hear horror stories about Heartbreak Hill, the famously steep climb at around mile 20 of the Boston Marathon, but even though I'd been running for more than four hours, I sprinted up it last April without even noticing.

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    I'm not the fastest runner, and I'd been tired since about mile seven, vowing with almost every step never to put myself through this again: This is too hard. I can't make it. I don't even like this! But sometime just before mile 20, I took out my earbuds and heard a spectator say: "You know what's happened, right? Something bad has happened at the finish line."

    Suddenly I started putting things together -- the police car that had just sped through the course, the onlookers who were trying to divert us to side roads -- and yet nothing made sense. Later I would find out from my fiance, Daniel -- who found out from Twitter -- that two bombs had exploded near

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  • Common sense rules.In a sweeping article in the January 2014 Annual Review of Public Health, Dave Katz, M.D., from the Prevention Research Center at the Yale University School of Public Health, reviewed the health benefits and research supporting six of the most popular diet trends: low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, Paleo and vegan. He compared his findings with the outcomes associated with a regular old "mixed, balanced" diet, what we might once have referred to as eating square meals-a combination of plant and animal foods that conforms to standardized dietary guidelines like the recommended daily intakes set by the Institute of Medicine.

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    The results might shock you. Or bore you. Either way, the choice is clear. The winner, say Katz and his co-author, is a diet comprising "preferentially minimally processed foods direct from nature and food made up of such ingredients, ... mostly plants, and ... in which animal foods are themselves the

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  • Stock Up on SuperfoodsStock Up on Superfoods

    Looking to pack some serious health benefits into your daily routine? Try including these five multi-tasking superfoods in your weekly meal plan.

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    Blueberries
    With free radical-busting antioxidants as well as fiber, this fruit crams a lot of goodness into a small package. Plus, blueberries taste good and are readily available. Try frozen ones if fresh aren't in season. Stir into yogurt, blend in a smoothie or spoon on a waffle.

    Sweet Potatoes
    Dark orange vegetables are one of the best ways to fuel up on vitamin A as well as potassium. Sub them for white potatoes. Bonus: their rich flavor means you aren't as tempted to pile on butter or sour cream.

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    Broccoli
    Vitamins A, C and K (which can help build bones) and loads of belly-filling fiber-is there anything this plentiful and inexpensive vegetable doesn't provide? No wonder nutritionists give it the thumbs up.

    Salmon

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  • Why you're a munching machine
    By Linda Melone, Prevention

    It's tempting to believe some people possess a magic power for keeping their appetite under control. After all, what else could explain your sister's (really annoying) super-human ability to choose healthy, reasonably portioned foods 99% of the time? While it's not quite magical, certain seemingly unrelated habits and issues can influence when you put down the fork--and when you definitely don't (but should).


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    You eat blueberry muffins for breakfast.
    Grabbing a Starbucks blueberry muffin may save time, but if you want to fit into your favorite skinny jeans without cutting off all circulation to your toes, you're better off with protein, like an egg white omelet or Greek yogurt. Numerous studies, including a recent one from the British Journal of Nutrition, show protein's ability to keep you full, versus a diet high in carbohydrates (sorry, muffins). "Protein not only has a

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  • Should I Try The Fast Diet For Weight Loss?By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    I was recently asked by a reader if she should try The FastDiet to lose weight? Don't be fooled by the book title. The FastDiet (Atria, 2013), by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, doesn't call for a total fast--or eating quickly. Also known as the 5:2 diet, it has you adopt a lifelong pattern of fasting two days a week and being "gloriously free from calorie counting" for five days. On those two fasting days, you can eat 500 or 600 calories--for women and men, respectively.

    The promise is steady weight loss (about a pound per week). And in theory you don't pig out on your eat-what-you-want days because your stomach shrinks and can't handle large volumes of food. The added benefit is better health. The science supporting fasting is growing: research findings from lab animals suggest intermittent fasting may lower your risk of cancer, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's and improve your body's

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  • Tomato

    Recently, USA Today reported that the nutrition labels on the backs of 700,000 packaged foods are getting a proposed makeover that will make calorie counts more noticeable, serving sizes more realistic, and added sugars more obvious. While any progress toward bringing more awareness to reading labels (especially to sugar content and serving sizes) is positive, there are some fundamental concerns here.

    For decades now, we have been a calorie-obsessed society. From just one calorie to no-calorie products, mainstream America is trying to condition us into believing that we only need to pay attention to the calories we eat. It's a "program" that functions like a magician's sleight-of-hand trick: if we keep our eyes on the calories, then perhaps we won't see how they're continuing to put all kinds of other ingredients in our food--which only serves to keep us wanting more.

    If we can't wake up and see that that this "program" is riddled with dangerous messages, we are all continuing

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  • According to private chef June Pagan, Elizabeth Taylor had a great sense of humor and was very generous with the people who worked for her. "When I first introduced my healthier version of chicken to ET," remembers June, "I explained that I would serve it in boneless finger-shaped strips. She asked me - quite quizzically - 'How many fingers are you planning to serve me?'" I advised her that 4 to 5 'fingers' would be a 4-ounce portion (the recommended serving under the Pritikin guidelines that I was utilizing to optimize her weightloss initiative). She laughed as she replied, 'OK, as long as you don't serve me just one.'"


    For a tasty, one-dish meal, break out your cast iron pan and whip up this easy skillet dinner recipe.

    ET's Healthy Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Strips

    Ingredients
    • 1 pounds(s) skinless, boneless chicken breasts

    Buttermilk Marinade
    • 1 cup(s) buttermilk
    • 1 large clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Cajun-style

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  • Confessions of a 38-Year-Old Confessions of a 38-Year-Old Yes, I know the books are located in the "young adult" section. Yes, I was aware that most of the audience in the movie theater this weekend were high school students. I simply do not care. I love the Divergent trilogy and I'm not a teenager.

    I am still in the middle of book three (NO SPOILERS, PEOPLE) but I can not stop thinking about the characters and the story.

    I stumbled into the YA genre a lot later than many of my friends. My gateway book was John Green's brilliant The Fault in Our Stars. After completely loving the book I then felt something akin to jealousy that teens today have such an honest and fulfilling category of books to dive into. I won't disrespect the Sweet Valley Twins, but they just aren't in the same league as the new generation of YA.

    After reading everything Green wrote I moved on to Rainbow Powell. Her Eleanor and Park was my favorite book of 2013. From there I dipped my toe into YA fantasy and read The Hunger Games and then Scott Westerfeld's Uglies

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  • by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for SHAPE.com

    Can't get pregnant? Don't stress out!Can't get pregnant? Don't stress out!

    If you want to have a baby but are having a hard time conceiving, don't stress out-doing so may only make it even harder to grow a bun in the oven, new research says. According to a study published today in the journal Human Reproduction, the higher a woman's levels of alpha-amylase-an enzyme in saliva that indicates stress-the lower her chances of conceiving. In fact, the most stressed-out ladies had double the risk of having unexplained infertility, defined as having unprotected sex for 12 months and still not becoming pregnant.

    Stay calm, though: The scientists emphasize that this study is about giving infertile couples more information and more options to try. "Eliminating stressors before trying to become pregnant might shorten the time couples need to become pregnant in comparison to ignoring stress," says Germaine Buck Louis, the study's principal researcher.

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  • Healthy chocolate cake.Just because you've made a deal with yourself to lose x amount of pounds by bikini season doesn't mean you have to totally deprive yourself or avoid eating out. There's no fun in that practice, and besides, deprivation often leads to binging.

    Seriously, your social life does not need to drop off completely, and you really don't have to turn down dinner invitations during this dedicated period. There are ways to go out, order respectably and still leave satisfied. Plus, if you're shy about divulging the details of your weight loss mission, don't worry about it; it's not like you'll be munching on crackers all night!

    Choose fish for your entree instead of the fat-laden short rib dish. Drink red wine instead of a mixed drink. There are plenty of ways to have fun, eat well and stay on point no matter what the circumstances entail. Below are nine surefire tips that'll help keep you on track even when faced with a restaurant menu's endless temptations.

    1. Drink Red Wine.

    If you're

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