• by Thailan Pham

    Sports Illustrated/Getty ImagesAs the newly crowned U.S. national champion, ice skater Gracie Gold is showing up to the Sochi Olympics on a swell of positive momentum. Now the Smuckers spokesperson and skater has her sights set on the podium -- and it doesn't hurt that the 18-year-old couldn't have a luckier last name. Poised to win, ya think?

    For Gold, performing is "a way to share what I love to do with the rest of the world. You can share that emotion, like an actor," the ice skater says.

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    If you've seen her powerhouse triple-triple combinations, you'll agree she's quite a pro at pairing athleticism with artistry.

    "Skating can make you feel athletic, graceful, beautiful," says Gold. "That's what makes [the sport] so special."

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    To stay strong for all the show-stopping flips and balancing acts she does on ice, the skater focuses on her core in the gym. Her favorite do-anywhere move? Core

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  • by Thailan Pham

    Sarah Brunson/U.S. FreeskiingSarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing

    Halfpipe skier Brita Sigourney is probably doing everything in her power not to spring into a euphoric backflip right about now: Her sport, halfpipe skiing, is making its grand debut at the Olympics this year -- and she's one of the lucky few who've scored a spot on the U.S. team.

    She's crazy talented and has already skied her way to a couple of X-Games medals, but it was more the appeal of camaraderie and artistry that drew Sigourney to the sport.

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    "Everyone was always really laid back and friendly, and it didn't seem like a super competitive or cutthroat sport," she says of first starting out. "There is so much room for creativity in freeskiing, I think it would have been hard not to get drawn in."

    And for a halfpipe skier, self-expression -- and the expression of said creativity -- means finding a way to put your own spin on tricks while flying up into the air.

    "Learning new tricks is a scary experience,

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  • The Reds

    Dine on a gorgous rainbow of fruits and vegetables, nutritionsts like to remind us, and we'll net nature's full spectrum of health-promoting nutrients. But what does an "eat-your-colors" diet look like after the first few salad bar creations? We've come up with a handful of inspiring dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that taste as vivid as they look.

    Good Sources: red wine, red grapes
    Benefits: The wonder-working polyphenol neutralizes free radicals and may inhibit inflammation.
    Cooking Tip: For a quick hit, roast whole grapes with garlic and fresh thyme. Add frozen grapes to fruit salad (bonus: they'll keep the dish chilled).

    Good Source: chile peppers
    Benefits: Hot stuff, indeed: This helps stave off hunger and even burns some calories. It also relieves pain.
    Cooking Tip: Add minced chiles to scrambled eggs and stir-fries.

    Good Sources: tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, bell peppers

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D.

    Courtesy of Blue DiamondCourtesy of Blue Diamond What do you get when you combine two superfoods into one snack? Well in the case of Blue Diamond's brand-new Coffee Almonds, a healthy snack that gives you a bonus buzz. Blue Diamonds' quality almonds are combined with real coffee to create all three flavors, Caramel Macchiato, Roasted Coffee, and our favorite (because hello... chocolate!!), Mocha!

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    Each one-ounce serving (that's about 24 of these bad boys), contains a filling 160 calories, three grams of fiber and six grams protein. Plus, snacking on these coffee almonds is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up because you'll get all those sustaining nutrients plus a natural dose of caffeine from the coffee used to spice the nuts. For an extra pick-me-up, enjoy an iced coffee with your afternoon almonds for a truly buzz-worthy snack!

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    In fact, Blue Diamond is the official snack nut of the United States Skiing

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  • by Annie Daly

    Alexandre WeinbergerAlexandre Weinberger A long, dramatic vent feels so good in the moment, but has one ever solved your problem? Why experts say these tirades are hurting you, and what to do instead.

    Ten bucks says you've had at least one major blowup this week. Your morning commute was horrific or your boss set you off, so naturally you took to Facebook or Twitter to bitch about it, watching the validating likes and comments roll in.

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    Whatever the specifics, experts say that ranting is on the rise -- in many ways because of social media. In fact, people tweeted the hashtags #Rant and #TwitterRant 33 percent more in 2013 than they did in 2012, a recent search from Topsy Data Services found. "But using social media to have a public tantrum triggers others to join in with more negativity, which only adds to the frustration and contributes to an inability to face your issues head-on -- and that's a skill you need to navigate your career and life," warns

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  • by Casey Lewis

    Cory MonteithCory Monteith

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    Something a lot of people never knew about Cory Monteith was that when he wasn't acting on one of the most popular TV shows in forever, he was jamming out with his band. Bonnie Dune was an indie-pop group he joined years ago, right around the time Glee took off. He'd met frontman Justin Wilczynski when they both starred on a short-lived MTV series and they played music together ever since.

    The band was hard at work on their debut album when news broke of Cory's tragic death. It wasn't just Lea Michele, his castmates, his family, and his fans who were devastated-now we know it was his bandmates, too.

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    This week, the three remaining members of Bonnie Dune gave us something new to remember Cory by: They've pulled together to release Miramar, an EP of six sun-soaked jams that were recorded with Cory early last summer in Los Angeles. The tracks,

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D.

    Courtesy of 7-ElevenCourtesy of 7-Eleven Healthy food at a convenience store may sound like an oxymoron, but no longer thanks to the recently-expanded 7-Eleven's Fresh Foods line. In addition to fresh-cut fruit, yogurt parfaits, and snack trays with hummus, mini pitas, veggies, grapes, and cheese cubes, they also offer salads and portion-controlled versions of favorite 7-Eleven treats, mini tacos and mini donuts. The newest offerings include two hearty sandwiches, the Steakhouse Roast Beef Sandwich and the Bistro Deluxe Sandwich with under 450 calories each. Take a look below for the scoop on some of our favorite Fresh Foods options.

    Bistro Snack Protein Pack: This fresh selection of snack items helps you power you through your day with carbohydrates, protein and nutrient-packed fruits and veggies from the mini pitas, cheddar cheese cubes, red grapes, celery, baby carrots and hummus. With 390 calories and 21 grams of fat, this snack pack is the perfect light meal.

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  • by Jenny Bailly

    Delphine AchardDelphine AchardRecently, after a five-day stretch without shampooing (hey, I had a great blowout--and there was a polar vortex on), my hair was painfully dirty. Literally. My scalp hurt.

    The cure was simple: I washed my hair, combed it out, and left it loose. Pain gone. But I was curious about how my greasy roots could actually cause me physical discomfort. I called Jennifer Chwalek, a New York City dermatologist who has done research in hair biology. Her first possible explanation: seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff, a condition aggravated by oil buildup. But I didn't experience itching or notice flakes--could it still be dandruff? "Sometimes seborrheic dermatitis manifests only as scalp inflammation and tenderness," countered Chwalek. But not usually. A more likely explanation: the dirty-hair ponytail. "When your hair starts to get greasy, do you pull it back?" asked Chwalek. But of course. "Well, just a couple days of tight ponytails or buns can create enough traction on the Read More »from Hair so Dirty it Hurts
  • What's the 411 on green juices?What's the 411 on green juices?

    Q: I'm seeing green juice everywhere. Is it a good way to get my nutrients?

    A: Not really. You'd think that a drink boasting spinach, kale, and romaine would be loaded with the vitamins and other good stuff these veggies provide, but one brand I checked had just 10% of your daily vitamin A needs. Most juices also lack fiber -- a key reason to eat produce. If you still want to sip, check labels first for sneaky sweet stuff: One bottle I picked up had an astonishing 180 calories and 39 grams of sugar, thanks to its abundance of fruit juices.

    Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D., is the nutrition director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. She reports on nutrition news and trends, noteworthy products, weight-loss tips, and healthy-eating advice.

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  • This mom made some important and healthy life changes.This mom made some important and healthy life changes.

    There's a saying, "When Mama's not happy, nobody's happy." That was my family when I weighed almost 300 pounds. I was miserable and always snapping at my husband, Rick, and our kids, RJ, now 11, and Heidi, 9.

    I'd grown up overweight, but became obese after having children and starting a photography business. As Rick and I got busier -- some weeks I worked more than 100 hours -- our habits got worse. We ordered pizza twice a week and snacked through late nights on chips and soda. By my 30th birthday in November 2010, I weighed 291 pounds, and my waist (five feet around) almost matched my height (5' 3"). I also had lots of health problems: prediabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma.

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    A holiday "gift"
    About a month later, as my sister was showing me the photos she'd taken at our family holiday celebration the day before, she flipped past one quickly. When I made her go back, I saw myself -- in size 28 pants and

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