• Photo: Getty ImagesShy toddlers might not want to speak up — but that doesn’t mean they don’t understand what you're saying to them, according to a new study of the largely misunderstood connections between shyness and language.

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    “Behaviorally inhibited children who may not be speaking much shouldn’t be underestimated,” says study author Soo Rhee, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, in a press release about the findings. “Parents and teachers should be aware that they may need to be encouraged more in their expressive language development.”

    The study, published in the journal Child Development, was prompted by a thesis student’s review paper that examined associations between shyness and verbal skills, Rhee tells Yahoo Shine. To test those associations, researchers looked at information collected on 816 toddlers — 408 sets of twins — at 14, 20, and 24 months of age, times when children’s language

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  • Getty ImagesThere's sugar and then there's "added sugar — those extra sweeteners sprinkled into food when it's processed. One sneaky little word signals a secret menu of nutritional no-no's we're prone to ignore — and that's a problem.

    According to new research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who eat too much added sugar are more likely to suffer from heart disease.

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    The study, released Monday, found that people who consumed more than 21 percent of calories from added sugar doubled their risk of dying from heart disease compared to those who consumed less than 10 percent of calories from added sugar.

    The good news: Americans are generally eating less added sugar — the average percentage of daily calories from the sweet stuff has decreased (from 16.8 percent between 1999 and 2004 down to 14.9 percent between 2005 and 2010). And the majority of people do try to abstain, but 10 percent of people still get 25 percent or

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  • Salad Bar Salad Bar My little family and I don't do a lot of traveling. Being small business owners, we try to get away for a few long weekends throughout the year, usually to places close to home, but we don't have much experience with long trips, and we certainly have zero experience traveling internationally. So when we took a weeklong road trip last summer, the obstacles of eating clean when on the road were new to me, and I took it on as a challenge. Because that way of eating was still pretty new to me and my system, eating clean on the road was more of a fun experiment than a necessity.

    This month alone though, I've hopped on a plane to travel out of state on two occasions, both taking me out of my own kitchen and my usual clean-eating routine. After months of eating a pretty strict whole-foods diet, cooking most meals from scratch, my body and digestive system were not ready for the assault it would suffer after multiple nights of dining out and consuming overly processed food. On the second

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes

    Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked with lower risk of heart disease and maybe even Alzheimer's. A new study just found that older women who consumed the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids had better preservation of their brain as they got older.

    And, sure, you can eat servings of fish such as salmon, trout, and tuna to get an infusion of these heart-and-brain-healthy omega-3s. You can pop a fish-oil pill, or slurp it from a spoon (in my own personal experience, this leads to fish-flavored burps later--but that may just be me). But you can also find omega-3s in some non-fish foods too.

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    Eggs: But not just any eggs. The orbs produced by hens that eat plants and bugs--or are fed omega-3s in their grain--contain higher levels of omega-3s. "Organic" and "free range" designations can offer some clues as to how many fatty acids are in your eggs.

    Oatmeal: A bowl of oatmeal is heavenly on a cold morning.

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Chris GentileChris Gentile

    You know...sometimes, our daily lives are so busy to the point that the only way we are going to possibly have lunch is to make a quick stop at a fast-food joint. Totally get it. And while there are plenty of ways to eat well on-the-go, that's pretty hard to remember that when your stomach is rumbling and all you can think about is FOOD. NOW. But! This new research may give you some more--er, you know, food for thought. According to a new study, for every fast-food transaction, the average body mass index of the whole country (in which that transaction took place) went up by .03.

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    OK, so--experts aren't all in agreement as to whether or not BMI is the most perfect weight measurement (for example: someone who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 149 pounds has a BMI of 24--a healthy weight, according to the BMI charts. But if that same person gains a pound, her BMI registers as "overweight," and who knows?

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  • Problems only vegetarians understand. By Kristina Carucci

    You eventually learn the truth about Jello and marshmallows.

    1. Your carnivore friends are more likely than you to loudly announce your vegetarian status to the waiter/person handing out free samples at Costco. A simple "no thank you" will get the job done. Plus, my face won't turn bright red!

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    2. You get tired of being lectured about protein and iron by people who have half their arm inside a family-size bag of Doritos. Seriously? Do you even know what a vegetable looks like?

    3. Coworkers that you eat lunch with feel the need to defend themselves. That's cool that you only eat chicken on Mondays, Wednesdays, and on federal holidays. Can we get back to dissecting every detail of Beyonce's Grammy performance?

    4. Everyone assumes that you love yoga, kale, and accent braids. OK, GUILTY. But I also love whiskey and binge watching The Sopranos.

    5. People you just met harass you about

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  • By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Mayim Bialik's new cookbook, Mayim's Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours, which the actress and neuroscientist wrote with pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon, isn't your run-of-the-mill book of recipes. It's also a perspective-shifting manual for people looking to eat a more plant-based diet in the interest of health and eco-friendliness. We asked Bialik about her own road to veganism, the common misconceptions people have about what they "need" to eat, and the main takeaway she hopes readers get from Mayim's Vegan Table.

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    Why vegan over vegetarian?
    I was a vegetarian from the time I was 19, and I cut out most dairy in college at the recommendation of a doctor. I haven't had a sinus infection since. I was still eating some dairy that was less allergenic when my first son was born, but he was allergic to any dairy in my breast milk. I eliminated all dairy

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  • The best athletes in the world share how they blow past plateaus and score better resultsThe best athletes in the world share how they blow past plateaus and score better resultsBy Caitlin Carlson, Women's Health
    Call it a lull, rut, or wall--we've all hit that point when a workout routine becomes static, progress has flatlined, or injury has forced a setback. Even Team USA's finest! Yet these athletes learn to push their bodies to higher and higher limits. Hear how they blow past plateaus and score better results.

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    1. Stop and Listen
    "I train nonstop to try to get stronger and faster," says 2010 Olympic moguls skier Heather McPhie. But she found a surprising payoff from slowing down: "During our last training camp, I took 10 minutes each day to center myself," she explains. "I set a timer and did nothing. It helped me observe things, like tightness in my right shoulder, that I wouldn't have noticed otherwise."

    2. Schedule Wisely
    She knows they're important for building stamina, but McPhie doesn't look forward to her moderate-intensity cardio workouts. So she strategically schedules them the day after a really

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  • Best-selling novel “Photo: PenguinThe Fault in Our Stars” so accurately captures the voice of a teenage girl, it’s hard to believe that anyone other than an actual teenage girl wrote it. But author John Green certainly had some help delving deep into the life of a 16-year-old cancer patient. While Green has always insisted that the 2012 work is not based on Esther Earl — the late Boston teen to whom he dedicated the book — there’s no doubt that she had a profound impact on the story.

    Now, with a movie adaptation starring Shailene Woodley slated for release this summer, Esther is getting to tell her own story through a posthumous collection of diary entries, blog posts, sketches, and letters from friends and family titled “This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl.” It proves once and for all that Esther Grace Earl and Hazel Grace Lancaster, while similar, are not one and the same. 

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  • By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29

    .Have you ever looked down at an empty plate and wondered where the pile of pasta went and why you suddenly need a nap? Or sat down to dinner with a friend and found yourself matching them bite for bite? Have you ever popped a hard candy into your mouth so fast you didn't realize it was a chewable children's vitamin? Yeah, no, me neither. Definitely not.

    This week, in lieu of rambling over my rediscovery of carbs, or controversial love affair with the StairMaster, I'd like to share one of the more practical habits that changed everything about the way I eat. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, legendary leader in the field of mindfulness and meditation is largely credited with bringing the concept of "mindful eating" into popular consciousness in the West. Along with many other practical applications of mindfulness, this idea had a huge impact in the world of nutrition and even popular mainstream diets. Whether you're an advocate of strict dieting or a hardcore devotee

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