Warm weather is finally here, so it's time to say goodbye to bulky layers- and the extra pounds that have been hiding behind them. Dreading the thought of baring your beach body this summer? For a flat stomach, healthy glowing skin, and improved energy the solution is simple: up your fiber intake! The ADA recommends 25-35g of fiber per day for women and 38g per day for men. However, the average person is only getting 9-11g a day! The absence of fiber in Americans' diets is a major risk factor for weight gain.
The simplest, most effective yet overlooked strategy for quick summer slimming is to eat more foods that are naturally high in fiber. High-fiber foods have a low caloric density, which means you can eat a lot while consuming relatively few calories. Dietary fiber also quiets between-meal hunger and sugar cravings. That's because fiber-dense foods slow the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream after eating. A recent study found that people who doubled their fiber
- PageDaily | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 15, 2011 6:41 PM EDT
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By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
You don't smoke. You don't know anyone who does smoke (or at least anyone who will admit to it anymore). In fact, you can't even remember the last time your child saw anyone holding a lit cigarette and yet there is your little darling presenting you with your own handmade ashtray for Father's Day. What exactly is going through your child's mind? Do they want you to die early so they can get their trust fund faster? Did it start out as a change bowl but morph into the ashtray when it grew corners? This is of course the same child who told her teacher that you don't have a job because she's "never seen you working" so maybe some questions shouldn't be asked. Nevertheless, having been through years of Father's Days watching my husband graciously receive everything from a ruler to a singing card that ended with "Wipe my butt!" I think I may have some insight into what your child means when he gives you your gift.
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- Babble.com | Summer Time Fun – Mon, Jun 13, 2011 11:23 PM EDT
For more signs that you're a dad, visit Babble.
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- The_Stir | Summer Time Fun – Mon, Jun 13, 2011 10:33 PM EDT
The mercury is rising, and the pool is open. So who's placing bets on how long it takes for the kids to start in on the mantra of summer? Five days before the first "I'm bored"? Maybe we'll make it a whole week?
It seems even fresh pool water could use a pick-me-up after a few days. How about a modern twist on some classic pool games to drive the cranky out of the kids and help you retain your summer sanity?
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Chicken Fights -- Back in the day this was pretty standard. You had at least four people split up into two teams. One person climbed on another's shoulders, and the two people in the air battled it out with their hands to knock one another over.
Fun, but it takes a lot of coordination, and someone always got kicked in the eye, didn't they? So let's take the hand-to-hand combat -- and the brutality -- out of the mix, and put in pool noodles, water guns, and other more "fun" oriented items for aRead More »from 4 old-school swimming pool games get a modern twist
You worked hard for that bikini body-keep it! Follow these easy diet and exercise tricks to maintain your shape.Read More »from 7 Easy Tricks to Stay Skinny During Summer
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In the heat, quenching your thirst can sometimes trump the impulse to check out the nutritional information on drinks. But sweet teas and juices can secretly sabotage your shape. Avoid the empty calories of sugary beverages and reach for flavored seltzers or coconut water. Better yet, save your cash and squeeze a lemon, orange, or lime into your glass to create a DIY fruit-infused water.
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Catching a little shut-eye (hello, cat naps!) can actually help you keep off the pounds. Studies have shown that less sleep means less production of the hormone, leptin, which is a key helper in telling you when you're full and when you need to expend energy (i.e., exercise). Fit in siestas as needed to make up for late nights on the town.
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- The_Stir | Summer Time Fun – Mon, Jun 13, 2011 4:19 PM EDT
One of the hardest milestones (for me, anyway) is the end of preschool. My children will be all grown and ready to leave the house before I know it, and preschool is one milestone along the way to that.
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But with the year drawing to a close, it's time to say goodbye to their amazing teachers and move on to their new schools next year. With that in mind, I started asking around to find out what other parents get for the people who spent almost as many hours shaping and molding their children during the year as they did.
Here are 5 great ideas to make the teacher happy:
- A simple letter: My teacher friends assure me that all of the apple-themed gifts in the world cannot trump a heartfelt letter from a parent who appreciated them. After all, teaching can sometimes feel like a thankless, overwhelming job. So when a student's parents take the time to actually say, "Hey we really love you," it
Now that summer is here, fog may be the last thing you're thinking of -- but out here in the San Francisco Bay Area, summertime is when the fog rolls out to cover the Golden Gate Bridge and the city streets. To celebrate our foggy summer, here's a cool-sounding foghorn you can make with your kids as a summer craft. It's fun to make and fun to play!Read More »from How to Make The Perfect Foghorn
Here's what you will need:
* a disposable rubber glove
* a plastic drinking straw
* a plastic water bottle
* a pair of scissors
* a rubber band
* masking tape or painter's tape
Here's how to assemble your foghorn:
Step 1: Use the scissors to snip a tiny hole in one of the glove's fingers. Cut a 2-inch piece of the drinking straw and insert into the hole. Secure the straw to the glove with tape.
Step 2: Use the scissors to cut off the bottom end of the plastic water bottle.
Step 3: Cover the top of the plastic water bottle with the rubber glove, and use the rubber band to secure the glove to the bottle. All done!
By GQFrom the sensational to the sensible, GQ's got all the tips you need to get Dad smiling this June.
- Babble.com | Summer Time Fun – Fri, Jun 10, 2011 6:35 PM EDT
If you have been following news about literature at all for the last year, then you know there's been quite a bit of discussion about female writers. Are they taken seriously enough by book critics who write the reviews and compile the must-read lists? Are they represented adequately in the nominations for the year's top literature prize? The numbers show that, no, no they're not, which then leads many to simply conclude that either (1) men are better writers than women or (2) women's writing appeals only to women while men's writing appeals to us all!
Both, of course, are total BS.
I'm going to let others make the arguments about female work being under-represented and ignored or sequestered to the tables festooned in pink and feature words like "Leboutin" (I'll post links at the end of this post, if you're interested). Instead, I'm going to start in the middle of this conversation to talk about why I think there's this division, this attitude, and what we can do about it.Read More »from 10 Kids Books Starring Girls That Every Boy Should Read
Father's Day is almost two weeks away. Do you know what you're getting Dad? (Or do you know what the kids are getting dad?)
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In my house, we typically invite family over, celebrate the day with burgers and dogs on the grill, and top off the night with gifts -- ties, golf clubs, maybe a "World's Best Dad" mug, blah blah blah. This year, I'm thinking of doing something different, something where my dad and I can spend some quality time together, something that will catch him off-guard! Something like ... a movie marathon! (Maybe the day before, though, since, really, who doesn't love a barbecue?)
Grab your dad, a cozy spot on the couch, and these 5 great father-daughter movies. Popcorn not included.
Father of the Bride. Really, is there anything more appropriate? A touching Steve Martin, a hilarious Martin Short, and one of the best daddy-daughter stories ever told. If you keep a watchful eye, you mayRead More »from 5 daddy-daughter films you've got to see
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