POSTS WITH TAG: eating habits

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    I have a little confession to make, since I'm (mostly) all about keeping it real up in here. You see, I really, really love food. Like, ridiculously love food. You know the saying, "some people eat to live and others live to eat"? I don't even understand that first group. People that say they're so busy they forgot to eat? They might as well be speaking Greek. Mmmm, Greek yogurt. Wait, what?

    Anyway, not only do I love to eat, but I'm a stress eater. This one time in college, a friend said she always got really skinny after a breakup, because she couldn't eat when she was sad. I was all -- but, but, but ... ice cream!

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    Dancer, actress, and singer Julianne Hough, who was a champion on Dancing With the Stars not once but TWICE, always looks like she's having the most fun at the party, doesn't she? Don't know about you, but when I heard she gave an awesome interview to Self magazine where she divulged her best fitness secrets, I expected it to include things like: don't eat. Ever. Lift 20-pound weights three times a day. Oh, and be born looking like Julianne Hough.

    But I was so wrong. As it turns out, the happiest girl in Hollywood works hard, but doesn't kill herself. That might explain why she's always smiling? Her fitness and beauty tips include little things we can all start doing -- like, right now.

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    Used to be that being calorie-conscious meant eating food that tasted and looked like cardboard. But these days, we know better. We know counting calories doesn't mean having to sacrifice taste. And that deliciously fulfilling, fiber and protein-packed snacks that actually keep you full don't necessarily require tons of prep work. (That's a hugerelief!)

    Here, 8 perfectly quick, simple, and delicious inbetween meal bites that all come in at under 250 calories ...

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    The jury's out on just how good dairy is for us at all. But if you or your kids are going to have what my mother-in-law calls "cow milk," or regular butter, or real ice cream, it should the full fat kind -- if you want to be a healthy weight, that is. I know, it sounds completely backwards, but that's what researchers in Sweden claim after doing a study over a 12-year period.

    It bears noting that the research was done on middle-aged men, but still. They found that the subjects who used whole milk, cream, and butter had a lower risk of becoming obese than did people who avoided fattier dairy products. At the same time, a European review of 16 studies found most of them showed a lower risk of obesity for people who consumed high-fat dairy products. And if that wasn't enough, a study last year found kids who drank low-fat milk gained weight! Whoa!

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, SavingStar.

    I want to save money. I really do.

    But, in my recent commitment to do so, I’ve found that trying to save money is just like trying to lose weight. No one really wants to do it. We all want instant results. And, unfortunately, it only works if you let it.

    That being said, just about any plan works, as long as you follow it. You can cut your carbs or boost your protein, cut out fine dining or put more money into your savings every week. Whichever way you choose, you just have to commit and continue. It’s plain and simple. You’ll lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume. You’ll save money if you spend less money than you make!

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    Not sure if it's because she's dating Tiger Woods or she's sitting out this year's Winter Olympics due to an injured knee, but the media is having a field day bashing champion skier Lindsey Vonn ... for "body-slamming" models and celebrities who she describes as "too thin," "not healthy." It's really bizarre, because when other women in the spotlight have expressed similar concerns (like Eddie Murphy's daughter Bria), they've been applauded. But Lindsey does it, and suddenly, her thoughts and feelings on our weight-obsessed pop culture are filed under "nasty tirade." What the ...? Seems to me the athlete is simply telling it like it is.

    Not to mention that she didn't exactly go on a verbal assault out of the blue. She was asked by SELF about her body insecurities, and she explained how the entertainment world's standards of beauty have affected her. 

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    Mita Diran was a baby -- just 24 -- when she slipped into a coma this week and died, shortly after spending days awake and relying on something called Thai Red Bull just so she could work more. The Indonesian woman was a copywriter at a major ad agency in her country and proudly Tweeted about her commitment to work in the days and weeks leading up to her death. Her last Tweet, which she sent on December 14, read: "30 hours of working and still going strooong." Hers is the story of a sad, terrible waste of a young, talented life.

    But Mita's work habits are probably not that far off from many of our own. And this heartbreaking story should serve as a wake-up call for some of us.

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    Just several months ago, the world tortured Kim Kardashian for her pregnancy weight gain. Now, it's all about her much-ballyhooed slimdown. What's not to love about a new mama who got her body back? Well, I just can't love it if the way she dropped the baby weight was totally unhealthy and unrealistic!

    While it seems absolutely out of the question that she didn't resort to at least a little plastic surgery to score her current figure, apparently she really does mean business when it comes to her diet and fitness plan, too, which People has ALL the nitty-gritty on. Kim's vowed to stick to this regimen while on the road with Kanye. How admirable that would be ... if it wasn't nutso!

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    The Mayo Clinic recently released the results of a 45-year study that basically found that women are fatter these days because we spend more time watching TV and browsing websites and less time cleaning our houses, cooking, folding laundry, and chasing after our kids.

    Naturally, some women are totally annoyed by this conclusion and believe this kind of thinking belongs back in the '50s. It leaves out a host of other reasons why obesity is more prevalent these days. A rise in two-income families means less time spent cooking healthy meals simply because the time isn't always there is just one of many examples.  

    But the study shouldn't be thrown out the window, either. As a former working mom who now works from home, I can assure you: house and mommy duties keep you active and in good shape.

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    If chocolate, caffeine, and a heating pad are your best friends for several days every month, you are NOT alone. Nasty PMS and period symptoms -- from splitting headaches to unbearable cramps to occasionally having an inexplicably emotional reaction to something super-benign -- all too often get the best of all of us!

    Thankfully, when it comes to contending with that time of the month, you don't have to rely on over-the-counter pills that may or may not actually help or go it alone. You can lean on one or several of these 8 awesome, all-natural menstrual symptom cures (you know, besides chocolate!).

    Check 'em out ...

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