Health and Beauty http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4803/all en-US 6 Little Stressors You Can Easily Eliminate Today http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-stressors-you-can-easily-eliminate-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-little-stressors-you-can-easily-eliminate-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stressed-woman-traffic-Dollarphotoclub_53811864.jpg" alt="stressed woman traffic" title="stressed woman traffic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stress is how we respond to life's challenges. And since life always throws us curveballs (especially if you're a Baltimore Oriole gunning for a World Series title&hellip; I'll get over the shutout eventually), a completely stress-free life might never happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-or-really-cheap-ways-to-relieve-stress?ref=seealso">20 Free (or Cheap) Ways to Reduce Stress</a>)</p> <p>But while you can't snap your fingers and wish away big stresses, you can eliminate little stressors that impact your everyday life. Expunging minor annoyances that increase blood pressure and anxiety level may not provide complete peace of mind, but it's a good starting point. Here are six to set you on the right path.</p> <h2>1. Toxic Relationships</h2> <p>Whether it's a so-called friend, a co-worker, neighbor, or miserable relative (you know who you are, <em>Aunt Silvie</em>), some people may drain the life out of you and increase your stress level. You may put up with the abuse because of your history, but the last thing you need is a toxic relationship adding stress to your life.</p> <p>It's a common type of relationship. In fact, &quot;84% of women &mdash; and 75% of men &mdash; said they'd <a href="http://www.today.com/id/44205822/ns/today-today_health/t/toxic-friends-people-endure-poisonous-pals/#.VH4pgofPbzI">had a toxic friend</a> at some point,&quot; acccording to a study conducted by Today.com and Self Magazine. You don't have to banish these people from your life, but to enjoy less stress and more happiness, you have to acknowledge a toxic relationship sooner than later and <a href="http://www.webmd.com/women/features/toxic-friends-less-friend-more-foe?page=3">deal with the toxicity</a>, such as &quot;taking some degree of responsibility for the situation&quot; and setting boundaries.</p> <h2>2. Traffic Jams During the Morning Commute</h2> <p>Nobody wants to deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic (especially if you are not a morning person), and research proves that traffic and your commute can be bad for your health. &quot;It is very stressful &mdash; you have little control over it,&quot; says Dr. David Frid of the Cleveland Clinic. &quot;And it is something, like most stressful situations, that can have an impact on your heart. It can increase your heart rate and increase your blood pressure, both which are very bad for your system in the short term as well as the long term.&quot;</p> <p>Researchers believe that honking and the sound of traffic can trigger elevated stress levels. But if you work outside the home and live in a heavily populated area, major slowdowns are inevitable and a bad start to your day. There's nothing you can do about traffic, but you can minimize its effect.</p> <p>&quot;Leave with enough time so that if a traffic jam occurs&hellip; you're not going to be bothered by it,&quot; Frid says. &quot;If you get caught in a traffic jam, it is what it is. Don't get upset about it. Listen to your (audio) book, listen to the radio.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Long Lines</h2> <p>Whether it's at the grocery store or the bank &mdash; you can't escape long lines. And if you're tired, hungry, and stuck standing in a long line after finishing an eight-hour shift, this might be the thing that pushes you over the edge.</p> <p>Unfortunately, as long as there are people, there will be lines. But this doesn't mean you have to waste time standing in them. Take advantage of time-saving tools created to make your life less stressful. Just about every bank and credit union has a mobile app that lets customers deposit checks from a mobile device (this is one of the best technological advances so far this century, in my opinion). And I recently learned that Walmart (and many other grocery stores) now offers a feature that lets customers grocery shop online. Visit the grocery store's website, select items to purchase, choose a pick-up time (or delivery, in some cases), pay online, and pick up your items from the store's designated area. No lines.</p> <h2>4. Too Much News</h2> <p>After work you may turn on the TV to catch up on the latest headlines. But given how most news isn't good news, after a few programs you may notice your anxiety level rising. This feeling isn't all in your head.</p> <p>A national survey of more than 2,500 Americans conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 1 in 4 participants experienced &quot;a great deal of stress in the previous month,&quot; and the biggest contributing factor was reading, watching, or listening to the news. Additionally, a study conducted after the Boston Marathon bombing found that &quot;people who exposed themselves to six or more hours of media daily actually reported more acute stress symptoms than did people who were directly exposed &mdash; meaning they were at the site of the bombings,&quot; says professor Alison Holman of the University of California.</p> <p>We should stay up-to-date on national and world events, sure. But try limiting yourself to only 10 or 20 minutes of news coverage a day.</p> <h2>5. Perfectionism</h2> <p>We can be our own worst enemy and our own stress trigger. Some people have to do everything perfectly, and mistakes are unacceptable. However, nobody is perfect, and if you're reaching for perfection, you're only going to succeed at stressing yourself out (which is why Xanax is my best friend). Do your best, but know your limits (and I'll try to practice what I preach as well).</p> <h2>6. Too Much Technology</h2> <p>Between smartphones, tablets, and unlimited data plans, you can be connected to the outside world 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But there's a <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3042390/">connection between stress and overuse of technology</a>. And if you can't go 30 minutes without checking your email or text messages, you may experience higher stress levels than someone who completely unplugs.</p> <p>Sure, you may need your smartphone or tablet, but it's okay to set boundaries. Maybe shut down all devices two or three hours before bed to allow your mind time to unwind. This means no playing games, texting, reading blogs, and definitely no paying bills online. It'll be hard to break this habit, but people have put more difficult addictions to rest. You got this if you want this.</p> <p><em>What are some other stressors that are commonplace that we can feasibly avoid? Let me know your suggestions and tips in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-stressors-you-can-easily-eliminate-today" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Little Stressors You Can Easily Eliminate Today" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-stressors-you-can-easily-eliminate-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-nervous-tics-you-need-to-stop-right-now">6 Nervous Tics You Need to Stop Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-slow-down-your-fast-paced-life">How to Slow Down Your Fast-Paced Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-or-really-cheap-ways-to-relieve-stress">20 Free (or Really Cheap) Ways to Relieve Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-ways-to-de-stress-and-enjoy-life-more">6 Little Ways to De-Stress (and Enjoy Life More)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-you-can-go-easier-on-yourself">12 Ways You Can Go Easier on Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Personal Development relax stress stress relief tension Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1270104 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-buying-cosmetics-Dollarphotoclub_67027622.jpg" alt="woman buying cosmetics" title="woman buying cosmetics" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to The Huffington Post, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/beauty-products_n_3975209.html">women spend over $426 billion a year on beauty products</a>. This can get exceedingly expensive for women who buy into the high priced anti-aging skincare lines and like to stay on top of the latest cosmetics trends. Fortunately, there are a few new ways to save that don't require sorting through the bargain bin at the end of each season.</p> <p>Here are the seven best ways to stretch your dollar in the beauty department.</p> <h2>1. Sign Up for Surprise Beauty Box Subscriptions</h2> <p>Beauty box services like <a href="http://www.glossybox.com/">Glossy Box</a>, <a href="http://www.ipsy.com/">Ipsy</a>, or <a href="http://www.beautybar.com/SampleSociety/LandingPage.qs">Sample Society</a> all work in more or less the same way. You select a plan with the type of products you're interested in getting and how long of a contract you want (typically, the longer your contract, the bigger the discount). Then every month you get a box in the mail, filled with sample or full-size beauty products to test out.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Most of these services are upfront about the fees and quality of products, but there's no way of knowing what you'll receive from month to month. It's possible to end up with a box full of products that you have no interest in using.</p> <h2>2. Sign Up for Retailer Rewards</h2> <p>Beauty companies that offer rewards systems pay you cash, redeemable points, or special discounts depending on the dollar amount you spend at their store. Some may even offer lower members-only prices. When signing up, make sure to ask about the program's benefits, so that you can figure out the best way it can work for you. For example, the CVS reward program offers personalized coupons, weekly sales to members, and 2% cash back on all purchases. Other programs to consider: <a href="http://www.beauty.com/">Beauty.com,</a> <a href="http://www.sephora.com/">Sephora</a>, <a href="http://www.sallybeauty.com/">Sally Beauty Supply</a>, <a href="http://ulta.com/">Ulta</a>, and <a href="http://www.cvs.com/">CVS</a>.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Rewards programs are a good deal, but read the fine print. Some companies may limit the items available to purchase with reward points or price reward items ridiculously high. For example, Sephora offers one reward point for each dollar spent, but it takes 100 points (or 100 dollars spent) to redeem one sample-size mascara.</p> <h2>3. Shop Online</h2> <p>Online beauty retailers like <a href="http://www.dermstore.com/">Dermstore</a>, Beauty.com and <a href="http://www.beautybar.com/">Beautybar.com</a> can offer better prices because they don't have the same overhead costs as a traditional brick and mortar. These retailers pass on the savings through daily or weekly sales, special promotions, and additional coupons found on third-party coupon websites.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You don't get the luxury of trying new products like you would in-store and to receive free shipping you have to meet the minimum order value of $35-$50.</p> <h2>4. Buy the Bundled Kit</h2> <p>Some brand-specific retailers promote the use of their products in a group or kit, for best results. For the full package, they offer big savings. For example, at Murad their &quot;<a href="http://www.murad.com/environmental-shield-30-day-kit">Environmental Shield Introductory Kit</a>&quot; costs under $40, but if you bought all the components separately, the cost would be $125.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>As long as you want all the products in the kit, this one's a no-brainer.</p> <h2>5. Get Those Free Samples!</h2> <p>There are four ways to get free samples.</p> <ul> <li>When the woman at the department store counter asks if you want a free sample, you say, &quot;Yes!&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stores like Sephora have sample containers waiting to be filled with products you'd like to try; you just have to ask an employee for it.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Check websites like <a href="http://womanfreebies.com/">Womanfreebies</a> and <a href="http://www.shopathome.com/">Shopathome</a> for updates on a variety of free stuff including bath and beauty supplies.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Manufacturers new and old are fighting for your business and offer free samples so that you can try them out, so check their websites for details.</li> </ul> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You may not get the full benefit of a product from a sample size. Especially with skin and hair care products, potential results may not show up until a certain number of uses that can't be fulfilled in a one or two-time portion.</p> <h2>6. Compare Ingredients</h2> <p>According to a ShopSmart interview with cosmetics chemist Randy Shueller, &quot;if the first five ingredients are the same or nearly the same, then <a href="http://www.shopsmart.org/2014/11/smart-swaps-to-save-big-on-cosmetics-and-skin-care.html">the product is probably very similar</a>.&quot; They compared three similar products and found that the less expensive products were 50% cheaper &mdash; for the same ingredients!</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>You'll have to spend a little more time doing the research on these ingredients. But even if you know them inside out, the unfortunate truth is that beauty product labels don't state the usage amount of the ingredients listed. For all you know, they used a drop of the ingredient you need in your beauty product.</p> <h2>7. Buy Reusable Applicators</h2> <p>Every time you use a traditional foundation applicator, you have to throw it away. Instead, replace your one-time use foundation sponges with a reusable foundation brush or beauty blender sponge that will last you up to 3-6 months. Depending on how often it's used and how well you take care of it, it may even last longer. This will eliminate your restocking fees and decrease the unnecessary waste that's produced by traditional sponge applicators.</p> <h3>What's the Catch?</h3> <p>Nothing more than a change and learning curve, but there are hundreds of YouTube beauty tutorials that will show you the best ways of using it.</p> <p><em>What are your best beauty savings secrets? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nayri-leanna-gregor">Nayri Leanna Gregor</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-beauty-an-expert-tells-all">Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/generic-drug-price-lists-for-six-major-pharmacies">Generic Drug Price Lists For Six Major Pharmacies - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-places-to-buy-inexpensive-natural-beauty-products">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty beauty cosmetics savings shopping Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Nayri Leanna Gregor 1269224 at http://www.wisebread.com 36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It's Cold Out http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-exercise-living-room-Dollarphotoclub_63851547.jpg" alt="woman exercise living room" title="woman exercise living room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's cold enough to reasonably excuse yourself from running, but it's not too cold to workout inside. So move your coffee table out of the way, roll out your yoga mat and make your TV the focal point of your workout, because we've rounded up 36 exercises you can do in your living room. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Workouts Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <p>Most of these workouts are available online for free, but don't forget Christmas time usually offers deals on videos at local retailers. You'll need a yoga mat and a few hand weights for some of the workouts. And no matter which workout is right for you, make sure you follow the instructions carefully &mdash; the last thing you want to do is pull a muscle trying to gain muscle.</p> <h2>Strength Training</h2> <p>You won't need a lot of fancy weight lifting equipment to start buffing up at home.</p> <h3>POPSUGAR Fitness</h3> <p>POPSUGAR Fitness is a fantastic source for <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit">YouTube</a> workouts. I will warn you though: Their channel is mixed with food recipes. Their <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=istOU9nxhm8">beginner strength training workout</a> is phenomenal if you don't have a lot of workout supplies &mdash; it only requires a yoga mat. It does require some coordination, but since you're in your living room and not in public, there is no need to feel embarrassed.</p> <h3>Nike+ Training App</h3> <p>If you're a woman with a smartphone, try out the free <a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/womens-training/apps/nike-training-club">Nike+ Training Club app</a>, which acts as a personal trainer, motivator, and calorie counter. This app is great for when you don't know how to do a certain bend or lift.</p> <h3>Jillian Michaels App</h3> <p>The free <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jillian-michaels-slim-down/id399841706?mt=8">Jillian Michaels app</a> helps you plan your workout in conjunction with a meal plan. It's like The Biggest Loser only you're the only one competing and no one is watching you.</p> <h2>Focus Areas</h2> <p>If you're trying to fix one certain part of your body, there are a plethora of body part specific workouts you can try out.</p> <h3>Abs</h3> <p>If you're looking for ab workouts, try <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/386209">Gaiam's Quick Fix Ab</a> workout.</p> <h3>Lower Body</h3> <p>If you're focusing on your lower body, try <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Butt-and-Thigh-Workout-with-Fat-Burning-HIIT-Cardio-At-Home-Legs-On-Fire-/kd/">Fitness Blender's Butt and Thigh</a> workout or POPSUGAR's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCYCHj_NGNg&amp;list=UUBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg">Tighten Your Love Handles</a> workout.</p> <h3>Back</h3> <p>Strengthen your back with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql_fjjleuu8&amp;list=UUBINFWq52ShSgUFEoynfSwg">this workout</a>, also from POPSUGAR.</p> <h3>Upper Body</h3> <p>For your upper body, check out <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Bodyweight-Only-Upper-Body-Workout-Killer-Arms-Shoulders-and-Upper-Back-Workout/ke/">Fitness Blender's Upper Body</a> workout (no weights needed!). And Military.com offers <a href="http://www.military.com/military-fitness/workouts/best-twenty-minute-workouts">a round-up of 20 minute workouts</a> on their website. No matter what your focus area is, make sure you give it a break at least every other day. Too much on one certain area can cause you to strain your muscles.</p> <h2>Dancing</h2> <p>I avoid Zumba like the plague because I have no rhythm and I am not quick at picking up dance moves. However, I will happily dance when no one is watching.</p> <h3>Dance Workout for Dummies</h3> <p>This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEjsAW5rokA">Dance Workout for Dummies video</a> on YouTube is helpful simply because she is instructional as she dances.</p> <h3>Dance and Be Fit</h3> <p>Hulu's <a href="http://www.hulu.com/dance-and-be-fit">Dance and Be Fit</a> channel offers a plethora of choices.</p> <h3>Beyonce Dance Workout</h3> <p>If you feel like you could be the next Beyonce, check out POPSUGAR's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit">Beyonce Dance Workout</a>.</p> <p>Most importantly, these videos require nothing but your body and an ability to laugh at yourself.</p> <h2>Military Workouts</h2> <p>If you need a little extra motivation only a drill instructor can give, you have several options.</p> <h3>Military.com Whole Body Workout</h3> <p>Military.com offers <a href="http://www.military.com/military-fitness/workouts/stuck-inside-indoor-workout-ideas">a workout for your whole body</a>. This workout focuses on everything: arms, legs, chest, and shoulders. However, the instructor recommends splitting the workouts up to give your body rest time in between certain sections. The good news is they don't have a YouTube video attached to them, so if your &quot;workout instructor&quot; gets on your nerves, this is an alternative. The bad news is that you have to pace yourself and make yourself keep going.</p> <h3>Other Boot Camps</h3> <p>Health.com also offers a <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20690381,00.html">30-minute Boot Camp Workout</a> with no videos. And if you need someone yelling at you, try Exercise TV's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYgmDEddug">Boot Camp Calorie Burn</a> or XHIT Daily's Military <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR96MWRPwHg">Boot Camp Workout</a>, which features a British instructor.</p> <h2>Yoga</h2> <p>Yoga is the best living room workout, and if you learn from a video, you won't feel embarrassed when you don't know what happy baby is.</p> <p>Try <a href="http://myfreeyoga.com/">MyFreeYoga.com</a> or Hulu's channels <a href="http://www.hulu.com/yoga-for-everyone">Yoga for Everyone</a>, <a href="http://www.hulu.com/my-yoga-classes">My Yoga Classes</a>, or, the aptly named, <a href="http://www.hulu.com/yoga">Yoga</a>. POPSUGAR rounds up <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Websites-Offer-Free-Yoga-Classes-21156881">a few more websites</a> that cost around $9 a month &mdash; certainly cheaper than $15-$20 a class!</p> <p>Refer to these <a href="http://www.yogajournal.com/">Yoga Journal</a> videos to make sure your poses are done correctly.</p> <h2>Pilates</h2> <p>Hulu has a great <a href="http://www.hulu.com/gaiam-pilates">Pilates channel</a> available on their website. And try out Fitness Blender's <a href="http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Quick-and-Easy-Pilates-Toning-and-Flexibility-Workout/kn/">Quick and Easy Pilates Toning and Flexibility Workout</a> (which lasts less than 20 minutes and tells you how many calories you're burning as you go), or Fitness Blender's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugu8jehy7A">Leg Slimming Pilates Routine</a>. eFit30 also offers a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv1q-jpa5uM">30-Minute Pilates</a> workout, which is led by a delightful Aussie named Renee.</p> <h2>Total Body Workouts</h2> <p>If you're in a rush, <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/total-body-workouts">this five minute workout</a> from Women's Health is perfect for you. This workout has five steps, which you do 50 seconds apiece, taking a 10 second rest in between.</p> <p>Gaiam Fitness on Hulu also offers a <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/510380">total body workout</a> for those with a little more time.</p> <p>Men's Fitness offers <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/training/workout-routines/8-at-home-workouts-to-lose-weight-and-build-muscle">eight different workouts</a> you can do at home. Some do require dumbbells, but a lot are possible with just you.</p> <h2>Pinterest Workouts</h2> <p>If videos aren't your thing, try what I'm calling a &quot;Pinterest&quot; workout. You know, one of those workouts made in Paint that will make you feel bad about your recipe board. There is the <a href="https://makinghealthahabit.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/workout6.jpg">100 Workout</a>, the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/7b/c1/c5/7bc1c5f0e6c2f01a695dc80b214cf804.jpg">&quot;Everytime You See This&quot; Workout</a>, the <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e2/55/ab/e255ab0de4298184fe191723d710df14.jpg">Quick Morning Workout</a>, the <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPDmsOQRHhw/UhLQrxC9gnI/AAAAAAAABTA/3BveEI0PvjM/s1600/Quick+Fix+Workout.png">Quick Fix Workout</a>, the <a href="http://iheartvegetables.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/10-minute-circuit-workout-.jpg">10 Minute Circuit</a>, and <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=fitness%20workouts&amp;term_meta%5B%5D=fitness%7Ctyped&amp;term_meta%5B%5D=workouts%7Ctyped">numerous others</a>.</p> <p><em>What do you use to workout at home? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out" class="sharethis-link" title="36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-getting-the-best-morning-workout">7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise">10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Lifestyle exercise fitness free workouts home gym workouts Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1268204 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" alt="chocolate" title="chocolate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling down? Many people self-medicate with food when they get down in the dumps, but that pint of double fudge ice cream isn't doing you any favors (granted, it's not hurting your tastebuds). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-scientists-say-will-boost-your-happiness-today?ref=seealso">11 Things Scientists Will Boost Your Happiness Today</a>)</p> <p>The next time you're feeling low, try eating one of the following foods, which are scientifically proven to help turn that frown upside down.</p> <h2>1. Chili Peppers</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/red-chili-peppers-Dollarphotoclub_51133856.jpg" /></p> <p>Are you into spicy foods? That's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/24/281978831/sriracha-chemistry-how-hot-sauces-perk-up-your-food-and-your-mood">good news</a> for your mental wellbeing. Chili peppers contain two hard-hitting compounds: <a href="http://www.rsc.org/Education/EiC/issues/2006May/SpicingupChemistry.asp">capsaicin</a> and dihydrocapsaicin. These chemicals trick your brain into thinking that something is burning your mouth, which is where that &quot;ouch get it out!&quot; reaction comes from. But soon after, your body reacts by releasing endorphins and gives you a natural high. So go ahead and add some hot sauce to your meal when you need a little pick-me-up.</p> <h2>2. Spinach</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/spinach-Dollarphotoclub_71723946.jpg" /></p> <p>There may be good reason why Popeye was always so chipper. Not only is spinach high in calcium and iron, it's packed with antioxidants and folic acid (B vitamins), both of which are associated with good mood. One study found that low levels of folic acid <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/brain-and-behavior/slideshows/best-foods-to-eat-for-your-mood&mdash;and-a-few-bad-ones/3">increased risk for depression</a>, and more studies are being conducted about the effect of folate on mental health. Folate is water-soluble, so your body does not store it and therefore needs a continuous supply. Other foods rich in B vitamins include legumes, avocado, and broccoli.</p> <h2>3. Poultry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted-chicken-Dollarphotoclub_66130868.jpg" /></p> <p>Poultry like chicken and turkey contain an amino acid called <em>tyrosine</em>, which is involved in the production of stress hormones. Some scientists believe that when your body is under stress, it can't <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/tyrosine">make enough tyrosine</a>. Eating poultry could help replenish your supply and help reduce psychological stress. Lean poultry contains a variety of nutrients and is a high quality source of protein, so there's more than one reason to have chicken tonight!</p> <h2>4. Wild Salmon</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/wild-salmon-Dollarphotoclub_49166527.jpg" /></p> <p>Most fish is really good for you, and salmon is at the top of the list. That's because it's full of omega-3 fatty acids. The coveted omega-3's are good for many things, including fighting inflammation and promoting a healthy nervous system. Both help regulate brain chemistry and bolster better thinking and a happier mind. According to a recent study, taking <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145">omega-3 fatty acids reduced stress</a> for medical students while they studied for exams.</p> <p>Salmon and other omega-3 rich foods are also thought to <a href="http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet">lower risk for heart disease</a>, ease arthritis pain and improve asthma symptoms, among other benefits. So what are you waiting for? Get to the fish market!</p> <h2>5. Tomatoes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tomatoes-Dollarphotoclub_66998563.jpg" /></p> <p>Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a phytochemical that gives red fruits and vegetables their color. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can have a surprisingly strong effect on the body, and has been shown to help prevent heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. Researchers are investigating the potential for phytochemicals like <a href="http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23977/good_mood_foods">lycopene to fight inflammatory diseases</a> and help negate their negative effects on the brain. Tomatoes are also rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, and are just plain good for you and your mental health.</p> <h2>6. Garlic</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/garlic-Dollarphotoclub_69286967.jpg" /></p> <p>Garlic is often championed as one of the healthiest foods in world. Garlic is being studied for cancer and heart disease prevention, and promoting good cholesterol and a healthy immune system. Garlic contains chromium and other compounds, which some believe to function as a natural antidepressant. Dr. Henry Emmons claims that raw <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=j_Yxd9xnHAoC&amp;lpg=PA54&amp;ots=B3AmVlrgLf&amp;dq=%22the%20chemistry%20of%20joy%22%20garlic&amp;pg=PA91#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">garlic can encourage serotonin production</a>; depression is thought to be due to a serotonin imbalance. Studies are still being conducted on garlic's effect on mood and depression, but with it's anti-inflammatory and other beneficial properties, why not eat more garlic? (Just carry some mints.)</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/chocolate-Dollarphotoclub_63094547.jpg" /></p> <p>I know, I don't need to tell you to eat chocolate when you're sad. Luckily, dark chocolate contains an antioxidant called resveratrol, which can also be found in red wine. Resveratrol is thought to boost levels of endorphins in your brain as well as serotonin. Studies have shown that <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24117885">chocolate can improve mood</a> states or lessen negative moods, and more studies are being conducted. Now, if only I could get the doctor to write me a chocolate prescription!</p> <p><em>What foods are your go-to antidepressants? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-eating-these-6-things-your-diet-is-doing-nothing">If You&#039;re Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-it-so-expensive-to-be-healthy">Why is it so expensive to be healthy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda">22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty food science happiness happiness foods health food Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:00:10 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1267799 at http://www.wisebread.com 50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bath-soap-gifts-Dollarphotoclub_60635657.jpg" alt="bath soap gifts" title="bath soap gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but I love bath and body products. Unfortunately, they can also be quite expensive. Not to fret, my friends, because the web is teeming with amazing DIY products you can mix together using very basic, natural ingredients. In fact, you'll see quite a few components of these recipes repeated throughout this list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>And the vast majority of these projects would also make wonderfully cheap (and impressive) gifts for birthdays and other holidays.</p> <h2>1. Copycat Bomb</h2> <p>Do you love those Lush bath bombs? So do I. This <a href="http://www.creatorsocial.com/index.php/butterball-dupe-cocoa-butter-bath-bomb-diy/">Butterball copycat recipe</a> is full of skin-softening cocoa butter. The fizz comes from the baking soda and citric acid.</p> <h2>2. Flower Bomb</h2> <p>For even more luxury, make <a href="http://www.lovelygreens.com/2014/04/how-to-make-natural-rose-lavender.html">Rose, Lavender, and Oat Bombs</a> filled with dried flower petals. If you're having trouble finding molds, check your local craft store with the decoupage or soap making items.</p> <h2>3. Soap Cupcakes</h2> <p>Or get fancy with your bath bombs and decorate by <a href="http://www.otionsoap.com/blog/2012/08/09/crazy-for-cupcakes/">piping on soap</a> like frosting on a cupcake!</p> <h2>4. Sweet Bubble Bath</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.brit.co/picks/treat-yoself-to-this-5-minute-diy-bubble-bath/">Vanilla Honey Bubble Bath</a> takes only five minutes to put together. It should be used immediately (there's an egg white in the mix), but you can keep any excess in your refrigerator.</p> <h2>5. Bath Oil</h2> <p>Here's a <a href="http://www.bcliving.ca/garden/homemade-aromatic-bath-and-massage-oils">dual-purpose bath oil</a> that works equally well as massage oil. Your biggest decision is what base oil to use. I'd choose coconut oil because it helps with sunburns to psoriasis.</p> <h2>6. Bath Melts</h2> <p>I had never heard of <a href="http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-relaxing-bath-melts/">Bath Melts</a> before researching this article. It's a similar idea if you're looking for a bath oil, just in solid form. The blogger who made this batch shared that it took $3 total to make a whopping 15 melts.</p> <h2>7. Sleepy Bath Salts</h2> <p>Unwind from your day with these <a href="http://www.naturallyloriel.com/nighty-night-diy-bath-salt-recipe/">Nighty-Night Bath Salts</a>. Epsom salts are made of magnesium chloride, which is thought to be a sleep aid. If you don't have the specific essential oil blend, you can use a combination of lavender, marjoram, mandarin, cedarwood, sage, etc.</p> <h2>8. Bubbling Salts</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.savingwithshellie.com/homemeade-gift-lavender-bubble-bath-salts/">Lavender Bath Salts</a> also bubble with the addition of scented body wash. You can customize by using your favorite essential oils.</p> <h2>9. Detox Soak</h2> <p>We all need a cleanse every now and again. This <a href="http://www.triedandtrueblog.com/ginger-detox-bath-soak/">Ginger Detox Soak</a> is just what the doctor ordered, combining the detoxifying power of epsom salt, ginger, and apple cider vinegar.</p> <h2>10. Beard Oil</h2> <p>I'm making my husband this <a href="http://bumblebreeblog.com/2014/05/26/druff-beard-oil/">Beard Oil</a> for Christmas &mdash; but don't tell him! Apricot oil is the base for this mix, but vitamin E helps soften those dry beards in a flash. The rest is up to you with the essential oil mix, though I'd certainly recommend the tea tree for its antimicrobial properties.</p> <h2>11. Beard Balm</h2> <p>Whiskey and woodsmoke. Those are two rustic scents that take this <a href="http://transientexpression.com/diy-gift-beard-balm/">beard balm</a> to a whole new level of manly. Beyond the scents, the rest is a combination of shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and almond oil.</p> <h2>12. Shave Soap</h2> <p>This <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2013/08/natural-diy-lanolin-shaving-soap-recipe.html">Natural Shaving Soap</a> recipe has a base of lanolin and shea butter for extra moisturizing power.</p> <h2>13. Shave Cream</h2> <p>If you prefer a cream, try this <a href="http://www.mommypotamus.com/natural-homemade-shaving-cream/">simple shave blend</a> made with coconut oil, shea, jojoba, and liquid castile soap. Whip using a hand or stand mixer for that creamy texture.</p> <h2>14. Makeup Removing Scrub</h2> <p>Skip the harsh face soaps at the store and whisk together this <a href="http://liagriffith.com/seasalt-face-scrub-and-coconut-oil-makeup-remover/">Sea Salt Scrub and Coconut Oil Makeup Removing Combo.</a> The creator of this project packaged hers in some adorable glass containers with crisp labels.</p> <h2>15. Salt Soap</h2> <p>Here's a three ingredient <a href="http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2014/05/pink-himalayan-salt-grapefruit-soap.html">Himalayan Salt Grapefruit Soap</a> combination that uses a goat's milk soap base for a twist. Alternatively, you can use shea butter soap base, and both can be found at your local craft store.</p> <h2>16. Coffee Soap</h2> <p>My husband would enjoy this <a href="http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com/2014/01/cinnamon-hazelnut-coffee-soap.html">Rustic Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee Soap</a>. You mix together the soap bases to start and then fold in the cinnamon, hazelnut, and coffee grounds to give the whole thing texture.</p> <h2>17. Foot Scrub</h2> <p>Wow. <a href="http://soletshangout.com/diy-sugar-cookie-foot-scrub-a-valentine-to-yourself/">Sugar Cookie Foot Scrub</a> sounds so good, I could eat it. The ingredients all come from the kitchen (brown sugar, white sugar, olive oil, and vanilla extract), so I actually could swallow it with no repercussions.</p> <h2>18. Bath Paint</h2> <p>Here's a great gift for those kids on your list: <a href="http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2010/11/bubble-bath-paint.html">Bath Paint</a>! Just mix together bubble bath, cornstarch, and food coloring.</p> <h2>19. Bath Crayons</h2> <p>Or you could make them these <a href="http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-bath-crayons/">Bath Crayons</a> using a bar of white soap, powdered colors, and ice cube molds. Melt, mix, and set.</p> <h2>20. Bubble Gum Bath</h2> <p>Kids need bubbles, too. This <a href="http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/bubble-gum-bubble-bath/2">Bubble Gum Bath</a> is made from unscented castile soap, vegetable glycerine, and some scented oil. Far fewer ingredients than in the brands you'll find at the store.</p> <h2>21. Lotion Bars</h2> <p>You won't see parabens, chemicals, or formaldehyde in these <a href="http://adelightfulhome.com/how-to-make-chocolate-peppermint-lotion-bars/">Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bars</a>! The cocoa butter gives this blend a richness that's perfect for the winter months.</p> <h2>22. Lotion Cubes</h2> <p>I store my <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/diy-natural-lotion-cubes.html">DIY Lotion Cubes</a> in the fridge to keep them fresh. The mix of shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax melts on contact with your skin.</p> <h2>23. Slow Cooker Bar</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.missinformationblog.com/crockpot-lotion-bars/">Slow Cooker Lotion Bar</a> recipe uses the same ingredients as the rest, but can be made conveniently in your crock pot.</p> <h2>24. Tea Lotion</h2> <p>Your beverage-loving friends will enjoy this <a href="http://www.freshpickedbeauty.com/2012/12/wild-chamomile-body-cream.html">Wild Chamomile Lotion</a> made with loose leaf tea. Melt together the herbs and oils in a double boiler until combined. Then strain before beating into a smooth lotion.</p> <h2>25. Healing Salve</h2> <p>Give some TLC to super dry skin with this herb-infused <a href="http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/01/how-to-make-a-healing-salve/">Healing Salve</a>. The instructions yield quite a few jars of the stuff, and I think recycled baby food jars would make perfect, low-cost packaging.</p> <h2>26. Basic Lip Balm</h2> <p>This <a href="http://threadedtogether.com/2013/12/02/small-batch-homemade-lip-balm/">DIY Lip Balm</a> takes only three ingredients to make: Coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils.</p> <h2>27. Kool-Aid Balm</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yF6yXnmXXSc"></iframe></p> <p>Essential oils will not give your balm any taste. So, if you want a delicious blend like this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF6yXnmXXSc">Easy Flavored Lip Balm</a>, you can use drink mixes (like Crystal Light or Kool-Aid).</p> <h2>28. Natural Flavor Balm</h2> <p>For a more natural experience, <a href="http://www.brambleberry.com/Webpage.aspx?WebpageId=69&amp;CategoryId=148">choose flavored oils</a> over essential oils in the basic balm recipe.</p> <h2>29. Tinted Lip Balm</h2> <p>Or add some <a href="http://www.littlehomesteaders.com/2013/08/homemade-tinted-lip-balm/">beet root powder</a> to make a tinted balm for more special occasions.</p> <h2>30. Deodorant</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/08/5-minute-homemade-deodorant-review.html">5-Minute Homemade Deodorant</a> will change your life. It's made with baking soda, arrowroot powder, coconut oil, and essential oils. If you need a stronger stench-fighter, choose clove or lavender, which have high antimicrobial properties.</p> <h2>31. Edible Mud Mask</h2> <p>Well, not real mud. This <a href="http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com/2013/04/diy-edible-mud-mask.html">Edible Mud Mask</a> would make an awesome snack if you don't use the whole thing on your face. It's made with banana, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, buttermilk, lemon juice, and honey.</p> <h2>32. Shampoo</h2> <p>I love coconut milk, so I think I'd also love this <a href="http://www.goddesslife.com/homemade-coconut-shampoo-recipe">Coconut Milk Shampoo</a>. Combine the nourishing liquid with castile soap and vitamin E, then lather, rinse, and repeat.</p> <h2>33. Conditioner Bar</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/how-to-make-your-own-diy-conditioner-bar/">spill-proof conditioner bars</a> are perfect for travel or giving as gifts. You'll need some special ingredients, like incroquat, but you can find most easily online at a low price. Rub the bar on your hair to condition and rinse.</p> <h2>34. Deep Conditioner</h2> <p>You likely have the ingredients you'll need for this <a href="http://sortofhomemade.com/homemade-deep-conditioning-treatment/">Deep Conditioner</a> in your kitchen. Mix banana, yogurt, avocado, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar together for a treat your hair won't soon forget.</p> <h2>35. Strength Conditioner</h2> <p>This protein-packed <a href="http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2013/10/natural-protein-conditioner.html#_">conditioning treatment</a> is made with egg, olive oil, and some of your normal daily conditioner. It helps promote healthy hair shafts and good growth.</p> <h2>36. Shine Spray</h2> <p>Cool! <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2014/07/diy-shine-spray-leave-conditioner-recipe-dry-damaged-hair.html">DIY Shine Spray</a> is made with Argan oil and agave nectar. Spritz on hair, especially parched and damaged ends, to moisturize. I love how the blogger made her own labels for the containers.</p> <h2>37. Hair Dye</h2> <p>File this one under interesting! You can use coffee to <a href="http://www.indianbeautyspot.com/2013/09/natural-coffee-hair-dye.html">dye your hair</a>. If you already use a natural dye, like henna, you can use coffee to enhance the resulting color. It's all-natural, so why not give it a try?</p> <h2>38. Sugar Scrub</h2> <p>I like my scrubs to be invigorating, and that's exactly what this <a href="http://www.classyclutter.net/2014/02/lemon-lime-sugar-scrub.html">Lemon-Lime Scrub</a> is about. The sugar granules exfoliate dry flakes to reveal softer, smoother skin in their place.</p> <h2>39. Salt Scrub</h2> <p>This copycat recipe is for my favorite scrub on the market: Lush's <a href="http://www.pantryspa.com/beauty-remedies/face-remedies/diy-lush-ocean-salt-scrub-homemade-recipe-lush-copycat/">Ocean Salt Scrub</a>. It feels/tastes sort of like a margarita on your face with the lime juice, salt, and vodka. Yum.</p> <h2>40. Shower Jelly</h2> <p>Another Lush-inspired DIY, this <a href="http://www.rookiemag.com/2013/07/diy-shower-jellies/">Shower Jelly</a> is so much fun to give and get. You mix soap with gelatin (or agar-agar) and food coloring. Set in your fridge overnight until firm.</p> <h2>41. Scrub Bars</h2> <p>Or take this idea to solid form with these <a href="http://www.adventuresincoupons.com/diy-sugar-scrub-bars">Sugar Scrub Bars</a>. Mix together shredded soap, sugar, coconut oil, essential oils, and even a little food coloring for pizazz before pouring into molds.</p> <h2>42. Chest Rub</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">Natural Vapor Rub</a> &mdash; made by mixing together olive oil, beeswax, and essentials oils &mdash; has worked wonders for my family. It's very similar to Vicks, and I've been able to make different strengths for my daughter as well as for myself and my husband.</p> <h2>43. Wash and Toner</h2> <p>Here's a wonderful spa set &mdash; <a href="http://www.cleanmama.net/2014/01/diy-oil-cleansing-method-skin-toner.html">DIY Face Wash and Toner</a> for oily skin. Once you stir together your concoction, store in a travel container that you can find at most drug or box stores.</p> <h2>44. Face Wipes</h2> <p>Use some microfiber clothes for gentle cleansing <a href="http://happymoneysaver.com/gentle-cleansing-facial-wipes/#_a5y_p=1489439">Face Wipes</a>. You'll soak and store them in a solution of water, coconut oil, and essential oils. To wash, pop them in a pillowcase so you don't lose any in the shuffle.</p> <h2>45. Face Mist</h2> <p>Do you have sensitive skin? This <a href="http://thechicsite.com/2014/04/18/face-mist-for-sensitive-skin/">Face Mist</a> is for you! Combine chamomile tea, essential oil, vegetable glycerine, and water in a spritz bottle. You can make your own label for gift giving, too!</p> <h2>46. Soap-Free Cleanser</h2> <p>Here's yet another Lush copycat recipe. This time it's for <a href="http://lovelygreens-shop.com/copycat-recipe-for-lush-angels-on-bare-skin/">Angels on Bare Skin</a>, a popular soap-free cleanser. The power comes from Kaolin clay, which you can purchase easily on sites like Amazon.</p> <h2>47. Sore Muscle Rub</h2> <p>Friends and family who struggle with aches and pains will love this <a href="http://www.organicauthority.com/health/make-your-own-essential-oil-sore-muscle-rub.html">Homemade Muscle Rub</a>. It's all natural and uses the power of eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint, camphor, and rosemary to massage pains away.</p> <h2>48. Bronzing Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9368/bronzing-lotion-bars/">DIY Bronzing Bars</a> contain natural SPF to keep your glow pretty and safe year-round. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready?ref=seealso">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Skincare Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>49. Shampoo Bar</h2> <p>Have you ever tried a shampoo in soap form? Once you do, you might never go back. Try this <a href="http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/12/shampoo-bar-soap-recipe/">Tea Tree Shampoo Bar</a> as an entry into the new way of looking at your hair care. Note: You'll need lye for this recipe, which you can purchase at chemical stores and online. By the time you're done with your soap, none of the chemical should remain due to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification">saponification</a>.</p> <h2>50. Nail Polish</h2> <p>Yup. You can mix together <a href="http://saynotsweetanne.com/2014/quality-diy-nail-polish/#_a5y_p=1756649">your own nail polish</a> using bases you can buy online (or cheap top coats, etc. you can find at the drug store). To create, use glitter or even eyeshadow as pigment mixed with your base. Get creative and make a custom blend your friends will love.</p> <p><em>Will you be making any of these or other homemade gifts this year?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products" class="sharethis-link" title="50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-lotion-recipes">Homemade Lotion Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-ways-to-wrap-the-gift-of-cash">10 Fun Ways to Wrap the Gift of Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> DIY Health and Beauty bath body gifts Homemade lotion soap Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1267186 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Surprising Things That Tell You How Long You'll Live — and How to Improve Them All http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-surprising-things-that-tell-you-how-long-youll-live-and-how-to-improve-them-all <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-surprising-things-that-tell-you-how-long-youll-live-and-how-to-improve-them-all" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-looking-mirror-101380592-small.jpg" alt="woman looking at mirror" title="woman looking at mirror" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans are living longer, fuller lives today than ever before. And our ability to predict said lifespan is growing, too. So while scientists work on mixing a face serum guaranteed to bring back our once baby-soft skin, there are already several indicators we can examine to gauge how much time we have left before we expire. Intrigued? Read on for our roundup of the most shocking indicators of a long and prosperous life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits?ref=seealso">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a>)</p> <h2>1. How You Get Up Off the Floor</h2> <p>If you can rise to your feet without using your hands and knees for support, you're likely to live longer than those who can't. Research shows that middle aged and elderly folks who need to use hands and knees to get up and down are almost seven times <a href="http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/13/15870881-can-you-do-this-simple-sitting-test-predicts-longevity">more likely to die</a> within six years, compared to those who can spring up and down without support. It's all about the ratio of muscle power to body weight, scientists say. This lifespan indicator test is also telling of a person's abilities when it comes to balance, motor skills, and flexibility &mdash; all important faculties that tend to waver as we reach the end of our life cycle, whenever that may be.</p> <h2>2. Your Caloric Intake</h2> <p>The health of humans as well as worms, spiders, monkeys, and dogs has been shown to improve under a prolonged calorie restrictive diet. Some studies even suggest that certain <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003211">methods of energy manipulation</a> such as alternate day fasting coupled with physical exercise can also produce many of these same health improvements, including increased neuronal function, enhanced stress resistance, decreased cancer incidence, and in many species, longevity. Now don't get meddling with your eating habits just yet. It's important to note that scientists have fallen short of proving that a rigid diet can increase the lifespan of humans; there is, however, ample research suggesting it could be feasible.</p> <h2>3. The Fine Lines on Your Face</h2> <p>Researchers are now using facial recognition technology to analyze everything from laugh lines to sunspots to determine how long a person is expected to live. &quot;We know in the field of aging that some people tend to senesce, or grow older, more rapidly than others, and some more slowly,&quot; said Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago who came up with the idea. &quot;And we also know that the children of people who senesce more slowly tend to live longer than other people.&quot; Horizontal creases around the brow ridge, vertical lines between the eyebrows, crow's feet, bags below the eyes, and thinning lips are all tell-tales signs that we're <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-your-face-reveal-how-long-youll-live-new-technology-may-provide-the-answer/2014/07/02/640bacb4-f748-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html">nearing the end-of-life stage</a>, regardless of our actual age.</p> <h2>4. Your Tolerance to Heat</h2> <p>As we age, our tolerance to heat &mdash; be it August weather or burning flames &mdash; deteriorates along with our bone density and vision. That's one reason why <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003211#pone.0003211-Hall1">heat resistance is an indicator of fine health and longevity</a>. Studies show that those of us who can more easily endure high temperatures are apt to have longer lives.</p> <h2>5. Where You Were Born</h2> <p>Monaco, a sovereign city-state tucked along the French Riviera, is the place with the <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10561478/Countries-with-highest-and-lowest-life-expectancies-for-people-born-in-2013-charted.html">highest life expectancy for a child born in 2013</a>, according to global mortality data. But if you weren't lucky enough to be born in this Mediterranean locale where the average lifespan is 90 years, there's still hope yet. There are 33 countries where human life expectancy is at least 80 years of age, including San Marino (83), Italy (82), and Canada (81). Those of us born here in the U.S. are predicted to live to be 79.</p> <h2>6. How Often You Have Sex</h2> <p><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1732071/">Can sex be the key to a longer life</a>? Some scientists believe it just might be. In a study pool of British men, researchers found a 50% reduction in mortality among a subgroup who claimed to have had the most orgasms. Of course, this brings up the question of the chicken or the egg. Were these men were having more sex because they felt healthier, or was it the other way around? We can't know for sure, but since there are no known negative repercussions to having frequent sex&hellip; it can't hurt to give it a try.</p> <p><em>Based on these indicators, how much time have you got left? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-surprising-things-that-tell-you-how-long-youll-live-and-how-to-improve-them-all" class="sharethis-link" title="The 6 Surprising Things That Tell You How Long You&#039;ll Live — and How to Improve Them All" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-surprising-things-that-tell-you-how-long-youll-live-and-how-to-improve-them-all">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-fun-and-easy-ways-to-add-years-to-your-life">9 Fun and Easy Ways to Add Years to Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol">10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/44-ways-to-improve-your-health-and-happiness">44 Ways to Improve Your Health and Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Health life expectancy life span long life longevity old age Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1253529 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful-woman-mirror-457968633-small.jpg" alt="beautiful woman mirror" title="beautiful woman mirror" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you are busy &mdash; whether it is with your kids, caring for an aging parent, investing in friendships, or diving into a job you love &mdash; it can be especially hard to feel attractive. When you don't have the energy or time to focus on how you look, or when you end up neglecting the things that make you feel the most attractive, it's even easier to feel ugly and dump on your appearance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-be-more-attractive-work-these-5-magic-words-and-phrases-into-your-vocabulary?ref=seealso">Want to Be More Attractive? Work These 5 Words (and Phrases) Into Your Vocabulary</a>)</p> <p>But there are some easy ways to feel better about how you look, even when you can't do a whole lot to change your features or your figure.</p> <h2>1. Don't Compare Yourself</h2> <p>Or, at least, don't compare yourself with people whose bodies are unrealistic goals for most of humanity. If your standard of attractiveness is too high, you'll always be discouraged. Since most of us will compare ourselves whether we want to or not, try to compare yourself to other normal people in your culture, and who are about your age. This will make you feel so much more attractive than when you compare yourself to unachievable ideals.</p> <h2>2. Wear Sexy Clothes No One Can See</h2> <p>In most contexts, you won't want to wear especially sexy clothes on the outside. However, wearing that silky something just because you want to do it can make you feel so much more attractive, not to mention confident. If sexiness isn't your thing, you can wear clothes that are special for you. Hide your ninja socks in your tall boots or sneak a snakeskin belt under an oversized shirt, and you will feel more attractive than ever.</p> <h2>3. Focus on Other People</h2> <p>If you think about yourself all the time, you'll become more and more self-conscious. Instead, think about other people. Make attempts to talk, to draw them out of <em>their</em> shells, and even to connect people to each other. When you're doing this, your feelings of insecurity will grow smaller and smaller, which means that you'll feel better about who you are and how you look.</p> <h2>4. Know What You Love About Yourself</h2> <p>Even if you don't love the way you look and feel chronically underappreciated, there are things about yourself that you like. Make a list of these, and refer to it until you can remember these things by heart. When you know what you like about yourself, you will feel more confident about yourself in all areas, including how you look.</p> <h2>5. Think Positive Thoughts</h2> <p>Try consciously thinking, &quot;my eyes are a gorgeous shade of blue,&quot; as opposed to just focusing on your flaws. This will help you balance the places where you aren't attractive with the places where you are, which will raise how you feel about your looks overall.</p> <h2>6. Smile More</h2> <p><a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smile-it-could-make-you-happier/">Smiling makes you feel happier</a>. And, when you feel happier, you are likely to feel good about yourself and your life, including how you look. While smiling may also influence how other people see you, this is just for you. Smile to feel better about everything in your life, including your appearance.</p> <h2>7. Stand Up Straight</h2> <p>Square your shoulders and remind yourself that you can take on the world if you have to. When you are able to look the world in the eye, you will feel better about all aspects of who you are. This means you'll feel more attractive, and also more powerful, more influential, and more confident.</p> <h2>8. Remember What Your Body Can Do</h2> <p>When you feel unattractive, it's easy to focus on all of the things that are wrong with your body. When you think about what your body can do, the gifts it gives you, you will feel more attractive simply because you will feel better about your body, and it's hard to think well of something and be down on it at the same time.</p> <h2>9. Make Something You Are Proud Of</h2> <p>This may seem counterintuitive, but think about it. When you create something that makes you glad, it's easier to feel attractive. Even if you still aren't thrilled with your appearance, you will be reminded of your inner beauty and the things that you can create from the lovely place. Focusing on inner beauty may seem cheesy, but the truth is that who you are on the inside counts for so much more, and making things will help you remember this.</p> <h2>10. Find Clothes You Love</h2> <p>It's hard to feel unattractive when you are wearing clothes that you love. Even if you love a dress because it is so soft or a shirt because of the way it feels against your skin, you will feel better about your body and, therefore, should feel more attractive, too. If you don't know how to find clothes you love, go shopping with someone who loves to shop. They should be able to help you find exactly what you need to feel better.</p> <h2>11. Lower Your Stress Level</h2> <p>Stress can make us anxious and we are more likely to feel unattractive when we are anxious. Thus, it makes sense that lowering your stress level would make you feel better about your appearance. If you're not sure how to do this, try taking some down time. Do something you love, even if you only have 15 minutes. Read, watch TV, paint, or cook, then check in with how attractive you feel when you're done.</p> <h2>12. Say &quot;Thank You&quot;</h2> <p>When you give thanks, you focus on what is good about your life. If you're feeling unattractive, focus on things you're thankful for about your body. You may love the texture of your hair, or the way your calves fit so well in boots. Even if most of the things you're thankful for are little, the act of giving thanks for them will help you feel more attractive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-shows-that-saying-thanks-can-improve-your-health-and-happiness">The One Word You Need to Start Using Today to Have a Better Life</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you help yourself feel more attractive when you're down on yourself? What do you love to do that makes you feel like you look good?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Ways to Feel More Attractive Without Actually Changing How You Look" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-feel-more-attractive-without-actually-changing-how-you-look">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-be-more-attractive-work-these-5-magic-words-and-phrases-into-your-vocabulary">Want to Be More Attractive? Work These 5 Magic Words (and Phrases) Into Your Vocabulary</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-stressors-you-can-easily-eliminate-today">6 Little Stressors You Can Easily Eliminate Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise">10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know">7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Personal Development ambition attraction attractiveness beauty confidence Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:00:04 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1252366 at http://www.wisebread.com These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiking-489644177-small.jpg" alt="hiking" title="hiking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are reasons to work out beyond the want of six-pack abs. Science tells us that <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Exercise-and-Depression-report-excerpt.htm">exercise can actually lift away negative moods and emotions</a>, making us feel lighter and re-energized. But there are certain fitness routines that are especially happiness-evoking. And if you're going to be doing the work, you might as well get the bigger bang for your buck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise?ref=seealso">10 Surprising Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the best exercises that are scientifically proven to put a smile on your face.</p> <h2>1. Take a Yoga Class</h2> <p>Studies show that yogis score high on <a href="http://www.yogajournal.com/health/112">the happiness index</a>. So go get your downward dog on and find your bliss.</p> <h2>2. Dance</h2> <p>Dancing on a regular basis can improve your mood and <a href="http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/dancing-shown-help-boost-happiness-and-mental-health">boost your overall mental health</a> and wellbeing. It can also relieve back and neck pain, stress, and anxiety. Plus, it's fun! So go on &mdash; shake your groove thing!</p> <h2>3. Walk for 30 Minutes</h2> <p>A brisk walk is one of the best exercises for you. And it only takes 20 minutes for your brain to start releasing endorphins and dopamine &mdash; those <a href="http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety">feel-good hormones</a> that make you happy. Not only is walking good for the heart and lungs, it reduces fatigue and improves alertness. This is particularly beneficial for those among us who are stressed out, since stress can deplete the body's energy and the brain's ability to concentrate.</p> <h2>4. Go Hiking</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2872309/">sounds of birds chirping, rain falling, and bees buzzing</a> are proven to lower stress and evoke a feeling of calm. What better way to reap these benefits than going for a quiet hike in nature where you'll have a front row seat for mother nature's symphony. If you can incorporate a river, rolling brook, waterfall, lapping lake or ocean into your expedition, even better. The sound of running water is scientifically proven to boost happiness and relieve tension,too.</p> <h2>5. Play a Team Sport</h2> <p>Participating in a team sport gives us <a href="http://www.cavemanfitnessltd.com/?page_id=124">a deepened sense of self-worth, purpose, and meaning</a>. Just don't worry about winning. An analysis of the facial expressions of Olympic athletes shows that <a href="http://psych.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/Medvec.Madey_.Gilo_.pdf">bronze medal winners are typically happier than those who win the gold</a>. Focus on doing well rather than being the best.</p> <h2>6. Touch Your Toes</h2> <p>Touching your toes can relieve stress by increasing blood flow to the brain. It also enhances memory and improves circulation. Some health and fitness experts say toe touches can also <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-495053/If-want-beat-pain-touch-toes-says-controversial-health-guru.html">treat and prevent back pain</a>.</p> <h2>7. Choose 'Green Exercise'</h2> <p>Green exercise is any physical activity taken outdoors, where we can benefit from <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378013000575">the positive effect the rugged wilderness has on our mood</a>. So whether it's cycling or push-ups, take it outside. It doesn't need to be a world-class beach or awe-inspiring canyon, either. The neighborhood park is natural enough to do the trick. And better yet if it's a sunny day. Sunshine gives us a natural boost of serotonin, <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/dieting/15-reasons-why-the-sun-is-good-for-you-623393">the hormone that makes us happy</a>. A healthy dose of UV rays can also boost fertility and help prevent multiple sclerosis, diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, and even cavities.</p> <p><em>Does your workout make you happy?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness" class="sharethis-link" title="These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Personal Development depression exercise fitness happiness Health Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1246881 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-man-gym-workout-450542781-small.jpg" alt="young man gym workout" title="young man gym workout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sad fact: Research suggests that about half of <a href="http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/what-motivates-people-to-exercise?">people who begin a regular exercise</a> program will throw in the (sweaty gym) towel within six months. Maybe the weight didn't come off, or the six-pack never appeared. For all the time and energy and delayed-onset muscle soreness that exercise entails, some days it just doesn't seem worth the effort. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-simple-ways-to-get-motivated-for-your-workout?ref=seealso">7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout</a>)</p> <p>But you might be surprised to learn that the benefits of working up a sweat go far beyond your bicep strength or belly fat. Here are 10 surprising non-physical benefits of exercise that are just as important as a number on the scale.</p> <h2>1. Better Cognitive Function</h2> <p>Smaller butt, bigger&hellip; brain? It looks that way. In fact, exercise's benefits to the brain are well documented. Various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise can help create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance by <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21722657">boosting the level of a brain protein</a> that is believed to contribute to decision-making and learning. How's that for a reason to rock those spandex (smarty) pants more often?</p> <h2>2. Better Mood</h2> <p>There are <a href="http://www.webmd.com/depression/depression-medications-antidepressants">nearly 50 antidepressant drugs</a> on the market today, but one of the most powerful antidepressants doesn't even require a prescription: exercise.</p> <p>In 2000, researchers at Duke University <a href="http://today.duke.edu/2000/09/exercise922.html">compared the antidepressant effects of aerobic exercise to a popular antidepressant</a>. What they found is that the group who exercised for about 40 minutes for three to five days per week experienced the greatest antidepressant effect. By increasing blood flow to the brain and releasing endorphins and serotonin, the body's natural antidepressants, exercise can influence brain chemistry in a positive way. If the thought of hitting the gym sometimes make you miserable, don't be fooled into skipping out; research says you'll come out happier than when you went in.</p> <h2>3. Better Sleep</h2> <p>I've never been a great sleeper, but on the days when I manage to get in a good, long run, I can collapse into bed and sleep like a log not long after dinner, spandex pants and all. Most studies link regular exercise to better sleep, even for those who suffer from serious insomnia. There's only one catch: <a href="http://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/how-does-exercise-help-those-chronic-insomnia">It takes a while to work</a>. Research shows that insomniacs who add exercise to their routines fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and report higher quality sleep than those who are less active, but the <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/how-exercise-can-help-us-sleep-better/?_php=true&amp;_type=blogs&amp;_r=0">effects don't appear for several weeks</a>. If you're working out and sleeping poorly, keep it up. Better sleep is on the way.</p> <h2>4. Better Sex</h2> <p>Research suggests that exercise <a href="http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongfitness/a/exercise_sex.htm">makes sex better</a>. By improving blood flow &mdash; to everything &mdash; sex can have a positive effect on sexual response and even <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3275865/">prevent erectile dysfunction</a>. Exercise also boosts endorphins and improves body image, helping put people in the mood. Experts also say that sex is a pretty decent form of exercise. You literally can't lose here, people; train for each by doing the other.</p> <h2>5. More Confidence</h2> <p>We often assume that exercise will make us feel better about ourselves because it'll make us look fitter, stronger, and healthier. But that's only partly true. In fact, <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/027304_exercise_health_regular.html">exercise has been shown to improve self confidence no matter what you see in the mirror</a>. According to research, the act of simply getting out and doing a body good will make you feel better about yourself, no matter how long or hard you push yourself &mdash; and no matter how much muscle tone you do or do not develop as a result.</p> <h2>6. More Creativity</h2> <p>We don't often think of artists as hard-body types, but many creative folk &mdash; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/aug/09/how-walking-inspires-writers">particularly writers</a> &mdash; are known to be avid and regular exercisers because they're in on a little secret: Inspiration is often found in motion. The philosopher and author Henry Thoreau claimed his thoughts began to flow &quot;the moment my legs began to move.&quot; Got writer's block? Working out a creative problem? <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1332529/">Exercise is likely to help boost your creative thinking</a>. Your next great idea may only be a few steps down the road.</p> <h2>7. Better Control of Addiction</h2> <p>Having trouble quitting smoking? Or maybe you drink a bit more than you'd like, or even suffer from more serious addiction problems. Exercise can help with that. Addiction is based on the release of dopamine &mdash; a feel-good hormone &mdash; in the brain. This is what people become addicted to, therefore becoming addicted to whatever produces it, whether cigarettes or drugs or even sex. Fortunately, exercise produces dopamine too, making it a healthy alternative to more damaging addictions &mdash; and maybe even <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17286639">making bad habits easier to kick</a>.</p> <h2>8. More Energy</h2> <p>It seems a bit counterintuitive, but expending more energy through exercise can help boost <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20061103/exercise-fights-fatigue-boosts-energy">energy levels</a>, even for those suffering from severe fatigue. But don't overdo it; if you're really worn out, <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/29/the-cure-for-exhaustion-more-exercise/">a shorter, lower intensity bout of exercise</a> has been shown to have the most positive effect.</p> <h2>9. Fewer Wrinkles</h2> <p>Maybe the fabled fountain of youth isn't a fountain at all. In fact, research suggests that it's probably a swimming pool &mdash; for swimming laps. No matter your age, exercise will improve your strength, endurance, posture, metabolism, and overall health. Those things can all help you look and feel younger. But the effects of working up a sweat are far more powerful than that; a recent study found that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/exercise-reverses-skin-aging_n_5167035.html">exercise can actually reverse the skin's aging process</a>. If you're buying fancy wrinkle creams, consider diverting the money to a gym membership instead.</p> <h2>10. Better Memory</h2> <p>Remember how I said that exercise can improve cognitive function? If you don't, you might need more exercise, which <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110">has been found to have a powerful impact on memory</a>, particularly as we age. Regular exercise actually boosts the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for verbal memory and learning.<a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131209181059.htm"> It may even help prevent dementia</a>. Now, if you can just remember where you put your running shoes&hellip;</p> <p>People exercise for so many reasons, but exercise is such a physical pursuit that it's easy to forget that not all its benefits are entirely physical. As it turns out, exercise is good not just for you body, but for, well, just about everything else. Okay, maybe not everything, but its <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469">stress-relieving properties</a> are well-documented, so at least it'll help take the edge off whatever else life throws your way.</p> <p><em>What does a good hard workout do for you?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-these-4-exercises-your-workouts-are-worth-nothing">If You&#039;re Doing These 4 Exercises, Your Workouts Are Worth Nothing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-getting-the-best-morning-workout">7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-reasons-to-get-out-of-your-office-chair">25 Reasons to Get Out of Your Office Chair</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty Personal Development benefits of exercise exercise health benefits workouts Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Tara Struyk 1245698 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-jogging-184437281-small.jpg" alt="couple jogging" title="couple jogging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, your doctor warned you that you need to get your bad cholesterol (LDL and triglyceride) levels down, your good cholesterol (HDL) level up, and you don't know where to start? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar?ref=seealso">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 easy things you can do to start lowering your overall cholesterol today.</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Okay, so this is the least fun &mdash; we might as well get it out of the way early. <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/cardiovascular/cholesterol/types-of-exercise-to-lower-my-cholesterol.htm"> Aerobic exercise</a> like running, swimming, or cycling (or fast walking; let's be realistic) have been shown to lower triglyceride levels while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL). Remember to start slow and set realistic exercise goals, and of course, talk to your doctor first before embarking in any exercise regimen.</p> <h2>2. Fish Oil Supplements</h2> <p>Well, it might not be the most pleasant pill, but <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/supplements">fish oil can lower triglyceride levels</a> by as much as 30%. You'll have to take quite a bit, though (between 2-4 grams per day). If you enjoy eating fish and want to get as much fish oil as you can (without too much mercury), aim for mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, and salmon.</p> <h2>3. Psyllium Fiber</h2> <p>Psyllium husk fiber is a really easy way to flush <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/psyllium">nasty cholesterol</a> out of your system. You can get psyllium in fiber drinks like Metamucil, or buy the husks and add them to other foods. Just be careful not to overdo it. Fiber can whisk a <em>lot</em> of things out of your system pretty quickly, if you catch my drift.</p> <h2>4. Plant Sterols and Stanols</h2> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/low-cholesterol-diet-plant-sterols-stanols?page=2">Plant sterols and stanols</a> are added to many popular foods these days, like margarine, orange juice, and yogurt, and can lower bad cholesterol by a modest amount. You can also buy them in supplement form, although stanols and sterols may not be utilized as easily by the body in supplement form as they are when they occur naturally in food. Foods like&hellip;</p> <h2>5. Fibrous Veggies</h2> <p>If you're not quite ready to take the Metamucil plunge, you can always start slow by <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/fiber">adding fibrous fruits and vegetables to your diet</a>. Oranges, apples, greens, beans, okra, and eggplant are good, fiber-rich foods that can be easily incorporated into most diets.</p> <h2>6. Hard Nuts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/nuts-help-lower-bad-cholesterol">Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and pistachios</a> have been shown to lower bad cholesterol. Steer clear of macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, and cashews, though &mdash; they have a bad net effect on cholesterol.</p> <h2>7. Green Tea</h2> <p>Is there anything that green tea can't do? We already know that green tea can lower blood sugar, but <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea">green tea also lowers total cholesterol</a> (while increasing the good kind of cholesterol, HDLs).</p> <h2>8. Red, Red Wine</h2> <p><a href="http://www.ynhh.org/about-us/red_wine.aspx">Moderate consumption of red wine</a> (stick with cabs and pinots, pass on the merlot) can help lower bad cholesterol, boost good cholesterol, and prevent dangerous blood clots. However, the benefits of drinking red wine should not compel people who do not already consume wine to begin doing so. To get the most bang for your buck, stick to a single 4 ounce serving per day (men can consume up to two 4 ounce servings per day).</p> <h2>9. Avoid Transfats</h2> <p>Transfats have been a bit of a public villain for a while now, and it's partly because they have been proven time and time again to have a <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/trans-fat/art-20046114">bad effect on cholesterol</a>. So stay away from them, okay?</p> <h2>10. Quit Smoking</h2> <p>Did you know that your HDL (&quot;good&quot;) cholesterol levels increase as soon as <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/smoking-and-high-cholesterol">you stop smoking</a>? Hey, I didn't say it was going to be easy, but it will be really, really good for you.</p> <p><em>How many of these bad cholesterol lowering practices do you follow?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-6-health-and-fitness-rules-that-have-changed">You&#039;re Doing It Wrong: 6 Health and Fitness Rules That Have Changed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here&#039;s How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-healthy-habits-that-can-hurt-you">20+ Healthy Habits That Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty cholesterol diet fitness Health heart health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Andrea Karim 1237802 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Meatless Complete Proteins That Will Help You Lose Weight http://www.wisebread.com/8-meatless-complete-proteins-that-will-help-you-lose-weight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-meatless-complete-proteins-that-will-help-you-lose-weight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/soybeans-179961610-small.jpg" alt="soybeans" title="soybeans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you see the word &quot;meat,&quot;what's the first thing that comes to your mind? If you're like many people, you'll probably answer with the word &quot;protein.&quot;</p> <p>You may already know that the protein in meat is &quot;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complete_protein">complete</a>,&quot; meaning that it contains all nine of the essential amino acids in adequate proportions necessary for our dietary needs.</p> <p>But did you know that there are other, meatless foods that contain complete protein as well? And that in addition, did you know that these might even help you lose weight? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <p>Although meat has protein, it also tends to have zero fiber and lots of fat. For example, even <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beef-products/6193/2">90 percent lean ground beef</a> has 10 grams of fat per 100 gram serving. And one <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/pork-products/10297/2">pork chop</a> has 4 grams of fat.</p> <p>These eight meatless complete proteins, conversely, are generally low fat and high fiber. So what are you waiting for? Check them out &mdash; along with some recommended starter recipes below &mdash; and start eating complete, meat-free, protein.</p> <h2>1. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala, and known for their use in the popular Chia Pets back in the 1980's, <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3061/2">chia seeds</a> pack 11 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein into just one ounce. Chia seeds have an Amino Acid Score of 115 (an Amino Acid Score of 100 or higher indicates a complete protein). And they make a mean <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chia-pudding">chia pudding</a>.</p> <h2>2. Soybeans</h2> <p>You've seen <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4376/2">soybeans</a> processed into tofu and soymilk, soybeans pack 10 grams of fiber and 29 grams of protein into a single cup. They also have an Amino Acid Score of 118, all of which you can drink with some beautiful homemade <a href="http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/2012/02/homemade-soy-milk.html">soymilk</a>.</p> <h2>3. Quinoa</h2> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2">Quinoa</a> (pronounced <em>keen-wah</em>) originated in the Andean region of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia, and is without a doubt &quot;the grain of the moment.&quot; One cup has 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein, and while very versatile, this <a href="http://kidtestedfirefighterapproved.com/2012/04/12/citrus-black-bean-quinoa-salad/">citrus black bean quinoa salad</a> is a great place to start.</p> <h2>4. Amaranth</h2> <p>Once a staple food of the Aztecs, <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5676/2">amaranth</a> has an Amino Acid Score of 108, and makes a hearty <a href="http://www.glowkitchen.com/2014/01/amaranth-breakfast-cereal-2/">amaranth breakfast cereal</a>.</p> <h2>5. Spinach</h2> <p>Ten grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber was enough for Popeye, so what about you? And if you think <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2">spinach</a> is all about salads, you clearly need to try this <a href="http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/beginners-luck">simple green smoothie</a>.</p> <h2>6. Black-Eyed Peas</h2> <p><a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4332/2">Black-eyed peas</a> are named for the black spots which looks like black eyes. They are traditionally eaten in the South, and on New Year's Day to bring good luck. One cup has 11 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of protein, and all of that goodness goes into these <a href="http://healthyslowcooking.com/2013/11/16/sloppy-black-eyed-peas/">sloppy black-eyed peas</a>.</p> <h2>7. Split Peas</h2> <p>Originally round when harvested, <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4354/2">split peas</a> are mechanically separated after they've been dried to encourage faster cooking. One cup has a whopping 16 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of protein, so demon-possessed girls aren't the only ones who should be enjoying <a href="http://cleangreensimple.com/2012/04/split-pea-soup/">split pea soup</a>.</p> <h2>8. Cauliflower</h2> <p>And finally: <a href="http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2390/2">cauliflower</a> comes from the same species of vegetables that includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale. Although most commonly known for its white color, cauliflower also comes in orange and purple varieties, and just one small head has 7 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Try some <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/roasted-cauliflower-steaks">Roasted Cauliflower Steak</a> and see how they stack up to those lesser, <em>actual</em> steaks.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite non-animal protein source? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-meatless-complete-proteins-that-will-help-you-lose-weight" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Meatless Complete Proteins That Will Help You Lose Weight" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/darren-wu">Darren Wu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-meatless-complete-proteins-that-will-help-you-lose-weight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">Perfect Peanut Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty complete protein meat protein vegan vegetarian veggie protein Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:00:03 +0000 Darren Wu 1236727 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Fun Ways to Use Pumpkin http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-cooking-pumpkin-84513522-small.jpg" alt="family cooking pumpkin" title="family cooking pumpkin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we may be sad to say goodbye to summer, the appearance of pumpkins cheers us up. They are a reminder of upcoming holidays &mdash; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Spices frequently used with pumpkin trigger our olfactory senses, which give us excitement and happy memories. It is no wonder that sales of the 2012 pumpkin crop were a staggering $148.9 million dollars! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gadzukes-10-ways-to-use-up-your-zucchini-bounty?ref=seealso">Gadzukes! 10 Ways to Use Up Your Zucchini Bounty</a>)</p> <p>Wouldn't the Pilgrims be flabbergasted at all the uses we have found for pumpkins? It's not enough that we eat them. We also decorate them, use them for beauty products, and beverages. Why do we love them so much? Versatility, for one. You can do lot of things with a pumpkin.</p> <p>So this year, get creative and go beyond pumpkin pie with these 20 fun ways to use pumpkins.</p> <h2>1. Thai Curry</h2> <p>Repeat after me: <a href="http://www.marcussamuelsson.com/recipe/red-thai-chicken-and-pumpkin-curry-recipe">Red Thai Chicken and Pumpkin Curry</a>. Yes, it is spicy, so have a glass of Thai iced tea ready. (You can reduce the amount of red curry paste, of course.) To me, this is one of the ultimate comfort foods. I also add carrot to mine and, serve on jasmine rice.</p> <h2>2. Pumpkin Spice Latte, Anyone?</h2> <p>These are super popular right now! Naturally, someone has uncovered the secret so you can make them DIY: pumpkin syrup. Why not save some money and make your own? Here's <a href="http://themessybakerblog.com/2013/09/09/homemade-pumpkin-spice-syrup/">how!</a></p> <h2>3. Pumpkin French Fries</h2> <p>Yes, french fry addicts, there is a healthier alternative. Try pumpkin <a href="http://marisolio.com/recipes/oven-baked-pumpkin-fries/">french fries</a>! I liked the ones with the spicy mix that included curry powder, and I did turn up my oven to 400 for the last ten minutes, to get them crispier. They make a fun hors d'oeuvre, too, with a yogurt dipping sauce.</p> <h2>4. Pumpkin Smoothies</h2> <p>This <a href="http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/breakfastandlunch/r/pumpkinsmoothie.htm">pumpkin smoothie</a> is not only good for you, but also vegan and incredibly filling. I guess I should not have been surprised, since it contains pumpkin, bananas, and Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>5. Pumpkin, the Beauty Aid</h2> <p>I had heard of avocado, oatmeal, egg, honey&hellip; but <a href="http://www.primallyinspired.com/homemade-pumpkin-mask/">pumpkin facial masks</a> were a new one, on me. Various recipes claim that the fruit enzymes, plus alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin A, and vitamin C, will soften and smooth the skin. I am certain that as soon as I cover my face in pumpkin, the doorbell will ring.</p> <h2>6. Pass Me a Cold One</h2> <p>A cold pumpkin beer, that is. I think these or a love 'em or hate 'em thing. If you are a homebrewer and want to give them a try, you can buy a <a href="http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/smashing-pumpkin-ale-all-grain-kit.html">pumpkin ale home-brewing kit</a>.</p> <h2>7. Chili</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pork-and-pumpkin-chili-recipe.html">pumpkin chili</a> is one of my favorite comfort foods. It has the wonderful, mellow earthiness of pumpkin and the zestiness of peppers and spices. I like it with black-bean tortilla chips and lots of sour cream. It makes quite a bit, so it's a nice one to share, and even better the second day, reheated.</p> <h2>8. Squeaky Clean</h2> <p>Are you a soap-maker? I have yet to try soap-making as a DIY but when I do, this <a href="http://soapdelinews.com/2014/09/homemade-pumpkin-soap-recipe.html">pumpkin soap</a> is on the list. This would make a great gift!</p> <h2>9. Pumpkin Decor</h2> <p>It is too humid where I live for carved pumpkins to last for more than a day, so people tend to <a href="http://www.bobvila.com/drip-crayon-pumpkins/11264-13-easy-diy-no-carve-pumpkins/slideshows?bv=es#!2">decorate them</a>, instead. Check out the pumpkin covered in thumbtacks, which is really beautiful, as well as the hilarious &quot;Liberace pumpkin.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Pumpkin Candles</h2> <p>Both easy and fun, I am going to line the porch with these <a href="http://hellonatural.co/pumpkin-candles/">pumpkin candles</a> this year, for a spooky effect.</p> <h2>11. Pumpkin Butter</h2> <p>My girlfriend just sent me a jar of this and I could just eat it with a spoon, although it's wonderful on toast, pancakes, and waffles. Now I just have to make my own! Here is a popular <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/11/all-natural-pumpkin-butter-from-scratch-many-ways-to-use-it/">pumpkin butter</a> recipe.</p> <h2>12. Fancy Pumpkin Croquettes</h2> <p>Just kidding, but use of the French word &quot;croquette&quot; certainly dresses up smashed chickpeas and pumpkin. Seriously, though, these are habit-forming and delicious. This is a vegan <a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/cheesy-pumpkin-chickpea-croquettes-1/">recipe for chickpea and pumpkin croquettes</a>, but I used real cheese. If you make them really small, they make great appetizers, too.</p> <h2>13. Pamper Your Feet With Pumpkin</h2> <p>Not just for feet (but I think it is particularly nice for 'em) is this <a href="http://spas.about.com/od/skincare/r/pumpkin-scrub.htm">Pumpkin Body Scrub</a>. Make a batch soon for a wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gift!</p> <h2>14. Potluck Pumpkin Pie Squares</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/32371/pumpkin-pecan-pie-squares/">pumpkin pecan pie squares</a> are a hit at potlucks. They also go together very quickly and make a nice size for sharing (they go in a 9 x 13 pan).</p> <h2>15. Don't Forget the Seeds!</h2> <p>After carving the pumpkin, <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/roasted-pumpkin-seeds">save the delicious seeds</a>. I love the spicy ones. The seeds are also extremely <a href="http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin-seeds.html">nutritious</a>.</p> <h2>16. Risotto</h2> <p>Risotto is another dish I consider to be &quot;comfort food&quot; &mdash; warm, creamy, and full of flavor. Combining cumin and cardamom wouldn't have occurred to me, but the combination works with the <a href="http://www.sonisfood.com/2014/09/pumpkin-risotto-with-cardamom-and-cumin.html">pumpkin</a> in this recipe.</p> <h2>17. Pumpkin Cookies</h2> <p>I love that these <a href="http://www.todaystaste.com/2014/08/the-best-oatmeal-pumpkin-cookies.html#.VChYTMJdUo0">pumpkin cookies</a> are delicious, but have more nutritional value than a traditional chocolate-chip cookie due to the addition of oatmeal and pumpkin. If it were just me, I would also add some raisins, but many people are raisin-phobic.</p> <h2>18. Hearty Pumpkin Stew</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/EAST-AFRICAN-PUMPKIN-STEW-50146473">African Pumpkin Stew</a> is so healthy, not to mention hearty. I really like it with the beet greens, which are a little sweeter, but chard or spinach are easier to find. Talk about a healthful stew &mdash; it is resplendent with pumpkin, greens, coconut milk, and served with couscous. Non-vegetarians can add cooked pork or chicken.</p> <h2>19. Lighter Pumpkin Soup</h2> <p>Lighter, but still very satisfying, is this <a href="http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/10/skinny-pumpkin-soup.html">pumpkin soup.</a> Instead of cream, it gets its thickness from skim milk, potatoes, and corn.</p> <h2>20. You, the Pumpkin</h2> <p>I finally relinquished it (it was looking pretty sad) but, as an adult, I wore my pumpkin costume four years running. It was a good one. Pumpkins always get a lot of laughs. There is still time to <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Pumpkin-Costume-for-Adults/">make your own pumpkin costume</a>! I got more fabric and made mine longer, and wore it with black tights. Just think: Your entire family could be a pumpkin patch. Get sewing.</p> <p><em>There you have it &mdash; 20 fun ways to use pumpkin. Readers, any fun stuff to share?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin" class="sharethis-link" title="20 Fun Ways to Use Pumpkin" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-fun-ways-to-use-pumpkin">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-that-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">7 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda">22 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-gluten-free-lunch-ideas">20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-squash-recipes-for-fall">12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty fall pumpkin pumpkin recipes Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1233262 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Easy Ways to Sneak More Nutrition Into Your Food http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-sneak-more-nutrition-into-your-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-easy-ways-to-sneak-more-nutrition-into-your-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/honey-muffins-481912187-small.jpg" alt="honey muffins" title="honey muffins" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting the best nutrition possible is a no-brainer, but eating nutrient-dense food on a regular basis can be harder than it sounds. Even if you are eating the right foods, you can often still add an extra boost to snacks and meals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/multivitamins-arent-as-good-as-you-think-eat-these-real-foods-instead?ref=seealso">Multivitamins Aren't as Good for You as You Think: Eat These Real Foods Instead</a>)</p> <p>Read on for tips on hiding extra nutrients in the foods you already love without changing the reasons you love them.</p> <h2>1. Flax</h2> <p>Flax seed packs a surprising nutritional punch. It's loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and studies suggest it can positively affect your cholesterol levels. Flax is not easily digestible in whole seed form, so be sure to buy it ground or, even better, grind it yourself with a coffee grinder before using. The oil in flax can go rancid, so store it in the refrigerator.</p> <p>Adding a tablespoon or two to baked goods like muffins and pancakes won't noticeably affect the taste or the texture. It's perfect mixed into homemade granola or simply stirred into oatmeal. If you're into cooking vegan, you can also use flax as an egg replacer. Just swap an egg for some ground flax and water and boom! You have a <a href="http://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes.php?recipe=7157">healthy egg replacer</a>.</p> <h2>2. White Whole Wheat Flour</h2> <p>We all know we're supposed to eat whole wheat, but sometimes the homemade version doesn't please picky eaters. In comes <em>white</em> whole wheat flour. A lighter and milder tasting flour with all of the benefits of whole wheat, it more seamlessly swaps for all-purpose flour in <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/tasting-is-believing-whole-grain-brownies-recipe">your favorite recipes</a>. Some ideas include pancakes, breads, pizza dough, muffins, and cookies. If you're really put off by the taste of whole wheat, try substituting for half of the flour called for in the recipe.</p> <h2>3. Leafy Greens</h2> <p>Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, so why aren't we eating them all of the time? If you're tired of salad, sneaking them into different dishes makes getting your dose of greens easy. Add chopped greens to soups like chili and all broth-based soups when they are almost done cooking. Add thawed and chopped frozen spinach to <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/turkey-spinach-meatballs">meatballs</a> and meatloaf. Include a handful of kale or spinach in your smoothie, and other than changing the drink's color, you won't even notice it.</p> <h2>4. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Many vegans and vegetarians have discovered the magic of chia seeds, and you should too! The tiny seeds offer high-quality protein and much-sought-after omega-3 fatty acids. They are tiny in size, have a mild taste, and are an easy addition to smoothies and baked goods. They also <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1016254/chia-seed-breakfast-pudding.html">magically create pudding</a> when combined with milk or nondairy milk.</p> <h2>5. Yogurt</h2> <p>There's a good chance you're already eating yogurt. It's a great source of calcium and probiotics &mdash; and everyone knows it. But did you know that you can incorporate yogurt into your cooking, and in the process replace excess fats? <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/french-yogurt-cake">Yogurt is great for baking</a>, as it adds a nice flavor and moistness to recipes. You can even use it in place of buttermilk: just use a mixture of &frac12; yogurt and &frac12; milk. Plain Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream for items like tzatziki-style sauces, which makes a great replacement for ranch dressing. And don't forget to add some to your smoothies. Just beware of flavored and sweetened yogurts, as they tend to be full of sugar.</p> <h2>6. Carrots and Zucchini</h2> <p>Moms across America have been hiding carrots and zucchini in kid's meals for years. That's because once cooked and blended, they add fiber and vitamins without greatly affecting taste. For adults, it's just a good way of adding a serving of vegetables to that spaghetti you were craving. Add these veggies to sauces, casseroles, and <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-eat-your-vegetables-for-dessert-177912">shred them raw into baked goods</a>.</p> <h2>7. Tofu</h2> <p>Tofu offers protein, calcium, and vitamins without the unhealthy fats of meat. Not everyone loves eating a big piece of steamed tofu, but you can still incorporate this healthful item into your diet. Add crumbled, firm tofu to burgers, meatballs, and other recipes using ground meat to lessen the guilt. Silken tofu blends seamlessly into smoothies and can be transformed into desserts like pudding and <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/04/11/secretly-healthy-cappuccino-cloud-cheesecake/">cheesecake</a>.</p> <h2>8. Raw Honey</h2> <p>Honey has long been seen as a natural alternative to refined sugar, but switching to raw honey is even better for you. Raw honey has not been processed like most mainstream honey, and as a result contains more vitamins and minerals. If you're going to sweeten up that coffee or tea, you might as well get a little dose of vitamins, too. Honey can be used in place of sugar in many baking recipes, as long as <a href="http://www.homebaking.org/foreducators/askexperts/bakinghoney.html">you keep a few things in mind</a>.</p> <h2>9. Whole Wheat Pasta</h2> <p>If you're going to eat a bowl of pasta, at least make it whole wheat. Recent studies suggest that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/09/01/344315405/cutting-back-on-carbs-not-fat-may-lead-to-more-weight-loss">refined carbohydrates can cause more weight gain than dietary fat</a>, so making the switch to whole wheat can make a real difference in your diet. The explosion of whole wheat pasta onto market shelves in the past few years means more options and better texture and taste. It's now easy to swap the more fiber-rich whole wheat pasta in all your favorite dishes without anyone being the wiser.</p> <h2>10. Olive Oil</h2> <p>Olive oil may seem obvious, but many people are still cooking with the healthy oil in a very limited way. Instead of using olive oil just for sauteing, use it whenever a recipe calls for oil (unless you are frying or cooking at high heat). You can use olive oil in all dressings and sauces, and, as long as the recipe doesn't call for more than half a cup, when baking in place of vegetable oil. If your cake recipe calls for a large dose of oil, replace a portion of the oil so the olive oil doesn't overwhelm the flavor.</p> <h2>11. Broccoli and Cauliflower</h2> <p>Cruciferous vegetables contain vitamins, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Too bad everyone isn't in love with the &quot;little trees&quot; broccoli and cauliflower. Luckily, you can utilize these vegetables in interesting ways to add a boost to your favorite dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/tortellini-broccoli-pesto-00100000116113/">Steamed broccoli makes a delicious pesto</a>,and is a great addition to <a href="http://diethood.com/cream-broccoli-potato-soup-kitchenaid-stand-mixer-giveaway">potato soup</a>.</p> <p>Cauliflower is <a href="http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2013/04/12-unique-ways-to-get-your-kids-to-eat">especially versatile</a> and can substitute for rice, pizza crust, and is undetectable when added to mashed potatoes.</p> <h2>12. Avocado</h2> <p>Avocado is a versatile fruit full of heart-healthy fat. Even if you are not an avocado fanatic, you can incorporate it into your diet in surprising ways, often replacing unhealthy saturated fat. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/avocado-smoothies_n_5193023.html">Avocados make surprisingly good smoothies</a> that often taste more like milkshakes. You can <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/substitute-this-avocado-for-butter-when-baking-174382">incorporate avocado into your baking</a> and decrease the fat by up to 40%. Incorporating avocado into your diet can also be as easy as using mashed, smooth avocado in place of mayo on sandwiches.</p> <p><em>How do you like to add nutrients to your favorite dishes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-sneak-more-nutrition-into-your-food" class="sharethis-link" title="12 Easy Ways to Sneak More Nutrition Into Your Food" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-sneak-more-nutrition-into-your-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-health-foods-that-are-actually-making-you-fatter">10 Health Foods That Are Actually Making You Fatter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turbo-charge-your-diet-with-superfoods">Turbo-Charge Your Nutrition With Superfoods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol">10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Health and Beauty diet healthy food nutrients nutrition vegetables Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1229406 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating) http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-businesswoman-187953736-small.jpg" alt="tired businesswoman" title="tired businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can't figure out why you're packing on the pounds lately? It may not be related to food at all. In fact, some of your habits may be contributing to the spike on the scale. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight?ref=seealso">7 Killer Ways to Actually Lose Weight</a>)</p> <p>Find out if you're guilty of these seven habits that are quietly making you fat, and then take steps to correct them.</p> <h2>1. Sitting at Your Desk</h2> <p>It's no secret that a sedentary lifestyle &mdash; also known as the &quot;Sitting Disease&quot; &mdash; can lead to a whole host of problems (the least of which is a few extra pounds, by the way), but those problems are amplified if you're sitting around just as much at work as you are at home.</p> <p>WebMD reports that &quot;long periods of physical inactivity raise your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.&quot; There are <a href="http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/do-you-have-sitting-disease">small gradual changes you can make</a>, however, that will get you up and moving again. For starters, get up from your desk and walk around, stretch, or move for a period of at least five minutes. Need motivation? Instead of sending an email to Bill in accounting, take a stroll to his office to speak to him in person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out?ref=seealso">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a>)</p> <h2>2. Not Getting a Good Night's Sleep</h2> <p>There's plenty of science that points to<a href="http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain"> a correlation between sleep deprivation and weight gain</a> &mdash; there are hormones and other factors involved &mdash; but we don't have to get complicated to understand that not getting enough shut-eye is hurting your waistline. The bottom line is that sleep deprivation is a vicious cycle that is facilitated by and also results in poor eating habits (like too many cups of coffee or a sugar boost to get you through the day) that lead to feelings of sluggishness that make you want to skip the gym which increases the likelihood that you'll continue to eat poorly once you get home&hellip; and so on. Of course, when it's time to go to bed, you're too wound up to sleep &mdash; and so the cycle continues.</p> <p>Work on developing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-back-the-zombies-4-ways-to-avoid-sleep-deprivation?ref=seealso">better sleep habits</a>, and it'll be that much easier to develop better diet and exercise habits.</p> <h2>3. Poor Posture, Even If It's an Illusion</h2> <p>You're not actually gaining weight if you have poor posture &mdash; you could be healthy and active and fit &mdash; but if you're a sloucher, you're making those couple extra pounds look like <em>several</em> extra pounds. To combat this problem and ultimately look slimmer, be conscious of how you're sitting and standing so you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-and-keep-amazing-posture-by-doing-these-10-stretches-today">work on your posture</a>.</p> <h2>4. Riding Instead of Walking (or Climbing)</h2> <p>Do you always take the escalator when there's a staircase right beside it? Do you ride the elevator up one or two floors when you could walk? Are you hopping cabs to go a few blocks?</p> <p>If these scenarios sound like you, you're missing out on crucial exercise opportunities that may seem small individually but will add up over time and potentially result in weight loss. If you want to lose more weight, you need to get moving more often. Plus, if you do it throughout the day with small steps at a time, you won't have to beat yourself up at the gym &mdash; which also can lead to discouragement and eventually avoidance of exercise altogether.</p> <h2>5. Taking Certain Kinds of Medication</h2> <p>Some of the medications you're taking may be contributing to your weight gain, so it's important to discuss this with your doctor if you've noticed a change. Ideally, these side effects should be discussed in advance of the prescription so you're informed, but if you've been on a particular medication for a while that you think is the culprit, schedule an appointment to get the situation under control.</p> <h2>6. Changing Into Sweats/Pajamas as Soon as You Get Home</h2> <p>We're all guilty of this from time to time &mdash; and it's not completely terrible if it's every once in a while &mdash; but if this is a regular habit of yours, you need to nip it in the bud right now.</p> <p>This is more a psychological issue than anything else, because when you change into your pajamas as soon as you get home, you automatically enter a mindset that you're not doing anything for the rest of the day or night. This leads to hours on the couch, binge watching television, and probably stuffing your face with junk food out of pure boredom. To curb this habit, add more hobbies and activities to your life that'll keep you busy and moving. Don't cop out with the ol' &quot;I don't have time&quot; routine either; if you've got time to stare at the tube for multiple hours on end, you've got time to do something more productive. It's just a matter of your willingness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv?ref=seealso">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a>)</p> <h2>7. Putting Off Exercise</h2> <p>And finally, the top habit that is quietly making you fat &mdash; in my opinion anyway.</p> <p>It's very easy to find a million other lazy things to do than get your butt up and burning calories. Trust me, I was a victim of that mentality for a long time. I understand how hard it is to get out of that rut. Nonetheless, it's important for you to help yourself get healthy. Nobody else can do it for you, and you owe it to yourself anyway. Instead of brushing off the opportunity to get active next time &mdash; even if it's just for a few minutes &mdash; take advantage of it. I promise that afterward your body and your mind will feel better, and hopefully it will be the beginning of a more positive, healthier you.</p> <p><em>Do you have other habits to offer that are quietly making us fat? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes">10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dumb-things-holding-you-back-from-losing-weight">14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-eat-more-slowly-and-lose-more-weight">7 Ways to Eat More Slowly — and Lose More Weight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> General Tips Health and Beauty Personal Development diet exercise fitness weight gain weight loss Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1229271 at http://www.wisebread.com People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You? http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-businessman-477452129-small.jpg" alt="happy businessman" title="happy businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you love your body? Do you want to?</p> <p>When you love your body, you'll treat it in certain ways. You will lavish love on it, revel in it, and enjoy all of the things it allows you to do.</p> <p>This means that you also will not do certain things to it. You won't act unkindly, or disrespectfully, or in ways that will harm your body in the long run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-it-really-costs-to-get-sick?ref=seealso">This is What It Really Costs to Get Sick</a>)</p> <p>Not sure what this looks like in real life? Here are some behaviors that people who love their bodies never engage in.</p> <h2>1. Sleep Too Much</h2> <p>Surprise, surprise. Sleeping too much has <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/health/upwave-sleep-too-much/">some of the same bad side effects</a> as sleeping too little, including a propensity towards obesity and diabetes. So, sleep seven to nine hours each night and you're good.</p> <h2>2. Stress Out All the Time</h2> <p>It's normal to be stressed every once in a while. Even high stress can be okay, as long as your levels go back down after a while. But continued high stress means you're in &quot;fight or flight&quot; mode all the time, which can cause heart problems, depression, and even PTSD.</p> <h2>3. Stay Inside All Day</h2> <p>You need vitamin D to help keep up your energy and avoid depression. The best way to get this is <a href="http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/">via sunlight</a>, which you can only do by spending at least a few minutes outside. Don't get a sunburn! Instead, expose your skin for about half the time it would take you to start turning pink.</p> <h2>4. Train Too Hard</h2> <p>When you want to change your body, it's easy to exercise hard, for a long time. Too much exercise, though, leaves you <a href="http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/fatigue.html">more likely to get sick</a>. Since illness often undermines exercise plans, train at moderate levels so you can sustain your health and improve your performance.</p> <h2>5. Stop Laughing</h2> <p>Laughing can help reduce your stress, improve your memory, and help your mind perform better. It also helps you regain perspective, even in difficult situations. So do what you need to do to laugh: Talk to a funny friend, listen to a child's joke, or watch someone funny on TV.</p> <h2>6. Binge Drink</h2> <p>Drinking a lot of alcohol over a short period of time is <a href="http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=5603">never good for you</a>, and when you do it often, you can get everything from mouth cancer to heart arrhythmias. If you regularly have more than four drinks (for a woman) or five (for a man), change your habits to care for your body.</p> <h2>7. Forget to Apply Sunscreen</h2> <p>This one is almost a no brainer, if you don't want skin cancer. Still, we avoid it because it's a pain to put on and it's greasy and gross. But it's worth it!</p> <h2>8. Smoke. At All. Ever. Even Socially.</h2> <p>Any smoking, <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-truth-about-social-smoking-2345824.html">even the occasional social cigarette</a>, raises your risks of cancer and lung or heart disease. Very few occasional or social smokers stay that way, since nicotine is highly addictive. So just stay away.</p> <h2>9. Skip Stretching</h2> <p>While we're on the topic of exercise, don't forego stretching. Some studies show that <a href="http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/does-stretching-reduce-injury-risk-0">forgetting to stretch can make you more prone to injury</a>, which hurts your body both now and for the long term. It also reduces your flexibility, which you want to <a href="http://web.mit.edu/tkd/stretch/stretching_3.html">maintain as you get older</a>.</p> <h2>10. Have Unprotected Sex</h2> <p>This is a huge risk factor for health problems down the road. Protect yourself, so you can avoid STDs, including AIDS, as well as unwanted pregnancy. Respect your own body and that of your partner, and <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html">use a condom</a>.</p> <h2>11. Ignore Illness</h2> <p>If you have a medical condition, <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/10_steps_for_coping_with_a_chronic_condition.htm">take care of yourself</a>. Even if it means changing your lifestyle, making the effort could mean the difference between good health and poor. Finding out that you have a chronic condition can feel overwhelming, hopeless, and defeating. Take a deep breath, work with your doctor, and find people who will support you as you figure out how to care for yourself.</p> <h2>12. Feel Down About Your Body</h2> <p>When your body isn't looking or acting the way you want it to, it's easy to insult yourself or think poorly about how you look and who you are. Instead, <a href="http://greatist.com/happiness/media-body-image-talk-to-self">work to accept yourself as you are</a>, even if you know changes could be made to improve your health.</p> <h2>13. Avoid the Doctor</h2> <p>Yearly check ups are a pain, but they help you <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/getting-regular-checkups.aspx">stay on top of your health</a>. They also give you a chance to ask those annoying little questions, which can mean the difference between good and poor health. If you don't have a doctor, ask your friends who they see or see who your health insurance company recommends.</p> <h2>14. Live On Junk Food</h2> <p>We all eat a brownie now and then, but eating junk food regularly leads to <a href="http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/fast-food-nutrition-junk-foods-effect-on-your-body.html">all sorts of problems</a>. If you struggle with this, begin finding satisfying substitutes for your favorite foods. For instance, you might eat kale chips instead of potato chips (don't knock 'em 'til you've tried 'em!).</p> <h2>15. Dine Out Every Night</h2> <p>After a long day, no one wants to cook, especially if it's hot in your home. But people who prepare their own food are more likely to avoid <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2012/06/18/whats-so-great-about-cooking-four-reasons-and-resources-to-diy/">medical problems</a>. If that doesn't convince you, cooking at home is cheaper and better for the environment than dining out.</p> <h2>16. Stop Eating</h2> <p>It can be easy to want to stop eating entirely, especially when you're frustrated with your weight or under a lot of stress. You will be <a href="http://steadystrength.com/why-you-have-to-eat-to-lose-fat/">healthier and happier</a>, though, if you choose a diet plan that allows you plenty of calories and helps make sure you feel full.</p> <h2>17. Spend All Day Sitting</h2> <p>When you stay sitting for hours and hours, it <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5879536/how-sitting-all-day-is-damaging-your-body-and-how-you-can-counteract-it">hurts your body in all sorts of ways</a>. You lower your ability to take up glucose, raise your triglycerides and bad (LDL) cholesterol, and raise your risk of dying from heart disease and certain types of cancer. Instead, take breaks and get moving.</p> <p><em>Have you stopped doing something that's helped you love your body more? What would it be like for you to implement these ideas?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you" class="sharethis-link" title="People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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