Health and Beauty en-US 10 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-new-beauty-products-you-need-to-know-about" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="makeup shopping" title="makeup shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>2014 is one hot year for new and innovative beauty products. But lest you hog <em>all</em> the beauty in the world, we've narrowed down the list to these top 10 beauty must-haves. (See also: <a href="">24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products</a>)</p> <h2>1. The Switch Kit by Amika</h2> <p>Finally, a good hair product that's also a space and money saver! <a href="">Amika's new Switch Kit</a> comes with a base that can be used with three different barrel sizes, so you get the look you want without having to buy another hair tool. With a digital temperature control, you can adjust the level of heat from 150&deg;F to 430&deg;F (66&deg;C to 221&deg;C).</p> <p><a href=""><img width="273" height="300" alt="" src="" /></a></p> <h2>2. Amrezy Palette by Anastasia of Beverly Hills</h2> <p>Named after one of Instagram's most reputable makeup artists, Amrezy, this palette was constructed and launched by long time beauty maven, Anastasia of Beverly Hills. The <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LQAHU5G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S7ZVK7YC33NQQB7Q">eye shadow palette</a> has 10 gorgeous colors, perfect for both special occasions and everyday casual makeup.</p> <p><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LQAHU5G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S7ZVK7YC33NQQB7Q"><img width="409" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>3. The 2014 Fall/Winter Nail Collection by Gabriel Cosmetics</h2> <p>Gabriel's <a href="">newest polish collection</a> was inspired by the high fashion runway styles. It comes with six shades and three different spectrums: glossy, matte, and pearl. The best part of this line is that it is one of few companies that uses a &quot;5 free&quot; formula &mdash; meaning it is free of the harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, and phthalates.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="528" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>4. Honey Dew Me Up Primer by NYX</h2> <p>Infused with light-reflective gold flecks, <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00M3GQ0EY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVBC3PFJB3CTZE5U">this primer</a> is made to create a radiant appearance by reducing redness and discoloration.</p> <p><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00M3GQ0EY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVBC3PFJB3CTZE5U"><img width="355" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>5. Matte Lipsticks by Dose of Color</h2> <p>Punctuate your style and add a pop of awesome to any look with Dose of Colors' brand new line of <a href=";path=59">matte lipsticks</a>. Created by makeup artist and cosmetics expert, MakeupbyAnna, this genius color palette of lipsticks is a vegan product that's both cruelty and paraben free.</p> <p><a href=";path=59"><img width="388" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>6. They're Real! Push-Up Liner by Benefit</h2> <p>The <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KX7A30W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OP4Y5WCDLTAJX6GR">angled brush and push up</a> gel is made to tightly hug your lash line and simplify the application process. The gel formula has a matte black that stays where you put it without smudging, budging or drying out.</p> <p><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KX7A30W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OP4Y5WCDLTAJX6GR"><img width="300" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>7. Rescue Me Hair Mask by Leyla Milani Hair</h2> <p>Here's a beauty essential to have with all the wear and tear that hair goes through, from being under the sun, challenging weather conditions, and everyday products and oils. Made by the ultimate hair queen, Leyla Milani, this intense formula of argan oil and shea butter penetrates the hair cuticle from the inside out, <a href="">bringing the bounce and strength</a> back to your hair.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="385" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>8. Perversion Mascara by Urban Decay</h2> <p>This <a href="">primer and mascara duo</a> can really add some punch to your lashes. The high-tech brush is made to add volume and separate each lash for a silky, long lasting finish. According to beauty expert, <a href="">Sona Gasparian</a>, the applicator's defined bristles are what makes the biggest difference by adding fullness and length to the lashes. The unique texture of the mascara's formula allows you to apply less layers for an everyday look or multiple coats for a more dramatic finish.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="450" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>9. Mavens Sculpt Series by Motives</h2> <p><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I8MGFPQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AXJ637JQE3RHHUTX">Mavens Sculpt Series</a> comes in two complexions: Fire for warmer skin tones and Ice for cooler skin tones. These palettes have four crème foundations best for highlighting cheekbones, covering under eye imperfections, intensifying the brow bone and creating a stunning profile and definition. Motives Cosmetics is expertly crafted in collaboration with six YouTube beauty sensations including <a href="">Teni Panosian</a>, and cosmetics gurus including, Lauren Rindinger and La La Anthony.</p> <p><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I8MGFPQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AXJ637JQE3RHHUTX"><img width="500" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <h2>10. Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum Spray by Tom Ford</h2> <p>Last but not least, Tom Ford's captivating perfume, <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JJHY9KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I7IRAFFAIBZFNAPP">Velvet Orchid</a>. Derived of oriental florals and combined with strong notes of citrus, lavish petals, rum, and honey, this scent is ultra feminine and exotic.</p> <p><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JJHY9KC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I7IRAFFAIBZFNAPP"><img width="318" height="300" src="" alt="" /></a></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 New Beauty Products You Need to Know About" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Nayri Leanna Gregor</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty accessories beauty beauty products Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:12 +0000 Nayri Leanna Gregor 1215969 at 7 Online Workout Videos for Free or Cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="man workout video" title="man workout video" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't need to purchase DVDs to gain a beefy collection of at-home workouts &mdash; YouTube is an excellent resource for quick exercise routines that cost nothing at all. And there are many other free and lost-cost options from which to choose. (See also: <a href="">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout For Free</a>)</p> <p>So, simply turn on your computer, set it on a level surface, and get moving. If you have a streaming TV device &mdash; like a Roku or an Apple TV &mdash; even better. Let's start the sweat streaming!</p> <h2>1. Fitness Blender</h2> <p>You can find a wide variety of workouts on <a href="">Fitness Blender</a> for free. Each comes complete with a video and information detailing how many minutes the workout takes, the number of calories you'll burn, and the parts of the body you'll focus on &mdash; so there's no guessing. I love the creative blend of different techniques the trainers use to keep people moving, like this <a href="">Cardio Kickboxing and Yoga Workout</a>. Choose to become a member (also free) to comment on different workouts, save your favorites, and keep up with the latest releases via social media.</p> <h2>2. Blogilates</h2> <p>Cassey Ho is the personal trainer behind the popular site <a href="">Blogilates</a>. As the name implies, these workouts are focused on a mix of Pilates, cardio, and strength for the whole body. There are quick workouts less than 10 minutes in length and longer sessions that reach close to the hour mark. All are free, and Ho even offers a monthly workout calendar if you sign up for her free newsletter. (See also: <a href="">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a>)</p> <h2>3. Workoutz</h2> <p>If you'd prefer your exercises to be organized by focus area, visit <a href="">Workoutz</a> for plenty of free fitness videos at your fingertips. If you get bored with the same old routine, just check out the &quot;What's New&quot; box to see the latest uploads to the site. Right now, there's heavy training rope work, sandbag lifts, and advanced plank with resistance bands. I like that kind of variety!</p> <h2>4. The Gym Box</h2> <p>If you have $10 a month to spare, check out <a href="">The Gym Box</a>, which is an awesome streaming workout service you can watch on your TV, PC, or Mac. You'll find over 2,000 guided workouts for everything from step to cycling, dance to strength training, and beyond. Most workouts don't require any special equipment. And you can try this service free for 15 days if all you need is a kick-start.</p> <h2>5. FitFusion</h2> <p>Or perhaps you'd rather try <a href="">FitFusion</a>, which is also $10 a month and offers unlimited access to over 260 branded workouts by popular trainers. You can exercise with Jillian Michaels, get a good stretch with Gaiam, or sweat it out with Billy Blanks. There are over 125 hours of workouts in all with 24 trusted trainers. If you don't like what you see, you can cancel at any time. (See also: <a href="">Healthy People Have These 10 Things In Their Homes &mdash; Do You?</a>)</p> <h2>6. Hulu Plus</h2> <p>If you're a member of <a href="">Hulu Plus</a>, you might already know about its wealth of fitness programming. If not, I'm here to enlighten you. For just $7.99 a month, you get access to some of the latest television shows as well as <a href="">ExerciseTV and DailyBurn</a> with all sorts of workouts from aerobics to yoga, dancing to pilates. I love how some of the videos are less than five minutes in length, making them perfect for in-between show calorie burning.</p> <h2>7. Gaiam TV</h2> <p>For a blend of both physical and mental wellness, look no further than <a href="">Gaiam TV</a>. The holistic approach will keep your body and mind fit and centered &mdash; all for just $9.99 per month. You'll find a blend of gentle to challenging yoga, Pilates, and other fitness routines. In addition, there are numerous videos focused on healthy eating, stress relief, spiritual growth, and all sorts of intriguing topics to expand your horizons and keep health foremost on your mind. You can also try the service free for 10 days with a trial membership.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite streaming workout video? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Online Workout Videos for Free or Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty exercise fitness free workout home workout workout video Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1213031 at 5 Ways to Detox for Fall Without an Expensive Juice Cleanse <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-detox-for-fall-without-an-expensive-juice-cleanse" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="woman eating salad" title="woman eating salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've seen a lot of reporting around juice cleanses lately. (See also: <a href="">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <p>Not only is the science behind them <a href="">tentative at best</a>, but they are down-right expensive. I wanted solutions to get me ready for fall that would keep my body and bank account healthy, so here are five alternatives that skip the juice and help us feel better inside and out.</p> <h2>1. Go Raw and Vegan</h2> <p>One of the main troubles with juice cleanses is that they strip the juice from all of the fiber contained in the fruits and vegetables. We need that fiber to keep us feeling full and to keep our digestive system humming. Go raw and vegan for seven days, and you'll feel cleansed without feeling deprived. Try this <a href="">7-day raw vegan detox plan</a>, courtesy of Gourmandelle.</p> <h2>2. Cut the Sugar</h2> <p>Because the average U.S. grocery store is dominated by packaged, processed foods, we have a lot of excess sugar (and sodium) in our diets. At high levels, refined sugar is actually <a href="">toxic to our bodies</a>. One way to feel better fast is to cut refined sugar out of our diets. <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1936608111&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H3TSMANDZAT54RZR">The 21-Day Sugar Detox</a> offers 90, easy-to-prepare sugar-free recipes and a three-week meal planner to break our addiction to sugar while enjoying tasty, healthy food.</p> <h2>3. Drink More Water</h2> <p>Being dehydrated leads to all kinds of reactions in our bodies. We <a href="">feel hungry</a>, our <a href="">energy drops</a>, and we're likely to <a href="">suffer from more aches and pains</a>. The goal of a cleanse is to feel better; up your water intake and you'll see a short-term and long-term boost in your health.</p> <h2>4. Get Moving</h2> <p>Our bodies were made to move. As wonderful as technology is, we spend far too much time sitting still looking at a screen and <a href="">it's literally killing us</a>. Sitting too much increases our risk of chronic disease, reduces life expectancy, contributes to poor mental health, and is a leading cause of obesity. We need to get up and out into the world, literally, to feel better and live longer.</p> <h2>5. Laugh It Up</h2> <p>Rather than pledging to follow a juice cleanse, actively make it a point to laugh more. The Mayo Clinic recently found that <a href="">laughter is serious medicine</a> for what ails us. It lowers stress, stimulates internal organs, boosts immunity, relieves physical pain, and improves our mental health. What more could you ask for in a cleanse?</p> <p>A change of seasons is a great time to take stock of our health. As a nutritionist friend of mine recently said, &quot;juice cleanses are nothing more than colorful, sweetly-packaged hype.&quot; Save the money, skip the juice, and follow the five strategies above to feel your best this fall.</p> <p><em>What are you doing to shape up for fall (and beyond)? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Ways to Detox for Fall Without an Expensive Juice Cleanse" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Christa Avampato</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty cleanse detox fitness juice cleanse Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:07 +0000 Christa Avampato 1209015 at 10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-ways-to-burn-almost-1000-extra-calories-per-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="weight training home" title="weight training home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The warm summer weather, and the attire that goes along with it, provides extra incentive to keep ourselves in tip-top shape. So now that we're rounding the corner into fall and the hearty foods that it brings, we need some strategies to keep the extra pounds from finding their way back onto our waistlines.</p> <p>To lose one pound, you need to either <a href="">burn 3500 calories or cut 3500 calories</a> from your diet. The 10-step plan below will help you eliminate 1000 calories per day without changing your schedule.</p> <h2>1. Get Your Fiber Early</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 53</strong></p> <p>Although a lot of traditional breakfast foods are protein heavy (eggs, bacon, dairy), a breakfast rich in fiber is the way to go to get and keep slim. Fiber keeps us feeling full longer, so we consume fewer calories throughout the day and is an excellent way to keep our whole digestive system healthy. Replace your usual protein in the morning with a high fiber cereal such as oatmeal. One egg and a strip of bacon <a href="">contains 136 calories</a>. One-half cup of oatmeal <a href="">contains 83 calories</a>.</p> <h2>2. Skip the Bread at Lunch</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 216</strong></p> <p>I have to give credit to Steve Harvey for this idea. He lost a noticeable amount of weight last year and recently explained some of the key ways he cut his calories. A sandwich is one of his favorite lunch go-to items. To slim down, he replaces the two slices of bread with romaine lettuce on either side. Two slices of whole grain bread <a href="">contain 220 calories</a>. Four lettuce leaves (two for each side of the sandwich) <a href="">contain four calories</a>.</p> <h2>3. Toss Your Salad, Literally</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 43</strong></p> <p>The typical serving size for salad dressing is two tablespoons. Most of us pour the dressing on top of our dinner salad once we make it, and rarely do we toss it. I use this trick: I place one tablespoon at the bottom of the bowl and then toss my salad thoroughly so that every single item in the salad is thinly coated with salad dressing. At <a href="">43 calories per tablespoon</a>, I get all of the taste and use half the recommended serving size.</p> <h2>4. Greek, Please</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 42</strong></p> <p>Yogurt is one of my favorite midday snacks. I used to go for traditional fruit yogurt that <a href="">contains 153 calories</a>. Then I discovered Greek yogurt has <a href="">90 calories</a> and is a much creamier alternative. To dress it up, I add a <a href="">quarter cup of blueberries</a> for a total of 111 calories.</p> <h2>5. Hold the Half and Half</h2> <p><strong>Calories Saved: 67</strong></p> <p>I'm a big coffee drinker though having it black is just too bitter for my taste buds. I used half and half in my morning cup of joe and that added on <a href="">39 calories</a>. Since my typical morning has two cups of coffee, I was adding 78 calories to my morning. I recently replaced my half and half with skim milk so that each splash only adds <a href="">11 calories</a> per cup of coffee for a total of 22 calories.</p> <h2>6. Rejoice in Fidgeting</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 100</strong></p> <p>I have a hard time sitting still. Even when I'm home writing, I pace around the room with my notebook and pen in hand, tap my fingers and toes, and wiggle around in my chair. According to several medical studies, fidgeters are onto something big. Scientists found that <a href=";page=2">people who fidget can burn about 100 calories </a>more than people who remain sedentary for most of the day.</p> <h2>7. Take Your Meetings on the Road</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 200</strong></p> <p>At a corporate job, I spent a lot of time sitting in meetings. Over time, I found that I would have stomach aches and headaches at the end of the day. I wouldn't have these symptoms on weekends or when I worked at home. I soon deduced that sitting so much in my corporate office was the cause of those pains. To combat that, I took my one-on-one meetings outside. The pains disappeared and so did some excess calories. My regular walking pace is about 15 minutes per mile, so in a 30-minute meeting, I would get in a two-mile walk. We <a href="">burn about 100 calories per mile walked</a>, so each 30-minute walking meeting burned 200 calories total without taking any more time than my typical seated meeting.</p> <h2>8. Grab Those Weights</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 100</strong></p> <p>Every day I get in a bit of weight training. I have simple free weights at home, and I use them when I'm watching TV or talking on speaker phone. While cardio burns more calories during a workout than weight training, weight training has the added benefit of <a href="">helping you burn calories throughout the day</a> long after the workout is over. The heavier the weight, the better.</p> <h2>9. Get Some Shut-Eye</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 100</strong></p> <p>Skimping on sleep has a number of effects on our health, but one that's often overlooked is weight-gain. A recent study showed that people who regularly got nine hours of sleep at night and then were reduced to five hours per night, <a href=";mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A7%22%7D">gained an average of two pounds</a> at the end of that first week. Another study found that women who were sleep deprived <a href="">gained an average of 11 pounds over a year</a> versus women who regularly slept seven to nine hours. It appears this arises because sleep deprived people eat more and feel more sluggish during their waking hours, so they also burn fewer calories. On a daily basis, sleeping well helps us to keep about 100 calories at bay.</p> <h2>10. Turn Down the Thermostat</h2> <p><strong>Calories Burned: 33</strong></p> <p>If only you could <a href="">burn <em>more</em> calories while sleeping</a>! A recent study shows that may be the case. People who slept in a 66-degree room burned 33 more calories during eight hours of sleep than people who slept in a 75-degree room. Over the course of a year, that adds up to almost 3.5 pounds of weight loss!</p> <p>By implementing these 10 strategies in a day, you burn or cut almost 1000 calories per day, and they don't add any extra time to your to-do list! That amounts to as much as two pounds of weight loss per week!</p> <p><em>Have you had success with small lifestyle changes that helped you lose weight and keep it off? Please share them in the comments section below.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Christa Avampato</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty diets fitness Health weight loss Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Christa Avampato 1207002 at Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here's How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="woman eating salad" title="woman eating salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most Americans at one point or another have attempted to go on a diet. Whether it be to detox the system, or to lose a few pounds, there are a plethora of diets out there, so the question always becomes: Which to choose? (See also: <a href="">If You're Eating These 6 Things, Your &quot;Diet&quot; Is Doing Nothing</a>)</p> <p>While we each have our favorites and may have strong opinions about others, here is my list of the most popular diets, and what they can (and cannot!) do for you.</p> <h2>Low Carb/Atkins/South Beach</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Quick fixers, Diabetics.</strong></p> <p>Probably one of the best known and most controversial diets, <a href="">Atkins</a> is based on the idea of a severely limited carbohydrate diet. The diet has three phases with varying levels of restrictions. For some, the results are impressive at the beginning, due to the strict diet restrictions, but dieters may find that the weight bounces back once more carbs are introduced back into the diet. <a href="">South Beach Diet</a> is a similar program, with more emphasis on watching saturated fats and allowing starchy vegetables. Low carbohydrate lifestyles are also ideal for diabetics, as the lifestyle often requires a drastic sugar reduction, as well.</p> <h2>Master Cleanse/Detoxes</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those who want a reset.</strong></p> <p>Severe detox diets like the Master Cleanse often require a near-complete removal of solid foods from a diet for a period of time. The theory behind these cleanses is that you will be able to &quot;reset&quot; your body and remove built up toxins from the system. These are meant to be a temporary solution, because they are so drastic, and not a lifestyle, so if you decide to do a cleanse, make sure you have a plan for <em>after </em>the cleanse.</p> <h2>Low Calorie</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those with good self-discipline, those in it for the long haul.</strong></p> <p>Arguably the best known way to lose weight, cutting calories can be very effective. Popular diets like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers have similar tenets, with points being used instead of straight calories, although their outcomes are essentially the same. Now that there are numerous apps, like <a href="">SparkPeople</a>, <a href="">MyFitnessPal</a>, <a href="">My Plate</a>, and countless others, cutting calories has never been easier.</p> <p>Living a low-calorie lifestyle can also help you learn about food consumption and nutrients, as you begin to read more labels and account for what you're putting into your body. Keep in mind that low-calorie may not be a fast way to lose weight, and you should never go below a healthy caloric level for your body. Try using calculators like &quot;<a href="">If it fits your macros</a>&quot; and<a href=""> TDEE</a> to find the best range for your body and lifestyle.</p> <h2>Vegetarian/Vegan</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those with open-minded families.</strong></p> <p>If you're interested in trying a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for health or moral reasons, consider the rest of your family before making the leap. While incorporating more vegetables and legumes is a great addition to any diet, restricting meat consumption can throw a kink into family dinners. If you've got a supportive family, though, a vegetarian lifestyle is a great choice for adding more essential nutrients and vitamins. But if the thought of giving up protein scares you, keep in mind that there are varying levels of vegetarianism (including those who consume eggs and fish), and many legumes contain sufficient levels of protein, too.</p> <h2>Gluten Free</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those with Celiac Disease.</strong></p> <p>Gluten-free has become a popular diet in the last few years. The gluten-free lifestyle involves removal of most-to-all gluten in your life. However, if you choose this diet for weight loss instead of for health-reasons, keep in mind that &quot;gluten-free&quot; options are not always the healthiest choice available, either. Gluten-free breads and foods will contain additional additives and ingredients to produce the same results that gluten would, so binging on gluten-free cupcakes won't help you lose weight any easier.</p> <h2>Nutrisystem/Subscription Meal Services</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Those who can't cook well or want everything taken care of.</strong></p> <p>I first learned of Nutrisystem in college, when a roommate decided that it would be easier for her to begin a Nutrisystem diet than to budget time for meal preparation. (Coincidentally, she is now a clean living and diet guru.) The theory behind subscription meal services is that everything is taken care of for you, meal-wise. You pay for a certain number of meals, which are pre-packaged and delivered to your door. These meals are carefully calculated to offer a decent amount of daily needs, while still maintaining enough of a caloric deficit to induce weight loss. My roommate would complain of boredom when it came to the meals, however, and she did have some sodium level spikes due to the preservatives, so make sure the subscription service has enough options for your lifestyle. If you prefer something a little less constricting, services like <a href="">Blue Apron</a> that deliver unprepared meals and recipes that are great to use as a sporadic meal here and there, rather than an entire diet.</p> <h2>Paleo</h2> <p><strong>Best for: Clean lifestyle enthusiasts.</strong></p> <p>The theory behind Paleo diets are fairly simple: If our ancestors didn't eat it, you don't need to, either. Paleo has some low carb/Atkins tenets, but it's much more restrictive on the additives you can and cannot have (things like Splenda or any other unnatural additive are not allowed on Paleo, while they are allowed on Atkins). You may also notice fans of Crossfit are also Paleo-enthusiasts, as they both promote clean living.</p> <p><em>What diet has been successful (or unsuccessful) for you? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here&#039;s How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Megan Brame</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty atkins diet fitness Health paleo weight loss Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Megan Brame 1207022 at 10 Easy Ways to Work Stretching Into Your Daily Routine <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-ways-to-work-stretching-into-your-daily-routine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="office stretching" title="office stretching" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm a certified, registered yoga teacher at the 500-hour level, and I've been teaching yoga and meditation for 10 years. Take it from me: Flexibility is <a href="">an important aspect of everyone's health</a>.</p> <p>In fact, most of my students find me because they have low levels of flexibility that are causing them pain. Muscles that are flexible help to reduce pain in the body, particularly back pain, and they support us in the movement of everyday life.</p> <p>But building and maintaining flexibility takes continuous effort over a long period of time. If we try to build flexibility too quickly, we're very likely to get an injury. I use the plastic wrap analogy with my students to explain this concept. Stretch a piece of plastic wrap between your hands. If you stretch it quickly, the plastic wrap breaks. If you stretch it very slowly, it lengthens. Our muscles have a similar quality. They must be stretched little by little over a long period of time in order to lengthen. (See also: <a href="">10 Exercises You Can Do at Work That Won't Make You Look Silly</a>)</p> <p>All of that means stretching ought to be done in small increments each day. Here are 10 ways I work on my flexibility daily without changing my normal routine.</p> <h2>1. Good Morning</h2> <p>Before I even get out of bed, I spend a minute or two stretching. You can do this lying down or sitting up. I turn my neck from side to side, stretch my arms out and up over my head, and then pull my knees into my chest to take my legs to each side. It gives me a way to know what areas of my body need a bit of extra attention for the day.</p> <h2>2. Before and After Exercise</h2> <p>I've seen a number of different opinions on whether it's more beneficial to <a href=";_type=blogs&amp;_r=0">stretch before</a> or <a href="">after exercise</a>. I spend a few minutes doing both because that's what feels best to me. Stretching before I exercise let's me know which parts of my body feel stiff. Those are areas where I need to pay the most attention and care when I work out. I stretch after as well because I'm warmed up and am able to feel the full flexibility benefits of the workout. Again, that's another opportunity for me to check in to see if the areas that felt stiff prior to working out still feel that way. If they do, then I know it's something I may be need to get checked to see if there's any kind of injury.</p> <h2>3. Shower Time</h2> <p>After exercise, I start my day with a warm shower. This is another excellent time to stretch a bit because the warmth from the water helps soothe achy muscles. I take my torso from side to side and focus on my neck, shoulders, and low back.</p> <h2>4. Desk Time</h2> <p>I love my work as a writer, so I'm prone to sit at my desk and move very little throughout the day if left to my own devices. To combat this, I have a timer set for every hour. When that timer goes off, I get up from my chair, take a spin around my home office, and do some stretches for my whole body, paying special attention to my neck, shoulders, back, and hips because those are the areas that get most stiff when I sit for long periods of time.</p> <p>Even while I'm sitting, I squeeze in some seated stretches. I twist from side to side to relieve my back and do a gentle forward fold while seated, letting my torso rest on my thighs. I find they're especially helpful when I'm searching for the right words to string together. Try some of these <a href="">seated stretches</a> from the Mayo Clinic that can easily be done in the office.</p> <h2>5. During Phone Conversations</h2> <p>I always stretch when I'm on the phone. Depending upon how my body feels, I sometimes do those stretches standing up or sitting down. I use that time to catch up with friends, family, or colleagues while working on my flexibility.</p> <h2>6. In the Kitchen</h2> <p>Because I work from home, I prepare most of my own meals in my kitchen. The time I spend standing at my kitchen counter preparing food is another great time to get in a bit of stretching. While at my counters, I use a wide-legged stance that provides a great stretch for my thighs and hips. These muscles get especially tight because I sit for most of my day. I use good posture when bending down to get items from my cabinets below the counter. I also try to use the step stool only when I really need it, stretching for items on shelves that are a bit out of my reach.</p> <h2>7. Social Stretch</h2> <p>In New York City, where I live, socializing often involves heading to a restaurant, cafe, or local bar to catch up with friends. Lately I've been trying to to have more active friend time. I live close to two large parks, so I suggest a walk together, or if I know a friend of mine is into specific kinds of exercise, I suggest going to a class together at the gym. This way I get in my social, exercise, and flexibility training all in one shot.</p> <h2>8. Television Watching</h2> <p>I love television. For many people, TV time is down time. It's also a fantastic opportunity to stretch and work on your flexibility. Stretching is passive and doesn't require our full attention so we can watch the news or our favorite shows while doing both seated and standing stretches.</p> <h2>9. Podcast and Audiobook Listening</h2> <p>I'm a big fan of podcasts and audiobooks. I load them up on one of my mobile devices and hit the streets for a walk or play them while I stretch out in my living room. There's an added benefit of doing exercise while listening: I actually retain the information more efficiently than if I'm sitting on the subway or bus listening to the content, so stretching while listening boosts my brain as it improves my flexibility. A recent study at the University of British Columbia showed that <a href="">exercise improves memory and thinking</a>.</p> <h2>10. Good Night</h2> <p>I use stretching to bookend my days. Just as I spend a minute to two in bed stretching after I wake up, I also spend another minute or two before I go to sleep. I have one last opportunity for the day to see if any parts of my body feel stiff and that stretching helps me to get comfortable for a good night's sleep.</p> <p>Add up all of these bits of stretching and I get in <em>at least</em> 15 minutes of time to improve my flexibility every day. A great deal of it is acquired while I multitask because stretching is an activity that doesn't require my undivided attention. Consciously work stretching in bit by bit throughout your day as part of your normal routine and you'll see your flexibility grow at just the right pace without adding another item to your to-do list.</p> <p><em>How do you get your stretching in every day?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Easy Ways to Work Stretching Into Your Daily Routine" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Christa Avampato</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty flexibility stretching yoga Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Christa Avampato 1205247 at 10 Easy Back Exercises That Will Help Eliminate Pain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-back-exercises-that-will-help-eliminate-pain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="yoga position" title="yoga position" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stronger muscles won't guarantee you'll be impervious to pain. But particularly around your spine, increased strength can reduce the risk of injury and improve posture, thus reducing pain and the chance of newly occurring injuries. While <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">stretching for posture</a> is important, strength training for your back and spinal cord is just as crucial. (See also: <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">20 Great Body Weight Exercises</a>)</p> <p>When looking to strengthen back muscles, you've got to be certain that your form is good and that you're doing the movements right. Some good practices to follow include:</p> <ul> <li>Using manageable amounts of weight (you usually don't need much);</li> <li>Working on posture before you perform a weighted movement;</li> <li>Focusing on keeping your back straight and stop reps when you begin to lose form.</li> </ul> <p>Your first priority is to avoid injury and issues that will incur more back pain. Go through <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">these stretches</a> first, then try these exercises to build up strength in your back muscles and around your spinal column.</p> <h2>1. Wall Sits</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>Although <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">wall sits look simple</a>, there's a lot of form involved that you have to think about. Make sure that your back is flat against the wall, with your feet on the floor and your knees bent forming a right angle between your upper leg and your spine. Hold your arms out for balance and keep the position for 30 seconds.</p> <h2>2. Seated Cable or Band Rows</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>A modest amount of weight is fine if you're just starting out with <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">seated cable or band rows</a>. Sit in front of the pulley system and use both hands to pull the cable towards the center of your chest. Make sure that you release the weight back to the original position slowly, keep your shoulders square and without bending your back forward. Also avoid moving your body backward to try and pull the weight. If you need to do that, use less weight.</p> <h2>3. Kettlebell Swings</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>There are a variety of different <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">kettlebell swings</a> you can do but the video explains some of the basic movements and gives you the proper form to follow. Once again the primary concern with form is that you keep your back straight and bend at the hips if you need to.</p> <h2>4. Overhead Band Press</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>Step on one side of the band with your right foot, then grab the other end with your right hand and push it straight up. Make sure your arm, back and leg are all forming a straight line from the floor to the ceiling. Hold that position, then repeat the exercise on your left side.</p> <h2>5. Lateral Medicine Ball Throws (Against Wall)</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>To perform a lateral medicine ball throw, grab a medicine ball and stand with your left side facing a wall. Hold the ball with both hands and throw it against the wall so that it bounces back to you. Catch the ball and pivot at your hips if necessary. Switch sides after 10 reps.</p> <h2>6. Long Bar Row</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>Before you start a <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">long bar row</a>, make sure you position the long bar in a corner where it can't move on you. Then use one hand to hold the bar on one side and pull it up, bending at your elbow. You'll want to bend your knees slightly while maintaining a straight spine. Try the movement with just the bar before adding weight.</p> <h2>7. Suspended Row</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>The <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">suspended row</a> requires something sturdy to hold onto that sits above you and will support your upper body. The example given uses two suspended rings, but a bar will work as well. Simply pull your body upwards in a controlled movement while resting your feet on the ground. Keep your core tight and your spine straight throughout.</p> <h2>8. Reverse Crunches</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>This simple core exercise strengthens your lower abdominal muscles in the front and on your sides (obliques), which can help reduce back pain and improve posture. Strengthening areas that support your back, like your core are just as important as the back muscles themselves.</p> <h2>9. Cable Arm Pressout</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>This movement works your chest, shoulders and back with a low impact movement. The cable machine is ideal since you have more control over the weight you use. Start with a manageable weight and concentrate on getting your form right. Once again it's crucial that you keep your back straight and avoid bending forward or backward.</p> <h2>10. Hindu Pushup</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//"></iframe></p> <p>The form of the <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">Hindu pushup</a> is a bit tricky so be sure review the video before you attempt the movement. Your chest, back, arm and shoulder muscles will all be engaged. In this particular exercise, there will be a slight curve to your spine as the movement subtly resembles an <a style="text-decoration:none;" href="">upward dog yoga position</a>.</p> <h2>Strength as a Pain Preventative</h2> <p>Strength training is more effective as a pain preventative than a pain treatment. Particularly when it comes to back pain, the issue can often be injury related, which means strength training isn't going to be the best immediate solution.</p> <p>However, resistance workouts that build muscle should be utilized as tools to prevent injury and decrease the chances of experiencing pain in the future.</p> <p>When done with proper form and technique, it can be one of your best preventative pain treatments.</p> <p><em>What exercises or stretches do you do to alleviate back pain?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Easy Back Exercises That Will Help Eliminate Pain" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty back exercises back pain fitness Health strength training workouts Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1203901 at 4 Ways to Get Toned With as Little Effort as Humanly Possible <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-ways-to-get-toned-with-as-little-effort-as-humanly-possible" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="man running in city" title="man running in city" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't have time to workout. I know it. You know it. We are all nodding slowly in understanding. (See also: <a href="">7 Ways to Get the Best Morning Workout</a>)</p> <p>When it comes to fitness, we all must face the ever-restrictive bully that is time. Too often, we let that ticking clock get the best of us, but I'm about to share some super-secret methods that will help you finally beat time at his own game.</p> <h2>1. Implement Interval Training Principals</h2> <p><a href="">Interval training</a> is the secret to time-efficient training. It involves replacing breaks with alternative activity that keeps the heart working without overloading any given muscle group.</p> <p>Instead of jogging for 30 minutes, you can spend 10 minutes doing 15 second sprint/45 second jog intervals and burn the same number of calories. Instead of an hour and a half lifting at the gym, do 30 minutes of <a href="">supersets</a>.</p> <p>Most people fail at their fitness goals because intense workouts are uncomfortable. I'm not talking about physical pain. I'm talking about that heart/lung discomfort you hit after about five minutes of running hard. To make your body better itself, you have to consistently hit the point of discomfort in your workouts, and that's what interval training will do for you.</p> <h2>2. Multi-Task Your Fitness</h2> <p>You don't need to budget time for fitness if you can incorporate your workout into pre-existing responsibilities. Have to walk the dog? Make it a jog. Have a 15 minute commute to work? Wake up a 20 minutes earlier and make it a 30 minute bike ride followed by a five minute shower (if your workplace has showers).</p> <p>There are a lot of possibilities here, so get creative. I'm not talking about squats next to your desk a couple times during the day. I'm talking about a legitimate workout that pushes you past the point of cardiovascular discomfort.</p> <p>One of the best ways to make time for physical activity is to incorporate it into your relationship building activities. Instead of dining out with the family, pack a healthy picnic style dinner and go play a sport at the park. Not only is better for the relationships and easier for your wallet, but you'll also being getting exercise without having to budget the time.</p> <h2>3. Eat Clean With a Cheat Day</h2> <p>Getting toned has far more to do with your diet than your workout plan. Your workout will build your muscles, but your diet will let you cut the fat covering them up. Eating a clean, low-carb diet will help you actually cut those annoying fat pockets.</p> <p>One of the most frustrating parts of eating clean is seeing no progress despite the forfeiture of your favorite goodies. For those who are relatively fit but trying to reach a new level of sexy tone, plateaus in your progress are common. Combat these lags with a cheat day once per week. By eating high-calorie foods, you can kickstart your slowed metabolism back into gear, allowing you to benefit from the drive the rest of the week while you're eating clean.</p> <h2>4. Be Consistent, But Not Too Consistent</h2> <p>The worst thing you can do is change up your workout or diet before any progress is made. If you are not seeing results in two weeks, hold steady for another three. Often, your body needs a good five or six weeks to start gaining.</p> <p>On the other hand, doing the same thing week in and week out for a year won't do you much good. Change up your workout every six weeks to keep the body guessing. Change up your diet from time to time too or your body might start developing an aversion to certain oft-devoured food items.</p> <h2>Go, Go, Go!</h2> <p>That's it. Short and sweet. Now why are you still reading this? Go ahead and get 'er done!</p> <p><em>Do you follow a short, intense, and effective workout routine? What's your secret?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="4 Ways to Get Toned With as Little Effort as Humanly Possible" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Jacob McMillen</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty easy fitness fitness interval training quick workouts workouts Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1203601 at 7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-simple-ways-to-get-motivated-for-your-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="couple workout" title="couple workout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Staying motivated is at least half the battle when it comes to keeping active. Without the brain in the game, it's hard for the body to follow suit. Thankfully, you can get a jolt of motivation with just a few simple tips, and <em>without</em> an expensive personal trainer. (See also: <a href="">6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself</a>)</p> <p>So get on your grind with these workout tips that don't cost a dime.</p> <h2>1. Set (Realistic) Goals</h2> <p>Working out with no goal in mind is a recipe for motivation disaster. Maybe you want to start by walking the recommended <a href="">10,000 steps a day</a>. Perhaps you'd like engage in a strength training routine three days a week. What about losing those last 10 pounds? Or maybe you want to complete one of those crazy monster runs up a mountain. Whatever it is, make your goal measurable and realistic. And write it down or sign up for the event&hellip; now.</p> <h2>2. Be Incremental</h2> <p>Thing is, sometimes goals &mdash; even attainable ones &mdash; can seem like gigantic beasts. Getting there doesn't have to be so overwhelming, however. Break down your larger goal into smaller pieces. Attack each piece day by day. For example, if you'd like to run your first 5K, you can look up (many) plans online that give you daily workouts. Likewise, if you're looking to lose a few pounds, you can do daily or weekly weigh-ins to track your progress. If it helps, write down your workouts on a calendar and cross them off as you move along. (See also: <a href="">8 Ways To Track Your Diet and Fitness For Free</a>)</p> <h2>3. Get Support</h2> <p>Friends and family can certainly make finding motivation much easier. Plan to head to the gym to do weights with your buddy or meet up with a coworker for a brisk walk at lunch. You'll be having so much fun that it won't feel like working out at all. And even friends who don't live so near can help &mdash; keep in close contact via social media to stoke the fires from afar. Even a quick &quot;you're going to smash your workout today!&quot; message can do wonders.</p> <h2>4. Visualize</h2> <p>If you're on a site like Pinterest, you post powerful quotes and other visual reminders on a virtual motivation board. You can also find free workout ideas this way &mdash; here's <a href="">my motivation board</a> for a jumping off point. Take this idea analog by cutting out photos and sayings from magazines, newspapers, and anywhere else you find a healthy dose of positivity.</p> <h2>5. Make It Convenient</h2> <p>Give yourself a boost by making the challenge much less challenging: exercise at home! Getting to the gym is sometimes the hardest part for me, so sneaking in sweat sessions in my living room helps on particularly difficult days. These <a href="">at-home exercises</a> will give you a gym-quality workout for free. And here are five ways to turn <a href="">your neighborhood walk</a> into a real workout.</p> <h2>6. Forge Ahead</h2> <p>If you have a bad day, don't fret. Instead, keep your eyes ahead of you. Nothing squashes motivation more than a negative attitude. Keep yours in check by valuing the hard work you've already done toward your goals. We all have off days, get sick, or feel tired. Remember that rest is okay and &mdash; actually &mdash; quite good for the body. If you have a strenuous workout planned and don't feel up to it, exchange it for something lighter. Or at very minimum, take a 10 minute walk or jog to see if that doesn't get you feeling better. Movement begets movement.</p> <h2>7. Reap Rewards</h2> <p>Last, but certainly not least, reward yourself each step of the way. I have a friend who recently started running. Her reward? Pretty running clothing &mdash; and it's worked to get her from &quot;just finishing&quot; her first 5K to whittling her time down to 27 minutes in just six short months. And she looks good crossing that finish line with all her bright, colorful gear. Better yet, you can give to yourself on the cheap, here are <a href="">20 free and fun ways to reward yourself</a> for a job well done. You deserve it!</p> <p><em>How do you keep your motivation stoked for working out?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty confidence fitness motivation workout Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1199893 at People Who Love Their Bodies Do These 12 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-do-these-12-things-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="man with yoga mat" title="man with yoga mat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Instead of waiting until your body is an ideal shape to love it, why not love it now?</p> <p>After all, your body is the way you interact with the world, the thing that lets you hug friends and family, play with children, smell flowers, and so much more. (See also: <a href="">15 Ways to Gain More Confidence Today</a>)</p> <p>There are people who love their bodies, even though they don't look like the people in magazines and movies. Here are some of the practices they embrace. If you don't do these things yet, you can always start now.</p> <h2>1. Become Conscious of How You Feel</h2> <p>People who love their bodies are conscious about how they feel about their physical selves. They are honest about the things they'd rather change, and they choose to love themselves anyway. When they have negative thoughts about their bodies, they are able to acknowledge those and work to challenge them, rather than burying them deep inside.</p> <h2>2. Be Realistic</h2> <p>You can love your body and set goals for physical change. <a href=";art_id=696&amp;sc=4393">Make those goals realistic</a>, though, or you're setting yourself up for failure and for more dislike of your physical appearance. If you're not sure if your goals are realistic, talk to your doctor or a good friend and consider their feedback.</p> <h2>3. Let Your Body Speak</h2> <p>Your body tries to tell you things all the time. It communicates basic things, like whether you are hungry or tired, but it can also tell you how you're feeling if you notice where you are holding tension or where and how you feel pressure and release. Take a few seconds, several times a day, to check in with your body, and you might be amazed at what it will tell you.</p> <h2>4. Treat Your Body With Love</h2> <p>Do you act like you love your body or like you loathe it? Treat your body the way you would treat it if you adored it, and you're likely to feel more positively about it and take even better care of yourself. If you're not sure how to love your body, think about the ways you like to be touched and things you do that make your body feel energized. Incorporate these into your daily life and see what changes.</p> <h2>5. Remember What's Good About Your Body</h2> <p>Instead of thinking about all that your body isn't, think about what it is. Make a list of what you like about your body, the things it lets you do, and the things it does well. Look at this list every day, or at least when you start feeling down about your body. Eventually, you will start noticing more and more of these good things.</p> <h2>6. Decide How to Handle Weight and Self-Care</h2> <p>Getting to a healthy weight or staying there is a great way to love your body. In the process, though, you will need to figure out your relationship with the scale. Some people need to <a href=";ContentID=1613">throw it away</a> completely, so that they are caring for their bodies for the sake of health and not numbers. Others need to weigh themselves every day, so they can see what normal fluctuations of weight look like. To love your body, you need to figure out what your relationship with the scale needs to be so you can care for it well.</p> <h2>7. Never Criticize Your Body Out Loud</h2> <p>Just as you (hopefully) wouldn't criticize someone else's body out loud, you shouldn't criticize your own. Speaking thoughts out loud not only makes them real in a way that isn't the case if you only think them, but it trains your mind to continue thinking that way. Instead, speak positively about your body and let your mind follow that lead, instead.</p> <h2>8. Know and Love the Ways Your Body Is Unique</h2> <p>People who love their bodies realize that every single body is unique, and that each uniqueness is beautiful. Even if you can't articulate what makes your body unique, you can acknowledge that there's no one who looks exactly like you. Revel in that. Take some time to look at portraits online, so that you can see for yourself how all bodies are special.</p> <h2>9. Give Yoga a Chance</h2> <p>Many people who love their bodies practice yoga. This exercise can be as gentle or as challenging as you want it to be. When you develop a yoga practice and see that expand as you get stronger, you will understand your body, it can lead you to a deeper appreciation of <a href="">how your body works together as a whole</a>.</p> <h2>10. Sleep Well</h2> <p>Getting enough sleep allows your body to heal, to repair any damaged tissues, to organize the events of the day and, simply, to rest from work. People who love their bodies know how much sleep they need and they do their best to get those hours in, even when that means turning in earlier than they want to. (See also: <a href="">7 Ways to Sleep Better in Fewer Hours</a>)</p> <h2>11. Rest Every Day</h2> <p>I include this as separate from sleep because many people who love their bodies find ways to rest their bodies during waking hours, too. Resting can mean sleeping, but it can also mean meditating or finding other ways to relax and give your body a break. Figure out what your body likes by experimenting with different ideas, and then incorporate that into your routine.</p> <h2>12. Work to Improve Your Body Image</h2> <p>A lot of people who love their bodies have done hard work to improve the ways they think about their physical selves. This can include <a href="">developing habits</a> like staying away from popular media that glorifies certain types of bodies, wearing clothes that make you feel good about yourself, and surrounding yourself with people who think about bodies in the ways you want to.</p> <p><em>Do you love your body? How do you practice that in daily life? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="People Who Love Their Bodies Do These 12 Things — Do You?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Sarah Winfrey</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty Personal Development body image fitness self confidence Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1190937 at The 12 Most Dangerous Foods You're Buying <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-12-most-dangerous-foods-youre-buying" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="man eating hot dog" title="man eating hot dog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>True fact: Some of the most popular foods are simply unhealthy and pose higher risks of illness. Also true? Many of those unhealthy foods are in your kitchen right now. (See also: <a href="">11 Food Additives You're Probably Eating Everyday</a>)</p> <p>Steer clear of these 12 dangerous foods you're buying.</p> <h2>1. 5-Hour Energy and Other Energy Drinks</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Many studies have concluded that massive amounts of caffeine paired with other synthetic substances such as aspartame are to blame for the huge <a href="">health risks</a> associate with this afternoon booster, including high blood pressure, heart attack, seizure, and death.</p> <h2>2. Soda Pop</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>This big part of everyday consumption for many, especially children, is dangerous <a href="">on many fronts</a>. Soda not only erodes tooth enamel, but common soda pop ingredients can increase risk for diabetes, fatty liver, high blood pressure, cancer, nerve disorders, hormonal imbalances, and more.</p> <h2>3. Microwave Popcorn</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>That faux-buttery flavor of microwave popcorn is definitely fake, but that is not where all the health risks originate. It's the chemicals <a href="">lining the microwaveable bag</a>, such as POOA, that are cause for concern. Not only can these chemicals cause cancer in adults, but they can also make children's vaccines less effective.</p> <h2>4. Caffeine Pills</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>As with 5-Hour Energy, too much caffeine is not as unhealthy in the short term as it is in the long term. For example, consumption of too much caffeine in adolescents <a href="">can lead to drug use</a> later in life.</p> <h2>5. Margarine</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>The truth emerged only recently after years of buying margarine that it does not lower your cholesterol, nor is it healthier than natural butter. In fact, <a href="">margarine dramatically increases LDL</a> levels. Time to go back to using real butter, olive oil, or grapeseed oil.</p> <h2>6. Aspartame</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>The negative buzz on artificial sweeteners only seems to persist, especially in the case of aspartame. In addition to low-level <a href="">side effects like headaches</a>, long-term consumption of aspartame can <a href="">possibly cause cancer</a> in both adults and prenatal children.</p> <h2>7. Food Dyes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>While laws now require most manufacturers to categorize dyed foods as &quot;adulterated,&quot; and places like Trader Joe's have promised to only use natural coloring (i.e. beets and greens), dye is still a problem. Three regularly used dyes can cause cancer, and four others can cause <a href="">serious allergic reactions</a>.</p> <h2>8. Alfalfa Sprouts</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Alfalfa and other types of sprouts can be very difficult to clean and are generally eaten raw. This can lead to contracting really bad bacteria such as <a href="">salmonella, listeria, and E. coli</a>. Children, elderly, and those with weak immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts.</p> <h2>9. Cassava</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>The cassava root, also known as tapioca, is in a lot more foods than you may think. It can be <a href=",28804,1967235_1967238_1967250,00.html">dangerous if prepared incorrectly</a>, activating its traces of deadly cyanide. Also? If you are allergic to latex, you may be allergic to cassava.</p> <h2>10. Hot Dogs</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>This is a tough one to hear, because America loves frankfurters. While processed meats are already risky, the additive sodium nitrate pushes hot dogs into <a href="">cancer danger</a>. In addition, hot dogs cause 17% of food-related asphyxiations among children under 10 years.</p> <h2>11. Raw Honey</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Despite the benefits many raw food and homeopathic fans may tout, raw honey contains the legitimately <a href="">harmful toxin grayanotoxin I</a>, which can cause nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, and fainting.</p> <h2>12. Ground Turkey</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Ground turkey, while a sound alternative to beef and pork, has its downside too. Turkey tends to be the <a href="">poultry with the most bacteria</a> &ndash;&ndash; including listeria, salmonella, and E. coli. The only way to combat gross bugs is to buy organic (to avoid antibiotic-resistant salmonella) and always cook turkey to 180&deg;F (to kill off all bacteria).</p> <p><em>Any other dangerous foods to watch for? Please warn us in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The 12 Most Dangerous Foods You&#039;re Buying" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Amanda Meadows</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty dangerous food Food poison unhealthful food Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1190087 at 7 More Quick Tips and Tricks for Better Posture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-more-quick-tips-and-tricks-for-better-posture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="good sitting posture" title="good sitting posture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the quickest and easiest ways to feel better both mentally and physically is to stand up straight. We've already covered some <a href="">smart stretches</a> you can do to get your posture more upright and your spine better aligned. But there's more work to do! (See also: <a href="">5 Easy Ways to take Better Care of Your Back</a>)</p> <p>Check out these easy exercises and other methods that will help ease back pain and have you looking and feeling more confident in no time.</p> <h2>1. Wall Test</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>To check your current posture, all you need is some clear wall space. Stand with the back of your <a href="">head against a wall</a> and your feet around 6 inches away from the baseboard. From there, position your buttocks against the wall and check to see where your lower back and neck fall in alignment. You should only find a couple inches of space in these nooks.</p> <h2>2. Sit to Stand</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>While sitting up straight in a chair, <a href="">raise your body</a> with your legs into a standing position while keeping your neck and spine erect. Repeat 5 to 10 times with little if any rest between, keeping good posture throughout. This exercise is good for your lower half, like a squat, but also trains your body to keep proper posture throughout the day's tasks, which often involve the transition from sitting to standing.</p> <h2>3. Core Strengthener</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>A strong core is one of the keys to better posture, but most of us forget it when our backs start to ache. Doing exercises like planks can engage those muscles in the abs and around the spine that help hold up your torso. Just make sure you use <a href="">proper form</a> to get the most benefit, drawing your belly button in toward your spine while squeezing your glutes for a comprehensive workout. Start with 30 seconds and work up to a minute or two.</p> <h2>4. Leg Extensions</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Another great way to work your core is by doing crunches. Take them to a new level by adding <a href=",,20419337_7,00.html">leg extensions</a> to your everyday routine. Sit on the ground with your arms behind you, palms on the floor. Then raise both legs up high and slowly lower &mdash; focusing on core muscles &mdash; and raise again just before touching the ground. Work up to doing 15-20 at a time.</p> <h2>5. Load Off</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Carrying heavy backpacks and other burdensome items can <a href="">wreck havoc on your back</a> and alter your posture. Try using a roll suitcase for especially heavy loads. If you must carry your pack, be sure to wear both straps, use additional waist or shoulder straps, and reduce your load as much as possible. If you regularly carry a briefcase or shoulder bag, consider switching to a backpack or roller to more evenly distribute your load.</p> <h2>6. Chair Master</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You can work on your posture during the workday from your desk chair. It's all about <a href="">opening up your chest</a> and doing the exercises regularly. Sit up and make a W shape with your arms, almost like you're going to use the chest fly machine at the gym. Move your arms backward and forward again, keeping a neutral spine. Do 10 repetitions and work up to more as you feel comfortable. (See also: <a href="">10 No-Sweat Workouts Perfect for the Workplace</a>)</p> <h2>7. Practice Pose</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>And perhaps the simplest way to work on your posture is to learn the <a href="">correct form</a> to being with and to practice it each day. Your head, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should all be in alignment. Your spine should be slightly curved at the lower back. If your feel your head and shoulders start to lurch forward during the day, return to the basic stance and bring your awareness back to standing up straight.</p> <p><em>How do you work on your posture during the day? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 More Quick Tips and Tricks for Better Posture" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty Personal Development back health core strength fitness posture workout Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1189081 at 7 Ways Losing Weight Will Make You Richer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-losing-weight-will-make-you-richer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="losing weight" title="losing weight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it's because your doctor recommends that you shed a few pounds, or you're just feeling a bit pudgy, there are many benefits of losing weight. The health benefits of weight loss are oft-discussed, including everything from reducing the risk of conditions like diabetes and heart disease, to increasing energy. (See also: <a href="">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a>)</p> <p>But what about about the financial benefits?</p> <h2>1. You'll Reduce Your Grocery Budget</h2> <p>If the cost of groceries is getting out of hand, losing weight might save your budget. Dropping a few pounds requires changing your eating habits &mdash; consequently, you'll need to adjust what you buy each week. You'll have to skip the cookies, ice cream, soda, and other junk foods that add pounds to your waistline and drive up your grocery bill. When you focus on healthy alternatives and ditch the junk, you'll eat less and you'll spend less.</p> <h2>2. You'll Spend Less on Lunch</h2> <p>Not only will your grocery budget improve, you'll also spend less on lunch. The average American eats out for <a href="">lunch twice a week and spends $10 on each trip</a>, which is nearly $1,000 a year just on lunchtime meals. And unfortunately, we don't always choose healthy options &mdash; just look at the drive thru line at any fast food restaurant between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Naturally, losing weight means waving goodbye to regular fast food trips; and when you ditch fast food and start brown-bagging your lunch, that's more money in your pocket.</p> <h2>3. You'll Schedule Fewer Doctor Visits</h2> <p>Fact: Reducing your body weight by 10% can <a href="">reduce your expected lifetime medical care costs</a> related to five weight-related illnesses by up to $5,300. A high-sugar diet suppresses the immune system, which makes you more susceptible to a variety of illnesses and can trigger more doctor visits. And since obesity and being overweight can cause health-related complications, you may have to undergo extra screenings and tests to diagnose conditions or visit specialists for liver problems, joint problems, or heart problems.</p> <h2>4. You'll Have More Job Opportunities</h2> <p>It's not fair or right, but weight discrimination is real, and being overweight can stall your career. It doesn't matter whether they have the skills, experience and education, overweight employees or applicants may be judged more harshly than their more fit counterparts.</p> <p>&quot;Many employers look at obese candidates and immediately think, 'this person failed in controlling their own health, how are they going to run a division?'&quot; says Steve Siebold, author of <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0975500333&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6JSTAZTFCJPJJTVN">Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People</a>.</p> <p>Siebold also reports that some employers are concerned &quot;obese people will be sick more often, which will result in lost productivity and higher healthcare costs.&quot;</p> <h2>5. You'll Earn a Higher Wage</h2> <p>Not only can losing weight increase your number of job opportunities, a healthy weight might help you snag a higher salary. According to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, <a href="">there is a wage penalty for being overweight</a>. Heavier women earn on average about 6% less than thinner co-workers, and men earn 3% less on average than their thinner co-workers.</p> <h2>6. You'll Qualify for Cheaper Life Insurance Premiums</h2> <p>Life insurance can cover the cost of your funeral and burial, and provide your spouse or dependents with financial support after you're gone. But unfortunately, life insurance isn't cheap, and rates are based on a number of factors, such as your age, medical history, and weight. Being overweight or obese might not cause a life insurance company to reject your application, but you'll pay more for a policy &mdash; <a href="">as much as 25% more than a standard rate</a>. The logic is simple: Obese or overweight people have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver problems, and cancer. Their risk of dying early is greater than someone who maintains a healthy weight.</p> <h2>7. You'll Spend Less on Gas</h2> <p>No, really. The more weight in a car, the more fuel you'll use. Therefore, slimming down and maintaining a healthy weight equals lower fuel costs. In fact, fuel efficiency improves 2% for every 100 pounds shed from a vehicle, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If you and your partner are both 50 pounds overweight &mdash; or if your entire household is overweight &mdash; losing weight as a team can stretch your gas and help you save at the pump.</p> <p><em>Do you have another financial benefit of losing to share? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Ways Losing Weight Will Make You Richer" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty diet fitness health and wealth weight loss Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:07:23 +0000 Mikey Rox 1179249 at 11 Food Additives You're Probably Eating Every Day (and What They Do) <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-food-additives-youre-probably-eating-every-day-and-what-they-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="eating food night" title="eating food night" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My grandparents grew up in a time and place when they knew exactly where their food came from: their own backyard. That kind of transparency seems almost unimaginable to me.</p> <p>The carton of milk I buy might have been sourced from hundreds &mdash; or even thousands &mdash; of animals. The apples I carefully select tell me only the country or state in which they were grown. Even the fresh bread from my favorite local bakery is suspect; I know nothing about the flour, the seeds, or the hands that bring it to life. And I haven't even gotten to processed food. (See also: <a href="">I'm Eating What? 12 Gross Things in Your Food</a>)</p> <p>But let's be honest: It's pretty hard to avoid processed food entirely. Whether you're talking about technicolored junk food or just canned veggies, it all contains additives that, at best, are unnecessary and, at worst, are downright harmful. Here are 11 common food additives many of us probably ingest quite often &mdash; and what they could mean for your health.</p> <h2>Butylated HydroxyAnisole (BHA)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: A petroleum-based antioxidant preservative that helps keep fats from going rancid.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: Food packaging, butter, crackers, potato chips, cereal, and beer.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: It depends on whom you ask. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, BHA is &quot;<a href="">generally recognized as safe</a>,&quot; while the National Institutes of Health says it's &quot;<a href="">reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen</a>.&quot; Studies have shown that in high doses <a href="">it causes cancer in lab rats</a>.</p> <h2>Interesterified Fat</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: A chemical blend of fully hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated oils, interesterified fat was developed in response to a backlash against hydrogenated oils, which have been <a href="">found to have serious health effects</a>.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: You could find interesterified fats in just about any processed food that contains vegetable oil, including deep-fried food, doughnuts, cookies, pastries, crackers, margarine, salad dressing, and mayonnaise. Look for terms like &quot;stearate&quot; or &quot;stearic rich fats,&quot; as well as &quot;fully hydrogenated vegetable oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil&quot; on the label.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: One study found that significant consumption of interesterified fats created unhealthy levels of cholesterol and unfavorable blood glucose levels that bordered on pre-diabetes. Another study<a href=""> found no negative effects to cholesterol levels</a>. What is certain is that this fat is less healthy than other saturated alternatives, such a coconut oil and butter. (See also: <a href="">10 Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding</a>.)</p> <h2>Red #40 (Allura Red)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: A petroleum-based food dye that belongs, along with a number of other food colorants, to a group called <a href="">azo dyes</a>.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: As the most commonly used food colorant in the U.S., Red #40 is found in candy, cereal, soft drinks, pastries, maraschino cherries, fruit snacks, fruit cocktail, and even chocolate cake. (See also: <a href="">You'll Be Surprised How Much Sugar These 10 Foods Have</a>.)</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: In 2007, the <a href="">azo group of dyes was linked to hyperactivity</a> in elementary school children. Questions over its potentially negative health effects have lead to its being banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, and Switzerland.</p> <h2>Yellow #5 (Tartrazine)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: A synthetic organic chemical dye which, like Red #40, belongs to the azo group.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: Cereal, pudding, snacks, macaroni and cheese, condiments, chips, cookies.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: Like Red #40, Yellow No. 5 has been linked to hyperactivity, as well as reactions like <a href="">asthma</a>, some <a href="">skin conditions</a>, and even <a href="">cancer</a>. None of these studies is considered conclusive, however, and the coloring remains an FDA approved food additive.</p> <h2>Bisphenol-A (BPA)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: A carbon-based synthetic compound used in plastics and epoxy resins.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: BPA is used in all kinds of polymers and plastics, but when it comes to food, you'll mostly find it in canned foods, because many cans have BPA in their lining. Significant amounts have been shown to leach into food.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: Although there isn't much debate about whether people ingest BPA regularly, there is controversy about whether it's safe or not. The biggest concern is that <a href="">BPA disrupts endocrine function</a>. Even so, one recent study that fed rats more than 70,000 times the amount of BPA ingested by a typical American <a href="">found no ill effects</a>.</p> <h2>Phthalates</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: Chemical plasticizing agents that gets into our food via packaging and processing.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: A 2013 study <a href="">detected phthalates in all 72 of the common food products</a> it elected to test, including vegetables, dairy products, grains, meats, and processed foods.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: The use of this chemical <a href=";Standards/Statutes/The-Consumer-Product-Safety-Improvement-Act/Phthalates/FAQs-Bans-on-Phthalates-in-Childrens-Toys/">has been banned in baby toys</a>, but researchers still consider its potential health risks as up in the air. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure has been <a href="">shown to affect the reproductive system</a> of laboratory animals.</p> <h2>Potassium Bromate</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: A chemical additive used in bread flour to strengthen bread dough and help improve rising.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: Although it's banned for use in many countries, in the United States, you'll find potassium bromate in many commercial baked breads and some bread flours. Because it's an oxidizing agent, it should ideally be used up during baking, leaving no trace in the finished product. Under some baking conditions, however, traces may remain.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: Potassium bromate <a href="">has been found to have carcinogenic effects in animals</a>. However, those effects were not found in animals fed bread-based diets made from flour treated with potassium bromate.</p> <h2>Sulfites</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: Compounds that contain the sulfite ion and are used as food enhancers, particularly to prevent fermentation.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: Unlike many of the other additives on this list, sulfites are commonly found in the foods most people would consider to be relatively healthy, such as dried, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices, tomato pastes and purees, vinegar, and wine.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: Although sulfites have not been found to cause serious health effects, they have been linked to <a href="">allergic reactions in some sensitive people</a>.</p> <h2>Carrageenan</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: A seaweed extract widely used in the food industry for gelling, thickening, and stabilizing purposes.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: Carrageenan is most commonly found in yogurt, soy and almond milk, and ice cream, particularly low-fat versions.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: Carrageenan consumption has been linked to <a href="">gut irritation</a>, <a href="">inflammation</a> and even <a href="">cancer</a> (although an <a href="">industry-sponsored study refuted those findings</a>).</p> <h2>Ammonium Sulfate</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: An inorganic salt that's used as both a fertilizer and a food additive.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: Ammonium sulfate is used in some commercial breads to speed rising and improve browning.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: Although the FDA has labeled ammonium sulfate as &quot;<a href="">generally recognized as safe</a>,&quot; the chemical <a href="">has been found to be toxic and have carcinogenic effects</a> in lab rats.</p> <h2>Castoreum</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="" /></p> <p><strong>What It Is</strong>: Secretions from a beaver's anal gland used to create vanilla or raspberry flavoring in some foods.</p> <p><strong>Where You'll Find It</strong>: You'll be happy to note you probably aren't eating this particular additive very often; there are plenty of alternatives, so annual consumption in the U.S. is low. However, castoreum is approved for use by the FDA and may only be listed as &quot;natural flavor&quot; on the label.</p> <p><strong>What It Does</strong>: Using a beaver's butt juice as a flavoring agent might seem weird, but this one actually <a href="">has a long track record for safety</a>. That said, it's kind of&hellip; gross&hellip; and it's definitely a no-no for vegans and vegetarians.</p> <p>Although it's virtually impossible to avoid all additives, the best way to reduce exposure is to consume whole and unprocessed foods as much as possible. If you're really ambitious, you can even grow or produce some of your own &mdash; just like your grandparents did.</p> <p><em>What food additives do you watch out for? Please share in comments so we can watch for them, too!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="11 Food Additives You&#039;re Probably Eating Every Day (and What They Do)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Tara Struyk</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink Health and Beauty food additives processed food pure food Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Tara Struyk 1178259 at You're Doing It Wrong: 6 Health and Fitness Rules That Have Changed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/youre-doing-it-wrong-6-health-and-fitness-rules-that-have-changed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="strength training" title="strength training" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Health. It's all-encompassing, and paying attention to the rules as they change with time is certainly smart if you want to live the best life possible. But since that can be a full time exercise routine itself, we've rounded up six recent guidelines for you to consider &mdash; and we'd love to hear what new health rules you're following these days.</p> <h2>1. Whole Foods, Not Vitamins</h2> <p>No, I don't mean the grocery chain, though they have a fair share of healthy, in-season produce. Instead of reaching for that bottle of expensive manufactured vitamins, you should consider filling your belly with nutrients at each meal and snack. So, put your hard-earned dollars toward your grocery bill next week and fill up on superfoods like kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, salmon, avocados, cauliflower, and more super good for you foods. (Related: <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">Multivitamins Aren't as Good as You Think: Eat These Real Foods Instead</a>)</p> <h2>2. Pyramid, Reimagined</h2> <p>Have you looked at the most recent iteration of the <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">food pyramid</a>? It looks vastly different from the one of our childhoods. The new focus is on variety with regard to diet and an emphasis on exercise. For a person eating 2,000 calories a day, this means 6 ounces of whole grains, 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruits, 3 cups of dairy, and 5.5 ounces of meat and/or beans. Adults should get at minimum 30 minutes of activity each day, with 60 to 90 minutes for weight management.</p> <h2>3. Cardio and Strength</h2> <p>In a perfect world, you should do both cardiovascular exercise and strength training. And the whole <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">10,000 steps a day</a> is still the recommendation. Still, many of us favor our daily runs and walks over trips to the weight room when strength is possibly more important to our bodies &mdash; bones and muscles &mdash; as we age. The official <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">Physical Activity Guidelines</a> for American adults aren't specific, but they do include muscle work, which should be performed at levels at which each repetition is difficult to complete without help. It's smart to start with a trainer or at very least have a spotter on hand.</p> <h2>4. Proactive Versus Reactive</h2> <p>It can surely feel like a boasting point to cite how long it's been since your last appointment. However, if you feel any regular aches and pains or it's been over a year since your last physical, get yourself to the doctor. You may even save money in the long run if, say, you just need antibiotics to fight a persistent bug versus a hospital stay if that same sickness transforms into full-blown pneumonia. (Related: <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">Is Your Doctor Helping or Hurting You?</a>)</p> <h2>5. Fiber Feast</h2> <p>It's tempting to get caught up in the juice craze. And, truthfully, cold pressed juice does contain a lot of vitamins and minerals essential to body functions. Thing is, if you continually skip the fiber that is naturally contained within these fruits and vegetables, you're only getting partial benefits. So, sip smoothies from time to time to get the whole picture for optimal health. Your colon will thank you. (Related: <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">2 Juices That Are Surprisingly Bad For You and 5 To Drink Instead</a>)</p> <h2>6. Chemical Cleanse</h2> <p>We too often focus on detoxes as they relate to food and drink. If you're still maintaining your home, body, and clothing with conventional soaps and cleaners, put yourself on a chemical cleanse to avoid over-exposure to ingredients you can't even pronounce. Here are <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">5 DIY Laundry Detergents</a>, <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">All Natural Sunblocks</a>, <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">Friendly Bug Repellents</a>, and <a href="" style="text-decoration:none;">5 Green All Purpose Cleaners</a> that work wonders without the bad stuff (and they may even save you money).</p> <p><em>Any other new rules you're following? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="You&#039;re Doing It Wrong: 6 Health and Fitness Rules That Have Changed" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Health and Beauty diet fitness fitness rules Health health rules Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1175048 at