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Convinced That Everything Would Be Better if You Were Skinnier?

I used to think that everything would be better if I was skinnier. It was like being thin was the be-all, end-all solution to every single problem I had.<p><b>Here is what I thought would happen when I finally achieved "skinniness":</b><p>-- I would be able to handle my emotions and not get worked up over …

Fitness

No Ice-Cream Machine? No Problem! 12 No-Churn Ice-Cream Recipes

<b>You don't need an ice cream maker to concoct a delicious icy treat! Whether you're in the mood for creamy or fruity, we've got you covered with our easy no-churn recipes. What are you waiting for??!</b><p>No-Churn Mint-Chip Ice Cream<p>Condensed milk is the secret ingredient behind this frozen dessert's …

Quick Breakfast Ideas That Are Actually Healthy

5-Minute Breakfasts That Are Actually Healthy<p>Seriously, you have no excuse for hitting the drive-thru<p>If your idea of a grab-and-go breakfast is a bowl of cereal or a granola bar, prepare to have your mind blown. You can make a pretty impressive morning meal that’s actually good for you in five …

How to Make Italian Ice at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Italian ice is just the thing to cool down summer's sweatiest days. Thanks to Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest, you don't have to stop at</i> …

16 Grown-Up Rainbow Loom Projects

A little bit ’90s, a teensy bit boho and completely fun these trendy bracelets have woven a spell over us — and we’re not alone! Proving they’re not just for kids anymore, these rubber band bracelets are finding a whole new kinda fame in Miley Cyrus‘ crazy craft studio and on star-studded shows …

Miley Cyrus

Shirazi Salad

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil<p>2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice<p>Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste<p>4 tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

A New Take on Pesto - Stonesoup

I love Winter. The frosty mornings. The crisp clear days. Snuggling up by the fire with a good book and a glass of red.<p>And then there’s the food. …

Salads For the Reluctant Salad Eater

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Salads, for even the most reluctant of you.</i><p>In the …

How to Make Fresh Spring Rolls at Home

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: DIY takeout has never been easier -- it’s time to spring (roll) into action.</i><p>It’s easy to buy pre-made fresh spring rolls from your favorite takeout …

Do These Mat Exercises for Amazing Abs!

This Pilates-based workout is all about your core.<p>If you're anything like us, you're all about working your core—and you're also always looking for new abs workouts. Enter the Hit-the-Floor Pilates Workout in the video below. You can do all eight of these mat-based Pilates moves at home. Just …

10 Healthy Baking Substitutes Everyone Should Know

It’s quite the unstable relationship we have with baked goods. We love to make them and we <i>really</i> love to eat them. But having to buy bigger pants in the middle of bikini season? Not cool. But wait! We can have the best of both worlds here, people. Next time you whip out the KitchenAid, give these …

Dessert

75 Healthy, Energy-Packed Breakfast Recipes

Think way, way beyond avocado toast.<p><b>We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day</b> (or at least the first meal, anyway), so it can’t hurt to start things out with a tasty little bundle of healthy energy. From next-level toasts (think beyond avocado) to savory porridges, ingenious …

Breakfast

The Exercise That Could Save Your Sex Life

It might sound too good to be true, but science backs him up. A 2005 study from the United Kingdom found that 75 percent of men improved erectile function after doing Kegels. In another study, Italian researchers found that 61 percent of men were cured of premature ejaculation through …

27 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Torch Fat Today

<b>Do Cardio</b><br>Cardio is crucial for keeping your metabolism running smoothly. In one study, researchers found that cyclers increased their metabolism for 14 hours after a tough 45-minute workout. "If you do just two to three vigorous bouts of exercise per week for 45 minutes, you could lose a pound of …

10 Healthy-Eating Myths That Nutritionists Want You to Stop Believing Right Now

How many of these are you currently falling for?<p>One of the most frustrating things about healthy eating is all of the conflicting nutrition info you can find floating around. One study says that fats increase your disease risk—while other research suggests that it actually decreases your odds of …

The 5 Best Summer Foods to Detox and Lose Weight

<b>Tomatoes</b><br>Best in the late summer months, tomatoes contain a lot of water, which helps stave off dehydration-related hunger. "These are also super-high in potassium, which is great for balancing a diet higher in sodium," says London. This is especially key since potassium can help you beat</b> …

California's best coastal walks

From its wild and rocky coast in the north to the south coast’s vast, sandy shores, the California coastline lures many to walk along the edge of the continent to gaze at the ocean. Sweeping coastal views are blocked in many cities, but wide-open hiking spaces abound nearby where anyone willing to …

Hiking

The 12 Most Romantic Resorts in the Mediterranean

There's something undeniably sexy about the Mediterranean: The sea breezes, the storied history, the beautiful architecture, the friendly people, the …

7 Green Hotels Eco-Friendly Travelers Will Absolutely Love

If you fancy yourself an eco-friendly traveler, then chain hotels just won't do.<p>Sustainable, ethical and oh-so green, these seven hotels will treat both you <i>and</i> the environment very well. Located in beautiful places around the world, these spots are all worth a place on your bucket list.<p><b>Penda</b> …

20 Best Day Trips in the U.S.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, one of the best things to do in a city is escape for a while. And sometimes all you need is a day to recharge, which is why we've selected 20 outstanding trips that only take an hour or two from the country's major cities. Beautiful islands, stunning state …

Top 10

The On-The-Go Camp Food Showdown

For campers and backpackers looking for the best pre-prepared backcountry meals, Good To-Go is the new contender in town. Co-founded by chef Jennifer Scism, the Maine-based company aims to make lightweight gourmet meals that outdo typical freeze-dried fare.<p>Scism, who co-owns Annisa in New York's …

Nutrition

Beat jet lag: top tips for travellers

You notice the warning signs - red eyes, irritability, heart-pounding wakefulness in the dead of night. It strikes without warning, transforming travellers into dead-eyed, shuffling automata. Once you glimpse your gaunt reflection in the hotel mirror, the transformation is complete.<p>Have you joined …

Jet Lag

Walking the Camino de Santiago: A Complete Guide

As a well-known long-distance trek, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes running across Europe, all leading to the city of …

Double Arch

Views at the Beginning of the Queens Garden Trail (Black & White)

The 10 Best Small Cities in America

By David Jefferys, CNTraveler.com<p>Instead of planning a trip to New York City or Los Angeles, explore some of America's quainter cities. These spots, voted among the best in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler's readers, have plenty of cultural attractions, stylish hotels, and charm to spare.<p>See how …

New York City