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Britain's obsession with marriage | UK

A bill to legalise gay marriage in England and Wales has finally been approved, however the fight for equality and fairness is far from over. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was passed by MPs in the House of Commons, but the divisiveness in government is clearer than ever. Almost half of …

The case against marriage: A ring doesn't define a relationship.

A few years ago my boyfriend and I took our vows. "Let's vow never to get married," I said. And he agreed.<p>Last week Julia Shaw implored <b>Slate</b> readers …

The 25 Least Visited Countries In The World

The problem might just be finding the right destination. The least visited country in the world may not be the one you would think.<p><b>Click here to go straight to the destinations ></b><p>I am currently conducting research through visits to all 198 countries of the world.<p>The reason? To figure out where I …

It's the new normal: Nearly half of women moved in with their male partner before getting married, according to new government research. And the relationships lasted long-term. Is this like your life? What's your verdict on cohabitation? http://nbcnews.to/Yx7Amn

A New Reason to Love Tofu

Soybeans may help slash your risk for colon, liver, and lung cancers—so eat up!<p>Tofu packs way more than just a ton of protein—it also contains an ingredient that could help lower your cancer risk: Soybean peptides may slow cancerous growths, according to a new study published in the journal <i>Food</i> …

Cancer

Yummy (Healthy!) Alternatives to Your Favorite Ice Cream Treats

With the weather getting warmer and all—or at least <i>going to</i> in the very near future (promise!)—that really can mean only one thing. Ice cream. I mean, obviously.<p>While the lure of the ice cream man's bell and the siren's song of the ice cream parlor are all well and good—and it just wouldn't be …

Health Blog Roundup: Dive Into A Swimming Routine, Essential Salad Ingredients And More

<i>There are hundreds of wonderful sites on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. Here at Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.</i><p>If you've been meaning to try a swimming workout then it's time to dive in! Swimming not only provides excellent cardio benefits, but …

5 Weekend Veggie Juice Recipes You Will Totally Love

A delicious juice bar just set up shop in my neighborhood, and given my penchant for green juices lately, this is both <i>the best thing ever</i> and not good for my bank account. I mean, $6 cups of juice add up! Fast!<p>Luckily, healthy (yummy!) veggie juices are easy to make—and, for some of these, you …

8 Essential Abs Moves to Get a Flat Belly

Use these creative ab exercises to strengthen and slim your tummy<p>The key to a sculpted midsection is using smart and effective stabilizing moves. But if your body fat is too high, it won't matter how wisely you work your abs—they won't show. That's why you need to add those moves to a full-body …

Workouts

20 Ways To Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

<i>By Shape Editors</i><p>It's that time of year again -- the snow's melting, the sun's shining and those thick sweaters in the closet are about to go into storage. It's the perfect time to reignite your motivation by breaking away from your boring gym routine and embracing the great outdoors. Kick off …

Understanding Food Addiction

Food, like chemical substances, can be addicting. Many people use food as a comfort when feeling down, depressed, anxious, stressed or angry. Foods high in sugar, salt, starch and fat are the most addictive and can trigger the brain with "feel-good" chemicals, similarly to heroin or cocaine. When …

Nutrition

3 Stress Secrets For Staying in Love

Do you know your stress animal?<p>Every single human being, like every animal, has a stress response. When in danger, our stress response fires and as you already know, you fight, flee or freeze.<p>Maybe you didn't know you can freeze, but that's just as natural a response when chased by a bear.<p>In our …

5 Signs You're an Emotional Eater and What to Do About It

I started counting Weight Watcher points when I was 12 years old. By the fourth day, I was polishing off a sleeve of Thin Mints under my bed. I remembered the leader telling me it was all about willpower -- I guess I needed to work on that.<p>Since I had failed at the points system, I gave other diets …

11 Ways To Eat For More Energy

<i>By Amy O'Connor</i><p>When Health magazine asked what nutrition topic you need help with <i>right now</i>, the response was unanimous: eating for energy! You told us you feel run down and exhausted, and turn to sugar and/or caffeine to bolster flagging energy reserves.<p>Bad idea, says Dina Aronson, RD: "Fatigue …

The Father of Modern Yoga

Many people discover yoga because they are looking to alleviate pain or discomfort. My introduction to yoga was not atypical -- a search for relief from terrible back pain. Let's face it: The human body was not designed to sit in a chair or car seat for 10 hours per day. After 12 years as the West …

The Accidental Vegetarian

It wasn't yet 9 a.m.<p>"I'm going to be a vegetarian."<p>"What happened?" asked my almost 18-year-old daughter.<p>"I watched a documentary." It was true. One hour on Netflix on a lazy Sunday morning was all it took.<p>"I've been thinking about it for a while anyway, so I'll do it too. It won't be hard," she …

Trainer Q&A: Does The 'Fat-Burning Zone' Really Exist?

<b>Q:</b> <i>Does the 'fat-burning zone' really exist?</i><p><b>A:</b> If you’ve ever hopped on a piece of cardio equipment intent on getting in a great workout, you’ve …

Self-Doubt Destroys the Heart, Mind, Body and Soul

I had heard somewhere that most infants function at a genius level until the age of 1. When you think about their mental and emotional growth in that first year, they learn that their 10 fingers and toes are a part of them; they learn that when they cry, Mom picks them up; they learn that when Dad …

Get Fit With Your Groom!

My fiancé and I met at a gym -- I work for one and Rod is a member. I was walking to the locker room wearing my "Pilates" uniform shirt, and he was working out with his friend by the squat cage (home to weight plates, Olympic bars and general "manly" fitness tools). We got to talking, and soon he …

The Dinner That Could Help You Live Longer

Good news: Your sushi habit is way more than just delicious<p>As if you really needed convincing, here’s one more reason to order that salmon avocado roll: Higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and death in adults over age 65, according to a new study …

Holistic Medicine

IUD: Is It Safe?

<b>Complications are rare</b><br>Serious side effects from IUDs, such as ectopic pregnancy and pelvic inflammatory disease, occurred in less than one percent of the women in the new study, according to researchers. All birth control methods carry some health risks, of course. But as long as you don't already …

Jackets For Women: Shop Your Shape

<b>CURVY: Moto Jacket</b> The moto jacket provides just enough structure in the shoulder so as not to create too sharp of a contrast against your curves. This classic style is freshened up this season in softer fabrics like linen and colors like this cheery, cherry red.<p><b>Try:</b> Free People Linen Moto Jacket, …

5 Things That’ll Make You Happy From Around the Web

Genetics might account for up to 33 percent of our happiness (or lack thereof), but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless to improve our own moods. …

10 Secrets of Super Happy Couples

What do happy couples do right? We found 10 surprisingly quirky relationship tips to help you have a happy marriage or relationship<p>This just in from the love lab: Surprisingly quirky—and scientifically proven—ways to maintain a great relationship.<p><b>Pretend you just met.</b>Whether you've been together …

University of Toronto

Please Don't Envy Me: The Facebook Status Everyone Should Read

Envy is a dangerous chick, isn't she?<p>When envy decides to visit, she assassinates all rationale. Envy erases our understanding that being happy for another's success and joy does not affect or detract from our personal success and contentment.<p>The more I rejoice in another's accomplishments, the …

The Best And Worst Food For Allergies

Some of us can't wait for the brilliant blossoms of spring to finally arrive. Others fear that day and the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, scratchy throats and watery eyes it promises to bring. Because of climate change, experts are predicting a worse-than-average spring allergy season …