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6 Surprising Stress Symptoms

"Emotional stress alerts the body to produce stress chemicals such as cortisol, which—if produced on an ongoing basis—begin to break down the immune, gastrointestinal, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems," says Molitor.<p>What's worse, those physical symptoms you end up with (um, bald patches) …

Women's Health

37 Life Lessons in 37 Years

Today is my 37th birthday. And, I must say, it's been a pretty interesting ride so far. As I look back over the years and many phases of my Iife, I realize how each stage, success, stumble, triumph and heartache has had a significant impact on where I stand right now. And despite the rough patches, …

Positive Thinking

When Self-Improvement Gets Boring, Try These 6 Motivational Strategies

As human beings, we're always striving to be better. The most common self-improvement goals people set, particularly this time of year, are things like losing weight, improving our cholesterol numbers or blood pressure, or getting in shape for a marathon. These are body goals. They are concrete and …

Motivation

What to Eat to Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

Summer means fun in the sun, whether that includes a beach trip, days spent at the pool or a weekend hike in the mountains. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, so it's really important that you and your …

Nutrition

Superfood: Seaweed

Photo: Brian Hoffman<p>You’ve likely chewed on seaweed wrapped around a sushi roll, but few Westerners would consider picking up a bag of the stuff at …

Wellness

WATCH: Learn to Allow and Receive

We often talk about the great things we'd like to have... maybe even the things we'd like others to do for us. But a lot of us also have a lot of programming that says that it is "better to give than to receive... which often is understood as, "Giving is good, receiving is bad." So, in the end, …

Maximize Your Inner Happiness, With One Simple Mindfulness Practice

I would like to share a little known mindfulness practice that can make a big difference in how we live each moment. It requires that we pay attention to the quality of our experience. And it is remarkably simple!<p>How we feel falls into three categories: pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Most of us …

Mindfulness

Why Is Processed Food So Bad for You?

I make a mean marinara sauce. I sauté onions, garlic and bacon (yes, bacon) for 10 minutes until they sweeten and become crisp, then add a big glass of red wine, a can of chopped tomatoes and generous pinches of salt, basil, oregano and rosemary. Then I leave the room. When I come back two hours …

Food