Amy Panikowski

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The Simple Path to Mindfulness

When I was in the 10th grade, our science teacher told us we only used 10 percent of our brains, and if we could learn how to use more of our brain we could "be as smart as Einstein."<p>Fast forward to 2014, neuroscientists are still talking about 10 percent of your brain, but this time there is a …

Sweet and sunny: a dream vacation for chocolate lovers

Restaurant tables are set with salt and pepper, but also a cocoa nib grinder. At the spa, massage oil options include cocoa-peppermint and cocoa-nutmeg-cinnamon. Just outside your window, baby cocoa pods cling to trees in shady groves. And above it all towers St. Lucia's magical, magnificent Pitons.<p>…

The Best Camera and Photo Gear from CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show is the electronics industry's yearly chance to trot out all their newest and coolest gear for the first time. We were …

5 Ways to Create Detail Photos - Digital Photography School

Photography

Photographer Gets Animals’ Trust By Following Them Throughout The Year

They say that “the harder you practice, the luckier you get” and the Netherlands-based wildlife photographer Edwin Kats is a living proof of this. …

Wildlife

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Sunday Brunch: Potato, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Quiche

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday morning we bring you a Sunday Brunch recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Hearty quiches make for a great brunch, but after the holidays I try and …

Cheat Sheet: How to Keep Vegetables Fresh Longer

Some people shop impulsively for shoes. I shop impulsively for vegetables. I wander through the Union Square Greenmarket at lunchtime and find myself …

Top ten winter vegetables

Chard<p>White-stemmed forms tend to be hardier than their red counterparts, so expect the latter to turn to mush in harsh frosts (but if you're lucky they'll re-sprout a crop of new leaves in spring before running to seed). I'm never without a row or two of Swiss chard. The 'Bright Lights' selection …

Edible cities: how urbanites can grow their own food

A new book showcases ways of growing fruits and vegetables in flats, on balconies and inside abandoned buildings<p>Living in a city often means being cut off from the source of one's food - unless you're lucky enough to have a garden.<p>But there are other ways to grow your own fruit and vegetables, even …

Pots and Planters Iced With a White Glaze

Los Angeles artist Sara Petersen’s line of Nantucket Pottery is a play on the interaction of fog and beach. Like fog, the white glaze blankets the …

What will 2014 bring for gardeners?

Between the anniversary of the Great War, new plant diseases and the changing face of garden centres, 2014 promises plenty of interesting garden trends<p><b>1. What can we expect from the weather?</b><p>The most important consideration for gardeners is also the hardest to predict. In 2012, hosepipe bans were …

Gardening

Plants & Seeds

Plants & Seeds<p>Tillandsia Streptophylla<p>$9.00USD from Spyloh<p>Plants & Seeds<p>Marble Queen Devil's Ivy<p>$6.00USD from Spyloh<p>Houseplants<p>Pinstripe …

Gardens: the January checklist

Bulb tips<p>The bulbs I planted in pots in the autumn are welcome now that the garden is lying low. Paperwhite narcissus are all but over, blasted in the heat of the house. Their perfume is overwhelming and in the cooler hallway they last longer. The plump new growth of hyacinth, hippeastrum and <i>Iris</i> …

HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya

Daniel and Benta Odeny married late by African standards: Both were in their 30s. And they'd only just hit their third anniversary when Benta started coughing blood.<p>The cough lasted a couple of weeks. So Benta went to the doctor. She had HIV. But Daniel was still HIV negative.<p>"She thought it was …

Malaria: The dangers of not taking anti-malaria tablets

<b>Last Christmas saw Mandy George in a coma in a Dominican Republic hospital.</b><p>Her mum and brother had flown to her bedside, and were praying she would fight off the malaria parasite that was attacking her organs and sending her body into septic shock.<p>"Everything that could go wrong in my body went …

An Attitude of Gratitude: What This One Little Emotion Can Do for Your Life

It's the holiday season, and everyone talks about being grateful. For those among us who find it easy to feel grateful, here's research to back up your natural inclination. For anyone who might need a little prodding, just keep reading, you may decide that gratitude isn't just a word, but a …

Compassion

The word compassion is derived from the Latin roots <i>com</i> -- "together" or "with," plus <i>pati</i> "to suffer" or "endure." To endure or to suffer with another is something that comes from the heart.<p>One would think that experience begets compassion and that those who have experienced similar situations would …

6 Kind Things We Should Be Telling People More Frequently

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Love Is... (Holy Shit, I Have Cancer)

Last week I wrote about how our world is ruled by love, and this week circumstances conspired to show me just how true that really is.<p><b>Love is</b> when a week ago I go to the ER at UCLA, where I work, for a cough and feeling that "something isn't right," and even though my complaints are mild, I'm …

Another Reason to Lift Heavier Weights

Yes, we’re nudging you to step out of your comfort zone<p>How often do you choose a weight heavy enough that forces you to tap out, because you can't possibly squeeze out another rep with good form? Probably not often. Regular readers of <i>Women's Health</i> know that lifting heavier weights torches tons of …

Exercise

7 Pilates Moves for a Strong, Sexy Back

Hit the mat and try these exercises for a sculpted back<p>Pilates is probably best known for its abs-sculpting power, but it can tone every part of your body, including your back. Try these seven moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates</i> and people will be begging you for the secret to your …

5 Moves that Make You Stronger, FAST

Hold it right there! These isometric moves only LOOK easy<p>Isometric exercises, in which you hold a position perfectly still for a few seconds, trigger a ton of activity in your muscles—a real boon to boosting strength and endurance. (Just think how quickly you feel it in your biceps when carrying a …

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush

Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all the muscles in your glutes and …

7 Strength Moves Runners Should Do

Improve your running game by adding these resistance moves to your training regimen<p>Surprise—there’s more to running well than just putting one foot in front of the other. With a regular strength-training routine, you’ll build muscle to make you leaner, more powerful, and less prone to injury. (And, …

7 Squat Variations You NEED to Try

Your go-to butt exercise could use an upgrade<p>Squats are like the LBD of your workout—they’re the perfect staple and they make your body look pretty amazing. But just like your wardrobe, your fitness routine could use some variety. For an upgrade with major results, try these 7 squat variations from …

4 Yoga Moves for a Better Butt

These poses are the fastest way to a backside that will make everyone jealous<p>There are some seriously cute yoga pants out there that can take you from mat to cocktails, but here's the catch: They're all pretty tight. The good news is that you don't need to hit up Google for the best butt workout …

How To Do A Perfect Plank

Your guide to mastering the abs exercise.<p>Things that feel like forever: Waiting for the hottie you met last weekend to message you back; boiling pasta; holding a plank.<p>But even though it may not be super exciting, this simple bodyweight move is really effective—not to mention, one of the best ways …

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …