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How to Give Yourself a Fresh Start

It's a few days into the new year, but life is already starting to taste stale. Stale as the lone gallon of milk still sitting in your fridge, and stale as the air in your living room from the aftermath of your New Year's Eve party.<p>Even your New Year's resolutions are sounding stale. They seemed …

10 Ways to Improve the Quality of Your Life in 2015

There is no greater an energy sucker in life than negativity. Whether it is your own negative attitude, spending time around negative people or being stuck in a negative situation, life quality is greatly decreased by negativity. To experience negative times is normal but to be imbued with negative …

6 Things You’ll Have to Give Up if You Want to Lose Weight FOR GOOD

Remember: It’s a marathon, not a sprint.<p>Juice fasting, low-carb, Paleo, the Master Cleanse—if you’re someone who struggles with her weight, you might always be looking for the hot new diet that will magically make it all easier. Sorry to break it to you, but staying slim and healthy is usually …

10 Ways to Give Your 'Resolutions' a Fighting Chance for Success

<i>Photo credit: Bonjour, Beau. via photopin cc</i><p>Here we are entering into a bright and shiny New Year and many of us are overflowing with tons of inspiration and motivation for making it the BEST year yet. We have big plans, amazing dreams, and we have resolved to make them come true in 2015. We have …

Are Carbs Evil?

Can you believe just a few decades ago, fat-free foods were the rage? I remember one evening, a very fit friend offered huge bowls of jelly beans and pretzels to our group as an evening snack. She was so happy that these foods were 'perfectly healthy' because they were fat-free.<p>Today, people are …

Nutrition

13 Productivity Hacks to Help You Get Sh*t Done

From endless e-mails to chatty-Cathy colleagues, distractions at work can screw with your schedule—and your career.<p>Oh, the irony of technology: It's as much of a time-suck as a time-saver, at least at work. In a recent CareerBuilder poll, employers cited e-mail, social media, and cell-phone …

7 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

When it comes to dropping pounds, your diet is your best friend.<p>Ask any nutritionist or personal trainer: What you put onto your plate is so, so important for weight loss. But we're not talking about simply adding more veggies, fruits, and lean meats to your eating plan. There are certain foods …

3 Food Combos That Lead to Bloating (And What to Eat Instead!)

It's not just what you eat—it's what you eat together.<p>You know that certain foods can lead to bloating, like super salty stuff and carbonated drinks (we're looking at you, Diet Coke). But it turns out that certain food <i>combinations</i> have a similar effect. Nadya Andreeva, a certified wellness coach …

Flying Solo

A few days ago, I strolled into a nearby café, got my favorite beverage and nestled into a cozy brown leather seat with my steaming caffeinated companion. While casually glancing around, I noticed a little girl sitting not too far away, pointing my way and saying something to the effect of, "Mummy …

Loneliness

How Much Sugar Is Too Much? A New Tool Sheds Some Light

These days, sugar is pretty much everywhere in the American diet. A new initiative from the University of California, San Francisco spells out the health dangers of this glut of sugar in clear terms.<p>For the project, called SugarScience, a team of researchers distilled 8,000 studies and research …

4 Foods That Help Relieve Stress and Shrink Your Waistline

Reach for these instead of your typical comfort foods.<p>When you're stressed, you may start to hear the siren call of ice cream, French fries, and potato chips. But tempting as it may be to reach for these foods, there are better choices that will <i>actually</i> help relieve anxiety—and won't have a …

11 Ways to Use Honey to Get More Gorgeous Skin, Hair, and Nails

This all-natural ingredient is good for so much more than sweetening up your tea or coffee.<p>Honey's often thought of as a healthier sweetener, but you might be surprised to learn that this ingredient has tons of skin and hair benefits, too. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we've found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to …

Act With Kindness, Because You Never Know

<i>Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -- Philo</i><p>The other morning, I talked with four young women in the physician assistant program at Seton Hall University. I was there to give them the truth (mine) about what it is like to be a cancer patient.<p>As a patient educator with the …

Compassion

The Food That Tons of Slim People Eat at Least Twice a Day

And no, it's not something leafy or green.<p>Your mother probably told you to drink a glass of milk a day—but we're guessing it was for the benefit of your bones, not your waistline. Well, we have good news if you followed her advice: Eating dairy at least twice a day may reduce your odds of being …

5 Major Anti-Aging Mistakes Tons of Women Make

Wanna preserve that youthful glow? Don't commit any of these no-nos

The Way We Should Be Using a Food Journal

Oh, the dreaded "food journal."<p>That thing that got you hooked on calorie counting.<p>That thing that stares you in the face and makes you come to terms with how many Girl Scout cookies you actually ate.<p>That thing that makes you feel like an ass-kicking winner on days you stick to your "plan" and an …

Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail?

We've survived the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, when rich, sweet treats come at us non-stop. Now is the season of reform, when gym memberships, cleanse books and weight-loss plans sell like gangbusters.<p>The cycle has become so predictable, and disheartening, as our collective …

Smart Food Swaps for a Healthier 2014

It's that time of year -- a new year and a new beginning. As a nutritionist, I often hear from new clients that they make New Year's resolutions early January and by Valentine's Day, they are discouraged and back to their same old patterns. Resolutions such as, "I have to lose weight" or, "I want …

6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Almonds

They're a waistline-friendly snack known to boost heart health, and loaded with enough other health benefits to land them a coveted spot on our list of the 50 healthiest foods of all time.<p>But before you get carried away with a heaping handful, consider a few of the lesser-known facts about this …

5 Tips to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind in 2014

Are you like the millions of others who have set a goal to lose weight in the new year? Think it's going to take lots of deprivation, extreme dieting and hours sweating at the gym?<p>Nope, nope and nope.<p>In fact, in my experience that's just about the worst way to do it -- and a sure-fire way to only …

Intermittent fasting: Trying it out for science

<b>If losing weight is on your January wish-list, you're not alone - it's one of the most common New Year resolutions. But diets can be hard to stick to at any time of year. In the first of a three-part series, the BBC's Peter Bowes steeled himself for the task by joining a clinical trial for an</b> …

Holistic Medicine

7 Reasons to Work Out in the Morning

Because who wants to blow off an ugly sweater party just to go to the gym?

10 Unexpected Things That Can Ruin Your Sleep

<i>By Karen Borsari for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>You've heard it all before: Don't watch TV or use the computer in bed. Have your last cup of coffee at noon. Don't work out in the evening... and yet you're still not sleeping! If you struggle with snoozing check out this list of unexpected sleep snatchers. …

The Best and Worst Airline Food

Don't let mystery meat derail your diet<p>Taste aside, fliers have a whole new reason to skip airline food. According to research by Charles Platkin, Ph.D. M.P.H., (aka, the Diet Detective), the average order will set you back 360 calories (and that's including options that are labeled as …

9 Great Sources of Iron for Active Women

If your body doesn't have enough iron, your muscles can't recover as quickly post-workout. Stock up on these foods high in iron to reach your fitness goals

The 9 Most Helpful Weight-Loss Tips of 2013

Check out the most fascinating science-based tricks from the past year

Why (and When) You Need More Protein

New research reconsiders how protein is needed for muscle growth and repair.<p>Over the last few months, I've been spurred to rethink how much protein I need on daily basis, and when I need it. This isn't particularly earth-shattering, of course -- people have long known and debated the role of …

Why You Can't Stop Snacking

Hint: Lack of willpower has nothing to do with it<p>Do you open a bag of chips, only to find yourself clawing at the bottom minutes later? Your mistake might be stashing the bag within arm’s reach: Seeing nearby foods actually triggers neurological impulses to dig in, according to a new study in <i>PLoS</i> …

Vitamins vs. Whole Foods

Some big news about vitamins not working -- and even causing harm -- has been all over the airways recently, so I reached out to T. Colin Campbell, author of the new bestseller Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, who has been saying as much for years.<p>Dr. Campbell is a professor emeritus at …