Saturday, November 5, 2011
2. Almonds or any other unsalted nuts. The monounsaturated fats and fiber in almonds and many other unsalted nuts suppresses your appetite which causes you not to be hungry and crave foods that are high in carbs. They are rich in vitamin e and their monounsaturated fats help lower your LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, and raise your HDL cholesterol level, the good cholesterol.
3. Olive Oil. It has been proven that olive oil controls hunger and keeps your cholesterol under control. Olive oil is known to fight against skin cancer, colon diseases, and coronary heart disease and it also promotes a healthy heart. One ounce of Extra Virgin Olive Oil gives you 85% of the daily value needed. Put down that canola and corn oil!
4. Whole Grains. Whole Grains are the right kind of carbs for your body. The fiber keeps you from getting hungry so you should always by whole grain or 100% whole wheat breads. How much should you consume a day? 14 grams per 1000 calories.
5. Green Veggies. Skip the iceberg lettuce and whip up a salad that consist of Romaine, Spinach, or Arugula filled with broccoli! Green veggies are loaded with fiber which gets you filled up on small portions.
6. Iced Tea. I’m 100% positive that everyone has unsweetened Iced Tea in their home. It has been proven that iced tea burns a total of 266 calories a dayso put down those sodas and coffee and drink you some tea. Also, iced tea speeds up your metabolism. Remember: Steer clear of bottled teas because it will not have the same effects. Lets brew some tea!
"The enzyme papain, which is found in papaya, is very similar to some of the digestive enzymes secreted by the pancreas to help break down proteins in food," says Timothy Harlan, MD, medical director at the Tulane University School of Medicine and author of Just Tell Me What to Eat. Data, including a 2009 study in the Journal of Medicinal Food, has suggested the tropical fruit may help with many aspects of digestion, which can help ease bloating related to constipation or gas. To reap the maximum benefits of the enzyme, eat papaya whole or blend it into a smoothie—fruit juices are often devoid of essential vitamins and nutrients. And that goes for vitamins, too. "Taking papaya extract (papain) in supplement form would not be as beneficial as obtaining it from the whole papaya because the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes in whole foods interact to impart health benefits greater than an isolated nutrient or compound," says Kari Kooi, RD, corporate wellness dietician at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. Photo: Shutterstock
By now you've probably heard yogurt companies boasting that their products' probiotics aid in digestion. It's true that the good-for-you bacteria—the most common strains are lactobacillus, acidophilus and bifidus—can help regulate your system. But there's no need to spend more on fancy brands of yogurt because, as Kooi notes, "Companies must pay the National Yogurt Association a yearly fee to carry the 'Live and Active Cultures' symbol, so a brand could still meet these requirements even though it’s not carrying the symbol." Dr. Harlan agrees and says all yogurts contain probiotics—it's just a matter of choosing one that has the most live, active cultures. "A lot of highly processed yogurts don't have as many active cultures; avoid ones that contain high-fructose corn syrup or any other artificial sweeteners." Your best bet? Buy a container of plain, unflavored yogurt and add your own jam or honey—you'll reap the benefits of probiotics, plus save money and calories at the same time. To keep digestion-related bloating at bay, Kooi recommends eating yogurt regularly, but says there’s no magic number. "Even one cup of yogurt a day can impart health benefits." Photo: Shutterstock
Black Licorice Root
Don't head to the candy aisle for this natural bloat remedy. Black licorice root (what black licorice used to be made from) can be found in supplement and liquid extract form at most health food stores and is said to help with water retention, due to its natural diuretic and mild laxative properties. "It's been around forever," says Michael Kaplan, MD, board certified physician and founder of The Center for Medical Weight Loss, who adds that its healing effects are well-documented and taught in medical schools. Dr. Kaplan recommends taking 1 ml of black licorice root extract, three times daily, on the few days per month when you feel extra bloated. But if you have hypertension or congestive heart failure, steer clear: Black licorice root suppresses the release of aldosterone by the adrenal glands, which regulates sodium and potassium levels in the body, and can aggravate these conditions. Photo: Shutterstock/Getty Images
According to Paola Mora, RD, CDN, a clinical dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, calcium is a great way to soothe menstrual bloating. "It has been shown to help decrease fluid retention that comes with bloating." However, Kooi says that many women don't get enough calcium and therefore miss out on all the health benefits it provides. "All that’s needed is adequate calcium on a consistent basis and that can be obtained by eating at least three daily servings of calcium-rich foods like yogurt, lowfat milk, enriched soymilk and cheese." Kooi also recommends taking a calcium supplement with added vitamin D, which helps the calcium to be absorbed, to ensure you are meeting the recommended requirements. The Institute of Medicine recommends 1,300 mg of calcium daily for women 14 to 18 years old, 1,000 mg for women 19 to 50 and 1,200 mg for women over 50 years old. However, check with your doctor before taking a supplement to ensure you are getting the correct dose of calcium—too much can lead to various health issues, including kidney stones. Photo: Shutterstock
When you have a full-feeling stomach it's tempting to cut down on food and drinks. "A lot of my patients try not to drink as much water when they have PMS-related bloating because they think it will make it worse," says Mora. But, she advises, it's essential to stay hydrated—especially if you're craving salty foods at that time of the month because water is the only thing that will reduce the sodium-related bloating. "Anywhere that sodium is, fluid will follow, and you'll stay bloated." She recommends sticking with six to eight glasses of water daily, and listening to your body's thirst cues. "Staying adequately hydrated throughout the day promotes better digestion and regularity, thereby reducing the chances of getting bloated," says Kooi. Photo: Shutterstock
Fiber can help with digestion and therefore ease bloating related to constipation, but it's important to eat it wisely. "Fiber is like a thermos that keeps beverages cold or hot; it can work in two seemingly opposite ways," says Dr. Harlan. If you drastically increase your fiber intake without drinking enough fluids, it can constipate you, leading to even more bloating. But if you slowly up your intake of fruits and veggies and consume enough water, the fiber will help ease digestion by increasing transit within your system. "The key is to incorporate fiber gradually so that the gastrointestinal tract has time to adapt. Women need around 25 grams of fiber each day," Kooi says. "I tell my clients to get close to 10 grams of fiber with each meal, but when you’re first starting out you want to add it slowly." Photo: Shutterstock
While it hasn't been definitively proven, some small studies, including one published in 2003 in the journal Digestive and Liver Disease, have led experts to look more closely at asparagus' anti-bloating properties. Asparagus appears to function as a prebiotic, which supports the growth and activity of good bacteria in the large intestine, and can ease gas buildup and relieve constipation; it's also been suggested that asparagus may have diuretic properties that can help flush fluids, too. There's no hard evidence, but if your belly's feeling swollen it's worth a shot giving the already-good-for-you veggie a try—though Dr. Harlan adds that research hasn't shown how long it takes for the effects of asparagus to happen, only that it appears asparagus has prebiotic properties. Photo: Shutterstock
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1. Eat fatty foods. It sounds strange, but zapping all the fat from your diet will actually make you fatter. Your body needs unsaturated (a.k.a. “good”) fats to function properly and stay energized as well as absorb certain vitamins. Need some incentive? A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, showed that the unsaturated fat found in avocados and olive oil is converted into a compound that curbs your hunger. Just be careful not to overdo it. Make sure that only 30 percent of your daily calories come from fat, says Rania Batayneh, MPH, a nutritionist in private practice in San Francisco and Portland. If you’re operating on a 1,500-calorie diet, your meals should contain a maximum of 10 percent saturated fat, Batayneh says.
2. Chew gum. Even though you don’t technically consume gum, you can still feel fuller from it. A study found that if you chew gum for 60 minutes in the morning, you’ll consume 67 fewer calories at lunch. “There is some evidence that chewing gum can help with feelings of satiety and reduced appetite,” says Elaine Rush, PhD, professor at Auckland University of Technology. “The possible mechanism is not clear, but is [thought to be] associated with the chewing action as well as the taste, smell and flow of saliva.” To keep your choppers in good health, make sure the gum is sugarless; the sugar in gum wreaks havoc on your teeth. Plus, sugarless gum improves the flow of saliva, which further suppresses your appetite, Dr. Rush adds.
3. Snack on almonds. These all-natural treats contain fiber and unsaturated fat, which combine to create a superpower that makes you feel full. Not only that, a recent study found that you can shrink your waist by a whopping 14 percent if you eat a handful of almonds daily for just half a year. However, almonds are high in calories, so stick to no more than 3 ounces daily for the best weight-loss results.
4. Return carbohydrates to your diet. We know carbs and starches were practically banned a few years ago, but now they’re back and we’re learning that they’re way better for you than previously thought. Just like there are good and bad fats, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Opt for complex carbs, found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which take longer to digest and therefore help keep you feeling full. Potatoes also take a long time to break down due to a type of starch that resists digestive enzymes. Batayneh says, “Potatoes can actually work in your favor,” and often recommends that her clients eat half of a large potato every day with lunch. For even more nutritional value, go for a sweet potato, which is high in fiber and vitamins A and C.
5. Chow down on grapefruit. A study found that people who ate half of a grapefruit with breakfast, lunch and dinner lost nearly 4 pounds in just three months. That’s because grapefruit lowers your insulin, which regulates your fat metabolism, suppressing your appetite and burning calories faster. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for citrus juices, which typically contain a lot of sugar. If you want to have the grapefruit in juice form, squeeze it yourself and don’t add any sweetener.
6. Hit the gym. Going to the gym doesn’t just help you burn calories; a study in the American Journal of Physiology found that doing an hour of cardio will reduce your appetite for up to two hours after you’re done. The cardio reduces your levels of ghrelin (a hormone which increases your appetite) and increases levels of the hormone which suppresses your appetite. However, doing the same cardio day after day can eventually cause any positive effects it has on your metabolism to plateau. Be sure to mix it up at least twice a month with a variety of exercises, like biking, rowing, running and the elliptical machine.
7. Try aromatherapy. It may sound new-agey, but a study found that people who smelled peppermint every two hours ate 2,700 fewer calories weekly, which caused them to lose a pound every week. The smell works on your brain, tricking you into thinking you’ve eaten and are therefore fuller than you actually are. Sniffing the peppermint more frequently works even better, so light a candle and you’ll be golden.
8. Grab some blueberries. Blueberries affect the genes in charge of fat-burning and storage, so eating them not only makes you feel full, but also helps get rid of extra belly fat, says Mitchell Seymour, PhD, research scientist. In Dr. Seymour’s study, the participants ate a cup of blueberries every day for three months, and lost 3 percent of their body fat. If fresh blueberries are out of season, eat frozen ones to get the same benefits.
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On the other hand, complex carbs (such as vegetables and whole-grain products) don’t cause the same spike in blood sugar levels. Your body breaks them down much more slowly, so you feel fuller longer. What’s more, high-quality carbs come packed with other nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.
1. Eating carbs won’t necessarily make you gain weight.
Research shows that most people lose the same amount of weight whether they follow a low-carb, lowfat or Mediterranean diet. That’s because calories matter most: Eat too many calories (from bread, pasta or anything else) and you’ll gain weight; eat less than you burn and you’ll lose weight.
The catch: Starchy carbs are high in calories, so you have to keep serving sizes small—but many people find it all too easy to go overboard on pasta, potatoes, rice and even the better-for-you whole grains like whole-wheat pasta or brown rice. Not sure if you’re eating too much? Your rice, pasta and potato portions at each meal should be about the size of a standard tennis ball. If you tend to eat more than that at one meal, just cut back at another.
2. Pasta, bread and rice aren’t the only carbs.
Vegetables, fruit and even dairy foods also contain carbs. But grains tend to pack more than these other foods (although some starchy veggies like potatoes, corn, peas and butternut squash are relatively high in carbs, too).
Treat yourself to one of these 7 low-fat pasta dishes.
A good rule of thumb: Go for as many nonstarchy veggies (leafy greens, mushrooms, etc.) as you want, plus two fruits and three to six servings a day of starchy vegetables or grains (ideally whole grains) each day. A serving size equals a half-cup of cooked rice or pasta, one slice of bread, a cup of cereal or one small potato.
3. Your body burns off carbs the same way no matter when you eat them.
From a weight-loss perspective, how many calories you eat overall matters most: Having 1 cup of brown rice at dinner affects your metabolism the same way as eating 1 cup at lunch. Still, I recommend going light on carbs at dinner; since that tends to be the largest meal of the day, it’s when people tend to overdo it. If you’re trying to shed pounds and big piles of pasta and second helpings of potatoes are often part of your evening meal, consider cutting out starchy carbs at dinner for a little while to jump-start your weight loss. After a few weeks you can add them back, but try not to have them every night (at least not until you can get a handle on portion control).
4. Just because a bread or cracker is brown doesn’t mean it’s whole-grain.
Many whole-grain products, like oatmeal, are naturally light in color. And manufacturers often add molasses or caramel coloring to foods made with refined grains to make them look like whole-grain products. Pumpernickel bread, for example, isn’t usually whole-grain (neither is rye bread, in case you were wondering). So don’t trust your eyes! The best way to tell if a bread, cereal or cracker is whole-grain is to check the ingredients list.
Keep in mind that a package may say multigrain, high-fiber or made with whole grains, but that’s no guarantee that the product is 100% whole-grain—or even good for you. Your best bets are foods that list the grain preceded by the words whole or whole-grain (for example, whole wheat, whole oats, whole rye, etc.) as the very first ingredient. Keep an eye out for the yellow stamp from the Whole Grains Council (look for the version that says “100% Whole Grain”).
Also, pay attention to the other ingredients listed. Is there trans fat (partially hydrogenated oil), lots of added sugar or corn syrup, or tons of processed ingredients you can’t pronounce? If so, put that item back on the shelf.
5. It’s OK to ease yourself into whole grains.
I know many people complain that whole-grain pasta is gummy or coarse; being careful not to overcook it can help a lot. Or you may prefer the taste of a 100% whole-grain brown rice- or quinoa-based pasta to the whole-wheat kind.
Still not happy? Try mixing half of your usual white pasta with half of a whole-grain variety. (You can also do this with cereal, starting with 1/2 corn flakes and 1/2 bran flakes, for example.) Or try a whole-grain pasta blend, like Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, which is made with a mix of whole-wheat flour and white flour. Consider these baby steps toward eventually choosing 100% whole-grain pasta and cereal.
Another option: If you’re not usually a fan of whole-wheat bread, check out “white whole-wheat.” It’s made with a type of wheat that has a softer texture and milder taste, so it’s more like the traditional white bread that you’re probably used to eating. Just keep in mind that many white whole-wheat breads aren’t 100% whole-grain—companies often mix in some regular flour. But nutritionally, they’re definitely a step up from plain old white bread.
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Friday, November 4, 2011
That webcam didn’t begin to do her justice.
Only one beer? Check. Ate the Altoids? Check. Pre-date safety orgasm? Check.
Please don’t put on the baggy T-shirt!
Interesting. Another nipple shape for my mental collection.
Who is Mike? And what is his name doing there?
Hmm…have I ever washed these sheets?
I kinda don’t care if they’re fake.
Focus on her eyes, focus on her eyes, focus on her…oh, forget it.
Suck in my gut, suck in my gut, suck in my…oh, forget it.
1. Make Kanye West’s pea coat a she-coat
Ankle boots, opaques and a hemline shorter than her coat's are Rachel Bilson’s way to girl it up.
2. Do a Tom Cruise classic with leather and denim
Ashley Olson’s remake: a huge scarf, heels (important!) and flared jeans wider than any guy's.
3. Channel Brad Goreski’s alternative evening look
Sarah Jessica Parker proves that a menswear-inspired blazer in a bright color works on guys and gals alike!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
As a whole, the diet contains some of the staples of classic cold-weather climate cooking: fish, nuts, legumes, fruits, berries, raw vegetables like cabbage, game meat, and Nordic starches, such as oats.
Meyer’s principles are designed to prevent what he calls “relapses” into unhealthy binge eating. “You are not on a diet,” he asserts in his manifesto. The idea of dieting, he believes, promotes a concept of deprivation, which isn’t sustainable in the long term.With his meal plan catching on worldwide (in the UK, there's a copycat cookbook, and Stanford University students recently got a preview of Meyer's principles during a health conference), Meyer is turning his efforts back to his country. He hopes to implement his principles in Danish schools, where a childhood obesity epidemic looms.
Treating every aisle at the drugstore like the beauty aisle
Vaseline to tame messy eyebrows, Visine to fight skin redness, Preparation H to de-puff tired eyes—they might make our roomies and partners do a double take, but boy, do they work.
Shaving here, there, um, everywhere…
Nothing is off limits including your arms, your belly and even your face (hey, some VIPs say it produces collagen).
…and STILL somehow forgetting to shave those three little hairs!
…around your knees, under your arms and, yes, on your big toes. It’s a lot of surface area to cover, ya know?
Holding on to cracked, shattered or melted makeup for aeons
There’s no shame (OK, maybe a little shame) in keeping broken blush or melted lipstick in your makeup case in a plastic bag or paper towel. It makes a huge mess, but you’re not going down without a fight.
Giving yourself a two-minute two-toe pedicure
If you don’t know what that means, let’s just say it involves being in a rush, a fabulous pair of sandals, a not-so-fresh pedicure and a genuine fear of the hostess with a “shoes-off” policy.
Using freebies as a mini-makeover
Like giving yourself a quick lipstick change at the local beauty counter without any intention of buying the hue.
Ignoring expiration dates
Does this bottle smell weird? If you have to ask that question, you’re probably guilty of this semi-embarrassing beauty habit.
Borrowing from the boys
His shaving cream, his deodorant, his razors, his cologne. The fact that he doesn’t put a lock on his side of the medicine cabinet makes you want to borrow it that much more.
Loving crazy beauty trends—from afar
You might enjoy reading articles about fillers, DIY finger waves and 3-D nail art, but you’ll take some apricot scrub, a high ponytail and a baby pink manicure over a new beauty trend any day.
Sticking to the same beauty routine (for a long, long, LONG time)
Like, since high school. So you found the ideal shade of lipstick when you were 13 and perfected the cat- eye flick at 14—you can’t help it if you were a child genius!
Using a tooth as a substitute for a nail file
It’s semi-embarrassing when it happens at home…completely, 100 percent traumatizing when you find yourself doing it in public. Yeesh.
Using a braid or bun to hide über-dirty hair
At the office meeting. When you have a dinner that evening. What possessed you not to shower that morning? It’s anyone’s guess.
Beauty trick: Use blue eye makeup to amp up your bedroom eyes.
Break out of a black-and-gray eye makeup rut by swapping in a navy eyeshadow for a more subtle and sophisticated smoky eye. Apply color to both your lid and lower lash line, then gently blend. (Hint: Remove any dark shadow from your brow bone with a Q-tip to avoid verging into Snooki territory.) To steal Jessica Szohr’s look, try Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Sapphire Siren.
Beauty trick: Flash him your sexy—and bright!—smile.
A killer smile is always a foolproof way to get his attention. To brighten up your teeth, try Crest 3D Whitestrips, and highlight the apples of your cheeks with a glowy cream blush, like Eva Mendes does here. Our pick for a peachy shade like hers: Josie Maran Cream Blush in Coral. Now show him that gorgeous grin!
Beauty trick: Add some strategic shimmer to the—ahem—girls.
Not all of us are blessed with Halle Berry’s gorgeous bod, but we can steal her sparkly secret! Dust shimmer—not heavy glitter—on the top of your décolletage, in a capital T shape. For an even bigger boost, trace bronzer around the inside of each breast to enhance your cleavage—minus the push-up bra. (Even Victoria’s Secret super models use this ta-ta trick!) Be warned: After working a little beauty magic, you may have to pull out the old “Eyes up here, mister!” expression.
Beauty trick: Make your lips extra kissable.
A fire-engine red lip will definitely make him do a double take, but leaving your mark all over his face will likely remind him of his over-affectionate aunt—probably not the impression you were trying to leave. To get lip color that lasts, layer different textures, says makeup pro Gucci Westman. Apply a stain first, like Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Flame, swipe a matching lipstick on top, then add another coat of stain. Unless you kiss and tell, your lips (or rather, your lipstick) will be sealed!
Beauty trick: Get bedhead waves the lazy-girl way.
Forget the gym ponytail—nothing says sexy like big, bouncy waves. (Case in point? The incredibly lovely Kerry Washington’s hairstyle.) “It’s surprising how many women have natural texture and always run for the blow-dryer,” says hairstylist Guido. His tip: Go to bed with damp hair. The next day, before a night on the prowl, wind a few sections around a curling iron and finger-comb. Easy!
Beauty trick: Try the fail-proof combo of dewy skin and sexy heels.
“I can never resist my girlfriend when she’s in a pair of high heels and a sexy dress that flatters her naturally amazing shape. It may seem simple, but it works like a charm every time,” says John Pels, 23. If you plan to show a little (or a lot of!) leg like bombshell Blake Lively, catch the light and his attention with a shimmery moisturizing lotion. Try Benefit Cosmetics Bathina “Take a Picture It Lasts Longer” Body Balm, which gives skin a sexy golden-pink sheen.
Beauty trick: Work the sexy, slightly unkempt bun.
Take an all-business updo down a few notches by pulling out a few face-framing strands of hair for a soft, romantic look. Bend them around a curling iron and add a side part for even more sexiness. Pair pretty hair with Zoe Saldana’s coy, come-hither smile and you’ll have him wrapped around your little finger in no time!
Beauty trick: Use highlighter to get your glow on.
Dewy skin and doe eyes go together perfectly—exhibit A: Diana Agron. For a luminous effect, apply highlighter where it counts (we like Sephora Collection Highlighting Compact Powder). Use a fan brush to create a C shape—start at the inner corner of the eye, swoop it over the brow bone and onto your cheekbone—then do the other side. Finish by running a little down the bridge of your nose, your chin and above the middle of your lips. Set it off with eyelashes guaranteed to make him swoon; apply a few false lash clusters, like Andrea Perma-Lash Flair Individual Lashes in Medium Black, to the outer corners of your eyes.
Beauty trick: Show off your edgy side with a temporary tattoo.
If nothing else, a little ink is a conversation starter, and as Megan Fox demonstrates, guys dig a girl who walks on the wild side. Relationships aren’t always permanent, so make sure his initials aren’t either! Get your bad-girl vibe on for a night, then rinse it all off and play innocent in the morning—we like Hard Candy Inked Up Body Art.
Beauty trick: Be your naturally gorge self.
“I love it when my girlfriend curls up on the couch in her pajamas,” says John Kline, 34. Stay casually cute, like Vanessa Hudgens, by swiping on a nude lip gloss (we like Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother in Shimmer) and adding a spritz of your signature perfume in a few key places—behind the knees, inner thighs, wrists, behind the ears and in your hair. Whether you’re wearing a miniskirt or sweats, letting your personality shine through is the biggest turn-on of all!