15 Summer Superfoods for Absolutely Gorgeous, Glowing Skin
Load your meals with these delicious superfoods,
and you’ll have a beautiful complexion all summer long.
Summer is that magical time of year
where hours of day-drinking, sunbathing, and barbecue-feasting leave us feeling both giddy and kind of gross. And as easy as it might be, we really shouldn’t ignore our health this time of year. Warm weather means extra exposure to the sun’s UV rays, plus hotter temps that can make us feel bloated and dehydrated. Then there’s the whole wanting to look good in a swimsuit thing. (We say you look great, but you do you.)
Spring is in full swing and those pounds you put on over the
winter don’t match anything you have in your swimsuit collection. It’s not too late to get lean before pool season begins, and spring is the perfect time to begin changing your habits to meet a healthier lifestyle.
Use the change in season as your cue to make these mental and physical shifts.
Longer days, warmer weather and fresh starts are the hallmarks of spring. It inspires many to bust open closets and cabinets to bring new life to neglected areas at home — which is a smart move. Decluttering can work wonders for your mental clarity and focus. We all know how cathartic it is watching those bags of junk leave the house after giving a room a thorough clean out.
Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long! It may be gloomy outside, but your outlook doesn’t have to be.
“There are simple things you can do to stay positive,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness. “It’s important to keep your mood up because it can help you avoid everything from gaining extra pounds to feeling lethargic.” Try these techniques to stay sunny all winter long—no trip to the Bahamas required!
1.Set precise goals
Resolutions are your goals for the next year, so you should go about them the same way you go about developing business goals. This means you need to make concrete achievable resolutions. For example, instead of saying ‘I will eat healthier next year’ you should use something like ‘I will completely drop junk food from my diet’.
Indulging Without Overindulging
Relax. You won’t gain 10 pounds. It’s a misconception that you’ll need to go up a pant size in January. The average person gains only about a pound during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That’s no excuse to eat with abandon, though. (After all, gaining one pound every year can add up in the long run.) But a study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology notes that people who had an attitude of forgiveness and self-compassion after one high-calorie setback were less likely to give up and keep bingeing. So if you lose control with a dish of chocolate truffles, don’t think, I’ve blown it. Might as well move on to the eggnog. Just forgive yourself for the truffles.
As summertime comes to an end, we’re looking forward to crisp outdoor runs, feeling cozy in fleece and flannel, and roasting s’mores over the fire. But while it can be easy to get caught up in the gooey chocolate-marshmallow goodness of one of our favorite cool weather treats, there’s a lot more autumn-themed fun you can have that actually boosts your health too.
Don’t panic when you see grandma’s marshmallow sweet potato casserole or that to-die-for pumpkin pie. Fitness and nutrition experts dish on how you can get back on track after you’ve had one too many portions of well, just about everything during Thanksgiving.
The beginning of fall is like January 1. People make resolutions. Summer is over, and it’s easy to get motivated to get into a routine and take your fitness to the next level. Here’s a list of the 10 workout and nutrition guidelines to ensure you fall into fitness and reach your goals.
True stories and jokes about health and the people who make it happen.
Scene: The operating room. I’m reviewing the surgical checklist with the nurses.
Me: We have the surgical equipment, the heart-lung machine, antibiotics, and the replacement heart valve on hand.
Patient: You wait until now to figure this stuff out?
DR MARC GILLINOV, cardiac surgeon, the Cleveland Clinic.
Early birds get the worm. You know how the old adage, but do you know how to put it into practice? Here, experts share what healthy people do before 10 a.m… every single day.
For decades, we have been shying away from the sun, given its ties to skin cancer and premature aging. But a growing body of scientific research suggests that completely shunning sunlight isn’t such a good idea. Here is why you should soak up some sunshine every day:
Hibernating isn’t going to burn you any calories. Winter-proof your workout and your waistline with our seasonal survival guide.
Winter Woe: Your body’s chemical switch has flipped to storing more fat.
Fix-it trick: Get your motor running. When University of Colorado researchers studied a group of 12 women and six men in both summer and winter, they discovered that their production of ATLPL, a chemical that promotes fat storage, almost doubled during the winter and dropped during the summer. But you’re not doomed to don fat pants all season, scientists say. Exercise may increase SMLPL, the muscle enzyme that promotes the burning of fat, to offset the pudge-promoting effects of ATLPL. “We found that people who are normally physically active are more protected from weight gain,” says study author Robert E. Eckel, MD. Get in at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days, whether it’s Spinning, snowshoeing, or building a snowman.
Reasonable, purposeful suggestions from nutrition experts that will make a huge impact on your health.
Every New Year’s Eve as the ball drops, you tell yourself that thiswill be the year you’re finally going to shed those pounds. While we give you major props for wanting to lose weight and make a healthy change in your life, the only issue is that resolutions—more often than not—don’t work.
Keep the focus on fun, not food
Most holidays are associated with certain foods. Christmas at your house might not be the same without your aunt’s green been casserole, but that doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus. Instead, throw yourself into the other rituals a holiday brings, whether it’s caroling or tree trimming.
As the seasons change so do our tastes in food. Even the healthiest eater will feel less tempted by a salad at this time of year.
But just because we crave different dishes as the weather turns colder does not mean they have to be unhealthy.
In fact much of the produce traditionally harvested at this time of year is incredibly good for our health. Did you know, for example, that pumpkins and squashes can protect against cancer and mushrooms can ward off colds, flu, heart attacks and strokes?
Experts estimate the average American can consume thousands of calories at Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s how to approach the holiday like a nutrition pro.
Unlike “National Pancake Month” or “National Whipped Cream Month,” National Nutrition Month is a yearly occasion that you can and should celebrate for 30 days straight.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. A new year often feels like a fresh start,
Whether you’re at the mall, at a party, or on a train or plane, you can stop yourself from getting sick and out of shape. Learn the easy ways to stay well all season long.
The leftover turkey is wrapped up and stowed in your refrigerator, the Thanksgiving pies have been devoured, and you’re ready for a long vacation.