It's 10 PM and you're thinking about going to bed soon, but the ice cream in your freezer is calling your name. Again. You know it's not great for you, but no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to end the evening—any evening, for that matter—without a big bowl. That's when you know you have a food habit. And anyone who's ever been held hostage by a daily craving for ice cream (or peanut butter cups, or potato chips, or diet soda) knows just how hard it is to break free. The good news: No matter how much you think a food has infiltrated your life, you can break up with it—and kick it out of your life for good. We reached out to weight loss expert Georgie Fear, RD, author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss, for these six proven strategies that can end any bad-eating habit for good. Buh-bye, Chubby Hubby. (Take back control of your eating—and lose weight in the process—with our 21-Day Challenge!)1. Turn a blind eye.trigger foods out of … [Read more...] about 6 Strategies Nutritionists Use To Break Bad Eating Habits For Good
When bad things happen to good people
I play softball and I take it far too seriously. This is a sentence that could be written by many “weekend warriors” who play in recreational softball leagues around the country. I am no different.Maybe a little different.My game is co-ed 16-inch softball, which is played with a bigger, softer ball. It’s sometimes referred to as "mush ball." The game started in Chicago, where it's still very popular. I happen to play in a league of Chicago transplants in Los Angeles, mostly people who work in theater and film (not known for their athleticism). The men don’t even wear gloves.What I’m trying to say is, it ain’t major league softball. The stakes are very, very low.Despite this fact, I play every game as if it’s Game 7 of the World Series. I have been kicked out of numerous games for arguing with umpires. I have twice been knocked unconscious playing softball; in both cases I was injured in what can only be called “trying too hard."I … [Read more...] about A Bad Sport Tries to Change His Game
It seems like it’s constant these days: You turn on the TV or log into Facebook, and you’re barraged with information about the latest scary thing that’s happened in the world, whether it's North Korean nuclear testing or the tragic bombing in Manchester.Sure, you’re well aware that terrible things happen to good people every day, but constantly being reminded of that fact daily can take a serious toll on your mental health. That can leave you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed out, and helpless, says licensed clinical psychologist John Mayer, Ph.D., author of Family Fit: Find Your Balance in Life. Basically, regularly hearing about bad news can really mess with your life, even when it’s happening in another part of the world.RELATED: What You Need To Know About The Disturbing Sexual Assault Trend Called 'Stealthing'So…what are you supposed to do about it? It sounds obvious, but licensed clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, Psy.D., says that … [Read more...] about How To Stay Mentally Strong When It Feels Like The World Is Falling Apart
It’s a crappy fact of life: Bad things can happen to good people.Maybe something shameful happened to you as a child or you did something you deeply regret. You may have moved beyond it, but there’s a good chance it still impacts you on some level.Whether you’re getting the help you need to deal with the trauma or want someone to hold your hand as you go through that process, there comes a point where you will need to tell your significant other about it.And obviously, it’s a scary prospect. “Shame has the tendency to rule us,” says licensed marriage and family therapist David Klow, owner of Skylight Counseling Center in Chicago. “We worry that if we share something dark from our past that our partner will not love us.”As a result, the things that we regret doing or are ashamed of (even if they weren’t our fault) are often the things we hide from our partners because we’re scared on some level they’ll leave us if they … [Read more...] about The Right Way to Share a Deep, Dark Secret with the Person You Love
Probably somewhere in your deep, dark past, you sat in Geometry class in high school. You learned something called “Proofs,” and it was all about two things: “Givens” and “To Prove.”"Givens" are things you might not even notice, but they have a huge impact on you. When you were told line A to B was parallel to line C to D, it was parallel, even if it didn’t look right to you. If you are a monotheist, somehow and sometime you are going to have to face the question of why do bad things happen to good people. If your given is “I drive on the right side of the road,” your first taxi ride in London is going to be a thrill ride.Most people have givens when it comes to fitness and health. The problem is this: Are your "givens" true? I spend my days working with people striving to attain serious fitness goals, but almost daily we run into their “givens."I worked with a former high school wrestler who knew he could easily get back to … [Read more...] about Are Your Weight Loss Beliefs Holding You Back?
I’m standing in my underwear, covered in a robe, and wearing a pair of clogs that look like a Croc ate a Muppet and half-vomited it out. I’m staring down a six-foot tall black tube covered in evenly spaced chrome dots. It is bubbling over with misty white fog, like some sort of ale you would order at the Three Broomsticks Café in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m about to step inside this device that looks like a Star Trek teleportation unit where that fog has lowered the temperature to -140 degrees Fahrenheit. As I take off my robe and let the cold envelope my body, there is only one thing I can think about: shrinkage.Anyone possessing a penis who has swum in a lake or any human that’s watched a certain episode of Seinfeld knows that when a set of external genitals hits a cold environment it has the same reaction your mouth does when eating an entire box of Atomic Sour Balls all at once. As I embarked on my adventure with cryotherapy, a wellness … [Read more...] about Here’s What Happens To Your Penis In a -140 Degree Chamber
THROUGHOUT HIS CAPTIVITY, Peter Moore vowed to himself that if the end ever came, it would come on his own terms. He wouldn't grovel or beg. He would stay calm in the face of death. He would fixate on a happy memory—of when he was a boy in England, walking the family dog. When the bullets came, he would smile and feel the playful tug of the leash.One day in the summer of 2007, somewhere in the sun-bleached warrens of the Iraqi city of Basra, the end seemed finally to have arrived. A guard blindfolded Peter, cuffed his hands behind his back, took him outside, and shoved him to the ground.He felt the cool metal of a pistol pressed to his head, heard tense conversation in Arabic. He broke out in a sweat and began to shake.As he knelt in that nameless alley, Peter was sure he was going to die. The gun barrel dug into his scalp. He heard a click, and felt a pop against his skull.So this is what it's like to be dead, he thought. It's not so bad. It doesn't hurt much. For a few moments, … [Read more...] about What Happens to a Man’s Mind after Years of Torture?
(Natural News) Recent reports have indicated that American households are in dire straits, financially speaking. After eight years of little economic growth under former President Barack Obama’s job-killing, regulatory-heavy policies, Americans are hurting.Here is just some of the data. As reported at Collapse.news, Americans’ household credit card debt has surpassed $1 trillion, the highest it has been since 2008 (the year Obama was elected).“Credit card debt is rising quickly, but delinquencies are still really low. Many Americans are doing a good job of controlling their debts, but eventually with big debts and rising interest rates, it’s likely that something will have to give. I expect delinquencies to start rising more quickly in 2017,” said Matt Schulz, a senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com.In September, The Motley Fool reported that most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings; that is, nearly 7 in 10. The report noted that in July of … [Read more...] about Most U.S. households can’t survive even a small financial emergency – Part I
Peanut butter can be considered as one of the most common and essential item in any modern household. Whether it is to make a delicious afternoon sandwich snack or a quick school lunch for the kids. With our busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, such ready-to-eat items have become very common and often come in handy to snack on. Does it, however, mean that you could stock up on a years’ supply of peanut butter and never worry about it going bad? Does peanut butter expire? Read on to find out how to store this really useful item and prolong its shelf life. The question is, does peanut butter go bad? The answer to this can be found in the composition of the peanut butter. The key ingredient in peanut butter is the peanut oil which prevents it from going bad for quite some time. As a result of the high oil content, peanut butter has very less water, a key factor in the growth of bacteria and fungi. Since water is almost absent, the peanut butter will not go bad due to a bacterial … [Read more...] about Can Peanut Butter Go Bad? What Happens if you Eat Expired Peanut Butter?
With the holidays just around the corner, thoughts turn to indulging in baked goods and traditional recipes with all the trimmings. For the millions of people in the U.S. with Celiac Disease, an intolerance of the protein gluten, getting through all the holiday parties and family soirees can be challenging, particularly for children. For some kids gluten-free is just another Hollywood message but for others, like 12-yr-old Kieran Frazer, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at the age of eight, it’s a necessary way of life. But how does a kid turn a dis-ease into a life of ease? When Frazer was first diagnosed just shy of his eighth birthday he’d never heard of Celiac Disease and thought he was just suffering from a case of reflux. No doubt, the gluten-free craze has hit the middle and high school levels but Frazer admits that most of his friends with similar digestive sensitivities don’t have the slightest clue about the many safe options out there and how to … [Read more...] about Gluten-Free Not So Bad: 12-Yr Old Says Celiac Disease Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Him