Health & Fitness

Ode to My Belly

The other week on Facebook, Prevention magazine asked its readers to report why they love their bellies. I did a double take. “Love” their bellies? It’s a bit of a radical concept for the magazine, since I know “Flatten Your Belly” is often our highest-responding cover line. Flatten doesn’t imply love to me. But then I smiled—for two reasons. First, because it signals a change in the magazine that I think is truly positive. And second, because I do love my fat little Buddha belly!

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3 Ways to Make Holiday
Treats Healthier

by William Davis, MD. Cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, candies…I call the holidays the Annual Wheat and Sugar Frenzy. During these days of holiday get-togethers, treats at the office, gifted goodies, and overindulgent dinner parties, we can easily gain around 5 to 10 pounds. And once you start down the holiday goody path, it’s tough to stop. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Dangerous Dust Bunnies:
How to Avoid Flame Retardants

by guest blogger Robin Dodson. Did you know that consumer products like furniture, textiles, and electronics often contain chemical flame retardants, and that these chemicals can come out of the products into household dust and the environment, where people are exposed to them?

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5 Surprising Winter Health Tips

by guest blogger, Mark A. Moyad. Here are my favorite tips for staying physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy during the winter months. (Vacation not included!) These 5 simple suggestions are things anyone can do easily and inexpensively to stave off the winter blues and sniffles.

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How To Avoid the Chemicals
in our Food

By guest bloggers Sonya Lunder and Alex Formuzis. A sobering new study has found that along with their food, most Americans are ingesting a mix of toxic chemicals in amounts that violate government toxicity guidelines, putting them at increased risk of cancer. Young children (ages 2 to 4) had the greatest exposures to harmful contaminants, including acrylamide, arsenic, lead, and a rogue’s gallery of toxic pesticides and other industrial chemicals.

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5 Secrets to a Joyous
No-Weight-Gain Holiday

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD. It’s the holidays, and even the most steel-willed, health-crazed gym rat is bracing for weeks of parties, family dinners, and endless tempting multimedia cues to eat, eat, eat! Is the only solution to hunker down inside a mountaintop ashram chomping on arugula? No! You can indeed have a joyous and terrific holiday. Just remember the five secrets to ENJOY:

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5 Ways to Transform Your
Stress Response

by guest blogger Doc Childre. From my years of researching stress, I know that stress that can accumulate and make us feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. Fortunately, there are simple tools we can use to transform our stress response and stress accumulation. I’m going to share a few of them with you.

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Why I Eat Meat

For some reason, many people are surprised when they find out I am not a vegetarian. Oh, I’ve tried it over the years and I’ve considered it seriously, but I’ve chosen a different path. I grew up on a farm with lots of animals. Yes, the animals were cute. They were my friends and I loved to play with them. But, yes, they were so delicious after a long day of playing outside. For some reason I never questioned it or felt conflicted about it, and I learned firsthand about how integral a part of the farm the animals were.

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