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Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think
When people tell you that it's too expensive to eat healthy, tell them that the difference in cost between a nutritious diet and an unhealthy one is just $1.50 a day per person. Do you think that's a big difference or not?  

9 Easy Tips for Emotional Balance
Do you struggle to find time to do everything you need to do--let alone what you want to do? Don't miss this list of nine easy self-care rituals that will have you feeling more relaxed and balanced, even in this harried world.

Why Your Purse Is Giving You Back Pain... And 11 Ways to Fix It
Raise your hand if your purse is so heavy that you've wondered whether carrying it counts as strength training? If you tote around a large bag, you might be at risk for back pain. The good news is that you can fix it!

Fat Jokes in Children's Movies Are A Lot More Common Than You Think
Sad but true: Even in movies aimed at children, jokes that take aim at those who are overweight are more common than you might think.
Posted 12/14/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 7 comments   8,881 views
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So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed...

Perhaps our best and most thought-provoking roundup of links yet.

So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed...
Huffington Post Women
A photographer shares poignant thoughts on what really matters when you step in front of a camera. Spoiler alert: It's not what you think!

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out
Whether you're a mom or not, don't miss this empowering list of reasons why exercise is about so much more than aesthetics.

Modern Moms Aren't as Busy as 1960s Moms Were
The Atlantic
According to a new report, moms today are busy and feel like they don't have a moment to spare. However, most spend more time watching TV or using the Internet than they do on housework, playing with kids, and exercising combined.

Caroline Berg Eriksen, Fitness Blogger, Causes Stir With Selfie 4 Days After
Giving Birth
Huffington Post Parents  
A fitness blogger posted a pic of her postpartum belly that's so toned and flat, it's raising eyebrows. What is your reaction to stories like these?

Why a Brisk Walk Is Better
No matter the pace, walking is a good workout, but a new study says that in order to reap many of the health benefits, most of us need to pick up the pace. Slow walking just isn't going to deliver the same results.
Posted 12/7/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 11 comments   9,804 views
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5 Barre Moves You Can Do at Home

A post-Thanksgiving round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
The Workout: A Woman in Nascar A neat story about a Crossfit champion and NASCAR tire changer. NYT

How to Prevent Aches and Pains For Stress-Free Travel If you're heading out for the holidays, don't miss this story! Fit Sugar

5 Barre Moves You Can Do At Home Barre classes are effective but often expensive. Learn some moves to do at home for free! Self
Posted 11/30/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 1 comments   11,670 views
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The Football Workout

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

The Football Workout Football fans will love this workout! Self

Eating Nuts Tied to Fewer Cancer, Heart Disease Deaths A handful of nuts a day could be making a larger impact on your health than you realize. Reuters

Breakfast Plates around the World An interesting peek into what people eat for breakfast around the world. USA Today

13 Essential Kitchen Items For Anyone Trying To Get Healthier Want to stock your kitchen with appliances and items to make healthy eating easier? Start with this list. Mind Body Green
Posted 11/23/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 2 comments   8,504 views
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A Pro Athlete Shows Off Her Real-Life (Un-Photoshopped) Body

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Keeping it Real.
A fitness model and pro athlete shows you what her real body REALLY look like. Spoiler alert: Even she has cellulite. Ask Lauren Fleshman

Crayons Down. Now Dig Into That Healthful Parfait. NYT
This new program is teaching kids to love fruits and veggies even before they can spell the words.

Bust Out of Your Life Rut Fitness magazine
Bored with life? Here are six great ideas to try when you feel stuck in any area of life.

Drinking three litres of water a day took TEN YEARS off my face Mail Online
It's no secret that SparkPeople values water--we recommend you drink at least 8 cups daily. This woman found an added benefit when she started drinking more water: Her face looked 10 years younger.
Posted 11/16/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 11 comments   405,122 views
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How to Make Today Better

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Why Are Kids Who Get Less Candy Happier On Halloween? NPR
This story is fascinating! According to a recent study, kids might be happier with one really good treat rather than one good treat and another not-so-good treat. This same concept might apply to holiday gift giving.

Top Chef's Padma Dishes on Her Workout Secret Weapons Fitness magazine
The host of the popular chef showdown dishes on how she maintains her weight and slims down between seasons.  

Why Are My Hamstrings Always Tight? Fit Sugar
Do you struggle with tight hamstrings? If so, you'll want to read this!

10 Surprising Healthy Habits from Around the World Shape
From France to Japan, Ethiopia to India, get the scoop on what people around the world do to stay healthy.

5 Things You Already Did Wrong before 9 a.m. Huffington Post Healthy Living
The bad news: You might have done at least a few of these already today. The good news: It's not too late to turn things around!  

Posted 11/9/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 1 comments   6,380 views
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What You Need to Know about Kids' Food Allergies

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

CDC sets food allergy guidelines for schools
For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are providing schools with guidelines on how to deal with food allergies. USA Today

Those People
A mother opens up about her experience relying on food pantries for assistance, as a way to foster compassion and empathy. Scary Mommy blog

Recipe for Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D
The human skeleton is 90% formed by age 15 or so, which is why it is imperative for kids to not only consume adequate calcium and vitamin D but also get enough exercise--especially jumping and running. Are your child's bones at risk? NPR

The 4-Week Plan to Swimming Your First Mile
Want to learn to swim for fitness but not sure how to get started? Check out this plan for newbies. FitSugar

Home Barre Workout: Ballet Belly, Buns, and Thighs
You'll feel the burn with this workout from fitness expert Jessica Smith. Shape

Posted 11/2/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 3 comments   6,910 views
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Tasting 'Game' Helps Kids Accept New Veggies

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.
At-home 'tasting game' helps kids accept vegetables
A really cool idea to get kids to chomp on new-to-them foods! Reuters

Real Beauty Doesn’t Need Retouching, But How Do We Really Make Change?
Inspiring blog with sound advice and suggestions. Fit Bottomed Girls

Toledo man grows, sells produce in urban lot
How neat--turning an abandoned lot into an urban garden! The Review

Step-Inspired Bootcamp Workout
Get your sweat on with this fun workout! Peanut Butter Fingers blog
Posted 10/26/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   5,973 views
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A Must-Read Tale of Beating the Odds--and Winning Big

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Wheelchair Racer Could Be First to Win 3 Major Marathons in a Season
What a feel-good story! Born with spina bifida, Tatyana McFadden spent her early years in a Russian orphanage. With no wheelchair, she walked using her hands. Now she's a decorated long-distance wheelchair athlete who has taken up skiing! If you've ever had someone tell you "you can't do that," you'll love this story of perseverance and triumph! (Update: She won Chicago, too!)

Feeling the Burn: How I Dealt with Mean Girls in Spin Class Fitness magazine
This blog shares an interesting first-person tale of grown-ups bullying at the gym. Have you ever experienced "mean girls" (or boys) at the gym?

ELLE Magazine Under Fire for Melissa McCarthy Cover Yahoo! Shine
While ELLE has been praised for putting a plus-size actress on the cover, critics say the wardrobe choice (oversized trench coat) is an insult  and a missed opportunity? What do you think about the Bridesmaids star's magazine cover?

Do customers overshare on Instagram? Restaurant Hospitality
While this story is aimed at restaurant owners and operators, read it to find out interesting new info about the effect of food photos on your appetite. Contrary to what you might think, the longer you look at food (on Instagram or other social media platforms), the less desirable eating that food becomes. Is this a viable weight-loss tactic?
Posted 10/19/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   7,551 views
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How to Become a Group Fitness Instructor

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

How to Become a Group Fitness Instructor Blogilates
Coach Nicole shares her best tips for those interested in pursuing a career in fitness, in a guest post on our friend and YouTube star Cassey Ho's blog. By the way, don't miss Cassey's guest chef recipe collection on SparkRecipes: Cheap Clean Eats!

Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders USA Today
One third of children and teens are overweight, and as we told you last week, there are few treatment options available. Now we've learned that when teens shed the weight, they're at risk for eating disorders.

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success NYT Well blog
The secret to good grades might not be studying more or extra time with tutors. It might involve more time spent in gym class and playing sports.

Gut Bacteria From Thin Humans Can Slim Mice Down NYT
More research is surfacing about the importance of gut bacteria. In addition to helping keep you healthy, it turns out that your GI microbes might be responsible for your waist size--and a slim person's gut bacteria could help others she pounds.

Hong Kong Marathon may ban mobile phones after 'selfies' caused accidents South China Morning Post
We know a lot of people love taking "selfies" while reaching their goals--including when they're running, biking or taking a yoga class. Before you say cheese during a workout (especially a race), read this story about how many people were injured during a marathon by the photo opps of others!
Posted 9/21/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 3 comments   13,746 views
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Fad Diets Will Seem Even Crazier After You See This

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Do food addiction diets work?
Instead of moderation, some weight-loss and emotional-eating recovery plans involve banning certain foods, especially those that trigger binges. Would you/have banned certain foods to lose weight? Baltimore Sun

Heavy kids face health problems, have few options
According to a recent statement by the American Heart Association, up to 6% of youths in the US are severely obese, yet there are few treatment options for them. What do you think we need to do to help our kids get healthy?  USA Today
Cooking Is Freedom
Three cheers for men who cook! Cooking isn't just for women, and it isn't something that had to be complicated or time-consuming. Feeding yourself is not a talent; it's an essential skill that can ensure better health for a lifetime. This essay about how one teen boy's act of civil disobedience led to a lifetime love of cooking is worth reading. NYT Op-Ed

Fad Diets Will Seem Even Crazier After You See This 
SparkPeople doesn't do diets. We go for lifestyle changes instead. So we had to share this story. And now tell us: What's the craziest diet you ever tried? NPR's The Salt
Posted 9/14/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 5 comments   11,101 views
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How to Quit Being Negative and Get Happy

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella NPR's The Salt blog
About 7 percent of spices tested by the US Food and Drug Administration were found to contain salmonella. Yuck! Find out how to protect yourself.
Chobani Recalls Some Greek Yogurt Cups NYT via AP
Greek yogurt giant Chobani has pulled some products off store shelves due to reports of cups "swelling and bloating." If your yogurt tastes fizzy or like wine (two complaints the company received), toss it and contact the manufacturer to be safe.
UPDATE: Chobani says mold in yogurt does not carry disease (AP)
How I Quit Being Negative & Got Happy Mind Body Green
Forget your troubles, come on, get happy! It's possible, just like the song says. Find out how.
Posted 9/7/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 10 comments   10,787 views
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Why a Gluten-Free 'Diet' Isn't the Secret to Weight Loss

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

BMI Not a Good Measure of Healthy Body Weight, Researchers Argue
Scientists are starting to join the argument against BMI, or body mass index, the commonly used metric to determine whether a person is overweight, obese, or of normal weight. Read why BMI is falling out of favor. Live Science

Is a gluten-free diet right for you? It depends on what ails you
For those with celiac, a wheat allergy, or sensitivity to the protein in certain grains, a gluten-free diet can improve health and quality of life--it's a life-saver for some people. But if you're just trying to lose weight, there are better ways, some experts say. Courier-Journal

Richard Simmons, Internet Star?
If you're a fan of the fitness icon best known for sweating to the oldies, check out this story. NYT

Why You Should Avoid Antibacterial Hand Soap
When it comes to staying healthy and keeping clean, any soap will do. Antibacterial soap is overkill--and worth avoiding, some say. Find out why. Mind Body Green
Posted 8/31/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   11,400 views
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Poll: Would You Eat Bugs?

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Tested Recipes for Kitchen Safety
The kitchen can be the most dangerous room in the house. Learn how to keep yourself safe and well-fed. As a skilled cook who once sliced off part of a fingertip, I read this story carefully. NYT Well blog

What’s In a Bug? Lots of Healthy Nutrients
Experts say that insects are not only a good source of nutrients, including protein, they have ecological and economic benefits, too. Raising bugs would cost less and produce far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than would traditional sources of protein. But would you eat them? Time

DNA testing shows 59% of fish sold as 'tuna' in U.S. is something else

Sushi lovers, take note: About 3/4 of samples taken from sushi restaurants are not the fish they claim to be. Learn why this matters.

A Salmonella Warning for Vegetarians
Tempeh, a fermented protein source made from soybeans or other legumes and a starter culture, is a common source of salmonella for vegetarians. Don't eat this food product raw, experts warn. NYT Well blog

A Bunch of “Really Hard” Workouts for You
If you like butt-kicking workouts, don't miss this roundup of workouts. Carrots N Cake

More kids skip school lunch, but breakfasts are up
New standards put additional vegetables and other healthy foods on school lunch trays last year, and now government data shows that fewer kids ate those meals. Are fewer kids eating the healthier school lunches? USA Today

Iron Chef Michael Symon Teaches Us How to Bake Healthy Biscuits
If you're a biscuit lover, don't miss this recipe, which uses Greek yogurt in place of some of the butter. FITNESS magazine

Can drinking too much coffee kill you?
A new report shows that women under 55 who drink more than four cups of coffee a day are at an increased risk of dying (for any reason). Does this study scare you? The Guardian
Posted 8/24/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 23 comments   12,749 views
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The Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Right

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Adults whose moms were obese may die sooner, study says
If you're thinking about losing weight before trying to conceive, be sure to read this story, about a new study focusing on the lifelong connection between maternal weight and a child's health. USA Today 

How Many Calories in That?
Do you really know how to "eyeball" calories and serving sizes in foods that lack nutrition labels? Prove it by testing yourself. Self

Want Kids to Eat Healthier? Don’t Tell Them, Show Them
Researchers found that kids are willing to eat more salad if you make it look cool--via a digital display that appeals to their love of video games. While a great idea for schools who can pay big bucks for fancy signs, what would be an affordable at-home alternative? Today's Dietitian

Posted 8/17/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 2 comments   9,504 views
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