Balance

  • Flora for Every Mom

    This Mother’s Day, skip the cliché bouquet and give her a more personalized “green” gift. We’ve found the perfect botanical option for every type of mom—including you.

    She’s got a green thumb

  • Put a Cork in It

    Today, opening a bottle of wine often means giving a cap a quick twist. Easy, yes, but aluminum screw tops—not to mention plastic stoppers—are putting the squeeze on the sustainable, centuries-old natural-cork industry.

    By Kitty Neusteter
  • Clued In: An Interview With Alicia Silverstone

    In a world where image often trumps integrity, 33-year-old Alicia Silverstone is a breath of fresh air. The actress, best known for her starring role in Clueless, is a devoted vegan, environmentalist, and animal-rights activist—and has been for 11 years.

    Interview by Sarah Toland
  • Relax at the Dentist

    It used to be that nervous dental patients were given the buzz of nitrous oxide or numbing fog of Valium to help them relax in the chair. But these treatments can cause nausea or leave you feeling looped. In lieu of drugs, many dental practices now soothe mild to moderate anxiety with music.

    By Cara McDonald
  • Daphne Zuniga on Mercury Poisoning

    Actress Daphne Zuniga was healthy and vibrant until she was diagnosed with mercury poisoning and underwent a year-long detox to draw the heavy metal out of her system.

    Interview by Kay Neusteter
  • A Fresh Start After 40

    It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Eva La Rue: She left her career-defining role on All My Children, ended her nine-year marriage, landed on the hit TV series CSI: Miami, and loved and lost again. But the irrepressible 43-year-old actress and single mom will tell anyone that she’s healthier and more fit and grounded than ever.

    By Cara McDonald
  • A Fresh Start After 40

    It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Eva La Rue: She left her career-defining role on All My Children, ended her nine-year marriage, landed on the hit TV series CSI: Miami, and loved and lost again. But the irrepressible 43-year-old actress and single mom will tell anyone that she’s healthier and more fit and grounded than ever.

    By Cara McDonald
  • From Om to Ouch

    I should have known better than to let the teacher’s assistant adjust me in Shoulderstand Pose, but he seemed so sure of himself. He wanted to help me get the most benefit out of the pose, and he said he knew just what to do. I protested (not very convincingly) that I had some problems with my shoulders and neck and wasn’t too keen on Shoulderstand in the first place.

    Is your yoga practice causing more harm than good?
    By Linda Sparrowe
  • Operation New You

    Every January 1, it’s the same deal. I’m eager to write out a resolution list and get started on my goals, because this year I will drop 10 pounds, stress less, save more money, and be the most giving person I can be.

    15 strategies to lose weight, stress, and find happiness in 2010.
    By Erin Quinn
  • Joy to the Earth

    Everyone hopes for a white Christmas, but a green holiday season can be just as festive. Do you recycle and limit waste throughout the year but, amid all the gifts, garland, and extra lights involved with winter holidays, get too harried? Take these simple steps to make this season merrier for you and yours—and the planet.

    By Marcy Franklin