Health

  • 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
  • Nourishing Happiness

    Two months had passed since my daughter was born, and still I was walking around in a fog. I understand, based on comments from friends and family, that I radiated happiness during this time, but what I remember is struggling with sleeplessness and the constant demands of a newborn—my 8-pound bundle of joy had the clear upper hand.

    The yogic way to feed body and spirit
    By Melissa B. Williams
  • Stand Up and Live Longer

    If you’re sitting down to read this, you may want to stand—and stay standing. A new study from the American College of Sports Medicine links the amount of time people spend sitting with an increased risk of premature death due to cardiovascular disease and other illnesses.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Get Growing!

    My fascination with growing food started in the third grade, when the entire class grew tiny tomato plants on the windowsill of our classroom. The plants died before sprouting any fruit, but my interest in gardening took root. Since then, I’ve had many more successes in the garden: strawberries, melons, fresh salad greens, and yes, even tomatoes.

    Big or small, a garden can hlp you cultivate a healthy body and calm mind.
    By Jodi Helmer
  • Dance Your Way to Better Health

    When it comes to getting your groove on, you may consider yourself among the rhythm-challenged, with two left feet and a repertoire confined to wedding-induced displays of the funky chicken. The words fun and dance have never gone together in your mind. But lock the door, close the blinds, and give it a try with no one else around because dancing truly is an easy way to get into shape.

    From ballet to Bollywood, find your fitness groove.
    By Karen Asp
  • Don't Drink the Water

    Even though bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap, many of us happily pony up, believing we’re paying for purity (cue images of picturesque mountain springs and tropical aquifers). But turns out we might not be.

    By Lindsay Wilson
  • Killing Yourself With Kindness

    Miss Manners may favor a nod and a smile over angry tirades, but it turns out that pretending everything’s OK may not be so good for your health. A recent study published in Psychosom measured tightness in the lower back muscles of disgruntled participants. Those who swallowed their anger and faked a smile had the worst tightening and took the longest to recover.

    By Danielle Braff
  • Healthy Diet, Healthy Career

    Dining at the office vending machine may do more than sabotage your diet: Poor eating habits could also affect your career. A recent survey from ComPsych Corporation found that employees who ate a balanced diet were 10 times more likely to sustain high energy levels throughout the workday than those who ate junk food or skipped meals altogether.

    By Elizabeth Gregg
  • Vegan in the Raw

    After decades of suffering from lactose intolerance and sensitivity to basically anything with taste, I decided to change my diet. But my fledgling gastronomic experience as a vegan did nothing to prepare me for my first raw-food meal. After all, it's not terribly hard to be a vegan—or just a vegetarian—the challenge lies in being a healthy one.

    One women's newfound love for living foods
    By Vicki Confrey
  • Nuts to You

    I’ve always been a nut about nuts. Back when I was a kid in the Parkmead School cafeteria, my mouth watered whenever I pulled a peanut butter sandwich out of my crumpled lunch sack. Saturday matinees at the El Rey weren’t complete without the crunchy nirvana of an Almond Joy candy bar. And I was ecstatic when Mom and Dad popped open a can of cashews for their bridge parties.

    By Richard Mahler