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Eat Well, Do Good

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

New Home Page ImageIf you’re looking for a decadent treat to add to your Easter celebrations this weekend, click on over to Somebody’s Mother. Their better-than-homemade chocolate and caramel sauces add a sweet touch to any dessert. And while you’re over there, check out their current “Simple Things” campaign to benefit USA Cares, which provides financial and advocacy aid to 9/11 US military service personnel, veterans and their families. Your $5 donation will give you the chance to post a story about someone who has been important in your life–whether it’s your mother, teacher or childhood best friend. And how’s this for a do-good bonus? The entrants with the best stories will win $500 gift cards.

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Olympic Athletes Need to Lose the Baby Weight, Too

Friday, March 18th, 2011

2008 ING NYC Marathon NYC, NY      November 2, 2008 Photo: GiancTurns out that it’s hard to run away from the baby weight. I chatted with Kara Goucher yesterday, Olympic distance runner and new mom to 6-month-old Colt, who’s in town to compete in this Sunday’s New York City Half-Marathon. Goucher said that despite running 120 miles a week (nope, not a typo!) she still had had some trouble dropping her post-baby pounds—something that should make us non-Gold Medalists feel a little better about having to work our butts off, too, to shed the baby weight. If you’re looking to get your pre-pregnancy body back, you might like these exercise and eat-right tips. And be sure to check out the race and cheer Kara on if you’re in New York City this weekend!

Photo courtesy of New York Road Runners

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Did You Keep Your Resolutions?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

ss_WOM50It’s been almost a month now since you committed to your 2011 resolutions. So the question is, how are they coming along?

Have you stuck to your goals and self-promises?

If you need some help getting back on track, check out ChooseYou.com, a site by the American Caner Society that’s all about encouraging and motivating women to make healthy choices to not only reduce their risk of cancer, but to live an overall healthier and happier life. We asked Colleen Doyle, director of nutrition and physical activity for ACS, for some resolution-keeping advice.

Start small Be realistic in your expectations of yourself and what you expect to achieve.  Take large or long-term goals and break them down into smaller, more manageable goals:  running a marathon may not be a realistic goal, but training for a 5K might be.

Write it down Many studies show that writing down your goals and keeping a journal on your progress toward reaching them can help keep you on track and motivated.  If you set a goal that involves improving your diet, keeping a food diary will give you insight into not only what and how much you consume, but can help you uncover why you are eating when and what you are.

Don’t rely on willpower Temptation is all around us, but being proactive about reducing these temptations and creating an environment that makes it easier to reach your goal is the way to go.  If you’re trying to quit smoking and you know that particular places are ‘triggers’ for you, avoid those places, especially early on.

Set up a support system Support from family and friends is an important part of making and sustaining healthy lifestyle changes. Begin to think of who is most supportive in your life and who can provide encouragement–and help you hold yourself accountable–along the way.

Reward your successes Treating yourself for milestones you achieve is another way to help keep you encouraged, motivated and on the right track. What’s important is choosing a reward that is right for you and that helps you continue moving toward your goals to live healthier (like new workout clothes or a bubble bath, instead of chocolate, when you meet your exercise goal for the week).

Well, how’s this for a reward? Women who make a new Choose You Commitment between now and January 31 will be eligible to enter the New Year, Choose You! sweepstakes for a chance to win a series of health-related prizes, including a celebrity fitness trip for two to Los Angeles with ExerciseTV, gift cards from spas and Walgreens, and more! Click here to learn more.

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Switch Up Your Fashion

Friday, December 17th, 2010

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Maybe the most fun shirt ever, each comfy SwitchittZ tee comes with four interchangeable patches and characters, so kids can truly own their look. The shirts have playful graphic backdrops with Velcro-like spots to stick the patches to. Kids will love collecting and trading their SwitchittZ patches with friends to create cool styles. (Dinosaurs in outer space, perhaps?) Being dressed has never been such a blast!

Think your kid would love one? From now until January 17th, enter coupon code SZFF-HOLIDAY2010 to get 10 percent off your order.

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You’ve Got Mail…

Friday, December 17th, 2010

DSC_0170…from Santa! The perfect surprise for any kid who’s written more letters to jolly ol’ St. Nick than he’s received, the Santa Postcard App for iPhone and Android allows you to send your child a real postcard from the “North Pole.” Choose between five Santa Claus photos, add a customizable message and within a few days your child will find a merry message in the mailbox. With each postcard being only $1.99, you can send some Santa mail to everyone on your nice list!

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Last-Minute Shopping, Anyone?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Well-Traveled Pocket Journal $30.00Confession: I haven’t started my holiday shopping. Nope, not at all. The thought of braving the mall at this time of year turns me into a Grinch, which is why I have a feeling I’ll be making most of my present purchases online. One of my shopping destinations is CambriaCove.com, which is seriously a gift giver’s paradise. Their selections are thoughtful, beautiful and useful, like these cheerful pocket journals. And if you need more inspiration, our holiday gift guide will help you choose the perfect present for even your pickiest have-it-all-already recipient.

Any other site suggestions for last-minute online shoppers?

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Have a Healthier Holiday

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

If you think having a happy holiday means bumping up a dress size, think again. We talked to registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward about ways to be merry while still being mindful of your health in the upcoming weeks. Here are her tips.

  • Make swaps in recipes to help cut fat and calories. Ward replaces half of the oil her recipes call for with apple sauce, and says that any pureed fruit (even baby food!) can work for that substitution. You can also reduce the amount of sugar in baked goods by a few tablespoons without changing the taste drastically.
  • Never go to a party famished, or you could make bad buffet decisions. Before you head out, eat a snack that contains protein and complex carbs, like a boiled egg and whole wheat crackers or yogurt and a slice of toast.
  • But at the party, don’t drive yourself crazy about what you can and can’t eat. “After all, we don’t have egg nog and gingerbread cookies around all year!” says Ward. Just be conscious of your portion sizes. (Find out what a smart portion size looks like here–it’s a great guide to stick to the fridge.) And just because something is delicious doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Holiday faves like nuts, cranberries, sweet potatoes, chocolate, even that egg nog all have healthful properties.
  • Another thing not to beat yourself up about? Slacking off on your exercise routine. “The holidays are really hectic, so I don’t get to work out as often or as hard as I usually do,” says Ward. ” But then I notice myself running around like a chicken with its head cut off, and I have to remember that climbing up and down those stairs ten times is activity, and all activity counts.” Wondering how much time you spent moving between power shopping through the mall, taking the kids caroling and helping hoist the tree from the farm to the car to the house? Check out the Activity Snack app from Hershey’s Moderation Nation, which helps you track those small bursts of exercise.

Share your tips for healthy ways to enjoy the holidays!

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Spice Up Your Workout

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

_MG_3547If your same ol’ workout is starting to wear on you, try stealing some time with your kid’s Playstation and pop in Get Fit with Mel B, the new total fitness program from enviably fit former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. The technology puts you on screen next to Mel B for interactive exercises like yoga and kick boxing. She’ll make you sweat, but you’ll have fun doing it! We caught up with the mom of two to chat about making working out work when you’re a parent.

You’re so busy. How do you make exercise fit into your life? My workout is my “me time,” so every or every other day I schedule in an hour of exercise. It’s all about being able to juggle being a mom and work, and exercising makes that possible because it helps clear my mind. But if I’m in a time crunch, I’ll run or do abs. It’s quick and effective.

What exercise advice do you have for busy moms? Take your baby with you when you work out. Put him in a stroller and go for a walk that has some hills. The biggest thing is getting yourself motivated. Getting to the gym is often the hardest part!

Your kids are lucky to have a health-conscious mom as a role model. What sort of live-healthy tips do you try to pass on to them? Everything in moderation. On the weekends we eat what we want. We’ll have a movie night with popcorn and pizza, because you have to be realistic; you’re not going to never have that burger or pizza. But then during the week it’s healthy eating. The kids are in the kitchen helping us cook–whether it’s quinoa or chicken–and they’ll prepare the veggies or put on the herbs and spices, so it makes the meal more exciting for them. And we ‘ll go on hikes together too.

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