0Share this story Comments Increase Text Size Print this storyGo Ask Mom Yoga for Kids: Including little ones in your workoutTags: Health and Safety, Mom's LifePosted 8:45 p.m. yesterdayWe're back with another video featuring a yoga sequence for kids, courtesy of StudioVIBE in Cary.This one is led by Lauren Musolf, an instructor and mom of two. Musolf leads her adorable daughters - Sarah, 4, and Sammy, 6 months. (This might just be the most adorable video ever on Go Ask Mom thanks to Sarah's adorableness and Sammy's giggles.)Musolf tells me that she came up with it as she had to make changes to her own workout to accommodate her little ones."I've had to adjust my practice around my kids and be a little more playful," she said.Watch the video to see how she does it.
Having unhealthy cholesterol numbers, elevated blood pressure or an expanding waistline substantially increases your chances of developing heart disease. But an encouraging new study finds that exercise may slash that risk, even if your other risk factors stay high.Decades ago, scientists first began linking certain health conditions with heart disease. In the famous Framingham Heart Study, for instance, researchers monitored the health and lifestyles of more than 5,200 adults living in Framingham, Mass., starting in 1948. Using the resulting data, the scientists determined that high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, obesity, age, gender and smoking each had measurable impacts on whether someone would develop cardiovascular disease.From their findings, the researchers developed the Framingham Risk Score, which calculates the likelihood of someone experiencing a heart attack within the next 10 years, based on his or her health numbers, especially blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The Framingham Risk Score calculator does not ask about physical activity. But many studies, including continuing portions of the Framingham study, have conclusively shown that people who exercise have a smaller risk of developing or dying from heart disease than sedentary people.
Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don't really count as eggs at all in my book), I've never met an egg dish I didn't like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.The magic is built into the whites of the egg. A three-egg omelet made the usual way comprises a substantial meal for one person. But a souffled omelet made with three whole eggs —plus two whites — makes the traditional omelet look like a midget and is more than enough for two people.How can so few eggs produce such an ample dish? Something about separating the whites from the yolks, beating them, then adding them back to the yolks inflates the omelet to almost comical proportions.Though I personally have never wavered in my partisanship, eggs have shown up now and again as a target of the food police. Eggs are high in cholesterol!Happily, the most recent studies question whether the sort of cholesterol found in eggs is what we need to be worried about. And, cholesterol aside, eggs are a terrific source of protein, vitamins and antioxidants — and all at about 77 calories per egg. And did I mention they are very high on the satiation chart? Eggs fill you up. In this recipe, the extra egg whites contribute more protein to the mix with very few extra calories.
My one-year-old is too little to care about Easter candy, but getting ready to visit family for Easter definitely has me thinking about this holiday in a whole new way. When my son is old enough, I’m hoping to divert him from the worst of the sugary candy with some healthier Easter treats instead. Here are some of the recipes on my radar.Healthier Easter Treats1. Play Dough Eggs – Skip the food all together and give a fun activity instead!2. Raw Truffles – Instead of refined sugar, these raw truffles are sweetened with whole fruit.3. Fruit Leather – Another whole fruit treat, kids love fruit leather! Use mini cookie cutters to cut them into cute shapes, and eat the leavings yourself!4. Raw Cadbury Eggs – Do your kids like those cream-filled chocolate eggs? Check out this unprocessed version!5. Easter Bunny Salad – If you go with non-food Easter goodies, give your kids an Easter treat at lunchtime with this cute bunny-fied salad.6. Baby Chick Macaroons – Your kids never need to know that these festive coconut Easter treats are kinda sorta good for them.7. Fresh Fruit – Turn that Easter basket into a beautiful fruit basket stuffed with your child’s favorite fruits.
So, you're really not supposed to go to the grocery store while you're hungry; studies have shown that shoppers end up buying more high-calorie foods when their bellies are rumbling. (Anecdotal evidence from—well, me—is that my "must buy a big bag of chips and jar of queso" reflex goes up substantially when I haven't eaten recently.)But when your fridge is close to bare, we've all found ourselves grocery shopping on an empty stomach...which can quickly translate into must-eat-food-now-itis after checking out. Here are some good ideas for portable snacks you can eat on the way home from the store.
By the end of their dinner at a small Italian restaurant in New York’s West Village, Leah is getting antsy to part ways with her boyfriend Ryan, so that she can go meet up with her boyfriend Jim. It’s not that she means to be rude, it’s just that Jim has been traveling for work, so it’s been a while since she’s seen him. Ryan gets this. As her “primary partner” and the man with whom she lives, he is the recipient of most of Leah’s attention, sexual and otherwise, but he understands her need to seek companionship from other quarters roughly one night a week. Tonight is one of those nights, and soon Leah will head to Jim’s penthouse apartment, where the rest of the evening, she says, will probably entail “hanging out, watching something, having sex.” “She’ll usually spend the night,” Ryan adds nonchalantly, which gives him a chance to enjoy some time alone or even invite another woman over. He doesn’t have a long-standing secondary relationship like Leah (“I’ve actually veered away from doing that”), but he certainly enjoys the company of other women, even sometimes when Leah is home. “I like everyone to meet each other and be friends and stuff,” he explains.Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/millennial-sexual-revolution-relationships-marriage#ixzz2xb5lasO8 Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook
I miss being in love. It’s such a horribly wonderful and wonderfully horrible experience. It’s a great state of reality to be living in. Everything is a little bit warmer, a bit brighter. Life all of a sudden has a purpose and a simple one at that: to love and to be loved. Unfortunately, finding love isn’t an easy matter. The majority of people you’ll meet won’t be compatible.Then, out of those compatible few, the majority won’t be available at the time of interest. Out of those who are available and compatible, only a select few will have real potential. Of course, none of this matters if we aren’t prepared to love. Love isn’t always a beautiful thing – or rather, it doesn’t always continue to be a beautiful thing. I dare say that most love stories turn ugly pretty quickly. The reason is that people aren’t usually prepared to love. We think we are, but that’s only because we are under the illusion that love is the answer to our problems.
Being married makes for a healthy heart, while being divorced or widowed is linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, according to a study of 3.5 million people released Friday.The study is the largest of its kind to show how heart health is linked to marital status, and was presented at the American College of Cardiology conference."These findings certainly shouldn't drive people to get married, but it's important to know that decisions regarding who one is with, why, and why not may have important implications for vascular health," said lead author Carlos Alviar, cardiology fellow at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Wear light-colored clothes. Drink lots of cold water and stay out of the sun.
The Department of Health (DOH) dispensed these tips on Sunday to help the public avoid heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition, during the summer season.
The weather bureau officially declared the start of summer last week, warning of blistering temperature in the coming months. Heat stroke, characterized by an elevated body temperature, is one of the most common summer illnesses that the health agency advised the public to be cautious about.
The absence of sweat despite the hot weather is a symptom of heat stroke that must not be ignored, according to Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag, a medical doctor.
This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” Sounds easy, but not if you have preschoolers in the house; just getting them to take a taste is a challenge! From vegetables, to meats to really any food that is new to our kids, even cookies, there is always “an approach” my husband and I take to try to minimize their hesitation to trying the new food, and our stress at the table.First, the foods on the kids’ plates are the same foods on our plates. This appears to decrease their initial resistance as it can’t be that bad if it is also on our plates.Second, if the kids aren’t digging into the food, we start to emphasize how good that particular food tastes. “Mmmm, don’t these green beans taste delicious? I can’t wait to eat another one.” If that still doesn’t get them to try to the food, we ask them to try it. “Are you going to eat one piece or two pieces? I bet you are going to eat one piece and then maybe some sweet potatoes.”At this point, if we aren’t getting any closer to the end objective, we just start playing with the food. One popular table game we play is the bunny hopping around the table with funny hats on his head, hoping that his hat doesn’t get eaten – this of course is a fork with the food on top, hopping very close to our kids mouth. They think it is hilarious to have a bunny hopping around and will generally eat the bunny’s hat laughing at the fork, and wait for another to come hopping by them again.Other table games that seem to get them eating include building something out of their food, such as a garden or a tower. Once they build it, they can destroy it (which they love doing to everything) and then of course, eat it.
NATIONProject inspires dads of breastfed babies to bare heartsJessica Bliss , The Tennessean9 hours agoFacebookTwitterGoogle PlusmoreProject Breastfeeding by Hector CruzNashville dad Adam West and his daughter, Althea, pose for Project: Breastfeeding. Hector Cruz started the effort after the birth of his daughter, Sophia.The photo shows a bearded man. His tattoo-etched chest is bare. His arms are posed in embrace.At his breast he holds a baby — his baby — in the same way a nursing mother might.The message he sends is this: "If I could, I would."Hector Cruz wanted nothing more.As his wife lay shaking in bed, her nipples cracked and bleeding from nursing their newborn, Cruz wanted to help. The sleepless hours facilitated her stress, and she feared the pain from breastfeeding her baby.With tears slipping across her cheeks, Cruz asked himself, "Would I step in to fill that nutritional role? Would I go that far?"The question echoed.And so began the Clarksville, Tenn., dad's creative — and controversial — photo campaign, "Project: Breastfeeding."The images Cruz has taken often startle viewers.Photos of men — dads from Nashville and Ft. Campbell military base — entwined with their children in a way usually reserved for mothers.But the intentions resonate."If you ask any guy, 'Hey, if you could breastfeed, would you?' They would say no," Cruz said. "But if you rephrase that question, 'Would you do absolutely anything for your child and for your wife?' That starts to challenge us."We are ingrained to be protectors. That's part of our DNA."That's the movement Cruz works to be a part of. A professional-drummer-turned-commercial-photographer, his photos have been featured on "Today," Time.com, Fox News and the Huffington Post. He has been interviewed by Telemundo and news outlets in England and Australia.John Partipilo John Partipilo / The TennesseanClarksville, Tenn., dad Hector Cruz plays with his 5-month-old daughter, moreNow, he is working to create billboards of his images to educate men across the country on how they can serve as support for breastfeeding moms, to resolve the stigma associated with breastfeeding in public and to empower women to feel comfortable with feeding their baby."This is not a Clarksville issue," Cruz said. "This is not a Tennessee issue. This is a global issue."Barriers to helpingCruz and his wife, Nicole, tried for more than 10 years to have a baby. When the couple finally conceived, Cruz didn't want to miss a single moment.He went to every prenatal appointment. Every childbirth class. Except one.Breastfeeding.Their birthing hospital didn't allow men in the class, he said.“If you ask any guy, 'Hey, if you could breastfeed, would you?' They would say no. But if you rephrase that question, 'Would you do absolutely anything for your child and for your wife?' That starts to challenge us.”Hector Cruz, Project: Breastfeeding creatorIt was, for Cruz, the first in a series of experiences that exemplified the barriers men face in supporting a nursing mother."Fathers have been kind of relegated to sit in the corner of the doctor's office," said the 33-year-old Cruz. "We are not part of the equation. We help make the babies, but after that we are not a part of the experience. You kind of feel like the chauffeur."The reason many men opt out of the prenatal and newborn parental decisions, Cruz continued, is because they don't feel their opinions are taken into consideration — particularly in breastfeeding."And that creates a harsh, unsupported environment," he said."The No. 1 job men have when it comes to breastfeeding is to create a very supportive, nurturing, healthy environment for mom and baby, and the second is learning about how you can help."'No resources for guys'Without that knowledge, Cruz struggled.His daughter, Sophia, was born at 38 weeks by emergency C-section. She had jaundice and was losing a lot of weight. The doctor advised supplementing her diet with formula — something the Cruzes didn't want to do.That afternoon, Nicole Cruz cried herself to sleep."I didn't know what to do," Hector Cruz said.But he knew who would. He got on Facebook and posted a message to a local moms group that his wife had joined. "I need help," he said. Within 10 minutes, 50 women responded with support and suggestions, including hiring a lactation consultant, which he did.When the lactation consultant arrived Cruz had two words: "Teach me."Project Breastfeeding by Hector CruzJohn Roberts of Clarksville, Tenn., poses with his children, Mackenzie and Brynn, for Project: Breastfeeding.He knew he would be up at 5 a.m. helping his wife through any breastfeeding challenges she may face, so he learned about proper latch, tongue ties, mastitis and galactagogues."I started realizing there is no resources for guys, there's none," Cruz said. "Everything you see is written by women for women. A lot of men feel this is not part of our role. We miss that bond. But we can still bond that way, just a little different."For me, I started realizing, 'Whoa, this is a team effort.' Just because I don't breastfeed doesn't mean I am not a part of this."
You make a lot of smoothies. You find yourself loading them up with superfoods. Measure some chia seeds and hemp seeds. Oh, yeah, don’t forget the gelatin and vitamin C and several other things!Before you know it, you’ve dipped in and out of a half dozen containers, dirtied a few measuring spoons, and made a powdery mess on the counter. Not to mention that this process takes time.This has been my experience, too. But then, I had a light bulb moment. Why not make a mix of all the dry superfoods I regularly add to our smoothies? Then I can dip into just one container when it’s time to make smoothies!And that’s how our Superfood Smoothie Mix came to be. It’s so handy and it makes loading up smoothies really easy! And cuts down on the mess.
.To demystify the topic of bioidenticals, it is essential that we first define it. The term bioidentical is used to differentiate amongst hormonal treatments that are equivalent to our body’s own hormones and those that are not. Indeed, bioidentical hormones are simply those that are structurally and functionally equivalent to our own. These hormones work and look just like those our body produces. With a definition so straight forward it is a mere marvel that this term has stirred up such controversy and heated debate amongst women and their doctors.One reason is the misuse of terms like “natural” and “plant-derived.” Bioidenticals are actually both natural and synthetic. They may be derived from natural sources, like wild yams, but are then synthetically modified to be identical to human hormones.Adding to the confusion is the false belief that bioidenticals are special creams that are not available from conventional medical doctors. In truth, there are numerous pharmaceutical bioidentical hormones approved by Health Canada and only legally available by prescription.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving advice to grandparents on how they can get their grandkids to eat healthier, including instructions to give them “hugs” instead of treats, and read government bedtime stories.“Take time to share and listen to your grandchild—the time you spend together offers wonderful opportunities to understand one another,” a USDA blog post entitled, “Grandparents Help Kids Develop Good Eating Habits,” said on Monday.“Discuss likes and dislikes of different foods and talk about what they eat at school or at home,” the agency said. “Involve grandkids in selecting and preparing foods for meals, and offer the same foods to everyone. Avoid making different dishes to please young, fussy eaters.”The USDA then tells grandma to serve her grandchildren baby carrots, applesauce, and string cheese to “meet their daily food group needs.”“Reward them with your attention,” the USDA said. “Hugs are much better than sweet treats.”The department also directed grandparents to read government bedtime stories to “show how much they love and care about their grandchildren.”
Lululemon has created an online ad for spray-on yoga pants in a humorous embrace of a late-night comedy joke. Jimmy Kimmel aired a spoof commercial Thursday about the fake product, called "Lululemon Pledge," while mocking the fact that some schools have banned yoga pants for being too tight."Lululemon Pledge — because the best pants are no pants at all," a voice-over for the ad says.
JERUSALEM – Israeli authorities on Monday unveiled 11 ancient burial boxes dating to around the time of Jesus, recovered by police during a midnight raid on antiquities dealers suspected of stealing the artifacts.The boxes include a pair of ossuaries believed to contain the remains of two noblemen who lived in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.
Mya Barry was born in April 2011 with opiates already coursing through her tiny veins. But it was not the heroin passed to her in utero by her drug-addicted mother that killed the infant, prosecutors say.
Instead, it was the heroin-tainted milk bottle her parents allegedly handed her five months later in their overcrowded and squalid apartment in this South Shore town. Now the parents, Ryan Barry and Ashley Cyr, are charged with manslaughter for the 2011 death. They pleaded not guilty last year, and the criminal case is pending in Plymouth Superior court.
No matter the outcome of the case, Mya’s brief life and untimely death point to weaknesses in a social services system that is struggling to deal with the region’s booming addiction to prescription and illegal drugs — a plague that has besieged hospitals with drug-exposed newborns and overwhelmed state social workers for the past five years.
Some 1,300 babies in Massachusetts — about three to four each day — were born in 2012 with what is called “neonatal abstinence syndrome,” suffering withdrawal pains as a result of exposure to illegal opiates such as heroin or prescription drugs such as Oxycontin or methadone, according to a first of its kind survey of local hospitals.
There is no statewide data from earlier years for comparison, but anecdotal evidence suggests the number of cases is exploding. At South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, where Mya died, the number of drug-dependent babies rose from 33 in 2008 to 115 in 2013, according to hospital data. UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester treated about 60 drug-exposed babies last year, double the number in 2008, a hospital official said. And doctors from Boston and Lowell also say the number of drug exposed-babies has soared.
1 cup old fashioned oats1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup brown sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 ounces, 1/4 cup, chopped walnuts3/4 cup sour cream3/4 cup whole milk2 large eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 really ripe bananas, mashed up3/4 cup raisins1/2 stick butter, 1/4 cup, melted, plus additional for buttering skilletMaple syrup or honey, for drizzlingDirectionsHere's a great tip: if you cannot find really ripe bananas, just nuke them in the microwave for about 15 seconds and they will become super soft for mashing.Mix dry ingredients, the first 7, in a bowl. In a another bowl, mix the wet ingredients, the next 4. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined, then fold in the mashed up bananas and the raisins. Stir in the melted butter.Heat a griddle over medium heat and brush with additional melted butter. Cook pancakes, each about 1/3 cup, until bubbles form on the top, then turn. Cakes will cook in about 2 minutes on each side. Keep pancakes tented with foil as they come off the griddle to keep them hot. Serve with drizzled honey or maple syrup over the top.
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