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Valentine’s countdown: The best exercises to look hot in your little red dress!

Valentine’s countdown: The best exercises to look hot in your little red dress!

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I’m counting down with an assortment of tips I hope will make your day even more fabulous. Today, I’m sharing a recent article I wrote for LovingYou.com — full of workout advice to look your hottest on the big date night, including input from some of my very favorite celebrity trainers. I hope it helps! If you have any tips of your own, please comment below or tweet...

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Did I tell you about that time I spent an entire weekend sweating in Atlantic City?

Did I tell you about that time I spent an entire weekend sweating in Atlantic City?

Well, sorta. Update on my healthy living journey: A month into cutting out refined sugars and working out 3-4 times a week, I’m down 12 pounds (about 1/3 of the way to my goal), and feeling better than I have in ages. It seemed appropriate to celebrate by going to (God, you guys won’t even believe this), a fitness festival in Atlantic City for the weekend. Headlined by Jillian Michaels, Sweat AC was a 3-day health and wellness event held this past weekend in Atlantic City, featuring workshops, lectures, an expo center, and a full roster of classes taught by some of the biggest celebrity fitness instructors in the country. My friend Kristin and I had taken Jillian’s bodyshred class at CRUNCH Gym last month, so I had a vague idea of what to expect...

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This Week in my ‘healthier me’ journey: Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED, Zumba Convention, and At-Home Workout Pack GIVEAWAY with Boomchickapop!

This Week in my ‘healthier me’ journey: Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED, Zumba Convention, and At-Home Workout Pack GIVEAWAY with Boomchickapop!

The last month, as I’ve finally been back on my feet (so to speak), I’ve been working really hard at living a healthier life — emotionally, of course, but also what I eat, and how I take care of my body. I went from never exercising at all to going to 3-4 fitness-related classes a week — and some have been pretty hard core! Last week, my bestie Kristin and I went to a pretty incredible class – Jillian Michaels herself taught the  sneak peek class to her new BODYSHRED, a new group fitness class she created for  Crunch Gym that will be launching this fall. The new workout, utilizes Jillian’s 3-2-1 approach, and it was intense. The sneak peek class was “only” about 30 minutes, which made my crazy brain think it would be a...

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This just in: Cheese is GOOD for our health

This just in: Cheese is GOOD for our health

As I mentioned yesterday,  I may be headed to Wisconsin in a few weeks to visit the CHEESE TRAIL. Crazy, I know. But, you are I’M SURE with me in understanding and appreciating the power of cheese. It’s delicious, it’s full of calcium…and, get this, apparently it can reduce the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes! The Telegraph reports that eating cheese cuts your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes by 12%. Now, remember, cheese is super high in saturated fat which may kill you before diabetes has a chance to, but the scientists in this study believe that the type of fat found in cheese can actually have a GOOD SIDE. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and well, I couldn’t be...

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Can wearing heels kill you?

Can wearing heels kill you?

….and I’m not talking about falling off them onto a train track either… There was an ABC News report by Nick Watts about a new Australian study that discovered women who wear high heels show major changes to muscles and ligaments over time. Well, duh, we know THAT. It gets better, though. The study, appeared in the Journal of Applied Physiology, also found that high heel wearers suffer major changes to the way they walk, even after the change into flat shoes. This means their calf muscles shorten and some researchers say the inflammation can lead to heart disease!!! Heart disease. WHICH CAN KILL YOU. All because you love your sexy stilettos. Dr. David Agus agreed with that assessment, saying that inflammation anywhere in the body is very bad and...

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Does Eating Blueberries Protect us From Breast Cancer?

Does Eating Blueberries Protect us From Breast Cancer?

This is AMAZING news for those of us who appreciate a good blueberry pancake from time to time: In several studies recently conducted at the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope, researchers found that feeding blueberry powder to mice significantly reduced the growth and spread of triple negative breast cancer cells, a very aggressive form of cancer. Triple negative breast cancer accounts for 10 to 15% of all breast cancer cases and is highly resistant to traditional chemotherapy treatments. The results of this research led by Dr. Lynn Adams, in the laboratory of Dr. Shiuan Chen, are published in the October 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. In their research, the team fed groups of mice specially formulated diets containing 5% freeze-dried...

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