Health & Fitness Roundup: The Latest In Chest Wrinkles, Clean Food Delivery, Superfoods, Calorie Burning Saunas, All You Can Read Magazine Apps & More!

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The holiday season is officially here, and so is that annual struggle to keep it tight. With an endless flow of stuffing, cocktails, and pumpkin everything, the struggle is definitely real. Thankfully, I’ve been sampling a few hot new items in the world of health and fitness this month and it’s helped to keep me out of trouble!

With the carefully portioned, month’s worth of clean food delivery from Fitzee Foods, and the super food snacks and baking ingredients from Navitas Naturals, there is no way I can justify a whole month of “dirty” eating. As icing on the cake, I had the chance to experience a “calorie burning” infrared sauna with SenSpa (too good to be true?), and the Zinio app is keeping me entertained through my boring elliptical sessions on low intensity training days.

Bonus: A wrinkle remover for the chest! Yes, that’s right, a between the boob de-creasifier (not a word). Read on!

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3 Budget Friendly Hacks For Great Teeth

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Floss, brush, checkup, repeat. That was my dental care routine for a long time, until I cracked a tooth trying to eat a frozen Cadbury Mini Egg. Yes, frozen. We were trying to discourage the pillaging of a Costco-sized bag of Mini Eggs by putting them in the freezer and clearly, it backfired.

After this, I started thinking more ways to improve my dental health. My dentist suggested a new nightguard to help with grinding, and to use an electric toothbrush in order to reduce my chances of gum recession. At the same time, I inquired about teeth whitening. The estimate for all of this came in at over the price of a pair of Chanel sandals I’d been lusting over (I know, I know – it should be health before fashion), so I started investigating whether there was a cheaper way to do it all. Read on to learn about what I found…

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San Francisco’s Best Career Coach – Q&A with Marty Nemko

The media will tell you that Millennials are motivated by personal values and following their passions, rather than by the promise of climbing a corporate ladder.

This topic fascinates me so I jumped at the chance to chat with The San Francisco Bay Area’s best career coach, Marty Nemko about  the myth of following your passion, and the difficulty of changing people. I think you’ll find this interview insightful and enjoy it as much as I did.

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Bright Eyes: My Experience with PRK Laser Eye Surgery, 3 Months Out

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Here I am in my Gunnar‘s – blue light blocking glasses that were crucial post laser eye surgery

Why did I get PRK laser eye surgery?

It all started with a disastrous morning in New York City this fall…

My alarm went off at 5am, and I felt totally zonked. I was in NYC for meetings and had been staying at the Dream Hotel – the one with a nightclub on the top floor. Let me tell you, that sound travelled.  I’d barely slept, but had ambitiously signed up for a 6am Barry’s Bootcamp class in Chelsea for that morning. I rolled out of bed, stumbled to the bathroom, and ripped open a fresh box of disposable contact lenses. After popping them into my eyes, the room became a swirl of indistinguishable objects. “They must have sent me a faulty lot!” I thought to myself, frustrated. I threw on an old, dysfunctional pair of glasses that only go with me on trips for emergencies that proceeded to slide right off my sweaty face and on to the floor during my fitness class.

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Simple Diet Wisdom, Margaritas & Chocolate: Tips From Annie at Collective Passions

Intuitive eating is tough, as is sticking to a simple diet. With the temptation of all the fad diets out there and the overwhelming urge many people have to find a quick fix to diet and weight-loss. Healthy eating is actually much simpler than the whirlwind of information in the media would have you believe. My friend and fellow lifestyle blogger Annie from Collective Passions is breaking down her basic approach to clean eating in this post, as well as sharing some easy recipes for healthy, non-restrictive treats. On her blog, Annie share tips and tricks from her own experiences as well as featured writers on how to get gorgeous, feel amazing, and get smart.

Do people ask you if you’re Vegan? Raw? Paleo? Why are we all so fascinated with putting a label on how we eat?

A few years back I read the book Skinny Bitch and literally, in a panic, turned vegan overnight. I stayed with the vegan label for almost 4 years, but eventually I started to feel overwhelmed with this style of eating. I started asking myself questions like, is this really me? Why am I labeling myself like this? And why am I putting this kind of pressure on myself to fit within a label?

It wasn’t until I was overwhelmed with working full time and going to business school full time at night that I realized I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. I took a step back and finally understood that I needed to listen to my body, not some book telling me what to eat and what not to eat. With this challenge I learned two important lessons about myself that anyone can apply to their lifestyle.

Eat in moderation.

Don’t put a label on yourself; instead eat what makes YOU feel good in moderation. Do you feel awesome after eating lean protein, such as chicken? Do nuts keep you full and give you energy? Or do you need a banana full of potassium instead? Cut through all the noise out there and do what works for you.

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This Chocolate Coffee Almond Butter Smoothie is a 10

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SPF Addict Clothing + Sun Protection Hacks = Look Young Forever!

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SPF Addict and Sun Stats

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SPF – it’s imperative for keeping your skin young and cancer free. You’ve all heard it before: the sun ages you by breaking down the collagen in your skin, it causes skin cancer (which is the fastest growing cancer in the US), and it can impact you even on cloudy days. According to SkinCancer.org,  a whopping 90% of skin “aging” is caused by the sun.

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Healthy Dinner Hacks: Low Calorie Seaweed (Nori) Wraps

Let me start this by saying I am not a cook. “Making dinner” consists of preparing fast, clean meals that usually involve raw or precooked ingredients (I cook meat ahead on weekends) or things that cook in 10 minutes or less like eggs . So, whenever I discover something incredibly easy to make that’s also healthy and delicious, I’m all over it. Enter the seaweed (nori) wrap!

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Beauty Hacks for Travel: How to Fit Your Favorite Toiletries into a Carry On

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Trying to fit my toiletries into a carry on has been the bane of my existence for as long as I can remember, but after approximately 15 trips this past year, I no longer have the patience to wait for checked baggage. Packing carry on luggage is a must for me now! That said, I refuse to give up using my favorite toiletries when I’m on the road so I’ve had to learn some tricks when it comes to fitting them all in… Continue reading

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Interview with a Sommelier – Champagne Facts You Need to Know!

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Maybe it’s living next door to Napa Valley or that I’ve outgrown vodka-soda, but I knew I’d developed a taste for good champagne when I couldn’t bring myself to go near the cheap Barefoot Rose at a party recently!

I wanted to learn more about champagne (“bubbly”) and my new picky palate so I decided to interview the extremely knowledgeable Sommelier Shannon Silver,  who is also my friend and a blogger in the making. It turns out that bubbly has a complicated history and creation process, but she broke down some surprising facts everyone should know. The result was my personal version of Champagne for Dummies! Continue reading

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