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Step away from the scale: It’s not all about how much weight you lose – The Providence Journal

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

But a couple of healthy recipes are always welcome.

You made the fitness resolution while raising your glass of bubbly on New Year’s Eve, and you’ve worked out three times a week for more than a month. But the scale. Is. Not. Budging.

Isn’t it possible that you’re actually fitter that you have more lean body mass and less fat even though the scale hasn’t changed?

Indeed, it is.

This is why trainers such as Washington, D.C., strength and conditioning coach Gabe Free are more interested in measuring your body composition, which looks at lean body mass compared with body fat, than just your body weight, which gives your overall weight and doesn’t discriminate between fat and muscle even though, as we know, one generally is less desirable than the other.

“People get caught up with a number on the scale. But that kind of misses the point,” Free says. “What we want to do is improve strength and increase lean body mass.”

Technically, you could improve strength and increase lean body mass while gaining rather than losing weight, depending on your starting point. Because, as we know, muscle weighs more than fat.

Meir Magal, professor of exercise science at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, agrees that the body-composition measurement is a better measure of fitness.

It is also often a better tool than BMI (body mass index, in which body mass is divided by the square of the body height), he says.

“If you have someone who is very muscular, they might show up as obese when you use BMI,” Magal says. “Body composition is a far superior measurement.”

So why don’t we hear more about body-composition tests if they’re so much better than BMI and mere weight tracking?

Well, they require skill and, in some cases, can be costly. The cheapest and most common way is to use calipers, which measure skin folds by pinching your skin in at least three relatively fat-heavy areas: in men, the chest, abdomen and thigh; and in women, the triceps, abdomen and thigh.

This is the method Free uses regularly with his clients.

“We might do it once a month or at the completion of a specific training program goal,” he says.

A slightly more involved but usually pretty affordable method is the bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), in which a machine sends electrical currents through the body to determine fat-free body mass.

Lara Atella, co-owner of Hot Yoga Capitol Hill in Washington, uses this method. One of the things it looks at is water content in the body, so it is important that the test taker isn’t overhydrated or underhydrated and hasn’t worked out before the test.

More expensive but more accurate body-composition tests include underwater weighing and DEXA scans (a type of X-ray). These are often used by professional and collegiate athletes.

Some numbers to keep in mind in terms of body composition:

People might say things such as “He has zero percent body fat,” but that is a fallacy.

The body needs some fat, and those levels are different for men and women: Essential fat for men is 2 to 5 percent, and for women, it’s 10 to 13 percent. But that is not the number to aim for, Atella says.

Instead, for fit women, the target is 21 to 24 percent, and for fit men, it’s about 14 to 17 percent. For athletes, the corresponding numbers are 14 to 20 percent for women and 6 to 13 percent for men.

“It’s important for women to have that essential body fat, or it can mess with your hormone levels, which can lead to hair loss, fatigue and you can lose your period,” Atella says.

It is possible to be what Atella calls “skinny fat.” In other words, your body weight and BMI can be low while your body fat is high, which is not considered fit.

On the other hand, that’s not necessarily connected to health risks. A high waist circumference, though, is associated with increased disease risks.

Sigh. It’s not just overall fat but also where it’s located that matters. This is why Atella also measures waist circumference and blood pressure.

“You could have high body fat, but that’s not necessarily dangerous unless that fat is all around the waist,” Atella says.

A waist greater than 35 inches for women and 39 for men is associated with hypertension and heart disease, Magal says.

There are, of course, genetic variations. Some people can have a rotund body shape and be healthy.

Let’s say you are still upset about your lack of progress on the scale and decide to go on a juice cleanse diet to “lose 10 pounds in 10 days.”

“It’s not a good idea to lose that much weight that fast,” Free says. “You didn’t put the weight on overnight, and it’s not going to come off overnight.”

In fact, he says, the “crazy cleanse diets” work in the sense that you drop weight rapidly, but in the process you lose three times more lean body mass than fat. And it’s never a good idea to lose muscle mass.

Muscles not only make you stronger, but more lean body mass is also associated with better metabolism.

A diet that supports muscle growth needs protein and some fat – which many cleanse diets virtually ban.

Magal suggests that anyone interested in fat loss and increased fitness needs to consult a nutritionist to set up a sensible plan.

Free eats 1 to 2 grams of protein per day per kilogram of body weight (example: 220 pounds = 100 kg; 1.5 grams of protein x 100 kg = 150 grams of protein per day).

Free acknowledges that it isn’t always easy to persuade clients to step off the scale, but there are success stories. He has a client whose goal was to drop a significant amount of weight but in the end didn’t budge the scale as much as he lost fat and became strong.

“He trusted the process. His clothes fit better, he feels better, and he’s much stronger.”

Boston is a fitness trainer and freelance writer. She can be found at


Skinny Corn Bread

Corn kernels, jalapeo and onion bulk up this low-fat skillet version.You’ll need a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron.

The corn bread is best served warm, but you can refrigerate leftovers, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up toa week. The leftovers are also good cut into cubes and toasted for salad croutons.

cup diced yellow onion

cup fresh or defrosted corn kernels

2 tablespoons seeded, finely chopped fresh jalapeo peppers

cup flour

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

teaspoon baking soda

teaspoon fine sea salt

1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal

3/4 cup regular or low-fat buttermilk

1 large egg, beaten

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

Place the ovenproof skillet on the middle oven rack; preheat to 400 degrees.

Spray a small nonstick skillet with olive oil cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add the onion, corn and jalapeos; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times, just until the corn is lightly charred. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to cool.

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Whisk the cornmeal into the dry ingredients.

Whisk together the buttermilk, egg and oil in a large liquid measuring cup, then pour that mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, stirring just until blended. Fold in the cooled corn mixture.

Remove the hot skillet from the oven; immediately pour the batter into the skillet, spreading it evenly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and the center is just firm to the touch.

Transfer the pan to a wire oven rack to cool for a few minutes before cutting the corn bread into wedges.

Serves 6.

Nutrition per serving(using low-fat buttermilk): 190 calories, 6 grams protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 35 milligrams cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber, 4 g sugar.

Adapted from “Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life,” by Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron Books, 2017).

Crunchy Salad With Curry Lime Vinaigrette

This is a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, and, surprisingly, it’s kid-friendly. Lots of chopping here, so feel free to spread the tasks among your favorite kitchen helpers.

The vinaigrette can be refrigerated a day or two in advance. Whisk to re-emulsify before using.

If you’re calculating, the salad is 5 Weight Watchers points per serving.

For the vinaigrette:

cup apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons honey

1 clove garlic, grated very fine

1-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated very fine

Finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

For the salad:

1 cup finely chopped cauliflower florets

1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets

1 cup thinly sliced sugar snap peas

1 cup shredded Brussels sprouts

cup shredded red cabbage

cup carrot matchsticks (julienne)

6 dried apricots, thinly sliced

cup thinly sliced scallions (white and light-green parts)

1 cups chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as basil, chives, cilantro and mint

cup hulled, roasted sunflower seeds (salted or unsalted)

cup chopped Marcona almonds

For the vinaigrette: Whisk together the vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, lime zest and juice, curry powder and salt in a liquid measuring cup. Gradually add the oil, whisking to form an emulsified vinaigrette.

For the salad: Combine the cauliflower, broccoli, sugar snap peas, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, carrots and apricots in a large mixing bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes, then toss again.

Scatter the scallions, herbs, sunflower seeds and Marcona almonds on top. Divide among individual bowls and serve right away.

6 servings.

Nutrition| Per serving (using unsalted sunflower seeds): 160 calories, 5 grams protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 10 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 450 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber, 8 g sugar.

Adapted from “Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life,” by Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron Books, 2017).

Step away from the scale: It’s not all about how much weight you lose – The Providence Journal

A Simple and Healthy Desi Diet for Pregnancy – DESIblitz

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

Its always best to get medical advice before going ahead.

When youre pregnant, theres a good chance youll be bombarded with all sorts of conflicting information. Whether its from your family, extended family, friends or even neighbours, youre sure to be getting lots of advice on what a Desi diet for pregnancy should be.

Theres so much information out there that it can be difficult to suss out what a healthy Desi diet for pregnancy should consist of.

Generally, you should consult your doctor regarding whats best for you during your pregnancy. However, if youre looking for a quick guide to a good Desi diet for pregnancy, then give this a read.

This one seems obvious, but it can be hard to fit enough fruits and vegetables into your diet. Fruits and vegetables are full of various vitamins and nutrients. Many of these are crucial for your babys development.

For example, mangoes are an ideal food for you to be eating. Theyre rich in vitamins A and C, as well as iron and folic acid. Try a mango smoothie or a lassi to get these vitamins into your diet.

Vegetables like cauliflower are also great for your pregnancy. Full of vitamin C and calcium, theyre good for your babys development. Try adding cauliflower to a curry or samosas to add them into your diet.

Try and include as many different fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible. Fruits and vegetables contain such a wide range of nutrients so its important to include lots of them. Try making a big vegetable curry or a vegetable soup to get as many as possible.

Pulses such as the various types of lentils and beans are key for a healthy Desi pregnancy diet.

Theyre not only a great source of protein, theyre one of the cheapest sources of protein available. If youre trying to be a bit more frugal during your pregnancy, pulses can be a great choice.

Lentils contain a large amount of folic acid. This means that theyre good for the early stages of your babys development. They also contain potassium, fibre and iron. All of these are excellent for the health of yourself and your baby.

Beans also contain fibre and iron as well as protein, so theyre an excellent addition to any meal.

Some women have even reported that their morning sickness has abated after introducing beans to their diet.

Pulses are also great for a healthy Desi diet for pregnancy because theyre so easy to cook. Canned beans only take a few minutes and can be added to chilis, curries and stews for that extra protein.

Dal is a staple in every Desi household and you can even make a big batch in a slow cooker to last you all week.

While you can get all the protein you need from vegetable based sources if you choose, many people will want to get their protein from meat. Meat isnt important only for protein, it is also a source of iron. This is crucial as getting enough iron prevents anaemia.

You do have to be careful with meat during pregnancy. The bacteria which causes food poisoning found in meats can sometimes lead to serious illnesses in pregnancy. So, always make sure your meat is thoroughly cooked.

For this, its best for you to buy a food thermometer in order to ensure that your food is cooked all the way through.

Most fish is safe to eat during pregnancy. However, you should be careful with the amount of tuna that you eat. Tuna contains more mercury than many other fishes, so its important to limit your intake to avoid mercury poisoning.

As with other meats, always make sure that your fish has been properly cooked through to avoid bacteria and parasites that may be in the food.

The only exception to this is sushi. You can actually eat raw fish while pregnant. You just have to make sure it has been frozen first. Freezing the fish will kill bacteria and parasites in the same way that cooking would.

Youll probably be wanting to eat dairy products during your pregnancy to ensure you get enough calcium.

This can be easily accomplished through foods like cheeses, yoghurt and milk. If you dont like consuming these foods by themselves, you could easily include them by stirring some natural yoghurt into a curry.

During a healthy Desi diet for pregnancy, you can certainly eat foods like paneer. However, you need to first make sure that its made from pasteurised milk. This helps to remove bacteria from the cheese and ensure its safe to eat.

You should also cook paneer before you eat it while pregnant. Even if its been pasteurised, paneer can still be a tempting spot for bacteria, so its important to cook it.

During pregnancy, you should be careful not to eat mould-ripened soft cheeses or blue cheeses. This is because the mould they are made with can contain listeria. This can be a very serious illness in pregnant women.

You also need to make sure that the only milk you consume is pasteurised or UHT (ultra heat treated) milk. Dont drink fresh or unpasteurized goat or sheep milk as it can contain harmful bacteria.

You should be able to create a healthy Desi diet for pregnancy which suits you. If you look through these food groups you should be able to cook meals which you enjoy and which suit your pregnancy.

However, if youre not sure on anything during your pregnancy you should always consult your doctor. If you want to eat a food and youre not sure if its safe for pregnancy, its always best to get medical advice before going ahead.

Other than that, getting a healthy Desi diet for pregnancy should be easy. Make sure you eat lots of fruits and vegetables and plenty of pulses. Make sure you cook your meat safely and choose the right cheeses. If you stick to this, you and your baby should be happy and healthy.

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Everything you need to know to protect your kids’ teeth – Blackpool Gazette

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

07:26 Wednesday 22 February 2017

As a local dentist and mum-of-two, Elaine Clavell-Bate understands just how much parents want to help their children protect their perfect smiles. Elaine says: “It’s really important for our kids to get into healthy dental routines and learning good habits early will help set them up for a lifetime of great oral health.”

Here’s Elaine’s advice on how you can help your children keep their healthy smile.


The advice is to brush children’s teeth for two minutes last thing at night and for two minutes at one other time of the day.

You should supervise your children’s brushing until they are at least six-years-old.

Disclosing tablets are great tool for parents to check that kids are brushing effectively. These are chewable tablets that stain plaque pink so children can see the areas they need to brush better. Speak to your dentist or hygienist about their use and always Vaseline their lips first otherwise their lips will be pink too!

You should start brushing your children’s teeth once the first tooth comes into their mouth. Use a fluoridated toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride. Preferably over 1350ppm fluoride if possible.

For children under three years of age, only a small smear of toothpaste should be used, children over three should have a small pea sized amount on their brush.

It can be difficult to encourage young children to brush their teeth. But brushing can be made fun. Children really love colourful or character toothbrushes and there are lots of apps that can make brushing more interesting.

Playing their favourite song can help as can using a novelty two minute timer.

With our two young boys we encourage them to brush for the first minute then we take over for the second.

Tooth brush charts are a great help especially if they come with sticker rewards.

Children can use mouthwash from the age of seven providing they can spit out well and you can be sure that they wont swallow the rinse.

But remember mouthwash should not be used straight after brushing, nor should you or your child rinse with water after brushing. Toothpaste should be left on the teeth so encourage your child to spit out the excess toothpaste but not rinse.

Children from the age of 12 years-of-age can start cleaning in between their teeth, usually with floss or dental tape. They can see their dentist or hygienist to be shown how to effectively and safely clean between their teeth. This is especially important if they have crowded teeth or have braces on.

The kit

Toothbrushes should be replaced when the brush bristles are splayed or at least every 3 months.

Try to use a toothbrush with a small head and medium texture bristles. Either electric or manual, the main thing is to encourage them to brush for 2 minutes – the brush isn’t as important as effective brushing.


We would encourage all parents not to add sugar to any food or drink. For very young children a free flow cup should be encouraged from 6 months and we advise that bottles be stopped if possible by 12-months-old.

Encourage water rather than juice especially in between meals and keep sugary food and drinks to a minimum.

Parents should try to reduce the frequency of sugary food. When children get sweet food and drink try to keep that food to with a meal rather than letting them snack on it between meals. This reduces the number of sugar attacks on the teeth.

Starting with good habits from a young age is important, it’s much harder to change to a healthier low sugar diet than it is to start that way.

Using stickers or presents such as magazines or football cards as treats and rewards can be a useful way of avoiding sweets. Suggest this to family members and anyone who looks after your children too.

The obvious high sugar snacks to avoid are sweets, chocolate, biscuits, cake and sugary drinks. But you should check the sugar content of all snacks to make sure there are no hidden sugars. Dried fruit such as raisins are high in sugar and stick in children’s teeth and can cause decay.

If you are unsure if your child’s diet is high in sugar you can always record a diet sheet. This means writing down everything that your child eats and drinks and the times they have the food and drink for twp week days and one weekend day. Always be totally truthful and try to pick a week that is representative of their normal diet. (None of us would choose Christmas week to do this! )Take the sheet with you to your dental or hygienist appointment and discuss the content with them. They may be able to identify problem areas and suggest alternatives.

Coming to the dentist

Parents should get baby and child dental advice as early as possible so take your baby with you to your own check ups and make sure they are having their own appointments by the age of two.

Even if you feel your child may not be cooperative the dentist can give advice – it is important that your child is comfortable in the surgery from a young age.

If your child is nervous about attending the dentist encourage them to attend for regular check ups and don’t put pressure on them to comply fully at first. They may just want to talk to the dentist or have their teeth counted while they sit on a parent’s knee. We encourage toddlers to bring their favourite teddy and they can give their teddy their own dental check up using our mouth mirrors.

Eventually they will gain confidence. Generally the younger they start attending regular check ups the less nervous they are. Going to the dentist will become as normal as going for a haircut.

There are several treatments available to help prevent your children’s teeth from decaying such as fluoride varnish and sealants. Your dentist or hygienist will advise you on when fluoride varnish should be applied to teeth and when sealants should be placed.

If your child needs treatment don’t be scared to ask your dentist as many questions as you feel you need to. If your child is worried about treatment let your dentist know.

For young children there are books about cartoon characters visiting the dentist and these can be useful.

The dentist will fully explain each treatment and talk you and your child through every stage. It is important that you and your child feel in control and knowledgeable about the treatment as this will help to reduce any anxiety.

Elaine Clavell-Bate is a dentist and clinical lead at Clavell-Bate dental practice in Whalley. She has been a dentist for 11 years.

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Mediterranean diet may decrease pain associated with obesity – Science Daily

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

Mediterranean diet may decrease pain associated with obesity
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"We found that a healthy diet explained the link between weight and pain and specifically that seafood and plant proteins such as peas and nuts and beans were key," said Emery, who is a member of Ohio State's Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research.

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Portia de Rossi is the secret weapon of Santa Clarita Diet – Salon

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

Netflixs Santa Clarita Diet is a slow burn. Starring Drew Barrymore as a real estate brokerturned a zombie living in Southern California, the madcap horror-comedy takes time to find its screwball rhythm.

Barrymore plays Sheila, a buttoned-up suburban mom who develops a craving for human flesh after throwing up a mysterious ball, along with buckets of vomit. Her panicked husband (a pitch-perfect Timothy Olyphant) attempts to aid his undead spouse in a quest to satiate her hunger. They decide to target bad people drug dealers, pedophiles and other lowlifes but their schemes never go according to plan. Sheilas first victim is a fellow real estate broker (Nathan Fillion) who makes eyes at her during a night of drunken clubbing and refuses to take no for an answer. He messed with the wrong corpse.

Barrymore is always a welcome presence, but the performance she gives requires audiences spend a few episodes to warm up to her. Like the show around her, she grows on you. It helps that the former romcom star is aided by a stellar supporting cast, which includes Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911) and Mary Elizabeth Ellis (Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia).

But forthe shows rotating troupe members, Santa Clarita Diet saves its most inspired bit of casting for last. Even if you arent a fan of the show (which has received somewhat mixed reviews), its worth sticking around until the season finale, when Portia de Rossi casually strolls in and blows the roof off the joint. The former Arrested Development star is a perverse delight as Cora Wolf, a scientist who may or may not have a cure for Sheilas condition. Wolf, who spends most of her time with the undead, doesnt know how to interact with the living. She attempts to hug Sheila three different times (to see which version feels more natural) before just giving up entirely.

The zombie researcher is just the kind of character that de Rossi excels at portraying; itsdescribed by series creator Victor Fresco as steely, smart as hell, and completely disconnected emotionally. The two previously worked together on Better Off Ted, a gonzo corporate satire that lasted just two seasons on ABC. De Rossiplayed Veronica, a soulless executive who keeps her flawless hair pulled back to accentuate her power. Shes the kind of boss, ruthlessly dedicated to the bottom line, who refers to her underlings as minions.

Fresco, who also worked on Dinosaurs and Alf, told Entertainment Weekly that the part of Cora was written with de Rossi in mind because he felt like he wasnt finished with that character. Allowing the actress to all but reprise the part of Veronica is a love letter to fans of the criminally underrated comedy, which was saddled with a terrible title before it was unceremoniously axed by its parent network. (For the uninitiated, outtakes ofBetter Off Ted cast members riffing extremely NSFW insults Frosty the Snow Whore remains a personal favorite is one of the funniest thingsone will ever see.)

This showalso a reminder of thepeerless deadpan performer de Rossi is when given the right material, which isnt nearly often enough. Should Santa Clarita Diet be picked up for a second season, it would be the actress first major comedic role since Ted went off the air seven years ago.

In fact, de Rossi is the only Arrested Development alum who wasnt able to parlay being in the cult phenomenon into steady success. Of the main cast, shes arguably had the most difficult run after the Fox comedy was canceled. Jeffrey Tambor and Tony Hale have since won two Emmys each. Michael Cera and Jason Bateman both launched successful film careers, balancing mainstream and indie projects. Cera is now starring in The LEGO Batman Movie, with the absurdly prolific Will Arnett, who has starred in eight different TV shows in the past seven years. Alia Shawkat is the current lead in the acclaimed TBS comedy Search Party, and Jessica Walter has nine seasons of Archer under her belt.

Anyone who has watched de Rossi slay the competition at Linda Bagel or shoot a pillow to relieve stress knows what separates her from her onetime co-stars isnt lack of comedic talent. Shes utterly brilliant. So what gives?

Well, its a little bit of bad luck along with a heaping helping of institutional bias. Better Off Ted, while critically adored, never attracted enough eyes to gain the kind of following that would lead to bigger things for the native Australian. After Ted was yanked, de Rossi was cast as Lily Munster in NBCs troubled reboot of The Munsters. The ill-fated show got burned off as the Bryan Fuller-produced miniseries Mockingbird Lane. Her fortunes didnt improve from there. ABC passed on The Smart One in 2012, a comedy that would have teamed de Rossi with her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, who produced the half-hour pilot.

It doesnt help that de Rossi who nowis playing a recurring character on Scandal is in her 40s in an industry where Olivia Wilde is treated as a senior citizen. As women growolder, they are offered far fewer chances than their male peers are. Just two of Arnetts shows, for instance, have lasted more than two seasons, and hes continued to line up more projects.

But even more than that, de Rossi is one half of Americas most recognizable (and perennially popular) same-sex couple. That visibility has been groundbreaking in normalizing queer relationships. When DeGeneres first came out in a 1998 episode of Ellen, advertisers pulled sponsorship for the show, which was driven off the air by deafening controversy the following year. Just a decade later, the couples splashy and widely celebrated wedding, which landed on the cover of People magazine, signaled a major shift in LGBT acceptance.

Dietram Scheufele, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, once told NPR that the pair is almost a litmus test of where we have been as a society.

Becoming a petri dish for social tolerance hasnt been generous to de Rossis career. Hollywood is notoriously unkind to out actors, so much so that Rupert Everett famously urged LGBT people who want to make it in the industry to stay in the closet. But things have improved considerably since Everett opened up about his sexuality two decades ago. Out actor Jim Parsons has won four Emmys for his work on The Big Bang Theory, while Jane Lynch took home a trophy for Glee in 2010.

Even as things change, the more they stay the same. Celebrities like Taylor Swift and Brad Pitt havethe luxury of enjoying very public relationships, probably more so than any of us would like. But its worth noting how extremely little you probably know about LGBT actors private lives.

If a gun were pointed at your head and you had to say the name of Parsons significant otherto avoid death, could you do so? What about for Zachary Quinto, Cynthia Nixon, Nathan Lane, Jodie Foster, Wentworth Miller, Alan Cumming, Lily Tomlin, Sean Hayes, Stephen Fry, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Colton Haynes, Wanda Sykes or Sir Ian McKellen all of whom are out and proud? I couldnt come up with a single one. Of out celebrities, I could cite just two committed same-sex couples: Sarah Paulson has been dating Holland Taylor since last year, while Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have earned the title of Instagrams most beautiful family.

Paulson, who broke the internet by announcing she was dating the 74-year-old Two and a Half Men actress, has been particularly vocal about her intergenerational relationship. The Emmy winner recently claimed that she was the luckiest person in the world.

When it comes to the question of whom, say, Sandra Bernhardt is shacking up with,you might reasonably wonder who would care about such a thing. If these folks arent sucking face in the tabloids every day, good for them. But given the public obsession with every detail of a famous persons day, even what he or shewore while going to the corner grocery, not knowing even basic facts about LGBT stars romantic lives is a notable omission. After all, these minutiae are what billion dollar industries are made of.

Theres perhaps a reason than that queer love rarely graces the cover of Us Weekly (as was the case with Sandra and Jodie: So in Love!). When Matt Bomer was up for the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey, fans complained they wouldnt be able to see the White Collar actor as anything but a gay man. They couldnt suspend their disbelief to watch him play Christian Grey. Although more celebs are coming out than ever before, actors might be less willing to make that extra leap by putting their relationships in the public eye as well, concerned that audiences will associate them as part of a same-sex unit. It could limit the kind of roles they are offered.

That unfortunate prejudice will soon be tested after Kristen Stewart the former Twilight star cum critical darling officially came out during an episode of Saturday Night Live. The 26-year-old actress, who had largely refrained from discussing her sexuality, referred to herself as gay for the first time during the shows opening monologue three weeks ago.

For as reticent as Stewart has been to put a label on it, the star has been extremely forthright about whom shes dating. Responding to rumors about her sexuality in 2016, the actress claimed that she was really in love with [her] girlfriend. Since splitting fromlongtime love Alicia Cargile last year, Stewart has been attached to indie singer St. Vincent (ne Annie Clark) and model Stella Maxwell. Instead of stepping back as her relationships have become more public, Stewart hascontinued to take a variety of high-profile roles in projects thatrecently included Caf Society, Equals and Personal Shopper. All those characters are straight.

To her credit, de Rossi may have paid the price for being so open about her marriage a decade too early, but that honesty has freed her to be bracingly frank about the pressures women face in the industry whether queer or straight. Her 2010 autobiography, Unbearable Lightness, discusses her battle with anorexia, which she developed while working on Ally McBeal. De Rossi is not only a trailblazer, one whose example helped open doors for other LGBT actors in Hollywood. Shes an inspiration.

Santa Clarita Diet is a chance for viewers to rediscover a fearless comic actress and queer icon whose genius has been overlooked for far too long. If theres any justice in the world, this show willbe the start of the career renaissance de Rossi so desperately deserves.

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First Watch: Diet Cig, ‘Tummy Ache’ : NPR – NPR

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

Energetic and earnest, sweet and punchy self-described “slop-pop” duo Diet Cig is nothing if not endearing. In “Tummy Ache,” the first single from the band’s upcoming debut Swear I’m Good At This, singer and guitarist Alex Luciano wields this undeniable charm while singing about the challenges of carving out her own space in a notoriously bro-heavy scene.

“Tummy Ache” gains its power from being both brash and vulnerable; Luciano boldly asserts that she doesn’t “need a man / to hold my hand.” Later, she wonders: “What if we never figure it out / what if I’m always talking too loud?”

The video for “Tummy Ache” stars young participants from the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and Girls Rock Philly, two programs aimed at musical education and empowerment for girls. While the lyrics to “Tummy Ache” may be ambivalent, the video itself signals nothing but confidence and joy. Campers eat junk food in sparkly makeup, gather at a rock club to craft “Trans Lives Matter” and “Defend Planned Parenthood” signs, before showing off their shredding skills on stage. It’s a near-utopian space of grrrl power, music and community.

Luciano laments that “it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt.” But from the looks of it, it can be pretty fun, too.

Swear I’m Good At This comes out April 7 on Frenchkiss Records.

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Dr. Luke responds to fat-shaming claims by saying Kesha’s family, managers outlined her diet, court papers show – New York Daily News

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

Dr. Luke, accused of fat-shaming, says Kesha’s kin outlined diet


Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 8:51 PM

The music producer accused of abusing and fat-shaming pop star Kesha says it was the singers family and handlers who wanted to keep her off junk food, according to court papers.

After Keshas camp released emails last week from producer Dr. Luke criticizing her for breaking her “diet plan” by drinking a Diet Coke, Luke countered that the whole weight-loss initiative was her idea.

“Kesha and her managers know full well that they are mischaracterizing this conduct as ‘abuse’ because Kesha, her managers, and others in Keshas life, frequently discussed her weight and dieting practices and not in the most flattering of terms,” Luke said in a reply filed in court Tuesday.

At issue are dueling lawsuits between Kesha, 29, and Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, over Keshas contract with Luke and allegations that the producer raped and drugged her.

Emails of Dr. Luke ripping Kesha’s weight introduced into suit

Luke also denied claims he threatened Kesha to get her to sing particular lyrics for the song Crazy Kids.

But Luke says he asked a prominent third-party writer to provide alternative lyrics specifically to address Keshas concerns.

Lawyers for Kesha, whose real name is Kesha Sebert, could not be reached for comment.

Kesha has scored two number-one singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R.”

Lady Gaga roped into new Dr. Luke suit against Kesha

She has been trying to get out of her six-album deal with Sony and Luke.

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Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

Candida is a fungus that can grow in the human body.

A condition called Candida Overgrowth Syndrome is said to occur if levels in the gut become too high.

But is it actually a real condition, and does diet play a role? This article explores the current research.

The Candida genus includes more than 20 species of yeast that areable to cause infections in humans (1).

Its commonly present in the digestive tract and mucous membranes of the nose, throat and reproductive organs.

The most common species is Candida albicans (C. albicans), which is estimated to be present in the mouth or throat of up to 40% of healthy adults (2).

About 70% of healthy adults also have yeasts, mainly Candida species, in their guts (large intestine or bowel)(3).

Summary: Yeasts of the Candida genus are common in the digestive tract and mucous membranes of healthy adults. Some species of Candida can cause infections.

Candida does not cause problems most of the time.

However, sometimes yeasts can multiply rapidly and greatly increase in numbers. This is called yeast overgrowth and can lead to infection.

Yeast overgrowth in the gut can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. This has been termed Candida overgrowth syndrome.

Candida albicans on human small intestine mucosa ( 3000-fold magnification) (3).

Its also referred to as:

While numerous books and diet plans claim to cure the condition, the very existence of Candida overgrowth syndrome is controversial.

It first gained attention in 1984 after the publication of a book by William Crook titled The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough.

According to Crook, use of antibiotics causes yeast overgrowth (4).

As he explained it, antibiotics kill good bacteria in the gut that usually keep C.albicans in check. With the good bacteria no longer around, Candida is able to multiply and weaken the immune system.

Infections can develop more easily with a weakened immune system. Of course, an infection is typically treated with antibiotics, fueling this cycle.

This theory of Crooks has never been proven mind you.

Summary: Candida overgrowth syndrome is a controversial condition that some suggest is caused by overgrowth of Candida yeast in the gut.

Some types of Candida infection are well known and described in the medical literature.

Candida infection in the mouth or throat is called thrush. Candida infection of the vagina is commonly referred to as a yeast infection.

More serious infections can occur when Candida enters the bloodstream. This is known as invasive candidiasis. However, most cases occur in hospital or nursing home patients who have weakened immune systems.

There is no scientific evidence that these infections are caused by Candida overgrowth in the gut.

Summary: Infections of the mouth, throat, vagina and bloodstream can be caused by Candida. However, there is no evidence linking these infections with Candida overgrowth in the gut.

The following symptoms have been attributed to Candida overgrowth syndrome (4, 5):

One issue here is that many illnesses or infections could cause these wide-ranging symptoms. They are not specific to Candida overgrowth.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, these symptoms are essentially universal. That is, most sick patients probably complain of at least some of them.

Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence to date showing that Candida overgrowth is capable of causing these symptoms.

Summary: Symptoms attributed to Candida overgrowth are not specific and could be caused by a variety of conditions.

Since Candida yeast is present in the majority of people, simply testing for its presence is not useful.

Only one published study has tried to find out whether a set of symptoms or tests could be used to diagnose Candida overgrowth. The researchers could not find any physical or laboratory difference between patients who believed they had Candida overgrowth and those who didnt (6).

This is in line with what Crook says.

In his book, he suggested yeast may be identified as the cause only when no other conditions are discovered. In other words, yeast would be diagnosed as the cause by ruling out other potential culprits.

Additionally, according to Crook, diagnosis of Candida overgrowth could only be made if the patient responded to a suggested treatment (4).

That is, if symptoms go away following treatment, then Candida must have been the problem.

Summary: There are no laboratory tests or other tests to diagnose Candida overgrowth syndrome.

Many diet books claim to treat or cure Candida overgrowth, including Crooks.

Some claim they will provide seemingly miraculous results and can help you recover from Candida in 60 days.

Perhaps the most-well known is the Candida Diet. Here are the typical recommendations:

Unfortunately, there is no evidence that following a so-called Candida diet is helpful in treating a candida overgrowth.

Anyone that swaps refined carbohydrates, added sugars and processed foods for whole foods will feel better and experience better health.

Its no surprise then that patients may feel better following such a diet.

Summary: There is no evidence that a specific candida diet will alleviate symptoms of Candida overgrowth.

The benefit of dietary change is unproven.

But what about the recommendations to take a nutrition supplement?

Keep in mind that Candida is a normal resident of the gut in the majority of healthy adults. Unless a patient has invasive candidiasis, there is no reason to try to reduce Candida.

In fact, according to one group of scientists, eliminating intestinal yeasts is not generally advised (3).

In saying that, many nutrition supplements claim to kill Candida in the gut and/or alleviate symptoms of Candida overgrowth.

However, only probiotics and coconut oil have some (weak) scientific evidence to back up their claims.

One study found that premature babies given Lactobacillus rhamnosus (a bacterial probiotic) for 12 months were significantly less likely to have Candida in their guts (7). Twenty-three percent of babies given the probiotic had Candida, compared to 48% of those given a placebo.

No published studies have looked at probiotics and Candida overgrowth in adults though.

Then there is coconut oil, which has been shown in lab studies to have antifungal activity (8).

Additionally, one study in mice found those fed a diet extremely rich in coconut oil (50% of total calories) had lower levels of C. albicans in their guts than those fed other types of fat and oil (9).

The authors suggested that coconut oil could potentially be used in humans to reduce C. albicans in the gut, but it remains to be tested.

Summary: Emerging research shows that certain probiotics and coconut oil may be effective in reducing Candida in the gut. However, whether that is beneficial for most peopl is not known.

Antifungal medicines have also been suggested as a potential treatment.

One high-quality study looked at the use of Nystatin, an antifungal medicine, in women complaining of Candida overgrowth symptoms. Nystatin was no better than placebo at reducing symptoms (5).

In fact, theres no published evidence showing that Nystatin or any other antifungal medicines alleviate Candida overgrowth in the gut.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that the long-term use of antifungal medicines is potentially dangerous because it could produce resistant species of C. albicans or other disease-causing fungi (4).

Summary: Antifungal medicines have not been shown to reduce symptoms of Candida overgrowth. In fact, long-term use of these medicines could be dangerous.

Scientists have shown that C. albicans in the gut can move through the lining of the intestine and into the bloodstream (10).

This is the case in invasive candidiasis.

Because of this, some believe that Candida overgrowth is the cause of increased intestinal permeability, better known as leaky gut syndrome.

However, this is currently an untested theory and we cannot make strong assumptions.

Whats more, leaky gut syndrome presents as a symptom in numerous conditions unrelated to Candida overgrowth.

Summary: There is no evidence that Candida overgrowth causes leaky gut syndrome.

Symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth are similar to those of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia.

A small study of 20 patients found C. albicans was present in the stool of 60% of CFS patients suffering from severe symptoms (acute phase) compared to only 30% of CFS patients without symptoms (remission) (11).

However, C. albicans was also present in the stool of 53% of healthy control subjects (without CFS) in that study similar to the acute CFS patients. So its unlikely that C. albicans caused CFS in those patients.

Additionally, a controlled trial looking at whether yeast-containing foods affect CFS symptoms found no effect. Patients on a low-sugar, low-yeast diet had no improvements in fatigue or quality of life compared to those on a regular healthy diet (12).

Combined, this evidence suggests it does not cause CFS.

Summary: There is no clear evidence that Candida causes chronic fatigue syndrome. A low-yeast diet also did not improve symptoms in patients with CFS.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the concept of Candida overgrowth syndrome should be regarded as speculative and unproven unless supported by competent research.

And from the current evidence, there is no proof that if it is a real condition it is directly responsible for other health issues or disease.

It makes sense then thatno specific candida diet or antifungal medicine can help treat it. In fact, no treatment has been shown to consistently eliminate symptoms, which makes me even more skeptical.

If youve experienced long-term symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth, talk to your doctor first. There are many potential causes of such symptoms, and more serious issues must be ruled out.

This post originally appeared on Diet vs Disease asCandida and Diet: Splitting Fact from Fiction

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

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Mama June Reveals Her Best Diet Tips Find out How She Slimmed Down! – Life & Style Weekly

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

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Student gets revenge on bullies with dramatic weight loss – New York Post

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 7:50 am

Andy Albertsons nickname at high school was Andyopolis because his classmates thought he was so overweight he could be his own city.

He used to arrive to class early and while his parents just thought he was a diligent student, they never knew the real reason why.

Andy, 22, would make sure he was the first one in the class so he could hide up the back and nobody would have to see him walk through the door.

Being overweight, thats the worst thing possible, to have everyones attention on you, he said in a Facebook video about his weight loss journey.

The Texan man weighed almost 330 pounds and was self conscious of his body. But in less than a year he lost more kilograms than what he weighs now.

He shed a massive 169 pounds and is now down to about 145 pounds.

He claims his weight loss wasnt a miracle, but rather the result of discipline.

In the video posted on his Facebook page, The Andy Journey, he said to succeed, losing weight had to be something you really wanted. He didnt struggle with his weight loss a lot, but he did have moments where he broke.

Andy started putting on weight in primary school but he was playing soccer and baseball and it didnt seem like it was an issue.

His mother Mary Albertson began to notice but she just thought he was a little heavy-set.

He eventually dropped out of soccer, after two seasons of little league baseball he quit baseball and I think he began to feel like he couldnt keep up and compete with the other kids but we tried to encourage him to play but he just quit. I guess thats when I began to realize his weight was affecting his lifestyle, Mary Albertson said.

She had fears her son would become a 35-year-old man sitting in the basement of his parents house playing video games and eating.

She choked back tears when she recalled one night when she was helping Andy with his homework and he said if he had one wish, he would want to be skinny.

As a parent you see your child struggling with being overweight but the thing that seems to make them the happiest is food, so thats what you give them, Mary Albertson said.

Andy said in primary school he weighed about 253 pounds but put on another 66 pounds when he went to college.

I was done being fat and done seeing the number on that scale go up and up, he said.

In January 2015, he began working out and in four months he lost the 66 pounds he put on at college.

He was running on the treadmill every day but he started to plateau and his mom thought thats when he would quit. But when she heard somebody talking about personal trainer Jerry Hughes, she enlisted his help.

Its a tricky thing when you meet with someone and theyre talking about losing a lot of weight. Truly obese people can have a lot of excuses and I dont mean that in a bad way, its their coping mechanism, Jerry Hughes said in the video.

While Andys mom claimed the whole family was heavy-set, Hughes said we were all about the same size when we were born.

Hughes said it wasnt just about teaching Andy how to lift weights at the gym.

They would meet up outside of the gym and talk on the phone when Andy was struggling mentally and needed help to overcome thoughts.

Thats where his battle was won, Hughes said.

If you do not control your mind you will never concur your body.

The trainer said obesity was like any problem, and if youre child was blind or couldnt speak, you would do everything you could to help them, and obesity should be treated in the same way.

Andy said as soon as school starts again, he is going to show up 10 minutes late.

Everyones going to look at me and Im not going to have a care in the world if I have to sit at the front of the class, he said.

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