Looking to Lose a Few Pounds? Do NOT Try This

Been over-stuffing your pie hole this summer? Looking to lose some excess poundage? You're certainly not alone. But, for the love of all that's good and holy, please do not follow in the footsteps of one Iowan woman who deliberately swallowed a parasitic tapeworm to help her slim down.   read more


August 20, 2013  |   7:08 AM  |  4 COMMENTS
American Foods That Have Been Banned in Foreign Countries

Considering the fact that some American "cuisine" (Oh, those Golden Arches) has become ubiquitous abroad, it's interesting to learn that there's a long list of foods that are verboten in other countries.   read more


August 12, 2013  |   7:08 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
4 Reasons to Add Eating Dark Chocolate to Your Beauty Routine

Let's play a little trivia game. Eating chocolate causes skin breakouts, right?

If you said, "yes," do not pass GO, do not collect $200. Here's the rub (and the best news since Clooney's split from Stacy Kiebler): consuming dark chocolate -- the vitamin, antioxidant and mineral-rich cousin to the overly sugar-filled and processed Hershey bar -- is good for your skin. As an added bonus, dark chocolate also boasts other ancillary beauty -- as well as health -- benefits.   read more


August 7, 2013  |   5:08 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
Will Eating Maggots Be the Next Diet Fad? (Count Us Out)

Just when you think you've heard it all, comes this. Hang on to your cookies ...

Katharina Unger, an industrial design graduate of University of Applied Arts in Vienna, believes that protein is an important part of people's diets. She's also hellbent on thwarting the meat industry because, as the Daily Mail reports, "We already use one third of croplands for the production of animal feed, it will be necessary to develop alternative food sources and production methods."   read more


August 2, 2013  |  11:08 AM  |  2 COMMENTS
Judge: It's OK to Fire Waitresses for Being Fat

An Atlantic City, NJ, judge ruled that cocktail waitresses working at a local casino can be fired for gaining weight. The ruling came out of a weight discrimination lawsuit brought forth by 22 waitresses -- known as the Borgata Babes -- at the city's Borgata casino. The women claimed they were required to have frequent weigh-ins and weren't allowed to be more than 7 percent heavier than their weight when hired. Women who had gained weight were suspended until they got their weight down. Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson ruled in the favor or the casino, arguing that the woman knew that being attractive and thin was part of the job. The application for the job read "part fashion model, part beverage server, part charming host and hostess. All impossibly lovely." Johnson also said that because the women were knowingly referred to as "babes," they should have expected such scrutiny.   read more


August 1, 2013  |   5:08 AM  |  19 COMMENTS
6 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Treats

When you hear the term "emotional eater," what do you usually picture? Probably something straight out of a romantic comedy: A sad sap who just went through a bad breakup, blaring depressing music in the background and shoveling heaping spoonfuls of ice cream into her mouth (straight out of the tub). A good friend may come over eventually, equipped with even more junk food, and the "eat your feelings" mentality continues while the rain pours outside.   read more


July 29, 2013  |   8:07 AM  |  1 COMMENT
10 Best Low-Calorie Summer Cocktails

Want to keep your bikini body intact but don't want to spend the summer sipping light beer? You need to try these amazingly creative (and delicious) options   read more


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June 25, 2013 | 1:06 PM | 1 COMMENT
Which of these Ridiculously Shocking New Snacks Do You Want?

Anything alcohol-infused is brilliant in our book. The (rather ridiculously named) popcorn company Populence teamed up with a New Zealand winemaker to create a "Sauvignon Blanc Kettle" that incorporates wine into the recipe. According to the site, "the sweet popcorn's final flavor is bright and zesty and pairs beautifully with the wine." Unfortunately, a 1 Gallon Tin will set you back $35. But on the bright side, wine popcorn isn't as bad on the snack scale as, say, Cheetos and beer. And there's something satisfyingly classy about being able to pull a Sauvignon Blanc-flavored snack from your pantry the next time you host a shindig.   read more


June 22, 2013  |   3:06 PM  |  COMMENT
Pinspiration of the Week: Strawberry Shortcake

Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day, which is an excellent excuse for us to spend a few hours flipping through food porn to find the most interesting recipes. It is peak strawberry season, and we love this all-American classic because there are so many tasty variations out there -- from gluten-free shortcake to ice cream sandwiches. Dig in!   read more


June 14, 2013  |   4:06 PM  |  1 COMMENT

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