11 Fad Diets, Ranked From Best to Worst

Thankfully, the one size fits all concept of what's beautiful is changing. But if you follow the trends, you know that new fad diets are constantly popping up to "revolutionize" the weight-loss game. From Oprah selling Weight Watchers to Kim Kardashian's post-pregnancy Atkins regimen to everyone at SoulCycle talking about Whole 30, it can be hard to understand the difference between every fad diet -- let alone know where to turn yourself. According to data from U.S. News & World Report, some of these diets are more likely to change your lifestyle, and others may just leave you with a house full of expensive groceries. Ahead, we break down all you need to know about the most popular diets out there. No matter how tempting it can be to overhaul your life to keep up with the hottest diet trend, remember the real best diet is whatever works for you -- and that makes you feel like your best self in the long term.   read more

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5 Ways Positive Thinking Can Change Your Life

See the glass half full, find the silver lining, look on the bright side...there are endless platitudes and clichés that are so regularly recited, they don't seem to carry much meaning. This seems especially true on the days when metaphorical rain pours down on your metaphorical parade, or when a storm cloud seems to be hovering over your head for days on end. But taking a closer look at optimism reveals these everyday turn of phrases actually have the right idea in mind. When put into routine practice, positive thinking can change your whole life for the better...and in more ways than one.   read more

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7 Reasons Having Sex Should be Your Only New Year's Resolution

It's that time of year again: time to make all those New Year's resolutions you don't even plan on keeping. You know the ones: losing weight, de-stressing, making your health a priority.   read more

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14 Pumpkin Recipes That Are Anything But Basic

You can call pumpkin basic all you want -- but there's a reason why it's the core of a whole slew of much-anticipated seasonal treats and recipes. It's unique, nostalgic and deliciously autumnal -- and perhaps most importantly of all, there's really nothing else like it out there that evokes the same set of feelings. When you think about it that way, it's really not difficult to understand the mass appeal of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.   read more

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8 Meditation Hacks for People Who Suck at Sitting Still

When we hear the word meditation, it's hard not to picture some hippie dippie type in a cross-legged posture, spending two hours a day trying not to scratch her nose. Maybe that's our cynicism talking; maybe it's the fact that we read "Eat, Pray, Love" one too many times. Whatever the reason, meditation often seems totally out of reach for us normal, busy people.   read more

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8 Unsettling Facts Food Companies Don't Want You to Know

Even if you try to eat as healthy as possible, unless you do all of your shopping at a farmer's market and have a butcher and a dairy farmer you trust and rely on, chances are you're eating packaged foods to round out your meals. Unfortunately, there are a ton of ingredients in packaged foods to help make them look appealing, taste better, and withstand travel and shelf life. While the FDA has approved the foods on this list as "safe," some of them may make you think twice before you eat them again.   read more

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A Newbie's Guide to Meditation

The Beatles made it popular in the '60s and celebs like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow do it on the regular, but practicing meditation has some serious physical, emotional and spiritual benefits in addition to upping your hipster cred. Luckily, you don't have to travel to India or have your own television network to practice meditation.   read more

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Feng Shui Your Life

Practitioners of the Chinese art of feng shui believe that the placement and state of objects in a space affect the energy, fortune and health of the people around them.   read more

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Move Over, Bulletproof. This Is How You Should Be Drinking Your Coffee

If you're a coffee lover, you know exactly how you like your morning cups to be made (black; cream and sugar; cappuccino-style, etc.), and you're obsessive to the point of being fanatical about your java. I hate to say it, but as a fellow person dependent on coffee, that's so boring. At this point even using almond milk instead of cream is kind of basic.   read more

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18 Best Sangria Recipes to Sip Poolside

Packed with sugar and alcoholic goodness, sangria isn't exactly health food. That said, it makes an absolutely excellent treat on cheat day -- after all, it's got everything you could ask for in a summery cocktail: Copious fruit juices (and/or fruit-flavored alcohol), wine, bubbly fizz, and, perhaps most importantly of all, booze-soaked fruit. Sangria's perfect for every summer occasion, be it a birthday barbecue, a vacation on a white sand beach, or a good late-afternoon float in the pool.   read more

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