For so many of us, fall is magical, a season which offers us respite from summer's relentless heat and humidity. There's so much to enjoy about the season: sweater weather, warm beverages, holidays, vacation time. But for some of us, as the mercury drops, so does our mojo.
There's a lot of prep that happens during the holiday season -- and much of it can be described in one word: stressful. Between surprising your loved ones with special gifts and planning gatherings for your family and office alike, the time between turkey day and New Year's Day flies by. But for some women, the previous 10 months can dictate the sentiment of the holiday season, especially if they battled extreme hardship. From divorces and death in the families to medical emergencies and other strife, here, seven brave women express how they overcome the most difficult situations amidst the joy of an otherwise happy time of year. Let their stories of hope, triumph and bravery inspire you to get through the long lines, the family tension and the ups and downs you know you'll face this go 'round.
Quick: think back to the first time you considered going on a 'diet.' You might have been in high school -- or even middle school -- when your body was changing and growing, and it made you uncomfortable. Or perhaps someone in the hallways made a comment about how 'fat' you were, or worse, a trusted loved one showered you with criticism tied to weight. Considering many young women begin thinking about their weight early int heir pre-teen experience, the quest of creating the 'perfect' body becomes a lifelong, fruitless mission. For some women, it takes life-altering experiences for their self-loathing attitudes toward their bodies and their eating habits to shift. Here, five powerful, strong women share their inspiring stories.
Ever had a poop throw you for a loop? The kind of poop that leaves you looking down at the toilet, thinking, 'How did that come out of me?' Or perhaps you consistently churn out the same kind of stool over and over again, but don't really know if it's normal because, well, you don't really spend a whole lot of time comparing it to other people's poo. Alternatively, you may not even take a peep at your poop because, ew, it's poop.
With a Starbucks on virtually every major city block, it's pretty clear that Americans love their coffee. Real estate trends notwithstanding, a 2013 National Coffee Association survey found that 83 percent of American adults drink an average of three cups a day. That's a whole lot of lattes.
If you smile into the mirror and are self-conscious about your not-so-pearly-whites, you're probably wondering how to whiten teeth fast. Because, honestly, when you barely have the energy to remove your makeup at the end of the day, time is of the essence.
You've made up your mind: It's time to go on a cleanse. The problem? You have no idea which of the hundreds of detox programs out there is right for you. We feel you. TBH, plugging "detox programs" into Google and sifting through the results is stressful enough to send you right back into the arms of that sinful pint of Ben & Jerry's. Well, it's your lucky day, because the planets have finally aligned -- and they're going to choose your cleanse for you.
As an experienced health editor, I know firsthand the beauty benefits of healthy living. My speed dial reads like a who's who of the health world; dermatologists, dietitians and fitness experts are my closest collaborators. I'm known to wear workout clothes to the office and tap away at my laptop while pedaling on a stationary bike. (Ask my coworkers.)
Though 'mental illness' is a widely used term that encompasses a large variety of disorders, from depression and bipolar disorder to panic attacks and post-traumatic stress syndrome, millions of Americans struggle with their mental health each and every year. In fact, the National Alliance of Mental Illness estimates that one in five adults (that's 4.8 million people or 18.5 percent of the population) battles a mental illness each year.
Sex is a funny and sometimes complicated thing. It's arguably one of life's greatest thrills, which perhaps explains why sex -- the mind-blowing kind, anyway -- can also be so damn elusive. Sometimes, everything's there but the chemistry. Other times, the flame fizzles and sex becomes a chore. At some point in our lives, we've all asked ourselves where the hell our hot, steamy sex life went -- or, why has it never been there in the first place?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, cutting out McDonald's will help clear up your complexion, eating omega-3-packed fish will strengthen your hair and exercising an hour a week will help with cellulite -- but seriously, who has the time or energy for all that?
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.
Most new moms stick to abdomen-obscuring outfits in the weeks following their deliveries, but for celebs like Chrissy Teigen, crop tops and cutoffs will do. Just weeks after giving birth to daughter Luna, the model mom hit dinner with hubby John Legend in black short-shorts and celebrated her first Mother's Day clad in a belly-baring top that made many of us wonder how she bounced back so quickly.