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We’ve Got Your Friday Night Plans, and They Involve These Low-Carb Dishes at Ruby Tuesday

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We’ve Got Your Friday Night Plans, and They Involve These Low-Carb Dishes at Ruby Tuesday

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Eating out can be difficult when you’re trying to stick to a low-carb plan like the keto diet – that is, until you know where to go and how to navigate the menu. As far as low-carb picks go, Ruby Tuesday is a pretty sweet stop. You’ll need to skip the loaded potato chips and breaded shrimp (sorry), but in their place, you can find solid choices for appetizers, your pick of proteins, and even a burger (stay with us). Grab your keys and wallet – or that unused gift card – and dig into these tasty dishes:

  • Appetizer: Order the Bacon Deviled Eggs. The sriracha sauce gives this dish a nice kick while still keeping it at two grams of carbs. Plus, starting your meal with some protein is always a smart move.
  • Chicken: Choose from the Chicken Bella, Asiago Bacon Chicken, or Chicken Fresco. They’re super low-carb, then all you have to do is choose your sides. The Fresh Grilled Zucchini, Fresh Steamed Broccoli, and Garden Salad are solid options.
  • Steak: Most of this section of the menu is keto-approved, so simply order the cut you prefer (rib-eye, sirloin) and the size (six, eight, or 12 ounces). Then pair your steak with the sides above.
  • Seafood: The Grilled Salmon is your safest bet at zero grams of carbs and 53 grams of protein. For something a little more indulgent, try the New Orleans Seafood – it doesn’t get better than cajun seasoning and a parmesan cream sauce for only four grams of carbs.
  • Burgers: If you can do without the brioche bun and french fries, order the Avocado Turkey Burger or the Mushroom and Swiss Burger. The higher fat content of these dishes, along with the rich flavor profiles, is a pretty delicious substitute.

December 15, 2018 at 01:39AM

Ever Taken an Allergy Pill to Fall Asleep? You Should Read This Important Warning

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Ever Taken an Allergy Pill to Fall Asleep? You Should Read This Important Warning

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You’re exhausted after a few nights of tossing and turning, yet even when you’ve made the effort to crash early, you just can’t seem to naturally drift off to sleep. You open your bathroom cabinet and grab an antihistamine, hoping it’ll make you just drowsy enough to fall asleep. Before you take it, you might think, "Should I really be doing this?"

Experts say it’s actually relatively safe to take an antihistamine when you’re not suffering from allergy symptoms, as long as you don’t have any underlying conditions.

"Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine (found in Chlor-Trimeton) can cause side effects such as rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, constipation, and urinary retention, while cetirizine (Zyrtec) may lower blood pressure," Michael Altman, MD, an associate professor of family and community medicine at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told POPSUGAR. "These medicines tend to have a wide dosing range, so you can get into trouble if you go above and beyond a normal dose if you have underlying heart or bladder issues. If this is the case, talk to your physician before making this a habit."

You shouldn’t need a sleep aid indefinitely, so work with your doctor to get to the root of your sleep issues. It’s especially important to rule out conditions such as sleep apnea, in which breathing stops and starts during sleep. "Doctors don’t want patients taking sleeping medications if there’s an underlying condition interfering with the ability to breathe," Dr. Altman said.

December 15, 2018 at 12:39AM

I’m Lazy and a Horrible Cook, but I Still Manage to Meal Prep – Here’s How I Do It

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I’m Lazy and a Horrible Cook, but I Still Manage to Meal Prep – Here’s How I Do It

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My husband watches a lot of Chopped and Iron Chef. I think it’s escapism for him because our kitchen is more like American Horror Story than Top Chef. Not that he’s any better – his idea of cooking is heating up a Tombstone pizza. Sure, my cooking skills aren’t going to win me any awards (or win over any friends at dinner parties), but eating at home and prepping meals for the week is still important.

If I meal prep for the week ahead, I know I’ll have enough food for healthy lunches and dinners so I won’t be tempted to eat out. Who do I look like, Oprah Winfrey? Like Oprah, I love bread. Unlike Oprah, I am not a billionaire (yet!) and certainly can’t afford to dine out more than a couple times a week. Eating out in New York is expensive, y’all, and I would rather save my hard-earned cash than spend it on a predictable chopped salad down the street.

All of this is to say: I frequently meal prep. But I’m pretty bad at cooking; one time I thought when a recipe called for a clove of garlic, it actually meant a bulb of garlic, so I sautéed enough full cloves of garlic to kill a vampire. Then there was the time I didn’t know what "brown the ground turkey" meant, so I had to google it and then call my sister. But a few years (and many, many mistakes) later, I’ve collected enough meal-prep hacks to actually make it worth my time.

Will you be seeing me on the Food Network anytime soon? Probably not. But I can make enough meals to last me a few days that are edible and sometimes even tasty! It’s not like I have all day Sunday to devote to meal prep – I have mimosas to drink and Law & Order: SVU marathons to watch. So here are the seven hacks my husband and I use regularly to make sure meal prep is as easy and efficient as possible.

December 15, 2018 at 12:39AM

9 Motivational Quotes to Power Your Next Workout

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9 Motivational Quotes to Power Your Next Workout

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When the going gets tough, get yourself some extra motivation. Here are nine simple quotes that will help you power through your next powerlifting session, bodyweight workout, or barre class. They will psych you up as you aim for your pull-up PR and keep you focused during sprints in cycling class. If you’re looking for more inspiration, follow us on Instagram – we’re here to help keep you going.

December 14, 2018 at 11:39PM

Learn the Fundamentals of Weightlifting With This Beginner’s Total-Body Strength Workout

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Learn the Fundamentals of Weightlifting With This Beginner’s Total-Body Strength Workout

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Before you start lifting heavy weights and doing advanced exercises, it’s important you master the basic movements. Learning the basics will give your body time to adapt and will help you prevent injuring yourself. If you’re new to weightlifting, this beginner workout will help teach you the fundamentals.

The Beginner Dumbbell Workout

Before getting started, you need to get your muscles warm. Here’s a quick dynamic warmup you can follow. Grab a set of light/medium dumbbells (five to 10 pounds is a good starting point). If the exercise feels too easy, increase the weight. If your form is falling apart or it’s too hard to complete a set, lighten your weight.

Complete the designated sets and reps for each exercise before moving on to the following exercise. Be sure to rest in between each set so that your muscles have time to recover; your rest should be no longer than 60 seconds between each set.

  • Bicep curl: three sets of 12 reps
  • Single-arm row: three sets of 10 reps (each arm)
  • Overhead shoulder press: three sets of 10 reps
  • Dumbbell squat: three sets of 15 reps
  • Side lunge: three sets of 10 reps (each leg)
  • Romanian dead lift: three sets of 12 reps

December 14, 2018 at 10:39PM

Sprint to Your 2019 Fitness Goals With These 12 Sneakers

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Sprint to Your 2019 Fitness Goals With These 12 Sneakers

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Any runner knows that when you find the right shoes, you’re halfway to a great workout. If you’ve been searching for the perfect pair to help you crush your fitness goals in 2019, look no further. Whether you prefer a neutral ride or a super supportive shoe, these 12 picks are the best of the best. Now all you have to do is hit the road.

December 14, 2018 at 10:39PM

This Is the Strength Exercise You Should Do For Stronger Abs and Legs and Better Balance

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This Is the Strength Exercise You Should Do For Stronger Abs and Legs and Better Balance

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My style of training is all about strength, power, and speed. There are so many things you can do with strength, but one of my favorite things to work on in my personal workouts and with clients is unilateral movements. Why? Because you can isolate specific muscles and help reduce and eliminate muscular imbalances.

There are so many unilateral movements you can do such as pistol squats and a single-arm chest press (another great core move), and one of my favorites is the deadlift with a knee drive.

Deadlifts are one of the best exercises you can do for overall strength. With the addition of the knee drive, you’re forced to work on your balance and core strength. Put it all together, and you’ve got yourself an intense compound exercise – multijoint movements that work groups of large muscle.

How to Do a Deadlift With a Knee Drive

  • If you’re a beginner, you can do this exercise without weight. For more advanced levels, grab a set of dumbbells. Ten pounds is a good starting point.
  • Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and stand tall.
  • Engage your core and keep your spine neutral as you begin to hinge at your hips, pushing your hips backward. At the same time, lift your left leg off the ground. Be sure to keep your left foot dorsiflexed (don’t point your toes). Continue to hinge at your hips until your back is parallel to the ground; your leg should be in line with your back. Your back should be flat, and your head/neck should be in a neutral position.
  • Return to your standing position without placing your left foot on the ground. Once you’re upright, drive your left knee up, creating a 90-degree angle at your knee joint. Your left foot should still be dorsiflexed. Be sure to stay tall and keep your core engaged throughout the entire movement. This counts as one rep.
  • Complete three sets of 10 reps on each leg.

December 14, 2018 at 07:59PM

You Can Absolutely Speed Up Weight Loss! A Beachbody Trainer Shares 3 Fitness Tips

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You Can Absolutely Speed Up Weight Loss! A Beachbody Trainer Shares 3 Fitness Tips

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You’re eating a healthy diet, watching your calorie intake, and focusing on whole, unprocessed foods. That’s the key to weight loss, but you can speed up your efforts by incorporating exercise. Beachbody supertrainer Autumn Calabrese, creator of 80 Day Obsession, shared these three fitness tips to help you find weight-loss success.

December 14, 2018 at 05:52AM

Stay More Mindful in Your Everyday Life With This 1-Week Mindfulness Plan

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Stay More Mindful in Your Everyday Life With This 1-Week Mindfulness Plan

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It seems like we’re constantly plugged in: scrolling social media, listening to podcasts, and streaming TV shows take up all of our free time. But have you ever stopped to just take a big breath and be mindful? "Mindfulness" has become such a buzzword over the last couple of years, but what does it actually mean?

David Schiller, author of Mindfulness: Ideas and Inspiration to Open Your I, best describes mindfulness as "intentional seeing" in his book. To break it down, it means to "hit pause, slow down, try to let go of the endless stream of thoughts, and just focus on what’s in front of us." This means being aware of your surroundings and your thoughts, and to be fully present.

Since we are so used to having distractions running in the background – listening to music in the car, watching TV while cooking, streaming a podcast while gardening – it’s rare we are actually present and focused on what we are doing. Although that seems like a big ask, here are everyday ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your life. For just a couple of minutes a day, you can focus on your breathing, tune out your thoughts, and keep your mind on the simple task at hand.

We’ve compiled a one-week plan for being more mindful each day. Since mindfulness isn’t meditation exactly, you may also want to add a few minutes of guided meditation into your day. Doing so will help you de-stress, focus, and have more energy for the rest of your busy life.

December 14, 2018 at 03:21AM

1 Side Effect Doctors Don’t Want You to Fret Over, If You’re Still Putting Off That Flu Shot

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1 Side Effect Doctors Don’t Want You to Fret Over, If You’re Still Putting Off That Flu Shot

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Despite the fact that it’s easier than ever to get your flu shot (many stores and standalone pharmacies even offer the vaccine for free), there are lots of reasons you might be putting it off, from stressful holiday planning to vaccine-specific questions you simply haven’t had the time to ask. Here’s one you can check off your list: the flu shot is unlikely to interact with other injections or any of the prescription or over-the-counter medications you’re taking.

"Currently there are no confirmed medications that interact with the annual flu vaccine," Carolyn Kaloostian, MD, MPH, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, told POPSUGAR. "There were some case reports over the last 30 years of increased medication levels of some anti-seizure and blood thinning medications. However, follow-up studies have not confirmed a consistent relationship, and these are likely a result of other factors."

Phil Johnson, MD, professor of general internal medicine at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, added that immunosuppressant or steroid drugs and certain vaccines, such as the PCV13 vaccine for pneumonia prevention (which is commonly given to adults over age 65), could make the flu vaccine less effective and cause a mild reaction it.

"However, this isn’t a situation where we would necessarily warn a patient," Dr. Johnson said. "Getting other vaccines at the same time can cause bleeding at the injection site, but your doctor generally would not use this as a reason to warn against getting a flu shot."

Why? It’s simple, really: the flu shot is just so important. "The annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect your loved ones and yourselves, as millions of people get the flu each year, and tens of thousands die from flu-related causes," Dr. Kaloostian said. The benefits far outweigh the risks and side effects, which are typically very mild.

December 14, 2018 at 02:39AM

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