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Run, Don’t Walk, Because Costco’s 140-Calorie Cauliflower Tots Are Flying Off Shelves

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Run, Don’t Walk, Because Costco’s 140-Calorie Cauliflower Tots Are Flying Off Shelves

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Have no fear, health fanatics, cauliflower-based foods aren’t going anywhere. We haven’t looked back since the healthy alternative took over our pizza crusts and carb-filled gnocchi recipes in the last few years, and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, we’re speeding up because Costco’s new Maas River Organic Cauli-Tots are flying off shelves. One serving of the tots is just 140 calories!

The $10, three-pound bag of deliciousness has been spotted by multiple Instagram users who’ve raved about the texture and quality of the organic cauliflower tots. "The texture inside is soft like cauliflower mash and best served warm while the outside is still #toasty," one Costco-aficionado wrote, adding that they baked the tots in the toaster oven for 15 minutes "until they browned up a little." Pick up a bag (or three) of the organic cauli-tots at Costco, and then check out all the recipes that prove cauliflower can do just about anything.

December 13, 2018 at 10:39PM

Breakfast Will Never Be the Same, Thanks to These 20 Oatmeal Meal Prep Ideas

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Breakfast Will Never Be the Same, Thanks to These 20 Oatmeal Meal Prep Ideas

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Starting your day off with a hearty bagel or protein-packed eggs might sound a lot more fun than choosing a bowl of oatmeal. Perhaps you try throwing on some honey or stirring in some cinnamon to make the breakfast food more interesting, but what if we told you there is a whole world of interesting oatmeal bowl recipes, both sweet and savory, you probably haven’t explored yet.

From oatmeal with avocado, bacon (yes, we said bacon), and eggs to oatmeal loaded with fruits and nuts, the possibilities are seriously endless. Here are some of our favorites to jump-start your day (or close out your evening).

December 13, 2018 at 10:03PM

An Expert Says to Turn the Heat Down For Better Sleep, and Your Frugal Parent Is Rejoicing

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An Expert Says to Turn the Heat Down For Better Sleep, and Your Frugal Parent Is Rejoicing

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There are lots of experts tips and tricks to improve your sleep, but if you aren’t down to stop scrolling through Instagram before going to sleep or giving up that glass of wine – two things that can interfere with your sleep – try this simple fix.

Alon Avidan, MD, MPH, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center explained that "hotter temperatures tend to fragment the sleep." Instead of sleeping with the heat on full blast during the Winter months, and without the AC on the Summer, Dr. Avidan said, "We recommend that people keep the temperature in the room a little bit cooler; 68, 69 degrees." Not only will lowering the temperature of your room improve your sleep, it can lower the cost of your utility bills.

If "always cold," is how you describe yourself, and you’re concerned about freezing at night, consider gifting yourself with a set of flannel sheets, a down comforter, or some warm pajamas.

According to Dr. Avidan, your toasty room isn’t the only thing messing with your sleep. Environments that have abnormal light (that would be your tablet or iPhone) can also fragment your sleep. His advice: "Make sure the room is dark, cool, comfortable, and free of any abnormal light – particularly the television."

If you’re looking for more ways to improve your sleep, Dr. Avidan said to avoid consuming caffeine after 10 a.m. and foods high in fat before your bedtime. Here’s a full list of foods you should avoid before bed. Instead, swap simple carbs and fatty foods with one of these foods Dr. Avidan recommends eating for enhanced sleep. Sweet dreams.

December 13, 2018 at 10:00PM

Kotex Recalled These Tampons Amid Alarming Reports of Pieces Remaining in the Body

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Kotex Recalled These Tampons Amid Alarming Reports of Pieces Remaining in the Body

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Attention shoppers! Kotex is voluntarily recalling Sleek Regular Absorbency Tampons under its U by Kotex label after numerous alarming complaints. According to the press release, the affected tampons were coming apart upon removal, and, in more extreme cases, tampon pieces would remain in the body. The defect also caused vaginal infections, irritation, and other symptoms for some consumers.

The tampons included in the recall are ones manufactured between Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 16, 2018 and distributed between Oct. 17, 2016 and Oct. 23, 2018. All retailers throughout the United States and Canada have been notified, and the affected tampons should no longer be available in stores. To see if a box of U by Kotex Sleek Tampons you purchased is included in the recall, input the lot number – located on the bottom of the box – in Kotex’s recall page.

December 13, 2018 at 08:39PM

An Expert Explains Why a Calorie Deficit Isn’t Helping You Lose Weight – Here’s How to Fix It

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An Expert Explains Why a Calorie Deficit Isn’t Helping You Lose Weight – Here’s How to Fix It

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Whether you’re trying to manage your weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to look at how you’re fueling your body day in and day out. As a general rule of thumb, most experts in health and wellness advise following a diet that primarily consists of whole, minimally processed foods.

Obesity medicine physician and scientist Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, explained that when it comes to weight loss and weight management, her strategy for people is to "look at the quality of their diet, as opposed to focusing in on or honing in on some core value," like going low-carb or solely counting calories.

When Dr. Stanford explains why people shouldn’t solely focus on counting calories, she’ll compare an image of a slice of pepperoni pizza (350 calories) to a meal consisting of tabbouleh, quinoa, chickpeas, and roasted peppers (approximately 700 calories). She explained that oftentimes, people will say they’d rather have the slice of pizza – not because it’s good, but because it contains fewer calories.

To navigate this mindset, Dr. Stanford said to focus on the quality of the foods you’re consuming instead of the number of calories. Why? "Because I think it’s shortsighted . . . It doesn’t give you much information," she said. Instead, Dr. Stanford recommends focusing on eating foods that will fill you up, such as lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. This is because these foods tend to have more volume as opposed to a single slice of pizza that "doesn’t hit those signals in the brain that tell you, ‘You know what? I’m full. I don’t want anything else.’"

Although Dr. Stanford doesn’t advise stressing over every calorie you consume, it’s important to ensure you’re eating enough food each day to power your daily activities. The USDA dietary guidelines recommend adult women eat 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day and adult men eat 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day. This number will vary depending on a variety of factors like sex, age, and level of physical activity; this formula can help you determine your caloric needs, but remember to focus on quality foods.

December 13, 2018 at 08:39PM

Some Bowls I Ate

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Some Bowls I Ate

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Now that the Health Made Simple meal plan is over, I’m finding the healthiest way for me to eat day to day is BOWLS! All you need is a bean, a grain, and a green (and a sauce!), and you’ve got yourself the quickest, healthiest, and IMO, tastiest meal.

Here are a few bowls I’ve eaten over the past week. This super-fancy bowl is a recipe from the original No Meat Athlete book (not the cookbook, but the health book with a few recipes — it was recently updated and re-released btw). It’s Hawaiian Luau Beans & Rice, and it was so great! A mix of black beans, red cabbage, yellow pepper, and spinach is served over brown rice mixed with toasted coconut. And it’s topped off with grilled pineapple rings. Such a treat!

But most of my bowls aren’t that fancy. Here’s one I made over the weekend with buffalo chickpeas (just chickpeas tossed with hot sauce and garlic powder), sauteed broccoli and squash, quinoa, and cashew ranch. 
And here’s another with the same sauteed broccoli and squash over quinoa, but this time, I used Great Northern Beans, tahini sauce (just tahini mixed with nooch, soy sauce, and water), and sriracha. Topped with sesame seeds and Everything But the Bagel seasoning.
Yesterday for lunch, I had a bowl with quinoa, steamed kale, white beans, and tahini sauce, but I forgot to take a pic.
I’m even eating bowls when I dine out! Last night, my parents came over and we picked up takeout in Crosstown Concourse. They were craving Impossible Burgers so they got food to-go from Farm Burger, and I got the Curry Chickpea Bowl from the cafe at Crosstown Arts. This mouth-watering Indian-style curry was made with coconut milk and served atop red rice with a side of grilled pita. By the way, my takeout was served in a takeout box, but here’s a pic I snapped earlier in the day of the dish coming out of the kitchen (I manage the social media for the cafe, so I take lots of food pics for work now!).

December 13, 2018 at 06:00AM

This Is What It’s Like to Live With Anxiety, Even on Days When My Life Looks Like Yours

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This Is What It’s Like to Live With Anxiety, Even on Days When My Life Looks Like Yours

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When I first revealed to my college classmates that I battled terrible anxiety, they didn’t believe me. I was social, involved in extracurricular activities, and always the one in class who volunteered to present projects first. Little did they know that underneath it all I was suffering, that even though I was able to live a busy, full life, it didn’t mean that everything was OK. They didn’t realize that these deeply rooted irrational fears and anxieties of mine went back to my early teens.

I remember that first panic attack like it was yesterday. I was a sophomore in high school, sitting in health class, when a sudden rush of anxiety and heat washed over me. I felt this intense urge to leave, to jump up from my desk and run out of the classroom. I was claustrophobic, overwhelmed, and out of control – it wasn’t like me. I managed to excuse myself and took refuge in a nearby bathroom, splashing water on my face while audibly trying to calm myself down. The panic, however, grew to no avail. I ended up rushing to the school nurse’s office where I hyperventilated for the remainder of the afternoon. I thought I was going to pass out, even screaming for an ambulance at one point. "Try to breathe," the nurse urged me. "You’re just having a panic attack."

I’ve had a very complex, deep relationship with anxiety since I was formally introduced to it that afternoon in high school. When I first began experiencing panic attacks and anxiety, I could never find the words to explain them to people. The things I was feeling were just so complicated. I couldn’t handle quiet classrooms, tests, assemblies, and lectures. I would leave restaurants in the middle of a meal, theaters at the start of a movie – really, any setting that attracted crowds was a nightmare for me. On some days I could deal with public transportation, other days not so much. I also suffered bouts of orthorexia – a disorder in which one becomes obsessed with healthy eating – which only contributed to the vicious cycle of my mental illness. "I don’t know why I’m feeling this way," I would say to my guidance counselor. "I just feel like I can’t function."

Related: I’m Not Shy, I Have Social Anxiety – This Is How I Manage It

As I grew older I learned how to better describe what I was feeling, and started viewing my anxiety as simply another part of me. I learned to function with it daily, to not let it get in the way of the things I wanted to do – not as often, anyway. Instead of labeling my anxiety as purely negative, I began to use it as a sort of litmus test. The jitters that kept me awake at night usually meant I was excited for something on the horizon. Feelings of dread were my mind’s way of saying, This is something you may not be keen on doing, but maybe you should just try. The anxiety that came with the holidays and other family gatherings was just a sign that I had some more healing to do.

Although I still live with anxiety and depression, my days are rich with experiences. On weekdays, I usually wake up early and go for a long walk – whether it’s over the bridge into the city, or just around the neighborhood running errands. I spend the daytime either working from home or at my co-working space, which I commute to by bus or train. During a typical week, I may have up to 10 meetings, so I’m always connecting with new people. I spend evenings either going to events and out to dinner, or cooking and exercising at home. On weekends you can find me at museums, spending time with my boyfriend and pets, reading, working on passion projects, or exploring the city.

Yes, at times I still get antsy when dining out – just last week, while out to lunch with my boyfriend, I had to do some breathing techniques to ground myself. Sometimes I still feel overwhelmed at the movies and hide away in the bathroom until I can calm myself down. And, yes, during some rush-hour commutes, public transportation makes me feel so claustrophobic that I can barely breathe. Despite all of these mental obstacles and emotional speed bumps, I’m still out and about.

There’s a common misconception that those who live with these types of mental illnesses don’t have as full a life as those who don’t experience them at all – but my day probably doesn’t look much different from yours. The truth is, there’s no "correct" way to manage them, and you never know the battle someone is waging inside.

Related: Reduce Your Anxiety in Just 1 Week With These Simple Practices

December 13, 2018 at 02:42AM

I Used CBD Oil Every Day For 2 Months, and Here’s What I Learned

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I Used CBD Oil Every Day For 2 Months, and Here’s What I Learned

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Ever since CBD oil recently became mainstream in the US, I’ve had a ton of questions. Is there really no THC in it? Does it actually help alleviate anxiety? And most importantly, will this make me sleepy as hell when I don’t want to be?

Although I was itching to try it for a few months and was already obsessed with CBD For Life’s Rub when it came to relieving my sore muscles, I was too chicken to take the plunge into actually giving it a whirl until my friend Emily sent me a few samples of CBD For Life’s Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp Non-Flavored Tincture ($40).

For those people who are wary about the fact that CBD oil is derived from the marijuana plant like I was, rest assured there’s no THC – the component in marijuana that gets you high – in the products. So while CBD oil is cannabidiol, you don’t need to worry about any adverse effects as far as psychoactive results are concerned. Another thing to keep in mind? You don’t need a medical marijuana card (something that’s impossible for now in New Jersey!) to buy it.

Excited, I went home that night after work, put on my fancy pajamas and settled in. After reading the instructions on the back of the bottle, I opted to try a dropper’s worth – so 1 mL – of oil on my first go-round. Thirty minutes after putting it under my tongue and leaving it there for a minute, I was still waiting for something to happen. Then I kept waiting. Disappointed that nothing was "happening," I turned off my lamp and went to bed.

Despite being underwhelmed the first night, I woke up feeling amazing. As someone who typically wakes up at 2 a.m. with anxiety about literally everything, I rose for my day having clocked an uninterrupted eight hours. And I could feel it instantly. Finally, I realized how restful it can be when you actually sleep.

Feeling like I might be onto something, I decided to take a relatively small amount of CBD oil, between 20 and 40 milligrams, every single day for 60 days to see if I felt any better in the long term. Here’s what I’ve found:

December 13, 2018 at 02:20AM

Eggnog Hummus Shakes Are Here For the Holidays, and Santa’s Very Confused

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Eggnog Hummus Shakes Are Here For the Holidays, and Santa’s Very Confused

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Every year, healthy seasonal drinks pop up and replace our beloved Christmas classics. Around this time last year, we nearly drowned ourselves in Trader Joe’s non-dairy Almond Nog, and this year, we’re taking it up a notch with an Eggnog Hummus Shake from The Hummus & Pita Co. Intrigued? Us, too. The Mediterranean food chain recently rolled out hummus-based shakes in five different gluten- and dairy-free flavors, but original, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and butter pecan are going to have to take a back seat to the new eggnog spin.

The Eggnog Hummus Shake is made with chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates, and almond milk. Vegan eggnog is blended within the hummus-based mix and then topped with nutmeg. We know what you’re thinking and nope, according to many Instagram users, the original flavors don’t taste like hummus. In fact, they taste like bananas! Somewhere up at the North Pole, Santa is going through his files and determining which vegans were naughty or nice, and which will be able to get their hands on the shake. The Eggnog Hummus Shake is now available at all Hummus & Pita Co. locations.

December 13, 2018 at 12:19AM

Heart Pumping? Check. Legs and Arms Burning? Check. This 30-Minute Workout Has It All

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Heart Pumping? Check. Legs and Arms Burning? Check. This 30-Minute Workout Has It All

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Get in your cardio and strength training in just 30 minute with this AMRAP workout, which in CrossFit terms stands for as many rounds as possible. It’s just three exercises that you cycle through as many times as you can. Seems simple enough, right? But you should know that in CrossFit, basic definitely doesn’t mean easy. And actually, the workouts that look simple on paper tend to be the most challenging, both physically and mentally.

This is a total-body workout that’s fast-paced with no rest, so get ready to sweat, burn, and grunt. Push yourself hard, and challenge yourself to see how many rounds you can do. By the end, you’ll feel so pumped knowing you’re getting stronger and more badass every day.

30-Minute CrossFit Workout

Directions: Perform as many rounds as possible of the below workout:

30 calories on the rower (about two to three minutes)
20 wall balls
10 ring rows

Modifications: If you don’t have access to a rower, use another machine, run in place, or do burpees. If you’re at home, you can also run up and down the stairs. You’ll also need a soft medicine ball, eight to 14 pounds, but if you don’t have one, just hold dumbbells in each hand and do dumbbell thrusters instead. As for ring rows, if you don’t have access to rings or a TRX, you can do bar rows with a bar, or use a sturdy table. With so many modifications, you have no excuses not to do this workout!

Keep reading for details on how to do each move.

December 13, 2018 at 12:19AM

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