Fast Whole-Food Munchies

Tasty Homemade Alternatives to Junk Food Judith Fertig   photo courtesy of Ella Leché/Andrews McMeel Publishing Planning ahead is an effective key to healthy eating and weight management. Having healthy snacks available, both savory and naturally sweet, helps us to conquer cravings and avoid a sugar rush—or slump. Between-meal nutritious and delicious snacks can be […]

Buff and Balanced

Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga Aimee Hughes We don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits. Competitive Edge Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment […]

Happy All Day

Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life Judith Fertig Throughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: […]

Tress Stress

Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss Jody McCutcheon Ancient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments […]

Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty

Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model GERRY STRAUSS Supermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance […]

Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets: Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young

by Gerry Strauss Alyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television. She was even […]

Youth Meditation: Empowerment Through Mindfulness

LISA MOORE It’s not always easy to be a kid these days. Enrolled in nursery schools when they are still in the womb, many children feel an extreme drive to excel as they move through their school years in fast-paced, accelerated programs, competitive sports and a load of extracurricular activities. They may feel pressure from […]

Ancient Grains for Modern Palates: Gluten-Free and Eco-Friendly Grains Gain Favor

 JUDITH FERTIG Ancient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red whole-grain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages. According to Harry Balzer, an expert […]

Natural Facial Essentials

LINDA SECHRIST Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story At age 25, Paula Begoun, author of The Original Beauty Bible and other bestselling books on skincare, makeup and hair care, read her first label on a skincare product she was using. Although she’d tried many different products to control her acne and eczema since […]

Grateful for Everything

MARY LYNN ZIEMER Create an Attitude of Gratitude All Day Long The secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving—the simple act of continually giving thanks. To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing: Show gratitude all day long. Seeing everything in a new […]