Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Lady Gaga's Runway Debut At Mugler Fashion Show

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Fashion of Justin Bieber at the BET Awards

Fashion of Justin Bieber at the BET Awards
Dress of popular celebrity Justin Biber in BET awards
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Dress fashion of LeAnn Rimes

Dress fashion of LeAnn Rimes
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Daisy Lowe and her fashion

Dress of Daisy Lowe
Daisy Lowe wears what she wants, when she wants it—and she doesn't care what you have to say about it. She prefers her crop tops with a designer flair and showed her midriff to the world in a fancy ensemble by Versace.

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Roses are red

Brittany Snow appropriately channeled Marilyn Monroe in a strapless red taffeta gown with a sweetheart neckline.
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Brittany looked pure as snow

Brittany looked pure as snow at Nylon mag's anniversary fete, wearing a structured ivory mini dress with asymmetrical shoulder detail.
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You will be inspired by this book created by mother-daughter team Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum. The women bring us into the home s— and more importantly the closets—of the most stylish people on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, London, and more! The book gives a behind-the-scenes look at people who march to the beat of their own, very chic, drummer. Often spending up to three hours with the most daring and original dressers they can find, Stylelikeu photographs each fashionable person in several different looks of the subject's choosing. To probe deeper into each subjects' personal style, the mother-daughter team conducts intimate interviews on their ambitions, influences, and dreams, making each portrait so much more than yet another street photograph.

A few of the 1000+ comments left by fans of the Stylelikeu website: “Was just talking about how he NEEDED to be on this site. So amazing.” “I find her absolutely mesmerizing. She is so full of life and charm. She has a wonderfully contagious spirit. She is such an inspiration and I would love to be like her someday.” “I love that you guys feature such a diverse group of people—all ages, races, sizes, budgets. It shows how everyone can have style.” “I don’t have any words to describe how amazing those two girls are! They are the true inspiration for all the girls in this entire universe!”

About the Authors

Elisa Goodkind is a native New Yorker. She first entered the fashion industry as Fashion Editor at Glamour and Self magazines. She has also worked extensively as a professional stylist and her work has been published in Interview, In Style, Vanity Fair, Vanity Fair Italy, L’uomo Vogue, Marie Claire, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Stiletto, Elle France, Gotham, Glamour, an City.

Lily Mandelbaum, Elisa Goodkind's daughter, is currently an undergraduate filmmaking and anthropology major at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. After taking a life-changing trip to Nairobi's Kibera slum in 2009, Mandelbaum completed a documentary film that depicts the struggles faced by slum orphans. She hopes the attention generated by the film will help create opportunities for these children to become educated and attain a brighter future.

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Dress by Shenae Grimes

Actress Shenae Grimes arrives at Entertainment Weekly’s celebration honoring the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees hosted by Jess Cagle and presented by L’Oreal Paris at Chateau Marmont
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Justin Bieber and his hairstyle

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Famous Child Stars
Famous child stars. Most children dream of being famous one day, whether for being a footballer, a supermodel, or discovering a cure for cancer. But for some children fame comes too young, and can have an adverse effect on the rest of their lives. We take a look at some famous child stars, and what happened when the fickle finger of fame stopped pointing at them: Dustin Diamond
Best known as Screech from Saved by the Bell, Dustin played the character for 13 years. However once the show was cancelled Dustin's only TV work was to appear on a number of game shows and reality TV shows such as The Weakest Link and Celebrity Boxing 2. Dustin claims when working as a child actor on Saved by the Bell, he experienced emotional turmoil that hurt his life at home and his future. It has since emerged that he is deeply in debt, and earlier this year he lost his home, as he owed substantial mortgage payments.

James/Lauren Harries 
James Harries became a TV star for being a child prodigy in the field of antiques, and famously appeared on Wogan. However Harries's schooling suffered from the heightened publicity. As a child Harries had been taken to see a doctor about his female mannerisms; while the father, Mark, was in prison Harries decided to change her name to Lauren, transition to female, and investigate sex reassignment surgery, which was carried out in 2001. On 8 July 2005, a gang of five to seven men attacked Lauren, her father and her brother in the family home. Harries now works as an artist.

Gary Coleman
Famous for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Stokes, Coleman had great potential as a child star. However his adulthood was blighted by debt, legal troubles, and family disputes. In a 1993 television interview, Coleman said he had twice attempted to commit suicide by overdosing on pills. Coleman died in May of this year, after falling at his home.

Heather Ripley
You've probably never heard of Heather Ripley, but you will have seen her film: Heather played Jemima in the 1968 film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Once the fuss surrounding the film died down, Heather returned to her native Scotland, where she was bullied at school. Miss Ripley developed drink and drug problems and became a single mother living on benefits. She insists that her early career as an actress was "the worst thing that ever happened to me".

Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay is regarded as the greatest child star of our time, and is famous for his role in the Home Alone franchise. His acting career began at the age of four, and he was a massive Hollywood success until 1994, when his career hit the rocks. In 2004 Macaulay was arrested for drug possession and although he married in 1998, he was divorced by 2002.

Lindsay Lohan
Arguably the most famous child star gone bad, Lohan has just completed a short stint in prison. Lindsay began her career as a child model before landing the lead role in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap when she was just 11. She went on to star in several other popular family-friendly films. However her career stalled in 2007 as two driving under the influence (DUI) incidents and three visits to drug rehabilitation facilities led to several lost movie deals. Now more infamous than famous, it will be interesting to see if she can revive her career again.

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller': Story Behind The 'Glee' Cover

MJ classic is mashed up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Heads Will Roll' for post-Super Bowl episode.
By Aly Semigran

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Madonna, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and now, finally, Michael Jackson. The cast of "Glee" has covered plenty of icons during their first two seasons, but it's taken 33 episodes to get around to the King of Pop.

With a huge catalog of Jackson songs, the singing, dancing students of McKinley High paid homage to the late singer with one of his biggest staples (and, arguably, the greatest music video of all time) with their take on "Thriller."

The groundbreaking single from Jackson's best-selling album of the same name was mashed up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" for the post-Super Bowl episode (titled "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle"), featuring a zombie-fied "Glee" cast.

Bound to become a smash all over again (though with its nonstop rotation at Halloween parties and wedding receptions until the end of time, it's never truly gone away), here's a brief history of the dance/pop classic.

Released on January 23, 1984, "Thriller" was the seventh, and final, single to be released from Jackson's smash record. According to the RIAA, the album (released by Epic Records) has gone gold 29 times, narrowly edging out the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975 for the title of best-selling album of all time.

In 2009, MTV News estimated that the Thriller album was poised to go triple diamond, meaning 30 million records sold in the U.S. alone.

After Thriller's other singles (including "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and "Wanna Be Startin' Something") dominated the charts, it was time for the spooky, undeniably original track to take over. The song "Thriller" also appeared on many of Jackson's other albums, including the compilations HIStory and Number Ones.

Clocking in at a little under six minutes (though the radio edit was closer to four-and-a-half), the song features pop-music mainstays like synthesizers but shakes things up with its spooky sound effects, including creaking floors, howling and thunder.

The song was produced by Quincy Jones and written and composed by Rod Tempterton and spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #4.

But it's the music video for "Thriller" that truly made it the phenomenon it was in the '80s and continues to be today. Less a music video than a mini-motion picture, the video (over 13 minutes long and directed by John Landis) won three MTV Video Music Awards and has been named the best music video of all time by many outlets, including VH1 for the special "VH1: 100 Greatest Videos."

The chiller features Jackson in that iconic red leather jacket on a date with his girlfriend (played by Ola Ray) before things go terribly awry. After all, as Jackson (whose disclaimer at the start of the video reads, "This film in no way endorses a belief in the occult") sings in the opening line, "It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark." Cue werewolves, zombies, Vincent Price's soliloquy and one of the most memorable dance sequences ever.

The video was (no pun intended) a monster hit. As the Los Angeles Times notes, "At the height of the song's popularity, MTV would run the 14-minute 'Thriller' video twice an hour."

Choreographed by Jackson and Michael Peters (who, as the LA Times also reported, appears in the video as one of the zombies) and with makeup by Oscar-winner Rick Baker (also an undead "Thriller" extra) was made with a huge budget of an estimated $500,000.

Still, the efforts paid off. Landis (who told the "Today" show back in 2009 that no one wanted to give them the funds to make the risky vid) made the accompanying 45-minute documentary about the venture, called "The Making of Thriller." Featuring the behind-the-scenes wizardry, as well as the music video in full, it would go on to move more than 10 million copies.

Since then, the signature song and video have seen their share fair of tributes in movies (notably in the 2004 comedy"13 Going on 30") and TV ("South Park," "Family Guy," "30 Rock," among others), not to mention the countless flash mobs that have gone viral. (Remember the prisoners in the Philippines who became overnight phenomenons on YouTube?)

Even with the "Glee" number, this likely won't be the last incarnation of "Thriller." Billboard reported in October that a "Thriller" film is in the works. With a plot allegedly revolving around Price's narration, Kenny Ortega, who directed Jackson's last effort, "This Is It," will reportedly helm the project.

Since Jackson's untimely passing on June 25, 2009, the song and video's legacy continue to live on. In the week following Jackson's death, "Thriller" was the best-selling track in the U.S., with sales of 167,000 copies on the Billboard Hot Digital Singles chart.

Then, in December 2009, "Thriller" was the first music video to ever be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. It seems "no mere mortal can resist ... the thriller" after all.

What did you think of the "Thriller" mash-up on "Glee"? Let us know in the comments!

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Basics Tips For Ayurvedic Eating

Autumn has arrived and we're beginning to get our sweaters and jackets out of storage. Many of us find we are craving warmer foods that "stick to your ribs" like stews, hearty soups and porridge at breakfast. Are you someone who laments the end of summer and shivers at the mere thought of falling leaves and cooler weather? Are you finding it hard to eat cold yogurt in the mornings and cool salads at lunch now that's it's colder outside? If so, Ayurveda would classify you a "Vata" dosha, a body type that is generally cold and dry. If you want to stay healthy and energetic, you would do well to follow the sensible advice of what's best for your dosha.
Ayurveda is India's ancient system of natural healing. Like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years and is a comprehensive method of preventing and treating all manner of diseases. The word Ayurveda means "knowledge or science of life" and it involves understanding and nurturing the "prana" or "life force" within each of us, to foster lifelong health.
According to Ayurveda, each of us has a body that contains a combination of energy types or doshas. Health is achieved when the body maintains its state of equilibrium. This is accomplished through doing what is best for your body type, thereby ensuring the doshas do not get out of balance. Contrary to modern times where we are encouraged to push against our natural urges to achieve success, Ayurveda asks that we respect our natural tendencies. Vata types are cold and have a tendency to be high-strung and they need to keep warm or they may fall ill. These types are often in constant motion, and need rest and routine to keep them focussed.
For example, Ayurveda dictates that a Vata type will get off-kilter in the face of less sun and colder weather or too fast a lifestyle, and so rest and warm foods are one way to prevent this from happening. This in turn will prevent illness.
When foods or external forces don't supply us with a means to counterbalance our natural characteristics, we fall out of balance, which can lead to weakness and poor health. Modern medicine provides pills that silence symptoms of disease, whereas Ayurveda prescribes complementary foods and routines that keep us our doshas in check. 
Ayurvedic texts talk a lot about seasonality and the effects that the sun and the rain have on our doshas. However, the old texts are written for India's seasons which involve wet, cool summers, warm dry autumns and springs and cold winters, so some adaptation is required for North America.
Ayurveda speaks of cold weather's effect on "agni" or our digestive "fire". It strengthens agni to allow us to digest ,heavy dense foods. We are encouraged in winter to take oil baths, stay indoors where it is warm and sleep when it is dark, as artificial lighting can throw our systems off-balance. Most of this sounds like sensible advice to follow during winter, but how many of us do?
It's interesting to observe how rarely we listen to our internal triggers; instead we reach for food or drinks that catch our eye on menus or at the checkout counter, clothes that are "hot this season" as opposed to comfortable, and we stay up well past dusk doing household chores or watching TV. Focussing on foods that are specifically recommended for our dosha-type goes a long way towards restoring our inner balance. And that may make us more ready to take on the stresses that life throws our way.
Here are some foods that help balance Vata: the preferred tastes are salty, sweet and sour, and for heavy and soothing foods, such as Mexican or Moroccan dishes, sweet fruits, avocados, banana, berries, fully cooked vegetables, stewed fruits, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and warm wet cereals such as porridge.
Cool fall and winter weather aggravates and increases Vata. While each person is made up of each of the three doshas in differing amounts, even those who score low on the Vata scale may find themselves out of balance when the thermometer drops or when life causes them to rush around. Warm, liquid foods and rest and a good routine will help everyone have a more relaxed autumn. 
Here are some foods that help balance Pitta: cool, dry, sweet, bitter and astringent foods such as milk, raw foods, fully ripe sweet fruits like grapes, cherries, melons, avocados, coconuts, pomegranates, mangos, and sweet, fully-ripened oranges, pineapples and plums, dry cereal, crackers, granola and cereal bars, and rice cakes.
Here are some foods that help balance Kapha: warm, light, dry foods that are lower in fat and not sweet. Food flavors should be stimulating, bitter and pungent such as hot spices, garlic, brussel sprouts, cabbage, onions, peppers, some raw foods, cherries, cranberries, prunes, pomegranates, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Omega Oils and Our Health

Fat gets a bad rap. It's an unfair one, too, because fats are one of 4 key nutrients that we need to survive. In order of volume they are water, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. When a healthy person eats a naturally-occurring fat, it gets broken down into small units used to build cell membranes and tissues, to cushion organs and keep us warm. Fat is also used by our cells to make important hormones. It's also a great source of energy with each gram of fat providing 9 calories, whereas carbohydrates and proteins only provide 4 calories per gram.
Fat can either be eaten in our diet or manufactured in the body from other materials but 2 fats in particular are essential. That is, we need to eat these fats because our body cannot make them. These fats are Omega 3 and Omega 6, also known as essential fatty acids (EFAs).
Dietary fat in our diet is classified in ways that may sound familiar. They are either saturated fat (animal fats and others such as avocado which are solid at room temperature), monounsaturated fats such as olive oil or polyunsaturates which are unstable fats sourced from plants and some cold-water fish. Omega 3s and 6s fall into the polyunsaturated category and this means that their molecular structure is ready to accept hydrogen atoms. Being exposed to, and accepting hydrogen would create a molecular change for these fats and so we call them unstable. They are best when kept protected from light, heat and air: kept in a dark, airtight container in the fridge.
The instability of fats is something to be aware of when we buy, store and cook with oils. Most people know that butter can be left out on the counter for a little while and it does not go rancid. This is due to its being a mostly saturated fat. Similarly, olive oil and peanut oils do not need to be kept in the fridge and can last several months in a dark, glass bottle. But when we come to the polyunsaturated oils like flaxseed and walnut, these unstable oils must be refrigerated and kept in dark bottles to protect them from light, air and heat. Most oils, such as canola, are refined to make them shelf-stable and able to withstand heat and light. Those canola oils you see in clear plastic bottles at the grocery store have been boiled, filtered and bleached so they can last for years.
What about transfats? Some transfats naturally occur in small amounts in animal foods, but most are made artificially when trying to make shelf-stable solidified fats out of liquid polyunsaturated oils, as is the case with margarine. These oils are forced to artificially accept hydrogen atoms by adding metal particles to the oil and spraying it with hydrogen at high temperatures. Transfats have been linked to ill health and specifically heart disease 
When you go to cook with oils, what's the type to choose? There are a number of saturated oils that can be used safely at higher temperatures such as avocado, almond, coconut, or butter mixed with olive oil. These can be used for frying without concern about them smoking. An oil's smoke point is when the oil starts to burn and smoke; carcinogens are released into the air and harmful free radicals are produced within the oil. Monounsaturated and some polyunsaturated oils such as canola, corn, soy have a higher smoke point and can be cooked at temps up to 350 – 400F. This means light sautéing will not ruin the oils or make them unhealthy. Grapeseed oil is an exception to the rule: it's a polyunsaturated fat and yet qualities in the oil protect it at higher temperatures, so it can be used for stir frying. Finally, keep your polyunsaturated oils like sesame and flax oils in the fridge and do not cook with them. When I want the taste of sesame oil on an Asian dish, I drizzle it over the food once it's on the plate. Flax oil is a great ingredient in salad dressing, and it is safe from heat on your salad. When you open a bottle of flax oil, be very careful to cap it again right away after you've poured, to protect it from the air.
Let's not shun fats in our diet but instead focus on consuming the healthy ones. Try not to consume more than 30 – 50 grams of fats in a day. Forty grams of fat is approximately what you'd find in 2 small avocados, 4 tablespoons of olive oil or 1/2 cup of almonds. Since animal-source saturated fats have been linked to heart disease in some studies, it's best to choose leaner cuts of meat, and to choose fish before other meats. Try to focus on monounsaturates or polyunsaturated oils such as grapeseed, safflower and olive oil for cooking. And don't forget to try and get 5 grams of Omega 3 oils each day. You can get this from 2 tsp of flax or hemp, or several fish oil capsules. The optimal ratio of required Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in the diet is 3:1 of Omega 6 to Omega 3. However, so many of the foods we eat are made with canola oil – a source of omega 6 – that we should concentrate on getting more omega 3s into our diet to balance this out. Your best bet is always to eat a variety of foods, and a varied source of fats in the diet will ensure you're getting all the nutrients your body requires.

The Sunshine Vitamin

At some point in time, a good number of us likely jumped aboard the vitamin D train, thanks in part to the countless newspaper articles and eye-catching headlines that touted the praises of the “miraculous” but often overlooked vitamin. Not too long ago, we were told that in addition to maintaining strong bones, vitamin D could help reduce the risk of common chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and even cardiovascular disease.
If that wasn’t convincing enough, you certainly felt compelled to hitch a ride on the vitamin D train when it was reported that most North Americans were not consuming enough of the nutrient. Although it is true that our bodies can make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, the dark Canadian winters ultimately sealed the deal. Supplements became all the rage as throngs of worrisome, sun-deprived Canadians happily hopped on the vitamin D bandwagon.     
While vitamin D may have reached celebrity, even iconic status in the minds (and bones) of many, new research is suggesting that the old adage that what glitters isn’t always gold – or should I say golden - could very well be true, at least as far as the sunshine vitamin is concerned. Controversial research published by the U.S. based Institute of Medicine (IOM) claims that most healthy North Americans have normal vitamin D levels. This is because many of the foods we eat, such as milk, yogurt, and breakfast cereals are fortified with the vitamin during processing. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, the report also states that there is not enough evidence to support claims that vitamin D protects individuals from developing certain chronic illnesses. 
These results have re-ignited longstanding debates over the legitimacy of vitamin D recommendations. During vitamin D’s heyday, health professionals and health agencies such as Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society bumped up their recommendations to 1000 IU’s for all healthy children, adolescents, and adults. Some doctors in the U.S. even suggested getting 10,000 IU’s per day. Critics argued that this could send the wrong message and cause people to consume excessive vitamin D, particularly through supplements, which could be toxic.
those with certain illnesses, may need more. To achieve this, supplements are helpful but keep in mind that it is nutritionally possible to eat at least part of your way to vitamin D. For example, 1 cup of milk contains approximately 100 IU of vitamin D, 1 cup of fortified rice/soy beverage 80 IU’s, and 1 can of white tuna has 41 IU’s.
Although more research needs to be conducted to validate the claims made by the IOM, the question still remains: just how much vitamin D is enough? While 1000 IU is likely sufficient for most, those who are vegan or do not eat dairy products, and 

The vitamin D debate will likely continue, but this week’s “takeout” message is simple: A healthy diet and supplement can go a long way, so check with your healthcare professional to test your vitamin D status and diet before deciding how much supplement you should take.

Sweaten your life with glycemic index

In the world of nutrition, there have been a number of words and phrases that have stumped even the savviest of those in the nutritional "know". Whether you've scratched your head trying to figure out the difference between pro and pre-biotics, or driven yourself mad trying to keep track of which omega fat does what, or goodness me, if 100% whole wheat is considered a whole grain, you've probably felt like throwing in the nutrition towel once and for all!
While I know its difficult to navigate through today's linguistic labyrinth of nutritional lingo, I can offer a small consolation in the form of clarifying one particularly perplexing concept: the glycemic indexPut those thinking caps on because it's now time for a "sweet" little lesson, nutrition style!   
The glycemic index (GI) is a method of classifying the effect that a particular carbohydrate has on blood sugar. When we eat breads, pastas, or even fruits and vegetables, our bodies break down the carbohydrates found in these foods to glucose, our main source of fuel. However, not all carbohydrates are created equally. Some foods contain simple carbohydrates that are broken down rapidly, which floods the bloodstream with glucose. Commonly referred to as a high glycemic response, this can cause a dramatic spike in blood sugar levels, followed by a rapid decline as a large amount of insulin (a hormone that removes glucose from our blood) is secreted from the pancreas to deal with the sugar overload. Think of this as the ultimate crash and burn as far as nutrition goes.
On the other hand, some foods contain complex carbohydrates that are broken down much slower. The result: these foods have a low glycemic response because glucose is released at a more gradual pace. This also produces a less exaggerated insulin response from the pancreas. For diabetics, or those who struggle with satiety while trying to lose or control weight, these low glycemic foods may be a better option. Research has shown that consistently eating low glycemic foods may also help to regulate hunger, reduce overeating, prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and improve the way our bodies metabolize fats.
sugars. Here's a brief aside for all you die-hard scientists: the number 100 is the glycemic value of pure glucose, so the number assigned to a particular food is a direct comparison to glucose. White and whole-wheat breads, donuts, waffles, cornflakes, carrots, ripe bananas, and many dried fruits are considered high glycemic foods because they have glycemic index values of 70 and above. Foods such as basmati and brown rice, new/white potatoes, oatmeal, and quick oats are classified as medium glycemic foods with values between 56 and 69. Low glycemic foods are those with values of 55 and below and include bulgar, barley, lentils, pasta, and apples. 
Now that we've gotten the science out of the way, you're probably wondering (and more interested in) what foods are considered low, medium, and high on the glycemic index. Foods are given a number out of 100, which ranks their propensity to raise blood 
Hang on because the GI lesson isn't over just yet. You may be shocked to know that not all low glycemic foods are healthy for you. Case in point: ice cream. Surprisingly, many ice creams have low to moderate glycemic index values. Before heading out to your favourite parlour, I must warn that the high saturated fat and sugary decadence of this creamy treat hardly makes it a healthy choice by any standard. A similar quandary exists amongst the high-glycemic group of foods. Although whole-wheat breads, carrots, and dried fruits are considered to have high glycemic values, they do provide valuable nutrients in the form of fibre, iron, and other important vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.
As we near the end of our lesson, keep in mind that while eating an entirely low glycemic diet may seem to be a good idea in theory, balance and some good old-fashioned culinary gumption ultimately triumphs in practice. Therefore, it is important to consider factors such as calories, protein and fat content, or vitamin/mineral composition in addition to the glycemic index of a food when planning your meals. For example, fresh, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables and whole grains are often lower on the glycemic index, while being naturally low in calories and fat. Try to include lentils, barley, and coucous more often in your diet as these foods have low GI values but also contain fibre, protein, and other important nutrients. And finally, when eating foods that have higher GI values, please remember 2 of nutrition's timeless truths before you nosh: portion control and moderation. If you fail to do this, you may just wind up on the not so sweet side of life.  

iVoices: Have You Made Your Life List?

You've probably heard of a "Bucket List," a list of things to do before you die. Well, iVillage's new iVoice Dwan Perrin decided to create a "Life List," a list of things she wants to do to live a fulfilling life. What would be on yours? Watch Dwan's report and be inspired!


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How to Organize the Difficult Kids?

Clean your room!
Your child might tune you out because you're nagging him or her again. Or they know if you get frustrated enough, you're going to clean the room yourself. Nobody wins this one. Your child needs your help and guidance. More likely your child doesn't have the skills, enough space, shelves or containers to organize his room. Talk to your child and choose a date to organize and clean his or her room. In order to commit, persuade your child to mark it on the calendar.
This is a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your child, teach him or her a skill and accomplish something:

Pull everything out of his or her closet. Sort the items that belong together: clothes, shoes, books and toys.

Ask him or her to try on the clothes to make sure they fit. Get two big boxes and mark them: Donate or Keep. Go through every piece of clothing keeping only what fits and what your child likes. Keep in mind that 25 T-shirts is a barrier to the things they really need.

To reward your child for donating his or her clothes and toys to a less fortunate child, take him to a movie, offer to do some of his or her chores or have his or her friend over for a sleepover.

Use open shelves and containers instead of a toy box to store his or her toys. They will have a better view of their belongings and easy access.
Help your child choose a color for their personal containers, baskets or shelves. Let your child decorate his or her containers with stickers, stenciling or pictures of animals, flowers or their favorite sports stars. Label everything! Buy a laminated chores poster and help him or her write down weekly chores, then erase the board when the chores are finished.

Lower the rods in your child's closet to make it easier for him or her to hang clothes.
big pegs to hang robes or pajamas. 
To make it easier for your child to hang his or her clothes, buy child-size hangers.

For older children, buy a portable filing system to store their documents, awards and pictures.  Buy attractive 

Buy a laundry hamper and garbage can for your child's room. Write down the laundry and garbage day. Help your child to maintain his or her room by having him or her make the bed every morning and putting the dirty laundry in the hamper. Once the room is organized and cleaned, it will take him or her three to five minutes to keep it clean and tidy.

Massage oil relaxes muscles and soothes the mind

Calming, grounding and good for all skin types, this massage oil will
relax muscles and soothe the mind. Use organic essential oils whenever possible.
Massage Oil Ingredients:
6 oz. Apricot Kernel Oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Melissa essential oil
6 drops Neroli essential oil 10% dilution
2 drops Tangerine essential oil
1 drop Vetiver essential oil
Mix gently and well in a dark glass bottle.

Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

De-Stress Express

Who’s not stressed? All of us—no matter how yogic or meditative or all-round relaxed—get worked up sometimes. (Except maybe my always-smiling, always pretty happy friend Swami Maheshananda Saraswati—but he’s a Swami.) Stress is one of the most pressing and prevalent health concerns in today’s busy world. We’re all working to the max, putting in longer hours than ever before, raising families, staying fit, and trying to stay connected with friends and family. It’s a lot. 

1.       The effects of the fight or flight response, aka stress response, don't always go away once the stressor is gone. Stress hormones can continue to be released when thinking of the stressor; tensed muscles won't release; and digestion can remain inhibited. Plus, your body treats the stress as real, even if you're simply re-living or imagining it—i.e. even if it's just in your head.
2.       The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is here to help. The PNS governs actions opposite to the sympathetic nervous system—the "digest and rest" ones. It lowers breathing and heart rates, decreases blood pressure, and increases blood flow to the intestines and reproductive organs. In other words, it calms us down. We can help the PNS do its thing: Breathe deeply, exercise and do asana, eat a mindful, balanced diet, take digestive supplements (if your doc says it's okay), and do anything else that helps you calm down.
3.       Try keeping track of your stress in a journal. Write down what you were doing when you felt stressed; you’ll begin to see patterns, and, once you have, can begin to take preventative or reactive steps, according to your personal needs.
4.       Use your commute. Whether you’re on a bus, in your car, or on your bike, you can transform this time into a meditation by simply focusing on long, deep, breathing.
5.       Eckhart Tolle, Ram Das, and tons of other spiritual leaders, are right. Stay in the now. Don’t multi-task. Do one thing, talk to one person, and take on one job at a time.
6.       Remember that, as master yoga teacher Max Strom says, we can’t feel gratitude and stress at the same time. Try remembering to give thanks: For the good people in your life, for a great pair of shoes, for sunshine—for anything that you feel grateful for.
a source of stress-reduction, too. Soften your stomp to soften your entire body. We can alter our body’s state from the ground up.
7.       Walk mindfully. Your feet can be 
8.       You’ve got the power. Until we accept we are responsible for our own stress, our stress level will stay beyond our control. Take time to figure out how to take responsibility for your stress—and how to take your stress level down.

How to heal acne skin naturally?

Acne prone skin can be a nightmare. Have you ever felt so frustrated that no matter how well you eat, what you use and what you take, it seems to have a mind of its own? This is because the skin is a unique organ, which requires simplicity and consistency of action to get it to finally clear. Many articles and books have been written and many lotions and potions have been created to address this issue. I’m here to teach you how to truly clear your skin once and for all.
Skin Anatomy

This is an important first step to know before making any changes. The basic anatomy of the skin that you need to know at his point is that it has many, many layers (epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue) and to create any real or lasting change you need to be consistent. The deeper layers of the dermis take around 4 to 6 weeks to surface to the exterior epidermal layer. This means any dietary or supplementation change you make takes at least that long to show signs of healing. For healing a skin condition, this requires around 3 to 6 months of consistent skin specific eating and supplementation.
Step 1. Detoxify and Clear… Omit congesting and heating foods from your diet
Skin congestion
Acne is caused by an over stimulated oil gland that has become infected. What over stimulates the oil glands? And why do they become infected? Excessive oil production can be caused by hormones, adrenal function, liver and digestive function and diet. The skin will only use the oils you eat in your diet. It is important that you only eat lighter, plant-based oils so they flow freely though the oil glands and decongest what is blocking them.
Congesting foods:
Animal fats (especially red meats and pork)
Dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, butter)
Commercial sweets (anything baked, bought, with refined sugars, white flours and hidden fats)
When the adrenal glands are stimulated it creates a stress response in the body. This causes the oil glands to flow excessively and also warm up the body temperature, irritating sensitive skin. Any redness, spots or blemishes suggest a sensitive skin type and a “hot” condition according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Stimulating foods and substances for the skin:
Chili, curry, spicy dishes
Oranges and strawberries
over. This process is lengthy and you won’t see results immediately but if you are patient, your skin will become clearer and clearer.
You need to stay away from these foods and substances for at least 95% of the time for as long as it takes for your cells to turn 

Step 2. Rebuild skin cells… Include skin healing foods and supplements
Omitting the congesting and stimulating foods and substances from your diet is detoxifying for your system. It encourages better digestion, elimination and the skin will become clearer. Now we need to include foods and supplements that are encouraging for healing the skin.
Skin healing foods:
You will need to include a daily salad with fresh baby greens and any combination of vegetables with your preferred vegetarian protein source and a skin healing salad dressing*. We need one raw salad a day for the living enzymes to improve digestion, nutrient uptake and elimination. The best vegetarian protein sources are organic free-range eggs, tofu, quinoa, amaranth, chia seeds or lentils.
Essential fatty acids need to be included daily; the best one for skin healing is cold-pressed sunflower oil to be made in a salad dressing. Sunflower oil is lighter oil for the skin and will encourage a smoother flow. Essential fatty acids will moisturize the skin from the inside out. This step is a must. Do not swap sunflower oil to olive oil, fish oil or hemp seed oil. Other ideal essential fatty acid sources for skin healing are; raw almonds, walnuts, avocado, sunflower seed, pepitas, sesame seeds, and tahini. Also, aim to use organic wherever possible.
Skin healing salad dressing
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Pinch of Himalayan salt, pepper, mixed herbs (optional)
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)

The body needs plenty of water to hydrate and support bodily function and metabolism. However, to clear the skin you only need 6 to 8 glasses on average a day. When too much water is consumed it places a burden on the kidneys and flushes out the much needed water soluble vitamins, namely the B group and vitamin C.
An important step in the skin detox program is to include lemon water first thing every morning to stimulate liver function and hydrate the body.

Useful supplementation
Zinc- hormonal health, skin repair, immunity
B complex- nervous system, digestive system, skin and metabolism
Herbal liver tonic- to improve the digestion and elimination of fats 
Example: Daily menu for skin clearing
On rising
½ lemon squeezed in water

Muesli mix with fruit
Eggs and rye toast with tomato and avocado
Green smoothie with vegan protein powder (chia seeds, sprouted rice protein powder)

fatty acids)
Fresh fruit and/ or nuts and seeds (see essential 

Salad with your preferred vegetarian protein and *skin healing dressing with brown rice
Salad and egg whole meal sandwich or wrap with dressing

Fresh fruit and/ or nuts and seeds (see essential fatty acids)
Low fat yoghurt with honey
Veggie sticks and avocado and/ or hummus dip

Brown rice, lentils, quinoa, with your choice of protein (see ideal sources) with salad and/ or steamed vegetables
Vegetable soup
Stir fry with plenty of green vegetables with honey and soy sauce, brown rice, rice noodles
Spelt pasta and lentils with tomato based sauce (once or twice a week)

Dessert (optional) dessert
Fresh fruit, low fat yoghurt with honey

Step 3. Heal from the outsideUse the correct skin care products
Treat your skin carefully and avoid all harsh soaps, foaming cleanser, peels and scrubs. Choose a natural and light, pH balanced skin care line and avoid moisturizing at night. Just let your skin breath and stabilize its own moisture secretions and avoid excessive sun baking and swimming in chlorinated water.
Remember, the skin needs consistent care though diet and lifestyle. Commit yourself to a skin clearing regime like this one for a minimum of 12 weeks and you will notice acne clear and blemishes soften, revealing a clearer and healthier complexion.