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Reuters’s research experts conducted a survey in 19 super-major cities in the world, concerning protecting women from sexual and cultural abuse, women & health care, women & economy, and women & education.

According to the survey, women living in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, have the worst situation, followed by Karachi, the capital of Pakistan, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and New Delhi, the capital of India. The best cities for women’s living environment are London, then Tokyo and Paris.

Every aspect of City Women®’s daily post tells them how to care for and care for themselves.


Many people will compare City Women’s fashion with the general fashion trends, but this should not be the case. The range of fashion trends is very limited, and city women’s fashion pursues an “art of life.” Its realm should be to extract the essence from the fashion trend, to refine the true meaning of city women’s fashion, to enrich women’s aesthetics and taste, and to create their own beautiful temperament. City Women’s fashion pursuit is not a passive follow-up, but a rational and skilled control. City Women’s fashion is an all-encompassing concept. Its tentacles penetrate into every aspect of city women’s life. Generally speaking, city women’s fashion should bring them a pleasant mood and elegance, pureness, taste and extraordinary feelings, giving women different temperament and charm, reflect the extraordinary taste of women, exquisite, and reveal personality. Every woman has her own fashion, and city women fashion is a cyclical change.


At a time when work and life are getting faster and faster, what health problems are plaguing our busy city women? What are the similarities and concerns of people living in different cities at different ages?

The over-expenditure of physical strength and mental strength is threatening the health of city women. the survey suggests 73.2% of the respondents were in poor health or worried, and the proportion of women with poor health was 10% higher than that of men. This situation is related to (some) women’s own weak body condition and most women are often involved in housework in addition to work. The survey also showed that sub-health has been growing a clear trend of youthfulness, and the health status of young people was far worse than that of middle-aged people. Young City Women need more planned fitness routine and health tips.


  • Breastfeeding is one of the most heated topics of new motherhood—and it’s time to stop the stigma

    November 13, 2019 at 07:00PM by CWC

    When I had my daughter last year, I set out with the intention of breastfeeding her for a full 12 months. I had heard (many, many times) about how my mom had nursed me for a year, and most of my American friends seemed to be on the breastfeeding train. Except I live in France, where moms on average breastfeed to 17 weeks and less than 10 percent continue for six months, according to a 2015 study by Inserm, France’s National Institute of Health.

    However, breastfeeding was harder than I expected. Getting my daughter to properly latch onto my breast was surprisingly challenging, and I hadn’t mentally prepared for the reality of nursing every two to three hours, day and night, after a 30-hour labor. The first night after delivery, I only got a few short bursts of sleep, and my poor nipples were soon stinging and bleeding from the near-constant feeding. I begged every nurse who came into my hospital room for help.

    Fortunately, thanks to France’s affordable medical system, I was able to stay in the hospital for a week to get things on track. But over the next few months, breastfeeding became increasingly tough with my work schedule, and my milk supply couldn’t seem to keep up with one very hungry little girl. I faced pressure to add a bottle of formula from my husband and our nanny, who implied that my daughter was too skinny (she wasn’t, our pediatrician reassured me). But on the other hand, I was well-aware as a health journalist of the benefits of breastfeeding, and felt added pressure to nurse from my mom and friends, who had all made it seem like a breeze. I figured if I could make it happen, why shouldn’t I? Wouldn’t I be a bad mother for not choosing my child over my own personal frustrations?

    Around six months, feeding my daughter adequately through breastmilk alone was difficult enough that I decided to give her a supplemental midday bottle of formula. We also continued nursing until she was just shy of a year. She’s currently happy and healthy—and I know now that I made the right choice for both of us.

    Unfortunately, I’m far from the only new parent to struggle with breastfeeding. People have strong opinions on the topic, and they’re not afraid to share them. All too often, women are judged no matter what decision they make about breastfeeding—whether they choose not to, or conversely, choose to do it for “too long” or “the wrong way.” But the reality behind how a person feeds their newborn baby is far more complex—and personal—than just “breast is best.”

    The benefits (and struggles) of breastfeeding

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding for at least the first 12 months of a child’s life, exclusively for the first six. They point to research-backed benefits of breastfeeding for babies, including protection against diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, ear infections, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease, asthma, allergies, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). There’s also some evidence that breastfeeding helps build a baby’s microbiome. Per the AAP, there are also upsides for mom, including decreased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

    The process of making human milk fundamentally changes a person’s body, says pediatrician Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, FAAP, chair of AAP’s Section on Breastfeeding. After birth, it takes three days for breasts to start producing milk, with between 20 to 35 percent of women taking longer, she says. In the meantime, babies cluster-feed (where they latch and suckle every two to three hours) to stimulate supply. Breast size increases exponentially, hormone levels and metabolism get revved up, and you even temporarily lose up to 5 percent of your bone mass—all to support the breastfeeding process. While we don’t entirely understand all of the mechanics at play, “the science is pointing to a complex ecosystem between mother and baby,” Dr. Feldman-Winter says. “The bottom line is that breastfeeding matters for both the short- and long-term health of infants and their mothers.”

    The health benefits of breastfeeding are so great that you’d be hard-pressed to find an expert who doesn’t support it. Beyond the AAP, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasize that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives. But all of these benefits lead to the “breast is best” mentality, which inherently puts women who do not breastfeed down. And the fact of the matter is, some women just can’t do it.

    “Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for mothers. However, it needs to be approached as a new skill for both mother and baby to learn,” says Sophia Komninou, PhD, a researcher and lecturer of public health, policy, and social sciences at Swansea University in the UK.

    “Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for mothers. However, it needs to be approached as a new skill for both mother and baby to learn.” —Sophia Komninou, PhD

    “The body’s process of producing milk is very complex, and it doesn’t take much to interfere with it,” Dr. Feldman-Winter says. She says that about 10 percent of women can’t breastfeed because their milk doesn’t come in or they have a medical contraindication (such as being HIV positive). Others might struggle with latching issues, painful nipples, infections like mastitis (clogged milk ducts) and thrush (a yeast infection that can affect a baby’s mouth and then be passed to the breast), or other complications that can arise from breastfeeding that make it difficult and painful—adding to the stress many new parents already experience in the first few weeks after birth. Moms with premature babies who start out life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) face even more hurdles.

    Fortunately, many women do get assistance for the first few feeds from hospital staff, especially at the growing number of Baby-Friendly hospitals (a joint UNICEF and WHO effort to identify breastfeeding-supportive facilities) in the U.S. Yet new moms are also discharged on average two days after delivery—before their milk is even in—leaving many feeling frustrated and alone if they struggle to breastfeed. Add to that the emotional fluctuations of postpartum hormones and ongoing sleepless nights, and it’s no wonder some people decide that breastfeeding is not for them.

    Suzanne Barston, a journalist, blogger at The Fearless Formula Feeder, and author of Bottled Up, fully intended to breastfeed but struggled from the start. Her son was tongue-tied (a condition that restricts the tongue’s range of motion) and could not latch, and she suffered from severe postpartum depression. “Then it turned out he had a milk protein allergy and reacted to my milk, so he was sick all the time,” she says. Her nursing struggles made her feel like a failure at first. “Motherhood was just one big blur of pain, guilt, and sadness,” she says.

    The Catch-22 of feeding your baby

    Beyond health reasons, there are a variety of other factors that impact a person’s decision to breastfeed. Since federal law doesn’t mandate paid maternity leave (or even unpaid leave in many circumstances), many women are forced to return to work within weeks or even days of delivery, further hindering breastfeeding attempts. “There’s a push to return to the workplace sooner than what would be supportive for continued breastfeeding,” says Dr. Feldman-Winter.

    Although laws now require that employers offer women the time and a safe space to pump at work, many workplaces still don’t fully comply. Just this year, a woman won over $1.5 million in a lawsuit after alleging that her fellow employees at KFC made it so difficult to pump at work that her breastmilk supply dried up.

    Even with appropriate space and time, many mothers find pumping challenging and unpleasant. “Having to be locked away and unavailable for in-person meetings, washing and drying and washing again all those damn little pump parts, and awkwardly carrying your recently-expressed breast fluid to the shared refrigerator, makes me feel vulnerable, like a bit of a nuisance, and frustrated with the tedium,” says Kelly Kutas, a marketing research director in Chicago, IL, who has been breastfeeding her daughter for over three months.

    Kelley Slocum, a retail consultant in New Orleans, LA, who has an 11-month-old son, started pumping almost exclusively as soon as she began traveling frequently for work at 12 weeks postpartum—a choice that opened her up to criticism. “People always question why I even bother. They often tell me it must be so much work to lug a pump and cooler with me everywhere I go… However, as a mom who has to leave her baby, I feel that one thing I can do for him is pump, and give him my breastmilk,” says Slocum, who now supplements with one bottle of formula per day.

    Barston experienced a slightly different shade of shame regarding her decision to stop breastfeeding. At around six weeks postpartum, she realized that neither she nor her son was benefitting from breastfeeding, so she made the jump to exclusively hypoallergenic formula. “It was like the clouds lifted. I felt joy and was able to bond with my baby. I finally started feeling like I could be a mom,” she says.

    “Each mother and baby are unique and have different needs. While breastfeeding is desirable, it must be the woman’s choice.” —Jody Segrave-Daly, RN, IBCLC, and co-founder of The Fed Is Best Foundation

    Although Barston’s family, friends, and pediatrician were supportive of her decision, more than one doctor told her that she had made a mistake. “When I told [one doctor] that my mental health was affected by nursing and that it was better for us as a family…he laughed in my face and told me I should have just hired a nanny if I couldn’t handle it,” she says.

    Barston says she felt alienated when she was the only mom she knew who pulled out a bottle instead of a breast. “I didn’t know where to go for support, and it felt very lonely,” she says. “It struck me that the beginning of motherhood is really mostly about feeding, because that’s all newborn babies do: sleep and eat. Of course we are all going to obsess about the one thing we can (sort of) control.”

    There is also enduring stigma around breastfeeding in public (damned if you do, damned if you don’t, it seems) that can impact a person’s ability or desire to feed. Nursing mothers are often asked to cover up or leave public spaces when they attempt to feed their babies, despite the fact that breastmilk (or a baby’s hunger) doesn’t operate on a convenient schedule. There has been some progress on addressing this stigma, but a full 11 percent of Americans still don’t think that women should have a right to breastfeed in public, according to data released by the CDC in 2018.

    Ultimately, breastfeeding is a deeply personal choice. Some women suffer from sleep deprivation and postpartum depression, which can make breastfeeding all the more challenging. Others just don’t want to breastfeed or don’t like it and stop—and that’s valid, too. “The elephant in the room is that perinatal mental health is not talked about,” says Jody Segrave-Daly, RN, IBCLC, and co-founder of The Fed Is Best Foundation. “Stable maternal mental health should be prioritized first, but it’s not unfortunately.”

    While every expert will say that breastfeeding is the best option in terms of the baby’s nutrition and health, formula is recognized as a safe and effective alternative, and what matters most is that a baby is fed. If someone can’t or hates breastfeeding, they shouldn’t force it because of societal pressure. “Each mother and baby are unique and have different needs. While breastfeeding is desirable, it must be the woman’s choice,” says Segrave-Daly. “We [at The Fed Is Best] prioritize perinatal mental health, because breast milk does not care for, nurture, or bond with a baby. A healthy, loving parent does.”

    How we can support all moms

    It’s a disservice to moms for society to put so much judgment and pressure on one’s feeding choice. “We’ve made it a moral choice as well as a medical one. It’s the start of a parenting culture which is all about maximizing a child’s chance of success,” says Barston.

    So how can we begin to reduce the stigma? For one thing, Dr. Komninou says we need to keep our language neutral when talking about feeding babies. Mantras like “breast is best,” for example, can make women feel guilty and dissatisfied if they are struggling to breastfeed. “It was originally designed to convey the health benefits of breastmilk and tackle the prolonged slump in breastfeeding rates. But, assuming every new mother wants the ‘best’ for her baby, it takes on a profoundly moralistic dimension that has become intertwined with the concept of ‘good parenting,’” she says.

    Dr. Feldman-Winter says doctors also need to do a better job supporting patients. “Pediatricians need to be equipped with knowledge and skills in coordination with lactation consultants or other docs with breastfeeding expertise,” she says. That way, pediatricians and other healthcare providers will be able to accurately answer questions, or refer a new parent to a specialist who can help more directly.

    To that end, doctors, midwives, and lactation consultants should absolutely discuss the science-backed benefits of breastfeeding with patients and guide women to available support. But if a mom decides formula is best for her and her family, her choice should be supported, Dr. Feldman-Winter says.

    “The important thing is for doctors to support women to meet their own personal goals,” says Dr. Feldman-Winter. “If a mom is only intending to breastfeed for a short period of time, it’s important that we support that goal, knowing there are benefits. There really shouldn’t be pressure coming from doctors. It’s about providing evidence-based medicine. In the end if it’s not working out, or a mother chooses not to breastfeed, we need to be there for that mother to support her.”

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    Author Colleen De Bellefonds | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • 4 signs your witty banter is actually platonic negging

    November 13, 2019 at 06:00PM by CWC

    There’s nothing like a battle of wit to keep your interest. In fact, many of us enjoy the notion that someone can match us in the art of playful banter, whether the verbal-repartee partner is a new love interest, a friend, or a colleague. Personally, I live for these sparring matches—I’m good at it.

    But sometimes, upon coming down from good-banter high, I’ve felt unsure as to whether I was being witty or plain old mean, which brings me to the concept of negging. It’s not a new thing, but it’s popularly designated for romantic-leaning situations in which one party undermines the confidence of the other in the form of backhanded compliments or comments. This practice may have the the effect of making the negged person so insecure that they feel the need to win the approval of the other via a hookup. But, little known reality: Platonic negging is also thing that can crop up in truly any relationship, be it a coworker, friend, or family member. Sometimes hard to spot in practice, so I’m left to wonder, what is negging, really, and can someone explain to me the fine line separating it from banter?

    According to clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus, PsyD, the difference is pretty subjective. “You pay them a compliment that makes them self-conscious, like ‘That extra weight looks cute!’ or ‘I think it’s great that you don’t try to bleach your freckles,’” says Dr. Daramus. And even when it’s not a backhanded compliment, note that “some people really enjoy an exchange of wit, but others will be hurt by it.”

    So if you’re starting to notice that your daily banter is veering on a little too personal, here are several hints to keep in mind.

    What is negging, exactly, as it applies to platonic relationships?

    1. Negging comes from, well, a negative place

    Identifying negging in practice really starts with you and your intuition. For example, if you sense your back-and-forth routine may have wounded another party, and, thus, isn’t simply banter, take a step back and ask yourself a few questions: “Are you doing this out of anger or jealousy? Is it coming from a bad place inside you? If so, there’s a good chance it will come out of your mouth more harshly than you meant it to,” Dr. Daramus says.

    So if someone is feeling angry, upset, or insecure, banter can easily veer into a dark place.

    2. You can volley banter, but negging hits and sits

    When bantering, you want to keep things at the same level of intensity. You hit the ball, then they hit the ball, and in general, you play fair. With negging, though, you hit too hard, too low, and to a place where you, too, would be sensitive.

    “Can you take it as well as dish it out?” Dr. Daramus asks as a litmus for what might constitute platonic negging. “A lot of negging types don’t like having it turned back on them.”

    3. Negging is persistence in banter after someone gets defensive

    “The difference really lies in the way it’s received by the person you’re saying it to,” Dr. Daramus says. “If they hear it as negative, it’s negative—even if you meant it as fun. Some people just don’t enjoy a good recreational insult, and it’s better to hold back than to be that person who basically says, ‘I should be able to insult you because I think it’s funny, and it’s your job to take it so you don’t spoil my fun.’”

    Essentially, don’t continue the negging-inflected banter if someone’s interpreting it in a mean-spirited way. And don’t say anything you would really hate hearing directed at you.

    4. Banter is light and fun; banter pulls down your mood

    A good way to tell if if someone is negging you is to pay attention to whether backhanded compliments play on your insecurities and kill your mood.

    “If it came from someone you care about, hopefully you can just tell them that it hurt and you don’t want to hear that again,” Dr. Daramus says. “If they try to tell you you’re being too sensitive, be firm and let them know that you need them to respect this sensitive spot.”

    Maybe now’s a good time to get in touch with the five different flirting styles. Also, this is exactly the point in which you need to stop venting and start acting. 

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    Author Mary Grace Garis | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • Your soul mate isn’t necessarily ‘the one’—here’s how to tell the difference

    November 13, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC

    Theoretically, finding your soul mate should mark the end of your search for “the one,” right? Because what is a soul mate if not someone with whom you have a life-altering connection that gives purpose to those countless nights out and Hinge swipes and bad dates and awful breakups? (Just me?) Well unfortunately, relationship pros say finding your soul mate and living happily ever after aren’t necessarily linear events, because finding your soul mate doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve found a healthy relationship.

    “When you meet someone who has the same worldviews, you tend to find them more attractive, intelligent, and moral, but this bias can lead you to invest in those relationships based on this alone, ultimately making you feel that this person is your ‘soul mate,’” says Greta Tufvesson, co-founder of matchmaking service The Bevy, adding that these qualities alone aren’t necessarily enough when it comes to the person with whom you want to share the rest of your life. “The one is the person who complements you and makes you want to be better.”

    Still, finding someone who gives you a twin-souls vibe can obviously send sparks flying. But over time, you need something more than that to sustain a relationship. “It’s possible to meet somebody with whom you feel a soul connection that’s deep and profound, yet you’re not a good romantic match for each other,” says relationship expert Susan Winter, author of Breakup Triage: The Cure for Heartache. “Regardless of the intensity of your connection, relationships boil down to day-to-day compatibility and sustainability. Without that type of consistency, nothing can survive.”

    Regardless of the intensity of your connection, relationships boil down to day-to-day compatibility and sustainability. Without that type of consistency, nothing can survive.” —Susan Winter, relationship expert

    Case in point: I broke up with the only person I’ve ever considered my soul mate after only three months. From the moment we met, out at a bar, it was clear to me that I was supposed to know him and that whatever was happening was destined to be something real. And for a while, it was. But for a number of reasons—differing maturity levels, mismatched priorities and circumstances, and, perhaps most importantly, an inability to get it together to make a healthy relationship work—calling it quits was the only viable option.

    According to relationship coach Clarissa Silva, the person you choose to spend your life with should facilitate you being a better version of yourself. “If that is not happening, you have to exit while you still recognize yourself,” she says. “It could be that you have idealized or romanticized the person and the relationship.” So even if you’ve found someone who feels like the missing puzzle piece of your soul (a you didn’t know was missing until that very point, no less), it still doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve found the right relationship for you. An intense connection is not the only prerequisite for a functioning partnership, and when things skew intense from the beginning, you may miss the signs that you’re not getting what you need out of it.

    Pros agree that certain characteristics add up to the backbone of every healthy relationship, so if you think you’ve found a soul mate who is also the one, consider whether these features are present: trust, loyalty, patience, understanding, acceptance, and compromise. “It’s a give and take,” says matchmaker and co-founder of the Bevy Nikki Lewis. “It takes compromise to meet in the middle.” Rather than waiting for your perfect-match soul mate with whom you need not compromise period because you both agree on everything, be open to putting in the work that will undoubtedly lead to mutual respect. And if you insist on waiting for perfection? Understand that you may never attain what you’re looking for. “This is a romanticized notion that you can search for your whole life for and never find.”

    If you think you’ve found your soul mate but aren’t quite sure this person is the one, Winter suggests asking yourself the following questions about your partner: “Are they willing to work through partnership issues, or do they only want to luxuriate in the intensity of the ride? Are they open to self-correction when they’re in the wrong, or are they hoping their charm will blind you to their deficiencies?”

    If the answer is “no” to either question above, it may be time to re-evaluate. “If you find yourself questioning the fitness of your partner, don’t force-fit them into your life,” says Silva. “Trust your instincts that if they don’t feel like a real soul mate, chances are, they aren’t it.” But, good news: Many believe you can have more than one soul mate—or, take a note from Lizzo (and me, and Emma Roberts) and be your own soul mate.

    Still searching for the one? Here’s how to fall in love in the age of ghosting and zombie-ing. And when you do think you’ve found that special someone, here’s how to tell if it’s love or lust

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • Bye chunky Dad Shoes, this is the new sneaker trend you’ll soon see everywhere

    November 13, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC

    While the popularity of the Dad Shoe isn’t going anywhere soon, there is a new front-runner that will soon outshine the beloved (and worn to death) chunky sneaker this fall—and if you haven’t picked a pair up already, it’s time. The latest favorite goes even further into the past. This fall, it’s all about the vintage-style running sneaker.

    Life after the Fila Disruptor 2 and Martine Rose’s reimagined Nike Air Monarch 2 moves away from chunky and more towards sleek, like the sneaker worn by first-ever women’s Olympic Games marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson in 1984. Specific? Yes. True? Also yes. 

    sneaker trend fall 2019
    Photo: Courtesy of Nike

    The most hyped versions of this vintage-inspired trend include Nike’s Sacai collaboration, the LDV Waffle. Released in three different colors, there are some obvious fashion-over-function additions like the double tongues, double swooshes, and double laces in the marrying of two old running silhouettes, the LDV and the Waffle Racer. Samuelson’s marathon-winning shoe also saw an August re-release as well as fashion rehaul with Japanese imprint, Undercover. Both versions of the Daybreak are still available on, whereas the Sacai collab is only available on resale sites like StockX and GOAT. 

    sneaker trend fall 2019
    Photo: Courtesy of ASICS

    You can easily hop on board with this trend without going full sneakerhead, too. ASICS has quietly been releasing updated, fashion-forward favorites in the last few months and just debuted a Kiko Kostadinov campaign shot by (and featuring) fine arts photographer Juergen Teller. Look to ASICS GEL-1090 and the GEL-NANDI 360, two re-released retros that just hit the market, and ASICS GEL-KAYANO 5 OG styles for bright, on-trend options that won’t have you feeling too much like a hypebeast. 

    New Fall Sneaker Trend
    Photo: Courtesy of New Balance

    Finally, if you want to opt to stick to a pure classic, the New Balance 990v5 is the way to go. A Steve Jobs’ favorite, they also kind of give off some Larry David vibes. More importantly, they’re incredibly comfortable and super versatile. This has all the high-level ease you’d want in a sneaker made for running errands, but would also really add an effortless feel to an oversized suit and a slicked-back ponytail look. Like the new tagline says: “Worn by supermodels in London and dads in Ohio.” Accurate. But now it’s a sleeker, ’80s dad silhouette. 

    Here’s what Amazon reviewers had to say about the Fila Disruptor 2 sneakers. Plus, why you should be switching up your sneakers at the gym.

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    Author Rae Witte | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC

  • Why Women Kill’ star Lucy Liu is proud of her strong female acting roles: ‘I fall into that category more’
    BEVERLY HILLS – Whether she is playing the role of Ling Woo in the late 90s comedy-drama “Ally McBeal,” asserting herself as assassin O-Ren Ishii in the hard-hitting Quentin Tarantino flick “Kill Bill” or using her state-of-the-art technology, charm and fighting skills to save a kidnapped billionaire-to-be, Lucy Liu’s characters have been strong women and that’s something she doesn’t take for granted. “I think I’ve been – I feel like I’ve been representing it for a very long time,” Liu told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles. “Not on purpose, but a lot of the characters that I have played have had a very good mind, you know and make decisions based on whatever she wanted. You know, whether they were assassins or whether they were lawyers or detectives, I think I’ve had the ability to really fall into that category more.” KRISTEN STEWART TALKS TRAINING FOR ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ REBOOT: ‘I REALLY HATED IT’ And for good reason. The 50-year-old actress, who stars in the CBS All Access comedy-drama series “Why Women Kill,” said she enjoyed playing this latest part due to the fact that she simply hadn’t been able to commit any crimes in her seven seasons as Dr. Joan Watson on the long-running Sherlock Holmes-Meets-Manhattan series “Elementary.” Lucy Liu attends the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic,) Lucy Liu attends the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic,) “I’m so excited to commit a crime, I can’t tell you,” she said. “I think it’s about time. I’m surprised Joan Watson didn’t go crazy and commit a crime before the end of Season 7.” In playing her character, Simone Grove — a socialite in the 1980s who is entrenched in dealing with infidelity in her marriage — Liu said Grove’s arc in Season 1 of the streaming-only series is an evolution of who she is. LUCY LIU TO BE SECOND ASIAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO RECEIVE WALK OF FAME STAR “She has a bit of an affectation and she is also – I mean, I think her whole life is a bit of an affectation and I think it’s the lavish décor and the way that she presents herself to society is sort out a facade for where she came from originally. And we sort of find that out as the episodes go on,” said Liu. Liu also addressed the forthcoming “Charlie’s Angels” reboot film. (Liu starred in the original movie, alongside Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore, nearly 20 years ago.) Lucy Liu arrives at the premiere of CBS All Access’ “Why Women Kill” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on August 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Liu said she hasn’t had any interaction with stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as they become the new trio. “I haven’t, actually. I mean, I was on my show and then I hadn’t even found out about it and someone asked me about it and I was like, I think that’s great,” Liu explained. “I don’t know what they’re expecting, like a catfight. It’s so silly. ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ TRAILER DEBUTS SHOWING THE NEW LADIES IN SOME EXPLOSIVE ACTION “Back then, it was sort of like such a strange thing especially given the time right now. But I think it’s wonderful. I think there’s a reason why there are many iterations of that show that we made into a movie, that then became a show that then became a movie. You know, there’s a reason why people are attracted to it.” When asked about the industry’s shift toward inclusion and diverse content, the Emmy-nominated actress said it is long overdue and hopes the trend continues to push the entertainment business to offer opportunities to minorities including, of course, Asians and Asian-Americans. Original “Charlie’s Angels,” Lucy Liu, actress thinks that the new version of the film, directed by Elizabeth Banks, will be a great move for women. (Columbia Pictures) “I think that there is more opportunity for diversity and I think that it’s becoming more colorblind,” Liu said. “So I don’t know that it’s specifically because it’s Asian. I mean some of the projects obviously are but I think that there’s a different level of expectation from the audience. And I think because, as I said, there’s so much content — there is the ability for networks or streaming services to really understand that there is a need and a desire for that and that there’s an opportunity for them especially if they have such a viewership and audience.” ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ STAR CHERYL LADD ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: ‘IT HAS GOTTEN STRONGER AND DEEPER’ “It allows for that, you know, whether it’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ or whatever it is – it’s sort of great that they are giving [opportunities],” she added. “And then they also started to understand the numbers and the idea of Nielsen is not as current as it used to be, so I think they’re looking at other things and they have nothing to lose by putting that on the air.” The “Kung Fu Panda” franchise voice actress said these opportunities can be life-changing and added that the shift can certainly be seen and felt but noted that there is still much progress to be made. CLICK HERE FOR THE ALL-NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM “It only helps them and it makes them create a much more diverse panel for themselves,” she said. “And I think that is now being seen as a much more important part of the entertainment business, whether it’s directing or people behind the scenes or people in the crew. It’s not just about having one solid thing.” “So a lot of people who were not given the opportunities before are now being given those opportunities or are asked to come on board because they wanted that or they need that.” “Why Women Kill” is currently streaming on CBS All Access. Julius is an LA Entertainment Reporter for Fox News.
  • Units and calories in wine – Drinkaware x CWC

    Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We’re here to help people make better choices about drinking.

    The low risk guidelines in relation to wine

    The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) advise to keep risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest for men and women to not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week. Drinking more than six medium 175ml glasses of 13% ABV in a week wine will put adults over the  low risk drinking guidelines
    If you regularly drink over these guidelines, you could be increasing your chances of developing long-term health conditions

    Use our Alcohol Self Assessment tools to find out if you’re drinking too much. 

    Check the strength of your wine

    Checking wine’s ABV (alcohol by volume) will give you a guide to how strong it is. The ABV tells you what percentage of the drink is made up of alcohol. For example, wine with 12% ABV is 12% pure alcohol. The higher the percentage, the more alcohol there is – so try opting for lower ABV wines. Do you know what an alcohol unit is? Find out here…

    A large glass of wine contains as many calories as an ice cream

    We often drink wine with a meal. But did you know that a large glass of wine (250ml) with 13% ABV can add 228 calories to your dinner? That’s similar to an ice cream or two fish fingers.

    Find out exactly how many calories you’re drinking with our Unit and Calorie calculator.A standard glass of red or white wine (175ml) with 13% ABV could also contain up to 160 calories, similar to a slice of Madeira cake. Often when sharing wine, we assume we’re drinking less calories but a bottle of 13% ABV wine shared between two could mean you are consuming 340 calories each, that’s the equivalent of a chocolate croissant each.
    Find out how many calories you’re consuming with our Unit and Calorie Calculator and take look at our top tips on how to use up leftover wine once you’ve opened the bottle.

    Guideline total intake for women in the UK is 2000 calories daily, and 2,500 calories for men, according to the National Health Service.

    Things you can do right now to reduce the amount of wine you are drinking

    Just one large glass of wine can put you over the low risk drinking guidelines. To stay on track, try these top tips:
    1. Mind your measures: If you’re used to drinking large glasses of wine, swap those cavernous 250ml wine glasses for 125ml ones – in the pub and at home. Remember to check the volume too. Wines with higher ABV have more alcohol.

    2. Tackle your triggers: If you always have a glass of wine to celebrate a good day at work, or commiserate a bad one, try doing something else instead. An alcohol-free dinner out makes a feel-good treat, while a gym session is a great way to relieve stress

    3. Give alcohol-free days a go: If you drink regularly, your body starts to build up a tolerance to alcohol. Many medical experts recommend taking regular days off from drinking to ensure you don’t become addicted to alcohol. Test out having a break for yourself and see what positive results you notice

    4. Treat yourself: Trade up to a special bottle of wine that’s expensive enough to encourage you to savour it over a few days, rather than down it all in one night. This way, you’ll space out the units you’re consuming.

    5. Track your drinking over time: If you choose to drink, recording exactly what you’ve drunk during the week will tell you whether you’re keeping within the unit guidelines. Our free Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units app is perfect for tracking your drinks when you’re out and about.

    Discover more practical ways to cut back on wine with our tips on cutting down.

    How to put your leftover wine to good use…

  • The Best Bottomless Brunches in London

    by The Nudge

    The Best Bottomless Brunches in London

    The Best Bottomless Brunches in London

    Last updated: 22nd July 2019 | Main image: Martello Hall

    Technically, there’s no end to the best bottomless brunches in London.

    But, in the interests of time and, yes, out-and-out favouritism, we’ve rounded up a collection of the finest places for a booze-laden, mid-morning feast; from Dalston warehouses plating up endless pancakes and alcoholic iced teas, to sleek Soho rooftop restaurants primed to ply you with top-shelf Champagne and feasts of sushi.

    So behold, the very best bottomless brunches in London, for your delectation…

    JUMP TO: Central LondonEast London & The City | North London | South London | West London


    Timmy Green | Victoria

    As Antipodean brunch venues go, this down-under spot is up there with the best. Score everything from aubergine fritters with kimchi ketchup to shakshuka with labneh and charcoal toast – all washed down with infinite prosecco and mimosas. READ MORE or check out their Soho sibling

    Best for Mid-week brunching
    Timings 7.30am-3pm Mon-Fri; 7.30am-4.30pm Sat; 10am-4.30pm Sun
    Price per person? £39.50 (inc. food) | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know It’s one drink at a time, and the whole table needs to take part.

    Breddos Tacos | Soho, Clerkenwell

    Breddos Tacos bottomless brunch

    Make like a taco, and get stuffed at Breddos Tacos – who are not only offering unlimited beers, Micheladas and frozen margaritas for their bottomless brunch, they’re bolstering it with all-you-can-eat tacos, too… including a new egg and avocado number. READ MORE

    Best for Making Sunday as fun as Saturday
    Timings Sundays 12-5pm
    Price per person? £25pp for food, +£20 for booze | Time limit? 1.5 hours | Good to know It’s also available in their Clerkenwell branch.

    Lantana | Fitzrovia, Old Street, London Bridge

    It’s already the second Aussie spot on the list, but that’s because they know how to brunch correctly. Which, if you’re wondering, means wild mushrooms and white bean hummus on toast; bubble ‘n’ squeak with Cumberland sausage; annnd unlimited prosecco, mimosas and coffee. READ MORE

    Best for Coffee fiends
     Weekends 9am-4pm
    Price per person? £30 boozy, £25 for unlimited coffee & juice only | Time limit? 1.5 hours | Good to know Everyone on the table needs to go bottomless, boozy or not.

    Señor Ceviche | Fitzrovia

    Senor Ceviche Fitzrovia - bottomless brunch London

    It’s not every day that you can feast on incredible Peruvian BBQ dishes, ceviche and hot wings, with free-flowing bellinis… it’s Saturdays, at Señor Ceviche Fitzrovia. READ MORE

    Best for A change from avo on toast
    Saturdays 11am-3pm
    Price per person? 
    £39 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Only available at their Fitzrovia branch.

    DUM Biryani | Soho

    Hidden away beneath the streets of Soho, pumping Hyderabadi den DUM Biryani is the place to retire to when you fancy a feast of South-East Indian brunch-styled dishes, a solid hip hop soundtrack, and bottomless copper cauldrons of Indian punch delivered to your table. Which is always. READ MORE

    Best for Flavour junkies
    Timings Sundays 12-4pm & 6-10pm
    Price per person? £15 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours

    Spuntino | Soho

    Spuntino - bottomless brunches in London

    Taking its cue from downtown New York, brunch at Spuntino is a raucous, grungy affair, with sharing plates of truffled eggs, bourbon and vanilla French toast, and aubergine bruschetta topped with feta, all washed down with unlimited mimosas and bloody maries… READ MORE

    Best for The morning after the night before
    Timings Weekends 10am-2pm
    Price per person? £18 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know They have a popcorn machine. Which is important.

    Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar | Aldwych

    Eneko bottomless brunch

    The Eneko in question here is Eneko Atxa – the chef behind the three Michelin Starred, consistently World Top 20-ranking Basque restaurant Azurmendi. So yes, the brunch here is good. They’ve newly launched it, with dishes like beef tartare, egg yolks in tempura, Basque-style scrambled eggs with potatoes and Ibérico ham, and confit cod on Basque crystal bread… and bottomless cava or wine. READ MORE

    Best for The sophisticated way to go bottomless
    Timings Saturdays 12-2.30pm
    Price per person? £20 (exc. food) | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know The servers are extremely helpful – follow their recommendations

    Bon Vivant | Bloomsbury

    Bon Vivant serve drunch, which, depending on your commitment levels, stands for either ‘dinner breakfast lunch’, or just ‘drunk lunch’. But given the presence of infinite bellinis to accompany your freshly baked pastries and er, steak, it may well turn out to be both. READ MORE

    Best for A continental brunch
    Weekends 10.30am-4.30pm
    Price per person?
     £20 (exc. food) | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Min. spend on food £10pp; whole table needs to go bottomless.

    Lima Floral | Covent Garden

    Lima Floral - bottomless brunch London

    Welcome to brunch in Peru, which, we’ve learnt (through a sample size of one Peruvian restaurant) typically involves beef saltadito and sea bream ceviche, Nikkei-influenced main courses, and bottomless prosecco, beer and Pisco Maries. READ MORE

    Best for Elegant courses that won’t leave you bursting
    Weekends 11am-2.30pm
    Price per person?
     £44 inc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Set menu of six dishes

    Hip Hop Brunch | Secret Location

    The hip: An hour of bottomless cocktails.

    The hop: A three-course, dirty Southern-style brunch overflowing with jerk chicken, veg jambalaya and chocolate fudge brownies.

    The hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop: 2 and a half hours of abundant hip hop karaoke, live entertainment, roaming magicians, comedians and temporary hand-drawn tattoo artists.

    Best for A big, blow-out afternoonTimings 12-5pm every Saturday – book HERE
    Price per person? From £40 all in | Time limit? Bottomless 12-1pm, karaoke till 5pm | Good to know “No fancy dress unless hip hop based”.

    Corazón | Soho

    Corazon - bottomless brunch London

    Since Mexico invented smashing avocados, it stands to reason that it would give pretty good brunch. And Corazón’s Mexican-slanted menu doesn’t disappoint, with huevos rancheros; bacon, egg and cheese tacos; and flights of four different margaritas for every guest. READ MORE

    Best for A slap up, guilty pleasure of a brunch
    Weekends 11am-4pm
    Price per person?
     £20 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know It involves boozy Mexican beans with bacon.

    Dirty Bones | Soho

    Dirty Bones Soho - bottomless brunch London

    Slow-cooked short rib and egg on crumpets. Buttermilk fried chicken and waffle. And three free-flowing cocktails to take your pick from, including a Bloody Mary with a sour cream and onion-pringled rim. READ MORE

    Best for A truly dirty brunch
    Weekends 11am-4pm (last seating 3.30pm)
    Price per person?
     £22 exc. food | Time limit? 1.5 hours | Good to know Whole table needs to go bottomless, but you can all mix and match your own cocktails.

    Aqua Kyoto | Soho

    Aqua Kyoto - bottomless brunch London

    A sprawling feast of critically lauded Japanese food accompanied by endless glasses of bellinis might not sound overly appealing, but you can have it on the roof, so that’s something. READ MORE

    Best for Unbeatable levels of swank
    Saturdays 12-3.30pm, Sundays 12-6.15pm
    Price per person?
     £49 all in/£65 Champagne | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know There are two set menus; one indulgent, one more healthy.

    Sea Containers | Southbank

    Bottomless containers aren’t ordinarily the most useful things. But the bottomless brunch at Sea Containers is a rare exception, soaking up bottomless mimosas, prosecco, Champagne or Bloody Maries with dishes like smoked pulled pork with streaky bacon; ham and cheese toasties with pickled avocado; and er, oysters. READ MORE

    Best for Brunch with a riverside view
    Weekends 12-4pm
    Price per person?
     £18 exc. food/£59 Champagne | Time limit? 1.5 hours | Good to know You can also order their shareable roasts. Even if it’s Saturday.

    Hixter | Bankside

    Hixter Bankside - bottomless brunch London

    Sure, Hixter will ply you with an endless stream of prosecco and Bloody Maries, but the most important thing here is that they have a pudding section on their brunch menu. And that section involves salted caramel fondue with marshmallows and donuts to share. Or not. READ MORE

    Best for Bringing the parents
    Weekends 10.30am-4pm
    Price per
    person? £25 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Can only be ordered alongside a main, max. 12 people

    Flesh & Buns | Covent Garden

    Bottomless buns may sound like something of an oxymoron… But here’s you’ll score free-flowing wine and prosecco served alongside a bountiful set menu of Asian-influenced small plates like chicken yakitori, salmon sashimi, and Korean fried wings; their classic bao buns; and s’mores with chocolate fondant ‘for the table’. READ MORE

    Best for People who don’t like mimosas
    Sundays and bank holidays, 12-6pm (last bookings 4pm)
    Price per person?
     £54/£61 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Max. 6 people, must book in advance here

    Flesh & Buns | Fitzrovia

    Flesh and Buns Fitzrovia bottomless brunch London

    And for their second branch, they’re giving you twice the opportunities to enjoy brunch, serving it on Saturdays and Sundays. Expect a similar offering with six flesh and buns per person, sharing platters of smoked meats, bountiful snacks, and desserts like Nutella croissant tai yaki. READ MORE

    Best for Brunch for dinner
    Timings Saturdays 12-3.30pm, Sundays 12-7.30pm
    Price per person?
    £40 all-in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know You can also bolster the menu by adding dishes from the à la carte–


    Kaia at The Ned | Bank

    Kaia bottomless brunch London

    This is one of those brunches that can’t really be described with words alone. But if we had to try, we’d probably go with something like, “a sprawling, never-ending buffet of sushi, sashimi, poke bowls, robata-grilled fish and meat, noodles, miso soup, breakfast bao, salads, and Japanese-inspired desserts. With welcome sake.”

    Best for Bottomless food that’s really high quality.
    Timings Sundays 11.30am-4pm
    Price per person? £45 | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know The Ned also runs a bottomless feast in the main hall, with lobster, roasts, and a cheese bar. Note that booze isn’t bottomless, just the food – which is more important anyway.

    Roka | Canary Wharf

    How to Roka your Sunday brunch: a buffet of starters; a choice of mouthwatering Japanese dishes sizzled on their robata grill; bottomless wine throughout; and dessert platters for the table. Crushed it.

    Best for Faultless, high-end Japanese cuisine
    Saturday 11.30am-3.30pm, Sundays and bank holidays 11.30am-8pm
    Price per person? 
    From £49 all in | Time limit? 2 hours

    Brigadiers | Bank

    Brigadiers Bottomless Brunch

    Joining the brunch brigade at the latest eatery from the family behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana and Trishna means signing up to an al fresco feast with the likes of masala scrambled eggs; tandoor steak and naan sandwiches and the Full Indian Nashta – with unlimited refills of Kingfisher beers, sparkling wine or palomas. READ MORE

    Best for The sheer, epic scale of it
    Saturdays 12-5pm, Sundays 12-6pm
    Price per person? £20 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know You can order BMs à la carte, too.

    The Vincent E8 | Hackney

    The Vincent, E8. And ‘e also drank, thanks to the bottomless mimosas and prosecco that’s there to wash down the buttermilk fried chicken and maple waffles; huevos rancheros; and ‘eggs in hell’ served on the Vincent’s sunny al fresco terrace.

    Best for Laid-back indulgence
    Saturdays from 10am, Sundays 10am-5pm
    Price per person?
     £17/20 exc. food | Time limit? 1.5/2 hours | Good to know You can score bottomless coffee for a mere £2.

    Hotbox | Shoreditch

    Hotbox - bottomless brunch London

    Some people might think unlimited cocktails sounds excessive, just as they might think smoked pork belly is an unnecessary addition to Eggs Benedict, or truffled blue cheese is to… anything. But thankfully, they’re not the people putting together the brunch menu at Hotbox. READ MORE

    Best for Meat lovers
    Tues-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm (3pm Sun)
    Price per person?
     £25 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know You can mix and match cocktails, prosecco and mimosas

    Flight Club | Shoreditch

    Flight Club want to shower you with build-your-own mimosas, eight types of brunch pizza, and darts. Not literally, we should add. READ MORE

    Best for Big brunch parties
    Weekends 12-2pm or 2.30-4.30pm
    Price per person? 
    From £30 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know There’s also a DJ, which is nice.

    Martello Hall | London Fields

    Martello Hall - bottomless brunch London

    The only things that are distressed in this shabby-chic restaurant are the furnishings and wallpaper – because you’re going to be brunching on chilli hash browns topped with fried eggs; bacon sandwiches with ‘Nduja ketchup; and figs on mascarpone and maple-smothered toast – or if you prefer, a huge Sunday roast. Oh, and there’s infinite rum punch and frizzante, too. READ MORE

    Best for Big group brunches
    Saturdays from 10am, roast on Sundays from 12pm
    Price per person?
     £25 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Only roast dishes served on Sundays (vegan option available)

    Del 74 | Dalston

    Raucous taco spot Del 74 have given brunch a thoroughly Mexican dusting, serving up smoked salmon with chipotle chili corn bread, and steak and eggs with black beans and pico de gallo – all the while plying you with Bloody Marias and frozen margaritas… READ MORE

    Best for Big, boozy brunch
    Timings Weekends from 11am
    Price per person? £25 all-in | Time limit? 1.5 hours

    Mac & Wild | Liverpool Street

    Mac and Wild - bottomless brunch London

    ‘Dirty’ Scottish breakfast baps; haggis pops and venison Scotch eggs… this is the sort of food that calls for – nay, demands – bottomless buckfast-prosecco cocktails. READ MORE

    Best for Big family brunches, al fresco
     Saturdays 11am-6pm (last table 3.30pm)
    Price per person? £23 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know You can also score bottomless roasts at their Fitzrovia branch.

    Bounce | Shoreditch

    Providing the ultimate balanced breakfast, Bounce have created the perfect formula for a zero net-calorie intake, in the form of bottomless prosecco, bottomless pizza, and bottomless ping pong. READ MORE

    Best for A big birthday brunch
    Sundays 1-3pm
    Price per person?
     £29.50pp all-in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know They have a Yorkshire pudding pizza. Do with that information what you will.

    New Street Grill at Old Bengal Warehouse | Liverpool Street

    If you’re going to go for a brunch that involves hanger steak and pears poached in red wine, turning down bottomless prosecco seems almost churlish… READ MORE

    Best for When you don’t have anything active to do afterwards.
    Saturdays 11am-4pm
    Price per person?
     From £35 all-in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Saturdays only, min. 2 courses, set menu

    Clerkenwell Grind | Clerkenwell

    Clerkenwell Grind - bottomless brunch London

    Nobody likes the daily grind. The weekend Grind, on the other hand, involves shakshuka, beetroot smoked salmon Benedict, and Full Englishes soaked in bottomless prosecco – and is understandably very popular. READ MORE

    Best for Sleek, retro surrounds
    Weekends 11am-5pm
    Price per person?
     £14 exc. food | Time limit? 1.5 hours | Good to know Max. 8 people

    South Place Chop House | Liverpool Street

    Unsurprisingly for a restaurant that classes Eggs Benedict as a mere starter, South Place Chop House is ready to lavish you with equally indulgent amounts of prosecco, mimosas and bellinis. READ MORE

    Best for When you can’t decide between roasts and brunch
    Saturday brunch 12-5pm, Sunday roast 12-5pm
    Price per person?
    From £30.50 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Min. 2 courses per person, set menu

    Ask For Janice | Farringdon

    Ask for Janice - bottomless brunch London

    Ask For Janice, who’ll reward you with a trio of small plates (like hash brown with slow-cooked chorizo; forest mushrooms on garlic fried bread; and baked eggs with Merguez sausage) and limitless glasses of Bloody Mary, Buck’s Fizz and Salty Dogs. READ MORE

    Best for The indecisive
    Saturdays 10.30am-5pm
    Price per person? £35 | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know They’re big on local gins here, so it’s worth ordering one of their juniper-hooch cocktails.

    B&H Buildings | Clerkenwell

    There’s very little drinksmiths B&H could have done to improve on their courgette pancakes, braised beef and potato hash, and drop scones with crispy bacon served in their gorgeous leafy conservatory dining room – except, of course, demonstrate that drinksmithery with bottomless bellinis, bubbles or personalised BMs. READ MORE

    Best for Beautiful surroundings
    Weekends 10am-4pm
    Price per person?
     £17-25 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know They also do great non-alcoholic brunch cocktails

    Bread St Kitchen | Bank

    Bread Street Kitchen - bottomless brunch London

    If these look like the perfect pancakes, just imagine how much better they taste with the infinite glasses of prosecco just out of shot… READ MORE

    Best for Perfectly executed eggs Timings Weekends 11am-2pm
    Price per person?
     £40 all in | Time limit? 1.5 hours | Good to know You can stay longer, but additional drinks will be charged separately.

    The Piano Works | Farringdon/Leicester Square

    The Piano Works.

    Which is good news, because they’re using it to crank out your song requests alongside a full band, while you tuck into a two-course power brunch with bottomless prosecco and BMs. READ MORE

    Best for Working your brunch straight off again
    Saturdays 12-4pm
    Price per person? £35 – £50 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know There are two pianists to start; the full band kicks in at 1.30pm

    Jones & Sons | Dalston, Angel

    Jones and Sons - bottomless brunch London

    Jones & Sons’ brunch is so bottomless it’s practically a black hole. Only with all-you-can-eat eggs, pancakes and Full Englishes and endless bucks fizz, BMs and alcoholic iced tea instead of deformed areas of spacetime where mass is so densely concentrated it absorbs all possible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum of radiation. READ MORE

    Best for Bottomless food and drink
    Friday 12-3pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-1pm
    Price per person?
     £29 non-boozy, £39 boozy | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know You can’t switch drink, and you can only order more courses when everyone’s finished their plate. Eat your greens and all that.

    London Shuffle Club | Shoreditch

    Shuffleboard was such a popular Tudor pastime that people stopped going to work, and they had to ban it. Luckily you’ve got weekends off, and can devote them to 2 hour bottomless brunches here, which includes constant top-ups of prosecco or beer, an endless stream of Full English Breakfast pizza, and a solid half hour’s shuffleboarding. READ MORE

    Best for Brunching millennial/16th century-style
    Timings Saturdays 2-4pm
    Price per person? £32.50 | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know If your group size is less than 6, you might be combined with another team for shuffleboarding.

    Smokey Tails | Bethnal Green

    Smokey Tails - bottomless brunch London

    Pulled pork eggs benedict. Cherry cola-glazed gammon with fried eggs. Bacon on crunchy brioche French toast. Smokey Tails brunch is already pretty special, even without the addition of unlimited pancakes and booze… READ MORE

    Best for Pub brunch
    Saturdays – sittings at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
    Price per person? 
    £35 all in | Time limit? 1h45 | Good to know You’ll need to stick to one choice of bottomless drink


    German Gymnasium | King’s Cross

    German brunch dishes tend to be the Wurst. But German Gymnasium are upping the ante with Black Forest ham and poached eggs on potato rosti, Currywurst with triple-cooked chips, and free-flowing prosecco. READ MORE

    Best for A ‘continental’ breakfast
    Weekends 12-3pm
    Price per person?
     £43-50 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Available in the Restaurant section only

    Little Bat | Islington

    Little Bat - bottomless brunches in London

    Credit: Charlie McKay

    Little Bat leave things in your capable hands with their bottomless DIY Bloody Mary trolley, while they take care of the smoked cheddar and roast cauliflower croquettes; chicken and avocado waffles; and almond butter and orange zest pancakes… READ MORE

    Best for Those who like to be in control of their own destiny
    Timings Weekends 11am-4pm (seatings at 11am, 1pm, 3pm)
    Price per person?
     £25 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Little Bat are from the Callooh Callay family, so it’s probably worth returning to let them make you a cocktail…

    Osteria Wolf | Stoke Newington

    The already excellent food on offer at neighbourhood Italian Osteria Wolf has just become flawless – because they’re now offering bottomless prosecco, Aperols and Campari spritzes to accompany their set menu of dishes like fennel sausage and raw egg yolk pappardelle… READ MORE

    Best for Italian dishes that mean business
    Weekends from 12pm
    Price per person? 
    £36-39 all-in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Their coffee is freshly ground, Italian, and very good.

    Drink, Shop & Do | King’s Cross

    By the time you’ve worked your way through Drink Shop & Do’s bottomless bagels, bubbles and board games, Scrabble’s going to end up with some interesting words…

    Best for Rainy weekends
    Weekends from 10.30am
    Price per person?
     £26 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Bagels come gluten-free, and everyone at the table needs to go bottomless (they do mocktails, too). Pre-book here.

    Bobby Fitzpatrick | West Hampstead

    Bobby Fitzpatrick - bottomless brunches in London

    A feast of seven breakfast dishes. An endless supply of coconut pineapple mimosas. Both things that were, if retro eatery Bobby Fitzpatrick is anything to go by, entirely acceptable in the 70s. READ MORE

    Best for Time-travelling brunch
    Saturdays 12pm or 2.30pm
    Price per person?
     £35 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know You probably won’t be surprised to hear that there aren’t any major caveats with this one – but you should probably book ahead


    Art Yard Bar & Kitchen | Bankside

    Art Yard - Best Lodon Bottomless Brunch

    You’ll find Art Yard just down the river from the Tate Modern, and it’s a work of art in itself: the furnishings are beautiful, the walls are decorated with gorgeous paintings, and the food is quite something. Everything from a whole, creamy, fresh burrata, to their zesty gunard tartare with blood orange & jalapeño, to their earthy baked polenta with field mushrooms & wild garlic pesto is delicious. And it can be made all the better with the addition of bottomless mix & match cocktails: custom Marys, Black Velvet, Kir Royales… they’ll even give you a bottle of sparkling, with unlimited Crème de Cassis to make your own. READ MORE

    Best for Great art, even better food
    Timings Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
    Price per person? £35 exc. food | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know There’s a separate room with paper & pens for kids to go nuts in.

    Union Street Café | Southwark

    Gordon Ramsay’s Southwark restaurant already served an excellent brunch… but they’ve now added a ten-strong brass brand to accompany it with cult classics like you’ve never heard them before. (That is, with endless prosecco). READ MORE

    Best for Letting Saturday night live on
    Sundays 12-4pm
    Price per person?
     £40 all-in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Book ahead HERE

    El Segundo | Peckham

    El Segundo - bottomless brunch London

    Spanish wine bar El Segundo take the entirely standard brunch offering of churros with molten chocolate dipping sauce, Morcilla sausage and egg on toast, and huevos rotos (crispy potato slices with chorizo and runny eggs), and thankfully add some interest in the form of tequila-laced bottomless brunch cocktails. READ MORE

    Best for Spanish brunch
    Weekends 11am-3pm
    Price per person?
     £20 for 1 hour, £35 for 2 | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know Walk-ins only

    Little Nan’s | Deptford, Catford, Fitzrovia

    Nans are probably the last people you’d expect to serve up brunch, but this Little Nan carries it off with aplomb; serving up tiered cake stands stacked with build your own breakfast bagels alongside teapots of buck’s fizz, bloody maries and prosecco… READ MORE

    Best for Kitsch overloadTimings Friday-Sunday in Catford & Deptford; daily in Fitzrovia
    Price per person? £35 | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know You can also score various bottomless cocktails

    Mr Bao | Peckham & Tooting

    Mr Bao Peckham - bottomless brunch London

    This weekend could either involve Bao Benedict and Taiwanese spring onion pancakes with bottomless sparkling sake Bloody Maries all day, or it could not. Your call. READ MORE

    Best for Something different
    Weekends from 11am-5pm
    Price per person? 
    £16/17 exc. food | Time limit? Charged by the hour, or £50 for the day Good to know You can also plump for their regular lunch menu.

    Four Thieves | Battersea

    Welcome to the Four Thieves, where a man with an electric blue quiff is not a mere figment of your imagination after too many mimosas, but in fact your bingo compère for the afternoon, doling out prizes that you ‘literally can’t give away’.

    Best for All-day affairs
    Every other Saturday 11am-2pm
    Price per person?
     £30 all in | Time limit? 3 hoursGood to know You’ll also get unlimited hot drinks and toast


    Darcie & May Green | Paddington

    Darcie & May Green - bottomless brunch London

    It’s not every weekend you get to board a Sir Peter Blake-designed, multicoloured pair of barges moored on the Paddington Canal; tuck into baked aubergine fritters with avocado, shakshouka, and coconut French toast; and indulge in bottomless prosecco and mimosas. It’s actually every day, because Darcie and May Green, the two floating restaurants from the Beany Green family, serve their bottomless brunch 7 days a week. READ MORE

    Best for A showstopper venue
    From 10am Monday-Saturday, noon on Sunday
    Price per person?
     £39.50 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know The whole table needs to go bottomless.

    GOAT | Chelsea

    Hoofing it down to GOAT of a weekend will see you served with brunch pizzas, poached eggs and full Italian breakfasts alongside bottomless smoked paprika fries, prosecco, wine and beer… READ MORE

    Best for Getting everyone together
    Saturdays from 12pm, Sundays from 2.30pm. Last sittings at 4pm
    Price per person? 
    £40 all in | Time limit? 2 hours | Good to know They’re a dog-friendly place.

    The Aeronaut | Acton

    Aeronaut not only bring you classic brunch dishes and 3 hours of limitless mimosas, beers and Bloody Maries, they also throw in a full-on entertainment bonanza, including bingo, live sing-a-longs, and a miniature Olympics – which is where you’ll find the only hurdles to an excellent morning. READ MORE

    Best for All-singing, all-dancing brunch
    Saturdays 11am-2pm
    Price per person?
     £32-36 all in | Time limit? 3 hours | Good to know They also run bottomless BBQs on Sundays, May-September

    Megan’s | Fulham, Balham, Clapham, Battersea

    Megans Fulham - bottomless brunch London

    Chorizo shakshouka; half-baked, nutella-stuffed cookie dough and coconut cappucinos are just a few of the very, very good reasons why flower-filled Megan’s constantly has queues out the door. Get there early, and settle down for an afternoon of bottomless Pimm’s… READ MORE

    Best for Nutella-stuffed cookie dough.
    2-6pm weekends, all day bank holiday Mondays (last seating at 4.30pm)
    Price per person? 
    £18 exc. food | Time limit? 1.5 hours | Good to know You can, and definitely should, book HERE.

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  • This ‘around the world’ plank series works every muscle in your core in just 5 minutes
    August 06, 2019 at 10:42AM by CWC
    Whenever it comes time to do a core workout on my own, I tend to crunch myself into oblivion for five minutes, then flip over and finish things off in a plank. Thrilling stuff, huh? Not only is this series super boring (true story: I’ve actually almost fallen asleep in the middle of doing it), it also completely ignores all of the other muscles in the midsection aside from your abs, like your back and obliques.
    But this morning, during a class at New York City’s 305 Fitness, trainer Samantha Barriento introduced me to an “around the world abs” sequence that left every square inch of my core positively quaking in the best (and least boring) possible way. Here’s how it works: You start off in a plank, then cycle through a series of moves on your sides and back in order to target all 360-degrees of your core. You’re essentially moving your body in a circle—or, “around the world”—to be sure you don’t miss a single muscle. “This sequence will get at the main muscle groups in your abdominal area and will help you feel supported,” says Barriento.
    1. Forearm plank: Start in a forearm plank, engaging your abs and glutes to lengthen the spine and making sure your head is in line with your bum. Hold for 30 seconds. ForearmPlank_Blog_1000x700
    2. Hip dips: Holding your plank, move your hips back and forth from side to side. This will activate the obliques and transverse abdominals. Repeat 32 times. 400x400_How_to_Get_Rid_of_Hip_Dips_Side_Lunges
    3. Right side plank: Dropping your right arm down to your forearm, come into a side plank, which targets your right obliques. Hold for 30 seconds. Side-Plank-Right
    4. Right side plank dips: In your side plank, begin lifting and lowering the pelvis to increase oblique contraction on the inferior side of your body. Repeat 16 times. tmp_RpBX31_bc94980e3ce9d008_Side-Plank-Hip-Dips-Right-Side
    5. Crunches: Coming to your back, move through some standard crunches. Place your hands at the lower part of the back of your head, and lift your head up towards the ceiling rather than in to your belly. Repeat 16 times. bicycle-crunch-1548880579
    6. Leg lifts: Lift your legs straight up toward the ceiling, and begin lowering for two counts and raising for two counts (keeping those legs straight!) to target your lower abdominals. If you need a little extra support, move your hands underneath your butt. Repeat 16 times. Double-Leg-Lifts
    7. Left side plank: Turning onto your left forearm, hold a side plank for 30 seconds.
    8. Left side plank dips: Raise and lower your hips on the left side, contracting your obliques. Repeat 16 times.
    9. Mountain climbers: Come back to your standard high plank, and take a slower tempo mountain climber for 30-45 seconds to finish.c4943793a2ba2dd5_SlowerClimbers
    Complement your core workout with some dancer-approved leg moves, or a resistance band back workout that will perk up your posture in no time at all.
    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good Selected and Enhanced by CWC
  • Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for Low-Carb Burgers

    Welcome to my list of the 50 top bunless burger recipes for low-carb burgers from the top low-carb and keto recipe websites from around the world.

    Everybody loves a good burger, but if you’re new to ditching the carbs and get a hankering for one, you’d probably be unsure how to start making one without derailing your progress. 

    The easy solution? Bunless burgers.

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    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes For Low-Carb Burgers

    Below are my favourite bunless burger recipes for low-carb burgers. There are beef, turkey, salmon, bacon, egg, and even casseroles and slow cooker healthy burger style recipes.

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    Do you have a favourite bunless burger recipe? How do you make yours?

    I prefer mine sitting on a large salad with lots of toppings such as cheese, pickles, avocado, bacon, salsa, onions and sometimes, sour cream.

    Bunless Burger Recipes For Low-Carb Burgers  – the patties

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    1: Low-Carb Mexican Chicken Burgers – with a quick cooking video too. Do you like them spicy or mild?

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    2: The Famous ABC Keto Burger – now who doesn’t love avocado, bacon and chicken combo??

    Quick recipe for keto bacon cheeseburger casserole. Now with a NEW cooking video. Grain free, low carb and gluten free slice of cheesy heaven. |

    3: Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole – OK so this might not be an actual burger, but its everything you love in a cheeseburger, in an easy family casserole. Top tip: it tastes even better the next day.

    4: Low-Carb Blue Cheese Burger – by Low carb Maven – with amazing crazy flavours, you won’t miss the bun.

    5: Paleo Low-Carb Avocado bacon Burger – by My PCOS Kitchen – so much nutrition and flavour sensations are packed into this one burger.

    6: Green Chilli Turkey Burgers – by Elana’s Pantry – with only a few herbs and spices, you can throw these together and will be a hit next meal time.

    7: Bacon And Egg Bunless Burger – by Fat For Weight Loss – breakfast burger anyone?

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    8: Brie And Caramelised Onion Stuffed Burgers – Who needs buns when you’ve got caramelized onions and gooey melty brie?

    9: Kitchen Sink Keto Burgers – by CaveMan Keto – Pretty much everything low-carb and kept are packed into these little beauties.

    10: Keto Cheeseburgers – by Diet Doctor – these are fully loaded, kept heaven. Dripping with cheese, pickles and avocado.

    11: Basic Low-Carb Burgers – by Pioneer Women – the perfect easy recipe to start cooking bunless burgers.

    12: Lettuce Burger And Eggplant Chips – by I Quit Sugar – who doesn’t like chips on the side?

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    13: Hamburger Tips and Recipes by KETOadapted – This is a list all on its own full of different takes on everyone’s favourite patty. From lettuce wraps to meatballs, you’d want to try all of these!

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    14: Keto Breakfast Burger With Avocado Buns – by Paleo hacks – guaranteed to keep you full al day. All that healthy avocado and bacon, and as for the dripping egg ……

    15: Easy Low-Carb Cheeseburger Salad – by My Montana Kitchen – a throw it all together kind of meal – easy peasy yet super tasty.The ultimate ‘Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers’. You are guaranteed to find a few healthy low-carb & keto recipes here – that will be regulars in your meal plan.Click to Tweet

    16: Fat Bomb Hamburger Soup – by Healthful pursuit – yes, it’s a “thing” and darn tasty too.

    17: Butter Burger Recipe – by I Save A to Z, packed with a hidden centre of butter and herbs – oh my word!

    18: Cheeseburger Sticks – by What The Fat? – perfect for sharing at parties or a healthy lunch box filler.

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    19: Hamburger Steak and Gravy Recipe (With Mushroom Gravy) by Low Carb Maven – The hamburger steak has been around for decades and has become a family dinner favourite. This is an easy recipe for an all-time classic!

    20: Cajun Salmon Burgers – by All Day I Dream About Food – salmon and avocado are two of my favourite things, so to find them in a blues burger – yowza!

    21: Big Mac Casserole – by Peace, Love and Low Carb – now who doesn’t remember eating Big Mac’s? This is the healthy version.

    22: Bacon Burger Stuffed Bellas – by Beautie And The Foodie – an easy way to get bacon and burger flavours into your mouth.

    23: Cheese Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger – by – the classic bread less burger

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    24: Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffin – by Nom Nom Paleo – turns an absolute classic on it’s head – the healthy way.

    25: Low-Carb Salmon Patties – by Ditch The Carbs – made with canned/tinned salmon, you’ll probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard now.

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    26: Goat Cheese Stuffed Burgers with Caramelized Onion by KetoDiet Blog – Cheese and burgers are always a perfect match. This recipe shows you how to make your next burgers with a cheesy surprise inside.

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    27: Mini Bun-less Cheeseburger Bites with Thousand Island Dip by Sugar-Free Mom – Are your friends coming over to hang out or are you wondering what to bring to another house party? Whip these mini burgers up and they’ll be sure to be a crowd favourite!

    28: Low-Carb Hamburger Casserole – by Grass Fed Girl – such a comforting and filling meal.

    29: Wicked Good Butter Burgers – by Wicked Stuffed – if you’re after a wicked, juicy burger, this is the one to go for.

    30: Loaded Jalapeno Burger – by Keto Connect – spicy and tasty, just how I like a burger.

    31: Bacon Cheeseburger Soup – by Wholesome Yum – such a winter warmer and a full tummy after enjoying this one.

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    32: Tasty Feta Burgers (Egg Free) by Low-Carb, So Simple – These are an easy, Greek take on the classic burger. The best part? It comes with feta cheese!

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    33: Ranch Meatloaf by KETOadapted – Have you ever thought of meatloaf as one giant hamburger? Try this and you probably won’t think so badly of meatloaf ever again!

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    34: The Best Bun-less Burger Recipe for Low-Carb Burgers by Low Carb Maven – The secret to any burger is in the seasoning. With this recipe, you can make your own steakhouse burgers at home – and you probably won’t want to have burgers at a restaurant again for a while!

    35: Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Pie – by All Day I Dream About Food – I LOOOOVE my slow cooker, so this recipe is an absolute winner in my eyes.

    36: Bacon Cheeseburger Calzone – by Sugar Free Mom – burger wrapped in Fat Head pastry? Yes please.

    37: Bacon Wrapped And Cheese Stuffed Burgers – by Keto Diet App – everything classic low-carb and keto, in a single meal.

    38: Spicy Salmon Burgers – by Keto Diet App – I love all things salmon, especially when it involves lemony kale.

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    39: Low Carb Cheeseburger Wraps by Step Away from The Carbs – If you’re tired of having your burgers as patties, get creative and put them in wraps! Skipping making them into circles doesn’t sacrifice how yummy they are and it’s definitely a quick way to make your lunch on the go.

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    40: Bacon Wrapped and Cheese Stuffed Burger by KetoDiet Blog – Bacon, cheese, burger? Oh my! These would taste so rewarding after a long work-week, don’t you agree?

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    41: Eggplant Burger Recipe (Filipino Style) by Low Carb Yum – Who says lettuce, tomatoes and onions are the only vegetables you can put with a burger? Sneak in some eggplant and even your pickiest eater won’t notice it’s there!

    42: Turkey Taco Burgers – by Peace, Love and Low Carb – I love Mexican food anyway, but in a burger? Yes please.

    43: Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup – by Low Carb Yum – the convenience of tyour slow cooker to make an incredible evening meal. A winning combination.

    Bunless Burger Recipes For Low-Carb Burgers – burger bun recipes

    Now for those of you who just cannot entertain the idea of eating a burger without the bun, fear not!

    These are the best low-carb and keto bread bun recipes.

    All these healthy (naturally gluten free) burger bun recipes, are made with simple ingredients and are easy to follow.

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    44: Ultimate Keto Buns – by KetoDietApp – these can be made as a loaf or as keto bread buns.

    45: Low-Carb Almond Flour Bread – by Ditch The Carbs – is beautiful and tasty. Instead of baking in a loaf tin, spoon bun shapes onto a baking tray and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    46: Classic Keto Burger Bun – by Diet Doctor – a classic soft bun with sesame seeds

    47: Soul Bread Sesame Buns – by All Day I Dream About Food – beautiful, soft, plump and light little rolls. Perfect for all that melted cheese and avocado to sink into.

    48: Low-Carb Hamburger Bun – by Low Carb Maven – the classic squishy bun to wrap around your keto burger.

    49: Psyllium Bread Rolls – by Low Carb Yum – simple, easy, foolproof recipe to enjoy with the family.

    50: Ultimate Gluten Free Keto Bun – by My PCOS Kitchen – I love the idea of rosemary and onion flakes in these buns.

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  • 3 zodiac signs are ruled by fire—here’s how to cool down the heat for balance

    October 01, 2019 at 01:00PM by CWC

    Most folks, regardless of their baseline zodiac knowledge know the basic traits of their sun sign (what you read when you check out your horoscope). Some may even be clued-in to their moon signs, which speaks to the person’s emotional, internal-leaning energy, and their rising sign, which is how others see them. Another feature to consider though, is your ruling element. There are four elements, or triplicities, and each sign belongs to one. The elements—Earth, water, fire, and air—often explain what pushes you in a certain direction, and fire signs can burn particularly bright.

    What are the fire signs, you ask, and what, specifically, do the ruling elements do? Think of the elements as another cliquey way the zodiac wheel sections us off and also brings us together. While the modalities (or quadruplicities)—cardinal, mutable, and fixed—speak to our behavior and how we react to the world, ruling elements more so act as commentary on our temperament.

    “Our star signs, also known as sun signs, are only one part of a much bigger picture,” says astrologer Carolyne Faulkner, author of The Signs. “Some people are very much aligned to their sun sign, in terms of temperament. If they are not, this indicates that an aspect is changing the output of energy.”

    “Fire signs usually seek action and adventure above all. They are forces of nature who motivate the self and others with ease.” —Carolyne Faulkner, astrologer

    That’s a gentle reminder that regardless of what your sun sign is, there might be other planets or qualities that push your personality in other directions. Quick example: I’m a very Taurus-y Taurus, but my rising and moon signs are both in Virgo, so some days I’m just a hyper-anxious perfectionist who gets hung up on the details. But, I digress.

    “Regardless, if we are to maximize our time on earth and realize soul contentment, we need to balance the elements in our full birth charts,” Faulkner says. So getting in touch with your sign’s element may help you even out the less-than-savory qualities in your personality makeup. And the energy of fire shows that some signs just want to watch the world burn…and let me go out on a limb and say they’re all rams.

    What are the fire signs, and how can you balance out those flames?

    Without further ado, the fire signs are Aries, with a cardinal modality, Leo, with a fixed modality, and Sagittarius, with a mutable modality. So while each of these elemental triplicities may react differently to conflict and circumstance, each are tied with a thread of similar personality.

    “Fire signs usually seek action and adventure above all. They are forces of nature who motivate the self and others with ease,” says Faulkner. “Prone to be self-centered, overly dramatic, or attention seeking if they are not fulfilled, this is the element that makes things happen and drives to actualize the intangible.”

    None of this is necessarily a bad thing, either—think of fire signs as your fast-acting and large-living pals. That said, it’s really easy for fire signs to burn out or, well, scorch their friends in the quest for attention. This being true, how does one, say, make peace with the more incendiary aspects of the fire sign element?

    “Slow down, learn how to relax, and be in the precious moment,” Faulkner advises. That should ensure that you project and embrace more warmth than smoldering hellfire. Though, I know, I know, smoldering hellfire is such a fantastical look.

    Want to dive deeper into what makes up your astro-personality? Find out your Mars sign for some quick and dirty sex tips, or learn about how your Venus sign determines your love life.

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    Author Mary Grace Garis | Well and Good
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  • 8 DASH diet-approved recipes to make every meal of the day good for your heart

    October 01, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC

    With *so* many different healthy eating plans out there, it’s clear that there isn’t just one way to live your best, nutrient-rich life. But when it comes to the way of eating that doctors and dietitians recommend the most, there are two main contenders: the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet.

    You’re likely very familiar with the Med diet (it made a big comeback this year), but what about its less famous cousin, DASH? DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and like the Mediterranean diet, is a heart-healthy eating plan that emphasizes healthy monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, nuts, and avocado. Other requirements: consuming six to eight servings of whole grains per day, four to five servings of fruits and veggies, fewer than six servings of animal protein, two to three servings of low- or non-fat dairy products, and keeping sugar and sodium intake to a minimum. (Again, veeeeery reminiscent of the Med diet.)

    Another reason health experts are such a fan of the DASH diet is that it isn’t restrictive and is actually pretty easy to stick with. Need proof? Check out the recipes rounded up here, for every meal of the day. Not only are they all DASH diet-compliant, they’ll have your mouth watering.

    Scroll down for eight healthy DASH diet recipes.

    DASH diet overnight oats recipe
    Photo: Minimalist Baker

    1. Peanut butter overnight oats

    Serving of whole grains? Check. Healthy fats and protein? Check. Fruit? Yep. In just five ingredients, this mason jar breakfast recipe has all the requirements needed for a DASH diet-approved a.m. meal. It also only takes five minutes of active prep time, making it a major time-saving win, too.

    dash diet breakfast pizza
    Photo: Two Peas and Their Pod

    2. DASH diet breakfast pizza

    This breakfast is similar to a yogurt parfait, only way more fun to eat. Made on whole wheat pita flatbreads (there’s your serving of whole grains), the base is cream cheese (though Greek yogurt works too), and it’s topped with antioxidant- and fiber-rich berries, with a touch of honey for natural sweetness.

    dash diet salad skewers
    Photo: Princess Pinky Girl

    3. Wedge salad skewers

    One fun way to switch up your salad game is sticking all your greens, avocado, and veggies through a skewer. You can even eat it right off the stick—no fork required.

    dash diet southwestern bowl
    Photo: What’s Gaby Cooking

    4. Southwestern brown rice bowl

    This recipe is full of ingredients well-known to be good for heart health, including black beans, olive oil, and avocado. Brown rice serves as the bowl’s base, getting in the serving of healthy grains, and it’s topped with a serving of shredded cheese, getting the eating plan’s serving of dairy.

    dash diet fruit salad
    Photo: Nourish RDs

    5. Citrus zest fruit salad

    If you’re looking for a snack to satisfy your sweet tooth—but won’t spike blood sugar—this colorful fruit salad is it. Incorporating grapefruit and lime juice add tanginess that rounds out the tartness from the berries. Plus, it’s full of antioxidants that work to lower blood pressure.

    dash diet fajitas recipe
    Photo: Nourished Simply

    6. Low-sodium sheet pan chicken fajitas

    Since the DASH diet is often followed as a way to lower blood pressure, keeping sodium to a minimum is a must. This recipe does just that, while using plenty of other spices to ensure it’s anything but bland. The herbs that are used, including garlic and onion powder, actually make the rest of the healthy ingredients even more nutrient-dense.

    dash diet stew
    Photo: Eli Ben-Yehuda/Resperate

    7. Turkish red lentil stew

    This classic comfort food is loaded with protein-rich lentils and veggies particularly high in antioxidants, like tomatoes and carrots. It only takes about 30 minutes to make and the leftovers keep for about a week—perfect for getting you through a busy work week.

    dash diet brownies
    Photo: Erin Lives Whole

    8. Chickpea brownies

    One dessert hack DASH diet devotees live by: using black beans or chickpeas for a base instead of processed flour. In order to keep your brownies from tasting like hummus, combine them with almond flour, nut butter, and a few smart sweeteners. Because the chickpeas and nut butter are loaded with protein, this dessert doubles as a post-workout snack, too.

    For more healthy recipe inspo, join Well+Good’s Cook With Us Facebook group and check out the Well+Good Cookbook.

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    Author Emily Laurence | Well and Good
    Selected by CWC
  • These head-to-toe doorway stretches are the next best thing to a full-body massage

    October 01, 2019 at 03:30PM by CWC

    With all of the professional stretching studios you can go to these days, it’s become a covetable thing to have someone else do your stretching for you. It’s something I, as a lazy stretcher, am particularly grateful for. Of course, I can’t do this all the time—which is fine, because a doorway stretch can stand in for a professional stretcher from the comfort of your own home, office, etc. Wherever there’s a doorway, there’s a stretching opportunity to be had.

    “At times, stretching on your own can be easier said than done,” says Jeff Brannigan, program director at Stretch*d in New York City. “A simple and accessible tool like a doorway can help you achieve a stretch in areas that can be hard to get on your own.” How convenient! Keep scrolling for seven doorway stretch variations you can try to get loose on your own.

    1. Chest: While standing in the doorway, grab a side with each hand so they are placed on the doorframe at an angle slightly above your head. While you are gripping the doorframe, slowly step forward so your arms are now behind you. “You should feel a stretch in the chest, biceps, and forearms,” says Brannigan. His tip? The higher your arms are, the more intense the stretch will be.

    2. Side body: Put one foot in front of the other in the doorway, and bend to one side so that you’re holding one side of the door frame with both hands—one closer to the floor, the other closer to the ceiling. While continuing to hold the frame, push slightly with the lower hand and pull slightly with the upper hand. “You should feel a stretch along the side of your torso from the hip to the armpit,” says Brannigan, who says to do both sides for an even stretch.

    3. Calf: In the doorway, take a giant step backwards, then place one foot forward and then the other. Lean forward so you’re leaning into the doorway and bracing yourself with a hand on each side. “As you lean forward, keep your rear foot flat on the floor,” says Brannigan. “You should feel a stretch down the back of the leg from the knee to the heel.” Repeat on the other side.

    4. Trunk rotation: Keep your feet planted while in the doorway, and rotate your torso so that you’re grabbing one side of the frame with both hands. Continue to rotate as far as you can and use your hands on the frame to assist the movement.

    5. Rhomboids/rear deltoids: While standing in the doorway, keep your feet planted and reach your right arm across your body so you’re gripping the side of the doorframe on your left. Grip the frame so your thumb is pointing towards the floor. While gripping, rotate your torso slowly to the right so you’re moving away from the left side of the doorway. “You should feel a stretch around the side and back of your right shoulder,” says Brannigan. To get to the left shoulder, switch arms and do the opposite.

    6. Figure four stretch waterskiing: Open up your hip flexors by holding the door frame with one hand, bend both knees while sitting your butt back slightly, and placing your right ankle onto your left thigh right above the knee, hugging the door frame with both hands. “Draw your pelvis back even farther to achieve that waterski moment,” says Toni Melaas, method architect and partner at stretch studio Outer Reach. “If you desire more stretch for your right outer hip, walk your hands down the door frame while keeping your waterskiing pelvis back and slightly up on a diagonal.” Then, switch sides.

    7. High lunge: For this one that Melaas recommends, place your left foot on the outside of your door frame. Bend your left knee, hugging it into the side of the frame to support while you slide your right leg back, propping yourself up on your back right toes and pressing your right heel into the door frame behind you. Lift your right inner thigh to straighten it. Don’t lock your back knee—keep it softly bent, and maintain optimal alignment by keeping your front left knee bent only behind the left ankle. “Extend your spine up out of your hips, supporting this length by drawing your abs in and up, wrapping your torso slightly towards the front leg as you draw your left hip back, right hip forward,” says Melaas. Then, change sides.

    Fun fact: Your big toe flexibility is actually really important. And here are yoga stretches for flexibility that’ll get you touching your toes in no time.

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • “Forest skin care” bottles up the stress-plummeting powers of forest bathing for your face

    October 01, 2019 at 04:28PM by CWC

    In Japan, it’s tradition to walk through a forest to find stress relief. They coined the term forest bathing, and even doctors there prescribe jaunts in nature as preventative medicine, as plenty of studies have shown major reductions in cortisol, which in turn, help stress to plummet. Now this soothing trend is coming for your skin.

    “Forest skin care is buzzing—it’s skin-care brands inspired by the Japanese tradition of walking through forests for stress reduction,” Annie Jackson, co-founder and COO of Credo Beauty tells me. “So brands are adapting medicinal ingredients that you’d find in a forest to boost your skin’s immunity and promote stress relief.”

    It may sound out-there, but there’s legitimacy to the whole thing. The translation of forest bathing for your skin involves the most healing, nourishing plant extracts that you’d find amongst the trees—think Siberian fir, eucalyptus oil, juniper, birch sap, chaga mushroom—that all work to get your complexion healthier and less, well, stressed from outer forces.

    “Forest skin care is a branch—no pun intended—from the ‘natural’ trend of the past few years,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology. “There’s some science to back this trend—we know that mushrooms can enhance moisture and hydration similar to hyaluronic acid. Many mushrooms, which are a classic forest finding, have abilities to improve pigmentation and have shown anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and even antibacterial properties, which makes them a great addition to a skin-care regimen.”

    As for tree-derived ingredients like birch tree bark and extracts, Dr. Nazarian notes they have potent antioxidant abilities and are also anti-inflammatory powerhouses. “I’d say we certainly need more clinical trials and research to determine the benefits of other aspects of forest skin care, but what’s available is promising,” she says. Off to the woods our beauty shelves go—keep scrolling for some skin-care products that replicate a forest bath in a bottle.


    Photo: Olverum

    Olverum The Body Oil, $72

    Drench your entire body from head (er, décolletage) to toe with this invigorating oil that blends both woody and floral extracts for an at-home aromatherapy massage. It has notes of sandalwood and rosemary leaf for a sexy scent that takes you out of your city-sized bathroom and smack into the middle of a forest with one application (which also works to lock moisture into your skin).

    Photo: Evolve Organic Beauty

    Evolve Organic Beauty Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum, $30

    Banish blemishes while experiencing the relaxing sensation of willow bark (which gently exfoliates), Amazonian acai, and copaiba (both of which soothe acne spots) working together to clear your skin while transporting you to an actual rainforest.

    Photo: Amorepacific

    AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Oil, $50

    This gentle facial cleansing oil washes away all gunk and makeup off of your face (eyes too!) with soothing oils spiked with white birch extract and ginseng root that leave your skin looking bright, even, and fresh.

    Photo: Primera

    Primera Alpine Berry Watery Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer, $40

    Your skin will gulp up this ultra-moisturizing gel cream that’s infused with alpine berry to hydrate, artemisia extract to protect your skin barrier, and pine needle extract, which keeps your oil production under control, for a face that’s happy, nourished, and shine-free. (Plus it has the most refreshing nature-like smell.)

    Photo: Eminence

    Eminence Organic Skin Care Birch Water Purifying Essence, $52

    Birch water is such a gentle way to remove impurities from your skin while leaving it soft and hydrated. This essence, which plumps your complexion post-cleansing, also has a blend of different mushroom types (snow and reishi) to infuse antioxidants into your skin and feed your barrier.

    Photo: Red Flower

    Red Flower Nature Organic Birch Mineral Hydrotherapy Soaking Plunge, $54

    Pouring these nutrient-dense crystals into your bath turns your full-body cleanse into a (woodsy) spa experience. Birch bark, fir, and juniper swirl together to get your blood circulating, sore muscles soothed, and your senses invigorated as a perfect way to literally forest bathe.

    Photo: Naturopathica

    Naturopathica Beech Tree & Ginseng Daily Moisturizer, $58

    The bud extract from a beech tree in this moisturizer singlehandedly boosts your skin’s hydration, and, mixed with ginseng root and goji berry, you’re covered on the antioxidants front, too, for an all-around nourishing, forest-derived product.

    Photo: Corsx

    Corsrx Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, $22

    This creamy but super-light moisturizer is 70 percent white birch sap, which soothes inflammation and dryness. It also has willow bark water to help prevent acne-causing bacteria, and snail secretion for even more skin hydration (snails are found in the forest, too!).

    BTW, in case you haven’t heard: The skin-care trend is booming, and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. If you’re just building up your routine, here are the “big four” skin-care products dermatologists say to stock up on.

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • Therapists say millennials worry most about 5 specific issues

    October 01, 2019 at 05:00PM by CWC

    Of all the labels used to describe millennials, as one of them, I have to say the “the anxious generation” feels the most apt. Because how could we not be anxious? The world is on fire and the extinction of our entire species is looming. “Anxiety is a form of fear—a type of fear that tends to be amorphous and often haunting in nature,” says clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly, PhD. Well, the climate crisis is not a drill and is definitely haunting—and it’s also hardly the only huge, amorphous issue fueling millennial anxiety.

    Since mental health pros, like Dr. Manly, are likely most privy to the worries that are haunting us, I sought insight from pros into the most common concerns plaguing my generation, as well as advice for easing our troubled minds with respect to each issue. And, to be clear, that easing of the mind is no small task. “Unlike a rational fear that can be readily addressed, fears that manifest as anxiety tend to be a bit tricky and more difficult to assess and overcome,” says Dr. Manly. Below, find the fears currently spooking us the most.

    The 5 most common reasons for millennial anxiety, according to therapists.

    1. Missing milestones

    “The biggest thing I notice in millennial clients is pressure to hit milestones and a feeling of failure if they haven’t,” says psychologist Aimee Daramus, PsyD. “A lot of millennial clients are ‘behind’ where their parents were because in a lot of places, the economy is more challenging.”

    This millennial anxiety encompasses all sectors of life—not graduating college or getting a promotion “on schedule”—including personal life, like marriage and children. “If they haven’t accomplished that yet, they start thinking there’s something wrong with them,” Dr. Daramus says. One cause of this is falling victim to the comparison trap. If you’re anything like me, social media exacerbates these milestone-missing anxieties. It’s fine to not be married or have a kid on the same schedule as everyone else you know until you scroll through the visual evidence of being “behind.”

    “If all you value about yourself is work, and you feel like you’re behind, that’s a big source of anxiety.” —psychologist Aimee Daramus, PsyD

    The heart of the problem, says Dr. Daramus, is that millennials often don’t know their value outside their job and maybe their fitness routine—the things they accomplish rather than who they are. “They often have a hard time talking about what’s valuable about them, like hobbies or talents or personality traits,” she says. “If all you value about yourself is work, and you feel like you’re behind, that’s a big source of anxiety.” The solution for avoiding this fulfillment failure is to diversify your fulfillment portfolio. Make a list of priorities divided into three categories: career, relationships, and self. Make sure items exist under each heading and remember, the ultimate goal is to feel worthy all the time just for existing.

    2. Dying alone

    Both docs note that their clients are worried about whether or not they’ll meet a life partner, and that the dating landscape is especially distressing for many. “While they engage in app use, they often don’t believe it will be successful for them,” Dr. Daramus says.

    The remedy for the negativity, and to engender healthy relationships, is multifaceted. “We explore setting good boundaries, noticing patterns of relational interaction from childhood in order to develop more conscious relationships, and getting clear on what they want and need in their relationships,” Dr. Daramus adds.

    3. Job stability and financial security

    According to a survey circulated this summer, 52 percent of millennial women cite money issues as the most stressful part of their lives. The finding is hardly surprising to couples therapist Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT, who tells me that the work and money anxieties she treats tend to stem from low entry-level salaries, high levels of student debt, and the fear of never making enough to be solvent. Meanwhile, those who want to buy a house or start a retirement plan or have children feel stymied by finances that just aren’t there. These anxieties are tricky to treat because of inescapable realities in which they’re entrenched. For instance, according a report from Unison, it would now take 43 years to save for a down payment in my hometown of Los Angeles (based on making the city’s median income). In other words, the millennial anxiety here is pretty well-founded.

    “It’s important to make a major goal followed by simple but specific micro goals to begin working toward the major goal. Steady action toward a goal can relieve anxiety.” —psychologist Carla Marie Manly, PhD

    In instances like this, Dr. Manly recommends focusing your energy on what you can change and letting go of what you cannot. “The goal is to look at each fear and dissect it to determine what is underneath,” she says. “Journaling, talking with a mentor, and consulting a therapist, can be helpful tools for ferreting out the underlying issues.” After evaluating, ascertaining what—if anything—can be done to address the issue should feel more manageable. “If nothing can be done, then it’s wise to practice genuine acceptance,” she says.

    Not all financial and career worries fall into this category, though. “If something can be done (which is often the case), it’s important to make a major goal followed by simple but specific micro goals to begin working toward the major goal,” Dr. Manly says. “When a person takes steady action toward a goal, anxiety can be relieved by simply feeling productive.”

    4. Politics and the environment

    All pros say their clients are anxious about a perceived inability to spark change, whether it be related to the climate crisis or politics in general. “They understand how things should be different, but they feel very uncertain of what to do to make it better,” Earnshaw says.

    While some believe climate anxiety to be a good thing, Dr. Daramus says she helps her clients manage fears about it and other political topics simply by hearing them out. “We also work toward coming up with self-care boundaries, like limiting their access to news or social media if it is causing them psychological distress. Lastly, we work toward considering ways they can find personal empowerment.” With respect to the final strategy, you could take immediate action by registering to vote, forgoing beef, and eschewing single-use plastic, for starters.

    5. General physical health

    Dr. Manly tells me her patients frequently express anxiety around things like cancer, sexually-transmitted infections (which are on the rise), and toxins. Her prior advice, to pay attention to what you can change and let go of what you cannot, is helpful here, too: You can practice safe sex, clean your beauty routine, detox your home, exercise, eat healthy, reduce inflammation, and try to manage stress.

    “All of these are strategies that millennials find exceedingly helpful, in that many have lost touch with—or never learned—basic healthy-living skills,” Dr. Manly says. Beyond taking these actions to promote a healthy lifestyle, however, this point of millennial anxiety is largely out of your control, which means acceptance is key. (Maybe download WeCroak, the app that acclimates you to the idea of death? Just an idea.)

    Struggling with anxiety? A simple two-letter word might help. Plus, skipping sugar and boosting your microbiome can chill you out, too. 

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    Author Erin Bunch | Well and Good
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  • Does eating fruit after dinner really mess with your digestion? Let’s discuss

    October 01, 2019 at 05:23PM by CWC

    Every night after dinner, I break apart one-third of a Trader Joe’s Absolute Black Dark Chocolate and eat it with frozen raspberries. The simple pairing is like fireworks to my tastebuds, and I honestly never get sick of the sweet-tart finalé to my day. And thus, when someone casually mentioned that eating fruit at night “was bad for digestion,” I was miffed. In attempt to prove this individual wrong, I consulted Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, dietitian and host of Well+Good’s You Versus Food

    “It is completely false that ending a meal with fruit can disrupt digestion,” says Beckerman. (A-ha!) “Your body is designed to eat and break down all types of food—proteins, fats and carbohydrates—no matter the order in which you decide to eat it.”

    Beckerman tells me that no research to support the idea that topping off lunch or dinner with fruit will throw a wrench in your body’s digestive processes. Instead, the myth likely stems from the fact that eating large portions of certain fruits can make your stomach feel queasy. “Having a lot of fruit post-meal could be a one way to ticket to the bathroom. Some fruits are tough to digest in large doses, like grapes or apples, so don’t say I didn’t warn you,” she says.

    That said, your body will be totally on board with a smaller serving of apples, oranges, or—say—raspberries, once you’ve done the dishes and have a hankering for something sweet. “You just enjoyed a lovely (and hopefully balanced) lunch or dinner, so you don’t want to go overboard with a huge baggie of delicious grapes just because it’s sitting there! Just like anything, be mindful of how much fruit you throw back,” says the dietitian. “Keep it to just a handful of berries, one small clementine, or a couple of strawberries to round it out!”

    Now, please excuse me while I go enjoy my fruity, chocolatey dessert in peace.

    Ever heard of a lil’ fruit called the avocado? Here’s the nutritional verdict on everyone’s favorite fat:

    So… can fruits and veggies ever really be bad for you? Plus, low-sugar fruits that won’t leave you with a sugar high

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • This 4-minute resistance band workout tones your whole body—no shower required

    October 01, 2019 at 05:59PM by CWC

    The days of strictly adhering to a hardcore fitness routine to feel like you got in a good workout are over. Now, all it takes is a line-up of small micro movements to feel the burn everywhere, and one of the best tools to get the job done is none other than a resistance band.

    P.volve is known for its tiny sculpting and strengthening movements—particularly ones using a specialized exercise ball, known as the p.ball. With bands recently being thrown into the mix, another muscle-sculpting door has been opened. But you don’t need to buy anything pricey to do the four minute workout the brand recently posted to Instagram—you can use what you already have at home.

    According to P.volve master trainer Celestine Atalie, the express workout helps strengthen your posture and activate the core and glutes. The opening movements are also great for anyone who sits at a desk all day, allowing you to get some relief in your hips, back, neck, and shoulders. The resistance band stays taut in your hands the entire time, whether you’re using a loop, handled, or normal option. Then while you’re doing arm movements, you’re also doing tiny sits and leg movements. If you really want to challenge yourself, you can rewind and repeat everything for a second time.

    By the time the workout is up, you’ll feel full-body relief—and will be building up strong, toned muscles in the process.


    Add some other fun workouts to your repertoire, including this Pilates ring option that targets your obliques and booty, and the core-conditioning workout that will give you better posture in three days.

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    Author Tehrene Firman | Well and Good
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  • These are the immune-boosting supplements to take as the seasons change, according to a nutritionist

    October 01, 2019 at 04:30AM by CWC

    Dressing for transitional weather is already tough (jacket in the morning, tank top by afternoon), but preparing your immune system for the seasonal shift is a whole other story.

    “With the change of seasons, there is an uptick of changing pollens and other allergens,” explains Melissa Rifkin, MS, CDN, and owner of Melissa Rifkin Nutrition LLC. “These allergens can irritate the lungs and nasal passages therefore leaving one more vulnerable to get a cold or virus.”

    In order to maintain optimal health during seasonal changes, Rifkin suggests staying hydrated, clocking seven to nine hours of sleep a night, decreasing stress levels, and washing your hands often. But, there’s one more piece of this immune-boosting puzzle: Supplements, like the ones from NOW®, which can help you get the right doses of immunity-supporting nutrients so you can feel your healthiest self all year long.

    And those seasonal wardrobe swaps you’re making? You should be doing the same thing with your vitamin and supplement regimen. “Using supplements to strengthen your immune system could help […] keep you healthy,” Rifkin adds. So while you’re switching over your closet, make some room in your medicine cabinet, too. Here’s what to add.

    Keep scrolling to find out how to boost your immune system with a few tweaks to your medicine cabinet.

    Not-your-average vitamin C

    If the first thing you do when you start feeling under the weather is run to the grocery store for orange juice, you’re probably not surprised that the first supplement on the list is vitamin C, which helps support cellular function in the immune system, according to Rifkin.*

    In addition to containing ample amounts of vitamin C from acerola (a South American fruit with one of the highest natural concentrations of vitamin C), NOW® Tru-C Veg Capsules “also contain carotenoids and flavonoids, which are phytonutrients that give fruits and vegetables their colors,” Rifkin says. “These phytonutrients give the body antioxidants and can assist vitamin C in strengthening immune health.”* Told you it wasn’t average.

    Probiotics, but for your immune system*

    You might be wondering what a probiotic has to do with your immune system (aren’t those just for gut health?), but your microbiome could actually have a bigger impact on your overall health than you might think.* And that’s where NOW® Respiratory Care Probiotic comes in.

    L. acidophilus, the probiotic strain used in this supplement, has been associated with seasonal wellness, according to Rifkin.* And science backs her up: Over 60 studies have shown L. acidophilus NCFM® supports a strong immune response to seasonal respiratory issues.* It’s a win-win for your digestive system and your (not) stuffed-up nose.*

    Herbs on herbs

    The finishing touch to your immune-boosting supplement routine is NOW® AlliBiotic, which contains a mix of herbs that have been used for hundreds of years to strengthen the immune system, Rifkin says.*

    Within this botanical formula is olive leaf extract, elderberry, oregano oil, and garlic (no, it’s not just a Halloween thing). Garlic: Now your go-to for warding off vampires, bad dates, and seasonal struggles.*

    Sponsored by NOW®

    Top photo: Getty Images/LaylaBird

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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  • You can now get this cult-fave Japanese drugstore skin-care brand in the U.S.

    October 01, 2019 at 06:37PM by CWC

    Treating dry, sensitive skin can often feel like you’re dealing with a fussy baby. One wrong move or incorrect ingredient and you’ve got a full-on tantrum on your hands. This means that finding a product, let alone an entire regimen, that works is a whole lot of trial and error… which will often leave you with redness, irritation, or some combination of both.

    Japanese drugstore brand Curél, which launched yesterday at Ulta, was developed with exactly this issue in mind. Their products are specifically designed for skin that can’t handle the usual “more-is-more” types of products like foaming cleansers, exfoliating toners, and anything with an intense roster of actives (looking at you, my fellow dry and sensitive skin friends).

    The brand has been around since 1984, and uses ceramides as its skin-saving superstar—and it’s got years worth of derm intel and research to back its formulations. Ceramides help to hydrate skin while also repairing the skin barrier at the same time, ensuring that all of that good moisture is locked in beneath the surface. Board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, calls ceramides “the spackle between skin cell tiles,” because they prevent moisture from escaping through the outer layer of your skin by way of transepidermal water loss. The result is happy, hydrated skin that truly feels like a non-fussy baby’s bottom.

    While every one of Curél’s offerings is like a tall drink of water for sensitive skin, the real star of the show is its Moisture Facial Milk ($30). It’s as if a serum and a moisturizer joined forces in order to give cranky skin exactly what it needs: gentle, protective hydration. In Japan, women often employ a “double moisturizing” routine, and this stuff is the ideal second step that works to seal in those hydrating ingredients. It’s chock-full of those A+ ceramides (hence its “locking in” powers), and like the rest of the line, is free of irritating elements like fragrance and alcohol.

    While you might think all of this super science-y skin care will deplete your wallet, that’s actually not the case: All of Curél’s products retail for less than $32. In fact, you can take the entire four-step routine for a test drive for $26 flat. Your sensitive skin—and your wallet—have never been happier.

    Another sensitive skin savior? Colloidal oatmeal, which has made a major resurgence in the beauty world of late. Plus, how to deal with acne when every pimple product on the market irritates your sensitive skin. 

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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