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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.

fashion

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.

health

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.


  • This cult-fave lip balm brand is about to be your lipstick of choice too

    November 15, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC


    If you could peer into beauty influencers’ cosmetics cabinets, I can almost guarantee that you’d find at least one cult-fave lip-to-cheek tinted balm from Olio E Osso. The pigmented sticks, which are packaged in the brand’s distinctive push-pop tube, have quietly (but steadily) climbed to cult status among not only makeup lovers, but even people who don’t usually wear much makeup. Why so? Because they do it all and leave a whisper of a hue when you dab them on.

    Now, the balm brand is bestowing us with true makeup: lip products in all sorts of gorgeous shades. Launching today are Olio E Osso Lucente Lip Sheens ($28) and Crema Lipsticks ($30), which leave behind bold pigments, while still containing only good-for-your-skin ingredients. The brand extension into cosmetics makes sense, since founder Paola LaMorticella has been a makeup artist for over 25 years. “I’ve been doing that for so long, and I’ve always been on the hunt looking for things that feel good and are highly pigmented, but that I can sheer out,” she says. “I’m trying to create a color library, and a system [of products] that work together really well and support each other—to simplify things and make a family of products.”

    The brand’s new lip makeup plays along perfectly with the balms, giving you the option to layer more vibrant shades onto your lips (building upon the nourishing balm base). The Lip Sheens come in four shades—a neutral, a rosy pink, a deep red, and a rich burgundy—while the lipsticks are pared down to the three options, including pink, off-red, and hazelnut brown.

    Photo: Olio E Osso

    All of these pigment blends have been hand-created in LaMorticella’s Portland, Oregon-based space. “I’m on a mission to make the best, creamiest products with the least amount of ingredients,” she say. “I use a really nice combo of big fatty acids and olive oil, so there’s a protective layer of beeswax and sunflower seed oils, so the ingredients are simple but leave your lips feeling moisturized.”

    The new products are still waterless and sustainable, as Olio E Osso has been since the beginning. “There’s no dilution and nothing to hide behind, you don’t have to have stabilizers or preservatives, which can be irritants to some people. And as a small company, it’s easier to control the supply chain and figure out how things are sourced, which is definitely a perk.” If the brand’s popularity in the beauty world based on its simple (yet cute AF) balms is any indication, the foray into makeup (with more fun plans soon to come) will surely be on the wish lists of zillions of beauty aficionados everywhere.

    Read more about how sustainability is taking over the beauty industry, here. And these are some multitasking makeup tips so you can streamline your regimen even more. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • If I really, honestly, completely trust my partner, why do I feel the need to snoop?

    November 15, 2019 at 03:00AM by CWC


    The temptation to read your partner’s text messages or look through their inbox or otherwise invade their privacy can feel intense—even if you have no reason to question their trust. Still, when someone leaves a phone right in front of you, and you know the password…that’s basically permission enough to snoop, right? …Right? Well, no, not quite—but the desire itself is natural. At first glance, the need to know how to spy on someone and then go through with it can seem like it comes from a place of jealousy and lack of trust. But that isn’t always the case. So, what if you totally and completely trust your partner but just can’t help yourself when it comes to snooping?

    “It’s human nature to want to snoop, to hear what’s going on with everyone else,” says Amy Cirbus, PhD, a psychologist with online therapy platform Talkspace. “There’s a need to identify, and to not miss out.” We want to know all the things our partner is experiencing, thinking and feeling, and since not knowing is tough, and snooping and spying can yield that exact information, it can be tough to refrain. “Managing our impulses has become increasingly difficult in this age of instant gratification. We have a feeling or a sense of vulnerability—even a thought—and we can feel compelled to follow it,” Dr. Cirbus says. And that holds true even if you trust your partner.

    “Managing our impulses has become increasingly difficult in this age of instant gratification. We have a feeling, and can feel compelled to follow it.” —psychologist Amy Cirbus, PhD

    Beyond being a roundabout strategy for cultivating an increased sense of togetherness, going through your S.O.’s property can also serve you a great adrenaline rush. “Looking at information you’re ‘not supposed to’ can provide titillation to the person, otherwise known as voyeurism,” says psychiatrist Gail Saltz, MD, who adds that this voyeurism can also cater to those who have a busy mind. “If you tend to run on the anxious side, and controlling your environment is a method of managing your anxiety, you may be particularly prone to this,” she says. Basically, spying—and getting away with it—can give you a rush of adrenaline, which can become addictive.

    Still, just because it’s human nature to want to know what’s going on doesn’t make pursuing the knowledge healthy. (But you likely already know that because you’re here, reading this article.) “The effects on the relationship can feed into mistrust where none previously existed,” Dr. Cirbus says, adding that knowing how to spy on someone and going through with it can seem harmless enough in practice in real time, but violating personal boundaries violates trust, and that’s where harm can ensue.

    If you want to stop your snooping urges in their tracks, you’re in luck: Dr. Cirbus says to first consider why you feel the need to do it in the first place, and then note whether that need is satisfied post-snoop session. “The impulse lies within you, which means you have the power to dig deeper and find out what’s really going on,” she says.

    When it comes to knowing how to spy on someone and deciding whether you should do it, ask yourself the following 3 questions:

    1. What emotions can you recognize internally before, during, and after you snoop?

    2. What needs will getting this information meet for you? Does it help you feel powerful to be in the know? Is the knowledge reassuring some insecurity deeper inside of you?

    3. How would it feel to you if someone was reading your private information? Recognizing this is a violation, and empathizing with the other person could help you stop engaging in this behavior.

    More pro tips: Here are four things a relationship expert does to keep her marriage healthy. And this quiz will help you determine which of the nine relationship structures are best for you

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    Author Allie Flinn | Well and Good
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  • Learn this rule to position your wrists the right way in every workout

    November 15, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC


    Strength training requires a lot of mind-body awareness—especially if you’re trying out more fancy compound movements. Without even knowing it, you could slip into bad form and often your wrists pay the price. When it comes to wrist position, trainer Charlee Atkins, CSCS, says that maintaining a neutral grip will keep injuries away.

    “In general, the wrists should be ‘neutral’ for whatever grip you are using when it comes to holding weights,” says Atkins. There are three types of grips: pronated (overhanded, like when you do a pull-up), supinated (underhanded, like when you’re doing a bicep curl), or neutral (falls in between underhand overhand grips, like when you’re doing a hammer curl). With each, your wrist position should remain neutral—”never cocked forward in flexion, or pulled back in extension,” explains the trainer.

    When you lose neutrality in the wrist joint, you’ll usually feel it, says Atkins. “Most wrist errors happen in overhead dumbbell exercises such as the single-arm overhead shoulder press or dumbbell chest press,” she says. “Most people try to hold the dumbbell like they are holding a restaurant tray, letting the wrist cock back slightly, so they can ‘push’ up. In training, your wrist should be straight, meaning knuckles to the sky.”

    The one exception is a front-rack barbell squat. Because your shoulders are helping to take the load, it’s okay for your wrists to be extended so long as you have the wrist and shoulder mobility to feel okay supporting the bar.  “However, most people lack upper-body mobility and wrist mobility,” says Atkins, “so instead of holding it like a ‘clean,’ you can cross the forearms with palms down, touching opposite shoulder with your hands.”

    To keep lifting weights for a long, long time, these tiny yet might form tweaks can make a major difference. So for strength’s sake, pay attention to your wrist position.

    You don’t need any equipment for this workout:

    Here’s how to strengthen your wrists. Plus, why mobility is so important in all your workouts. 

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • The 5 essential tools every healthy chef needs to cook (almost) everything

    November 15, 2019 at 01:00AM by CWC


    I am a beginner cook. Today I cooked boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a pan, and the amount of accomplishment I felt after doing so is normally reserved for people who invented something that contributes to society, like the HPV vaccine or cauliflower gnocchi. Most of my cooking happens on a sheet pan, or in the only pan that I own—the very same one I used to expertly (read: not set off my smoke detectors) pan-sear that chicken earlier.

    But my palette has begun to get bored of a diet that can be described as “baked anything,” and not even copious amounts of Everything but the Bagel seasoning has been able to help. I wanted to know how I could upgrade my kitchen with a few accoutrements that would improve my healthy cooking without, you know, making it too difficult. So I enlisted Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, and Chef Luca Moriconi from Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, to share the essential, must-have kitchen items every beginner cook needs for easy, healthy cooking.

    1. Cutting board

    As someone who has tried cutting various vegetables, cheeses, and even meats on a porcelain plate, I agree with the power of the cutting board.  “A chopping board is the first thing that you need in the kitchen,” Moriconi says. “Make sure that you have a solid base that does not move around when cutting items and you can also use the board for transferring items and serving.”

    Buy it: OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board ($14)

    2. Salad spinner

    I don’t want to say that washing and drying my greens are the bane of my kitchen existence (because that honor goes to washing the crisper drawers from my fridge), but it is definitely an annoying task. Glassman recommends picking up a salad spinner to streamline the process. “It takes the every-single-day task of washing greens take five minutes instead of 15,” she says. “Greens to me are a must-have, which is why a tool to have them prepped and ready is right there with it. The inner basket can even be used as a strainer for washing all types of produce.”

    Buy it: Cuisinart CTG-OO-SAS Salad Spinner ($16)

    3. Cast iron pan

    Moriconi recommends a quality cast iron pan because you can use it to perfectly sear meat and seafood, bake vegetables and pasta, or cook frittatas and omelettes in the oven. This put me off at first because I’d always heard that cast iron pans are very expensive and fussy to clean. Turns out, not really. A high-end skillet can run you $100 and up, but you can also find affordable options, like Chrissy Teigen’s line for Target which has options under $40. While cleaning is a touch more involved than just soap and water, it’s actually not *that* complicated. If you’re looking for something truly low maintenance, buy a version that’s coated with enamel so that you can have the best of both worlds: a versatile pan that’s super easy to clean.

    Buy it: Lodge L14SK3 15″ Cast Iron Skillet ($50)

    4. Chef’s knife

    I have cut myself in the kitchen on: a champagne bottle that I sabered, a cheese grater while making cauliflower rice, a can opener… but surprisingly, never with a knife. Even a big one, like a chef’s knife, which can look intimidating. “A chef’s knife is necessary for craftsmanship in the kitchen. It is needed to chop bigger items such as meats and starchy vegetables,” Moriconi says. You can also use it to chop pretty much anything, from chicken thighs to cloves of garlic, making a full-on knife set a bit unnecessary.

    Buy it: Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8″ Chef’s Knife ($33)

    5. Jars

    “Clear pantry storage for dry goods like nuts, seeds, and grains is crucial for inspiring healthy cooking and eating,” Glassman says. All the clapping hands emojis, because sometimes you need the inspo so you don’t Postmate tacos for the third time this week. “I also use them as a tool for making healthy meals like overnight oats and shaking up salad dressings in a second,” Glassman says.

    Buy it: Ball Regular Mouth 8″ Mason Jars with lids ($23 for 12)

    Bonus: A high-speed blender

    This is much more of an investment, but both experts say a quality blender is crucial for healthy chefs to take their game to the next level. “I use mine to make a smoothie almost every day, and think it definitely deserves a prioritized spot on the counter,” Glassman says. You can use it to make soups, smoothies, sauces, and even to chop nuts. Moriconi recommends a Vitamix, especially for beginners, because it is “extremely powerful” and “you can simply add all of your ingredients in at once and end up with a beautiful creation.” Sounds like my kind of machine.

    Buy it: Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender ($390)

    Ready to get a little more advanced with your tools? Two of our editors sound off on whether an air fryer or an instant pot is the superior tool. And these 11 pantry staples can be used to make approximately a million different meals

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    Author Allie Flinn | Well and Good
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  • The pro-approved secret for removing lipstick without wrecking your pout

    November 15, 2019 at 12:30AM by CWC


    I consider myself a pro at washing my face. I spend at least two minutes lathering my skin with cleansers—two of them, actually, since I am an avid double cleanser—making sure to get every last millimeter of gunk and makeup off of my face. And I’m successful at doing this, save for one exception: removing lipstick.

    Whether I’m rocking a bold fuchsia lip or a more subtle neutral, my makeup abolishing abilities end at my lips. I just don’t know how to remove lipstick. Even makeup remover wipes don’t usually do the trick. Post-cleansing, I’ll usually have to scrub so hard with either a tissue or my poor not-white-anymore towel to get the pigment off, which leaves my lips dry, flakey and all shriveled up from the aggression. So I had to ask a makeup artist: Just how do you remove lipstick without wrecking your lips or leaving behind a crime scene in the bathroom?

    Pro tip: It’s all about oil. “I love to use an oil-based cleanser to remove lipstick,” says Jeannie Vincent, a Boston-based makeup artist. “Or you can use a straight up oil with a few drops of water. You can use either a cotton, Q-tip, or reusable cotton round to remove it.” Her go-to is sweet almond oil, which works particularly great on makeup (plus it tends to be cheap, like this $3 option from Amazon). Also helpful is emulsifying the oil via some H2O. “Putting a couple drops of water on top of the oil helps to emulsify it so you’re not left with an oil slick on your mouth, but it will still be nice and hydrating,” she says. Swipe a moisturizing balm over your lips once you’re done, and no one will even know you were just wearing lipstick. My towels are going to be grateful.

    BTW, here’s how to color match your lipstick (because it doesn’t just apply to your foundation). And since you know how to get it off properly, here’s how to apply liquid lipstick for a bold, long-lasting pout. 

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    Author Rachel Lapidos | Well and Good
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  • These are the healthiest hummus varieties that go way beyond chickpea

    November 15, 2019 at 12:00AM by CWC


    Just like that one friend who always insists on getting to the party early, hummus was in the fridge long before healthy eating was a whole scene. (And also at the party, next to the crudités platter, readily scooped up by everyone who doesn’t like ranch dressing.) But chickpea hummus isn’t the only option you’ll find in the refrigerated section at your local grocery store.

    Like the pasta, hummus has embraced a variety of ingredients. There’s hummus made out of black beans, white beans, lentils, edamame, beets. How’s a healthy eater to know which one to go for? Are brands just using clever marketing to stump us? Answering the questions in Well+Good’s Cook With Us Facebook group is registered dietitian and The Better Period Food Solution author Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD.

    How to choose the healthiest hummus made with a variety of ingredients

    Best for fiber: black bean hummus

    Both chickpea hummus and black bean hummus are good sources of protein, but Beckerman says the black beans win with fiber content. “Black beans have a slightly higher fiber amount than chickpeas—15 grams verus 12.5 grams in 1 cup—and black beans have 20 calories less than chickpeas,” she says.  While more fiber is definitely a positive, Beckerman says chickpea hummus is slightly higher in iron, although both have almost two times as much iron as a three ounce serving of steak.

    best for protein: edamame

    Edamame takes the cake because it’s a complete protein, which means it has all nine of the essential amino acids,” Beckerman says. She says she loves that edamame is high in protein and fiber while being low in saturated fats. But there are still some factors to look for when reading the label. “Edamame is usually a genetically modified food, so if you are against eating these, then you need to make sure the label says ‘non-GMO,’” says Beckerman.

    best for cardiovascular health: beet hummus

    Beets contain nitrates, which could positively impact blood flow in the body and mitigate high blood pressure, says Beckerman. “This could help reduce menstrual cramps and even migraines,” she says. Beckerman says if you have kidney disease, this is one hummus variety to steer clear of because it’s a high-potassium food. (An otherwise good thing for the average individual.)

    best for your immune system: red lentil hummus

    Food can be your best weapon for not catching the nasty bugs flying around the office this time of year, and Beckerman says red lentil hummus is one to add to your immunity-boosting shopping list. “Lentils are high in folate and selenium which are both great for energy production and for major immune protection,” she says. Beckerman also adds that they have more fiber, iron, and potassium than chickpeas, and less carbs.

    best for a healthy treat: dessert hummus

    Chickpeas are still the main ingredient, but there are also other ingredients, like dark chocolate, too. Beckerman’s verdict: She’s into it for a healthy sweet treat. “The fiber content is lower than traditional hummus and there’s more saturated fat–typically from coconut oil—and sugar, but overall, this dessert option is healthier than [many others] and you’ll get some vitamins to boot!” she says.

    Variety is a big part of healthy eating; it not only keeps you from getting bored but it ensures you’re getting a wider range of nutrients, too. That means the fact that the hummus section has gotten more crowded is definitely a good thing, whether you’re picking up a tub for an app or dessert.

    Find out why chickpeas are a staple of the Mediterranean diet:

    So that’s the low-down on how different types of hummus compare. Here’s how to choose the best non-dairy milk for you. Plus, join Well+Good’s Cook With Us Facebook group for more healthy food intel.

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    Author Emily Laurence | Well and Good
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  • How to put together a recovery toolkit to nip knee pain in the bud

    November 14, 2019 at 11:30PM by CWC


    When you’ve got knee pain, it’s kind of like an annoying younger sibling, tagging along in everything that you do. Whether you’re running, spinning, squatting, or contorting yourself into some sort of a Warrior pose, it’s just kind of…. there. And while many of us just kind of learn to deal with it (respecting our body’s limits, of course), we shouldn’t have to—and putting together a stretch-heavy “recovery toolkit” for knee pain can help make that happen.

    “A lot of knee injuries, or even chronic knee pain, can be avoided if you figure out where your imbalances are,” says Samantha Pell, founder of Samantha Pell Pilates. So for example, if you’ve got super tight hamstrings and not-so-strong quads, you’ll start to feel it in your knees. Same if you’re working your quads too hard and not giving those hammies their airtime they deserve in your strength training sessions. The fix? Hack your recovery regimen so that your muscles are getting the equal love they deserve (and those pesky pains will be less likely to happen).

    As with most recovery hacks, this one starts with a foam roller. While you never want to roll your knee (or any other bone in your body for that matter), rolling the muscles around it can help relieve some of the tension that’s causing you pain. “When you roll slowly and correctly, it can really break up any of those knots and lactic acid buildup in your muscles,” says Pell. “And it helps relieve any of that pressure that may be pulling up on that tendon that runs over your kneecap.” First, start with a few minutes on the treadmill or elliptical to warm up your muscles (because it’s never a good idea to stretch cold muscles), then stretch your quads, hamstrings, and hip flexors for 35 seconds each. Foam roll each area, then repeat the process for a second time.  Here, three stretches that will help you shake that “annoying little sibling” from your workouts once and for all.

    • For your hamstrings: Loop a towel around the ball of your foot, and straighten your leg out in front of you. Hold for at least 35 seconds, and repeat on the other side.
    • For your quads: Standing on one leg, grab the top of your foot and pull it up to your glute. Hold for at least 35 seconds, and repeat on the other side.
    • For your hip flexorsLie on your side with your knees at 90 degrees, and loop a strap or towel under your bottom leg (holding it with the same hand). Place your other hand on top of the ankle on your left foot, and keep your knees bent. Contract your hamstrings and glutes, moving your upper leg back as far as you can. Hold for at least 35 seconds, and repeat on the other side.

    If knee pain is getting in the way of your squats, try these easy tweaks. And don’t let it ruin your runs thanks to this treadmill trick that’s easy on the knees

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • There are *five* different types of acne scars—here’s how to treat them all

    November 14, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC


    I’ve got some tough skin-care knowledge to lay down for you: Every time you get a pimple, there’s a six percent chance that it’s going to leave behind a scar. And as any dermatologist will tell you—and you may have learned this the hard way on your own over the years—that number goes up if you pop it or pick at it. Woof. Though they may be (frustratingly) common, all acne scars are not created equally, and neither are the ways you’re meant to treat them.

    There are five different types of scars your pimples can leave behind: keloids, which are raised and reddish; hypertrophic scars, which are slightly smaller than keloids and mostly happen on your chest and back; ice pick scars, which look like deep, pitted holes;  rolling scars, which are slightly shallower and smoother than their ice pick cousins; and boxcar scars, which look like fingernail indentations.

    In the latest episode of Dear Derm, board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, gives us the 411 on how to treat scarring from acne. But in order to understand what to do about a scar, it’s important to first understand why they happen in the first place. “When a pimple forms, collagen is damaged, and when that collagen starts to heal in a wonky way, it leads to scarring,” says Dr. Gohara. “When you get any sort of a wound, including a self-inflicted one from a pimple you had to pop, your skin cells and connective tissues start to multiply to try and repair that damage, and your scar is made up of that tissue.”

    If you’ve got discoloration (otherwise known as hyperpigmentation) after a breakout, it tends to be fairly easy to treat with ingredients like vitamin C and glycolic acid. When we talk about “scarring” though, we’re really referring to textural changes, which can be slightly harder to get rid of—and may require a trip to the dermatologist’s office. For advice on exactly how to treat scarring from acne, now matter which of the five types you’re dealing with, watch the video above. And one more time for the people in the back: Please, don’t pick your pimples.

    These are the exact products Dr. Gohara uses to keep her own skin clear, and the one ingredient she likes to think of as the “little black dress” of her skin-care collection.

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    Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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  • 3 eye exercises an optometrist does to combat dryness

    November 14, 2019 at 10:18PM by CWC


    Your eyes do a lot for you. And if you have a desk job that involves staring into the abyss of a computer screen, they deserve to be repaid for all their hard work. That’s where optometrist Weslie Hamada, OD, senior director of LensCrafters comes in with eye exercises to nurse your corneas back to health.

    “Thanks to our increasingly digital lifestyles, people are much more susceptible to digital eye strain than they once were,” says Dr. Hamada. “All this screen time can stress out the eyes and lead to eye fatigue. Constant digital stimulation or being on your computer for long periods can cause eye irritation, red eyes, and dry or excessively watery eyes.”

    We can’t just toss our laptops, phones (and wearables, and tablets) into the ocean and wipe our hands of the whole ordeal, but the eye doc says that there’s plenty we can do to look after the health of our eyes. Below, Dr. Hamada names four exercises to do in your spare time to ensure we can all keep squinting at Instagram for years and years to come.

    3 eye exercises to keep dry eyes hydrated

    1. Blink

    Oh. So you didn’t know that blinking was an eye exercise? Well, now you do. “Blinking cleans and moisturizes the surface of the eye. Insufficient blinking leads directly to eye fatigue, dryness, and eventually, to eye strain,” says Dr. Hamada. So wherever you are right now, bat those lashes.

    2. Adjust your screen settings

    This one’s not exactly an exercise, per se, but Dr. Hamada says to exercise caution around your phone’s brightness. “Harmful blue light is all around us—from tablets, to cell phones and laptops. With adults spending over nine hours a day on digital devices, and kids spending up to 8 hours per day on devices, over time, exposure to the blue light can cause serious long-term damage to your eyes and dryness,” says the doctor. So make it a habit of dimming the brightness of your screen. And if you’re working on a laptop, add a glare reduction filter.

    3. Follow the 20-20-20 rule

    “Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds and stare at something 20 feet away. It’s gives your eyes a chance to relax and reset,” says Dr. Hamada. Think of it like a mindfulness break, but for your irises.

    After a day of sitting at your desk, make sure to stretch your groin (really) and give a little love to your lower back

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    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • 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


    CENTRAL 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
    Timings
     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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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–

    EAST LONDON

    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
     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
    Timings
    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.
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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

    NORTH LONDON

    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings 
    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
    Timings
    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

    SOUTH LONDON

    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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

    WEST LONDON

    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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
    Timings
    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.
    Timings
    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.

    Main image: Martello Hall


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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.

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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. | ditchthecarbs.com

    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?

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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!

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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 Ruled.me – 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.

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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.

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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!

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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!

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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.

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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.

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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?

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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.

    Top 50 Bunless Burger Recipes for low-carb burgers. #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #grainfree #sugarfree | ditchthecarbs.com

    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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  • A career coach’s 4 tips for job-hunting confidently despite your fear of rejection

    November 15, 2019 at 01:00PM by CWC


    I’m a delicate little flower with serious issues related to handling rejection, and that reality kept me marooned in a high-stress freelancer world for years, though I didn’t necessarily prefer to live there. My sky-high rejection sensitivity led even the thought of my resumé being glossed over by an algorithm to hurt my soul. I couldn’t reconcile how to not take rejection personally and absorb the blow as a sign that I’m not qualified, capable, or worthy. But neuroses aside, I wanted a full-time role and, thus, needed to put myself out there—and no amount of avoidance or fear of being passed over would change that.

    If your nerves also go into overdrive at the prospect of job-interview rejection, never fear. Here to authentically empower you through the process is Erin Hatzikostas, corporate CEO turned career coach and founder of b Authentic inc. With some resilience and creative redirection, you’ll be able to navigating a job search with more ease, confidence, and stamina to weather any blows along the path. Below, find her top tips for getting out there when rejection sensitivity is doing its best to hold you back.

    A career coach’s top tips for overcoming rejection sensitivity while job-searching

    1. Volunteer

    “Volunteer to help out with an association, for a local nonprofit that has other business people in your area involved, or even simply volunteer to take on a project at your current company that’s outside of your current role,” says Hatzikostas. Why? If you can find an arena even adjacent to your desired job where you can offer help, in practice you’re both confirming your interest in the role and also taking a productive, nontraditional approach to networking. Getting authentically involved with people close to jobs you’re seeking is an especially smart approach if you’re considering completely switching industries and want to discover or align your passions elsewhere.

    “It’s so much easier to simply give your time and demonstrate your qualities in real time versus trying to do that in an intimidating, formal interview setting.” — Erin Hatzikostas, career coach

    “When you have a fear of rejection, it’s so much easier to simply give your time and demonstrate your qualities in real time versus trying to do that in an intimidating, formal interview setting,” says Hatzikostas.

    2. Practice with mock interviews

    Become the best interviewee you can be by trying many dry runs with your best friend, mom, or even pet as the interviewer. “There are also many not-for-profit organizations that help with things like mock interviews,” Hatzikostas says, highlighting Untapped Potential, which focuses on helping women return to the workforce after staying home with children for many years as an example.

    And, pro tip: Ask your interviewer (as long as its not your pet), to go full nightmare-mode in terms of the questions they ask. “Sometimes the best way to get over a fear is to face it in much more extreme form,” Hatzikostas says. “If they can pound you with the most intense questions possible, a real interview will feel like a piece of cake.” Feeling prepared and understanding you did a great job in an interview is a great way to safeguard yourself from your sensitivities, no matter the outcome.

    3. Interview the interviewer

    “Too often, we think we have to know all the answers, when in reality, I’ve never met a hiring manager who didn’t love to get asked a ton of really thoughtful questions,” Hatzikostas says. “Not to mention, when you focus on asking questions, it takes so much pressure off of you to be amazing, leading you to forget to worry about potential rejection.”

    “When you focus on asking questions, it takes so much pressure off of you to be amazing, leading you to forget to worry about potential rejection.” —Hatzikostas

    Make a list of questions pre-interview and make sure they’re specific—it’s the secret ingredient that Hatzikostas says differentiates a ‘powerful’ question from a ‘normal’ one. And in practice, they help you stand out as a candidate. “For example, instead of asking, ‘What are your priorities for this role?” ask ‘If you had to accomplish just one thing next year, what would it be?’” she says. “Instead of asking, “What do you think about the merger you’re going through?” ask ‘On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you feel about the merger?’”

    4. Get yourself a power song

    “We’re all simply made up of a bunch of vibrational frequencies,” says Hatzikostas. “When you’re thinking about making a move toward a potential new job, work on raising your frequency. Try going into a room and belting out a song that makes you feel like superwoman.” Play your empowerment song when you’re scrolling through LinkedIn; play it when you’re restructuring your cover letter; play it when you’re on the way to an interview.

    My power song really helped me rise above my rejection sensitivity and embrace the real-life fact that I’m worthy of a job, regardless of the outcome of a job interview. And when I finally scored an interview for this very job at Well+Good, I played “I’m the Greatest Star” from Funny Girl, on my way to the office.

    Spoiler Alert: It worked out.

    Still need help discovering your passion? Try this science-based method of finding what drives you. And this easy weekly ritual can help take away networking anxiety.

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  • If you can’t be bothered to exfoliate, derms say switching up your cleanser can do the trick

    November 15, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC


    As I’ve revealed in my very own beauty horror story, I’ve been known to over-exfoliate in the past, which is not so great. The main goal of my skin-care routine is (still) to get dull skin off to reveal new, happy skin underneath, though. That’s why my beauty cabinet’s stocked with exfoliating face cleansers, peel pads, and a glycolic-spiked face lotion or two to get rid of the gunk in my pores to make sure my complexion still glows. Then, a couple of dermatologists told me that everyone can get their daily exfoliation needs with nothing more than a cleanser… which is TBH, not something I’d expect since you rinse it right off.

    “You just need an alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid in a face wash, and it cuts out a step [in your routine],” says Morgan Rabach, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of LM Medical, who notes this is something all skin types should incorporate into their regimen. She’s a fan of chemical exfoliants over face scrubs because they offer a more even exfoliation. “Physical scrubs only take off the outer layers of the skin,” she says. “An exfoliator with a chemical will take off outer layers to a certain extent, but also actively brighten and go deeper into the skin.” She says that this helps to brighten the complexion, while also targeting pigmentation within the skin (a double bonus).

    Unlike scrubs, chemical exfoliants have the added perk of stimulating your collagen production, which results in a more radiant, clear complexion. “Chemical exfoliants trick the skin into thinking it is wounded and shrinks pores and boosts collagen production,” says Purvisha Patel, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare.

    You may be wondering (as I did), though, about how a face wash can work all the skin debris-sloughing magic if it’s only on skin for a matter of seconds. “Cleansers are formulated to work in the brief time they are in contact with your skin,” says Dr. Patel. And, usually, the acid ratio is higher in a cleanser than in a cream, according to Dr. Rabach, which means your skin gets a higher dose of the sloughing ingredient. Her pro tip? “Put the cleanser on in the beginning of the shower, and wash off at the end so you have about 10 minutes with it on.” Yes, you just got permission to wash your face in the shower.

    That’s all you need, too. “Adding more exfoliants by way of additional products in your routine produces more exfoliation and could create sensitivity depending on your skin type,” says Dr. Patel. This is especially the case if your skin is really reactive. “Using too many products with exfoliating agents, like AHAs, retinol, and vitamin C can make the skin extra peely and lead to sensitivity. Limiting your regimen to one product with AHA can prevent this,” she says. So, leave it to your all-star exfoliating face wash—we’ve rounded up our faves below.

    Photo: Skinceuticals

    SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Gel Cleanser, $38

    This glycolic cleanser from derm-favorite brand SkinCeuticals is brand-spanking new. It’s gentle enough for dehydrated skin so it won’t dry you out, but it takes care of skin resurfacing in a big way to reveal an even-keeled skin underneath.

     

    Photo: Holifrog

    Holifrog Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash, $38

    This cleanser is like a radiance-boosting serum in face wash form. It’s got a brightening, exfoliating blend of AHAs like glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acids, along with antioxidant and fatty-acid spiked oils that reveal softer, less dull skin without being drying.

    Photo: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, $38

    Get the skin-beautifying benefits of dermatologist Dr. Gross’s cult-fave peel pads—a beauty essential amongst the Well+Good beauty editor team—in cleanser form. It’s got a mix of AHA and BHA acids to fully wash away debris on your face to reveal a brighter complexion.

    Photo: Mario Badescu

    Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel, $14

    The glow-inducing mix of AHAs—from papaya and grapefruit extracts—work to peel off dead skin cells and pore gunk without leaving your skin stripped of its natural moisture, thanks to hydrating glycerin.

     

    Photo: SkinMedica

    SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, $47

    Dr. Rabach swears by this combo AHA and BHA cleanser that uses a slew of chemical exfoliants along with bilberry and licorice extract to really target hyperpigmentation as it clears your pores.

    Photo: Protocol

    Protocol Double Alpha Hydroxy Cleanser, $48

    This new brand, developed by pharmaceutical doctors and dermatologists, uses nourishing AHA (via lactic acid) and soothing aloe vera and green tea extract for a gel-texture exfoliant that gets the job done.

    After you exfoliate, be sure to slather on these dry skin ingredients to keep your complexion moisturized. And this is how to recover if you’re experiencing any facial skin irritation

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  • Get back to your prehistoric roots at these 5 Paleo-friendly restaurants in LA

    November 15, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC


    Surprise, surprise: there’s no shortage of healthy food in Los Angeles. From Beyond Meat setting up shop in El Segundo to Sqirl Kitchen and their perpetually sold-out jam, it feels like there’s almost always something new and trending hitting our feeds straight out of LA.

    With all these other fancy food trends to keep up with, one meal plan has seemed to slip off the radar in popularity, but not entirely in nutritional value: the Paleo diet. Otherwise known as the Caveman or Stone Age diet, the Paleo meal plan made a splash in 2014, but has been waning ever since (probably due to the oodles of other meal plans that keep making headlines…)

    But, you shouldn’t sleep on Paleothe meal plan has its perks. It emphasizes eating naturally (like our prehistoric ancestors did), skipping processed sugars and grains, and opting for high-protein meats, fruits and veggies. It can also potentially help with inflammation.

    Can’t remember everything there is to know about Paleo? Let an expert refresh your memory… 

    Is the Paleo diet as ~trendy~ as LA’s mocktail scene or Sweetgreen obsession? Maybe not. But if you do want to get back to your prehistoric roots, there are plenty of places in LA to do so.

    Our favorite Paleo restaurants in Los Angeles:

    1. Amara Kitchen

    Breakfast lovers, rejoice! This comfy little cafe in Highland Park serves breakfast all day long, offering “alternative takes on classic dishes, reinterpreting menus for all types of eaters from gluten free to vegan and Paleo.” If you’re looking for something sweet, check out the Paleo pancakes, which are totally grain-free and served with fresh fruit, whipped maple butter, and pistachios.

    519 North Ave 64, Los Angeles, 90042, 323-255-2220, amarakitchen.com

    2. Kye’s

    Hungry after a few hours at the Santa Monica pier? Fuel up with a bite at Kye’s, a healthy to-go eatery with a stacked Paleo menu. Be sure to grab one of their famous KyeRitos, which are made-to-order handheld bowls and salads wrapped in either Nori seaweed or romaine lettuce. They also offer boba (bubble tea, for the uninitiated) and herbal water.

    1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310- 395-5937, kyesmontana.com

    3. The Source Cafe

    Out of all the Paleo restaurants in the Los Angeles area, The Source Cafe in Hermosa Beach cannot be matched for menu and IG-friendly vibes. Everything on their menu is organic and locally sourced, “created with the intention to nourish and heal your mind, body and soul.” Try the delicious Paleo Chicken Panini or the Curry Egg Salad Toast, both served on savory house flax bread.

    509 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, 310-318-1600, thesourcecafe.com

    4. Granville

    When it comes to Paleo-friendly dishes, Granville’s menu is certainly adaptable. The casual dining restaurant has five locations across Los Angeles, all with an upscale feel but reasonable prices and menus that are mostly organic, sustainable and ethically sourced. If you’re sticking to the Stone Age diet, try the Branzino, which is pan-seared and comes with beets and grilled asparagus.

    8701 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048, 424-522-5161, granvillecafe.com 

    5. Jar

    Sometimes, you need to just treat yo’self. If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend date night or celebrate a special occasion, head to Jar. The steakhouse is owned by acclaimed Chef Suzanne Tracht and serves mouth-watering plates cavemen would beg for. From its broils and sautés menu, you can pick your protein (from king salmon to skirt steak), top it with a sauce of your choosing (like green peppercorn or lemon caperberry relish), and then add a side (such as Brussels sprouts or sautéed pea tendrils).

    8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-6566, thejar.com 

    East Coasters, you’re in luck, too—check out these 5 Paleo-friendly restaurants in the Big Apple. Or, spend the night in whipping up these easy, 1-Pot Paleo meals.

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  • How to keep a relationship strong after getting through a rough patch

    November 15, 2019 at 04:06PM by CWC


    “Things are going well,” is a sigh of relief you can relish saying after your relationship clears a rough patch. You love to say it, emphatically, without even a whisper of falsehood and with optimism for the future. Maybe you’ve overcome a loss and navigated grief, or you’ve reunited and overcome infidelity, or, on a lower-intensity scale, you’ve finally gotten used to their gross nail-clipping habits after moving in together. Whatever obstacle you’ve cleared, things are now going well and you’d…like to keep it that way. And since you know that this healthy state isn’t a given, knowing how to keep a relationship strong is key.

    In a recent Instagram post, relationship therapist Debra Roberts, LCSW and author of The Relationship Protocol: How to Talk, Defuse, and Build Healthier Relationships, notes how wonderful it can feel to be able to say those four words: things are going well. But still, the relationship recovery and maintenance check-ins need to continue after the fact, she maintains.

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    First of all… I love hearing that! And thankfully, it’s a common refrain that I get from clients, students, consultees. Because when you learn tips for communicating those kinds of positive results will keep happening repeatedly. And when good stuff happens, if you’re paying attention you’ll notice a consistent change exponentially. I always point out those changes to my clients and I’m asking (or telling:) you to pay attention to those shifts in your life. Be self-reflective. Take a step back and assess the good changes too. We’re always looking to jump on the negatives, the things that make us angry and drive us crazy. I get it. It’s common to focus on the bad things. Yet, when something changes, even in a small way do you try to understand or acknowledge it? How about taking a moment to look at when it works, why it works? Think to yourself, what am I doing differently? What efforts am I or the other person making that’s creating this new change for me/us? What’s different about the situation that helped to improve things? Understand the good stuff, so you can continue in a positive direction and (verbally) encourage others to stay the course too. You know why… because then everyone benefits!

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    The key element to keeping things great? Communicating through a lens of positive reinforcement. Below, Roberts shares four actionable strategies for how to keep a relationship strong, healthy, and smooth following any kind of speed bump.

    Learn how to keep a relationship strong after a rough patch, according to a pro.

    1. Identify and acknowledge what changes have been made

    “Can you pinpoint one thing they’re doing that’s making a difference or having a positive impact on you? If so, why not tell them you appreciate the change or effort they’re making?” asks Roberts.

    Consider things you may have previously nagged your partner about, little and big, that you no longer need to. “Even if the change is minor, such as a small mind-set shift, if it’s working for you, tell them you notice their effort,” Roberts says. “Encourage the good stuff if you want it to continue.”

    2. Verbalize how happy you are with positive changes

    After acknowledging positive shifts, celebrate them; give gratitude where gratitude is due.

    “Let the other person know how happy you are that your relationship is stronger and feels better,” Roberts says. “Don’t assume they know how you feel, because even if it’s obvious, it’s always nice to hear.”

    3 Have regular check-ins

    “Ask them if there’s something you’re doing or not doing that’s making a difference for them in the relationship,” Roberts says. “Ask with an open mind and be ready to listen to their answer. It’s not the time to get defensive or hurt. Try to understand where they’re coming from, rather than defend or get upset.”

    4. Every day, at least once a day, think of a way to treat your partner

    While it’s easy to stay wounded, getting stuck in the past doesn’t allow anyone to move forward. Instead, live in the present. “Wake up every day and think to yourself, ‘How can I make my partner happy today? What can I do to brighten their day?’” Roberts says. “When we think in those terms, our focus is on the relationship, not just ourselves. By showing the other person that they matter to you and you appreciate them, that’s what strengthens your connection.”

    That means if, for example, you know they get grumpy without caffeine, wake up the extra five minutes early and make or buy some coffee.

    It is the little things, after all.

    Please advise: Is an argument really over if there are still bad lingering feelings about it? And FYI, there’s a really big difference between relationship preferences and dealbreakers

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  • 5 ‘busy day soups’ for when you want all the warmth in half the time

    November 15, 2019 at 04:30PM by CWC


    A lot of easy soup recipes call for more ingredients than you have in your fridge, pantry, and cabinets combined. Okay, so that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it’s true they’re often more complicated than they claim to be. When you want to cozy up with a hot steaming bowl without all the drama of dicing and simmering, you need “busy day soups.”

    According to Pinterest’s top November trends report, the search for ‘busy day soups’ is up 3,200 percent year over year. Clearly, everyone’s looking for streaming stews that don’t require sweating over the stove—so let’s give the people what they want.

    5 easy soup recipes for days when you’re busy, busy, busy

    1. BUSY DAY SOUP WITH GROUND BEEF

    This recipe has five ingredients and—rejoice!—one of them is just water. Since the soup calls for mixed frozen veggies, you can go for whatever varieties you love the most.

    2. LENTIL SOUP IN SNAP

    For a vegetarian and dairy-free option, lentil just can’t be beat. The legume is full of protein and fiber to keep you satiated and filled with energy for the rest of the day. Even if you’re just lazing about the house, it’s nice to feel a little fired up.

    trader joe's salsa
    Photo: The Minimalist Baker

    3. Salsa soup

    This recipe is an absolute treasure—and it starts with just a jar of Trader Joe’s salsa. To give it a more creamy consistency, you can run it through a food processor to enjoy the smoky fall flavors.

    Here’s how a dietitian shops at Trader Joe’s:

    4. Crock pot chicken noodle soup

    With just a mirepoix, a chicken breast, noodles, broth, and spices, you can have a bowl of classic chicken noodle ready in time for dinner.

    5. SIMPLE TOMATO SOUP

    Even though tomato soup seems simple, its recipe usually calls for more complexity than seems just. Not this recipe! Using just one pan, you can make a whole batch for all the grilled cheese dipping your heart desires.

    The act of baking bread can be seriously meditative—even with a simple recipe

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  • Nike’s newest shoe isn’t for runners—it’s for anybody who’s on their feet all day

    November 15, 2019 at 05:34PM by CWC


    Nike’s latest release isn’t meant for the athletic field. But the new line of sneakers for standing all day is the perfect choice to help tackle the challenges of your workplace. The Air Zoom Pulse is a shoe for “everyday heroes,” particularly nurses, doctors, and home health providers who spend hours on their feet each day. It’s an “athletic clog” of sorts that’s comfortable enough to meet the demands of any profession.

    The secret to ensuring optimal comfort in the Air Zoom Pulse sneakers is the “full-rubber outsole, a flexible drop-in midsole with Zoom Air heel unit, and a heel fit so secure, it feels like a soft, snug hug.” They’re also meant to be super easy to clean with a coated toe box that “protects against any type of spill.”

    While these shoes were designed to ease foot pain for those in medical fields, anyone who does a lot of standing will benefit from a pair. Nike is expected to release seven different styles on December 7, so you’re bound to find something that makes you feel like an everyday hero—the kind who isn’t burdened with sore feet.

    You don’t need to be a runner to take advantage of these stretches:

    Not sure if it’s time to replace your sneakers or not? Here are three major signs you should buy a new pair, according to a podiatrist and trainer. If it is, check out these non-slip options that will up your gym game.

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    Author Tehrene Firman | Well and Good
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  • How to make Starbucks ‘medicine ball tea’ at home

    November 15, 2019 at 07:00PM by CWC


    Everyone raves about the wonders of the Starbucks medicine ball recipe. The instant you start to feel sick, the nourishing tea blend of steamed citrus, mint, peach, and honey always seems to ease your cold symptoms. But what if you’re too sick to make the trip out to get one?

    You can make a Starbucks medicine ball recipe right in the comfort of your own kitchen. All you need to do is create an easy elixir with just a few ingredients, including lemon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon, says celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder,

    Lemons are loaded with the natural antioxidant vitamin C. And turmeric is an all-star on the cold-fighting front with the powerful compound curcumin. “It has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties,” she says. “Studies show that turmeric is capable of enhancing antibody response, giving an extra boost to the immune system as it fights off viruses and germs. And black pepper enhances the bioavailability of turmeric, making it easier for the body to absorb and reap the benefits of the spice.”

    Cloves and cinnamon do the body good, too, giving you that warm-and-cozy feeling while nourishing your body at the same time. “They’re considered warming spices, which heat up the body by boosting circulation and speeding the metabolism,” Snyder says. “These actions have a positive effect on the immune system, so adding them into your diet can help fight colds and flu. Cloves specifically contain a compound called eugenol, which is effective in staving off harmful bacteria and viruses.”

    Ready to make your own Starbucks medicine ball at home? Try Snyder’s go-to immunity-boosting elixir below.

    A healthy tea that’s just as good as Starbucks medicine ball recipe

    Ingredients
    1/4 tsp powdered cloves
    1/4 tsp powdered cinnamon
    1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 tsp powdered turmeric
    1 1/2 to 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
    8 oz of hot water
    juice of half a lemon

    1. Mix all the ingredients together in the hot water.
    2. Add in the honey or maple syrup and enjoy!

    Once you’re on the mend, here’s how to eat for energy:

    Here are two more things you should always drink when you’re sick, according to a derm. And the reason you shouldn’t go into the cold with damp hair has nothing to do with getting sick.

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  • The real reason you’re dealing with inflamed acne—and a derm’s 3-step plan to fight it

    November 15, 2019 at 07:30PM by CWC


    An untold number of things cause acne: stress, a product your skin doesn’t agree with, what you’re eating, your pillowcases… how much time do you have today? And there are just as many ways to deal with it as an adult. But inflamed acne, the kind that’s super red and irritated, doesn’t like too much attention. The more you try to get rid of it, the madder it gets—and the longer it lingers.

    When you have a pimple, you’re temped to pick it, pop it, and cover it with a product in the hopes that it will magically disappear. Unfortunately, over-treatment is the number one reason why you’re dealing with inflamed acne in the first place. “Almost all of my patients come in on 10 different skincare products. Taking almost all of them away and simplifying my patient’s routine is a huge part of treating acne,” says board-certified dermatologist Caren Campbell, MD.

    Too many trendy products can create a recipe for disaster, she says, especially things like facial oils, oil-based cleansers, and physical exfoliants. “I’ve seen so many patients improve when they eliminate them,” she says. You’re going to hate hearing this, but sometimes the best thing you can do to fight inflamed acne is almost nothing at all.

    Your 3-step plan to calm inflamed acne

    1. Use a simple spot treatment

    Don’t pick, pop, or pile on products. Instead, opt for a simple spot treatment. At-home options include Acnomel ($10), an over-the-counter spot treatment that contains sulfur (a natural anti-inflammatory) and resorcinol, which serves as a disinfectant, says Dr. Campbell. “Topical steroids like hydrocortisone can also be used as a spot treatment and used during the day, but it’s a terrible long-term treatment for active acne lesions, as topical steroids on the face can actually cause acne. That said, in a pinch, it can help calm some inflammation.”

    If you’re dealing with painful cystic acne, you can also go to your dermatologist for a cortisone shot. It immediately helps reduce inflammation and swelling to allow the spot to heal faster. “It’s the quickest fix for acne lesions that are firm, ball-like spots under or above the skin,” she says.

    2. Use an anti-inflammatory face wash

    Make sure you’re not using a face wash that will irritate your acne further. “Go for washes that contain sulfur, which can help calm inflammation,” Dr. Campbell says. She recommends the Sulfo Lo bar ($15), which is available over-the-counter. “Cleansing once a day can help.”

    3. Remember less is more

    Acne takes time to heal, and as it does, it’s important to remember less is more. “Stick to moisturizer and sunscreen. And once your acne is cleared, add an antioxidant serum. That’s all most people need for optimized skin,” says Dr. Campbell. “Don’t buy into all the hype and you’ll save your time and money.”

    Everything you need to know about adult acne:

    Here’s the single-most important thing to remember when dealing with acne, according to a dermatologist. And if you’re trying to figure out how to treat acne scars, here’s exactly how it’s done.

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  • These boosters will turn bath time into a full-body spa treatment every skin type

    November 16, 2019 at 12:00AM by CWC


    Have you ever wished you could dive right into your hyaluronic acid serum when you’re really dry, or pour your retinol all over your body for an overall glow? Same. The next best thing? Taking a bath, which is a fantastic opportunity to submerge yourself into a skin-boosting ingredient that all of your skin—from your head to your toes—needs.

    “A good bath is perfect for softening dead skin, especially in those odd areas on the back of the achilles tendon just above the ankle and also the feet and elbows,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of MMSkincare. (All body parts I tend to ignore with my moisturizer.) Not only that, but the hot water works as a way for those moisturizing bath products for dry skin (and other skin types) to really get into your bod. “Baths are wonderful for hydrating the skin and delivering many active ingredients,” says Julie Russak, MD, dermatologist and founder of Russak Dermatology. “Warm water dilates the pores so the skin is able to absorb the ingredients better.” Sign me up. (Side note: Both advise to moisturize with a lotion once you get out… otherwise, your skin will just lose all of that hydration it just got.)

    For the most luxurious, all-over skin treatment bath, we’ve broken down the perfect tub-friendly product to grab for your skin’s specific needs, below.

    Photo: Herbivore Botanicals

    For dry skin: a milky bath

    If you’re dealing with extra parched skin (like moi, thanks to this weather), Dr. Russak recommends reaching for a milk bath product. “For really dry skin, I love coconut milk bath products like Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak, which is soothing, moisturizing, and softens skin,” she says.

    Photo: Dr. Teal’s

    For a detox: bath salts

    Epsom bath salts have been around for ages, for good reason—they work wonders. “Bathing in a solution of warm water and bath salts will work to draw out impurities, pollutions, toxins, oil, dirt, and sweat from the skin as well as increase blood circulation,” says Dr. Marmur, adding that they’re also going to heal dry skin. “It may also soothe skin affected by conditions like eczema and psoriasis.” Bonus points for calming achey muscles, too. Try Dr. Teal’s Detoxify and Energize Epsom Salt Soaking Solution ($7).

    Photo: Aveeno

    For sensitive skin: colloidal oatmeal

    Oatmeal is an OG MVP when it comes to soothing skin irritation. “Colloidal oatmeal is very calming and anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin,” says Dr. Russak. “It can relieve irritation and itching.” Pour some Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment Colloidal Oatmeal Skin Protectant Single Use Packets ($10) into your tub, and you’re golden.

    Photo: The Body Shop

    For breakouts: tea tree oil

    If you’re dealing with body breakouts, I feel your pain. Your bath BFF? Tea tree essential oil. “Tea tree essential oils are great as they’re a natural antimicrobial, so they fight any bacteria that could cause acne or fungus,” says Dr. Marmur. Add a few drops of something like The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil ($12) to your bath to fight any gunk clogging your skin.

    Photo: Naturopathica

    For normal skin: lavender oil

    A bath booster that’ll work for any occasion? Lavender, the friendly flower with a beautiful, calming scent. “Lavender essential oils are especially good because they’re calming, gentle, and nourishing,” says Dr. Marmur. Pro tip: Take a lavender-spiked bath at nighttime, using something like Naturopathica Lavender Blossom Bath & Body Oil ($32), and you’ll drift right off to sleep.

    Once you get out of that luxurious bath, slather on one of these W+G editor favorite body lotions to lock in that moisture. And here’s how to exfoliate your body to leave skin feeling extra smooth.

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