Anna Almendrala
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Anna Almendrala is a Healthy Living editor for the Huffington Post. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in New Zealand and California. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2006 with a double major in Rhetoric and Spanish and has previously worked for Sojourners and Brave New Films. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda: It's 'No Accident' Hamilton Came To Me On Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 12:50 PM

In his award-winning musical “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda makes the case that if Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton had taken a break from work during one particularly high-pressured summer, he could...

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Unequal Housework Could Be Damaging Women's Health

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 7:02 PM

We've long known that the way couples divide housework can have a serious impact on a woman's career. For example, in her 2013 book Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg advises women that unless their partners pitch in with at least 50 percent of the housework and childcare,...

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The Cavaliers Had A Secret Motivational Tool. You Can Use It Too.

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 2:19 PM

In addition to LeBron James’ triple-double and Kyrie Irving’s clutch three-pointer, the Cleveland Cavaliers owe some of their game seven win and NBA Championship success to a simple puzzle, cut in the shape of the Larry O’Brien trophy.

The team used an actual, literal puzzle to help...

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You Really, Really Should Never Comment On Your Child's Weight

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 1:01 PM

Well-intentioned comments about your daughter's weight could have long-term negative consequences for her health, according to new research from scientists at Cornell University.

Researchers didn't make a distinction between positive or negative comments in the study, but they found that any comment a girl remembered hearing about...

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This Famous Chef Credits Meditation For Transforming His Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 2:15 PM

Eric Ripert, the celebrated French chef and owner of Le Bernardin in New York City, is known for his calm, compassionate demeanor in the kitchen. But it wasn't always this way.

In a video for Fast Company, Ripert owns up to how he used to be angry and frustrated chef who didn’t think anything of throwing plates on the floor to express himself. But when he started a practice of meditation, he slowly learned to make space for happiness and compassion. His spiritual epiphanies now influence everything he does, in his kitchen and beyond.

"I started to meditate, and at the beginning it was very tedious and very difficult,” he explains in the video above. But now, Ripert says, "it is a real pleasure to be able to meditate."

Ripert, a Michelin star-winning chef who also has his own cooking show called “Avec Eric," has been a practicing Buddhist for about 20 years and calls himself “blessed.” He also has a progressive and productive approach to failure in the kitchen (and in life), and his thoughts on failure influence his desire to be a mentor to others, in any way he can.

"Failures are not failures,” he explained. "They are basically negative experiences that can be transformed into positive when you decide to use that kind of wisdom that you have accumulated and you use it to mentor."

Ripert's spiritual beliefs and behavior set him apart from other chefs of his caliber who embrace the persona of the ego-driven, aggressive creative. His dedication to compassion at work and in life is a far cry from the violence of his youth; when he was young, he was abused by both his stepfather and a priest. And then as he came up as a young cook, he lived in constant fear in the demanding and, at times abusive, kitchen environments. 

“Today I’m someone who is very happy in my life, [and] I’m very compassionate in the education of our team,” said Ripert. "The idea is to have a cook who is happy to cook for the client, and not shaky and scared."

Research shows that meditation can help people reduce stress levels, sleep better and, perhaps most crucially for chefs like Ripert, can boost focus and promote...

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Warum wir endlich anfangen sollten, über Angststörung zu sprechen

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 4:01 PM

Angst kann jedes Alter, jede Kultur und jedes Geschlecht betreffen, aber seine Häufigkeit hängt von der betrachteten Region und Menschengruppe ab.

Angststörungen wie Sozialphobie, Zwangsstörung, Platzangst, Panikstörung und allgemeine Angst sind die gängigsten psychischen Erkrankungen in den Vereinigten Staaten. Geschätzte 18 Prozent aller amerikanischen Erwachsenen leiden an Angststörungen...

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Whole Foods Nailed For Unsanitary Conditions In Food Prep Plant

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 11:58 AM

East coasters who rely on Whole Foods' ready-to-eat meals to live are going to want to rethink their strategy for a while.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently nailed Whole Foods for filthy, injurious conditions at a plant in Massachusetts that prepares ready-to-eat foods for the...

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Workaholics May Be At Greater Risk For These Psychiatric Disorders

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 10:57 AM

If you're clocking long hours at work, missing special events to meet pressing deadlines or think and talk incessantly about your latest project, you've probably been accused of being a "workaholic."

This might seem as innocuous as being accused of chocaholism, but it might be a sign...

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These Vitamin Deficiencies Could Explain Your Migraines

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 6:55 PM

People who suffer from migraines may want to check if they’re getting enough of certain vitamins and nutrients.

While it isn’t yet clear if supplementation might help prevent migraines, new research presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society in San Diego revealed that...

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12 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About IVF And Surrogacy

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 10:15 PM

We're not entitled to know a single detail about a celebrity's personal life -- much less their medical history. But stars who have chosen to come forward about their experiences with in vitro fertilization and gestational surrogacy are playing an enormous role in helping to destigmatize infertility, an often painful...

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Here's Why Men Don't Like Going To The Doctor

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 3:24 PM

Men tend to die earlier than women, are more likely to die from eight out of the ten top causes of death in the U.S. than women, and are also more likely to smoke and drink excessively.

Researchers think a...

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Seis consejos de salud para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 8:12 AM

Río de Janeiro espera recibir unos 500.000 visitantes este agosto con motivo de los Juegos Olímpicos y Paralímpicos. Si eres uno de ellos, deberías tener en cuenta ciertas recomendaciones para que el viaje a Brasil sea una experiencia segura y divertida.

1. Asegúrate de tener...

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Study Reveals That Eating 'In Moderation' Is A Fool's Errand

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 5:54 PM

"Everything in moderation" is a common piece of healthy eating advice from slim and sexy celebs, dietitians and other lifestyle gurus. It's a call that's thousands of years old: The ancient Greek poet Hesiod wrote the phrase “moderation is best in all things”...

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Muhammad Ali's Death Could Raise Awareness About Sepsis

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 5:50 PM

Muhammad Ali was a powerful advocate for people with Parkinson’s disease after his diagnosis at the age of 42. But his recent death due to sepsis — and his family’s decision to make it known — continues to raise awareness for a medical condition that takes more...

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Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight Was Against Parkinson’s Disease

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 2:24 PM

Throughout his remarkable life, boxing legend Muhammad Ali strongly defended black dignity, the anti-war movement and his own athletic prowess with his bold, boastful and fast-talking charm.

But in the last chapters of his life, when Parkinson’s disease began to slowly conquer more and more of his...

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Ritalin Could Trigger Heart Problems In Children

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Ritalin and similar forms of ADHD medication may trigger abnormal heart rhythms and increase heart attack risk in some children soon after they start taking the drug, according to a new study. 

This connection was especially true for children who were born with heart disease.


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Experts Say Zika Virus May Spread Through Oral Sex

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 1:05 PM

The Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquito bites, but emerging research on the sexual transmission of the virus suggests it’s a lot more common than previously thought. And it doesn’t have to be vaginal sex that transmits the disease.

In an op-ed published in...

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3 valiosos conselhos para o celular não atrapalhar a relação entre pais e filhos

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 10:45 AM

Pais e adolescentes admitem que têm uma ligação pouco saudável com seus telefones.

As pesquisas para saber se a dependência de tecnologia se enquadra na definição clássica de um transtorno de dependência ainda estão apenas começando, mas uma pesquisa nova revela que muitas pessoas sentem que são dependentes.

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