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Best of the Best: Top Gyms in the Nation

SELF | December 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
State-of-the-art equipment, innovative classes, on-site salons, rooftop lounges and car washes -- if the fitness world had its own Oscars, we would nominate these ultra-luxe locales.
Drew Ramsey, M.D.


It's Sugar Season: How to Cope

Drew Ramsey, M.D. | December 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
Keep what I call the 'Golden Rule of Sugar' in mind as you're going from holiday party to holiday party: Only eat sugar -- whether it comes in the form glucose, fructose or sucrose -- with nutrients, namely, fiber, fats, minerals and phytonutrients from plants.


10 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for That Fitness Lover in Your Life

BurnThis | December 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
This can be tricky, since they tend to have every gadget and gizmo you could imagine, but fear not, here is a little guide to get that person the perfect holiday gift.
Julie Kuriakose, M.D.


5 Tips for Hosting an Allergy-Friendly Holiday Party

Julie Kuriakose, M.D. | December 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
This year, if you are throwing a holiday party it's important that you are mindful of people with food allergies and sensitivities. The good news is that it is possible to host a festive party while keeping food safety top of mind.
Jennipher Walters


9 Reasons to Resolve Not to Diet in 2015

Jennipher Walters | December 18, 2014 | Healthy Living
Diets don't address many of the root issues of weight gain: emotions, habits and unconscious behavior. In fact, they promise that when you diet, you'll become the perfect person. But, spoiler alert, even at a smaller size, you're still the same person. Do the more challenging emotional work and the results will pay off for good.
Allison Hudson


5 Reasons You Want a Sober Person at Your Holiday Party

Allison Hudson | December 18, 2014 | Healthy Living
Just because I'm sober doesn't mean I don't want to come to your party. Maybe I do and maybe I don't, but if we're friends, I'd at least like the invite so I can decide for myself.
Alan Christianson


4 Ways to Get Firm and Cute by Lowering Firmicutes

Alan Christianson | December 18, 2014 | Healthy Living
In a startling study, Dr. Gewirtz at Cornell University showed that the weight of mice could be changed by over 15 percent just by shifting their intestinal bacteria. Along with weight changes, the bacteria present changed the mice's chemistry in ways that could predict heart disease, high blood pressure and risks for diabetes.
Jill S. Brown


Taking Time Off From Your Workouts During the Holidays? How Fast You Lose Fitness and Tips to Minimize the Hit

Jill S. Brown | December 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
The truth is it doesn't take long for the body to start losing strength, endurance and aerobic power and anaerobic capacity. In just days or weeks some of these qualities can start to decline. The adage "use it or lose it" has more scientific relevance than you may think. You work out hard and the body adapts by getting fitter, you stop and that hard work starts to deteriorate.


Tone Up With These 6 Power Moves for Your Mind and Body

SELF | December 18, 2014 | Healthy Living
These toners also boost mental focus, says Sarita Allen, Linda Celeste Sims's pilates teacher. Try them three times a week.
Celia Kaye


3 Things You Thought Would Change By Going Gluten-Free

Celia Kaye | December 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
Although eating gluten-free does not automatically result in improvements to your waistline, energy level, or skin, it can certainly be a springboard. And for celiacs, the benefits of a completely gluten-free lifestyle, inside and out, are undeniable.
Don Saladino

What's the Best Way to Lose Weight?

Don Saladino | December 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
If you're new to this, start with baby steps. And even if you are advanced or consider yourself an expert, trust me when I say, there is something we can find in one of those three principles that can be improved.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

What Teens Don't Know Can Hurt Them (and Their Futures) -- Why STD Testing Is Critical

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | December 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
We all need to break the silence that surrounds STDs in our communities -- we should talk about STDs without shame or stigma and help young people understand STD screening is a routine, essential part of taking care of themselves and protecting their future health.
Sarah Blahovec

The Hospital Isn't a Warzone, and I'm Not a Warrior

Sarah Blahovec | December 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
One can continue to call patients "brave" and "fighters" all they want, but this often reinforces the idea that they must live up to the expectation of being strong.
James Clear


10 Lessons Learned From Squatting 400 Pounds

James Clear | December 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
When you measure your results, you cannot hide from yourself. You cannot lie to yourself. You cannot pretend to be something else. Best of all, there is no reason to fear failure because no matter what the outcome, you understand yourself better. What are you measuring in your life?
Robert Reames


Top 4 Advantages of a Heart Rate Monitor for Your Workouts

Robert Reames | December 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
A heart rate monitor is a fantastic tool giving you clear indication and evaluation of the condition of your cardiovascular system during physical activity. Again, awareness is power! This is great information to share when you see your doctor at your yearly physical.
Sarah Klein


9 Bootylicious Workout Songs to Commemorate the Year of the Butt

Sarah Klein | December 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
If 2014 was the year of the butt, 2015 promises to be the year we work on ours. And what more inspiring way to both commemorate the bootylicious year we've had and kick our rears into gear in the next 12 months than with the best workout songs about, you guessed it, butts.
Matt Frazier

What Being a Vegan Runner Means to Me

Matt Frazier | December 13, 2014 | Healthy Living
If in the moment neither running nor being vegan is as pleasurable as the alternative, then whatever drives me to run and abstain from all animal products, day in and day out, must be pretty darn compelling. And it is.
Neila Rey

12 Days of Fit Christmas

Neila Rey | December 13, 2014 | Healthy Living
Fit Christmas is a 12-day no-equipment fitness program designed to help you get and stay fit during the seasonal holidays. It includes home cardio workouts, strength and core oriented routines and several challenges suitable for everyone in your family.
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW


10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | December 12, 2014 | Healthy Living
The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.
Bechara Choucair, M.D.


Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | December 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
We are seeking to hold the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these drugs accountable for what we now believe was a methodically-executed plan to deceive doctors and patients into over-prescribing opioids.
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