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Should You Or Shouldn’t You? Lemon Juice Can Be Used To Help Whiten Teeth

25 Oct W

There are many different ways to whiten your teeth at home without having to pay the high prices of professional tooth whitening systems. Lemon juice is an acid, and it causes your teeth to lose calcium, which is why it makes your teeth whiter.

 

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

* Toothbrush

* Baking soda

* Lemon juice

* Fluoride toothpaste

How to Whiten Your Teeth Using Lemon Juice

* 1

Brush and floss your teeth like you would usually.

* 2

Put baking soda and one drop of lemon juice onto your toothbrush.

* 3

Brush your teeth a second time with the lemon juice and baking soda mixture.

* 4

Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.

* 5

Brush your teeth for the final time with fluoride toothpaste.

Fashion Icon Marilyn Monroe Black Crepe Cocktail Dress With Deep V-Neck And Low-Cut Back

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A cocktail-length dress worn by the original blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe in 1958 has fetched a record-breaking $348,000 on Sunday, May 8. Julien’s Auctions cited that the late screen goddess and timeless icon wore the stunning dress to a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s a black crepe cocktail dress with deep V-neck and low-cut back, with pouf hemline. The interior label reads “front” to identify the front of the dress.

The “front” was a common addition to custom made garments from that era. Monroe is seen wearing the same dress on the cover of the book “Marilyn Monroe: From Beginning to End” by Michael Ventura. This dress surpassed its presale estimate of between $20,000 and $30,000 by a large sum.

Other Monroe memorabilia sold at the auction included an MGM-branded one-piece bathing suit ($84,000), original negatives and transparencies ($73,800), Pucci ensemble ($48,000) and a bra liner ($6,785). Most of the items offered at the auction far exceeded auction estimates.

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Fitness Model: Jennifer Nicole Lee Fun Fit Foodie Berry Delicious Dessert Recipe

2 Aug funfitfoodie-jennifer-nicole-lee

Jennifer Nicole Lee is breaking the rules of healthy cooking with her Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook! She shows you that eating more not less will help you shed those stubborn pounds and that eating healthy goes way beyond the boring grilled chicken and broccoli dish! She shows you how you can create exotic, gourmet, delicious antioxidant meals in a flash, that your entire family will love-and which will help you shed pounds while still satisfying your taste buds! View vids now to see JNL in action in her Fun Fit Foodie kitchen!

Jennifer Nicole Lee is an Author, Fitness Expert, Lifestyle Consultant, FITNESS MODEL™ and most importantly a devoted wife and mother.

Her motivational weight loss success story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The CBS Early Morning Show, Fox & Friends, Inside Edition, & The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, thus inspiring millions.

She continues to share and shine her light to help others realize and achieve their lifestyle goals, believing that everyone deserves to increase the quality of their life. Jennifer Nicole Lee’s mission is “to help increase the quality of everyone’s life.”

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La Toya Jackson Pays Tribute To Her Brother Michael In New Book ‘Starting Over’

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Photo by David Livingston/Getty

Author La Toya Jackson attends a signing for her book “Starting Over” at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on June 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

La Toya Jackson was always closer to Michael than anyone knew. In this heartfelt memoir, she pays tribute to his tortured soul—revealing the intimate moments she shared with the deeply troubled pop legend. The first sibling to arrive at the hospital after Michael was rushed there, and the informant on his death certificate, La Toya noticed suspicious details and demanded a second autopsy.

For the first time, she unveils shocking behind-the-scenes dealings that she believes led to her brother’s death, and she provides unprecedented insight into the destruction of one of the most dynamic artist/performers in history.

In an account sure to send shock waves around the globe, La Toya sheds new light on the dynamics of the Jackson family and the curtain of secrecy and intrigue that has surrounded her brother Michael, and the rest of the Jackson children, since they became stars in the ’60s and ’70s.

She explains her estrangement from— and gradual reconciliation with—one of America’s most famous and close-knit families. Like Michael, La Toya experienced an upbringing that made her vulnerable to exploitation, and her own journey led to hell and back at the hands of her former manager and husband, Jack Gordon.

Sharing with honesty and an open heart some of the most painful episodes of her life story, La Toya reveals how anyone—regardless of fame, fortune, or status—can be trapped in a cycle of abuse, and how she was able to…

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Fitness Model Jennifer Nicole Lee Celebrates New JNL Clothing Line Additions

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HOW TO LOOK LIKE A FITNESS MODEL, WITHOUT BEING ONE!

Jennifer Nicole Lee, Ms. Bikini America, Ms. Bikini Universe, and Author of the Finess Model Program

You see “her” as you pass by the magazine rack. When you’re in the grocery store checkout line, “she’s” looking right at you from the fitness magazine cover…

Her abs are tight, her waistline whittled, her shoulders are perfectly rounded off with muscular mushroom caps, her teeth are bright white with a smile exuding unbreakable confidence, her hair is shiny, and she stands tall upon solid strong legs with sexy sweeping quads.

She is poised, polished and statuesque with an athletic yet feminine build, as she stands tall atop solid strong legs with sweeping quads. Wearing maybe a workout outfit or a bikini, she is the epitome of health, wellness, and fitness. Her image is respected- She is a Fitness Model ™- the picture of strength and beauty that so many women strive to attain.

You ask yourself “Could I ever look that good? How can I achieve that Fitness Model ™ look?

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Well, I’m here to tell you based on my personal experience that you can! The “Fitness Model™” physique or look, contrary to popular belief, is something that that ALL can achieve! Even if you don’t want to grace the cover of a health magazine or compete, you still can achieve the LOOK of a Fitness Model™ or Competitor.

With my concentration in fitness, I am qualified to be your mentor and coach- being Ms. Bikini America, Ms. Bikini Universe and the first ever Ms. Muscle and Fitness- I can and will give you quality content and top trade secrets that you MUST know to achieve this coveted cover girl body! I know what it is like first hand to spend thousands of dollars and not get the results that I needed.

Dear Fitness Friend,

Are you interested in looking like a Fitness Model™
as quickly as possibly you can?

Using my simple and easy to follow My Fitness Model™ workout routine is simple and easy to follow!

There is NO endless cardio, fancy equipment and you don’t need to be on steroids to achieve that strong yet feminine sexy muscle tone!

Here is why:

My name is Jennifer Nicole Lee. My weight loss success story has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, Inside Edition, The Big Idea with Donny Deutch and “E” Entertainment among many others.

I hold titles such as Ms. Bikini America and have been named the first ever Ms. Muscle and Fitness. I am a world renowned fitness expert, author and lifestyle consultant and have all the credentials to coach and train you to the cover worthy body that you deserve. I am an Ace Certified Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. I am also a specialist in sports supplementation and certified through ISSA (International Sports Science Association).

I am also a contributing author of too many health and exercise articles to count including online websites and magazines such as Oxygen, Fitness Rx and Bodybuilding.com. I run an International consultation firm, thus having coached thousands of women from around the world. I have hosted weekend fitness retreats drawing women from all over the country to hear me speak!

I have designed a revolutionary new fat loss and muscle building system called the “Fitness Model Book™”. It was specifically created to help busy women LIKE YOU (students, business women, mothers and even fellow female fitness experts) to achieve that worshipped Fitness Model™ physique leading them to jaw dropping, magazine cover worthy results in the least amount of time, money and energy spent.

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JNL’s inspirational weight loss success story has motivated millions worldwide. She is the world’s top fitness model, and now she will show you the way Now it’s your turn to become the new “fitness model” you – sexy, strong, and sleek In JNL’s Fitness Model Diet, she reveals and shares her top trade secrets of the Super Fitness Model life: discover super fitness model beauty secrets, explore JNL’s all-time favorite and fail proof workouts, and get two week’s worth of JNL’s fitness model recipes and food plans to help you blast fat off fast, revealing feminine muscle tone.

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  • Genre: Health + Wellness
  • Subgenre: Diet, Exercise, Girls + Women, Health + Health Care
  • Date Published: October 15, 2010
  • Release Date: October 15, 2010
  • Publisher: Advantage Media Group
  • Author: Jennifer Nicole Lee
  • Pages: 204
  • Format: Hardcover

Mojuba Wedding Day Emergency Kit Handbag For The Bride With A True Emergency!

6 Jul bride2


Looking for a great bridal shower gift?

The bride will love this ultimate wedding day survival kit

Attention, brides! We have someone we’d like you to meet. Jackie James is the creator of the one thing no wedding should be without: an insurance policy. James owns Mojuba Wedding Day Emergency Kits, fun little bags filled to the brim with solutions to any and every problem that Murphy’s Law (and Mothers-in-law) can possibly manifest on the big day. We’re talking everything from pre-threaded needles and shoe cushions, to L’Occitaine hand cream and a couture stain removal kit. James has thought of it all, because she’s seen it all. The kits are the culmination of her nearly 20 years of experience planning weddings and events for local bigwigs like Lettuce Entertain You and The Pump Room, as well as for her own wedding-planning business.

Mojuba began with a simple mission: to help brides and grooms experience a magnificent, memorable, stress-free wedding. Ask any couple about their wedding day, and you’ll hear about the fine champagne, the romantic dance, and the kiss-but they’ll also divulge that the bride’s lipstick got smudged, their shoes hurt their feet, or that they made the mistake of eating garlic at lunch.

Bride and Groom Mojuba Wedding emergency kits are luxurious bags that contain a collection of stylish, must-have items that brides and grooms need to feel confident that the wedding day is absolutely perfect for everyone involved.

What if…?

  • Your bridesmaid spills her wine
  • Your dress won’t stay up
  • The best man nicked himself shaving
  • You need to find vendor contracts
  • The maid of honor has a run in her stocking
  • The groom has dog hair on his tux
  • One of the usher’s shoes is scuffed
  • The flower girl is rambunctious, and ripped her dress
  • Your mother’s hair won’t stay up

With Mojuba, even the smallest challenge that may arise has been anticipated, so when you’re asked about your wedding day, you can say with complete confidence, “It was ‘perfect.”

The Bride and Groom Mojuba Wedding emergency kits have become wedding day essentials by helping to turn these unexpected, unplanned moments into simple moments that pass without worry or concern. We’re proud to be living our mission and helping happy couples every day.

Wedding Day Advice
1. Scuff your shoes.
“I always tell people to do this. The wedding party usually wears news shoes, and it’s so easy to slip—especially if the church or venue is carpeted or if there are stairs to walk down — so I always tell everyone to go outside and scuff the bottoms of their shoes on the pavement before the ceremony starts.”

2. Eat something.
“It sounds so obvious, but brides get caught up in getting ready and they forget to eat, or they’re nervous and don’t want to eat. But it’s so important to have even a little something … especially if you’ll be drinking champagne.”

3. Be prepared.
While James naturally endorses her own emergency kit, she suggests that every wedding party have one in some form. “Something always happens,” she says. “Someone will always lose a button, someone will always get a headache, someone will always get a stain on something. These might seem like little things now, but when your photographer is taking pictures and someone’s strap won’t stay up or the flower girl gets a grass stain, it can be stressful if you can’t fix it.”

4. Give the guys something to do.
James, who also makes an emergency kit specifically for grooms, suggests that ladies give their guys playing cards, or something else to keep them entertained while the bridal party gets ready. “It doesn’t take the guys as long, and they need something to do before the ceremony besides drink!” she jokes. “I’ve seen too many drunken groomsmen.”

5. Let go.
“Plan as much as you can and organize as much as possible, but then on that day just let it go. Things will happen, and the couples I’ve worked with who were the happiest on their wedding days were the ones who just let go and enjoyed themselves.”

Bride Mojuba is a collection of last-minute items that brides need-but didn’t know they needed-on their wedding day.

Bride Mojuba is a sophisticated, chic bag that unfolds to reveal one exquisite item after another, from essential everyday items to indulgent necessities for the bride and her bridal party.

It has a built-in mirror and is easy to throw over a shoulder or carry on the arm.

Whether bought to ease the stress of their own wedding day or given as a gift, brides across the country can breathe a sigh of relief-Mojuba Wedding will prepare them for the unexpected on their wedding day.

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Jackie James, Wedding Expert and Entrepreneur

You don’t know her. But you’ll thank her.

 

Mojuba was founded in 2008 by Jackie James, an adventurous entrepreneur and event planner. Jackie worked for 20 years planning and executing sensational weddings and events, becoming a treasure for her clients. Jackie was able to design events helping to create vision for her clients, anticipate and fix problems and make sure every moment went off without a hitch. Each wedding and event brought its own inspiration, challenges, and rewards.

After those 20 wonderful but hectic years, Jackie decided it was time for a new adventure in her life. Ambitious and motivated, Jackie gathered research and ideas for years, resulting in overstuffed bins of product ideas and binders bursting with inspiration.

Jackie’s pivotal “Ok, I’m going for it!” moment came from her late brother-in-law. He inspired her to take her passion and problem-solving skills and turn them into something of her own-something that would take her vast experience and creativity to the next level.

Jackie often saw new inventions or concepts and would say, “I thought of that years ago!” Her brother-in-law would counter playfully, “But you didn’t DO it.” He was South African and as a tribute and thanks to him for his inspiration, Jackie discovered the word “Mojuba,” which in some African cultures refers to a bag of magical items that bring joy and happiness, and a prayer of praise and tribute. With this inspiration, Jackie’s business began to fully take shape.

Jackie finds new ideas and inspiration everywhere-from the people she meets, every town (and country) she visits, every magazine she picks up, every company she Googles, and every product she comes across. In developing Mojuba, she worked with major retailers and boutique manufacturers all around the world to find the best and most sophisticated products. Jackie’s bins of ideas and tattered papers have evolved into an incredible, fashionable, essential part of any wedding day.

Ultimately, Mojuba bags were created from an entire world of inspiration-a perfect fit for the charm of these bags.

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Maria Shriver Filed For Divorce From Actor And Former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

3 Jul arnold-schwarzenegger-maria-shriver-files-Divorce-100293

 

Maria Shriver has filed for divorce from actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Shriver cited “irreconcilable differences” as her reason for ending the 25-year marriage, according to her divorce petition filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, a copy of which was obtained for ABC News by its Los Angeles affiliate, KABC.

Shriver is seeking joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s two minor children, Patrick, 17 and Christopher, 13, and a division of assets, according to the divorce papers. The couple also have two older children together, Katherine and Christina.

There is no prenuptial agreement, KABC reported.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger announced in May that they were separating after Schwarzenegger admitted fathering a child, Joseph, with a family housekeeper, Mildred Baena, 14 years ago.

Shriver moved out of the couple’s home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles.

The couple jointly announced in May that they would live apart while “they decide on the future of their relationship. … This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.”

Baena told Hello! magazine in an interview published in June that Shriver had an inkling of her husband’s secret as she heard talk around the house of Joseph’s physical similarity to his father.

According to Baena, when Shriver asked her about her son’s paternity, she admitted that the governor was indeed the father. Reportedly, Shriver then hugged Baena and cried with her, telling her to “get off [her] knees.”

Baena expressed hope for a reconciliation between Schwarzenegger and Shriver, saying Schwarzenegger “is suffering,” adding, “He loves Maria. I hope in time they work things out.”

The marriage always seemed an odd political alliance: Schwarzenegger, 63, is a Republican from Austria while Shriver, 55, is a member of the Democratic Kennedy family.

President John F. Kennedy was her uncle. Her mother was the founder of the Special Olympics. Her father founded the Peace Corps in the Kennedy administration.

Amid prior allegations of affairs that threatened to derail Schwarzenegger’s political career, he admitted that he “behaved badly” and Shriver stood by him. She later went on television’s “Oprah” and denied Kennedy women “always look the other way.”

Shriver has worked as a correspondent for CBS and NBC News and in recent years was devoted to many social causes, including Alzheimer’s disease, which her father, Sargent Shriver, suffered from before his death in January. Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder, made his name in films such as “Terminator” and “True Lies.” The couple left the governor’s mansion in January.

 

Celebrity/Newsroom

 

Prince Albert II Married Olympic Swimmer Charlene Wittsotck Of South Africa

2 Jul Prince-Albert-Marries-Charlene-Wittstock-103949

A day after their civil wedding, Prince Albert has married the former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in a Catholic ceremony in Monaco.

As Charlene Wittstock swept along the red carpet on her father’s arm. In her sumptuous boat neck gown by Giorgio Armani Prive, her hair pulled back in a swirling French twist and with only the lightest touch of makeup, she seemed to channel the effortless elegance of Grace Kelly.

But while Princess Grace turned to Hollywood’s MGM studio for her wedding gown, Princess Charlene opted for one of her longtime favorite designers, Armani, for Saturday’s wedding gown.

The “petites mains” or seamstresses of his haute couture atelier put more than 2,500 hours of work into the dress, a strong-lined, made-to-measure concoction of more than 140 yards of different silks, 40,000 Swarovski crystals and 20,000 mother of pearl beads.

The six-yard-long train. which dwarfed the demure little train at the summer’s other royal wedding (that of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton), proved difficult to negotiate. At one point, Charlene got stuck and Albert had to tug at the long silk flourish to free her.

At the dinner that followed the religious service, the princess wore another Armani creation – a white silk chiffon gown with a broad neckline and embroidered four-tier train.

For Friday’s civil ceremony, the princess wore a silken blue jacket with ankle-length palazzo pants, an outfit press handlers said she designed herself and that was made by famed fashion house Chanel. For the evening’s light-and-sound show, she wore a strapless blue gown with a flowing skirt and a statement necklace.

It is reported that she will be turning to a third fashion house- Christian Dior – for the outfit she will wear to Sunday’s brunch, the last of the wedding events.

AP-CBS /Newsroom

Burberry Brit Mens And Womens Boutique Opened In New Yorks West Village

29 Jun burberry-Brit-newyork-100293


New Yorkers suffering from Anglomania: Rejoice! Now there’s a third location where you can snag Burberry’s exquisite British goods at an, ahem, gentler price point—Burberry Brit opened just over a week ago on Bleecker Street in the West Village. The interior of the 5,000 square-foot boutique features a new design concept by Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey, with dark woods and even darker, high-polished furniture giving off a classic Britannia cool vibe to compliment the brand’s more casual line.

The store contains both men’s and women’s wear and you best believe plenty of their iconic coats are on tap for drooling, including The Roehampton, an aviator-inspired canvas and leather jacket, and The Vickroy, a classic brown trench. Also available are Burberry Brit accessories, timepieces, fragrances and eye wear…just in case you want to feel like you’re living in London. Hey, we’re willing to commit if it means looking like Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Emma Watson, or, hell, her brother Alex.

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Burberry Brit, 367-369 Bleecker Street (between Charles and Perry Streets); 212-901-3600         

      

Declare Independence From Food Cravings With Strategies And Expert Tips

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You’re entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of cheesecake—as long as you’re the one in charge of the food, and not the other way around. If you find yourself constantly surrendering to every delicious morsel that comes your way, it’s time to stage a revolution.

Unfortunately, cravings are hard to crack. Research has shown that everything from hormones, fluctuations in blood sugar levels, nutritional deficiencies, and emotional and psychological reasons can make you yearn for food, whether you’re hungry or not. But whatever the cause of your cravings, there are ways you can fight back. Make these strategies your first line of defense in every battle against chocolate, buttered popcorn, and any other tasty temptation.

 

Banish Blah Meals

A humdrum diet of unseasoned chicken breast and brown rice is a breeding ground for cravings—not because healthy foods are unsatisfying, but because your meal planning lacks variety (and your taste buds are snoring). A study published in the journal Physiological Behavior found that a nutritionally adequate but otherwise boring and restrictive diet leads to a large increase in the frequency of food cravings. Following a week of normal eating, the study participants were fed a monotonous diet consisting only of a nutritionally complete, vanilla-flavored liquid that was calorically equivalent to each participant’s normal diet. During the four days of the bland eating plan, participants experienced greater food cravings—especially for sweets and entrees, with 76 percent of cravings falling into those two categories.

No matter how delicious, the same three meals in rotation will get old really quickly. Plus, when you feel like a food is a punishment or unpleasant, you may be more susceptible to cravings because you’ll want to reward yourself for enduring it, says Bethany Thayer, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and manager of wellness programs and strategies for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Make your healthy meals pop by sprinkling chicken with tasty herbs like rosemary and tarragon, trying exotic fruits and veggies like lychee and bok choy, and experimenting with new recipes. A little creativity in the kitchen will make your foods tastier and your diet seem less loathsome.

 

Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.

 

Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.

 

Confront Your Cravings

The next time you feel a hankering for something chocolate, don’t ignore the impulse altogether. Paying attention to the sensation could help you fight off cravings in the future, according to the findings of a recent study published in the journal Appetite. The research showed that participants who were taught to accept their cravings by acknowledging thoughts of food without judgment and without acting on those impulses reported significantly lower cravings overall. Among other exercises, study participants were instructed to perform a “body scan,” a technique where attention is brought to each area of the body, starting with the toes and moving up to the top of the head. The body scan was meant to increase awareness and acceptance of bodily sensations including hunger, satiety, and craving. Researchers concluded that by taking a step back and observing a food craving, participants were able to recognize cravings’ fleeting nature and learn that they eventually fade.

One of the best ways to become of aware of cravings is to keep a food journal, suggests Thayer. “I encourage people to be very conscious of what they’re craving, as well as what’s driving that behavior. Do you feel physical hunger? Was there an experience that triggered the craving? If you keep track of all these things, you can identify patterns in your eating,” she says. Once you realize that your impulse is due to low energy or hunger, you can satisfy your body with a cup of coffee or a bowl of high-fiber cereal rather than reaching for a doughnut. You can also use a journal to monitor timing of meals and snacks—it’s best to eat every 4 hours to keep hunger (and snack attacks) at bay.

 

Say So Long to Stress

When the going gets tough, even the tough get snacking. A study published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin found a strong correlation between the secretion of cortisol, a hormone released during stress, and changes in food choice and increased caloric intake. Study participants ate 350 calories more on average and consumed greater amounts of saturated fatty acids and carbohydrates during stressful situations than they did during the baseline period.

Why do we carbo-load in times of distress? Foods with high energy density can temporarily boost levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood. So after a bad day at the office or a big fight with a loved one, we reach for something sugary and carb-heavy to cope, according to a paper published in the journal Physiology and Behavior. “There could have been a time when you were feeling low or stressed—you ate something sweet, experienced that boost of serotonin, and then it became a conditioned response: Feel sad, eat sweets,” says Thayer.

Unfortunately, it’s a calorically expensive pattern to get into. While a simple carbohydrate such as sugar does boost serotonin, the feeling is fleeting, and you’ll have to reach into the candy bowl more times than you’d like to maintain it, says Thayer. One sweet snack turns into another to keep your energy up. A better way to fight sugar cravings long-term is to consume complex carbohydrates like whole grains rather than blood-sugar spiking white varieties, she says. And to stave off cravings in the moment, take a brisk walk or head to the gym for a full-blown workout if time permits. Studies show that people report a higher tendency to eat in order to distract themselves from stress; sidetrack yourself with a sweat session to curb cravings and get fit in the process.

 

Take a Lap

Studies show that chocolate is the most commonly (and intensely) craved food item. (It’s so prevalent that one Journal of Proteome Research study even links the type of bacteria living in the human digestive system to a desire for the sweet stuff.) While antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is a perfectly good snack in moderation, a relentless cocoa craving makes sticking to a single serving nearly impossible. But you can fight back. A study published in the journal Appetite found that a brisk 15-minute walk significantly reduces chocolates urges in regular chocolate eaters during and for at least 10 minutes following the completion of exercise. “Taking a walk provides distraction from your craving and reminds you of your long-term fitness goals,” says Thayer. “There’s also the mental component. If you’ve done something good for yourself—like taking a walk for exercise—it precipitates doing even more good for yourself. You’re less likely to eat the chocolate after the walk because it would undo the healthy practice you just performed.”

Can’t take a lap? Clench a muscle. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that firming muscles—whether in your hand, finger, calf, or biceps—can improve self-control, including overcoming the call of tempting foods when a craving hits.

 

 

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