Gisele Bundchen’s Morning Meditation With Daughter Vivian

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Gisele Bundchen’s Morning Meditation With Daughter Vivian
Curious about what a supermodel’s morning routine consists of?

Look no further than Gisele Bundchen, Brazilian bombshell extraordinaire. The 33-year-old beauty shared a precious photo earlier Tuesday, depicting a tranquil, meditative moment between mommy and baby Vivian Lake before the beginning of a work day.

Good morning ! Getting ready for work. #quickmeditation #grateful ❤ ❤Bom dia! Me preparando para um dia de trabalho . #meditacaorapida #gratidao

Adorable. Hopefully, the mother of two’s healthy habits rub off on her mini-me. Namaste!

Your Optimism Needs A Dose Of Reality — And Vice Versa
According to Paralympic medalist Bonnie St. John, success comes from dreaming big while staying realistic and getting up when you get knocked down.

5 Ways to Increase Your Confidence and Achieve Success
It’s a vicious circle. You lack success in some area, and that affects your self-confidence. Your lowered self-confidence means you are less likely to achieve success, and thus it continues.

This can be especially devastating when you are trying to lose weight. First, being overweight makes you more likely to have confidence issues. And chances are you’ve tried to lose weight before, perhaps dozens of times. Since you’re trying again, you may already feel like a failure.

But failure is just a temporary roadblock on the way to success. Every successful person has encountered failure, and often plenty of failures. World-renowned businessman, philanthropist and impresario Ed “Honest Ed” Mirvish once said he’d probably had more failures than successes; he just didn’t talk about his failures so people didn’t think he’d had any.

You can get past any roadblock on your journey to success, but to do that you will need confidence. When you are sure of yourself and the ultimate outcome, nothing can stop you! But how do you get confidence when you just don’t feel that way?

Here are some surefire ways to increase your confidence until you know for a fact you will succeed — and you will!

1. Look the part.

If you walk around unclean, with unkempt hair and baggy, shapeless clothes, you look like you don’t care about yourself, and you will feel that way too. Don’t wait till you’ve achieved your desired weight to start caring about how you look. Stay clean, get a good haircut and buy a few pieces of clothing that will keep you looking good until you fit a smaller size.

Homework: Pick up a fashion item that makes you feel good — a pair of fashionable shoes, a scarf and some fun jewelry are all good choices.

2. Fake it!

Do you try to hide in the background? Do you walk with your head down, looking at the floor? Do you hunch your shoulders over, hoping no one will notice you? This shows a lack of confidence. When you adopt these postures you are underlining your feelings of inadequacy. You will never start feeling more confident if you carry yourself this way.

Homework: Walk tall, shoulders back, posture erect, head held high. Believe yourself to be a confident person and carry yourself as if you are! This will result in you feeling more confident in reality.

3. Edit your internal dialog.

We all have words running through our brains every day. We are normally not even aware of our internal dialog, but it’s there and it both reflects how we feel about ourselves and dictates how we think about ourselves. Stop allowing yourself to subconsciously undermine your confidence. Pay attention to what you are saying to yourself. When you find yourself saying things like “you’re not going to be able to do that” or “she won’t like me because I’m fat” or any other negative comments, edit them out.

Say positive things to yourself instead. You can even say them out loud. You may feel silly at first, but you’re already saying all sorts of negative things to yourself. Why would saying positive things be any sillier? Repeating positive affirmations will help you believe yourself as a capable person. And you are one!

Homework: Practice saying positive things to yourself, either internally or out loud. Here are some examples: “I can do this.” “If anyone can do this, I can.” “I will succeed.” “I look good.” “I am worthy.” Of course, you can customize these sayings to any specific circumstance. If you’re going to the gym, say: “I belong here,” or “I will complete my workout and feel great!” If you’re walking through a mall, say: “I deserve to be here,” or “I am totally confident.” If you’re going to a restaurant, say: “I will stay on my diet,” “I will resist temptation because I want to succeed.”

4. Set small goals — and achieve them!

Sometimes a big goal can be overwhelming. Believe me, when I needed to lose 160 pounds of fat that could have been way too intimidating for me. Each small goal you achieve brings you closer to your large, exciting goal. But also, for every small goal you achieve, you will become more confident in your ability to achieve greater success.

If your ultimate, exciting goal is to run a marathon and find you can’t run two miles, then you could feel bad about yourself. If instead you set the goal of running two miles, you work to achieve it and feel good about yourself, as you should. Hey, you ran two miles! That’s awesome! Now you can set your goal at running 2.5 miles!

Homework: Set some small goals for yourself. Let’s say your big, exciting goal is to lose 60 pounds. You could set a small goal of losing five pounds. Great. Even better, you can set a goal of sticking to your diet today. Or getting to the gym and completing your workout. You can set a goal of walking for five minutes longer on the treadmill, or at a higher incline. All of these are great goals that will ultimately bring you to your big goal, and I encourage you to do them! But you can also set a goal of keeping a journal, or cooking every meal this week. When you begin to see yourself accomplish your goals — any goal — you will understand and begin to believe that you can do anything. And you CAN!

5. Be happy… and grateful.

You have issues, I have issues, we all have issues. None of us has a perfect life because there is no such thing, and if we did have a perfect life, we’d still find something we wanted to improve upon. That is the way we humans were created, and that’s why we achieve so darned much! If we didn’t have the natural drive to improve things, we’d still be living in caves.

But if you’re reading this, you have plenty to be grateful for. You can read, for one thing. You have access to a computer and the internet, for another. Most of all, you’re alive!

Happiness is only 10 percent our circumstances. It is 90 percent the way we choose to view things. Choose every day to be thankful for everything you have in life — enough food, shelter, family, friends, hydro, a job… whatever you have, be thankful for it because someone out there doesn’t have it. And choose every moment to be happy. This doesn’t mean you have to be content with the way everything is, but there’s no reason to mope around about it. Work toward changing it if possible, and if not, accept it and go on with life.

Homework: Remind yourself every morning when you wake up and every night when you go to bed — and as many times in between as you like — about everything you have to be grateful for. No matter your circumstances, there will be a lot of things on this list.

You don’t have to have already been a confident person to find self-confidence. You are a worthy, deserving person. Believe that! Don’t cause your own lack of success because of negative thoughts about yourself. Being confident does not mean that you are conceited or narcissistic, and in fact being confident can make it that much easier for you to help others as you achieve your own goals. Take the steps here to increase your confidence and get you on your road to success.

For more by Charles D’Angelo, click here.

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Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
Natural vs. Regular Peanut Butter: Can You Taste The Difference?
Peanut butter is a staple in all of our kitchens, not just for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but for desserts and savory dishes too. Since we use so much of it, we often wonder if it’s worth spending the extra bucks on organic and natural versions. We understand the health benefits of not eating partially hydrogenated oils and other preservatives, but when it comes to natural vs. regular peanut butter is there a difference in taste?

As we are wont to do, we made a bunch of our colleagues taste their way through this question. We tasted a regular peanut butter, a natural peanut butter and an organic peanut butter in a blind taste test to find out. Here are the gritty details:

Of our eight testers, only two correctly identified the organic peanut butter, three guessed the regular peanut butter and four knew which was the natural peanut butter.

Regular beat natural on taste by only two points, but the organic peanut butter got left in the dust taste-wise. (The organic peanut butter was a different brand than the other two, so it’s very possible that another organic peanut butter might fare better.)

Most of our tasters noted that the regular peanut butter had a slightly gritty texture, which is probably due to the added sugar, but also surprised us since the presence of partially hydrogenated oils traditionally emulsifies peanut butter into silky smoothness.

The Favorite: Peter Pan Creamy

peanut butter

Our tasters recognized this as the sweetest peanut butter, but also commented that the texture was a bit gritty.

Ingredients: roasted peanuts, sugar, less than 2% of: hydrogenated vegetable oils (cottonseed and rapeseed), salt, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil.

The Close Second: Peter Pan Natural

peter pan peanut

A few tasters noted that the peanuts tasted “heartier” in the natural version, and nearly everyone remarked on the oily sheen that rested on top of this version.

Ingredients: roasted peanuts, sugar, fractioned palm oil, salt.

Last Place: 365 Organic

peanut butter

Most of our tasters agreed that this just wasn’t sweet enough, although it did end up being a few people’s favorite, and was texturally the creamiest. We’ll probably continue to use this one for our savory peanut butter recipes.

Ingredients: organic dry roasted peanuts, organic expeller pressed palm oil, organic cane sugar, sea salt.

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17 Reasons Avocados Are The Best Food In The Entire World
Avocados. Are. The. Best. Fruit. In. The. Whole. World. Fruit, you say? Why yes… it may be hard to believe, but that tasty green thing is not a vegetable, but a fruit — a berry, to be exact.

Honestly, there might be something slightly wrong with you if you don’t like avocado. We could happily eat it everyday — as long as it’s not a hot avocado … that’s just gross. Read on to find out things about the avocado you never knew. These are the reasons why you should grab one right now, cradle it, kiss it and thank it. Then eat it — or put it in on your face.

Avocados are really fattening, but in a very good way.

They have more fat than any other fruit, but don’t let that deter you from eating them! Avocados are full of incredibly healthy mono-saturated fat. It’s the most amazing kind of fat because it is good for your heart. Still skeptical? Allow the American Heart Association explain why mono-saturated fats are the bomb:

“[They] help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. Monounsaturated fats are also typically high in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin most Americans need more of.”

Yes, you read that right. It’s full of a fat that makes your body healthy. Be still our beating hearts.

“Charred Corn and Avocado Pizza” by Two Peas And Their Pod

avocado

The avocado’s nickname is the “alligator pear.”

Because its wrinkled rough green skin looks like an alligator’s and it’s pear-shaped. When it’s cut open, an avocado sort of looks like an alligator’s eye, too.

avocado

Eating avocados can regulate your blood pressure.

Avocados are full of magnesium and potassium, two nutrients known to help reduce blood pressure. The avocado provides more magnesium than twenty other fruits, including the banana, kiwi and strawberry.

“Avocado Salad” by A Beautiful Mess

avocado salad

Avocados make the best spread for bread.

Forget butter, jam, mayonnaise or peanut butter. Have you ever heard of avocado toast? It’s basically the best thing ever. You’ll even be getting the benefit of over 20 nutrients when you mash it up and put it on your breakfast toast.

“Garlicky Shrimp Avocado Sandwiches” by Annie’s Eats

avocado

Guacamole is the healthiest and best dip ever.

Here’s a tip: Contrary to popular belief, adding the avocados pit to a bowl of guacamole is not what keeps your dip fresh and green days after making it. The real trick is adding plenty of lime and lemon juice. It’s the exposure to oxygen that turns your guac brown — lime and lemon juice’s acidity slows down the oxidation process.

“Perfect Guacamole” by Simply Recipes

guacamole

There is such thing as avocado oil, and it’s said to do wonders for your body.

Avocado oil, or fat pressed from the fruit, is similar in form to olive oil. However, when you cook with avocado oil, you could be fighting heart disease, cancer and signs of aging. Research in Mexico has shown that the oil has the power to combat destructive rogue oxygen molecules. These types of molecules are known to destroy cell membranes, proteins and DNA. Avocado oil to the rescue!

avocado oil

Avocados are a much cheaper version of Botox.

That’s right, avocados are not only for eating. An avocado can serve as a wonderful moisturizer, treat sunburns by preventing chafing, and it even help reduce wrinkles. Try this easy mask to block wrinkles from forming and to seriously hydrate dry skin: Mix raw honey, yogurt and an avocado together, and then slather it on your face. Hey, Kim Kardashian seems to enjoy it.

kim kardashian

Avocados are a great source of fiber.

If you’re tired of eating beans to get your fiber fix, start eating some avocados. There are 10 grams of fiber in a medium-sized avocado, with 75 percent of that fiber being insoluble (the one that speeds up the digesting process), and the other 25 percent being soluble (responsible for making you feel “full”).

Avocado Lettuce Tomato Sandwich (ALT)” by Simply Recipes

avocado

Avocados help your body absorb the nutrients from other foods.

One study showed that when avocado is added to salad, the absorption of beta-carotene from carrots increased 13.6 times, and the absorption of alpha-carotene from lettuce increased 4.3 times compared to the same salad eaten without avocado. The reason is because the mono-saturated fat in an avocado helps the body absorb fat-soluble carotenoid phynutrients better.

Roast Carrot, Lentil & Avocado Salad” by Verses From My Kitchen

avocado

Avocados make for a great butter substitute for healthier baked goods.

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you can swap in the super-fruit for butter in most recipes for baked goods. Chocolate-chip cookies and banana bread can taste delicious when baked with avocado. Check out these awesome avocado brownies from “How Sweet Eats.” There’s even avocado in the frosting!

avocado

There are so many ways avocados can be eaten. Paninis, anyone?

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Avocado, & Feta Sandwich” by Two Peas And Their Pod

avocado

Or pancakes…

Cornmeal, Avocado, and Lime Pancakes” by Food 52

avocado pancakes

How about some avocado pie?

Avocado Mambo Pie” by Food 52

avocado pie

Or a nice chilled soup?

Chilled Avocado and Yogurt Soup with Melon” by Huffpost Taste

avocado soup

Avocados can make a mean pasta sauce…

Avocado Pesto Pasta” by Gimme Some Oven

avocado

You definitely need to try this gelato…

Avocado Gelato” by Food 52

avocado ice cream

It’s settled: We

Big Breast Cancer Breakthroughs Of 2013

By Ginny Graves

Yes, it’s true: One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. Still.

The fact is, “we’ve done a great job of increasing awareness of the disease, but prevention should be the goal for the next decade,” says Marc Hurlbert, PhD, executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. That doesn’t mean experts haven’t made enormous progress: There’s a lot of (very) hopeful news on how to treat the condition more permanently and less painfully, find it at an earlier (and more beatable) stage and even keep from getting it in the first place. Read on for reassurance and empowerment.

A great reason to work out

We know that exercise can reduce your breast cancer risk, but thanks to new research from the University of Minnesota, we’re learning how it may have that effect: “Exercise seems to change the way your body handles estrogen, which often fuels breast cancer,” explains study co-author Mindy Kurzer, PhD. A recent University of North Carolina study has also taught us that even a few hours of physical activity a week can lower your risk, and the more you do, the greater the benefit seems to be (as long as you keep your weight in check, too). “Nearly 30 studies have shown that women who exercise at a moderate to vigorous level for three to four hours per week reduce their risk by 30 to 40 percent,” Kurzer says. “That’s about the same benefit that one gets from tamoxifen — one of our best breast cancer prevention drugs.”

Cancer-fighting food exists

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently linked vegetable consumption to a lower risk of estrogen receptor-negative (ER-negative) breast cancer, an aggressive type that isn’t fueled by hormones and affects about 15 to 20 percent of women with breast cancer, particularly younger women. Meanwhile, another study revealed that women with higher blood levels of carotenoids — micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables — also had a lower risk of ER-negative cancer. Moreover, berries have been shown in recent studies to reduce the number of ER-positive tumors — the type of breast cancer that affects 70 percent of sufferers, says Harini Aiyer, PhD, a research scientist at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She adds, “I recommend eating a cup of berries every day.”

New option for at-risk women

Earlier this year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommended that doctors discuss the use of exemestane — a drug currently used only for breast cancer patients — with healthy postmenopausal women at increased risk of the disease (say, due to a family history) after a clinical trial showed it reduces the risk of ER-positive breast cancer by up to 73 percent compared with a placebo. Translation: Like tamoxifen and another breast cancer drug called raloxifene, exemestane could help fend off cancer in women who are more likely to get the disease.

Breast density matters

Several states require health facilities to notify women if they have dense breast tissue (information you can get from a mammogram). “Having very dense breasts increases your breast cancer risk at least twofold,” says Karla Kerlikowske, MD, a professor in the departments of medicine and epidemiology/biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dense tissue packs more of the types of cells that could possibly promote cancer and also makes it harder to see tumors on a mammogram — one reason mammography doesn’t work as well on younger women, who tend to have denser tissue. If you’re in the dense group, ask for digital mammography, which helps doctors detect abnormalities more easily than with the analog version. (Your doc may recommend an ultrasound or MRI as well.) And use the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium’s groundbreaking new calculator to determine your five-year risk of developing the disease.

A better tech tool

There’s a new, 3-D version of digital mammography, called digital breast tomosynthesis, which can detect more invasive cancers than its 2-D forerunner because it produces a more complete image, particularly for women with dense breast tissue. Though 3-D screening isn’t covered by most insurance yet, “I’m guessing that will change in the next few years as the technology becomes more widely available,” says John Huff, MD, chief of breast imaging at the Vanderbilt University Breast Center. “It’s going to prove to be a powerful technique.”

Safer radiation in less time

For women with small ER-positive tumors — about two-thirds of breast cancer patients, says Holly Pederson, MD, a medical breast specialist at the Cleveland Clinic — studies have shown that undergoing one high dose of radiation during a lumpectomy is as effective as six weeks of postsurgical radiation. Plus, there’s less risk of harming healthy lung and heart tissue. That’s because the radiation is delivered to a 1-centimeter area surrounding the lumpectomy cavity, versus the whole breast. About 40 medical centers in the U.S. offer this approach, called intraoperative radiation therapy.

No cancer left behind

A device called MarginProbe, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year, can be used by surgeons after they’ve removed a tumor to assess whether cells on the tumor’s margins are hard or soft. (Cancerous cells tend to be harder because they contain more collagen.) “Then we can remove additional tissue right there, instead of having the woman return for more surgery at a later date,” says Deanna J. Attai, MD, a breast surgeon at the Center for Breast Care in Burbank, Calif. “It’s incredible.”

Game-changing medications

Kadcyla is one of the most exciting drugs in cancer care because it works like a smart bomb: It delivers chemo straight to the cancer cells and spares the healthy bystanders,” says Erica Mayer, MD, a breast oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Designed for women with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer (a type in which the cancer cells make too much of a protein known as HER2/neu) that has grown despite treatments with chemotherapy and a traditional medication called Herceptin, Kadcyla “extends lives and decreases chemotherapy-related side effects, such as diarrhea and rashes,” Dr. Mayer says. Meanwhile, in April the FDA named a new drug — palbociclib — a “breakthrough therapy,” thanks to a recent study in which it helped improve progression-free survival by 18 months in women with advanced ER-positive, HER2-negative cancer compared with standard chemotherapy alone.

Chemo with less hair loss

The FDA has recently approved a phase II pivotal trial for the DigniCap, a cap worn during chemotherapy that circulates coolant through its inner layer, reducing the delivery of toxins to the hair follicle. In a small pilot study, the device allowed most women with early-stage breast cancer receiving chemotherapy to preserve the majority of their hair. “Most breast cancer research is focused on prevention and treatment, as it should be,” says Hope S. Rugo, MD, lead investigator of the trial and director of the breast oncology and clinical trials education at UCSF. “But if we can enhance patients’ quality of life, too, that’s a good thing.”

Gisele Bundchen’s Morning Meditation With Daughter Vivian
Curious about what a supermodel’s morning routine consists of?

Look no further than Gisele Bundchen, Brazilian bombshell extraordinaire. The 33-year-old beauty shared a precious photo earlier Tuesday, depicting a tranquil, meditative moment between mommy and baby Vivian Lake before the beginning of a work day.

Good morning ! Getting ready for work. #quickmeditation #grateful ❤ ❤Bom dia! Me preparando para um dia de trabalho . #meditacaorapida #gratidao

Adorable. Hopefully, the mother of two’s healthy habits rub off on her mini-me. Namaste!

Good News – The Huffington Post
Elephant Wishes It Had Hair To Comb
A scrub from a zookeeper at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas wasn’t enough for this elephant, who grabbed the broom and gave herself a nice scratch on the forehead.

In this video, you might notice the little calf in the background. Creating an environment where Asian elephants are able to breed is very important, as the species has been listed as endangered since 1976. Thankfully, the Fort Worth Zoo has been an international leader in elephant conservation for the past few decades, and last month a calf named Bowie was born.

Due to threats like poaching, Asian elephants face many risks in the wild. Efforts to address these risks and curb poaching are ongoing.

Via Svaught32

Green – The Huffington Post
Jellyfish Force Closure Of Oskarshamn Swedish Reactor
It wasn’t a tsunami but it had the same effect: A wave of jellyfish was huge enough to force one of the world’s largest nuclear reactors to shut down – a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become more common.

Operators of the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southeastern Sweden had to scramble reactor number three on Sunday after tons of jellyfish clogged the pipes that bring in cool water to the plant’s turbines. By Tuesday, the pipes had been cleaned of the jellyfish and engineers were preparing to restart the reactor, which at 1,400 megawatts of output is the largest boiling-water reactor in the world, said Anders Osterberg, a spokesman for OKG, the plant operator.

All three Oskharshamn reactors are boiling-water types, the same technology at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant that suffered a catastrophic failure in 2011 after a tsunami breached the facility’s walls and flooded its equipment.

Jellyfish are not a new problem for nuclear power plants. Last year the California-based Diablo Canyon facility had to shut its reactor two after gobs of sea salp – a gelatinous, jellyfish-like organism – clogged intake pipes. In 2005, the first unit at Oskarshamn was temporarily turned off due to a sudden jellyfish influx.

Nuclear power plants need a constant flow of water to cool their reactor and turbine systems, which is why many such plants are built near large bodies of water.

Marine biologists, meanwhile, say they would not be surprised if more jellyfish shutdowns occur in the future.

“It’s true that there seems to be more and more of these extreme cases of blooming jellyfish,” said Lene Moller, a researcher at the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment. “But it’s very difficult to say if there are more jellyfish, because there is no historical data.”

The species that caused the Oskarshamn shutdown is known as the common moon jellyfish.

“It’s one of the species that can bloom in extreme areas that . are overfished or have bad conditions,” said Moller. “The moon jelly likes these types of waters. They don’t care if there are algae blooms, they don’t care if the oxygen concentration is low. The fish leave . and (the moon jelly) can really take over the ecosystem.”

Moller said the biggest problem right now is that there’s no monitoring of jellyfish in the Baltic Sea.

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