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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Most Sugar-Packed Menu Item in America

What are some the worst fast food items out there? Women's Health magazine published a story of 12 food chain items "your dentist won't eat", as they're loaded with sugar. The number one item with the most sugar?

Cold Stone's Peanut Butter & Chocolate shake

The Gotta Have It size (12 oz) contains:

2,010 calories
153 grams of sugar
131 grams of fat (68g saturated, 2.5g trans)
880 mg sodium

That's more than a day's worth of calories for most people! I will no doubt be going nowhere near one of these shakes, or probably Cold Stone either, after hearing this!

For the full list visit Women's Health

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Look of the day: Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington wore a beautifully crafted lace Valentino dress to the Affirmation Arts in New York City to support ocean preservation.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Smart snacks

In between meals & need a little snack? Here are just a few ideas from Self magazine, in good portion sizes, to keep you going until your next meal. And they're all under 200 calories!


Handful of olives

1 cup unshelled edamame

1 Subway turkey breast wrap

1/4 cup hummus with carrot sticks


1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet (or carob, my fave!) chocolate chips

100-calorie Balance Bar

Dish of fresh raspberries/blueberries/strawberries/blackberries

Fage Greek Yogurt with natural honey and/or fruit

View the whole list at

Friday, May 20, 2011

Reese's premiere style

Water For Elephants star Reese Witherspoon has been rocking all of the international premieres with gorgeous dresses and her signature smile.

At the LA premiere she wore a beautiful black & white Jason Wu dress with Louboutin heels

In Paris she donned a fiery red Giambattista Valli dress & Louboutin pumps

In London she shone alongside costar Rob Pattinson in a blue Stella McCartney dress & nude Louboutin heels

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Look of the day: Freida Pinto

Trรจs chic!

Freida Pinto was ready for Spring in a draped Peter Pilotto printed dress and citrus-hued Nicholas Kirkwood platforms at the opening of the designer's London flagship store opening last week.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

5 Habits That Are Killing Your Body

We eat healthy, we exercise, yet we never seem to get anywhere. Sound familiar? Many people are misinformed and tricked by food packaging into thinking they're eating healthy when they're really not. Or you seem to be eating small amounts but are seeing no changes. Here are 5 common mistakes people make that could be hurting your body, too.

1. Skipping breakfast. We've heard it time and time again, but its the most important meal of the day! People who skipped breakfast were more likely to take up smoking, drinking, less likely to exercise and more likely to follow fat diets. People who do eat breakfast were about 30% less likely to be overweight or obese.

2.  Mindless eating. Snacking is meant to maintain your blood sugar and keep you energized between meals, but if you're snacking when you don't really need it (on the couch watching Glee, anyone?) you could be sabotaging all your healthy eating habits.

3. Huge portions. Portion sizes have tripled in the past 40 years, and so have our waistlines. Its not secret that restaurant size portions are about 2-3 times more than you should be eating at a meal, causing us to see large amounts of food as standard, thus eating more at home, too. In a restaurant, eat until you feel satisfied, not full and take the rest for leftovers. Other ways to eat less: have salad before a meal, snack on almonds throughout the day, and make sure you're getting enough fibre.

4. Calorie-laden drinks. Not only alcohol can do damage to your diet, but smoothies, soft drinks, coffee and juice can be dangerous, too. A grande caramel macchiato at Starbucks carries 240 calories, and an eggnog latte sits at 470, compared to a cup of brewed coffee which has 5 calories. When thats just your morning java to get you going, that is waaay too many calories, not to mention sugar and fat. (Simple ways to cut these in half? Ask for skim milk instead of the standard 2%, go half-sweet on the syrup, skip the whipped cream, or try their "skinny" options which include all 3 of these.) Beware of the nutritional information on your drink of choice before gulping it down, as even some juices are loaded with sugar.

5. Processed, saturated & preservative packed foods. Packaged foods are loaded with preservatives and harsh chemicals to keep them fresh. Try to steer clear of these foods as much as possible, and load up on natural foods like fruits, veggies and whole grain carbohydrates. As a general rule of thumb: the shorter the ingredients list, the healthier the food.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday pancakes

Sunday being the day of rest and whatnot, people often like to have a nice big brunch on Sundays to relax with away from the stresses of the workweek. Today I felt like doing something different from my regular breakfast routine and decided to have pancakes.

Using a whole wheat pancake mix, I made health-conscious chocolate chip pancakes! Substituting chocolate chips for some leftover carob chips I had from making cookies, the result was quite delicious. Topping the pancakes with bananas proved to be a truly yummy breakfast! And if need be, pure maple is a healthy way to sweeten them up.