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Many things cause people to make a radical change--a new job, marriage or moving to a new city just to name a few. But for O's creative director Adam Glassman it was a yearly physical with his doctor and the discovery of high blood pressure that caused him to re-evaluate his relationship with food. A self-described skinny kid, he says, "I never had to diet in my entire life."
After doing a search online, he found one major cause of high blood pressure was salt. He didn't often add it to meals, but he found it was in everything--especially processed and canned foods. (And the heavy, rich business dinners and fast food he ate during late nights at the office didn't help either). In addition to eliminating sodium from his diet, he put his gym membership to use, doing 45-minute cardio sessions every morning while he caught up on the news. "The first 45 days are the toughest, but it took me that long to break bad habits," says Adam. He quickly noticed that he didn't just lose weight and lower his blood pressure, but he had more energy, his mood and skin improved, and he slept better. Compliments didn't hurt either. "Every person told me I looked younger," he says, "I never realized that I had gotten big or looked like a hag."
It wasn't until a visit to dermatologist David Colbert, M.D., that Adam found a more detailed regimen for him to follow in the doctor's book, The High School Reunion Diet. He cut out red meat, coffee, white foods (like bread and pasta), alcohol, and soda and replaced with healthier options, reminding him that dieting doesn't mean you have to feel deprived or unsatisfied. After sticking to Colbert's plan for three months, he started to slowly integrate things back into his life--like the occasional glass of champagne at a party--but found he no longer had the same cravings. "My palate had completely changed," he says.
The trainer explained that bending beyond 90 allows us to work the leg muscles through a wider range of motion, and this is helpful because there are many daily activities that require us to bend in this range -- like scooping a baby off the floor or picking up a bag of groceries. Bending lower while still showing excellent form will also help us build stronger quads and glutes. I wish I'd been able to take notes, but I was still holding the kettlebell, so I followed the trainer's orders and decided to look into this later.
Instead of 8 Extra Strength Tylenol pills per day (4,000 mg), they're now recommending a daily cap of 6 pills (3,000 mg); instead of 2 pills every 4-6 hours, it's now 2 pills every 6 hours, period.
You should start noticing these new dosage instructions on Extra Strength Tylenol bottles this fall...just as you're reaching for something to help you deal with seasonal allergies, cold-weather sniffles, and back-to-school arguments. (A change in dosage instructions for regular Tylenol is scheduled for early next year).
Another option is to use the change in dosage instructions (and your newly-stirred fears of overdose-induced liver damage) to explore alternative forms of pain relief. For example, those who suffer from tension headaches might want to give acupuncture a try. Participants in one study found that six to 15 acupuncture treatments helped reduce their number of headache days by fifty percent.
Alternative Pain Treatments
Take Control of Your Pain
Doctor-Recommended Techniques for Easing Your Pain
Dealing with Chronic Pain
When the hilarious, heart-warming book Unlikely Friendships came out this month—documenting a rhino and a goat that were best buddies, as well as an orangutan and a tiger cub—we were instantly reminded of very human "odd couples" we've observed at restaurants, befriended on vacation or even been in ourselves. For example, the Cheetah and the Anatolian Shepherd.
The Animal Version: "The dog—calm, loveable, adaptable—helps the cheetah relax and accept unfamiliar situations."
The Human Version: She's the head of a massive real-estate company. He's a carpenter who dabbles in guitar. During dinner at a restaurant, she gets upset about their table and asks the hostess to move them. When it's time to order, she gets the tacos without tortillas and the salad with extra, extra, extra ripe avocado. Then she requests three lemon slices in her water. Meanwhile, he sits there, humming a random tune and playing with his fork.
When her water arrives with two lemon slices, she openly fumes. He smiles very politely at the waiter but asks for the third one, plus gives her his slice from his glass. By now, you might be thinking, "This guy spends his life running around after this woman, cleaning up after her demands. He's the nice one but...maybe kind of a wimp?" Then the tacos arrive with tortillas. A look of outrage and panic crosses the woman's face. She opens her mouth, just as he pats her hand—tenderly but firmly. She shuts her mouth and smiles at him, as if nobody else exists. There it is: the comfort of being reminded that somebody knows who you are...and who you want to be.
Moleskine "Le Hammerhead Shark" Notebook, $16. In honor of Shark Week, pick up one of these notebooks that remind you to "always do what you're afraid to do," whether that's going for a swim in the ocean or writing down your deepest, darkest secrets.
Flat Iron/Curling Iron Cover, $25. No need to wait around for your flat iron to cool; you can just tuck it in this cute heat-resistant pouch and head out.
Over Our Heads Umbrella, $50. Rainy days are much more enjoyable when you're under your own personal art gallery. Graphic options include a nighttime seascape or a bright city skyline. And by buying one, you're helping an artist get her business off the ground.
Newspaper Blackout Poems, $20 and up. Poetry made by taking an article from the New York Times and blacking it out with a Sharpie marker, leaving only a few choice words behind. There's truth in them there newspaper pages.
Can you believe it's August already? Hot August nights and the leaves hanging down and the grass on the ground smelling sweet...thank you Neil Diamond. I always want to play that song this month.
I am digitally, technically, challenged but learned a great new thing yesterday.
Please don't LOL, but I did not know that you could play music wirelessly through the speakers in your house directly from your iPad. And can upload movies directly to your TV screen, and the movies maintain their HD quality.
I still think that iPad is a magic box.
I spent my first full week at OWN merging new staff with Harpo folks. Alignment is the first step in getting anything to work. We all had a great week. Although if you saw my tweet, you noticed I could use some better office furniture.
Monday is too stressful. Wednesday is already hump day. But Tuesday is "you" day: a day when you have the energy to do—or plan—something fresh and unexpected that might just turn your whole week around.
Treat your neighbors to a cool, sweet, liquid treat tomorrow, also known as Watermelon Day. Whip up some backyard watermelon margaritas with Sheryl Crow's secret recipe.
Amaze your kids in college by mentioning (casually) that you're going to start storing the family photos in the cloud. How to get a sneak peek at iCloud.
Play amateur paleontologist. How to see the fossilized skeleton of a thalattosaur, just found in Alaska.
Trick yourself—or somebody you love—into eating 2 of their 5 recommended servings of fruits and veggies. Indulge in a bowl of sweet corn and black raspberry ice cream.
Celebrate your friends and Friendship Day this Sunday. Buy the ladies you love a grown-up version of a summer camp friendship bracelet.