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Veteran Day Free Meals And Discounts

Veteran Day Free Meals And Discounts

2018 Local Veterans Day Deals for Veterans

 

A list of local 2018 Veterans Day free meals and discounts, such as free or discounted park, museum or amusement park admittance specifically for veterans, U.S. Armed Forces members and military families.

Veterans Day 2018 will be on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 and designated as a Federal Holiday on Monday, November 12th, 2018.

Veterans Day Guide to Offers
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Please note the following types of local institutions, stores and restaurants are offering free items or discounts on Veterans Day or the day after.  Call ahead and ask and you might be pleasantly surprised!

  • Free meals at many local veterans organizations such as the American Legion, AMVets, VFW, DAV etc.  Check these local sites.Veterans Day Local Freebies, Free Meals and Discounts
  • Free meals at local restaurants, even non-participating National chains
  • Free entrance to federal, state and local parks and recreation.  All federal park entrance fees are waived.
  • Free or reduced entrance to museums, aquariums, zoos and amusement parks
  • Free entrance to historical Sites
  • Free car wash – See list of participating locations
  • Free haircut
  • Free or discounted oil changes
  • Veterans Day parades, ceremonies and concerts

2018 Offers by State

Typically offers are announced in late October and early November. We will update 2018 offers as soon as that time arrives.

Alabama

Alabama State Parks – Alabama
Free admission to the parks that charge an entrance fee or day-use area fees for Veterans.

Birmingham Zoo – Birmingham, AL
Veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.

California Dreaming – Spanish Fort, AL
On Sunday, Nov 11 California Dreaming is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

Montgomery Zoo – Montgomery, AL
During Veteran’s Appreciation Week, Nov. 11-17, 2018, all veterans, active duty military and their immediate family members receive a 50% discount on regular daytime admission to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Be sure to bring your form of valid military identification.

Oyster House – Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort, AL
Veterans and active duty can receive a free lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 11 am to close at the Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway locations.  Please provide your military ID or wear your uniform.

The Park At OWA – Foley, AL
In honor of Veterans Day, offering admission for all military personnel with the purchase of 1 general admission ticket, Nov. 9-12, 2018.

Ryerson & Association DMD – Muscle Shoals, AL
Veterans can receive free dental work on November 9, 2018 with DD214, Military ID, or NGB23. No appointment is needed as it is offered first come, first serve.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center – Huntsville, AL
On Nov 11 – 12, active or retired military members with I.D. qualify for free general museum admission. Military spouse and dependents will receive general admission discount.

Alaska
Anchorage Moose Lodge – Anchorage, AK
This week, they are offering a “Buffet Breakfast” by R Zack Domeier & Crew from 10am-1pm with Veterans eating free.
Anchorage Museum – Anchorage, AK
Free admission into the museum on Saturday, November 10 from 10 Am to 6 PM.

Arizona

The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum – Mesa, AZ
Announced a number of events, memorials, new exhibits, and commemorations to honor America’s veterans in November 2018 surrounding Veterans Day. They offer a year round discount to veterans.

Arizona Fall League – Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, AZ
Veterans & active duty military will be admitted free to Saturday’s 6 p.m. Military Appreciation Game at Salt River Fields and all 3 AZ Fall League games on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12.

Arizona State Parks
Active military and veterans can visit most of the state parks for free on Veterans Day. Proof of military service is required.

Bearizona – Williams, AZ
On 11/11 free admission to all who are serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military.

Bottega Michelangelo – Tucson, AZ
Come into Bottega Michelangelo on 11 or 12 Nov for 15 percent off for all active duty military and veterans.

Break Time – Chandler, AZ
Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day. To say thank you, Break Time will give all veterans a free medium fountain drink OR 16oz coffee on Sunday AND Monday.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers – Arizona locations only, Chandler, North Scottsdale, Old Town, 7th Street, Shea, Gilber, Glendale, Paradise Valley, AZ
All active and retired veterans receive a complimentary all-american burger with chips until 5 pm on Veterans Day.

Ginger Monkey – Chandler, AZ
Military members can get a free meal (up to $12) on Sunday, Nov. 11. Proof of military service is required. Between Nov. 12-18, military members can get 20-percent off.

Harkins Theatres – Scottsdale, AZ
Military members can receive a free small popcorn on Monday, Nov. 12 at all of this theatres. Proof of service required.

Jacksons Car Wash – Gilbert, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, AZ
On Monday, Nov. 12, from7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., all veterans and military service personnel who provide a valid military ID card will receive a free full-service car wash at any full-service Jacksons Car Wash location in the Valley or a free express wash at Jacksons Express Exterior Car Wash located in Peoria.

Jake’s Unlimited – Mesa, AZ
Jake’s Unlimited is offering current and retired military free access to the all-you-can-eat buffet, rides and laser tag Nov. 10-12 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m

Original Breakfast House – Phoenix, AZ
Veterans eat for free with outside entertainment all day on Monday, November 12.

Phoenix Suns – Phoenix, AZ
Its Military Appreciation Night on Wed., Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.  Active and retired military personnel will receive off tickets and discount in the Team Shop with a discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages with a valid military ID during the game.

Phoenix Zoo – Phoenix, AZ
Active duty, guard, reserve or retired personnel will receive free admission to the zoo and up to five guests on Monday, November 12, 2018.

Riot Hospitality Group
Active military and veterans will receive 50-percent off their bill on Nov. 11 at any of Riot Hospitality Group’s restaurants: Farm & Craft, Hand Cut Burgers and Chophouse, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, El Hefe and Riot House. All RHG’s restaurant’s in Arizona.

Scottsdale Gun – Scottsdale, AZ
Veterans and active military shoot for free all day tomorrow November 11th for Veterans Day.

Taco Guild – Phoenix, AZ Military members who eat at Taco Guild on Nov. 11 and 12 will receive a free order of chips and salsa and a $25 gift card to be used at a future visit. Military ID required. Available for dine-in only.

Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, AZ
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, present your Player Rewards Club Card and valid military ID or proof of military service and get a free t-shirt.

Urban Air Ahwatukee – Phoenix, AZ
Armed forces receive a free Ultimate Attractions pass and 1 additional free Ultimate Attractions pass for a guest of choice.

West Alley BBQ – Chandler, AZ
Veterans and military members receive a free pork or chicken sandwich and a side on Nov. 11 and 12.

Arkansas

Dairy Queen – Little Rock, Sherwood, AR
Veterans will receive a free Blizzard on Sunday for Veterans Day.

California

Aerospace Museum of California – North Highlands, CA
Free admission to all guests on Veterans Day.

Apple Hill – Sacramento, CA
Free donut to all service persons from Monday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 11.

Aquarium of the Pacific Free Admission – Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 from 9 am to 6 pm the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering free admission with valid service ID for veterans and military personnel.

Arrow Tag – Santa Ana, CA
50% off entry to all veterans and their families all weekend

The Attic – Long Beach, CA
Vets eat free on Veterans Day. Please bring proof of service.

The Aviator Casino – Delano, CA
Veteran’s Day Celebration on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 that is free for veterans. Proceeds to benefit the American Legion Post 124 in Delano.

Bagel Me! – Anaheim, Hills, Laguna Hills, East Orange, Orange Circle, Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, CA
At Bagel Me! veterans and active duty military get $3 off any sandwich on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th, 2018. Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery with proof of service.

Barona Resort & Casino – Lakeside, CA
On 11/11 from 10am-10pm, one Veteran, Active Duty, or Spouse will win $500 every 30 minutes. Veterans, Active Duty, and Spouses will receive Free Play, a collectible hat, and pin by presenting a Military ID or dependent ID.

Battleship IOWA – San Pedro, CA
Admission to the Veterans Day festival is free and all are welcome. Free self-guided tour admission will also be available from the 10th through 12th for veterans, as well as current service members, with valid military I.D.

California State Parks
Free admission to veterans, active duty and reserve personnel at 143 participating state parks on Monday, November 12.

California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento, CA
Free excursion train ride on the Sacramento Southern Railroad at 11 a.m., noon, 1p.m., 2p.m., 3p.m., and 4p.m.and free museum admission on Veterans Day Sunday, November 11, 2o18 for Veterans and Active Duty Military.  Must show proof of service for free admission and ride.

Cattlemens – Redding, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Roseville, Rancho Cordova, Dixon, Livermore, Selma, CA
Get a free 8oz sirloin steak dinner with an all-you-can-eat salad, bread, baked potato and beans on Wednesday, November 11th. Valid for Active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Must show proof of military service. Dine-in only.

Cheat Day Land – Los Angeles, CA
Free admission to this interactive pop-museum for Veterans and Active Duty with ID. Service member children under 12 are free. Discounted admission for spouse and children above 12.

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino – Coarsegold, CA
Sunday Nov. 11, veterans get a free buffet and a t-shirt with Military ID.

DowntownSac Ice Rink – Sacramento, CA
All current and former military members will receive free skate admission on 11 Nov and 12 Nov. This offer is valid only with a valid ID.

The Duck Dive – San Diego, CA
All Active Duty, Retired Military, and First Responders receive 20% off on Saturday & Sunday and 50% off on Monday with a valid ID.

Eagle Crest Golf Club – Escondido, CA
Free golf for veterans and active military members on November 11th which includes green fees. Carts may be purchased separately.

East Bay Regional Park District – Bay Area, CA
November 11, the East Bay Regional Park District welcomes all active and retired military personnel to our parks as guests.. All active and retired military personnel receive free day-use parking, and admission at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont on Veterans Day.

First Class Pizza – Villa Park, Orange, CA
At First Class Pizza veterans and active duty military get 25% off their order on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th, 2018. Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery with proof of service.

Flagship Cruises & Events – San Diego, CA
Veterans, active duty, retired, and reserve members of the military to enjoy a free ride on the Patriot Jet Boat or the narrated Harbor Tour.

Florez Bar and Grill – Sacramento, CA
Join us on 11 Nov for all veterans to receive 50 percent off on their food and drink, which includes bottomless mimosas.

Fox’s Pizza Den – Bogart, CA
Veterans receive one free Sunday lunch Italian buffet.

Gardens Casino – Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Veterans are offered a free buy-in to the Veterans Day (1-day) poker tournament on Nov. 12. 2018 at 4pm. Offer is worth $50, and the Gardens Casino will also contribute an additional $5000+ to the prize pool.

Goodbar – Point Loma, CA
On 11 November and 12 November, all active military and vets will receive 50 percent off their purchase with a valid proof of service.

Grater Grilled Cheese – Mission Valley, La Jolla, Del Mar, Irvine, Huntington Beach, CA
Veterans and active military, stop in to receive 20% off your order Saturday 11.10.18 through Monday 11.12.18 to enjoy this offer.

Gyppo Ale Mill – Shelter Cove, CA
They are honoring all that served with a free appetizer on Veterans Day, November 11th.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo – San Jose, CA
Free admission to all active armed force members and veterans with a military ID on Saturday 10/10 to Monday 11/12 with a discount to family members.

Hof’s Hut Restaurant & Bakery – Los Angeles & Orange County
Throughout the month of November, U.S. Active Duty Military and Veterans receive 20% Off.

House of Air – Carlsbad, CA
On November 12th, House of Air will offer 50% off all purchases including any birthdays booked for that day for all military families who are currently serving or have served.

JoJo’s Pizza – Brea, Chino Hills, Loma, Elsinore, CA
Stop by any of our locations on Veterans Day, Sunday 11/11, and receive a free individual pizza for Veterans and Active Military, with valid ID.

Jurupa 14 Cinemas – Riverside, CA
Join us at the movies on Sunday, November 11th all Veterans will receive a free popcorn.

Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, CA
Knott’s Berry Farm is offering Military Tribute Days with free admission to active duty and retired military, and veterans. This offer is valid November 1 – 15 and November 26 – December 21, 2018, and covers admission for the service member and one guest. Additional tickets may be purchased by the Military I.D. holder at a discounted rate.

LA Animal Services – Los Angeles, CA
Reduced adoption fees Friday through Sunday (11/9 to 11/11). Adoption fees on dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be waived for military with proof of service.

L.A. City Golf Course – Los Angeles, CA
Veterans receive 50% off greens fees with military ID on Monday, November 12.

LA Rams, Los Angeles, CA
Local Military personnel, family and their friends with an exclusive ticket discount for the Salute to Service game on 11/11 vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

The Local Place – Torrance, CA
Veterans and active duty military can join on Sunday Nov. 11th and Monday Nov. 12th to enjoy a 25% off Military Discount. The offer is available at both of our locations. Please note that an ID proof of service will be required.

Lyon Air Museum – Santa Ana, CA
Veterans, Retired Military, and Active Duty Military will receive free museum admission to the Lyon Air Museum on Veterans day Sunday 11/11/18.

Mammoth Mountain – Mammoth Lakes, CA
Veterans and active duty military personnel ski or ride free on Veterans Day.

The Melting Pot – San Diego, CA
Military personnel, Fire Fighters, EMTs, or Police Officers. November 11 – 15, are offered you and a guest 20% off of your entire food bill while beverages are not included.

Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Free Admission to Veterans and Active Military Personnel.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, CA
Free admission over Veterans Day (10-12) weekend for veterans, active-duty military, reservists and retirees with a valid military ID. Discounted tickets for family members can be purchased in advance at participating bases listed below.

Nixon Library – Yorba Linda, CA
Free admission on Monday, Nov. 12th including a special Veterans Day ceremony with General McChrystal.

Omnitrans – San Bernardino County, CA
Veterans have free unlimited rides to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with ID.

Pacific Catch – Campbell, Corte Madera, Dublin, Mountain View, San Mateo, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, CA
Free shareable starter for all Veterans this weekend.

Pala Casino – Pala, CA
U.S. Armed Services Veterans who provide proper identification on November 11th will receive a Free Buffet at Choices.

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure – Buena Park, CA
On 11/11 and 11/12 former and active military members can enjoy a free show. In addition, service members’ guests receive our special, military pricing. Mention code: PDAVET18.

Pizzoun – Torrance, CA
Free organic pizza for our veterans.

Rancho Bowl and Lounge – Santa Maria, CA
Enjoy a free game of bowling for all vets and their families on 11 Nov. Rancho Bowl thanks all of you for your dedicated service.

Rebounderz – Rohnert Park, CA
Stop by at Rebounderz in Rohnert Park and all veterans are free entry on 11 Nov. All military families will receive two hours of jumping for $18.

Sacramento Zoo – Sacramento, CA
Hosting Military Family Day on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2018. 50% off admission for Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their families. Must bring I.D. to receive discount.

Sally’s Fish House – San Diego, CA
All active duty and vets will receive a 20 percent discount on food on 10 Nov and 11 Nov. Stop in so we can say thank you for your service and please bring valid identification.

San Manuel Casino – Highland, CA
Veterans can enjoy a free buffet at Serrano Buffet or a pulled pork sandwich or salad at Rock & Brews or a free t-shirt Club Serrano.

Saint Marc American Cuisine & Pub – Huntington Beach, Century City, CA
Veterans and active duty military can order a complimentary meal from their menu during business hours November 11th & 12th for dine in only. Please provide proof of service required.

SAJJ Mediterranean – San Jose, Mountain View, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park, Rancho Santa Margarita
SAJJ Mediterranean will offer a free entree to veterans who show valid military ID on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.

SEE International – Santa Barbara, CA
Doctors will be providing free eye exams & vouchers for glasses on Nov 9th at Sansum Clinic. Appointments can be made between 1pm-3pm & walk-ins are welcome 1pm-2pm.

Sequoia Park Zoo – Eureka, CA
On 11/12 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM with free admission for everyone.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, CA – near San Francisco
Saturday, November 10 and Monday, November 12, first responders, veterans, and active military members receive a free park admission ticket  In addition, military members can bring up to three guests for only $49.99 each when purchasing tickets at the gate.

Soboba Casino – San Jacinto, CA
All vets are welcome to stop in on 11 Nov to enjoy a fantastic plate of pancakes. This offer is valid with proof of service and in the Soboba Cafe.

The Steamhouse Coffee & Kava Bar – Livermore, CA
This coming Monday November 12, in honor of Veterans Day, The Steam House would like to offer all active and retired military a free 12oz drip coffee or 25% off the beverage of their choice.

Threshold Training Facility – Riverside, CA
Veterans and active duty can join in a free  Veterans Day Bootcamp on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

USS Midway Museum – San Diego, CA
Free admission for Veterans and active military members and their families from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11. Maximum of 4 admissions per military ID. Activities include a Veterans Day Parade along Harbor Drive, blood drive, live entertainment, KidZone, giveaways and more.

Yalla Mediterranean – Burbank, Culver City, Dublin, Fremont, Pleasant Hill, Seal Beach, Walnut Creek, CA
All active duty and veterans will receive a free entrée! Call your local Yalla for more details.

Yosemite National Park – CA
Free admission for all on Veterans Day 11-11-18.

Colorado

Colorado Parks & Wildlife – 42 Various Locations, CO
Free admission to Colorado State Parks on Veterans Day Nov. 11, for all Veterans and Active Military.

Denver Botanic Gardens – Denver, CO
Active military members and veterans receive free admission to the Gardens’ York Street and Chatfield Farms locations on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Their guests receive a discount on admission.

Durango Ford – Durango, CO
Free oil changes to active and retired military on Monday, November 12th for Veterans Day. Appointments are required and space is limited.

Durango Kia – Durango, CO
Free oil changes to active and retired military on Monday, November 12th for Veterans Day. Appointments are required and space is limited.

Cobble Creek – Montrose, CO
Come out this Sunday, Nov 11 and enjoy free golf from 8 AM to 5 PM, $2 hot dogs from 11 AM to 5 PM and free dessert from 4 PM to 9 PM. Ensure you bring your military ID.

Gilpin Casino – Black Hawk, CO
Free meal at Lucille Malone’s (up to $15.) from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

History Colorado Center – Denver, CO
Veterans are offered free admission on Veterans Day. They also provide complementary admission fee for up to five family members. They will be offering half-off memberships for veterans and military personal with valid ID.

Integrative Health & Rehab – Denver, CO
Special offers for Active and Retired Military in honor of Veterans Day.

LaMar’s Donuts – Denver, CO
Veterans receive a free donut and 12 ounce coffee in Nov 11.

Parry’s Pizza – Castle Rock, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Johnstown, Longmont, Northglenn and Southglenn, CO
On 11 Nov, Veterans can choose from a 9-inch personal pizza, meatball sandwich, pasta bowl and more for free. A fountain drink is also included.

The Post Brewing Co – Longmont, Lafayette, Rosedale, Boulder, CO
Veterans enjoy a special two-piece chicken, mashed potatoes and can of Howdy beer meal on the house.

The Lodge Casino – Blackhawk, CO
All branches of service, past and present, get a free buffet on Veterans Day. Simply present your Military or Veterans ID.

Pueblo Zoo – Pueblo, CO
Free admission for all military (with valid military ID) and their spouse and dependent children from November 10-11.

Veteran Coffee Roasters – Colorado Spring, CO
On Sunday, November 11, there are events and interactions for the whole community 12pm to 6pm. Free hot coffee all day, 1/2 price specialty drinks, and 1/2 price 1lb bags of fresh roasted coffee beans.

Ziggi’s Coffee Denver, CO
On Nov 11, veterans will receive a free 16 ounce coffee.

Connecticut

Chimirri Italian Pastry – Whethersfield, CT
On Sunday, November 11th, Free coffee and slices of the original Hartford Cream Pie and Limoncello Mascarpone—both created for Veteran’s Day for veterans, active duty, and their families.

The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village – Oakdale, CT
Active duty military and veterans may receive free admission on November 10th through November 11th. Accompanying guests will receive 10 percent off admission.

Foxwoods Resort & Casino – Mashantucket, CT
All active and retired military have access to exclusive offers and discounts on the property from November 12th. Including restaurants, museums, retail stores and hotel discounts. Plus Veterans Day festivities will kick-off with a parade starting at the Grand Ballroom at 11AM.

Mystic Aquarium – Mystic, CT
Free Aquarium entry for all Veterans and Active Duty Service Members from November 10, 2018 through Sunday, November 18, 2018 to honor Veterans Day. Must show proof of service such as valid U.S. military ID, Veteran’s Administration Card or form DD214. Dependents also receive a discount with a dependents ID.

Delaware

Hagley Museum – Wilmington, DE
Veterans can receive free admission to the museum between 10-4 on Sunday, 11/11/18.

Wilmington & Western Railroad – Wilmington, DE
On Sunday, November 11th, military veterans and active duty who show valid ID will receive discounted train fares. Trains depart at 12:30 and 2:30 pm. Reservations are recommended.

Florida

18 Bagels Co – Tampa, FL
To thank all current and former military, 18 Bagels will offer a free coffee on 11 or 12 November.

4 Rivers Smokehouse – Atlanta, Carrollwood, Coral Springs, Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Longwood, Orange Park, Tampa, Tallahesse, Winter Garden, Winter Park, FL
Veterans can enjoy a free sandwich on November 12. Please show a valid military ID at your local Smokehouse.

Abe’s Place Tap & Grill – Clearwater, FL
Active duty and veterans are offered half pound of boneless wings for free on Monday November 12th with military ID.

Another Broken Egg – Miramar Beach, FL
Active & retired military members are invited to enjoy a free Patriot French Toast Combo & Coffee this Veterans Day, Monday, 11/12.

Body 4 Yoga – Hialeah, FL
Starting 10 Nov to 16 NOV all veterans are invited to join the 34 weekly yoga classes for free. Please register online and don’t forget to visit our front desk during Veterans Day week for a free shake.

Bok Tower – Lake Wales, FL
Free admission offered to all branches of the military; active, retired, and disabled veterans with valid ID. Included with general admission or membership on 11 Nov.

Brevard Zoo – Melbourne, FL
Brevard Zoo is offering current military members and veterans complimentary general admission this coming Veterans Day weekend. The offer is valid on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.

Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine, FL
Admission to the fort will be free in honor of Veterans Day. The Castillo is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Crayola Experience – Orlando, FL
Every day this month, all veterans, active and retired military personnel (with valid military ID) get free admission as a thank you for their service. Crayola Experience is located at the Florida Mall.

Doormét – Tampa, FL
Veterans and Active Duty Military eat free on Veterans Day! Thanks sincerely for your service and sacrifice. If you can’t join us on Veterans Day, we offer a 10% discount year-round for military, police, firefighters and all other first responders.

Duffy’s Sports Grill – Altamonte Springs, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft. Meyers, Jupiter, Miami, North Miami Beach,  Port St. Lucie, Orlando, Royal Palm Beach, Tampa, Sarasota, West Palm Beach, FL
Active duty and veterans receive a 40% discount off food purchase on Sunday, November 11th from 5pm-closing.

Florida Aquarium – Tampa, FL
All active duty military, retired, prior service of the Armed Forces (includes Guards and Reserve), and Dependents, can receive one free general admission ticket on 11/11 and 11/12.

Florida State Parks
Free park entry for everyone at Florida state parks on 11/11/2018.

Gamers Respawn – Melbourne, FL
As a small token of our gratitude we are running a weekend long special from Friday to Monday. All Vets get an Hour of Free Gaming! Plus 15% off any additional purchases.

Harry P. Leu Gardensk – Orlando, FL
The 50-acre botanical oasis is saying thank you to service members by offering free admission to all veterans and current military on. Nov 11.

IL Primo Pizza & Wings – Cape Coral, FL
Veterans come see us on Sunday as you get a free Large Pizza with 2 Toppings. Valid at all locations! Open til Close!

Jacksonville Zoo – Jacksonville, FL
All military veterans will receive free admission to the Zoo on November 10th and 11th.

Ker’s WingHouse Bar and Grill – Altamonte Springs, Bradenton, Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Daytona Speedway, Doral, Ellenton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Kissimee, Lakeland, Largo, Miami, New Port Richey, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Sanford, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Wesley Chapel, FL
Free meal from a select menu for veterans and active duty on Veterans Day.

Legoland Florida – Winter Haven, FL
All veterans and active duty military can celebrate Veterans’ Day all month long by saving up to 25% on select dates during the month of November.

Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille – The Villages, FL
For Veterans Day this Sunday, we are offering a free meal for veterans who arrive in uniform between 11 AM and 9 PM.

The Lightner Museum – St. Augustine, FL
All former military personnel with identification and their immediate families will be free on Veterans Day November 11th and on Veterans Day Observed November 12th.

Mike’s Italian Ice – Orlando, FL
Bring your identification to Mike’s on 12 Nov and all veterans will receive a free regular size italian ice or gelati. This is their thank you to all who serve.

Naples Zoo – Naples, FL
Veterans and active military service members get in free during Veterans Day Weekend (Saturday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Nov. 12.) Additional guests in the party receive discount to regular Zoo admission. Proof of service required

New York Prime – Boca Raton, FL
Sun., Nov. 11 New York Prime is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

NTB Tire & Service Centers/Tire Kingdom Centers – Palm Beach Gardens/West Palm Beach, FL
Discounts are extended to all active duty and Reserves members, and their spouses, of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard and include offers on products and services including, but not limited to, oil changes, tires, wheels and other services with ID.

Old Town Trolley Tours – St. Augustine, Key West, FL
This Veterans Day, free Admission to the following:  Old Town Trolley Tours, Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum Experience and St. Augustine History Museum.

Orlando Science Center – Orlando, FL
OSC is offering veterans and active military personnel with military ID free admission Nov. 1-21. Additionally, their attending family members will receive 50 percent off admission.

Optimus Car Wash & Detail – Bradenton, FL
Veterans can have a free car wash all day on November 12.

Space Coast Area Transit – Brevard County, FL
All veterans ride for free on Veterans Day.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – St. Augustine, FL
Veterans receive free admission on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 as well as a discount for their immediate family members. Active duty also receive free admission and so does their immediate family.

Sun Trolley Beach – Fort Lauderdale, FL
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, all veterans and military personnel can ride the Sun Trolley Beach and Las Olas Links for free with a valid military ID in honor of Veterans Day.

TooJay’s – Altamonte Springs, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Hallandale Beach, Jupiter, Lady Lake, Lake Worth, Lake Mary, Lakeland, Ocoee, Orlando, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Plantation, Sarasota, Stuart, Tampa, The Villages, Vero Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach, FL
Veterans and active duty miltiary eat free on Veterans Day from a select menu.

United Skates – Tampa, FL
Free Admission for active and retired Military & Families on Monday, November 12th 12:00-4:00pm.

World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum – St. Augustine, FL
Active-duty military, veterans, and their dependents get free admission for all  on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, 2018.

Universal Orlando – Orlando, FL
Military members can purchase a four-day ticket for the price of a one-day ticket for use now through Dec. 31.

Zoo Miami – Miami, FL
Zoo Miami will offer free admission to all veteran, active, and reserves U.S. military personnel with the appropriate military ID, on Friday, November 9 through Monday, November 12.

Georgia

Amici Cafe – Gainesville, GA
All vets will receive a free meal on 11 Nov as Amici’s way of saying thank you for your sacrifices.

AtlantaBG –  Atlanta & Gainesville, GA
‏The Garden honors Veterans Day this Sunday, which means all veterans and active duty service members enjoy free admission with valid military ID.

Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, GA
Military discounts for the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 race weekend on February 22-24, 2019. Active military and veterans can save 25% or more on tickets for the NASCAR race weekend. Military ID requested.

Atlanta Zoo – Atlanta, GA
Veterans and active-duty members of the military enjoy free admission (military I.D required) on Veterans Day. Accompanying friends and family members enjoy $4 off general admission for up to six guests.

Austin’s Burritos – Dacula, GA
Serving free Roadie sized burritos to our active military, active reserve, and U.S. Military vets all day this Sunday and Monday.

Bun Mi – Atlanta, GA
Offering 20% off with military ID through 11/30.

California Dreaming – Augusta, Duluth, Kennesaw, GA
On Sunday, Nov 11 California Dreaming is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

Catfish Hox – Marietta, GA
‏Chef Phil Of Catfish Hox will be giving out free Catfish Entree Platters this Sunday to all Veterans from 12-3 PM dine in only with purchase.

Chick Fil A – Atlanta, GA
All retired, active duty military and their immediate family will receive their choice of a Grilled Chicken Meal, Chicj-fil-A Nuggets Meal, Chick-fil-A Nuggests Kids Meal or Chicken Sandwich Meal on 12 Nov from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
‏Salute our veterans and military members with special programming. Veterans receive free admission (with military ID) and their families receive discounted admission all Sunday long.

Dantanna’s – Atlanta, GA
Dantanna’s will be honoring active military and veterans 50 recent off their food bill on 11 Nov at both Buckhead and Downtown locations. Please make sure you bring a proof of service.

Georgia State Parks Free Golf – Georgia
Sunday, November 11, all veterans and active military members can play a round of golf for free at Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant, Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell, Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant, The Creek at Hard Labor, Brazell’s Creek at Gordonia-Altatamaha, The Lakes at Laura S. Walker, Georgia Veterans at Lake Blackshear, Little Ocmulgee at Wallace Adams Golf Course & Meadow Links at George T. Bagby.

J. Christopher’s –  Athens, Dacula, Macon, Peachtree City, Woodstock, GA
Veterans can visit Monday 111/11 with proof of service to receive a free meal.

Joey D’s Oak Room – Atlanta, GA
11.11.18 Joey D’s Oak Room is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

McKendrick’s Steak House – Atlanta, GA
McKendrick’s is treating all Veterans & Active Military an 8 oz filet when you dine on Sunday, NOV 11th, 5-9; or Monday, NOV 12th, 11-2:30, & 5-10.

Mellow Mushroom – Athens, GA
Mellow Mushroom is offering all active duty members and veterans a free small one topping pizza on November 11th.

New York Prime – Atlanta, GA
Sun., Nov. 11 New York Prime is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

Old Town Trolley Tours – Savannah, GA
This Veterans Day, free Admission to the following: Old Town Trolley Tours and American Prohibition Museum.

Otter’s Chicken – Marietta, GA
Veterans eat free at Otter’s Chicken on Veterans Day – Sunday, November 11, 2018. Also, show your Military or Veterans ID every day at Otter’s to receive 10% off your order

Six Flags Over Georgia – Atlanta, GA
Military Appreciation Days on Veterans Day Weekend, November 10 and 11, complimentary admission for current (active) military members and up to three dependents. Unlimited amount of additional tickets for family members or friends for 50% off, which would be $34.49 plus tax per ticket.

Superior Healthcare – Canton, GA
Active & retired military, DOD or reservists & their families work out free on Veterans Day with military ID.

The Tavern at Phipps – Atlanta, GA
11/11/18 The Tavern at Phipps is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

Tin Drum Kitchen – Atlanta, Cumming, Decatur, John Creek, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Newnan, GA
November 11th and 12th, present valid Veteran or Active Duty Identification for a free Firecracker Cauliflower. Limit 1 per service member.

World of Coca Cola – Atlanta, GA
November 1 through November 11, there is a special promotion to members of the Armed Forces (Active duty, Reserves and Retired) and their families. Complimentary admission to members of the Armed Force and during this special period, members may also purchase up to four General Admission tickets for their family and friends at a discounted rate of 50% off.

Hawaii

Big Island Map – Big Island, HI
Botanical World Adventures will be offering Free admission to their gardens and Free Zipline and Segway tours (space available basis) for all veterans and active duty.

Honolulu Cookie Company – Waipahu, HI
10% off in-store purchases when presenting a valid military ID on Sunday November 11th and Monday November 12th to receive your discount. This offer cannot be combined with any other.

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii – Kapolei, HI
US Military personnel get 50% OFF General Admission. Simply present your US Military ID at any ticket box office and get up to four (4) discounted admissions or visit any Military Ticket Outlet on any Oahu military base. On Monday, Nov. 11, 2018, US Veteran, active duty Military, reservists, and DoD with a valid government issued ID get one (1) discounted admission all day for just $11.11 each & $25.00 for each additional guest(s) + tax with donation of five (5) canned goods per person.

Idaho

Aquarium of Boise – Boise, ID
Free admission is offered to active and retired military personnel. Please show ID at entry to qualify. Offer valid 12am-5pm on 11.11.

Bobbie Jeans Coffee – Star, ID
All active duty and veterans will receive free homemade cobbler and 10 percent off their order on 11 Nov.

McGrath’s Fish House – Bosie, ID
Veterans and active duty get a free meal from a select menu on Veterans Day.

Nate’s New York Pizza – Post Falls, ID
On Sunday, all veterans and current military eat free slice and drink.

Richard’s – Boise, ID
Veterans are offered a complimentary Capitol Breakfast this Sunday. Reservations highly recommended.

South Shore Line – South Bend, ID to Chicago, IL
Veterans are eligible to ride the South Shore Line for free throughout the Veterans Day weekend. This offer will be honored from November 9-12.

Illinois

54th Street Grill & Bar – Shiloh, Il, Glen Carbon, IL
Free Entree *up to $12 on Veterans Day (Sun 11-11-18) for Veterans + Active Duty who dine inside.

American Wildburger – Des Plaines, Madison, IL
All vets will receive 20 percent off their entire order when they stop in on 11 Nov.

Antioch Pizza Shop – Lindenhurst, IL
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 for 2 free slices and a drink as a big thank you.

Avanti’s Ristorante – Peoria, IL
Veterans eat free with ID on November 11, 2018.

Brazil Express Grill – Chicago, IL
Make reservations today for all vets to enjoy a buy one and get one one free meal at Brazil Express Grill. This offer is valid with an ID and from 11 Nov to 14 Nov.

Elk Grove Park District – Elk Grove Village, IL
Free admission to Pavilion Fitness, the aquatics ctr and/or a free round of golf at Fox Run Golf Links on Sun, Nov 11, 2018. On Wed, Nov 21, 2018 veterans get a free ticket to the Veteran’s Luncheon. Reserve by Nov 16.

First Division Museum – Wheaton, IL
Brew it forward, Veterans attending this event will be given two complimentary beer tastings on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Illinois State Dental Society – IL
Illinois participating dentists offer military veterans free exams, cleanings, restorations, extractions and other dental care in hundreds of offices across the state.

Lucille Restaurant – Oakbrook Terrace, IL
On 11.11 all military veterans, retirees, and active duty members receive a complimentary brunch.

NAPA Car Centers– Glenview, IL
Free oil changes for veterans and active duty military.

Odyssey Golf – Tinley Park, IL
Veteran’s outing on November 15, 2018.

Pop’s Beef – Palos Heights, IL
Pop’s Italian Beef and Sausage is offering a free sandwich on 11 Nov to salute all those who have served or are currently serving.

Quad City Storm Tickets
All military personal will get $5 off of a $15 or $20 ticket at both games on Nov 10.

RIVA Crabhouse – Chicago, IL
Veterans and active duty can receive a free dinner entrée on Sunday, November 11th with ID verification. Reservations are recommended as this is a dine-in only offer.

South Shore Line – Chicago, IL
All veterans are invited to ride the South Shore Line for free through the weekend of November 9-11, 2018, and on Veterans Day (November 11), observed November 12.

Tuscany – Chicago, IL
Veterans can visit for a free dinner entrée on Sunday, November 11th with reservations.

Vanille Patisserie – Chicago, IL
Veterans can visit their four locations for a free coffee and macaron on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 and on Monday, November 12 with a military ID.

Indiana

Boulder Creek Dining – Brownsburg, IN
Veterans receive a complementary entree on Sunday, November 11th from 10:30am – 9pm and can call for reservations.

Bruevansville – Evansville, IN
This Sunday, bring your veteran in and let us thank them for their service with a free entree (11am – 9 pm).

Byrnes Grilled Pizza – Indianapolis, IN
Brynes would like to offer all vets a salad and any pasta or pizza for free on 11 Nov.

Foster Golf Course, Fort Wayne, IN
Veterans and active military personnel play free at Foster, Shoaff and McMillen Park Golf Courses on Veterans Day with ID verification. Electric carts are not included.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources – IN
All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties, state forest recreation areas and state off-road vehicle riding areas on both Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12 with ID.

Lil’ Charlie’s Restaurant and Brewery – Batesville, IN
Veterans and active duty can have a free lunch/dinner and two drinks from the special Veteran’s Day Menu which includes adult beverages.

Milan ’54 Museum – Milan, IN
Free admission to military veterans November 9th through 11th in recognition of Veterans Day.

Viking Express – Huntington, IN
Any active duty military or veterans who stop in at Viking Express on 11 Nov or 12 Nov will receive a free cappuccino, coffee or fountain drink to thank them for their incredible service.

Iowa

Casey’s General Store – Many locations in Iowa
Active & former military service can enjoy a free coffee or cappuccino on 11/11/2018.

Diamond Jo – Northwood, IA
Present your Military ID and B Connected card to the B Connected Club to receive a free buffet at The Kitchen Buffet on Veterans Day.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Des Moines, IA
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Veterans Day (Veterans are free).

Iowa City Transit – Iowa City, IA
Giving free rides to veterans and their families on November 12. Riders will be asked to show a military ID or other identification that indicates veteran status. The rides will be available on fixed-route City of Iowa City buses and Johnson County Seats.

McDonald’s – Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Williamsburg, Washington, West Branch, Walcott, Muscatine, IA
Stop into any of our McDonald’s restaurants on Veterans Day for a Free Extra Value Meal with any military ID this Veterans Day.

Meskwaki Casino – Tama, IA
11/11 free meal for all veterans from 11am to 2pm.

Pleasant Hill HyVee – Pleasant Hill, IA
On November 11th, veterans and military members receive 25% off all orders at the Market Grille Express. Please have I.D. to receive discount.

T-Bock’s Sports Bar & Grill – Decorah, IA
Veterans come in and enjoy a free lunch served 11-2pm or dinner from 4-7pm on Monday the 12th.

Kansas

The Golden Griddle – Hays, KS
On November 12, all Veterans and Active Duty will receive a free breakfast down at The Golden Griddle. They are open 7am to 12pm.

Flint Hills Discovery Center – Manhattan, KS
On Monday, November 12, 2018, all Veterans, Active Duty, Retired, their families and Gold Star families will be offered free admission to the Flint Hills Discovery Center from 10am to 5pm.

Kansas Star Casino – Mulvane, KS
All current and former military who present a valid ID will receive a free brunch buffet. This offer is valid on 11 Nov from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Nate’s Place Restaurant, Fort Scott, KS
All men and women in the military and veterans with military ID receive a Free Meal Sunday Nov 11th, 2018 as a dine in only guest.

McAlister’s Deli – Manhattan, KS
Sunday, November 11th all men and women of the military receive a complimentary entrée, drink and dessert.

Sedgwick County Zoo – Wichita, KS
Complimentary zoo admission is offered to active duty military, retirees, and their immediate family. To receive free admission on Nov. 11th from 10 am to 5 pm, please show proof of service or ID.

Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes – Wichita, KS

Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel and their family member will receive free cosmic bowling at the Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

Sunset Zoo – Manhattan, KS
All guests receive free admission in honor of American soldiers and their families on Veterans Day.

Kentucky

A & W – Lexington, Kentucky
All veterans and active duty military will receive a free combo meal at any Lexington A&W location (Hamburg, Leestown Rd, Main St.) on Monday, November 12th. Donations to Disabled American Veterans are encouraged.

Central Kentucky Tours – Harrodsburg, KY
Each paying guest may bring an active member of the military or a retired veteran along for free. The Veterans Day bourbon distillery tour will include stops at Limestone Branch Distillery, Makers Mark Distillery, Wilderness Trail Distillery and Kentucky Cooperage.

Churchill Downs – Louisville, KY
On Nov. 11, Churchill Downs is offering free general admission tickets and discounted Millionaires Row tickets ($29, regularly $38) for all military personnel and veterans.

Creation Museum – Petersburg,  KY
Veterans are free on Veterans Day (November 11) at the Creation Museum.

Dairy Queen – Albany, KY
We are thanking veterans by offering a free medium blizzard to all retired and active duty members.

Derby City Pizza Company – Louisville, KY
All Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day all day Monday, Nov 12 at our 4 locations.

Hopcat – Lexington, KY
On November 11, come to HopCat and receive a meal + soft drink on Hopcat.

Hunt Auto – Franklin, KY
Offering free oil changes gas only or 1/2 off diesel for all veterans this Friday, November 9th, 2018.

Mancino’s Georgetown – Georgetown, KY
Veterans are offered 50% off 8″grinder, pasta, or mini pizza on Mon. 11-12-18, 5-8 pm with valid military ID with 1 discount per person.

National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, KY
All military veterans and their immediate accompanying family can receive free admission to the museum during the month of November. Please show proof of service at the admissions counter.

Sunergos Coffee – Louisville, KY
Free drinks for veterans this Sunday for Veterans Day.

Louisiana

Agave House New Orleans, LA
Agave House will thank all active duty military and veterans by offering 50 percent off their meal in 11 Nov.

Amelia Belle Casino – Amelia, LA
Veterans and military personnel receive a free buffet on Sunday, November 11.

Boomtown Casino – New Orleans, LA
In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military personnel may receive one free lunch buffet during the Federal observance of Veterans Day on Monday, November 12.

Chophouse New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
Sunday, November 11th Chophouse New Orleans is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

Copelands – New Orleans, LA
Copelands is offering a free lunch (up to $20) to all vets and active duty on 12 Nov from 11 AM to 3 PM. Please bring a valid proof of service.

L’Auberge Casino Resort – Baton Rouge, LA
Veterans and active duty military personnel receive a complimentary buffet from 11am – 3:00pm at the Bon Temps Buffet on Nov. 9, 2018 from 7am – 3pm.

Los Jefes Grill – Metairine, LA
Vterans and active military enjoy 50% off your meal on Veterans Day, November 11th.

Margaritaville Resort Casino – Bossier City, LA
Veterans receive a complimentary lunch buffet at the World Tour Buffet from 11:30am-3pm on 11/11. Must present your military ID.

National World War II Museum – New Orleans, LA
Free admission to all Veterans on Veterans day 11/11/2018. Admission is free to WWII Veterans throughout the year.

Ogden Museum – New Orleans, LA
Free admission to veterans & active duty military on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. & on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Just present your military ID at the admissions desk.

Pluckers Wing Bar – Arlington, Allen, Austin, Cedar Park, Cypress, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen, Plano, Round Rock, San Marcos, Selma, Webster, TX and Baton Rouge, LA
Veterans and active duty military enjoy a free meal that includes an entrée, side, and non alcoholic beverage on Monday, November 12th with family activities. This offer is dine-in only with military ID.

Maine

Gritty McDuff’s – Portland, Freeport, Auburn, ME
Get a free hamburger and freedom fries for all active military, veterans, guard and reserve members on 11 Nov.

Oxford Casino – Oxford, ME
All active, retired, or disabled military, first responders, hospital workers, and educators receive a free lunch buffet on Monday, November 12, 2018.

Massachusetts

Anna’s Taquerita – Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, Somerville, MA
Enjoy a free meal all day Sunday. Veterans eat free with an ID or uniform.

Beauport Hotel – Gloucester, MA
Any veteran who presents a valid proof of service will receive a free meal from a select list at the 1606 Restaurant and Bar on Nov 11.

Boston Bruins – Boston, MA
Join the Boston Bruins as we honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Night on Monday, November 5 during the Bruins vs. Dallas Stars game at TD Garden. The ProShop and GameDay ProShop stores always offer a 10% discount with a valid military ID.

Boston Duck Tours – Boston, MA
Ceterans, active military, and first responders can ride a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle from November 6– 10, 2018. Dependents can receive a discounted ride with a  plus a CCF surcharge.

Extra Special Teas – Great Barrington, MA
On 11 Nov, Extra Special Teas will offer all vets their choice of hot, bubble or iced tea for free.

Franklin Park Zoo – Boston, MA
Free admission for Veterans on November 10th and 12th from 10am-4:00pm (closes at 4pm).

The Hall at Patriot Place – Foxborough, MA
Military veterans and active military service members will receive free admission from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 in honor of Veterans’ Day. All active servicemen and women, as well as all veterans, will need proper identification to receive the free admission.

JFK Library, Boston, MA
Veterans and one guest receive free admission to the museum, November 9-16. Active members of the military receive free admission year round.

Pinz Milford – Milford, MA
Try our Veteran’s Day special on Nov 12 for free bowling and shoe rental for active duty, guard and reserve members.

Red Apple Farm – Boston, MA
The Red Apple will offer all vets a free donut and cider when they stop by on 11 November.

Regina Pizzeria – Boston, MA
To thank veterans for their service, Regina Pizzeria is offering a 15 percent discount on all food from 10 Nov to 12 Nov at both Allston and Medford locations.

Starland Sportsplex & Fun Park – Hanover, MA
‏Free unlimited play to all current and former military personnel, plus 20% off all food and/or drink, this Monday, November 12th (Veterans Day Observed).

Stone Zoo – Stoneham, MA
Free admission for Veterans on November 10th and 12th from 10am-4:0pm (closes at 4pm).

Tuscan Kitchen – Boston, MA
Join us on 12 Nov from 11 AM to 4 PM for a free family-style meal and drink for every veteran and their guest.

Michigan

Arcands Service Center – Mountain, MI
All day on Veterans Day will be free oil changes to All Veterans and active duty military with proper ID please call ahead to schedule.

Aubree’s Adrian – Adrian, MI
All veterans and active military personnel can enjoy a free personal pizza at any Aubree’s location on Veterans Day, this Sunday, November 11.

Beechwood Grill -Holland, MI
Bring your valid military ID to Beechwood on Saturday, 10 Nov, and you will receive a free lunch (value up to $12) from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille – Bay City, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Muskegon, Portage, Northville, Wyoming , MI
Free 6oz sirloin with a braked potato for all veterans and active duty military on Monday, Nov. 12.

Emagine – Birch Run, Canton, Macomb, Saline, Novi, Royal Oak, Palladium, Rochester, Farmington Hills, MI
On Nov. 11, service men and women can present their military ID at the box office of any Emagine Theatre location to receive two free movie tickets. Members can bring one guest.

Explore Yoga Studio – Troy, MI
All day long, classes at Explore will be free to veterans on November 11th.

Detroit Zoo – Detroit, MI
In observance of Veterans Day, we invite active U.S. military and veterans, along with one guest, to enjoy free admission and parking at the Detroit Zoo on November 11 with valid ID confirming active military status, honorable discharge and/or retirement (including Form DD-214).

Foster Coffee Co – Owosso, MI
Veterans & active duty military are offered a free drip coffee.

Froehlich’s Inc – Three Oaks, MI
Bring in your military ID and enjoy either a free Muffaletta, Smoked Turkey Sandwich or Midwest Ham Wrap. Feel free to stop in for lunch on either 11 Nov or 12 Nov for this offer.

Johnny V’s Smokehouse – Corunna and Perry, MI
Johnny V’s is offering a free pork sandwich, fries and drink for all veterans on 11 Nov from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Michigan Science Center – Detroit, MI
Enjoy free general admission at the Michigan Science Center from 12 – 5 p.m.

The Milford House Bar and Grill – Milford, MI
Come into Milford Bar and Grill on Nov 11 or Nov 12 for 50 percent off for all active duty military and veterans.

Whitmore Lake Golf Link – Whitmore Lake, MI
Free Greens Fees on Veterans Day and just pay a $15 Cart Fee.

Minnesota

bd’s Mongolian Grill – Burnsville, MN
From Monday, October 29 through Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11, guests can buy a $2 pin-up to support Folds of Honor with each location will donate 10 percent of food sales to support a local Folds of Honor chapter.

Boomtown Woodfire – Eveleth, MN
On Veterans Day, past and present members of the armed forces receive a complimentary meal at BoomTown from a select menu.

Black Woods Grill & Bar – Duluth, MN
Veterans and Active Military receive a free entree with a purchase of a beverage at any of our BWG Rewards locations this Sunday. Must provide military ID to receive discount.

Dairy Queen – Brainerd, MN
Sunday, 11 NOV, all veterans and active duty with valid ID with receive a medium Blizzard for free.

Grand Casino – Hinckley, Onamia, MN

Veterans and Active Military Personnel are offered a free buffet on Veterans Day. Visit Grand Casino Mille Lacs or Hinckley this Sunday to enjoy a meal.

Minnesota Zoo – Apple Valley, MN
From November 11, 2018 – January 1, 2019 military personnel receive free admission, free parking, and half-price admission for family members.

Smokeys pub n’ grill – East Bethel, MN
Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day. Smokey’s is offering a free Pulled pork, or Pulled chicken sandwich including a side and soft drink to all veterans who have served our country. Our kitchen hours on Veterans Day are 10am-9pm.

Sunshine Factory Bar and Grill – Plymouth, MN
Veterans are eligible for a free meal for Veterans Day. Value is $15 or less. Must show proof of service, this offer is valid on Monday November 12.

White Smiles Family Dentistry – Albertville, MN
Veterans are eligible for free dental work on Friday, November 9th, 2018 with reservation.

 

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Veterans Day Holiday 2018

Happy Veterans Day

So as we celebrate Veterans Day, we encourage you to enjoy the parade in downtown Fairfield or any of the other events happening across the county. While you’re there, take a moment to thank a veteran for his or her service. Then, once you’re safely home, sit back and enjoy the features in our Veterans Day section.

Happy Veterans Day to you all. And to those who served, we offer our eternal gratitude.

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Health Tips On Daylight Savings Time

Health Tips On Daylight Savings Time

Daylight saving time: 4 surprising health effects of ‘falling back’

It turns out daylight saving time shifts are linked to changes in our health, diet and may even make us more accident prone. Here are some tips to adjust.
By Julianne Pepitone

Twice a year, switching between daylight saving time and standard time throws us off our usual routine. We might expect to feel a bit sleepy or maybe even a little “off.” But springing forward or falling back an hour can have other surprising effects: It’s linked to changes in our health, diet and even tendency to get into an accident.

“Sleep is a kind of outward symbol of the timing processes of our body,” explained Chris Winter, M.D., author of “The Sleep Solution” and president of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic in Virginia. “Our bodies function on an internal schedule, from hormone release to body temperature to cognition – and sleep is linked to them all.”

appetite

Blame this one on the hormones. “Appetite in general is often not the body requesting food; it’s the body anticipating food,” Dr. Winter explained. “When your body knows you eat lunch around 12:30 p.m. or so every day, it anticipates and prepares for the meal.”

Your body receives those signals from hormones, like ghrelin, which increases our cravings so we’re motivated to eat, and leptin, which affects feelings of satiety. “These two hormones are intimately associated with sleep, which is part of why when we’re not sleeping well, we tend to overeat,” Dr. Winter said. “It’s a tight hormonal balance and daylight-saving shifts can absolutely throw it off.”

accidents

Speaking of being thrown off, you may find daylight saving time shifts make you feel mentally fuzzy or slow. Sleep disruptions can conversely affect cognitive performance.

Back in 1999, Johns Hopkins and Stanford University researchers published a comprehensive study that analyzed 21 years’ worth of fatal car crash data. They found a small but notable increase in car crash deaths on the Monday after the switch to daylight saving time in the spring: 83.5 deaths, compared with 78.2 deaths on the average Monday.

And studies of workplace-specific accidents have uncovered similar links. Research published in 2009 showed the Monday after switching to daylight saving time saw a 5.7 percent jump in workplace injuries, and nearly 68 percent more workdays lost to injuries, meaning they were more severe. These conclusions were reached by analyzing U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration injury data from 1983 to 2006.

mood

Here again, disruptions in our normal sleep schedule can throw off hormonal balances. Lack of proper sleep can exacerbate depressive feelings, anxiety, irritability, and mental exhaustion.

Studies show even partial sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on mood, and as Dr. Winter pointed out, this effect can snowball: When you feel stressed and anxious thanks to lack of sleep from the previous night, it’s hard to settle down for that night’s rest, too.

If you have teens in the house, take special note: “The effects of [daylight saving time] can have more impact on adolescents,” said André U. Aguillon, M.D., assistant professor at the University of Toledo’s medical school and program director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program. “Not only do they require more sleep than adults, but their habitual sleep-wake timing is typically delayed.”

the spring forward has links to heart attack and certain strokes

“The heart has a pretty significant circadian rhythm,” said Winter, who has studied brain-blood flow during sleep. “We tend to see that disrupted sleep may make people more vulnerable when we wake up – not causing a heart attack but perhaps exacerbating underlying conditions.”

A 2014 U.S. study showed one hour of sleep during the “spring forward” to daylight saving time raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 24 percent compared to other Mondays during the year. By contrast, when “falling back” later in the year to gain an extra hour of sleep, heart attack risk fell 21 percent on the following Tuesday after returning to standard time.

Similarly, a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 2016 conference showed daylight saving time transitions may be linked to an increased risk of ischemic stroke.

tips to adjust: do’s and don’ts

Do get as much light as possible when you wake up. Sure, you may not feel like throwing open those curtains as soon as you open your eyes. But this is “by far the most effective way to jumpstart the change,” Dr. Winter said. “Your body sets its rhythm in large part by light.”

Do exercise in the A.M. This gets you up and moving, as well as exposing you to light and raising your body temperature – all great ways to wake your body up.

Do go to bed at your typical time Saturday night before the clocks change. “As we are a typically sleep-deprived society, we should take advantage of the extra hour of sleep,” Dr. Aguillon said.

Don’t over-caffeinate. Enjoy your morning cup, or whatever your usual coffee habit may be. But don’t alter your caffeine routine by, for example, chugging a cup or two in the afternoon because you feel a slump.

Don’t take a nap. “This is where people fall off the wagon,” Dr. Winter said. “They’re tired so they nap in the middle of the day, but then when it’s time to go to bed that night or the next night they’re not ready, which can have a bad snowball effect.”

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Applebee’s Makes You Feel Better

Applebee’s Makes You Feel Better

Applebee’s is betting on stress eaters, and it’s paying off

That’s been the brand’s strategy since John Cywinski took over as its president in March of last year. And it’s working: Applebee’s US same-store sales increased 7.7% in the third quarter of this year, setting a 14-year record.
While fast food brands are ditching artificial ingredients and offering healthier alternatives, Applebee’s has embraced comfort food for a banner year.
“Americans are stressed,” Cywinski told CNN Business.
“When stressed, they tend to go to comfort food … and we’re pretty darn good at comfort food,” he said. “That’s the role we play.”
“We look at ourselves as America’s kitchen table,” he said, noting that with about 1,800 locations, most Americans are within driving distance of a restaurant. “We’re that affordable indulgence.”

What went wrong

A few years ago, Applebee’s was struggling. The brand started selling seared and grilled items and serving smaller portions to chase a more health-conscious consumer.
With these initiatives, the brand was targeting just a small segment of their customers, the “up-and-coming guest,” said Brian Vaccaro, a restaurant analyst with Raymond James.
“They tried to pursue a customer who wasn’t going to Applebee’s anyway,” said Stephen Anderson, a senior equity research analyst covering restaurants at Maxim Group. The strategy flopped,and sales declined.

Applebee's wants you to eat good in the neighborhood. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Applebee’s customers have an average household income of $70,000, the company said. About 30% of its customers are Millennials, but it also sells to Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. And it serves more families and black and Hispanic customers than its peers.
The brand struggled because it “took its eye off its core guest and lost sight of who Applebee’s is, and what Applebee’s stands for,” Cywinski said.

Cheap drinks and comfort food

To get Applebee’s back on track, Cywinski hired a new leadership team. He convinced franchisees to contribute toward Applebee’s advertising fund. He rolled out drink promotion after drink promotion: Dollaritas, Dollar Zombies and, most recently, $2 Bud Lights.
Alcohol accounts for about 15% of Applebee’s business, Cywinski said. It’s important because stressed out customers may want a drink with dinner. And when people come to drink, they often order food.
When it comes to meals, Applebee’s is focusing on “abundant value,” Cywinski said. That means all-you-can-eat riblets and chicken tenders and creamy pasta dishes.
Applebee’s competitors Chili’s and Olive Garden have also been performing well recently.
Wage growth and higher employment rates have helped the consumer environment overall, Vaccarro said. Those are “all positive for casual dining,” he noted.
But Applebee’s has been “significantly outperforming the industry,” Vaccaro added. That may be because Applebee’s has done such a good job of showing customers that it’s about the value and the experience, he said.

Skirting the health trend

With a bigger advertising budget, Applebee’s poured money into campaigns that highlight the brand’s renewed commitment to indulgent food. The ads are designed to make you laugh and make you hungry, Cywinski said. One video, promoting the new pasta dishes, shows close-up shots of decadent dishes while “At Last” by Etta James plays in the background.
Applebee’s is still offering healthier options, Cywinski said. But the brand is focusing on comfort food. Applebee’s is about “making people hungry [and] satisfying them,” he said. “So that doesn’t mean small portions, it doesn’t mean pursuing niche trends.”
The company has found its sweet spots without leaning on trends.
“They’re not going after the avocado toast Millennials,” said Anderson. “They’re going after middle America.”
But Applebee’s is paying attention to certain trends. Like other chains, Applebee’s is investing inoff-premise dining, technology and delivery.
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Happy Fashion Friday 11/2/2018!

Happy Fashion Friday 11/2/2018!

Why Voting Is in Fashion

This election cycle, casting a ballot isn’t just a talking point. It’s a product category.

Rock the Vote tees by, from left, Tory Burch, $70; Carolina Herrera, $120; and Prabal Gurung Rock , $100.

In August, Dahna Goldstein, a 44-year-old entrepreneur and mother of one, was feeling frustrated. She was glued to the coming midterm elections, following myriad candidates and the rising tide of disrupters around the country, and she wanted to take what had become a focus of her personal life and include it in her professional life.

She wanted a message tee — or something like it, anyway — that she could wear in a boardroom. She didn’t want to leave her wardrobe politics to the weekends.

“There was this huge disconnect between what I was feeling going on around me in the country and what was going on in my work life,” Ms. Goldstein said.

She complained to her friend Alexandra Posen, an artist who is the sister of the designer Zac Posen and who was the creative director of his company until 2010.

 

They came up with an idea: a silk scarf, the kind you may wear with a suit jacket, etched with fine line drawings of every Democratic female political candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot. They thought other women may be interested. A new company, Resistance by Design, was born.

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Resistance by Design’s HERWAVE 2018 silk wrap.

This election cycle, getting out the vote is not just a talking, or lobbying, point. It’s a product category.

First, in November 2016, there was #PantsuitNation and women heading to the polls in white to declare their allegiance with the suffragists — and potentially with the first female president.

Then, in January 2017, there was the Women’s March and the pussy hat.

And now, as the midterm elections loom, there are bamboo cotton T-shirts and cashmere sweaters and leather totes emblazoned with exhortations to “Vote” or “Don’t Block the Box”; there are garments heralding “Power to the Polls.” There is a special trunk show devoted to “Vote” tees on Moda Operandi and a page on elle.com for “Vote” merch.

Is it just a marketing moment? Carpetbagging on a hot-button issue to sell stuff? It’s possible. That’s the easy accusation. But there is real money, critical mass and some risk involved. And that tends to suggest something more is going on.

This isn’t the sloganeering D.I.Y. uniforms of yore, the stuff of protests past (though there is some of that; see Zazzle, Etsy and Cafepress). This isn’t just companies urging consumers to vote or modeling civic behavior by giving employees time off to vote, like Levi’s and Patagonia.

This is a rejection of the premise that political fashion is for marching on the barricades on your own time. This is a proposition for a new one: clothes as an overt expression of values to be worn all the time, anywhere.

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Limited-edition Vote tee, $128, made with Elle to encourage women to register to vote.Creditvia dvf.com

Take that to the ballot box and check it.

This is Prabal Gurung and Tory Burch and Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera and Diane von Furstenberg and Rag & Bone putting words and symbols to cloth. This is a quilted leather tote scrawled with “Give a Damn,” a collaboration by MZ Wallace (whose bags Hillary Clinton carried at the Benghazi hearings) and Lingua Franca (whose cashmere sweater scrawled with “poverty is sexist” was worn by Connie Britton to the Golden Globes in January).

This is a canvas bag for Swing Left, an organization dedicated to canvassing in swing districts, by the New York Fashion Week indie darlings Eckhaus Latta. It features line drawings and the words “Is this what you wanted/ Lady Liberty in a foam crown/ Twirling the sign/ Everything must go/ At some point.”

 

“We were really feeling emotional about the political situation, and women having a voice and the importance of getting out there to vote, because that’s the way to make things change,” said Monica Zwirner, a founder of MZ Wallace. “It seemed like time for a call to action, and it was almost our duty to create that possibility.”

According to Valerie Steele, the curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, which in 2009 staged an exhibition entitled “Fashion and Politics” that looked at more than 200 years of statement-making clothes, political fashion has been around for decades. Most often, however, it was pins and generic T-shirts.

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Canvas bag by Eckhaus Latta for Swing Left, an organization dedicated to canvassing in swing districts.

Even the paper dresses from the late 1960s that were practically wearable posters for Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey were off-label. But while activists have been wearing their issues on their sleeves for as long as slogans have existed, the involvement of the fashion industry on many levels is fairly new.

Conventional wisdom long dictated that brands should never show their party affiliation, lest they alienate a host of potential consumers. If you wanted to find out what designers believed, you had to go to their tax records and find out where their donations went. Now you go to the stores. As corporate America has woken up and started speaking up, so, too, has the fashion industry. It’s not just Starbucks (or Disney or Apple) anymore.

“We are living in a different time, and we can’t not do something,” Ms. Posen said. “And the thing you can do as a designer is uniquely leverage your skills.”

 

Part of this has to do with social media: As visual imagery has become a means of mass communication, what you wear becomes an even more important signal of identity and values.

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Lingua Franca NYC cashmere pullover, $380. With each purchase, $100 will be donated to the League of Women Voters.

It’s one of the reasons the MAGA hat has become shorthand for the current administration and why increasingly it makes sense to offer up a physical alternative to the cap. Like, for example, the multicolored “Vote” bamboo-cotton tee designed by Mr. Gurung to represent not only the action, but also the idea of the rainbow nation. As opposed to the angry red one.

Ms. Steele traces the rise of this more formal political fashion to the Obama administration, arguably the first truly digital White House, as well as to the related fund-raising efforts of Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, via her Runway to Win.

The synergies picked up steam during the Hillary Clinton campaign, with brands like Supreme endorsing Mrs. Clinton and offering up related products. (Ms. Wintour famously wore a sequined Hillary T-shirt during New York Fashion Week in 2016.) And when Mrs. Clinton didn’t win, the resulting disenchantment could be seen on multiple runways, including those of Public School and Christian Siriano.

Still, it’s notable that as fashion has gotten more involved, it still claims to be relatively nonpartisan. Though it is a traditionally liberal community that has come out against President Trump and many of his initiatives, Ms. Zwirner was careful to say that voting “is a way for everyone to be involved,” no matter how they vote.

Likewise, Tory Burch, who went from writing an op-ed essay in The Wall Street Journal in 2016 urging companies to give their employees Election Day off to creating a “Vote” tee (the kind she models with a brightly striped A-line skirt in various social media posts), prefers not to categorize what she does as “political.” She calls it “humanist.”

That may be. But for most people buying the clothes, they function as a clarion call for change. And while in theory that change could simply mean reversing voter apathy, the clear impetus is to upend the status quo. That’s political, whether anyone wants to admit it or not.

And though no one really expects one person wearing a T-shirt (or scarf or bag) to get other people to alter their behavior, there is something about constantly seeing an issue that makes it percolate through the consciousness.

Especially because, unlike such efforts in the past, which often reeked of marketing as opposed to commitment, all of the profits, if not all of the proceeds, from many of these products go to nonprofits. Since the beginning of October, the MZ Wallace x Lingua Franca bag has raised more than $100,000 for She Should Run, an organization that supports women running for office.

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MZ Wallace x Lingua Franca tote.

The sales of Ms. Burch’s tee go to Yara Shahidi’s Eighteen x 18, which is focused on the next generation of voters, and 100 percent of the profits from the Resistance by Design scarf go to Emily’s List and Emerge America. On Moda Operandi’s Vote 2018 trunk show, where a variety of the tees priced from $50 (for an Edie Parker style with trompe l’oeil pins) to $195 (for Brandon Maxwell’s design with a red “vote” over the left breast and a cowboy hat in place of the “o”), all proceeds go to Rock the Vote. Four of the 13 styles are sold out.

 

“When people say ‘stick to fashion,’ and I get a lot of that on social media, it irritates me to no end,” Ms. Burch said. “I’m going to make it the title of my next book. Because I think people will continue to weigh in on this, and that’s a good thing.”

Mr. Gurung agreed. “As designers, clothing is our language, our medium for communication, so for myself and many others, a statement T-shirt, sweater, sweatshirt or entire collection is our way to show the world what we stand for,” he said. “To spread our message by joining with the people who can take our message from the runway or the racks to the streets.”

Or the polls. Next week, we will see what kind of trend this really is.

Vanessa Friedman is The Times’s fashion director and chief fashion critic. She was previously the fashion editor of the Financial Times. @VVFriedman

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page D5 of the New York edition with the headline: Voting Is in Fashion, So Designers Cast a Ballot. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe
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Open Enrollment Nov 1 to Dec 15 2018

Open Enrollment Nov 1 to Dec 15 2018

Open Enrollment Period

The yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. Open Enrollment for 2019 runs from November 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018.

Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you generally can enroll in a health insurance plan only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. You’re eligible if you have certain life events, like getting married, having a baby, or losing other health coverage.

  • Job-based plans may have different Open Enrollment Periods. Check with your employer.
  • You can apply and enroll in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year.
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Antiobiotics And Antacids In Kids Linked To Obesity

Antiobiotics And Antacids For Kids Linked To Obesity

Antibiotics, Antacids for Kids Linked to Childhood Obesity

Children who are given antibiotics or antacids in their first two years of life are more likely to become obese during their childhood, according to a new study published today in the British Medical Journal, Gut.

The study, “Antibiotic and Acid Suppression Medications during Early Childhood are Associated with Obesity,” was conducted by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in collaboration with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). The researchers, led by Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Cade Nylund, an associate professor of pediatrics at USU, sought to identify modifiable risk factors that could help combat the nation’s obesity epidemic. Based on previous studies, they knew several commonly prescribed pediatric medications, like antibiotics and acid-suppressants, can alter the development of the human microbiome, an internal ecosystem made up of bacteria that benefits the immune system.  In addition to the adverse health effects of pediatric obesity, it also has a growing impact on military readiness. Eighty percent of potential military recruits are now rejected for enlistment, with obesity cited as the number one reason.

The researchers analyzed healthcare records for 333,353 children in the Military Health System who were born between October 2006 and September 2013. About 241,500 of those children (72.4 percent) had been prescribed an antibiotic, and just more than 39,400 (11.8 percent) were prescribed an acid-suppressant before age two. They followed infants from the time they were initially exposed to these medication for as long as eight years and found there was an association between antibiotic prescriptions and obesity. This association persisted regardless of which class of antibiotics was prescribed, and strengthened with each additional class of antibiotic that was prescribed.  Antacids – including those used to control excess stomach acid as well as acid reflux – were also associated with obesity, with a stronger association for each 30-day supply prescribed. The link to obesity also grew commensurately with exposure to each additional medication group prescribed.

The interaction between gut bacteria, obesity, and these medications is complex, and the association could be influenced by several other factors, such as diet, Nylund said. However, the researchers believe these medications could increase gastric pH, which disrupts the native gastrointestinal microecosystem – how the body naturally digests and absorbs nutrients, and this may have an influence on weight gain.

He explained that while parents should not avoid antibiotics or acid medications when necessary, fevers in infants are often viral, and not treated effectively with antibiotics. Infants spitting up is also normal and, in most circumstances, they do not need acid-suppressing medications, he added. Most infants grow out of acid reflux by 12-18 months old.  When infant reflux is a concern, it could often be addressed by changing the mother’s diet when breastfeeding, by switching formula type, or if the baby is growing well and isn’t in discomfort, simply waiting to grow out of it.

“The role of the pediatrician in addressing the obesity epidemic is critical, and prevention is key,” Nylund said.  He hopes these findings will stimulate a critical review of unnecessary prescriptions in infants, ultimately making an impact on the obesity epidemic.

Nylund’s study co-authors include Dr. Christopher M. Stark, and Dr. Jill Emerick, in the Department of Pediatrics at WRNMMC, and Apryl Susi, in the Department of Pediatrics at USU.

Source: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

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Wearable Tech Help Keep Safe

Wearable Tech Help Keep Safe

These Wearable Tech Devices Are Helping Combat Street Harassment

RunLites gloves, Nimb rings and the Athena clip-on are three products that look like accessories but allow people to integrate safety-oriented tech into their wardrobes. And the capabilities of these devices are quite diverse: RunLites gloves set off built-in lights that allow early-morning and late-night runners to see or be seen; with a press of Nimb’s sleek ring, 9-1-1 is quietly called and location sharing is activated between family, friends and potential first responders (nearby Nimb users also get alerted); and Athena is a round clip-on accessory that can be synced (when pressed) with smartphones to alert pre-selected contacts with either a silent alert or a panic alarm that rings louder than 95 decibels.

“Fear or insecurity about safety automatically diminishes, and our focus is shifted because we are biologically responding to whatever the feared stimulus is.”

“We’ve had all kinds of uses for Athena that we never anticipated,” says Yasmine Mustafa, co-founder and CEO of ROAR for Good, which makes the product. “[We’ve heard of] real estate agents feeling more empowered at work, elderly folks maintaining their independence, parents sending their young teenagers to the mall or market for the first time with Athena, and survivors of violence who ‘reclaimed their power’ by using the device to feel safe returning to activities they paused due to fear,” she adds. “Athena provides peace of mind.”

It’s unlikely that such devices will make anyone feel invincible, says Dr. Ayanna Abrams, a clinical psychologist, and yet they work. “Wearable tech does have an impact on how safe and in control we feel during these experiences, which can allow us to be more present in whatever the activity is. Fear or insecurity about safety automatically diminishes, and our focus is shifted because we are biologically responding to whatever the feared stimulus is,” she says. “If that can be diffused in any way by an increased sense of power in the scenario, our thoughts and energy can be directed at what we want to enjoy in the moment.”

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Easy Indian Onion Sabzi Recipe

Easy Indian Onion Sabzi Recipe

How to make Pyaz Ki Tarkari –

Onions cooked in flavor and spice.

Pyaz Ki Tarkari

Pyaz Ki Tarkari Recipe

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Main Ingredients : Onions (प्याज़ )Tamarind pulp (इमली का पल्प )

Cuisine : Indian

History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Pyaz Ki Tarkari Recipe

  • Onions thickly sliced 8 large

  • Tamarind pulp 4 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Tamarind pulp 1 tablespoon

 

Method

Step 1

Heat oil in a kadai.

Step 2

Add onions and sauté till they begin to change colour. Add salt, garlic paste and ginger paste.

Step 3

Stir and continue to sauté till lightly browned. Add turmeric powder, red chilli power and stir. Add a quarter cup of water and mix. Add tamarind pulp and mix. Reduce heat, cover and cook for three to four minutes.

 If you want to make this dish soupy simply add water and simmer.
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Long Sleeve And Long Dresses

Long Sleeve And Long Dresses

The chilly Fall air doesn’t mean it’s time to push your dresses to the back of your closet. There is an array of long-sleeve options that will keep you warm but looking cute. We curated a collection of our favorite picks for you to shop through — the variety of price points and styles means that there’s something for everyone. See for yourself. 45322259
Bardot Tash Bell-Sleeve Sweater Dress
Gal Meets Glam Collection Chloe Floral Border Print A-Line Dress
Lost Ink Satin Wrap Dress
Tory Burch Delilah Dress
POPSUGAR at Kohl's Button-Up Midi Shirt Dress
City Chic Twister Shirtdress
La Prestic Ouiston Pommerol Dress
Reformation Alma Dress
Halogen Sleeve Inset Floral Dress
Spot Pleat Shirt Dress
BAUM UND PFERDGARTEN Abbia Dress
Eliza J Turtleneck Sweater Dress
Brochu Walker Lace Looker Dress
UO Stella Striped Turtleneck Sweater Dress
Gal Meets Glam Collection Darcy Shawl Collar Faux Wrap Dress
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Sweater Looks & Feels Expensive!

Sweater Looks & Feels Expensive!

In our opinion, cashmere sweaters are some of the best parts of Fall. They’re so soft and cozythat after you wear one, nothing else will compare. Sure, cashmere is luxurious, but there are plenty of options that won’t break the bank. All this gorgeous Fall cashmere is under $300, so your wardrobe and your wallet will thank you.

Reformation Cashmere Crew
Vince Ribbed Cashmere Sweater
Halogen Relaxed V-Neck Cashmere Sweater
Reformation Cashmere Cardigan
J.Crew Stripe Crewneck Cashmere Sweater
Reformation Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater
Halogen Rib Knit Wool & Cashmere Cardigan
La Ligne Marin Stripe Cashmere & Wool Sweater
1901 Cotton Cashmere Colorblock Cardigan
Reformation Cropped Cashmere Crew
J.Crew Intarsia Hearts Everyday Cashmere Sweater
 
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Coffee Can Stop You From Growing?

Can Coffee Really Stunt Your Growth?

Few foods or drinks have been as well studied as coffee. Research has looked at coffee’s possible connection to cancer, infertility, heart disease and a host of other problems (more on some of these later).

But, did you ever hear that coffee might stunt your growth? Apparently, it’s a common belief.

Separating Truth from Fiction

There is no scientifically valid evidence to suggest that coffee can stunt a person’s growth.

This idea may have come from the misconception that coffee causes osteoporosis (a condition that may be associated with loss of height).

But blaming coffee for height loss due to osteoporosis is faulty reasoning for at least two reasons:

  1. Coffee does not cause osteoporosis.
  2. Osteoporosis does not routinely make you short.

The other problem with the “coffee stunts your growth” theory is that most growth occurs well before most people are drinking coffee regularly. By the time we’re in our teens, most people have almost reached their full height. For girls, this is usually by age 15 to 17; for boys, it’s a bit later. You can’t “undo” bone growth once it’s complete.

Decades ago, studies reported that coffee drinkers might have an increased risk of osteoporosis. It was suggested that:

  • Caffeine can increase the body’s elimination of calcium.
  • Lack of calcium can contribute to osteoporosis.

Naturally, this attracted lots of attention and concern. After all, there are millions of coffee drinkers, so presumably all of them could be at risk. But the effect of caffeine on calcium excretion is small. And the link between coffee consumption and osteoporosis was never confirmed.

In fact, when the studies suggesting a link were analyzed, it turned out that people who drank more coffee drank less milk and other calcium-containing beverages. So it was probably the dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D among coffee drinkers, not the coffee, that increased the risk of osteoporosis.

Causes of Height Loss

Osteoporosis with compression fractures can reduce an adult’s height. But you can also lose height without osteoporosis.

The discs above and below most of the spinal bones (vertebrae) contain water. They lose water with age, so they can degenerate and compress a bit. If enough discs are affected, you can lose a measureable amount of height over time.

Curvature of the spine (scoliosis) or bending of the spine forward (kyphosis) can also lead to height loss. The most common causes of scoliosis and kyphosis include osteoporosis (in adults) and developmental abnormalities (in kids).

For anyone concerned about the effect of coffee consumption on bone health, getting more calcium and vitamin D through diet (or supplements) could readily address this.

And while it’s true that people who have osteoporosis of the spine can lose height (and often have curved spines), it’s the fractures, not the osteoporosis itself, that lead to height loss.

The Risks and Benefits of Coffee

Many studies have failed to identify serious medical risks associated with coffee drinking. Coffee can cause insomnia, a jittery feeling and a slight (and temporary) elevation in blood pressure in some people.

Excessive coffee consumption (six or more cups per day) has been associated with reduced fertility and miscarriage (although definitive studies are not available). In addition, caffeine withdrawal is a common cause of headaches, and can worsen heartburn due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) .

But most coffee drinkers have no bothersome side effects. And many studies have “cleared” coffee as a cause of serious disease, including cancer and heart disease. In fact, research has linked coffee consumption to several health benefits, including a reduced risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Liver disease
  • Certain cancers (especially liver cancer)
  • Gout

Caffeine can also briefly enhance athletic performance and promote weight loss. (By the way, many competitive sports ban excessive caffeine intake by athletes.)

Some of these potential benefits may not just be related to caffeine. For example, maybe coffee drinkers have healthier lifestyles than non-coffee drinkers. If true, those lifestyle differences, not the coffee, could account for the lower risk of certain diseases. Just as the “link” between coffee and osteoporosis turned out to have another explanation, these potential health benefits could turn out to be unrelated to coffee.

The Bottom Line

Whether or not coffee turns out to have significant health benefits, this popular beverage doesn’t stunt your growth. Your height is largely determined by the height of your parents and the quality of your diet and overall health while growing. If you eat a balanced diet and take measures to avoid osteoporosis, you’re likely to achieve the maximum height “allowed” by your genes. And, sorry: Just as drinking coffee won’t make you shorter, avoiding it won’t make you any taller.

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World Stroke Day October 29, 2018!

World Stroke Day October 29, 2018!

World Stroke Day: Signs, causes and treatment for the disease

October 29 marks World Stroke Day. Every six seconds, someone somewhere around the globe dies from the disease. Here are some quick facts you need to know about its symptoms and how to prevent an attack.

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Strokes are responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined and yet it remains a silent epidemic. (Unsplash )
A stroke refers to a lack of blood supply to parts of the brain, which causes brain cells to die or leads to extensive damage. It can affect mobility and speech, among other aspects. Strokes are responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined and yet it remains a silent epidemic (Source: World Stroke Campaign). October 29 marks World Stroke Day, which aims to raise awareness about the condition. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

* One of the key factors that minimise the damage is early detection. Watch out for certain signs that indicate a potential stroke: Is one side drooping? Are the arms of one side weaker than the other? Is the speech jumbled or slurred? If you see any of these signs, then immediately connect with a medical expert.

* Strokes are treatable if detected in time. If you treat it as an emergency and head to the stroke unit, the damage from the stroke can be minimised.

* The usual form of treatment includes clot-busting drugs that break blood clots. If given earlier, it shows greater benefits. Another treatment is to remove the clot to improve survival rate and reduce disability if the stroke is caused by an artery blockage.

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WORLD’S GREATEST SPAGHETTI SAUCE

WORLD’S GREATEST SPAGHETTI SAUCE

 

WORLD’S GREATEST SPAGHETTI SAUCE

INGREDIENTS

    • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 pound ground beef, browned
    • 1 medium to large onion diced
    • 3 cloves finely chopped garlic
    • 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley (if you use fresh use a little more)
    • one 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
    • one 28oz can of diced tomatoes
    • one1 15oz can of tomato sauce
    • one 6oz can tomato paste
    • 1 cup Chianti (or other dry red wine)
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped basil (if you use fresh use a little more)
    • 1 tbsp finely chopped oregano (if you use fresh use a little more)
    • 2 large bay leaves
    • 1/3 cup loosely packed grated carrot
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 1/4 to3/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
    • 2 pinches of sugar

PREPARATION

    1. Heat olive oil in a large (at least 4.5 quart) pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ground beef, onion and parsley and cook until the onion is translucent and beef is browned. While the beef is cooking open all the cans of tomato products. Once the beef is done, add the garlic and cook for about a minute or so…don’t let it get to the point of getting brown (if you see it just turning brown that’s as far as you want to go). Add all the tomato products and Chianti and stir until smooth. Lower the heat to medium. Add the basil, oregano, bay leaves, carrot, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, red pepper and sugar. Once the sauce begins to bubble, lower the heat to medium-low so that it just barely bubbles. Cook over medium-low to low heat for a couple of hours (stir often) so some of the liquid cooks off. Don’t cover the pot, but use a splash screen to keep the mess down if you like.

 
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Walk Is Good For Exercise And Brain

Walk Is Good For Exercise

Even a 10-Minute Walk May Be Good for the Brain

Ten minutes of mild exercise can immediately alter how certain parts of the brain communicate and coordinate with one another and improve memory function.

Ten minutes of mild, almost languorous exercise can immediately alter how certain parts of the brain communicate and coordinate with one another and improve memory function, according to an encouraging new neurological study. The findings suggest that exercise does not need to be prolonged or intense to benefit the brain and that the effects can begin far more quickly than many of us might expect.

We already know that exercise can change our brains and minds. The evidence is extensive and growing.

Multiple studies with mice and rats have found that when the animals run on wheels or treadmills, they develop more new brain cells than if they remain sedentary. Many of the new cells are clustered in the hippocampus, a portion of the brain that is essential for memory creation and storage.

The active animals also perform better on tests of learning and memory.

Equivalent experiments examining brain tissue are not possible in people. But some past studies have shown that people who exercise regularly tend to have a larger, healthier hippocampus than those who do not, especially as they grow older. Even one bout of exercise, research suggests, can help most of us to focus and learn better than if we sit still.

 

But these studies usually have involved moderate or vigorous exercise, such as jogging or brisk walking and often for weeks or months at a time.

Whether a single, brief spurt of very easy exercise will produce desirable changes in the brain has remained unclear.

Help us break the next big story.

So for the new study, which was published in September in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Tsukuba in Japan turned to a group of healthy, young college students.

They recruited students in part because they are easy to come by on college campuses but also because bright, healthy, young men and women should have brains and memories that are functioning well.

For an experiment to produce improvements in their brain function, its effects would need to be potent.

The scientists invited 36 of the students to the lab and had them sit quietly on a stationary bicycle for 10 minutes or, on a separate visit, pedal the bicycle at a pace so gentle it barely raised their heart rates.

In technical terms, the exercise was performed at about 30 percent of each volunteer’s maximum heart rate. By comparison, brisk walking should raise someone’s heart rate to about 50 percent of his or her maximum.

So this exercise was very easy.

It also was short, lasting for only 10 minutes.

Immediately after each session of the sitting or slow pedaling, the students completed a computerized memory test during which they would see a brief picture of, for instance, a tree, followed by a variety of other images and then a new image of either the same tree or a similar one.

The students would press buttons to show whether they thought each image was new or the same as an earlier shot.

The test is difficult, since many of the images closely resemble one another. It requires rapid, deft shuffling through recent memories to decide whether a picture is new or known.

Next, the scientists had each student repeat this sequence — riding or sitting on the bike for 10 minutes and then completing memory testing — but the testing now took place inside an M.R.I. machine that scanned the young people’s brains while they responded to the images.

Then the researchers compared results.

The effects of the exercise, undemanding as it was, were clear. The young people were better at remembering images after they had ridden the bike, especially when the images most closely resembled one another.

 

In other words, the harder their memories had to strain, the better they performed after the exercise.

More unexpected, their brains also worked differently after they had ridden. The M.R.I. scans showed that portions of each student’s hippocampus lit up in synchronized fashion with parts of the brain associated with learning, indicating that these physically separate parts of the brain were better connected now than when the students had not first exercised.

And the greater the coordination between the disparate parts of the brain, the better the students performed on the memory test.

“It was exciting to see those effects occurring so quickly and after such light exercise,” says Michael Yassa, the director of the U.C. Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and senior co-author of the new study with Hideaki Soya of the University of Tsukuba.

The findings show that exercise can change people’s brains and minds right away, he says, without requiring weeks of working out. Even better, the exertion required can be so slight as to allow almost anyone, even those who are out of shape or possibly disabled, to complete the exercise.

How, at a molecular level, such gentle exercise affects the brain’s operations is still unknown, he says, although he and his colleagues suspect that changes in blood flow and hormone levels are probably involved.

They hope to explore those issues in future studies and also look at the impacts in younger and older people.

But already, the message is cheering.

“We are not talking about marathons,” he says. “It looks like people can improve their memories with a short walk or an easy session of something like yoga or tai chi.”

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Happy Fashion Friday 10/26/2018!

Happy Friday Fashion 10/26/2018!

October has most of us feeling fueled, and not because of all the pumpkin spice lattes. Watching the runways at Fashion Week would make any girl eager to shop, whether it’s for a new trend already being worn on the street or a designer purse we’ve been eyeing for months.

This season, we’re shopping mostly for essentials that have a long enough shelf life to be considered Fall 2018 staples but are kind of quirky or standout in some way. In other words, we’re making all the new styles our own. Read on to see the looks we’re excited about and how they’re being worn, then find out exactly how we’d spice them up ourselves . . . and feel free to join us, credit card in hand.

Striped Shirt
My Pick: POPSUGAR at Kohl's Collection Tee
A Chunky Cardigan
My Pick: Wilfred Karlis Cardigan
Corduroy Pants
My Pick: Mango Corduroy Straight Trousers
Graphic Tee
My Pick: Phenomenal Woman T-Shirt
Red Denim
My Pick: DL1961 Jerry High Rise Vintage Straight
White Lace-Up Boots
My Pick: Tabitha Simmons Combat Boots
A Beaded Bag
My Pick: Urban Renewal Vintage White Beaded Waldorf Shoulder Bag
Cozy Denim Jacket
My Pick: La Vie Denim Jacket
Fresh White Sneakers
My Pick: Crosty Onda Light Red
A Fall-Appropriate Shirtdress
My Pick: Tucker Moonlight Safari Trench Dress
A Box Bag With a Little Something More
My Pick: Rejina Pyo Olivia Box Bag
A Leather Shirt
My Pick: Nanushka Levi Shell Wrap Top
Colorful Earrings
My Pick: Five and Two Dallas Earrings
A Utility Jumpsuit
My Pick: POPSUGAR at Kohl's Women's Cropped Wide-Leg Jumpsuit
A Leopard-Print Midi Skirt
My Pick: Zara Animal Print Pleated Skirt
Blue Boots
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India Wants To Give People Free Health Care

India Wants To Give People Free Health Care

India Wants to Give Half a Billion People Free Health Care

NEW DELHI — India announced on Thursday a sweeping plan to give half a billion poor Indians free access to health care, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to address rising demands for greater economic and social protections before national elections next year.

The move is sure to be popular in a country where most people have no health insurance and the per capita income is a few dollars a day. Although India’s overall economy is growing, Mr. Modi and his governing Bharatiya Janata Party have been trying to find ways to court the population left behind.

“In poor people’s lives, one big worry is how to treat illness,” Mr. Modi tweeted in Hindi after the plan was announced. The new program, he said, “will free poor people from this big worry.”

The health care plan, part of the government’s 2018-19 budget presented on Thursday, would offer 100 million families up to 500,000 rupees, or about $7,860, of coverage each year. That sum, while small by Western standards, would be enough to cover the equivalent of five heart surgeries in India. Officials did not outline eligibility requirements, and many details of the program have yet to be finalized.

 

India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, said in a speech to Parliament that the plan would cover more people than any other government-funded health care program in the world. In addition to the direct health benefits, he said, the program would create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

India’s government spent just 1.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product on health care in 2014, little changed as a proportion of the economy in 20 years, according to the World Bank. China, by contrast, spent 3.1 percent of its G.D.P. on health care in 2014; the United States spent 8.3 percent in the same year.

If passed by the Indian Parliament and properly funded, the new program would be a vast expansion of health coverage, allowing people to visit the country’s many private hospitals for needs as varied as cancer treatment and knee replacements. Although government-run hospitals are theoretically free for everyone, the waits are long, quality is poor and corruption is endemic.

“This is huge. It’s the biggest step the government has taken in 20 years in health care,” said Dr. Ajay Bakshi, the former chief executive of Manipal Hospitals, a chain of 16 private hospitals based in the southern city of Bangalore.

The average Indian’s life expectancy is about 68 years, significantly lower than other large developing countries like China or Brazil. In large part, that’s because of poor health care.

“The biggest disease burden sits on the bottom 500 million people. They don’t have access to diagnosis. If they get diagnosed, they don’t have a way to get treatment,” Dr. Bakshi said.

Some public health experts noted that the government’s proposals do little to prevent poor health in the first place. India is plagued by increasing levels of water and air pollution, some of it worsened by the current government’s pro-business policies. Malnutrition, poor sanitation and lack of proper housing also remain major problems.

“What are the poor people dying from? Diarrhea, pneumonia, under-nutrition, malaria, tuberculosis,” said Rama Baru, a professor at the Center of Social Medicine and Community Health at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. “Prevention and curative services need to go together.”

The government offered no details on how it would pay for the health care program. The Finance Ministry said it had allocated $314 million for the proposal, but the program could easily cost billions of dollars per year.

A prior plan announced by the Modi government in 2016 to provide 100,000 rupees of health coverage per family was never funded. But Dr. Bakshi said funding was more likely this time because the economy is stronger — and, more important, elections are looming.

“They will make sure this will be implemented,” he said. “Indian voters have favored governments that have given them wide-scale health coverage.”

 

As part of the budget proposal, Mr. Jaitley said the government would levy a surtax that would raise about $1.7 billion a year specifically for health care programs.

The government is also proposing a new tax on capital gains to capture some of the wealth being created as India’s stock market rises to new highs.

Investors in Indian medical stocks clearly expected a windfall from the insurance program: Shares rose in Thursday’s trading.

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South African and Lakme Fashion Week

South African and Lakme Fashion Week

Lakme Fashion Week designers to showcase at South Africa Fashion Week

Hosted during the South African Fashion Week, the Inaugural BRICS Fashion extravaganza seeks to showcase textile and retail opportunities within BRICS countries; and to create a market access and consumption of fashion among BRICS countries.

By: IANS | Mumbai |

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The showcase will happen at the 21st edition of South Africa Fashion Week that will take place till October 27 at Johannesburg. (Source: File Photo)IMG Reliance has been invited by Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), Republic of South Africa to represent India for the first ever BRICS countries fashion showcase happening at South Africa Fashion Week. Two designers from Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) will showcase their creation at the event.

The showcase will happen at the 21st edition of South Africa Fashion Week that will take place till October 27 at Johannesburg. Designers Antar-Agni by Ujjawal Dubey and Ka-Sha by Karishma Shahani Khan will represent India at the BRICS fashion showcase that is taking place on Wednesday and Thursday. They will be showcasing their sustainable fashion collections among designers from other BRICS countries such as Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.

Additionally Gautam Vazirani Strategist and Curator, Sustainable Fashion at IMG Reliance Fashion will be speaking at the BRICS fashion forum on sustainability on Friday. “We are delighted to support the first ever BRICS fashion showcase / business forum in South Africa and have some of the best emerging designers from Lakmè Fashion Week represent India and its artisanship in textiles and fashion through IMG Reliance.

“I would like to congratulate the Department of Arts & Culture, Govt. of South Africa for this wonderful initiative and for creating a forum to celebrate culture, fashion, textiles and innovation as a means for greater creative and economic collaboration between the BRICS nations,” Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Textiles, said in a statement.

Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance says that India is creating some of the most exciting young designer talent and through this engagement with South Africa Fashion Week they aim to present India’s talent to the world.

Hosted during the South African Fashion Week, the Inaugural BRICS Fashion extravaganza seeks to showcase textile and retail opportunities within BRICS countries; and to create a market access and consumption of fashion among BRICS countries.

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Hindu Mango Pickle Recipe

Hindu Mango Pickle Recipe

Some pickle making wisdom: What’s your pick?

Everything is in the cut.   |

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The translucent mango and the flamy chilli make the best accompaniment to any meal

This hunt happens every July, and in the past I’ve had to go to Sarojini Nagar, or beg my local vegetable shop owner, Shukla-ji, to pick up a few kilos from the mandi, the wholesale market where he shops every morning. It’s for Ram Kela, the variety of mango best for making pickles, because, and this is received wisdom that I’ve never tested, other varieties don’t last well in pickles: they get pulpy in a few weeks or the fibres are too long. Ram Kela comes only in late July—unlike all other varieties, of fallen mangoes or even those plucked raw to sell for pickling—and it’s worth waiting for.

All my life my mother had sent me pickles—first to the college hostel and later to my home when I was married. So the first time I made pickle, it was with huge trepidation, but I had found my mother’s recipe book after she was gone. That year I was advised to have the mango cut in the shop because the fruit is so hard a normal knife won’t do. I remember the horrible accident that befell my father when he was commandeered to help. He had always complained that the size of each cut segment was too long, and that the shapes of all the pieces were not identical.

So he scrubbed and dried a wooden plank, sharpened his knives and started. It took a lot of force and after cutting a few mangoes he lifted the knife, brought it down with a lot of strength, and suddenly cut through his own thumbnail. Lots of blood and bandages later, the family reverted to the usual style of cutting.

Carting the mangoes

So I went to Sarojini Nagar, fully prepared to have it cut there. I carried two half-full buckets of water sloshing in the boot of my car, a plastic sheet, new sponges for scrubbing, and clean, dry dishcloths.

I washed and dried the mangoes before he cut them. That was my first attempt and the pickle was good.

The recipe for the one I was making, traditional Punjabi mango pickle, turned out to be dead simple and I wrote about it in these columns some years ago. As I gained in confidence, I started chopping my own mangoes and experimenting with recipes. Meanwhile, I had acquired the right implement. Kavita had brought me a heavy stainless steel meat chopper from abroad and it has been used to good effect on vegetables for pickling.

Sarojini Nagar and Shukla-ji are now history. A couple of years ago, I saw a rehriwala pushing his fruit-laden cart in my neighbourhood, stopped, reversed and chatted him up. Hem Raj agreed to bring me Ram Kela at a price substantially lower than Shukla-ji’s.

Some pickle making wisdom: What’s your pick?

So this is the routine: a large plastic tub is filled with water and detergent powder. My cook is always shocked at the detergent but, as I tell him, we have to remove the resin secreted from the stem end, and, in any case, if we can use detergent on plates and spoons, why not on foods with skins? The mangoes are soaked overnight—though that’s not really necessary, but I like to make scrubbing easier. Next morning we wash and rinse the mangoes, wipe them dry, and then leave them lying about on clean dusters for a couple of hours. We measure the spices, grinding where necessary. Then we chop the mangoes. I’ve learnt that it’s better to cut them into smallish pieces because one can always take two or more, which is better than a too-large piece of which one might waste half.

Another traditional Punjabi mango pickle is what is called a chutney. Sweet and sour, it can be made with gur, but since I have none of that so many months after winter, I make it with plain sugar, and it’s sweet and sour, golden brown, treacly juice speckled with crunchy whole spices, perfect with salty Indian meals, particularly omelettes and parathas, my mother’s favourite. She didn’t leave a recipe for it, so I got it from my cousin Meera. Meera cuts the mango into small ‘chips’, rather than grating them, and the pieces are a delight to bite into.

Sweet and sour

One year I learnt to make a Maharashtrian sweet-and-sour mango pickle with tamarind and gur, but sadly I’ve lost the recipe. What I’ve learnt instead is the South Indian mango pickle called avakkai. This is a very, very strong red chilli paste pickle, best eaten in tiny quantities with a lot of bland dal-chawal on the side.

This year, our friend Aman sent across a couple of kilos of fat green chillies. They were large and thick, so I assumed they would be bogus and capsicum-like. But I was wrong—they were hot! I would have loved to stuff them for a pickle, but didn’t know how, so I chopped them up for a family favourite, green chilli with rai, the small brown mustard seeds. The pungency comes from the chillies themselves, coupled with raw mustard oil added in the end. My daughter, who used to be unable to eat anything with the slightest hint of chillies, is now such an addict she carries away bottles of it to liven up her dull quotidian dal-sabzi.

Andhra Avakkai Raw Mango Pickle

1 kg raw mangos, cut into convenient wedges

250 g red chilli powder (or less)

250 g mustard (rai) powder, finely ground

100-200g salt

1/4 tsp haldi powder (turmeric)

1 tsp methi dana (fenugreek seeds)

20-30 garlic cloves, peeled

750 ml sesame oil

In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Add cut mangos and garlic. Add 500ml oil. Stir and leave to rest for 3 days. Pickle will release juices. Top up with remaining oil and bottle.

If pickle is very wet and juicy, add less oil at the end on Day 3.

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Green Chilli Pickle With Dry Mustard

250g green chillies, chopped

100g rai (small brown mustard seeds), ground

Salt

1 cup mustard oil

Mix everything together and it’s ready to eat at once.

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Khatti Meethi Aam Ki Chutney

Sweet and sour raw mango chutney

2 kg Ram Kela, peeled and cut into ‘chips’

Equal weight sugar

Salt

1tbsp saunf (fennel, large)

1 tbsp methi dana (fenugreek seeds)

1 tsp kalonji (nigella, onion seed)

4-6 whole dry red chillies

1 tsp peppercorns

1 1/2cups malt (or Mohun’s brewed) vinegar

Cook together mango, sugar, salt and spices. Keep the heat on medium to avoid scorching. When mango is translucent, add vinegar. Boil. Remove from heat while there is juice. Do not wait till it’s thick.

From the once-forbidden joy of eating eggs to the ingratitude of dinner guests, the writer reflects about every association with food. 

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Salmon Wasabi Recipe

Salmon Wasabi Recipe

Salmon with Soy-Honey and Wasabi Sauces

YIELD
Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  1. For salmon
    • 1/2 cupmirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
    • 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
    • 4 (6-ounce) pieces salmon fillet
  2. For sauces
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons wasabi powder
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • Accompaniment: lime wedges

PREPARATION

  1. Marinate salmon:,
    1. Stir together mirin, soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger in a shallow dish. Add fish, skin sides up, and marinate, covered, at room temperature 10 minutes.
    2. Preheat broiler.
  2. Make sauces:
    1. Boil soy sauce, honey, and lime juice in a small saucepan, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 4 minutes.
    2. Stir together wasabi powder and water in a small bowl.
    1. Broil fish, skin sides down, on oiled rack of a broiler pan 5 to 7 inches from heat until fish is just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
    1. Serve salmon drizzled with sauces.
Cooks’ note:
Soy-honey and wasabi sauces can be made 2 hours ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature.
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Wallpaper Zuber Arrives At Bergdorf Goodman

Wallpaper Zuber Arrives!

House of Hackney’s Collaboration with Cult Wallpaper Brand Zuber Arrives at Bergdorf Goodman

Courtesy of House of Hackney by Zuber

Ever since she was a child, House of Hackney co-founder Frieda Gormley has been a “complete wallpaper fanatic.” Which included an utter fascination with Zuber, the three-centuries-old French design house known for its grand scenic scenes and patterns on paper. (Their most famous client? The Kennedy White House.)

So when she and her husband, Javvy M Royle, founded the British interiors brand House of Hackney in 2011, an eventual collaboration with Zuber was inevitable. Seven years later, the dream has become reality at Bergdorf Goodman.

Today, New York’s most famous department store launches House of Hackney x Zuber, a few months after it was released across the pond. It includes yes, wallpapers, but also pillows, lamp shades, fabrics, and a serious statement sofa. “We went over to their factory in France and went down into their vaults, and uncovered all these wonderful papers, which hadn’t seen the light of day for hundreds of years,” Gormley says. “We made an edit of the prints, and put our own dose of House of Hackney into it.”

What is a dose of House of Hackney, exactly? “We are big fans of Morocco, we were inspired by that in terms of design and the coloration. You’ll see a vibe of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent there, and 1960s Morocco.”

Courtesy of House of Hackney by Zuber

House of Hackney x Zuber Campaign

The result is an eccentric, maximalist collection, infused with traditional design from Britain and France, as well as a few fantastical elements. (Think, snake candelabras dubbed “cobra-albras,” and cushions emblazoned with giant tigers, which Gucci home-good fans will love all too much.)

House of Hackney x Zuber will be available at Bergdorf Goodman through the holiday season. But maybe don’t wait until December: before it even had a chance to hit the floor, the collection’s signature piece, a Saber sofa, sold. A second one was rushed from England, but got held up at JFK airport. “Well, I guess it’s a good sign that the first one went so fast,” a Bergdorf employee said wearily. “But has anyone been in contact with Customs?”

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Indian Girl Crowned Miss Deaf Asia 2018

Indian Girl Crowned Miss Deaf Asia 2018

Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja wins Miss Deaf Asia 2018 crown

Nishtha Dudeja, who is the first Indian to have won any title at the Miss Deaf World Pageant, said on Monday that she faced tough competition from contestants from China, Thailand, Taiwan, Israel and Czech Republic among others.

By: IANS

Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja, who was born deaf did not think of herself being differently-abled and chose to take her chance in the field of beauty. (Source: Instagram/Nishtha Dudeja)Haryana girl Nishtha Dudeja has proved that disability cannot come in the way of success. She has won the Miss Deaf Asia 2018 title at an international pageant held in Prague recently.

Nishtha, who is the first Indian to have won any title at the Miss Deaf World Pageant, said on Monday that she faced tough competition from contestants from China, Thailand, Taiwan, Israel, Czech Republic, Belarus, Mexico, South Africa and other countries at the 18th edition of Miss and Mister Deaf World -Europe -Asia Beauty Pageant 2018 held recently at Prague, Czech Republic.

The beauty from Haryana’s industrial city of Panipat, around 85 km from New Delhi, who was born deaf did not think of herself being differently-abled and chose to take her chance in the field of beauty.

“I want to thank my parents for their consistent support who were always there to help me. Now I want to help the deprived people even at the cost of my comfort. I believe that the differently abled people don’t need pity. They only deserve equal opportunities to prove themselves,” Nishtha, who has returned to India now, said.

The 23-year-old Panipat girl is a commerce graduate from Venkateshwara College, Delhi University, and presently pursuing MA in economics from Mithibai College, University of Mumbai. Prior to this title, Nishtha had also won the Miss Deaf India title on February 26 this year in Jaipur.

She is the brand ambassador for Sivantos India Pvt Ltd. (Formerly Siemens hearing Instruments Pvt Ltd.), the world’s leading brand of hearing aids, having about a 25 per cent market share globally.

Nishtha was always a bright student from her school days, who was always keen on learning something new in life. Seeing her interest in extra-curricular activities, her mother sent her to learn judo at the age of seven. Nishtha did judo for about five years, participated in various tournaments up to international level and won medals.

The beauty queen is also an accomplished tennis player and has played many AITA, ITF and Asian tour tennis tournaments. Nishtha had also participated in Deaflympics 2013 (held in Sofia, Bulgaria), World Deaf Tennis Championship 2015 (held in Nottingham, UK) and Deaflympics 2017 (held in Samsun, Turkey).

Ved Prakash Dudeja, father of Nishtha and Chief Engineer in the Northern Railways, gave the credit of his daughter’s success to his wife who has worked hard for Nishtha’s success.

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The Best Orthopedic Shoes For Men 2018!

The Best Orthopedic Shoes For Men 2018!

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The Best Orthopedic Shoes for Men (That Aren’t Hideous), According to Podiatrists

We’ve written about orthopedic shoes for women that actually look nice. To find out the best options for men, we spoke to Manhattan-based podiatric surgeons Jacqueline Sutera and Scott Melamed about orthopedic shoes that promote foot health without sacrificing style.

According to Melamed, the most common ailments affecting men’s feet include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, strains, and fractures. Luckily, choosing the right shoes can help protect your feet and ankles from injury. Melamed suggests that buyers consider “how much mileage and what kinds of terrain [your shoes] will see, and how much time will you be standing.” To save your feet, Sutera also recommends tossing shoes before they wear out and varying styles throughout the week to reduce wear. Below, 17 of their recommendations.

The best orthopedic dress shoes

Cole Haan Zerogrand StitchLite Oxfords

Both Melamed and Sutera recommend Cole Haan as a great option for both dressy and casual shoes that are stylish and comfortable. Melamed particularly likes the Zerogrand line, which features running-shoe-style notched rubber soles that promote flexibility. These oxfords even boast a breathable knit upper.

$180 at Macy’s
Cole Haan Warren Cap Toe Oxford

The Warren cap-toe oxford is Sutera’s choice, and it features a bit of a lift in the heel and rubber soles, which she finds “the most comfortable” and makes dressy shoes feel like sneakers.

$180 at Amazon
Florsheim Lexington Kiltie Tasseled Wing-Tip Loafer

Wearing the same style of shoe every day can take a toll on your feet. So if you’re wearing oxfords one day, switch to loafers the next, advises Sutera, to give your feet some variation. Try these classic wing-tip loafers with tassels from Florsheim, a brand that Melamed recommends.

$110 at Macy’s
Ecco Jeremy Hybrid Plain Toe Derby

Ecco is another favorite of our experts. Sutera likes that they offer a range of styles, from fashion sneakers to dress shoes. The Jeremy Hybrid is just that, offering the best of both worlds with its derby-inspired leather upper, removable insoles, and a wedged rubber sole. (It’s on sale, too.)

$125 at Nordstrom
Allen Edmonds Tate Chelsea Boot

Chelsea boots are endlessly cool, and this pair by Allen Edmonds, a favorite brand of Melamed’s, feature “extra light” soles and a comfortable footbed.

$325 at Amazon
Rockport Leather Penny Loafer

And, of course, there’s Rockport, a Melamed-approved stalwart of the comfortable-shoe industry. You can’t go wrong with these all-black leather penny loafers that also provide shock absorption. They also happen to be on sale.

$80 at Nordstrom

The best orthopedic casual shoes

Cole Haan Pinch Weekender

“Vans are for teenagers, not for adult men,” says Sutera. Still, she recognizes that Vans and other slip-on-style sneakers are a popular choice for men. To make them more comfortable — the fact that they are super flat worries her — she suggests putting an insole inside, or simply avoiding walking and standing in them for long periods of time. Sutera recommends these slip-ons-meet-loafers by Cole Haan as a worthy alternative.

$70 at Macy’s
Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker

Sutera says that even varying it up between laced and non-laced shoes will give your feet some relief, especially if you have very high arches. If you want to get in on the white-sneaker trend, try a pair of these Sutera-approved GrandPros by Cole Haan.

$130 at Nordstrom
Ecco Soft 7 Retro Sneakers

Sutera also likes these leather sneakers by Ecco, whose “full anatomical last shape” is molded to your feet, according to the brand.

$90 at Macy’s
Mephisto Vito Perforated Sneaker

Melamed recommends Mephisto shoes for more casual options. We like these simple, perforated leather sneakers that have a cushioned and shock-absorbing rubber sole.

$141 at Nordstrom
Merrell Jungle Moc Athletic Slip-On

Merrell is another Melamed-approved brand, which is known for its hiking boots. We think these slip-on “after-sport mocs” are pretty cool in that trendy dad-look way.

$80 at Macy’s

The best orthopedic sandals

Elijah Toe Post Sandal

Photo: Courtesy of the retailer
Elijah Toe Post Sandal

Flip-flops are generally a no-no, but these by Vionic — a brand started by a podiatrist who, full disclosure, Sutera does consulting work for — were designed for walking and features a leather upper as well as a rubber sole.

$100 at Amazon
Naot Santa Cruz

Israeli brand Naot is a favorite of Melamed’s, and these leather sandals look downright luxurious with their suede-covered footbed that will mold to your feet.

$139 at Zappos
Birkenstock Essentials — Arizona EVA Waterproof Slide Sandal

And don’t forget the Birks, a podiatrist-approved perennial favorite. These waterproof slides are perfect for the beach or the pool.

$40 at Nordstrom

The best orthopedic sneakers

Asics Men’s Gel-Nimbus 20 Running Shoes

If being comfortable is your only concern, then opting for sneakers over regular shoes for everyday wear is, of course, always an option. Asics, New Balance, and Brooks are some of Melamed’s favorite brands. These Asics were recently recommended by freelance writer Steven John as the best all-around running shoe. It happens to look pretty sleek, too.

From $119 at Amazon
Brooks Beast ‘18

Here’s another Strat-approved workout favorite, this time by Brooks.

$160 at Zappos
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4

You can’t go wrong with a pair of New Balances, and the Fresh Foam Zante v4 is John’s pick for the best lightweight running shoes for travel.

$90 at Zappos
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Walgreens Wants To Be A HealthCare Company

Walgreens wants to be seen as a health-care company, not just a retailer

  • CVS Health has been touting itself as a health-care company as it acquires insurer Aetna.
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina says Walgreens is a “true health-care company.”
  • Amazon has already stolen sales of everyday items and is in the process of acquiring online pharmacy Pillpack.

 

Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO: About 70 percent of our sales are from pharmacy, not front-end

Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO: About 70 percent of our sales are from pharmacy  

Walgreens wants to be seen as more than a retailer.

Its competitor, CVS Health, has been touting itself as a health-care company dedicated to transforming the patient experience and lowering costs in the process. To help its case, CVS is acquiring insurer Aetna and hopes to close the deal sometime in the fourth quarter.

Once the deal is finalized, CVS will own a drugstore, a pharmacy benefit manager and an insurer. Walgreens will still be largely a pharmacy chain, though the company is trying to change that. The company has inked partnerships with numerous health-care companies, including insurer Humana and diagnostics company LabCorp, to test new health services in some stores.

“So you will see that in a few years our stores will be completely different and will give lot of prominence, even in front of stores, to health and beauty…” Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessinasaid Tuesday in an interview with David Faber at CNBC’s Net/Net Summit at the New York Stock Exchange.

It’s not that being a retailer is a bad thing. But investors want drugstores reinvent their businesses as Amazon already steals sales of everyday items like toilet paper and will soon enter the prescription drug delivery business with its acquisition of online pharmacy, Pillpack.

News of the deal alone shaved $12.8 billion in market value from drugstores Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid in one day. Despite all the fear in the market, Pessina says it’s important to recognize that even Amazon understands it cannot be only online. He cited Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods affirming the e-commerce giant’s desire to get into brick-and- mortar retail.

Pessina’s comments come one day after CVS CEO Larry Merlo said while he doesn’t lie awake at night worrying about Amazon, he does want to ensure the company does not leave any “white space” for the company to disrupt. Both Merlo and Pessina are adding health services to their stores — albeit through different strategies.

“I don’t say [ours] is the better strategy,” Pessina said Tuesday. “I don’t have the arrogance to criticize what our competitors are doing … We are a true health-care company.”

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End- Domestic Violence Month 2018

Domestic Violence Month 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 in 2 women and men will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Here are 5 things you can do to help eliminate domestic violence in your community!

1. Make a donation to your local domestic violence agency.

We at Women In Need, Inc. would not be able to continue without the support of our community.

This October, we are participating in Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Campaign with the opportunity to win a grant up to $100,000. Help us reach our goal by donating or joining our team and helping us fundraise. The event is from October 2nd to October 31st.

Women In Need’s Purple Purse Campaign

You can also donate needed items to our shelter. Check our Facebook page for an updated list of things we need. You can also contact us at 717.264.3056 to see what you can donate. Please, keep in mind, our storage space is limited and we may not be able to take everything.

 

2. Connect with us through social media or email lists.

All year long, we will be posting events, trainings, and more on Facebook and Twitter. One of the best ways to stay up to date with what we are doing is following our Facebook and Twitter pages.

You can also sign up to receive emails on upcoming trainings and events. Email preventioned@winservices.org to be added to our email list! (We promise not to spam)

3. Get involved!

Help us raise awareness about these issues by getting involved! This can look many different ways, including:

Attending our events. Throughout the year, we will be having many events including our annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Dancing with the Cars. This year, we are also hosting a social media campaign and Mindfulness Seminar with Beginner’s Yoga in honor of our 4oth Anniversary. Come out and join us!

Volunteer. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help answer our 24-hour hotline, assist in our shelter, provide educational programs in the community, and more! Visit our volunteer page to learn more and fill out an application.

Other Ideas. Contact us! We are open to new ideas about engaging the community.

4. Educate yourself.

Take the time to learn more about the issues! There is a lot of misinformation out there about domestic violence and victims. Take the time to read articles from credible sources or request one of our educators to come out and talk more about the subject.

It’s also important to learn more about how to have healthy relationships. Even in non-abusive relationships, there can still be problems. Learning how to effectively identify feelings, communicate, problem-solve, and regulate emotions are important for everyone and can help prevent abuse.

5. Be a role model.

Not just with your partner, but with everyone around you. Demonstrate healthy skills as often as you can. It’s not always easy, but these basic skills can help you in all your relationships:

  • Set clear boundaries. Don’t just assume that your partner knows what you do and don’t like. Tell them. (“I really don’t like it when other people post pictures of me on social media without asking first.”)
  • Check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Why do feel that way? Is there something deeper that is causing these feelings? (Am I really angry that John forgot to take out the garbage or am I just stressed out?)
  • Use “I” statements when discussing problems. Instead of pointing the blame, focus on how an action affected you and your feelings. (“I appreciate what you do, but I feel like I do more work around the house.”)
  • Turn off social media when you’re angry. Instead of posting a rant on Facebook about how someone made you angry, talk to them about it.
  • Listen non-judgmentally. Turn off that voice in your head that is thinking of what to say next or what to make for dinner. Validate how they feel and try to understand their point of view. Even if you don’t agree, try to understand how they feel and where they are coming from. (“I hear that you are angry because you feel like I don’t do as much. While, I don’t agree, I understand why you feel that way.”)
  • Make a plan. Often, conflicts end with no plan or resolution only to resurface later. It’s important to not only talk about the problem, but work on ways to solve it. (“Why don’t we try switching some chores for a week and see if it works for us.”)

 

Doing just one of these 5 can help move our community toward peace at home.

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Anna Akana’s Advice On Mental Health

Anna Akana’s Advice On Mental Health

 

Anna Akana Is Not Here for the Unsolicited Advice About Her Mental Health

From “least helpful” to “not helpful at all.”

 

 

 

Actress, comedian, and filmmaker Anna Akana is a vocal advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention—she’s lived with clinical depression and anxiety for 10 years herself. For ELLE.com, Anna lists the least helpful unsolicited advice she gets about mental illness—from whether her diet might be to blame, to whether she’s all better because she doesn’t “seem” depressed. She also makes some suggestions for what to say to someone struggling with depression because—hey, here’s some helpful advice—you’re doing it wrong.

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World Mental Health Day Off 2018!

World Mental Health Day Off 2018!

World Mental Health Day 2018

YOUNG PEOPLE AND MENTAL HEALTH IN A CHANGING WORLD

Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognized and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows. Many adolescents are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. Young people living in situations such as these are particularly vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. In terms of the burden of the disease among adolescents, depression is the third leading cause. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs among adolescents is a major issue in many countries and can lead to risky behaviours such as unsafe sex or dangerous driving. Eating disorders are also of concern.

Growing recognition of the importance of building mental resilience

Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, from the earliest ages, in order to cope with the challenges of today’s world. Evidence is growing that promoting and protecting adolescent health brings benefits not just to adolescents’ health, both in the short- and the long-term, but also to economies and society, with healthy young adults able to make greater contributions to the workforce, their families and communities and society as a whole.

Prevention begins with better understanding

Much can be done to help build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among adolescents and young adults, and to manage and recover from mental illness. Prevention begins with being aware of and understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness. Parents and teachers can help build life skills of children and adolescents to help them cope with everyday challenges at home and at school. Psychosocial support can be provided in schools and other community settings and of course training for health workers to enable them to detect and manage mental health disorders can be put in place, improved or expanded.

Investment by governments and the involvement of the social, health and education sectors in comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based programmes for the mental health of young people is essential. This investment should be linked to programmes to raise awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health and to help peers, parents and teachers know how to support their friends, children and students. This is the focus for this year’s World Mental Health Day.

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Preventing Post Workout Pain!

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POST-WORKOUT PAIN – HOW TO PREVENT, ALLEVIATE, AND OVERCOME IT

How to Prevent, Alleviate, and Overcome It. We Answer Your Questions.

Q: I’m frequently very sore from my workouts, particularly after training legs—it’s sometimes so bad I can’t walk down stairs unassisted! Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to prevent it?

A: This is a common problem that occurs after weight training. We’ve even seen people walking backwards down stairs due to the pain from their hard leg workout. So rest assured… you’re not alone!

There are two types of exercise-related soreness. The first is immediate or acute soreness, and the second, more common type, is “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness” or DOMS. Let’s take a look at these two, what causes this soreness, how to tell if the pain is good or bad, and perhaps most importantly, how to ease the post-workout “ouch.”


Acute Soreness

This type of soreness occurs during exercise or immediately after. It’s caused by a buildup of chemical waste in your muscles (technically known as “endotoxins,” which are measured by the rise in lactic acid within the blood). These toxins usually dissipate within a couple of minutes as you rest between sets when strength training, or if you are doing some form of cardio exercise, when you slow your pace.

During exercise, when these toxins reach a peak within the muscle, athletes refer to this sensation as “the burn,” and it’s normally a good indication our muscles are about to reach failure. Most athletes consider this a “good” pain as it signifies the high level of intensity you’re putting into your workout.

Fortunately, this pain goes away almost immediately.

However, if you feel this type of pain after your workout, then it may be caused by fluid moving from the blood plasma into the tissues, which can occur an hour or two after stopping intense exercise. As with acute/immediate soreness, which occurs during exercise, this pain should ease on its own within the same day. Normally within an hour or two after your workout.


DOMS

This may sound familiar: you work out intensely and leave the gym feeling great. You feel great the whole day. And then bam, the following day, you feel like you’ve been put on the rack in a torture chamber.

Welcome to DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

Typically, DOMS occurs the day after you work out, but oftentimes you actually feel even sorer on day two. Think of the last time you trained your leg muscles… either with heavy weights or with super high intensity. Remember how you endured a full day or two of walking funny and screaming “ouch” every time you lifted one of your legs to take a step or, worse, trudge up a set of stairs? And sitting down, forget about it!

DOMS can be especially difficult if you’ve laid off for some time from training, and then, when returning to the gym, hit it hard. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about here.

Fortunately, this type of pain should subside after a couple of days, and once you’ve adapted to the new exercise, higher level of intensity, workload, or new workout program, the pain should lessen considerably.

Since DOMS is the one most people endure, this is the type of pain We’re going to be focusing on in this article.

DOMS is particularly seen in “newbies” who are just starting a workout program. So if this is you, please don’t let the temporary (and typical) soreness of DOMS put you off—it will get better! As any seasoned trainer can tell you, though, DOMS can also be experienced when introducing a new exercise or hitting a new, higher level on the weights you use.


Why Does Pain Happen?

When you train with weights, you’re actually breaking down the muscle fibers, and as current theories hold, this may be what causes general, localized soreness. Basically, what is happening when you train intensely with weights is, on a microscopic level, you’re tearing the muscle fibers. The muscle tears are essential, though, as you actually build new muscle when these fibers are repaired and, as a result, increase in strength and size. The “tearing of these fibers actually produces swelling and that swelling in turn puts pressure on the local nerves which causes pain.

Lactic acid was previously blamed for DOMS, however, recent research indicates this isn’t so: lactate concentrations return to normal levels within 60 minutes, whereas DOMS occurs after 24 to 72 hours. As mentioned, the theory is that DOMS may be caused in part from inflammation around the muscle fibers or even from damaged connective tissue. Research is still ongoing to give a conclusive reason for it. (In other words, the scientists aren’t 100% sure what causes it!)

Research so far does suggest that certain types of exercise are associated with persistent soreness.

For example, a study published in the Journal Ergonomics compared two types of strength training: concentric (as in ordinary flexion) and eccentric (as in lowering a weight). Subjects in the eccentric group complained of muscle soreness, while the concentric group did not. In other words, it appears from this study that micro tears (and thus the possibility of DOMS) are more common with the “negative” (or eccentric) portion of the exercise, versus the “positive” (or concentric) part. Therefore, if you want to increase your muscle size and strength, you need to concentrate more heavily on the eccentric/negative part of lifting weights. I’d say this goes hand and hand with the old theory that says “slow and controlled” movements stimulate the most muscle fibers.


Is There Any Way To Prevent DOMS?

Luckily, there are certain measures you can take to ease DOMS or even prevent it altogether. First, try warming up thoroughly before you start your workout. This could be as simple as five to 10 minutes of easy cardio (in other words, until you start to break a light sweat) or by performing a few “warm-up” sets, using lighter weights than you would normally use for the muscle group you’re about to train. Both these methods help you completely warm up your body, ensuring your connective tissues (that hold the muscle to the bone) and muscles are “warm”—meaning they are filled with fresh, flowing blood, and nutrients are being delivered to the local area, and you’re not just hitting the weights or going full-belt into cardio without “waking up” your body and preparing it for intense training. By the way, this is particularly true if you work out first thing in the morning and your muscles are stiff from lying in bed for eight hours.

What you do after your workout is important too. That is, you should “cool down” completely before leaving the gym. We recommend you again do five to 10 minutes of cardio and then some light stretching—concentrating on the muscle group you’ve just trained. You could even try stretching the working muscle(s) between sets as well. This works particularly well for people who just want to get out of the gym after their workout or are on a time constraint.

Stretching helps lengthen the muscle and increases blood flow, which helps flush out the toxins that have built up during your workout. Be sure to stretch only after working out, though, and not before—as you might have heard. You don’t want to stretch muscles that aren’t “warmed up” as this can potentially lead to injury.



You’re Already Sore… Now What?

Sometimes you just get sore, despite doing everything you possibly can to prevent it, so how can you ease the pain?

Don’t call me crazy but the answer is…more exercise. We’re not suggesting you go and repeat the workout you just did or run three miles at a hard pace after running five miles the day before. We’re talking easy, light exercise, which will increase blood flow to the area to diminish the soreness. Examples would be a light workout, like riding a bike; a nighttime walk at a moderate pace; or even performing another weight-training session but focusing on core body parts, such the abdominals (rather than limbs).

Other ways to ease the pain include more stretching, especially on the affected area. Yoga is great for stretching and a fabulous way to keep toxins from building up. Another way to flush out toxins from your body is to have a full body massage. Preferably, the type best known as a “deep-tissue” massage. Massage has been shown to help if done soon after you’ve finished working out. (Okay, this isn’t a proven fact, but do you really need an excuse for a massage?!) It will not only relieve some of the soreness, but it will keep your body free from potentially damaging toxins that build up over time. It’s a good idea to get a massage at least once a month. But if private massage is not something you feel comfortable with or can fit in your budget, you can always administer some self-massage to the affected area.

Icing can be very effective too and, if the pain is really persistent, try taking some ibuprofen or Aspirin. Take note that Aspirin increases Vitamin C excretion, so leave a few hours between taking your multivitamin and the painkiller.

You’ll probably find that if you have a desk job, your muscles feel worse after a prolonged period of sitting down, so get up every few hours and take a little walk and then stretch out.


Supplements for Pain Relief?

Preventative Pain Measures

While sometimes the painful aftershock of a workout can be inevitable, there are ways in which to reduce that pain and help your muscles recover at a faster rate. One product we recommend for this is AMINO-GRO™. The very essence of building muscle revolves around how fast you can recover from each intense workout. AMINO-GRO is scientifically designed to help accelerate and optimize your recovery. The combination of BCAAs, BIO-GRO, glutamine and CocoDrate™ (a proprietary combination of Cococin™ coconut water powder with other electrolytes) work together to prevent muscle breakdown, signal protein synthesis and hydrate the muscle for improved recovery. AMINO-GRO can help to deliver a noticeable difference in recovery time and muscle soreness. Even better, it tastes great and can simply be consumed before, during or after your workout!

Additional BIO-GRO should be consumed each day as it has been shown in clinical trials to decrease recovery time and soreness with continued use. The Bio-Active Peptides in BIO-GRO signal an increase in protein synthesis which helps improve or shorten recovery time. Taking in a minimum of 6 grams of BIO-GRO daily is a key factor in improving recovery and decreasing soreness.

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Spiky Hairstyles For Men 2018!

Spiky Hairstyles For Men 2018!

5 Statement Spiky Hairstyles For Men

It can get a bad rep, but spiky hair is something that can really help to add texture and style to a simple cut. Whether you go for subtle soft spikes, or a messier, unstructured look, there’s a tonne of ways to make it work for you. So, if you’re wondering how to spike your hair as well as what style will work with the length and texture of it, then have a read through our handy guide on some of the best statement spiky hairstyles for men. 

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Spiky Hairstyles for Men

#1: Spiky Pompadour for Men

A pompadour is a style that’s great for a variety of looks, working as a formal hairstyle for men as well as casual, everyday one. Although there are various pompadour cuts, if you’re working with naturally spiky hair, there’s no reason not to show it off in the cut. Instead of opting for a smooth, rounded pompadour cut, follow the basic style but instead of sweeping the hair back, spike it up instead. 

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Long spiked hair can be hard to keep in a set position, so don’t be afraid to use a strong pomade and a bit of hairspray. As long as your careful with it, you won’t end up with crispy hair. It’s also important to remember to spike your hair up, rather than towards the middle, as you want a high, elevated look rather than a faux hawk. 

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#2: Short Spiky Hair for Men

Men’s short spiky hairstyles obviously don’t come in one set style, and you can vary up the look depending on your hair type, whether you want to go for a fringe or not, and if you want a simple cut or a more complex tapered or faded one. You can easily keep the sides short and opt for a slightly longer spiked front with your haircut if you want a defined look, or you can simply stick to an all over length. 

Style a men’s spiky haircut correctly, using a small amount of light wax applied generally over the hair, and you can get a subtle, clean look. Get it wrong and you’ll be channelling the very worst look of the 90s. If you’re wondering how to make spikes that don’t make you look like a greasy businessman, just follow these simple tips;

  1. Get a pea sized amount of wax or gel and rub it between your hands.
  2. Rub your hands through your hair, ruffling the hair so the wax is distributed evenly throughout.
  3. If you want definition in certain areas, run your fingertips through your hair, but don’t deliberately spike up sections, otherwise you’ll end up with the dreaded 90s look.

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#3: Faux Hawk Spiky Hair for Men

A faux hawk hairstyle and a pompadour might seem pretty similar, and, in a lot of ways, they are, however, the main difference in a faux hawk is the direction the hair goes in. While a pompadour is all about volume and tends to have the front of the hair swept back, the faux hawk is directed towards the middle, giving you a sort of triangle at the top of your head.

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We didn’t make that sound great, but this messy spiky hair is a great option if you want a vaguely structured look, but aren’t after anything too formal. For the best result, opt for faded sides to help accentuated the pointed top. If you’re wondering how to spike short hair use a slightly heavier clay or pomade over a wax to get a better hold.

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#4: Long Spiky Hair for Men

When we mention long spiky hairstyles for men we’re really just talking about thick, full hair that goes as long as the chin, not hair that’s shoulder length or longer. This means there’s really a tonne of men’s spiked hairstyles you can go for, from textured chin length hair with a sweeping fringe to a thick, all over length that can be worked into a stylishly messy look.  

When it comes to creating cool spikes that work with long hair, a lot of the styling depends on the texture of your hair. If you’ve got thick, coarse hair that’s hard to keep in place, then a strong pomade might be necessary to help keep the shape. If you’ve got fine hair then a light wax alongside a good hairspray should be enough to give it a textured, spiked style.

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#5: Side Part Spiky Hair for Men

A side parting can really help to define a haircut, giving it a more structured finished and an opportunity to play around with contrasting lengths. You can experiment with a range of looks, working in faded sides, long sweeping fringes and even buzz cut areas, to create different dynamic hairstyles. One style that’s simple to achieve is to smooth down the short side of hair and spike up the longer one, creating a high contrast and emphasising the textured fringe.

If you’re wondering how to spike long hair, such as a sweeping fringe, the key is prep and a good hairspray. Wash your hair with a shampoo tailored to your hair type then add a good hold hair mousse to damp hair. Then shape your hair with a thick wax or pomade, and finish off with a hairspray. It shouldn’t look overdone or crisp and will stay in place for the whole day. 

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5 Statement Spiky Hairstyles for Men

  • Spiky Pompadour – A modern take on the classic cut.
  • Short Spiky Hair – A neat cut that’s easy to style.
  • Faux Hawk Spiky Hair – A defined, statement style.
  • Long Spiky Hair – Messy, unstructured and great for a range of hair types.
  • Side Part Spiky Hair – The parting helps define the cut, creating a statement contrast in lengths.
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On That Note

There are various ways of creating a spiked hairstyle, and whether you’ve got thick or fine hair, it’s a cut that can be worked into a range of styles. Opt for a simple, short look for a neat, easy to style cut, or experiment with longer, messier cuts. Just remember to get yourself a good pomade or wax to keep everything in place.

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Homemade Gatorade

Homemade Gatorade

HOMEMADE GATORADE

INGREDIENTSNutrition

  • 1(1/4 ounce) envelope unsweetened flavored drink mix (enough for 2 quarts)
  • 12teaspoon table salt(sodium chloride)
  • 14teaspoon salt substitute (potassium chloride; eg. Morton Salt Substitute)
  • 14cup sugar
  • 14cup granular fructose(can substitute 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. corn syrup)
  • 12teaspoon citric acid (can substitute 2 tbs. lemon juice)
  • water, to make 2 quarts

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pitcher or jug and stir or shake until well mixed.
  2. Chill and keep refrigerated until used.
  3. Note: Adjust sweetness to taste by adding (or in rare cases reducing) a little sugar since drink mixes can vary.
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Best Iconic Designer Bags 2018!

Best Iconic Designer Bags 2018!

Best iconic designer handbags to invest in for 2018

From LV to Mulberry, these investment-worthy handbags will keep you on top of your fashion game

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While many of us are constantly on the lookout for new trends, there are some timeless pieces we can always depend on. A carefully-chosen designer handbag is one of these great items, with the power to lift any and every outfit no matter what the occasion. So if you’re looking to splash out on arm candy, your best bet is to start with the unbeatable classics.

Whether they’re hanging on the arms of Beyoncé or Keira Knightley, luxury carryalls such as Givenchy’s Antigona have an appeal that just won’t fade. And while these designs will cost you a pretty penny, they’re guaranteed to earn you the most cash when re-sold. What’s more, some are estimated to increase in value by up to 8 per cent annually – which could do a whole lot of good for your bank account.

Before you hit the shops, we’ve listed some of the best iconic designer handbags to invest in now – from the slouchy Bayswater to the oversized Neverfall.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

This iconic little handbag is on the sartorial wish lists of fashionistas from all over the world for all the right reasons. Style queen Coco Chanel wanted a bag that would leave her hands free, so she used double chains that would be easy to carry around to create this timeless wonder. Since its debut in the fifties, the Flap Bag has been re-designed by Karl Lagerfeld to feature the interlocking CC closure. From the diamond quilted pattern to its streamlined edges, it’s no wonder this carryall is coveted by trendsetters such as Victoria Beckham and Chrissy Teigen.

From £2,400 | Chanel | Buy it now

Céline Trio Bag

Loved by its loyal fan base, Céline is known for its minimally chic and effortlessly stylish pieces – as perfectly embodied by the Trio bag. One of the label’s star bags, it is comprised of three detachable zipped pockets that are fastened together with pop-buttons. This allows you to wear the versatile bag as a cross body with the adjustable over-the-shoulder strap or connect the outside two pockets together to form a clutch.

£730 | Céline | Buy it now

Gucci Dionysus Shoulder Bag

Gucci is famed for its eye-catching accessories and the canvas Dionysus shoulder bag is no exception. The star bag is emblazoned with the label’s signature GG logo. It features a Tiger closure, referencing the Greek god Dionysus and an adjustable chain strap.

£1,580 | Gucci | Buy it now

Loewe Puzzle Bag

The Loewe Puzzle bag has firmed its status as an iconic bag as a favourite with the style set. The cube-shaped must-have features both a shoulder strap and the ability to transform into a clutch. Ideal for travelling, it can fold completely flat, while also fitting way more than it appears inside.

£1,625 | Loewe | Buy it now

Saint Laurent Monogram Shoulder Bag

An elegant addition to your eveningwear, this sophisticated handbag from Saint Laurent is a timeless piece. The bag is embellished with the French house’s signature logo with a matching gold chain.

£1,280 | Saint Laurent | Buy it now

Prada Galleria Saffiano Shoulder Bag

Over the years, Prada has created a whole host of iconic bags but the most coveted would have to be the Galleria. In a range of sizes and colours, the leather bag has become a wardrobe staple for fashionistas everywhere.

£1,610 | My Theresa | Buy it now

Louis Vuitton Neverfall

Louis Vuitton’s famous monogram exudes luxury. While the classic Speedy bag has millions of fashion-conscious fans, the unbeatable hardiness of the Neverfull gives it a firm place on our list. Like all other LV bags, this spacious tote is tested by mechanisms that drop it from half a metre while it’s packed with 3.5KG weight. Just one of its straps can hold 200KG without it breaking – so you can expect years of durability.

Thanks to its sleek structured appearance, you can count on it to put a mark on every season. It’s also totally reversible, which is perfect when you want to switch things up without buying something new. If you’re looking for a throw-it-all-in tote that will stand the test of time, this is the one for you.

£920 | Louis Vuitton | Buy it now

Givenchy Antigona

Introduced in 2010 and named after one of the most famous Greek mythology figures, Givenchy’s Antigona is the French house’s most popular handbag – and rightly so. With its angular lines and roomy interior, it’s the perfect combination of edge and sophistication. Its rolled top handles and detachable strap create endless versatility, making it the ideal work-to-weekend bag. The design is complete with the brand’s logo for a signature touch, while silver-toned hardware adds to its clean minimalist style. Available in various sizes, colours and finishes, it’s no doubt the perfect carryall for daily essentials and hangs beautifully from the crook of your arm.

£1,590 | Selfridges | Buy it now

Mulberry Bayswater

A bag to buy now and love forever. With its extensive handbag range, Mulberry’s Bayswater was created in 2002 by designer Nicholas Knightly and named after the West London area. From then it has gained ‘it-bag’ status and a cult following, including the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung. Boasting a chic yet simple structure and postman’s lock closure, it’s also known to look better with age.

£995 | Mulberry | Buy it now

Dior Lady Bag

One of Dior’s most bestselling bags and Princess Diana’s favourite, the Lady Bag comes in almost every colour you can think of in various sizes. There are plenty of reasons to love it, from the soft lambskin leather base with the designer’s iconic cannage quilting to its gold hardware and sleek Dior charms. Our favourite is its ability to keep you glamorous in every situation.

£3,100 | Dior | Buy it now

Hermes Kelly Bag

The Hermes Kelly Bag was catapulted to iconic status in 1956, when Princess and actress Grace Kelly used the leather handbag to hide her pregnant belly from paparazzi. It takes a single craftsman around 18 hours or more on to produce one Kelly bag. Elegant and practical, it features a structured top handle that fits snuggly to the grip of your hand or can be worn hands free using the additional longer strap. This is the perfect day to night bag.

From £1,650 (second hand) | Collectors Square | Buy it now

The one to watch out for

HALM Chilluxe bag 

This gorgeous bag may not be on your radar just yet but we have no doubt HALM is certainly on its way to iconic status. Already adored by Dubai It-girls, HALM designs and produces some of the most luxurious handbags in the entire world – utilising the finest craftsmanship possible, the Chilluxe bag features 100 per cent natural grain and nubuck leather, custom palladium hardware and a signature webbing strap. With the weight and feel of true luxury, a bag from HALM has earned a worthy place in any collector’s closet.

€1,850  | HALM |  Pre-order now

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Psychology Of Handbags!

Psychology Of Handbags!

The Psychology of Designer Handbags
Illustration by Jan-Nico Meyer for BoF
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The Rise Of The MCM Bag

The Rise Of An MCM Bag

The world in a bag: the rise of MCM

Never mind Hermès and Louis Vuitton: MCM(Man Crush Monday) is the It bag for 21st-century global nomads everywhere. Hannah Marriott traces a success story from Germany, via South Korea.
  

The words “designer handbag” conjure up a certain image: a moneyed Parisian sitting in a 6th arrondissement cafe with a Chanel 2.55, perhaps, or a celebrity striding through Los Angeles airport with a Hermès Birkin.

During the past couple of seasons, however, a new breed of It bag has emerged. It might be golden brown, cobalt blue or fondant fancy pink. It could be adorned with metal rivets or covered with menacing-looking spikes. Whether cross-body, bucket-shaped or a thick-strapped backpack, it is likely to be covered, unashamedly, with a repeated logo: a laurel, a diamond and the letters MCM.

If you haven’t heard of MCM, you have probably seen it somewhere. On celebrities ranging from Cristiano Ronaldo to Beyoncé to Rihanna, maybe, or on the backs of fashion students. In general, customers tend to be young: bloggers posing for photographs outside fashion shows, rather than the old guard of editors on the front row.

According to Maude Churchill, an editor on streetwear site highsnobiety, MCM burst on to the scene a few years ago and has since been seen in the hands of the right celebrities and in credible collaborations with designers and artists. “MCM crosses the boundaries of streetwear and high-end fashion,” she says. “It’s luxurious but kitsch.”

Cindy Crawford and MCM
 Cindy Crawford and MCM

Youth-sweeping trends are nothing new, but MCM’s ubiquity is surprising given that its prices veer so far beyond student-loan territory – think £380 for a small messenger bag, £530 for a roomier tote and, at the top of the line, £1,735 or even £3,135 for a limited edition snakeskin backpack. Beyond in-the-know fashion and streetwear circles, most UK consumers are unfamiliar with the brand. This is a tricky proposition in luxury leather goods, a market built on heritage; whether it’s Louis Vuitton equipping the maharajas with travelling trunks in the 1920s or Grace Kelly using Hermès bags as a shield from paparazzi in the 1950s, history and narrative are everything.

In fact, MCM does have a story – and a compelling one at that. The company was founded in 1976 in Germany, named after its founder as Michael Cromer München. With a hint of Louis Vuitton about its repetitive patterns, the bags were popular in the 1980s, when Diana Ross used its suitcases on tour, while trunks were carried by obsequious porters on Dynasty as a signifier of wealth and success. By the 1990s, MCM had more than 250 stores across the world and its advertising campaigns, shot by Herb Ritts, featured Cindy Crawford naked but for an MCM bag. In the noughties, however, the business floundered, becoming mired in financial problems. Its founder was investigated for alleged tax evasion, fakes flooded the market and the brand’s designs lost their appeal. For more than a decade, MCM was barely mentioned in western fashion circles at all.

MCM’s salvation came from South Korea, one of the few places it had remained prominent, when the company that had licensed the brand – Sungjoo Group – acquired the business in 2005. Then, MCM’s global sales stood at $100m (£60m). After changing the name (it is now known as Modern Creation München) and hiring Adidas global creative director Michael Michalsky to create sporty, dynamic, youthful designs, it boomed. In 2011 sales were reported as $400m; by 2013, $500m. This year, sales are forecast to hit $650m, with the company considering a stock market launch and projecting sales of $1.5bn within three or four years. Asia is the main market, by quite some stretch – China, Korea and Japan each contribute almost a third of MCM’s revenue – but Europe is ripe for expansion, as the opening of a dedicated 105 sq m MCM boutique at Harrods last month, and a planned opening in Bond Street next year, attest.

According to the company’s winningly titled chief visionary officer, Sung Joo Kim, its success so far has hinged on the understanding of major developments in the luxury market. First, she says, millennials “are born with computers, so they have a completely different approach to life and expect brands to be interactive and luxury to be functional”. The rarefied world of traditional high-end stores “like temples, one-sided and arrogant – come and worship!” holds little appeal. Second, she says, “today, without exception, more than 60 or 70% of [luxury brands’] revenue is generated by the Asian market, or by those people who travel around the world. And in Asia the young generation, not the established older generation, are the movers and shakers.” She calls these customers “21st-century global nomads” and says they do not, always, have a high income, although their parents might; but often they will save up for a piece of MCM – a new kind of luxury.

Kim believes the success of the company’s rucksacks backs up her theory about the new “global nomad” consumer. “It’s ironic that a handbag business is [selling so many] hands-free bags,” she says, “but it makes sense from a socio-economic view. The backpack is practical and mobile.” It is also unisex, a crucial element; in China, for example, one of the first markets to embrace MCM backpacks, “more men are buying luxury than women”.

Still, Kim does not see the brand as South Korean or Asian, but as resolutely German. She points out that design and production are mainly run from Germany and Italy, and that many other brands perceived as European – from Mulberry to Escada – happen to be owned by Asian companies. “All the major brands may have some Asian elements coming in, even Chanel, especially Gucci, with gold, crystals, white and colour. They know their growing customers are rich Asians and Russians,” she says; designs are becoming more globalised.

If anything, she says, MCM is “a global baby incubated out of a Korean cradle”. Which, as a narrative goes, is incredibly 21st century.

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Sandwhich Making Tips!

Sandwhich Making Tips For College Students!

1.  Choose a bread appropriate to the sandwich you’re making they are low carb breads you can buy also and can use tortilla’s also to make a wrap. If you have a toaster toast the bread or just have it simple but warning(it might be dry)
2  Sandwich spreads add flavor but also perform the essential task of lending moisture and sometimes creaminess to sandwiches. Mustard and mayo  are good and if you want to try something else feel free to try, pesto, barbeque sauce, sriracha sauce/mayonaise, or horseradish.3.   Toppings
Lettuce , Tomatoes, Spinach, Cucumber, Pickles, (adds crunch)4. Add Cheese and or  slices of deli meats  .5.Stack them on the slice of bread and add the last piece of slice of toast on top or feel free to eat on one slice of toast if you are watching your carbs!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 
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Kareena Kapoor Khan Looking Good In Gym Wear

Kareena Kapoor Khan Looking Good In Gymwear

Kareena Kapoor Khan aces gym wear fashion

by kriti saraswat satpathy 

Femina

Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is touted as one of the most glam actors of Bollywood, is also known for her toned figure. She makes it a point to hit the gym regularly and the paparazzi doesn’t miss a chance to catch a glimpse of her as she is stepping out of or going to the gym. Thanks to this, we get our dose of gym wear fashion inspiration as Kareena sports simple but chic workout outfits. Her staples are a pair of sunglasses, a bottle of water and her phone that she carries along every time. From matching her sneakers to her top, to sporting some cool tank tops, here’s a peek into Bebo’s gym attire.

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Who Is Gianni Versace?

Gianni Versace

ITALIAN FASHION DESIGNER

WRITTEN BY: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica

Gianni Versace, (born December 2, 1946, Reggio Calabria, Italy—died July 15, 1997, Miami BeachFlorida, U.S.), Italian fashion designer known for his daring fashions and glamorous lifestyle.

His mother was a dressmaker, and Gianni was raised watching her work on designs in her boutique. After graduating from high school, Versace worked for a short time at his mother’s shop before moving in 1972 to Milan, where he worked for several Italian ateliers, including Genny, Complice, Mario Valentino, and Callaghan. Backed by the Girombellis, an Italian fashion family, Versace established his own company, Gianni Versace SpA, in 1978 and staged his first ready-to-wear show under his own name that same year. His brother, Santo, served as CEO, and his sister, Donatella, was a designer and vice president. 

Versace designed throughout the 1980s and ’90s and built a fashion empire by producing ensembles that oozed sensuality and sexuality. His most famous designs included sophisticated bondage gear, polyvinyl chloride baby-doll dresses, and silver-mesh togas. Versace’s detractors considered his flashy designs vulgar. Unfazed by such criticism, Versace staged his seasonal fashion shows like rock concerts at his lavish design headquarters in Milan, with groupies and paparazzi awaiting the arrival of both his celebrity friends, such as Elton John and Madonna, and his loyal models, such as Cindy CrawfordLinda EvangelistaChristy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell, who were paid such high salaries that the press dubbed them “supermodels.” Versace was credited with turning the fashion world into the high-powered, celebrity-besotted industry it remains to the present day.

As his success continued to grow, Versace began establishing boutiques throughout the United States with the help of his family. He also focused on publishing a series of coffee-table books that featured his sketches and photographs of his creations by esteemed photographers such as Richard Avedon, who also worked on Versace’s advertising campaigns. Versace’s interest in the new and daring continued to flourish, and in 1989 he designed a line of haute couture for the first time. Also in 1989 he created costumes for the San Francisco Opera; a great enthusiast of the opera and ballet, Versace explored costume design as a side interest throughout his career. In 1993 Versace was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the inner ear. He battled this cancer successfully and then began to pass much of his business responsibilities onto his family.

On July 15, 1997, while returning to his Miami Beach home after a morning walk, Versace was shot and killed on his front steps by the serial killer Andrew Cunanan. At the time of his death, many believed that the designer’s 25-year career was at a peak; he had tempered his garish early work and begun to create increasingly refined yet colourful and sexy ensembles. His company had expanded to produce clothing for men, women, and children, as well as handbags, precious jewelry, perfume, and items for the home. Versace’s work was honoured by a posthumous retrospective held from December 1997 to March 1998 at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. After his death, his sister took over as head designer for the Versace label.

 

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Total Body Workout

General Instructions:

Exercise 1-Jogging on the Spot

Choose between one of the following based on your fitness level.

  1. Beginner- marching on the spot
  2. Intermediate- Knee lifts
  3. Advanced- Jogging on the spot

Instructions:

1. Stand in place with feet hip width apart. 
2. Drive knee up towards chest and quickly place the foot back on the ground. 
3. Drive other knee up in a moderate to fast jog with minimal ground contact time.

Exercise 2- Push Ups

Choose between one of the following based on your fitness level.

Wall Push-ups 
Modified Push-ups 
Full Push-ups

Wall Push-up Instructions:

1. Start by placing your hands on the wall at shoulder level with your feet approximately 2 feet away from the wall. 
2. Bend your elbows so that your chest gets closer to the wall. 
3. Once your elbows are bent to about 90 degrees then press back out to the starting position. 
4. Repeat according to the required repetitions. 

Push-ups on Knees Instructions:

1. Start by lying face down and placing your hands near your shoulders with your elbows pointing up. 
2. Keeping your trunk straight press your hands into the floor so that your upper body and hips come up off the ground into a push up position. 
3. Now you are in a modified push up position from your knees. 
4. Bend your elbows so that your chest touches the ground and then repeat by returning to the top position.

~!!Standard Push-up Instructions 
1. Lie face down on the floor with hands palm down, fingers pointing straight ahead, and aligned at the nipple line. 
2. Place hands slightly wider than shoulder width, and feet should be at hip width with toes on floor. 
3. Start position: Extend the elbows and raise the body off the floor. 
4. Lower your entire body (legs, hips, trunk, and head) 4-8 inches from the floor. 
5. Return to the start position by extending at the elbows and pushing the body up. 
6. Remember to keep the head and trunk stabilized in a neutral position by isometrically contracting the abdominal and back muscles. Never fully lock out the elbows at the start position and avoid hyper-extension of the low back.

Exercise 3-Shoulder press and squat

Instructions

1. Start by holding the dumbbells at shoulder level. 
2. Proceed into a squat and when you start to stand up push the dumbbells overhead until fully extended. 
3. Bring the dumbbells back down and go into a 1/4 squat. Return to the starting position. 
4. Repeat this movement for the recommended repetitions. 

Exercise 4-Step ups

Instructions:

1. Stand behind box or step and place one foot on top of box, heel close to the closest edge. 
2. Step up on the box or step quickly then bring the other foot onto the box. 
3. Step back down with the same foot you stepped up with. 
4. Repeat with other leg and continue according to prescribed number of repetitions.

Exercise 5-Curl-ups

Instructions:

1. Start position: Lie back onto floor or bench with knees bent and hands behind head. Keep elbows back and out of sight. Head should be in a neutral position with a space between chin and chest. 
2. Leading with the chin and chest towards the ceiling, contract the abdominal and raise shoulders off floor or bench. 
3. Return to start position. 
Remember to keep head and back in a neutral position. Hyperextension or flexion of either may cause injury. 

Exercise 6-Side Leg Lifts with Bicep Curl

Instructions:

1. Start by holding a dumbbells in each hand in a shoulder width stance position. 
2. Squat down to parallel while simultaneously curling the dumbbells to shoulder height. 
3. Squat back up to the start position. Once you are near the top of the squat then laterally abduct your left leg out to the side. 
4. Return your leg to the starting position. Repeat exercise with other leg. 
5. Complete prescribed repetitions alternating your legs.

Exercise 7- Alternating Plank 

Instructions:

1. Start by forming a straight plank with your forearms and feet as the contact points on the ground. 
2. Once the plank is formed raise one foot off the ground and then return to the starting position. 
3. Repeat this movement for the desired repetitions alternating back and forth between legs.

Exercise 8- Lunge and Curl

Instructions:

1. Start by holding the dumbbells at your side. 
2. Lunge forward and down with your left foot. 
3. As you stand up curl the dumbbells up to shoulder height. Return to the starting position with the dumbbells. 
4. Repeat with the opposite leg until all recommended repetitions are completed. 

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Exercise 9-Plank

Plank

Instructions: 
1. Start by placing your forearms on the ground and forming a plank with your forearms and feet. 
2. Hold this position keeping your body parallel to the ground for the required time. 
3. If you are unable to lift your body then start on your knee and straighten one leg at a time.

Exercise 10- Back Extensions

Instructions:

1) Lie face down on floor with arms extended overhead. You may place a rolled towel under forehead to clear face from floor. 
2) Raise right arm and left leg 4-8 inches off floor. 
3) Lower and raise alternate opposite arm and leg. 
Remember to keep head and back in a neutral position. Shoulders and hips should remain squared throughout movement.

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Beyonce Wears Imitation Yeezys-Really?

Beyoncé Wears $49.99 Imitation Yeezys in Instagram Post Shared and Celebrated by Kanye West

by ROBYN MERRETT

Kanye West seemingly ended his feud with JAY-Z and his wife Beyoncé on Thursday when he posted a photo of the couple captioned, “famleeeeee.”

In the shot, Queen Bey, 37, and JAY-Z, 48, can be seen cuddling in a car. Fans were quick to assume the reason for the shoutout was because Beyoncé happened to be wearing a pair of Yeezy Season 6 PVC Wedges that cost around $850.

Turns out, she wasn’t. Instead, the “Formation” singer opted for a pair Yeezy-inspired heels by the brand Public Desire which sell for just $49.99.

The brand confirmed the shoes were not Yeezys by sharing the same photo Kanye, 41, posted captioned, “Cop Queen Bey’s EXACT style in PD,” adding the shoes are called “MALIBOO.”

It’s not clear if Kanye mistook Beyoncé’s shoes for Yeezys but the shoes are very similar sans for a slightly different heel and a very different price tag.

Like the shoes, Kanye and the couple’s relationship now is not a perfect match for what it used to be.

Kanye and JAY-Z’s beef began in 2014 when JAY-Z and Beyoncé decided not to attend Kanye’s wedding to Kim Kardashian West in Florence, Italy.

In May, the “Lift Yourself” rapper opened up about his strained relationship with JAY-Z during a nearly two-hour interview with Charlamagne Tha God on iHeartRadio’s The Breakfast Club.

“I was hurt about them not coming to the wedding. I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not going to miss a wedding,” Kanye said referring to allegations that JAY-Z had been unfaithful to Beyoncé.

“I’m not using this interview to put out any negative things, but I gotta state my truth,” Kanye continued. “You start coming up with all type of crazy things in your head, like ‘Why?’”

Yeezy Season 6 PVC Wedges
Yeezy Season 6 PVC Wedges

However, Kanye revealed he’s “past it, but at the time I was hurt.” He also said, “I don’t think I ever asked him that question, directly.”

The interview came a year after JAY-Z released “Kill JAY-Z” on his latest album 4:44, in which he included a few jabs to West.

“I know people backstab you, I feel bad too/ But this ‘f— everybody’ attitude ain’t natural/But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe/ But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye/ You gave him 20 million without blinkin’/He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f— was he thinkin’?/ ‘F— wrong with everybody?’ is what you saying’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane,” JAY-Z rapped.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The two also battled over a money dispute involving JAY-Z’s streaming platform Tidal. Kanye also claimed that his daughter North and JAY-Z’s daughter Blue have never had a playdate during a concert in 2016.

JAY-Z addressed Kanye’s claim during an interview with Rap Radar hosts Elliot Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller in August 2017.

“What really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into,” JAY-Z said. “We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me.”

JAY-Z and Kanye West
JAY-Z and Kanye West

RELATED: Inside Kanye West & JAY-Z’s Tumultuous Relationship Through the Years

Nonetheless, JAY-Z explained to Dean Baquet during an interview with T, The New York Times Style Magazine in November 2017, that they’re going to be okay.

“[I talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he’s my brother,” JAY-Z told the magazine. “I love Kanye. I do. It’s a complicated relationship with us… ‘Cause, you know— Kanye came into this business on my label. So I’ve always been like his big brother. And we’re both entertainers. It’s always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother.”

Kanye also spoke on mending their friendship with Charlamagne. “We’re texting each other,” he said. “It’s positive energy. I haven’t seen him, but I can feel him.”

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Michael Kors Acquires Gianne Vercase

Michael Kors to Buy Versace for $2.1 Billion, Will Change Its Name to Capri Holdings

The deal marks one of the first times an American company has cracked the code of super high-end luxury fashion

By Lauren Hirsch | CNBC

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Michael Kors to Buy Versace for $2.1 Billion, Will Change Its Name to Capri Holdings

WHAT TO KNOW

  • The handbag maker is acquiring Gianni Versace for $2.1 billion, including debt
  • Donatella Versace, who has helped run the company since her brother Gianni was murdered in 1997, will stay on to oversee the brand
  • The global market for personal luxury goods was estimated to be worth $307 billion in 2017

Michael Kors is going high-end. 

The handbag maker is acquiring Gianni Versace for $2.1 billion, including debt, providing Kors a launching pad into the exclusive high-end European luxury market. 

Following the close of the acquisition, Michael Kors will change its name to Capri Holdings, inspired by an “iconic, glamorous and luxury destination” island, the company said on Tuesday. 

It plans to grow Versace to $2 billion in revenue globally and increase its retail footprint from roughly 200 to 300 stores. 

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The deal marks one of the first times an American company has cracked the code of super high-end luxury fashion, typically controlled by LVMH, the owner of Guerlain and Givenchy, and Kering, the owner of Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent. Michael Kors had already dipped its toes in European fashion, last year buying shoe brand Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion. 

As part of the deal, Donatella Versace, who has helped run the company since her brother Gianni was murdered in 1997, will stay on to oversee the label. That retention will be crucial to Kors as it looks to validate itself to other premium European brands and their visionaries. 

While the number of sizable U.S. brands to acquire has dwindled, the European luxury market has become rife with opportunity. As founders and owners of European luxury brands put an eye toward retirement, a number of businesses, like Prada and Giorgio Armani have have been turning up on wish lists for luxury retailers. 

The global market for personal luxury goods was estimated to be worth $307 billion in 2017, according to recently filed registration documents for luxury marketplace Farfetch, which went public last week. The luxury market is expected to reach $446 billion by 2025, according to the data. 

The push further into luxury serves also as a defense for the next economic downturn, more than a decade after the last one in the U.S. Those that can afford a Versace dress are among the most likely to continue to spend during a recession than those who shop more affordably, industry experts say. 

“Where Michael Kors has traditionally sat has been hit harder than true luxury [in recessions], so diversifying across traditional luxury may give them some insulation,” said Kathy Gersch, former executive vice president of strategy and change at management firm Kotter.

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Still, Michael Kors has some challenges ahead of it with the Italian brand known for its bold prints in the U.S., where the brand has been under-invested, industry bankers tell CNBC. 

Michael Kors has been eyeing the space for quite some time. Both it and competitor Tapestry, the parent of Coach, suffered the repercussions of expanding their affordable luxury brands too widely, thereby diluting their stature in the process. Meantime, the malls in which shoppers often pick up their affordable luxury brands have become increasingly desolate as shoppers head online. 

Meantime, Michael Kors has also been eyeing Europe, where last quarter sales declined roughly 1.6 percent. The company has 192 of its 1,038 stores in Europe. 

“I think that if we can get our business turned around in Europe, which we are very focused on, I think that our performance, again, would rank probably in the middle of the pack of the real luxury players on a global basis,” Michael Kors’ CEO John Idol told analysts in August. 

Private-equity firm Blackstone, which owns 20 percent of Versace, will cash out as part of its deal

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Keto Fat Snaxs Blowing Up!

Keto is blowing up.

CNNMoney (New York)

The ketogenic diet is a strict regimen of low-carb, high-fat foods that forces the body into a state of ketosis — when you burn fat, instead of carbohydrates, for energy. Content by MyFinance

With the help of social media and word of mouth, demand for keto-friendly products have gone through the roof. 

Like Whole30, where dieters cut out sugar, grains, dairy and legumes for 30 days, and paleo, modeled after eating habits in the paleolithic era, keto has become trendy. 

But interest in keto has far outpaced interest in other fad diets. A Google Trends chart over the past year shows searches for “keto” have dwarfed searches for “paleo” “Whole 30” and “intermittent fasting.” 

On Instagram, dieters share their progress. Accounts with tens of thousands of followers show before and after weight loss photos and snaps of keto-friendly meals. Often, users put their weight loss in their bios. 

“Probably our first six months of sales were through people talking about us on Instagram,” said Brian Hemmert, chief marketing officer for Fat Snax, which sells low-carb, high-fat cookies and matcha tea blends. 

Because keto is is so strict, snacks and meal replacements are especially helpful to those trying to maintain the diet. 

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Fat Snax products are high in fat and low in carbohydrates. 

Hemmert said that demand for Fat Snax products, which are available online, has been growing rapidly. In the next few months Fat Snax will be sold at a national chain. 

“There’s been such a groundswell on this,” said Anthony Gustin, founder and CEO of Perfect Keto, which sells protein powders and other keto-friendly products and shares information on how to maintain the diet. 

“Growth has been pretty wild.” Gustin said that Perfect Keto averaged 20% growth each month in the last year. 

Ted Tieken, founder of Keto and Company, which makes keto meal shake powders, said that he’s noticed a change in awareness around the diet. 

About “six months ago, I stopped having to explain what keto was to the average person,” he said. And in the last several weeks, “people get offended when I explain.” 

Tieken is launching a meal-replacement shake, Sated, which is compatible with a keto diet. He used a Kickstarter campaign to gauge interest in the product. So far, hundreds of backers have pledged more than $172,000 dollars. 

sated keto craze
Sated is a meal replacement drink for people who follow the keto diet. 

Tieken said that he plans to produce somewhere between 1.5 million and 3 million bottles based on demand for the shake, a sweet, filling meal replacement. 

He estimates that right now, Keto and Company has about 5,000 customers per month. But he noted that “demand has been increasing consistently.” 

Critics say the taxing diet is unrealistic. When people adjust to a lack of carbohydrates, they often feel fatigue and light-headedness. When US News and World Report ranked the 40 most popular diets this year, it put keto — and the similar Dukan diet — last. The panel of experts that created the list said the keto diet is difficult to maintain and that the high-fat intake could be dangerous for some. 

But Keto fans say there are a number of health benefits to the diet, like more energy, better focus and, notably, weight loss

The US diet sector is growing overall. According to Euromonitor, the meal replacement product category grew by 12% from 2012 to 2017. In that same period, the supplement nutrition drink category grew by 23%. 

And people outside the niche keto community are paying attention. 

Vincent Kitirattragarn, founder and CEO of Dang Foods, didn’t set out to make foods that fit a keto diet. He started Dang six years ago to sell modern Asian snacks that are healthy. 

About a year ago, Dang started developing FATBAR, a keto-friendly snack bar. 

“It’s very, very clear to us, after interviewing people and doing market research, that there was a huge demand for keto products and that demand was not being met by the market,” he said. 

FATBAR will be available online this fall and in Whole Foods stores in early 2019. 

— CNN’s Sandee LaMotte contributed to this report. 

Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify Gustin’s role at Perfect Keto and the company’s reported period of growth.

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New J.Crew Look 2018

Before-and-after photos show how much J.Crew has changed in the last 35 years

Mary Hanbury  …Business Insider

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A photo from J.Crew’s famous catalog.

  • J.Crew first launched in the form of a catalog in 1983.
  • The brand was originally targeted at price-conscious customers.
  • When Mickey Drexler took over as CEO in 2003, the brand gradually became more expensive.
  • These photos show how the brand has changed over the years.


J.Crew is in a period of change. 

In 2017, Mickey Drexler stepped down after 14 years as CEO, and Jenna Lyons, the brand’s well-known creative director, left the business after 26 years. 

The brand is struggling — same-store sales have been down at J.Crew for the past three years, dropping by 8% in 2016 following a 10% decrease the year before. In its most recent quarter, sales dropped by 12%

But this isn’t the first time the company has struggled. After launching in 1983 as a catalog, the store ran into some problems in the late ’90s. It wasn’t until Drexler became CEO in 2003 that the company turned itself around and enjoyed years of sales growth. 

Find out how the brand has changed over the years below: 

J.Crew launched its swimwear collection in 1989, when it was still a young company. This photo shows the simple, block-print bikinis that were typical of that time.

J.Crew launched its swimwear collection in 1989, when it was still a young company. This photo shows the simple, block-print bikinis that were typical of that time.

Fast forward nearly 30 years, and it doesn’t look too different. J.Crew still sells simple swimwear designs in plain colors. This bikini top costs $56.

Fast forward nearly 30 years, and it doesn't look too different. J.Crew still sells simple swimwear designs in plain colors. This bikini top costs $56.

The striped one-piece has been a staple since the swimwear collection first launched.

The striped one-piece has been a staple since the swimwear collection first launched.

Today, bold stripes are still are part of the collection.

Today, bold stripes are still are part of the collection.

The brand was initially targeted towards price-conscious consumers.

The brand was initially targeted towards price-conscious consumers.

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In the 2000s, it became a more exclusive brand.

In the 2000s, it became a more exclusive brand.

This catalog cover from 1993 exemplifies J.Crew’s classic androgynous look.

This catalog cover from 1993 exemplifies J.Crew's classic androgynous look.

The style continued under the creative direction of Jenna Lyons, who left the company last year. The New York Times crowned Lyons as “the woman who dresses America” in 2013.

The style continued under the creative direction of Jenna Lyons, who left the company last year. The New York Times crowned Lyons as

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‘Space Jam’ 2

LeBron James Sets ‘Black Panther’s’ Ryan Coogler to Produce ‘Space Jam’ Sequel (Exclusive)

"I loved his vision," James says of Coogler, who will shepherd production on the Warner Bros. project, which is tentatively slated to begin in 2019 during the NBA off-season.

“I loved his vision,” James says of Coogler, who will shepherd production on the Warner Bros. project, which is tentatively slated to begin in 2019 during the NBA off-season.

In his first project since directing the record-breaking Black Panther, Ryan Coogler is teaming with LeBron James on the long-anticipated follow-up to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit Space Jam, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Coogler will produce the new Space Jam movie and Terence Nance, who created HBO’s Random Acts of Flynessand directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty, will direct. Production on the Warner Bros. film is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA off-season. It will be James’ first starring role after a successful turn as a supporting character in the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck.

Getting Coogler, whose credits also include Creed and Fruitvale Station, is a coup. The director is among the industry’s most sought-after artists. Not only did Black Panther break ground as a superhero movie from a black perspective with a black cast, but it has set a number of box-office benchmarks on its way to grossing $1.34 billion worldwide, including becoming the highest-grossing film ever by a black director.

“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”

Space Jam has been long-rumored, with various directors and writers attached to the project over the years, including at one point Justin Lin, the action auteur behind the Fast & Furious movies. The movement on the project coincides with James’ recent surge in Hollywood film and TV projects as a producer. Just last week, NBC and The CW announced separate shows in development with James’ SpringHill Entertainment.

The subtext of a James-headlined Space Jam sequel is the raging GOAT debate between James (who still has years left in the NBA) and Jordan (who has six NBA championships), players with pronounced personality differences. Jordan was a global superstar and endorsement king when he made the original 1996 film, which pulled in about $250 million worldwide and is still the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time. Space Jam was chock-full of cameos from NBA players (and Warner Bros.’ Looney Toons). So it’s safe to assume the new iteration will include a plethora of basketball’s biggest stars, especially given James’ stature in the league. It’s unclear at this point, however, if Jordan will be among those featured.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.” WATCHRyan Coogler Teams Up With LeBron James to Produce ‘Space Jam’ Sequel | THR New 

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History Of Peet’s And Starbucks

The Intertwined History of Peet’s and Starbucks

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Few people realize that the owners of Peet’s once owned Starbucksand that the Starbucks we know today was created when Howard Shultz (Starbucks current Chairman, then a disgruntled executive) bought out the original Starbucks owners (who then purchased Peet’s) after a dispute as to whether or not to include espresso bars in their coffee bean stores. 

I fell in love with Peet’s coffee when I lived in Silicon Valley from 1998 to 2002. To this day I have a couple pounds mail ordered to Canada every few weeks.  Over many cups of Peet’s coffee, I took the following notes as I read Howard Shultz’s book – Pour Your Heart Into it: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time. It’s quite the interesting, intertwined history.

  •  Alfred Peet (pictured on the top) formed Peet’s in Berkley, California in 1966. (click here for more info on Alfred Peet
  • Originally Peet’s locations just sold beans – no drip coffee, latte’s etc. 
  • While attending college at Berkley, a Starbucks Founder (I forget his name, let’s call him “SF1“) strolled by and bought some beans. SF1, a native of Seattle, fell in love with Peet’s beans. 
  • SF1 returned home after college and continued to purchase coffee from Peet’s by mail order (as I do today). 
  • SF1 enjoyed the beans so much that he decided to open a similar bean selling store, Starbucks, in Seattle with Starbucks Founder II (“SF2“). SF2 had ran a local Seattle Coffee shop prior to that point. [I note from this Wikipedia entry on Starbucks that there were three founders, Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegel and Gordon Bowker. I’m not sure which of these three were SF1 and SF2] 

  • Starbucks beans were originally purchased, pre-roasted, from Peet’s. 
  • More Starbucks stores were opened over several years. At some point Starbucks began roasting their own beans. But the green beans were still sourced from Peet’s for the first decade. 
  • In early 80’s Howard Shultz (pictured on the  bottom) was selling espresso machines from New York. He noticed that a ton of machines were being ordered from these Starbucks stores in Seattle. 
  • He decided to find out why and checked them out during his next vacation. He fell in love with the concept and, in 1982, convinced the Starbucks founders to hire him as Director of Marketing. 
  • Schultz set about expanding Starbucks (still beans only – no liquid coffee being sold) 
  • Subsequently he went to a trade show in Milan Italy. He noticed how Italians loved their espresso coffee bars, how social they are. 
  • Schultz tried to convince SF1 & SF2 to open espresso bars in their Starbucks stores. At first they said no, but after relentless nagging, they allowed Schultz to try it out in one store. 
  • About the same time Peet’s and Starbucks decided to merge their operations and buy out Alfred Peet. 
  • The espresso bar in the one Starbucks location was a hit. Nonetheless SF1 and SF2 still didn’t want to expand the concept. 
  • Starbucks bought out Alfred Peet and, for a time, Starbucks owns both Peet’s and Starbucks. All Peet’s locations were, for a time, folded into Starbucks. 
  • Upset that neither Peet nor the Starbucks founders wanted to add espresso bars into other locations, in 1985 Howard Schultz quit Starbucks and started his own espresso bar chain called Il Giornola. 
  • A year later SF1 and SF2 decided to sell off the Starbucks brand and retail locations, and retain sole ownership of the Peet’s brand. 
  • Schultz saw an opportunity, raised venture capital, bought the Starbucks brand and locations and merged them with the Il Giornola, each location of which was rebranded with the Starbucks name.  
  • Shultz put espresso bars in every Starbucks store. 
  • The former Peet’s stores were spun out and renamed Peet’s.
  • The two companies signed a 5 year non-compete whereby Schultz/Starbucks was precluded from opening coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area for five years. The Peet’s chain was to have exclusive rights in that market during that period. Interestingly, the Peet’s location on Chestnut Street in San Francisco’s Marina district was a Starbucks for its first two weeks. But, under the new arrangement it was spun out and became a Peet’s store – as it remains today. 
  • Five years later Peet’s hadn’t grown much while Starbucks had expanded into Chicago, New York, L.A. and other places. When the five year period was up Starbucks expanded into San Francisco too. 
  • Somewhere along the line, Peet’s owners (the Starbucks Founders) saw the light and started selling liquid coffee as well – Thank God for that!!!! 
  • Starbucks ultimately became the North American, then global, phenomena that we all know. 
  • To this day Peet’s remains a largely a regional player though it has expanded to a few other U.S. states. It still makes the best chain-store coffee I’ve ever had – far surpassing the coffee made available at Starbucks. 
  • While Peet’s trundles along, slowly expanding its retail stores, primarily in California, it continues to focus on its mail order business. 
  • Starbucks went public and conquered the world. 
  • Peet’s went public in October 2000 – and has conquered my taste buds. 

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Amazon releasing 8 New Devices

Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave, an amplifier, and an in-car gadget 

  • Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year.
  • The new devices include a microwave oven, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer, and an in-car gadget.
  • It reflects Amazon’s ambition to make its Alexa voice assistant ubiquitous, especially in areas where people spend most of their time, like the home and car.

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In order: The Echo, the Echo Plus and the original Echo

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Jordyn Woods Launching Activewear!

Jordyn Woods Has a Heartfelt Reason for Launching Her Activewear Line

by ANNA LAPLACA 

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Jordyn Woods didn’t intend to become a body-positivity advocate. The 20-year-old model and influencer actually calls herself an “accidental spokesperson” because her fans and followers look up to her as an activist for a more inclusive industry. But whether or not she meant for it to happen, Woods now stands for an entirely new generation of models breaking boundaries left and right.

Today, she announced the news that she’s launching an activewear line tomorrow, August 30, that will continue to give visibility to the plus-size community. Called Secndnture—because, according to Woods, the clothes you work out in should feel as comfortable as a second skin—the ’80s-inspired color-block windbreakers, bike shorts, and leggings will be offered in sizes from XS to 2X and priced from $45 to $79.

“Even though this is about all size ranges, I made something for everyone and I made things people wouldn’t want to make for curvier girls, like fun cutouts,” Woods told WWD. “It’s really about owning who you are in these outfits and having fun. I want people to feel confident to own every part of their body and go out in that cutout.”

Woods has another, more personal reason for launching Secndnature, aside from a desire to offer more stylish options in extended sizes. After her father died of cancer last year, she started cycling, hiking, swimming, and working out with a trainer as a form of therapy, according to WWD. Exercising has helped her cope with her intense loss, so here’s to seeing Secndnture serve as that outlet for many more people to come.

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Athlesiure Trends

The 6 Athleisure Trends Everyone Will Wear in 2019

by ANAA SABER 

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If there’s one trend that’s reigned supreme over the last few seasons, it’s athleisure—we’re talking sneakers, track pants, hoodies, and everything in between. Looking for new ways to test out the look? That’s where athleisure enthusiast Anaa Saber comes in. In her new column for Who What Wear, the fashion girl behind @oursecondskin will offer up her best styling tricks for those of you looking to inject this cool trend into your everyday lives.

Compared to previous years, Copenhagen Fashion Week proved to be one of the buzzier occasions of the season. Especially with brands taking new creative direction—as in the J.Lindeberg showing and, of course, heartthrob brands like Ganni, Saks Potts, and Cecilie Bahnsen—Copenhagen Fashion Week became the sort of occasion nobody wanted to miss.

If Scandinavian fashion has taught us one thing over the years, it’s that floral dresses and softer silhouettes reign supreme. But this year, Copenhagen Fashion Week was one to remember, and not just because it was my first time attending the burgeoning, trend-forward scene in person. As an athleisure enthusiast, what with the trend at its utmost height, I wanted to see the influence it would have on the Scandinavian design scene firsthand, and let me tell you: I was more than impressed.

Between noteworthy street style moments—picture Haviannas with fancy printed dresses—elaborate set designs, and warehouses to waterfront views, what really stole my heart were the combinations of beautiful silhouettes paired harmoniously with edgy hints of sport and athletic influences. With all that said, behold my most noteworthy athleisure takeaways from S/S 19 Copenhagen Fashion Week. Considering how much hype this fashion week created, it’s safe to assume the six athleisure trends ahead will be everywhere come 2019, so get ready.

Business-Sport Casual

After appointing Jens Werner as creative director, this season J.Lindeberg took on a new direction to redefine the brand by blending its core classic pieces with a focus on its heritage sport.

This season, this J.Lindeberg suit with Bermudas and sneakers gave new meaning to business casual. Adding a sport element to your business look is a great way to make it casual and add that element of cool. The way J.Lindeberg paired sporty pieces with trousers, suits, and blazers was most definitely a refreshing and attainable styling note.1/6J.Lindeberg S/S 19

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Flirty Utility

As one of the most hyped shows of the season (and rightfully so), this showing did not disappoint. Known for its flirty silhouettes, Ganni gave new meaning to being part of the #GanniGirls by infusing utilitarian edge into its S/S 19 collection.

Models gallivanted down the runway to Nirvana setting the tone for a little rebellion—dresses paired with tie-dye vests, backpacks, Western doll dresses, and bucket hats with oversize strings. Ganni collaborated this season with Icelandic brand 66° North to bring functionality into the technical gear. But let’s not forget what really stole the show. Two words: hiker boots!2/6Ganni S/S 19

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Workwear

This season, Baum und Pferdgarten took place in a quaint little art gallery. The walls decorated with beautiful paintings and the ceilings with exquisite chandeliers, setting the tone for a true Danish brand. Models wore a range of clothing from floral-print dresses to tailored suits, a gorgeous silk robe, and two-tone denim while carrying briefcases showing a versatile breadth of garments. I particularly enjoyed the street influence, especially with the pairing of an office-friendly skirt and a coach jacket.3/6Baum und Pferdgarten S/S 19

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Soft Edge

Following none other than the beat of her own drum, Cecile Bahnsen tells us that this season she decided to embrace her perpetual affinity for breathtaking pieces, staying true to her aesthetic.

Bahnsen without a doubt demonstrated her commitment to ultimate craftsmanship, design, and attention to detail, from puffy puckered sleeves to lacy two-piece sets to bow-ties. Stealing the show were the combination of black Suicoke sandals with the soft fantastical tops and dainty dresses.4/6Cecilie Bahnsen S/S19

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Track Is Back

Marching down the Østerbro Stadium this season was a cascade of futuristic, Olympic-inspired garments. Sitting there watching the drama and theatrics, I was truly reminded why I love fashion, and Saks Potts reminded me that it doesn’t always have to be so serious. Between dramatic leather jackets, high-top braids, and puffy printed coats, sport influences were everywhere.

If attending Saks Potts confirmed one thing, it’s that tracksuits are here to stay. Bonus points for a logo print!5/6Saks Potts S/S 19

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Futurist Street

I was stoked to hear Heliot Emil was showing this season at Copenhagen Fashion Week, especially because I’ve been swooning over everything it makes for quite some time now. Naturally, I was excited to see what direction their deconstructed and reconstructed looks would take this S/S 19.

While the color palette remained true in Heliot nature—white, gray, and dark colors with ashy tones—cascading down the runway was a mix of different fabrications including sheer fabrics coupled with technical wear incorporated with bomber vests and gloves.6/6Heliot Emil S/S 19

 

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Exercise To Make You Feel Better About Yourself!

One Exercise Sure to Make You Feel Better About Yourself

With a minimum of effort, change the way you see your world.

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I have been treating patients using cognitive therapies for almost 15

years, and one of the most successful exercises I have ever seen work to help them re-engage their sense of well-being is so simple that each and every time I convince someone to do it, I am still remarkably struck by how effective it is.

Before I share this exercise with you, I want you to know that the difficult part is not doing the activity. It is making yourself believe that the activity will have enough benefit that you will put forth the actual effort to do it, and experience the results.

Often when I give this assignment to patients, they come back for two or three weeks afterward, still not having tried it. That’s OK; I’m so certain they will not try it initially, that I generally don’t even assign it until I have been working with them for several weeks and have had sufficient time to coach them into understanding the benefits of shifting their attention and thinking; how it relates to brain functioning; and how it affects their mood, so that they understand the value of what I am asking them to do.

OK, so what is the exercise?

  • Keep a pad of paper next to your bed and every night before you go to sleep, write down three things you liked about yourself that day.
  • In the morning, read the list before you get out of bed.
  • Keep adding 3 new things to your list everyday to keep the list growing.
  • Do this everyday for 30 days.

These don’t have to be big things, like I am a kind person; they can be simple, such as I like that I held the door for my co-worker, or I like that I didn’t lose my temper in traffic today, or I like that I am making the effort to try this exercise even if I’m not sure it will work…

For someone who is depressed, this activity feels like a lot of effort. Why? Research shows that people with depression have what is referred to as an attentional bias for negative self-relevant materials. They also have impaired attentional control, which means that once a negative schema is activated, they tend to ruminate on it and have difficulty disengaging and shifting their attention to something else; consequently, there is sustained negative affect.(1) Essentially, people with depression generally spend a good deal of time thinking about what they don’t like about themselves—and they have a hard time stopping.

The more time you spend thinking about something, the more active it becomes in your mental space—and the easier it becomes to access. Also, the more you think of something, the more it primes your brain to keep looking for similar things in your environment, creating a selective filter that not only causes you to sift your environment for things that match up with what you are thinking about, it actually causes you to distort ambiguous information in a way that matches up with your dominant thoughts.

Someone with depression who goes to a party might get 10 compliments, but if one person mentions the shirt he is wearing is “interesting,” that person may likely go home and fixate on the ambiguous comment and turn it into a stream of thinking like this: I wonder what was wrong with my shirt, I probably looked silly in it, I bet they all thought I looked like an idiot. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I ever get anything right? This is so humiliating. The 10 compliments have long been forgotten.article continues after advertisement

So how will this exercise help you?

Research also shows that it requires more attentional effort to disengage from a negative thought process than a neutral one.(2) This simple-to-do but nonetheless effortful exercise essentially helps you build the strength to disengage from any negative thought stream; redirects your attention to positive aspects of yourself; and retrains your selective attention bias.

As you do this, you not only start to become aware of more of your positive attributes, they become more available to you as you interpret events around you. Compliments become something you can hear and accept because they are more congruent with your new view of yourself. You start to interpret events occurring around you in a less self-critical way. If you stick with it, over time this has a compounding effect that elevates your overall sense of self-worth—and, subsequently, your well-being.

But remember: There is no benefit to your mental health in just understanding how the exercise works, just as there is no benefit to your physical health in knowing how to use a treadmill. The benefit comes from the doing.

Want to know if this exercise really works? Read one Psychology Today reader’s experience trying it.

1. Rudi De Raedt, Lemke Leyman, Evi De Lissnyder. (2010). Mood-congruent attention and memorybias in dysphoria: Exploring the coherence among information-here. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48 (3), 219–225article continues after advertisement

2. Marie-Anne Vanderhasselt, Simone Kühn, Rudi De Raedt. (2011). Healthy brooders employ more attentional resources when disengaging from the negative: an event-related fMRI study. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 11(2), 207-216

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Jennice Vilhauer, PhD is the author of Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life, and the developer of Future Directed Therapy.

To view my 2015 TEDx talk on Why You Don’t Get What You Want click here.

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Indian Punjabi Saag (Spinach)

Indian Saag

Sarson ka Saag & Makki ki Roti is a quintessential food cooked during the winter season in the North part of India . Sharing Sarson Ka Saag recipe with step …

Recipe by: VALONE”Indian saag is a curry of cooked mustard or similar ‘bitter’ greens (kale, collards, turnip greens), and spinach or similar mild greens (chard, bok choy, beet greens). Any combination of greens works! Use more spices and peppers for hot saag, or less for mild.”

Ingredients

50 m6 servings182 cals

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  • 2 teaspoons cumin seed
  • 1 green chile pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric

  • 1 pound chopped fresh mustard greens
  • 1 pound chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
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Directions

  • Prep30 m
  • Cook20 m
  • Ready In50 m

  1. In a large skillet or wok, melt butter over medium-high heat, and cook and stir cumin seed, chile pepper, garlic, and turmeric until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chopped mustard greens and spinach a little at a time, adding the tougher parts first (the stems and thicker leaves). Continue to add greens, and cook and stir until all greens have been added and all are thoroughly wilted. Stir in the cumin, coriander, and salt. Cover; reduce heat and simmer until greens are tender, about 10 minutes, adding water as needed to keep the greens moist.

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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 182 calories; 16.2 g fat; 7.6 g carbohydrates; 4.7 g protein; 41 mg cholesterol; 565 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Power Suits!

9 Ridiculously Cool Power Suits to Buy Now

Blake Lively

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Few things in life are certain — but feeling empowered, beautiful and badass while rocking a perfectly tailored pantsuit is one of them.

There’s just something about wearing a power suit as a woman that’s, well, powerful. Not only is it appropriate for work and play but with so many different styles, colors, and textures you can infuse your personality and fashionsense into whichever you choose — and that is also a powerful feeling. Because in 2018, suits are no longer reserved for men. In fact, we’re rocking suits inspired by them, but better than them. Just take a cue from stylish ladies like Blake LivelyTracee Ellis Ross and The Duchess of Sussex who each rocked a pantsuit in their own fabulous way.

If you’re looking to rock a matching suit this fall, you’re in luck because there are plenty of amazing options to choose from. From trendy menswear-inspired plaids (like Blake Lively’s look) to bold hues (like Tracee Ellis Ross’ look) to classically chic and perfectly tailored (like Meghan Markle’s look) there’s something for all styles — at every price point. Scroll down to shop nine of our favorite picks, and get ready to turn heads because these suits mean business.

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The Best Classic Suits

Nothing says modern and chic like a classic black suit. Whether you prefer an oversized blazer or a shorter cropped style, these suits are a timeless addition to any wardrobe. Add a Victorian-style blouse for a polished office look, rock a t-shirt and sneakers for a casual and cool vibe, or ditch your shirt completely under the blazer and add some pumps for a sexy date night look.

Buy It! DSTLD Womens Oversized Blazer, $125 and Cropped Pant, $85

Buy It! ASOS The Boyfriend Blazer, $72 and Highwaist Cigarette Pant, $45

Buy It! Theory Edition 2 Custom Gabe Blazer, $425 and Edition 2 Custom Max Pants, $295

The Best Bold Colored Suits

Nothing says power more than a bold hued pantsuit. From cobalt blue to fuchsia to burgundy, wearing color has never been so on trend — and so much fun. If you’re hesitant about wearing so much color, just keep the rest of your look neutral and let your suit make the statement. For a more bold approach, play with textures, monochromatic colors and statement-making accessories.

Buy It! Milly Stretch Crepe Blazer, $495 and Stretch Crepe High Waist Pants, $325

Buy It! A.L.C. Vernay Blazer, $595 and Javier Split Hem Pants, $445

Buy It! J.Crew French Girl Blazer, $148 and French Girl Slim Crop Pant, $80

The Best Mens-Inspired Suits

Borrow one from the boys and opt for a colorful plaid or checkered print suit. Not only are menswear patterns and fabrics huge for fall, but wearing them head-to-toe in suit form is one of the biggest trends of the season. Go full menswear-inspired and rock your suit with a graphic tee, glasses and a pair of loafers. Or add some ladylike accessories such as Mary-Jane heels, a top-handle satchel and some pearl earrings. The possibilities are endless!

Buy It! Anine Bing Madeline Blazer, $349 and Cindy Pants, $249

Buy It! Mango Pockets Structured Blazer, $130 and Check Crop Trousers, $80

Buy It! Club Monaco Borrem Blazer, $298 and Borrem Pant, $199

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Janet Jackson Dropped 70 lbs

Janet Jackson dropped 70 pounds after baby

By Francesca Bacardi

Janet Jackson in 2005 (L) and in 2018

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Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative, socially conscious , and elaborate stage shows. The youngest child of the Jackson Family.  Janet Jackson has one child with Wissam Al Mana his name is Eissa Al Mana. 

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Janet Jackson credits her personal trainer for her successful pregnancy at 50.

“I give it up to Paulette [Sybliss]. She’s incredible. And she never made me feel like I have to deprive myself of anything,” Jackson, now 52, told InStyle’s beauty issue. “She would say, ‘What do you like? OK, I’m going to put that in. What do you enjoy? OK, I’m going to put that in.’”

Since having her son, Eissa Al Mana, and going on tour, Jackson’s adopted an incredibly healthy lifestyle, though she doesn’t deprive herself of a few sweet treats.

“I don’t eat meat anymore, just fish occasionally and veggies,” she shared. “But I love catfish. I love a fried fish. But I’m also crazy about grilled fish. I love Snickers.”

Thanks to a healthy diet and training at least four times a week with Sybliss, Jackson dropped 70 pounds after giving birth to Eissa. Much of that probably has to do with the fact that despite her love of Snickers, the “All for You” singer hadn’t really tried any other candies.

“There were a lot of sweets that I have only tried as an adult. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Is that the little round one? I just tried that last year for the first time. It’s very good,” Jackson noted. “I finally tried a KitKat a couple of years ago.”

Even though Jackson is thrilled with where she’s at physically and mentally, growing up in the entertainment industry wore on her with its expectations to be skinny.

“I remember growing up and being in this business was always this important thing. Because it was the thing. And you had to be a certain size, you had to be thin to be an entertainer. Stupid crap like that. That’s just this business I’m in,” she explained. “I think it’s changed, thank God. People are more accepting of others. Which is the way it should’ve been from the jump.

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Burt Reynolds A True Icon

Burt Reynolds: Hollywood pays tribute to ‘a true American icon’

 Viola Davis, Mark Wahlberg and Adam Sandler were among the actors to remember the 82-year-old star

As word of Burt Reynolds’ death spread through Hollywood, people from all corners of television and film took a moment to offer warm remembrances of a “legend”, “icon” and “trailblazer”. The 82-year-old star of Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights, died on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest at his Florida home.

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Sally Field starred with Reynolds in the 1977 hit Smokey and the Bandit. In a statement, she described him as the “love of my life”. The two dated for many years and Reynolds discussed her with similar fondness in interviews.

“My years with Burt never leave my mind,” Field said. “He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”

The actor and singer Dolly Parton, who sang with Reynolds in the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, said in a statement: “Oh how sad I am today along with Burt‘s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor.”

Social media was abuzz. “He was my childhood,” said Oscar winner Viola Davis. The director Kevin Smith called Reynolds “a true American icon” and lauded him for showing “the fun of movie-making”.

Arnold Schwarzenegger called Reynolds one of his heroes: “He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest-paid actor, and he always inspired me.”

In a tribute posted to Instagram, action star Sylvester Stallone said: “He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much … RIP”.

Mark Wahlberg, who appeared with Reynolds in Boogie Nights, shared a picture of them on the movie’s set in a tweet with the caption: “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend.”

Adam Sandler, who worked with Reynolds in a 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, tweeted: “Burt Reynolds. True legend. Our hero. Funny as hell and a for-real badass. So many great movies. So many great stories. Such a great Dad. Will be missed by all. Deepest condolences to his family.”

Kristy Swanson, who worked with Reynolds on the 1989 TV series BL Stryker, said: “I can not stop my tears right now. You were one of the greatest guys I ever worked with, u had my back.”

The Shield star Michael Chiklis, who also worked on BL Stryker, added: “I owe my career, at least in part, to the great Burt Reynolds. Heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was one of a kind. A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly, without personal expectation but rather out of the kindness of his extraordinary heart. RIP.”

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Mom’s Spaghetti by Eminem

Mom’s Spaghetti Recipe: An Ode To Eminem

Eminem recently came out with his new merchandise line, Stan, an ode to his character off of his album “Slim Shady LP.” His website is full of plenty of clothing options, including hats, t-shirts and hoodies. Of course, all we could think of when hearing of the news was, “mom’s spaghetti,” the infamous line from “Lose Yourself.” So, you can thank Eminem for inspiring this delicious spaghetti recipe that’s good enough to be your mom’s famous dish!

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 c. breadcrumbs
1/4 c. finely chopped parsley
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 egg
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 c. Onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 35-oz. can crushed tomatoes in puree
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. spaghetti, prepared according to package instructions

Steps:
1. In a large bowl, combine beef with breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan, egg, garlic, salt and pepper flakes. Mix until just combined and form into 16 balls.
2. In a large pot over medium heat, add1 tbsp oil. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
3. Remove meatballs and reserve on plate.
4. Add the remaining olive oil and onion and saute until onion is translucent. Add bay leaf and crushed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Add the meatballs back into the pot, cover and simmer until the sauce has thickened, 8-10 minutes.
5. Serve pasta with a healthy scoop of meatballs and sauce. Top with parmesan and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Delish

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Eminem’s New Fashion

Eminem and Rag & Bone Collaborate on New Fashion Collection

They’ve designed three T-shirts and a hoodie

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Eminem, photo courtesy of Rag & Bone
Eminem, photo courtesy of Rag & Bone

Eminem is releasing a new capsule collection with Rag & Bone, the fashion label that often works with Thom Yorke. They designed the Icon Hoodie, which comes in three colors and features references to his music and Detroit hometown, including the area code “313.” Eminem has also co-designed three T-shirts called the Kamikaze (a reference to last year’s anti-Trump freestyle), Success, and Graffiti. Below, watch the promo video, filmed by Darius Khondji, and check out the designs.

The capsule, which was made and manufactured in America, will be available at London’s the Sun & 13 Cantons pub on Friday, July 13. Rag & Bone will also release limited batches of the Eminem collection online, starting July 14. The capsule price ranges from $95 for T-shirts to $250 for the hoodies.

Eminem’s last album Revival arrived last year. He recently jumped on Royce 5’9”’s “Caterpillar” and released an anti-NRA version of his Kehlani-assisted song “Nowhere Fast.” Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP

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Eminem and Workout Songs

Eminem Rules Workout Songs, Says Spotify

The streaming service has more than 25 million workout playlists created by its users.

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In light of the popular new year’s resolution to get in shape, Spotify has released its list of most played workout songs by users of the music streaming platform.

For the second year in a row, Eminem’s 2002 track “Till I Collapse” tops the list for most streamed global workout song, and the rapper also nabs a third place spot with another “Lose Yourself” — as anyone attending a spin class is likely already aware. Post Malonenabs  second place on the global list, with his 2017 hit “rockstar.”

For the list of most streamed workout songs in the U.S., Malone’s “rockstar” lands at No. 1, while Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” comes in second, and “Till I Collapse” is third.

Also included in Spotify’s trend report are the most popular workout playlists around the globe, which include “Beast Mode,” “Workout Twerkout,” “Latin Dance Cardio” and “Throwback Workout.” The streaming service has more than 25 million workout playlists created by its users.ADVERTISING

Spotify revealed that the top international cities for workout music are led by Oslo, Norway, and followed by Miami, Washington, D.C. and London. Listening data showed that streaming workout playlists is at a high between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14, reaching its peach on Jan. 24 and dropping off after Valentine’s Day. Spotify recently announced that it had reached 70 million paid subscribers.

See the full list of Spotify’s top workout songs below:

Top Global Workout Songs

  1. Eminem – Till I Collapse
  2. Post Malone – rockstar
  3. Eminem – Lose Yourself – Soundtrack Version

  1. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
  2. Axwell /\ Ingrosso – More Than You Know
  3. J Balvin – Mi Gente (feat. Beyoncé)
  4. Camila Cabello – Havana
  5. Jax Jones – You Don’t Know Me – Radio Edit
  6. Dua Lipa – New Rules
  7. Kanye West – POWER

Top Workout Songs in the US

  1. Post Malone – rockstar
  2. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
  3. Eminem – Till I Collapse
  4. G-Eazy – No Limit
  5. Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
  6. Eminem – Lose Yourself – Soundtrack Version
  7. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
  8. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry
  9. Kendrick Lamar – DNA.
  10. Migos – MotorSport

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Eminem’s album- Kamikaze

Mark BeechContributor 

Eminem at Bonnaroo 2018. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Eminem’s album Kamikaze is already on track for some chart-topping records. Other artists can learn some business lessons from the U.S. rapper’s textbook surprise release, which is set to boost his $100 million fortune.

The album is rising up charts worldwide. The U.K.’s Official Chart update has just been released and is the first to put Kamikaze in prime position. The “midweek” list shows that Eminem is almost certain to have his ninth straight official British No. 1 when the final figures are released on Friday. That breaks the record for the most consecutive chart toppers that Eminem currently holds with Led Zeppelin and ABBA.

The picture is similar in the U.S., where Eminem’s last album, Revival, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in December 2017. Its placing made him the first act in history to have eight straight chart entries to do that. While Eminem has a fight on his hands thanks to South Korea band BTS, he will be hoping to continue his top placing.

The contemplative Revival last year contained duets with Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran. It was downbeat enough to leave the critics and fans divided and it had only half the sales of its predecessor.

While Revival was rigorously promoted, Kamikaze was launched on August 31 with no advance notice apart from simple announcements on social media. Eminem had hinted he was working on something after the muted reception to his last album, though few observers expected something so quickly.

While any Eminem album gets noticed, the star has done plenty to make the headlines and help sales this time. Kamikaze is a return to the old persona of the angry Slim Shady, who has scores to settle. Eminem derides his rival Drake, and declares that every rapper “is a goner” apart from a few like Kendrick Lamar, who gets one co-writing credit. President Trump is also attacked:  “Agent Orange just sent the secret service,” the rapper warns us at one point.

The “surprise album” release strategy is now becoming increasingly common. We have seen it with Beyoncé’s Lemonade and her Carters album with her husband Jay Z this summer. Kanye West’s surprise The Life of Pablo had a confusing surprise launch via Tidal as the star reworked it.

Eminem’s release is much more carefully planned and ties in with Kamikazemechanize such as $70 bomber jackets and $60 hoodies already announced.

Artists are trying various release methods to maximize sales. There is the option of just allowing physical releases initially, as was the case with Adele; and the method of restricting digital platforms, as used by Taylor Swift. Eminem is adopting the course of not making the record currently available in physical formats. As the result, as many as 60% of the album’s sales tally is from digital downloads, with the rest made up of streaming equivalent sales, the Official Charts Company said.

Eminem’s earnings will be further boosted when the physical versions of the album follow. According to his official website, the Kamikaze CDs will start shipping in four to six weeks. Red vinyl LPs and cassettes will follow in three to four months.

In Britain, Kamikaze has 27,600 combined chart sales so far, 20,000 ahead of Slim Shady’s nearest competition, the sophomore album by U.K. band Idles titled Joy As An Act of Resistance.

In the Forbes Five of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists compiled in March, the fourth and fifth names were Drake and Eminem, tied at an even $100 million apiece. Eminem is less of a businessman than some other hip-hop artists. He is long trumpeted as the bestselling rapper of all time. On this evidence, he is far from done yet, critically and commercially.

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Exercises To Improve Hearing

Exercises To Improve Hearing

5 Activities to Improve Your Hearing

Worried about your hearing loss worsening? Not sure if you’re experiencing hearing loss? Here are five types of exercises you can do to help boost your hearing abilities!

Solve Puzzles to Combat your Hearing Loss

The brain plays such a major role in processing the sound information our ear receives that we can’t ignore it. Research has shown that there are links between hearing loss and mental conditions such as anxiety and depression.

This could be a result of brain atrophy, which is when brain cells and connections shrink or are damaged. Like muscles, your brain needs a good workout to stay strong and continue pumping.

Solving a variety of puzzles like crossword puzzles, word searches, and Sudoku throughout the day or the week are fun exercises to get your brain juices flowing and prevent brain atrophy. Playing bingo and card games, such as hearts and poker, are also great ways to work your brain with your friends in a social setting.

Do Yoga to Improve your Hearing

Yoga is known and widely practiced for its wide variety of health benefits. Thankfully, there are yoga exercises that help with your hearing too! The main goal of these exercises is to increase circulation in your ear and your brain, since increased circulation helps improve nerve functions and removes waste and toxins.

Yoga poses that help with circulation include the tree pose, lotus pose, cobra pose, and triangle pose. Yoga can also help with tinnitus, and there are many videos. YouTube that teach poses and postures for specific health benefits.

 

Exercise Daily to Help your Hearing

Keeping your body in tiptop shape is important for keeping your ears and brain healthy. Exercising every day by going out for a walk or job, doing yoga, or even just gardening or doing housework is great for getting your blood pumping and circulation going strong.

We recommend not exercising with headphones, earphones, or any source of loud music, since repeated exposure to loud noises can damage ear hairs, which are irreplaceable. If you decide to exercise with music, keep the volume relatively quiet and comfortable.

As a rule of thumb, if people around you can ear the music playing in your headphones or earphones, your music may be too loud.

Meditate to Improve your Hearing

Meditate in a park or other public area where you will be surrounded by various sounds. As you meditate, take deep breaths to help blood circulation and increase oxygen in your body. Focus in and out on each sound around you and try to locate where each sound is coming from.

This exercise will help you concentrate on deciphering sounds in noisy environments and determining the location of each sound.

Practice Focusing on and Locating Sounds to Sharpen your Hearing

Hearing exercises can help you hone in on where sounds are coming from and who or what is making the sounds. Place a radio or speaker in one area of the room, and play music or a sound at a comfortable volume. Place another sound source in a different area of the room, and turn up the volume until the combination of the two sounds creates a noisy environment.

Have someone move around the room while reading sentences from a book or newspaper. Close your eyes, repeat the sentence back to them, and try to locate from where he or she is reading the sentence.

These are only a few types of activities you can do to keep your hearing from getting worse. If you have any activities of your own that you to do help your hearing, comment below and let us know!

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 2018

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2018

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Everything you need to know

Steven Winkelman
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Ignore the initial stumble. Although the original Galaxy Gear was anything but awesome, Samsung wearables are solid devices, notably the Gear S2 and Gear S3, which combine great design with a simple interface and a cool, rotating bezel. At the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in Brooklyn, New York, Samsung took the wraps off of its latest smartwatch, simply called the Samsung Galaxy Watch — which promises to make you not just healthier but a better person overall.

Whether you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, or simply interested in the new device, here’s everything you need to know.

Pricing and availability

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch is now available online and in-store. The watch comes at $330 for the 42mm Bluetooth model, or $350 for the 46mm Bluetooth model. Those who order the device before September 8 will also get a free Samsung watch band.

You can also order the T-Mobile LTE version of the Galaxy Watch through Samsung’s siteor straight from T-Mobile. For LTE, the 42mm rose gold option is priced at $380 and the 42mm midnight black model will cost you $380. The 46mm silver color model is priced at $400. All models will ship starting the week of September 2. T-Mobile is also offering customers the ability to buy one Galaxy Watch and get a second one half price, with 24 monthly bill credits, when they add a new line.

All other LTE versions will be available later this year.

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As with many smartwatches these days, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is available in a few different models, one 42mm and one 46mm — which is good news for those who often feel like smartwatches are too bulky and too big for their wrists. In our hands on preview of the device, we found it relatively lightweight and supremely comfortable on the wrist.

The Galaxy Watch is similar to previous Samsung smartwatches in many ways, but there are also a few major tweaks to the design. Like some previous iterations, it has a round watch face that’s built to look like a “normal watch” in day-to-day life. This stands in strong contrast to Apple’s smartwatches; even the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 is likely to retain its square face — which for better or worse announces to the world that it’s anything but an ordinary watch.

On the back of the device, you’ll find a heart rate sensor — which is a welcome feature and will come into play for fitness tracking.

Like previous Samsung smartwatches, the device also features a rotating bezel, which is another way to interact with the device apart from the touchscreen and the two buttons on the right of the device. The Super AMOLED display inside that bezel comes in at 1.3 inches or 1.2 inches, depending on the size device you go for, and has a resolution of 360 x 360.

Samsung has taken durability pretty seriously, too. The company touted “military-grade durability” coupled with Corning’s DX+ glass at Samsung Unpacked 2018. The device also features 5ATM water-resistance, meaning it’s perfect for those who don’t want to worry about their device while swimming and should be able to withstand up to 165 feet of water.

When it comes to colors, the Galaxy Watch is available in three colors — silver, for the 46mm model, and either midnight black or rose gold for the 42mm model. There is also a host of watch band styles, so you can tweak the device to look exactly the way you want it.

Specs

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Under the hood, the device features an unnamed dual-core 1.15GHz processor that’s built specifically for Samsung’s smartwatches. Battery life was a big consideration here — and the processor was built to conserve as much energy as possible. In fact, coupled with a 270mAh or 472mAh battery, depending on your model, Samsung says the larger device should last around 4 to 6 days on a single charge. We’re not currently sure how long the smaller device will last, but probably less than 4 days.

While you may not use the device to store tons of files, you do have 4GB of storage anyway, coupled with either 1.5GB of RAM in the LTE version of the device, or 768MB of RAM in the Bluetooth version.

Software

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While some early rumors hinted at Samsung switching to Google’s Wear OS for the new Samsung Galaxy Watch, those, unsurprisingly, turned out not to be true. Samsung has put a heavy emphasis on fitness tracking here. The device features a heart-rate monitor and will detect when your heart rate goes up and give you guided breathing exercises as a way to manage stress. The device also tracks up to 39 workouts, and 6 of the most common workouts can be tracked automatically. And, last but not least, the watch tracks sleep. All this data goes straight to the Samsung Health app, so it’s easily accessible on your Samsung phone.

The device also features and updated version of Bixby, Samsung’s own digital assistant — though we’ll have to wait and see if the digital assistant actually turns out to be useful on the device considering its rough track record.

The device is built to work seamlessly with Samsung phones, but it will also work on any phone with Android 5.0 or later, as well as any iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9.0 or above. Will it interact in some special way with the forthcoming Galaxy S10 or the futuristic, foldable Galaxy X phones? Only time will tell.

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Diablo Fall Fashion 2018/2019

Fall Fashion Guide
Usher in the changing season with colorful plaids and textured knits, oversize jackets and strong silhouettes, pops of color and unexpected sparkle for a collection that’s sure to make a statement.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNIE EDMONDS // STYLIST JENEFFER JONES // HAIR & MAKEUP BY CASSIE CHAPMAN // MODEL AGA WOJTASIK
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Published: August 24, 2018
Well Suited: Tibi tartan oversize tuxedo blazer, $895, and Mendini twill bra top, $245, at tibi.com; Tibi tartan Stella wide-leg paperbag pants, $595, at McMullen; chain link necklace by Sharon Z Jewelry, $800, at Crown Nine.
Well Suited: Tibi tartan oversize tuxedo blazer, $895, and Mendini twill bra top, $245, at tibi.com; Tibi tartan Stella wide-leg paperbag pants, $595, at McMullen; chain link necklace by Sharon Z Jewelry, $800, at Crown Nine.

Coat Du Jour: Akris Terrance reversible button-panel houndstooth wool coat, $3,990, at Saks Fifth Avenue; The Elder Statesman sweater, $990, at jinny; Vince ribbed skirt, $275, at Neiman Marcus; Tibi Adrian boots, $850, at tibi.com.
Coat Du Jour: Akris Terrance reversible button-panel houndstooth wool coat, $3,990, at Saks Fifth Avenue; The Elder Statesman sweater, $990, at jinny; Vince ribbed skirt, $275, at Neiman Marcus; Tibi Adrian boots, $850, at tibi.com.

Shine Tuned: Nomia croc vegan leather jacket, $595, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen; Gucci Ophidia small shoulder bag, $1,980, at Neiman Marcus.
Shine Tuned: Nomia croc vegan leather jacket, $595, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen; Gucci Ophidia small shoulder bag, $1,980, at Neiman Marcus.

Back Magic: Tibi silk paisley patch asymmetrical dress with fringe, $1,295, at McMullen; Collette Ishiyama silver stingray stripe stud earrings, $300, and Christina Bohn Silva bronze Luna ring, $125, at Crown Nine; Freida Rothman stack rings, $275, at Heller Jewelers.
Back Magic: Tibi silk paisley patch asymmetrical dress with fringe, $1,295, at McMullen; Collette Ishiyama silver stingray stripe stud earrings, $300, and Christina Bohn Silva bronze Luna ring, $125, at Crown Nine; Freida Rothman stack rings, $275, at Heller Jewelers.

V Formation: Givenchy textured turtleneck jumper, $1,720, and Loewe solid leather leggings, $2,150, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Aquazzura Optic mule 85, $850, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T drop circle earrings, $825, and Freida Rothman wide-band ring, $195, at Heller Jewelers.
V Formation: Givenchy textured turtleneck jumper, $1,720, and Loewe solid leather leggings, $2,150, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Aquazzura Optic mule 85, $850, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T drop circle earrings, $825, and Freida Rothman wide-band ring, $195, at Heller Jewelers.

Holding Pattern: Sea Coco striped sweater, $365, and Bacall cuffed pants, $380, at Nordstrom; Chanel high boot, $1,600, at Neiman Marcus; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen.
Holding Pattern: Sea Coco striped sweater, $365, and Bacall cuffed pants, $380, at Nordstrom; Chanel high boot, $1,600, at Neiman Marcus; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen.

All About Hue: Helmut Lang furry hooded bomber, $695, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Roksanda Keeva silk-satin midi dress, $1,195, at Nordstrom; Maral Rapp stud mesh earrings, $185, at Crown Nine.
All About Hue: Helmut Lang furry hooded bomber, $695, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Roksanda Keeva silk-satin midi dress, $1,195, at Nordstrom; Maral Rapp stud mesh earrings, $185, at Crown Nine.

Mad for Plaid: Isabel Marant Étoile checked wool coat, $575, at Nordstrom; Nomia long-sleeve mesh turtleneck, $165, and Ulla Johnson Rhodes trouser, $360, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato gold-plated brass and faux pearl hoops with rose quartz stone tops, $188, at McMullen; Christina Bohn Silva bronze Lunar ring, $125, at Crown Nine.
Mad for Plaid: Isabel Marant Étoile checked wool coat, $575, at Nordstrom; Nomia long-sleeve mesh turtleneck, $165, and Ulla Johnson Rhodes trouser, $360, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato gold-plated brass and faux pearl hoops with rose quartz stone tops, $188, at McMullen; Christina Bohn Silva bronze Lunar ring, $125, at Crown Nine.

Indigo Girl: Tibi raw denim trench with removable collar, $995, at tibi.com; Co floral dress, $1,095, at Nordstrom; Chloé Suzanna 30mm booties, $1,380, at Neiman Marcus; Bea Bongiasca silver long rice balls earrings, $370, at McMullen.
Indigo Girl: Tibi raw denim trench with removable collar, $995, at tibi.com; Co floral dress, $1,095, at Nordstrom; Chloé Suzanna 30mm booties, $1,380, at Neiman Marcus; Bea Bongiasca silver long rice balls earrings, $370, at McMullen.

Soft Sparkle: IRO Fordon sweater, $596, at Nordstrom; McQ Alexander McQueen sequin miniskirt, $415, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T diamond feather earrings, $900, at Heller Jewelers.
Soft Sparkle: IRO Fordon sweater, $596, at Nordstrom; McQ Alexander McQueen sequin miniskirt, $415, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T diamond feather earrings, $900, at Heller Jewelers.

Courtside Cool: Anine Bing Madeleine blazer, $350, and Frank and Eileen Tee Lab hoodie, $300, at jinny; Rag and Bone Milo track pant, $395, and Via Spiga Freya pump, $275, at Nordstrom; Heller Jewelers 2.39 carat diamond drop earrings, $5,940, at Heller Jewelers.
Courtside Cool: Anine Bing Madeleine blazer, $350, and Frank and Eileen Tee Lab hoodie, $300, at jinny; Rag and Bone Milo track pant, $395, and Via Spiga Freya pump, $275, at Nordstrom; Heller Jewelers 2.39 carat diamond drop earrings, $5,940, at Heller Jewelers.

Green with Envy: Sea Solange dress, $525, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond hoop earrings, $4,900, and Freida Rothman droplet necklace, $365, at Heller Jewelers.
Green with Envy: Sea Solange dress, $525, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond hoop earrings, $4,900, and Freida Rothman droplet necklace, $365, at Heller Jewelers.

Seeing Spots: Khaite sweater, $520, and Ganni leopard skirt, $275, at jinny; Amanda Hagerman chain and pearl necklace, $1,600, at Crown Nine; Lizze Fortunato post-modern cuff, $225, at McMullen.
Seeing Spots: Khaite sweater, $520, and Ganni leopard skirt, $275, at jinny; Amanda Hagerman chain and pearl necklace, $1,600, at Crown Nine; Lizze Fortunato post-modern cuff, $225, at McMullen.

Regal Ruffles: Ulla Johnson Clemente dress, $595, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond earrings, $12,990, at Heller Jewelers; Amanda Hagerman Denora bangle set of 5, $500, and Kate Ellen 14K gold White Crow bracelet, $2,100, at Crown Nine.
Regal Ruffles: Ulla Johnson Clemente dress, $595, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond earrings, $12,990, at Heller Jewelers; Amanda Hagerman Denora bangle set of 5, $500, and Kate Ellen 14K gold White Crow bracelet, $2,100, at Crown Nine.

Where to Shop
Crown Nine: 515 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 251-9000, crown-nine.com.
Heller Jewelers: 2005 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste. A, San Ramon, (925) 904-0200, hellerjewelers.com.
Jinny: 1575 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 476-5857, shopjinny.com.
McMullen: 1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, (510) 658-6906, shopmcmullen.com.
Neiman Marcus: 150 Stockton St., San Francisco, (415) 362-3900; 1000 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 279-3000, neimanmarcus.com.
Nordstrom: 865 Market St., San Francisco, (415) 243-8500; 1200 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 930-7959, shop.nordstrom.com.

Fall Fashion Guide

Usher in the changing season with colorful plaids and textured knits, oversize jackets and strong silhouettes, pops of color and unexpected sparkle for a collection that’s sure to make a statement.

Well Suited: Tibi tartan oversize tuxedo blazer, $895, and Mendini twill bra top, $245, at tibi.com; Tibi tartan Stella wide-leg paperbag pants, $595, at McMullen; chain link necklace by Sharon Z Jewelry, $800, at Crown Nine.Well Suited: Tibi tartan oversize tuxedo blazer, $895, and Mendini twill bra top, $245, at tibi.com; Tibi tartan Stella wide-leg paperbag pants, $595, at McMullen; chain link necklace by Sharon Z Jewelry, $800, at Crown Nine.

 

Coat Du Jour: Akris Terrance reversible button-panel houndstooth wool coat, $3,990, at Saks Fifth Avenue; The Elder Statesman sweater, $990, at jinny; Vince ribbed skirt, $275, at Neiman Marcus; Tibi Adrian boots, $850, at tibi.com. Coat Du Jour: Akris Terrance reversible button-panel houndstooth wool coat, $3,990, at Saks Fifth Avenue; The Elder Statesman sweater, $990, at jinny; Vince ribbed skirt, $275, at Neiman Marcus; Tibi Adrian boots, $850, at tibi.com.

 

Shine Tuned: Nomia croc vegan leather jacket, $595, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen; Gucci Ophidia small shoulder bag, $1,980, at Neiman Marcus. Shine Tuned: Nomia croc vegan leather jacket, $595, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen; Gucci Ophidia small shoulder bag, $1,980, at Neiman Marcus.

 

Back Magic: Tibi silk paisley patch asymmetrical dress with fringe, $1,295, at McMullen; Collette Ishiyama silver stingray stripe stud earrings, $300, and Christina Bohn Silva bronze Luna ring, $125, at Crown Nine; Freida Rothman stack rings, $275, at Heller Jewelers. Back Magic: Tibi silk paisley patch asymmetrical dress with fringe, $1,295, at McMullen; Collette Ishiyama silver stingray stripe stud earrings, $300, and Christina Bohn Silva bronze Luna ring, $125, at Crown Nine; Freida Rothman stack rings, $275, at Heller Jewelers.

 

V Formation: Givenchy textured turtleneck jumper, $1,720, and Loewe solid leather leggings, $2,150, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Aquazzura Optic mule 85, $850, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T drop circle earrings, $825, and Freida Rothman wide-band ring, $195, at Heller Jewelers.V Formation: Givenchy textured turtleneck jumper, $1,720, and Loewe solid leather leggings, $2,150, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Aquazzura Optic mule 85, $850, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T drop circle earrings, $825, and Freida Rothman wide-band ring, $195, at Heller Jewelers.

 

Holding Pattern: Sea Coco striped sweater, $365, and Bacall cuffed pants, $380, at Nordstrom; Chanel high boot, $1,600, at Neiman Marcus; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen.Holding Pattern: Sea Coco striped sweater, $365, and Bacall cuffed pants, $380, at Nordstrom; Chanel high boot, $1,600, at Neiman Marcus; Lizzie Fortunato pastel column earrings, $250, at McMullen.

 

All About Hue: Helmut Lang furry hooded bomber, $695, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Roksanda Keeva silk-satin midi dress, $1,195, at Nordstrom; Maral Rapp stud mesh earrings, $185, at Crown Nine. All About Hue: Helmut Lang furry hooded bomber, $695, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Roksanda Keeva silk-satin midi dress, $1,195, at Nordstrom; Maral Rapp stud mesh earrings, $185, at Crown Nine.

 

Mad for Plaid: Isabel Marant Étoile checked wool coat, $575, at Nordstrom; Nomia long-sleeve mesh turtleneck, $165, and Ulla Johnson Rhodes trouser, $360, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato gold-plated brass and faux pearl hoops with rose quartz stone tops, $188, at McMullen; Christina Bohn Silva bronze Lunar ring, $125, at Crown Nine. Mad for Plaid: Isabel Marant Étoile checked wool coat, $575, at Nordstrom; Nomia long-sleeve mesh turtleneck, $165, and Ulla Johnson Rhodes trouser, $360, at McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato gold-plated brass and faux pearl hoops with rose quartz stone tops, $188, at McMullen; Christina Bohn Silva bronze Lunar ring, $125, at Crown Nine.

 

Indigo Girl: Tibi raw denim trench with removable collar, $995, at tibi.com; Co floral dress, $1,095, at Nordstrom; Chloé Suzanna 30mm booties, $1,380, at Neiman Marcus; Bea Bongiasca silver long rice balls earrings, $370, at McMullen. Indigo Girl: Tibi raw denim trench with removable collar, $995, at tibi.com; Co floral dress, $1,095, at Nordstrom; Chloé Suzanna 30mm booties, $1,380, at Neiman Marcus; Bea Bongiasca silver long rice balls earrings, $370, at McMullen.

 

Soft Sparkle: IRO Fordon sweater, $596, at Nordstrom; McQ Alexander McQueen sequin miniskirt, $415, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T diamond feather earrings, $900, at Heller Jewelers. Soft Sparkle: IRO Fordon sweater, $596, at Nordstrom; McQ Alexander McQueen sequin miniskirt, $415, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Meira T diamond feather earrings, $900, at Heller Jewelers.

 

Courtside Cool: Anine Bing Madeleine blazer, $350, and Frank and Eileen Tee Lab hoodie, $300, at jinny; Rag and Bone Milo track pant, $395, and Via Spiga Freya pump, $275, at Nordstrom; Heller Jewelers 2.39 carat diamond drop earrings, $5,940, at Heller Jewelers.Courtside Cool: Anine Bing Madeleine blazer, $350, and Frank and Eileen Tee Lab hoodie, $300, at jinny; Rag and Bone Milo track pant, $395, and Via Spiga Freya pump, $275, at Nordstrom; Heller Jewelers 2.39 carat diamond drop earrings, $5,940, at Heller Jewelers.

 

Green with Envy: Sea Solange dress, $525, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond hoop earrings, $4,900, and Freida Rothman droplet necklace, $365, at Heller Jewelers.Green with Envy: Sea Solange dress, $525, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond hoop earrings, $4,900, and Freida Rothman droplet necklace, $365, at Heller Jewelers.

 

Seeing Spots: Khaite sweater, $520, and Ganni leopard skirt, $275, at jinny; Amanda Hagerman chain and pearl necklace, $1,600, at Crown Nine; Lizze Fortunato post-modern cuff, $225, at McMullen.Seeing Spots: Khaite sweater, $520, and Ganni leopard skirt, $275, at jinny; Amanda Hagerman chain and pearl necklace, $1,600, at Crown Nine; Lizze Fortunato post-modern cuff, $225, at McMullen.

 

Regal Ruffles: Ulla Johnson Clemente dress, $595, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond earrings, $12,990, at Heller Jewelers; Amanda Hagerman Denora bangle set of 5, $500, and Kate Ellen 14K gold White Crow bracelet, $2,100, at Crown Nine.Regal Ruffles: Ulla Johnson Clemente dress, $595, at McMullen; Hearts On Fire diamond earrings, $12,990, at Heller Jewelers; Amanda Hagerman Denora bangle set of 5, $500, and Kate Ellen 14K gold White Crow bracelet, $2,100, at Crown Nine.

 

Where to Shop

Crown Nine: 515 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 251-9000, crown-nine.com.
Heller Jewelers: 2005 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste. A, San Ramon, (925) 904-0200, hellerjewelers.com.
Jinny: 1575 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 476-5857, shopjinny.com.
McMullen: 1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, (510) 658-6906, shopmcmullen.com.
Neiman Marcus: 150 Stockton St., San Francisco, (415) 362-3900; 1000 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 279-3000, neimanmarcus.com.
Nordstrom: 865 Market St., San Francisco, (415) 243-8500; 1200 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 930-7959, shop.nordstrom.com.
Saks Fifth Avenue: 384 Post St., San Francisco, (415) 986-4300, saksfifthavenue.com.

 

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What Happens After You Drink An Energy Drink?

What Happens After You Drink An Energy Drink?

Everything that happens to your body after you have an energy drink

The Government has launched plans to make it illegal to sell energy drinks to children CREDIT:REUTERS

Energy drinks could soon join alcohol and cigarettes in having an age limit amid fears they’re damaging children’s health.

This week, the Government launched plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks – which often have promises like “Instant alertness” and “5 hour energy” on their packaging – to children.

Energy drinks contain even higher levels of sugar and caffeine than regular soft drinks, and have been linked to obesity, sleep disorders, tooth decay, digestive disorders and behavioural problems.

“We all have a responsibility to protect children from products that are damaging to their health and education, and we know that drinks packed to the brim with caffeine, and often sugar, are becoming a common fixture of their diet,” says Public Health Minister Steve Bine. “Our children already consume 50pc more of these drinks than our European counterparts, and teachers have made worrying links between energy drinks and poor behaviour in the classroom.”

The proposed ban would apply to drinks containing 150mg of caffeine or more per litre. And while a 330ml can of Diet Coke contains 42mg of caffeine, a typical energy drink will contain around 80mg in a 250ml can.

Smaller so-called “energy shots” contain up to 160mg of caffeine in a 60ml bottle.

After 60 minutes your liver begins treating the caffeine like a poison and tries to eliminate itDr Stuart Farrimond

So just what are these drinks doing to our body? “Well for a start, they have varying levels of caffeine and sugar,” says Emer Delaney, a dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. “And it depends on the age and size of the person drinking them. Children are more sensitive to the effects, but adults also respond to caffeine differently so the effects can vary hugely from person to person.

“These effects begin from the first sip,” says Dr Stuart Farrimond, author of The Science of Cooking. “Energy drinks contain lots of sugar, sweeteners and diluted acids like citric acid, to give them their appealing citrusy tang. The PH level is approaching the level of lemon juice or vinegar, however, which creates acidic conditions in the mouth that are extremely damaging to teeth.

“The acidity and high caffeine levels then have an irritating effect on the oesophagus, so if you’re prone to stomach ulcers or gastritis – an inflammation of the stomach – it can make it worse.

“Energy drinks don’t linger, quickly pass through and within ten minutes have made their way into the intestines where their sugar is quickly absorbed, leading to elevated blood sugar levels. By twenty minutes levels have reached a maximum and drinkers will feel euphoric, stimulated and alert from the sugar.

“By now all the caffeine will also have been absorbed and you’ll be at peak caffeine levels and your brain will be maximally stimulated. At around 40 minutes your brain will release a chemical called dopamine, which is a ‘reward chemical’ – the type that’s released during smoking, gambling or sex. So around now you’ll be feeling good.

“But by 60 minutes your liver begins treating the caffeine like a poison and tries to eliminate it, which is why these drinks have a diuretic effect which can be dehydrating. And between 90 minutes and two hours later you get what’s termed a sugar crash.”

“This comes just as the caffeine is also beginning to wear off,” says Emer Delaney. “So you’re likely to feel exhausted and irritable and teachers have reported seeing higher levels of anxiety, destructive and attention seeking behaviour, and lower moods among pupils who drink energy drinks.”

Delaney also calls the combination of sugar and caffeine a “potent mix”. One recent study found that drinking sugary, caffeinated drinks is more dangerous than drinking caffeine alone. The study – published in the Journal of the American Heart Association – found that drinking four cans of energy drink leads to abnormal changes in blood pressure and heart rhythm within two hours.

Study author Dr Emily Fletcher, from the US Air Force Medical Centre in California, found the study participants who drank the energy drinks still had elevated blood pressure six hours later and said that ingredients other than caffeine, most likely the high levels of sugar, also had “blood pressure alternating affects”.

Women taking birth control pills also take up to twice as long to process caffeine, so like children they’ll feel the effects of these drinks for longer.

One study published in the International Journal of Health Sciences found that drinking more than 200mg of caffeine from energy drinks can cause caffeine intoxication, with symptoms including anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, muscle twitching and digestive irritation.

“The gut doesn’t like caffeine at all,” says Delaney, “and it particularly doesn’t like it in large doses. So energy drinks can cause digestive problems, like diarrhea and IBS-type symptoms.”

The high sugar content of energy drinks is, according to Delaney, a factor in the rates of type 2 diabetes among young people “increasing in leaps and bounds.” Plus, consistently high blood sugar levels can damage your nerves and blood vessels over time, which can lead to heart disease and kidney problems later on.

“If you drink energy drinks regularly you’ll gain weight, which increases your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes,” she says. “Again, the mix of the sugar and caffeine is a problem because it makes them highly addictive. So when people begin drinking these drinks, they find it hard to stop. And the huge amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners they contain increase their appetite and contribute to poor food choices overall.”

“Today’s energy drinks have come far from their origins as a sports aid,” says Dr Farrimond. “They’re not being drunk by people doing sports wishing to improve their game, but rather by people who simply enjoy the taste and the feeling they give.

“As for the claims on the cans about added ginseng or B-vitamins, that’s simply fairy dust marketing. There are far healthier ways to stay hydrated, energised and top up your B vitamins than drinking a cheap, sugary, brightly coloured energy drink.”

 

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Lagerfield Creating For Macy’s-In September 2018!

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Lagerfeld For Macy’s

AS we all recover from the Lanvin for H&M fever that has gripped us for the past few weeks (see the mayhem of the launch here), the news comes that Karl Lagerfeld is creating a collection for Macy’s. The designer, who has previously designed a range for H&M, will unveil his line in 250 Macy’s stores – as well as online – in September. His collection will part of a designer series for the department store which begins with Kinder Aggugini.

Karl Lagerfeld holds a unique place in the world of fashion, an icon who is the ultimate modernist,” Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc told WWD. “Through the decades, his style and vision have marked the history of design. It is a tremendous honour to bring his inimitable perspective to our fashion customer.”

Like Lanvin for H&M, the collection will feature menswear as well as womenswear.

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How Smiles Are Contagious?

How Smiles Are Contagious?

How is a smile contagious?
Why smiles (and frowns) are contagious. … Smile! It makes everyone in the room feel better because they, consciously or unconsciously, are smiling with you. Growing evidence shows that an instinct for facial mimicry allows us to empathize with and even experience other people’s feelings.
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Oprah Released Easy Good Pizza’s

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