Shake Your Head at Italy’s Crappy New Food Laws

Italy is home to some of the best and most memorable meals I’ve ever eaten. I first visited in 1994, after graduating from college, and have returned on several occasions. Some of my fondest memories are of sampling wonderful street food in Milan, drinking and dining al fresco amid the lights at night in Rome, and enjoying the amazing aromas of wonderful cooking foods that practically permeate the country. That’s why I’m disheartened to learn that Italy is increasingly cracking down on its food culture—including, specifically, the aforementioned Milanese street…

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8 Interesting Lunchbox Ideas to Make Your Lunch Breaks Fun

No matter how bad your day is going, a mere look at your lunchbox can bring a smile to the face and reinstate lost vigour. Let’s admit it, whether it’s at work or in school, we spend the first half of the day eagerly waiting for the lunch break. There is so much riding on the lunch box and so, why make it a mundane affair? Take a cue from these creative lunch box ideas to spruce your regular fare and give them a fun twist. These are sure to…

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New Study Busts Myth: Menstruation Does Not Affect Your Brain!

It is a common believe that when a women is going through her monthly menstrual cycle she may be moody, less motivated to work or incapable of performing multiple tasks at the same time. However, a new study, conducted by researchers from the University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, has found evidence that this may not be the case and menstruation has no effect on the functions of your brain. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. While it is true that women go through certain hormonal changes during periods, it may not have…

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Can’t find make-up that matches your skin tone? Blame the limited range of shades

Despite the rise in skintone-defining apps and new technology, many consumers still struggle to find the right shade. The debate was a hot topic at this week’s Makeup In Paris trade event. Beauty expert Aïmara Coupet talks about why brands are still finding creating makeup for medium to very dark skins a challenge. “The desire of every brand is to offer a product suiting every woman throughout the world,” explains Aïmara Coupet. Developments in foundation are a perfect example of the search for the holy grail beauty product. More and…

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Is your teenage son overweight? It might up his risk of getting a stroke as an adult

Obesity among teenagers is a growing concern in India. One of the factors that leads to it is the drop in the number of calories burned during adolescence due to a lack of exercise. A new finding reveals that men with excessive BMI increase from childhood to age 20 had a higher risk of stroke than those with average BMI increase. For every two-point increase in BMI, men were 20% more likely to have a stroke. Men, who were overweight at both time points, were 70% more likely to have a stroke. Of the…

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4 Natural Skin-Care Ingredients That’ll Transform Your Skin

They come from small red berries and evergreen forests, but these skin-care ingredients can go head-to-head with their lab-grown peers. Meet the natural wonders that are generating buzz — and transforming complexions. Manuka Honey You’ve probably seen headlines like: “I Washed My Face With Honey and It Was the Most Amazing Thing Ever.” Though we don’t actually drizzle the stuff on our face as if it’s a parfait, honey as a skin-care ingredient — specifically manuka honey from New Zealand or Australia — is, in fact, amazing. Unlike the antioxidants in other…

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Potato Skins + Burgers = Your New Boyfriend

  If you love potato skins … stop, of course you do! Potato skins are one of those glorious foods that combine all the flavors we need in one food group: bacon, sour cream, baked potatoes. Does it get any better? Apparently, yes. Dan Whalen, the blogger behind The Food In My Beard, turns a potato skin into a bun for a burger. Repeat: A bun for a burger. This thing is NUTS. Disclaimer: It’s not quick to pull together, but if you have some time — or better yet,…

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Rev up your metabolism with these cheats

Having breakfast jump-starts metabolism and gives you the energy you need (Thinkstock) Women, as they age, need to combat the weight that piles on due to factors like muscle loss, hormones and daily stress. In order to battle unnecessary weight, they need to rev up their slow fat-burning engines. Having foods that boost metabolism, getting adequate sleep and exercising daily is the key. Mind the quantity of food and calories Just cutting down on calories drastically is wrong. If you eat less 1,200 calories in day (approximately or most women)…

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5 Effective Shoulder Stretches to Flex Your Muscles and Release Stress

The human shoulder is one of the more bio-mechanically complex joints since it has the greatest range of motion in the body. Though there are numerous muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments and blood vessels surrounding the shoulder, which provide flexibility and support, it also makes the area susceptible to injury. Practicing shoulder stretches on a daily basis, particularly before and after strenuous exercise involving the upper body, may help eliminate the risk of muscle strain and other injuries. Shoulder stretches are also extremely effective for alleviating pain. Some easy shoulder stretches…

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How To Quit Fast Fashion And Fall Back In Love With Your Wardrobe

I love fashion, but I hate the industry. There are so many problems with fast fashion. Alongside being one of the most polluting industries in the world, it’s also responsible for the exploitation of children and other ethically dubious practices. The more I learn about fast fashion, the more I know I should be buying from ethical brands; brands that are committed to the planet, and improving the lives of the people and animals who inhabit it. Quality clothing costs more because it’s designed and made with care. So, when…

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