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What Even Is Breatharianism, And What You Should Know About The Dangerous Trend

There have been plenty of diets and nutritional guidelines out there over the years, some much more bizarre (and potentially dangerous) than others.

To name a few examples, there’s the watermelon diet,the baby food diet, the lemonade master cleanse diet.

Apparently, at one point, there was even a diet suggesting you eat a cotton ball every so often to stave off hunger ( healthy, and delicious, amirite??!?).

As strange as some of those diets may be, breatharianism might be the strangest, most like-a-damn-science-fiction-novel of all.

It’s a lifestyle centered around the idea that you don’t need food or water.

Although not the originators of this strange and difficult-to-spell diet, breatharian loversAkahi Ricardo and Camila Castello have been grabbing attention with their claims that all they need to survive areair and the good vibes of the universe.

Wait, Sorry, Did You Say These People Eat Air?

Ya-huh.

The two of them slowly weaned off of food together, starting with a vegetarian diet, and slowly working their way to, like, nothing.

The plans for weaning yourself off sustenance of any kind have guidelines that begin with eight- to 21-day plans, in an attempt to rid people of the dependencyon food.

Castello even says she went through an entire pregnancy without consumingvirtually anything, except the universal vibes.

If she eats nowadays, it’s with her children to experience the joy of taste (jeez, at least the kids get to eat).

It’s All About Energy, Man

Practitioners of breatharianism say you can train yourself to subsist off of prana (which is what they call all the cosmic energy in the world, or the vital life force in Hinduism).

The main source of prana isthe sun, so that’s where they claim you can get everything you need to lead a balanced lifestyle just deep breaths and a little natural vitamin D.

Weirdly Enough, This Isn’t A New Fad

There have been practices based on the same eat-only-air claims dating back to Hindu religious texts and the Renaissance.

In America, breatharianism has been attributed to Wiley Brooksback in the ’80s.

Brooks told Vice he is from another planet, and that eating food traps you in the 3-D world.

OK, whatever you say, bro.

But The Main Takeaway Is You Probably (Definitely) Shouldn’t Try Breatharianism

While some people work periodic fasting into their lives, it’s definitely not something to do without professional guidelines.

And, let me be clear, breatharianismis a nutrition plan.In fact, some people have actuallydied from trying it.

Doctors are pretty unanimous in calling the idea a lethal pseudoscienceand not a good idea at all.They say it’s stilla prettyuniversal truth that humans need food and water to survive and thrive.

And while I may be a bitof a hippie myself at the end of the day, I’m not convinced on this one by a long shot.

I say, if you’re interested in trying new dietary or nutritional guidelines, do lots of research and ask for help.

For now, I’m going to stick to eating and drinking.

And yeah, I guess I’ll welcome some universal sunlight energy vibes, too.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/wellness/even-breatharianism-know-dangerous-trend/1998885/

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A veggie by any other name may actually get eaten

(CNN)Labeling food with indulgent words may make people feel more satisfied when eating, says another study

Putting descriptive indulgent words in front of vegetables — such as “dynamite,” “rich,” ” sweet sizzlin’ ” and “tangy” — may help adults take and eat more of the food group, according to a study published this week.
The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that giving vegetables certain descriptive labels caused more students and staff at Stanford University to choose vegetables during lunch — even though there was no difference in the way the vegetables were prepared.
    The vegetables were labeled in one of four ways: basic, healthy restrictive, healthy positive or indulgent.
    The basic description just listed the vegetable name, like corn or zucchini. The healthy restrictive category used words such as reduced-sodium corn or lighter-choice zucchini. Descriptions like vitamin-rich corn and nutritious green zucchini were used for the healthy positive. And indulgent was reserved for descriptions like rich buttery roasted sweet corn and slow-roasted caramelized zucchini bites.
    Brad Turnwald, a doctoral psychology student at Stanford University and lead author of the study, found that making the labels indulgent increased the number of people who chose to put the vegetables on their plate, as well as the amount of vegetables consumed.
    Vegetables labeled indulgently were 25% more likely be taken than basic-labeled. There was an even bigger difference in the numbers between healthy positive, healthy restrictive and indulgent. Thirty-five percent more people took indulgently labeled vegetables over healthy positive-labeled vegetables, and 41% more took indulgently labeled vegetables over those labeled healthy restrictive.
    “We think that the indulgent labeling aligns more with people’s motivations,” Turnwald said. “That they’re looking for something tasty when they want to eat. And that’s why it works.”
    The study was conducted over the course of an academic quarter at Stanford, in a large cafeteria serving about 600 people during weekday lunches. Research assistants counted the number of diners taking vegetables by dressing as members of the cafeteria staff. The amount of vegetables diners took from self-serve containers was weighed by actual members of the cafeteria staff.
    Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, said the study confirmed what he and others have found in similar studies done at elementary schools, high schools and adult cafeterias: Changing the descriptions of vegetables can make us more likely to both choose them, and eat them.
    “People taste what they expect to taste,” said Wansink, who was not involved in this research study. “If we think food is crunchy, we rate it as crunchy afterwards. So if you make food look more exciting or sound exciting, people are more likely to take it.”
    Turnwald emphasizes that no matter the wording, the vegetable descriptions were always accurate.
    “We’re certainly not trying to trick people into eating more vegetables,” he said. “What the labels did in this case was shift people’s attention to the indulgent and tasty characteristics of the vegetables, instead of focusing so much on the healthy components of the vegetables. No matter what condition it was, we were always making true statements about the vegetables.”
    One limitation of the study was that Turnwald and his research team could not measure how much of the vegetables the individual diners actually ate. However, a previous study by Wansink found that people usually eat about 92% of the food they serve themselves. Turnwald suggested that another study could attempt to measure the amount of vegetables diners ate by weighing what was left behind in the trash, though he admits that could be tricky.

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    Turnwald’s adviser, Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology at Stanford, is doing even more research on mindsets. In a previous study, she found that people who thought they were drinking an indulgent milkshake were more physiologically satisfied than those who thought they were drinking a healthier shake.
    For Turnwald, changing mindsets through new labels is key to more people eating vegetables.
    “We really need to think about this as a way to start changing the culture,” he said. “The way that we talk about healthy foods — it shouldn’t be so negative and so depriving and so focused on health. It should be focused on the flavor and the taste, because that’s how we talk about all the other foods that we know and love.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/health/vegetables-indulgent-names-study/index.html

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    How To Get Amazing Skin Using Sh*t In Your Fridge

    To be blunt, my face is my most prized possession. It’s the only thing that has gotten me this far in life. With or without pounds of makeup, I care for it as much as I do for like, my dogwhich is more than I do for any person, ever. I would be nothing without my high-status man candy, technically good physique flawless skin, and army of skanks evil band of *loyal* Instagram followers. Which is why when I notice the slightest of breakouts, I run to the nearest Walgreens and buy every fucking overpriced face wash/cream/moisturizer on the market. But, like other times I (appropriately) acted irrationally, I usually hate myself for being so god damn impulsive and spending my entire paycheck in one sitting for a bunch of shit that doesn’t even work. IDK, maybe there should’ve been a self-control course in college. No one cares why x+y=z and other lame ass bullshit that doesn’t make sense.

    Attempting to learn something (for once in my life), I’ve taught myself how to be resourceful by using water as a chaser food in my kitchen as a remedy for all of my facial flaws. If this means having my face smell like a foot or avocado toast, then so fucking be it. I’m saving money by not leaving my house. What’s there to complain about? Here are common foods probably in your cabinet or fridge that will do wonders for your skin (you’re fucking welcome).

    Lemon

    Lemons are the answer to most of lifes problems like providing us with good cocktails and catchy album titles. Well, who fucking knew it could benefit your face too? To reduce redness, excess oil, and light scarring, apply fresh lemon juice to targeted areas with a cotton ball. NGL, it may sting just a tad, but let those juices flow, GF.

    Unsweetened Plain Yogurt 

    Okay, this is probably a little far-fetched being that no fucking normal person nonchalantly has plain unsweetened yogurt chilling in their fridge. Unless you’re into like, diets and being healthy. Whatever the fuck that means. In this case, you may have to buy some to not only impress your skinny snobby friends, but also to slab on your face. Ingredients such as lactic acid and zinc help moisturize your face. They fight aging and prevent nasty-ass wrinkles. You’ll always be 25 on the outside if you use enough.

    Raw Honey  

    Don’t be lazy with this one. Finding an unprocessed, natural, pure honey is most likely found at a local farmers market or hipster grocery store (aka Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods). It’s important to find one without sugary loaded shitaka that shit that comes in the bear bottle at your grocery store won’t cut it. Apply to only affected areas to reduce swelling and prevent infection. Wash off thoroughly after your desired time because like, do I really need to explain why?

    Tomatoes 

    Ever wondered how to get rid of vomit-inducing blackheads? Grind or blend a few tomatoes until they become a paste. Apply it as a facial mask after washing your face to unclog your pores and serve as an exfoliant. Fresh tomatoes reduce oil and prevent blackheads.

    Avocado

    Life tip: If you have avocado at home already, guac isn’t extra for you!! You go, Glen Coco. I know you don’t really need another reason to have/eat avocado, but either option is fantastic for your skin. Applying avocado directly onto your face keeps it looking nourished and radiant. If you have a sunburn, apply to the affected area to rid dead skin cells and protect from sun damage.  

    Oats

    All around, oats are pretty fucking great for your skin. Even for the most sensitive skin types, oats relieve itchiness, reduce swelling, and lock in natural moisture. Use as a paste or grind for a loose powder. Oats are especially ideal for those who are prone to allergies or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

    Bananas

    Whether you use its peel or mash it up, applying fresh bananas give life to any dull complexion. The shit ton of vitamins and potassium provide soft, glowing skin to make you look as young as the first time you got a fake ID. FYI, if you rub a banana peel along your teeth, your teeth will have a fab glow-up too.

    Cucumber

    I mean, fucking duh. Everybody in the English-speaking world knows the penis-looking veggie does some common good for your face. Although they’re literally like, water, placing cucumbers on your eyes reduces puffiness and dark circles because what is sleep anymore. If you’re suffering from an allergic reaction or type of skin irritation, apply to the specific area for cooling and relieving purposes. 

    Read more: http://www.betches.com/how-to-fix-facial-flaws-using-ingredients-in-your-house

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    Why You Should Go Meat-Free For One Day A Year, According To Science

    Today Monday June 12, 2017 is World Meat-Free Day, which celebrates an initiative that hopes to get everyone to adopt a vegetarian diet for just 24 hours. The aim is to promote healthier diets, living sustainably, and cutting our carbon footprint.

    As were sure you know, the federal government is withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, but at least one-third of the US is sticking to the accords come hell or high water. Governors and businesses are cutting their carbon emissions, but as individuals, you can act to show your support too.

    So, as its World Meat-Free Day, we wanted to show you how much carbon dioxide you could save by going vegetarian for just one single day and were confident the numbers will surprise you.

    Right lets do the math, as they say. Well be sticking to SI units for now, but were nice, so we shall convert things to Imperial units right at the end.

    The average meat consumption in the US per person which also takes into account vegetarians is 90 kilograms per year, as of 2014. Thats about 0.25 kilograms per day, which across the entire population of the US is 80.4 million kilograms of meat per day. (Thats far higher than the global average, by the way, but we digress.)

    Producing meat takes quite a lot of energy. You have to provide either feed to the animals or let them graze on open pastures. Either way, you need to grow that food, as well as water the land and keep the cattle from getting parched all of which generates carbon dioxide emissions.

    You need electricity for all this too, and the upkeep, transportation, and processing all bring with them an additional carbon footprint. The methane emissions that escape out of the mouths and butts of these animals particularly cows is also a major contributing factor to the carbon footprint.

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    A report by the nonprofit, US-based Environmental Working Group (EWG) calculated, using the best available data, the total amount of carbon dioxide produced per kilogram of meat product, for both farming and post-farming environments, for a variety of livestock.

    For the sake of simplicity, weve gone with the most common types of meat: beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. We arent taking into account fish, dairy, eggs, turkey nor veal which means these numbers are a very conservative estimate.

    Per kilo of beef, you get 39.25 kilos of carbon dioxide; the same goes for lamb. Pork produces 12.12, and chicken just 6.8.

    According to the North American Meat Institute, 37 percent of meat consumed by the average American is poultry and 55 percent is red meat. Assuming Americans eat the same proportion of beef, pork, and lamb, and using those carbon dioxide values, you can get a rough estimate of how many kilograms of carbon dioxide meat production and consumption produces on an average American day.

    1 Beef = 576,965,000 kilograms of CO2

    1 Lamb = 576,965,000 kilograms of CO2

    2 Chicken = 202,640,000 kilograms of CO2

    3 Pork = 178,164,000 kilograms of CO2

    Total = 1.53 million tonnes (1.69 million tons) of CO2 per day. If everyone stopped eating meat for just one day per year, and the livestock numbers changed to reflect this, this is how much CO2 would be saved. Its a truly remarkable number.

    As a point of comparison, if everyone went meat-free for one year, this equates to 558 million tonnes of CO2, which according to our calculations is 10 percent of Americas total carbon emissions, as of 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that all of America’s agriculture produces 9 percent of the country’s total emissions, which happily suggests that our calculations are broadly correct.

    So is it worth going meat-free for just one day per year? For environmental reasons, it absolutely is. Imagine going meat-free once per week then, as an increasing number of people are doing!


    Avoid this for one day per year, or even once per week, and it’ll make a huge difference. vikuschka/Shutterstock

    According to the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change yet, if 50 percent of the world adopted a more plant-based diet by 2050 and cut back on agriculture-related deforestation too then 66 billion tonnes (about 73 billion tons) of CO2 could be prevented from reaching the atmosphere.

    This makes a plant-based diet the fourth-most effective way for the planet to cut its carbon footprint, according to that analysis. So what are we waiting for?

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/environment/why-meatfree-one-day-year-according-science/

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    ‘Half Size Me’: How a formerly obese mom of 3 dropped half her body weight

    Like many Americans, Heather Robertsons relationship with food at a young age influenced her weight in adulthood.

    I was using food to cope, so whenever I got time by myself or got money, I was buying food to eat for myself, and I wasnt particularly active, 41-year-old Robertson, of Lakeland, Florida, told Fox News.

    Throughout her 20s and 30s, Robertsons weight would fluctuate from 250 to 290 pounds as she tried fad diet after fad diet with limited success. Later, during her first pregnancy, she would peak at 339 pounds.

    I decided then that I was going to make a change, said Robertson, who explained her OB-GYNs advice not to gain any more weight during pregnancy helped motivate her to alter her lifestyle.

    WOMAN SHARES THE DIET SHE USED TO LOSE 100 POUNDS

    Over the next five years, Robertson joined Weight Watchers and ended up developing sustainable healthy habits, like exercising for fun and not depriving herself of dessert. Eventually, her hard work paid off and she ended up dropping 170 pounds, or about half of her body weight.

    That accomplishment, which she calls her Mt. Everest, has become the basis of her company, Half Size Me, in which she teaches other people how to do the same.

    We wanted people to know [weight loss] is possible, said Robertson, but they have to change their mindset.

    Through Half Size Me, the mom of three boys coaches other people like herself through a podcast, a community program and a personalized coaching program. Since the companys inception in 2012, Robertson has served tens of thousands of people, she said.

    8 LITTLE CHANGES THAT CAN LEAD TO WEIGHT LOSS

    The podcast is free to download, but joining the community, which involves online support and weekly webinars, is $19.99 per month. On the podcast, Robertson interviews other people who have lost weight and asks them to share their tips, and through the webinars, Robertson teaches her followers weight loss lessons like how to better manage their time and break the diet cycle.

    The basis of Robertsons approach involves asking the question, Is this something I am willing to do for the rest of my life? She offered the example of passing up birthday cake at parties, which she no longer does because for her, saying no wasnt sustainable.

    I had to change my mindset and say, What can I do and maintain my weight? because I dont want to lose all that weight and gain it all back, she said.  

    Another tenet she teaches? Moving every day for at least 30 minutes.

    Your minimums should be your bare-bone minimums, she said. I track my weight every day even though it may not be pretty. Every day, I move 30 minutes. I can go above that, but I cant go below that.

    DITCH THESE RUNNING EXCUSES TO JUMP-START YOUR WEIGHT LOSS

    Through her coaching program, which so far involves 25 to 30 people, Robertson has found that another core practice to help individuals maintain weight loss is being open to different types of exercise, especially in the event of an injury.

    I see this come up time and time again: If they cant do the activities they love to do, their eating habits go out the window, Robertson said. You have to realize the modality of your fitness has to change. If you have that space for fitness, youve allowed yourself to grow and adapt.

    Today, Robertson tries to keep her own weight between 150 and 160 pounds an achievement thats helped her get back on her feet, grow her business, and raise her three sons.

    There are so many gimmicky diets and plans, and people get sucked in, and I know this because I did this, Robertson said. What we want people to know is there are so many various ways of doing this and you have to find what works for you. Theres no right way or wrong way.

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    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/06/15/half-size-me-how-formerly-obese-mom-3-dropped-half-her-body-weight.html

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    Lead found in 20% of baby food samples, especially juices and veggies

    Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food — particularly baby food — could be a problem, too.

    The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of federal data, found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits.
    The organization’s primary focus was on the baby foods because of how detrimental lead can be to child development.
      “Lead can have a number of effects on children and it’s especially harmful during critical windows of development,” said Dr. Aparna Bole, pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, who was not involved with the report. “The largest burden that we often think about is neurocognitive that can occur even at low levels of lead exposure.”
      Lead can cause problems with attention and behavior, cognitive development, the cardiovascular system and immune system, Bole said.
      The samples studied were not identified by brand, and the levels of lead are thought to be relatively low. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.
      In a draft report released earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that over 5 percent of children consume more than 6 micrograms per day of lead — the maximum daily intake level set by the Food and Drug Administration in 1993 — in their diet.
      This surprised Tom Neltner, Environmental Defense Fund’s chemicals policy director, who has spent 20 years researching and working to reduce lead exposures. His further analysis of the EPA report was that food is the major source of lead exposure in two-thirds of toddlers.
      This spurred the organization to examine data from the FDA’s Total Diet Study for specific sources of exposure for kids.
      In the resulting report, released Thursday, Neltner found that the baby food versions of apple juice, grape juice and carrots had detectable lead more often than the regular versions. Researchers could determine how frequently contamination occurred, but not at what levels.

      Grape juice, baby: 89%, regular: 68%

      Apple juice, baby: 55%, regular: 25%

      Carrots, baby: 44%, regular: 14%

      Source: Environmental Defense Fund

      According to the FDA, lead makes its way into food through contaminated soil, but Neltner suspects that processing may also play a role.
      “I can’t explain it other than I assume baby food is processed more,” Neltner said.
      The Environmental Defense Fund report notes that more research on the sources of contamination is needed.
      FDA has set guidance levels of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for candy and dried fruit and 50 ppb for fruit juices. The allowable level for lead in bottled water is 5 ppb.
      Concern over fruit juices flared up in 2012 when Consumer Reports found that 1 in 4 samples of apple and grape juices had lead levels higher than the FDA’s bottled-water limit of 5 ppb.
      “The FDA is continuing to work with industry to further limit the amount of lead in foods to the greatest extent feasible, especially in foods frequently consumed by children,” read an agency statement in response to the report. “The agency is in the process of reevaluating the analytical methods it uses for determining when it should take action with respect to measured levels of lead in particular foods, including those consumed by infants and toddlers.”
      Neltner said he’s glad the FDA is working on the issue but wants them to “get it done. Move quicker.”
      The Environmental Defense Fund isn’t recommending that parents avoid certain foods or brands for their children but does advise that they consult their pediatrician about all means of lead exposure.
      “In many American communities, the most significant route of lead exposure is from paint and soil,” Bole said. “Avoiding all sources of exposure of lead poisoning is incredibly important … but the last thing I would want is for a parent to restrict their child’s diet or limit their intake of healthy food groups.”
      She added that pediatricians recommend limiting or eliminating fruit juices from children’s diets, anyway, for nutritional reasons. “There are good reasons to limit juice other than this particular report,” Bole said.
      But she said she wouldn’t want parents to avoid root vegetables altogether. “The benefits of those nutritious foods far outweigh any risk,” she said, especially in the context of where kids are most exposed to lead.

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      In response to a request for comment, Gerber said that samples of its baby foods and juices “consistently fall well within the available guidance levels and meet our own strict standards.” And samples of Gerber juices were all below the EPA standard for drinking water.
      “We know parents may be concerned about a recent report on lead in foods and want to reassure them that Gerber foods and juices are safe,” the statement read.
      The Environmental Defense Fund report was ultimately directed at the food industry and FDA in the hopes of getting limits and standards updated.
      But lead in paint and drinking water shouldn’t fall by the wayside, Neltner said. “You’ve got to deal with this issue on multiple fronts.”

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/16/health/lead-baby-food-partner/index.html

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      5 Unexpected Benefits Of A Vegetarian Diet Your Body And The Planet Can Enjoy

      To celebrate a family members high school graduation, my cousin hosted a barbecuethatincluded a pig roasting.

      If youre unfamiliar with the process, it takes for a pig to cookcompletely, and you have to keep a sharp eye on the flames.

      Around mid-afternoon, my uncle, a retired fireman chief,yelled Fire! Everyones head spun around to the five huddled grills, specifically that of the pig.

      The entire animal had gone up in smoke, and all that remained wereburned remnants of an innocent life that died to be eaten, yet never was.

      There were groans of disappointment, sighs of, Well, so much for that.

      I couldnt help thinking how unfortunate it is that humans can feel such an emotional disconnect toward animals, never pausing to consider a helpless life had been lost for literally no reason at all.

      This experience has led me to experiment with a transition from full-on omnivore to a part-time herbivore, not only so I can help prevent needless and grotesque deaths of innocent animals, but also because, to put it simply, it makes my body feel good.

      Here are five benefits ofvegetarianism that prove its really not just a diet, but rather a lifestyle that pays homage to both the environment and your body.

      1. Stop Animal Cruelty

      Regardless of whether you consider yourself an animal lover or not, most people would agree thatkilling an innocent life for mere consumption is cruel, at least from a moral standpoint.

      There are countless documentaries out there that go into gruesome, but ultimately truthful detail on what exactly goes on behind closed doors at factory farms, where animals become food.

      The bottom line is, theres simply no moral way to kill a living creature that does not want to die.

      2. Less Pollution

      Taking a step back from what factory farms are actually doing to animals, these institutions are also undoubtedly harmful for the environment.

      According to PETA, piles of animal waste product end up in lakes, rivers, drinking water, and on crops, while harmful chemicals and bacteria ruthlessly pollute the air.

      3. Prevent Diseases

      According to, vegetarians consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more vitamins C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as carotenoids and flavonoids in comparison to meat-eaters.

      Vegetarians thus get to enjoy the benefits of lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index three huge factors that can contribute to heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.

      4. Easier Digestion

      Because meat is essentially just dense animal muscle, eating a ton of it can be brutal on your digestive system.

      One of the reasons I choose to eat a predominantly plant-based diet is because my body cant break down animal product that easily, which results in some serious stomach pain and constipation.

      Plus, vegetable-based diets are naturally high in fiber, which always helps to keep your bowels in check.

      Of course, this isnt the case for everybody (and, more important, ), but it may be something to ask your doctor about if youre currently experiencing stomach issues as a frequent meat-eater.

      5. Customization

      There are so many vegetarian variations to consider when youre trying tofind one that best suits your lifestyle.

      You might choose to go all-out and try a vegan diet, in which you wouldnteat meat, poultry, fish, or any products derived from animals, which would also include eggs, dairy products, and gelatin.

      You could even try out pescetarianism for a slightly smoother transition, which would involve no meat or poultry, but you can still eat fish according to this diet.

      Whatever change you ultimately choose to make, be sure youre making the switch so you can eat what serves body, not someone elses.

      Read more: http://elitedaily.com/wellness/5-unexpected-benefits-vegetarian-diet-body-planet-can-enjoy/1990619/

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      17 of Today’s Funniest Memes

      Fresh off the meme press. 

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      5 things for Tuesday, June 13: Sessions hearing, Russia protests, Afghanistan

      (CNN)King James and the Cavs have been dethroned. The Golden State Warriors won Game 5 of the NBA Finals to earn their second title in three years. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.

      Jeff Sessions may not be James Comey. But hisappearance today before the Senate intelligence committee is still must-see TV. The attorney general will testify in a public hearing, giving us our best chance yet to see how Sessions responds to questions about Russia (including an alleged third undisclosed meeting with Russia’s ambassador) and to get his insight intolast week’s Comey’s testimony. The hearing starts at 2:30 p.m. ET. Please tune in to CNN.

          Did Jeff Sessions lie to Congress?

        But of course, that’s not all on the Russia front. Talk is starting to swirl that President Trump is thinking of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the man now in charge of the Russia investigation. It would be the political equivalent of firing a nuclear missile. The White House was quick to knock down the rumor.Mueller has drawn fire from ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said his team can’t be impartial because he’s hiring a lot of lawyers who’ve given a lot of money over the years to Democrats. Three members of the legal team have given more than $56,000 to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton, aCNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records shows.
        And finally, Senate leaders say they have a deal to put additional sanctions on Russia — and they’re making it hard for the President to lift them.

        2. Russia protests

        The man who plans to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin next year is going to spend the next 30 days in jail. Alexey Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, was found guilty of calling for what the government considers unlawful protests. Thousands answered Navalny’s call and hit the streets across the country to demonstrate against corruption. Protesters and police scuffled, and nearly 1,400 people were arrested. Navalny has been one Putin’s most vocal critics and is using claims of corruption as a springboard for a presidential run. But it’ll be an uphill battle. He has criminal convictions, including for embezzlement, and Russian law bans people with criminal records from running for office. Navalny says it’s all politically motivated.

          Protesters clash with police at Russian demo

        3. Afghanistan

        Three US soldiers were killed in a suspected “green-on-blue”attack in Afghanistan. The soldiers — Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore; Sgt. William M. Bays, 29, of Barstow, California; and Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, 22, of Youngsville, North Carolina — were shot Saturday by an Afghan army commando who was later killed by Afghan forces. The term “green-on-blue” is used when members of the Afghan security forces target US and other NATO soldiers. The Taliban claimed responsibility. You can read more about these three heroes here.

          Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

        4. Obesity

        Here’s a category where the US is No. 1, but it’s nothing to celebrate. One-third of the world’s population is overweight or obese — that’s about 2 billion people. And a good chunk of them live in the United States. The US has the most obese adults, accordingtothis new study from the New England Journal of Medicine, with nearly 80 million Americans falling into that category. And thenumber of people affected by obesity has doubled since 1980 in 73 countries. You can blame the usual suspects: poor diets, folks not getting enough exercise, and “intense marketing” of foods that just aren’t good for us.

          How to really lose weight

        5. Retail bankruptcies

        The economy seems to be churning right along, but for a lot of retailers, these are the worst of times. More than 300 retailers have filed for bankruptcy so far this year. A lot of them are mom-and-pop stores, but there’s lots of big retail names — like Payless ShoeSource, RadioShack and Gymboree — on the list as well. So what’s going on here? Many retailers are struggling because more and more customers are opting to shop online. It’s the main reasons some economists predict 25% of all malls will be gone in five years and why department stores over the years have lost more jobs than coal mines.

        Today’s quote

        “(I)mmigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show”
        The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which dealt another defeat to President Trump’s travel ban

        Breakfast Browse

        People are talking about these. Read up. Join in.
        Words with friends
        Playing word games with friends is great — unless you’re a Missouri Parole Board member and you’re doing it in the middle of a meeting.
        Hot ride
        You can take a trolley bus to your wedding reception or catch a ride with the firefighters who showed up when the bus caught fire.
        Bust a move
        What do you do when you’re 15 and just had a heart transplant? You turn your hospital room into a dance floor, of course.
        Inked up
        Makes you wonder who the real criminal is when a tattoo artist tattoos, “I am a thief and a loser” on the forehead of a boy caught stealing a bike.
        Snap decision
        McDonald’s has a plan to fill 250,000 summer jobs in a snap — by putting them on Snapchat.

        What’s for lunch …

        In the jury’s hands
        The jury will deliberate todayfor its first full day in Bill Cosby’s trial on aggravated indecent assault charges.

        And finally …

        Time flies
        He interviewed his daughter at the end of the first day of school every year from first grade to 12th grade. Now she’s a high school graduate. (Click to view)

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/13/us/five-things-june-13-trnd/index.html

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        The 7 Types Of Girls In Every Bridal Party

        If youre getting married or have already put that nail in the coffin tied the knot, you likely had bridesmaids. I had nine. Thats beside the point. Every bride has a unique personality and, therefore, very unique bridesmaids to help out on her special day. Regardless, though, you cannot deny that your bridesmaids or bachelorette attendees fell into these categories. Was Stacy the party animal you lost in Nashville during the bachelorette? Was Lindsey the thirst trap social media stalker who put up WAY too many pictures of you before the rehearsal dinner? Did Jessica just get high and act super chill no matter what you told her to do? Read on to figure out which bridal party archetype you and your besties are. 


        1. The Social Media Guru

        She made a Snapchat filter for your bachelorette, wedding, shower, and everything in between. She has shared no less than five social media posts the day before each large event featuring a picture of herself and the bride with a paragraph about friendship. She almost tripped and fell into an open manhole because she was checking you into a restaurant on FourSquare. She has more pics of your wedding than your photographer.

        2. The Control Freak

        This could be the bride, but theres at least one in every group. She made a fucking Google map of your stops on the bachelorette trip. Shes got reservations at at least three restaurants/bars each night in case one doesnt pan out. Shes got transportation covered. Shes slightly manic but youre going to be organized, goddamnit. She has sent out no less than three emails covering the event at hand, ensuring everyone has a) paid for their stay, b) has the T-shirts she ordered, and c) knows how to get to the hotel. She had her bridesmaids dress the day after she found out about your engagement.

        3. The Outsider

        Who even is she? You definitely went to school with her or knew her at some point in your life, and, yeah, shes fun, but shes clearly is not part of the new dynamic. She clings to the bride, afraid of interacting with the others. She laughs at everyones jokes, even though half of them, like, arent funny. Shes desperate for attention in a cute way. We still love her.

        4. The Party Animal

        Once you unleash her, she cannot be tamed. Shes making friends at the bar, on the sidewalk, at the club, in the Uber while telling stories about her house/dog/favorite restaurant/former relationships. Shes the one searching for a strip club (or stripper pole) at 2am or trying to climb on a table at the piano bar to flash strangers. Shes a champ. Shes ordering shots you dont want and harassing anyone who says theyre tired before 4am. She can shotgun a beer, get lost in a foreign city, find her way back, and be ready for more. Shes an unstoppableand franky, terrifyingforce.

        5. The Mom

        Shes literally the one holding the brides hair back while shes vomming during the bachelorette (thanks, Beth). She can be counted on to have fun, get drunk, but still be so goddamn responsible that everyone gets home/back to the hotel without dying. She somehow has tissues and/or plastic bags for clean-ups (shit happens) and never really yells or gets upset. Shes just disappointed. But shes a cool mom.

        6. The Literal Mom

        She either just got married and/or just had a baby, and clearly thats the focus. She doesnt come to any of the events but somehow gets her shit together for the wedding day. She tells you that itll go so fast and to hold on to special moments while figuring out a breast pump. She was a regular on Tinder and at drunk brunch, but now shes a stay-at-home-mom who makes color-coded grocery lists and reads about the benefits of raw diets for newborns.

        7. The Chill One

        No matter what youve thrown at her, she rolls with it. You definitely switched the hairstyles for your bridesmaids four times, insisted they buy Miu Miu nude heels, and changed up dresses last minute and shes cool with it. Shes come to every event, not made a giant deal about it, and is she high? Yah, shes just really high.

        Need hashtags, Snapchat filters, and matching tees for your bridal party? Click here!
         

        Read more: http://www.betches.com/7-types-of-girls-in-every-bridal-party