Dedicated gum chewers might truly believe that their breath freshener of choice is a helpful aid in staying healthy. After all, that time spent chewing is time you can’t be eating. But I’m sorry to inform gum-lovers that there is really no health benefit to their Violet Beauregard habit. A new study shows that gum chewing isn’t just useless, it can actually lead to nutritional deficiencies. More
Topic: bad habits
I have a small confession: I do not enjoy exercise (almost) ever. I know I write for a health and wellness site, and I most certainly do value having an active lifestyle, eating well and staying healthy, but I’m just not one of those people truly has a good time raising her heart rate. More
There are a whole lot of habits you should avoid while driving: smoking, eating, keeping the windows down. But how many people are guilty of drowsy driving? Apparently quite a few. More
To commemorate â€śBack to Fitnessâ€ť week here at Blisstree, Iâ€™ve spent the last seven days holed up in my basement scrutinizing my vast database of womenâ€™s health- and wellness-related microfilm and microfiche, with white rice and Berry Rain Gatorade for sustenance and my trusty team of hooded acolytes as my lone source of contact with the outside world. In other words, I spent the week the same way I always do. â€śThe Social Animalâ€ť never stops working for you, dear reader; no sacrifice is too large, including my own health and wellness. More
We feel flattered every time a we get a reader comment, and we jump up and down when we get new fans on Facebook, so you can imagine how elated we were when we discovered that one of our readers created an entire video inspired by one of our posts about quitting smoking. David Carnegie, aka @CreelmanKid on Twitter, posted a link to his video, inspired by the Blisstree post, “What Happens to Your Body If You Stop Smoking Right Now?” in a tweet: More
Full disclosure: I have my fair share of bad, nervous/OCD habits that are anxiety-related. I have an eyebrow thing, a hair thing, and a re-checking door locks thing (only at night, and only in certain places). Oh, and then there’s that leg thing I do. However, I prefer to think of these as charming idiosyncracies. A close friend of mine does this weird OCD ritual when he eats dinner out in a restaurant which involves flicking his hand a certain way three times after every bite. (I guess I shouldn’t call his habit weird, though; I mean, remember my eyebrow thing.) The point is that we all do odd habitual things at certain points in our lives for whatever reasons (stress and anxiety among them). We’ll be talking more on Blisstree in the near future about OCD-related habits (including an upcoming post about trichotillomania with Dr. Dale Archer), but in the meantime, now that I’ve shared a few of my infamous, let’s say, quirks, it’d be nice if you did the same by taking our poll. And you have the luxury of remaining anonymous. But whatever you do, don’t let our little poll make you more anxious and nervous; we’re just here to help.
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I’m not sure if I have the winter blues or just a case of back-from-vacation-itis, but I’ve been having a lot of bad days lately. (Alarm failures, kitchen accidents, and lunch breaks spent waiting in tediously slow-moving lines: You name it, I seem to be catching my share of life’s annoyances in one week.) So I was happy to find Lifehacker‘s article, “How to Beat a Bad Day,” eager to find out the least painful way to make it through my unlucky streak. Their tips, while erring a little on the side of zen thinking for my negative outlook, are a great reminder for anyone who’s spilled their coffee, missed the bus, and made it all the way to work before realizing their cell phone is still at home, all in one rotten day: More
We’re not going to pretend to understand people who camp out in front of big box stores days before Thanksgiving (and completely miss Thanksgiving dinner) in advance of all the Black Friday sales. But we’re very glad Black Friday’s almost here, because we’re really tired of seeing all those commercials telling us to leave our warm, cozy beds in the middle of the night in order to embrace the true meaning of the holidays and buy a bunch of crap no one really needs. The folks over at The Daily Beast were kind enough to put together a handy slideshow of some of the major Black Friday sales and opening hours. And we’re giving you our honest take on them:
Some Sam’s Club stores will open on Friday at 5 a.m. Why so late?
Lowe’s will unlock its doors at 5 a.m. on Friday. Thank God, because you shouldn’t have to wait another second for that drywall.
Staples will open its doors on Friday at 6 a.m. How ever did you get through Thanksgiving without that mouse pad? More
Every night after work, I come home, make dinner (or pick it up on the way), and open my laptop. Will I catch up on work emails while I eat my Pad Thai? No. Skype chat with far-away family members while tossing back my taco? Nope. Iâ€™m going to have dinner with two of my closest friends: Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy.
I didnâ€™t grow up eating dinner in front of a blaring boob tube. My family broke out the TV trays only when something of paramount importance coincided with dinnertime. Presidential debates, for instance, or new episodes of The Simpsons. But even as a child, watching TV during meals was a social experience. Weâ€™d never eat silently, ignoring each other while devoting all our attention to Homer. Yes, weâ€™d whisper respectfully during the program, but every commercial break was a free-for-all. Even as I got older, TV shows became the foundation of future conversations. Weâ€™d spend dinners at the table debating the mysteries of The Sopranos, so watching TV together was basically group research. More
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We thought you looked pretty frigginâ€™ cool in those videos where you were smoking. To us, you were channeling Bogey in “The Maltese Falcon.” (Politically incorrect? Hell, yes. And true.) And that guitar? Forget it. Elvis wished he were half as cool as you. And we really want to commend you on your (former) smoke rings and baton-twirling-like finger manipulation of the cancer sticks. Nice work…for a baby. You were quite the chain-smoking badass. No local villager in their right mind would ever mess with the likes of you. Except, now that youâ€™ve successfully quit smoking, people might think youâ€™re a health-conscious pansy and start making fun of you and call you a quitter. Thatâ€™s okay. As soon as youâ€™re potty-trained, youâ€™ll relocate to L.A. and get your own reality TV show, and those stupid villagers wonâ€™t matter one bit.
â€“ A missive from the folks at Individual Image Imitators, Inc. to a famous toddler who recently survived rehab, from our post: An Open Letter to Aldi Rizal, the Indonesian Baby Who Finally Quit Smoking
Dear Mr. Rizal:
Congratulations on your recent successful attempt to quit smoking! As you well know, it’s a very difficult habit to kick, especially for someone who can barely walk or talk. Kudos to your mother, who staged somewhat of an intervention with you, and helped make it possible for you to enter rehab in Jakarta. (One of these days, you might find LiLo sitting next to you in your support group!)
It’s great that now you’re getting to “play” and “run around” and “color” just like a “regular kid.” But keep in mind that it’s never too early to start thinking about and planning your future career aspirations.
Healthwise, we think you made the right decision. But still, we thought you looked pretty friggin’ cool in those videos where you were smoking. To us, you were channeling Bogey in The Maltese Falcon. (Politically incorrect? Hell, yes. But true.) And that guitar? Forget it. Elvis wished he were half as cool as you. More
After June 22, 2011, all packs of cigarettes will carry “larger, more visible” warning labels as a result of the Tobacco Control Act. The FDA proposed nine designs, all consisting of colored graphics illustrating the negative health effects that smoking can cause. The new warnings will take up at least half of the packaging.
Hollywood celebrities enjoy resources and access that most of us just don’t: Money, power, fame, free swag, high-priced personal trainers, private chefs, couture clothing, multiple addresses, stints in fancy rehab facilities, and entourages, to name a few. So shouldn’t they be able to harness all those advantages and quit smoking in a snap if need be? Maybe, but still some stars just can’t seem to kick the habit â€” and the identities of a few of them may surprise you. Check out our gallery of ten unlikely celeb smokers, and be glad you’ve got one up on Kate Hudson â€” if you’re not addicted to the cancer sticks, that is. More
I admit it: I hold in my sneezes. I’ve been doing it since I was little. I believe it stems from the fact that my father has the loudest sneeze I’ve ever heard. When I was a kid, my dad would sneeze in the basement and I’d be roused from slumber all the way up on the second floor. So naturally, over the years I’ve honed my sneeze to be as silent as possible. Sometimes people around me don’t even realize that I’ve sneezed. (I’m that sneaky.) I’d guess that several of my co-workers think I suffer from some kind of twitch. Is this better than an obnoxiously loud sneeze? In my book, yes.
Of course, throughout my life, I’ve been warned by all my non-scientist family and friends about how suppressing my sneezes will kill my brain cells. I continued with my anti-sneezes anyway. But after witnessing my non-sneezes for a few months at work, Blisstree’s Editor-in-Chief convinced me to do some research on the potential side effects of not spreading snot all over the place, like everyone else does. I interviewed a variety of health professionals, and got some mixed responses: More