If you have any kind of sizable following, the concept of security in the weeks following the Paris armed robbery has probably been on your mind.
The fact that one of the most physically unreachable people in the world was able to be tied up and thrown into a hotel bathroom is forcing a lot of people to reconsider their own security and the balance between living a public life and not putting their own family in danger.
John Legend is one of those people.
During a recent interview with Sway, the 37-year-old singer addressed his own concerns after the robbery.
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During the interview, he told Sway,
I dont think you should go through life thinking that the very worst thing can happen all the time. Because, that was like an extremely rare kind of thing that isnt likely to happen very often in anyones life. Thats like a one in a billion situation. So, you dont want to go through life expecting one in a billion things to happen all the time, because youll be afraid all the time. You cant live your life like that.
Later, John went on to point out,
We have to be careful about snapping and things like that. Because people know exactly where you are when you snap in because its contemporaneous, its happening right at that moment where you are so you have to be a little bit careful. You have to do your best, you cant stop every situation from happening.
At the end of the day, there is a balance when it comes to being safe though. He said,
You got five armed guys coming, theres not much you can do to stop that. Just give them what they want and escape with your life. You just cant go through life with fear all the time.
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The reality of what can happen to your body after childbirth is often not discussed. There is so much focus on the delivery itself, that the aftermath following the big moment is often overlooked.
It can happen when you cough. It can happen when you sneeze. It can happen if you go for a run. You should completely forget about jumping on a trampoline.
There are three horrifying, yetcommon things that can happen after childbirth, but no one seems to talk about them. The thrill of the baby and motherhood itself overlooks the fact that most mothers still suffer from embarrassing and painful bodily conditions as a result of childbirth.
Those three things are:
1. Wetting your pants.
The Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) reports that the incidence of incontinence after childbirth is one in three. This is extremely high. If you look around at your girlfriends with children, chances are someone is having issues.
One of my patient’s (let’s call her Jane) was experiencing stress incontinence (leaking with coughing, sneezing and exercise). This started after the delivery of her son, Harry. She told me she couldn’t wear a G-string because she couldn’t wear one without a pad big enough to catch her leaks. She hadn’t been able to wear a G-string for two years now due to needing to wear pads daily, and was terrified she was going to have a accident in public, all at the age of 36.
2. Something falls out of your body.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where the bladder, bowel and uterus start to slip down into the vagina. And in severe cases, they will start to protrude outside the body. The CFA reports the incidence is as high as 50 percent after childbirth.
Having your bladder, your uterus or your bowel attempting to escape from your body is a completely unfathomable event that leaves the owner of said bladder, uterus or bowel feeling completely betrayed by their own body.
I see this often in my practice, and it is the reason I always have tissues on hand. In the words of one of the mom’s I saw as a patient (who has two small children):
When I first felt like something wasn’t right, I got my husband to look and he also thought my vagina looked weird. I got on Google and discovered it could be a prolapse. When the physiotherapist confirmed it was my bladder I could see, I cried nonstop for about two weeks. I can’t exercise without feeling like something is going to fall out. I can’t lift my children. I feel like it has ruined my life.
3. Loss of bowel control.
Research that was published in 2002, reported that fecal incontinence occurs in 3 percent of women three months after childbirth, and inability to control wind occurred in 25 percent of women.
Inability to control wind might not sound like a big deal, but another patient I saw five months after the birth toher second child (let’s call her Mary) voiced the reality of this problem. She told me she couldn’t go to the gym because since she gave birth, she couldn’t control her wind. It’s loud and it is humiliating. It tends to happen whenever she changes position, and at the gym, you change positions all the time. She would never know when it was going to happen, so she just doesn’tgo now.
If you are pregnant and reading this with your mouth open in disbelief, read on, There are a few things you should discuss with your doctor.
Research has shown that there any ways to know before childbirth if you’re at greater risk of developing one of these problems afterwards.If you already have one or more identified risk factors, you are more likely to experience incontinence or prolapse after delivery.
Risk factors include: If you are already experiencing urinary or fecal incontinence, if you are small in stature, if you start childbearing later in life, if you are overweight, if there is a history of incontinence or prolapse in your family (particularly your mom or your sister) or if the estimated weight of your baby is more than 8.8 pounds.
If you are saying yes to things on this list, it might be worth discussing these risk factors with your doctor and what might be done to try to try to compensate. Yes, I am nicely suggesting you discuss whether an elective caesarean section might be the preferred option for you. Or at the very least, discussing whether going to a C-section earlier rather than later if things are not progressing well would be your preferred option.
The Cochrane database reviews research and writes reports on this research, making it the highest level of evidence we have in healthcare. When looking at their published papers, they have found several things that are worth discussing with your doctor about your birth plan:
1. Giving birth in an upright position reduces the duration of labor and the need for epidurals.
2. Immersion in water during birth reduces the need for epidurals and other pain relief, and reduces the duration of labour.
3. Epidurals have been shown in the research to increase the chance that you will have an instrumental delivery.
Now, here is the important one that ties this all together:
4. The use of forceps (compared to vacuum extraction) causes more severe tearing and vaginal tearing, and causes more incontinence. There is also more chance of facial injuries to your baby.
It would seem the research supports avoiding instrumental delivery to reduce the incidence of pelvic floor problems. We can do this be encouraging water births, not lying on your back and without the use of forceps.
The CFA tells us there are other things we can do to reduce pelvic floor disorders.Manage your bowels, and in particular, constipation. Straining in order to pass a bowel motion pushes down on your pelvic organs and can weaken your pelvic floor.Manage your weight, as well. The heavier theload you are carrying, the higher the demand on your pelvic floor and the more pressure on your pelvic organs.
You should avoid physically demanding jobs that involve repetitive heavy lifting and hard physical training, since they have also been linked to pelvic floor disorders. Exercising the pelvic floor muscles has been shown to be effective, since strengthening these muscles lifts the pelvic floor and increases support to the organs.
Let’s start acknowledging that giving birth does not always give the outcome expected, and telling women they should be thankful they have a healthy baby when their uterus is falling out or they are wetting their pants does not necessarily make them feel better.
Let’s start focusing on what we can do to try to decrease the dismal statistics we are seeing. Don’t let it be the elephant in the room. Let’s start talking about this.
These aren’t strenuous exercises, but you should still be careful not to overextend yourself. Ease off if you start to feel pain. You’ll feel like a big moron if you pull a muscle while sitting down at your desk. And keep breathing! Most of these stretches are modified yoga poses, so the way to get the most out of them is to take measured, deep breaths whether you’re practicing for half an hour or one minute.
2. Try a seated forward bend to stretch out your back.
With your feet flat on the floor, clasp your hands behind your back and slowly, steadily lean forward. Your chest should be on top of your thighs and your neck should be released.
3. Stretch your wrists.
After hunching and typing all day, it’ll feel great. Stand with your wrists facing away and your fingers gripping the edge or your desk or table, and slowly press down over your wrists so that your palms go as flat as possible.
4. Do a full-on chair Sun Salutation.
This one’s probably best if nobody can see you, but hey, dance what you feel.
5. Use your chair to do a seated spinal twist.
Sit on the edge of your chair with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Hold the back of the chair with one hand put the other hand on the outside of the opposite knee. Twist your torso in the direction of your hands.
6. And use time spent waiting by the printer/copier to do a couple wall-sits.
With your feet shoulder width apart, press your back against the wall and slowly slide down until your knees form a right angle (UNLIKE HER). Hold for 20 to 60 seconds while engaging your quads, rest, and repeat.
7. Take advantage of cubicle privacy to do a set of desk push-ups.
With your hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart, lower yourself until right before you hit your desk. Repeat 20 times or until your cubicle-mate starts to glare.
8. Take the damn stairs.
It’ll give you more energy and you can brag to all your coworkers for the whole day. Even if you can’t make it all the way to the top, take the elevator halfway and then get off.
9. A ream of printer paper makes for quick and easy calf raises.
Stand on the ream with the balls of your feet and straighten up to tip-toes. Lower and repeat.
10. If you can swing it, swap out your regular chair for an exercise ball version.
Get this one here.
11. And if you’d prefer something a little less obtrusive, invest in a hand grip.
It’ll work on your grip strength as well as your forearms. This one available here.
Just remember to keep your fitness regimen ever so slightly on the DL.
SUE ME FOR MY KILLER PECS GUYS. UGH.
1. It’s been ten years of McFly!
2. A fact they reminded us of in “McFly: The Musical”.
Via this Tumblr.
3. They’ve come so far since “Five Colours In Her Hair”.
7. And in 2003, McBusted was but a faint dream.
8. Now they’re all grown up and their weddings are so sweet.
Watch Tom’s full speech here.
11. And daft.
Via this Tumblr.
12. And seriously talented.
They’ve written for One Direction twice (“Lies”,”Don’t Forget Where You Belong”).
13. In fact, Tom’s kind of a genius.
Via this blog.
14. And Danny’s got a secret sideline as DJ.
Watch a video of his set here.
18. And though they’ve had their personal issues.
Tom has admitted to suffering from bipolar affective disorder, and has also described his struggles with his weight and obsessive dieting. Dougie spent time in rehab due to a drink and drugs problem.
19. They’re still a family at heart.
Via thisa Tumblr.
21. Why is why once a galaxy defender, always a galaxy defender.
No doubt your newsfeed has been flooded with “Chag Sameach!” and “Omg my dad made me hide the afikomen, does this mean I’m an adult?” statuses since Monday afternoon (sidenote to that second status: no, it doesn’t). For the next few days your snapchats will be nothing but matzah and “I would stab someone for a slice of fucking Wonderbread rn.” That’s right, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: Passover.
To most observers Passover sucks and is just an 8-day long test of their already nonexistent willpower. But to the JAB (and the non-JABs who come over for the seder on the first or second nights), it’s basically 8 days to do what we do best. Let’s break down the betchiest parts:
You might have to sit through a boring one-hour service (or however long your dad decides to make it this year) that basically just summarizes The Prince of Egypt, but at least you get to pregame the meal with four glasses of wine. Nothing says “family time” like mom spilling the matzo ball soup and falling out of her chair.
The Four Questions
Hopefully one of your older cousins has had a kid by now, saving you from actually having to look up from your Instagram feed. You can sit back and watch/laugh as your younger cousin's face turns as deep purple as the Manischewitz and his voice starts to crack. You know subjecting someone to this level of humiliation is kind of cruel but whatever, you had to do it when you were his age and you survived and it probably made you a better person somehow in the long run, idk. It’s kind of like pledging in that way.
You can’t eat any form of bread, and depending on
if you’re Ashkenazi how sadistic your parents were growing up, you also can’t eat any legumes or anything with high fructose corn syrup for reasons you will never understand, which in short means you can’t eat anything. And thankfully the sight of gefilte fish ruins your appeitite for at least 3 days. Big ups to Moses for starting the betch diet like 2,000 years before its time.
Meanwhile, the gluten free people won't let you forget that this is their life 24/7. We get it, and while we may look like we care we'd really rather slap you in the face with this freshly made piece of matzah pizza.
“Ugh why can’t they make kosher for Passover vodka?” “Wait, can we invent kosher for Passover vodka and become, like, millionaires?” “Why does Matza taste like cardboard and sadness, can I just have a Luna bar?” “I can’t even do this shit for 8 days, how the fuck did the Jews do it for 40 years?”
Even though betches avoid carbs like the ten plagues (ha, see what I did there?) unless we’re on like, an all-carb diet, nobody likes being told what they can and can’t do. After eight days of gazing longingly at your fridge you’re bound to get cranky and pissed, but like God said to the Israelites, this too shall pass. Also kale doesn’t have yeast in it, and neither does Diet coke, which is all you really need anyway.
You’re meltinnnnnng. But you don’t have to be!
1. Buckle your seatbelt when you leave your car so it’s not SCORCHING HOT when you return.
2. Put your phone in a plastic bag for an instant (and cheap) waterproof case.
3. Stinky, sweat-riddled car? NOT ANYMORE.
4. Dryer sheets work wonders in luggage as well.
5. And shoes!
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This is especially useful after a long, sweaty day of walking or running.
6. Get to relax at your own barbecue with a remote meat/grill thermometer.
7. Ensure your freezer pops get a clean cut by standing them upright.
This can save a lot of space too.
8. Open a can even once it’s been shaken.
Hit around the sides repeatedly until it feels settled.
9. Become the S’MORE MASTER.
10. And the HOT DOG CZAR.
11. Get a bed fan to make your sheets nice and crisp.
12. Use a drink cozy to guard your hand against a scorching hot gear shift.
And then use it to keep your booze cold. Thanks, science!
13. Speaking of cold booze, a wet paper towel + a freezer will cool any bottle down in a hurry.
14. If you need to entertain a large group of people (read: drunkards), use trash cans and a volleyball to play a gigantic game of beer pong.
Whether you actually fill said trash cans with beer is entirely up to you.
15. Reading while lazing around at the beach just got a whole lot easier.
Get this collapsible sun lounger here.
16. Protect your valuables at the beach with this quasi-gross diaper disguise.
17. Baby powder will make sand come right off your skin.
18. Rub lemon juice on sweat stains before putting your clothes in the wash.
19. Create your own makeshift sprinkler with a two-liter bottle.
Get the full directions here.
20. Float your tunez in any pool with waterproof speakers.
21. Keep your drinks from tipping over on the beach or in the grass with these handy stands.
22. Love popsicles but hate sticky hands? Cupcake liners have your back.
23. It’s probably a last resort, but panty liners can work wonders to help fight pit stains.
Find out more here.
24. Creamy baby oil can repel mosquitos and won’t smell horrible.
25. As for getting that beach body you’ve always wanted…
4. You see nothing wrong with Wiffle trademarking the color yellow.
5. You know that unscuffed balls are a pitcher’s nightmare.
And a hitter’s dream.
8. You have this picture framed in your bathroom.
And if you don’t right now, you will soon.
10. This is what you consider “rise and grind.”
17. The reason you hate this picture is because they aren’t using the yellow bat.
WAY more than the fact that it’s the Jonas Brothers.
19. The fact that people stole these Wiffle Balls makes you a little sad.
28. You think this field is the 8th wonder of the world.
32. You didn’t know this hat exists, but now that you do, you need it.
38. You think this is the height of athleticism.
I’ve spent years copying other people’s snacks and, recently, fending off unsolicited diet advice. Now I’m finally figuring out what I actually want to be eating.
I made oatmeal this morning, and I can’t stop thinking about it. OK, wait, hear me out. It wasn’t even the instant kind. It was old-fashioned. I cooked it in milk, and then added some things I thought would taste good together. And, miraculously, I was right: It was delicious. I realize I have just described the very basic process that is “cooking,” and I realize that oatmeal is not exactly the height of culinary achievement. But you have to understand: I really don’t know how to cook. This is new for me.
You know how people who cook a lot will be like, “Oh, I just threw this together from things I had in my fridge”? I don’t get that. Paralyzed by indifference and my general distaste for doing things I’m not already good at, I have never attempted to explore whatever creative kitchen potential I might have. I’m pretty sure I don’t have much. Only recently, and very cautiously, have I started experimenting with breakfast: my favorite meal, my one shining beacon of hope.
Up until now I have mostly eaten whatever the people nearest me eat. Ever since I first had the opportunity to procure food for myself, I’ve been a food copycat.
On the rare afternoons she didn’t have plans with her boyfriend or her cooler friends, my best friend in middle school invited me over after school to watch movies and make cookies. Her preferred brand was NestlÃ© Tollhouse — jumbo-sized, break-and-bake chocolate chip with little peanut butter cups mixed in. We deliberately undercooked them and often ate them straight off the pan. I asked my own mom, who has baked what must, by now, be hundreds of thousands of delicious homemade cookies for our family, to put the store-bought kind on her grocery list.
Standing in line in my college cafeteria I watched people assemble their food one step of ahead of me: what they put on sandwiches in which order, and especially what they put in a salad bowl. I didn’t want salad, at all, but I had this vague, growing sense that I should start eating it anyway. Once I watched someone put shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and croutons on top of romaine lettuce and douse the whole thing in low-fat ranch dressing. In my head it became a sort of recipe. Salad = lettuce + carrots + cherry tomatoes + eggs + croutons + low-fat ranch. I didn’t put anything else on it because I was afraid I’d only make it taste worse.
These are the two kinds of meal mimicry: the kind you do just because the food looks (and/or tastes) good, and the kind you do because the food matches some idea you’ve formed about what you’re supposed to eat. For a long time I adopted and ate other people’s formulas with guiltless impunity: potato chips and sour cream, peanut butter plus Nutella, sweet cereal with any other kind of sweet cereal. But eventually I realized everybody else had stopped eating like ravenous teenagers, and then the way I copied other people’s eating was no longer by adding things, but by taking them away. This happened somewhat gradually, but I would guess I noticed it around the same time I first heard the words “chia seeds,” which was also around the time I moved to New York.
Never before in my life have I monitored more closely what I eat, or felt like what I eat is more monitored, than I do now, at 28 years old, living in New York. Most women I know have dealt with what we broadly describe as “food issues,” but I hardly gave my body’s width a second thought until I was in my mid-twenties. I was thin, so nobody ever told me to watch what I ate. I am also from the upper Midwest, where “superfoods” and juice cleanses are still fringe interests at best, and where cultural reservedness prevents most non-kin commentary on other people’s plates. Then I moved to New York, and everybody had input. So much input.
Something I’ve had pointed out to me a lot since moving here is that I really like sugar. I’d always thought of my sweet tooth fondly, as a not-that-bad weak spot I shared with my ancestors. (My mom has this story about a time she baked a pie for my dad’s father. When she went to cut it into eight pieces, as is standard, he stopped her: “Six,” he said. “Heaney serving size is one-sixth.”) I’ve since come to struggle with it. In my heart I don’t truly believe it’s wrong to eat sugar, but I’ve started feeling badly about myself when I do. I’ve started eating single pieces of bitter dark chocolate in lieu of other things I used to love much more. I’m told this is better for me.
There was a time in my life when a piece of bread felt like an acceptable, even logical, companion to pasta, but no longer. In line for a catered lunch at work someone told me my plate was “all carbs,” and every time I’ve gotten lunch since I’ve felt like I’m being watched. I used to be good at dismissing comments like these as essentially impersonal projections, not really about me, but after so many “that’s a big piece/that’s a lot of X/how can you eat that”s, I got involved. Other people’s opinions have so infiltrated my own that there remain very few foods I can eat without considering their merits, and, by extension, what they might do to my increasingly suspect body. And that makes me so fucking mad.
This is probably part of the reason I’ve become obsessed with breakfast. Breakfast is the only meal I always eat completely alone. In the early morning, in my tiny apartment’s half-kitchen, before I’ve seen a single other human being, I feel free to decide for myself what is good for me and what I need. I’m a vegetarian, so I like to make sure my breakfast gives me a baseline of protein. I’ve tried various foundations (eggs, toasts, smoothies), but the thing I always come back to eventually is oatmeal.
A few weeks ago, in search of oatmeal inspiration, I found this list of things nutritionists eat for breakfast. All of them are simple, with recognizable ingredients. I was surprised to see that most of them even included some form of carb. I scrolled through until I found one in particular (shout-out to Anne Danahy, MS, RD, LDN) that seemed like a good foundation for something I could make my own: “steel-cut and old-fashioned oats cooked with 1% milk, mixed with fruit, walnuts, and a scoop of plain Greek yogurt.”
So I went to the grocery store and used it as a guideline, removing the things I don’t like (walnuts) and adding others I do. I have eaten it every day since. It’s so good. I keep thinking about it. I’m already excited to have it again tomorrow.
I don’t know if this is a “good” recipe, and I have *already* been informed that mixing granola with oatmeal is “insane.” This oatmeal is healthy, but, depending on whose unsolicited feedback you get, it could probably be a little bit healthier. That’s OK. To quote Jillian Michaels in her Ripped in 30 workout video, which I like to do as much as possible, “It doesn’t have to be perfect. Perfect sucks.”
Katie’s Greek Yogurt Oatmeal
I use a kind of granola from Whole Foods called “simple granola with raisins,” mostly for crunch value. The protein powder (for protein) and maple syrup (for a little extra sweetness) are both optional.
⅔ cup low-fat milk
Â½ cup old-fashioned oats
Â½ cup plain Greek yogurt
⅓ scoop (about 1 Â½ tablespoons) vanilla protein powder (optional)
Small handful of plain granola
Handful of unsalted roasted almonds
Handful of fresh blueberries
In a bowl, mix the protein powder into the Greek yogurt. Heat the milk with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat, just until it’s steaming hot, and then stir in the oats. Cook for five minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the texture is creamy. Add a splash of water while cooking if the oats start to look dry. Pour the oats over the Greek yogurt, add maple syrup if desired, and mix. Top with granola, almonds, blueberries, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
In the United States, the number of patients diagnosed with diabetes (both Type 1 and Type 2) has doubled over the last decade. Type 2 accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes diagnoses. Over eight percent of the U.S. population is believed to have diabetes, and of those with it, an estimated 27% do not even know it. Monitoring blood glucose levels is critically important and must be done multiple times a day, which can be painful and cumbersome. Google has just announced a prototype device that retrieves information about blood sugar directly from the eyeball, via a contact lens.
Typically, a small blood sample is taken from the fingertip using a combination of a lancet, strips, and a blood glucose meter. For those who have had diabetes for a long time or require more frequent testing, it can be hard to find a spot that will bleed easily. There are embedded blood glucose monitors, but they require a device to be taped to the skin or work on a belt and require outpatient surgery for replacement. Unfortunately, because properly monitoring blood sugar is such a large commitment, many people are not doing it right. Those who choose not to manage their disease properly are at a much greater risk of developing blindness, kidney failure, or having their lower extremities amputated.
Many researchers have been seeking alternative ways to monitor glucose without the use of blood, in order to make it easier for diabetics to stay on top of their sugar levels. Some newer noninvasive glucose tests include checking saliva, urine, or tears. Tears can provide an incredibly accurate measurement, but it is not always easy to get a sample. Google’s solution to using tears is minimally invasive and can provide constant monitoring of glucose levels.
A prototype soft contact lens has been outfitted with a micro-scale computer chip, sensor, and an antenna. Once every second, the sensor monitors the glucose levels in the tears and transmits the information to a wireless device, such as a smart phone. This information could also be sent directly to the person’s doctor. Future prototypes may also include a tiny LED which would immediately alert the wearer that sugar levels are either too low or too high and to take immediate action. The technology within the lens does not impact the field of vision and should not be much different than wearing traditional contact lenses.
Currently, scientists at Google are in talks with the FDA about taking this prototype to the next level. It will be years before the contact will be available for clinical use. Google is reaching out to potential partners in order to make this a feasible option for diabetics. This has the potential to revolutionize how millions of people with diabetes manage their disease and give them the best chance to protect their eyesight, limbs, and life.
Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is 290 pounds of manimal. He has the speed of a cheetah and the strength of a gorilla, and he takes down opposing quarterbacks with a ferocity few NFL fans have ever seen.
So, it should come as little to no surprise Watt reportedly takes in 9,000 calories over the course of six separate meals throughout a single day, right? Hey, it takes a lot to fuel a 27-year-old three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
But even for someone as big and strong as JJ Watt, how does one get to 9,000 calories a day? What does this man actually consume? Well, in a recent interview with GQ, Watt revealed exactly what he eats for each of his six daily meals.
Oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries
Banana and apple
Two slices of wheat toast with peanut butter and banana and honey
Two slices of wheat toast with jelly
Three chicken breasts with whole wheat pasta and Italian dressing
Side of broccoli
More chicken breasts with mashed sweet potatoes
Lamb chops with whole wheat pasta
Filet with whole wheat pasta
Speaking on his daily diet, JJ Watt said,
I’m not strict on my calorie count, I just pay attention to my body. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and about myself, so it’s a lot more based on feel. I stopped putting a number on it because people were analyzing it too much.
Honestly, that sounds like some of the best diet and nutrition advice I’ve ever read. Increasingly, we get all wrapped up in eating fat-free foods and trying to be as skinny as possible, but we lose sight of what it really means to be healthy.
I’m not saying you should consume 9,000 calories a day like JJ Watt, but maybe you should listen to your body more than your head.