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June 30, 2015 - 1:07pm

Now that the heat of summer has arrived, staying hydrated is even more important, especially if you’re exercising outdoors. Here are 3 new sipping “rules” to follow when working out.

Chill Before You Sweat
If you’re looking to set a new record in that 10K or sprint triathlon, slurp an ice slurry, essentially an unflavored snow cone, 45 minutes before your event. When runners did this prior to a 10K in 82-degree weather, they ran 15 seconds faster on average, per a study from the International Journal of Sports Medicine. “The ice slurry increased body heat storage capacity, which allowed runners to push harder,” says Jason Kai Wei Lee, Ph.D., study principal investigator from the Defence Medical & Environmental Research Institute, DFO Laboratories, in Singapore.

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June 29, 2015 - 11:05pm

With all sorts of shapes, sizes, and add-ins, ice has gone designer. Here's some inspiration to bring the trend home.

Add-Ins
Place ingredients in an ice cube tray:
Thyme
Tarragon
Basil
Mint
Blueberries
Raspberries
Strawberry slices
Edible flowers or petals

Fill & Freeze
Add liquid to cover and freeze until solid:
Water
Cranberry juice
Grapefruit juice
Orange juice
Coconut milk
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Lemonade/limeade

Cool Combos
Here are a few mixes we love:
Thyme + grapefruit juice in a vodka tonic
Marigold petals + coconut milk in iced black tea
Blueberries + water in lemonade
Raspberries + cranberry...

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June 29, 2015 - 2:05pm
By Lisa Howard in EatingWell Blogs

Some fruits and vegetables play nicely together, others you should keep apart.

Are you wasting food because it ripens—then rots—faster than you can eat it? (We’re sheepishly raising our hands along with you.) Storing food the right way can make all the difference. Ethylene, a natural gas that’s released from some fruits and vegetables, speeds up the ripening process. That can be an advantage—to ripen an avocado quickly, seal it in a paper bag—but too much ethylene can cause produce to spoil. Fruits and veggies that release high amounts of the gas shouldn’t be stored alongside ethylene-sensitive produce. And it’s not all about ethylene; temperature plays a role, too, in getting the most from your produce.

Keep these foods separated at room temp:

Ethylene-sensitive produce:
Bananas (...

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June 29, 2015 - 1:18pm
By Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN in EatingWell Blogs

Here's what you should know to make sure your pooch has a healthy and safe trip.

Food
In warmer weather, pet foods have a higher risk of spoilage. Foods high in fat or with added fish oils or omega-3s are more likely to spoil (since the fats can break down) and potentially make your dog sick. Pack pet food and treats in an airtight container. Use a cooler to keep food cool and dry and bring the food into your hotel room instead of leaving it in your hot car.

Water
Dogs are susceptible to heatstroke when they don’t get enough water. Try a snap-in water bowl for crates or keep a collapsible dog bowl on hand. Be sure to make water stops every couple of hours.

A Special Treat
If you’re making an ice cream stop on the road, it’s OK to treat your pup to a small vanilla...

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June 29, 2015 - 12:37pm

Carb cycling’s roots are in bodybuilding. But it’s easy enough for any average Joe, which is perhaps why it’s gone mainstream. When you cycle your carb intake, you vary how many carbs you eat throughout the week, with some days being low-carb (2½ to 5 servings) and others high-carb (10 to 20 servings). The thinking is that your low-carb days put you in a fat-burning state and eating high-carb boosts your metabolism.

As with most trendy diets, there are a few plans to choose from, but the gist is the same—most plans cut carbs and calories. For example, the 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution gives women 1,500 calories on high-carb days and 1,200 on low-carb days (men get 2,000 and 1,500 respectively).

Unfortunately, the research on intermittently restricting carbs is almost nil. There’s one 2013 study, however, published in the British Journal of...

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