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Your guide to looking good and feeling great.

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The latest health and fitness information, plus healthy and delicious recipes.

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Fitness Tips

4 Super Foods for Super Health
Looking to get healthier? Incorporate these four foods into your diet.

Online Fitness Tools that Motivate and Inspire 
Whether you're streaming a new Yoga class each day or just finding a new group of friends to work out with, you might be amazed at the new tools and resources available online. Here are some of our personal favorites. 

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BMI Calculator
Body Mass Index Basics, including the BMI Formula and BMI Calculators as well as BMI information for children and teens.

Teeth Whiteners that Work
Which teeth whitening method is right for you? This special report looks at the most popular options - and the costs for each.

Exercise and Pregnancy: FAQs
Here are a few of the most-asked questions to guide you safely on your journey to new motherhood, from internationally-recognized personal trainer (and mom) Tracey Mallett.

Exercising for Two
Dr. Alan Green's tips on exercising during pregnancy.

Post Natal Exercise: Why Exercise is Important After Baby
Includes tips for making time to exercise. 

Walking for Weight Loss

Everything you need to know to create a healthy, calorie-burning walking workout. 

Top Celebrity Workouts

Celebrities work hard to stay in peak shape for the camera. Here, some top celebrities and what they do to look so good. 

Exercise Tips: 25 Ways to Stay Motivated 
How do you go from a sporadic, on-again, off-again exerciser to someone for whom exercise is a lifelong habit, as natural and necessary as going to work and eating regular meals? Here are 25 tips from someone who has been on both sides.

Running Tips: What You Need to Know When Starting a Running Routine  
Strong legs, strong lungs, strong will. Such is the portrait of a typical distance runner. The good news is that you can be a runner, too. Here is what you need to know to get started with your own running routine. 


Treadmill Running Tips  
Treadmills ensure that the runner in you never has to sit out for a season. Here are a few points to consider when you begin your treadmill running regime. 

Product Reviews: Fitness Equipment
Treadmills, climbers, ellipticals, bikes...

Why You Should Do Your Workout Today 
Need a little extra motivation? Here's a quick list of the ways that today's workout will boost your mind, body, and soul.

Winter Exercise Tips
Stay motivated (and svelte for swimsuit season.) 

Workouts on the Go 
Excuse-proof your workout - even when you're traveling. Practical tips to keep your mind and body aligned amid the holiday chaos. 

Winter Workouts 
Don't let the cold weather stop you from achieving your fitness goals. Tips on staying motivated - and warm - during your workouts. 

Basics of Yoga  
An introduction to Yoga's purpose, practice, and postures.

Yoga for Weight Loss: Can Yoga Help You Lose Weight?
Yoga can improve your posture and digestion, keep you in good health and high spirits, but can it help you lose weight? Here's what you need to know.

Using Yoga to Manage ADD Yoga can help people with ADD to feel calm, centered, in control, and in touch with their bodies. Learn more about this powerful mental and physical refresher. 

Health & Nutrition

5 Things Toddlers Teach Us About Back Pain Relief
Author Kathleen Porter says toddlers hold the key to pain-free living and healthy aging. Learn how to align your body like a toddler for natural back pain relief.


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Best Breakfasts for Kids
What's the healthiest way to start your day? Linda Miner has the answer.


Healthy Snack Ideas
Here are easy on-the-go snack ideas, whether you want to lose weight or just keep your energy going strong all day.

Nutritional Tips for Getting Through the Holidays
Six tips for avoiding holiday weight gain.

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere!
Too much sugar isn't so sweet. Nutritionist Linda Miner gives us tips on cutting the hidden sugars in your family's diet.

Make the Most of Your Green Dollar
Choosing organic foods can be a pricey proposition. If you think you can't afford to go 100% organic, here is some simple advice on making the most of your green grocery dollar.

Sweet Dreams: No Sugar Added
How to cut down the sugar in your child's diet. Ten tips that work, from Dr. Erik Fisher. 

Vegetarian Weight Loss
Tips for tweaking a vegetarian diet for successful weight loss.


Eat Healthy, Even During the Holidays
The holidays are filled with opportunities to indulge…so how do we help kids eat healthy when it is especially difficult? Dietician and author Beverly Pressey has some tips.

Healthy Eating is Not a Discipline Issue
Why you might want to think twice before you make him finish his peas - plus, eight tips for encouraging your kids to eat healthy without bribes, rewards or punishments.

How Bad Brands Happen to Good People: Avoid Being Tricked by Misleading Labels
Kerry McLeod helps protect our health and our pocketbook with these tips for reading nutrition labels.

Nutrition for Kids: Make the Most of Your Child's Day
It's a fact: good eating habits can make you and your children brighter and better throughout the day. Here are a few tips that will help you and your family make the most out of each day.

Nutrition Happens
"If you can offer [healthy] foods to your child more than half of the time, nutrition will happen even when fun foods are part of your child’s regular diet." An encouraging article for parents of picky eaters, from dieteician and author Beverly Pressey. 

5 Ways to Save Money on Dental Care
No dental insurance? Here are five ways to get the services you need without spending your entire paycheck on your teeth.

The Health Benefits of Garlic: Garlic is Heart Healthy
Did you know garlic is good for your heart? Here, all the good things that garlic does for you, and a delicious new recipe for Happy Heart Pasta Primavera.

It's All in the Bones
Elizabeth Yarnell shares ideas for non-dairy calcium sources, as well as a delicious recipe for Thai Curry with Tofu and Rice

Summer in a Glass
Here's a healthy break from the winter doldrums in the form of a tropical treat, complete with coconut milk and papayas.

Natural Anti-Inflammatories
Are there any foods that help alleviate muscle stiffness, aches, and pains? Clinical nutritionist and author Kymythy Schultze gives us some ideas for natural anti-inflammatories.

A Better Soda
What's a healthier replacement for soda pop? Clinical Nutritionist and healthy cookbook author Kymythy Schultze talks about the dark side of soda and shares some ideas to satisfy a soda craving the healthy way.

Blueberries for the Family
Blueberry nutrition facts, recipes, and ideas to help you and your family eat more beautiful blueberries, all year round.

Sneaking in Spinach: Yummy Spinach-Avocado Dip

Healthy Fats: All Fats Are NOT Created Equal
Do you know your trans fats from your saturated fats? Your monounsaturated fats from your polyunsaturated fats? And are you getting enough essential fatty acids? Nutritional consultant and author Elizabeth Yarnell gives us an easy to understand guide to healthy (and not-so-healthy fats). Includes bonus recipe.

Healthy Carbs: The Carb Conundrum
The key to eating healthy carbs is in knowing which kinds of carbohydrates help us - and which we'd be better off without. Here, Elizabeth Yarnell serves up the skinny on healthy carbs and gives us a delicious recipe for Southwestern Quinoa.

Kids' Brain Boosters
Many factors affect brain health. Here, what you can do to make a positive difference in your child's learning and memory function.

The Neti Pot: How Often Do You Wash the Inside of Your Nose?
 
Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz have recently popularized the use of a neti pot, which practitioners of jala neti have been using for thousands of years. Here, the basics on how to use a neti pot and where to buy one for yourself.

Budget Organics

Many of us would love to go "all organic" with their food choices, but that can be a pricey proposition. Here's how to prioritize your organic food purchase.

How to Do a Self Breast Exam

Get into the habit of regular self breast exams with these simple instructions. Then forward them on to a friend. 

Breaking the Sugar Addiction: 16 Tips
Added sugar is in everything these days. Learn why too much sugar is bad, how much is too much, and what you can do about it. Then share your own tips for breaking the sugar addiction in Momscape's MamaWisdom forums.

I Dare You! Get Rid of the Sugar and Watch the Benefits Come in
A challenge from Sugar Shock author and blogger Connie Bennett. 

Healthy Eating for Families: 20 Quick and Easy Dinnertime Tips
By the end of any given weekday, we have packed lunches, kissed foreheads, gone to work, driven carpool all over town, and now…now it is time to cook dinner. Here are twenty quick and easy tips that can also make for magical family memories.

Healthy Eating on a Budget 
Do you purchase foods that are high in fat or sugar because you think that healthier foods are too expensive? Learn how to eat healthy on your current food budget.

Easy Fruit Smoothie Recipes
Seven great ways to get your "5-a-day."

Brown Bag Lunch Ideas
Nine healthy ideas for avoiding packed lunch boredom. 

How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables: 6 Easy Tips 
Here's a common struggle that most moms face at one time or another: getting kids to eat vegetables. Here are some fun and easy ways to get your kids to eat their veggies. 

Basic Recipes
Here are some basic stand-by recipes that are as simple as they are yummy. You can easily vary these basic recipes with fresh spices or other ingredients. Think of each of these recipes as a template...

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas
It’s not easy juggling our busy lives while trying to feed our families a hot, nutritious dinner every day. Here are seven quick and easy dinner ideas will help take the stress out of family meal times. 

Fun Snacks for Kids 
How do you keep snacks exciting and fun? Here are ten healthy and fun ideas. 

The Health Benefits of Drinking Water
What water does for you - mind, body, and soul. And how to make sure you are getting enough each day.

Eating for Energy
Quick tips for managing your mood with food.

How to Help Your Picky Eater
Are you worried that your child won’t get enough nutrients because she’s a picky eater? The good news is that the American food supply is super-fortified, therefore nutrient deficiencies are rare. Kids will often grow out of picky eating if it isn’t given too much attention, so while you wait for that day, here are some options to try.

Weight Watchers Review
Does this online weight loss tool really work? 

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Secret Restaurant Recipes
"Learn the jealously guarded secrets behind actual dishes from The Cheesecake Factory, KFC, The Olive Garden, McDonalds, Red Lobster, Hard Rock Cafe (and many more)  and learn how to easily cook them yourself!"

Omega 3 Sources
Discover food sources of omega 3.

Home Remedies for Acne
Home remedies are among some of the best treatments for acne. Here are some tips for adult acne sufferers.

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Do You Eat When You're Stressed?
11 strategies to help you avoid emotional overeating.

Mindful Eating: Redefining "Enough"
"What if you redefine the portion size from how many mouthfuls you can have to how many mindfuls you need to feel full, if you shift your attention from a mouthful to a mindful, from a serving to a savoring?" An intriguing take on mindful eating from author Pavel Somov.

The Link Between Being Stuck and Losing Weight
Dr. Roger Gould, author of Shrink Yourself provides tips on stopping emotional hunger from spoiling your weight loss efforts.

Gratitude & Weight Loss
Linda Spangle, author of 100 Days of Weight Loss and Life is Hard, Food is Easy shares how cultivating a sense of gratitude can help you in your weight loss efforts.

"How Can I Diet When I Love to Eat?" 
The truth is, you don't have to stop loving food in order to manage your weight. You just need to change the way you view it. Here are three ideas that work, from Linda Spangle, author of 100 Days of Weight Loss.

Get a Weight Loss Buddy

Dieting with a girlfriend can be a powerful key to successful weight loss. Here's how to partner up when you diet. 

Ways to Look Thinner: 30 Tips You Can Use Right Now
You can appear more slender no matter what size you are. Here are quick tips you can use today, including how to dress to look thinner, how to slenderize your face using makeup, and how to look thinner for a picture. 

Diet Reviews

There's a diet out there for everyone - one that will suit your personal taste and motivational triggers. Momscape has compiled a series of reviews of 10 of the most popular diets on the market so you can get a sense if one of them is right for you. When available, we've also posted discount coupons for getting started.

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How Many Calories to Lose Weight? 
How to ensure adequate nutrition without inviting deprivation. Here's how to calculate your daily caloric needs for weight loss.  

20 Ways to Lose Weight
from Image Consultant Sheila Dicks

Weight Loss Formula
Are you watching your weight? Here are 12 quick tips for weight loss success.

Too Tired to Lose Weight?
How a steady diet of self-care can lead to weight loss. 

Break Tradition: Be a Holiday Loser 
"Tradition has it that the average woman will gain about seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. With a little advanced planning, a dash of determination and a sprinkle of self-discipline you can break tradition and lose weight this holiday season."

Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Gaining Weight  
Practical tips for all of us. 

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Mind, Body, Spirit

Natural Hair Treatments
Rejuvenate your hair without chemicals or expensive products. Here's how.

Easy Homemade Spa Treatments and Beauty Recipes
You don't need an expensive trip to the spa to rejuvenate. Here are seven simple at-home spa treatment recipes you can make yourself

Beauty Horoscopes
See which products are recommended for your star sign!


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Cellulite and Stretch Mark Reducers
 
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BeautyTalk: Dealing with Rosacea

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A Natural Cure for Insomnia
Read our review of Tranquil Sleep Now, a CD that works to solve sleeplessness. 

Ten Natural Beauty Recipes
From the Beach Sand Foot Rub to the Homemade Lotion and Soothing Apricot-Almond Body Scrub, these ten natural beauty recipes are as simple as they are luxurious.

At Home Spa Ideas: Create Your Own At Home Spa in Six Easy Steps
 
Creating your own mini home spa is simple and affordable. Whether it's a daily, weekly, or monthly indulgence, here are six steps to creating your own luxurious at-home spa.

Skin Care Foods: What Foods Help Maintain Healthy Skin? 
Here, what to eat (and what to avoid) for more healthy, glowing skin. 

Healing Extremely Dry Skin
Eight simple ways you can help drench your skin. Get glowing! 

Best Lotions for Dry Skin
Top rated body lotions formulated to alleviate dry skin. 

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Sedu Hairstyles 
Do you Sedu? Sedu Flat Irons are all the rage in Hollywood. See what all the buzz is about. 

Self-Confidence Builders 
6 ways you can start feeling better about yourself, starting now.

Aromatherapy 101
Researchers say aromas affect everything from buying behaviors and food cravings to energy level and sex drive. Learn how to put the science of aromachology to work for you. 

What's Hot in Plus Size Fashion
The trends that are now on the runways are very plus-friendly. Here are a few trends and design details to incorporate into your wardrobe.

"The Good News Guide for Healthy Women"  
The American Dietetic Association's advice on staying slim, healthy, and energized. A must-read for every woman. 

10 Uses for Essential Oils in the Home
"When guests first enter your home the first thing that greets them is the aroma..."

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Homemade Beauty Products 
Preparing your own beauty treatments and pampering packages is an affordable alternative to your favorite store-bought brands. And, since many of these recipes contain only ingredients found in most kitchen cupboards, they’re perfect for those times when you have an unexpected fifteen minutes to yourself.

Six Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem: An "Inner" Beauty Workout for Women
"Trillions of pages have been written dissecting and detailing what fashions women should wear. We're even known for writing a few of these fashion pages ourselves. But this time we'd like to focus on a woman's sense of herself and how she can face the world with a presence and enthusiasm all her own..." 

Homemade Beauty Recipes
by Brenda Hyde
Homemade bath, skin, and hair treatments, perfect for your self-care ritual. 

Homemade Facial Scrubs and Masks Simple, restorative recipes using common household ingredients. 

Learning to Love Your Body Learn how to build a better body image...

Helping Your Kids Build a Better Body Image  What you can do to help your kids love their bodies...

An Essay on Female Body Image
by Susie Cortright.

Lemon Essential Oil: Look Lively with Lemon A surprisingly simple indulgence for mind, body, and spirit.

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Quick Beauty Routines  Taking care of yourself in the simplest ways can help put the focus back on you. Shave minutes off your routine with our helpful tips.

Treating Kids' Allergies "Adults with allergies sometimes tough it out, if they know their allergy season is limited or if they feel they can handle the sniffles and runny eyes. But you can't take that same attitude with a child..." Here, a list of treatment options so your kids can have fun in the sun, too. 

An Introduction to Integrative Medicine The integrative approach is gaining ground as doctors use alternative remedies to complement existing treatments. Here, a round-up of the web's premier holistic health sites.

Candy is Dandy: The Health Benefits of Chocolate
Can you really have your cake and eat it, too? Maybe...as long as its chocolate. Researchers say those creamy confections may help you live longer.  

So I Married a Meat Eater: How to Merge the Family Menus Family members often have different eating habits and nutritional needs. Here are some tips for creating a menu everyone will love. 

Herbal Supplements: Herbs for Health  Experts say herbal supplements can help fight fatigue, depression, even PMS and the common cold. Here, we sort the facts from the hype and provide a listing of herbs that might help you maintain the health and energy levels your job demands.

Momscape's Guide to Natural Cleaning Products
Whether you want to help the environment, create a healthier home for your family and pets, or you just want to save a few bucks -- homemade, natural cleaning products are the way to go. We've provided a few trusted recipes in every cleaning category we could think of, plus we'll give you tips on how to use, dispense, and store each cleaner. Includes recipes for Natural Air Fresheners, Basic All-Purpose Cleaners, Furniture Polish, Laundry Detergent, Stain Removers, Metal Cleaners and Polishes, Carpet Cleaners, Floor Cleaners, Pet Stain Removal.
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