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#KindAwesome Win a Trip to #Wanderlust California Sweepstakes

This is a sweepstakes offered by Kind bars.  I am in no way involved in Wanderlust or prize fulfillment, in consideration for this post I did receive samples of Kind bars. 

Brush up on your sun salutation because your downward dog could win you a trip to the world’s leading yoga festival.  Want in? Snap a pic you’re your most #kindawesome yoga pose and upload it to the Facebook app for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Wanderlust California at Squaw Valley (7/18 – 7/21) including roundtrip airfare, 4 nights of lodging and 4-day Wanderlust Sage festival passes.

The contest will run from May 29 to June 16th.


Reader’s Digest Presents The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide

Follow the Breakthrough Diet On-the-Go!

NEW YORK, NY April 15, 2013 – In the New York Times bestseller The Digest Diet, Liz Vaccariello and the editors of Reader’s Digest sifted through the latest weight-loss science to develop a groundbreaking 21-day eating plan to help readers drop the pounds. Now, Reader’s Digest introduces a practical companion to help you follow the diet while you’re on-the-go, The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide.

The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide, available now for $9.99 at and wherever books are sold, is an invaluable companion to the Digest Diet, helping you maintain and extend your weight loss results when eating out and in other tricky situations. For newcomers unfamiliar with the Digest Diet, The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide is an easy introduction and includes a summary of the three phases.

The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide tells you how to find fat-releasing meals anywhere you might eat on the go, from fast food restaurants to coffee shops to image your favorite sit-down establishments. Restaurants featured include favorites like: McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Panera Bread, Cosi, The Cheesecake Factory, Burger King, Starbucks, Subway and Chipotle, among many others, perfect for days where you do not want or do not have the time to cook at home. Weight loss does not need to be limited to eating at home and the guide is the perfect companion to a delicious and healthy night out at a restaurant.

The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide includes:

  • More than 350 meals at 60 national fast food and casual dining venues
  • A condensed version of the Digest Diet, summarizing the three phases;
  • Strategies for identifying fat-releasing foods wherever you are;
  • The best choices at different types of restaurants; and
  • New portable snack ideas for when you’re traveling, running errands, or just short on time.

“Every day, I hear from readers who have lost weight and improved their health by following the lifestyle and plan of the Digest Diet,” said author Liz Vaccariello. “As a busy working mom, I know that cooking at home is not always possible. I don’t believe that you should have to give up on dinners out to stay on a diet, and The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide is a response to that.”

Whether you’re new to the Digest Diet or looking to maintain your fabulous success away from home, The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide helps you make the slimming and healthy choices on the go.

LIZ VACCARIELLO is the editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest, one of the world’s largest media brands, with 26 million readers. A journalist with 20+ years experience in health and nutrition, she’s the author of New York Times bestsellers The Digest Diet, Flat Belly Diet!, and The 400-Calorie Fix. Vaccariello regularly appears on national programs such as Good Morning America and The Doctors, and has been featured on The Biggest Loser, Today, Rachael Ray, and The View.  Previously, Liz was the editor-in-chief of Prevention. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin daughters. Her blog, Losing it with Liz, lives on She has over 3,000 followers on Twitter (@LizVacc).

About Reader’s Digest

Reader’s Digest simplifies and enriches consumers’ lives by discovering and expertly selecting the most interesting ideas, stories, experiences and products in health, home, family, food, finance and humor.  Recognized by 99% of American adults, Reader’s Digest is available in print; online at; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, Sony Reader and Zinio; books and home entertainment products; Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets.

The above is a press release for The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide.  I received a copy of the book for review and was not compensated in any way.

The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide is a slim, thin book that can fit in almost any purse.  It contains quick go to sections on popular restaurants.  It is not a calorie counter – it a phase plan where you use restaurant meals and specific food combinations that are “fat releasers”. This means not every meal you might order at your favorite chain restaurant is represented in this guide.  You are given four to five meal options and told how to eat them for each phase of the diet.  I found very few meals I could eat as a vegan included in this book, even though I do eat at a few of the restaurants listed.  For the average American eater though, there should be plenty of options that would allow any individual to utilize this book.  Great for travelers who spend a lot of time away from their home kitchen, and people who like to eat out. Even if your favorite cafe isn’t listed, the beginning of the book goes over some tips for different eating environments.  Definitely a book for people who hate to diet because it means they have to stay home and measure food.

This Summer’s Perfect Pounding 5 K Electric Run

Sweating it out to the blasting music at Coachella or the other hot music festivals this summer have you halfway there, but why not add a little spring to your step?

Electric Run is the perfect way to tackle your first summer 5K — with hot music, breathtaking light displays and an energized crowd of thousands, it will feel less like a run and more like a moving party. Electric Run has already attracted crowds of over 10,000 and are taking place across over 30 cities this year.


With the hottest musical acts, miles of neon lit track and participants decked out in Day-Glo, face paint and bright outfits, Electric Run is sweeping the nation. Electric Run will be coming to over 30 locations throughout the United States this year, so everyone can get in on the fun.

If you want to learn more or talk to founder Dan Hill (also founder of the Ragnar Relay) about this new race craze, please feel free to contact me. Happy to tell you more!




  • Electric Run brings the hottest DJs, giant light installation art from some of the most talented artists at DreamWorks, Disney, Coachella and Vegas.
  • The races have attracted celebrity participants from Carmen Electra to Seth Rogan.
  • Each race donates a major portion of the proceeds to a local charity.
  • Participants of all ages and walks of life take part – decked out in their neon best. Crazy neon running shoes were made for this.

Watch this video to see more.

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AMA Urges Patients to Dispose of Prescription Drugs on April 27

Wondering What To Do With Unused or Expired Drugs?

AMA Urges Patients to Dispose of Prescription Drugs on April 27

CHICAGO – April 23, 2013 – The American Medical Association (AMA) encourages patients to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27 to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescription drugs.

“Unused prescription drugs in the home can easily fall into the wrong hands, potentially leading to drug abuse,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe and legal way for people to get rid of the prescription drugs they don’t need.”

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. To find a collection site near you, visit

Unused prescription drugs left in homes are highly susceptible to diversion and contribute to the public health epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Improper drug disposal can also pose a threat to the environment and public health. About 46 million Americans have been exposed to prescription drugs through their drinking water.

The AMA also offers physicians other free educational resources to help combat prescription drug abuse and diversion. The AMA currently offers archived webinars on topics addressing responsible opioid prescribing. To learn more about the AMA’s efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and diversion, visit

Enter to Win Free 3 Months of @ConsciousBox from @SkyYogaStudio Great Products, Eco Friendly

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Dr. Ava Cadell to Bring “The Power of Pleasure” to L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Dr. Ava Cadell to Bring “The Power of Pleasure” to L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Dr. Ava Cadell, One of the Powerhouses in the World of Sexual Health and Pleasure Along with Dr. Karen Herold and Theresa Flynt will present a Healthy Sex Seminar for Lesbian Women on April 13 at 2:00 P.M. at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

MEDIA GIANTS – West Hollywood, Calif. (April 8, 2013) *** Hollywood’s most eminent love and sex therapist Dr. Ava Cadell, currently a cast member on the new hit Bravo television series "L.A. Shrinks," will be one of the powerhouse speakers along with Karen Herold and Theresa Flynt to present at “L50+ HEALTHY SEX SEMINAR: THE POWER OF PLEASURE.” This “for women only” event will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 P.M. at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza Davidson/Valentini Theatre located at 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038.

Have you lost that loving feeling? It’s time to get it back! Don’t miss this extraordinary event just for L50+ women! Featuring Dr. Ava Cadell, (founder of Loveology University), Theresa Flynt, (Exec. V.P., Flynt Management Group), and Dr. Karen Herold, DNP. These women are dynamic inspirations in the world of women’s sexual health and pleasure. Let them renew your faith in love! Reservations are required: 323-860-5830 or This is a Women Only event.
Join in the afternoon event to experience Loveology University’s Dr. Ava Cadell’s frank and electrifying presentation on:

  • How to unleash the power of pleasure.
  • How to expand sexual horizons with the latest sex toys & products.  (Presented with Theresa Flynt, Executive Vice President of Flynt Management Group)
  • How to explore multi-orgasmic erogenous zones.
  • How to keep passion alive.

Theresa Flynt will turn up the heat in the Davidson/Valentini Theatre. The daughter of Larry Flynt, creator of the world–famous Hustler Empire, Theresa attended Mt. Saint Mary’s College, an all-women’s college with a religious slant, and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing. Serving today as EVP of Flynt Management Group, Theresa set out to create a new concept in adult retail –Hustler Hollywood – a  store that not only sold toys, apparel and sexual accoutrements, but celebrated it!  Ms. Flynt’s concept was groundbreaking, resulting in coverage by Los Angeles Magazine, Allure, Cosmopolitan and many others, as well as being featured on E! Entertainment, “Entourage,” “The Real L Word” and “Sex and the City.” Theresa has graced the cover of AVN Online and been featured in O! Magazine, Playgirl, Los Angeles Magazine, Glamour UK and XBIZ World.  Most recently AVN Magazine named her one of its "Top 50 Influential People."

Rounding out the spectacular panel lineup is Dr. Karen Herold. She is an associate professor at California State University Los Angeles, who has worked in Women’s Health for over 30 years. Dr. Herold has worked across many clinical settings including in-hospital, private practice, community clinics and academic research. Her current area of research is cervical pathology and colposcopy and sexual abuse.  She is particularly interested in Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and revising evidence based guidelines for colposcopy, specifically endocervical curettage.  Past research includes working as an Ob-Gyn study co-coordinator at Harbor-UCLA where she worked in conjunction with Dr. Anita Nelson on contraceptive studies. At UCLA, Dr. Herold worked on the Women’s Health Initiative Study, a nation-wide study that elaborated significant findings related to menopause and hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Karen Herold will be speaking on:

  • Evidence based practice-what it is and why we need it.
  • What makes a strong study-and-who should we believe?
  • Vaginal atrophy, mood swings etc., the joys of menopause-and what you can do about it.
  • Women’s Health in 2013-what are the screening guidelines to follow after menopause?

L50+ HEALTHY SEX SEMINAR: THE POWER OF PLEASURE – Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 P.M. Reservations are required: 323-860-5830 or This is a Women Only event.

The Village at Ed Gould Plaza Davidson/Valentini Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038.


Dr. Ava Cadell has earned a Doctorate in Human Behavior and one in Human Sexuality. Through her private practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Ava counsels some of Hollywood’s elite on issues that range from lack of communication, low libido to power struggles and infidelity. When TV shows want ratings, they call Dr. Ava.


Dr. Ava is also the Founder of Loveology University where she provides a variety of certified programs from The Love Coach, Master Sexpert to Certified Romantic. Individual courses are also available in audio, video, eBook & slide show formats. All of Loveology University’s courses offer credits for therapists, counselors and nurses who require annual CEU’s in California.

Dr. Ava is also an accomplished author of seven books, her latest The Sexy Little Book of Sex Games by Alpha/Penguin Publishing is for couples who want to make their sex lives more playful, passionate and unpredictable. She has lectured to pharmaceutical companies, entrepreneurial organizations, religious groups, medical institutes, women’s conferences and universities all over the world. Her seminar topics include:

Life, Love & Intimacy

Passion Power

The Tantric Lab

For more information on Dr. Ava Cadell and Loveology University visit:

Are You A Coach Potato You Could Be Genetically Lazy Study Finds

Couch Potatoes May Be Genetically Predisposed to Being Lazy, MU Study Finds
Genetics could be a reason some people are motivated to exercise more than others

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Studies show 97 percent of American adults get less than 30 minutes of exercise a day, which is the minimum recommended amount based on federal guidelines. New research from the University of Missouri suggests certain genetic traits may predispose people to being more or less motivated to exercise and remain active. Frank Booth, a professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, along with his post-doctoral fellow Michael Roberts, were able to selectively breed rats that exhibited traits of either extreme activity or extreme laziness. They say these rats indicate that genetics could play a role in exercise motivation, even in humans.

“We have shown that it is possible to be genetically predisposed to being lazy,” Booth said. “This could be an important step in identifying additional causes for obesity in humans, especially considering dramatic increases in childhood obesity in the United States. It would be very useful to know if a person is genetically predisposed to having a lack of motivation to exercise, because that could potentially make them more likely to grow obese.”

In their study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology on April 3, 2013, Roberts and Booth put rats in cages with running wheels and measured how much each rat willingly ran on their wheels during a six-day period. They then bred the top 26 runners with each other and bred the 26 rats that ran the least with each other. They repeated this process through 10 generations and found that the line of running rats chose to run 10 times more than the line of “lazy” rats.

Once the researchers created their “super runner” and “couch potato” rats, they studied the levels of mitochondria in muscle cells, compared body composition and conducted thorough genetic evaluations through RNA deep sequencing of each rat.

“While we found minor differences in the body composition and levels of mitochondria in muscle cells of the rats, the most important thing we identified were the genetic differences between the two lines of rats,” Roberts said. “Out of more than 17,000 different genes in one part of the brain, we identified 36 genes that may play a role in predisposition to physical activity motivation.”

Now that the researchers have identified these specific genes, they plan on continuing their research to explore the effects each gene has on motivation to exercise.

Frank Booth also is a professor in the Department of Physiology in the MU School of Medicine as well as a research investigator in the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at MU. This research also featured Kevin Wells, an assistant professor of genetics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Division of Animal Sciences.

As a result of years of excellence in providing systematic, periodic examinations of scholarly research and provoking discussion leading to new research activity, Frank Booth will be awarded the American Physiological Society (APS) 2013 Annual Reviews Award for Scientific Reviewing. The award recognizes an APS member who has written scientific reviews that have helped provide an enhanced understanding of the area of physiology reviewed.

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