From memoirs to self-help guides, learn about anorexia and bulimia resources

An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation. If you’re seeking help for yourself or someone you care about, talk with an expert.

In addition, we recommend the following books and DVDs:

  • “Letting Ana Go” tells the story of a girl who seems to have it all. But as she struggles with meeting expectations, she turns to controlling food as a way to take charge of her life. Weight loss comes to mean success, all documented in a moving diary that reveals the toll and tragedy of eating disorders. Learn more about “Letting Ana Go”
  • “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)” is a fascinating memoir by best-selling author Marya Hornbacher. In it, she reveals how she first fight to lose weight – and then battled to recover. It’s a stark, insightful journey through the looking glass of eating disorders. Learn more about “Wasted: A Memoir”
  • What happens when a woman specializing in documentaries and photography explores life within an eating disorders treatment facility? The answer is “Thin,” an exploration into the lives of brave girls and women who revealed their stories in hopes of helping others. Included with their personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. Learn more about “Thin” by clicking here. Also recommended: HBO’s original documentary showcasing those patients: Get the details on the DVD
  • “You can never be too rich or too thin” has become a familiar saying. But Susan Sarandon proves why the “too thin” element can be deadly in the documentary “Dying to Be Thin”
  • Discover how to know if a “problem” might be an eating disorder by clicking here for “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect).”

4 big benefits of stretching

Obviously, stretching increases flexibility, but so what?

First, flexibility can increase “stability, balance, and ease of movement,” as Michelle Matte at Livestrong.com describes, which reduces risk of injury, not just in athletic activities, but in everyday life.

Stretching also encourages the production of lubricants in our joints, as AZ Central’s Andrea Cespedes tells us. This, combined with the relief of tension around your joints earned by stretching, can ease arthritis and other joint pain.

After sitting at a desk or behind a steering wheel for hours and hours on end, your posture can start to go. Stretching out your back, neck and chest will not only help improve posture, but work towards alleviating the lower back pain and neck tension caused by long-term slouching.

Speaking of long days working and commuting, stretching is a great stress reliever. When combined with deep breathing (as used in yoga) stretching can help you calm down and ease your mind, while loosening all the areas where you hold tension. Cespedes also explains that various stretches can even aid in hormonal balance, digestion, and blood pressure, which can all be associated with stress.

In short, if stretching is not a part of your routine, it should be.

2014 ‘Bachelor’ spoilers: Is it all over for Juan Pablo & Nikki Ferrell?

Reality Steve spoiled earlier in the season that Nikki would win the final rose, but there are conflicting reports about how this season turns out. From rumors that Juan Pablo is already cheating on Nikki to a former “Bachelorette” star stating that “it’s all over” for Nikki, there is plenty of gossip to keep fans wondering what’s really going on between “The Bachelor” and his final pick.

Does ABC pay ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo to propose to Nikki on ‘ATFR’ special?

Here’s the latest gossip about Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell:

Juan Pablo loves Instagram and photographs himself with a variety of women, both friends and fans. Many fans assume that he is cheating on his rumored final pick, Nikki Ferrell, with at least one of the girls pictured on his Instagram.

Galavis was recently spotted out on a date at a Miami Heat basketball game, accompanied by singer Mayra Veronica. Several gossip sites claimed that they were “huddled close together” at the game and assumed they were dating. Either that, or Juan Pablo just loves the company of gorgeous women everywhere he goes. Read more here: Is Juan Pablo already cheating on his final pick?

Former “Bachelorette” Desiree Hartsock and her fiance, Chris Siegfried were guests Jason and Molly Mesnick’s recent podcast on Kiro Radio. During the foursome’s conversation, Desiree mentioned how it’s “over” for the other girls on the show because Juan Pablo introduced Nikki to his daughter and family during last week’s epsiode in Miami. Jason Mesnick agreed, saying that “He would not have introduced her unless he liked her a lot.”

Contrary to Twitter rumors, Desiree was not saying that it’s over for Juan Pablo and Nikki. Instead, she felt it was over for the other girls on the show and that Nikki had an unfair advantage when she met Juan Pablo’s family.

Reality Steve still maintains that Juan Pablo chooses Nikki at the final rose ceremony. However, the king of all spoilers states that he does not give her an engagement ring and he speculates that their relationship will not last long, something that’s totally believable. Fans should be shocked and amazed if they make it one week past the “After the Final Rose” special that airs right after the finale on March 10, 2014.

Geography Trips to Spectacular South Africa

Geography trips to South Africa take students to one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, in a setting of stunning rock formations, such as Table Mountain and Blyde River Canyon. South Africa is home to some of the world’s most unique wild animals and stunning flora, which students will be able to witness in Kruger National Park and Kirstenbosch (one of eight National Botanical Gardens). Going on geography trips
to South Africa is both enriching and unforgettable for young learners.

Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch was founded in 1913 to preserve the unique flora of South Africa, and with a few minor exceptions, it only cultivates indigenous species. Its outdoor area is mainly dedicated to flora native to the Cape region, including a collection of the famous protea family. In a large conservatory it grows plants from other South African biomes, including savannah, fynbos and karoo. Kirstenbosch gives students on geography trips a valuable opportunity to study the remarkable diversity of South African flora up-close. The gardens are located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, with several walking trails leading from the gardens up the sides of the mountain.

Table Mountain

The iconic flat-topped Table Mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town is familiar to many people. Its smooth top is Ordovician quartzitic sandstone (commonly known as Table Mountain Sandstone), a form of rock that is highly resistant to erosion. Its shape encourages the formation of orographic clouds on its top that resemble a tablecloth. Bio-diversity on Table Mountain is remarkably high, with an estimated 2,200 flora species confined to the mountain. Many of these are threatened. The mountain is also notable for being the only terrestrial feature to give its name to a constellation: Mensa (‘The Table’) below Orion in the southern hemisphere. The unique landscape of Table Mountain is an excellent case study on geography trips to South Africa, as well as a stunning sight that will awe every student.

Blyde River Canyon

Another striking natural feature of South Africa is Blyde River Canyon. Carved into predominantly red sandstone, it is one of the largest canyons in the world, and may be the largest ‘green canyon’ due to the subtropical forest covering its slopes. It supports a diverse array of mammal, bird, fish and plant life. It makes another top destination for geography trips, demonstrating the breadth and beauty of biomes in South Africa.

Kruger National Park

One of the largest game reserves on the continent, Kruger National Park is an opportunity for students to see some of Africa’s most famous wildlife in a vast natural habitat. In addition to sighting the ‘Big Five’, students can see the different regions of plant life within the park: thorn trees and red bush-willow veld, knob-thorn and marula veld, red bush-willow and mopane veld, and shrub mopane veld.

After turning her body into a brand, Kim Kardashian attacks butt implant rumors

Kim Kardashian needs a rumor-vanishing version of “Ghostbusters.” The woman known primarily for her body (and her skills in spending money) had to go on the attack after rumors that she had turned to plastic surgery rather than the Atkins diet to shed her post-baby weight. Now she’s fed up with rumors that her famous derriere is actually the result of butt implants, reported On the Red Carpet Feb. 21.

“I’m seeing all these nonsense tabloids claiming I have butt implants-injections. Get a life! Using pics of me 15lbs skinnier (before I had my baby) comparing to me now,” scolded Kim.

“Anyone who has had a baby knows how hard it is to lose weight (especially the last bit of weight) & your body totally changes!” she added.

And to prove that her distinctive derriere has not changed, Kim posted a photo of herself on Feb. 21 with labeled “#FlashBACKFriday.”

Kim is so famed for her booty that she even stars in a series of fitness derriere DVDs, such as “Kim Kardashian: Fit In Your Jeans by Friday: Ultimate Butt Body Sculpt.”

Attacking tabloids who also reported that she had liposuction, Kim noted:

Making fun of me pregnant & making fun of me trying to lose weight now shame on you.

I’m not perfect but I will never conform to your skinny standards sorry! Not me. And BTW I’ve lost a lot so far & I’m proud of that! Don’t give young girls a complex!

Kim has repeatedly emphasized that she’s worked hard for her weight loss and inimitable derriere. Her high fat low carb diet follows the Atkins guidelines: It’s a ketogenic approach designed to boost fat-burning.

How much has she lost? In contrast to Jessica Simpson, who repeatedly has declined to state precisely how much weight she’s shed in her second voyage using Weight Watchers, Kim told Jay Leno that she was “50 pounds down.”

Since that appearance, she’s lost more weight and reportedly wants to lose more prior to her wedding.

Kim’s low carb diet includes “proteins like fish, poultry, and lean meats; healthy fats like avocado, nuts, and olive oil; lots of colorful vegetables filled with antioxidants and fiber; and low glycemic fruits like berries—essential foods for maintaining energy,” said Atkins diet expert Colette Heimowitz in an E News interview.

Getting Your Air Filter Changed

The performance of a car is effected on various levels if it’s operating with clogged. It tends to reduce the power of your car which is the utmost requirement when you are on the go. Probably, the most affected area of clogged is that on the gas mileage. Getting the changed will take only your 10 minutes as well as $20 as a charge. Following mentioned are some easy steps through which you can get this task completed easily and quickly.

Method

Trace and open the filter housing

Having the hood opened and propped safely, trace the housing position of the air filter. If the make of your car is 20 years old, then this will be placed in a black plastic case having metal clips on the side. Flip the metal clips in a downward motion. If they are tight, slide in a screwdriver and the case at the top. Get it popped off. There may be some housing which includes holding nuts from the top.

Squirrel the nuts

If your housing is handled by nuts and you remove them, make sure that they are placed in a safe place as you cannot afford losing them. The vehicle used in our example, the top of the housing of the is removed so it has been placed on the housing top from where they cannot roll away. They can also be placed in your pocket. No matter what you do, keep them in a safe place from where you can get them easily.

Remove the old filter

No matter which shape your filter is manufactured in – rectangular or round – it is surrounded by many folded paper made of rubber. Prior to removing the air filter, examine the entire way in which it has been installed so that the new can be placed easily and correctly. Carefully take out the filter avoiding other things to fall off in the box.

Place the new filter over there

Place the new and clean filter. Make sure that the settings and configurations are same to that of the filter removed. Even if you make a mistake, you do not have to worry as if the filter is placed wrongly, the top will never close down. Moreover, make sure that the rubber gasket of the is pressed within the housing. In case, if it is difficult to get it fixed, recheck the process and correct issues.

You have now saved both time as well as money spent of gas along with getting the air filter installed by yourself. The entire job takes about 10 minutes and you will see considerable difference within the hood. This is simply because changing the entire filter is completed by yourself.

Getting the air filter of your car removed or replaced at your own is no longer a difficult task. All you require is a certain degree of knowledge related to cars and you can get the task completed easily and affectively.

‘The Bachelor 2014′ spoilers: Juan Pablo faces Andi Dorfman’s wrath

Tuesday night ABC’s “The Bachelor 2014” will show Juan Pablo Galavis go on his overnight dates in St. Lucia. There have been “The Bachelor” spoilers available for episode 18×9, but on Feb. 25 Reality Steve’s Juan Pablo spoilers connected all of the dots that had previously been missing. Just what goes down after the fantasy suite overnights?

“The Bachelor” spoilers indicate that Juan Pablo Galavis will have Clare Crawley’s date first, then Andi Dorfman’s, then Nikki Ferrell’s. Though the previews make it seem that things are disasterous during Juan Pablo and Andi’s date, Reality Steve’s spoilers indicate that things seemingly go fine during the date. The chaos comes when Juan Pablo goes to watch the videos each of the final three make for him.

Clare and Nikki’s videos are traditional fare about how strongly they feel for Juan Pablo. Andi’s, however, brings a first for the franchise. She says that she’s done a lot of thinking, and she thinks the two of them should talk in person. Next, viewers see Andi walking to meet Juan Pablo.

“The Bachelor” spoilers from Reality Steve indicate that Dorfman has a number of things she is upset about. She says that he essentially told her that she’s a default pick, though he apparently says he didn’t say that and doesn’t know what she means. However, Galavis did seem to lay the groundwork for this one in his blog for People this week. He said he almost took Renee over Andi to the overnight dates, and it seems during the fantasy date he clues her in on this. Most would say that was probably a big mistake.

Andi also says that she didn’t like how Juan Pablo had talked about already having had his date with Clare. When he says he’s just being honest, she says, “That’s not being honest, that’s you being an a**hole.” Dorfman also says that Juan Pablo talks about himself all of the time and showed very little interest in getting to know her. Andi says she’s not in love with him, and she decides to leave.

There will be a rose ceremony in Tuesday’s episode, but the final two are already determined at this point. Clare Crawley and Nikki Ferrell will both accept roses from Juan Pablo, cementing his final two for the season. Though Reality Steve’s spoilers say things aren’t nearly as dramatic between Juan Pablo and Andi as the previews suggest, it does sound like it’ll be a juicy exchange.

Save Money Without Compromising Your Ski Vacation

Most people are looking for the cheapest ski vacation package deals in order to save more money from their vacation expenses. Even travel experts would encourage their clients to plan their vacation ahead of time to save money. In order to do this, you will have to make a reservation from your chosen ski vacation destination. Choosing the best vacation destination for your needs will take some time since you have to research first to determine the best deals available in the market. After getting all the information you need, you can start comparing rates as well as the offered services of your top choices. You can also check out referrals from your trusted friends to save more time.

Ski resorts offer family vacation packages where best relaxation services and entertainments are served particularly for parents, grandparents and their children as well. Also, some ski and snowboard vacations resorts accept holding special occasions where their services and expertise are needed. These occasions include weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoons, graduations and reunions. Special occasions deserved to get the best services and since there are people who can’t afford them, several ski resorts offer special ski vacation packages and discounts for their valued customers.

There are many vacation destinations all around the world, people can go to beaches, golf resorts and even ski resorts depending on their preferences. Most of the time, people would prefer getting a ski or snowboard vacation just to get a different vacation experience from what they usually have during their long break. Skiing is one of the popular winter sports that most people are fond of playing when they visit a ski resort. Some visitors are sports enthusiasts since skiing involves a lot of muscle work which makes it a good workout. Other winter sport activities need muscle involvement too, wherein players are allowed to move around. Taking advantage of the fact that winter sports activities are good physical exercises, more people have suddenly became interested to experience them. Because of this, ski vacation resorts have gained a lot of customers – a good news especially for business owners. As a result, more ski resorts are now offering new vacation packages to help out people with a tight budget.

Vacation is all about getting the time to rest, relax and have fun. Few are only given this opportunity because most people can’t afford it or simply just too busy to have some time for it. You can consult to a ski vacation expert if you are planning to have a budget-friendly ski vacation soon. With the help of an expert, you can get advice and suggestion on what are the best ski vacation package and where is the popular ski vacation destination today.

National Eating Disorders Week hopes to raise awareness: How to get help

Designed to raise awareness of conditions such as anorexia and bulimia, National Eating Disorders Week occurs Feb. 23 to March 1. It’s also intended to help sufferers, parents and friends discover how to get help as well as what to do to prevent these diseases, reported Forbes on Feb. 22.

The three main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, but the causes and solutions are not so easily categorized, say experts.

“Eating disorders are complicated and vexing problems and we don’t exactly understand the pathophysiology of them,” noted Dr. Aaron Krasner, a practicing psychiatrist, and Director of the Adolescent Transitional Living Program at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

“Certainly there is both a genetic component and an environmental component,” he added. But “it is not a one size fits all remedy or a preventive strategy.”

An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation.

And eating disorders do not discriminate: Addiction specialist Drew Pinksy’s daughter Paulina just revealed that she battled bulimia and anorexia for seven years, reported USA Today on Feb. 24.

“Purging eight times in one day to cope with the emotional stress of being home during spring break had finally scared me enough to take action,” she wrote in an essay on body shame.

One of the keys to recovery: Talking about it rather than trying to hide the disorder, says Paulina.

“For me, talking about it normalizes talking about it. Eating disorders shouldn’t be a secret because that’s what perpetuates them,” she explained.

Dr. Drew said he takes pride in his daughter’s decision to get help.

“When she recognized she needed help she sought treatment and actively engaged in the process. And now she is using her insights to help others,” he stated.

But for those with eating disorders, the path to recovery can be long and difficult, revealed Jenni Schaefer recently in the Huffington Post. She’s the author of “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect)” and “Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too” (click for details).

Even after getting professional help, Jenni remained too thin. And she was obsessed with the “thigh gap” look symptomatic of women who are unnaturally slender.

Cheerleader Sochi job: Ex-NFL cheerleader almost caught in sex trafficking ring

A former cheerleader was in Sochi on a job — a job that she thought was legit. It turns out, however, that she almost became a part of a sex trafficking ring. On Feb. 25, Mail Online reported that Brittney Cason was approached by a company that she thought was a talent agency. She interviewed with the company for four months, thinking that she was going to go to Sochi and cover the Olympics for them — a job of a lifetime, really. Turns out, it was all a set up. Cason said that the company’s want for her to bring “friends” along and their willingness to hand out visas alerted her that something wasn’t right.

The cheerleader knew this Sochi job was curious. “I spent four months applying and interviewing and he’s sending my friend a work visa without even seeing her work? Now, my friend is really talented, but wanting her passport and social security number before her reel (reporting and presenting clips) just seemed fishy to me,” Cason said.

And so the FBI got involved and Cason never made it to Sochi — and she’s lucky that she didn’t end up getting on a plane. “So many of the stories I’ve heard from survivors start with ‘I was hired for a modelling job,’” said Cason, clearly realizing that she could have been in a serious predicament had she flown to Sochi.