A Guide for Gluten-Free

A Guide for Gluten-Free Living

While living gluten free can be an adjustment at first, if you are gluten sensitive it will make a huge difference in your quality of life. Celiac disease is a condition characterized by an intolerance to gluten. The disease has no cure, but avoiding the consumption of gluten can resolve its symptoms and reduce associated health risks….. (more inside)
What Every Woman Should Know about Self Defense … page 60
We all hope it will never happen to us, but you can’t ignore the statistics. In the U.S., one rape or sexual assault occurs every two minutes and one violent crime every five seconds. Being prepared may save your life. Read on to find out how…. (more inside)
Muscle Up Your Golf Game … page 64
When it comes to the game of golf, Kelly Sheehan knows her stuff. As the Head Golf Professional of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, the 30-year-old already has more than 10 years of golf industry experience under her belt. The first female head golf pro in the history of the company, Kelly takes her job, and being fit and healthy, seriously. Here, Kelly shares some exercises that can help take your game to the next level… (more inside)
Stop Sneezing! … page 69

Seasonal Allergy Relief…the Natural Way
Buds are appearing on the trees, bees are buzzing about, pollinating the flowers, and the grass is greening again. I know this because this is the time of year that I sit inside and stare out the window watching spring happen. I don’t dare go out and enjoy it for fear of the pounding headache, relentless congestion and week in bed that will follow… (read more on safety)
Eat to Win… page 72

Before and After Workout Nutrition
Good nutrition is essential for optimal health and top performance during any physical activity. Exercise, whether intensive or mild, increases both fluid and nutrient requirements. Incorporating the right foods and beverages prior to all exercise is essential for peak performance, whether for a brisk walk, heavy workout, or a competition… (read more)
Wet & Wild Montréal … page 78
If you like it wet and wild, you’ll love Montréal. A Quebec island (seven times larger than Manhattan) in the St. Lawrence River, the city supports a variety of mild to wild adventures for those action-seeking travelers. Whether kayaking, jet boating or touring the town by bike, Montreal is a unique and charming city definitely worth exploring… (more inside)
Get it Together … page 82

Reformed messy Mom shares real organizing tips that work
Organize! Clean! Save Time! Save Money! Feel Better! Our lives are cluttered with messages of organization and cleanliness. From infomercials touting the latest and greatest gadget to flyers in our mailboxes advertising the best organizational tools sale ever, our society is obsessed with getting it together… (more inside)
Sensational Salads … page 84
Say goodbye to the bibb blues. That’s right. If you’re tired of the same old snoozer salads, we have a few recipes to help spruce up your kitchen table this spring. Mix it up with these colorful and creative concoctions and you’ll soon be singing a different tune – one that is both healthy and tasty… (more inside)
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The Hottest Workouts for Strong, Shapely, Sexy Legs

The Hottest Workouts for Strong, Shapely, Sexy Legs

In today’s day and age of information technology and sensory overload, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, confused and discouraged when it comes to finding an exercise program that’s simple enough to understand, perform and commit to, and most importantly – enjoy.

The following is just a sampling of the hottest types and styles of current exercise programs that will help you get great gams in no time. And once you learn them, they can be practiced on your own or in groups, at home or in the gym. So now, there’s no excuse to get the legs (and body) you’ve always dreamed of…. (click to read more)

Fruity holiday breakfast
Holiday dinners are usually no-brainers. There’s the turkey at Thanksgiving, ham at Christmas (or the seven fishes if you’re Italian) and latkes at Hanukkah. Traditional? Yes. But exciting? Well, not so much. Why not spice things up a bit this holiday with a breakfast celebration? Using the season’s best fruit, you can wake up to something deliciously different… (more inside)
Nothing to Sneeze at

Stop this season’s germs before they stop you
For some, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for many others, the winter means a constant battle with cold and flu  germs. Typically, these respiratory invaders kick into high gear following the holiday season, which means now is the right time to start thinking about ways to avoid getting sick.

But it’s worthwhile to note that prevention is a whole strategy in addition to boosting your intake of vitamin C. For example, healthcare experts say that habits like hand-washing and sneezing the right way (yes, there is one, so read on to find out about it) are the most beneficial…. (more inside)

Back to Nature, Hawaiian Style

Ten big adventures introduce visitors to the islands with little environmental impact
A vision of poolside hammocks and umbrella drinks may be what many people associate with a trip to Hawaii but an increasing number of visitors are choosing to experience the Aloha state in a wild way, literally. In fact, the Hawaiian Islands offer visitors the chance to explore open ocean, lush jungles and cascading waterfalls with a number of excellent day—or night—trips…. (more inside)
The Gift of Inside-Out Transformation

H2O catches up with Kat James and her newly re-released bestseller, The Truth About Beauty
With so many of us seeking to get past the endless diet and beauty hype and take more conscious and self-affirming care of ourselves, we were intrigued by the timely message and powerful personal story behind Kat James’ recently-re-released encyclopedic transformation guide, The Truth About Beauty: Transform Your Looks and Your Life From the Inside Out. Word-of-mouth hoisted The Truth to Amazon bestseller status in 2004, prompting publisher Simon and Schuster to take notice and re-release the updated version this year. It has been featured on PBS, and more recently, The Hallmark Channel, with endorsements by leaders in natural health such as Dr. Joseph Mercola and magazine editors…. (more inside)
What did Spot eat for dinner last night?
In March 1999, pet food crusader Ann N. Martin and I wrote an article in Better Nutrition magazine in which we shined a light on what to look for, and what to avoid, in pet food, at that time. While the pet food industry has not really cleaned up its act since then, small pet food companies that offer healthy alternatives have emerged.That being said, have you… (more inside)
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Modern Motherhood

A Day in the Life of Real Moms

This Mother’s Day, H2O looked for real women who balance the complicated issues of family, work and self-care in our ever-changing society. Joannie Dwoskin and Tricia Knor bravely and graciously answered our call and candidly shared about motherhood and its challenges and triumphs. For two days, both women opened their lives to us and documented their every move from dawn to dusk to share what the day in the life of a modern mother is really like…… (more inside)
Walk Your Workout … page 57
Athletic footwear is big business. With the need for specific shoes – from tennis to running to basketball to walking – the athletic footwear industry has quickly grown into a $10 billion business. Creating innovative and results-oriented products is how companies keep a step ahead of the competition.
One segment of the footwear industry that’s growing by leaps and bounds is workout shoes. Not the typical shoes that you wear while you perform your workout, but shoes that work you out while you wear them. Here, H2O takes a look at four brands – some well known, and others just stepping into the arena. Their prices vary greatly, but they offer similar benefits….. (site)
Great Grilling … page 58
Summertime means the official kick-off of grilling season – and since 81 percent of all U.S. households own a grill and half of those households grill one to two times every week (Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association), chances are you will be searching for new, exciting backyard barbecue meal ideas this summer. So if you’re bored with the same old grilled burgers and hotdogs, check out these great grilling recipes…. (more inside)
The New Napa … page 66
It’s a rainy, chilly Friday evening when we finally pull up to our B & B in Healdsburg, California, in the heart of Sonoma Valley’s wine country. But stepping into the Honor Mansion, which will be our home base over the next two days, we’re instantly warmed by a crackling fire, a glass of red and a hearty welcome…
Starting them Young … page 73

A Workout for Kids
When working out with a child, “it has to be fun,” says Victor Aboderin, director of personal training for Gold’s Gym in Sandy Springs, Georgia. “The only way to help keep kids healthy and fit is to encourage them to do physical activity from the time they are small children,” he says…. (more inside)
Yoga for Anyone … more info
Yoga! It’s hip, it’s cool and everyone from the hottest celebrity to your neighborhood mechanic is doing it. But what does it mean, where does it come from, and most importantly how can you benefit from its ancient postures? Five thousand years old without even a hint of slowing down, yoga has proven to be a practice that’s good for the heart, body, mind and soul…. (more inside)
Taking Your Workout Outside … page 80
One way to mix up your workout is to take it outside, as this issue’s fitness model DeAnna Burns demonstrates with this challenging ball series, which will help strengthen and tone your entire body… (more inside)
Bringing Sexy Pre-Baby Body Back … page 84

An interview with celebrity trainer Valerie Waters
Ever wondered how movie stars get their post-pregnancy bodies back to their pre-pregnancy shape so quickly? For actress Jennifer Garner (Alias, Daredevil, 13 Going on 30, Catch and Release), the answer was Valerie Waters, the go-to fitness guru for Hollywood’s elite. When Garner gave birth to her daughter Violet Anne, she had six months to be fit and strong for her role alongside Jamie Foxx as part of an elite FBI team sent to Saudi Arabia to stop a killer in the high intensity thriller The Kingdom. How did she do it and how can you? H2O went straight to the source for a one-on-one interview with Valerie to find out…. (more inside)
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Exercising While Pregnant

What Every Expecting Mom Should Know
If you think being pregnant is your free ticket to Couch Potatoville, think again! In fact, exercising during pregnancy does a world of good. Besides giving you a better looking pregnant body, exercising increases energy, improves immunity, reduces the strain on your upper back, relieves tension, minimizes stretch marks, allows for faster recovery and helps you get back in shape quicker. … (more inside)
Prenatal Workout … page 53

Safe Exercises for Mom and Baby — Ideal for the 2nd and 3rd Trimester

What you need:

resistance band, light dumbbells or soup cans, bench or coffee table, chair, and exercise ball.

Instructions:
• Repeat through these exercises up to 4 times.
• Do 10-15 Repetitions for each exercise unless specified.
• Do exercise sequence 2-3 times a week.
• Make sure you drink water before, during, and after your workout… (more inside)

Beating Breast Cancer … page 54

Survivors Share Advice and Wisdom
A hurricane was brewing on the east coast in the Spring of 2005 and Laurel Rummel was about to face one of the greatest challenges of her life. Always diligent about getting exams and health check-ups, Rummel had just received a clean bill of health after taking a mammogram, a yearly ritual since her 20’s. But three months later, she was in for a surprise…. (find more)
Tighten Your Tummy … page 59

6 Exercises for a 6-Pack With Monica Brant-Peckham
Well-known IFBB figure competitor Monica Brant- Peckham (and her amazing abs) first graced the cover of H2O back on our November/December 2006 issue. We are pleased to have her back in our workout feature sharing with H2O readers six different exercises to help tighten those tummies…. (more inside)
And the winner is … page 62

Fifty of our lucky readers received hundreds of beauty and skincare products to rate and review for your benefit and the results are in!
Since our readers are some of the most health-conscious and environmentally-minded people, we tried to seek out entries from natural companies that share your beliefs. For instance, when Suki mails its products, they pack them with organic shipping peanuts. And, similarly, you can actually plant Pangea Organics’ cardboard box and watch it grow into herbs in your garden…. (more inside)
Healthy Eating Made Easy … page 70

When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many of us have the best intentions, including eating right and exercising regularly. But preparing a healthy meal or getting to the gym is not always the easiest, fastest, cheapest, or most convenient thing to do – until now.
Having a personal trainer used to be reserved for the rich and famous, but now just about anyone (myself included) can find a trainer and program to fit their budget and needs. And you don’t to have to be Oprah or Madonna to experience what it’s like to have your own personal chef and nutritionist either…. (more inside)
Don’t Let Ovarian Cancer Fool You … page 72
Ovarian cancer is a daunting disease. Known for its subtle, whispering symptoms, ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. But early detection means increased survival. And since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, H2O wants to do its part in promoting education about the disease…. (more inside)
Belize Breathtaking Beauty & Mystique … page 74
When it comes to vacations, my boyfriend, Chris, and I — both Florida natives — love the beach just as much as anyone. But there’s only so much lying on the sand we can take before we start itching for activity – both as an outlet for our athletic inclinations and a way to burn off the cocktails we usually have in hand since logging off our computers….. (more inside)
Steer Clear of Cracked & Chapped … page 82
It’s fall, but winter won’t be far behind it, and we want you to be prepared. During winter, cold temperatures, biting winds, low humidity and indoor heating can cause dry, itchy, cracked skin and chapped lips and exacerbate conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea. But there are some simple steps you can take to protect your skin from winter’s harsh conditions….. (navigate here)
Fall Favorites … page 84
Fall is officially here. Time for pumpkins, cooler weather, football Saturdays, the leaves changing colors, and getting together with friends and family for some heart-warming comfort food. Enjoy the best the season has to offer with these favorite fall recipes courtesy of Good Measure Meals…. (more inside)
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