How You Take Care of Yourself Transforms Every Aspect of Your World

We came to this earthly plane with a body that needs to be nurtured and cared for, and yet, as women we are often second, third or fourth in line to care for ourselves…even when we’re single!

We liken this phenomenon to using the oxygen mask on a plane; you must take care of yourself before you take care of others, or there will be little or nothing to give.

Once again, we’re talking about self-care. (Do you see a theme here?) You only get one body per lifetime…honor and care for it, and it will serve you well! Be Iconic Style’s mission in fitness and wellbeing is to help you make you a priority!

How to Naturally Boost Your Energy Throughout the Day

Many of us are hard-pressed to get in that eight hours of precious slumber every night… And as a result we often wake up feeling like we’ve hardly gotten any sleep at all…which can wreak havoc on your energy levels throughout the day. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t able to take that midday nap whenever we please! Fortunately, the following article from the everygirl.com helps us out. Read on and find out some of the best ways that you can naturally boost your energy when you need it most!

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Raisin-Challah Apple Betty

With the temperature falling and the familiar scents of autumn drifting in, we can’t help but crave delicious desserts using seasonal ingredients that put us in the mood for this coziest of seasons. In this wonderful recipe by Martha Stewart, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon paired with plump raisins and in-season apples come together for a wonderful autumnal treat that is sure to warm you up! Bon appétit!

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30 Ordering Hacks to Cut Calories When Dining Out

You’ve probably heard it a thousand times but when it comes to losing weight, the calories you burn have to be greater than the calories you consume. This sounds simple; you ate chicken and vegetables for dinner and worked out for an hour already, but the majority of “hidden” calories we consume don’t originate from our own kitchens. Eating out can mean hundreds of hidden calories in a single sitting, but this article from Eat This, Not That will help you out with 30 hacks that will allow you to enjoy a night out with your people and not wake up with regrets the next morning!

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It’s OK. Don’t Cook. This Approach Is Surprisingly Healthy.

Not that you need permission, but we’ll go ahead and say it: don’t cook dinner tonight. If eating healthy at home conjures up in your mind scenes of you slaving over the stovetop, think again. From assembling ginger-citrus soba noodle bowls to chowing down on crab cakes with lemon slaw, The Wall Street Journal has curated low-maintenance recipes that will nourish your body without depleting your energy in the preparation process.

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Secrets of Superior Salad Architecture

It’s time to say a friendly farewell to your mother’s salad recipes. Long gone are the days of boring, unrecognizable ingredients tossed together in a serving bowl. Today’s salads are visually appealing works of art, served on platters with distinctive ingredients like pickled onions, olives and intentionally placed dollops of creamy dressing. Read on for the guidance you need to unleash your inner salad architect.

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This Recipe Will Make Your House Smell Heavenly

If you don’t have time to travel to Brooklyn and experience popular Iranian restaurant Sofreh, then you should consider whipping up this intensely aromatic and flavorful dish from the cookbook written by its chef, Nasim Alikhani. With turmeric, caramelized onions and saffron in the mix, your guests will have nothing less than a heavenly sensory experience!

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8 Incredible Spas for a Total Body Reboot

Ahhhh, the spa. This simple, three letter word instantly calms. And while sometimes the local masseuse is all you need, there are other times when you need to pack a bag and hop the first jet out to Sri Lanka. If you’re looking for a total mental and physical refresh, the online magazine Porter has compiled eight of the best spas from around the world… And whether you’re looking for an Aryuvedic detox or yoga in the jungle, this list has you covered!

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15 Acts of Self Care to Try This Weekend

Weekends can be a lot of things: relaxation station, hangover nation. But one thing they should never be is a “stress-cation.” Instead of trudging through a laundry list of chores and weekend work to-dos, why not try to take two full days to yourself? You’ll not only reap the benefits yourself, but you’ll also score major brownie points with  your boss when you show up to work on Monday refreshed, rejuvenated and empowered from a weekend of intense self-care. Put that on your to-do list!

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20 Healthy Snacks that Won’t Leave You Hungry

Snacking can be a dangerous game…As satisfying as it may seem at the time, it’s way too easy to look back on your day and realize that not once were you full from any of the countless snacks you treated yourself to. Try any one of these 20 guilt-free recipes collected by theeverygirl.com. We promise you they’ll taste better than any store-bought snack!

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I Ate (And Cooked) Like a Parisian for a Week—Here’s What I Learned

Ah Par-ee. The art, the fashion, the romance, the bread. What’s not to love? Like many aspects of French culture, the mindset regarding food is very different from that of the average American cook. Indulgence over restriction. Simple and fresh over processed. Enjoyment over efficiency. So go ahead and give this experiment in French cooking a read and pick up some brie and wine on your way home tonight.

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Three American Icons on Beauty, Flaws, and the Concept of Aging

Today’s generation of women old and young are finding common ground when there was once a divide between them. Debbie Harry, Judith Jamison, and Pat Cleveland are all trailblazers and icons who share their wisdom and insight on the beauty of getting old and reveal what matters the most when growing up.

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Curb Your Cravings: 9 Healthy Food Swaps You’ll Want to Try ASAP

Eating “healthy” no longer means a chicken breast and broccoli for dinner every night… So many of us automatically associate healthy living with boring food, and that just couldn’t be farther from the truth! This article from theeverygirl.com features the perfect way to begin a healthier eating routine by swapping out some of your everyday staples with tasty, healthier versions of them.

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I Tried InStyle’s Good Skin Diet and Here’s What Happened

Looking to have clearer skin, less bloating, and be a healthier and happier you? Well, look no further than InStyle’s “Good Skin Diet”! This 30 day skin cleanse starts from within and provides results you can’t find on the skincare aisle. You, too, can achieve the skin you’ve always dreamed of… and there’s no better time to start than right now!

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Egg in an Avocado Recipe

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But… it can sometimes be the hardest. Take the “busy” out of your morning and prepare this delicious and easy meal the night before. Trust me, your morning self will thank you, and so will the rest of your day.

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5 Habits to Adopt for a Happier Life

Happiness. It’s something we could all use a lot more of. It’s not something that comes from material goods or more money, we know that for a fact, but when you really sit down and think about it, happiness isn’t always easy to obtain and sometimes time goes by and we don’t notice how in need of it we really are. If you find yourself stressed, overworked or just in need of a bit of joy, this fabulous article from theeverygirl.com has five amazing tips to brighten your day and put a smile on your face!

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Travel to Bali for Revelations in Balance and Beauty

Ever since Bali became a celebrity vacation spot in the 1930s, the Indonesian island has only amped up its reputation as a destination for natural beauty, tranquility and spiritual retreat. With no shortage of beauty and creative energy to offer its visitors, Bali stands out as a go-to summer get-away. Fortune has the inside scoop and some well-researched choices of places to stay once you get there.

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The Beauty Products That Will Help You Sleep

Sleep is essential for so many countless reasons…Our health, both mentally and physically, our mood, weight management, and our energy levels are just to name a few. We know that it’s good for us but it doesn’t always come easily to all of us. If you have ever had trouble falling asleep at night, or simply want an overall better night’s rest, you’re going to want to keep reading this article from theeverygirl.com on the best products for a good night’s sleep.

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The Canned Cocktails You Should Be Sipping This Summer

Beer is no longer the only portable drink you can sip on pool-side during summer’s heat waves. A new and improved wave of ready-to-drink options (think gin and tonics and spritzers in cans) are hitting the shelves. They have been created and refined by everyone from sommeliers to drink-mixologists, and there’s a high chance you’ll find yourself sipping on one this summer.

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Happy July!

We’re now officially half-way through the year… And BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren wants to know how your fitness goals are going. Have you taken on a Health Partner to help you accomplish them? Your Health Partner could be a friend, sister, husband, partner, mate, dog or neighbor. Make it easy and you will increase your success-ratio. The key to all new healthy habits is simplicity and sustainability.  

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A Late-Night Snack to Help You Snooze?

The midnight snacks we know and love are starting to get smart. Or rather, the companies that are forging a new sector in the snacking industry just for them are. That’s right, there is now a whole class of late-night ice creams and chocolate squares catered toward helping you sleep. Some of them are lower in sugar, some include small doses of melatonin, but all of them have a similar goal: helping you get better Zs.

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10 Meals for Health Conscious Hungry Girls

Don’t be fooled by the old wive’s tale that you need to eat less to lose more…Eating is all about fueling your body with energy to keep you going, so don’t starve that little voice in your head that’s begging for fuel. With appropriate meals filled with fiber, protein, healthy fats and complex carbs, eating whole foods until you feel satisfied is the right thing to do! This article by theeverygirl.com features 10 amazing recipes that will have you actually craving healthy meals!

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Choosing Happiness—From the Inside Out

How do you define happiness? The dictionary describes it as “a state of well-being and contentment.” But what does that mean to you? This month BIS Contributor Li Saul Shares with us a few tips on finding happiness…from the inside out!

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How Eating More of What You Love Can Make You Healthier

Walk in just about any health food store and you will see refrigerator shelves of Kombucha and other probiotic supplements that are asking for your business. While there is nothing wrong with these things, the Wall Street Journal poses a new theory: you may getting too many probiotics in your diet and not enough prebiotics. Prebiotics are found in many types of everyday produce and are necessary to making probiotics beneficial to your body. And the good news is that they come in the form of many foods you already love!

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11 Proven Ways to Boost Your Happiness

Countless books, poems, and songs are written about the pursuit of happiness. But when it comes to finding the real deal, we’ve got the goods. Here are 11 scientifically proven ways to be happy. Songwriters, take note. Start now and live a happier life today!

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Turn Your Weekends Into Mini-Vacations

Have you ever returned to the office Monday morning feeling just as exhausted as you were on Friday afternoon? You are not alone—new research shows that without practicing mindfulness on the weekends, most people fall into this trap. The good news? Research also shows that simply shifting your mindset can have transformative effects on your emotional experience.

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Recipes That Start With Seeds—From Sunflower to Poppy

Sometimes going back to the basics can be the best source of inspiration in creative endeavors, and when it comes to the kitchen, starting with seeds as the base for a recipe is about as “square-one” as you can get. Check out these four recipes from the chefs at the Wall Street Journal and start playing around with everything from chia to pumpkin seeds this week.

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20 Gorgeous Spring Salads You Can Meal Prep

If we’re being honest, sometimes salads can feel redundant in the daily work-lunch grind…But that’s where the lovely season of Spring with its abundance of fresh flavors come in to help us get out of our salad-ruts. So go ahead. Give this article a read and take step number one toward a more adventurous lunch break.

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6 Tips to Help You Wind Down at the End of the Day

Our mothers may have told us that counting sheep would do the trick of lulling us to sleep, but in a day and age when we are constantly connected to our emails, on-going to-do lists and a million other details wound up in a full day of work, it doesn’t seem quite as simple, and it isn’t. This article from GOOP shares a few seriously helpful tips and tricks, from physical practices to little purchases, that will lead you into a more peaceful sleep tonight.

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How Much Vitamin D Do You Really Need?

Vitamin D supplements have long been hailed as drops of sunshine in our daily diet. They have even been claimed to reduce risk of heart attack, stroke and developing cancer. But a new study suggests it may not be as big of a game-changer as we thought. Follow along with Oprah as this article dives into the details of the vitamin D debate.

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What’s the Rush? The Power of a Slow Morning

For many of us, the weekends feel like the only time we have for drawn out mornings over coffee and a good book, especially in today’s tech-driven, work-around-the-clock mentality. But there’s a new movement emerging, and it’s all about having slow-mornings, every morning. Whether it’s an hour of mediation or stretching and reading emails before the day begins, slow-morning practitioners will tell you that starting this small habit can make big changes in your daily life.

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Chicken Soup: 4 Comfort-Food Versions from Around the World

Chicken soup is one of those foods that really feeds the soul.It reminds many of us of childhood and the nostalgia of being nurtured by a parent. Now that we’re grown ups, not much has changed about the timeless staple, and GOOP is here to share different interpretations of the recipe from around the world.

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T-Tapp — Turning the Spine

Teresa has taught us how important it is to curl, arch, and tilt our spine every day…but it’s also important to turn the spine as well. What will you gain from this daily practice? Watch this month’s video and find out for yourself!

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

When it comes to a good night’s sleep, timing is everything. Harper’s Bazaar enlisted three sleep experts to explain how a late night email or afternoon cup of coffee can throw a wrench in our sleep patterns—and how to avoid tossing and turning.

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Crank Up the Flavor: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

How do we love rotisserie chicken leftovers? Let us count the ways. Buying a whole pre-cooked chicken from the store easily saves your dinner plans in a pinch. If you’re looking to go outside the box (uh-hmm, henhouse that is) then checkout these flavorful dishes from the recipe book of a Vietnamese native.

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Spring Cleaning—A New View Now

Every Spring many of us feel compelled to clean closets, sort through our stuff and clear out clutter that accumulates in our lives. This month BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren invites you to take a more expanded approach and look at some of the quiet noise that runs in our minds and hearts…

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Flex that Flexibility

We all know that we’re supposed to stretch and warm-up before we begin our exercise routine, but we often don’t get around doing cooling down. Why is this important? BIS Contributor Danielle Girdano shares the answer with us.

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Fitness Wear for Spring – April

We’re loving the warmth of spring…and the fact that we can take out workouts from the gym to the park. Have you updated for fitness wardrobe for the season? Take a look at what we’ve found for you this month!

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Quick One-Pan Dinners

We aren’t sure who decided low-maintenance dinner recipes should be trendy nowadays, but we are pretty dang thankful for them. Looking for your next one-pan dinner recipes that don’t skimp on nutritional value or the comfort-food-goodness? We’ve got you covered. Goop shares four of their favorite elevated, yet simple dishes that, in classic Gwyneth style, do not lack in exciting flavors or the flare factor. Happy cooking, friends!

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These Self Care Apps Will Help You Meet Your Goals

It’s officially March! (Cue birds chirping in the distance.) At three months into the New Year, we feel like it’s the perfect time to reflect on how we’ve been moving toward our goals, but even more importantly: how well we have been taking care of ourselves, physically and mentally. So skip the hours of researching the App Store, and checkout this comprehensive list of the best Self Care Apps in the game.

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13 Packaged Snacks Registered Dietitians Swear By

Let’s be real. A girl’s gotta have her snacks!Open up our leather bucket bags and our favorite vintage satchels and you’ll be almost certain to find the works—dried fruit and veggies, peanut butter, protein bars, you name it. Something else that’s no secret? Not all packaged snacks are created equal! Next time you head to the grocery store, take this list of the top 13 snacks registered dietitians can’t leave their homes without.

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The Importance of Strength Training

This month BIS Contributor Marc “THE Fitness Ninja” Zalmanoff shares the importance of strength training to our health and why it should be incorporated into everyone’s routine. This five minute read could change your life.

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16 Instant Pot Soups and Stews That Take 30 Minutes or Less

There’s something about a steaming pot of soup in the chillier months of the year. Throw in the promise that your recipe will be ready in 30 minutes or less? Count us in. SELF magazine found 13 Instantpot recipes that are actually ready almost instantly. From chicken noodle to butternut squash, we’ve got you covered.

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Healthy Skin and Connective Tissue

Of course, you want healthy skin. Don’t all women want great looking skin? We are bombarded with all kinds of external products and methods to improve the appearance of our skin, but most women don’t really know what’s underneath our skin is driving how good it looks. You’re definitely going to want to read this illuminating article by BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren as she shares how critical self-care is to having healthy skin.

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Fitness Playlist–March

Spring is just around the corner… Here are some great songs to add to your personal fitness playlist. Don’t let your workouts be a bore, enjoy yourself with these upbeat selections.

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The T-Tapp God-made/Man-made Diet

BIS Contributor Teresa Tapp shares with us her amazing God Made/Man Made Dietary plan that will help you maximize your results by eating healthier, but still allowing you to enjoy the foods you love. When practiced in conjunction with Teresa’s workouts, the results speak for themselves!

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Fitness in a Chair

Let’s face it, we sit more than we stand these days… but there are ways to look lean and sneak fitness into our day—even while sitting. As always Teresa shares her best tips for fashion fitness. You’re going to love what this super informative video… so get moving!

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Celebrity Street Style–Sport Edition

Sport style chic is the new everyday and so we captured images of some of our favorite celebrities in their work out, hang out wear. We love to take inspiration from our favorite celebs. How will you up your game where sport chic is concerned?

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Cutting Sugar from Kids’ Diet

We all want healthy kids, but let’s face it, cutting sugar from their diet can be tricky, especially if they are beyond the 7 year-old threshold. Most experts agree that behavioral eating patterns are established in children by the age of 7, although that is not to say these patterns can’t be changed! BIS Contributor Danielle Girdano shares how we can introduce change into our kids’ diets for the better. Read on!

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Dressing with Ease – Sportwear

Bless us Americans and our endless need to be dressed casually. As so much about our world slides south our casual dressing has gone with it and we are now living in our workout clothes 24/7. Several years ago when this Sport Trend arrived it was met with such enthusiasm that it has moved from trend to staple. Take a look at some of what we’ve found that can take you to the gym and serve as the look you live in all day long.

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