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Healthy Summer Tips

Category : HEALTH & BEAUTY

 

Finally summer is here! After such a cold, long winter in New York, I never expected summer to actually show up. Now that it’s come around, take a look at these tips to keep yourself looking and feeling good.

• Just Add Lemon: If you’re like me and don’t really enjoy drinking a lot of water, put a slice of lemon in it. Not only does lemon give water a great taste, but it also controls hunger cravings and cleanses your body. Lemon juice also aids in heartburn, bloating and belching. In the summertime, it’s very important to stay hydrated.

• Take Your Vitamins: I’m not only talking about a daily vitamin. Studies show that people who take Vitamin C supplements along with vitamin B complex are far less likely to get sick. B vitamins also have a positive effect on many parts of the body including digestion, energy production and healthy skin and hair. Who wants to be sick in the summer anyway?

• Lather On Sunscreen: Obviously we have all heard this a million times, and many of us are already using sunscreen in the summer and winter. But, there are some places of our bodies that are usually overlooked. Always spray and comb sunscreen in your hair. A lot of dry and damaged hair comes not only from products and flat irons, but also from the sun! You’ll be amazed at how much better your hair will look in this humidity if you keep it from frying in the sun. Another place that we should always apply sun block is to the back of our hands. Hands have very thin tissue that can damage quickly causing sunspots and wrinkles. If you’ve ever heard that you can tell a woman’s age by her hands, it’s usually true! That’s why we need to fight against the sun (as lovely as it feels to soak it up).

• Don’t Forget About Bugs: One of the bad things about summer is that there are a million bugs everywhere! Unfortunately, some of them live to bite us.  So do yourself a favor and buy some bug spray. Bring it to the beach and anywhere outdoors at sunset when bugs love to attack.

Have a healthy, happy summer!

 

Kids Testing Your Patience Already? How About One Month of Unlimited Yoga?

Category : DEALS

Lil Yogi’s NYC is offering One Month of Unlimited Yoga for Kids

$45 if you sign them up in the next 5 days

Here’s the Deal:

One month of unlimited yoga for kids ages 2 to 10 from Lil Yogi’s NYC for $45 — a $180 value. This Upper West Side haven for boosting brain capacity and stamina has won over educators across the city, offering its services to several nearby public schools. The instruction is nurturing with a loose structure that teaches children the fundamentals without any punitive pressure and safety is assured with two or more trainers on watch for every class. Classes are held in Central and Riverside Parks.  In a city as big as this Apple, aiding a child in developing good breathing and self-confidence is key to a healthy body and healthy mind.

Off He Goes. First Comes Rehab, Then Comes Party Forgiveness

Category : LATEST HEADLINES

Weiner to Enter Treatment Center and Seek Leave From House

Reported By Raymond Hernandez and Michael Barbaro, NYTimes.com

Defying forceful demands for his resignation, Representative Anthony D. Weiner of New York said on Saturday that he was entering a psychological treatment center and seeking a leave of absence from the House to deal with a pattern of reckless online behavior with women.

The announcement came as three top Democratic leaders declared that Mr. Weiner, 46, once a rising star in the party, needed counseling and should step down from Congress.

Pressure on Mr. Weiner to leave the House, and spare the Democratic Party from an increasingly embarrassing scandal, had been building all week, but intensified on Friday, after it was revealed that Mr. Weiner had traded private messages with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware.

Mr. Weiner, who friends say has become distraught and fragile in recent days, will use the leave to think about his future and whether to leave Congress, a possibility he has not entirely ruled out, a person close to him said.

But Mr. Weiner’s plan did not satisfy exasperated Democratic leaders, who have been trying to persuade him that he is damaging himself, his family and his party by remaining a member of the House.

The House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, spoke to Mr. Weiner on the phone Saturday morning and, notably, released her statement calling for his resignation after he told her of his plan to
get treatment and to take the leave. Mr. Weiner received a similar phone call from Representative Steve Israel of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, urging him to resign.

Mr. Weiner has been talking with a therapist in New York City over the past couple of days, as fallout from his online scandal worsened and he absorbed the message from his colleagues and advisers that his conduct reflected not just bad judgment but perhaps a deeper psychological problem.

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” said his spokeswoman, Risa Heller. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”

Ms. Heller would not identify the facility or the precise kind of counseling Mr. Weiner, who has admitted having explicit communications with six women he met online, would receive. She stressed that he was carefully considering the calls from his fellow lawmakers urging him to give up his seat.

Mr. Weiner has been resistant in telephone calls over the past week with Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Israel, who have been warning him that if he does not quit, they will make their case publicly.

They were especially frustrated, according to one high-ranking Democratic official, when Mr. Weiner repeatedly told them he could not resign now because his wife, Huma Abedin, was traveling abroad with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — an assertion they viewed as an unpersuasive pretext.

Ms. Pelosi had hoped that the congressman would reach the decision on his own to go. In addition to her concerns about the political distraction Mr. Weiner had become, Ms. Pelosi concluded that his behavior required medical intervention.

“When you are this self-destructive, there is obviously something deeper going on with you,” said a Pelosi adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being seen as betraying her confidence.

Asked how Mr. Weiner reacted to his phone call Saturday morning, Mr. Israel said, “He absorbed it, but he obviously had more pressing matters to deal with.”

The pressure from colleagues had been building throughout the week, but the report on Friday that Mr. Weiner corresponded on Twitter with the 17-year-old girl further inflamed the situation. A Democratic National Committee official told members of Mr. Weiner’s staff that the congressman’s assertion that his exchanges with the girl, a high school junior, were “neither explicit nor indecent” did not really matter at this point.

The concerns of Democratic leaders were echoed by those closely advising Mr. Weiner throughout the week, who said they watched him become more anguished as sensational news media coverage continued about his graphic interactions with the women on social media.

One friend said it had become abundantly clear that Mr. Weiner was no longer in a position to make clear-headed decisions about his career and health.

“He was falling apart,” said a longtime friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the relationship.

Mr. Weiner, who prides himself on his dapper appearance and physical fitness, was losing weight, seemed run down and drawn and increasingly found it difficult to make it through telephone calls without losing his composure.

He began meeting with the therapist not only to discuss his online behavior, but also to cope with the fallout from the scandal. On Friday, with calls for his resignation multiplying, he agreed that traditional therapy was not enough. He told family and friends that he would enter an out-of-town clinic and made travel plans for Saturday afternoon. He will be evaluated before it is determined exactly what kind of treatment he will receive.

Several friends who have talked to Mr. Weiner this week expressed concern about how he was handling the scandal. On Saturday he appeared briefly in his Queens neighborhood, visiting a dry cleaner and an A.T.M., while some neighbors called out their support to him.

Mr. Weiner, a Brooklyn-born former city councilman who many believed until a few days ago would be the next mayor of New York City, has always been a figure of frenetic pace and in-your-face manner.

Taking a leave is uncharacteristic for Mr. Weiner, who likes the limelight and is not given to self-reflection — or rest. He must submit his request for the leave in writing. Approval is fairly routine: the letter will be presented on the House floor and recorded, without a vote. Mr. Weiner would continue to collect his salary and benefits during his leave.

Others have taken similar steps, including Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, Democrat of Rhode Island, who sought help for addiction to prescription drugs in 2006.

Even as they emphasized that Mr. Weiner’s desire to get help was sincere, two people close to him acknowledged that it could, at least temporarily, relieve some of the political pressure and media chaos surrounding him. As recently as Monday, the congressman said he would not seek treatment, blaming a personal mistake for what he had done.

Ms. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders were deeply worried about Mr. Weiner’s scheduled return to Washington this week, after a Congressional recess, fearing he would bring a circuslike spectacle with him.

His scandal erupted at a particularly bad time for the party, as Democrats had briefly regained momentum after a surprise victory in an upstate New York election, and put Republicans on the defensive over a proposal to revamp Medicare.

“I am heartbroken,” Senator Charles E. Schumer said in a statement, adding, “It’s clear he needs professional help and I am glad he is seeking it.”

As the party has tried to react, the voices of female Democratic leaders seem to have carried special weight.

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, issued a statement saying, “The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.”