Vogue Editor Wants Us All to Eat More

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Whenever I’m at dinner with a group of people lately, I feel like everyone thinks the bread basket is a land mine that’ll blow up the moment they touch it. So now I feel terrible about reaching for it because my companions are always so utterly blasé about its existence. (Seriously, would it kill you to nibble a bit?) A lot of people have such unhealthy relationships with food these days: There’s no enjoyment, only guilt and silent, or not-so-silent, judgment.

Amid this calorie-restricting landscape, it’s heartening to see a voice of reason — coming from a member of the fashion set, no less. In a recent interview with food and lifestyle site The New Potato, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman extolled the virtues of eating and enjoying food, knocking her juice-cleansing colleagues down a couple of pegs. “It’s become a bit of an obsession of mine, people being faddy about their eating,” she said. “I don’t think it’s healthy and I don’t think it’s sociable. I think it’s relatively bad manners, all of the excuses people make for not eating.”

Yes! “Bad manners” definitely hits the nail on the head. Eating is a social act, so wouldn’t refusing to eat for no good reason be considered anti-social? And it’s not like you need to be a glutton, she added. “I think it’s good to be healthy. I don’t think you should sit there stuffing croissants into your mouth. I just wish people could take a bit more pleasure — real pleasure — in food, without eating and then self-flagellating about it immediately afterwards.” (For the record, I, personally, think it’s okay to sometimes sit there and stuff croissants into your mouth.)

Shulman, who has previously criticized the fashion industry for the proliferation of unhealthy-looking, rail-thin models, made one last, very important point: When adults put themselves on restricting diets, it sets a bad example for kids. “I’ve watched contemporaries of mine and the way they behave around food. They’ve got teenage girls; are they then surprised if their children have eating disorders?” That’s just tragic.

So how do we adopt a healthier relationship with food? It’s not rocket science: Enjoy what you love in moderation. TNP asked Shulman a question that we should all ask ourselves, “What does your ‘ideal food day’ look like?” Like a good British person, she included pudding in hers. This led me to visualize my own ideal food day: It would definitely include chocolate croissants, sushi, and Thin Mints. What about yours? #foodforthought

How to Do Sunscreen Right

Taken in 2012, somewhere in SoCal

It’s almost beach season. Pretty soon, we’ll be herding our families to the shore and trying to make sure everyone slathers on SPF so they don’t bake. But is that sunscreen you’re using protecting you as much as it could be? I talked to a couple of experts to find out how to get the most out of this summer (or, let’s face it, everyday) essential.

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Can Doing Lent Together Help Your Relationship?

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Last night, I danced, downed hurricane cocktails and gorged on king cake at a Mardi Gras party. This morning, I grumpily got up at 6:30 to make a 7 a.m. yoga class—something that’s a particular challenge for me since I am not a morning person. I usually take the class at night or on the weekends, but this year I decided that I don’t like the way yoga interrupts the flow (no pun intended) of my schedule, so I’m taking up morning yoga for Lent—at least three times a week. Why am I doing this?

Read the rest on YourTango: How Can “Doing Lent” Together Benefit Your Relationship?

New Year’s Resolution: 12 Steps to a Happier Love Life in 2012

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What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2012? To exercise more? To be more productive? We bet “a more honest and open relationship” isn’t on many of your lists. That’s because tons of people put their relationships on autopilot, hoping the kinks will just work themselves out—and then they argue each and every day, and end up resenting each other.

Read the rest on YourTango: Relationship Rehab: 12 Steps to Becoming a Happier Couple in 2012

Study Says Most Married People Are Deeply in Love

Contrary to popular belief, penguins do not mate for life. They’re pretty promiscuous, albeit cute and entertaining.

But people do, and according to recent research, those long-term couples are more intensely in love than we likely thought. A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science reports that 48 percent of the 274 married Americans surveyed nationwide said they were “very intensely in love” with their spouses. Meanwhile, 26 percent were “very in love,” and 13 percent were “intensely in love.” That only leaves 13 percent to be unhappy clams.

Read the rest on YourTango: Time to Stop Panicking: Most Married People Are Deeply in Love