8 Signals That You’re Going to Have a Heart Attack

Heart attacks are a terrifying thing, especially because it’s often difficult to predict when and who a heart attack will strike. But there’s no need to live in constant fear that you’ll be the next victim of this cardiovascular episode, not if you keep an eye out for some key signals.

Here are 8 signs that you might be at risk of a heart attack in about a month:

1. Abdominal Pain

doctor treats woman with stomachache

If you’ve been noticing your stomach is upset recently (this can be nausea, pain, or even bloating) this could be a sneaky red flag. Abdominal pains before a heart attack have an episodic nature, meaning they ease off and then returning for short periods of time.

2. Insomnia

Woman stays up in bed unable to sleep.

Struggling to fall asleep, maintain sleep, or waking up unusually early could be signs of insomnia. Insomnia is also associated with an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke, especially among women. Anxiety and absentmindedness are also symptoms of chronic insomnia.

3. Unusual Fatigue

Tired woman asleep at messy desk

Feeling tired, even if you’re getting a full night’s sleep? This unusual fatigue is one of the main symptoms that indicates an impending heart attack.

Fatigue like this doesn’t have to be caused by physical or mental activity, and it will increase towards the end of the day. Take note if it’s sometimes exhausting to perform simple tasks, like making a bed or taking a shower.

4. Hair Loss

One of the most visible signs of heart disease is losing hair on the crown of your head. This most commonly affects men over 50, but some women may also be in the risk group.

5. Irregular Rhythms

Image of pressure point.

Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or tachycardia (increased heart rate) can happen abruptly and often lasts for 1-2 minutes. If it doesn’t fade, you might feel dizziness and extreme fatigue, in which case you should call the doctor right away.

6. Loss of Breath

Dyspnea, or breathlessness, is a strong feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath; often you’ll feel tired and dizzy, as well. This sign affects both men and women for up to six months before a heart attack.

7. Unusual Perspiration

Man losing breath.

Often associated with women going through menopause, these hot flashes could be signaling something much worse. Take note of any flu-like symptoms, clammy skin, or sweatiness occurring regardless of air temperature or physical exertion.

8. Chest Pains

Image of man holding chest.

The biggest and most well-known symptom is the uncomfortable sensation in one or both arms, jaw, neck, shoulders, or chest. In men, this symptom refers to the most important early signs of an impending heart attack that should not be ignored. On the other hand, it affects only 30% of women.

Try These Simple Exercises 3 Minutes Before Bed to Slim Down Your Legs

Is your list of New Year’s resolutions so long that you maybe forgot to include an exercise routine? If so, don’t fret—just 3 minutes of light training a night can help you start 2018 on a healthier AND skinnier note.

The exercises that we are going to go over today focus on leg-slimming, something that we can all use after a particularly glutinous holiday season filled with Christmas cookies, pumpkin pie, and way too much eggnog!

Perform these simple movements, developed by celebrity fitness guru Tracy Anderson, 7 days a week for the next 90 days, and you’ll start seeing that yuletide flab turn into bikini-ready muscle. Here’s how to get started…

Work the front of your thighs

Start off by lying with your back facing down to the ground on a flat surface. Bonus points if you have a yoga mat or towel.

Relax your arms by your sides with your palms facing down. Next, slowly raise your legs until they reach a 90-degree angle, making sure that your tailbone stays on the floor. If you are not flexible enough to comfortably do this, do not bend your knees! Instead, bring your legs down closer to the floor.

Once you’re in position, engage your thighs as well your core and bend at the knee so that the tips of your toes reach for the floor under you. Alternate between legs and do 10 reps per side. When you are finished, do NOT lower your legs to rest.

Work the backs of your thighs

Begin in the “start” position. Perform the same exercise as the one listed above, but this time do it with your feet flexed and knees slightly bent. Again, do 10 reps per side. If you perform this movement correctly, your heels should either be reaching for or completely touching your buttocks.

Next, go back to the “start” position with your knees slightly bent and raise your lower half towards the ceiling, taking care that you are lifting from your buttocks and that your palms are planted safely on the ground. Ease your tailbone back down to the floor and repeat 20 times.

Work the inner parts of your thighs

Go back to the “start” position, but this time, keep your legs straight up in the air. Cross your right ankle over your left with your core engaged and your thighs pressed firmly together.

Next, bend your knees so that your thighs end up parallel to your chest. Do this movement 10 times on each side.

This is a great exercise plan for beginners or folks who simply are low on time—everyone has 3 minutes a day to take care of themselves! If at any point you decide that you are ready to either add more time or amp up the difficulty of your workout routine, check out these comprehensive leg exercises.

Here’s to a year of strong, lean legs and more time spent with loved ones!

woman sits on bed with sleeping child

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this 3-minute leg-slimming workout. Have you tried this routine before? If so, were you happy with your results? Do you have any fast and effective leg exercises that you would like to share?

Here are 20 Valentine’s Day Treats to Melt His Heart

It seems like Christmas and New Year’s were just yesterday, but in reality, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. How will you be showing your love this year? Since we all know that the best way to the heart is through the stomach, we’re betting you’re planning on some sweet treats!

So go beyond cookies or the typical box of chocolates for some tasty dishes sure to delight your valentine, whether that valentine is your husband, your kids, or your best friend! Buzzfeed put together a list of their favorites, and it inspired us to make our own. This Valentine’s Day, why not make:

Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

We ALL get those little conversation heart candies every Valentine’s Day, but does anybody actually like them? Let’s make them better! Keep the sweet whimsy while upgrading the taste with these cool and creative cookies sure to please your sweetheart.

Candy Conversation Hearts


Is your valentine one of the few people who actually eats those conversation hearts because he likes them, not just because of tradition? Totally blow his mind and make his day by whipping up some homemade versions!

Cheesecake Conversation Hearts


Just one more twist on those conversation hearts! These ones are made from cheesecake, and are perfectly portioned for dessert-for-two. Bonus— the creator of this treat, Hungry Happenings, also offers versions that get their colors from all-natural fruit purees!

Heart-Shaped Pizza


Valentine’s Day is sweet, but that doesn’t mean the food has to be! Try savory options like this simple pizza . . .

Tomato Heart Tarts


. . . these easy tarts made with tomato, mustard and puff pastry . . .

Tomato Soup and Heart-Shaped Grilled Cheese


. . . or this easy twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup!

Heart-Shaped Egg


Begin your celebrating right at the start of Valentine’s Day with some breakfast love! These heart-shaped eggs are one of the easiest ways to do it, and the clever technique makes sure even the YOLKS get in on the holiday action.

Heart Eggs-in-Toast


Want something just a little fancier than that last heart-egg idea? Then try this egg-in-toast recipe for a simple and special breakfast.

Pink Valentine Pancakes


Not a fan of eggs, or just want breakfast to be REALLY special? Then try these pancakes, which are not only heart-shaped, but PINK! And if your sweetie doesn’t like the color or you don’t like baking with food coloring, just leave the colorant out for natural-but-still-festive pancakes.

Easy Chocolate Croissants


Things don’t have to be heart-shaped to be perfect for the day of love! After all, what says romance more than chocolate wrapped inside a warm croissant? You can even use Valentine’s Day candy to make them!

Pomegranate Chocolates

Pomegranate Chocolates

Skip that box of chocolates everybody else buys last-minute and make THESE treats instead. The combination of chocolate and pomegranate seeds is not only delicious and romantic, they’re – dare we say it? – pretty sexy, too!

Hidden Heart Chocolate Cake


Is your love new? Are you somebody’s secret admirer? Or do you just want your Valentine’s treat to be a surprise? Then try making your sweetheart this cake that’s quite literally filled with love.

Easy Heart Cake


Feeling more out-spoken and want to just go for it with a heart-shaped cake, but don’t have a special pan? Use this method to bake it that only needs regular cake pans to make!

Heart-Shaped Cupcakes


Cupcakes were absolutely MADE for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? These little cuties are not only topped with themed decorations, they’re actually in the shape of hearts, too!

Nutella Soufflé


Want to impress your valentine with a dessert that’s really special? Try making a soufflé, and not just any soufflé— a NUTELLA one!

Chocolate Panini


Can’t get enough of Nutella? Then you’ll definitely want to try these panini, which also include semisweet chocolate chips for an extra-chocolatey, crispy treat.

Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake


These flavors don’t scream romance— they whisper it, sweet-nothing-style. And the fact that they’re featured in a cheesecake just makes it even more special and sophisticated.

White and Dark Chocolate Pudding Parfaits


Want more desserts built for sharing during a romantic night in? Try these pudding parfaits that can be adjusted to your personal tastes – white or dark chocolate, raspberries or strawberries – and are totally easy to make . . .

Strawberry Mousse with Meringue Hearts


. . . or this decadent strawberry mousse, made with only a few common ingredients.

Strawberry Men


Need a treat that’s a little healthier but still sweet and fun? Try these strawberry “men” that will delight your kids or any valentine with a sense of humor and whimsy.

Secret Ingredient for Making Softbatch Chocolate Chip Cookies

For such a simple, classic treat, chocolate chip cookies have a lot of variations— and lots of ways to bake them all! Love thin and crispy? Need nuts in yours? Like ones that are a little cakey?

There’s a method to make them out there. At this time of year, though, there’s only one version we really want: soft, rich, moist, and tasting like they just came out of the oven even days later! Thankfully, there’s an easy way to get them, and it involves a crazy, unexpected ingredient.

The idea comes to us from Averie Cooks, and we’re betting you’ll be as excited about it as we are. If you love ooey-gooey melt-in-your-mouth cookies, then this is the recipe you’ve been looking for.

Averie Cooks discovered that all you need is an extra ingredient to create soft, moist and tender chocolate chip cookies. The secret ingredient? Cream cheese! Can you believe it? Check out this delicious recipe for when you want an extra special treat.

Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 28 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes


½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup cream cheese, softened (don’t use fat-free, light or whipped)

¾ cup light brown sugar, packed

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

2 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

Want the full delicious recipe? Of course you do! Averie’s sharing the full, printable how-to over on her Averie Cooks site, so be sure to head there for your copy.

So what’s going on here? The cream cheese is simply replacing some of the butter you typically use in a chocolate chip cookie recipe, and that single swap makes a HUGE difference. The cookies that come out are an absolutely perfect “softbatch” style that holds the chewy, rich moisture for days.

Averie elaborates:

They’re so soft, moist, and with a richness to the dough like no other cookies I’ve tried. The dough seems more buttery, which is ironic since there’s actually less butter used, not more.

I can’t taste the cream cheese, but it adds depth, density, and richness that my regular chocolate chip cookies don’t have [. . .] The cookies are super soft without being cakey, and remind me of Softbatch cookies. The edges are slightly chewy, and the thick interiors are soft, tender, and moist.

Doesn’t get better than that, now does it?! Do you think you’ll give this secret ingredient a try? Have you ever baked with cream cheese in your cookies before? How do you prefer your cookies?

Tell us what you think and how these turn out for you, and of course, be sure to visit the Averie Cooks site for more information and tips!

The Way You Sit Can Say a Lot About Your Personality

Crash courses in reading body language give us the basics like understanding crossed arms, hands in pockets, or averted eyes. While your mood can affect your gestures and how your body speaks, there may be something deeper going on too.

Take things a step or two further and body position patterns can reveal certain personality traits. If you kept track of your body language movements from head to toe, you’d probably notice that there are some quirks that you do on a regular basis. But today, we’re looking at the legs and how you sit.

Psychology experts who have looked at sitting positions believe that how you sit shows something about your personality. Today, we’re looking at five of those seated poses that examine how you position your legs and feet.

Knees Together, Feet Spread:

This position indicates you have a charming and personable nature but may be childish at times. You don’t always like to address problems and either ignore them or place them on the back burner. A glass-full type of person, you tend to see the positive in a situation. You are also very creative.

Legs Crossed One Over the Other:

You like to see things through, especially your own dreams and ideas. You are highly creative and very social, enjoying lots of friendships with different types of people.

You are a wonderful, insightful conversationalist, but underneath that is also some insecurity. Because you love to travel, it’s not surprising if you prefer to move around a lot. Habitual leg-crossers are also out-of-the-box thinkers.

Legs Spread Apart:

Things might be a little chaotic for you, but in your mind it’s organized chaos that you’re perfectly capable of living with. Staying focused isn’t your strong-suit, whether it’s during a conversation or a task. Drama may have a tendency to follow you but you don’t mind, it only makes you more motivated. In terms of your personal style, comfort is your go-to.

Knees and Feet Together, Facing Straight:

Self-restraint comes easily to these folks, but so does confidence. They are kind and gentle, but also straight-shooters, unafraid to be honest.

These people are also very smart, and tend to shun confrontation of any sort. Instead, they are most comfortable when things are peaceful. One of their pet peeves is lateness, so they are typically punctual and would appreciate if you are too.

Legs at an Angle, Ankles Crossed or Uncrossed

You are very ambitious and will work hard to accomplish your goals, knowing that in time everything will come to fruition. That’s why you are okay with things not being rushed. You’re also a great listener and confidant.

However, you are also very concerned with your outward appearance, and want to look good at all times.

This hides some insecurities which flare up when you are hit with criticism. Your feelings do get hurt in those cases but you tend to internalize it.

You might not even realize that your go-to sitting position is a subconscious action that you do all the time.

These handful of poses only scratch the surface, but you will probably find some grains of truth in their meanings. Have fun checking out your sitting pattern and those of the people you know!


​5 Things That Happen When You Put Your Legs Up A Wall Every Day

For those of you who have never tried yoga but want to, this easy pose may interest you. For those of you who have never tried yoga and don’t want to, you might change your mind!

Used for years by yogis and yoginis, Viparita Karana asana, a.k.a. legs-up-the-wall pose, is getting mainstream attention from running enthusiasts and cubicle warriors alike. The reason? It’s working wonders for tense bodies that need a little rejuvenation.

You don’t have to attend a class or workshop to reap the magic of legs-up-the-wall because all you need is a wall.

There are even some folks making time for it at work. We’re telling you about a handful of its benefits as well as showing you how it’s done. Grab some wall!

Improves Digestion

Movement in the abdomen helps to massage the intestines, which boosts digestion and fights constipation. Your appetite may increase as well due to better (and quicker) elimination of digested food.

Promotes Healthy Circulation

Because this is considered an inverted pose, blood flow increases to the upper part of the body, bringing a rush of oxygen with it. Your lymphatic system also gets a good flush. This helps to reduce swelling in the lower extremities and can assist with blood pressure problems.

Aids in Pain Relief

Working the muscles in the pelvis helps to strengthen the reproductive organs, easing menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause.

Exercising stiff joints gently with this pose is also beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis or fibromyalgia. Leg cramping (day or night) can subside with regular practice.

Due to its effect on circulation, this pose also aids with headache relief and prevention, especially those caused by slow-moving blood.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Relaxing on your back with your legs elevated helps to calm your mind and let go. Combined with deep breathing, Viparita Karana helps you to slow down, and lets your parasympathetic nervous system take over – prompting you to r-e-s-t. Best of all, you get to lie there and let your mind drift!

Stretches Hips, Legs, Back

Your calf and leg muscles, hamstrings, and back will all get a good stretch with this pose. So will your neck and hips as you move into and out of the pose.

Over time, it will make your body more flexible and elastic, relieving tension and pain in those areas. Regular practice can also help heal chronic back pain.


Low-Carb Recipes We Can’t Keep on the Down Low

When it comes to counting carbs, these recipes are the lowest of the low… but they’re all so satisfying and easy to make, we just can’t keep them on the down low!

No-Carb Cloud Bread

Cloud Bread

We’ll see your low-carb and make it no-carb. We know the one carb indulgence you can’t give up is bread… until now.

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna 1

Zucchini is a master of disguise, and this time its masquerading as lasagna noodles. Any way you slice it, zucchini is an awesomely versatile vegetable for when you want more of the good stuff but don’t feel like salad.

Rosemary Portobello Chicken


Humble chicken is our favorite meat for a special-but-simple meal. This recipe combines it with rosemary and portobello mushrooms, and cooks up in a single skillet.

Flank Steak Roulade


This dish both sounds and looks fancy, but we wouldn’t be sharing it with you if it weren’t totally doable in your kitchen. Take ordinary flank steak, fill it with fabulous Greek-inspired flavors, then sear and roast in the the oven for taste that’s just right.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo wings are so not diet food–but then again, these healthy vegetarian cauliflower florets baked in finger-lickin’ buffalo sauce don’t taste like diet food either.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken


The secret to keeping the breading on these chicken breasts low-carb? Most of it is parmesan cheese!

Pizza Stuffed Chicken


Don’t cry, carb haters–there is a pizza out there for you! These tasty spirals of baked chicken are filled with a classic pizza combo of mozzarella, pepperoni, and marinara.

One-Pan Harvest Chicken


This delicious combination of all the best fall fruit and veggies – sweet potato, brussels sprouts, shallots, and apples – topped with bacon and a perfectly-seasoned chicken is cooked on a sheet pan for super easy clean-up.

Fajita Flank Steak


Another fabulous sheet pan dinner with some south-of-the-border flair, this fajita flank steak cooks the veggies with the fajita-seasoned meat and lime juice for maximum flavor.

Grilled Zucchini Rolls


Here’s an idea that will tick all the boxes for low-carb vegetarians. You’ll have just as much rolling up these grilled zucchini slices with goat cheese and roasted red peppers as you will eating them.

Honey Glazed Sheet Pan Salmon


When you’re in a hurry and out of school night dinner ideas, you can’t do better than sheet pan salmon. This dish is simple, healthy, and colorful, with broccoli, sweet potato, and fresh salmon.

Cauliflower Biscuit Bites


Craving a sausage egg and biscuit sandwich, but not craving those carbs? This genius biscuit recipe uses “cauli-flour”, so it’s completely wheat-free!

Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

Doesn’t it seem like tomatoes and cheese were just made for each other? Add some elegance to your plate with this upgrade on caprese salad.

Zucchini Pizzas

Zucchini Pizzas

So you’re throwing a party and carbs aren’t on the guest list–but these mini veggies pizzas using zucchini rounds instead of crust are definitely invited.

Cheesy Broccolini Spaghetti Squash

Cheesy Broccolini Spaghetti Squash 2

Spaghetti squash “noodles” and broccolini get tossed with two kinds of cheeses for an enlightened spaghetti squash lasagna. You can bake this spaghetti squash casserole recipe right in the shells for an impressive presentation— and for fewer bowls to clean up after dinner!

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin 1

Call us the meat matchmakers, because this recipe doubles up the flavor with bacon and pork tenderloin. Your poor pork tenderloin is lonely without carbs, so wrap it up in the sweet embrace of bacon.


Why You Shouldn’t Get Lemon Water at Restaurants

When you go out to eat, one of the first questions your waiter is likely to ask is, “What would you like to drink?” Like clockwork, your party will rattle off their go-to drink orders — and we would be willing to bet this is one of them: water with lemon.

Lemon water has been a popular beverage for decades, not just for its crisp, refreshing taste, but for the recently trendy idea that lemon water is super healthy for you.

Now, this notion isn’t totally wrong. Lemon water has been proven to help cleanse your system, get your skin looking gorgeous, and even keep your body at a healthy weight. It’s no wonder celebrities everywhere swear by this simple drink, what with these amazing benefits!

lemon halves on white background

But while we would definitely encourage you to try drinking more lemon water during your day-to-day (especially in some hot water, first thing in the morning, which is supposed to start your body off on the right foot) there is one place where you might want to stick to regular H2O. It’s a little surprising, but a restaurant is the last place you want to enjoy a lemon in your water.

You’re probably thinking that’s crazy, remembering that there’s a least one person in your crew that orders a lemon water everywhere you go out to eat. Well, they may not know this downright disgusting fact about the drink they think is HELPING their system.

A 2007 study in the Journal of Environmental Health tested 76 lemons from 21 restaurants for germs and discovered nearly 70 percent of the lemon slices were covered in bacteria, viruses, and other microbes — including disease-causing E. coli. Another ABC investigation testing one lemon at 10 different restaurants found that half the wedges contained human waste, which we don’t even like thinking about.

So why are lemon wedges incredibly contaminated? As it turns out, restaurant health standards tend to be less strict for garnishes.

The ABC investigation noticed that restaurant workers often grabbed lemons without gloves or tongs. Say they didn’t scrub their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or touching another germ-ridden spot…that means there’s a good chance they’re covering your lemon slice in bacteria before plopping it right in your ice water.


As nasty as these findings are, experts say that the average immune system is equipt to handle these kinds of germs. It doesn’t make it any less unpleasant to think about, but the odds of contracting some kind of infection or illness from a dirty lemon are slim.

Still, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to avoid ordering lemon waters from here on out.


Make the Best Buttercream Frosting in Any Flavor With Her Easy Recipe

Stop looking and stop the presses, y’all— we’ve found the buttercream recipe to end all buttercream recipes.

Not only does this recipe create the best-looking and best-tasting frosting, but Tessa from Handle the Heat also shows us how to make flavors from strawberry to salted caramel to citrus and beyond.

Seriously, I’ve never seen a more helpful frosting post— and I’ve seen a lot! Watch how she makes it, then read on for more tips and tricks.

You’ll Need

–3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

–8 ounces (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

–1/4 teaspoon fine salt

–2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

–1 to 2 tablespoons cream

Want the full, printable recipe and instructions on how to make this buttercream strawberry, chocolate, mint, and basically every other flavor you can dream? You know you do!

Head over to the Handle the Heat site for the print-out and tips for tons of flavor combinations, then tell us which one you’ll be making!


Why You Should Put a Bowl on Top of Your Cake Before You Cut It

When you imagine cutting a cake, you probably imagine using a large serving knife to cut randomly sized triangles from the outside of your cake, right? Well, there are a few problems with that willy-nilly technique — namely, not cutting even pieces for everyone present.

Be honest, when the job of cake cutting is bequeathed to you, it can be pretty stressful. Personally, I tend to give some people huge pieces while other people get teeny-tiny pieces and the cake itself gets completely mangled as I try to cut evenly triangular pieces. In the end, nobody gets a fair slice and your beautiful cake ends up lopsided or hacked up.

If you’re working with a large, round cake, there’s a really simple way to slice up the dessert so that everyone gets an evenly sized piece. All you need to do is make a guideline in the center frosting of the cake that you can follow all the way around.

The best way to do that? With an average bowl from your kitchen.

Plain, round cake.

On the Rachel Ray Show, they demonstrate how a regular sized salad bowl or mixing bowl can make the sticky job of cake cutting so incredibly easy. This is a hack that caterers and restaurant pros use on a daily basis, and now they’re sharing this clever industry trick with the rest of us.

They start by taking a bowl that will fit within the center of your cake and still allow for five or six inches around the outside edge; this will, obviously, depending on the size of the cake you’re working with.

Place the bowl directly in the center of your cake and use the edge of it as a guide. Using a large knife, cut around the outside of your bowl, essentially creating a smaller cake within the larger cake.

To see the final step of this hack in action, you’ll have to watch the Rachel Ray video below. But trust us, this is a brilliant tip that any party host will be glad to know for the next time they’re serving a large group!

Hosting for a crowd can be overwhelming and it’s little tricks like this that make you the ultimate planner.

What do you think of this cake cutting hack? Do you have a different way of cutting a cake that’s a little unusual? If you’re looking for some other unique ways to hack this problem, check out one of our favorite tips here.