The Kind Diet
Actress, mommy-to-be and best-selling author of The Kind Diet, Alicia Silverstone, joins The Doctors to explain how the diet changed her life.
"About 13 years ago, I had a really life-changing journey that began, and magical results," she says. "I wanted everybody to have that same experience."
Prior to following The Kind Diet, Alicia, now 34, says that she would get sick often, suffered from asthma and cystic acne and received allergy shots twice a week. She adopted a vegan lifestyle and saw an amazing transformation of her entire body. "What happened was so miraculous," she says. "My nails got so strong that you can't bend them at all. And they used to have white marks on them and used to be easy to bend and [were] brittle ... I slimmed down, my eyes started to get really, really white and my cystic acne all went away.
"I dropped the inhaler, I haven't had antibiotics since," she adds. "Everything changed so much."
The Kind Diet is a vegan lifestyle and cookbook that promotes an organic diet free of meat, dairy, white sugar and processed foods. It contains 100 recipes, ranging from appetizers to desserts. Alicia shares some of the simple, healthy, delicious meals from the book!
• Get the recipes for the Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips and the Toasted Nori Burritos.
"It's all clean, plant-based food," Alicia says. "If you think, Oh my gosh, I don't want to eat plant-based food. I can't do that all the time, the great thing about what I've done in this book is I really let you take baby steps. It's all about flirting."
To reverse the effects of child bearing on the belly, many women undergo a tummy tuck following their final pregnancy. Editor-in-chief of Redbook Magazine, Jill Herzig, explains that the number of tummy tucks performed in the United States has climbed 88 percent since 2000. "So many women, after having babies, want to get this [surgery] to pull things back together the way they used to be," she says.
While tummy tucks are popular, Jill warns that they are not simple procedures. "It's very serious surgery," Jill continues. "It's an intensive recovery process, and just the surgery itself is pretty extraordinary."
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrates how a tummy tuck is performed.
"Do your homework ahead of time," Dr. Ordon says. "Ask all your questions. Make sure [he or she is] a board-certified plastic surgeon who's doing an abdominoplasty. No other specialty should be doing abdominoplasty. And know where it's being done."
If you don't want to undergo extensive surgery to regain your figure, Jill offers nonsurgical options for a flatter, tighter tummy!
• When trying to trim your tummy, knee problems can hinder an exercise regimen. See an instant solution for nagging knee pain!
More Tummy Tuck Options
• Two-for-One Tummy Tuck
• Before Baby Tummy Tuck
• Try the Natural Tummy Tuck Cake
Women are often advised to know their breasts by regularly examining them. Jill and The Doctors explain why men must know their testicles, what they should look for and the importance of testicular exams.
Strength of Your Lungs
Melissa, 30, struggles to breathe at high altitudes. "I've had issues with the altitude since about 2003," she says. "I notice it when I'm hiking. I notice it when I'm snowboarding. So, really, at higher altitudes it becomes much more of a problem. It feels like someone's sitting on my chest."
While Melissa's symptoms are not uncommon for people at high altitudes, they could be dangerous if they occur while at normal altitude, or if not cared for correctly. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains what to do to combat altitude sickness.
Menstrual periods are an indicator of a woman's overall health. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains what women can do to remedy heavy periods, including a non-hormonal treatment to control the bleeding.
• Get more great tips, and ask Dr. Lisa a question of your own!