It was the easiest first day of any of my 21 ski seasons in Jackson, Wyoming: two hours on intermediate-level groomed runs at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Still wearing a cast after surgery seven weeks earlier to repaired a shattered wrist, I enjoyed taking it easy. Except the next morning revealed that I hadn’t taken it easy enough: I awoke unable to stand up straight and feeling like an ice pick was embedded in a long-ago herniated disc. I tried massage, acupuncture and physical therapy before resorting to an MRI and a course of steroids. It was almost five weeks before I was able to ski again, and I did so gingerly for the rest of the season. It wasn’t until after my wrist was healed and I was able to return to my usual physical activities that I realized my mistake: Because of my broken wrist, I had started ski season without doing any of my usual strength training. “You can’t just expect to come off the couch — or even from yoga, spin classes or … [Read more...] about 8 tips for staying injury-free this ski season
Though not a universal feature in phones yet, built-in wireless charging is a big convenience for some users. With one less wire to plug in, you can simply place your phone on a charging pad to re-up its battery — no special case or accessory needed. These four phones are at the top of CNET’s list of phones you can charge up, no wires required. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (outstanding) The good: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a big, beautiful phone with top-tier specs including a massive battery, wireless charging and internal storage that starts at 128GB. The new S Pen doubles as a wireless remote for taking long-distance selfies. The bad: It’s expensive and offers few real innovations over last year’s Note 8. The fingerprint reader is uncomfortably close to the camera. The cost: $799.99 to $899.99 The bottom line: The ultra-pricey Note 9 is one of the year’s best phones. But unless you’re in dire need of an upgrade, the … [Read more...] about The best phones with wireless charging
Among the few notable things about this year’s Golden Globes was that so many women dispensed with long curling-ironed hair or chignons or whatever other frippery and just chopped it. Saoirse Ronan had a lob, or “long bob,” styled by Ben Skervin. Claire Foy: mini-bob. Maya Rudolph: sharp medium-long bob. Bobs, too, for Lucy Boynton (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Irina Shayk, a model. This major bob moment comes exactly 100 years after an avalanche of women — 20,000 per week, according to the Women’s Improvement League — scandalized the world by cutting off their waist-long, painstakingly coiffed Gibson girl dos. They chose instead an ear-grazing crop cut that until then had been worn only by willful, freethinking renegades — Bolsheviks, the Bloomsbury set, up-and-coming Coco Chanel, Greenwich Village radicals, fashion-forward ballroom dancer Irene Castle, who catapulted the bob into the American mainstream. The bob, while now a classic, … [Read more...] about Why the bob haircut still matters after 100 years
Call her old-fashioned. “I still write with a fountain pen,” said Katy Klassman, who with her mother owns and runs a fashion boutique in Washington, D.C. “I love to go to bed early with a paper book.” Klassman is as analog driven in her self-care routines, especially her bath. “Maybe I’m just born in the wrong century,” she said. She remembers her grandmother bathing with an old-fashioned sponge and fragrant soap. “It was one of the things that made her for me the most glamorous woman in the world,” she said. Klassman was talking about the kind of glamour that makes showering seem a dully perfunctory rite. Bathing, by contrast, is a steamy indulgence apt to conjure floods of cinematic imagery: Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra lounging in a lotus flower bath; Julia Roberts covered in suds in “Pretty Woman”; and, on the brawnier side, Sean Connery as James Bond, enjoying a loll in an oversize tub. But glamour is only part of … [Read more...] about Self-care and the return of the bubble bath
As a dietitian, I always receive an influx of New Year’s emails predicting upcoming food trends. This year, several experts have forecast an increase in foods and beverages containing cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. More colloquially called CBD, cannabidiol has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat some forms of epilepsy and shows potential in treating pain, nausea, anxiety and depression — without making users high. But what about its effect on hunger? After all, smoking or ingesting cannabis is associated with the munchies. Does CBD have the same effect? Could a trend toward CBD-infused foods lead to weight gain? And how might CBD affect people who have conditions that make it difficult to keep weight on (such as those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, eating disorders or depression)? I consulted some experts. To understand their answers to these questions, first, a quick tutorial. Cannabis plants contain more than 100 cannabinoids, … [Read more...] about Marijuana brings on the munchies. What about CBD?