From Our Friends: December 27, 2013

Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes how to ring in the New Year without indulging in unhealthy activities, a look at the wackiest fads in fitness from 2013, the best tips and tricks for detoxing your kitchen, how to recognize and recover from burn out, where healthy purchases to support your New Year’s Resolutions can help you and the environment, and the year in sex, from scandals to cultural revolutions. Enjoy!

1.  If you’re over the cork-popping and ball-dropping that comes with a traditional New Year’s Eve (and the bloated, headache-filled day that follows), don’t worry: You can pop open a bottle of water and lift some free-weights instead.  WellandGoodNYC features their fit and fabulous ways to ring in the New Year next week on a healthy note.

2.  Our culture’s progression toward a healthier lifestyle is definitely positive, but people are a bunch of goofballs and our efforts to be healthier sometimes turn out to be a little wacky. BlissTree shares a giggle over the silliest schemes got pretty goofy and caught on big time.

3.  It can be pretty frustrating to learn that the products we are using to cook, bake, eat and store food with may actually put our families’ health at risk.  Materials such as Teflon, BPA, lead, aluminum, phthalates, and melamine are commonly found in everyday kitchenware products yet have been tied to disturbing health issues. Safer alternatives as well as things you can avoid to detox your kitchen in the coming year are a snap with MightyNest‘s tips.

4. As the fun, and added stress, of the holidays starts to wind down, Experience Life Magazine helps us learn to recognize the signs of serious depletion and chronic stress — and how to restore your inner fire in time to tackle those New Year’s resolutions and goals.

5. The Organic Whey wants to make a difference, and is proud to contribute 1% of its sales to 1% for the Planet. Look for their logo when you shop, and consider membership for your company!

6.  Did you have a pleasurable year in sex? Sex and love made the headlines again and again in 2013 (as they do most years), but this one was a little different. Ecosalon asks, are we finally getting somewhere with that whole Sexual Revolution thing?

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