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Everything you need to know about Anne Hathaway’s diet and exercise routine which includes lifting weights and eating chocolate

Everything you need to know about Anne Hathaway’s diet and exercise routine which includes lifting weights and eating chocolate

Anne Hathaway’s had quite a career over the past decade. From becoming royalty in “The Princess Diaries” to kicking butt in “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Oceans 8,” the actress has done it all.

Based on interviews and her personal Instagram, it seems Hathaway mostly discusses her diet and exercise when she is intentionally gaining or losing weight for a role.

Here’s how Anne Hathaway stays in such killer shape.

Hathaway says she discovered a fondness for exercise while she was training for the role of Catwoman in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” for which she did stunt training and took dance classes five days a week.

“I’ve always thought that skinny was the goal, but with this job I also have to be strong,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2011.

She kept up with her workouts after giving birth to her son, Jonathan, in 2016.

“Yeah I work out with five-pound weights, but I pushed a baby out of my body, I feel good right now,” she said in an appearance on “The Ellen Show.” “So I don’t care what I look like, I feel great.”

In April, she posted a video to Instagram of herself lifting weights, doing tricep dips, and pulling cables, with a caption explaining she was gaining weight for an upcoming role and “all is well.”

She used to follow a vegan diet but stopped because she didn’t feel good

She stopped being vegan because she said she didn't feel healthy.

She stopped being vegan because she said she didn’t feel healthy.
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The actress used to be vegan, but when she was filming “Interstellar” and spending multiple days in a 40-pound suit, she gave up veganism.

“I just didn’t feel good or healthy … not strong,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2014. She said she ate a piece of fish and the next day she felt better.

She enjoys dessert, particularly chocolate

Hathaway’s personal nutrition coach Jackie Keller told Shape that Hathaway generally follows an anti-inflammatory diet.

According to Keller, Hathaway is also a fan of chocolate. While preparing the actress for “The Dark Knight Rises,” Keller said she ensured Hathaway’s diet included dessert every day so the actress could avoid cravings.

She told Shape that Hathaway enjoyed gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, marble cake, and fudge brownies.

She’s made one of Chrissy Teigen’s recipes in the past

Hathaway appears to be a fan of Chrissy Teigen’s lettuce wrap recipe. In March, she posted a photo to Instagram of a homemade lettuce wrap with the caption that praised Teigen.

Hathaway didn’t share the exact recipe, but it looks like it could be the same as Teigen’s recipe for chicken lettuce wraps featured in her “Cravings” cookbook.

She said “The Clarity Cleanse” helped her

In October 2017, Hathaway made an Instagram post recommending “The Clarity Cleanse” by Dr. Habib Sadeghi.

“I am so excited to recommend Dr. Habib Sadeghi’s ‘The Clarity Cleanse’ to anyone looking to live a life of greater peace and love,” she wrote.

She also that she had not been paid to promote the cleanse, writing, “I am just sharing something that has helped me and brought more light into my life.”

According to the book’s website, “The Clarity Cleanse” is a 12-step guide to recognizing the “emotional issues that hold us back,” plus ideas to increase energy through diet. Gwyneth Paltrow is a “spiritual advisor” for the cleanse.

One of the book’s featured recipes is for an eggplant parmesan that does not actually contain parmesan.

Overall, she said she’s loving her body

She said her experience is her own and she's loving it.

She said her experience is her own and she’s loving it.
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Hathaway revealed she’s had to deal with some hateful comments after gaining weight for roles, but while on the Today show earlier this year, she said, “To all the people who are going to fat shame me in the upcoming months, it’s not me, it’s you.”

“If my body is different than what you’re used to or what you think it should be, that’s yours,” Hathaway told Today show co-host Hoda Kotb. “My experience is mine, and I’m loving it.”

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The ABCs of CPR

The ABCs of CPR

Just the other day, I was on a commuter train that hit a person on the track. The train screeched to a halt, and indeed, someone lay prone on the track. The conductor called for someone to perform CPR on the victim. I wanted to volunteer, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. What is CPR?

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is also called first aid.

You don’t have to be a doctor or healthcare professional to be able to do CPR. You can learn to do it from a very young age.

Even if you are not trained and not confident in doing it, you can always help when someone is in need.

In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that everybody – yes, that includes you who don’t know how to do anything! – should begin CPR by simply doing chest compressions on a victim.

It can actually mean saving someone’s life rather than standing around being uncertain.

Wait. So you want me to do chest compressions only? I watch a lot of TV shows, and they do more than chest compressions. They also do the ‘kiss of life’ or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Here’s what you should do if you are completely not trained: HANDS ONLY CPR.

This means just do chest compressions at around 100 to 120 times a minute without trying to breathe into the patient’s mouth until someone more qualified arrives.

If you are trained, then you can do more. You can check the patient for a pulse at his neck and check whether he is breathing.

If there is no pulse and the patient isn’t breathing, then you can start chest compressions. Do 30 chest compressions before giving two rescue breaths through the patient’s mouth.

If you have been trained before but have forgotten/are panicking that you have forgotten, then just do chest compressions like the untrained.

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First, check the person’s airways and make sure nothing is blocking the nose and mouth.

Right. OK. So I should have done something. But I want to learn to do it properly from now on. How does CPR help the victim?

CPR can jump-start the heart’s rhythm.

And even if it doesn’t, at least the very act of compressing the chest can compress the heart muscles and squeeze out oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain, liver and other vital organs.

When the heart stops, it also stops supplying oxygenated blood to the body.

This can cause permanent brain damage within a few minutes, and death can happen after eight to 10 minutes.

Please give me a crash course.

Nothing substitutes an actual course, but these are the things you should be doing.

Just remember: A – B – C

Before beginning CPR, check if the surrounding environment is safe. For example, if there is a snake next to you, get the victim and yourself into safety first!

Then check if the patient is conscious or unconscious. Always tap and call the person, “Hello? Are you OK?” and wait for a response.

If there is no response, then the person is unconscious. If you have access to a phone (especially your mobile phone), call the emergency line (999 in Malaysia, or 112 globally for mobile phones only) before beginning CPR.

That way, you know trained help is coming even if you cannot revive the person.

If there are two of you, one person can call emergency while the other person can begin CPR.

You can also check if there is an AED (automated external defibrillator) device nearby.

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If you are not trained, just do chest compressions at around 100 to 120 times a minute without trying to breathe into the patient’s mouth until someone more qualified arrives.

What does A – B – C stand for?




The American Heart Association reverses this and says CAB, because they want you to start compression first. I learned it as ABC. Well, as long as you know what to do.

First, you have to check the patient’s airways and make sure nothing is blocking the nose and mouth. If there is, remove it. Many times, the patient’s tongue might be obstructing his own airflow.

Put the patient on his back on a firm surface, like the ground or floor.

Kneel at his side, next to his neck and shoulder. Place the palm of your hand on his chest between his nipples, and place your other hand on top of your hand.

Then press his chest straight down by at least two inches. You won’t break the sternum this way. Do this 30 times.

Then tilt his head back and open his jaw. Pinch his nostrils shut and cover his mouth completely with yours, sealing it.

Breathe into the patient’s lungs for one second, and see if his chest rises. Breathe a second time. Don’t breathe too long or more than two times.

Begin your chest compressions again. If there is an AED available, apply the defibrillator as per the instructions.

After one shock, resume CPR. After two minutes, apply a second shock. Continue CPR till paramedics arrive.

Dr YLM graduated as a medical doctor, and has been writing for many years on various subjects such as medicine, health, computers and entertainment. For further information, e-mail starhealth@thestar.com.my. The information contained in this column is for general educational purposes only. Neither The Star nor the author gives any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to such information. The Star and the author disclaim all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.
Retired US firefighter’s mission is battling opioid addiction

Retired US firefighter’s mission is battling opioid addiction

Lori Heath knows the pain of watching a loved one succumb to opioid addiction.

The Tavares, Florida, resident has publicly shared her anguish over losing her 28-year-old son, who she said was 16 when he became hooked on prescription painkillers after oral surgery. In 2016, while living in Maryland, he died from an overdose, leaving behind his fiancee and young son, she said.

“It was heroin cut with fentanyl,” she said through tears. “He was alone on the floor of a recovery home.”

Now dedicated to helping others overcome such addictions, Heath was on hand to support retired Boynton Beach firefighter Luis Garcia as he held a training session in Mount Dora, Florida, on how to administer Narcan, a drug intended to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose within minutes.

Though he has never been personally affected by opioid addiction, Garcia said the 3,000 overdose calls he responded to during his 28-year career inspired his retirement mission. The 52-year-old, who works at a fire restoration company, spent US$40,000 (RM166,626) of his savings to purchase 800 doses of Narcan.

During the last couple of years, Garcia has travelled around the state giving away the life-saving nasal spray and showing law-enforcement officers and others how to use Narcan.

The drug, also known by its generic name naloxone, works by blocking the opioids from reaching the brain receptors. It is only effective on someone who has opioids in their system and is not harmful if mistakenly administered.

On Thursday, Oct 18, 30 people gathered at Saint Philip Lutheran Church and learned how to pump 4mg of Narcan into someone’s nostril.

“One dose and they come back to the living,” Garcia told the group, adding that 94 lives have been saved from the doses he’s given out so far. “We’re not God, but to see somebody come back from the dead, it’s just like in the Bible.”

Recipients of the free Narcan dosages have to promise they will immediately call 911 if they suspect someone has overdosed and must be willing to help a stranger.

“If you see a homeless person on the street (who has overdosed), you have to help them,” said Garcia, who started the South Florida Opioid Crisis Mortality Reduction Project.

In the last few years, many Central Florida law-enforcement agencies and fire departments have trained first responders to use Narcan on the job and equipped them with portable kits.

Earlier this month, Orange County officials launched Project Leave Behind, a programme funded by the state Department of Children and Families, that enables firefighters to distribute Narcan kits to relatives when they respond to overdose calls.

Garcia has led 52 classes so far in Florida, depleting his original supply of 800 doses and a couple hundred others he purchased with donations from a GoFundMe account and non-profit organisations.

He estimates his Narcan stock will run out by mid-February next year unless he can come up with additional funds to purchase another supply.

After her son’s death, Heath said she has channelled her grief into helping others as a ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based 12-step programme, at First Baptist Church of Umatilla.

“One of the things that they say in recovery,” Heath said, “is in giving Narcan, we’re saving their life until they want to live.” – Tribune News Service/The Orlando Sentinel/Lisa Maria Garza

5 little ways you could be spreading your germs to others

5 little ways you could be spreading your germs to others

You might be spreading your germs if you're washing your hands the wrong way.

You might be spreading your germs if you’re washing your hands the wrong way.
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  • This cold and flu season, you could end up inadvertently passing your germs to others.
  • If you’re sick, your germs can spread when you talk to other people, and when you don’t stay home from work or school.
  • Germs can also spread easily if you wash your hands incorrectly.
  • If you don’t get a flu shot, you could also risk spreading the flu to more vulnerable people.

Nobody who gets sick wants to inflict achy, sniffly misery on the people they live or work with. But there are some ways that you could be spreading germs to others – or, at least, putting them at a higher risk for illness – without realizing it.

Here are a handful of habits or actions that can promote the transmission of illness-causing bugs.

1. Talking

You can spread the flu just by talking.

You can spread the flu just by talking.
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You don’t have to cough directly into someone’s face to give them the flu.

If you’re infected, you can spread the flu to people up to six feet away by coughing, sneezing, or just talking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Experts think that flu viruses spread by droplets that are made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land someone else’s mouth or nose or possibly be inhaled, the CDC website adds.

2. Not washing your hands the right way

You likely already know that frequent hand washing can keep you from passing your germs to other people.

But it seems many of us are blowing off proper hand-washing technique. A study published US Department of Agriculture in June found that people fail to wash their hands correctly 97% of the time.

Read more: The most popular way of avoiding bathroom germs is bogus – here’s what you should do instead

The CDC says good handwashing – the type that effectively removes germs from your hands – should follow these steps:

  • Wet hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap
  • Lather up, making sure you get the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  • Scrub for at least 20 seconds. (You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song as a self-timer)
  • Rinse with clean, running water
  • Dry using a clean towel (or just air)

If you don’t have access to soap and clean running water, you can use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol, according to the CDC, but hand washing is still best when you can do it.

If you need extra motivation to scrub for the full 20 seconds, just remember that hand-washing protects you from other people’s germs, too. For instance: Public bathroom surfaces contaminated with other peoples’ feces or vomit could be crawling with pathogens like E. coli, hepatitis A and E, Streptococcus, and norovirus, as Business Insider reported earlier this year.

3. Not staying home when you’re sick

It’s no shock that going into work or school when you’re sick can get others sick, too. But you might be surprised by the speed with which that may happen – at least according to one study that examined viral spread in a office building.

In the study -which was presented at a 2104 conference of the American Society for Microbiology – researchers placed viruses on one or two surfaces in an office, like a doorknob or tabletop. After just four hours, more than half of the workers’ hands positive for the virus.

If you have the flu, the CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without using fever-reducing medicines). If you get a cold, some experts note that you may be able to spread it to others shortly before symptoms show up, but it’s most contagious in the first two to three days that you actually feel sick, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

4. Not getting your flu shot

Flu shots aren't just for you.

Flu shots aren’t just for you.
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If you’re a young, healthy person who typically doesn’t get sick over the winter, you may think it’s not important to get vaccinated against the flu. But a flu shot doesn’t just protect you – it also protects the more vulnerable people around you, like babies, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. (Don’t forget that the flu can be fatal. An estimated 80,000 Americans died from it last year.)

First, getting the shot means you’re less likely to get the flu and pass it to others.

Read more: 3 myths about the flu shot you need to stop believing

Second, getting the shot contributes to what’s known as herd immunity. When more people in a population are vaccinated against a disease, that disease can’t spread as easily and the entire population becomes less likely to get it. This helps protect those who can’t get certain vaccinations. (The CDC says that babies younger than six months and people who are allergic to flu shot ingredients, for example, shouldn’t get them.)

“You don’t get immunized just to protect yourself. You also get immunized to protect those who can’t protect themselves,” pediatrician Dr. Aaron Carroll wrote in The New York Times in January.

5. Blowing out birthday candles

Oddly specific but fascinating: Blowing out birthday candles can drastically increase the number of microbes on a cake.

Oddly specific but fascinating: Blowing out birthday candles can drastically increase the number of microbes on a cake.
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The opportunity to blow out candles on a birthday cake comes around just once a year, but if you’re sick at your next birthday party, you might want to step away from the cake.

A study published in the Journal of Food Research found that blowing out birthday candles increased the number of bacteria on test cakes by an average of 1,400%, compared to ones that didn’t have their candles blown out, Business Insider reported in 2017. The cakes that had been blown on had a greater range of bacteria on them, too.

Of course, it’s important to remember that not every microbe you encounter is harmful. But if the birthday person is sick, it may make sense to rethink the candle tradition.

“I personally will be aware of the health status of the blower and won’t blow out candles if I’m sick,” Paul Dawson, the leading author of the study and a professor of food science at Clemson University, told Business Insider.

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6 medical questions you should ask your family to better predict your own health

6 medical questions you should ask your family to better predict your own health

Knowing the answers to certain medical questions can help you to calculate your potential future health risks.

Knowing the answers to certain medical questions can help you to calculate your potential future health risks.

Some medical conditions are hereditary or influenced by your genes, so it can be proactive to learn more about your family’s medical history. In some cases, it can help you start taking the appropriate steps if certain diseases or conditions do run in your family.

To spark that conversation, INSIDER spoke with several doctors to find out which questions you should ask your family to better understand your health.

Do you, or any of our blood relatives, have any chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.?

Knowing this information can help you to better gauge your risk for developing certain conditions.

It’s important to know the answer to this question because your chances of developing a chronic health condition are much higher if your parents or immediate family members have such a condition, according to Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, MBA, Chief Scientific Officer at Clover Health.

Genetics play a key role in high blood pressure, heart disease, and other related conditions, meaning some people are more susceptible to developing these conditions than others.

Dr. Dharmarajan explained that when you know your family’s medical history you can work with your doctor to identify potential risk factors and develop a plan to delay or even prevent the onset of some of these conditions.

Did you or anyone in your family ever have problems with anesthesia?

The answer can help you figure out if you have a rare genetic mutation.
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There is an extremely rare hereditary genetic mutation that can actually cause a deadly reaction when put under anesthesia, Celine Thum, MD of ParaDocs Worldwide, Inc told INSIDER. The condition is called Malignant Hyperthermia Syndrome (MHS).

Knowing if your family has a history of MHS can help you plan for the use of different drugs to control pain and sedation during any future surgeries.

Have you, or any of your blood relatives, had a major medical event such as a heart attack, stroke, or cancer diagnosis?

Knowing your risk factor can be helpful.

In many instances, if your parents or immediate family members have experienced major disease complications or health events, there’s a higher risk you may have similar issues, Dr. Dharmarajan told INSIDER.

The good news is that the risk factors are modifiable and early detection and treatment can potentially prevent serious illness such as stroke and heart attacks, adds Dr. Thum.

Plus, depending on your history, your doctor may encourage early screenings for cancers or other diseases that run in the family, depending on the age that your family members were diagnosed.

Is there any history of mental health issues in our family, including alcoholism or other kinds of substance abuse?

In some cases, you could be more at risk. for developing certain issues.

Your chances of having a mental illness are sometimes higher if a family member also has a mental illness such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, said Dr. Dharmarajan.

You may also want to ask if your family has a history of alcoholism or substance abuse because some risk factors for mental illness are passed on behaviorally. A New Zealand study found that the more relatives a person had with major depression, anxiety, or alcohol or drug dependence, the more likely they were to have that condition, too.

Have you been tested for genetic diseases?

This is especially good to know if you plan to have children.
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If your parents carry any disease genes, there is a chance you have inherited those gene mutations that could cause problems for your future biological children, should you choose to have any.

Even though you may not have the disease, you could be a carrier with only one disease gene. If you have a biological child with someone who also is a carrier of the same disease gene, then your child could develop the disease. There is an increased chance you and your partner carry the same disease-causing gene if you’re of the same ethnic background.

Has anyone in your family died at a young age and if so, was the cause known?

There could be a hereditary condition in your family.
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There are some hereditary heart conditions that may go undetected unless early testing is done, said Dr. Thum.

One of these conditions is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease in which the heart muscles become abnormally thick, making it harder for the heart to pump blood. Oftentimes HCM goes undiagnosed in people who have the disease because so few symptoms exist.

But if you know that someone in your family has HCM or another hereditary heart condition, you can be proactive by letting your doctor know so you can receive early testing and treatment.

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