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You’re doing your weekly grocery shopping and meal prep, kicking ass in the kitchen making delicious, balanced meals. You’re also living with your S.O., and said S.O. is not getting on board with your new healthy lifestyle. You try talking them into it, explaining the benefits, why it’ll be good for them, and nothing seems to be registering. Eventually disagreements and arguments ensue. Here's what to do when that happens at the link bio.
Plant protein is earning its place at the kitchen table right alongside its animal-derived counterpart. Which might have you wondering: Is one healthier than the other? Like so many questions in nutrition science, the answer is more complicated than you might expect. Tap the link in bio for all you need to know about plant vs. animal protein.
This 8-minute abs workout includes a handful of bodyweight exercises that show all your abs muscles some love. Directions are easy: Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Repeat three times through, or four if you're feeling it. Tap the link in bio for more deets. #SweatWithSELF
“I was lucky enough to be able to take a full three months away from work. I did not travel, relax on the beach, or enjoy any true downtime. I put my time and energy away from work into shaping my baby’s first few months of life,” writes Joanna Parga-Belinkie, M.D (@joannapbelinkie). Despite the fact that new mothers and fathers use parental leave to recover from childbirth, welcome adopted children into their families, and ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, the perception exists that time off from work to care for children is a vacation. “It’s not a luxurious respite. It’s an essential time for parents to address their health and happiness, along with that of their babies,” Parga-Belinkie writes. Read more at the link in bio.
We asked everyone's favorite couple, @sarahhyland and @wellsadams, why they think the Bachelor is so popular—and you're gonna want to read what they have to say. Tap the link in bio for our conversation with the dynamic duo about Facebook Dating, DMs, and more. #TeamSELFregram @sarahhyland
When it comes to fruits and veggies, it's never totally clear how deeply they need to be cleaned to be safe to eat. Does rinsing do anything? Do you need soap? Do you have to, like, scrub? It's a question as old as time, and it seems like everyone has a different method. We've got the scoop on how produce should *actually* be washed to be clean at the link in bio.
Happy #SweatWithSELF Thursday! Here's a low-impact workout that'll make you sweat while keeping it easy on your joints. Do each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 10 seconds in between. Do 4 rounds, resting 30 seconds in between rounds. Tap the link in our bio for more deets, and let us know how you did in the comments. 🔥💥✨ #TeamSELF
We asked women at different stages of pregnancy what ~fun~ new symptoms they were experiencing that week, and the answers were priceless. (Hint: ⚡️) Watch the full video at the link in bio.
The healthy eating gospel has recently become, "Cook more from scratch with unprocessed foods like produce, meat, dairy, whole grains, nuts, and seeds." Boxed mac and cheese and white-bread-and-bologna sandwiches don’t cut it. But for many people, this is asking a lot—not everybody has the time or means. Tap the link in bio to read @xtinebyrne's take on why, instead of promoting the lofty ideal of home-cooking, we should be focusing our efforts on making healthy eating more accessible instead.
When Rikki Edelman, 44, was about 21 years old, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Twenty years later, she found a treatment that finally worked to ease her symptoms. Here’s the thing, though—it's a combination of medications that, in addition to improving Edelman’s symptoms, also suppress her immune system. This causes a whole host of other problems and concerns: Not only does this make her more susceptible to contagious illnesses, but it also means that she can’t turn to vaccines for help. Instead, Edelman relies on herd immunity to stay alive. In other words, to stay healthy, she must rely on other people who can, in large part by *them* being vaccinated. Tap the link in bio to read Edelman's story, and learn more about how getting vaccinated is important for supporting public health on a much greater scale. #VaccinesSaveLives
Ian Fields, M.D.’s mother died at age 32 after a five-month battle with cervical cancer. Dr. Fields was only six. Today, Dr. Fields is a board-certified ob-gyn physician—and an HPV vaccine advocate. “I can’t help but think of my mother when I’m counseling patients about the benefits of vaccination against HPV,” he writes. HPV, short for human papillomavirus, is a common virus passed through skin-to-skin contact, usually during sexual activity. In some cases, it can cause genital warts or develop into cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, and the tongue, tonsils, and throat. There was no HPV vaccine available when Dr. Fields’ mom was growing up in the 1960s. But today, it can be administered as early as age nine and is recommended for teenagers of all genders at ages 11 to 12. “What would I do if someone like my mom was sitting across from me in the exam room asking my advice—a single mother with two children, no health insurance, and working full-time to provide for her family. My advice to that patient (and
Here are some facts: Vaccinating children born between 1994 and 2018 will prevent around 419 million illnesses, 27 million hospitalizations, and 936,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, thanks to all the confusing misinformation out there, it’s understandable if you’re a parent who has some questions about vaccines. We’re here to break it down for you—SELF talked to two pediatricians who specialize in infectious diseases (and combed through plenty of data) to get answers to the vaccine questions they hear most often. Tap the link in bio for the Q&A. #VaccinesSaveLives
Jenni Balck, 47, is an elementary school teacher living in south Orange County, California. Her 10-year-old daughter, Brooke, has been on immunosuppressants ever since she received a heart transplant at age two. Those immune-suppressing medications prevent Brooke’s immune system from attacking her new heart as a foreign body, but they also suppress her immune system to a point that makes her especially vulnerable to infections. Brooke’s medical history also puts her at serious risk of an adverse reaction to live vaccines—including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), polio, and varicella (chicken pox)—because they contain a weakened version of the living pathogen.
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In all 50 states and Washington, D.C., it’s mandatory for children to be vaccinated in order to enter day care and private or public school. A small minority of children like Brooke, however, cannot get vaccinated because of a medical condition. These children can qualify for a medical exemption for vaccines. This means that Brooke
Janie Oyakawa is a self-described “crunchy mother of six.” For her first four children, she followed the standard immunization schedule set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But she stopped vaccinating her children altogether after the birth of her fifth child, when she became part of an anti-vaxx community. Vaccine hesitancy—which is defined by the World Health Organization (@WHO) as “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines”—has been named one of the top 10 global health threats of 2019. While vaccines currently prevent 2 to 3 million deaths a year globally, a subset of the U.S. population still refuses to vaccinate their children, either in part or at all. At the link in bio, Oyakawa shares her experience as an anti-vaxxer,  and what exactly made her change her mind. #VaccinesSaveLives
Amazing news: Vaccines save lives. They’re a remarkable public health tool. And the vast majority of people in the United States are vaccinated. But a small but growing minority in certain communities are choosing not to vaccinate, thanks in part to the rise of vaccine hesitancy—people who aren’t fully anti-vaccine, but who are skeptical or afraid of vaccinations for a range of reasons. When too many people choose not to vaccinate, it means that dangerous diseases, like measles and whooping cough, can make a comeback—which we’re seeing with the recent measles outbreaks this year. The United States had more reported measles cases in 2019 than any year since 1992, according to the Centers for Disease Control. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To help promote the wonderful, life-saving benefits of vaccination, today we’re launching our #VaccinesSaveLives project. The project includes personal stories, reported features on your most commonly asked questions, and beautiful, medically accurate visuals to help combat misinformatio
We’re proud to announce the launch of our latest editorial project, #VaccinesSaveLives. Vaccination prevents 2 to 3 million deaths globally every year, according to the World Health Organization (@WHO). But vaccination rates are dropping in some pockets of the world, including the United States, thanks in part to the growing trend of vaccine hesitancy, which the WHO listed as one of the top ten threats to global health in 2019.
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Because of vaccines, we’re able to protect against serious and sometimes fatal illnesses, from the flu, chickenpox, and whooping cough, to measles, polio, and HPV, which can cause several forms of cancer. When enough people in a community get vaccinated, we’re even able to create herd immunity, which offers protection for those who cannot get vaccinated themselves, like babies and people with compromised immune systems.
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As a health brand, it’s our job to talk about these issues in a way that is accurate, empathetic, and responsible. We know that th
Let's be real: We've all done it. Sometimes, the let-dry-and-re-wear method works perfectly fine when you've got one sports bra left and don't feel like doing laundry. But how, uh, gross is it? For those who are guilty as charged, tap the link in bio to find out.
The closer we get to Labor Day, the less we feel like working out...so, here's a FOUR-MINUTE #SweatWithSELF WORKOUT! 😂 Do each move for 8 reps, resting as little as possible. Continue to do the circuit without rest for 4 minutes. (Pssst, this is called an AMRAP burnout. And we promise, you're doin' great!) Tap the link in bio for this workout + another you can do to make it longer! #TeamSELF
*CW: Disordered eating.* After graduating college, Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN (@chr1styharrison) set out to create a life focused on wellness in an effort to combat undiagnosed health issues. Instead, what began was a vicious cycle of binging, restricting, calorie-counting, and dieting that she masked behind her so-called "healthy lifestyle." Yet, Harrison still remained sick—her symptoms were only exacerbated by her disordered eating. "In all that time, while my doctors were asking me about my stress levels and alcohol consumption and bowel habits and whether or not I was eating gluten, none of them ever asked me about how I was eating—and in reality, I was incredibly disordered about food," she writes. Tap the link in bio to read her story.
Everyone loves summer, but yes, there is such a thing as being too hot, and yes, it is potentially dangerous. Tap the link in bio for the 411 on heat exhaustion, including how to prevent it when it's hot AF. Stay safe out there, #TeamSELF!!!! 🔥
Troian Bellisario (@sleepinthegardn) is taking over our Insta-stories ✨RIGHT NOW ✨to chat all things motherhood and her new movie, @bernadettefilm, which comes out today. Want more? Tap the link in bio to read our full interview with the star. #TeamSELFregram @sleepinthegardn
Everyone loved last week's 5-minute plank workout so much that this week, we decided to give you a 6-minute obliques workout. YAY! It's quick, effective, and you can do it anywhere. 🔥 Do each move for 20 seconds on one side, then 20 seconds on the other side. BOOM. Let's go, #TeamSELF! Link in bio for all the deets. #SweatWithSELF
@shauna_harrison has been a group fitness instructor for 23 years, a yoga instructor for 8 years, and went to 7.5 years of graduate school to get two masters degrees and a Ph.D. in public health. But if you ask her for nutrition advice, she won’t give it to you. Sounds mean, right? It’s not. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: It’s the responsible thing to do. Read her explanation of why you should stop asking your instructor about what to eat at the link in bio.
Congrats to our June cover star, @Alanis Morissette, who gave birth to her third child, Winter Mercy Morisette-Treadway, on August 8!  We're falling head over feet for him already. 💛 Read @nicole.cliffe's profile for @selfmagazine on the pop icon's journey through motherhood and pregnancy at the link in bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸: @stephwilsonshoots. Wardrobe styling by @kirbymarzec. Hair by @dimitrishair at @thewallgroup. Makeup by @kayleenmcadams at @starworksartists. Manicure by @whitneygnails at @tmgla. On Alanis: Shirt by @matthewadamsdolan. Bra and panties by @jonesy_ny. Produced by @avenerable.
While demonizing any single food group or nutrient is always more harmful than helpful, it’s also true that average sugar intake is a real public health concern. But just how much do you need to *actually* worry about it on the day-to-day? Find out at the link in bio.
You heard it here first: Sometimes, stress eating—like having some ice cream after a bad day—is totally OK. But if it's a coping mechanism you constantly rely on, you may want to think about how you can address (and change) that behavior. Wendy Lopez, R.D., of @foodheaven shares three things you can do if stress eating is stressing you TF out at the link in bio.
Six words: 5-minute full-body plank workout. 👊 Plank up-down, plank to downward dog tap, plank jack, forearm plank rock, and forearm side plank twist. 30 seconds each, all the way through twice. You're welcome, #TeamSELF! Link in bio for more. 🙃  #SweatWithSELF
The idea of "summer body goals" implies that our bodies are not good enough as they are. But here's the real scoop: if it’s summer and you have a body, you have a summer body. End of story. Tap the link in bio for the seven strategies Jessica Jones, R.D, of @foodheaven uses to help her clients focus on taking care of themselves and letting go of the summer body goals mindset.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT), a workout style that involves brief bursts of high-intensity intervals followed by brief periods of low-intensity recovery, is known for being just what the name suggests: high-intensity. And although that may make it sound a little scary, HIIT workouts are actually very short—which for many people makes it sound quite appealing. What's better than a short workout? A workout you can literally do in your living room. See full directions below, modeled above by @wheelsfit, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and cofounder of Formation Strength, an online women’s training group that serves the LGBTQ community and allies.
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DIRECTIONS: Do each exercise for 4 minutes, alternating between 20-second intervals of intense work and 10-second intervals of rest. After you do 8 intervals of each (or hit 4 minutes total), move onto the next exercise. Follow this pattern—20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest, 8 times—for each exercise on the list. Hit t
Over the weekend, our July cover star, Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix (@af85)—the most decorated female track and field athlete in U.S. history—raced in the 400 meters at the #USATFOutdoors. It was her first competitive event since giving birth to her daughter, Camryn Grace, via emergency C-section with severe preeclampsia less than eight months ago. She successfully qualified for her ninth world championship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Felix competed unattached, meaning she ran without a sponsor. Her Nike contract ended in December 2017; she expressed her frustration with how the brand handled her pregnancy in a viral @nytimes op-ed published earlier this year. In our cover story, published yesterday, Felix’s representation mentioned that she was looking for a partner that “makes women the focus of their business.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today, @Athleta announced that Felix will become the brand’s first-ever sponsored athlete. “As a mother, as an activist, I’m more than an athlete. And it's amazing to be supported,” Fel
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world where the maternal mortality rate is getting worse. Research shows that 60 percent of these deaths are preventable. And even more devastating, black women face over three times the risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes as white women, according to the CDC. This is an urgent public health crisis that demands a response. For #TheBlackMaternalMortalityIssue, we asked all major 2020 presidential candidates—on both sides of the aisle—what they plan to do about it. Tap the link in bio to see what they said...or didn't. If this issue is important to you, the wide range of answers may help you determine who to support as we move closer to 2020.
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And according to the CDC, black mothers face three to four times greater risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes as white and Hispanic women. Today, SELF is launching #TheBlackMaternalMortalityIssue, a new editorial series examining what we know about black maternal mortality and morbidity, and where we go from here. We aim to arm black mothers-to-be with as much information as possible before they find themselves in the labor and delivery room, launching the series with three initial pieces and a promise to continue hammering on this topic over and over again, for as long as it remains a public health crisis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
First up: our July cover, a profile of sprinter and Olympian Allyson Felix (@af85). Felix, the most decorated female track and field athlete in U.S. history, had her own life-threatening experie
Flying kind of sucks. You walk off the plane feeling achey, stiff, numb, and maybe even, uh, swollen. We would like to start a movement to get people less-embarrassed to stretch at the airport, because it is *so* underrated. For a roundup of pre- and post-flight exercises—particularly chosen to target those airplane seat-affected areas—hit the link in bio. #SweatWithSELF
Hello, this is a reminder that our Healthy Beauty Award winners are HERE! Big FYI: We sorted our winners into categories based on skin or hair type or condition—dry skin, dry hair, oily and acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, scars and discoloration, thinning hair, etc.—so you can easily find the products you're looking for. All of our winners were tested (and loved!) by people with these issues or conditions. Because this is real life and skin is skin. (You're welcome in advance.) You know what to do—tap the link in bio to find the best of the best, for YOU. 📸: @felicityingram. Wardrobe by @ronbreezy. Hair by @jeromehair. Makeup by @porschefabulous. Manicure by @yukie_miyakawa_nails.
After each devastating bit of reproductive rights news hits, a social media storm erupts. Like clockwork, those who have had abortions come forward to lay bare some of their most personal stories in order to normalize and humanize what's at the core of the political debate. If you’ve had an abortion and you’re active on social media, you might be grappling with the possibility of adding your voice to the movement. Even though there are equally valid reasons to share and not to share, it’s not a simple decision to make—especially now that sharing can also feel like begging lawmakers and fellow constituents alike to recognize your humanity. @annabroges spoke to people about why they chose to share, and others on why they didn't. Tap the link in bio for the full feature.
@carolynkylstra said it best—we hope to always be a welcoming, safe, accurate, and supportive wellness resource for anyone who needs it. Tap the link in bio to read more of what our EIC has to say about the state of wellness media in @glossyco's feature on @selfmagazine.
Workouts don't need to be complicated to be effective. Seriously. And this four-move upper-body kettlebell workout, created especially for @selfmagazine by personal trainer @sciaccia, M.S., P.A.-C., C.S.C.S., is pretty solid proof. Tap the link in bio for both circuits, rep counts, and step-by-step directions. Time to #SweatWithSELF!
Who remembers this scene? In the Season 6 finale of Mad Men, Pete Campbell learns that his mother has fallen off a cruise ship and is most likely dead. Moments later, when his ever-chipper coworker Bob Benson brightly asks, “How are you?” Pete looks at him, astonished, and utters the immediately iconic line, “NOT GREAT, BOB.” When you think about it, how often do you actually answer the "How are you?" question honestly? In her new column for @selfmagazine, A Little Better, writer Rachel Wilkerson Miller (@the_rewm) argues you should do exactly that. Read on at the link in bio.
Every year, the SELF #HealthyBeautyAwards recognizes the best new products on the market that will help you tend to your skin and hair based on your personal needs, whether that means nurturing your combination skin or fine, natural hair; managing health conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis; or covering up (or at least feeling more comfortable with) scars or bald patches from body-focused repetitive behaviors. Whatever your concern, we're here for you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This year, we sorted our winners into categories based on skin type or condition, because that's how you'll most quickly find the products made especially for you: dry skin, oily and acne-prone skin, sensitive skin, scars and discoloration, and the like. We spent over six months selecting these top products. The process involved a panel of dermatologist and ophthalmologist experts providing direction on ingredients, 83 individual testers with a wide range of skin conditions, skin types, and hair types, and over 1,250 products in consideration.
"Let's talk." They're perhaps the two most dreaded words in the history of relationships. But for writer and @selfmagazine columnist Anne Roderique-Jones and her husband, it signals something a little different from what you might expect. "It doesn’t mean we’re going to sit down and hash something out face to face," she writes. "Instead, it signals the beginning of an email conversation in which we will reply back and forth until we solve the problem and smooth it over." Should we all be fighting with our partners over email? Read @anniemarie_'s case for digital sparring at the link in bio.
Surprise! Can you guess what three products they are? Post your guesses below ⬇️⬇️⬇️ and tap the link in bio for the skin care tea.
It's Thursday! You almost made it through the week! How 'bout we finish strong with a #SweatWithSELF workout? This one is curated especially for beginner weight lifters, focusing on lower-body strength. Swipe through for all four moves, and tap the link in bio for more details.
Indoor cycling instructor Julia Sullivan didn't always love working out. In fact, she used to hate it. But then she made a few small changes—and that made all the difference. She writes: "I wish I could introduce Julia at 24, depressed and lethargic and seeing calories as the enemy, to now-Julia, 29, a certified indoor cycling instructor who teaches group classes six days a week with a big smile on her face." Tap the link in bio to learn how she got there.
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Weighted blankets are known for making being smothered feel good. But do they actually work to calm symptoms of anxiety? We investigated the popular claim at the link in bio.
Don't ask professional astrologer @alizakelly to prove that astrology is "real"—because she can't, and she won't. And, in fact, she thinks the entire question is missing the point in the first place. In honor of today’s ✨solar eclipse,✨ tap the link in bio to read her thoughts on how astrology can be a useful tool, and how, for her, it's a practice in empathy. 〰️
#astrology #moonsign #horoscope #earthsigns #astrologyposts #astrologer #dailyhoroscope #astrologysigns #astrological #birthchart #natalchart #astrologersofinstagram #birthchartreading #sunsign #airsigns #teamself #selfmagazine #selfcare #empathy #selfcarematters #awaken #kindness
Time to fire up those grills. 🔥🔥🔥 Coming in hot and highly recommended for your Fourth of July menu: This homemade cheeseburger with a side of herb and corn salad. Tap the link in bio for the secret recipe to our perfect patty. *chef's kiss*
Endometriosis has a notorious reputation as an excruciating, complex condition with a tangle of potential mechanisms that doctors are still attempting to unsnarl. That’s why it can be so hard to find a pain management treatment that works. Of course, it’s always best to check in with the most trustworthy medical professional you know when making any major changes to your endometriosis treatment plan, but it takes one to know one, so we asked a bunch of #endowarriors for their go-to remedies. Tap the link in bio for the story, and share your favorite endo pain hacks below. ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼
@alanis' ethos of parenting includes four boundaries: "You can't tell me what I'm thinking, you can't tell me what I'm feeling, you can't f*cking touch my body/you can't do anything with my body, and don't touch my stuff." If something erupts—she guarantees—it was one of the four. Read more of the singer's philosophy as bestowed upon @nicole.cliffe for our recent digital cover at the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸: @stephwilsonshoots. Wardrobe styling by @kirbymarzec. Hair by @dimitrishair at @thewallgroup. Makeup by @kayleenmcadams at @starworksartists. Manicure by @whitneygnails at @tmgla. On Alanis: Top by @pacorabanne. Earrings by @leighmillerjewelry. Produced by @avenerable.
What’s your game day beauty routine like? In partnership with @playerstribune, we asked 14 female athletes about their must-do rituals before hitting the field, the one product they always keep court-side, and how their beauty routines empower them both in and outside of their sport. Tap the link in bio to watch our full video. 💅🏼🧖🏾‍♀️✨
“There are so many ways pregnancy can affect you,” @alanis tells @selfmagazine in our latest digital cover story. “I was ready for the ride. My first two pregnancies have been gradually becoming more proprioceptive, more attuned to the subtleties that are going on [in my body].” Tap the link in bio to read our full feature on the Alanis Morissette—icon, pop star, and mother. 〰️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸: @stephwilsonshoots. Wardrobe styling by @kirbymarzec. Hair by @dimitrishair at @thewallgroup. Makeup by @kayleenmcadams at @starworksartists. Manicure by @whitneygnails at @tmgla. On Alanis: Top by @christopherkane. Top worn underneath by Babaton at @aritzia. Jeans by @jbrandjeans. Produced by @avenerable.