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10 Books Millennials Should Read This Year

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These books will make you laugh, cry, smile and question. They will make you feel comforted and confused, simple and complex.

They will make you wish you wrote them first.

These books will expose you to situations that will mirror your real lives, and they will touch on topics like the power of family; the frustrations of job searching; the beauty of spontaneity; unrequited love; betrayal; loss; determination; drunken nights that turned into mornings; and the power of believing you are capable of achieving your dreams.

These books will help you find solace in the fact that you are not alone.

Trust me, they are all worth reading. Enjoy!

1. “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson

“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.

Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things.”

2. “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes

“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life — or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window — is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.”

3. “Paper Towns” by John Green

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

4. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”

5. “The One & Only” by Emily Giffin

“So much of how we see the world is a matter of interpretation. A matter of wishing and wanting and hoping rather than really deep-down believing.”

6. “The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan, Introduction by Anne Fadiman

“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We can’t, we must not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”

7. “Looking For Alaska” by John Green

“But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”

8. “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han

“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit. That’s why you can’t save it all up like that. Because by the time you finally see each other, you’re catching up only on the big things, because it’s too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.”

9. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

“I have realized that mystery is what keeps people away, and I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place. So let’s peek behind the curtain and hail the others like us. The open-faced sandwiches who take risks and live big and smile with all of their teeth. These are the people I want to be around.”

10. “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

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Get It Right, Get It Tight: 8 Tips To Eat Healthy And Look Great

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Next time your trainer tells you to drop and give him 20, tell him to get this: A recent editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests excess sugar and carbs are the primary suspects of the obesity epidemic, not physical inactivity.

However, don’t use this as an excuse to cancel your SoulCycle membership; research has shown, time and time again, healthy weight loss includes a balanced diet and exercise.

Exercising regularly has been linked to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

But, diet may be the crucial piece to the weight loss puzzle many may have been neglecting.

Here are eight simple strategies to help clean up your diet and get you ready for the summer months ahead:

1. Treat Snacks Like A Meal

Snacking is often the main culprit of weight gain. It’s practically become routine to grab a bag of chips on the way to work.

When you’re in that “snack mode,” it’s easy to mindlessly eat while you’re standing up or walking around. Try sitting down at a table, preparing your snack and taking a few minutes to enjoy it.

Acknowledging what you are consuming can help you savor and process what you are actually eating.

2. Drink Up

We often mistake thirst cues for hunger. If you’re eating and eating and still feel like you have an empty stomach, it’s a sign you need to hydrate.

If you have a headache or are feeling fatigued, these may also be warning signs of dehydration.

Try to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day (a 140 pound woman should get around 70 ounces of water, or almost 9 cups).

3. Shop The Perimeter

The outside aisles of grocery stores tend to have less processed food selections. Most whole and natural foods, like produce, dairy and meat, are on the perimeter of the supermarket.

As you delve deeper into the center of the store, you’ll find the more highly-processed and packaged goodies.

Shop for foods in their natural forms and always look for minimal ingredients on the food labels.

4. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Don’t keep junk in your apartment. Period. It’s that simple. If you have a box of Oreos staring you down every day, it’s not so easy to resist.

Eliminating those foods from your environment can limit your access to them and keep you in check.

Try stocking your apartment with fresh fruits and vegetables and make sure to put those healthy foods in visible places so you are more inclined to notice (and eat) them.

5. Meal Prep

On that meal prep grind! Take Sunday to do your grocery shopping and get down and dirty in the kitchen. Portion everything out, put on your favorite jams and get cooking.

This will make your week so much easier and it will help deter you from grabbing takeout between meetings. Your body and wallet will thank you.

6. Get Techy

Getting tech-savvy may help you get in shape by tracking your progress. Tracking your food can be a whole production, but weightless apps, like MyFitnessPal, can help make tracking easy and routine.

Weight loss and fitness gadgets are also super popular, and they are becoming seriously stylish (thank you, Tory Burch).

7. Go 80-20

Too much of anything is never good. Although healthy eating plans are great, they can sometimes make us obsessive.

Avoid this trap by taking an 80-20 approach: Eat clean, real and natural foods 80 percent of the time and leave a 20 percent buffer for when you are socializing or need a small treat.

8. Distract Yourself

When all else fails and you literally cannot stop snacking, try distracting yourself and your taste buds. Brush your teeth, go on the computer or do your nails.

Simple distractions can help you be more productive and keep you away from the kitchen.

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