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How to actually get restaurant-level poached and scrambled eggs at home

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Now brunch can happen every day.
'If we’re being real here, what is brunch without an Insta-worthy poach? (Insert instantly-mouth-watering Instagram video of someone cutting into a perfect poached egg here.) But when it comes to actually making those eggs yourself , that’s an entirely different story with a long line of #fails. To help you finally ace your egg-cooking techniques, we turned to Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs —the brand known for its USDA Organic Certified and Certified Humane Free Range eggs from small family farms—to help you achieve restaurant-level poached (and scrambled) eggs at home. The first step? Making sure your eggs are truly the best quality. “Not only are our hens fed a diet free from chemical pesticides, antibiotics, and GMOs, but they graze in organic pasture,” Jesse Laflamme, owner and chief executive farmer at Pete and Gerry’s, says. “ By upholding Certified Humane’s gold standard of humane agriculture, we’re proud to produce the highest quality eggs possible.”  Look for the rich, dark yolk when you crack it open—that’s one way you can tell your eggs are legit . And with the techniques in the video above, you’ll be an egg master, like, so soon. Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions on how to cook the perfect poached and scrambled eggs, and scroll down for the full instructions. Scrambled Eggs Makes two servings Ingredients 1 Tbsp butter 4 Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs 2 Tbsp cream Salt and pepper to taste 1. In a small nonstick pan over medium heat, melt butter. 2. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and cream until frothy. 3. When butter is melted and foamy, reduce heat to medium-low and add beaten eggs. Let sit until the edges look like they are about to set, about 20 seconds, then stir until soft curds form. 4. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Poached Egg Makes one serving Ingredients 1 Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg 1 tsp kosher salt 2 tsp white vinegar 1. Add enough water to come one inch up the side of a narrow, deep, two-quart saucier and heat water over medium-high temperature. 2. Add the kosher salt and white vinegar, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. 3. Meanwhile, crack one very fresh, cold, large Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg into a custard cup or small ramekin. 4. Quickly stir the water in one direction until it’s all smoothly spinning around. 5. Add the egg: Carefully glide the egg into the center of the whirlpool. 6. Let it poach: Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and set your timer for five minutes. Don’t peek, poke, stir or accost the egg in any way. 7. Lift the egg out. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and serve immediately. In partnership with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs ®'

Your coffee habit could backfire if you drink it too early in the morning

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Here's the best time to enjoy a cup of joe.
'Most days, the promise of a cup of coffee (with a splash of oat milk) is literally what gets me out of bed in the morning. In order to resist the gravity pull of my pillow, I need to know there’s something on the other side that can help me power through the first few hours of the day. Can anyone else relate? Well, if I ever needed more motivation to switch to matcha, this is it: According to Time , drinking coffee before 9:30 a.m. can actually create more stress in the body. (Yeah, I definitely don’t need that.) Cortisol—aka the stress hormone—is naturally highest between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. When you drink coffee, the caffeine interferes with the cortisol levels, which can lead to feeling more stressed and anxious. This is why some people experience morning anxiety, BTW . “Although there hasn’t been much research done in humans on the interplay between coffee, cortisol, and the circadian rhythm, we know enough about each one separately to suggest that waiting a little bit before having that first cup of coffee in the morning is a good idea,” explains Lung Health Institute wellness dietitian, Amanda Maucere, RD . “When we first wake up, our cortisol is at peak levels which is part of what signals us through our circadian rhythm to wake up in the first place. Caffeine in coffee is also known to increase cortisol. Although helpful for ‘waking up,’ elevated levels of cortisol are also found in times of stress to be harmful. So, if you combine an already elevated cortisol with an additional spike from coffee, you could create an unnecessary stress response in the body. This response would be mitigated by waiting an hour or so before enjoying your morning cup of joe.” The best time to drink coffee is after 9:30 a.m ., when cortisol levels are lower. That way, you’ll get the focus you’re looking for without the jitters or anxiety. The one exception, Maucere says, is if you wake up later than 9:30 a.m. regularly. “The circadian rhythm has been shown to adjust to meet our daily habits,” she explains. “A good example of this would be the night shift worker who has their cortisol elevated in the evenings when they need to wake up.  So, if you habitually wake up later in the morning, your circadian rhythm has likely adjusted some to accommodate this time.  Therefore, assume your cortisol levels are at their peak whenever you wake up and wait before running for your coffee.” If the idea of waiting until after 9:30 a.m. to enjoy your cup of coffee sounds unbearable, you could consider tweaking your brewing method so that the affects of the caffeine aren’t as strong. Cold brewing and AeroPress methods both lead to less caffeine intake than Turkish coffee or pour over techniques. Or, hey, there’s always decaf. (Joking!) Here’s how the caffeine levels in tea, coffee, and lattes compare, and how to know if you have a high caffeine tolerance .'

Champlain LHIN staff among hundreds across Ontario laid off

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Five employees of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network were handed pink slips on Wednesday as part of provincewide health administrator job eliminations. The workers were among 416 across the province to lose their jobs.The province
'Five employees of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network were handed pink slips on Wednesday as part of provincewide health administrator job eliminations. The workers were among 416 across the province to lose their jobs.The province eliminated an additional 16 vacant “back-office” positions at the Champlain LHIN, which is based in Ottawa. Provincewide, more than 400 currently vacant back-office positions at LHINs and other health agencies were eliminated.The job cuts were anticipated as part of the Progressive Conservative government’s move to eliminate the local health integration system, created by the previous Liberal government, in favour of a new system in which hospitals and other health providers form integrated health teams.In addition to eliminating 14 LHINs across the province, the Progressive Conservative government amalgamated six health agencies, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario, Health Shared Services Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, HealthForce Ontario, and Trillium Gift of Life, which oversees organ donations, as part of a super-agency.Health Minister Christine Elliott said the layoffs will end duplication and help free money for patient care.“With each of these agencies having their own administrative and back-office supports, we are needlessly duplicating operations and spending money that we desperately need to pay for and enhance direct patient care,” said Elliott. “These agencies often work toward separate visions, following their own distinct workplans, and are not well coordinated around a unified vision for patient care.”None of the job eliminations involve direct patient care, said Travis Kann, director of communications for Elliott.Local health integration networks employees include home care nurses.The government said it expects to save up to $250 million this year by eliminating duplicated services.“The savings realized from reorganizing these agencies and removing duplicated administration is equivalent to annual funding for 700 hospital beds or more than 6,500 long-term care beds.”It is not clear whether new administrative services will be required to coordinate local care and how that will be funded.The province has received 150 applications from groups — including a number from Eastern Ontario and Ottawa — for health teams. Elliott said up to ten will be approved in the fall.The province says $1.6 million in savings from eliminating positions at Cancer Care Ontario has been used to fund PET (positron emission tomography) services in Sudbury.ALSO IN THE NEWS: City still opposes offering free rides after LRT opens Parents warned of possible Hepatitis A exposure at Orléans school Morale among some Ottawa Hospital doctors low amid ‘chaos’ of new records system'

The $20 device that has me cancelling my waxing appointments

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It gets rid of my upper lip hair in 10 seconds flat.
'When I was  just past puberty, I started tending to my newfound body hair. I took care of bikini hair removal (bye, brand-new pubes!), plucked that random chin hair , and let my mom nix the facial hair that had just started to sprout above my lip. Ever since then, I’ve had to deal with the upkeep of all of this hair, but I don’t live with my mom anymore (who was really great at waxing in a gentle manner—hi mom!), so I had to find another solution. The easiest one, going to get a professional wax, is time consuming and not something I want to spend my money on every single week. Lasering the area can result in hyperpigmentation for some, so I’ve always skipped that option on my face, and hair-removing lotions or creams haven’t yielded great results for me. I didn’t find the answer to my ever-so-permanent dilemma until a little handheld device called the Flawless by Finishing Touch ($20) came across my desk. It looks like something out of Star Trek—it’s a sleek stick that’s the size of a makeup brush with an actual 18 karat gold plated head (for hypoallergenic purposes, of course). When I flicked it on, a chic white light indicated it was ready to get nix the hair above my lip. I went for it. The product instructs you to go over your fuzz in small, circular motions. I did that over my upper lip—which honestly took less than 10 seconds—then examined the results. Peering into the mirror, I didn’t see any hair sitting there. I glided my fingers where it used to be, and it was as smooth as a dolphin—smoother than even waxing has ever made it feel. WTF, I thought—how was that so magically easy? Apparently the hair removing wizardry all lies in microscopic spinning technology. You don’t feel a thing, you can’t cut yourself with it, and you aren’t left with marks or irritation (which waxing can definitely leave behind). If you’re wondering if your lip hair grows back twofold, know that it doesn’t. I’ve turned practically all of my friends to the device—they’ve all broken up with their waxer for it without any hesitation. Consider it the answer to your wildest fuzz hair-removing fantasies. For other hair removal tips, here’s how to actually shave your legs . And this is what to do if you’ve got butt hair (sorry).'

FBI testing minibar samples at Dominican Republic resort: report

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The FBI is reportedly analyzing alcohol samples from at least one minibar at the popular Bahia Príncipe resort in the Dominican Republic to see if hotel booze is, in fact, to blame for the country’s recent string of tourist deaths. Ministry of
'The FBI is reportedly analyzing alcohol samples from at least one minibar at the popular Bahia Príncipe resort in the Dominican Republic to see if hotel booze is, in fact, to blame for the country’s recent string of tourist deaths. Ministry of Health communications director Carlos Suero told CNN on Wednesday that toxicology tests were..'

A psychologist’s guide to recovering from life’s most embarrassing moments like a champ

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Because we all need a guiding light after public flatulence.
'Even though most of us make it our business to never be publicly mortified, let’s face it, embarrassing moments and life are a package deal. I first discovered this harsh truth during a ballet recital when I was 5 years old. As I stood beneath the spotlight and assumed first position, the back of my pink tutu ripped to reveal my Curious George underwear to my adoring fans (thanks, mom and dad). The incident prompted me to retire my plié. But I’ve wondered since if there are graceful ways to recover from life’s most blush-worthy accidents than, say, bursting into tears and running off the stage. As with many of life’s hard to swallow realities, step one is realizing you’re so not alone, says Chicago-based clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus , PsyD. “Most of all, as embarrassing as it is, everyone there has had some kind of embarrassing experience,” she tells me. “It’s really easy to feel like the biggest fool in the room, but it was probably just your turn that day.” Public humiliation is a right of passage (¯\\_(ツ)_/¯). If you realize you’ve been rocking red panties (or, ahem, Curious George undies) under a see-through pair of white skinny jeans all day at work, take solace in the fact that your colleagues know that particular wardrobe snafu all too well. “It’s really easy to feel like the biggest fool in the room, but it was probably just your turn that day.” — Aimee Daramus, PsyD Once you’ve recovered your dignity, Dr. Daramus says to play it cool. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself, and the world won’t make a spectacle of you. “If you’re at work or with strangers, don’t assume anyone noticed. If you pass wind in public, maybe apologize briefly and try to let it go. Even if you can feel yourself blushing, carry on,” she advises. Best case scenario, of course, is that your best friends are present to laugh the situation off with you. If not though, you’ll just have to be your own main squeeze and have an inner-LOL. In general, embarrassing moments fall under the “no harm, no foul” category, says Dr. Daramus. However, if an accident leads to breaking something (or someone), making it right should be your first order of business. (Farts are and always will be universally funny, but the same can’t be said of other people’s broken possessions.) Next time the universe spins the wheel of fortune and sends you a hickey on your neck, a face plant in front of your new boo, or pit stains that turn your white shirt yellow, just remember that everyone is secretly thinking: “It me.” Here’s what psychologists think about sex on the first date , and why you should have said first date at a coffee shop .'

This 12-move dynamic stretching routine will open you up from head to toes

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Before you sweat, stretch.
'When you’re about to push your body to its limits during a workout, the very first thing you want to do is perform a warmup that will adequately prep your body for what’s to come. Enter dynamic stretching, or the idea that moving through stretches will help to make your workout more impactful in the long run. “Warmups gradually rev up your cardiovascular system, increasing your heart rate, systolic blood pressure, cardiac output, and body temperature to improve blood flow to your muscles, effectively preparing them for the positive stress of exercise,” says manager of training development and barre kinesiologist at Pure Barre Rachelle Reed, PhD. “Some studies also show that warmups may reduce the risk of injuries .” While that’s all legit, you might be wondering what actually constitutes a well-rounded dynamic warmup. According to Reed, the trick is to perform multi-muscle group, multi-joint movements to gauge your range of motion and help your body warm-up efficiently for 5 to 10 minutes before diving into full sets. As for the exact exercises, ahead, with the help of some of the industry’s top trainers, we’ve listed 12 dynamic body movements that will leave your limbs feeling ready for whatever you have in store for your workout du jour. 1. Inchworm Push-ups Mindbody wellness manager Kate Ligler , NASM-certified Flywheel instructor Jared Poulin, and personal trainer, New York Sports Club Lab master instructor Bianca Vesco agree that a few rounds of this movement will work wonders when prepping your body from head to toe.  To perform the exercise, Vesco says to “hang over your legs with soft knees and slowly walk out to a plank position, include a pushup in full range of motion, whether that means on your toes or on your knees, reset into plank and slowly walk your hands back to your toes, before rolling up a single vertebrae at a time.” For best results, Poulin recommends repeating the process 10 times before moving to the next stage of your warmup. 2. World’s Greatest Stretch If you’re trying to keep your hips and groin loose, look no further than this all-star move. “Start by lunging forward with the right leg and drop your right forearm to the ground and hold for 10 seconds,” Poulin says. “This will help open the hips and groin.” Next, place your left palm on the ground and extend your right hand to the ceiling for 10 reps. “This will help to warm up the thoracic spine, shoulders, and hamstrings.” Lastly, continuing in your lunge position, he says to rock your hips back so your right leg is extended in front of you, keeping your heel down, which Poulin adds will help to open up the hamstring in the front leg and the calf muscle in the back. Hold this for 10 seconds and repeat for the left side. 3. Low-lunge twist from downward-facing dog Yoga is known for its deep stretching, and what better way to warm-up your bod than to slowly (but fluidly) twist your limbs? “Inhale into three-legged dog, exhale low lunge, inhale low lunge twist,” says Stephanie Solovy, CorePower Yoga instructor.  “Anchor your left palm into the mat as you extend your right arm up to the ceiling.” To stabilize your body, she instructs to draw your inner thighs towards one another. “Exhale low lunge, inhale three-legged down dog, exhale down dog, and then switch sides.” 4. Air squat or jump squat It’s no secret that squats are one of the most fundamental movements on the fitness market, which also makes them a great way fire up the glutes, hamstrings, and hips. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart and send your hips back like you’re about to sit in a chair. “Let the legs bend to a solid 90 degrees and drive through the heels to push yourself back to standing while squeezing the glute muscles,” he instructs. “While performing the squat, be sure to keep the chest lifted, keeping your gaze towards the ceiling, which helps to propel your energy upwards.” If you want to amplify this a step further, Poulin suggests adding a jump as you propel your body vertically: “This exercise is also a great way to warm up the knees, making it a great choice before biking, barre, HIIT exercises, and the like.” 5. Plank-sphinx warmup Give your abs, spine, and booty a boost with this seemingly simple, but totally effective move. “From sphinx pose, start with your belly, legs, and tops of feet down on the mat,” Solovy says. “Stack forearms underneath shoulders—arms flat and parallel. Push through forearms and lift your lower core, hips, and thighs as you push into the top of your feet. Hold forearm plank, reverse lower thighs, hips, lower core, and then pull chest forward into Sphinx pose.” 6. Jumping jacks “I’m a huge fan of jumping jacks, as they warm up your ankles and calves, and can also open up your shoulders and chest,” Vesco explains, noting that she includes them in her routine almost daily. If you don’t remember your elementary days, allow us to refresh your memory. Standing with your feet together and arms by your side, jump up, spreading your feet to hip-width, while simultaneously lifting your arms out to your sides and up over your head so that your hands nearly touch. Repeat the process rapidly 25-to-30 times to get your blood flowing. 7. Chair pose with chest expansion Target your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and triceps with this multidimensional movement. “From chair pose, squeeze your inner thighs together and reach your arms over head,” Solovy instructs. “Exhale chair with airplane arms and extend your arms back behind you to turn on your triceps.” Once your arms are behind your back, she says to interlace your hands for a chest expansion. “Draw your hands down towards the ground to open your chest, exhale forward fold with bound arms,” Solovy recites. “Bend your elbows and hug them towards one another behind you to open your chest and stretch along your shoulders.” 8. Pass-throughs While this warmup works to target the shoulder joint primarily, its effect on mobility and flexibility in the area is unsurpassed, making it a no-brainer for a dynamic warmup routine. To complete the exercise, grasp a stretch rope, band, towel, or PVC pipe with a wide grip. “With straight arms, pass the rope from your stomach over your head to your lower back,” Ligler advises. “Slowly walk your hands closer together as mobility increases.” 9. Iron crosses Who says you have to be standing or kneeling to get a good warmup in? This movement lets you cater to your core by parking it on the ground. “Lie on your back and extend your legs to the ceiling with knees bent at 90 degrees,” Ligler instructs. “Stretch your arms wide at your sides ensuring your shoulder blades, spine, and palms are all in contact with the floor. Slowly rotate your knees from side to side 10 to 20 times keeping shoulder blades pinned to the floor to challenge your postural muscles.” 10. Hip swings You never want to work out your lower body without first warming it up—especially when it comes to your hips. According to Ligler, one of the best ways to do so is to get loosey goosey with it. “Lean against a wall with straight arms and extend one leg out in front of you,” she explains. “Swing your leg back and forth in front of your body laterally a few times—like a golf swing with your leg.” 11. Plank pike-up to push-up Think of these as elevated inch worm push-ups. To perform the move, come down to your hands and knees, place your hands slightly wider than your shoulders, and walk the feet back behind you to a straight arm plank position. “Feet should be hip width apart, with the balls of the feet pressing down to the floor,” Reed points out. “Pike your hips up and back (think about pulling the navel up towards your spine) while you press the hands into the floor. Note that your heels will stay lifted. Lower your hips back down to a straight arm plank.” Once you’re back in plank position, do a pushup and repeat the whole process 10 times. “To modify, you can make your ranges of motion smaller for push-ups or work from your knees for the push-up portion,” Reed says. 12. Wide second lunging windmills “These help you warm up through the hamstrings, quadriceps, hips, core muscles, and upper body,” says Reed. “Stand up and bring your feet out wider than your hips, turning your toes out just slightly. Extend your arms out to a T-shape, in line with your shoulders. Hinge forward slightly from the waist as you side lunge to the right, bending the right knee while the left leg stays straight. At the same time, reach your left hand to your right ankle. Keep your core engaged to help you keep a long, straight spine even in your hinge. Then, lunge left (right leg straightens as left knee bends) as you reach your right hand to the left ankle.” To really ignite your muscles in prep for the rest of your workout, repeat the process for two to three sets of 30 seconds. Excited for new exercises to add to your warmup but looking for even more ways to switch up your routine? Consider learning how to perfect your posture like a ballerina or making a beeline for the stairmaster for what’s sure to be a lovely start to your sweat sesh.'

This is the genius trick to making fresh flowers last longer that you’re missing

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Here's the key to making your at-home florist dreams come true.
'If you’ve ever thrown a bunch of fresh flowers in a vase and immediately felt a sense of ahh , you’re not imagining it. A 2018 study supports that adding flowers to your environment can significantly reduce stress for women (don’t you love when science backs you up?). “Flowers have always been a source of happiness and stress relief,” noted Uprooted Flower Truck founder Ashley Heckler at our solstice-themed Wellness Collective event with Athleta, where guests got to arrange seasonal summer bouquets. “Everyone’s big question is: How do I keep my flowers alive?” Exactly. Step one, according to Heckler, is ensuring that you clip off any leaves below the water line, as “leaves in the base and the water breed bacteria.” From there, make sure to swap out your vase with fresh water daily, as well as clip the stems so they can better absorb the hydration. But here’s the real kicker for how to keep flowers fresh: “I recommend warm water for almost all flowers,” said Heckler. Yep, warm . That’s because the higher temperature helps open up the freshly cut stems, allowing the flowers to better soak up H20 and boosters from flower food. (You can use any brand of flower food, which is essentially powdered bleach that keeps stems and water clean.) Got a dinner party and a bunch of balled-up peonies? The warm water will help the blooms open up faster. How about limp, lifeless hydrangeas? A dunk in a hot bath will instantly revive lackluster petals. When it comes to arranging your fresh flowers, Heckler suggests differing shapes, heights, textures, and colors. Start with focal blooms first (these will be your tallest stems, just be sure to vary their heights for visual interest), add some supporting players, and finish with bushy greens to help disguise stems above the waterline. It’s official: You’re basically a (very Zen) florist now. Hit up our next Wellness Collective event in New York City for more wellness-boosting workshops and next-level intel.'