Bachelor spoilers 2014: Chris Harrison all but confirms who Juan Pablo picks

The Bachelor spoilers 2014 just keep coming! As we near Hometown dates, the Fantasy Suite episode and the finale itself, we can now say almost without a doubt that Reality Steve has been on-point with his information all season and is going to maintain this streak through the finale. (Yeah, yeah, he was wrong last time. We know.)

We believe he has the goods this year partially because franchise host Chris Harrison practically confirmed the Bachelor Season 18 spoilers surrounding Juan Pablo Galavis during a Feb. 19 media call!

Speaking specifically about Nikki Ferrell and Clare Crawley, Harrison told reporters, “And so it’s interesting. If they got to see that side of each other, which they will when they watch the show back. They’ll probably come to the ‘After the Final Rose’ show and say, ‘You know what? We were probably more similar than we thought.’”

Bachelor Spoilers 2014: Chris Harrison Confirms Nikki and Clare Are Juan Pablo’s Final Two…Oops!

Well, if Clare and Nikki are both present for the “After The Final Rose” filming, that means they pretty much had to have been the final two women in the competition. That’s how this thing works. All the other ladies, rejected previously during Season 18, will have their moment to cry, gripe, gossip or tell America ‘I have moved on and I’ve never been happier’ during the “Women Tell All” special that will air March 3 between Hometown/Fantasy Suite week (Feb. 24 and 25) and The Bachelor 2014 finale on March 10.

The hour-long “ATFR” special, which airs just after the finale wraps up, is only for Juan Pablo, the most recently-jilted bachelorette and the lady who actually won Juan Pablo’s heart. Or did she? Reality Steve has been saying for months Nikki is definitely the one who Juan Pablo picked on the Season 18 finale, but that there is major trouble in paradise. In a nutshell, Steve-O says home-girl is getting played.

4 big benefits of stretching

Obviously, stretching increases flexibility, but so what?

First, flexibility can increase “stability, balance, and ease of movement,” as Michelle Matte at Livestrong.com describes, which reduces risk of injury, not just in athletic activities, but in everyday life.

Stretching also encourages the production of lubricants in our joints, as AZ Central’s Andrea Cespedes tells us. This, combined with the relief of tension around your joints earned by stretching, can ease arthritis and other joint pain.

After sitting at a desk or behind a steering wheel for hours and hours on end, your posture can start to go. Stretching out your back, neck and chest will not only help improve posture, but work towards alleviating the lower back pain and neck tension caused by long-term slouching.

Speaking of long days working and commuting, stretching is a great stress reliever. When combined with deep breathing (as used in yoga) stretching can help you calm down and ease your mind, while loosening all the areas where you hold tension. Cespedes also explains that various stretches can even aid in hormonal balance, digestion, and blood pressure, which can all be associated with stress.

In short, if stretching is not a part of your routine, it should be.

Low carb Paleo diet burns fat fast for weight loss, says ‘Eat the Yolks’ author

If you’ve banned high fat foods such as egg yolks, butter and beef from your diet and can’t lose weight, a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP) says she knows the reason: You’re missing out on the fat-burning benefits of healthy fats. In an exclusive interview on Feb. 25, we talked with Liz Wolfe, NTP, about what she’s discovered when it comes to permanent weight loss and health.

Why the epidemic of obesity in our nation? Liz links it to “decades of the Standard American Diet, which leads to hormonal imbalance and out-of-control hunger.”

She’s convinced that our tendency to avoid fat is a large part of the problem. Our hormones need fats such as butter, beef and eggs, says Liz. And her new book’s title sums up her philosophy: “Eat the Yolks: Discover Paleo, fight food lies, and reclaim your health” (click for details).

Modern science proves that we need both fat and cholesterol, and “fat and cholesterol from ethically raised animal products, along with the fat-soluble vitamins that come with them, are vital to our health,” Liz told us.

And when it comes to the ideal diet for weight loss and health, Liz is a Paleo plan proponent. However, she does modify the traditional Paleo approach slightly by adding certain types of dairy.

“Paleo opens the door to a world of nourishing, delicious, appetite-regulating foods that many of us eliminated out of fear or simply forgot as a result of our standard diet rut,” she explains.

In contrast, “the standard American diet is based on restricting calories, restricting fat, eliminating fats and cholesterol from properly raised animals, and ignoring real food in favor of the profitable, nutrient-poor products we’re sold as if a so-called “whole grain” with a long ingredients label was somehow a true health food.”

Liz offers this insight on the benefits of whole grains: “That’s propaganda, pure and simple.”

So what really works for weight loss? To become what Liz calls an “efficient fat-burner,” dish up “healthy fats and cholesterol, properly-raised animals and the fat-soluble vitamins that come with them, and whole vegetables and fruits of all kinds. ”

A typical day in Liz’s own “Eat the Yolks” diet includes:

A ginger-lemon tea or glass of beet kvass.
Breakfast is eggs from our free-range flock, over sweet potato or taro root with a dollop of goat cheese or butter from grass-fed cows.
Lunch is quick: wild-caught sardines straight from the can – a fantastic, budget-conscious, low-food-chain source of Omega 3, calcium and protein – with leftover sautéed rainbow chard and other veggies, like roasted carrots or beets left over from dinner the night before.
Dinner might be soup or stew, made with homemade broth in the pressure cooker (another time-saver), or tomato sauce with ground beef over spaghetti squash, a favorite ten-minute meal.

For those who are vegetarians, Liz suggests modifying the traditional approach by incorporating “the right types of dairy products, eggs, and bivalve seafood like oysters.”

Liz feels that “eliminating processed grain products and packaged foods is 95% of the battle for most of us; from there, it’s simply tweaking to achieve our goals while paying close attention to how we feel.”