20 Eating Tips That Will Keep You Thin and Healthy

Caroline Heasley September 9th 2016 Health
Do you have trouble eating healthy? Are you constantly tempted to eat fried foods, sugary sweets, and high sodium snacks? A simple change in your diet can have wide-reaching benefits and can help move you towards living a healthier lifestyle. You shouldn't aim for a short term diet. There is no diet that will do what healthy eating does. Skip the diet, just eat healthy!
1. Keep Calm & Don't Be Tempted By Junk Food
Most people experience junk food cravings. However, what some people aren't aware of is the many negative effects that eating too much junk food causes. Junk food plays a major role in the obesity epidemic. In addition, junk food may lead to nutrient deficiencies. Because these kinds of foods are processed to remove their vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they are made into sources of empty calories. Eating a lot of junk food may lead to low energy, mood swings, sleep disturbance, and other health conditions
But, how do we "say no" to junk food? We are constantly surrounded with it every day. It's advertised on television, takes up multiple isles in our supermarkets, and simply is an item that many of us crave everyday. Even though it may be difficult, the key to limiting our junk food consumption is by trying our best to ignore it. How do we ignore it? By simply not buying it! Go through your pantry and get rid of all of the unhealthy snacks. If it isn't there, you can't eat it. However, even though this is a possibility, it isn't always possible to stay away from junk food 100% of the time. So, when you are faced with the temptation to eat junk food, the best thing that you can do is to try your best to stick to healthier alternatives, such as low calorie snacks, whole-wheat crackers, and non-butter popcorn.
2. Eat Less Sugar, You're Sweet Enough Already
One way to feel healthier is to limit the amount of sugar you eat daily. This is because consuming too much sugar leads to a lot of damaging consequences. What happens when you eat too much sugar? For one thing, it contributes to weight gain, diabetes, cavity formation, obesity, and addiction. But overall, sugar is obviously delicious, so how can possibly limit it?
If you are trying to limit your sugar intake, you need to mentally prepare yourself first. Limiting sugar in your diet is going to be a very challenging task and will require a lot of willpower on your part. However, one easy way to decrease your sugar consumption is simply by watching what you drink. Start by decreasing your soda intake by one glass per day. Even though this may not seem like a lot, small steps are better than none at all. Eventually, you will be able decrease your soda intake by another glass per day and continue to do this until you are down to a minimal amount of sugary drinks daily.
3. Choose Whole-Grain Foods
Whole-grains are a vital source of important nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, and B vitamins. Many long-term disease risks are decreased by eating whole-grains instead of refined grains. Furthermore, eating whole-grains has many other benefits including healthier blood pressure, reduced risk of asthma, and less tooth loss. Even just one serving of whole-grains a day will improve your overall health. In your diet, every whole grain helps. Thankfully, it is very easy to make half of your grains whole-grains. There are many available whole-grains that you can choose from.
The first thing that you can do to eat more whole-grains is by making simple switches. Start by switching a whole-grain food for a refined-grain food. For instance, eat whole-wheat bread instead of white bread. In addition, whole grains can be healthy, but appetizing snacks! Some whole-grain snack options that are also delicious include popcorn with minimal or no butter, a whole-wheat bread sandwich, and whole-grain chips
4. Add More Veggies
It is vital to have vegetables in your diet because they provide essential vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, fiber, and vitamin A. The simplest choice that you can make to improve your overall health is by eating more vegetables. Vegetables have many surprising health benefits. Vegetables hydrate your skin, help reduce wrinkles, and create a youthful glow. In addition, eating a diet rich in vegetables may reduce risk for stroke, cancer, and various heart diseases. Finally, they reduce stress because they contain magnesium and vitamin C.
One way that you can add more vegetables to your diet is by simply trying them. Many people choose not to eat a particular veggie simply because they have never tried it. In addition, it is best to buy fresh vegetables in season. Doing this will guarantee a better taste. Vegetables in season even cost less than those not in season. Also, try to buy vegetables that are easy to prepare. One action that you can take is buying packages of baby carrots or celery sticks for quick snacks.
5. Drink More Water
Drinking the right amount of water is vital to maintain your body's fluid balance. The benefits of drinking water are endless. Water will give you more energy because a major cause of fatigue is not being hydrated. Having proper hydration helps maintain clear thinking and better concentration. In addition, your skin becomes hydrated when you drink enough water, which gets rid of the appearance of wrinkles and gets rid of toxins in your body. It also allows you to burn more fat, thus contributing to weight loss. Plus, water is only 0 calories!
Drinking at least 8-ounce cups of water a day is ideal. However, some people may need more or less depending on their weight, gender, and activity level. To calculate how much water you need in a day, simply multiply your weight by 2/3. After you have this number, you need to adjust it based on how often you work out. Every 30 minutes you workout, you should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total. If you workout 45 minutes, you should add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.
6. Control Your Portions
Many people don't know what a healthy portion is. To avoid overeating any one item and get the right amount of nutrients from all food groups, eat foods in the correct portion size. However, it can be hard to eat or drink a healthy portion, because of the fact that restaurants often serve large meals. Moreover, food makers package foods and drinks in large sizes to sell more. As a matter of fact, portion sizes have grown a lot over the years. For example, 20 years ago the bagel was 3 inches and 140 calories. Now, bagels are made to be 6 inches, and thus total to around 350 calories. So, today's bagel has 210 more calories!
How can you eat smaller portions? One thing that you can do is simply know what the "perfect portion" is. How do you find out what the perfect portion size is? Simply use your hand! 1 thumb tip = 1 teaspoon of peanut butter, butter, or sugar; 1 fist = 1 cup cereal, pasta, or vegetables; 1 handful = 1 oz. of nuts; 1 finger = 1 oz. of cheese; 1 palm = 3 oz. of meat, fish, or poultry; 2 handfuls = 2 oz. of chips or pretzels. In conclusion, downsizing your portions will help you live healthier and aid in weight loss.
7. Eat More Fiber!
What is fiber? Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. It is essentially the carbohydrates that cannot be digested. Fiber has multiple health benefits and it is essential for a healthy diet. Some of the popular advantages of eating fiber include helping control blood sugar levels, aiding in achieving a healthy weight, and lowering cholesterol levels. Many foods contain a decent amount of fiber but some of the foods with the highest fiber are split peas, lentils, raspberries, whole-wheat pasta, and oatmeal.
But, how much fiber does a person actually need? According to the Institute of Medicine, men ages 50 and younger need 38 grams of fiber a day. For men age 51 and older, 30 grams is the ideal. However, for women, the amount of grams is much lower than those of men. Women age 50 and younger need 25 grams of fiber daily and those age 51 and older need only 21 grams. More importantly, try adding fiber to your diet gradually. By Doing this, you will give your GI tract time to adapt to the fiber you are consuming.
8. Choose Healthy Foods Away From Home
Sometimes it is very difficult to find the time to eat healthy on a regular basis. Have you ever been invited to a dinner party, and just automatically assumed that you were going to be blowing your diet for the day? Well, you honestly don't have to! At restaurants, picnics, and other away-from-home food events, there does exist plenty of healthier food choices.
Specifically, when you are dining out, consider what you are drinking. Drinking sugary, fat drinks will only add to your calorie amount for the day. Instead, choose water, fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, and other drinks without a lot of sugar. In addition, start your meal with a delicious salad. Doing this will help fill you up faster so that you don't eat as much of the main course. Finally, even though it isn't always easy, simply try your best to choose the healthiest option on the menu. Instead of the fried chicken, get the grilled or baked chicken. There are always healthier alternatives everywhere you go, even if it means picking a food with a smaller amount of calories or sugar.
9. Track Your Food Intake!
There are many advantages of logging your daily food and beverage intake. One such advantage is that by tracking your food, you will gain insight into the various aspects of your eating habits. In addition, keeping a food diary can help keep you focused on eating healthy, provide you with motivation to choose healthier food choices, and help you to achieve and manage your goals. When you are recording what you eat, you may reconsider what you are actually putting into your body. You may ask yourself,"Do I really want to eat that piece of chocolate cake?" and "Is there a healthier alternative that I can eat?"
How can you use a food journal successfully? Make sure to write down every food item that you eat during the day. List the portion sizes of all the food items, ingredients you used while cooking, and the beverages you drank. If you don't want to hand-make a food diary, you can simply use electronic food diaries such as MyFitnessPal or MyFoodDiary. You can even buy pre-made wellness/fitness journals at your local book store or online at sites such as Amazon.com. Overall, it is very easy to track what you eat.
10. Always Eat Breakfast!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why is eating breakfast so important? Because it provides the nutrients that fill us with energy and gives us increased concentration. Various studies conclude that by eating breakfast, a person has a better chance of maintaining a healthy body weight. Additionally, as opposed to non-breakfast eaters, those who eat breakfast tend to have overall better diets that consume more fruit, vegetables, milk, and whole-grains. However, WHAT you eat for breakfast is just as significant as simply eating it.
According to Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa, "You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein." So, what are some healthy breakfast foods? One of the best foods that you can eat for breakfast is oatmeal. Oatmeal contains fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol levels, and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. Oatmeal only takes about 15 minutes to cook, depending on what kind of oats you buy. Although oatmeal may sound plain and not-so-appetizing, there are many different ways that you can sweeten it up. Simply by adding some milk, honey, fruit, or nuts, your bowl of oatmeal will taste way better.
11. Eat Regularly
What is regular eating? Regular eating is avoiding long periods of time between each meal. It is also keeping the same pattern of meals from day to day. We need to eat regularly because it will be easier for us to stop eating at the end of each meal, we'll find that we are ready to eat at mealtime, and we'll be less likely to think about foods in between meals.
While it may seem easy to eat regularly, various obstacles can make it difficult. Some things that may get in the way of regular eating include work patterns, family/home environment, stress, and social life. However, it is possible to overcome these hurdles. Planning ahead the times that you are going to eat will make it much easier. Additionally, try to not leave long gaps between your meals. Leaving a long period of time between each time you eat may lead to excessive hunger, which will result in overeating. But more importantly, if you do end up eating unplanned snacks, or simply forgetting to eat, try to get back onto a regular eating schedule as soon as possible. Also, remember to not skip meals! Just as leaving large chunks of time between meals can result in overeating, skipping meals entirely will lead to out-of-control hunger.
12. Eat Protein Every Meal
Protein is definitely the ingredient that you need at every meal. Consuming protein promotes the greatest metabolic lift compared to carbohydrates and fat. By helping to maintain and increase muscle mass, protein can increase your metabolism. Additionally, protein is one of the best fill-me-up foods that you can eat. Consuming protein guarantees that you will feel fuller and more satisfied for a longer period of time.
Some healthy protein sources are yogurt, cheese, nuts, beans, and lean meat. But, if you are tired of these usual protein foods, try some unexpected protein choices such as quinoa and tempeh. Quinoa is a whole-grain rich in fiber, magnesium, iron, and protein. As a matter of fact, a cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein. This grain is very simple to make and only takes about 15 minutes to cook. Tempeh, a fermented soy food, originated in Indonesia. A four-ounce serving of tempeh contains about 18 grams of protein. To create delicious meatless meals, switch tempeh for ground meat in tacos or chili.
13. Add Calcium
Consuming enough calcium daily guarantees that your bones and teeth will be healthy. It will also make sure that your bones and teeth will age strongly. By not getting enough calcium, you risk getting diseases such as osteoporosis. You risk this because your body will take the calcium from your bones to ensure normal cell function. For individuals 50 years of age and younger, consuming 1000mg of calcium per day is recommended. 1200mg of calcium is the daily ideal for those over 50 years old.
It is best to try getting most of your calcium from food. To make up any shortfalls, use only low-dose calcium supplements. Also be sure to limit consuming foods that drain your body's calcium stores (caffeine, alcohol, sugary drinks). Some good sources of calcium include dairy products such as low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese. Another good course of calcium is beans such as black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, and white beans. To add high-quality protein to your diet, try replacing red meat with fish, chicken, or plant-based proteins such as beans, nuts, and soy.
14. Don't Eat Too Fast
Eating slow is the secret to attaining a trim figure. Eating slowly and mindfully helps you to eat less. It even enhances the enjoyment of the dining experience. Your digestion suffers if you rush your meals. It also tends to makes meals stressful and annoying. To enjoy improved health and well-being, simply slow down your eating!
To eat slower, try eating in a serene environment with limited interruptions. Don't eat while driving, watching TV, or while texting. The key is to pay attention to the food you are eating. Another thing that you can do to help eat slower is to set aside time to eat. Each meal should be ideally 20-30 minutes. Dinner should preferably be even longer in length.
15. Healthy Eating Starts With Healthy Food Shopping
Healthy nutrition starts with small choices at the supermarket. If you don't have the right ingredients at home, how can you make healthy meals? The most important thing that you can do is plan ahead. Before grocery shopping, plan your meals for the week, and create a shopping list. This only takes a few minutes and saves hours spent reading labels at the grocery store. Check the nutrition guidelines on mypyramid.gov when planning your grocery list. Doing this will make sure that you are including all the foods you need for good health.
As you shop, read the labels. Pay attention to serving size and servings per container. Also try comparing the total calories in similar products and choose the one with the least calories. According to Elizabeth Ward, the author of The Pocket Idiot's Guide to the New Food Pyramids, fill your cart with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, dairy, lean meat, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts. Each week, try adding new fruits and vegetables to widen your taste buds.
16. Drink Green Tea Daily
Green Tea contains multiple health benefits. It has strong antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which are substances that can alter and kill cells in your body. It works to prevent premature aging, cancer, and other diseases. Finally, it increases fat burning and improves physical performance.
Why is Green Tea so effective? One reason is because it is rich in polyphenols, which are naturally occurring plant compounds. These polyphenols have been shown to positively impact a number of illnesses and conditions. It also contains an amino acid called theanine, that crosses the blood-brain barrier and has psychoactive properties. Theanine increases brain wave activity and reduces mental and physical stress. Making green tea is a very easy task, with the cook time is under 5 minutes. Simply heat 1 cup of water, but do not bring it to a boiling point. Add 1 tsp of green tea and brew it for about 2-3 minutes. Don't brew it any longer because the tea will become bitter. Next, strain the tea into a cup. Finally, add honey and a few drops of lemon juice to add taste.
17. Meal Prep
Once a week, prepare for your weekly meals. Doing this saves so much time. It also makes sure you eat healthy meals and snacks throughout the week. You simply just have to choose one afternoon on the weekend and prepare your food and snacks for the week. This day will come to be known as your "weekly food prep day." Having a good prep day is vital to keep healthy eating habits a priority.
To avoid spending all day prepping food, keep your meal plan simple. Don't go overboard with new recipes. Try to keep your breakfast, snacks, and lunches the same all week. Even though this may seem boring, it makes food prepping so much easier. Also try to go grocery shopping the day before your food prep day. Doing both shopping and food prep on the same day can create a day that is super exhausting.
18. Drink a Green Smoothie Daily
Drinking green smoothies has many benefits. These kind of smoothies are better for you than fruit or vegetable juices. Green smoothies contain more fiber because they are made using the entire fruit or vegetable. They are also a great way to eat your daily dose of veggies without even realizing it. A lot of people have issues getting their required amount of veggies daily. But by making a green smoothie, the veggie taste is taken away by the taste of fruit. Additionally, they are easy and do not take long to make.
To make a simple great smoothie, use 2 cups of leafy greens + 2 cups of liquid base + 3 cups of ripe fruit. Simply blend the leafy greens and liquid base together first. Then, add fruits and blend again. To chill the smoothie, use at least one frozen fruit. To boost it's effects, add chia seeds, coconut oil, or almond butter. This great recipe is about 32 ounces and serves 2 people.
19. Eat More Fish
There are a lot of positives that go along with eating fish. Firstly, it's heavy in protein and has less calories than beef and chicken. Fish is known for preventing many different diseases including heart disease and alzheimers. It is even known to improve skin and hair conditions. Having a low-fat diet deprives your skin and hair of the healthy fat it needs. Eating fish will help keep your skin looking nourished and your hair shiny because of the omega-3s it contains. Various studies have also linked fish consumption to treatment of skin disorders.
You should try to consume at least two portions of fish a week, including a portion of oily fish. What counts as oily fish? Some examples of fish that are considered oily are trout, salmon, mackerel, herring, eel, and pilchards. Examples of fish that are non-oily include cod, catfish, haddock, and halibut. One portion of fish is generally about the size of your fist.
20. Commit to Eating Healthy
The most important rule in healthy eating is commitment. Plan to start eating healthy TODAY. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. Not next week. Stop postponing and from this moment forward, pledge yourself to making healthy eating choices. Stop telling yourself excuses, and tell yourself that you are on your way to living an overall healthier lifestyle.
But most significantly, don't try to be perfect. There will be days where you overeat. Days will pop up where you eat a slice of chocolate cake. No one cannot possibly eat healthy 100% of the time. Don't fret. Instead, consider thinking about what led you to make these food decisions and learn from them. Remember to be assertive with yourself. Because it's your body, you can do whatever you want with it.

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50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.
Elaine Davidson: Most Body Piercings
Elaine Davidson is the "Most Pierced Woman" according to the Guinness World Records. Since first receiving a skin piercing in January 1997, Elaine Davidson has been pierced a total of 4,225 times as of 8 June 2006. The former restaurant owner is constantly adding and replacing jewelery, mostly in her face. She enhances her exotic looks with tattoos and brightly coloured make-up, and often wears feathers and streamers in her hair.
She has more piercings in her genitalia than in any other part of the body - 500 in all, externally and internally. The total weight of her internal piercings is estimated to be about 3 kilograms. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920. As of Feb. 2009 her piercings total 6,005. In March 2010, Davidson reported a total of 6,725 piercings. As of March 2012, she has over 9,000. As of may 2016, she has 9,800. She was born in Brazil and is a former nurse. She does not drink or use drugs. She now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jyoti Amge: World's Shortest Woman
Jyoti Amge (born 16 December 1993) is an Indian actress notable for being the world's smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg hails from Nagpur, India. She weighs 11 pounds and stands at 23 inches, according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg has a "form of dwarfism called achondroplasia," Guinness says.
On her fame, Jyoti Amg says, "I don't like it if I am being held like a baby," but that she will let some people and fans pick her up. She also gets "mad when someone annoys me by touching my hair or keeps touching me without permission." "I love acting in this show," she says. "My biggest dream is that I go to Hollywood and become an actress."
Cara Anaya: Chronic Orgasms Disorder
The 30-year-old Arizona mother lives with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), a condition that can leave her feeling sexually aroused for up to six hours a day. "The one day that I decided to count how many orgasms I had in one sitting, I counted 180 in two hours," she told Barcroft TV. "Pretty much, with that type of number, you're having two or three in a minute." Anaya has seen a number of health specialists but has not been able to find treatment.
The condition has created difficulties in her relationship with husband Tony Carlisi, who initially thought she was crazy when he first learned about it. "I would say the most difficult thing is seeing my wife in pain and knowing there's nothing I can do to help her," he said. As a result of the condition, Cara has to avoid being out in public or open spaces like parks. She said: "It is ruining my life, because it messes with your head. Your body is running on a high, on an up and down, so it really affects your moods."
Aevin Dugas: World's Largest Afro
The largest afro measures 18.5 cm (7.3 in) high, 19.6 cm (7.7 in) wide and 132.1 cm (4 ft 4 in) in circumference and was achieved by Aevin Dugas, in New Orleans, USA on 4 October 2010. Proud of her record-breaking afro, Aevin Dugas says her hair is inspiring legions of women to ditch chemical straighteners and "go natural". The 37-year-old, whose hair entered the Guinness Book of Records at 4ft 4ins around, says everyone from toddlers to grandmothers are following in her footsteps.
Aevin said: "At one time I strived to get hair that was bone straight and now all I want is it big and poofy". She believes her voluminous hair may have grown even bigger, but she cannot reveal its size until Guinness take an official measurement. "When my hair is stretched out to its complete length and pressed, it goes down to my butt. But I don't wear it like that because it looks weird."
Aimee Mullins: Amputee Athlete
Aimee Mullins (born July 20, 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs. Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) and as a result, had both of her legs amputated below knee when she was one year old. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early stage.
As a young softball player, she once held the youth league record for stolen bases in softball. She also raced in downhill skiing while in high school. While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship to the prestigious School of Foreign Service there, she competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field events, and is the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. Honoring her achievement and cultural contribution to sport, Mullins is included as one of the "Greatest Women of the 20th Century" in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas.

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