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Though it might be preferable to gracefully waltz into love, it’s not called falling in love for nothing. Meeting someone new, whether it’s on a blind date, online or even through a matchmaker, and developing feelings for them is messy, it’s overwhelming, and is actually accompanied by its fair share of strange physical signs.

Just in case you haven’t heard it a million times, you should listen to your heart, literally. According to science, your body is actually trying to tell you that you’ve met the one … or at least the one for now. Either way, these are the strange symptoms of falling madly, deeply in love.

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You're actually feeling less pain, emotionally and physically.

Though it's always a gamble as to whether it'll end in pain with a breakup, the beginning of love is actually painless, at least physically.

According to the New York Times, researchers from Stanford University found out just how love can feel like the ultimate drug, a painkiller that leaves the human brain unable to register pain at its pre-love levels.

For participants, looking at a picture of a loved one reduced moderate pain by about 40% and eased severe pain by about 10 to 15% in comparison to seeing a snap of an acquaintance. Talk about the friend zone.

 



You feel kind of drunk.

No, it's not just those after-work margaritas and/or the pre-date tequila shots to calm your nerves. Love leaves you feeling a little bit buzzed, thanks to hormones.

According to CNN, when you're in love you may feel uninhibited, unafraid, and more boastful because of oxytocin. University of Birmingham researchers looked into existing research on the effects of both oxytocin and alcohol. They technically occur in two different parts of the brain, but they actually have similar outcomes.

Your oxytocin levels may have you acting a little differently, especially when you're around your crush. And they said act natural. Good luck!



You're unable to form words.

There's a reason you can't form words around your wannabe bae and it has nothing to do with their perfect hair or adorable smile.

Blame nor epinephrine. Though it's still being studied, according to Health, this powerful hormone increases your heart rate, getting you all sorts of hot and bothered (read: flustered and fumbled) when your crush so much as approaches.

You're just going to have to do a little practicing, because for now, it looks like a cat's got your tongue.



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  • "Fit Mom" Maria Kang recreated a viral photo she shared five years ago.
  • The original photo featured a fit Kang with her three sons and the words "What's Your Excuse."
  •  The new photo has the same subjects but the wording now reads  "What's Your Reason." 
  • Kang told INSIDER that finding your "why" is more important than listing excuses.

About five years ago, Maria Kang shared a photo that would spark some controversy and conversation. The image featured Kang in a sports bra and shorts that show off her six-pack, her three rambunctious sons, and three words: "What's Your Excuse?"

The picture received a lot of backlash, with commenters and media outlets claiming it promoted fat-shaming, HuffPost reports.

Now Kang, who has since wrote a nutrition book called "The No More Excuses Diet Book," recently recreated the image — but with a twist. She is still in shape and her sons are still rowdy, but the three words now read: "What's Your Reason?"

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"I haven't changed my tune, I've just grown up a whole lot," Kang wrote in the caption. "I've always known there are excuses in life — you've seen me go through many these past several years as my kids grew from toddlers into tiny men. What I've learned is you can't only confront your Excuse, you must also direct your Purpose."

Kang told INSIDER in an e-mail that she recreated the image at the request of her followers.

"Since several years [sic] have passed and my children have grown older, I thought it was a good time to take photos again and see how much has changed over the course of five years," she said. 

Kang said she has always considered herself a "tough love" type of person. So when she had three children from 2009 to 2011 — and felt great about maintaining her fitness level — she felt judged by people around her who gave "false excuses" as to why they couldn't succeed like Kang. 

"I loved the phrase 'What's Your Excuse?' then, and I still do now," she said. But when captioning the new photo, Kang said she wanted to refocus on the "why."

"As a busy mother who sees women strive for health every day in the No Excuse Mom organization, I knew they knew what their excuses were," she said. "What matters most to me now, is that people find their reason. If you can find your reason, you can combat any excuse." 

For Kang, her reasons for living a healthy and fit life range from keeping diseases at bay to being a role model for others. She also said being healthy makes her feel strong and sexy. 

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As for the people who took offense to the original image, Kang said that any shame they felt was "self-imposed."

"No one can make you feel shame unless you allow them to," she said. "In fact, when I created the original photo, I never even considered moms. I was posting for all the people who didn't have children and understood that if  'this busy mom can do it, so can you.'" 

And that is still the message Kang wants to send her followers on Instagram. 

"I hope people will ask themselves what their reasons are. Perhaps I came into your world because you hated me, or even liked me, whatever you know of me, know that I'm asking some really good questions that will hopefully make you think," she said. "I don't want you to think of me, think of you. Not everyone online is out to judge or offend you."

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Since going viral, Kang has started an organization called the No Excuse Mom group where women host free workouts in their communities in more than 30 different countries. 

"While it was difficult to be called a fat-shamer, narcissist, bad mom, etc. I am thankful to have reached so many people out there — especially mothers," she said. "These women have stood up alongside with me and said, 'No Excuses!' and without their support and solidarity, I don't know how I could've handled such incredible backlash."

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  • A woman known solely as Emma regrets her marriage so much that she's selling her wedding dress in a hilarious, cynical ad.
  • "Please help remove this dress from my life, it no longer means anything to me. It is in excellent condition — unlike my marriage," she wrote in the ad.
  •  The New Zealand-based woman wrote that the dress would fit a US size 8-12 (Australian size 12-16).
  • She's asking for "over" $215.98 ($300 NZD) for the dress, which is up for auction on Trade Me, a website that's popular in New Zealand. The current bid is $521.89 ($665.00 NZD).

People react to breakups in all sorts of ways. Some choose to cope by getting a dramatic haircut or hitting the gym hard. Others think the best way to move on is to get rid of any proof that the relationship ever happened.

The latter is the case for a woman from Masterton, New Zealand, who regrets her marriage so much that she's selling her wedding dress in a hilarious, cynical ad.

"Please help remove this dress from my life, it no longer means anything to me," the woman who is known solely as Emma wrote in the listing. "It is in excellent condition — unlike my marriage."

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Emma posted the ad for the dress, which she said was "worn once by mistake," on an auction website called Trade Me, which is popular in New Zealand.

The listing provides information about the dress as well as commentary that hints at how Emma's 2013 marriage unraveled without going into exact detail.

"It looks stunning on, enough so that it will distract you and your guests from the fact that you are marrying a compulsive liar," she wrote. "Also great evening wear if you enjoy a night out and want people to buy you drinks or would be an excellent outfit choice for house cleaning and dishes (if Disney [role-play] is your thing)."

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For those who are interested in buying the dress, Emma said that it would probably fit a US size 8-12 (NZ size 12-16). The A-line, chiffon gown can fit a wide range of sizes because it has an adjustable lace tie in the back, but Emma didn't include the exact size in the listing. 

"More than welcome to come try on and give it a twirl to make sure it fits and suits you," she wrote. "Cannot provide measurements as this was custom made for a little girl who thought she deserved less than what she was worth and she is now a strong woman — cannot measure up."

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Emma wrote in the ad that she's asking for "over $215.98 ($300 NZD)" for the dress, with the proceeds paying for a gym membership so she can "[lose] the kilos [she] put on from such a miserable marriage." The current bid is $521.89 ($665.00 NZD).

The woman also offered to include her wedding shoes in the package, but she's not quite ready to part with her veil, as she's saving it "for the 'out of toilet paper' [emergencies]."

The wedding dress will be up for auction until January 16.

You can read her full listing below:

"Wedding dress for sale - worn once by mistake! 

Please help remove this dress from my life, it no longer means anything to me.

It is in excellent condition — unlike my marriage[.] Pretty much brand new and ready for a legit wedding after a [practice] run back in 2013.

This stunning off white gown would fit a 12-16 as it has a lace up back so very versatile it comes with a certificate of authenticity and I have personally hand-washed the bad luck out of it! More than welcome to come try on and give it a twirl to make sure it fits and suits you.

Cannot provide measurements as this was custom made for a little girl who thought she deserved less than what she was worth and she is now a strong woman — cannot measure up.

It looks stunning on, enough so that it will distract you and your guests from the fact that you are marrying a compulsive liar. Also great evening wear if you enjoy a night out and want people to buy you drinks or would be an excellent outfit choice for house cleaning and dishes (if Disney role play is your thing).

It is made from chiffon and is A-line with side ruffles. It has an internal back strap (with being a strapless the added support to stay up alone is priceless) and has a beautiful belt added for a touch a sparkle. The back is lace tie so can be adjustable if you fluctuate in size which again is an added bonus!

I would ideally like over $300 for this dress, as this would pay for a years gym [membership] for me to [lose] the kilos I put on from such a miserable marriage — either that or a decent night out on the wines, both are needed — so make an offer!

Happy to also provide pictures of my shoes that I can chuck in for a good price, those aren't needed anymore either because I walked away with the feet I was born with and will keep moving forward with those (keeping the [veil] for the 'out of toilet paper' [emergencies]).

Please ask if you have any questions.

NOTE: Apologies for the photos some of these I have lost around 90kgs if baggage.

Pick up Masterton, Wairarapa."

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Woody Allen is a Hollywood legend, well-known for his movies. But Allen's offscreen behavior may actually rival his acclaim or professional accomplishments, even despite his big paychecks and his status.

Allen has directed, written, and starred in a huge number of roles. Along the way, the alleged misconduct of his personal life has seeped to the surface, as he has faced allegations of sexual abuse and backlash from his decision to marry Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his ex-partner, Mia Farrow.

Amidst allegations of abuse and decades of denials, Allen still continues to work in film, tapping big names for starring roles in his movies and still garnering support for fans and audiences. As men like Harvey Weinstein continue to face accountability and justice (or what Allen has called a "witch hunt"), where does Woody Allen fall in Hollywood's historic reckoning?

Many actors and actresses have been accused of not only remaining complacent, but actively encouraging Allen's behavior with their continued participation in his productions.

These celebrities have taken on roles in different Woody Allen movies and this is what they've had to say about it.

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Selena Gomez faced tough criticism after signing on to star in a new Woody Allen film in 2017 reportedly about "a middle-aged man who is sleeping with a much younger woman, among other actresses."

Gomez responded to the backlash and explained her thought process to Billboard, who named her its "Woman of the Year."

"To be honest, I'm not sure how to answer — not because I'm trying to back away from it," Gomez said. "[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that's something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, 'Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.'"

She also followed up by mentioning her solidarity with women who'd experienced sexual assault or harassment.

"I feel all those things. I've cried," Gomez said. "But I definitely feel hopeful. As people speak out, I hope that feels powerful to them, because they deserve to feel that. I'm fortunate enough not to have experienced some of the traumatic things that other women have had to go through. I've known people in my family who've gone through those things. I try to let people come to me and open up, to make a safe environment for them to do so."



Justin Timberlake

Singer and actor Justin Timberlake took on a role in Allen's 2017 film "Wonder Wheel," starring alongside Kate Winslet. Social media users joined Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter whom he allegedly abused, in admonishing Timberlake for what they called hypocrisy as he supported the Time's Up initiative while also working with an alleged predator.

For his part, Timberlake has remained mostly quiet in his responses, but did follow up questions about Allen with his take on the Weinstein scandal during an interview with Inquirer.net.

"I'm an only child raised by his mother. So, I am extremely sensitive to women because I love my mom so much," Timberlake said while promoting "Wonder Wheel." "Everything you've heard about in the last few weeks, it's sad. I hope that it gives a lot of women the courage to step up … I don't feel that I've ever had anyone of the opposite sex or the same sex try to take advantage of me. But, I know how I would feel. I think about my mother and my wife, and if I were to have a daughter one day, how I would feel about that."

He continued by saying, "This is a serious matter and I don't want to make a joke of it. I hope that it does inspire a lot of people, any minority who's been preyed upon in this way to speak up and feel confident that they can speak up."



Elle Fanning

19-year-old Elle Fanning will star with Selena Gomez in the aforementioned upcoming Woody Allen film, which a report said will feature a sexual relationship between an older man and a 21-year-old girl.

Fanning did not confront the Woody Allen controversy but did say that she was "nervous" to get started with the film.

"For [Woody Allen] films, it's such a whole new experience," Fanning told Vanity Fair. "His crew picks up the cast in these giant vans that come up to your apartment in New York. Sometimes you're the only person getting in the van. The first time Timothée was in the van, we spent the first 25 minutes talking to each other."



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  • INSIDER spoke with 10 celebrity chefs to find out the best meal they ever had.
  • "Chopped" judge Alex Guarnaschelli loved the pesto pasta at La Merenda in Nice, France.
  • Her co-"Chopped" judge Scott Conant went with the chicken and rice platter from halal street carts in New York City.

 

We asked 10 famous celebrity chefs from the Food Network and beyond about the best meal they ever had. Their answers ranged from three Michelin-starred meals in France to simple street food in New York City. 

Previously, we've had celebrity chefs share their secrets for cooking steak and making the perfect pancakes. 

Keep scrolling to find out which restaurants and meal experiences floored some of the biggest names in the food industry. 

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Curtis Stone thought that the chuleton (Spanish steak) from Restaurante Alameda in Rioja, Spain, was "simply perfect."

"I've just returned from Spain for a research trip with my team from Maude," "Top Chef Masters" alum and owner of Maude in Beverly Hills, California, Curtis Stone said. "[...] Along the way, we had so many incredible meals — but the chuleton (steak) from Alameda in Fuenmayor has stuck with me. The meat is from Galicia and the balance of beef and fat was just perfect."



Alex Guarnaschelli said the pesto pasta at La Merenda in Nice, France, was an "ethereal meal" that changed her life.

"La Merenda has stools and communal tables, no phone, no reservations, and doesn’t accept credit cards," Alex Guarnaschelli, judge on "Chopped" and chef/owner of New York City's Butter told INSIDER. "It is truly about hospitality and great flavors [...] It was an ethereal meal that changed my life. Especially the pasta. The pasta being dropped on the hot pesto in front of me made me tear up. It was that good. And so simple."



Marc Murphy favors an Istanbul street food called kokorec: bread-wrapped lamb intestine.

"I was in Istanbul a few years ago and tried their traditional street food called kokorec, which is flame-roasted lamb intestine wrapped in fresh soft bread, drizzled in olive oil and amazing Turkish spices," Marc Murphy, judge on "Chopped" and chef/owner of Landmarc in New York City, said. "The combination is mouthwatering and is worth the trip alone!”



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  • Style blogger and body-positivity activist Chastity Garner loves to recreate iconic celebrity outfits.
  • On Thursday, she posted her own version of an outfit Beyoncé wore in December 2017 on Instagram —and her followers are loving it.
  • "Beyoncé is so inspirational to a lot of women out there so to be able to wear something exactly the way she wore it as a plus-size woman just shows that you don't have to be a certain size to dress like Beyoncé," Garner told INSIDER.
  • This post was part of a larger series of "Celebrity Style Captures." 
  • Garner hopes to inspire budding fashionistas to recreate celebrities' outfits regardless of their budget or body type.

 

When Chastity Garner, a style blogger and body-positivity activist, sees pictures of a celebrity wearing a cute outfit, she instantly wonders how she would look in it. Then she gathers supplies, recreates the outfit herself, strikes a pose, and shares the resulting photo with her 249,000 Instagram followers.

On Thursday, Garner posted a shot of herself flawlessly recreating an outfit that Beyoncé wore in December 2017 — and people are loving it.

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"Beyoncé is so inspirational to a lot of women out there so to be able to wear something exactly the way she wore it as a plus-size woman just shows that you don't have to be a certain size to dress like Beyoncé," Garner told INSIDER.

At the time of this post, Garner's Instagram had over 22,000 likes and 400 comments — almost all of which were positive.

"Nailed it," one person commented. "You KILLED this look," someone else added. "Looks good on both ladies," a third person noted. 

Garner's post is part of a series on her blog Celebrity Style Captures, which shows how to recreate celebrities' looks for less.

The style captures serve two purposes. First, Garner finds them fun."I love deconstructing what celebrities wear and putting it back together in a way that the everyday person can wear it," she said.

Second, she wants them to make a difference. "I'm showing women that you can achieve the similar looks as celebrities regardless of body type and for a fraction of the price can be accomplished," Garner explained.

Garner got her start as a style blogger in 2008, but she never imagined that she would become an activist.

"It started with my love of fashion and wanting to look a certain way and not having the options to project the image I wanted the world to see. It just seemed really unfair that something so simple as finding a cute pencil skirt should be so hard," she said.

Eventually, Garner's love of fashion grew into something else.

"I don't think I've ever really thought of myself as an activist, but a person who believes that people should be allowed to live their lives happily and be treated fairly. It's a super simple concept that we as a society still can't seem to get right," she said. "I will always speak up for women just wanting to exist in the way they see fit."

Garner is able to use her platform to speak out and lift up other women. Most notably, she does this as a co-founder of theCURVYcon, which is a two-day gathering during New York Fashion Week that celebrates what it means to be a "curvy" woman.

As the conversation around body positivity becomes more mainstream, Garner plans to grow the convention, which she describes as "one big fashionable hug."

"I see body positivity moving forward to not needing a term to define it. I'm seeing a lot of women, big and small, just being good to each other in the way they speak about bodies and that's what the goal was," she explained. "Of course, there is work that will always need to be done, but the conversation is changing and for once it's starting to feel like women are just being allowed to live without being scrutinized at every turn."

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  • In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday, Khloe Kardashian revealed that the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" crew found out she was pregnant several weeks before her family.
  • Kardashian waited to tell her family until her boyfriend Tristan Thompson, who was traveling at the time, could be with her to break the news. 
  • The "KUWTK" camera crew followed her as she hid the news from her family, which means they knew she was pregnant all along.
  • Kardashian's dramatic, on-camera pregnancy announcement will be featured in this season of "KUWTK."
  • But since the reveal, Khloe and Kourtney have been fighting over Kourtney's parenting advice. "She's like, 'You can never have a plastic toy, ever,'" Khloe explained. "I'm like, 'If someone buys f------ blocks, I'm allowed to have blocks.'"
  • Kardashian said she plans to have the baby in Cleveland, Ohio, where Thompson lives and plays basketball for the Cavaliers
  • Kardashian also said that her mom and "whoever will annoy [her] the least" will come to Ohio to be in the delivery room with her.
  • Watch a clip of the interview below.

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