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Princess Charlotte's godparents have been revealed.

William and Kate asked Miss Fellowes - the daughter of one of Diana, Princess of Wales's sisters, to take on the spiritual role for the nine-week-old Princess, as well as friends Sophie Carter and James Meade, Kate's cousin Adam Middleton and William's close friend Thomas van Straubenzee.

Kensington Palace confirmed the decision, made by Kate and Wills, on Twitter at 11am.

Left to right: Sophie Carter, James Meade, Thomas van Straubenzee, Adam Middleton, Laura Fellowes

Later today the two-month-old baby will be christened Charlotte Elizabeth Diana at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, where Diana’s parents Earl Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd had her baptised in 1961.

Here's everything you need to know about the big day
In the lead up to the christening, the favourites to get the nod as godparents were Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, William’s lifelong friends Hugh van Cutsem and Thomas van Straubenzee, and Kate’s school friend Alicia Fox-Pitt.

The service starts at 4.30pm, with well-wishers invited to wait in the paddock outside the churchyard – the first time in three generations that a senior royal will be accessible to the public on her baptism day.

In a touching move, all flowers brought for Princess Charlotte by the public today will be donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Inside access: The church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk
Fewer than 30 people will attend the service, which will be in private.

Unfortunately Prince Harry - who was widely tipped beforehand to be godparent to Princess Charlotte - will miss the christening as it coincides with a scheduled charity trip to Africa.

The 30-year-old royal is spending the summer travelling the continent doing conservation and charity work.

In attendance will be the Queen and Philip, along with Charles and Camilla as will Carole, Michael, James and Pippa Middleton.

Princess Charlotte will wear a replica of the silk and lace christening gown worn by royal babies since 1841.

It was decided in 2004 that the original gown was too delicate to be worn any more so the Queen's dressmaker Angela Kelly made a replica.
Prince George’s nanny Maria Borrallo is expected to be there to look after George and make sure the lively toddler doesn’t disrupt the solemn proceedings.

There will be no cameras during the service but Mario Testino, who took William and Kate's engagement photographs as well as iconic pictures of Princess Diana, will take photographs of the royal party in Sandringham House afterwards, where they will also enjoy afternoon tea where guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.
A special day: Princess Charlotte was named after Diana by Wills and Kate
In a message to those hoping to attend, Norfolk Police said: "Any members of the public who wish to celebrate the occasion are being advised the gates to the paddock area of the church will now be opened at 2pm and not at 3pm as previously advised to allow sufficient time for people to arrive.

"A large number of well-wishers are expected to attend and the public should be mindful that anyone arriving before this time will be required to queue.

"Given this event is taking place later in the day, people are asked to consider their arrival time carefully as they could be queuing for some time in warm temperatures with limited refreshments and facilities in the area."

The baptism will be carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.

Princess Charlotte christening: Princess Diana's niece named as godparent

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Disgusting find: Sophie Bookey, 22, from Allerton who found a slug in her raspberries from M&S
This is no ordinary slug, this is an M&S slug.

But it was the last thing Sophie Bookey, 22, from Liverpool, expected to find when she bought a punnet of raspberries from the Marks and Spencer store in Speke.

After taking them home and starting to wash the raspberries, an unexpected creature fell into the sink, report The Echo.

Sophie said: “We went to wash them and this massive slug came out of the packet and into the sink. It was disgusting and I was just speechless.

“The slug was actually curled up inside the raspberry and somebody could easily have not seen it and put it into their mouth. It was horrible.”

And being too horrified at the sight of a slug crawling from the inside of the raspberry, Sophie said she was left feeling too sick to even look at the rest of the food she had bought from M&S.

Wanting to show managers at the branch just what she had found in her fruit, Sophie kept the slug alive and took it back to the store in a bowl for the staff to see.

Not so tasty: The raspberries were bought from M&S
The top end supermarket brands itself on providing quality food produce, advertising their goods as a cut above other supermarkets.

But Sophie said she felt let down by her experience, and thinks paying more for M&S food should ensure slug-free produce.

She said: “You always see things like this in the newspapers, like spiders crawling out of bananas, but with M&S you just don’t expect it.

“It has really put me off buying fruit.”

A spokeswoman for M&S said: “We’re sorry to hear about the customer’s complaint. We pick and pack all our raspberries in our farmers’ fields so that they are fresh as possible and taste delicious.

“Whilst we take every step to ensure all insects and bugs are removed, on rare occasions they can get hidden in the packs. We do apologise for this and are always happy to offer the customer a full refund when the product is returned to our store.”

What this woman found in her M&S raspberries could put you off fruit for life

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Let us look at a few fruits to get fair and glowing skin.

Bananas, being rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E, act as an anti-ageing agent. Opt for a facial using a freshly mashed banana mixed with honey to get glowing skin. It is a rich source of fiber, minerals, magnesium and potassium; they help in proper blood circulation in our body and build immunity from within.They are a great substitute for unhealthy snacking in between meals

2. Lemons:
It has high Vitamin C content and natural bleaching properties making it a good cleanser that lightens blemishes, acne scars, spots and skin tone. Start your day by drinking 1 glass of warm water mixed with a dash of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey on an empty stomach. This fights cellulite and clears your skin from within.

3. Oranges:
Oranges are rich source of Vitamin C, thereby improves skin texture. It removes blemishes and naturally slows down the process of ageing. Dry orange peels, crush them into powder form and store this in an airtight container. Use this as a natural scrub once or twice weekly for clear and glowing skin.

4. Apples:
Apples have high antioxidant action, preventing cell and tissue damage and works as an anti-ageing agent. It helps minimize wrinkles and fine lines keeping the bowels clean. Apply apple juice mixed with some honey on your face; let it dry and wash off. This is a very good hydrating face mask.

5. Papaya:
A rich source of antioxidants and an enzyme called papain, papaya can banish skin impurities and remove dead skin cells when used on the skin.

Rub your face gently with the inside of the papaya for about a minute to exfoliate, cleanse and soften your skin.Blend papaya, add 2 tablespoons of either honey or yogurt and use this mixture as a mask. Rinse with lukewarm water after 20 minutes and follow up with a moisturizer to notice the difference.

You also can make some fruit packs at home to help your self better with fruits that are good for skin:

a. Mixed Fruit Face Pack for toning the skin:

This mix of all fruits requires pulp of all fruits available in the market. One spoon of each fruit pulp should be mixed thoroughly and massaged all over the face and neck.

b. Kiwi Fruit Pack for tan:

It includes Kiwi fruit puree and a spoon Yogurt. Mix these two thoroughly and massage it on your facial skin and wash it away after 20 minutes.

c. Strawberry Face Pack for dull and tanned skin:

Take some strawberry fruit pulp and mix it well with water. Massage it on the facial skin and wash it after some time.

d. Cucumber Fruit Face Pack for dry skin:

This skin cooling down ingredient has to be grated down. Apply its juice on the face and neck and let it dry. Wash it with some clean and cold water. Its remaining pulp can be used as a pack for the eyes once its refrigerated.

e. Papaya Fruit pack for glowing and rejuvenated skin:

Mash the fruit into pulp and massage it on the damp skin for nearly 20 minutes. Then was it away with clean water.
Other fruits that also help in skin care:

Honey – Moisturizes and avoids acne
Lemon juice – Fades the scars and avoid them
Ground Oats – Best for scrubbing action
Green tea extract – Rejuvanates skin
Yogurt – Reduces skin tanning
Orange water – Works same as the lemon juice
Important Points to Remember:

It is very important to understand that massaging the skin with the pulp before applying any face pack and mild scrubbing action before washing it off will help your skin absorb the fruit properties better, thus increasing blood flow.
Ensure that your skin is clean before application.
Make sure to moisturize the skin post wash.
Use these homemade fruit face masks regularly for an improvement in skin texture and tone.
Hope you found this article useful. Tap the potential of fruits and get glowing skin naturally.

Eat These 5 Fruits To Get Healthy And Glowing Skin

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(CNN)A huge snake's big meal in South Africa has turned out to be its last.

After the death of a 12-foot-long African Rock Python, park rangers opened its stomach. Inside they found a 30-pound porcupine.

Its needle-sharp quills seem to have punctured the snake's digestive tract and may have contributed to its death.

The engorged snake was first spotted by a mountain biker in the Lake Eland Game Reserve, about 100 miles south of Durban, two weeks ago.

Visitors showed up at the park to observe the snake and to speculate what it had eaten. On its Facebook page, the Game Reserve had its own guesses: a small warthog or impala calf.

When the snake died this week, curious park rangers performed a necropsy, or autopsy, on the animal.

Though the exact cause of death is unknown, spectators and the porcupine may be to blame.

"With all the human interaction, this could have caused stress and the python would then regurgitate the meal up with all the quills causing a problem," said game reserve manager Jennifer Fuller.

Pythons, which are some of the largest snakes in the world, kill their prey by constriction.

Some species are known to eat animals as large as antelope or deer. Their prey is swallowed whole and may take days or weeks to digest fully.

Fishermen spy great white shark feasting on a whale

CNN's Christabelle Fombu and Brian Walker contributed to this report.

A porcupine meal makes for a very bad python day

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Summer is all about warmer weather and fresh foods. It’s the perfect time of year to start eating nutrient-dense foods that fight inflammation. A decade of digging into the source of my illness has shown me that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many ailments. 

Exposure to toxins (pesticides, cigarette smoke, alcohol, chemicals in processed foods, refined oils, refined salt and refined sugar), stress, lack of exercise and genetic predispositions can all contribute to inflammation. Learning how certain foods influence your inflammatory process is a wonderful way to reduce inflammation, increase your energy and keep you feeling young and vibrant.

My Anti-Inflammatory Grocery Guide lays out a list of foods that can help you maintain optimum health. It’s important to focus on vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber and phytonutrients for decreased inflammation and increased energy. Remember that reducing inflammation is not just about what you eat. It’s about making lifestyle changes and creating an overall approach to a well-rounded low-stress lifestyle. Try my 10 Day Clean Eating Cleanse and my 1 Month Detox Plan to Fight Inflammation & Aging to get you started and download my anti-inflammatory meal plan from the link above to stock your pantry with the foods that will help reduce inflammation and keep you feeling energized and healthy for overall well-being.

Get your fiber from fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, and gluten-free whole grain instead of processed foods sold in boxes that claim to be high in fiber. Aim for 30-35 grams of fiber each day.
Minimize the amount of processed foods that you eat and fill your plate with whole, one-ingredient foods such as avocado, flaxseeds, berries, etc.
Look for gluten-free foods with whole grains (try Crunchmaster 7 Ancient Grains Crackers) instead of white flour or white rice flour.
Aim for a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
Drink purified water with lemon throughout the day. Avoid tap water.
Eat cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, etc.)
Choose organic as often as possible. Conventional (non-organic) crops carry pesticides, and herbicides, while conventional animal products such as dairy, eggs, chicken, meats, etc. contain growth hormones and antibiotics in them.
Enjoy Omega 3 fatty acids such as flax oil, flaxseeds and walnuts to help fight inflammation.
Avoid refined oils, saturated and trans fats. Use extra virgin olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds for healthy fats.
Add spices such as curry and ginger as well as cayenne that can have anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are a few recipes you can whip up tonight to get you started on your Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle:


Detoxifying summer foods to fight inflammation

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A growing body of evidence suggests that weight-loss surgery is more effective than diet and exercise at getting rid of Type 2 diabetes.

A small but rigorous randomized trial published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery provides the latest evidence showing the superiority of bariatric surgery over lifestyle changes in resolving the chronic condition involving high blood sugar.

In the trial, 61 obese adults with diabetes were randomly assigned to one of two surgical procedures or intensive lifestyle intervention and followed for three years. Forty percent of those who had received a gastric bypass procedure and 29% who received a gastric band were considered in remission from diabetes and no longer needed to take medication after three years. In comparison, no one in the group who received intensive lifestyle intervention resolved their diabetes.

“I do think it adds strongly to the growing body of data that [surgery] should be considered” to treat people with obesity and diabetes, said Anita Courcoulas, head of minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who led the study.

However, to conclude firmly that surgery is the better option, data from more patients across several different treatment centers, followed for up to seven years after surgery, is needed, according to Dr. Courcoulas. Her group is conducting such a study, along with researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle, the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Cleveland Clinic.

The American Diabetes Association lists surgery as one option in its 2015 medical care guidelines for diabetic patients with a body-mass index over 35 but says there is insufficient evidence of benefit in those who are less overweight.


Weight-loss surgery better than diet and exercise in treating type 2 diabetes, study finds

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A new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham claims that a common weight-loss tactic of increasing the feeling of being full by eating more fruits and vegetables is not an effective diet recommendation.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) team performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the available data on increasing fruit and vegetable intake as a weight-loss aid. The review - which is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition - looked at several randomized controlled trials involving more than 1,200 participants in total.

According to the UAB researchers, there is no evidence that increasing fruit and vegetable intake reduces body weight.

"Across the board, all studies we reviewed showed a near-zero effect on weight loss," says lead author Kathryn Kaiser, PhD, instructor in the UAB School of Public Health.

"So I don't think eating more alone is necessarily an effective approach for weight loss because just adding them on top of whatever foods a person may be eating is not likely to cause weight change."

Dr. Kaiser says that in the context of a healthy diet, the best way to reduce weight is to reduce caloric intake. Although dieters might make the assumption that high-fiber fruits and vegetables "displace" the less healthy foods, this is not demonstrated in the available evidence.

Researchers suggest public health communications should be amended
Senior author David B. Allison, PhD, associate dean for science in the UAB School of Public Health, explains the problem with communicating to the public why this technique is ineffective:

"In public health, we want to send positive and encouraging messages and telling people to eat more fruits and vegetables seems far more positive and encouraging than just saying 'eat less.' Unfortunately, it seems that if we just get people to eat more fruits and vegetables without also taking explicit steps to reduce total food intake, lower weights are not achieved."

As public health recommendations are focused on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, Dr. Kaiser believes public health messages should be modified to explain that there are many health benefits associated with eating fruit and vegetables, but that weight loss is not one of them.
"I think working on more multimodal healthy lifestyle interventions would be a better use of time and money," she suggests.

Dr. Kaiser adds that it is important that more quality research investigates the interactions of multiple foods in creating healthy weight loss that can be maintained.

"We need to design mechanistic studies to understand these things better so we can help the public be best informed and know what to do when it comes to weight-loss efforts," she concludes. "Overly simplified messages don't seem to be very effective."

However, recent research has shown that the benefits of a diet with higher fruit and vegetable intake include lower risk of dying from ischemic heart disease, reduced stroke and pancreatitis risk, and even a more attractive "glow."

While the UAB systematic review may not prove that simply adding extra fruit and vegetables to your diet will result in weight loss, the importance of fruit and vegetables in a healthy diet should still not be underestimated.

Written by David McNamee

Eating extra fruit and vegetables is healthy but may not reduce weight

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