Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani
This may be the most food-centric month of the year, but we're making a plan to enjoy our meals for all 30 days. Here's what's on our menu...
These tree nuts, which are in season now, aren't terribly popular with Americans (our per capita consumption is less than an ounce per year, compared with a pound per person per year in Europe, and 2 pounds per person in Asia). There are many reasons to try them though: They're sweet, have very little fat and are cholesterol- and gluten-free. Roast them or try them in this filling soup. If you can't find dry-packed roasted chestnuts at your local market, try Kalustyans.com.
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These mini-cabbages are another seasonal food that fall on the low end of the popularity scale. If you think you don't like them, this article explains why--and gives ways to tame their astringency and bring out there inherent (really!) sweetness.
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Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from November's Must Try Food Guide
- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Nov 10, 2011 5:38 PM EST
By Amy Shearn
The letterpress invitation came with a strange pang of jealousy-Rachel was my first friend to be getting married. I was happy for her, and a little surprised-we were all so young still!-and taken with the romance of it. A month or so later, a sheepish email followed. They had amicably decided not to go through with it after all. They just weren't ready to be married. Eep! I didn't know the fiancé, didn't know what to say. Maybe this was sad news, or maybe secretly great news? Maybe it meant I got a refund on the Crate and Barrel salad bowl?
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Happy events we know how to celebrate. Weddings, new babies, Bar Mitzvahs. Got it. There's a whole infrastructure in place: what to wear, what to say, what favors to dispense. But when it comes to the bummer times, it's easy to feel a little lost. Recently people have begun throwing Divorce Parties, so why not a Nearly Beloved Day?
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- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Nov 10, 2011 5:31 PM EST
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from The Top 3 Reasons You Really Need a Good Night's Sleep
Those who have spent time in the hospital know that it's nearly impossible to get an uninterrupted night's sleep, due to constant visits by the medical staff. Theresa Brown, RN, a nurse who admits to waking up patients, wrote an article for The New York Times Well blog explaining why this is so common. For starters, she says that nurses needs to check vital signs, administer antibiotics and have the results of lab tests ready for the doctor's early morning rounds. (In this telling anecdote about a cranky insomniac, an unsteady nighttime urinator and a delusional woman, she shows us how quickly the most organized nurse's plans can go awry.)
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Most importantly, Brown acknowledged that a good night's rest is crucial in helping patients recover from whatever it is that landed them in the hospital in the first place. But you don't have to be sick or injured to take advantage of the benefits of sleep. Here are three ways that a dose of
- Oprah.com | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Nov 9, 2011 6:34 PM EST
Amber KallorBy Read More »from How to Use Multiple Nail Polish Colors and Still Look like an Adult
Making decisions has never been my strong point, especially when I'm faced with too many options. Facing a menu at a diner, for example-with all its possibilities of getting whatever I want, whenever I want-I usually end up ordering a mix of things (a grilled cheese, a shrimp cocktail, and a side of mashed potatoes with gravy) that have no business being together.
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I'm faced with the same problem when it comes to deciding on a nail polish color. Whether it's choosing from the rainbow of options at the nail salon or digging through the colors stuffed into multiple bins under my bathroom sink, I end up testing at least 20 shades on my fingers before deciding on one. So when I spotted O contributing assistant fashion editor Sara Mitzner's nails, I knew I had at last found a way to embrace my indecisive nature.
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She created this ombre effect by choosing
By Mark Matousek Read More »from Why the Way You Breathe May Be Bad for You
It's among the most important physical functions our bodies perform. We do it about 20,000 times a day. And still, somehow, most of us get it wrong. "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to learn to breathe correctly," says Andrew Weil, MD, a well-known pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.
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Chinese and yogic traditions have long extolled the importance of chi or prana-the life forces associated with breath-and science is finally catching up. "Medicine is just recognizing the importance of energy to health," says Richard P. Brown, MD, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University. "And our most critical source of energy is oxygen."
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It turns out that getting more oxygen-by simply changing the way we breathe-can facilitate healing from a startling number of serious conditions, including chronic pain, atrial
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Should You Considered Using an IUD?
An IUD is a tiny T-shaped device that is implanted into the uterus by a doctor. It has a cord dangling down into the upper part of the vagina and remains in the uterus for five to 10 years, when it is time to remove it and insert a new one. IUDs work by creating a uterine environment that is inhospitable to sperm, and one type also secretes progestin as a backup. These devices were horribly maligned after the Dalkon Shield medical debacle of the '70s (rightfully so) but now seem poised to make a comeback. Manufacturers say that flaws in the design and procedure that made old IUDs so dangerous for women (like the Shield's woven double strands that transmitted dangerous bacteria) have been fixed, and the CDC has approved IUDs as safe for women at low risk for STDs.
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Among reproductive researchers and healthcare providers, at least, the IUD has become the new "it" contraceptive. The percent of women on birth control who favor
By Martha Beck Read More »from 3 Ways to Bring Yourself Back from Burnout
You wake up almost as tired as when you fell asleep, four hours ago. After hitting the snooze button twice, you stumble to the kitchen and chug a quart of coffee. It doesn't help. Your face in the mirror looks like the child you might have had with Voldemort. You can barely squeeze into your last-resort "fat pants." Getting your kids off to school feels like climbing Everest; driving to the job you once loved, an uphill slog to the salt mines. You dread interacting with your coworkers. It's not that you aren't a caring, compassionate person; it's just that you hate everyone.
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If this sounds familiar, you may think you're depressed. But you might be dealing with a subtly different problem: burnout. Scientists differentiate the two, and it's a crucial distinction. If you confuse burnout with depression and address it only with antidepressants or therapy, you'll overlook the behavioral changes you must make to restore your depleted physical and
Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from 4 Ways to Use All Those Apple Peels
You've gone apple picking, made pie and applesauce, and now you're stuck with a mountain of peels. Here's what to do with them (besides toss them in the compost pile), in order of least to most complicated.
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Simmer it for scent.
Skip the honey and lemon juice, and make your own autumn air freshener: Put them in a pot of water, add some cinnamon and simmer on the stove (refill the water if it evaporates).
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Brew apple tea.
Follow this simple recipe, which consists of peels, cinnamon, honey and lemon juice.
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Jar some apple jelly.
This will take a few hours, but the sweet and tart jelly makes a lovely fall hostess gift. You'll need the peels and cores from 15 to 20 medium-sized, tart apples; a box of dry pectin; and lots of sugar. Here's a recipe.
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Make apple dirt.
Peter George, executive chef of 360 the Restaurant in Toronto, uses this sweet
Photo: Sarra Fleur Abou El-Haj/Studio DThe instant eye-opening power of false lashes is not lost on our very own Gayle King. She's worn them on TV-courtesy of a makeup artist-for decades. "They make such a huge difference!" she says. But she's never had success applying them herself at home. So we brought in makeup artist Carmindy to show her how it's done. Gayle was skeptical (to say the least), meeting every instruction with a cocked eyebrow and "Are you surrrre?" Even so, within minutes, she had applied her own lashes-and they looked terrific. "That's unbelievable," she said as she stepped back from the mirror to observe her handiwork. Of course, Gayle being Gayle, the skepticism remained. "I need some more practice before I really get it," she said.Read More »from How to Apply False Lashes Like a Pro
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Photo: Sarra Fleur Abou El-Haj/Studio DStep 1: Maneuvering a full strip of lashes is tricky, so Carmindy recommends cutting the strip in half with cuticle scissors. Gayle used Andrea Modlash #33. (For a less full fringe, try #53, $3.50 each;
Photo: ThinkstockBy Laura FraserRead More »from What to Look Out for When Buying a Mattress
Of all the things in my home that I've worried are bad for the environment, my mattress is one I'd never lost any sleep over. Until recently-after my linebacker-size boyfriend, Peter, moved in, and created a deep canyon on his side of the bed. I was waking up grumpy, with backaches from the strain of staying level. I'd bought the bed a decade before, shortly after my divorce. Now, with a new man in my life, I decided I was ready for a new mattress.
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Around that time, I visited my parents and slept on their new pull-out couch. But instead of peaceful slumber, it felt as if I were being gassed by the mattress's smell. I opened a window but tossed all night, worried about the toxic fumes I might be inhaling. Mattresses, I soon learned, are rarely ecologically innocent. Most are made with synthetic fibers or foam, which don't biodegrade. Cotton or wool stuffing can be processed with pesticides and other chemicals-some of them