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Paradise Island, Bahamas
Hang out on the beach at Atlantis Resort, then kick off the season with a traditional Christmas tree-lighting ceremony during which the Jolly Ol' Elf himself--direct from the North Pole--uses his magic to light a spectacular 40-foot tree. Later, guests can track down Santa in his dolphin-led sleigh (yep, you read that right) throughout the resort. At the kids club, children can bake and decorate a variety of holiday cookies with Mrs. Claus and her elves, because let's face it, you can't have the holidays without cookies.
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Dana Point, CA
Yes, Virginia, there really is a Surfing Santa Competition-and it's a fundraiser for some wonderful causes. This year, the event includes divisions for Santa's Helpers (ages 15 and under), Santa's Elves (ages 16 to 20), Toymakers (ages 20 and up),
It may seem like you're hearing about holiday stress and relationship drama everywhere - with your friends, in the news, and at work. "Lots of anxiety gets created when you're bombarded with these negative messages," says Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, a certified Gottman Couples Therapist and licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Austin, TX. "If you start thinking like this, every little thing becomes a fight with your partner. But if you go into the holidays with the attitude that you're both going to have a great time, you'll be much more likely to do so." Follow Dr. Meunier's tips to stay connected and avoid blowups-- even when your mother-in-law tries her best button-pushing tactics.
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None of this one sliver-of-cake business. This is the stuff you can keep chowing down on until you're full and satisfied--a.k.a no more feeling deprived at all those celebrations. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
These naturally-sweet tubers don't need much besides a few minutes in the microwave or on the stove to taste delicious, and if you eat them pretty plain--whether mashed or baked--keep on munching. Rich in metabolism-stimulating phytonutrients, copper, iron, and foliate, and higher in potassium than bananas, they're also full of antioxidants, which help fight inflammation. Unlike many carbs, sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index, meaning they help stabilize your blood sugar to prevent cravings, says nutritionist and author of The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook Haylie Pomroy. "Just don't mistake them for yams, which have a lot of added sugar," says Rocco DiSpirito, author of The Pound a Day Diet. "Sweet potatoes have points on either side, unlike yams, which
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People who rely on acupuncture to soothe back pain, fight migraines, and give up smoking swear by the practice, and now, there's another benefit to add to its list: a lower number of the scale. A new Korean study split 91 overweight adults into three groups--those who kept five acupuncture needles in each outer ear for one week, those who kept one acupuncture needle in each outer ear for one week, and those whose needles were removed immediately after insertion. Despite following the same semi-restrictive diet and adding in no extra exercise to their daily routines, those with five needles showed a 6.1 percent drop in their BMI, those with one needle experienced a 5.7 percent reduction, and those with no needles saw no change. The five-point group was the only one to lose body fat though, suggesting a five-point approach could be particularly effective in tackling stubborn abdominal bulge.
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We're not saying that an all-night bender is going to protect you from the hacking cough going around your office… but maybe we sort of are.new research shows regularly sipping a few cocktails can also help our bodies fight off infection. The study, done on rhesus macaques, monkeys with immune systems that resemble those of humans, found heavy drinkers responded poorly to a vaccine, sober ones responded okay, and moderate drinkers responded better. It's not clear exactly why this result occurred, and figuring that out is among the next steps.
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While society's post-baby-body obsession is far from over, it really seemed like we'd made some progress this year. Kristen Bell, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, and Beyoncé all voiced their dislike of the media's baby-weight story mill. And though some of them still took drastic measures to get back to their pre-baby size, having celebrities take a stand was enough to get the groundswell started--or so we hoped.
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"It used to be that people would understand that you had at least nine months to gain the weight, and you have nine months to lose it. For some reason, that axiom has gone out the window. Our culture has adopted the stance that a woman's body is never off-limits when it comes to being commented on," Dr. Sari Shepphird, a psychologist and eating disorder specialist, tells us. And with social media networks now connecting people worldwide, it seems that even new moms are no longer upholding the unspoken vowRead More »from The Latest Target of the Mommy Wars is Just... Ugh
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If you sometimes feel like you and your husband are speaking different languages, well, you're sort of right. A new study, which examined a larger population than any of its predecessors, proves even more definitively why a long, gushy message on your end may be met by an "okay" on his.
Staring during adolescence, brain wiring begins to differ between men and women--we have more connections between the left and right hemispheres of our brains, whereas men have more within the same hemisphere. That basically means that your hunch was right all along: Women are better at multitasking whereas men excel at linear tasks that require all attention on one thing.
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