By Nancy Rones, REDBOOK
Yeah, yeah, you know that exercising and eating right should be at the top of your daily to-do list. But let's face it: Some days there's barely enough time to sprint from the car to the pizza parlor to grab a pie to go. We're in no way suggesting you abandon those bigger long-term health goals, but we would like to help you by giving you these six simple, science-backed steps that you can take today-and every day-to live a longer, healthier, happier life. And don't let the small nature of these lifestyle tweaks fool you: They're proven to have a major impact on your health.
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1. Buy a bouquet: Looking at flowers can put you in a brighter mood, research from Rutgers suggests. In three different studies, receiving flowers was shown to have both immediate and long-term positive effects on emotional outlook.
2. Turn off the tube during dinner: You already know that watching television at mealtime can lead to mindless eating
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When I wanted to lose five pounds, a looming high school reunion motivated the weight right off me. Having a saving goal-something meaningful you're socking away money for-works the same way. Here are three ideas:
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1. Use a money-management app or site: Mint Goals, a new tool on the free money-management site mint.com, calculates how much you'll need to set aside for a specific dream (such as a home down payment). It tracks your progress with each deposit (yay!) and registers the negative impact of each splurge.
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2. The proven no-tech method: Divide the cost of the item by the realistic number of months you'll need to save for it. Then open a new bank account strictly dedicated to reaching that goal, and have money automatically deposited from your paycheck each month.
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3. Request an offline account: No more withdrawing on a whim; in order to
By Frank P. Melodia, REDBOOK
These main-course salads deliver flavor, protein and crunch with minimal stove-to-body contact. And each one has variations, so your summer dinners can be exponentially more delicious.
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1. Antipasto Pasta Salad: Sweet and tender sun-dried tomatoes, crisp veggies and salty proscuitto compliment each other perfectly in this classic recipe for an antipasto-inspired pasta salad. Get the recipe!
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2. Bistro Chicken Salad: Quick grilled chicken tops off this healthy salad of fresh summer veggies. Get the recipe!
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3. Tropical Shrimp Salad: This fresh, sweet salad is full of summer's juiciest fruits, then topped with light grilled shrimp and a dollop of tangy goat cheese. Get the recipe!
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This month, Aaron Traister pledged to transform himself into the man his wife deserves: thoughtful, physically fit, and sexually patient. She got two out of three - not bad!
During a recent argument, my wife, Karel, told me I needed to "grow up," so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'd spend four weeks making myself over, and I wouldn't tell Karel, just to see if she was paying attention. Among other things, I changed up my clothes and returned to my teenage wrestling workouts - because nothing says maturity like playing dress-up and trying desperately to relive high school. Here's the whole rundown.
I bought her flowers.Read More »from 30 Days to a Better Husband
When Karel and I started dating, I was a bouncer at a bar in New York City. After every shift, I'd grab daisies (her favorite) from a 24-hour bodega near the bar so Karel would wake up to fresh flowers in the morning. I gradually slacked off, blaming it on the fact that our
By Gretchen Voss, REDBOOK
Child and mother by a window.
We think of bruises, not pregnant bellies, when we hear domestic abuse, but millions of women are pressured to have kids against their will by partners bent on controlling their bodies. Gretchen Voss meets some of them, and learns what we can all do to stop it.
Like the beginning of some bubbly Hollywood rom-com, Sara* and Mark met in a postgrad science class. They hit it off early in the semester, but Sara-who, at 36, was more than a decade older than Mark-was hesitant when he asked her out. He won her over, and very quickly the two shared their dreams of becoming doctors and starting a family together; in fact, Mark talked excitedly about having kids with Sara just months into dating. After he proposed, Sara says, he became obsessed with getting her pregnant: He called her "the baby maker." When she confided that one of her fallopian tubes was blocked, he insisted that she visit a fertility doctor before their wedding so they could get started as soonRead More »from Reproductive Control: Forced to Get Pregnant
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK.Child covered in dirt.Kids are gross. And not just kinda gross. When it comes to hygiene, eating boogers, licking trash cans and sticky hand prints are all in a day's work for tiny people still trying to figure out what "contagious" means, much less "e. coli". As parents we just learn to expect them to fish for a salty snack during their kindergarten concert, but there are a few things kids do that can make even the most seasoned parent wince. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite atrocities. (Names are removed to protect the innocent and guilty.)
1. "My son licked ice cream off the floor at Dairy Queen." Eating something dry like a Cheerio off a floor is no biggie (I just repeat "it's good for their immune system" until my vision clears), but it gets sticky when the dropped item is, well, sticky. And when there is tongue-to-tile contact.
2. "My 7-year-old bites his toenails. Even when his feet areRead More »from Top 10 Grossest Things Kids Do (Plus 3 Extra!)
- Redbook | Parenting – Fri, Jul 1, 2011 6:03 PM EDT
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK.Children playing handheld video games.How to hawk a loogie, what "the bird" is, and that "the bus driver ran over a girl for throwing stuff out the window"-my kids have learned a lot of questionable things riding the bus (which led to some very interesting and educational dinner discussions), but by far the most upsetting bus moment from this year was when my two boys came running in the front door exclaiming about the coolest video game they'd ever played. The game? Grand Theft Auto: one of the most morally corrupt and violent video games out there. My 8-year-old and 6-year-old saw it on a friend's iPhone. (Also: what is a 2nd grader doing with an iPhone?)
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I saw red. I'll admit it. If there was a way for my kids to never be exposed to violent and sexually explicit video games, short of going off the grid, I'd do it. So when the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that "[states] cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children,Read More »from Supreme Court: Violent Video Games More Like Fairy Tales Than Porn?
By Heather Cocks, REDBOOK
The other night after the boys' bath, we were diapering them when Liam decided to go ahead and urinate on his bedroom floor. "I missed!" he shouted, breaking into riotous applause. We are not sure what he thinks he missed. The potty? Unlikely, but accurate. The carpet? Unlikely and inaccurate. Our faces? His brother? Maybe I don't want to know, but it reminded me of the parenting milestone I have been dreading the most: potty-training. Two of them. Simultaneously. Twice the accidents, twice the cleanup, twice the headaches, and-not for nothing-twice the competition for the toilet. The constant battle as a twin parent is, what do I have to get two of, besides cribs and blankies and martinis? I deeply hope training potties are not one of those things, or else we might as well add a hand-dryer and an attendant who coughs gently in search of tips.
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Before you decide to stay up for just one more rerun of Law & Order, consider this: Getting fewer than seven hours of sleep takes a heavy toll on your looks. "Decreased blood supply makes your skin's color a little green; overall fluid retention shows up as puffiness around your eyes," says David J. Goldberg, M.D., director of Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey. "And there's that intangible quality of just looking unhealthy when you don't sleep." Yikes.
On the flip side, getting a full eight hours (or more) gives your skin the time it needs to renew itself: "While you sleep, the reparative nutrients in your blood are delivered to your skin," says Goldberg. To make the most of your pillow time, apply a night cream before bed. "When that blood is pumping, your skin is most receptive to the ingredients," says Goldberg. "Also, the product is less likely to rub off while you sleep than when you're running around." Here, our top overnight creams, plus a
By Heather Cocks, REDBOOK
Our summer vacation, a family get-together in the North Carolina coastal hamlet of Duck, is rapidly approaching-and with it, a cross-country airline odyssey. We've flown with the kids before (three times before they turned 1 and then again in April), but the trouble with kids of this age is that we can rarely use the previous trip as a blueprint for what's to come. Every time, they're that much older, more developed, more mobile, more independent-and thus, more fidgety, more independent, more impatient, more likely to throw something right where an unsuspecting passenger is trying to rest his head. Maybe Peter Pan was onto something with that "never grow up" shtick. The older these two get, the more it's like wrestling an alligator to get them to observe social conventions.
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