Nightmare PMS, record-low energy levels, insanely dry skin - could a diet that's lacking the right fats be behind your peskiest little health problems? Find out here. By Kim Tranell, REDBOOK.
Remember when you doused every vegetable in fake butter spray and called low-fat cookies "health food?" Even if you've pretty much recovered from the fat-fearing diet craze of the '90s, there's still - admit it! - a little lingering confusion about what fats are "good" fats - and how you can work those typically calorie-dense foods into your diet without packing on the pounds.
"The bottom line is, the average American woman doesn't get enough omega-3 fatty acids," says Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, author of The Ultimate Omega-3 Diet. She's speaking, of course, of the fat found in fish like salmon, as well as walnuts, flax seeds, and olive oil. "But just by putting those back in your diet, you'll see diverse and varied benefits."
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Nightmare PMS, record-low energy levels, insanely dry skin - could a diet that's lacking the right fats be behind your peskiest little health problems? Find out here. By Kim Tranell, REDBOOK.Read More »from What?! Eating More Fat Could Help You Slim Down
The nutrients your body craves change as you get older, meaning what fueled you at 20 won't necessarily do the trick at 40. Nosh on these life-stage-appropriate foods to boost your physical and mental health. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Best Way to Eat for Your Age
In your 20's: Salmon
Your 20's aren't always about fun times, but luckily, chowing down on this cold-water fish may help prevent or treat depression, a condition that women are nearly twice as likely to experience as men. Sadly, quarter-life crises are all too common: Studies show that depression is most likely to first develop between the ages of 15 to 34. But salmon is jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which may stabilize your mood by boosting levels of feel-good serotonin. "In your 20's, you are likely working hard and socializing and may not have time to cook, so eat one pre-cooked pouch (two servings) of salmon a week," says Ruth Frenchman, RD, author of The Food is My Friend Diet. "Toss it on a salad or mix it with low-fat mayo for a
The decline and fall of the married sex life is a myth, says Aaron Traister. The truth is so much hotter. By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK.Read More »from 3 Reasons Men Get Better in Bed as They Age
Twenty-something dudes today have no idea how easy they have it when it comes to sex, what with their "hook-up culture" and their fancy "smartphones" that "sext." I once walked five miles in a blizzard because a girl called me up (on my house phone) and asked if I wanted to listen to the new White Zombie CD. I don't even like White Zombie, but I thought that might be code for "have sex." It turns out I was right! Then we had to get married, because that's how it worked back then. Just kidding, but we did anyway (hi, Karel!). The young fellas today probably think our decade-long monogamous sex life is pretty :( but they're oh-so-wrong. It's only gotten better. Here are three reasons an older guy outperforms some hipster who thinks an emoticon counts as seduction.
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With spring on its way - and with it bathing-suit-season not far behind - you might be thinking of trying one of the new three-day juice cleanses. But are long days of no solid food right for you? Check out one editor's experiment. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.Read More »from On the Cleanse Kick like Everyone Else? Read This
It seems like everyone is "juice intrigued" these days. In fact, search volume for "juice cleanse" is at an all-time high right now. I could tell you that my motivations for trying one out myself are purely scientific - a thought experiment to add my two cents to one of the fastest growing diet trends this year - but I'd be lying. I have a bridesmaid's dress to fit into in less than three weeks.
After researching all the options - and there are many - I opted for BluePrint's "Renovation" package, the original three-day, six-juice-per-day cleanse. The juices are "cold-pressed," which means valuable micro-oxidants are left intact. Each day includes two green juices, a spicy lemonade-style juice, a pineapple mint juice, one beet-based
How much money you make isn't nearly as important as how you use it, according to Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, authors of the new book Happy Money. In fact, they say, once you get to $75,000 a year, a bigger paycheck has no impact on day-to-day bliss. So smile, and follow their proven rules for how to be happy with less money. REDBOOK.Read More »from How to Live Happier on the Money You Have
Shell out on friendships
Research shows that our best moods often come when we're spending time with family and friends. "Yet when many people are saving up for something major-a car, a computer, a TV, whatever-one of the first things they'll cut back on is socializing," says Dunn. "They'll say, 'I'd like to go out with you guys Friday night, but I'm saving up.' Putting money away is a very positive goal that correlates to happiness, but when your route limits time with friends, you need to think about whether that's a worthwhile trade-off."
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Splurge on experiences, not things
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Smaller Packages Are Making You Eat More
Portion sizes are out of control these days, and that's not just true for those super-size fries at fast food joints. Packaged food makers have been cleverly developing ways to ensure we eat even more of their smallest products, too. They figured out that even bite-sized candy bars provided a visual cue for people to stop eating - the wrappers would pile up, causing people to stop and assess what they'd eaten so far - so they introduced an even easier way to get what they call "hand-to-mouth" foods in, well, your mouth.
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By putting smaller versions of our favorite candies such as Twizzlers and Rolos in resealable bags, Hershey Co. found that consumers were much more likely to keep nibbling throughout the day because of the convenient packaging. Unlike their individually wrapped, "bite-size" candy bar brethren, resealable packages encourage more frequent snacking since they're convenient, mess-free, and it's harder to
For those of us without a medical degree, understanding the fine print on a sunscreen bottle can be confusing. Use our decoder when you're stocking up this summer. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOKRead More »from How to Read a Sunscreen Label
Active ingredients: This is the part of the label that lists the type of sunscreen used. If it's a chemical formula, the active ingredient is often avobenzone (considered the most effective); others are octocrylene, octisalate, and homosalte. If it's a mineral sunscreen, the active ingredient is titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both.
The SPF number: Two things to know when you're eyeing this magic number: 1. It indicates only how well you're protected from UVB rays, the ones that cause a sunburn. It doesn't apply to your protection from UVA rays, which cause wrinkles and skin cancer. 2. Only an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen that's labeled "broad-spectrum" protects from UVA and UVB rays. So don't kid yourself with SPF 8-if you wear anything less than 30 when you're out in the sun, you basically
Flirting shouldn't be retired once you've got the ring. We asked relationship expert Harlan Cohen, as well as real husbands, the best way to keep the sparks flying. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.Read More »from 12 Ways to Flirt with Your Husband
1. Create a little mystery
"My girlfriend insists that the bedroom door stays closed while she gets ready for date night. Whenever she comes out ready to go, she always looks amazing. It takes me back to when we first started dating, when I'd always get so excited seeing her smiling at me as she came into the bar or restaurant." - Avery G., 28, New York City
2. Expect some laughter
A guy might giggle when you pull out a move because it's a break from the ordinary - not because he's uncomfortable or weirded out. The best thing you can do, says Cohen, is to laugh along with him. Part of the fun of flirting when you're in an established relationship is that it doesn't have to be perfect.
3. Show some Facebook love
"I'd never admit it to my friends, but I love when my wife posts
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 9:41 AM EDT
Big-budget movie studios have celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza on speed dial. Why? Because she's the pro at getting A-listers in amazing shape for filming. But right now, she's focused on you. Here are her best celebrity weight loss tips. By Betsy Stephens, REDBOOK.Read More »from Weight-Loss Advice so Good People Pay Millions for It
Tell people you're trying to lose weight
"Many people think that trying to slim down is something they should keep private, so they rely on their willpower alone to stick to a program-and willpower only gets them so far! Jessica Alba, a client of mine who has taken on several roles that required her to be in skimpy clothing, sticks to a daily training schedule with the help of family members and friends, often including them in her workouts or healthy eating plan. But you don't need to get cast in a movie: Declare your goal by posting in an online community, where you can connect with other women who are dealing with the same temptations-like couch time or cake-and staying on track."
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Feel like you've lost your mojo? For inspiration on how to bring your sexy back, check out this hard-won advice from real women on what makes them feel most confident and attractive. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from "Why I'm Sexy — and I Know It"
I appreciate my body for what it can do
"My new, post-nursing breasts are a bit deflated compared to the ones I had when I got pregnant. I thought I would care, but I actually don't. The only person who sees them all the time is my husband, and to me, they are a badge of pride and honor. After all, I fed my amazing daughter from my own body for a full year." - Felicia B., 38
I hit the dance floor
"If there's music, I want to dance. I feel sexy as soon as I start moving. Who knows how I actually look to anyone else? I feel sexy, and that's all that matters. You can always tell a woman who knows she's got it. It's almost impossible not to believe her." - Jenny Block, relationship writer and author of Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage
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