Step away from the drugstore aisle of anti-aging beauty products and nutritional supplements. Now, open wide, and eat your way to optimal health and youthful good looks. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
BroccoliGet glowy again with broccoli - really
When sleepless nights leave you feeling - or looking - a little blah, reach for this crunchy green. A half-cup serving contains more than two-thirds of your recommended intake of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the immune system. It's also high in sulforaphane, which promotes liver detoxification. "Over 80 percent of toxins are neutralized through the liver, and a buildup of toxins in our bodies can cause dull and dry skin, hair and nails," says beauty nutritionist Paula Simpson.
Sip cocoa for your heart
Another reason to enjoy this tasty treat: It helps to maintain healthy blood vessels, which support healthy circulation and a healthy heart. Opt for antioxidant-rich cocoa beans, which contain twice the amount dark chocolate does
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Step away from the drugstore aisle of anti-aging beauty products and nutritional supplements. Now, open wide, and eat your way to optimal health and youthful good looks. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Foods that Take Away 10 Years
You've had a kid - maybe two - and now the idea of mom jeans is starting to seem less laugh-at-funny and more, dare we say it, practical. Before you start "hiking up" of any kind, hold it right there. These easy-to-instill practices will get you smiling at your skinnies again. Additional reporting by Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Your Step-by-Step Mummy-Tummy Shrink-Down Plan
Log your meals, snacks, and drinks
First and foremost, stop feeling bad about those extra five pounds. They represent your role as a mom - and that's a good thing - but if you're feeling unhealthy, start by writing down what you eat. It will give you a baseline for what you're consuming, and hold you accountable to the most important person of all - yourself. You can use a notebook, your calendar, or sparkpeople.com - it's free to join, and their calorie counter comes in handy revealing for the truth about your food intake. (You can also use their tools to find out how many total calories your body needs.)
Start packing in protein
Eat it with every meal
Sneak money back into your wallet this month. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 New Ways to Live Rich on Less
1. Get value from gift cards
"If you find partially used or completely unused gift cards sitting in your wallet or desk drawer, it's time to sell them and get cash back for it instead of letting the balance expire," says consumer savings guru Andrea Woroch. GiftCardGranny.com will purchase 92 percent of the value of unused gift cards!
2. Clip coupons the high-tech way
The Coupon Sherpa Mobile Coupon App (free) uses GPS to give you digital coupons based on your location. "Just present the coupon on your phone to the cashier at check-out and you will receive instant savings," explains Woroch. "The app also offers grocery coupons that load directly from your phone to your loyalty card so you never have to waste time clipping or searching for coupons."
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3. Comparison shop
You want to get the best price, but who has time to run from store to store weighing the options?
If you don't feel like getting it on, you're not alone: "I see at least five or six patients a day who complain about decreased libido - it's a huge problem," says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine. "Many women are embarrassed to talk about it, but having a low sex drive is a legitimate issue that can be fixed." Often, it's a symptom of other issues you're working through in your relationship. However, these sneaky sex drive zappers can also be to blame. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 8 Sneaky Things that Hurt Your Sex Drive
Anti-Aphrodisiac: The Pill
"Testosterone has been linked with increased libido, and women with normal, natural menstrual cycles experience a small surge of testosterone right around ovulation when they're most fertile," says Dr. Minkin. Both types of birth control pills contain hormones - combination estrogen-progestin and progestin-only - which affect ovarian function, and can thus lower sex drive. If you're considering going off of the
They look lovingly at each other across rooms, finish their partners' sentences, and playfully poke fun at one another. Here's how those blissful twosomes keep the romance alive. REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Secrets of Happy Couples
Happy couple1. They celebrate a unique anniversary
Your wedding anniversary is a lovely date to remember, but it's not the only milestone that matters. It's even more intimate to celebrate less public moments of which only you two know the true meaning, such as your first kiss, first vacation together or - hey - even the first time the pregnancy test turned blue.
2. They stash pleasure money
Sure, you have funds earmarked for bills and savings, but every couple also needs a just-for-fun account to fund the occasional, much-need indulgence, says Brown University psychiatry professor Scott Haltzman, M.D., author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men. "Put some money aside that won't destroy your budget when you use it," he says. Spend it on a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip, a pricey bottle of champagne
- Redbook | Work + Money – Wed, Aug 22, 2012 12:14 PM EDT
Farnoosh Torabi is an ace number-cruncher, but you don't have to be to handle your finances intelligently. Just know these figures to feel calm and confident about your future. REDBOOK.Read More »from The 10 Numbers You Need to Be Smart with Your Money
$7,400: That's the amount that gets withheld from the median household income of $46,000. Do you know how big a bite gets taken out of your paycheck for federal tax withholding, Social Security, and Medicare combined? How about the amount that's left after state and city taxes and other deductions for insurance and retirement? To calculate how much you net, pull out your pay stubs for the past month (if you're married, grab your spouse's docs too). You can't even begin to get a grip on spending and saving if you don't have a clear picture of what you're bringing in. Now you know.
100 minus your age : The difference equals the percentage of your investments that should be in stocks; the rest should be in bonds. So a 35-year-old woman ideally has 65 percent of her money in stocks and 35 percent in bonds.
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Wed, Aug 22, 2012 10:28 AM EDT
Every man - like every woman - is different, but this may explain what's going on next time you find him analyzing his fantasy team like his life depends on it. Not included: why he's taking so long in the bathroom. After all, some things should remain mysteries. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Husband
Husbands need to feel needed
"For husbands, not being able to impress your wife from time to time is like Kryptonite for Superman," says Lois Barth, a relationship and career coach based in New York City. "Just think of the movies most men love to watch: lone hero in the town against the bad guys saving the day. That hero chip is hardwired into most men - as long as we let them be." Don't rush to do the jobs you dread just to tick another item off on your to-do list - asking for help can bring you closer.
Husbands show their love through actions rather than words
Men aren't as direct in expressing their love as women, and they aren't mind readers. They want to know what women like
SMART: The best way to keep calories in check here and still feel full is to go for the You Pick Two option, which lets you pair a half-sandwich with a cup of one of Panera's low-fat soups. Try a half of the Smoked Turkey Breast (210 calories, 1.5 g fat), Smoked Ham & Swiss (290 calories, 8 g fat), or Tuna Salad (250 calories, 8 g fat).
NOT SMART: Don't even think about the Chicken Caesar sandwich, which comes in at 750 calories and 33 grams of fat for a full size. The Italian Combo With Ham? That's almost a thousand-calorie lunch--and 41 grams of fat.
SMART: You can't go wrong with the tasty and not-too-spicy Tandoori Chicken Sandwich Light (376 calories, 3 g fat), which is topped with fat-free vinaigrette and roasted redRead More »from Low-Cal Sandwiches from Your Favorite Restaurants
Do you work for someone buttoned-up or more laid-back? Between these two very different head honchos -- Marjorie Kaplan, president of Animal Planet Media and Michelle Visser, CEO of Burt's Bees Baby -- you'll get the answers you need on three common work dilemmas. REDBOOK.
1. You're talking to your boss when you start to feel tears coming on: Let 'em fly, or run for the ladies' room?
VISSER: "It's absolutely okay to cry in front of your boss, but it shouldn't become a habit. A few years ago, someone came into my office sobbing because she was overwhelmed. Coincidentally, a promotion was in the works for her, and a few days later I gave her the good news. Maybe she thought her tears had helped her, because from then on, she kept coming into my office to cry. You want employees to feel free to express themselves, but work isn't the place for therapy."
KAPLAN: "Do your best to get away--but calmly. Excuse yourself by saying, 'May I have a moment?' More often than not, crying isRead More »from What Your Boss is Really Thinking When...
- Redbook | Parenting – Fri, Aug 17, 2012 10:13 AM EDT
With the back-to-school madness in full swing, it's easy to feel overwhelmed as a parent. You're not alone. Our Mamarama bloggers admit that although they don't always know best, they always do their best. Here's what they've learned along the way. REDBOOK.Read More »from 12 Mom Quotes that Will Make You Crack Up and Tear Up
Mother and sonOn mommy instincts:
"We moms get good at reading our kids - I can tell just from the look in my son's eyes if he has a fever, and I can see a toddler tantrum brewing in my sweet daughter like a storm on the horizon." - Charlotte Hilton Andersen
On teaching lessons:
"I work hard to teach my children to be responsible for their actions, to think before they make rash decisions, and to always remember that there are real people on the other end of those feelings. These are lessons that I wish I hadn't learned with life experience but had absorbed the first 10 times they were told to me." - Carmen Staicer
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On defining parenthood:
"Parenthood was thrilling and challenging in so many ways…What I