The key to eating right and maintaining weight is a plan that fits your life. Consider these points.
By Sally Solo
Con Poulos1. Know yourself.
Some people revel in the art of food preparation. For others, the microwave is a lifesaver. What matters is that you find a healthy way to cook and eat that works for you. If you love a large, sit-down dinner, for example, ignore conventional wisdom that says it's best to eat lots of small meals (just be sure not to snack all day if you plan to feast at night).
Knowing yourself also means planning for pitfalls. If, say, you often nosh while you work, keep food as far from your desk as possible or bring in a healthy snack from home. If your downfall is salty junk food, don't eat directly from a multiserving package; take out a handful and put the rest away. Slight changes don't feel like sacrifice, says Brian Wansink, a professor of marketing and nutritional science at Cornell University, but they do make a difference: "Eating 200 fewer calories a day can
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Melanie Acevedo1. Clean and dry greens well.
The best way to do this is to break out your salad spinner and use this technique: Fill it with cold water, add greens to the basket (figure on 1½ cups of greens per person for a first course or a side salad), and swish around. Lift out the basket (and greens), dump the water, and repeat until the water is grit-free. Spin the greens until thoroughly dry (in batches, if necessary). Excess moisture dilutes the dressing.
2. Dress greens just before serving.
Do it too soon and the leaves will wilt. Toss in just a little dressing at a time (if you're using homemade and it has solidified in the refrigerator, run the jar under hot water before pouring it in). The greens should be nicely coated. If the dressing is pooling in the bowl, you've gone too far.
3. Add delicate ingredients last.
Place items like sliced avocado and hard-boiled eggs gently on top of a dressed salad. If tossed,
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Look around the rooms in your home and you'll probably pick up on a theme (or two). Perhaps you're gazing out at a sea of blues and greens-or a spectrum of sunset shades. "Paint color is an expression of your personality," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color. "We branch out occasionally, but most of us have a proclivity for certain types of shades." Read on to discover the meaning behind your favorites and tips for creating looks everyone can live with.
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Deviled Eggs, Four Ways
Top each half with assorted garnishes, such as paprika, crumbled cooked bacon, chopped cooked asparagus, or chopped fresh herbs.
Serves 8 | Hands-On Time: 25m | Total Time: 40m
-12 large eggs
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
-Toppings (such as paprika, crumbled cooked bacon, chopped cooked asparagus, or chopped fresh herbs)
1. Place the eggs in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover them by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover saucepan, and let stand for 12 minutes. Drain the eggs and run under cold water to cool.
2. Peel the eggs and cut in half length-wise. Transfer the yolks to a small bowl and mash with the mayonnaise, mustard, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Spoon the mixture into the whites and sprinkle with the desired toppings.
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Curried Egg Salad
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Fill sugar cookies with apricot or raspberry jam for a burst of sweet fruit in every bite.
Makes 42 | Total Time: 2hr 00m
-Roll the basic sugar cookie dough into tablespoon-size balls and place on baking sheets (do not substitute slice-and-bake dough).
-Make a well in each ball with your thumb. Fill the wells with a total of 1⁄3 cup apricot jam or raspberry jam.
-Bake at 350° F on parchment-lined baking sheets until just beginning to brown, 15 to 18 minutes.
-Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
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Chewy and crumbly, this favorite has an added bonus-the recipe is flourless, making it a great gluten-free sweet treat.
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-2 cups creamy peanut butter (not the all-natural variety)
-1 1/2 cups
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Make the Most of Your Method
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Greg ClarkeResponding to Nosy Questions
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Solution: When someone asks an invasive question, you're never obligated to answer, says Laurie Puhn, a relationship expert in New York City. "If she asked about your favorite sexual positions, would you feel you had to tell her? Probably not," Puhn says. The next time this friend asks the price of a new leather handbag, Puhn suggests saying something like: "I have a new policy that I'm not going to share prices or salaries. It's nothing personal. I've just found it's easier not to discuss finances with friends." Or try what etiquette expert Anna Post, author of Emily Post's Wedding Parties ($23, amazon.com), calls the "gently evasive" approach. "If your friend asks what you paid for your new house, say, 'Well, probably a little more than I
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Turn to a Lazy Susan
Contain messes by housing sticky or spillable food items on an easy-to-clean lazy Susan.
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Give Cookbooks Space
Cookbooks are fine on open shelves, so long as they're not exposed to humidity and grease from the fridge or stove.
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Hang aprons, pot holders, and dish towels on pegs (mount them at least two feet away from the stove).
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Store Items by Use
Arrange your kitchenware by frequency of use, with everyday dishes on an easy-to-reach lower shelf and special-occasion pieces up above.
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Group Similar Objects
Group objects by purpose and assign them to specific cabinets, as with the bakeware centralized here.
Designate a Cooking Zone
Create a cooking zone around the stove, storing pots and pans as close
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Banana Nut Bread
Serves 16 | Hands-On Time: 05m | Total Time: 50m
-1 box yellow cake mix
-1 package Jell-O Instant Banana Cream Pudding & Pie Filling
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-2 ripe bananas, mashed
-1 cup chopped pecans
-Heat oven to 350° F.
-Mix all the ingredients well. Pour into 2 large or 4 small greased loaf pans.
-Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. (For those allergic to nuts, this recipe can be made without the pecans.)
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Serves 12| Hands-On Time: 10m | Total Time: 30m
-3 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
-1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan
-1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
-1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
-1 1/4 cups buttermilk
-Heat oven to 400° F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with vegetable
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by Walecia Konrad
CONVERSATIONS TO HAVE WITH YOUR SPOUSE
Where Does All Our Money Go?
Why it's important: If you don't know where it goes, you could end up running low, not to mention straining your relationship. "Financial issues are the number one reason I see couples divorcing," says Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist and the author of Emotional Fitness for Intimacy ($11, amazon.com). The biggest marriage-buster among them? Over-spending. "Oftentimes a spender marries a saver," says Goldsmith. "They need to master the art of compromise, and if they don't, their relationship can quickly get complicated."
The ideal time to talk: Yesterday, says Goldsmith. Every couple needs to have this discussion. Even if your finances seem to be in good shape, you should check in regularly in case priorities change or debt sneaks in unnoticed.
What to do first: Suggest to your spouse that the two of you―together―keep a