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By Sarah Smith How to keep your hardest-working parts soft, smooth, and youthful for years to come.
By Sally Wadyka
Photos by Laurie Frankel
Simple but effective strategies to stay vital, sharp, and looking great.
Taking Care of Your Brain
- What aging can bring: Forgetfulness, decline in mental agility, risk of Alzheimer's disease.
- What the research shows: "Doing things that hit both the left and right sides of the brain, like word puzzles plus mazes and visuals, has been proven to build brainpower," says Gary Small, M.D., director of the University of California at Los Angeles Center on Aging. Swedish researchers believe there's also a connection between physical activity and cognitive decline. Their study found that subjects who exercised at least 20 minutes two or more times a week at midlife reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia later by 60 percent. On the nutrition front, a study at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center showed that an essential omega-3 fatty acid counteracts the brain's production of neuron-damaging
- Real Simple Magazine | Life's Little Pleasures – Wed, Sep 8, 2010 10:34 PM EDT
Advice on how to switch off―no thoughts of your to-do list―from a man who has devoted his career to the idyllic art of idling.Read More »from 10 Ways to Enjoy Doing Nothing
by Tom Hodgkinson
One morning, nearly 20 years ago, I was lying in bed. It was late. I was supposed to be working, but I seemed glued to the mattress. I hated myself for my laziness. And then, by chance, I picked up a collection of writings by Dr. Samuel Johnson, the 18th-century wit and the compiler of the first comprehensive English dictionary. In the book were excerpts from a weekly column he had written called The Idler, in which the great man celebrated idleness as an aspiration, writing in 1758, "Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler."
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This was an epiphany for me. Idleness, it seemed, was not bad. It was noble. It was excessive busyness that caused all the problems!
So I got out of bed and started a magazine called The Idler, in order to remind people of the forgotten, simple pleasures of doing nothing. I even wrote books
By Sarah Smith and Lisa Whitmore
Photos by Victor Schrager
All it takes is one special product to make you feel-ahhhh-indulged.
- At the Sink:
Frédéric Fekkai Brush
There's no doubt that it's an investment, but this brush is a keeper. The handcrafted brush's boar bristles boost shine, so hair looks healthier.
To buy: $95, neimanmarcus.com.
Related: More Hair Styling Tool Tips
Antica Farmacista Home Ambiance Fragrance
This diffuser will momentarily beam you to the Mediterranean Sea (sand not included).
To buy: $62, anticafarmacista.com.
Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment
No piña coladas on the horizon? This mask moisturizes and smells like a tropical drink. Its palm-nut oil leaves hair silky, too.
To buy: $55, sephora.com.
Shiseido Bio-Performance Intensive Skin Corrective Program
This two-week regimen is the equivalent of a couple of facials. Just think: no rushing to appointments!
To buy: $300, nordstrom.com.
Related: A Step-by-Step Guide to Caring for Your Skin
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- Real Simple Magazine | Back To School – Fri, Sep 3, 2010 6:19 PM EDT
These snacks have fewer than 200 calories per serving and contain a daily value of 8 percent or less in total fat, so you can stash them in your child's backpack without the guilt.
Read More »from Healthy packaged snacks you can add to your kidâ€™s lunch without guilt
by Amanda Hinnant
From running errands to thawing chicken for your dinner, here's how to get everything done faster.
Plan the order of your stops in a clockwise direction to avoid time-consuming left-hand turns. Also, schedule your errands so you can drop things off on your way out and pick them up on your way home. And keep a cooler in your car for perishables, too. Then a stop at the market doesn't have to be immediately followed by a run home to the refrigerator.
Dry Your Tears
Try sticking your head in the freezer for a couple of seconds after cutting onions. The cold air stops the tears and reduces redness and puffiness by constricting blood vessels. If you're not in the kitchen, try dabbing―not rubbing―away the wetness. Then use an over-the-counter eye whitener to get the red out, or disguise it with blue eyeliner.
Get Cut Flowers to BloomRead More »from Easy Shortcuts for 14 Everyday Tasks
First try cutting the stems at an angle, then placing the bouquet in warm water. If
- Real Simple Magazine | Life's Little Pleasures – Tue, Aug 31, 2010 7:25 PM EDT
By Jennifer TungRead More »from The Truth About 12 Health Myths
Images by Holly Lindem
Learn which adages-about nutrition, home remedies, and more-need an update.
You've Always Heard That…
You Shouldn't Cut Off the Bread's Crust. It's Full of Vitamins.
The truth is: In a 2002 German study, researchers found that the baking process produces a novel type of cancer-fighting antioxidant in bread that is eight times more abundant in the crust than in the crumb. That said, it's more important to serve whole-wheat bread, with or without the crust, because it's all around higher in nutrients, such as fiber, says New York City nutritionist Keri Glassman, author of The O2 Diet ($25, amazon.com). Make sure the ingredients list "100% whole-wheat flour." Breads simply labeled "wheat" are usually made with a mixture of enriched white flour and whole-wheat flour and have less fiber.
Related: Tighten Your Glutes in 15 Minutes
If You Go Out With Wet Hair, You'll Catch a Cold.
The truth is: You will feel cold but will be just fine healthwise,
By Sara Quessenberry
Photos by Marcus Nilsson
For tastier grilling, try quick, flavorful marinades, rubs, glazes, and sauces.
Best with: Boneless chicken breasts, flank steak, pork chops, scallops, mahimahi, bell peppers, summer squash, and zucchini.
Best with: Bone-in chicken pieces, lamb chops, butterflied boneless leg of lamb, shrimp, striped bass, summer squash, zucchini, and red onions.
Best with: London broil, pork tenderloin, pork chops, shrimp, salmon, bell peppers, eggplant, and mushrooms.
To Grill With Marinades
For all the recipes listed here, combine the ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag, a shallow bowl, or a baking dish. Add 2 pounds of poultry, meat, seafood, or vegetables and refrigerate, covered, at least 20 minutes and up to overnight. (For fish and scallops, marinate for no more Read More »from Spice Up Your Grilling
- Southwestern Marinade