married couple fightingBy Dawn Papandrea
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Barrie and I met in the school lunch line in the fall of 1975, two third-graders united by a mutual aversion to Tuna Surprise. When she scrunched up her nose and pretended to gag, I knew we were kindred spirits. For the next three decades, Barrie and I would share Barbies (Malibu), magazines (Tiger Beat with Shaun Cassidy centerfolds) and music (Madonna). We'd meander through malls and endure disastrous double dates.
And every summer we'd lie by the pool, sprawled out on beach blankets, greased up with baby oil, soaking in the warmth of carefree youth and endless sunshine.
In 2001, after a spot on Barrie's back was diagnosed as melanoma, we chided ourselves for our lack of foresight and reckless teenage sun worshipping. "What were we thinking?!" Barrie said.
Learn 10 things you didn't know about sun protection.
"We weren't," I reminded her.
The doctors were certain the cancer hadn't spread, that the surrounding lymph nodes were healthyRead More »from Real Life: Coping with Loss
before and after photo of woman who lost weightBy Woman's Day Staff
Monica Edison, age 47
Grand Rapids, Michigan
I grew up in an environment that placed a great emphasis on being thin: My mom was a professional model and my dad was a doctor. In high school, I experimented with fad diets (even though I wasn't overweight). During college, the classic combination of eating too much and being inactive led to my first dramatic weight gain of over 30 pounds in one year. After that, I kept gaining and losing weight. I hit my highest weight of 246 pounds in 2008. That was the year my dad died; food felt like my only comfort.
Ignoring the "wake-ups"
I had many "aha" moments that might have done the trick for someone else: an airplane seat belt that wouldn't reach across my lap; conversations with my doctor about my rising blood sugar levels, which put me at risk for diabetes. But it wasn't until my older daughter came home from her freshman year of college in 2009 that I was motivated to do something. She had gainedRead More »from I Lost 91 Pounds!
woman petting husky dogBy Alexandra Gekas
Calm Those Nerves
They may be called scaredy-cats, but many dogs have serious anxieties. Whether your canine cowers at the sight of a stranger or runs for cover during a thunderstorm, your pooch is far from the only fraidy-pup. "Some dogs are born with certain fears, while others have scary experiences," says Kristen Collins, Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Services at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Luckily, no matter how the fear developed, desensitizing your dog to triggers and teaching him to associate them with something positive can neutralize the problem. Read on for ideas for soothing the most common canine anxieties. Photo: Thinkstock
Heartbreaking, but true: When you head out the door, your dog may act out because he fears you'll never return. "It's like a child who's lost his mom at the mall-he just panics," says Marty Becker, DVM, pet expert at VetStreet.com. So why does itRead More »from 8 Common Dog Fears—and How to Ease Them
By Leslie Goldman
nervous womanHelp! Am I destined to...
Say middle age and the first thing that may come to mind is a host of health issues. But you do have some control over how your body ages. "Up to 75% of our health destiny is determined by our daily diet and lifestyle choices. Family history accounts for only about 20% to 25%," says Andrew Weil, MD, founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. So even though you'll likely experience some of these symptoms, there are ways you can fight back. Photo by Thinkstock
Leak when I laugh?
Laughing is fun. Peeing while you laugh definitely is not. Though it's true that as we age, the decline in estrogen weakens the muscles surrounding your bladder, the statistics on women who experience incontinence aren't terrible. According to a review of 22 studies, 28% of women age 50 and younger and 35% of women older than 50 will experience leaking. If you've had kids, you're more at riskRead More »from Ease Symptoms of Aging
Q&A: Your Diet Questions�AnsweredBy Joy Bauer, RDA: Look for cereals that have, per serving, no more than 120 calories (without milk) or 8 g sugar, and at least 3 g fiber. Also make sure the first ingredient listed is a whole grain: whole wheat, oats, etc. Most cereals don't have much fat or protein, and the amount of carbs in a bowl of healthy cereal isn't a concern for healthy people (but if you have diabetes, you'll have to stick to the carb limits your doctor or nutritionist has given you). All the major cereal companies have made it a priority to reduce sugar and increase whole grains in their cereals, so there are lots of brands out there that meet my guidelines. Photo by iStock
Q: How can I tell if a cereal is healthy? The high-fiber ones are also high-carb and high-calorie!
Q: Milk bothers my stomach and I don't like soy milk. How can I get the calcium I need without taking a supplement?
A: You can still meet your calcium needs (1,000 mg if you're age 50 or younger, 1,200 mg if you're over 50) Read More »from Q&A: Your Diet Questions—Answered