You really can have your cake and eat it too!IT CAN HAPPEN AT ANY AGE: One day you're eating what you want with no consequences. The next day, one stray cookie and your jeans don't zip. Elisabetta Politi, nutritional director at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina, notes that each year your resting metabolism burns approximately 10 fewer calories--100 fewer per decade--meaning you can slide up into the next dress size all too easily if you don't gradually adjust your diet over time. Plus, as you age, "your old techniques don't work anymore," says Heather Bauer, a New York City--based registered dietician and coauthor of Bread Is the Devil. "You can't binge and starve your way to a healthy weight." Research suggests that even exercise can't counteract the evils of age-related weight gain. Recent studies indicate that metabolism is less responsive to exercise than we had thought. New York--based fitness instructor and holistic health coach Craig Smith believes that the food you eat accounts for a full 85Read More »from The Best Portion Control Strategy for Your Age
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Now those are frozen veggies. The latest science suggests that it's not just the chilly, dark days of winter that make us feel (and look) so miserable, it's our diet. Eat right, and avoid the beauty and health hazards of the season. Here, the latest strategies:
DRY, ROUGH SKIN
Indoor heating; long, hot sudsy showers: These winter standbys will warm you, but they'll also suck you dry. Keep moisture contained by eating whole-grain bread and rice. A recent French study reported that women who ingested lipids from whole grains had reduced dryness and redness. These lipids (ceramides) help "cement" skin cells, says Alan Logan, coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet.
Try extra helpings of Swiss chard, and enjoy your egg yolks. Both contain biotin, which promotes production of fatty acids - a must-have for smooth skin. As a dietitian at Foodtrainers in New York City, Lauren Slayton tells her clients: "An egg a day keeps dry skin away."
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Don't get caught in a compromising position-read these tips first!It's clear that dating someone you work with could be a large-scale disaster. If things go bad, there will be no avoiding the person in question. A bad breakup affects your concentration at work regardless, but if you have to see the bozo who has caused your misery EVERY DAY - during every single staff meeting, no less - it's going to be excruciating. So if you're going to do it, here are a few things to keep in mind to minimize the damages:Read More »from 5 Tips for Navigating an Office Romance
1. SIZE MATTERS.
As Ask Men points out, having a big office will make it easier to keep a distance from the person in question if things don't work out, whereas a tiny office could help to make things mighty uncomfortable.
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2. DATE, UM, HORIZONTALLY.
The person you're having nookie with is the head honcho - or your underling? That could have a damaging effect on your career, as an Excelle article notes. "If the focus of your desires is in your line of authority, such as your boss or your subordinate, you're on
Your perfect ponytail isn't out of reach with these four steps."The ponytail is always flattering and provides an almost effortless way to look polished," says Jordan Blackmore of Three Squares Studio in New York City. "But the style gets a bad rap when women don't finish the look." Here, Blackmore tells us how to execute the perfect pony - whether you're going black-tie or boardroom.Read More »from 4 Steps to a Grown-Up Ponytail
1. GET DIRTY "A little grease from unwashed hair provides a stay-put base for any updo," says Blackmore. On second- or third-day hair, apply a light styling gel to prevent frizz, or use dry shampoo on clean hair to fake a thicker texture. Avoid oily serums unless your hair is very coarse. Then blow-dry strands or use a straightening iron to smooth hair before putting it up.
MC TIP: Straighten every section, not just the front pieces, to ensure that your ponytail looks good from all angles.
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2. LOCATION SCOUT Downplay your least favorite features with strategic positioning. Low ponytails accentuate jaw- and necklines, while ponytails
Acupuncture is just one of the many ways to detox.Acupuncture Devotees swear that this 5,000-year-old practice (pictured to the left) cures everything from bad skin to indigestion. New York acupuncturist and skin/digestive specialist Selma Rondon recently cured a patient's explosive hives in a day, after antihistamines didn't work; patients with constipation or bloating quickly feel re-energized, too. Rondon, who learned Mandarin to read authentic Chinese texts, tackles toxicity by examining patients' tongues - the color clues her in to how internal organs are doing - then inserts slim needles into the energy lines that run through the body. She also reviews diet and advises against consuming too much alcohol, meat, or raw food. (A consultation is $125; hourly sessions are $75 to $95; 212-979-1931)
Best for: Digestive issuesCharcoal For centuries, the Japanese have used white charcoal to soak up substances, from poison to bad breath; its pores absorb a range of gases and toxins. The technique is landing stateside thanks to Sort ofRead More »from 8 New Ways to Detox
From the Fierce Five to Kimye, we've rounded up our favorite celebrity Halloween costumes that are easy to recreate and will leave everyone laughing.
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From I Love Lucy's namestake to Girls' Hannah, we compiled the gutsiest, hardest working, and stereotype-defying ladies throughout the big screen.
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You'll never be at a loss for words with our tips for sticky workplace situations!You're confronted by a colleague you've been gossiping about.Read More »from What to Say in 10 Tricky Workplace Situations
How's this for uncomfortable: A coworker sits down in front of your desk and says, "Is it true you called me incompetent?" You could deny, backtrack, fudge. But you did say it - and you meant it. The best course is to own it, advises Randy Cohen, the original "Ethicist" for The New York TimesMagazine and author of the recently published Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything. Tell her why you said it, as constructively as possible. "You say, 'There are all kinds of ways in which you're not doing your job well. You might have done this and this,'" Cohen advises. It may be the most awkward five minutes of your career - and don't expect any happy-hour invitations from your aggrieved officemate - but Cohen says it's OK to express an honest opinion behind your coworker's back, as long as you didn't spread lies or betray a confidence. So what of the snitch? "The colleague who gave you up," says Cohen, "is just a
Elizabeth Warren is bound to make an impact on female voters.
SHOCKING BUT TRUE: Women make up 16.8 percent of U.S. Congress. Even Sudan and Afghanistan have more female representation. But this year, a historic number of women want to change that. A record 298 filed to run for the House and 36 for the Senate. MC has the scoop on 11 lady pols to watch this fall-a double-amputee war hero, a Rhodes scholar, a gun-toting former police chief, and more. Raging liberal? Devout Tea Partyer? There's a new political hero here for everyone.
ELIZABETH WARREN, 63 (Pictured)
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PERSONAL STORY: After her dad's heart attack when she was 12, Warren's parents struggled to pay their bills, inspiring her professional focus on the trials of working-class families. Married, two adult kids.
RÉSUMÉ HIGHLIGHTS: Harvard law prof for 20 years; chair of congressional committee investigating bank bailout; led creation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Dubbed "Sheriff of Wall Street."
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