Health MistakesThe little things you can fix right now to keep your body healthy and happy in the long run.
MISTAKE 1: Dropping pounds with diet drinks.
A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that people who sipped one diet soda a day for seven years were 41 percent more likely to be overweight than non-soda drinkers. The reason: Diet drinks often lead to overeating as people "spend" the calories they just saved on a second slice of pizza or a cookie. There's also evidence that artificial sweeteners may whet your appetite for more sweets.
THE SOLUTION: Sip water, coffee, or unsweetened tea. If you crave a sweet taste, add a half teaspoon of sugar (just 7 calories) or natural agave syrup (10 calories) to coffee or tea. If plain water is too bland for you, try a flavored unsweetened water.
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MISTAKE 2: Skipping the second opinion on a major condition.
It could alert you to alternatives your first doctor never mentioned or even correct
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Health MistakesThe little things you can fix right now to keep your body healthy and happy in the long run.Read More »from 6 Health Mistakes Smart People Make
No one likes to be caught unaware, especially when it comes to your career. Thanks to Monica Wofford, an expert in leadership development, you don't have to be. After chatting with Wofford, we've rounded up the top nine signs you're about to get the axe at work. By Diana Pearl.
1. Distance: When things get bad, they can get awkward. And when things get awkward, people tend to run in the other direction. An impending termination is no different. If your boss seems aloof and stand-offish, it could be because they aren't sure how to deliver the news. Take to heart that if they didn't care about you, they'd fire you without a second thought.
2. More Work, Less Play: Laughs less common around the office? The jokes you once shared with your superior now few and far between? This could be a sign that a serious discussion is on its way.
3. The Dreaded Call: Getting an unexpected call from Human Resources is a sure-fire sign that bigRead More »from 9 Signs You're About to Get Fired
Just when you thought cool nail art was best left to the pros, Marie Claire asked the world's top experts to create exclusive looks you can do at home (really). By Jennifer GoldsteinJessica Tong
1. Nails By: Jessica Tong
The Look: This fierce, tribal-inspired design is the handiwork of New York City-based artist Tong, who showcases her work behind the scenes at photo shoots and fashion shows on her Tumblr (jessicatongnailart.tumblr.com).
How-To: Apply two coats of (1). Let dry. Paint a V-shape on the tip of each nail using (2), and allow to dry. Lay down an inverted V-stripe of (3) on each nail where the two base shades intersect, and allow to dry. Finish by using (4) to outline the white stripe and draw a zigzag through it, then fill in half the zigzag with tiny stripes.
1. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Erda, $13. 2. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Bejeweled, $15. 3. BUTTER LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, $15. 4. SALLY HANSEN Nail Art Pen in Black, $7.Read More »from 4 Must-Try DIY Nail Designs from the Experts
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Falling For Jerks
After years of dating charismatic, brilliant, slightly off-their-rockers men who were never that into her, Laura Fraser learned to quit chasing unavailable guys and embrace real love. By Laura Fraser
I recently came across a photo of a sexy Brazilian man I had an affair with a few years ago. (OK, I Googled him.) When I saw his sly smile and unruly black hair, I couldn't help thinking that, by comparison, my live-in boyfriend wasn't quite as darkly seductive or exciting.
I met the Brazilian in line for a film screening while visiting Manhattan from San Francisco. I was convinced I'd found my ideal man: intellectual, witty, artistic, and hot. We spent a passionate week together, and when I left town, I thought I was leaving behind a new long-distance boyfriend-one who, it turned out, didn't like to call or e-mail...ever. I thought our fling was the start of a relationship; he thought it was a fling, period.
Disappointing, but it fit my usual pattern. I would fall for aRead More »from The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks
Professional TipsSo you need a mentor, your calendar is a mess, and you double booked yourself - maybe your professional life is in a bit of a slump. We spoke with a black belt in business - Teresa Taylor, the author of The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work/Life Success - for some fast, confidence-boosting tips for your professional life. Her credentials? She's the COO of a Fortune 200 and a Board Member for multiple companies, like T-Mobile USA (we're sure you've heard of it). Teresa gave us the lowdown on how to seek out a mentor, combine your calendars, and that "confidence is key." What do we recommend doing after you read this? Take Teresa's six tips, print them out, hang them up on your desk, and conquer the professional world.
1. One life, One Calendar
"This literally means to put your personal and work calendar together. People often try to have one life at home and at work which becomes conflicting - you start missing things, they overlap or you just forget about them. One of my mostRead More »from 6 Professional Work Tips to Memorize Now
Putting in the hours and still not getting that promotion? Here's why. By Hannah Seligson
1. Taking things too personally - A thick skin is the ultimate office survival tool. Taking the daily gruffness of an office atmosphere personally is, frankly, a waste of time. Perhaps your boss is being terse with you because she can't kick her nicotine addiction. Maybe she is fighting with her boyfriend or husband. Or, quite possible, she's just having one of those days. Whatever the reason, taking workplace hostility personally is an unnecessary distraction that will surely stymie your climb up the ladder.
2. Not asking enough questions - Judy Woodruff, a senior correspondent for NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, put it like this: "College didn't teach me how to be a reporter, so I asked a ton of questions and learned that way." In addition, ambiguity is often the source of many office issues. Therefore, ask questions, clarify expectations, and don't be afraid to clarify your clarifiedRead More »from 7 Workplace Blunders and How to Avoid Them
Healthy Foods for Skin
Chow down on Lisa Drayer's top 10 beauty bites, like antioxidant- and zinc-rich oysters, dark chocolate, and blueberries for a clear complexion.
1. Wild salmon
A primo source for omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce skin inflammation, preventing redness, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. It's also potent in antioxidants and vitamins B and D.
2. Low-fat yogurt
In one word, calcium. Good for strong bones, nails, and teeth. One cup of plain low-fat yogurt has more calcium than a glass of skim milk.
The best source of zinc, period. Zinc helps build collagen, which supports the structure of skin and speeds up renewal and repair.
Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that prevent long-term cell damage.
5. KiwifruitRead More »from 10 Must Eat Beauty Foods
Another good source of antioxidants, kiwis are also a great source of vitamin C and potassium, all which help prevent wrinkles.
Sex and Beauty
Put more sex in your life: It slows aging. A Scottish study found that thrice-weekly action stripped at least four years off participants' faces, and getting busy even boosts immunity and reduces heart disease. There are beauty bonuses, too - sex perks up your appearance instantaneously. Just remember to do it safely.
1. WRITE OFF WRINKLES Stress hormones and antistress hormones are like a seesaw in your body, and sex - specifically orgasm - gives that seesaw a giant push in the right direction thanks to a trifecta of hormones: beta-endorphin, an opiate and painkiller; prolactin, a relaxation inducer; and oxytocin, which makes you want to cuddle. Endorphins and growth hormonesflood the body after orgasm, healing damage from the sun, smoking, and cortisol, which destroy collagen and create wrinkles. In a fun few minutes, sex wipes out the inflammatory molecules that age skin.
2. SOFTEN SKIN Think of how you look right after
Hamburger or Hot Dog?
Nothing tempts more than an open grill, but barbecue calories can add up. We quizzed Becky Hand, registered dietitian and coauthor of The Spark Solution, on how she survives the 4th of July spread.
1. For Starters?
"Chances are, there will be watermelon or corn on the cob-it's good to go for fresh produce first to fill up. Plus, they're in season and delicious!"
2. Burger or Hot Dog?
"Burger. it may have about 215 calories- compared with 140 in a hot dog-but it has 22 grams of protein versus 5, so it keeps you full longer. There's also less sodium and fewer additives."
3. Potato Salad or Coleslaw?
"Slaw. it could still be high in fat if it's made with mayo, but the carrots and cabbage offer fiber and vitamins A and C. Limit yourself to a half-cup."Read More »from 3 Healthy BBQ Survival Tips
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Perfect Natural Lipstain
Toss the face toner with ingredients that you can't pronounce and go the au naturel route with your skin this summer. We spoke with expert Alexis Wolfer, founder of the popular natural beauty website, The Beauty Bean, about how champagne, yogurt, and even coffee grounds can do wonders for the skin. Take a look at Alexis' top food-inspired beauty treatments that are guaranteed to leave you feeling fresh-faced and leave your regimen chemical free. By Liana Satenstein
1. For A Natural Blush And Lipstain...
Try using: BEETS
"Use a fresh beet as the perfect lip and cheek stain. Run a slice of freshly cut beet on the lips or cheek or dab coconut oil on a cotton swab then run the beet on the swab before applying."
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2. For That Pesky Blemish...
Try using: GREEK YOGURT
"Apply a dab of full fat Greek yogurt to a blemish to reduce redness, balance bacteria, and loosen the clogged pore. The lactic acid gently loosens dead, dull skin cellsRead More »from 7 Basic Foods to Use as Skincare Products