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Take the stress out of your daily trip to and from work with these handy tips.
- Create a repetitive ritual to loosen up and de-stress, says Ruth Klein, a productivity coach in Santa Monica, California.
- Listen to soothing tunes (Mozart or Miles), read a favorite poet, or ponder a piece of art. (Get inspired at Google ArtProject.com on your tablet.)
- Tame tension by meditating to the rumbling of the train, or with the guided meditations on the Simply Being app (iPhone, Android; 99 cents).
- Busying your hands eases your mind. Take up knitting or another crafty hobby.
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Feel the Love
- For a quick mood lift, connect with your fellow riders.
- Resist glaring at someone singing along to her iPod, and consider what you might have in common (a passion for music). You'll perk up, says Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D., a psychologist in New York City.
- Send a positive mental message to a seatmate (I wish you
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Despite what your barista says, a jug-sized latte, even with all that milk and sugar, isn't a meal. "For most busy women, breakfast is based on convenience, which can backfire nutritionally," says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., author of Read It Before You Eat It. Your brain needs certain nutrients early on for all-day concentration and problem solving.
Anatomy of a Perfect Breakfast
A too-big start can make for a too-big you. Shoot for getting 25 to 30 percent of your daily calories: about 400 if you're trying to lose, 500 if you're maintaining or 625 if you're very active. Here's the ideal breakdown.
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If you've opened a SkyMall lately, you know there are dozens of products out there designed to clean indoor air. But do they actually work? We asked the experts what you really need.
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1. A high-efficiency disposable MERV (minimal efficiency value reporting) HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system) air filter in your home. Pardon the alphabet soup! All we mean is that you should hit up the hardware store and look for those words on a disposable filter you can install in your air system. They cost about $10 to $20, and you should replace them every three months and have your HVAC system serviced once a year. The filter will help reduce fine particles and allergens
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When it comes to ditching unwanted pounds, these key ingredients are as powerful as they are tasty. Add them to your plate to lose weight!
These proven pound melters are just a few of the stars of SELF's new book, The Drop 10 Diet.
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After a long day at work, there's nothing better than coming home to wonderful aromas in your kitchen and a home-cooked meal just sitting there, waiting for you. Sound too good to be true? Not if you've got a slow cooker! This handy tool can be used to cook almost anything including dips, soups, meat, and even desserts. All you have to do is throw in ingredients and leave them to cook from four to twelve hours depending on the type of recipe and ingredients. Slow cookers operate on a lower heat than the stove or in the oven and they won't overheat so you don't have to babysit your dish. When dinner rolls around all the work will already be done! Sounds fantastic, right?
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If you're on the market for a slow cooker, keep these features in mind:
- Removable interior bowl for easy cleaning.
- Glass lid for easy cleaning and durability. Gladd lids are more likely to last longer
A trainer at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games demonstrating a makeshift kettlebell swing"People waste a lot of money on useless home exercise equipment that never gets used. I work out at home often, and though I don't hand make a lot of equipment, I actually find it fun to figure out things to use around my house and ways to take advantage of my environment," says ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle/Weight Management Coach David Tacheny of Proformance Athletics
David teachess an outdoor mountain fitness class in NYC, offered through Discover Outdoor, that I've taken, where I found myself throwing boulders, dragging my friend through an open field and squatting with tree branches!
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Black workout pants are great... but boring! Spring is officially here, so put away your LBB (little black bottoms) and lighten up your workout wardrobe with these fun, and majorly bright, picks:
ASICS' reversible confetti shorts ($30, asicsamerica.com) offer a fun patterned print, perfect for running along the beach or a hot yoga class.
My favorite exercise crops of the moment are Under Armour's Slash Capris ($49.99, ua.com). I call them my mullet workout capris: business in the front, neon party in the back. The more-traditional ZigTech Shorts from Reebok ($40, reebok.com) are the perfect sunshine-yellow hue, guaranteed to make you shine.
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Can you remember how long you've had that ketchup or mustard in your fridge? Didn't think so. It's probably way past due to toss! To keep your fridge and pantry fresh, use my easy guide to spring clean your fridge. It'll help you know what you need to toss, what you can keep and what you stock up on.
Condiments: That date on the side of the jar tells you how long the product will stay good if it remains unopened. Once you open it; however, it's a different story. Most unopened condiments like mayo, mustard, ketchup, and salad dressing stay fresh for six months or more. Once opened, you should toss them after three months to prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Now that you know that, you should rethink that jumbo bottle of dressing next time you're at the grocery store!
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