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Anna Maltby, SELF magazineRead More »from Dangerous Superbugs Hiding in Your Dinner
Farms helped create lethal, drug-resistant bacteria. Government has ignored the problem. And now almost anything you put in your grocery cart-meat, poultry, seafood or produce-could be contaminated. Here's a guide to keep your supper safe!
POULTRY AND EGGS
Buy: Look for certified humane or organic. (Phrases such as cage-free, free-range and natural mean nothing when it comes to antibiotics.) Safest of all: egg substitutes, which are pasteurized.
Prep: Keep raw chicken unrinsed, so you don't splash bacteria around your sink. Store raw chicken or ground turkey in the fridge, and use or freeze within one or two days. Cooked turkey is good for three to four days.
Cook: Make sure poultry reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Put eggs in an omelet-they are safest when both white and yolk are firm.
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Buy: Organic beef or pork is antibiotic-free; grass-fed and natural may not be. Put raw meat in your
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SELF magazineRead More »from Eat What You Love and Still Lose Weight
Diet rules suck in general, but this one is an exception: With Drop 10, you should eat your favorite foods. Let the grins begin!
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Reaching your goal weight will put a smile on your face, but getting there doesn't have to be a downer. Enter the Drop 10 happy calories: With 10's metabolism-revving recipes and fat-sizzling workouts, you can eat when you want, when you want, and still shed 2 pounds per week. Best of all, you can spend your happy calories on anything, including...
DAILY TREATS: Each day, you get 200 happy calories to use as you please. Chocolate, cheese or wine? Check, check or check! If you desire it, put it on your Happy Plate. (NutritionData.Self.com can help you find calorie counts.) Cravings: satisfied, 100 percent guilt-free.
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MEGA SPLURGES: Parties, weddings, hot dates. Life is full of reasons to indulge, and your diet shouldn't get in the way. So the Drop 10 doesn't. You can roll
E.W., SELF magazineRead More »from Scary Home Hazards
We spend most of our time inside, breathing air that can be even dirtier than the air outside. Check out the sneakiest indoor pollution sources, and learn how to scour them out.
Your foundation: In some homes, radon, a radioactive gas, can seep into the foundation-even if you don't have a basement. Radon may be responsible for up to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year and may factor into squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer), too.
Clear the air: Buy a test kit (about $12). If you find a problem, the EPA suggest hiring a contractor trained in radon problems to help seal cracks in the foundation and increase ventilation. The fix costs about $1,200, but it's a sound health investment.
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Your vacuum: "All vacuums throw dust particles into the air, but those without a HEPA filter throw more," says allergist James Sublett, M.D., chairman of the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Indoor Environment Committee.
Nicole Yorio Jurick, SELF magazineRead More »from Be a Joyful Commuter
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
Erin Bried, SELF magazineRead More »from Formula for a Perfect Breakfast
People who start their day on empty are 75 percent more likely to be overweight than regular a.m. eaters. Follow our guide to rethink your morning meal, then start with our eight grab-and-go-favorites.
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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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53% carbs: "During the night, while you sleep, you burn through your stores of blood sugar,