ThinkstockEvery so-called healthy snack has had its time in the spotlight-remember rice cakes? Even though they tasted like cardboard, they were the "it" healthy snack for a while. But are rice cakes and other similar munchies actually good for you-or are they more like treats?
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Strictly speaking, a snack should be a mini-meal that offers a nutritious pick-me-up, while a treat is often high in fat, sugar and/or calories and has little nutritional benefits to speak of. In some cases, "a snack may be no better for you than a cookie or candy bar," says Paula Meyer, R.D., a dietitian in Westport, C.T.
Read on as we rate eight popular snacks and whether you should stick with them or ditch them.
Snack #1: Rice cakes
This once uber-popular "diet" snack has a mere 35 calories, but consists of high-glycemic, puffed-up white rice with a low nutritional profile. "They're mostly made of air," says Sharon Palmer, R.D., a dietician and author of "The
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ThinkstockEvery so-called healthy snack has had its time in the spotlight-remember rice cakes? Even though they tasted like cardboard, they were the "it" healthy snack for a while. But are rice cakes and other similar munchies actually good for you-or are they more like treats?Read More »from Are Those "Healthy" Snacks Actually Bad for You?
- YouBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Feb 26, 2013 8:37 AM EST
It's easy to feel trapped in a relationship where one person is footing the bill.
At 41, Emily badly wanted a baby, so much so that she gave her boyfriend an ultimatum, and they started trying to conceive.
Her boyfriend, a scientist, traveled a lot and kept an emotional distance. "I weighed the pros and cons and decided to go ahead," she says, "even though I doubted I could ever be happy with him."
Her reasoning: He made $300,000.
"I focused on the fact that I would be a good mother and he'd be the provider." She herself earned about $90,000 as an editor, but the job was too demanding to combine with single motherhood. "It was way too scary to do it on my own," she says.
Some would call her a "gold-digger." Others might see themselves in her and recognize her fear.
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Not so long ago, it was considered sensible for a woman to seek a good provider. Nowadays, we're all expected to pride ourselves on our independence and choose (or mostly choose) someone for love. Any interest in a man's prospects
Eat your way to a slimmer silhouette.
When trying to trim down, it's easy to focus on all of the foods you can't eat. The good news? There are tons of tasty foods you can add to your plate that help fend off unhealthy cravings and decrease belly fat, taking your dreaded muffin top down a notch.
Along with eating belly-busting foods, it also helps to step away from the salt shaker and get your stress levels under control, which can sabotage your efforts to eat healthfully. "High levels of sodium cause excess fluid retention, which is when your body holds on to too much liquid, making you look puffy all over," says Keri Glassman, R.D., author of "The New You and Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever". "Even if you're eating healthy, you may still be getting added salt from foods you wouldn't think of, like cottage cheese and olives."
So always check labels for sodium content. And check in with yourself. "Paying attention to stress isRead More »from Eat This, Shrink Your Muffin Top
First of all, we're sorry. We're sorry that although we look like men, we often act like boys. We're not even sure what it means to be men anymore. As we grow up, we learn that to be happy is to be self-indulgent and self-centered. We try to make enough money so that we can have the right TV with the right video games in the right home. We want to date you and maybe even marry you but we are scared to focus on someone else instead of ourselves. Isn't it sad that we see committing to you as a potential threat to our happiness instead of a wonderful opportunity?
Here's what we don't understand: True happiness comes from being true men. We think and act like boys who don't want their toys taken away. We look up to "role models" in the media who teach us to get as much gratification out of life as possible. We may claim to be spiritual, or even firm atheists, but pleasure is the god that we worship, whether we realize it or not. Unfortunately, women tend to be just anotherRead More »from Man Apologizes on Behalf of His Entire Gender
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 25, 2013 8:50 AM EST
It's true: Your emotions are written right across your face.
Pimples. Limp hair. Bloating. Not looking your best can definitely put a damper on your mood. But, there's a twist. Science indicates our attitudes could be the cause of these annoying flaws in the first place.
"Stress causes inflammation, which can both break down collagen to cause wrinkles or inflame acne," says Amy Wechsler, M.D., a New York City dermatologist and YouBeauty Skin Advisor. On the flipside, "happiness helps skin to heal and glow."
In a funk? Pleased as punch? Science explains how your feelings might be written all over your face. And body. And hair.
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The Blues: Proven Beauty Bummer
No matter the situation it arises from-something serious like unemployment or something mild like a busy day at work-stress and depression can have major impacts on your beauty.
One of the biggest drivers in the bad mood-beauty connection are feelings of anxiety and depression triggering the release of cortisol, a hormone producedRead More »from How Your Mood Affects Your Appearance, for Better and for Worse
- YouBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 8:40 AM EST
Sandra Bullock and her husband split 10 days after she won Best Actress in 2010.
An Academy Award for Best Actress might seem like a blessing, but the women who win might think it's more of a curse.
Why? Because most of them find themselves sitting in divorce courts after their affairs with Oscar.
In 2011, researchers at the University of Toronto looked at every Best Actress and Best Actor nominee from 1936 to 2010. A whopping 60 percent divorced at least once after earning the nomination. (I guess it's really NOT an honor just to be nominated.)
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Sadly, the marriages of Best Actress winners were the least likely to last. Of the leading ladies, winners were over one and a half times more likely to divorce than non-winners-a difference that didn't hold true for leading men.
"Winning an Oscar would shift the status balance in favor of the woman," says lead author Colleen Stuart, Ph.D. "That can be a source of relationship strain, especially because it violates the cultural norm that women are subordinate toRead More »from Is Your Relationship Suffering from the Oscar Curse?
You might not be able to shrink them, but you can refine them.
We Asked: Debra Jaliman, M.D., a practicing dermatologist in New York City, American Academy of Dermatology Spokesperson and author of "Skin Rules."
The Answer: No. Your pores have a genetically determined size, and you can't get 'em smaller than that. But there are tons of reasons your pores might have expanded over the years, and that you can undo.
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Let's start at the beginning. Different parts of your face have differently sized pores. The ones on your nose are the largest, followed by the forehead and chin. Pores on the cheeks are smaller yet, and the ones around the periphery of the face are the smallest. Some people naturally have pores so tiny you couldn't find them with a magnifying glass, while other people's pores are easy to spot with the naked eye. Generally speaking, blondes and redheads have smaller pores than brunettes.
Whatever their size to begin with, when your pores get clogged they stretch out and look bigger. IfRead More »from Can You Shrink Your Pores?
Back in the (beauty) dark ages, all you needed to wash your face was a little soap and water. Oh, how times have changed.
Between cleansing oils and balms and scrubs and cloths, there are about a million different ways to get your face clean. One of the newest contenders? Cleansing waters-clear solutions that claim to get rid of makeup, cleanse and tone all in one step, while leaving your face free of irritation and residue.
"Cleansing waters are detergent-free solutions that can be used without the need for a sink or running water, so they're great for patients who are on the go," says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D. "And because they're non-foaming, they're not as irritating as sudsy cleansers."
Foaming cleansers rely on traditional detergent (or surfactant) ingredients to get the cleansing job done. "They're identifiable on ingredient lists as chemicals like lauryl sulphate," says Dr. Fusco. Cleansing waters, onRead More »from Newest Trend in Skincare: Cleansing Waters
Could freezing eggs be the answer for the working woman who still wants kids?
For Sabrina Matthews* of New York, N.Y., freezing her eggs wasn't on her radar. At 33, the consummate over-achiever and valedictorian of her high school has a successful career, owns two properties and the resources to travel the world. "Freezing my eggs seemed like an act of desperation, and I thought I had the rest of my 30s to meet someone, get married and then have kids, " she says. "It isn't that I made a conscious choice to focus on my career over meeting someone; I always believed that I would meet him along the way."
But that hasn't happened yet. So Matthews now finds herself bombarded with messages about her dwindling fertility from concerned friends and testimonials from powerful career women warning her that she cannot, in fact, "have it all." She says, "I'm considering freezing my eggs because it feels like it gives me some control back and takes some pressure off me to find someone 'before it's too late.' "Read More »from Egg Freezing: Can Women Really Have it All?
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Stay warm and dry all winter long.
You shimmy on your wool sweater, slip into your down coat and don a hat fit for a lumber jack. You're confident that the cruel icy wind doesn't stand a chance against your layers. But within minutes of leaving your home, you're sweating and all you feel is the iciness of your cotton T-shirt against your skin.
When it comes to staying warm, which fabrics you reach for can make all the difference. We'll help you make smart choices before you step out into the wintery air.
Keeping Heat In-and Moisture Out
Clothing takes on that terrible frosty feeling because of moisture. "Water magnifies the effects of temperature, both hot or cold," says outdoor industry fabric consultant Kurt Gray, "so that's why it's really cold in Chicago or Seattle-because it's cold and wet. And that's why 100 degrees feels hotter in Atlanta versus 100 degrees in Santa Fe."
When you want to stay warm, you want to stay dry. And once you breakRead More »from Why You Shouldn't Wear Cotton in Winter