• Thanksgiving is traditionally the start of Extreme Eating season in the US.

    Indulge in a healthy way with this rich-tasting sweet potato chiffon pie.
    This period usually lasts until the day after New Year's Day (just to make sure all the holiday leftovers and goodies have been polished off in time for New Year's Resolution Week).

    I call it Extreme Eating season because one of two eating extremes can be observed.

    Extreme Eater #1

    This is the extreme eating style practiced by Aunt Bertha and your loud-mouthed brother-in-law, who resemble a pair of those robot vacuum cleaners gone wild, whirling around out of control.

    They bounce from room to room, sucking up everything in sight as soon as they pull their coats off, even licking the whipped cream off the beater blades the moment Mom ejects them into the sink.

    It doesn't matter that they're both on "special diets" - or that one looks like the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the other, the Michelin Man. Each has diabetes and the cholesterol level of a Paris cheese shop. And your brother-in-law's blood Read More »from Carb-Friendly -- and Healthy! -- Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes
  • Basketball player Lisa Leslie says setting goals and writing them down was the secret to her success. That, along with a persistent, driven personality, led her to WNBA stardom and four Olympic medals.

    Lisa always knew she wanted to inspire people -- and while she was practicing signing her autograph from the age of seven, it took her a bit longer to figure out where she'd make her mark.

    She was always tall (she was over five feet by kindergarten), but didn't start playing basketball until junior high school, at which point she was already over six feet tall. Lisa excelled at the game, fueled by a combination of natural talent and hard work, along with some advice her mother gave her to write down her goals. Lisa says she's been writing down her goals, both long term and short term, ever since, and committing to them. Among the goals that basketball helped her achieve in those early days? A scholarship to the University of Southern California and a trip to the Olympics.

    She thought

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  • A child doing homeworkI recently attended a meeting at one of my daugther's schools. During the meeting, I explained my philosophy on how I monitor my child's homework. Simply put, I consider my daugther's homework to be her job, not mine. Granted when my daughter was much younger I would sit with her nightly and we would plow through homework together. Then in third grade things went amiss and homework became a battleground. Fourth grade was horrendous unti mid-year when I had an epiphany. I decided to make homework her job not mine. I sat her down and explained that I had already been through fourth grade and I was not going back to school. I would be available for consultation should she have any questions on her homework that could be addressed in no more than 10 minutes per subject. Anything outside the 10 minute window would prompt me to send a note to her teacher explaining she needed more instruction. Furthermore, it was her responsibility to make sure the work was done and turned in on time. I

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  • ThinkstockRule Break #1

    Never go to bed angry

    The best time to fight is when you're tired and cranky, right? Um, no. "The pure adrenaline rush of a fight can drive you to seek more and more of the same," says Joy Davidson, Ph.D., a couples therapist in New York City (. And the brain can actually reach a point where it's unable to process logically and instead, raw emotion takes over. "That's when you're just riding the rush and start screaming 'I want a divorce!'" she says.

    Instead: Davidson suggests having a chat with your significant other to establish a time limit for any future arguments. That way if you find yourself in the middle of a heated discussion (okay, knock-down-drag-out-fight), you'll keep that limit in mind. "It's a lot like being in a couples therapy session where you know you have to be out the door in an hour," says Davidson. When one of you notices that you've been going at it for, say, 45 minutes, start wrapping it up by taking turns making summary statements.

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  • The legendary ABC News TV anchor Diane Sawye, 66, had begun celebrating the election results a bit too early as her speech was slurred and she even stuttered over President Obama's name on live air of Election night (Nov 6). During Election night live Air, Sawyer slurred 'I wanna - can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we're ready to project Minnesota, right now'

    ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer Drunk during Election Night Full Video - http://tinyurl.com/Diane-Sawyer-Drunk

    I saw the video, After listening to it a couple times, I'm guessing this was just exhaustion kicking in--these reporters were basically up round the clock and don't forget, she's 66 years old. You can hear vocal fray which happens when you overuse the voice, drink too much caffeine and don't get enough rest. Just like anyone who's been on the go for that long, I think she was just getting a little giddy and very, very tired.
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  • By: StacyatZeel

    .A rising nutritional trend, veganism has certainly captured the spotlight in recent years, with luminaries like former President Bill Clinton and a bevy of beautiful actresses (and actors too!) touting the heart-healthy, body-slimming benefits of an animal-free diet.

    When famed ultra-marathoner and self-described vegan Scott Jurek added to its popularity with the release of his best-selling book Eat & Run, readers were faced with the question, can one really achieve athletic greatness on a diet of just greens and grains? Here, Zeel Nutrition Expert Lauren Slayton, a registered dietitian and the founder of Foodtrainers, equips us with four vegan ingredients that deliver enough stamina, strength and post-workout recovery fuel for even the toughest of athletes.

    Turmeric. From the root of the Curcuma plant, turmeric has phenomenal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good source of magnesium, B6, iron and potassium. Add about one teaspoon of turmeric to

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  • By: StacyatZeel

    .Cooler temperatures have brought with it a chorus of sniffles and sneezes. What gives? Flu season is back, and this year, natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy have made it more important than ever to take care of our bodies.

    Recently, we came across this article outlining some of the best "new" ways to fight the flu, from sleeping in on the weekend to staying away from the sick (though, really, are these new remedies?). And while we can't quite argue the value of a solid night of sleep - after all, says Dr. Russell Sanna of Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine, exhaustion can reduce the efficacy of your flu shot by as much as 60 percent - we also can't help but wonder which alternative therapies should be added to the list.

    This year, battle sore throats and stuffy noses with one of these natural remedies.

    Swedish massage. As cited by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the long, kneading strokes akin to Swedish massage can

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    Jameson Hesse is an American writer/filmmaker. Jameson currently lives in Los Angeles with his sons. He has several film and book projects in various stages of development and is promoting his Novel "Whisper of Crows".

    To find out more, please visit http://www.jamesonhesse.com

    Whisper of CrowsWhisper of Crows

    Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you've been writing?

    A: I'm a writer/filmmaker living in Los Angeles. I have been a writer since I was a little boy.

    Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

    A: My book is a story of a teenage boys obsession with his childhood friend and his descent into madness.

    Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

    A: Out of the entire process, writing it is the easiest part. Once others get involved, that is hard.

    Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it? Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

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  • nurseryschoolOne of my resolutions is to Treat myself like a toddler. I've found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.

    For instance, I'm reading Nicole Malenfant's Routines and Transitions: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals (non sequitur: a surprising name for a childhood expert). She lays out several strategies for teachers to use in establishing routines and transitions for children. I'm going to try to apply them to myself.

    Here's a tips list, loosely adapted:

    1. Turn routines into games. My evening tidy-up, while not quite a "game," is kind of fun and quite relaxing.
    2. Control the level of noise. I'm much calmer when there's no TV or music playing in the background. (Except at night. Weirdly, my husband and I fall asleep to all-news radio.)
    3. Organize space so it's attractive, well organized, and well lit. One of my most important Secrets of Adulthood: Outer order contributes to inner calm.
    4. Plan times each day for
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  • Melissa McCarthy

    The hilarious actress shares the secret to her amazing self-confidence. Plus: how she's raising strong daughters - and having a wacky, wonderful holiday.

    Melissa McCarthy will do anything for a laugh. The wisecracking, Emmy Award-winning costar of CBS's Mike & Molly has guzzled ranch dressing on Saturday Night Live and taken a bite of Kristen Wiig's backside in Bridesmaids. As Megan, the hit comedy's wildly inappropriate sister of the groom, McCarthy also hilariously seduced an air marshal (played by her real-life husband, Ben Falcone) and walked away with the movie and an Academy Award nomination. Critics love the 42-year-old girl next door from rural Plainfield, IL, and so do millions of everyday women. They view the immensely likable working wife and mom as a regular-gal role model and cherish her as living proof that self-acceptance and perseverance can make any dream come true.

    The secret behind McCarthy's success is simple: She will do whatever it takes to get a

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