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  • 10 Sneaky Signs He Loves You Unconditionally

    Sure, it's nice to hear "I love you," or have it pop up in a spontaneous text, for that matter, but it's even better when you just get it. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    1. When your girlfriends come over to vent, he doesn't disappear to the other room. He pours himself a glass of wine and joins the conversation--which is good, because they love hearing his relationship advice.

    2. He brings you fro-yo (extra crunchies on the side!) without you asking. He may not understand how you could possibly crave it over ice cream, but he instinctively knows when you need the stuff--unlike when you just casually want it, a.k.a. every night.

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    3. He agrees to take couple selfies in public, even though he finds them embarrassing.

    4. When your daughter scores the winning goal at her soccer game, or you get to attend an exclusive event together, he'll post the "braggy" on Facebook so you don't ruin your social media cred.

    5. He

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  • 9 Easy Tricks that Ensure You'll Never Have to Cleanse

    They'll keep your body running (and looking) its best--without ever resorting to a juice fast. By Erin Zammett Ruddy, REDBOOK.

    None of this.Cleanses are the new black, seducing celebrities and regular women everywhere with their promise to flush out toxins, jump-start weight loss, clear skin, and tap new energy. But these extreme programs can be unhealthy and angry-making (just try being nice when your last "meal" was lemon juice with cayenne pepper). We do accumulate toxins, says Melina Jampolis, M.D., a Los Angeles-based physician nutrition specialist. "But our body is built to cleanse itself constantly. The way you live has a more profound impact than any fast fix." Follow this advice and you'll never sip your dinner through a straw.

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    1. Start your day with water and lemon...

    "Sleep is dehydrating," says Zelana Montminy, Psy.D., a nutrition expert based in Los Angeles. She and other experts suggest warm water, because it's less taxing on the

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  • 7 Ways Doctors Nix Back Aches

    Get this: 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some point. The advice these docs give their pals can help you stay miraculously immune. By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.

    You might be the back-pain "type." Relax, already!

    "I see people all the time who have certain traits that can really contribute to back pain. Usually it's that woman who's very stressed, which makes her body susceptible to inflammation, a major cause of back pain. She's dehydrated, sits at a desk, and doesn't exercise enough. I tell my friends to cut out caffeinated drinks--caffeine can dry out the cushions between the vertebrae, leading those vulnerable bones to develop cracks. Instead, drink water. And when sitting, straighten up and open your legs slightly, which will stabilize your back. When you walk, keep your core engaged: Think about how you hold in your stomach as you're trying to get into a tight pair of jeans. Your back will thank you!" -Isis M. Medina, chiropractor and certified clinical nutritionist in Read More »from 7 Ways Doctors Nix Back Aches
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Detoxing will help you lose weight
    "Detoxification is a made-up term," says Yoni Freedhoff, M.D., author of The Diet Fix. "Juice cleanses that call themselves that rely on pseudo-scientific babble." Yes, you'll lose weight on a three- or five-day liquid diet, but once you go back to solid food, you'll gain it all back--and maybe more thanks to acting on feelings of deprivation and the idea that you deserve treats after being "good." "Our liver, kidneys, and skin detoxify our bodies naturally. There is nothing left over that we need to remove, nor is there any mechanism by which these cleanses could do so."

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    There's a miracle in a bottle
    "I am constantly bombarded with questions about supplements--right now it's raspberry ketones and green bean coffee extract," says registered dietitian and author of Skinny-Size It Molly Morgan. "But there's very little

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  • The Top 10 Lamest Excuses for Skipping the Gym

    See? No socks.10. I went yesterday--don't muscles need time to recover because of lactic acid buildup and electrolytes and slow- and fast-twitch fibers… maybe I should fall into a Wikipedia hole of these kinesiology-related terms instead.

    9. I'm too hungry to work out right now. I'll go home, prepare dinner, eat, clean up, and then go to the gym.**

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    8. I don't want to wash my hair. Or shower.

    7. My favorite instructor is out, and the sub is never as good. Do something else there? How dare you; you know Wednesday night is kickboxing night.

    6. I forgot socks. No, you can't buy socks anywhere and everywhere.

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    5. There's a new episode of The Mindy Project on for the first time in weeks. DVR? Watch it at the gym? I still watch TV like it's 1955, thank you very much.

    4. I have a headache. Well, I think I have a headache. I feel like I could have a headache that would probably get worse if I

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  • Why I was Unmoved by the "World's Toughest Job" Video

    By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    Confession: I was unmoved by the "World's Toughest Job" video. You know the one. It's popping up in Facebook feeds faster than a "What character on New Girl are you?" quiz (wait, does that exist? I'd take that), usually accompanied by comments like "Love!" and "So true" and "Crying now."

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    Perhaps I did not cry myself because I knew what was coming, thanks in part to who I saw sharing the video. Hint: It was not the people who usually post their "Where am I now?" vacation pictures, but the ones who share their kids' funny observations on life (I love those, btw--not knocking them). But honestly, even if I'd clicked on it blind, wasn't it a bit obvious? Don't we all know the trope that moms have the worst, most thankless job in the world?

    I'm so bored by that idea, I can't even tell you.

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    One day when my son was tiny, when he was so

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  • 6 Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Marriage

    By Brie Schwartz, REBDOOK.

    Virtually everything you need to know about relationships, you learned in nursery school: Treat people as you want to be treated, clean up after yourself, and don't be a know-it-all. Since my husband and I share a studio apartment, which, given its size, would be more fitting for two toddlers to cohabitate in, we've had to resort to the basic rules of communication and playing nice in order to survive. Luckily, we we're both exemplary students.

    Related: 7 Ways You Know You Belong Together

    1. Share your crayons
    You might not be keen on giving up that perfect shade of burnt orange, but if you want to take any colors from his box, it's critical that you compromise--on the canvas of your relationship, that is. As you get older, sharing craft supplies morphs into giving your time, closet space, and energy.

    2. Put your toys away

    Also, your dirty socks, dishes, and anything you can trip over on the way to the bathroom. Not participating in cleanup

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  • Josh Duhamel Totally Gets the Sharing Baby Photos on Social Media Thing

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    We love when Josh Duhamel shares photos of his adorable son Axl on social media, and REDBOOK readers have made it abundantly clear that they do too. We couldn't wait to ask Josh about his favorite Instagram subject, and we finally got our chance when he teamed up with Advil's Relief in Action campaign to help kick off National Volunteer Week. Get ready to "aww"… a lot.

    What's changed the most in your life since Axl was born?
    "When a baby comes along, that just comes first. You want to be there for everything, so it's been about trying to organize my time a little better. We literally both want to be there and see everything. It doesn't feel like much of a compromise; it just sort of naturally happens."

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    What's been the best part about watching Fergie as a mom?
    "Her ability to entertain extends all the way to infants. I try to entertain, but Axl isn't as interested as he

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  • 10 Exercise Questions You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask, Answered

    Is it just us, or does it sometimes seem like the world is full of women heading to the gym in booty-hugging yoga pants with bouncy ponytails and an I-was-born-to-work-out attitude? A girl can start to feel intimidated and give up on exercise. We won't let that happen! This frank, beginner-level Q&A is full of expert info to pump you up and get you moving. By Alyssa Shaffer, REDBOOK.

    1. I started a workout regimen and now I'm fatter. How is exercise helping if all I want to do is eat?
    First, the good news: There are benefits to exercise besides a smaller skirt size. You slash your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and dementia and get the mental-health perks. But to keep your weight in check, make sure "blood sugar levels remain steady so you don't end up famished and prone to overeat," says Heidi Skolnik, a nutritionist who has worked with the hungry New York Knicks, Giants, and Mets. Before exercising, have a snack with 15 to 25 grams of carbs (half a banana works). After

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  • Can Knowing Your Star Sign Make You a Better Mom?

    Astrology's not just for giving you hints about your future. Momstrology, the new book from AstroTwins Ophira and Tali Edut, is full of smart, on-target parenting tips. Not so wonky after all, is it? By Ava Feuer, REBDOOK.

    You approach motherhood just like you do everything else--head-on. But even though you're confident and sometimes a bit diva-like--fellow Aries Kourtney Kardashian and Victoria Beckham definitely are--your fourth house of motherhood is in Cancer, meaning you've got plenty of maternal instinct and nurturing qualities. You naturally put your needs first, which makes motherhood a big adjustment. However, it's also helpful for teaching your kids independence and self-sufficiency. "You may be better at the playing the stereotypical 'dad' role…and you may be the tough disciplinarian," write the AstroTwins. "Even if you still play the stereotypical 'mom' role, your strength and boundless energy still permeate your every move."

    You're old-fashioned

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