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  • Is Popcorn Healthier Than Fruits and Veggies?

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    A handful of popcorn a day keeps the doctor away? You know you have to eat your fruits and veggies, but when it comes to packing a powerful punch of antioxidants, it turns out that munching on popcorn is the way to go.

    Speaking at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Joe Vinson, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, said his research team found that popcorn contains a higher concentration of healthful antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables!

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    One serving of popcorn has up to 300 mg of polyphenols, which is much higher than previously believed, according to Vinson. Compare that to 114 mg of polyphenols for a serving of sweet corn and 160 mg for all fruits per serving. Vinson also found that hulls of popcorn (the parts that tend to get stuck in your teeth) have the highest concentration of polyphenols and

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  • Race-Day Essentials

    Bari Lieberman, SELF magazine

    The hard part is over. You've sweated through your runs, organized a killer playlist and are amped for your race. But since the running circuit is bigger than our backyards, sometimes making it to your race includes a little travel. (Check out Wednesday's list of must-try races.)

    Don't ruin months of training because of a poor packing job--missing the start because you can't find the socks you know you packed doesn't sounds like the start of setting a personal record. The team at Athleta put together a helpful packing list of the essentials, as well as a few extra suggestions learned from trial and error. (No races planned> See what SELF Editors keep in their gym bags.)

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    Race Essentials
    - Confirmation card/registration email
    - Timing chip (pick up at expo)
    - Race number bib (pick up at expo)
    - Bari's tip: Make sure you have your ID/driver's license, as most races require it for packet pick-up at the expo.


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  • The Potential Fertility Problem that More Than 5 Million American Women Have

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    Does the phrase "killer cramps" ring a bell? It might just mean Aunt Flo is on her way, but it could also mean something more serious is going on. March is National
    Endometriosis Awareness Month -- and if you just read that and said, "Huh?" then we're glad we caught you.

    Normally, when you have your period, you shed the lining of your uterus, called the endometrium, explains Dr. Jamie Grifo, Program Director at NYU Fertility Center. Sometimes, however, these endometrial cells can be found outside of your uterus, and on places like your fallopian tubes and the outside of your ovaries, though it's not certain how they get there, says Grifo.

    This misplaced tissue still sheds during your period, which causes local inflammation and scarring in your pelvis -- which in turn can cause symptoms like unusual pelvic pain and pain during sex, though, Dr. Grifo says, symptoms really vary from person to person. "Some patients have a lot of the disease and

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  • How Many Breakfasts Should You Eat?

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    What's for breakfasts? No, that's not a typo -- if you're like a growing number of Americans, your most important "meal" of the day is actually a series of smaller meals over the course of a couple of hours, new research shows. But is starting off with, say, a piece of fruit or some yogurt at home, then grabbing a breakfast sandwich and coffee from Starbucks an hour later a good idea?

    According to Sloan Trends, a food industry consulting group, "Breakfast is a multi-meal, multi-location occasion for 27 percent of adults; they may nibble at home, stop at a drive-through/coffeehouse, and then take a mid-morning break at work."

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    And a new report from the USDA Agriculture Research Service suggests this "grazing" behavior is part of a bigger trend: snacking. Over 90 percent of Americans snack between meals, and we eat double the amount of daily snacks we ate 30 years ago, the report says.

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  • Does Success Equal Happiness?

    SELF magazine

    Being ambitious is a good thing, right? Well, that depends on just how intensely driven you are, according to new studies. Ambitious people (defined by Merriam Webster as people having an ardent desire for rank, fame or power) are not necessarily happier than their less-ambitious counterparts, and actually tend to live shorter lives, reveals the Journal of Applied Psychology. Being industrious is great, but it's important for your happiness - and health - to take time to stop and smell the roses.

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    Ask yourself these questions:

    After a major success (like a raise or promotion), do you automatically find yourself thinking 'OK, what's next?'

    Are you succeeding in your career, but not in other areas of your life?

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    If you answered yes to both, it may be time to seek more balance in your life. Get started with these two easy steps:

    Start making lists! Write down everything that you're committed to both

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  • Why Allergy Season May Be Worse Than Ever

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    For some, spring means beautiful blossoms and gorgeous weather. For the rest of us, it means itchy, watery eyes, sneezing fits and other forms of torture known as allergies. And this spring promises to be an even worse allergy season than usual.

    "Many allergy experts agree that because of the mild winter and warm weather, we're going to have an earlier allergy season," says William Berger, M.D., clinical professor of allergy and immunology at the University of California at Irvine. In fact, an earlier pollen season combined with higher amounts of pollen seems to be a trend, says Dr. Berger, and means that more people are going to be exposed to pollen and, thus, suffer those dreaded sneezing attacks.

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    Even though it's barely spring, allergy season has already started in most of the country -- like in the South, where you'd expect it, but also in unusual places like Chicago, where it's generally still cold in March,

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  • 5 Spring Date Ideas

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    has sprung! Daffodils, tulips and cherry blossoms are in bloom, and love is in the air (along with all the pollen!). It's time to store your winter boots, come out of hibernation and make the most of this time of regrowth and new beginnings, starting with your romantic life. No more movie nights on the couch! To get you inspired, we've got five great ideas, whether for your next outing with your long-term guy or for your next first date.

    "Because of the great weather, spring dates are typically much more active than their fall and winter counterparts," says Ariana Anthony of, a new kind of dating site where, instead of focusing on lengthy profiles, members show who they are by posting date ideas that begin with the words: "How about we..."

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    Anthony and her team analyzed over 500,000 date ideas proposed and accepted on, and for spring, "outside" is in! "Outdoor dates such as

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  • St. Patrick's Day: Low-Cal Beer Options

    April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year (tomorrow!) -- the perfect day for revelry. But whether you're planning a pub crawl or a night at home with friends, here's what you need to know to get your green on without gulping down too many calories. Cheers!

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    "Wear green, don't drink it!" says Rachel Berman, registered dietitian and director of, when we asked for her tips on making sure your St. Patty's celebration doesn't turn into a calorie fest. "Green cocktails get their green from creme de menthe or Midori, which are both high in calories and sugar," she explains.

    Instead, Berman recommends regular light beer, whiskey or Guinness to get in the Irish spirit. "Light beer is typically better than having a mixed cocktail, and will run you anywhere from 60 to 120 calories per 12 ounces," she says.

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  • Eat This to Look Even Prettier

    By Melinda Carstensen, SELF magazine

    You already know that noshing on nutrient-rich fruits and veggies can make you healthier and even help you lose weight -- but now, new research suggests it could help you look prettier, too!

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    Produce contains yellow-red pigments called carotenoids, which can give your skin a healthy glow, researchers from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found.

    Researchers tracked the fruit and veggie intake of 35 Caucasians during a six-week period and noted how their skin tones changed. They found that the more produce they ate, the redder their skin tones became. These changes are considered attractive among other species and may be among humans, too, the researchers write in the study, which was published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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    So why does this happen? Amazingly enough, molecules make their way into our skin and contribute to our skin color, says Valori Treloar, M.D., Read More »from Eat This to Look Even Prettier
  • Use Your Mind to Lose Weight

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    As bikini season approaches, you know that if you want to tone up and trim down, you have to follow a pretty simple formula -- eat better and exercise more. It's not brain surgery, so why is it often so hard to accomplish? According to the authors of a new book, Coach Yourself Thin, it's because weight loss, literally, is all in your head.

    Authors Greg Hottinger, MPH, registered dietitian, and Michael Scholtz, MA, both professional weight-loss coaches, say that when it comes to weight loss, knowledge is simply not enough for most people. "Knowledge teaches you how to eat healthfully and how to exercise, and why both are important for losing weight," they say. "And yet, even if your intentions are good, there will come a day when you simply do not want to make those healthy choices."

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