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  • Gisele Sparks Another Debate: Is Sunscreen 'Poison'?

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Gisele Bundchen is at it again.

    First, the supermodel caused controversy by saying there should be a worldwide law mandating that every woman must breastfeed.

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    Now, she's angering dermatologists by referring to sunscreen as "poison."

    Last week, while promoting her new "natural" skincare line at a press conference in Brazil, she reportedly said of SPF products, "I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic." News sources also quoted her as saying that she protects her skin by staying out of the sun when it's strongest.

    Bundchen's rep is claiming the native Brazilian was misquoted because of the language barrier, and that she meant to say she prefers sunscreens that are free of harsh chemicals.

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    Since Mrs. Tom Brady is no dermatologist, we checked in with an actual MD to find out if we should be concerned about our sunscreen's ingredients.

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  • Brooklyn Decker's Tips for Relationship Bliss

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, we turned to cover girl Brooklyn Decker for relationship advice (her hubby is tennis pro Andy Roddick). Her number one tip? "Let yourself fall in love, even if it seems scary!"

    Related: Is Everyone Else Really Happier Than You?

    Go to bed happy.
    Just resolve it. Just get through it. I think that's in any relationship--friendship, a girlfriend, a husband someone you love. If you figure your stuff out before you go to bed for the night, you won't sleep on anything bad, nothing will build up, you'll never resent each other. You've got to get through your issues before the day ends. It's really important.

    Related: Go behind the scenes at Brooklyn Decker's cover shoot!

    Allow your partner to have their own strengths.
    I don't try to convince [Andy] to do any modeling in bathing suits and he doesn't try to convince me to play tennis. We leave each other to our own strengths. He got to come to set which was nice. He's

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  • Hold the Doritos: 3 Tasty Super Bowl Substitutions

    Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Whether you're rooting for the Steelers or the Packers -- or only interested in the commercials --Super Bowl Sunday can be a nutritional land mine.

    Related: Is Everyone Else Really Happier Than You?

    "It's an easy day to have a diet setback," says registered dietician Keren Gilbert, president and founder of Decision Nutrition. "The foods that we love to indulge in are pizza, chips, dips and lots of alcohol. These foods can add up fast in calories, fat and sodium."

    To prevent Monday morning regret (and bloat!), try these snacking ideas from Gilbert:

    Instead of... Doritos
    Try this... Make your own chips

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    A bag of Doritos has about 2,000 calories and 70 grams of fat. "You'd have to run 20 miles on the treadmill to undo that mistake -- hardly worth it," Gilbert says.

    Instead, whip up some vegetable chips made of kale, zucchini and sweet potatoes. Slice the zucchini and sweet potato very thinly,

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  • 3 Secret Valentine's Day Superfoods

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Even if you haven't settled on a Valentine's Day gift for your significant other (don't feel guilty, we haven't either), it's not too early to start planning your menu for February 14.

    Related: Go behind the scenes at Brooklyn Decker's cover shoot!

    According to registered dietitian Keren Gilbert, president and founder of Decision Nutrition, certain foods can be key to getting in a lovey-dovey mood, revving your sex drive and increasing your stamina.

    Here are three surprising food items (no oysters!) that will make this your most "satisfying" V-Day yet.

    We ♥ Chia Seeds

    Why they work: According to Gilbert, chia seeds were originally used as energy-boosters by Mayan and Aztec running messengers, who would carry a pouch with them on long-distance deliveries. Clearly, that could translate between the sheets. Additionally, they're packed with omega 3's and 6's, protein, calcium, zinc (important to sexual fluids), fiber and antioxidants. All of this adds

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  • 5 Stars Share Their Kindle Book Lists

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    The Kindle is one of 2011's top accessories, and we happen to know what's on our favorite celebs' book lists! Check out what the Kardashian sisters, Zooey Deschanel and Jessica Simpson read in their free time!

    Need a new book? Whether you are borrowing from your local library, buying paperbacks, or jumping on the Kindle train (Kindle sales recently began topping paperback sales on Amazon.com!), we hope these suggestions will help you kick off a year of great reads!

    Reality stars Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are enjoying quite the variety of literature. Kim's got everything on her list from the light-hearted (and goofy!) Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea to book like Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life and Deepak Chopra's Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. Both books highlight the powerful mind/body connection, and provide a formula to living a more meaningful and personally fulfilled life. While Kim works on finding inner peace,

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  • Secrets to Multi-Tasking Like Leighton Meester

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    Leighton Meester's schedule is jam-packed this month--in addition to the actress's Gossip Girl duties, she's been spotted all over the country promoting her upcoming thriller, The Roommate. How does she stay sane?

    Related: Is Everyone Else Really Happier Than You?


    Running from one obligation to the next can be super stressful, whether it's back-to-back meetings at work or too many social events in one week. One might argue that Meester got all her crazy out while filming her Single White Female-esque flick (check out the trailer below), but there are definitely healthier ways to manage your schedule when you've got too much to handle. We turned to Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, to find out how tackle multiple projects without losing your mind.

    What's the best way to establish a calm mindset before taking on your to-do list?

    Make a list of everything that's a priority for you that week, and then make sure

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  • Why You Should Be Eating Carbs

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Well, this news will make Dr. Atkins roll over in his grave.

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    Scientists and diet gurus are claiming that carbs can actually help you lose weight. The key, they say, is to focus on "resistant starch carbs" (RSCs) -- which have tightly packed sugar molecules that aren't as easily broken down by enzymes in your mouth and intestines.

    RSCs are found in foods including sweet potatoes, whole grain pasta, beans, lentils, artichokes and quinoa.

    According to research by the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for Human Nutrition, RSCs help people eat less, burn more calories and feel more energized and less stressed. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has given them a thumbs up.

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    To find out if this is a truly legitimate weight-loss strategy, and how we can smartly incorporate RSCs into our diet, we spoke to Marjorie Nolan, RD, spokeswoman

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  • Why Women Are Unhappier Than Ever -- and How to Feel Better

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    It seems like every year, there's another study indicating that women are becoming increasingly unhappy. And it's really starting to depress us!

    Related: Find out how to boost your winter mood!


    Especially stunning was a 2009 study by the National Bureau of Economics that found that women are unhappier than they've been in 35 years. Yikes.

    Most recently, "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010" survey involving more than 200,000 incoming college freshman found that women are consistently less happy than men -- and that gap is widening every year.

    We talked to life coach Kiki Weingarten, co-founder of DLC Executive Coaching and Consulting in New York City, to get to the bottom of what's making women sad, and what we can do to protect our own happiness.

    Weingarten says there are three primary reasons for our increasingly bummed-out state:

    1. For the last several decades, women's roles and responsibilities have blown up.

    "As women expect more

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  • Happy Groundhog Day! 5 Health Benefits of Early Spring

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Good news today! Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, which means an early spring is heading our way. Right?

    Related: Go behind the scenes at Brooklyn Decker's cover shoot!

    Well, not so fast. The groundhog is no Al Roker, and the entire idea that he can forecast the weather is ridiculous. Nonetheless, the little guy did get us pumped up for the warmer weather -- the first day of spring is less than two months away!
    Whether you buy the groundhog's prediction or not, here are five reason why springtime is good for your health:

    You burn more caloriesIn springtime, it's warming up, but the oppressive humidity of summer hasn't kicked in. For this reason, people are very motivated to start a workout program in the spring, according to exercise physiologist Amy Dixon, group fitness manager for Equinox in Santa Monica, Calif.

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    You eat better
    When you feel that first hint of spring weather, your mind goes to one

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  • Why Your Cell Phone is Dangerous

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    Like her sister, Kourtney Kardashian uses her Twitter account to invite fans even deeper into her life than on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and even Kourtney and Kim Take New York.She also regularly posts adorable uploads of her son, Mason, and hawks products like QuickTrim and her own DASH Collection. In fact, it seems like the reality star might be a little addicted to her phone.

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    Today, she posted: KourtneyKardash: "Does anyone else get scared that being on their phones too much or sleeping with your phone near u is so bad? Or am I paranoid?"

    You're not the only one who's concerned, Kourtney--there are studies that link cell phone radiation to everything from heart irregularities to brain tumors, and physicists who say it's impossible for cell phones to cause such ailments because they simply don't emit enough energy. To stay safe rather than sorry, we've got tips from Devra Davis,

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