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  • 4 Tricks to Steal From Crazy Diets

    Last week, we told you to beware of the 3 Worst Fad Diets of 2011. We stand by our message that they aren't safe, effective way to lose weight. However there have been a few fad diets over that, though unrealistic and extreme, actually have a healthy takeaway you can apply to a well-balanced eating plan.

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    We asked Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, contributing editors at SELF and co-founders of C&J Nutrition what weight loss tricks you should steal from the craziest fad diets.

    The Cabbage Soup Diet: For 7 days you're on strict diet of some fruits and veggies, but mostly.... cabbage soup. Yep, this makes us nauseous, too.

    What to Steal: Eating broth-based soups with meals helps you feel fuller on fewer calories and eat less overall, according to Jarosh and Clarke. "Penn State did a study and found that when individuals consumed a meal with soup as a starter, they tended to eat 100 fewer calories overall during the meal compared to those

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  • How to Throw the Best and Easiest Awards Show Party

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    With the Golden Globes kicking off 2011's official red carpet season and the Oscars coming soon, we decided to get in on the glamour! Read on for everything you need to know to throw the perfect awards party (and impress your friends!) at home.

    Related: 5 secrets to keeping your new year's resolutions

    First, you'll want to make sure you have some fun, healthy snacks--no one wants to chow down on fattening treats while critiquing starlets in fancy dresses. Here are our top three picks for new twists on party classics:

    POPCORN BALLS Combine popcorn, cereal and cranberries in a bowl. Set aside. Cook honey, sugar, 2 tbsp water and salt in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, stirring until mixture begins to boil, about 30 seconds. Reduce heat. Cook until the mixture is thick and reduces by half, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Pour immediately over popcorn mixture. Mix well. Rinse hands in cold water or slightly grease hands with

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  • 6 Signs You're Addicted to Food (And How to Beat It!)

    We've been known to sneak an 11 p.m. spoonful of Rocky Road or "accidentally" take down an entire bag of chips after a painful day at the office. Sometimes we're hungry; sometimes we're just eating for comfort (there's NOTHING peanut M&Ms can't cure). After reading this article about food addiction in last week's New York Times, we got to thinking: At what point do impulsive eating behaviors cross a line and become more like a full-fledged disease similar to alcoholism or drug addiction?

    According to Marjorie Nolan, RD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, you might be addicted to food if you...

    Related: 5 secrets to keeping your new year's resolutions

    • Eat when you're not really hungry or eat as a result of emotional triggers
    • Feel guilt or shame after eating
    • Eat alone, in secret or hiding the amount of food your eat from others
    • Feel out of control and/or can't stop eating
    • Crave certain foods only as part of binge eating
    • Get a feeling of relief
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  • 5 Ways to Green Your Dry Cleaning

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    We admit to loving the miracle that is dry cleaning. Red wine stain? Poof! Discolored underarms? Vanished! Wrinkles from being balled up on the floor for days (err...weeks)? Erased! At the same time, we can't help but wonder what types of harsh chemicals are needed to pull off these disappearing acts.

    Turns out, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 85 percent of dry cleaners in the U.S. use petroleum-based perchloroethylene (a.k.a. perc) as their primary solvent. The Environmental Protection Agency has classified perc as an air contaminant and health agencies have labeled it a possible carcinogen.

    Related: 5 secrets to keeping your new year's resolutions

    Not sure our wool sweaters are worth that toxic nastiness! What to do?

    Perc is a volatile organic compound that can cause dizziness, headaches, and respiratory irritation. In larger doses, it's been linked to liver and kidney damage. As a result, the government has labeled it a "potential

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  • 3 Easy Snow Day Snacks

    By Merritt Watts, SELF magazine

    To some people, a blizzard is an excuse to curl up and sip hot chocolate and fresh baked goodies. Sound cozy? Definitely. But to me, snow day snacks are whatever is in my house already - there's no way I'm going to the grocery store in this weather! Here are my most pantry-friendly provisions:

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    You have: Green tea, brown rice, canned tuna, olive oil

    Make: Green tea brown rice tuna.

    Bring 2 cups of water to a near boil and plop in 2 to 3 green tea bags and let steep (but not boil!) for about 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and throw in a cup of short grain brown rice. Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, toss a can of tuna with some olive oil, salt, pepper and a dash of vinegar. Throw in any leftover veggies. Combine with the green tea rice for a flavor-full dish!

    You have: Limp leftover vegetables, dry pasta, tomato paste, canned

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  • Arizona Shooting Aftermath: When a Nation Mourns Together

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Saturday's tragic massacre in Arizona -- which left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded and six people dead, including a 9-year-old girl -- has sent ripples of grief and anger across the country.

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    When this type of national tragedy occurs, there's a sense of collective sadness. It's the kind of emotion we felt on 9/11, the day of the Oklahoma City bombing and in the aftermath of the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings.

    These unspeakable tragedies -- though they don't directly impact most of us -- have an effect on our emotional state. Here's how to process the grief and confusion:

    "Events like this stand out and affect us because they are such an injustice, and so unnecessary and so unfair," says George A. Bonanno, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Author of The Other Side of Sadness.

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  • The Dilemma: Your Cheating Questions, Answered!

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    In Vince Vaughn's new flick, The Dilemma, the funnyman finds himself in an unfunny situation--his best friend's wife is cheating, and he's the only one who knows. What to do when caught in a cheating snafu? We've got answers.

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    We've compiled advice from mental health expert Catherine Birndorf, author of Nine Rooms of Happiness, for tips on how to deal with any cheating scenario--whether you did, they did it or you caught someone else doing it!

    My partner cheated. We worked things out, but lately I've been curious to see what else is out there. Is it a sign I should move on, or am I still angry?

    Birndorf says: "First, let me ask this: What are you hoping to find that you don't have now? If you're primarily yearning for trust and security, you aren't over his infidelity. To make sure, let yourself fantasize about being with someone else and see where the dream takes you. If it ends with you

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  • Are 'Chinese Mothers' Best? How Different Parenting Styles Stack Up

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Over the weekend, we read this fascinating Wall Street Journal essay about whether the tough-love Chinese parenting style is superior to the touchy-feely Western approach to raising kids.

    Related: 3 Ways to Reduce Post-Workout Soreness

    According to the writer, a Chinese mom who raised her children in America, the Chinese assume their kids are strong enough to handle practicing piano for hours on end, even when they are having a hard time with a complicated piece. The writer says that according to the Chinese mentality, it's OK to tell your kids they are "pathetic" or "garbage" when they aren't trying hard enough, or if they disrespect a parent. It's also OK to punish your children for getting an A-minus on a test.

    We aren't ones to cast judgment on people's parenting prerogatives. However, the essay did make us curious about how different parenting styles stack up with experts, and what we can learn from each.

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  • 2011 Dinner Party Trend: Pie Is the New Cupcake

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Breaking news: Pie is the new cupcake. The gooey-on-the-inside, crusty-on-the-outside goodies are showing up at weddings and pie-themed happy hours, and shops dedicated solely to pie are popping up across the country.

    OK, so this "news" isn't exactly a matter of national security, however, it is a darn good excuse to add pie to your next dinner party menu.

    Here are four guiltless -- and delicious -- recipes we've clipped from the pages of SELF. Add them to your must-bake list for 2011:

    Strawberry-Meringue Pie

    The Healthy Secret: One slice delivers nearly three-fourths of your daily dose of vitamin C, thanks to a whopping 4 cups of sliced strawberries. It's almost too beautiful to eat (your guests will gush!), but you can guiltlessly chow: Each slice is less than 200 calories and has just 1.6 g of fat.

    Related: Check out the 20 best foods for weight loss


    Pumpkin Pie

    The Healthy Secret: Replace half the butter with apple juice and you've got

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  • 10 Years After Katie Couric's Colonoscopy: What You Need to Know

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    It's been 10 years since Katie Couric courageously underwent a live colonoscopy on the "Today" show -- an effort to encourage screening after her husband died of colon cancer in 1998.

    Millions watched and learned that the procedure is relatively easy and painless -- leading to a 20 percent spike in colonoscopies in the years that followed.
    So where are we now, and what should we know about colon cancer a decade later?

    To find out, we spoke to Michael Kreines, MD, a gastroenterologist with the Ohio Gastroenterology and Liver Institute and Member of the Medical Science Advisory Committee for the Colon Cancer Alliance.

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    "The good that Katie did for the cause of colorectal cancer prevention is enormous," Kreines says. "Katie jump-started what has become almost a fad of acceptance for people to have their colonoscopies. Many lives have been saved by people inspired by Katie's live demonstration that a colonoscopy is

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