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  • Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Postpartum Depression: Could You Be at Risk?

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    With two adorable kids, a hottie rocker husband and a major career comeback in the works, Gwyneth Paltrow appears to be the picture of happiness. So we were a bit surprised to learn that she struggled with postpartum depression following the birth of her second child, Moses, in 2006.

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    "I felt like a zombie. I couldn't access my heart. I couldn't access my emotions. I couldn't connect," the Oscar-winning actress told Good Housekeeping. "It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn't believe it wasn't the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person."

    Paltrow's story is a reminder that postpartum depression is a very serious condition that can affect any new mother. One-third of women experience depression in the first 12 years of their kids' lives, and they're most at risk during the 12 months

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  • The Hottest New Diet Books of 2011 Reviewed

    By Jen Matlack, SELF magazineSELF has reviewed the top diet books of the year. See what might work for you in 2011:

  • New Years Resolutions From the Stars and Our Secrets to Keeping Them

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    Statistics show that almost 97% of New Year's resolutions are never fulfilled. Not this year! We looked at promises the stars hope to keep in 2011 (we bet they sound familiar) and tell you how to stick to your goals.

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  • Is It Healthy to Sleep Apart? The Year in Sexual Health

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Let's talk about sex, baby.

    2010 was full of new studies and discoveries when it comes to sexual health. From our habits (sleeping in separate beds -- say what?) to our desire (or lack thereof), here are 4 stories that got us hot and bothered this year:

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    The Controversy: More Couples Are Sleeping in Separate Bedrooms
    One of the most hotly debated articles we posted this year on Healthy SELF was about the trend of couple opting to sleep apart. Nearly one in four American couples does so and, according to the National Association of Home Builders, it's expected that 60 percent of custom homes will have dual master bedrooms by 2015. These statistics shocked us -- and got us wondering if sleeping separately from our snoring Sig O could actually be a healthy move rather than a chemistry-zapper. Experts were split, but the general consensus is that you shouldn't flee to the guest room. Rather, find ways to minimize

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  • How Long Should It Take to (Safely) Lose Baby Weight?

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    These days, it seems like everywhere you look, there's a photo of a celeb strutting around Cabo in a string bikini -- just weeks after giving birth! That's some seriously fast weight loss.
    But at least one actress, "The Fighter" star Amy Adams, recently said she's taking it nice and slow. Baby comes first. Body comes second.
    This got us thinking ... when it comes to losing post-baby poundage, what's realistic -- and safe -- for you and your little one? Here's what the experts say:

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    "New moms need to be respectful of the ordeal their body has just undergone," says Mary Jayne Johnson, Ph.D., spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise. "They need rest and healthful nutrition. This is not the time for crash diets, fad diets or weight-loss supplements."
    Whether you're nursing or not, you'll likely lose 10 to 12 pounds in the first couple of weeks after delivery (because you're saying adios to the baby,

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  • From Gaga to Giuliana: The Year in Celebrity Health News

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    2010 was packed with celebrity health news -- from Lady Gaga's lupus scare to Giuliana Rancic's public struggle with infertility. Here are four celeb stories that reminded us not to take our health for granted in 2011 -- and a few lessons we learned from the stars in 2010:

    1. Giuliana and Bill Rancic's Struggle With Infertility
    In October, Giuliana and Bill Rancic (of E! and "Apprentice" fame) announced that they had suffered a miscarriage after their first IVF attempt. Then, just last week, on the season finale of "Giuliana & Bill," we learned that their second go at IVF had failed. The bright side? We were glad to see more women speaking out about their infertility issues in 2010. Click here for 5 Things We Learned From Giuliana Rancic's Miscarriage and, for more information on how to cope with struggling to conceive, check out RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association.

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    2. Lindsay Lohan

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  • Should Mondays Be Meatless? Top 4 Food Stories of the Year

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    2010 was a good year to be a health-minded foodie! From a nutritional standpoint, we saw some hugely important, long overdue changes -- in legislation and in our attitudes toward food.
    For example, more and more people realized the benefits of eating fresh-from-the-ground food, our dependence on salt and sugar looks to be waning and we're taking steps to reduce meat consumption (you don't have to go totally vegetarian to reap the benefits!).

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    Take a bite of our Top 4 Food Stories of the Year:
    High-Fructose Corn Syrup Tries to Mend Its Rep

    The Corn Refiner's Association is petitioning the United States Food and Drug Administration to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup (which has become the Scarlet Letter of food labels) to simply, "corn sugar." Clearly they're trying to pull one over on unsuspecting consumers who might be fooled by the more innocent-sounding name. Well, we're not buying it

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  • Best Cold and Flu Relief on the Market

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Along with holiday cheer, this time of year brings its fair share of sniffling, coughing and sneezing. So what are the best remedies are for taming cold and flu symptoms?
    For a cold...
    Opt for a decongestant (such as Sudafed or Benadryl) or an antihistamine (such as NyQuil/DayQuil or a "Cold & Sinus" medication), suggets Amy Arbogast, a CVS pharmacist in Indianapolis, Ind. This will help reduce congestion and block histamines, helping to dry a runny nose and watery eyes and prevent post-nasal drip.
    Related: Who Are the Happiest Celebrities of 2010?

    If you'd rather take the more natural route, nasal sprays such as Simply Saline and Neti pots (click here to learn why you shouldn't be intimindated by them!) are also great for reducing sinus pressure and nasal drip.
    Aromatherapy can also be an effective approach to clearing a clogged head. We love the essential oil blends from 21 Drops. The "Decongest" blend includes ravintsara leaf oil, myrrh resin oil,

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  • The 5 Biggest Health Controversies of 2010

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    From the Twinkies diet to the breastfeeding wars, this year had plenty of health controversies to discuss around the water cooler. Here are HealthySELF's Top 5, and what you can learn from them.

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    The controversy:
    Scary images on cigarettes. This fall, we were told that beginning on June 22, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration will require tobacco companies to include graphic images on their cigarette packaging. The FDA is considering images including a close-up of decaying teeth and mouth sores, a shot of a man dying of cancer and one of a little girl screaming (featuring the words, "Waring: Tobacco smoke can harm your children"). While many people are all for the redesign, others are doubtful that the scare tactic will work.

    Bottom Line: You know that cigarettes are terrible for your health. If you smoke, resolve to quit today. Check out this list of 10 Reasons to Stop Smoking and this Timeline for Ending

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  • Eat Like A Star: Food Network's Star Marcela Vallodolid

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    Want to look like a star? Have what they're having! Every Tuesday, we'll tell you what healthy breakfast helps our favorite stars kick off their day. This week, we talked to Food Network chef Marcela Vallodolid!

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    "I spend a lot of time in the kitchen testing recipes for my new cookbook and the Food Network show, but with breakfast I tend to keep it fairly standard as I send my son off to school," says Marcela. "I'm hooked on granola, banana slices, almonds and a grapefruit sprinkled with some demerara sugar and I'll usually include organic vanilla bean goats milk yogurt."

    We say, the more grapefruit, the better! Turns out, a grapefruit a day may ward off heart disease. A study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry reveals antioxidant-rich red grapefruit is most effective at lowering levels of triglycerides, a type of fat associated with heart problems. Dig into one in the A.M. or for dessert, or a drink a glass

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