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  • 8 Simple Ways to Control Your Portions

    By Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, SELF magazine

    Q. I have trouble controlling my portion sizes mostly because I eat so fast. Growing up I was always shoving food in my face before a sports practice or a game.How do I slow myself down after years of racing to finish my plate?

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    A. You're absolutely right: Eating too fast can definitely lead you to overeat. Recognizing the habit--and how you developed it--seems like a big part of the battle. Now you just need some strategies to help you develop healthy new habits! Here are some ideas--and I bet our readers will have more to add.

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    On your mark, get set, pause.
    Before you pick up your fork, put your hands in your lap and take a couple of deep breaths.Remind yourself that the meal is an experience to be savored and not a race to the finish.

    Pay attention.
    This seems obvious but take the time to notice what you're eating. See if you can really taste the

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  • How Does Victoria Beckham Stay So Slim?

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    It's simple, she says: she runs! The skinny Spice-Girl-turned-fashion-designer told the UK's Daily Mail that she runs "'four, five miles every day on the treadmill." Find out how to make running work that well for you.

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    It's no secret: step for step, running is the quickest calorie burner out there--you can torch 100 calories in only 10 minutes! Plus, repetitive activities, like jogging, evoke the body's natural relaxation response, which can deactivate the genes triggered by stress and calm you.

    Need more motivation? A study found that men and women between the ages of 50 and 72 who jogged regularly were twice as likely to be living 20 years later as those who were sedentary. To hit your stride, follow these technique tips:

    Look Forward
    To stay upright and light on your feet, and to breathe more easily, imagine yourself suspended by a string attached to the top of your head, as if you were a puppet.

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  • Madonna's Workouts Through The Years

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    Let's face it--these days, Madonna is as much a fitness icon as a musical legend. And now, as we learned yesterday, she's opening a gym! We looked back at our Material Girl-inspired fitness trends over the years.

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    Madonna was one of the first Hollywood megastars to become a major devotee to pilates. A core-intensive workout, pilates aims to increase the body's strength, flexibility and control. We took the core craze one step further with Nonna Gleyzer, a pilates pro based in (where else?) Los Angeles.

    Related: Get a core you'll adore with this pilates ab workout.

    For years, Madonna trained with Tracy Anderson, who now works with Gwyneth Paltrow. The former dancer designed an exclusive arm workout for SELF. "Conventional moves won't deliver the sleek definition that most women want," Anderson told us. "You have to challenge muscles from different angles."
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  • 7 Non-Toxic Ways to Clean Your Home

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    As you start preparing for the holidays and an onslaught of guests, here's a bit of good news: There's no reason to go crazy disinfecting and cleaning with a bazillion products.

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    "We tend to super over-clean our homes," says Alexandra Zissu, co-author of "Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning & Greening the World You Care About Most" (which hits stores on December 28). "Unless there's an illness, there's really no reason to even consider harsh chemicals."

    Because of trade secret laws, companies aren't required to list ingredients on cleaning products -- the products we scour our tubs with, breathe in, spray on our food surfaces, etc.

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    This freaks us out in a serious way, so we asked Zissu for some easy, green ideas for cleaning our home this holiday season.

    Step 1: De-clutter, dust and disinfect

    According to Zissu, dust thrives and lives in clutter,

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  • The Secret to Natalie Portman's Ballet Body

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Natalie Portman's new movie "Black Swan" hits theaters today, and given all of the Oscar buzz, we can't wait to see it!

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    In the film, Portman plays a ballerina. After watching the trailer for this psychological thriller, it's clear that while the actress has some natural talent (she danced ballet as a kid), she had to train like crazy for this role. She looks amazing, and moves with the grace of a pro!

    That's all thanks to a year of training six days a week (5 to 8 hours a day) with Mary Helen Bowers, a former professional ballerina in New York City and founder of Ballet Beautiful. Her method combines traditional ballet with stretching and strengthening exercises.

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    "With Natalie I was focused on making sure her body was that specific shape of a ballerina by strengthening the backs and insides of her legs," says Bowers. "With ballet you're really focused on the

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  • Real Advice From a Celebrity Life Coach

    On our must-watch list tonight: "Celebrity Life Coach," a one-hour special premiering on BIO, "The Biography Channel." (See the promo for the show here.)

    The show follows Lauren Zander, life coach to the stars, as she takes on a new celebrity client in need of direction. In this episode, Lauren works with Sean Young, whose life went into a tailspin after she starred in "Blade Runner" and "No Way Out" in the 1980s. Young has since been fired from films, sued for harassment and even drunkenly heckled a director during an awards acceptance speech.

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    Lauren is a tough chick -- her catch phrase is, "Maybe it's you!" Her goal is to end Young's self-defeating behaviors and get the actress back into Hollywood.
    Even if you're not a diva in distress, most women have found themselves in certain predicaments with the people in their lives. We asked Zander how to cope, life-coach style:

    If you... are worried you burned a bridge at work.

    Related: 6

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  • Which Vegetables are in Season Now?

    By Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, SELF magazine

    Eating with the seasons is a great way to maximize nutrition and minimize the environmental costs of our foods. Foods that are fresh (i.e., in season) and locally-grown are going to be more nutritious because nutrients degrade during shipping and storage. It's also better for the environment (and the economy) because the alternative (shipping foods long distances) uses so much energy.

    Related: 20 superfoods for weight loss

    But in many parts of the country, the harvest is now over and the first green shoots of Spring are several months away. So, what's in season now? Winter vegetables!

    Favorite ways to enjoy winter vegetables

    Winter squashes are particularly nutritious--you could practically live on them! The flesh is rich in beta-carotene, C, folate, calcium, potassium, fiber, vitamin E and more. The seeds provide protein, iron, vitamin K, magnesium and essential fatty acids. Winter squash are also perfectly packaged for storage by nature

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  • Neti Pots: Gross or Genius?

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    With cold and flu season here, we're praying that we can make it through the winter without getting one of those oh-so-fun sinus infections that make us feel like our heads are going to explode.

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    In terms of preventing sinus grief, we're heard a lot of buzz about neti pots lately. Even Bobby from "Cougar Town" mastered it (check out the funny clip here!)

    The idea of pouring a saline solution in one nostril and out the other doesn't sound like much fun, but after talking to Linda Dahl, MD, a New York City-based otolaryngologist (ear and throat doc), we're convinced that A) It doesn't have to make you feel like you snarfed a swimming pool, and B) It can be as easy and necessary as brushing your teeth.

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    "When your nose swells up and air can't get through, your sinuses turn into a swamp and bacteria grows," explains Dahl. "The lining of your sinuses is a

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  • New Year's Resolution? Try 2011's Hottest Fitness Classes!

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    The New Year is a mere month away, and along with 2011 comes fresh group fitness schedules at gyms around the country.

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    To find out which fun new workouts you shouldn't miss, we spoke to exercise physiologist Amy Dixon, group fitness manager for Equinox in Santa Monica, Calif., and Kathie Davis, executive director and co-founder of the IDEA Heath & Fitness Association.

    TRX Suspension Training: According to the American Council on Exercise, TRX Suspension Training is going to be one of the most popular fitness trends of 2011. This stretchy band-style device (see pic above) attaches to any stationary, stable object and allows you to work your muscles in all planes of motion. The style of training is known as "suspension training" and uses gravity and your body weight to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. The tool itself has been around for a little while, but it's just starting to pop up in group

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  • 7 Reasons to Try the 'Do-Gooder Diet'

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Whether it's walking our dog, going for a run or biking to work, we love exercising outdoors. So in order for us to stay in shape, we need the environment to be in shape, too!

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    In the December issue of SELF (the Heidi Klum cover!), we explain how choosing eco-friendly eats is healthy for you and Mama Earth. Check out our list of 7 reasons why you should adopt a do-gooder diet:

    1. For the Earth: Grass-fed beef requires only 5 to 10 percent of the fossil fuel needed to produce other meats.

    2. For You: Grass-fed beef contains less fat and more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain-fed cows, according to research from California State University.

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    3. For the Earth: Processed foods require lots of packaging which, inevitably, ends up in our landfills.

    4. For You: Forty-one percent of the calories in the typical American diet come from added sugars, fats and oils. Fresh eats

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