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  • How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Skin

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Your skin type is about more than just oily or dry. Whether you're prone to breakouts, dark circles, fine lines, dry patches or clogged pores, all of these things are a result of your daily routine. Are you desk-bound? Shuttling kids to soccer practice? A corporate type who cakes on the makeup (and often passes out wearing it)?

    We asked top dermatologists what skin hazards certain lifestyles carry and what we can do to keep our skin as spotless as possible.

    If You're a Party Girl...

    You might have: Dry, cracked, wrinkle-prone skin and puffy bags under your eyes. This is a result of too much alcohol, not enough H20 and not sleeping well.

    The best defense: According to Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, a dermatologist in private practice in Dansville, Calif., you should be sure to moisturize with a hypoallergenic cream several times a day and down H20 instead of soda or coffee. To help with the puffiness, place tea bags or cucumbers on your eyes.

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  • Foods That Cure a Broken Heart

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    We've all been there: On the living room couch, watching "Sleepless in Seattle," spoon repeatedly diving into a pint of Ben & Jerry's, wondering why our relationship didn't work out. So, it begs the question: Does comfort food such as ice cream really help us deal when a b.f. suddenly decides to call it quits?

    While there aren't any legit studies that show that food definitively helps us deal, anecdotally, it's clear that most broken-hearted women have the instinct to binge.

    "Post-breakup, foods that make you feel good are important," says registered dietician Stephanie Clarke, a contributing editor at SELF and co-founder of C&J Nutrition. "Instead of drowning your sorrows in foods that might pack in lots of extra calories and lead to weight gain (ice cream, chocolate, chips, etc.) -- which can make you feel worse in the long run -- opt for foods that make you feel energetic, svelte and ready to take on the day. Because when you are ready to mix and

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  • Dylan Lauren Shares Her Sweet Life

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine



    At SELF, we know how important it is to eat right--but it's also important to occasionally indulge! That's why we turn to Dylan Lauren, who celebrated the launch of her book Dylan's Candy Bar - Unwrap Your Sweet Life last night.

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  • Glued to Fall TV? How to NOT Pack on Pounds

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    OK, we admit it: We're hooked on fall TV. But we've found away to get your fix without losing your fitness (and maybe even gaining some!):

    Related: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    1. Watch what you eat:
    Studies show that you can consume up to 44 percent more when you when you eat in front of the telly. Our brain is distracted and may ignore signals indicating a full belly. "When people eat in front of the TV, they run the risk of going into 'autopilot mode' where their hand is reaching into a bag of chips and putting the chips into their mouth, but they're not even thinking about it or really tasting or enjoying it," says registered dietitian Willow Jarosh, a contributing editor at SELF and co-founder of C&J Nutrition. "When you're not focused 100 percent on what you're eating, you can't get as much enjoyment out of it. And that can further lead to overeating because you're not satisfied."

    Related: Simple vegetarian meals to try tonight

    So, if you're

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  • 5 Things to Do With Your Pumpkin Seeds

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Cooler air is finally making it feel like fall, and the chill is inspiring us to go pumpkin picking! Not only is fall's favorite fruit a perfect excuse to have a party (complete with carving and wine), we also love to eat the seeds.

    Related: Cook Healthy in Under 5 Minutes

    This is a good move, according to Angela Ginn, R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. She explains that pumpkin seeds are packed with all sorts of healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The list includes manganese (which is a boon for both bones and metabolism), magnesium (which contributes to muscle and bone health), phosphorous (a component in bone and tooth health, which also helps energize cells throughout your body) and phytosterols (which, some studies show lower cholesterol and enhance the immune response to certain cancers).

    Related: Add These 22 Satisfying Superfoods to your shopping list


    Phew!

    Here are 5 ways to make the most of your pumpkin seeds:

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  • 4 Reasons We Slack Off From Exercising

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    We all know that working out regularly is the first step to getting fit and unearthing those elusive flat abs. But why is it so darn hard to get to the gym? Here are four of the most common reasons we slack off -- and some smart, SELFy strategies for staying on track, according to exercise physiologist Tom Holland.

    1. The Roadblock:
    Getting to the gym is a hassle -- and nearly impossible with your crazed schedule!

    Related: Build Your Own Ultimate Energy Workout

    How to Get Around It:
    "There are so many exercises you can do at home to keep in shape when you don't feel like shlepping to the gym. Simple body weight exercises, like push-ups, squats, lunges and tricep dips, are a few of the most effective exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime. Exercising at home is a great time to focus on really strengthening your core; do variations of crunches and plank exercises that will flatten that midsection and protect your back."

    2. The Roadblock:
    You're

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  • Eat Like A Star: Tessa Thompson's breakfast

    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 SELFy Stars kick off their day. This week, we talked to actress Tessa Thompson!

    Related: 20 minutes to toned? Better believe it!

    You may have seen Thompson in 2006's thriller When A Stranger Calls, or in one of her guest roles on Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice, but she has her first starring role this January in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls.

    She'll be sharing the screen with Hollywood heavyweights including Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine and Janet Jackson. To keep up with these leading ladies, Thompson says, "I snack (or graze, really) throughout the morning into the afternoon. I eat almonds professionally, and I can't get enough of Yerbe Mate Cranberry Synergy Kombucha!"

    Related: 15 New Healthy Fall Recipes

    Thompson's breakfast is packed with healthy foods. Almonds ward off stress, and a grapefruit a day

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  • How to Dance Your Way to a Hot Body

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Bombshell "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara recently admitted to SELF that she hates to work out. So, to stay in shape, she does a dance workout with her trainer three times a week. Clearly, it works.

    And she's not the only one opting to burn calories this way. Dance workouts are soaring in popularity.
    According to Kathie Davis, Executive Director and co-founder of the IDEA Heath & Fitness Association, between 2002 and 2010, there has been a 26 percent increase in interest in dance for fitness.

    "As crazy as it sounds, I think shows like 'So You Think You Can Dance' and 'Dancing With the Stars' are getting people excited about it," she says. "And in these times, people are just looking for something fun and a little more lighthearted."

    Here are some of the latest ways to get an amazing dance workout:

    At the Gym
    Zumba: This popular Latin dance-inspired fitness craze has attracted more than 7 and a half million people worldwide. No surprise, since

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  • Can NOT Having Kids Hurt Your Health?

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    A woman's body is clearly designed to bring babies into the world (ah, yes, those child-bearing hips). But not every woman we know wants to have a kid, and some of them simply can't.

    This has us wondering: If making babies is our intended biological purpose as females, are there health issues associated with NOT having kids? To find out, we spoke to Prudence Hall, MD, who specializes in functional medicine and gynecology and is the founder and director of The Hall Health & Longevity Center in Venice, Calif.

    Related: Learn The Facts About What You're Eating!

    "Women who don't have children are at a higher risk for breast cancer," says Hall. "The changes the breasts go through during pregnancy actually protect the breast."

    Studies show that the more children a woman has and the longer she breastfeeds them, the lower her risk of cancer. This can largely be attributed to changes in levels of estrogen, which fuels most forms of breast cancer.

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  • Will Going Gluten-Free Help You Lose Weight?

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Gluten-free seems to be the diet du jour. We're getting SPAM about it; more and more packaged foods at the grocery store are stamped with the words gluten-free; and Elizabeth Hasslebeck's "G-Free Diet" book is in bookstore windows.

    Related: 15 New Healthy Fall Recipes

    But what is gluten, anyway? Well, it's the substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.

    To find out if going gluten-free is something the average woman should consider doing or if it's being totally overblown, we called Marjorie Nolan, RD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

    Related: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    "Lots of gluten-free products are marketed as health food, but many of them have a lot of calories," says Nolan. "When you take gluten out of food, it actually makes it more dense. So it's self-defeating if you're trying to lose weight. There's really no need to go gluten-free unless you're are

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