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  • The Gates' Gloria Votsis on her balanced life

    By Caitlin Berens, SELF magazine

    Gloria Votsis is blooming. With a role on ABC's The Gates and a character on USA's White Collar, her plate is pretty full. However, with the goal of staying happy and healthy, Votsis makes sure that plate is well-proportioned.Read more after the jump!

    Bonus: See how you can dine like a star

    While some may opt for a weekend in the Bahamas to revitalize, for Votsis it's as easy as hitting the gym--or heading outdoors. "Working out re-charges my battery," she says. The actress maintains a regular exercise schedule by working out four to five times a week, doing a mix of cardio, free weight training and calisthenics. When she's not in the gym, biking or running, Votsis boxes outdoors with a trainer. "Ultimately, it always makes me feel healthier, stronger and, overall, happier," she says about her workouts.

    But even the most focused celeb can have an unhealthy habit--Votsis' Achilles' heel? Pizza. However, as long as she's working out, the

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  • More Couples Sleeping Apart: Is This Healthy?

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    A recent article in The New York Times points out the trend of more and more couples sleeping in separate rooms. Nearly one in four American couples does so and, according the National Association of Home Builders, it's expected that 60 percent of custom homes will have dual master bedrooms by 2015.

    Bonus: Beat the heat with one of these no-cook meals tonight

    This got us thinking: Is this a healthy trend? I mean, sure, occasionally we think we'd get a better night's sleep with a wall (or two) between us and our snoring, TV-watching, sheet-hogging Sig O. But would our relationship suffer?

    To get to the bottom of it, we asked Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Romance), psychotherapist and author of Money, Sex, and Kids: Stops Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, for her take:

    "Sleeping apart can contribute to the disconnect that plagues many relationships," Tessina says. "It just makes it easier to avoid each other, when what's

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  • The Secret Health Benefits of a Good Cry

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    If there's a proponent of crying in this world, it's Judith Orloff, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and author of Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life.

    "It's a beautiful thing. It's a sign of strength and authenticity, not a sign of weakness," says Orloff, who has not only studied the emotional impact of a good sob session, but also the physical health benefits. "It's a natural healing function."

    Bonus: Beat the heat with one of these no-cook meals tonight.

    Healthy SELF caught up with Orloff for a crash course in crying:

    What are some of the health benefits of tears?
    Tears are the body's natural way of processing stress. It's a natural relief valve. Physically, they're like the ocean -- they're salt water, which helps lubricate the eyes and flush out stress hormones and other toxins. We've seen in studies that crying also causes us to produce endorphins, the feel-good hormone.

    What

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  • 4 Body Parts That Make Us Self-Conscious -- And How to Love Them

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Although we take pride in embracing our body just the way it is, like anyone, we're prone to self-conscious moments.

    From asymmetrical breasts to flabby upper arms, here's a look at the four body parts that make us look twice in the mirror...and how we're working to love them.

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    1. Boobs: According to this MSNBC story, 90 percent of women have some degree of asymmetrical breasts. "It's very common. One side of our body is always a little different from the other," Tony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Troy, Mich. told MSNBC. "There are some women that have a minor asymmetry -- to the point where they don't even notice it -- and others who are one, two or three cup sizes different from one side to the other."

    Learn to love them:
    Whether your "girls" are lopsided, small (that's us!), ginormous, etc. know this: Studies show men prefer au natural boobies to the augmented variety. The flaws you see are

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  • What Smart Stars Do to Look and Feel Hot as They Age

    By Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman, SELF magazine

    This month's SELF Expression essay is excerpted from the new book My Formerly Hot LIfe: Dispatches From Just the Other Side of Young by Stephanie Dolgoff. This is her fourth guest blog for Healthy SELF:

    I'm the first to suspect a celeb of having a cosmetic procedure or 30 in order to look smokin' into her Formerly years. But there are some who had the foresight to be smart with their bodies and beauty routines when they were younger, and are flaunting the benefits now. Here's what a few younger and Formerly hot stars do to age happily -- good advice at any age...

    Zoe Saldana
    , 32, doesn't yo-yo diet -- smart move. Overdoing and then starving can mess with your metabolism and ultimately make you pack on the pounds -- which tends to happen even more easily after age 40. Saldana's trainer told her that eating healthfully and exercising is a lifestyle, not an intermittent habit. "He was like, no you need to come back, you can't only [drop

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  • 5 Secret Reasons You May Be Gaining Weight

    By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

    Sometimes weight gain is the result of everyday habits such as stuffing our faces with fries and beer at the beach, or flaking on our workouts. But, it's not always as simple as calories in and calories out. When those stubborn pounds won't disappear no matter how healthful you are, it's worth investigating whether another condition is causing the excess weight.

    "Some people find that despite proper eating and exercise they simply cannot lose the extra weight," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and author of Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! and From Fatigued to Fantastic. "Our research has shown that there are a number of surprising things contributing to this and that when you treat them the weight will often begin to disappear."

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    Healthy SELF asked a team of smartie docs what some of the most common medical culprits are when it comes to weight

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  • Salt's stunt trainer shares Angelina Jolie's get-fit tips

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    Angelina Jolie is back just the way we like her: kicking ass and taking names. In Salt, she plays a CIA agent accused of becoming a Russian spy. We talked to her stunt instructor to find out how she got in secret-agent shape.

    Related: Step up to your best body now with this exclusive SELF workout


    SELF: Angelina Jolie looks great in the Salt trailer, but first, we want to know, how did you teach her how to run in those stilettos without falling on her butt?!
    Simon Crane: Women look great in stilettos, but they are totally impractical. We had to have several other shoes standing by, ranging from same-colored sneakers to slightly lower heels.

    What kind of padding did she have on her body when jumping from that bridge on to a moving truck? Was there something suspending her in air or was she just free-falling? When she did the jump/fall, she was wearing a rucksack which we put a lot of soft padding in. She also wore elbow, hip and knee pads. The stunt was

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  • The 4 Weirdest Anti-Aging Tricks That Totally Don't Work

    By Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman, SELF magazine

    This month's SELF Expression essay is excerpted from the new book My Formerly Hot LIfe: Dispatches From Just the Other Side of Young by Stephanie Dolgoff. This is her second guest blog for Healthy SELF.

    When I hit my late thirties, I saw that I had two choices: I could stress about looking older, thus releasing all kinds of freaky chemicals in my body which would age the bejeezus out of my cells and make me prune up well before my time, OR I could pop open a bottle of wine, put my feet up and do what was reasonable and sustainable (for me, so far, that means anything that doesn't really, really hurt or cost more than a Marc Jacobs handbag). Door number two seemed to offer the greatest likelihood of enjoying the happy life I've had time to build these past four decades...
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    But even I, who just wrote a book about how getting older is much cooler than anyone ever talks about, can't help

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  • The 5 Very Best Things About Getting Older

    By Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman, SELF magazine

    This month's SELF Expression essay is excerpted from the new book My Formerly Hot LIfe: Dispatches From Just the Other Side of Young by Stephanie Dolgoff. Below is the first of four of her guest blogs for Healthy SELF:

    Reading certain celeb mags and beauty sites -- especially staring into the surgically altered beyond recognition faces of certain stars -- would lead anyone to fear getting older. Well, I got news for you: Getting older doesn't suck, at least not from where I sit, over here, just on the other side of young.

    Sure, when I first realized in my late 30s that I was an adult "tween" -- no longer a young woman, but not old, either -- the realization was unsettling. The main indicator was that I was moving subtly away from the standard perfectly symmetrical, thin, perky-boobed female ideal (not that I had ever arrived there). I was in a new category of human, and if I said I was psyched to throw my arms open and go skipping through

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  • Actress Emily Rose's 3 Supernatural Secrets for Staying Fit and Healthy

    By Ashley Mateo, SELF magazine

    Actress Emily Rose is thrilled to be starring in SyFy's freaky new Fringe-meets-X-Files drama, Haven (it's based on a Stephen King novella). "I get to wear a gun on my hip!" she told us. "Who doesn't want to play an FBI agent?"

    As Agent Aubrey Park, Rose travels to Haven, Maine on a routine case that quickly turns into something much more mysterious--the small town is home to a number of residents with supernatural afflictions. Rose's character also has her own hidden past, and might just be connected to this town she feels so drawn to.

    In honor of her new role, we asked Rose to share her supernatural secrets for staying so fit, healthy and down-to-earth while shooting amidst the elements in Halifax, Nova Scotia - that means fog, scorching heat and pouring rain, potentially all in one day!

    1. I drink as much green tea as possible - anyway I can get it into my body. Warm, iced, extract...I'd inject it if I could! It gives me a boost of energy, and the

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