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  • The Best Wines and Beers for Thanksgiving

    By: Joshua M. Bernstein and Anthony Giglio

    Thanksgiving meals have come a long way since the days when you knew exactly what you'd be eating (turkey) and that there wouldn't be anything especially sexy to drink with it (Grandma was no oenophile). But modern families feel no shame in swapping out the standard T-Day bill of fare for all kinds of variations on game birds, ham, chicken, fish, and lamb-which makes pairings a wee bit tougher. We asked beer aficionado Joshua M. Bernstein and wine expert Anthony Giglio to share their top picks for each of the possible proteins you might encounter this holiday season. Let's start with the classic.
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    Wine Pairing
    The all-American bird deserves an all-American wine that can stand up to all the nuances in flavor turkey has to offer-and Zinfandelis about as patriotic as it gets. Even though it's believed to have come to California from Croatia, it's not made in this style anywhere else on the planet. Generous, juicy, and

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  • 7 Best Foods & Drinks to Cure Your Thanksgiving Hangover

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    CorbisCorbisYou had a great time last night…and now you're paying for it. (Though if you had read our 5 Surprising Ways to Prevent a Hangover you wouldn't be in this mess to begin with, not that we told you so...) While collegiate wisdom says to reach for greasy, fatty foods to "soak up" the alcohol, that large cheese pizza you ordered at 3 A.M. (and then snacked on later for "breakfast") is mixing up a potent gastrointestinal cocktail that's just too strong for your weak tummy to handle. And even if you have a stomach of steel, most fat-laden foods don't provide your body with the nutrients alcohol has depleted, says nutritionist Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D.N., C.N.S.

    That doesn't mean you can't eat your way to a brighter morning after. You just need to pick foods that'll replace the nutrients your body has lost and fight the toxins it's acquired, she says.

    Here, the seven foods to eat to save your so-called Sunday Funday:


    Incredible, edible toxin

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  • 4 Olive Oil Cooking Alternatives & How They're Great for Your Health

    By: Abigail Libers


    Sure, you have olive oil in your pantry and, yes, it's tasty, heart-smart, and a staple of the life-extending Mediterranean diet-but your relationship with it shouldn't be exclusive. "Varying the lipids you cook with balances good and bad fat intake," says Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. Aside from distinct health merits, each has a unique smoke point (the temperature at which it breaks down) and therefore best use. Overheating "damages nutrients and produces free radicals," says Angela Lemond, R.D.N., a nutritionist in Plano, Texas. Rotate among these to be a well-oiled machine.

    + Flavor
    From bitter and peppery to citrusy and grassy
    + Health Perks
    Rich in monounsaturated fats (also found in nuts and avocados), extra-virgin olive oil lowers bad LDL cholesterol and raises good HDL cholesterol. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that consuming more than four tablespoons of extra-virgin olive

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  • 8 Reasons Why Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Overrated

    By: Michael Y. Park

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    It'd be fine if the unbridled enthusiasm for Black Friday and Cyber Monday remained safely on its side of the mall-along with Spencer's Gifts, Orange Julius, and the hordes of red-and-green-sweater-clad holiday-sale worshipers. But noooo. What we have instead is a world in which everyone keeps asking everyone else, "What are you buying, where are you going, and who's got the best deals?"

    This year, don't be at a loss for words: We've assembled eight reasons to avoid Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and even Green Tuesday. Feel free to bust out these logic bombs any time a crazed mall shopper pesters you about your holiday-spending plans.

    1. Black Friday isn't the biggest shopping day of the year-it's just the most crowded.

    Traditionally, the biggest retail shopping day of the year is the weekend before Christmas. What Black Friday may actually be is the busiest retail day for window shopping. "People just want to get out and do something on that day," a

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  • Why Bacteria Keeps You Healthy, Plus 5 Ways to Make Your Body a Microbial Home

    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

    Courtesy of EquinoxCourtesy of Equinox

    We have more bacteria in our gut than cells in our body. Here's why minding these microbes can help you get healthy from the inside out.

    As foreign as it sounds, the word microbiome may soon be part of the mainstream lexicon. The term refers to the microbes or bacteria that naturally inhabit the body from the surface of your skin to your gut. We tend to think of microbes as bad-pathogens that need to be killed-but new research suggests that storing scores of them is paramount to our health and metabolism.

    "We have 100 trillion microbes in our gut-more bacteria than cells in the body. They aid in digestion and detoxification, help support our immune system, and manufacture key vitamins, among other functions. Western medicine is catching on to the importance of all the bacteria in our bodies-especially in our gut. In Functional Medicine we've been manipulating this microbiome for some time, but it's primarily been guesswork." says Frank

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  • Health Myth: Is Fresh Food Really Healthier Than Frozen?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    CorbisCorbis"Fresh good. Packaged bad." The clean-eating mantra makes perfect sense, but it turns out your supermarket's produce section never got the memo.

    In two recent studies from Britain, researchers purchased a half dozen different kinds of fruit and vegetables, all of which came in two varieties: fresh and frozen. After buying them-and then having them chill out in either a fridge or freezer for three days-researchers conducted 40 tests to compare their nutritional content.

    Turns out the frozen varieties were richer in health-boosting vitamins and antioxidants. In fact, frozen broccoli had four times more beta-carotene than its fresh counterpart, while frozen carrots had three times more lutein and double the beta-carotene as well as greater levels of vitamin C and polyphenols. A few produce picks (raspberries and peas, for example) performed about the same across the board whether they were fresh or frozen, but they were exceptions to what could become

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  • 5 Signs You're Overdoing it at the Gym

    By: Q by Equinox for Details

    Matthew Brookes/Trunkarchive.comMatthew Brookes/Trunkarchive.comDifferentiating between the usual, "I just worked out really hard" pains, and the more worrisome, "I think I might've hurt myself" ones can be difficult, especially when you're trying to push yourself towards progress. "There's a pain of injury and a pain of adaptation-one is bad, and the other is good," says Equinox Advisory Board Member Justin Mager, Ph.D., a San Francisco Bay Area-based exercise physiologist and physician. Here's how to know the difference.

    The Good Kind:
    The comeback aches. "You might be doing an activity perfectly, but if you haven't done something like high-intensity cardio in a while, it's normal for your body to ache a bit during and after your session," he says.

    1. The immediate aftershock. When you perform an activity pain-free, and then feel really sore afterwards, that's a good sign. "Pain after properly executed exercise means that your body is adapting to become more fit," says Mager.
    Note: Taking ibuprofren or

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  • 7 Signs You're Workout Obsessed

    By: Kristen Dold

    John Balsom/Trunk Archives. John Balsom/Trunk Archives. There is such a thing as too much exercise-and it can wreak havoc on your body. Do you know your limits? If you answer yes to any of these questions, consider yourself officially benched.

    1. Friends have stopped inviting you to parties and happy hours because you'd never skip a workout to go. "If you start canceling social engagements, you need to reevaluate your gym-life balance," says fitness consultant Adam Bornstein.

    2. Other gymgoers frequently ask if you work there.

    3. If you're not at work, you're at the gym. "It's part of the busy trap-we have to have an excuse to be doing something," Bornstein says.

    4. You snap when someone else is on "your" treadmill.

    5. You feel the same level of guilt for skipping a Barry's Bootcamp class as you do for not attending a relative's funeral. "If you can't miss a workout without feeling extreme distress, worry, or self-loathing, it's a problem," says sports psychologist Sari Shepphird.

    6. You can't remember

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  • Do Single People Have Better Sex Than Married Couples?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    "When guys hook up with girls, the main payoff is the ego satisfaction they get from the conquest and orgasmic release. It's intense and thrilling," says Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D, a Manhattan-based relationship therapist. "There's a mania that's associated with it, but also a depressive side that frequently leaves them feeling spent and hollow after the deed is done."

    In fact, a 2013 study of 3,900 college students found that men experience anxiety and depression after casual sex, and guys who hook up on the regular report lower levels of self-esteem, life satisfaction, and overall happiness than those who get their monogamous rocks off. Plus, Hokemeyer says that in committed relationships men have more opportunity to get exactly what they want out sex-playing, acting out fantasies, and flat-out asking for things guys can't (or at least shouldn't) ask for during a one-night stand.

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    And let's be honest, even if the bar scene

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  • Are Egg Yolks as Healthy as the Whites? It's Time to Rethink the Whole Egg

    By:Q by Equinox for Details

    LeviBrown/Trunk Archives.LeviBrown/Trunk Archives.Do you routinely order egg whites sans their sunny centers, assuming you're benefiting both your cholesterol level and your waistline? The "white scramble" has long been considered the go-to breakfast choice for fitness fans and dieters, but progressive nutrition pros say it's time to re-think the morning meal.

    If you're wondering how the yolk got so maligned, chalk it up to good intentions gone wrong. For 30 years the American Heart Association has been recommending a limit of 300mg total daily cholesterol in order to minimize your risk for heart disease, and one large egg contains 185mg-all of which is found in the yolk. Cutting out the yolk to lower your intake seems like a smart, easy move, right? According to more recent studies, that couldn't be more wrong.

    "There's this persistent idea that we need to lower blood cholesterol by lowering the cholesterol we eat, but as research has evolved, it's shown that dietary cholesterol doesn't have a big impact

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