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  • 3 Gadgets for a Better Night's Sleep

    Two thirds of Americans say they don't get enough shut-eye, according to the National Sleep Foundation. New high-tech sleep trackers promise to clue you in to what's sabotaging your rest. A few weary women pillow-tested them for a week.Two thirds of Americans say they don't get enough shut-eye, according to the National Sleep Foundation. New high-tech sleep trackers promise to clue you in to what's sabotaging your rest. A few weary women pillow-tested them for a week.

    Yawn if you relate: Two thirds of Americans say they don't get enough shut-eye, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But a slew of new high-tech sleep trackers promise to clue you in to what's sabotaging your rest. We asked a few weary women to pillow-test them for a week.

    Related: 50 Weird Things He Loves About You

    THE ZZZITUATION: "I lie awake forever." -HOLLY HAYS, 35

    THE GADGET: The Zeo ($150; MyZeo.com), a computerized headband worn at night. "After I uploaded info from the headband to Zeo's website, I got an email saying that having a late dinner and watching TV before bed may have kept me awake. So I tried eating earlier and reading; by the end of the week, I nodded off in five minutes!"

    Related: The 5 Outfits Guys Secretly Hope You'll Wear

    THE ZZZITUATION: "I fall asleep quickly, but a leaf drops in the backyard and I'm up." -ELIZABETH SHIPLEY, 40

    THE GADGET: The WakeMate ($60; wakemate.com), a wristband that records movement during sleep

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  • Winter Date Ideas to Heat Up Your Romance

    Don't let the chill in the air keep you cold for each other! Fight frostiness with hot and sexy ideas for winter romance.

    Pick Him Up at a Party
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    When you're at an event with your man, shoot him a come-hither look across the room. Attempt to pick him up with only your eyes.

    Related: What His Friends Know About Your Sex Life


    Lather Up
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    While your sweetie is in the shower preparing for your date, throw a few towels in the dryer so when his toes hit the cold bathroom floor he'll have something nice and warm.


    Walking in a Winter Wonderland
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    Take a day trip to the nearest big city to admire the winter stillness. Hold hands, drink hot chocolate, and snuggle together to stay warm!


    "Let's Ditch These Jackets"
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    Create a code word that tells your partner that you can't wait another moment for him to have his way with you. The extra winter clothes you have to take off just add to the anticipation.


    The Winner Takes It All (Literally)sugar
    Make the stakes a little more interesting on game night. You

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  • Ask Hungry Girl: What Eating Rules Will You Follow for 2012?

    We asked Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien what healthy eating rules she'll follow in 2012-and we're following them too.

    By Lisa Lillien

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    I definitely stick to certain food guidelines year-round, and the new year is a great time to recommit. My top five:

    I live by the 80/20 rule: 80 percent of the time I eat what I know I should be eating, and 20 percent of the time I allow myself to indulge a little.

    I don't drink my calories. I hydrate with a ton of water, and on the rare occasion I want something sweet, I go for coconut water or lightened-up juice like Trop50-half the calories of regular O.J.

    I plan, plan, plan. I'm always figuring out what I'm going to eat ahead of time, especially if I'm dining out, so I don't make impulsive choices.

    I keep track of what I eat. As dorky as it sounds, research has shown that people tend to make better choices if they hold themselves accountable by keeping a food journal. Try it!

    I always have an emergency snack handy, like turkey

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  • Dear Whys Guy: “My Husband is Both Jekyll and Hyde"

    By Aaron Traister

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    Related: Dear Whys Guy: "Why Does My Husband Refuse to Wear Pajamas?"

    Q: "Sometimes when I playfully tease my husband about something he said or did, he laughs and plays along. But other times, I can tease him about the exact same thing, and he gets mad. What's up with the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine?"

    A: I'm guessing that the moments he plays along and makes like everything is "funny-funny" are the moments that he's feeling like he might want to "get some-get some" later in the evening, so he puts up with stuff that would normally annoy him or hurt his feelings in effort not to capsize the sex boat with an an argument. When you're in the mood, you let the little things slide. For instance: making fun of him because as he hung up the phone with his boss he absentmindedly told him he loved him? That's funny when you're in the mood.

    But when you're not in the mood, and all you're thinking about is how Rick Santorum is your boss and he doesn't find that

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  • 6 Moves for a Flat Tummy

    Celebrity trainer Holly Perkins designed this crunch-free workout to uncover and tone your abs. Do the routine three times a week, and you'll see results in about 12 weeks. You'll need a pair of 2-pound weights and a 2-pound soft exercise ball.

    By Holly Perkins

    Related: Eat to Shrink Your Belly

    STANDING OVERHEAD PRESS
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    Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a weighted ball or dumbbell with both hands. Pull abs in tight, then lift arms straight overhead, as shown, actively reaching up as high as you can for 10 counts. Lower arms; repeat five times.


    LEG SWAP
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    Lie on your back with knees bent, and press the ball or a weight to the ceiling while pulling abs in. Slowly lift right leg, with knee still bent, until leg is perpendicular to your body, as shown. Keeping abs tight, lower your right foot to the floor as you simultaneously lift your left leg. Do two sets of 10 reps.

    Related: Mommy Tummy Makeover


    LYING BALL EXTEND
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    Lie on your back with knees bent, holding a weight with

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  • 6 Anti-Aging Tricks to Try This Winter

    Cold temps and dry heat can do a number on your skin. Put the kibosh on those nasty little wrinkles with these tricks.

    By Fiorella Valdesolo

    SWITCH TO CREAMIER SKIN CARE

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    "Almost everyone needs extra moisture in the winter," says Mary Lupo, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. When the air is cold and dry, water and oil levels in skin plummet, making wrinkles appear worse and skin seem worn. One surefire way to look softer and smoother: Use a creamy face wash, which is less drying than a foaming formula (try Origins Pure Cream cleanser, $19.50). Super-parched? Skip cleanser altogether in the morning; instead, mix a little moisturizer with warm water, massage it into your skin, and tissue it off. Then apply a rich cream packed with skin-quenching ingredients like essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, or ceramides, like CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $14.99.

    Related: 8 Lush Finds That'll Beat Winter Blahs


    KEEP WEARING SUNSCREEN!

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    Don't let your

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  • Juice Cleanse with the Whys Guy!

    By Aaron Traister

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    Related: 25 Personal Health Secrets from Top Doctors

    I'm starting a three-day "Juice Cleanse." It sounds grosser than it is-wait, no, it's pretty gross. And despite what this headline says, I'm being totally serious when I write: "DON'T Juice Cleanse with the Whys Guy."

    Now that I've made that disclaimer, let me back up and start at the beginning. Last year, in an effort to break a lifetime of fairly rotten eating habits, I went vegan on the weekdays for a month. I knew I needed a change because I was basically sweating bourbon and bacon grease, and things like breathing comfortably were starting to become a bit of a hassle. My plan worked fantastically and led to one of the healthiest years of my life-I hadn't felt that good since high school. That one month taught me about balancing the meats and cheeses and boozes that I love with all the veggies and non-boozes that I need. I had a year of smaller portions, very little straight-up junk food, and lots of energy

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  • 10 Power Foods to Eat More, More, More Of

    Out of the 45,000 items in the average American supermarket, these are the healthiest gotta-eats to throw in your cart every time for a longer, slimmer, happier life.

    APPLES
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    An apple a day... well, you know. Besides containing quercetin, a compound that can protect brain cells from tissue-damaging free radicals, they're a great source of filling fiber, which can help you slim down; one apple contains 16 percent of your daily dose. The latest good news: White-fleshed fruits (that means pears too) may help cut your risk of a stroke by about 50 percent, says a new study from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

    Eat to Beat Your Health Problems



    BANANAS
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    Some shun them for being "too caloric," but they're still a fruit, people! One medium banana delivers about 100 calories to your diet, 3 grams of fiber, and a boost of potassium, which helps keep blood pressure in check. Slip one into your kid's lunch too: A British study suggests that eating bananas daily may protect children from

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  • Great Mom Debate: Do You Make Your Kids Write Thank You Notes?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen

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    When I was growing up, I never had to write thank-you cards. My nice grandparents were dead, and my mean one only sent me one gift ever-a pair of used granny panties for my 12th birthday. We didn't have any family friends or other relatives who wanted to send me stuff, so I pretty much never had to say thank-you. I know, I was like the luckiest kid ever. But my kids don't share my, er, problem. This past Christmas they each received a gift from their grandparents on each side, and while none of said relatives were present to see the gift-unwrapping joy, the kids could feel the love and thought that went into them. It was awesome. Now, it's two weeks later and my kids still don't have their thank-you cards written. And by "my kids" I mean "me."

    Related: Learning to Live With Kid Clutter...and Imperfection

    Of course our kids should write thank-you cards. It's good for them to grateful, people enjoy having their generosity acknowledged, and... I know, I

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  • Eat to Beat Your Health Problems

    From stomach blahs to forgetfulness... Your prescription is in your kitchen.

    By Jessica Girdwain

    The next time someone in the family gets an owie, look to your kitchen, not your medicine cabinet, for relief. "There are a lot of unexpected benefits from many of the foods we eat every day," says Hannah El-Amin, a registered dietitian specializing in integrative medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dig in, and get well soon.

    Related: Love Can Make You Skinny

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    EASE STOMACH BLAHS When a Mexican meal produces a fiesta in your belly, give peppermint a shot; it can help soothe abdominal discomfort, says a recent study from the journal Pain. A cooling agent called icilin activates a receptor in the colon that desensitizes the area. So pour yourself a cup of minty tea, or ask your doc about peppermint-oil capsules. Because really, nobody wants to give up enchiladas.

    CURE A COUGH Treating anything with chocolate sounds good, and studies show that a

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