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  • The Hormonal Secrets to Taming Your Appetite

    Don't beat yourself up over breaking your diet-it turns out eating smart isn't about willpower, but managing hunger hormones that, when overstimulated, can cause the feeling of being a bottomless, insatiable pit. Take these six easy steps to regain balance. By Nicole Yorio Jurick, REDBOOK.

    Be a better stresser
    The too-much-on-your-plate effect, caused by work deadlines, financial anxiety, or worries about kids, can spike stress levels and keep hunger hormones running high. "Cortisol imbalance is the biggest offender when it comes to unwanted weight gain," says registered dietitian and author of The Sugar Detox Brooke Alpert. "Sustained high cortisol levels can lead to intense cravings and binge eating, and can cause excess fat to accumulate around your belly." To avoid this not-so-fun stuff, work in these proven stress-zappers whenever anxiety is running high:

    1. Do 10 minutes of a moderate intensity exercise such as walking or biking
    2. Take 10 slow, deep breaths;
    3. Call a funny

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  • How to Find the Best Jeans of Your Life

    The best pair of jeans can make your body look slimmer, taller, even younger. Why settle for "good enough" when you could like the mirror and say, "Amazing!"?

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  • Yes, You Can Get Over Your Food Addictions

    Whether it's a crunchy, creamy chocolate bar beckoning to you from the vending machine, a green juice habit, or an urge to dive into a bowl of pasta the second you get home, you can conquer your cravings. It's as easy as making these smart swaps. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Having a cup or two of java has enormous health benefits, but if it's messing with your sleep or triggering other physical ailments, you may have exceeded your personal caffeine limit. "Cold turkey isn't for everyone," says says Diane Sanfilippo, a holistic nutritionist and author of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet. "For some people, a weaning off method works better." For the first three days, mix 75-percent caffeinated coffee with 25-percent decaf, then gradually shift the proportion over two or three weeks. This works whether you're looking to cut out some or all java, and makes withdrawal headaches blessedly less likely. "I prefer water-processed coffee, which means in order to decaffeinate it, they've used a

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  • The Art of the Financially-Responsible Splurge

    You're itching for a shiny new car. A beach vacation is just what you need to combat an all-too-stressful past few months. A high-power blender would make it so much easier to eat healthy. And you can have them! Here's how to get what's important to you without destroying your budget or going into debt. By Caroline Wright, REDBOOK.

    1. Think ahead

    Focusing on the future doesn't have to cause an anxiety attack-and it's also an opportunity to dream. And dream we do. Before you write your budget, take a moment to think about what may soon change in your life. How do you see your career developing? Are you planning to have another child? Will you make a big geographical move? Although we can't predict everything in life, most of us have some sense of where we see our lives moving. Knowing this and understanding how it will affect you financially will help you create a thoughtful budget to live by.

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    2. Prepare a budget

    First thing's first: Pour yourself a

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  • The Best Jean Jacket for Your Body

    It's the ultimate fall staple, but with all the washes, styles, and brands out there, finding the right denim topper is quite the task. Clinton Kelly, cohost of What Not to Wear and author of the upcoming Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget, breaks down the offerings to save you hours at the mall. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

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  • How to Make Your Own Almond Milk

    Cashew, almond, coconut-it seems like there's a new type of milk alternative coming out almost every month. Capture all the great health benefits and none of the artificial add-ins by blending up your own with this easy recipe. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.

    Total time: 7 minutes

    3 cups water
    1 cup raw almonds
    Sugar or sweetener, to taste (optional)

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    1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.

    2. Select Variable 1.

    3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.

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    4. Blend, 2 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached.

    If you want to strain away sediment, place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl. Pour almond milk slowly into sieve and filter through, or stir milk in the sieve with a spatula to encourage it to pass through more rapidly. *Note: Almond milk is high in fiber only if it's not strained.

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  • The Key to Making Your Mornings Go Smoothly

    The a.m. can be chaotic for any number of reasons, and getting you and your family out the door is no easy task. Let these expert fixes for five real women's struggles guide you closer to pre-nine 'o-clock bliss. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Cut out the breakfast bustle
    The problem:
    "My husband has to travel sometimes, and when he's not around to cook breakfast, our routine falls apart," says Cheri, 34, a mother of two. "I need to figure out how to make nutritious breakfasts quickly-ones that I can take with me on the go."
    The solution: "Each Sunday, Cheri should use a loaf of whole-wheat bread to make 16 slices of French toast with nonfat milk, eggs, and cinnamon, and then freeze them in zipped plastic bags," says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake. "The egg provides protein, the bread contains filling whole grains, and flavorful cinnamon cuts the need for sugary syrup overload. Each weekday morning, pop a couple of slices in the toaster to heat them. She could even use the French

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  • The 10 Best Zero-Effort Hairstyles

    No matter how frenzied the fall mornings get-and we know they're pretty darn crazy-you'll roll out of bed looking gorgeous with these easy-to-create 'dos. By Jennifer Conrad, REDBOOK.

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  • The 9 Worst Date Nights Ever

    If you've ever found yourself groaning that date night's gotten too monotonous-and hey, we've been there-you haven't read these horrifying, laugh-out-loud, and anything-but-boring tales. Takeout and TiVo are looking better already. By Penny Wrenn, REDBOOK.

    Citizen's arrest
    "About two years ago my husband, Andy, and I witnessed a hit-and-run on our way home from dinner. I usually avoid any and all dangerous situations, but in this case it seemed so unjust that I yelled, 'Follow that car!' We trailed it for 30 minutes while on the phone with the police, ultimately ending up at an apartment complex, which we sat outside of until the police arrived. Date night: Avengers-style." - Cana, 24, Birmingham, AL

    Eat up

    "My husband and I celebrated our fifth anniversary by splurging on a big dinner at a fancy restaurant in New York City's Central Park. We were seated at a perfect table overlooking the beautifully lit outdoor area, happily sipping our wine and leisurely eating two bowls of

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  • Go Bold! the Best Bright Lipstick for You

    On the prowl for a striking hue that flatters? We've got you covered with perfect picks for every skin tone. By Marissa Oliva, REBDOOK.

    Let your eyes be your guide
    The first step to finding the right lipstick is figuring out whether you have warm or cool skin. "Generally, if skin is warm, it's best to stick with shades that also have some warmth," says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. "And if skin is very pale or cool, err on the side of cooler shades." Don't know how to tell which camp you fall into? Look at your eye color, suggests makeup artist Troy Surratt. If eyes are blue or green, your skin is likely cool. If they're hazel or brown, it's probably warm. "It's not steadfast, but in most cases it's a great indicator."

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    What's your type?
    Choosing a product depends upon your desired look. Like to layer throughout the day? Reach for a classic cream formula. "They go on with medium coverage, and the more you swipe them on, the greater the

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