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  • 8 Sneaky Ways Winter Ruins Your Health

    Whether you love or hate the frigid weather, the darkest season brings its own set of health challenges. Here's what you need to know to stay healthy and happy when the mercury drops. By Jennifer Conrad, REDBOOK.

    Heart attacks are more common
    Fifty-three percent more so in winter, according to one large-scale study. "We're more likely to be out of shape. Then, when we take on strenuous activities, we are more likely to bear down and hold our breath," says American Heart Association spokesperson Tracy Stevens, MD. This makes us more prone to "popping plaque," a situation in which loose plaque in the arteries can lead to a heart attack. If you're planning to exercise outdoors or take on a task like shoveling snow, warm up first, dress appropriately, take frequent breaks, and don't drink alcohol right before or after breaking a sweat. Those with diabetes, a history of heart attacks, or other risk factors should be especially careful.

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  • Mom Confession: I Don't like Playing with My Kids

    Can you love your kids - and loathe their tea parties and Candy Land games? One honest mother confesses why she doesn't like playing with her kids. By Jennifer Steinhauer, REDBOOK.

    I don't indulge in a lot of mommy guilt. But here is one thing I sadly must confess: I don't like to play.

    I detest throwing balls, climbing trees, or pushing little trains across the kitchen floor, calling out "Woo woo!" Rarely have I been that mom standing at the top of the slide in the playground, wind in the face, gleefully ready to take a ride. When I am forced to race tiny dolls from room to room of their little bitty house, I find myself plotting my grocery list in my head.

    Don't get me started on Candy Land. I'd rather get a bikini wax. One time, while playing a game of Battleship, I snuck my computer under the table and furiously tapped away at emails until I was busted.

    Let me be perfectly clear: I love spending time with my two daughters. On my commute home from work each night, I begin to

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  • The Natural Way to Smooth Out Wrinkles

    The newest batch of eco-friendly anti-aging skincare are as tough on fine lines as they are gentle on the planet. Meet the natural, worry-free guide to younger skin. By Ning Chao, REDBOOK.

    Natural skin care has come a long way from its hemp-soap origins. These days, dermatologists say, eco-minded products are giving regular old wrinkle cream a run for its money. "Some natural anti-agers can actually do more for your skin because they contain extracts that tackle more than one sign of aging," says Jeannette Graf, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The challenge is telling which products truly are earth-friendly, since a label may say it's "natural" when it actually contains harsh chemicals (there's no regulation by the FDA on the use of the word). "Check the ingredient list," says dermatologist Ellen Marmur, M.D., president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. "The more words you

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  • America's 13 Most Decadent Hot Chocolates

    There's nothing like a mug of liquid goodness to stave off the winter chill. Our favorite brands combine sweet nostalgia with dark indulgence for a perfectly grown-up drink. By Laura Li, REDBOOK.

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  • Why Caffeine is the World’s Best Drug

    It gives you a perfectly legal energy burst, mental lift, and metabolism boost. Doctors allow and even encourage it. Caffeine officially rocks. Just make sure its effects always take you to your happy place, and not over to the jittery, irritable dark side. By Jessica Girdwain

    First, why caffeine is good for you
    Forget the guilty rap; science is proving that caffeine has very real health benefits. In its natural form (meaning coffee and tea, not soda), caffeine is a stimulant that activates the areas of the brain responsible for alertness, cognitive-thinking skills, and even pleasure. Researchers believe it's the caffeine itself, along with the ample antioxidants in naturally caffeinated drinks, that makes them so good for us. A few of the perks:

    1. A longer life: Women who drank anywhere from two to six cups of coffee a day had a 15 percent lower risk of dying during a 14-year study by the National Institutes of Health. What's more, caffeinated java can help slash your

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  • Could February Be to Blame for Weight Gain?

    The gradual creeping up of the scale and increasing trouble buttoning your jeans may seem as if it's come out of nowhere, but chances are, one of these cold weather problems is to blame. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    You're programmed from thousands of years of history
    When humans were hunter-gatherers, it was necessary to pack on weight for long, hard winters when food was less readily available. "When we were foraging, skinny people were less likely to make it through the winter," says Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. "There was a survival tactic of gaining weight in and before it." We still try to conserve energy when it's cold because it's our natural way to avoid burning more calories than necessary. However, given modern living conditions, stocking up on food is more likely to add a clothing size than it is to keep us alive until spring.

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    You got

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  • Jillian Michaels' Top 5 Tips for Fast Results

    Her new DVD, Body Revolution, is for moms like her with no time. These are the core principles. By Marisa Fox, REDBOOK.

    Jillian Michaels1. Circuit-train
    Move from one strength-training exercise to another in an aerobic fashion. You'll give your muscles--but not your heart rate--time to recover.

    2. Go for high-intensity intervals
    Work out at 85 to 95 percent of your maximum heart rate for 20 to 60 seconds every few minutes. This helps you burn more calories overall. Sprint when you run, or jump rope during a strength circuit.

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    3. Mix up your routine
    Add yoga, boot-camp classes, kickboxing, or any new activity to keep your body from plateauing. You'll be fitter, stronger, more flexible, and better balanced.

    4. Up the ante
    Every two weeks, set new, harder goals. Reach for heavier free-weights, do more reps, or try push-ups on your hands and feet instead of your hands and knees. When you challenge your body, you continue to get new results.

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  • 10 Knockout Date-Night Hairstyles

    John McClane is still kicking a** and taking names in A Good Day to Die Hard, which got us thinking about (okay, drooling over) other studly men of action. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

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  • 4 Foods that Help You Eat Less

    Portion control is everything. These foods make you feel full faster so you eat less (and lose weight!). By Anne Roderique-Jones, REDBOOK.

    Miso soup
    The delicious soybean paste used in miso soup is a complete protein, which means it helps to slow digestion and control hunger, says registered dietitian Jen Brewer. Research has also found that people who eat soup before a meal tend to consume less of the entrée. A broth-based bowl like miso is your ideal bet, filling you up for less than 50 calories per cup.

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    Don't save them for weekends only--one study found that morning egg eaters gobbled down 330 fewer calories throughout the day than those who ate a carb-loaded meal (like a bagel). In this case, it's the seven grams of protein per egg that wards off hunger pangs later.

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  • 6 Silent Ways He Says "I Love You"

    If you're worried that he doesn't utter those three little words very often, relax. He may be expressing it every day without even opening his mouth. By Gena Kaufman, REDBOOK.

    He touches you in ways that have nothing to do with sex
    Saying "I love you" with words might be important to you, but not all love relies on speech. "Some men may express their love through physical touch," says Barbara Fredrickson, PhD and author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. Sex is a part of that, but you can really feel his love through his more tender touches. "After a long day of work and taking care of the kids, I always feel loved when my husband rubs my back every night until I fall asleep," says Kelli S., 35, of Glenwood Springs, CO. His sweet affection might even come with he's not conscious. Jennifer G., 41, of Columbus, OH proudly declares, "My husband holds my hand while we sleep!"

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