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  • The Rise of "Breast-flixing" -- and 11 Shows Made for It

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.


    Per Pregnancy.org, "Most babies need to be breastfed at least eight times every 24 hours," and the average length of each feeding is 20 to 40 minutes total. Translation? Once moms get the hang of things--whether breast- or bottle-feeding--they have a lot of time on their hands while nursing, feeding, and pumping. And, as one mom admits, "Everyone says breast-feeding is so magical and such wonderful bonding time, but when the baby is tiny, it can also be kind of boring."

    Enter the growing trend we affectionately call "breast-flixing." Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and the ability to watch your favorite shows on phones and tablets, it's become a no-brainer for many moms to do some quality binge-watching while feeding their babies. Some women even use the TV as a nursing resource. "For late-night feedings, I watched QVC. It has a timer on the bottom of the screen to let you know they're moving on to the next product; I used this as

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  • 5 Girly Things Guys Really Like

    Our male columnist names all the items you have that your man secretly covets. Hide your loofahs, ladies. By Aaron Traister, REDOOK.

     

    I was working out at my boxing gym recently when my trainer stopped shouting at us and began swaying back and forth to a song that had just come on the radio. He was momentarily lost in the music, unaware of his surroundings and his students pounding away on the heavy bags. Such is the power of Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry." It's fair to guess that a 40-something former middleweight with a Philadelphia Flyers tattoo on his neck was not the demographic Fergie had in mind when she recorded that song. I'm truly not busting on the guy, in part because he has a left hook that could knock out a mule (or a writer for REDBOOK), but mostly because I, too, dig on many things that were created with women in mind. All guys do. I don't care how tough or macho your man is; he's secretly exfoliating with your loofah, or he's listening to your Lana Del Rey albums on

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  • 9 Secret Calorie Bombs Lurking in Your Diet

    They might sound healthy, but hold on just one second. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.

    Gluten-free items
    These wheat-free products may be hot, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're better for you, says registered dietitian nutritionist Karen Ansel M.S., coauthor of The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life. Since gluten adds texture and taste to many foods, manufacturers often have to replace it with sugar, fat, and starch, which can pack more calories than the original gluten version would. If you want to limit your intake, you're better off choosing naturally gluten-free whole foods like buckwheat, veggies, and sweet potatoes, says nutrition therapist and registered dietitian Limor Baum.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    Wraps
    For those cutting carbs, these flat offenders seem like the perfect sandwich solution-but not so fast. Not only do most wraps contain more than 300 calories before adding the fillings (you could have three slices

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  • 8 Tricks to Wearing Spring's Neon Lip

    Bold, look-at-me lips can instantly brighten your whole face, but how do you pull off a really intense color without looking overly made up? You find a shade that flatters--and doesn't fight with--your complexion and put it on like a pro. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.

    Prep your lips first
    Bold lipstick accentuates dry, chapped lips, so exfoliate them with a scrub such as Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50). Or you can apply a little balm (Vaseline works great!) and gently rub over your lips with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

    Apply a primer
    To get the truest color payoff from your lipstick, start with a blank canvas. Tone down your natural lip color with lip primer or a bit of foundation. We like Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer ($19).

    Related: 10 Facial Oils for Every Skin Type and Concern

    Pencil it in
    Outline and fill in lips with a pencil that matches the ideal lipstick shade for your skintone. Not only does this add definition, it also gives lipstick something to

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  • How Your Hormones Could Be Messing with Your Health

    So stressed your hair is falling out? Can't get rid of belly flab no matter how many miles you jog? Falling asleep before grown-up bedtime? The advice endocrinologists give their BFFs could help you--finally--figure out what's up with that. By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.

    Here's when to worry about that hair growing on your face
    "When women I know in their 30s show me unexpected hair growth on their faces and arms, I say, 'Go talk to your mother,' because it could just be hereditary. But if Mom didn't start growing the same kind of hair when she was your age, it might be polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can jeopardize your fertility. In other cases, if you rapidly grow hair on your upper lip out of the blue or if the hair coming in on your arms and legs feels coarse, your body could be producing excess male hormones, which could signify an adrenal or ovarian tumor. See your doctor, and bring a picture of yourself before the hair growth--and don't shave your legs or Read More »from How Your Hormones Could Be Messing with Your Health
  • 9 Rules Every Good Diet Follows

    Whether you're cutting carbs or counting points, keep these healthy principles in mind. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Eat your veggies.
    If you don't, you're likely to overeat not-as-good-for-you things like refined carbs, resulting in weight gain and poor nutrition, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake. That's why most diets encourage filling half your plate with veggies at every meal. Besides being low in sugar and fat and high in vitamins and minerals, they're packed with fiber to keep you full. For a creamy side dish, try a cauliflower mash with garlic and Parmesan cheese in lieu of mashed potatoes. If you like spicy food with Indian-style flavors, mix green onion, corn, and red pepper with quinoa and cumin. Or make lunch a roasted tomato and wild mushroom soup.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    You can live happily ever after with it.

    You don't have to give up everything that you love in order to drop pounds--after all, that sounds like a terrible fate. So if

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  • The Pregnancy Health Crisis No One's Talking About

    "Pregobesity": A. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy and not losing it before gaining again with the next baby. B. A health risk that can affect women and their children for the rest of their lives. C. A growing medical crisis no one is talking about. By Hallie Levine, REDBOOK.

    Almost six years ago, I entered my first pregnancy with the healthiest of intentions. I wasn't going to be one of those nutty women who jogs right up to her delivery day, but I didn't buy into the notion that the pink line on my pregnancy test bought me a free pass to lie around and eat with abandon, either. Flash forward two weeks, when morning sickness hit, and my workout routine consisted of racing to the toilet. The only food I could keep down was starchy, high-cal fare like bagels, muffins, and--fine--cookies. By the end of my first trimester, I'd gained 15 pounds, and I was unknowingly on my way to joining the latest mom-to-be trend: pregobesity.

    That's REDBOOK's term for what doctors are

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  • 8 New Color Rules that Make Your Body Look Great

    That's right, you can forget about black, because strategically placed color is even more slimming, and so much prettier. By Audrey Slater, REDBOOK.


    More from REDBOOK:
    50 Delicate Jewelery Finds Under $100
    30 Cutest Short Hairstyles Anyone Can Pull Off
    6 Beauty Fixes from Your Fridge


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  • 53 Superfoods that Change Your Body for the Better

    To eat right without even thinking about it, fill your plate with a rainbow's worth of health-boosting, metabolism-revving nutrients. By Meghan Rabbitt, REDBOOK.


    The best superfoods
    1. Apples may be just as powerful as oatmeal when it comes to lowering "bad" cholesterol.

    2. Snack on watermelon after a workout. It has L-citrulline, an amino acid that helps remove painful lactic acid from muscles more quickly.

    3. Jazz up roasted sweet potatoes by adding chipotle powder (which has the disease-fighting compound capsaicin).

    4. The most powerful immune-boosting nutrients are found in citrus peel, not the fruit itself. Zest it!

    5. New research has found that kiwifruit can significantly reduce fatigue and depression.

    6. Cooked tomatoes are even healthier than uncooked ones. The heat helps you absorb the antioxidant lycopene.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    7. Pair leafy greens with foods rich in vitamin C and you'll better absorb their high levels of iron.

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  • I Did Naked Yoga with Strangers… and that Wasn’t the Scary Part

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    These are what actually terrify me--not the area where we shed our clothesThree hours before my Tuesday evening naked, co-ed yoga class, I asked a friend, "Is it weird that I'm more nervous that this is an hour and 15 minutes long than I am about not wearing clothes?" She quickly affirmed that I was indeed crazy.

    But I was right.

    After all, I'd volunteered to shed my winter layers and contort by body into lizard pose in the name of an adventure. Reactions around me ranged from "You're awesome" to "You must be completely out of your mind" to "Is that a real thing?" Yet my biggest concern was unwinding my uptight, always-on, New Yorker self enough to survive yoga, period.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    I don't do yoga. I believe that a good workout should make you want to cry, and Vinyasa just doesn't cut it. But what gives me more pause than making time for something I consider physically nonessential is that I'm simply too competitive. Yoga is all about being inside of yourself. I'm busy comparing my balance and

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