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  • 5 Ways Gratitude is Good for Your Health

    Why gratitude can be good for your health.Why gratitude can be good for your health.It's easy to focus on all the things you want to own, create, or experience, but research shows that appreciating what you already have may be the key to living a healthier, happier life. And you can't argue with science. Here are five ways that feeling grateful can improve your health:

    1. Gratitude can boost your level of life satisfaction.
    Want to feel happier? Write a thank you note! According to research done by Steve Toepfer, assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University at Salem, increasing your level of life satisfaction may be as easy as writing a letter of gratitude. Toepfer asked subjects to write a meaningful letter of gratitude to anyone they wanted. The more letters people wrote, the less they reported feeling symptoms of depression, and they noted feeling happier and more satisfied with life overall. "If you are looking to increase your wellbeing through intentional activities, take 15 minutes three times over three weeks and write

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  • What Men Really Wish We Knew

    While you may envision most guys only think about sports, beer, and sex, believe it or not, they're actually thinking about you, too. Or in this case, what they wish you knew about them. Consider it just one small step in figuring out the enigma known as the male species.

    We checked in with guys ages 19 to 56-everyone from doctors to NFL players and music industry stars. Here's what they had to say.
    Dr. Tom HacketDr. Tom Hacket1. Time flies when you're a man: "There is 'man time' and 'woman time.' For men, time goes by faster than for women. Einstein tried to explain this with his theory of relativity and I think it was all about trying to get along with his wife. So, the next time a guy doesn't call or text a girl back right away or it's been two weeks since he last said 'I love you,' just remember that it doesn't mean he doesn't care it, it just means that time passes differently for him."

    -Dr. Tom Hacket, 44, World-renowned Orthopedic Surgeon and Team Doctor for US Olympics Snowboarding





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  • What Do Nutritionists Eat for Breakfast?

    You don't need us to remind you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But you might need a few fresh ideas for your run-of-the-mill morning meal. We asked some of our favorite nutritionists to snap a photo of their breakfast and give us the lowdown on their wholesome choices. Check out their delicious dishes-and adjust your grocery list accordingly.

    Greek yogurt bowlGreek yogurt bowl1. Greek yogurt bowl: Michael Roussell, PhD, author of 6 Pillars of Nutrition, digs into Greek yogurt with a half scoop of vanilla protein powder, pomegranate arils, and walnuts.

    "Greek yogurt has twice the protein and half the carbs of regular yogurt, plus it's so creamy," Roussell says. "The powder gives added protein and vanilla flavor, while pomegranate berries, loaded with anthocyanins and ellagic acid, are some of the most powerful antioxidants we can get in our diet. Walnuts contain one of the most diverse blends of fats of any nuts, including high levels of omega-3. Some research suggests that daily walnut

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  • Quick Fixes for Happier, Healthier Holidays

    Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Try these quick tips!Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Try these quick tips!All of the gift buying, wrapping, and party hopping can be overwhelming. Don't let your magical memories get lost in a fog of exhaustion. Recharge and reinvigorate your holidays with these one-minute tips so you're at your festive finest all winter long. (Bonus benefit: They'll help you slip a little fat-fighting exercise into this season of gym-skipping indulgence.)

    1. Step away from shopping to walk taller: If a day of holiday shopping makes you feel slumped over, it's not just because all those bags are filled with goodies that aren't for you.

    Lugging sacks of gifts around can roll your shoulders forward, making your chest tighten and close, says Chrissy Carter, a yoga teacher and trainer at YogaWorks in New York. Instead of looking and feeling defeated-and not getting optimal breath while you stride around-take a break from the card-swiping grind and try this shoulder and heart opener.

    To do it, stand straight and interlace your fingers behind your back. Roll your upper arms

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  • Your Holiday Cookie Survival Guide

    Your holiday cookie survival guide.Your holiday cookie survival guide.Don't beat yourself up over a cookie or two. Indulgence is fun for a reason, and a day or two of binging won't have you looking like Mrs. Claus.

    "If there's something or a day where you really want to indulge, you might be willing to do a little extra activity to make up for it," says Sandra Carpenter, RD, Senior Program Manager for Weight Management and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

    You don't have to spend all winter on a treadmill, though. Use these strategies to satisfy your cravings without overdoing it.

    1. Satisfy what you're really craving: Don't let magazines or naysayers tell you that certain flavors and textures are complete no-nos, says Devon Metz, founder of Fit Health Into Life in Boulder , Colorado.

    "You could love chocolate, but think you can't eat it. You might eat 20 oatmeal cookies and not be satisfied because there's no chocolate fix," she says. "If you're in touch with what flavors you really want, you'll satisfy that craving and eat

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  • Transform Your Look for a Night Out, Fast!

    By Alanna Nuñez, associate digital editor, SHAPE magazine

    Jeannie MaiJeannie MaiBetween planning the perfect family get-togethers, finding gifts for everyone on your list, and trying to live a healthy, stress-free lifestyle, the last thing you need to worry about this holiday season is how you're going to go from the office to that office holiday party.

    Luckily, we managed to snag Jeannie Mai, host of the Style Network's How Do I Look? and new spokesperson for Yoplait Light's "Do the Swap" campaign, for a few minutes. She stopped by the SHAPE office to work her makeover magic, and I got to be the test subject (eek!). I admit, I was kind of nervous, because if there's one thing I am not, it's glamorous. But I shouldn't have worried- Jeannie showed me how a few simple swaps (you don't even have to change your outfit if you don't want) can take you from 9 to 5 to after-hours. Here are her top tips:

    1. Mix glitz with glimmer. "Anything that's shiny, you can mix together," Mai says. "I love

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  • Celebs' Favorite Jewelry that You Can Actually Afford

    Gucci, Prada , Louboutin-it's no secret that red carpet clothes and accessories don't come cheap. As if the couture alone isn't enough, stars usually opt for a little extra sparkle that can run upwards of ten, twenty, even hundreds of thousands of dollars. But not anymore: "Celebrities are turning to jewelry designers like Patricia Brown for their red carpet looks instead of top international jewelry houses because one of the biggest trends in fashion right now is affordable luxury," says celebrity jewelry and fashion commentator Colin McDonald.

    We scouted five celebrity looks accented by baubles you can actually buy-on a budget.

    Kat de LunaKat de Luna1. Kat Deluna in Chelsea Taylor: Whine Up singer Kat Deluna hit The Bra Book digital launch in Manhattan in this fabulous Swarovski studded leopard-print cocktail ring ($191 at ChelseaTaylor.com) from Chelsea Taylor Jewelry.













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    2. Hilary Duff in Kenneth Jay Lane:
    Singer Hilary Duff didn't follow the rule of taking one accessory off before she left the house.

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  • Are You Falling for These Food Label Lies?

    How label savvy are you?How label savvy are you?How food-label savvy are you? Although food labels are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cutting through the fat (ha!) to understand the fine print can be difficult for even the sharpest of grocery shoppers. Here are 10 sneaky ways food manufacturers cash in on your healthy intentions:

    1. If the label says "0 Grams of trans fat..."
    A mad-scientist project gone wrong, trans fats are created in a lab by partially hydrogenating healthier oils. This process destroys the many good benefits of the original fats. What's worse, consuming trans fats ups your risk for heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Most nutritionists recommend avoiding them altogether, which doesn't sound so hard except current labeling guidelines allow manufacturers to round anything less than 0.5g/serving down to zero. Eat more than a few servings, and you've consumed a significant amount of the Frankenfood.

    Avoid it: Anything that says "partially hydrogenated oil," "hydrogenated vegetable oil," or

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  • 5 Slimming Beauty Products that Really Work!

    Skinny Skinny Coffee ScrubSkinny Skinny Coffee ScrubNothing will ever replace a healthy diet and active lifestyle. But we could all use a little extra help from time to time with looking and feeling our best. Here's our cheat sheet to the best beauty products that offer a shortcut to a slimmer-looking physique. Shh...just don't tell anyone!

    1. Your daily brew (pictured left): Take a deep whiff of SkinnySkinny Black Coffee Organic Body Scrub ($30 at SkinnySkinny.com) and you'll feel as if you're sipping a warm cup of java. But the organic ground coffee beans in this stimulating scrub are better at fighting cellulite than fatigue. Caffeine's dehydrating effects tighten the skin and improve the appearance of the detested "C" word. In a circular motion, apply the scrub to your cellulite-plagued body parts, and get ready to be wowed by the results.

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    St. Tropez TanSt. Tropez Tan2. Sneaky shimmer (pictured left): No time for calf raises? St. Tropez Instant Shimmer Stick ($22.50 at StTropezTan.com) offers a

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  • Bikini Model Christine Teigen's Top 5 Healthy Meals

    Christine TiegenChristine TiegenBy Tiffany Tse and Christine Teigen

    The world knows her as a top swimsuit model. We know her as the quick-witted mastermind behind So Delushious, her drool-inducing food blog. Christine Teigen, who goes by Chrissy, is a boss in the kitchen and a hot commodity in the modeling world (she was dubbed "Rookie of the Year" in Sports Illustrated 2010 Swimsuit Issue). She's also the first to admit that her long, lean limbs and killer bod take hard work. After Teigen launched a successful low-carb diet to prep for a major photo shoot last summer, we requested her arsenal of low-carb recipes for ourselves. The supermodel happily revealed her top five-all in her own words!

    1. Yum Nua (Thai Beef Salad) (pictured below): "My mom made this for me all the time growing up. It was one of the few Thai dishes I actually enjoyed. What a silly child I was. Now I love Thai food. She made this for potlucks at school and I always felt so cool and special because everyone else had boring, bland casseroles.

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