Blog Posts by Real Simple Magazine

  • 5 Easy Dinners in October

    By Kate Merker

    Thanks to these quick, healthy, delicious recipes, you can solve the mystery of what to make tonight (and all those busy nights to come).

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  • 5 Ways to Win People Over

    By Amanda Armstrong

    Getting someone to really listen is no small feat. Real Simple spoke to five professional influencers about how they make the magic happen.

    1. Puncture Your Own Ego

    © Sami Sarkis, Getty1© Sami Sarkis, Getty1Years ago, a journalist went undercover at several restaurants-one of them mine (Union Square Cafe)-with the aim of bribing the maître d's to score a table. In his article, he wrote that my host had taken the cash. I was mortified and wanted to repair the damage. When I knew the writer would be at an upcoming industry function, I prepared myself. When we saw each other, I walked over and slipped him a $50 bill. He joked that he was keeping it, and then we had a great conversation, which ultimately led to a friendship. Getting defensive gets you nowhere with people. Instead, be willing to show humility and, above all, humor.

    Danny Meyer
    is the owner of six restaurants in New York City and the author of Setting the Table ($27,

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    2. Don't Be

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  • Things you should be doing to boost your immunity

    By Stacey Colino, Images by Lucy Vigrass

    Rev up your body's defenses with these everyday strategies.


    1. Mind the Fat

    High-fat diets can make your immune system "less functional and more sluggish," says Simin Nikbin Meydani, Ph.D., the associate director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University, in Boston. In fact, a Tufts study compared the effects on immune function of a typical Western diet (containing 38 percent fat) to those of a cholesterol-lowering diet (28 percent fat) and discovered that the lower-fat diet enhanced the functioning of T lymphocytes (or T cells), which help ward off infections. Aim to get 25 to 30 percent of your total daily calories from fat, with most of those coming from monounsaturated fats (found in olive oil, avocados, and peanut butter) and polyunsaturated fats (think sunflower and corn oils, salmon, and walnuts). Limit saturated fats (such as those in whole milk, butter, and high-fat meats) and trans

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  • 6 Natural Cold-Prevention Strategies

    By Elizabeth Wells, Photos by Jamie Chung

    Statistics say you'll catch two to four colds this winter. Here's help to stave them off.


    How it helps: Sleep regulates the release of the hormone cortisol, which stimulates cells that boost the immune system, says William Ellert, M.D., chief medical officer of the Phoenix Baptist Hospital. And a well-tuned immune system is crucial for defending against the cold virus. Getting at least seven hours of shut-eye is the easiest way to steer clear of the common cold. In fact, a recent study indicates that people who fall short are nearly three times as likely to catch a cold. To make bedtime even more healthful, try using a protective pillow cover, which can help prevent a stuffy, runny nose.
    Related: 6 Doctor-Recommended Sleep Aids

    Good to know:
    If you have trouble falling asleep, try a mind-calming exercise. For instance: "Go over everything you did during the day, but do it in reverse order," says C. Evers Whyte, director of the Center for

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  • Feel Better Fast

    By Donna Fennessy, Images by Jen Corace

    Quick-healing techniques for 8 common maladies.

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  • New uses for Halloween items

    Is your house haunted by leftover Halloween items? Here are four easy ways to re-use leftover candy and pumpkins.

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  • Supporting Loved Ones With Breast Cancer

    By Liz Welch, Photos by John Dolan

    Five survivors tell how to help someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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    The Breast Cancer Survivors:

    • Laura Livingston Rubin
    Laura was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer three years ago, despite no family history of the disease, after her gynecologist found a lump during a routine exam. Laura underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation and has been cancer-free for three years.
    • Lizanne Kelley
    Lizanne's first mammogram, in 2000, revealed a nut-shaped mass in her right breast. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, she was cancer-free for five years. But the disease came back in 2006, in her spine. Today Lizanne says she's simply "living with cancer."
    • Beth Weinblatt
    Beth was just 29 years old when she felt a lump the size of a peach pit near her breastbone. She was told she had a fast-growing form of stage 2 breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy and Read More »from Supporting Loved Ones With Breast Cancer
  • Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

    See what you can make with a clear umbrella and party streamers.

    by Ingela Ratledge

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    • A green clown wig + a schoolgirl outfit = Broccoli Spears
    • A plastic laundry basket with holes cut out for legs + white balloons + a shower cap = Bathing Beauty
    • A white dress + a pipe-cleaner halo + leaves in her hair and "dirt" on her face = Fallen Angel
    • Black clothes + yellow electrical tape down his torso + toy cars + Velcro = Highway
    • A pig nose + a blanket = Pig in a Blanket
    • A blue T-shirt + cotton balls + tape + a water gun = Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Rain
    • A polo shirt + khakis (or madras shorts) + a name tag = Jay Crew
    • A clear umbrella (preferably dome- shaped) + party streamers or metallic ribbons = Jellyfish

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  • The Facts About Breast Cancer

    Knowledge is power, so arm yourself with up-to-date answers to your most perplexing questions about breast cancer.
    by Cara Birnbaum

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    Q. How do I know if I'm at high risk for developing breast cancer?

    A. Anyone with an immediate family member who was diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of menopause or with multiple relatives suffering from the disease is at high risk; you should start getting mammograms at age 30 or younger, depending on your case. If you're not at high risk, begin at 40. Calculate your own chances by using the Breast Cancer Prevention tool, a short questionnaire at

    Related: Portraits of Breast Cancer

    Q. Do birth-control pills increase my risk?

    A. Any links between the Pill and breast cancer appear to be weak. While estrogen exposure can potentially increase your risk, today's birth-control pills contain far less of the hormone than earlier versions. However, women who take oral contraceptives in their mid- to late 40s to help mitigate

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  • How to handle sticky situations

    By Elizabeth Schatz Passarella

    Tactical tips and talking points that can help you survive an awkward social scenario.

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