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  • Crispy Pork Cutlets With Arugula and Apple Salad

    Serves 4 | Hands-On Time: 25m | Total Time: 25m

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    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 4 thin pork cutlets (about 1 pound)
    • kosher salt and black pepper
    • 5 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
    • 1 bunch arugula, thick stems removed (about 4 cups)
    • 1 apple, thinly sliced
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    1. Place the flour, eggs, and panko in separate shallow bowls. Season the pork with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Coat the pork in the flour, then in the eggs, and finally in the bread crumbs, pressing gently to help them adhere.
    2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the pork until golden and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
    3. Meanwhile,
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  • 5 Mistakes Everyone Should Make

    Five successful people, ranging from a noted psychologist to a legendary tastemaker, describe their most startling (and most revealing) blunders.
    by Amanda Armstrong

    1. Totally embarrass yourself.
    After the publication of my book Reviving Ophelia, in 1994, I was invited to a prestigious party. I got all dressed up; I was so excited to make connections. I had a wonderful time and was elated as I was walking back to my car. Well, that is, until I felt something on the back of my skirt. While I had gotten dressed for the function, I had apparently sat on a stack of clean laundry, and a pair of underwear had affixed itself. I had spent the entire night that way! I was mortified, but at the end of the day, it just didn't matter. I went to other similar events after that, and as far as I could tell, that incident didn't change people's impression of me one little bit.

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  • A Decade-by-Decade Guide to Protecting Your Bones

    by Stacey Colino

    Take a stand: what you should (and shouldn't) do to avoid breaks, fractures, and bone loss throughout your lifetime.

    Sophie BlackallSophie BlackallNo matter how old you are, you should protect your bones by eating well, exercising, and avoiding cigarettes. But as your body, hormones, and lifestyle change, there are certain things you should do to make sure your skeleton gets the protection and help it needs. Here, decade-by-decade information on what to do to ensure that the 206 bones in your body stay strong and supportive throughout your life.

    Timeless Advice

    Throughout your life, be sure to:

    • Stick with a bone-friendly diet. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Women should consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 400 to 800 I.U. (international units) of vitamin D a day. After menopause, they should consume more.
    • Keep moving. Exercise may have a greater effect on bone strength than calcium consumption, according to recent research. The more impact, the better:
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  • Numbers to Live By

    By Stacey Colino

    Understanding key numbers-BMI, blood-sugar level-can lead to better health.

    Blood Pressure

    Healthy number: Less than 120/80 mmHg.

    Blood pressure refers to the force of blood against the walls of your arteries when your heart beats (systolic pressure, the top number) and during rests between beats (diastolic pressure, the bottom) and is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). "The lower yours is, the better," says Holly Thacker, M.D., director of the Center for Specialized Women's Health at the Cleveland Clinic. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 mmHg or higher. Hypertension is called "the silent killer" because it often has no symptoms and, left untreated, can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney damage, and vision and memory problems. (If your top number is between 120 and 139 and the lower is between 80 and 89, you have prehypertension, which also carries risks.)
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    Have yours checked:
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  • 17 Ways to Safeguard Your Heart

    By Liz Krieger

    A top cardiologist shares her heart-healthy habits.

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  • Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age?

    By Sarah Smith How to keep your hardest-working parts soft, smooth, and youthful for years to come.

  • Keep Your Mind and Body in Top Condition

    By Sally Wadyka
    Photos by Laurie Frankel

    Simple but effective strategies to stay vital, sharp, and looking great.

    Taking Care of Your Brain

    • What aging can bring: Forgetfulness, decline in mental agility, risk of Alzheimer's disease.
    • What the research shows: "Doing things that hit both the left and right sides of the brain, like word puzzles plus mazes and visuals, has been proven to build brainpower," says Gary Small, M.D., director of the University of California at Los Angeles Center on Aging. Swedish researchers believe there's also a connection between physical activity and cognitive decline. Their study found that subjects who exercised at least 20 minutes two or more times a week at midlife reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia later by 60 percent. On the nutrition front, a study at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center showed that an essential omega-3 fatty acid counteracts the brain's production of neuron-damaging
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  • 10 Ways to Enjoy Doing Nothing

    Advice on how to switch off―no thoughts of your to-do list―from a man who has devoted his career to the idyllic art of idling.
    by Tom Hodgkinson

    One morning, nearly 20 years ago, I was lying in bed. It was late. I was supposed to be working, but I seemed glued to the mattress. I hated myself for my laziness. And then, by chance, I picked up a collection of writings by Dr. Samuel Johnson, the 18th-century wit and the compiler of the first comprehensive English dictionary. In the book were excerpts from a weekly column he had written called The Idler, in which the great man celebrated idleness as an aspiration, writing in 1758, "Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler."

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    This was an epiphany for me. Idleness, it seemed, was not bad. It was noble. It was excessive busyness that caused all the problems!

    So I got out of bed and started a magazine called The Idler, in order to remind people of the forgotten, simple pleasures of doing nothing. I even wrote books

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  • 7 Little Bathtime Luxuries

    By Sarah Smith

    Draw a steamy bath and indulge, body and soul, with these pampering supplies.

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  • Pamper Yourself a Little

    By Sarah Smith and Lisa Whitmore
    Photos by Victor Schrager

    All it takes is one special product to make you feel-ahhhh-indulged.

    • At the Sink:

    Frédéric Fekkai Brush
    There's no doubt that it's an investment, but this brush is a keeper. The handcrafted brush's boar bristles boost shine, so hair looks healthier.
    To buy: $95,

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    Antica Farmacista Home Ambiance Fragrance

    This diffuser will momentarily beam you to the Mediterranean Sea (sand not included).
    To buy: $62,

    Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment
    No piña coladas on the horizon? This mask moisturizes and smells like a tropical drink. Its palm-nut oil leaves hair silky, too.
    To buy: $55,

    Shiseido Bio-Performance Intensive Skin Corrective Program
    This two-week regimen is the equivalent of a couple of facials. Just think: no rushing to appointments!
    To buy: $300,

    Related: A Step-by-Step Guide to Caring for Your Skin

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