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  • 8 Foods that Keep You Fuller Longer

    By Lexi Petronis

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    Filling Foods
    Has your stomach ever growled in anticipation of lunch, even though you just ate breakfast? At some point, we've all fallen victim to an unexplained raging appetite, which can lead to eating snacks that are high in calories, sugar and fat-and, of course, weight gain. But instead of popping pills that'll supposedly curb hunger, turn to something surprising: food. It sounds contradictory, but eating can actually suppress your appetite-as long as you choose the right foods. Try one of these extra-satisfying eats to keep your appetite in check. Photo credit: Getty Images





    Eggs

    There's a reason people are clucking about eggs lately. A recent study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, found that overweight people who ate eggs for breakfast take longer to get hungry later. The research participants had lower levels of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone that tells the brain to eat, and higher levels of PPY, a

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  • 75 Easy Stress Busters

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Just Breathe

    Whether your tension is small-time or big-league, unwind with our smartest stress-less advice from the past 75 years. Photo credits: Getty Images












    Instant Tension Zappers

    1 | Take three deep breaths-5 seconds in, 5 seconds out-to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones. April 2010

    2 | Copy a cat: Stretch and then shake it out. February 1963

    3 | Sing a favorite song. You'll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good. May 2000

    4 | Hang your head forward as if it were a heavy ball, then move it slowly to the side, back, side and front. Repeat. Circle around twice in the opposite direction. July 1975

    5 | Sit up straight. When your shoulders are back, you open up your chest and breathe more freely. April 2010

    6 | Hold the hand of someone you love. Skin-to-skin touch is calming. September 2011

    7 | Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens your jaw, where you often store stress. November 2003

    8

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  • 3 Summer Wreaths

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Sweet Summer Wreaths

    Who says they're just for Christmas? Give your front door (or kitchen wall) a pretty touch with these easy, cheerful rings. Photo credits: Miki Duisterhof/ Woman's Day

    Ideas by Shana Faust; Craft styling by Matthew Gleason
    Spruce up your floors with 5 easy ideas.















    Fabric-Wrapped Wreath

    MATERIALS

    · Scrap fabric in 7-10 patterns, cut into ten 14" x 1½" strips per pattern
    · 12" round foam floral and craft ring
    · Scissors
    · 6" length of floral wire

    1. Loop a fabric strip around the ring, right side out, and tie in a double knot at the front.

    2. Continue around the entire ring, alternating fabric patterns and staggering placement of knots. Every few inches, scrunch the strips together so the ring doesn't show. Trim any loose threads.

    3. Loop floral wire through fabric on the back of the wreath to create a hanger.

    The more patterns you use, the tighter you should keep your color palette, so your

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  • 10 Ways to Look Younger Now

    By Melissa Matthews Brown

    woman in her 40swoman in her 40sMissing your youthful glow and plump lips of years past? Learn how to take years off your look without heading to the dermatologist. Instead, try the following age-defying makeup tricks that'll give sagging skin a boost, deflate puffy eyes and more. Photo Credit: Ericka McConnell.


    "I have puffy-looking eyes." - The fix: Wear eyeshadow

    When lids are swollen they lose definition. Bring back depth with two shadows: one in a light color (try gold) and another in a medium shade like bronze. "Swirl both colors together with a brush before applying to your lids and just beyond the crease," says Silver. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme in Antique Gold and Golden Sands, $17.50; EsteeLauder.com.
    Make your eyes look brighter with eyeshadow.


    "My skin tone is uneven." - The fix: Wear full-coverage foundation

    "An older complexion needs more coverage, not more product," says celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey. Translation: Layering on

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  • All-American Decor

    By Ayn-Monique Khlare


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    Red, White and Blue

    In this 1960s cabin in the northeast corner of Georgia, every day is the Fourth of July. "The yard is full of blue hydrangeas," says Craig Kettles (C-Designs.biz), who decorated the home. "Between that and the view of Lake Burton, blue was a logical jumping-off point for a color palette. We added the red to give it pop." The iconic color combo, plus natural textures, distressed finishes and quirky antique furniture, gave this remodeled home its vintage American feel. Here's how to do it on your own. Photos by: Gridley & Graves

    DETAILS:

    This vinyl floor is made with three shades of vinyl tiles.






    Start from Neutral

    Though the living room reads as patriotic, it's actually grounded in neutral tones. "We painted the walls white and the floors a putty color to create a blank canvas," says Kettles. This brightened up the original pine planks-keeping the texture of the wood but making it easier to patch holes or cover any stains that

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  • 8 Unusual Potato Chip Flavors

    By Yasmin Sabir

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    Looking for more ways to use America's favorite snack food? Go beyond the bowl and add potato chips to these savory and sweet foods for added crunch and flavor. Then, keep clicking through to spice up snack time with 8 exciting options. Photo credit: Alexandra Rowley/Woman's Day

    Hot 'n' Cheesy Chips: Spread 5 oz (4 cups) plain chips on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with ½ tsp Cajun seasoning and ½ cup grated Cheddar and bake at 400°F for 5 minutes.

    Crispy Chicken Strips: Coat chicken tenders (or boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut lengthwise into thirds) in crushed potato chips (use barbecue or jalapeño for zing), pressing gently to help them adhere. Bake at 400°F until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

    Crunchy Mac 'n' Cheese: Crush 1 cup potato chips, then toss with 2 scallions (finely chopped) and 2 Tbsp chopped parsley. Sprinkle over mac 'n' cheese and bake for 20 minutes.

    Chocolate Treats: Sprinkle crushed plain chips

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  • 9 Things Never to Say to Friends Battling Illness

    woman with cancer wearing head scarfwoman with cancer wearing head scarfBy Arricca Elin SanSone

    When a friend or friend's family member is seriously ill, you want to support her, but it's difficult to know what to say and do. "Because illness is random and unfair, many of us feel tongue-tied or blurt out the wrong thing and inadvertently upset our friends," says Jeanne E. Decker, PhD, a psychologist in Richmond, VA. "But the right words can provide much-needed comfort and support to a family in crisis." Here's what to avoid saying to anyone battling illness-or with a relative who is-as well as how to offer encouragement.
    Photo by: Getty Images

    1. I'm sure you/he/she will be okay.

    While you're obviously trying to reassure your friend, "you simply don't know this is true," says Dr. Decker. "You may feel comfortable uttering a platitude, but it sounds as if you're removed from the situation and the pain your friend is feeling." A better approach: Say something like, "I'm so sorry your family has to go through this," which emphasizes that you care for

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  • 9 Things Never to Say to Working Moms

    working mother with baby on lapworking mother with baby on lapBy Dawn Papandrea

    Being a mom is one of the most demanding jobs in the world. And while women who take on paying work in addition to parenthood have their hands full, they represent the majority of mothers. "Women at home with their children represent only a small percentage of families in the U.S.," says Dr. Beth Anne Shelton, professor of sociology at University of Texas at Arlington. Yet working moms-just like their stay-at-home counterparts-often face harsh judgments from those who question their parenting situation. Here are nine remarks working mothers hate to hear and what to do if someone says one to you. Photo by Thinkstock

    1. Do you really have to work?

    "Most women (and men) work because they need the earnings and/or health benefits," says Dr. Shelton. But a family's financial situation isn't anyone else's business. And even if someone's sure a family can survive on one parent's paychecks alone, they might use the second income for "luxuries" like saving for their

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  • 5 Sensational Summer Party Themes

    By Olivia Putnal


    Throwing an outdoor bash this season? Then check out these five summer party themes that guarantee a good time will be had by all. Sport an outrageous costume and rock all your favorite tunes at an '80s party or say
    aloha to guests at a luau extravaganza. Each theme includes ideas for decorations, activities and food. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the local party store and have some fun while preparing for your next summertime celebration.

    Luau

    Decor: Colors for a luau are always bright and bold hues, so you can get your paper dinnerware in a vivid range of colors such as blues, yellows, greens and pinks. Use tiki torches to decorate the yard and greet every guest with a lei-a cute yet inexpensive touch. Other ways to bring the island feel to your backyard include using a luau table skirt or an inflatable palm tree.

    Activities: The limbo is a must, of course! Try this limbo kit to get you started-it includes everything you'll need, even the music

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  • How We Lost 371 Pounds Combined

    By Joy Bauer, RD

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    In my work for the Today Show, I meet dozens of inspiring women and men who have battled (and conquered!) obesity. That's why I started a segment called the Joy Fit Club, which features people who have lost 100 pounds or more using their own strategies-no pills, potions or surgery. Each of them would say, "If I can do it, anybody can." Three Joy Fit superstars-Stacy Allendorf, Rosie Coates and Cari Hartman-have had incredible journeys. Use their insights and draw strength from their stories to reach your own goals.



    Stacy Allendorf, Columbia, S.C.

    AGE: 52; HEIGHT 5'7"; BEFORE: 288 LB; AFTER: 168 LB; Total Lost: 120 lb

    As a single mom and a devoted teacher, Stacy spent her life taking care of others-and eating heavy cafeteria food and homemade baked goods from her students' parents. In 2001, Stacy's father died from heart disease, so she began to rethink her habits. Four years later, when she had to ask for a seat belt extender on a

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