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  • 7 Incredible Foods that Fight Signs of Aging

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Did you know the fountain of youth could be right in your kitchen? These age-fighting foods minimize wrinkles, keep skin smooth and more. Click through to discover what to eat now to benefit your looks for a lifetime. Photo by Michael Waring; Hair by Benjamin Thigpen for Artists by Timothy Priano; Makeup by Sue Pike for Sally Harlor.


    1. Mangos

    Minimize fine lines and wrinkles

    Mango is loaded with vitamins A and C. Together they work hard to brighten and promote cell turnover for smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

    BONUS!

    Skin-softening mask

    1 mango (peeled and sliced)

    1 egg white

    In a blender, purée the mango, then add the egg white. Whip the mixture until stiff. Apply with your fingertips to your face and neck using upward strokes. Let it sit on skin for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Finish with a dose of face lotion.


    Related: See 10 hairstyles that make you look younger.


    2. Tomatoes

    Protect yourself from the

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  • 10 Surprising Traits Men Who Cheat Have in Common

    By Christina Vercelletto


    Certain signs of infidelity are clear: lipstick on the collar, smell of perfume and Sunday-night business meetings. But there are less-obvious characteristics that almost all cheaters share. Do one or two of these a philanderer make? Not necessarily. But if the below rings true about your guy and your instincts tell you something's not right, you might want to check that collar. Photo by Thinkstock


    1. He's secretive, especially about his phone.

    He's on it more often (and often outside), he ignores calls, he changes his passcode frequently or he suddenly starts leaving it in the office or car. He's trying to lock you out of his life, literally and figuratively. "Trust your gut here and confront him," says Danine Manette, a professional investigator and author of Ultimate Betrayal: Recognizing, Uncovering and Dealing with Infidelity. "Most betrayed women report that they saw this sign, but either ignored it or explained it away."

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  • Heart-Healthy Fats You Must Have in Your Diet—and Where to Find Them

    avocados, olives and nutsavocados, olives and nutsBy Karen Ansel, RD


    Tops for Your Ticker
    Trying to eat healthier? Instead of avoiding all fat, pay attention to the type that's on your plate. Experts say up to 35% of your daily calories can come from good fats, so focus on the three best kinds for your heart. Photo by Rita Maas/Getty Images.

    Monounsaturated Fats
    How they help: Not only do they lower harmful LDL cholesterol, they may also boost beneficial HDL.

    Best sources: Avocados, olives, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and certain oils (olive and canola).

    Related: Check out these 15 fiber-packed foods.


    Omega-6 Fatty Acids
    How they help: These polyunsaturated fats help control both total and LDL cholesterol.

    Best sources: Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts and oils such as soybean and corn.


    Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    How they help: In addition to protecting against irregular heart rhythms, they clean up harmful fats known as triglycerides in your blood and keep arteries clear of plaque.

    Best sources: Oily

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  • 'We Lost 254 Pounds'

    By Woman's Day Staff


    MICHELLE BEFORE: 300 lb
    MICHELLE AFTER: 150 lb

    BRIAN BEFORE: 294 lb
    BRIAN AFTER: 190 lb

    START: REALITY CHECK
    When we got married in 2007, we were both overweight. We grew up in households where we "buttered our butter" and weren't active. Plus, we ate fast food every day. We were shocked by how bloated we looked in honeymoon photos. We thought, We're going to die young if we keep this up. In January 2008, we tried a low-carb diet, but it wasn't sustainable. Too strict! After seeing Brian's mom and sister lose a combined 120 pounds with Weight Watchers, we decided to give it a shot in December 2008.


    Related: Check Out 20 Easy Ways to Burn More Fat.

    STEP 1: PLAN MEALS

    We learned about portion control and how to plan our meals. Every Sunday, we discussed what we were going to eat each day, made a grocery list, then shopped and prepped for the week. This ritual helped us avoid temptation during busy days and was key to our success.

    STEP 2: GET OUTSIDE

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  • Do You Have Caffeine Use Disorder–or Do You Just Love Coffee?

    cup of coffeecup of coffeeBy Kristen Fischer


    It seems most people need a jolt from java in the morning (and maybe a few more boosts later in the day), but for some, that regular hankering can actually be Caffeine Use Disorder (CUD). The World Health Organization recognizes CUD, as they do other drug dependencies-not that you've necessarily heard of CUD before. So how do you know if you have it? That's what Laura Juliano, PhD, a psychology professor at American University, set out to determine when she teamed up with colleagues to specify CUD's symptoms and causes in a review just published in the Journal of Caffeine Research. Photo by Jonny Valiant; Prop styling by Marina Malchin.


    Related: Discover 8 calming foods that ease stress.


    Not surprisingly, CUD symptoms include a strong urge for caffeine, an increasing tolerance to it and trouble regulating how much of it you have. "The negative effects of caffeine are often not recognized because it's a socially acceptable and widely consumed drug Read More »from Do You Have Caffeine Use Disorder–or Do You Just Love Coffee?
  • The 10 Best Ways to Make a Friend Feel Special

    By Jane Bianchi


    When I walked in the door after two weeks away with my husband, I was hit with reality: There was no food in our home, and we were too exhausted after our six-hour flight to go grocery shopping. Then, a delivery man showed up with a giant box of treats, from mini bagels and cream cheese to butternut squash soup. These surprise "welcome home" goodies were courtesy of my friend Sarah-and were the most thoughtful gift I've ever received. I was so touched that she seemed to read my mind and know exactly what I wanted. Now I'm trying to be more like Sarah and do something sweet for my friends on occasion. If you'd like to join me in making others smile, check out these clever ideas. Realizing how grateful you are for your friends is bound to lift your spirits too. Photo by Getty Images


    1. Celebrate Exciting News
    We tend to commemorate major milestones-new baby! big birthday!-but your pal's promotion, weight loss and other accomplishments are worth recognizing, too. Read More »from The 10 Best Ways to Make a Friend Feel Special
  • Body Parts that Can Stand in for 6 Common Food Measurements

    By Jillian Thaw

    Surprising Substitutes

    Whether you're wondering how much of your super-size restaurant meal to eat or how much peanut butter to put on your sandwich, use your hands. They're excellent for estimating everything from a teaspoon to a cup to a few ounces. "Be honest, though," cautions Allison Kerin, Director of Employee Wellness and Recognition at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. For instance, "my fist is the proper one-cup size-but using your partner's bigger hands is cheating!" Keep clicking to learn to which measurements your fingers, palm and more correspond. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. One Teaspoon

    When cooking with fats like mayonnaise, oils and butter, the tip of your thumb (to the first knuckle) is a great visual aid for putting the right amount in the pan. Use it for estimating baking ingredients too. When you're out to eat and want a bite of your hubby's dish, consider taking two thumb tips' worth. "That satisfies a craving," says

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  • 10 Surprising Things Divorced Men Have in Common

    By Deborah Skolnik


    Though their reasons for divorcing may vary, men whose marriages fell apart are fairly similar-beyond having ex-wives and legal bills that'll keep their attorneys in silk ties for decades. Here, the traits many formerly married guys share-even before their relationships end-with expert advice to prevent your husband from joining their club. Photo by Getty Images


    1. They're shocked.
    That's because about 70% of the time, it's the wife who files for divorce. "Women tell me, 'I've been warning him for years.' The husband responds, 'But I didn't know she was serious!'" says Michelle Crosby, a family attorney in San Francisco and co-founder of Wevorce, a company dedicated to amicable divorces. Lesson: Air grievances before they fester, suggests Kimberly Friedmutter, a life-management coach in Malibu, CA-and be specific. "Instead of saying, 'You always embarrass me!' explain, 'When you're late for dinner with our friends, I feel embarrassed.'" If you aren't getting Read More »from 10 Surprising Things Divorced Men Have in Common
  • How to Lower College Tuition Costs

    By MP Dunleavey


    Carolyn's Story

    When Carolyn's son, Joey, was 2, his grandparents announced they were setting aside money for his education. She and her husband, Joe, didn't know how much, but the money had time to grow, so they were optimistic. "We hoped it might even cover Joey's two younger sisters," she says. Photo by Shutterstock.


    Flash forward 16 years, when they got the check…for almost $21,000. "We were so grateful," she says, but that amount worked out to only $6,900 for each child. Joe's construction business was hard-hit in recent years, so they'd only saved a few thousand. Meanwhile, Joey had been accepted at his dream school, a private college that would cost about $41,000 a year.


    Related: Discover the best work-at-home jobs.


    HOW THIS HAPPENED
    I completely understand why the Thurmonds didn't ask what dollar figure to expect when Joey's grandparents first made their offer: Money is an awkward topic, period-never mind when you're receiving a large gift.

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  • Does it Pay to Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances?

    woman shopping for energy-efficient applianceswoman shopping for energy-efficient appliancesBy Brooke Showell

    There's no doubt that energy-efficient appliances are good for the planet-they use less power and lower greenhouse gas emissions. But is paying up to 20% more logical? That depends on the machine you replace, your lifestyle and how you shop. Here's how to ensure you're making a cost-effective move. Photo by Corbis.


    Who knew?
    Refrigerators built in the early 1990s use twice the amount of energy that today's models do. A bottom door freezer is the most efficient type.


    • The average U.S. family runs its dishwasher 110 times a year. Pre-1994 models tend to add about $40 per year to your utility bill.

    • On average, a new energy-efficient washing machine costs only $85 to run each year and uses 20% less energy than a regular model.


    Related: Find out 10 things you'll never have to pay for.


    √ Do your research
    There are more than 60 categories of energy-efficient products, and there can be a big difference between two very similar-looking models. LookRead More »from Does it Pay to Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances?

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