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  • Study Drop: Do Pals Help Pick Your Food Choices?

    by Anna Maltby

    Walter ChinWalter ChinHeaded out to dinner with friends tonight? Chew on this: In the first systematic review on the subject, researchers have found that our perceptions of social norms for food -- i.e. what and how much people around us are eating -- have a significant impact on our eating decisions.

    In the studies the researchers examined, when participants perceived that others were making low-calorie food choices, it significantly increased the likelihood that they would make low-calorie choices, too (same went for thinking others were eating lots of calories and actually eating lots of calories). In other studies, subjects were likely to make a similar food choice to what they thought others were eating (not just how much).

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    "It appears that in some contexts, conforming to informational eating norms may be a way of reinforcing identity to a social group, which is in line with social identity theory," lead author Eric Robinson, PhD, of

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  • Panera Reveals Two Hidden Menu Items

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Courtesy of Panera BreadCourtesy of Panera Bread Hey y'all! So remember when I spilled the beans about Panera Bread's hidden menu of healthier meals? Well, I have some awesome news -- starting this week, for a limited time only, two of Panera's most popular hidden menu items will be joining their regular menu board!

    The first item is the Power Chicken Hummus Bowl, which features all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, with cilantro-jalapeno hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, diced tomatoes and red onions. And finished with fresh squeezed lemon and fresh chopped cilantro. The second item to be revealed is the Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey, a combination of all-natural, antibiotic-free roasted turkey, egg whites, warm baby spinach, roasted peppers and basil pesto.

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    Both of these menu items can help you get 2014 off to a great start, even when dining out! Each of the Power Bowls contain less than 400 calories, and are full of veggies and protein plus

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  • If You Eat Slower, Will You Stave Off Hunger?

    by Anna Maltby

    Arthur BelebeauArthur BelebeauRemember how your mom always used to tell you at the dinner table to shut down Hoover mode and eat more slowly? Turns out, she might be right. Eating more slowly may help you consume fewer calories and leave you less hungry, according to a new study from Texas Christian University.

    The study, being published today in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found that eating slowly significantly reduced the number of calories consumed by normal-weight subjects -- they actually ate an average of 88 fewer calories than their counterparts who ate more quickly. Overweight and obese subjects who ate slowly also ate less overall, but the difference was not statistically significant.

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    "Slow eating probably allowed the subjects to better sense their feelings of hunger and fullness," lead author Meena Shah, PhD, told SELF. In other words, when you take your time at a meal, your brain has a better opportunity to detect

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  • Study Drop: New Driver? Read This!

    by Anna Maltby

    John RawlingsJohn RawlingsNovice drivers may start out focused, but as the first few months of driving pass they become more comfortable multitasking behind the wheel (using their phones, eating, etc.) and increase their risk for accidents, according to a Virginia Tech study released yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. That may be part of the reason why drivers aged between 15 and 20 represent 6.4 percent of all motorists, but account for 11.4 percent of deaths and 14 percent of police-reported crashes resulting in injuries.

    The Virginia Tech team compared the results of a study of experienced drivers with the results of an 18-month study of brand-new drivers, looking out for "secondary tasks" -- those multitasking moments when the driver was doing something additional behind the wheel besides just driving. They noted that in the first six months, the brand-new drivers did fewer secondary tasks than the experienced drivers, but between months six and 12 behind the wheel, their

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  • Stressed Out by Your Boss? Follow These Tips for Success at the Office

    by Molly Creeden

    Travelpix LTD/Getty ImagesTravelpix LTD/Getty ImagesThree out of four of you say the most anxiety-inducing part of your job is your boss. Sound familiar? Transfer out of the panic department and onto the fast track.

    First, flip your mind-set Take your work to-do list, then multiply it by 1,000. That's what your boss has on her plate, so while you're reading into every interaction you two have, being encouraging to you isn't (let's be honest) her biggest priority. "A boss might be curt because she's dealing with a big-picture crisis that day or her babysitter canceled," says Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness at Work. "It can be difficult to remember that bosses are humans, too." A key step in reducing anxiety: Turn off the critical radar. "If you're hyperfocused on your boss giving you a hard time, you're going to find evidence to support that and keep believing it," says Michael Heppell, author of Flip It, who has coached hundreds of employees at Fortune 500 companies. It's a waste of energy to guess why she's

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  • Solange Rocks Super-Straight 'Do, We're Obsessed

    by Alexandra Samuel

    WireImageWireImage Did you guys see Solange at the Falls Festival in Australia? I swear I did a double take at her gorgeous, butt-length strands. Usually, I'm not into super-straight hair but Solange pulls it off like a pro. But the surprising secret to her straight-as-a-rail strands? Volume.

    Solange's version of volume is made up of hundreds of tiny little braids, but unless you've got eight hours (or more) to sit in a salon chair, you'll probably have to pass on the plaits. Instead, up your volume with clip-in extensions that are heat-style-friendly (which it should say on the packaging).

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    You can either rock a straight line of extensions (I've heard great things about Luxy Hair), or you can choose a set that clips around your crown, which are my personal fave. In fact, I swear by my Hairdo for E! Liveextensions, which you can heat-style up to 350 degrees. They look totes natural and set you back about $100 (yeah, a little pricey,

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  • FINALLY! Use This Glitter-Specific Base Coat for Your NYE Mani

    by Alexandra Samuel

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    New Year's Eve totally make me want to overload on glitter-based, crazy glam nail art (I've been planning a mani along the lines of Ke$ha's American Music Awards look since she rocked it.)

    Buuuuut peeling it off the morning after (because you know we'll forget our Elmer's Glue trick, especially if we're on the road.) is almost as bad as the inevitable hangover. The peeling, soaking, buffing, scrubbing mess that is usually removing glitter can't be good for your nails -- even though it's just so freaking pretty.

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    To the rescue? OPI's awesome new Glitter Off Base Coat, which is my new shiny, sparkly BFF.

    Here's the deal: You paint on a thin layer like you would any other base coat, then rock your glitter mani per usual. When you're ready to ditch the sparkle, flick up an edge of the polish and peel it off. Yeah. It's as easy as that.

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    Also, this stuff is beyond awesome

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  • 10 Ways to Get Psyched Up to Work Out

    We get it: Motivation is tough. But try any of these 10 new simple, science-backed kick-starters and you'll want to work out. So what's your mantra? Share it in the comments below.
    by Courtney Rubin

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  • Warm Up This Winter with a Heated Eyelash Curler

    by Alexandra Samuel

    courtesy photoscourtesy photos I was at the gym the other day and noticed that like six different women where using old-school metal eyelash curlers. And I have to ask, why oh why is that everyone's go-to? I mean, they do the job, but when unless your a makeup artist, there's an easier way, people: the heated lash curler.

    But don't click away! I know -- heated anything near your eyes sounds terrifying. But these things are more nice and warm as opposed to curling-iron hot. And, if you're anything like me, curling lashes without having corrective lenses in -- or glasses on -- means you inevitably clamp down on your poor lil' eyelids. I mean, there's something slightly Clockwork Orange about those metal things, don't you think? Which is, naturally, another reason I champion the heated lash curler.

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    A few our staff loves right now? Talika Heated Eyelash Curler is great for newbies, as it has a wide grip and is easy to place on (just) your lashes.

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  • Chow Down on Cosi Without Feeling Guilty!

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Courtesy of CosiCourtesy of CosiHave you guys ever had Cosi before? You know, the place with that delicious, warm multigrain (or plain) flatbread that comes with like, everything? Cosi, which has more than 100 restaurants in 16 states and the District of Columbia, sticks by -- and stays true -- to their brand motto of "Life should be delicious." Try pairing up some of their soups, salads and sandwiches for a balanced meal full of bursting flavors. If you aren't completely satisfied with the menu choices, they'll customize your very own sammy or salad for you.

    Plus, take advantage of their Lighter Side menu to cut back on calories but still feel satisfied. With vegetarian, gluten-free and lower-calorie options, Cosi is sure to please almost anyone's palate. These are my favorite picks, but remember, with their customization options, meal possibilities are practically endless!

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    T.B.M. Sandwich:
    Tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella are layered on

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