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  • The Single Ladies' Holiday Survival Guide

    It's tough to be jolly when everyone around you seems to be coupled up.'Tis the season for mistletoe, cute couples clambering aboard horse-drawn carriages for a ride in a snow-dusted park, and fridges covered with holiday pictures of gleeful families. Picture perfect if you're part of a twosome, but when you're single, any one of these cues is all it takes to start crying into your eggnog.

    Recognizing that the season can set off the single-girl blues is actually the first step in making everything better, points out Jill Weber, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and author of "Having Sex, Wanting Intimacy." "Being aware of emotional triggers, like, say, seeing your sister with her perfect family, can help you pre-emptively combat them," she says.

    Here, some other on-point ways to make the most of the holiday season-and we donot mean making out with your co-worker in the copy room at the holiday office party.

    Switch it up. Who says you have to go to Aunt Linda's for the entire Thanksgiving weekend? Are you sure your parents would be devastated if you didn't

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  • Why You Should Consider Going Gift-Free This Year

    Reap the psychological benefits of going gift-free.If you're like me, the sight of Black Friday shoppers crowding into stores last week probably got you a little queasy. Part of that reaction might come from the sense that we have gone a little too far in commercializing the holidays. Part might come from the spectacle of people fighting over purchases. And part might come from your own assessment of your bank account.

    We all know that we are expected to go to events with family and friends loaded down with gifts. But, what if you want to get off that roller-coaster? It can seem like doling out presents is a no-negotiation proposition, even if you really can't afford it.

    MORE: Stop Fighting About Where to Spend the Holidays

    You probably feel the psychological tension between the social need to give elaborate gifts and your own desire to cut down on gift-giving. It's important that you find a way to identify, rationalize and minimize that tension, so you can do what's best for you, instead of overspending for the sake of

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  • 5 Foods You're Probably Eating Too Much (or Too Little) Of

    Do you really have any idea what When the government replaced the old food pyramid with a plate divided into four parts, it was supposed to make nutrition recommendations easier to understand. But the USDA's research finds that two years later, most people still aren't digesting the guidelines. Change does take time, but we'd like to speed up the process by makingeasier even easier.

    Here is how much you need from each food group, and the ounce or cup equivalents of one serving of some common foods. That means while the amounts might not actually be exactly an ounce or a cup, they count as an ounce or a cup when adding up your daily intake.

    MORE: Track Your Daily Foods on YouBeauty


    On average, according to the USDA, people are eating 30 percent more meat than is recommended. The government says women should aim for about 5 ounces of lean meat, fish or vegetarian protein each day. Now, we believe you should have, at most, 4 ounces of red meat, including pork, in a week (we may learn how to make red

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  • Improve Your Sleep While You're at Work

    Brightening up at work could help you stay alert during the day and sleep longer at night.Light is a major player in your sleep-wake patterns. It sets your circadian clock for bodily functions such as hunger, hormone secretion, alertness and sleepiness.

    Managing light exposure properly is important in setting your circadian rhythm because it influences melatonin production. Known as the "hormone of darkness," melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone released by the pineal gland in your brain. When the sun begins to set, your brain is exposed to less light, thereby increasing melatonin production and inducing sleepiness. As the sun rises in the morning and we are exposed to light upon awakening, your melatonin production stops, and you become more alert as you spend more time in the light.

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    In today's electronics-driven, 24-hour workday, always "on" society, you rely more and more on electronics to set your body clock. This can be problematic for many people. You're biologically programmed to go to bed at night and be awake and alert

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  • 7 Most Important Tips to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

    Take the right steps to lose weight, and then the right ones to keep it off.People who want to lose weight and people who want to maintain their weight loss often assume the same strategies. Eat less and exercise, right? Well, yes, to a point. While watching your portions and working up a sweat are always good beauty and health plans (regardless of if you want to drop pounds or not), turns out that the way you lose weight versus the way you keep that weight off are different.

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    If your goal is: Losing weight

    Be a master planner
    Most of us have our schedules planned down to the last minute-from early a.m. meetings to conference calls to that dentist appointment you're (finally!) getting around to-but rarely do we give that much thought to planning our meals.

    Turns out it's in your best interest. A study from Penn State found that subjects who planned what they ate ahead of time were almost twice as likely to report successful weight loss than those who didn't.

    "Aim for five small meals a day, and plan everything

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  • Is Your 'Healthy' Oil Increasing Your Heart Disease Risk?

    Turns out, your oil might actually increase your risk of heart disease.Some vegetable oils are not as heart-healthy as they claim to be, according to a November 2013 study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    Researchers looked at the two major families of polyunsaturated fatty acids-omega-3 linolenic acid and omega-6 linoleic acid-to determine whether they both pull their own weight in terms of reducing the risk of heart disease. The researchers found that the benefits from vegetable oils are derived from oils with a high omega-3 fatty acid content. They stated that oils with a high omega-6 composition with very little omega-3, such as corn and safflower oil, had few health benefits.

    MORE: Which Cooking Oil Is Healthiest?

    The findings from the study address the uncertainty regarding the health benefits associated with oils rich in omega-6s but low in omega-3s. The research referenced a clinical trial that was published in February 2013, which included one intervention group that swapped out saturated fats for omega-6-rich safflower oil or

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  • Stop Fighting About Whose Family to Spend the Holidays With

    Nothing dampers the holiday spirit like a disagreement on where to spend it.

    What do couples fight about most? Money (what to do with it and why there's not more of it), sex (how much to have it), time (how to spend it) and family (why your parents drive me crazy and why my parents seem to drive you crazy) often top the list.

    When you put all these wonderful dynamics in a holiday stew, it's a recipe for disaster. With so much to figure out-travel, gifts, planning various events-it's no wonder many couples get stuck and stuck again thinking about where to go and what to do for the holidays.

    MORE: How to Survive the Holiday F-Bombs: Food and Family

    If you're not fighting with your partner about which parties to go to, then it's which set of in-laws to see for Thanksgiving, or where to go over Christmas (or your holiday of choice) and New Year's. In fact, there's pretty good reason to think the questionsWhere should we go and who should we spend the holidays with? represent a perfect storm for an argument with your partner.

    There are many painful

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  • The Scientific Reason You Love Seeing Lindsay Lohan Mess Up

    You're not a bad person for smiling when they're simply human.If you've ever read about a celebrity's downfall and felt secret satisfaction, then you know what schadenfreude feels like. A German word-from schaden, for damage, and freude, joy-schadenfreude (pronounced SHA-den-froy-duh) describes getting enjoyment from the plight of others. Does that make you a bad person? No, it makes you human. And even if you don't want to admit it, your face will betray the truth.

    In a September 2013 study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Carnegie Mellon cognitive neuroscientist Mina Cikara, Ph.D., investigated what makes people more likely to be the target of schadenfreude. But knowing that their subjects might be reticent to confess deriving pleasure from another person's pain, they sought to measure malice biologically. They peppered participants' faces with strategically placed electrodes to detect muscle activity, a method called facial eletromyography. Specifically, the electrodes picked up electrical impulses in a cheek

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  • Hearty Moroccan Winter Squash Tagine

    Reap squash's health benefits with this savory Moroccan-inspired dish.It's peak winter squash season, and while to some that may just mean ordering up a pumpkin spice latte, there are far more delicious and healthy ways to get your fix. The many varieties of winter squash include butternut, kabocha, delicata, hubbard, spaghetti, acorn and more.

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    Don't know where to start or how exactly to cook these beauty-benefitting and nutrient-rich members of the gourd family? This festive and hearty Moroccan dish features kabocha squash, but almost any winter squash would work. When shopping for squash, pick one that's heavy for its size, which means it's fresh and its water content is high. A lightweight squash may be dried out and old.

    MORE: How to Host a Healthy Dinner Party

    Warming Winter Squash Tagine Recipe courtesy of Serves 6
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  • Stress-Free Potluck: Healthy Fall Harvest Chicken with Polenta

    Got invited to a potluck dinner and haven't a clue as to what dish to bring? Although cooking for a group can be daunting, think of it as a fun opportunity to make something that's tasty and good for you and the crew. "Holiday spreads are often laden with rich, heavy foods, so I like to bring something delicious and healthy for a potluck dinner," says Eila Johnson, award-winning food blogger for Full Plate Blog and creator of the Meals in a Snap Kitchen Coaching Program.

    MORE: 5 Winter Squash Recipes

    Her tip? Keep it simple with quick, stress-free recipes. Here's one of our favorite fool-proof, festive dishes.

    Fall Harvest Chicken With Creamy PolentaFall Harvest Chicken With Creamy PolentaFall Harvest Chicken With Creamy Polenta

    Serves 6-8 people

    Part 1: Fall Harvest Chicken

    16 pieces of chicken, legs, thighs, breasts and wings
    1-2 teaspoons salt
    Fresh black pepper
    6-8 large cloves of garlic, minced
    1 generous tablespoon fresh chopped sage
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 generous cup sliced dried apricots

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