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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.

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    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.

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    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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  • Are E-Cigarettes Safe? Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen Weigh In

    They're being touted as a healthy alternative—but is that just Big Tobacco speaking?It goes without saying that we know smoking is a bad idea. But we'll say it again anyway. Smoking cigarettes damages your arteries, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease (stroke and heart attack), it makes you more susceptible to many other disabling conditions like bronchitis, emphysema, cancer of the mouth and lungs, and dementia, not to mention erectile dysfunction, decreased orgasm pleasure and wrinkling. And it makes your RealAge eight years older, by the damage it causes to your energy level and the havoc it wreaks on your skin; that makes you feel and look older than you are. We think that's a pretty solid argument against ever starting this nasty and addictive habit.

    QUIZ: How Healthy-Looking Is Your Skin?

    As more and more people in this country are getting the message to never start or to quit tobacco, a new force has entered the market: electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs. E-cigs look like regular cigarettes, but they are actually battery-powered cartridges that

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  • Can These 5 Foods Speed Up Weight Loss?

    We bust the myths and reveal the truth.Some foods-from celery to spicy eats-maintain a mythical status among dieters, who believe they offer an effortless calorie-burning boost. But can a single food give you a real leg-up when it comes to shedding excess pounds, or is this right up there with baby unicorns and U.F.O.s? We asked Anthony Ricci, a certified sports nutritionist on the board of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, to give us the skinny on five foods often believed to magically tip the scales in your favor.

    Claim: Celery burns off more calories than it contains. Ricci says the so-called negative calorie hypothesis is technically correct but the effect is so negligible it's useless for shrinking waistlines. "You may burn a small fraction more calories chewing and digesting celery than the number of calories the stalk itself actually contains, but you'd have to eat acres of the stuff to burn off just a few extra calories," he says. On the upside, the crunchy green veggie is low cal, fat free and packed

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  • Could This Household Cleaner Make You Look Younger?

    Yet another use for this common household cleaner.From sanitizing bathrooms to revitalizing dingy whites, most of us have relied on the potency of bleach at some point. But a November 2013 study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that the next place you may consider applying the DIY hero is on your face.

    Dilute bleach baths have actually been used for decades to treat aggressive cases of eczema and recurrent abscesses. And the keyword is dilute-the prescription is typically a quarter to half cup of bleach in a full bathtub of water for a weekly 10-minute soak.

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    "Eczema patients commonly develop skin infections, and bleach baths can help reduce bacteria on the skin to minimize infection risk, as well as reduce itch," explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center's department of dermatology.

    Scientists have previously attributed the medicinal effect to antimicrobial activity in bleach, but

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  • 7 Simple (And Free!) Secrets for Gorgeous Skin

    Whether you're 18 or 80, these tips can help you get the skin you've always wanted.By now, most people know the many factors that age our skin: sun damage and smoking to name two biggies.

    And while wearing sunscreen every day and ditching the ciggies will do wonders for your complexion, the biggest beauty thief and ager of all is the stress our minds try to endure day in and day out.

    You probably know how to care for your skin on its surface, but it's so important to remember that for your healthiest, most vibrant skin, you must nurture it from the inside out. Enter the seven healthy habits for great skin. These are habits that you form to support radiant physical beauty.

    All of them will help you to combat the stress that can age you six years or more.

    QUIZ: How Healthy Is Your Skin?

    It's true that the best things in life are free. You don't need a million bucks to feel (and look!) like a million bucks. There is so much you can do without spending an exorbitant amount of money, or time. In fact, a lot of what you can do right away costs close to

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  • How Do You Heal a Burnt Tongue?

    A little patience (give that coffee a few to cool down!) can avoid the problem altogether.We Asked: Alice G. Boghosian, D.D.S, a dentist in Illinois and consumer advisor to the American Dental Association

    The Answer: A burn on your tongue is like a burn anywhere else on your body, but because your tongue is so sensitive it doesn't take much to scorch that sucker. And obviously, you can't just run it under water and slather on first aid ointment. No, a burned tongue requires a few special tricks.

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    Most cases of a burned tongue are considered first degree. Damage to the outermost layer-the epithelium-causes pain, redness and swelling (glossitis). The swelling is actually a good thing. It is an inflammatory response that means blood and fluid are rushing to the wound to heal it. But it can give you that uncomfortable numbed sensation because the area is being stretched by the inflammation, flattening out the bumpy papillae that line the surface of the tongue. The injured patch might even look unusually smooth and shiny as a result.

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  • Why You Should Put Your Marriage Before Your Kids

    Who do you put first?

    Who comes first-your marriage or your kids? It's a hotly debated issue that gained more traction in March 2013 after E! News host Giuliana Rancic told reporters where she and her husband Bill Rancic stood on the topic: "For us, I find, we put our marriage first and our child second, because the best thing we can do for him is have a strong marriage," she said.

    Her comment triggered backlash that continues on today. Proponents of Rancic's theory are accused of being selfish parents, while those who believe children take priority are deemed overbearing helicopters-so, who is right?

    "Generally, the marriage should take priority," says Laurie Puhn, creator of the "Fight Less, Love More" course based on her bestselling book. "However, the issue is controversial because people aren't really clear about what that means. Putting your marriage first doesn't mean neglecting your kids-it means investing in the fundamental glue that holds your family together."

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  • 4 Key Steps to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

    Stay true to your healthy habits to keep from spiraling out of control.The holiday season is fast approaching. Wow. How did that happen so quickly? It seems that I was just getting together school supplies and putting away the camp gear, and now our local grocery store is setting up display upon display for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And a few adventurous souls even have holiday lights out front.

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    Seeing all of this holiday paraphernalia in stores, in the daily deluge of catalogs in my mailbox, in advertisements on the web and on television reminds me that in the face of such abundance, it is actually moderation that will get me through the next six weeks intact.

    'Tis the season to be jolly-and overwhelmed. There will be family celebrations and work celebrations and school celebrations. Everywhere I turn there will be too much to do and too many wonderful treats to overindulge in. I'm already thinking of how many holiday cookies I'll need to stare down. According to the New

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  • The Surprising Connection Between Your Heart Health and Face Wrinkles

    Your healthy habits can make you look younger, too.Talk about an incentive to hit the gym and eat right. Research, led by scientists from Unilever and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and published in the Journals of Gerontology in 2012, found that women who have a low risk of cardiovascular disease also tend to look younger than their actual age. (So, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?)

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    This is the first time scientists have proven a link between low cardiovascular disease risk and a youthful appearance. And that's a real win-win since lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease-which you can achieve by being physically active, eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and not smoking-not only takes a few years off your perceived age, but it also cuts your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

    For the study, women were placed into groups according to their cardiovascular disease risk. On the actual day of the study, the

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