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  • When Should You Start Offering to Pay on Dates?

    Dinner's always great—until that awkward moment when the bill comes.You're on the third date, and things with your new guy are going well. The food was delicious, and the wine revved up both conversation and chemistry between you two. But then the check arrives, interrupting your amorous gazes. Awkwardness descends.

    Like a gentleman, your guy paid for the first two dates, and it seems time that you offered to pitch in. But if you're being honest with yourself, do you really want to pay your fair-and-square share of that $125 bill, plus tip? The independent feminist within you insists, "Yes!" while the one who appreciates a little chivalry-and has a big credit card bill that's due-admits, "Not really."

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    Feeling a bit guilty, you reach for your purse, purposefully moving in a slow, exaggerated motion. The trick works: Your guy spots you and waves you off. "It's okay, I got this," he says, plunking down his Amex.

    Whew! Saved by the beau-at least until the next date.

    In today's dating landscape, there is no

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  • Important Sun News: People with This Hair Color Have a Higher Risk of Melanoma

    Confirmation that redheads should be extra cautious in the sun.Although only 1 to 2 percent of the world's population is naturally redheaded, redheads seem to always have two distinct characteristics that make them unique and beautiful-their vivacious hair color and their snow-white skin. Fun fact: The two actually come as a package deal, because a specific mutation of a gene called MC1R results in both that ravishing red hair and paler skin tone.

    Unfortunately, with lighter skin there usually comes a higher risk for skin cancer. And now, specific research connects the gene that gives redheads their signature color to a heightened risk for developing melanoma. Not so fun fact.

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    Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, originates in pigment-producing skin cells called melanocytes. UVA and UVB rays both can cause these skin cells to mutate, which increases UV damage to the skin and significantly ups a person's risk for skin cancer.

    A series of experiments done at Harvard Medical School and

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  • Should You Give Up Gluten?

    Get the facts behind those indecipherable labels.Along with non-GMO and locally sourced, gluten-free is definitely one of the biggest buzz words in food these days. Everyone and her mom seems to be ditching gluten, and you're probably wondering if you should, too. Earlier this month, the FDA made an official ruling on what "gluten-free" means (if it seems obvious, remember, this is the government negotiating with food companies and ingredient lobbyists we're talking about-nothing is ever that easy). Here's what you need to know.

    Why Gluten Matters
    Before a few years ago, you probably couldn't find a single person on a crowded street who had ever heard of gluten. Now, it's on the tip of everyone's tongues. Whether they can actually define it, however, is a different question entirely.

    QUIZ: Are You Eating the Right Grains?

    Gluten is a protein that is found in grains such as barley, rye and wheat (including many flours, bulgur, farina, semolina and spelt). Oats can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing

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  • Good News for Dairy Lovers

    Was milk really a bad choice? Maybe not.Dairy products have picked up a bad rap in recent years. (And really, when was the last time you saw a grown-up down a glass of milk?) That's likely because of several reasons: Dairy can be fatty. In fact, the type of fat found in whole-fat dairy products is saturated fat, which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease by damaging arteries and increasing the "bad" LDL cholesterol that clogs them up. Too much saturated fat also causes weight gain.

    What's more, some people have a tough time digesting dairy. And it can be tricky to separate smart nutrition advice from propaganda given the dairy industry's funding of government programs and dairy research.

    But believe it or not, dairy does pack an undeniable punch of bone-healthy nutrients. The key is to make informed choices when choosing your dairy.

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    For the Bones
    Back in 2000, a pair of University of Alabama scientists gathered all of the studies that had looked at the relationship

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  • The Big-Breakfast Weight-Loss Plan

    Eat more in the a.m., eat less later on.Trying to shed a few extra pounds? Rather than obsessively tallying calories, you can achieve significant results simply by switching to a large breakfast rather than a big dinner, according to a March 2013 study published in the journal Obesity. Turns out, this eating plan takes advantage of natural fluctuations in the body's metabolic cycle and reduces diet-sabotaging carb cravings later in the day.

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    "The time of day that we eat can have a big impact on how our body processes food," says Daniela Jakubowicz, a professor at Tel Aviv University and co-author of the study. "For effective weight loss, appropriate meal timing is more important than counting calories."

    Jakubowicz and her colleagues recruited 74 overweight or obese women and divided them into two groups. One group favored a protein- and carbohydrate-heavy breakfast, consuming around 700 calories at the beginning of the day, 500 calories at lunch and 200 calories at dinner. The

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  • The Verdict on Potatoes: Healthy or Unhealthy?

    Just because they're a We Asked: Keri Glassman, R.D., a nutrition expert and founder of Nutritious Life.

    The Answer: Regular old white potatoes are not inherently bad for you. One medium potato, baked with the skin, is under 200 calories and is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, B6 and potassium. When you peel them and fry them, or smother them in butter, cheese, sour cream and bacon bits, well, that's another story.

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    There's a reason potatoes are the number one crop in the world; they're cheap, filling and tasty. But they get a bad rap because they're carb-heavy and look a lot like the white foods we're often told to avoid, such as white rice and white bread. Unlike those, a whole potato is actually a whole food, which is exactly what you want to fill your diet with. In order to reap the benefits, you have to eat them whole. That means leaving on the skin, which is a concentrated source of fiber and contains beautifying phytochemicals comparable to what you

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  • The Best Preventative Medicine Out There

    It always comes down to what you choose to eat.It always comes down to food, doesn't it? And why is that? Why, when we read about the best ways to stay healthy, does it always seem to circle back to what we take from the plate to our mouths? I believe it boils down to this: Food is medicine . Want to lower your risk of heart disease? Then think about what you're going to have for dinner tonight. Same for diabetes, cancer, depression, acne, PMS and just about any other condition you and I can think of.

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    What we eat, how much we eat, even when we eat, affects our health and wellbeing. And it affects the health and wellbeing of our children, too, which is an awesome responsibility. So it was with great joy that I read last week that childhood obesity appears to be declining. Perhaps it's really happening; perhaps we really are changing our food habits and doing right by our kids. Recently released federal data shows a decrease in obesity rates for low-income preschool children between 2008 and

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  • Do Online Dating Sites Actually Work?

    Can science help you find your soul mate?Let's be honest: Being single sucks sometimes. If you're anything like me, it's practically impossible to get through a day without being reminded of your unattached status. My Facebook wall is littered with pictures of happy couples and new babies. My partnered friends always seem to know "the perfect guy," and I can't even count how many times my family has asked if I'm "seeing anyone special these days." It's like there's a flashing neon sign everywhere I look that screams: "You're not getting any younger!"

    So when a site like eHarmony boasts that they match singles "based on 29 Dimensions® of Compatibility for lasting and fulfilling relationships," signing up sounds pretty tempting. "It is possible," eHarmony's scientist, Gian C. Gonzaga, Ph.D., told The New York Times, "to empirically derive a matchmaking algorithm that predicts the relationship of a couple before they ever meet."

    That's a pretty bold claim, and eHarmony is not alone in making it. Numerous online dating

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  • Lose Weight Without Eating Less or Exercising More

    Is your skin clogged?I'm convinced that maintaining optimum weight has nothing to do with eating less and exercising more. Balancing calories in with calories out does not equate. The body does not operate like a scale.

    It works like a sink. Let me explain.

    QUIZ: Do You Have Healthy Habits?

    Most of us have heard of insulin resistance. It is based on the idea that the body overproduces a hormone called insulin in response to eating foods that cause a spike in blood sugar-things like breads, cakes, pastries, pasta, pizza, white potatoes and rice. When insulin gets too high, the body gets numb to it. This is like listening to music that's too loud without realizing it until you restart the car. Your ears become a bit deaf to the spike in volume.

    Same goes with sugar.

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    When insulin is too high, it causes our body to take the sugar we eat and store it as fat. Even worse, elevated insulin locks fat in fat cells so that you can't use it as fuel. Consequently, when

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  • How to Nap like a Pro

    Confirmation that a power nap is a great idea.As a sleep specialist with an emphasis on treating insomnia, I'm constantly advising my patients to avoid naps since they can worsen sleepless nights. Naps are often thought of as the bad guy, but in reality they can be quite beneficial to most people who already sleep well at night.

    America is a sleep-deprived nation. Although a brief snooze during the day doesn't come close to making up for the nightly sleep we lose on a regular basis (because we're too busy to make sleep a priority), naps can improve our overall daily functioning.

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    Although naps are often stigmatized as a sign of laziness or unproductivity, they can be very beneficial for workplace performance. Short naps have been routinely demonstrated to reduce accidents and mistakes while also improving attention, concentration, performance and alertness. Naps also help boost your mood and ability to manage stress. Naps can be used proactively to gain energy for a late

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