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  • 5 Simple Ways to Get Your Stress Levels Under Control

    Ready to be your own shrink?Let's just agree right up front that stress is no fun. That pit in your stomach that warns you of impending doom is an unpleasant experience. So, what can you do to help yourself deal with that stress?

    If you want to change anything in your life, it is really helpful to understand how it works first. You would never try to fix your computer by popping off the cover and randomly reaching in and grabbing components. Your brain is no different.

    Stress happens when there is something in your world that you are trying to avoid. That means that there is some possible negative outcome or responsibility out there and that you are concerned about failing. While your goal to avoid the negative is active, you feel stress. If you successfully avoid the negative outcome, then you feel relief.

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    Here are five ways you can help manage your stress.

    1. Set some positive goals.
    If you are constantly feeling stress, it means that you are spending

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  • The Sandwich Ingredient You Need to Stop Using NOW

    Trade in the extra fat and sugar for taste that's also good for your body.My role at the Cleveland Clinic provides me the opportunity to analyze food records from patients. Of the hundreds I review, I find several trends. One common food that I see a lot of is the use of mayonnaise on sandwiches. I often say that if you actually knew what was in mayonnaise, you probably wouldn't eat it. With egg yolks, sugar and salt topping the ingredient list for most popular mayonnaise varieties, it's clearly not a choice that will make you more healthy and beautiful.

    Although there are many varieties of mayo today, from vegan versions to ones made with healthier oils such as olive or canola, the one tip I often give my patients when it comes to adding more zip to their sandwich is to look beyond mayonnaise to other, more beautiful spreads-ones that provide just as much taste and a whole host of health benefits to go with it. Here are five delicious spreads to consider come meal time.

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    Avocado Spread
    Adding

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  • Proof that 60 is the New 20

    Suddenly, getting older isn't so scary anymore.It looks like it's time to put the sex(y) back in sexagenarian.

    This week, both Marc Jacobs Beauty and NARS announced new faces that depart from the more typical ingénue; 64-year-old actress Jessica Lange will front the former luxury line, while 68-year-old English actress Charlotte Rampling will appear in ads for the latter.

    For Marc Jacobs, the idea to use Lange came from personal fandom for the actress's role in the "American Horror Story" series. "We've set up the idea that, like with a lot of our shows, we should surprise and do something different-what we're going to give visually in terms of the print and image is not what you should expect but what inspires me…so we used Jessica," Jacobs told WWD.

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    And while the announcements sent shockwaves through the Twitterverse (where Marc Jacobs Beauty actually dropped the news), it's part of an already burgeoning trend that is challenging and perhaps even changing the prevailing image of beauty.

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  • Could Eating More Fat Help Flatten Your Stomach?

    It seems intuitive, but some fat really does banish fat.Want to shed the nice, little muffin top you've developed during this never-ending winter? It may be time to start paying attention to what kind of fat is in your food, not just how much there is.

    According to a three-year study by scientists at Uppsala University in Sweden, eating saturated fat commonly found in foods like meats and dairy products can cause fat to accumulate in the liver and around the abdomen-giving you that extra bulk around your midsection. Eating polyunsaturated fats, on the other hand, in foods like fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils lowers overall fat levels in the body and helps increase muscle mass. (Find a list of these healthy fats here.)

    "This study provides even more evidence for the importance of incorporating more healthy fats in the diet," said Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., the wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and YouBeauty's nutrition expert. "Replacing unhealthy fats, such as saturated and trans fat with healthier

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  • New Study: Why Our Mood Swings Control Our Eating Habits

    Stand up to emotional eating even when you're at your grumpiest.We all have days when we're grumpy and stressed, when all we want to do is dive into a pint of Ben and Jerry's (or an entire bag of Pepperidge Farms Mint Milano's-don't judge.) to ease our sour mood. It's called emotional eating, a.k.a. stress eating, and it takes serious willpower to avoid. It's common knowledge that your mood can swiftly sway your food choices, we never understood why-until now.

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    New research from the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, released today, explains how our mood controls the foods we crave-and ultimately consume. Here are the Cliffs Notes:

    When you're in a good mood: You make better food choices because you're thinking about the future and how what you eat will affect it (i.e. you're going to choose oatmeal for breakfast over an egg sandwich to prepare for months-away shorts season).

    When you're in a bad mood: Your focus shifts to the immediate sensory experience of eating. Reaching for fatty, indulgent

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  • 4 Quick Fixes to Relieve Itchy Skin

    Itchy skin is trying to send you a message.Itching may seem like nature's way of driving you mad, but the sensation was actually designed to keep you safe. By sparking the urge to scratch, your skin is demanding attention (not unlike a screaming toddler!) to help protect it from an offender of some kind, like microbes or insects.

    Itching can start with a direct physical stimulus like a wool sweater that brushes against skin sensitive to its texture, while an internal stimulus like a release of histamine during an allergic reaction is another frequent trigger. It can even begin in your mind's imagination; seeing someone else scratching can literally make you feel itchy too! And during the winter, dry skin brought on by cold air and low humidity levels can make you feel relentlessly itchy.

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    No matter the trigger, C-fiber nerves that are located just below the skin's surface are activated and then send the urgent signal to itch to your brain. Scratching that spot may feel like

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  • Does Your Metabolism Slow Down in the Winter?

    The colder temps aren't to blame, but maybe your changing habits are.The colder temps aren't to blame, but maybe your changing habits are.

    We Asked: Lisa C. Cohn, M.M.Sc., M.Ed., R.D., is the President of Park Avenue Nutrition and a licensed, registered dietitian who practices in Manhattan.

    The Answer: Actually, your metabolism speeds up when it's cold out! Keeping warm uses up a lot of energy, which burns more calories, which means a higher metabolic rate. So if you stick to your regular exercise routine and eat right all year round, you should actually lose weight in winter, especially if you spend time outside.

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    The reality, however, usually looks very different. Many people start to gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Years, and those who do put on an average of 7 pounds. The obvious culprit is all that party-time feasting and drinking, not to mention the emotional eating we often succumb to when we spend a lot of time around our families. Plus, we often throw our exercise routines out the window during the holidays.

    Then there's the travel and the

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  • Why Does Stress Cause Breakouts?

    As if stress isn't bad enough...We Asked: Claudia Aguirre, Ph.D., a neuroscientist working in the skincare industry

    The Answer: Your body is wired for "fight or flight." When our caveman ancestors encountered danger, a flood of stress hormones prepped their bodies to do battle or hightail it to safety. The same neurochemistry is at work today, but you can't run away from an angry boss-or punch her in the face-so the stress hormones go at their business in new, and unfortunately less productive ways.

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    Stress kicks off a chain reaction, starting with the release of corticotropic releasing hormone (CRH) in the brain. From there, CRH triggers corticotropin, which stimulates the release of cortisol, the main hormone associated with stress. Now you've got all these stress hormones amassing in your body, preparing to help you escape from danger. But you're at your desk, or stuck in traffic, or otherwise sitting on your duff, so the hormones end up doing more harm than good. They

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  • Science Confirms You're Skinniest on This Day

    Monday through Friday is key for achieving your weight loss goals.How do you measure your weight? Probably with a scale, right? Sure, that's not bad, but have you considered using a calendar?

    We know what you're thinking-you can't weigh yourself with a calendar. But new research suggests that you should give it a try. That is, you get your weight using a scale (though BMI may be a more useful measurement), but keep a calendar handy to properly interpret the number on the dial. A January 2014 study published online in the journal Obesity Facts found that most people lose weight over the course of the week and then gain some on the weekends. That means that you're likely to be lightest on Friday and heaviest on Sunday.

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    What sets overall weight-gainers apart from those who are able to lose weight is what happens between Monday and Friday. Weight-losers have what the researchers call a "stronger compensation pattern," which means that their downward weight fluctuation started immediately after the

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  • Superfood in Berries Promotes Weight Loss and Younger Skin

    This powerful ingredient really is the ultimate anti-ager.Science shows that resveratrol is pushing its way to the top of the buzz-worthy ingredient list. It's been shown to help treat everything from heart disease to diabetes as well as naturally turn back the clock on skin. Here's why you'll want to harness resveratrol's impressive health and beauty benefits. Right. Now.

    Why The Buzz?
    So, what is this fancy sounding R-word exactly? "Resveratrol is a very potent polyphenolic antioxidant," says Jeffrey Morrison, MD, founder of the Morrison Center for Integrative Medicine in New York City. And while it's most famous for its ties to red wine, there are actually many other natural sources of the antioxidant powerhouse including many of your go-to foods, as well as around 70 plant species.

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    Where to Find It
    Along with grapes (and therefore the vino connection), it's found in several kinds of berries such as mulberries, blueberries and cranberries along with peanuts and dark chocolate. "It

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