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  • Delicious, Healthy Chocolates You Should Give Your Valentine Today

    Healthy chocolate? It sounds too good to be true, right?

    If you're sweet on someone and you want to send some chocolates their way, this guide to five good-for-you treats will give you plenty of ideas. On the contrary, if your significant other is the type who needs a not-so-subtle hint about which indulgences you prefer, just share this mouthwatering gallery, and there'll be no confusion.

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    What makes these confections better than the average box of chocolates? We've gathered dark chocolatey goodies, many of which are made with at least 70 percent cocoa, which translates to big beauty benefits-as long as you don't consume them all at once, of course. Cocoa boasts heart-healthy plant compounds called flavanoids that help reduce stress hormones-and consequently decrease collagen breakdown, which leads to fewer wrinkles or less saggy skin. Dark chocolate also relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow, which helps with that healthy glow, as well as fighting damage from free radicals, such as sun

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  • Break Your Dessert Habit NOW

    Dessert is a privilege, not a right.

    I like ice cream. I like it a lot. Mint-chocolate chip, to be exact. Or maybe coffee flavored. I love it especially in a sugar cone on a hot day-though even in these bone-chilling months I have ice cream on the brain. I've always liked ice cream. My grandfather used to bring cartons of Baskin Robbins ice cream over for us kids when my parents went away. It was our own little special treat from him. And I was hooked.

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    Flash forward to college. Ice cream was my go-to food to overindulge in. A girlfriend and I would perch on the brick wall outside of WaWa, the local convenience store closest to my dormitory, and together we would polish off a carton of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey. Again and again that year, we would meet to catch up and eat ice cream.

    Later, when I had kids, ice cream was a natural treat to give them, just as my grandfather used to give it to me. For years, when I would be hit with the nightly question, "Can I

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  • Hair and Makeup Secrets of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team

    That lipstick. That bun. Get these rink- and camera-ready looks.Every four years, the world is mesmerized while figure skaters, who are certainly athletes first and foremost, captivate with a glittering sense of artistry while performing physical feats of grace on ice. And it's all done on 4-millimeter steel blades, while wearing more sequins than Liberace.

    The ladies of the U.S. Olympic figure skating team have beauty tips that are truly battlefield-tested under bright lights and high cardio demands. Here, they reveal to us the tricks behind hitting twizzles and triple lutzes with nary a hair out of place.

    Let the Games begin!

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    Ashley Wagner - Ladies
    "When you step on the ice, the first impression goes a long way, and hair and makeup can help draw the audience in by enhancing the character you're portraying," explains Ashley Wagner, 22, who will skate to "Samson & Delilah" in Sochi. "I love playing a strong personality like Delilah-she's a wily temptress, so my look will be a Middle Eastern-inspired

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  • DIY Cleaning Product Recipes that Cut Out the Toxic Chemicals

    Get your home clean without exposing yourself to something even more harmful.

    Are you a little freaked out about all of the chemicals in your cleaning products, but worried that going green won't clean as well? We get it. It's hard to know what products are both safe and effective when it comes to cleaning house. "There are a lot of bad basic cleaning formulas out there filled with chemicals," explains "The Godmother of Green" Annie B. Bond, an expert on green living and best-selling author of five books, including "Better Basics for the Home."

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    In small amounts, exposure to these toxins is not a problem-after all, your liver is designed to detoxify your body of chemicals-but they can even damage the liver itself. Bond, a survivor of chemical poisoning who devoted herself to educating others about healthy living, believes that every toxic substance you come into contact with accumulates in your system and that, eventually, their cumulative effects could trigger health problems ranging from headaches to

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  • The Surprising Benefit of Keeping a Consistent Sleep Schedule

    We'll use any excuse to get some more sleep!You already know that it's important to get a solid night of sleep on a regular basis. For the vast majority of people, the "sweet spot" for the right amount of sleep per night is between 6 and 9 hours.

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    When we don't sleep enough, two hormones in our body are greatly affected: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is a hormone that gives us the "go" signal, meaning that we are hungry and need to eat. On the other end is leptin, a hormone that signals satiety and tells us to stop eating. When we don't get enough sleep, even after just a few short nights of less slumber, the balance between ghrelin and leptin is tipped. We have more ghrelin and less leptin. As a result, the signal that tells us we're full becomes weak, and the "you're hungry, eat!" signal is strengthened.

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    An interesting November 2013 study, conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and published in the American Journal of

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  • 8 Unexpected Ways You're Preventing Heart Disease

    Protecting yourself is even easier than you thought.It's American Heart Month and tomorrow, February 7, is National Wear Red Day, when you can wear your concern about the country's number-one killer on your sleeve. Literally. A quarter of deaths each year are due to heart disease (much more if you count all the related diseases such as stroke, hypertensive kidney failure and disability due to aging arteries). While there have been significant improvements for men, research shows that women are not faring as well in the fight, and that high blood pressure might be the reason for the divide.

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    Fortunately there's good news. There are many things you can do right now to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range well into the future. And wait! It gets better! You're probably doing a lot of them already and without even realizing it.

    If you are a spin class junkie… you're doing more than burning crazy calories and toning your legs. You're also getting a great cardiovascular workout. With

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  • How Athletes Drink Juice Without Passing Out

    Juice is actually the perfect supplement to an active lifestyle.Juicing may seem like the realm of pin-thin models and waify types who don't mind subsisting on 1,000 calories a day, but the right juices can be beneficial to even the most active lifestyles. Yankee's first baseman Mark Teixeira says that he started trying juices because they fit into his busy schedule. "I'm on the go a lot and it's hard to sit down and make the good food decisions," he says. "The juices I consume really help my overall nutrition."

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    In the morning, he drinks a combination of grapefruit juice, lemon juice and orange (Juice Press's "Glo"). "You wake up thirsty and dehydrated, and it's refreshing," he says (full disclosure: Teixeira is an investor in Juice Press). "The citrus and vitamin C give me energy and it's filling but not ultra heavy." This juice with a side of oatmeal is the perfect breakfast according to Teixeira, who likes to eat about half an hour before he hits the gym.

    After a workout, Teixeira turns to liquid

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  • 5 Ways to Make Positive Changes in Your Life

    Get over your failures and affect real change in your life.At some point in your life, you have probably made a New Year's resolution. Maybe it was this year, and you set a goal to live your life differently in some way, big or small. You might already have abandoned your plans. Perhaps you have given up making resolutions because they so rarely succeed.

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    It is hard to make big changes in your life, and you have to enter into that process expecting that you will experience a few setbacks. What separates the people who succeed at achieving their big-picture goals from those who do not is not that they never fail. It is in their response to failure.

    Everyone fails. Sometimes, you give in to temptation and do something you shouldn't. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, other factors cause your best-laid plans to go awry.

    So, how can you learn from your failures rather than giving up? Here are five suggestions that come from my new book, "Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in

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  • 5 Tricks to Eat Organic on a Budget

    Yes, you can do it without breaking the bank.Many consumers are willing to pay more money for organic foods because they value the health and environmental advantages, but the question that arises is: "Is it worth it?" This comes up frequently because organic foods tend to be much more expensive than their conventional counterparts. The truth is that, when equipped with the right tools, you can eat organic without making a major dent in your bank account.

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    Use the following five tips to become a savvy organic shopper and start eating organically-without your wallet taking a big hit.

    1. Avoid foods that will not provide the benefits of the organic seal.
    Certain foods absorb higher levels of contaminants and pesticides than others. However, ones that contain few pesticides do not appear to provide nutritional benefits when they are purchased organically. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public health research and advocacy organization, produces an annual guide to

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  • 7 Things Dr. Oz Does Before 7 A.M

    It couldn't hurt to take some tips from America's favorite doc.For Mehmet Oz, M.D., the secret to starting his jam-packed days off on the right foot is to eliminate time-wasting decision-making by following the same routine every day. For the host of "The Dr. Oz Show," Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, an efficient morning routine is essential-which for this doctor includes an electric toothbrush, yoga and Greek yogurt. Here, YouBeauty takes a peek into a morning at Dr. Oz's house.

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    Wake-Up Call
    Dr. Oz says he's "very much a morning person" and avoids hitting the snooze button. He starts the day at 5:45 a.m.-like most surgeons, he wakes up very early. According to Oz, "It's the best way to get lots done during the day."

    Big Things First
    What's the first thing Dr. Oz does when opening his eyes each morning? He stretches in bed for 15 seconds while focusing on

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