Blog Posts by DivineCaroline

  • 5 Ways to "Cheat" on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight

    When it comes to making over your body, the journey truly is the destination. But just because it's a long, arduous process-not to mention an opportunity to demonstrate supreme willpower-doesn't mean you can't also have a little fun along the way. In fact, if you don't loosen the reins on your dieting habits once in a while, you're likely to end up even more dissatisfied-and possibly even heavier-than you were before you started your mission to be a lean, mean fighting machine. With moderation in mind don't be afraid to "cheat" on your diet in the following ways.

    1. Enjoy Red Meat Some dieters avoid red meat at all costs, unable to see beyond its high saturated-fat content, known to raise levels of blood cholesterol. But beef in particular, according to Shalene McNeil, executive director of nutrition research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, is also "one of the most nutrient-rich foods. One three-ounce serving of lean beef contributes only 180 calories, but you get ten

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  • “Project Runway” Recap: The Old Bird Gets the Worm

    Our favorite fashion foursome (Heidi, Nina, Michael, and Tim) is back for season nine of Project Runway, and the competition is lookin' fierce. In case you were inexplicably not glued to the screen for the first episode, have no fear; we were! Here's what you missed:

    The Challenge:
    Create a runway look using the pajamas you slept in and a sheet from your bed. Make it work.

    Who Might Have Superpowers:
    It's a toss-up between twenty-nine-year-old former Ms. Universe contestant Anya Ayoung-Chee, who reveals in the first five minutes of the episode that she literally just learned how to sew and somehow ends up constructing one of the top three looks of the night, all the while proclaiming, "I've never sewn pants before!" and "I've never sewn silk before!" We're not entirely sure she knows what show she's on. And then there's twenty-eight-year-old Anthony Ryan Auld, who wowed the judges with his color palette on the first challenge despite the fact that he's color-blind.


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  • Friends with Benefits: 4 Situations When It Works

    Hollywood clearly has friends with benefits on the brain. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher recently FWB-ed it up in No Strings Attached, while Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis do the horizontal naked hug in the cleverly titled Friends With Benefits. But the problem, and I hate to issue a massive spoiler alert here because I'm sure you didn't see this coming ten miles away, is that these movies never depict actual friends with benefits. The friends always fall in love, and "boyfriend and girlfriend with benefits" just sounds kind of redundant. Hypothetically speaking (of course), under what circumstances could a friends-with-benefits situation work? Are there certain situations where it's not merely viable but preferable? How about ...

    1. ... you've just gone through a breakup. You aren't quite emotionally ready for a new one, but boy howdy, you're ready physically. It's also nice to feel attractive again.

    The Science of Sex: Why We Have Types

    2. ... you've just lost someone

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  • 8 Hair Care Myths Debunked

    They say a woman's hair is her crowning glory, and boy, do we take that to heart. Women spend inordinate amounts of time and energy washing, styling, and caring for their hair (and let's be honest-men do, too), all for the sake of keeping it shiny, healthy, and manageable. Like many areas of modern life, there's plenty of advice and chatter on how to handle your hair better, faster, and more easily. There's bound to be some folklore out there, like these points of hair-care "wisdom" sprinkled in with the facts.

    Myth 1: Brushing one hundred strokes per night makes hair healthy and shiny.
    At one point in hair-care history, someone thought that excessive brushing stimulated blood circulation, prompting lazy hair follicles to work extra hard. The truth is that although individual strands of hair are fairly strong, brushing more than necessary is much more likely to cause excessive breakage and damage than to leave you with thicker, shinier hair. This is especially true if

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  • Eight Tips for Giving a Top-Notch Wedding Toast

    Giving a toast at a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception is supposed to be an honor. So why does it cause so many bridesmaids to ruin their $300 taffeta terror-of-a-gown by breaking into a cold sweat? Because there's a lot that can go wrong. I've seen more wedding toasts derailed by a drunken uncle or botched by a nervous maid of honor than I, or the happy couples, care to remember.

    With emotions running high and wine flowing like water, it's all too easy to get long-winded, overly sentimental, and even inappropriate. The last thing you want is to make your lovely hosts wish they had one of those giant hooks to pull you offstage.

    Before you take the mic, remember a wedding toast is not the time to make any of these mistakes.

    1. Resurrect all-or any-of the happy couple's old relationships.
    Everyone is happy the groom didn't marry his obsessive ex with trust issues, but the bride and her family don't want their special day to be overshadowed by the ghosts of

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  • Get the Glow: Five Yoga Poses That Give You Great Skin

    If there's one thing seasoned yoga practitioners are known for (other than the impressive and slightly alarming ability to bend their bodies in all manner of directions), it's great skin. Think of instructors you've encountered or enthusiasts you know in real life-it's likely they all have similarly youthful, radiant skin. Is it the deep, restorative breaths and meditative state that keep wrinkles at bay, or is it the focused flows of movement that challenge the body and increase circulation?

    As it turns out, the answer is a little of both. Practicing yoga does wonders for the mind and body. As skin guru Dr. Nicholas Perricone wrote in The Clear Skin Prescription, "It is the perfect exercise for people who lead busy, stress-filled lives who want to look and feel their best." Yoga in general improves skin health by reducing stress (a common catalyst to breakouts and fine lines) and removing toxins from the body. In fact, there are certain asanas (poses) that are especially good

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  • Supplement Safety: Is Your Fish Oil Sustainable?

    News sources constantly remind us that we should take fish oil supplements for their Omega-3 benefits. But the media also warns us of the dangers posed-both to ourselves and the environment-by unsustainable fishing practices. So what makes fish sustainable, and how can we reap the benefits of fish oil safely?

    Omega-3 Health Effects Are No Fish Story

    It's the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in fish oil that make it so healthy. According to the Mayo Clinic, taking 1.6 grams of Omega-3s daily can lower triglycerides and blood pressure, reducing the risk of death from heart attack and stroke.

    Research published in the medical journal Cancer suggests that fish oil may prevent the muscle and weight loss that commonly occurs with chemotherapy; whereas other sources report fish oil combined with diet and exercise is more effective for fat loss in healthy adults than diet and exercise alone.

    Though scientists are still parsing the benefits of fish oil supplements, fish oil's

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  • 10 Toasty Cocktails for Chilly Fall Nights

    Hot cocktails are the perfect prescription for chilly autumn and winter nights. Fortified with brown liquors and heavy creams and spiced with seasonal flavors, like cinnamon and mint, these hearty beverages are comfort in a glass. Just one sip will make you feel a little toastier-and perhaps a little toasted, as well.


    Apple Cider

    This cocktail has all the standard accoutrements of the hot cider you remember as a kid, like cinnamon sticks and cloves, but with one adult addition: bourbon. Add orange slices for a festive, citrusy garnish.

    Get the recipe.


    Peppermint Patty

    Already a cold weather staple, hot chocolate is made even better with a splash (or three) of peppermint schnapps. (Crème de menthe also works well.) It makes a decadent yet refreshing liquid dessert.

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  • Healthy Diet Habits From Around the World

    Healthy Diet Habits From Around the WorldHealthy Diet Habits From Around the WorldWhen it comes to eating (and many other indulgences), the United States is a culture of excess. To the average American, bigger plus faster equals better; we shovel massive quantities of food and beverages into our mouths on the go, scarcely taking time to taste what we're consuming … and then we complain about how much weight we're gaining. Meanwhile, diners in other countries favor moderately sized but well-rounded portions, savor their meals in a leisurely fashion with friends and family members, and make exercise part of their daily life. Is it any surprise, then, that so many people in other cultures sustain enviably trim figures without depriving themselves of culinary enjoyment? Let's learn how they do it.

    Spice Things Up (Thailand and Malaysia)
    The hot peppers in Thai cuisine, which is legendary for its spiciness, accomplish a dual dietary purpose: they both speed metabolism and slow the eating process. For Americans, weight gain is an inevitable side effect of our

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  • It’s Not Me, It’s You: When to Dump Your Service Professional

    It's Not Me, It's You: When to Dump Your Service ProfessionalIt's Not Me, It's You: When to Dump Your Service ProfessionalBehind the scenes of her life, every woman has a cast of hardworking supporting players: the stylist who keeps her hair in great shape, the manicurist she sees every two weeks, and the sympathetic doctor she keeps on speed dial for emergencies.

    Many women develop personal relationships with the professional waxers, dry cleaners, locksmiths, cleaning ladies, masseuses, tailors, piano tuners, carpet shampooers, shoe repairmen, and other technicians that keep them functioning on a daily basis. While it's great to feel a connection with these people, the sad truth is that these relationships don't usually last forever-even after years with someone, or if you've already blurred the line between professional and personal, you may feel the urge to seek out someone closer, someone better, someone cheaper, or simply someone new. And sometimes, there are certain clear signs that it's time to move on.

    He's Become Too Busy
    When you first started seeing your doctor, you could get an

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