Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • Get Hired: Make Yourself Into a Slam Dunk Candidate

    The Apprentice's Carolyn Kepcher describes how to become the ideal job candidate, from her book, Carolyn 101: Business Lessons from The Apprentice's Straight Shooter.

    Put yourself in the place of the contestants on The Apprentice. I can't tell you how many letters and e-mails I get asking, "How can I get hired by The Trump Organization?" It isn't easy, but I will be happy to give you some tips on what I think makes a good potential hiree. Let's begin our seminar on the hiring process from the beginning.

    Every new hire is a stab in the dark based on a remarkably slim body of evidence: an application, a résumé, a reference, an interview, most of which take only minutes, if not seconds, of our time. Unlike in the world of The Apprentice, in my office I don't have thirteen weeks in which to make up my mind about you. I will expend whole minutes -- as opposed to seconds -- only on candidates who, based on a good first impression and strong credentials, seem capable of making it

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  • The Three C's of a Relationship

    Three things to consider when you begin dating someone, from Become Your Own Matchmaker by Patti Stanger, star of The Millionaire Matchmaker

    Chemistry. Does he make your heart pound and your toes curl? When you're alone in bed at night, do you replay all his tender touches, the words he used to make your heart melt? At the end of a date, do you want to rip his pants off and have your way with him right there on the doorstep? If, however, you don't feel this way yet, don't worry. Remember, women are like Crock-Pots, they heat up slowly, and men are like microwaves, instantly ready to go. As long as you think he's cute and you have fun with him, he's a contender.

    Compatibility. How do you "roll" together? Are you comfortable with silence? Do you feel constant pressure to prove yourself to him, or does he make you feel like you're perfect the way you are? Do you "get" each other? How do your energy levels match up? Do you love/hate the same things? Compatibility basically means

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  • Sex and Candy: How to Use Lollipops in Your Lovemaking

    Laura Corn, author of Passport to Pleasure: Secret Sealed Seductions for Fun-Loving Couples, has a sweet idea to charm your man.

    Here's how I think it started:
    Caveman comes home, exhausted from another long day of hunting. The mastodon got away, and one of the other cavemen made fun of him -- "You throw spear like girl!" -- so he's a little cranky. He's wishing someone would hurry up and invent television. And beer. Cave romance is the last thing on his mind.

    His cave spouse wants to show him the cool thing she gathered today with the other cave girls. It's a beehive, all nice and de-beed, and she's very excited about it, but she can tell he's just feigning interest to be polite. Suddenly, the hive breaks open. Honey spills out, making a mess all over the cave girl. At first they laugh about it, but then the cave guy gets an idea and starts to lick the honey off her skin.

    And that was it. That was the invention of oral sex.

    Honeylingus, in the old language.

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  • 7 Ways to Keep Your Sexual Chemistry Alive

    Patricia Love, author of The Truth About Love: The Highs, the Lows, and How You Can Make It Last Forever, shares tips from couples who have managed to keep their sex life enticing through the years.

    Sex often plays a vital role in reconnecting couples, but there is not enough said or written about the importance of it in long term relationships. Most of the hype is about new love, but the best life has to offer comes from true love. Public opinion is so slanted that we've been programmed to believe that deterioration of our sex life is endemic after the first two years of a relationship. However, this doesn't have to be the case, and it is not for millions of couples.

    Lovemaking wanes when it takes a back seat. Time pressure from work, domestic responsibilities, commuting, and social commitments make it a challenge to find quiet, private moments with a partner. Nevertheless, if you are too busy for sex -- maybe you are just too busy.

    So what can we learn from the

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  • 10 Steps to a Better Love Life

    Maximize your body's biology and chemistry to strengthen your relationship. Learn how from Drs. Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz, the authors of YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty.

    It may seem a little odd for us to be making recommendations about how to improve your love life and your sex life. While we're not in the business of recommending battery-operated toys or suggesting that you transform your favorite yoga position into a newfangled sex position, we are certainly able to tell you how you can maximize your body's biology and chemistry to strengthen your relationships.

    Reinvent Your Relationship. Many couples gradually grow apart and have to reconnect. Why? A woman marries a man because she appreciates his potential and then tries to adjust him to fulfill this potential. Conversely, a man marries a woman who is exactly what he wants, and then she goes off and changes. So in effect, as soon as you fall in love, both of you start racing

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  • The Secrets of a Successful Party

    How to throw a no-stress dinner or cocktail party, from The Art and Craft of Entertaining by Kimberly Kennedy

    The secret to hosting a successful party is all about managing your time and staggering preparation. Rather than going crazy for the three days immediately preceding the party, make a detailed timetable of what you need to do before the event, then plot out when you can do it. The timeline here is specific to hosting a dinner party; nevertheless, many elements remain the same for a buffet or cocktail party. This should give you an idea of what can be done -- and when. Use it as a general outline for your own party.

    One Month Out

    • Plan your menu and drinks.
    • Create your shopping lists: Grocery store lists for non-perishables, bar supplies, perishables, and last-minute items like ice.
    • Wine or liquor store list.
    • Craft and art store supplies for projects and other decorations.
    • Inspect your plates, glasses, flatware, and serving
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  • Last-Minute Party Tips and Hors d’Oeuvres You Can Make on the Fly

    When you're having friends over at the last minute, follow these tips, tricks, and easy, always-pleasing appetizers that take only minutes to prepare from Katie Lee, author of The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions.

    IN THE BAR
    It's cocktail hour somewhere! And having a versatile bar makes it that much more fun when guests arrive. In addition to spirits and mixers, it's a great idea to keep a drink-mixing guide by the bar in case someone requests a cocktail you're not familiar with.

    my essentials

    • bourbon
    • vodka
    • light rum
    • gin
    • tequila
    • vermouth
    • mixers (tonic, seltzer, juices)
    • tools (ice bucket and tongs, shaker, strainer, two-sided jigger, bottle opener)

    HORS D'OEUVRES ON THE FLY
    If I'm having friends over for drinks last minute, these are my go-to hors d'oeuvres. They take only minutes to prepare and are always a hit and appropriate for any occasion.

    • Wrap store-bought breadsticks in prosciutto.
    • Fill
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  • 14 Ways to Rid Your Life of Toxic Relationships

    A life uncluttered with toxic relationships is a tall order. Providence seems to toss all sorts of challenges our way. But life is too precious to squander even a minute of it in the company of spirit-vampires. From Unclutter Your Life by Katherine Gibson

    Healthy relationships resonate with harmony. They're dynamic, fun, and unwavering. They are loyal, gentle, and balanced. They're full of hearty hugs, surprise celebrations, and unconditional support. They're layered with love and laughter and they give and they take. And while they aren't all things at all times, they sweeten life like nothing else can. Caring friends are "earthly angels."

    The rest -- the folks who taint our souls and steal our joy -- are simply clutter.

    CLUTTER BUSTERS

    • Know yourself. Define what qualities matter in your life and in your friends.
    • Do your homework. Understand what makes a healthy relationship and why you might attract or be attracted to people who do not honor you.
    • Choose
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  • Eat Your Way To Health

    Control your weight, protect your bones and muscles, and fight disease -- all through mindful eating. From Muscle Medicine: The Revolutionary Approach to Maintaining, Strengthening, and Repairing Your Muscles and Joints, by Rob DeStefano, D.C., Bryan Kelly, M.D., and Joseph Hooper.


    Fortunately for us, there isn't one way to eat to control weight, another way to support bones and muscles, and another to fight disease. Healthy eating is healthy across the board. In the past decade, scientists have arrived at a consensus about what an optimal diet should look like. The two diets that have been most intensively studied, and heartily endorsed by researchers, the Mediterranean and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), dovetail on the basics: heavy on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and light on sugar, salt, and animal fat. (The DASH emphasizes calcium, which, as we'll discuss, is good for the musculoskeletal system.)

    Let's break it down. Everything you consume falls

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  • What's Your Diet Type?

    Learn how to overcome obstacles to weight loss by understanding your true diet personality. From Escape Your Shape: How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder by Edward J. Jackowski, Ph.D.

    To attain your weight-loss goals, you must first accept the fact that you can't take off those unwanted pounds, much less keep them off, without proper and regular exercise. But don't despair, once you come to terms with this, you can explore options that fit your lifestyle and motivation level. You can lose weight without starving yourself or knocking yourself out mentally and physically at the gym.

    When you're trying to lose weight, it's important to understand yourself and, more important, embrace what you actually do rather than what you think you're going to do. In order to lose weight, you need a plan that includes a doable exercise routine and reasonable limitations on what you eat. Are you really ready to embrace both? If not, make an honest self-assessment. Some of you love to exercise

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