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    So what do we have to look forward to in the month of hearts and roses? February is indeed moving us into new territory and it begins as we enter the month on New Moon energy that kicked in on Jan 30th along with Venus now out of Retrograde and moving forward as of Jan 31st. So opening gambit coming into the month is about our opportunities to reinvent ourselves, break out of ruts, connect with friends, groups, online, or around causes, and to move our goals about love, income or with women forward again.

    The month ahead for ARIES: You are very invested in your friends, groups, internet, astrology, charities, freedom, or a serious look at your dreams and aspirations in life as February begins. It's important to move forward but to also note that between the 12th and 28th you will need to involve the past by reworking,

  • by Kafi Drexel

    Arthur BelebeauArthur Belebeau Double-whammy truth: The things that stress us out -- like not being able to find time to exercise each day -- make us age faster.

    So sign us up for any way to minimize the anxiety, which is where the new book from registered dietitian Elisa Zied, Younger Next Week, comes in. She reminds us that "physical activity is the ultimate anti-aging remedy." For real! Check yourself out in the mirror after your next Spin class (and a shower of course). The increased blood flow alone makes your skin more supple. The biggest reason we heart Zied's book: Easy-to-follow tips, or more like recipes for stress, that she's dubbed "Stressipes." We asked her to design an exclusive stressipe for SELF readers to tackle this all-too-common stressor:

    "I'm never motivated to work out. I always put it off or talk myself out of it. It creates this awful cycle -- I'm stressed that I'm not working out, and not working out is making me more stressed. Help!"

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  • It's not the cakewalk some celebs make it out to be, but the news isn't all bad either. By Cathy Garrard, REDBOOK.

    Whether you were building your career, searching for the right guy, or just weren't ready to start a family until now, you're definitely not alone. The birth rate for women ages 40 to 44 increased by 3 percent from 2008 to 2009, the most recent year for which data is available, which is the highest jump since the late '60s, according to the CDC.

    While waiting makes good sense both financially and emotionally, you've likely experienced or considered the reality during hours of poring over Google search results: Your eggs simply aren't as plentiful or healthy as they were 20 years ago. "Most women in their early and mid-40s do fine being pregnant," says Jeffrey M. Goldberg, M.D., professor and head of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Cleveland Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "The problem is getting pregnant--and staying pregnant--with a

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  • Are late nights making you gain weight?By Lindsay Westley for Eatingwell Magazine

    New research is bolstering how important sleep is for a healthy weight. When you're awake between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., you're more likely to take in extra calories, says a study from the University of Pennsylvania. People ate an average of 553 more calories when they were kept awake until the early morning. But a lack of sleep affects more than just late-night eating. Next time you're tempted to burn the midnight oil, resist the urge. Here's why:

    1. You chow down in the morning.
    When you're groggy in the morning, you're more likely to eat more. Sleep-deprived participants reported being hungrier in the morning and ate larger portions at breakfast and for snacks the next day compared to participants who slept 8 hours. Researchers think that just one night of total sleep deprivation prompts you to eat more by boosting ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite.

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    2. Junk-food

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  • It's Chinese New Year! That means, on January 31, the Year of the Fire Snake will officially slither away as we ring in the Year of the Wood Horse. For those who don’t know their yin from their yang or who haven’t visited a Chinese astrologist recently, here are a few things to expect in the year ahead. 

    First a little explainer for those of you asking, "What in the world does a wood horse have to do with the New Year?" In Chinese astrology, the world is made up of five elements in a cycle — wood, fire, earth, metal, water — and these interact with the 12 animals of the zodiac. For the next lunisolar calendar year, wood and horse meet. See? Simple.

    No, not a wooden rocking horse. Although that does look fun. (Photo: whitelightwarrior.tumblr.com)

    1954 was the last time the Year of the Wood Horse occurred — and it just so happens that the United States tested the hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands that year. Just something to think about.

    Photo: mrsadness.tumblr.com

    “If you have wood or fire in your chart [find out here] you’ll have a good year. If you don’t, you need to partner with someone

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  • McDonald's Pushes for Sustainable BeerMcDonald's Pushes for Sustainable Beer

    A comment I received on my post about re-evaluating the good and bad of the Paleo diet really got me thinking. It essentially said that you can eat a Paleo-style diet at McDonald's. Of course I wanted to run, scream, and throw things at the computer screen. Surely a burger patty on the dollar menu contains more than just beef. That would be too easy. I was positive it must contain fillers and enhancers of some sort, more than likely soy or corn (which would make it not Paleo). Admittedly I'm not a McDonald's connoisseur, so it's a good thing I checked the ingredient list before spewing off a response (in my head, not for real). According to McDonald's nutrition information, the beef patty is simply that: 100% beef. So I guess technically it's Paleo. Which of course led me down another train of thought: if you can eat Paleo at McDonald's, it can't be that hard to stick with. (The difficulty of following the diet was one of the major reasons it sunk to the bottom of the US News and

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  • by Alexandra Samuel

    Kyle EricksenKyle Ericksen
    Winter and dry skin go together like mornings and coffee, right? So it only seems natural to grab your favorite scrub in search of that baby-faced goodness that's somehow way easier to get in the summer. But overdoing the scrub-love will make skin more susceptible to UV damage, accelerate aging and even wreck your lipid barrier so skin can't hold on to moisture on its own. Yikes.

    If think you're on the road to over-exfoliating, look for these seven tell-tale signs you should lay off: Skin will feel tight and be noticeably parched, either all over or just as patchy areas. Your parched skin may also be red and itchy, or even more sensitive to other skin products than usual. And if you've really overdone it, you'll start to get acne and irritation -- which starts a totally addictive cycle of wanting to scrub more to get rid of all that flakiness. Not good.

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  • by Anna Maltby

    George ChinseeGeorge Chinsee
    You already know yoga makes you feel all kinds of Om-azing, but new research in the Journal of Clinical Oncology gives scientific evidence that it can significantly help reduce fatigue and inflammation, particularly in breast cancer survivors.

    Researchers at Ohio State University assigned 200 breast cancer survivors to either a twice-weekly 90-minute hatha yoga program or a control group (whom didn't do any yoga) and found that yoga practitioners had significantly less fatigue, more vitality, and lower blood markers of inflammation after three months than did control group members.

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    "We wanted to look at breast cancer survivors because fatigue is an important problem for them post treatment, as is cardiorespiratory fitness. Data from other labs suggest that 30 to 40 percent of breast cancer survivors may experience significant levels of fatigue that interfere with daily life in some cases several years post

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  • This season, win the fight against germs by supercharging your natural defenses.

    By Nicole Catanese

    Most of us already know the basics when it comes to warding off a wintertime cold or flu-from excessive hand washing to loading up on vitamin C and getting plenty of rest, as well as keeping stress at bay. However, incorporating these foods and spices into your daily meal plan will play as much of an integral role in keeping you healthy, all season long.

    Greek Yogurt. "Yogurt is packed with probiotics, which are live active cultures, or good bacteria, that help keep up your defences," says Candice Kumai, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and author of the upcoming Clean Green Drinks, Cook Yourself Sexy and Pretty Delicious and a judge on Iron Chef America. Can't plan to eat yogurt every day? Try a probiotic supplement, too. "Probiotics are known to boost the immune system by supporting digestive function and gut health and helping to stave off, and fight flu symptoms-and taking

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  • by Elizabeth Siegel

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    Here's something really surprising that I learned recently: "Eating a lot of citrus fruits in the winter can make it harder to heal chapped lips, because juice from oranges and grapefruits irritates them," says Jeanette Graf, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. "The same goes for certain toothpastes." Use a lip balm right after you brush your teeth or eat an orange, and your lips won't become as dry. And then there are two more things you should know about treating chapped lips, including the fastest way to rehab them:

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    Soothe chronically chapped lips, fast. "The quickest way to fix them is by dabbing on an over-the counter hydrocortisone cream before bed, and then smoothing on Aquaphor the next morning," says Graf. "Keep using the Aquaphor morning and night until your lips are back to normal."

    Pick the right lip balm for everyday. One that's creamy or viscous penetrates and heals the cracks in your lips better

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