• Dawn Lindner's drug and alcohol abuse was hurting her friends and family. Here's how she regained control.Dawn Lindner's drug and alcohol abuse was hurting her friends and family. Here's how she regained control.

    With her long, straight blond hair, Dawn Lindner, 48, who is from East Gull Lake, Minn., looks like the girl next door -- a grown-up Marcia Brady. But after working for years in her family's media business and being the guardian of her mentally disabled brother for more than a decade, Lindner became addicted to pills. "I was in emotional and physical pain," she says.

    In 2009, after a difficult, lengthy custody battle with her ex, "a wave of depression came over me," she says. Then, in quick succession, she was diagnosed with menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding) and interstitial cystitis (a painful bladder disorder). Lindner had a hysterectomy and suddenly found herself taking a slew of prescriptions from several doctors, all on automatic refill -- including antidepressants, pain relievers and anti-anxiety medication. "It felt like my body was turning on itself," she says. She had never been a drinker, but on the pills, she began craving wine by the bottle. Things got ugly

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  • Training for a marathon? Looking to lose a few pounds? Cutting out (or limiting) meat? Do it all with our collection of the best recipes we've ever published.
    By Joanna Sayago Golub, Runner's World

    Depending on your training regimen, health goals, and dietary restrictions, your perfect balance of nutrients might look very different from your buddy's. If you're a runner logging long distances and lots of miles, for example, you need a high-calorie meal plan packed with carbs and quality protein. But if you're trying to lose weight, your perfect plan should be loaded with filling but low-calorie foods.

    PLUS: Top 5 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Diet, Starting Now

    We've taken all that and more into consideration in The Runner's World Cookbook, our brand-new collection of 150 of the best recipes the magazine has ever published. With its easy-to-follow key, you can search for recipes that meet your exact nutritional needs--and find prerun and recovery recipes; low-calorie recipes;

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  • Here's yet another reason why you need to get more zzz's.Here's yet another reason why you need to get more zzz's.

    We've all heard about the millions of studies that say getting eight hours of sleep a night is really, really good for you. But for the first time, scientists have found that not sleeping enough could actually damage your brain. That's pretty scary stuff.

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    Researchers from the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania subjected test mice to just four to five hours of sleep over a 24-hour period, similar to the sleep patterns of people who do late-night or shift work. After three days of this, the poor sleep-deprived mice experienced a 25% loss of locus ceruleus (LC) neurons in a particular section of the brain stem. LCs are brain cells that play an important part in alertness and cognitive function.

    Related: Eating These Foods Could Help You Sleep Better

    The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, is the first one to show that sleep deprivation can lead to permanent

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  • The Truth About Junk Food

    Refinery29By Grace McCalmon, Refinery29

    Soda, potato chips, nachos, candy, doughnuts, curly fries, and (my personal favorite) late-night cheesy bread from a certain national pizza chain that shall remain nameless - what do all these things have in common? They're tasty and delicious delights, obviously. But, they also all fall under the classification of junk food - otherwise defined as: Any food that's high in calories, low in nutrients, and generally tastes so good you wonder why you can't eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course, you don't because these foods are bad for you. But, what does "bad" actually mean?

    We decided to find out. Using Time Magazine's list of the Top 10 Iconic Junk Foods as a guide, we compared ingredients and investigated the three common denominators: fructose, fat, and food dyes. And, what we found has us reconsidering what we grab when we need an afternoon snack. Click ahead to get the whole story on what you eat.

    Related: How Healthy Is Your Diet,

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  • shovelsI've asked this question before, but I'm asking again, because I find it so fascinating: Do you have any "treats" that don't look like treats? What are your treats?

    In my forthcoming book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits - really - I identify a bunch of strategies we can use to change our habits. Perhaps the most delightful one is the Strategy of Treats. (To be notified when the book is available for pre-order, sign up here.)

    What exactly counts as a "treat?" A treat is different from a reward, which must be justified or earned. A treat is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves just because we want it.

    Treats give us greater vitality, which boosts self-control, which helps us maintain our healthy habits. When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for, and contented, which in turn boosts self-command. When we don't get any treats, we feel depleted, resentful, and angry, and we feel justified in self-indulgence. We start to

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  • A linea nigra in a woman who is 22 weeks pregnant.(Newser)- A Canadian woman who looked very pregnant and said she was carrying quintuplets wasn't pregnant at all-and her boyfriend is devastated. Only when Barbara Bienvenue, 37, showed up to deliver her babies at a Quebec hospital last week did a nurse inform the man that there was no pregnancy.

    "She let me choose the names," boyfriend Paul Servat, 35, told the Toronto Sun while sobbing. "I lost everything, it was my whole life." Now she's receiving psychiatric care and he's refusing to see her again, CTV reports.

    Bienvenue first told him in September that she was having twins, then triplets, quadruplets, and quintuplets. She even grew a big belly and had morning sickness. But doctors say she was experiencing a "phantom pregnancy" or pseudocyesis-a rare disorder that gives a woman pregnancy symptoms for months or even years when there's no baby. Now Servat plans to return or give away gifts they received thanks to a Facebook page about her pregnancy.

    "Not only has he lost

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  • From food carts to microbrews, here are the superstars of the Portland dining and drinking scene.


    Lardo Lardo
    Four-wheeled fare

    Choosing among Portland's fleet of 600 food trucks and carts is a tall order. The gold standard may be Lardo (pictured back in its wheeled days--it has since graduated to brick-and-mortadella status). Rolling or stationary, the place has always been a meat-lover's paradise with perfectly crisp fries cooked in rendered pork lard. A current favorite is the Big Egg Breakfast Cart, which serves up farm-fresh egg sammies and breakfast burritos.
    More favorite Portland food carts


    New Deal DistilleryNew Deal Distillery
    Local libations

    Nestled along "Distillery Row," socially conscious New Deal Distillery crafts vodka and other spirits from organic and local ingredients--including water drawn from the Bull Run watershed.


    Pok PokPok Pok
    Full-tilt Thai

    Fish sauce chicken wings and papaya salad are among Pok Pok's Southeast Asian fare--some of the most authentic this side of the Pacific.
    Who wins in a food fight between

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  • Steal her shape-up tips and get a bod as amazing as Shakira's--even if you didn't just pop out a baby! Go behind the scenes at Shakira's cover shoot!
    by Erin Bried


    Dewey NicksDewey Nicks
    Have a goal.

    Shakira's: Be camera-ready for The Voice just about two months after welcoming son Milan with her pro-soccer-player boyfriend, Gerard Piqué, 26. "After the delivery, you look like a shar-pei!" says the singer, 36, who spent a month at home in Barcelona getting back in shape.


    Shake it.
    "I did Zumba throughout my pregnancy," Shakira says. (We love the mental image.) "That helped me not gain too much weight." Post-baby, she did Zumba four to five mornings a week and even trained privately with its creator and CEO, Beto Perez, for a week.

    Push yourself.
    "Two minutes of ab work isn't enough," says the star, who focused on tightening her stomach throughout her workouts.


    See more: 6 Moves To Resize Your Butt and Thighs

    Rock what you got.
    "I'm quite proud of my rear," Shakira says. To tone it, Kaiser

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  • You're not eating enough of this. (Photo: Corbis)If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it's hard not to wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” but try not to overthink it, as stress can harm your fertility, according to a study of 500 women published Monday in the journal Human Reproduction. “This is the first time that stress has been scientifically proven to affect fertility,” lead study author Courtney Lynch, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University, tells Yahoo Shine. “Until now, the stress-fertility link has only been anecdotal.”

    The study found that women with high levels of a stress indicator called “alpha-amylase” are 29 percent less likely to get pregnant each month and more than twice as likely to meet the clinical definition of “infertile” (the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sex.) “It’s important to pay attention to the signs; if you’ve been trying for five or six months and are worried, talk to your doctor about relaxation techniques,” says Lynch. But stress is just one

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  • by Amy Valpone

    Montrose Digital StudioMontrose Digital Studio

    These high-fiber snacks are surprisingly easy to make and are big on taste--despite being free of gluten, diary, and soy. They're delicious even if you don't have any food allergies!


    1. Trail Mix Quickie Oats: In a small bowl, combine 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/3 cup Enjoy Life Foods nut-free trail mix, 1/4 cup gluten-free oats, 1/3 cup almond milk; microwave on high for 5 minutes until oats are warm and water is absorbed. Add more almond milk if needed. Serve warm.

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    2. Cranberry Coconut Yogurt: 1 cup dairy-free coconut milk yogurt topped with 1/4 cup Earthbound Farm organic dried cranberries, 3 tbsp. pistachios, and 1 tsp. coconut flakes.

    3. Cocoa Roasted Walnuts and Chickpeas: Drain 1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas; toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1/3 cup walnuts, and 1 tbsp. cocoa powder. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 5 minutes and serve.

    See

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