• You won't reach your goals without this key to success.It's spring and suddenly fashion magazines are filled with pages about how to get a bikini bod in time for summer. The headlines make it seem so simple: 3 Minutes to Better Abs! 5 Superfoods for Weight Loss! If were that easy, you wouldn't have to buy the magazines in the first place because you would already be there.

    MORE: And the Best Diet for Your Health Is...

    It's not easy. It might take a lot of work to get your body to look the way you want it to. And more than that, it takes a lot of work just to get yourself to commit to the work it takes. Sometimes our goals feel completely out of reach.

    I like to look my best, but I also believe that women of all weights are beautiful and our cultural obsession with being skinny is both dangerous and unrealistic. Now, I know very little about juicing and even less about the best workout for your behind, but as YouBeauty's Motivation expert, I do know this: If you want to love yourself in a bathing suit, you can. And if you believe

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  • Only_CreativesOnly_CreativesBy Amelia Pavlik

    Start spreading the nut butter news. This superfood is packed with health perks, from improving breast health to lowering bad cholesterol. Read on for six reasons why you should be having a scoop a day.

    Related: 6 New Fat-Fighting Superfoods

    Almond butter is your weight-loss friend.
    According to Keri Gans, RDN, and author of The Small Change Diet, almond butter is the variety that will give you the most bang for your buck. "Per serving it has one of the least amounts of calories, it's a good source of protein, and the most fiber of all of the nut butters," she says. Oh, and almonds can play a key role in weight loss. "According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, a breakfast containing almonds may aid in stabilizing blood sugar levels for the rest of the day," says Gans. "When your blood sugar is steady you often have more energy and are less likely to be starved and give in to food cravings."

    But walnut butter packs a

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    This is an important week, one to initiate things in the direction you wish to see them go. NEW MOON energy began on Sunday and is behind us helping us find our courage and motivate on issues dear to us so make a list and tackle as much as you can from the get-go.

    The week ahead for ARIES: Expect it to be about you this week and how you show up, get your needs met, deal with personal matters, care for your body, image, brand, or name in the situation, and push into new territory or take things further in the space you occupy. Make it about partners, reps, clients, specialists, or the...(read more)

    MONDAY completes the final point from the Moon in the Cross so expect it to be about what you do with or about any partners, agents, attorneys, clients, specialists, opponents, or other key relationships. Push

  • Cancer Survivors — and Anyone Else — Can Run in Whatever They WantCancer Survivors — and Anyone Else — Can Run in Whatever They WantWait, what? Now we're mocking people's racing attire? Calling tutus on a marathon course "lame"? Oh, didn't you hear? Self Magazine ran a "Lame or Legit" feature last week with a picture of two tutu clad runners at last year's LA Marathon - in the lame column.

    Apparently this was all fun and games until they found out that one of the women, Monika Allen, is a cancer survivor - and was in the middle of chemotherapy when she ran the race. And then, of course, they felt really, really bad. Self's editor, Lucy Danziger, issued an apology and declared that she was mortified. Allen and her friend were also not pleased, having given their permission to use the photo thinking that, at the very least, the coverage would be positive.


    It's confusing, of course, to think about the scenarios in which a magazine that ostensibly exists to support women as they attempt to become their best, healthiest selves, would decide to engage in such petty name-calling.

    Related: Here's another

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  • 15 Spring Getaways

    Where to walk through wildflowers, bike by the sea, take in waterfalls and gardens, and sample the flavors of the West.

    Green Gulch Zen CenterGreen Gulch Zen Center
    Hikes: Marin's Green Gulch Zen center
    Start your day at the Green Gulch Farm with a Zen meditation class, then head outdoors for a hike around the center's 115 acres of pristine Marin coastal ridgeline.

    Circle back to the center for a tea break and walk in the gardens, and don't forget to pick up some of their freshly farmed produce to take home.
    More on visiting the Zen Center

    Pacific GrovePacific Grove
    Bike: Explore Pacific Grove, CA
    Mild weather and a spectacular seaside bike route make this low-key, lost-in-time Monterey Peninsula town ideal for a spring-time pedal.

    See where to get the most scenic workout, grab a giant chocolate croissant, get a deal on a room, and explore an Asian sanctuary.
    Make it a weekend in Pacific Grove

    Union City's marshlandsUnion City's marshlands
    Bike: Discover Union City's marshlands

    Take a day trip over to the Bay's Union City, where over 20 miles of trails will have you zipping through

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  • Get ahead of allergy season.Last year was one of the worst allergy seasons on record, and this year it's springing up early, already bringing the "wheezes and sneezes" to people everywhere. With all the myths and misconceptions about relieving allergy symptoms, it's hard to know the best way to fight off a runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, and congestion.

    Robin Wilson, an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, has a line of hypoallergenic products at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and was one of the pioneers of the eco-friendly movement who has designed healthy spaces for names like Bill Clinton and Robert Kennedy Jr. She explains some of the most common myths and their truths:

    Myth: Vitamin C is beneficial for allergy sufferers.

    Truth: High levels of vitamin C can lower levels of histamine in the body, but beware: Fruit is not your friend. Many of our favorite fruits, from apples and bananas to peaches and plums, can cause symptoms similar to grass or tree pollen reactions. If you are

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  • Woman grocery shopping.I'm a stickler about not letting anything go to waste. Case in point: recently I realized I had about a cup of buttermilk left in the fridge. (I'd bought the bottle to make a cake, since it wasn't an item I kept on hand regularly.) Quickly, I decided upon buttermilk-dipped onion rings, to sit atop my chicken and caper scallopini and smashed potatoes with sautéed bok choy on the side. This was a Sunday supper that was turning out to be far better than expected!

    The next morning when my partner and I were lightly chiding each other about saving versus spending (he spends, I save), I pointed out how I'd used the last of the buttermilk and how I was always doing stuff like that, to which he replied, "Great, so you saved us what, a dollar, fifty cents?"

    I'll admit it didn't sound like much, but maybe the point was that my disinclination to waste anything (even if it was only a quarter's worth) had resulted in killer homemade onion rings. In any event I am convinced that these little

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow drinking bottled water.The other night when I woke up for the third time to use the bathroom (in a period of less than eight hours, mind you), I started wondering if maybe I'd taken this hydration thing to the extreme. Once a night was understandable, normal even, I learned from talking to others, who experienced the same nightly call to relieve themselves.

    But on a recent night, when I awoke with the urge at 5:15 am, just an hour and fifteen minutes before my alarm was set to go off, I couldn't fall back asleep! I tossed and turned upon my return from the bathroom, but it was a futile situation. Precious sleep was lost, and suddenly my busy day ahead loomed with a menace. All because of a stupid bathroom break!

    We've long known that we're supposed to drink approximately eight glasses of water a day--that's 64 ounces if one glass equals eight ounces, although the latest on the the Mayo Clinic's website says women should be consuming nine glasses worth (this includes food and beverage, since things

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  • Woman assessing a glass of red wine.Although the charges against 28-year-old Tasha Adams of Arkansas, who was arrested for endangering the welfare of her child when she was reported to be drinking while breastfeeding, were dropped, the topic of mothers drinking while pregnant and/or nursing remains incredibly controversial. Adams maintained that she was not drunk and wishes the police had given her a breathalyzer to determine sobriety. According the The Daily Mail UK,
    "Arkansas law doesn't ban drinking and breastfeeding, and experts say little research has been done on whether it does affect a nursing child," and yet law or no law, right or wrong, the social stigma surrounding this subject persists.

    At least in the United States. In France, Italy, Germany and several other European countries, total abstention from alcohol is neither a hard nor fast rule. Expectant European women are advised to cut down on consumption, but not advised to eliminate it entirely as is often the case with American women. In a piece on

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  • by SELF Staffers

    Tyler BoyeTyler BoyeIf you want to know what it's like to have a super jampacked schedule and still manage to stay active, just take a cue from Maria Menounos. The Extra host just started up her Oxygen reality show last week (Chasing Maria Menounos) and has a second diet and fitness book coming out this summer!

    When it comes to staying in shape, Menounos embraces a simple mantra: "Just keep moving!" The reality star, who opts for stairs and stretches during business calls, takes after her dad. "My father, at 70, never stops moving," she says. "He does yard work with his headphones on, dancing and singing to Greek music."

    See more: 6 Moves To Resize Your Butt and Thighs

    One move she does with trainer Andrea Orbeck is the bench v-up: all you need is a park bench! "I like this move because it's a great overall toner, and it's fun!" says the EveryGirl's Guide to Diet & Fitness author.

    And we like it because we're total fans of getting folks outside (weather permitting!) with

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