• By Eve O. Schaub, Special to Everyday Health

    Once upon a time, I was healthy - at least I thought I was.

    Sure, I lacked enough energy to get me through the day, but with all the commercials on TV touting energy drinks for America's tired masses, I always assumed I wasn't the only one suffering. And sure, everyone in my family dreaded the coming cold and flu season, but again, I thought come January everyone develops some degree of germophobia.

    At least, that's what I thought until I heard some disturbing new information about the effects of sugar. According to several experts, sugar is the thing that is making so many Americans fat and sick. The more I thought about it the more this made sense to me - a lot of sense. One in seven Americans has metabolic syndrome. One in three Americans is obese. The rate of diabetes is skyrocketing and cardiovascular disease is America's number one killer.

    According to this theory, all of these maladies and more can be traced back to one

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  • Beyonce, Feminism, and Keeping Her Clothes on: What She Can Learn from MadonnaBeyonce, Feminism, and Keeping Her Clothes on: What She Can Learn from MadonnaBeyonce is on the cover of this month's Out magazine. Despite the fact that she is topless and wearing a wig, I couldn't help but notice that she's reminding me a lot of Madonna from the early '90s these days. I'm not just talking about her appearance, but the path she is taking in her career, too.

    In her Marilyn Monroe-inspired wig, Beyonce talks to Out magazine about how easy it can be to be sexy and classy at the same time, explaining: "There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist - whatever you want to be - and still be a sexual being. It's not mutually exclusive."

    Sound familiar? Well it should because these are the same words that were preached to us over 20 years ago when Madonna was still at her reign on top of the Billboard charts. Although Madonna was more of a straight shooter when it came to owning her risqué image back then (she was once quoted as saying, "Can a body be a

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  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey As Sisters? OBVIOUSLY!Amy Poehler and Tina Fey As Sisters? OBVIOUSLY!I could watch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey read a diner menu and be completely entertained. I am more than thrilled to hear that the two actresses, comics, besties, and brilliant writers are teaming up to play sisters in The Nest. This is a project Tina has been developing for a while. Both Tina and Amy will be producers of the film. Jason Moore from Pitch Perfect will be directing what is sure to be a comedy-palooza.

    Suzanne just wrote about the Bechdel test, and The Nest seems like it will pass that test perfectly. Which, hopefully, means it will be a huge success.

    Deadline is reporting a broad stroke of the comedy plot: "They'll play thirty-something sisters who come home to find their parents' house has been put up for sale. They spend a last wild weekend together, bonding and feuding and finally growing up."

    Related: 16 child stars from the '90s - then vs. now

    Amy Poehler and Tina Fey met in an improv class in Chicago in 1993 and have been encouraging and propelling each

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  • Could Your Family Go an Entire Year Without Sugar? This Family DidCould Your Family Go an Entire Year Without Sugar? This Family Did"Can I have my dessert?" my 6-year-old eagerly asks each night mere moments after finishing his dreadfully consumed dinner.

    "I guess. Go ahead." I tell him, acutely aware that I have only myself to blame.

    Long ago, in a kitchen not so far away, I started the nasty habit of bribing my slow-eating, ever-picky kids to finish their meals with promises of dessert. I did it because it worked. "Ah, it's just a sweet treat. So long as they eat a balanced meal, a little sugar isn't going to hurt them," I thought.

    Only, a daily dessert isn't "just a little sugar," now is it? When combined with all the kid-friendly and consumer-friendly foods we eat, sugar is everywhere. It's in my pantry, my fridge, all over my kids' school (Hey, it's [insert random no need to celebrate occasion]! Let's celebrate with a sugar-filled class party!), the haircut place, my bank branch, and the local businesses we frequent. Everywhere we go, strangers and non-strangers alike are offering my kids candy. And

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  • Create a low-stress environment for smooth and focused tax preparation!

    When tax time comes around, are you the plan-ahead type, or do you panic at the last minute? Regardless of your approach, Feng Shui can help you create the low-stress environment you need to tackle this important job.

    Get more personal tips with a Personal Feng Shui report now!

    Most of us dread buckling down to do what it takes to complete our taxes. It usually requires at least a half a day of gathering all the paperwork and then figuring out the forms or navigating tax software -- not anybody's idea of fun. But it can't be avoided, so the trick is to make your process as smooth, easy and error-free as possible.

    That's where Feng Shui comes in. Your first step in preparing for tax day is to give your home office or desk area a once-over well in advance of the deadline (April 15, 2013). Sort through your stacks of papers, unopened mail or whatever else you've let go. Throw out or give away anything you don't need and make special places for items that tend to get strewn

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  • Another reason to put down that cookie.We've all felt like a sloth after eating an entire bag of chips. But in the world of nutrition research, an age-old chicken-and-egg debate still rages on: Does eating junk food make you lazy, or does laziness make you eat junk food?

    New research from UCLA points to the former. Eating sugary, processed, and high-fat foods can actually cause tiredness, a lack of motivation and decreased performance, according to a study published in the April 10 issue of Physiology & Behavior.

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    Thirty-two female rats were placed on one of two diets for six months. The first was a standard (read: healthy) rat's diet of unprocessed foods like ground corn and fish meal. The second was made up of highly processed foods that included substantially more sugar, similiar to a human junk food diet. After three months, the 16 rats on the junk food diet became much fatter than the others-no surprise there.

    But they got lazier too.

    As part of the study,

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  • In place of traditional neon synthetic grass, try any of these all-natural, reusable varieties for Easter baskets and decorations.

    24 Excelsior Wood Shred

    Often used as packing material, this neutral filling showcases colored eggs and candy.

    $2 for 3 oz., save-on-crafts.com

    Related: 47 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Kitchen

    Sheet Moss

    Use this soft material as a base in decorative baskets or for spring flower arrangements.

    Sheet-moss soil cover, by Mosser Lee, $4 for 325 sq. in., homedepot.com


    Plant the fresh-smelling herb (available at health-food stores) in a plastic-lined basket. Snip some to add to smoothies and juices.

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    Organic Cut Dry Grass

    Eggs look right at home in this lifelike nest. After Easter, add it to the compost bin.

    Tim's Real Easter Basket Grass, $6 for 4 oz., realeasterbasketgrass.com

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    13 Crazy Beauty Tricks That Really Work
    8 Surprising

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  • No road gives you more Golden State fun: 790 miles of surf, spas, wine sipping, and surprises.

     L.A. County Museum of Art L.A. County Museum of Art
    Los Angeles: Art stop
    Miracle Mile's the classic nickname for the mid-Wilshire stretch of Wilshire Boulevard. These days it should be called Masterpiece Way--two major expansions in three years have pushed the L.A. County Museum of Art (pictured) to the top of culture lovers' must-see lists. $15; lacma.org.
    Eat your way through L.A.

    Carpinteria: Call it Carp
    That's the locals' moniker for one of California's prettiest little beach towns. Stroll down Linden Avenue for surf shops and a great steak joint (the Palms, 805/684-3811), then wade at Carpinteria State Beach. carpinteriachamber.org.

    Jeannine's BakeryJeannine's Bakery
    Santa Barbara: Dine with the rich and famous
    Beaches, the queen of missions, and (in neighboring Montecito) Oprah Winfrey. Santa Barbara has so much star power, it's almost unfair that it has good restaurants too. But it does--so many, you may decide to detour off 101 for breakfast, lunch, and

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  • By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    I have about 12 friends who've decided to run their first marathon or half-marathon this year. Meanwhile, the thought of jogging a quarter-mile makes me want to go into hiding for the rest of the day. For years, I've been told that exercise relieves stress. Not so for me. I feel better when I get what needs to be done accomplished, then eat a good meal with interesting people and curl up under the covers.

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    Turns out, they're may be more than my convictions to back me up. A new study published in The Journal of Physiology found that the desire and motivation to exercise could be, at least in part, genetic. You heard them: It's not just a matter of busy schedules or laziness.

    Researchers bred mice over many generations in order to separate them into two distinct groups: those who happily spent hours on running wheels and those who, for the most part, avoided them. Brain activity in the more active rats showed they were

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  • Source: The Sneaky Calorie Bombs That Are Busting Your Diet

    It may seem like a little mayo here and there isn't so bad, but the those dollops add up. In fact, just one tablespoon of mayo adds an extra 90 calories to your sandwich, and ketchup is full of added sugars. This printable poster is a reminder that every little bit helps when it comes to dropping pounds.

    Instead of dousing your salad with dressing or slathering on the barbecue sauce, try asking for your condiments and dressings on the side so you know just how much of it you're eating. And when you're ordering a sandwich, save calories by substituting healthy options like avocado or hummus for fat-filled mayo. Remember that forgoing your favorite condiments doesn't have to mean that you're stuck with a flavorless chicken breast for dinner every night. Low-calorie, real-food options like a spritz of lemon juice, homemade salsa, or Dijon mustard add a lot of flavor without the calorie bomb. These healthy, low-calorie

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