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    Mercury Retrogrades Feb 6-28. In Pisces Feb 6-12. In Aquarius Feb 12-28.

    Slow down, double check information, don't assume anything, keep a close eye on items easily lost or misplaced, take extra care with your agreements, meeting times, directions, and give the other guy the benefit of the doubt if they say something that you take in a bad way...stop, remind yourself you are in Mercury Retrograde and communications are misunderstood, and ask the poor soul if they really meant blah blah blah, odds are they did not. Expect people, situations, issues, and opportunities from the past to show back up. Expect that some current people, situations, issues, or opportunities may exit. It is YOUR do-over, is there something you would like to revisit, revise, rework, release, or reconnect with during these

  • By Melinda Wenner Moyer

    Photo: Adam VoorhesWant to know the secret to a healthy heart? It's got nothing to do with fate and everything to do with the lifestyle decisions we make daily. But too many of us aren't taking the right steps to protect ourselves: Every year more women will die from cardiovascular disease than from all types of cancer combined. To safeguard your heart and keep it ticking for years to come, top doctors address common misconceptions and set the record straight.

    Myth 1: The essential part of a heart-healthy diet is avoiding saturated fat.

    Where cardiac trouble is concerned, saturated fat has long been considered public enemy number one, but a 2010 report that reviewed the findings of 21 studies found no conclusive evidence that consuming saturated fat increases a person's risk of heart disease. The likely culprit: refined carbohydrates. "The high levels of sugar raise insulin levels and after a few hours cause blood sugar to crash, which can make many people crave more

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  • Are you cleaning these 10 hidden germ spots?Are you cleaning these 10 hidden germ spots?

    Follow these tips from Carolyn Forte, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's resident cleaning expert, to make sure your home is truly clean.

    1. Kitchen sponges
    Soaking up bacteria is all in a day's work for your kitchen sponge, so unless you want to "clean" your dishes with a germy sponge, you need to disinfect or replace it regularly. To disinfect, soak the sponge in a mixture of 3/4 cup bleach and one gallon of water. You can also run it through the dishwasher or zap it in the microwave to kill germs, but if you use the microwave method, make sure the sponge is soaked with water or it could catch fire.

    2. Between appliances
    There may only be an inch (or less) between your refrigerator and the countertop, but that crevice can trap a lot of dirt. Use a long duster or thin vacuum attachment to clean out all the nooks and crannies.

    Related: Yes, You Need to Clean Your Cleaning Products

    3. Reusable grocery bags
    Cloth grocery bags are great for the environment,

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  • Super Bowl Hangover? Your 1-Day Eating Plan to Get Back on TrackBy Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., EatingWell Magazine

    There are times, like after a big food-filled party weekend, when I feel like my typically healthy diet needs a bit of a refresh. Instead of skipping meals, feeling guilty or drastically cutting calories-habits that can be detrimental to your health-try making some small changes to each meal to get back on track without a diet overhaul. Here's a daily plan with tricks for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that will save some calories and help you get right back on track. A day like this one allows you to eat lots of delicious food while still cutting calories to get back on track to losing weight. Incorporating these swaps throughout the day can add up to a 500-calorie savings, which over the course of a week can help you lose about 1 pound.

    See: 6 Foods to Ditch to Clean Up Your Diet

    Breakfast: I always start my day with a healthy breakfast-but when I'm trying to restart my healthy habits, I use a few tricks to cut

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  • avocados, olives and nutsavocados, olives and nutsBy Karen Ansel, RD

    Tops for Your Ticker
    Trying to eat healthier? Instead of avoiding all fat, pay attention to the type that's on your plate. Experts say up to 35% of your daily calories can come from good fats, so focus on the three best kinds for your heart. Photo by Rita Maas/Getty Images.

    Monounsaturated Fats
    How they help: Not only do they lower harmful LDL cholesterol, they may also boost beneficial HDL.

    Best sources: Avocados, olives, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and certain oils (olive and canola).

    Related: Check out these 15 fiber-packed foods.

    Omega-6 Fatty Acids
    How they help: These polyunsaturated fats help control both total and LDL cholesterol.

    Best sources: Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts and oils such as soybean and corn.

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    How they help: In addition to protecting against irregular heart rhythms, they clean up harmful fats known as triglycerides in your blood and keep arteries clear of plaque.

    Best sources: Oily

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  • Cheyenne Ellis/FITNESS MagazineCheyenne Ellis/FITNESS MagazineBy Sharon Liao

    Your virus-protection plan needs an upgrade, and no, we're not talking about the one for your computer or smartphone. Studies show that the average person comes down with a cold two to four times a year and that up to 20 percent of the population gets the flu. Fortunately, there are now more effective ways than ever to kick your immune system into high gear. Here's how to fine-tune your healthy habits to fend off any nasty germs that come your way.

    Related: 5 Foods That Fight Colds and Flu

    Stop the Sniffles
    Healthy habit: You load up on plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.
    Power it up: Sure, vibrant-hued produce like kale and oranges have cold-fighting nutrients, but don't overlook their pale counterparts. White button mushrooms, for instance, can jump-start the body's natural killer cells, which attack cold and flu viruses, according to a study at Tufts University. "Mushrooms are abundant in a type of fiber, called beta-glucans, that can activate the

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  • Refinery29By Greatist, Refinery29

    Full disclosure: sometimes, we're lazy girls. So, whether it's seven ways to simplify our morning routine or how to make our time at the gym actually enjoyable, we're into it. And to keep us on track, we've turned to Greatist, because they've got us excited about staying fit - and having fun doing it.

    Organic fruits and vegetables might have fewer pesticides, but whether organic food is more nutritious is hasn't really been proven. At least, until now. A new study shows that organic whole milk contains over 60 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk.

    RELATED: Why The 4-Minute Workout Could Work For You

    To produce milk that can be labelled "organic," cows are required to spend a certain amount of time in pasture. Those extra omega-3s in organic milk - which are likely due to cows chowing down on more grass and less corn - may improve brain function, and lower the risk of heart disease and depression.

    It should be pointed out

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  • 8 Healthy-Heart Facts8 Healthy-Heart Facts

    Heart disease is (still) the number-one killer of women in the United States, so it's important to keep your ticker in shape.

    Plus: 4 Supplements Women Should Take »

    1. Dogs Provide More Heart-Boosting Benefits Than Other Pets.
    The American Heart Association says that although having any household pet may help lower heart-disease risk, Fido is your best bet because dog owners often get more exercise, by walking and playing fetch, for example, than folks who have other pets.

    2. Wine, Vacations and Flu Shots Can Ward Off Heart Problems.
    Many aspects of our lives are tied to heart health. The flu, for instance, causes inflammation and can result in blocked blood vessels. A recent study found that those who got the vaccine had a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event the next year. Regular moderate alcohol consumption-one to two glasses of wine or beer per day-has been linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, while vacations lower stress levels

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  • It couldn't hurt to take some tips from America's favorite doc.For Mehmet Oz, M.D., the secret to starting his jam-packed days off on the right foot is to eliminate time-wasting decision-making by following the same routine every day. For the host of "The Dr. Oz Show," Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, an efficient morning routine is essential-which for this doctor includes an electric toothbrush, yoga and Greek yogurt. Here, YouBeauty takes a peek into a morning at Dr. Oz's house.

    MORE: The Weight Benefits of Probiotics

    Wake-Up Call
    Dr. Oz says he's "very much a morning person" and avoids hitting the snooze button. He starts the day at 5:45 a.m.-like most surgeons, he wakes up very early. According to Oz, "It's the best way to get lots done during the day."

    Big Things First
    What's the first thing Dr. Oz does when opening his eyes each morning? He stretches in bed for 15 seconds while focusing on

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  • Good grub, check. Powdery slopes, check. Tasty cocktails, check. Now that's a vacation. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Barefoot Bistro Whistler, British Columbia
    The Canadian hotspot may have a (well-deserved!) reputation as a legendary ski town, but it's fast becoming notorious for farm-to-table dining as well. Whistler's chefs are taking full advantage of the bountiful farmland located just 25 minutes north in Pemberton Valley by partnering with local farmers and incorporating seasonal produce and organic meat into constantly-evolving, mouthwatering menus. As part of Whistler Cornucopia, an annual feast of all things culinary that brings together chefs, vintners, and farmers, top chefs take you on trips to local farms, winemakers host gourmet dinners, and experts teach you creative food pairings. Meanwhile, at Araxi, executive chef James Walt rotates his menu with local or organic produce and game, serving dishes such as butternut squash soup and Yarrow Meadow duck breast. At Bearfoot Bistro,

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