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21 Days to Better Eating Habits

Hi! I’m Lisa Whitmore, Real Simple’s senior editor in the beauty and health department. I work on all of our fitness, diet, and nutrition-related stories—topics I absolutely love. So you’d think that my own fitness, diet, and nutrition would all be stellar, right? Well…not quite. It’s not that my eating is unhealthy all-around. It’s just that over the last few […]

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Jackie Mitchard on How Negativity Breaks Hearts

About two years ago, the bombastic son of a beloved pal came onto my Facebook page extolling how presidential new Massachusetts senator Scott Brown would be. Along with several friends, I retorted that having been an underwear model would be devastating for a woman candidate. “Not so!” he cried. “Sex sells!” When I wouldn’t back down, this fellow—not a child, […]

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Shauna James Ahern on Just Clicking Delete

It’s more than offhand comments on Twitter or raging emails. It’s the systematic way that cruel comments come into my website inbox with every single post. When I posted the recipe for soft pretzels, within moments I received the comment: “I hope you choke on your own pretzels and die, you bitch.” Every day, there is some nasty, vituperative comment […]

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Joanna Goddard on Realizing Everyone Gets Negative Comments

A few years ago, I had just gotten engaged and posted our engagement photos on my blog. A few days later, I got a comment saying, “You and Alex will last five years, tops.” It was such an odd comment—and so out of the blue—that it definitely upset me (so much so that I called my mom!). But when Tina Fey […]

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Jodi Picoult on Reviewers Who Get Personal

I’m a writer. I’ve been one for 20 years. So you think I’d be used to criticism. But the Internet has opened up a whole new can of nastiness. It’s why I stopped reading Amazon reviews (why bother, when people criticize a book that they admit they haven’t even bothered to read…but don’t like the premise of the storyline?). The […]

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Gail Simmons on Handling Negative Responses Online

“During the first season of Top Chef, I was horrified when I read the blogs and online forums about our show—forget what people said about the show content itself, it was the personal attacks on us that really shocked me. Viewers commented on everything from the size of my ears to the size of my bust and my waistband. It […]

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Day 20: Breakfast for Dinner

Today’s recipe, Skillet-Poached Eggs With Braised Peppers and Onions, was prepared by Erin Henry, the assistant producer for RealSimple.com. As soon as I opened my October issue, I was immediately drawn to today’s recipe, Skillet-Poached Eggs With Braised Peppers and Onions. I absolutely love having breakfast for dinner. On the nights that my boyfriend has grad school classes, and I’m left […]

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Day 19: An Unexpected Pizza Recipe

Today’s recipe, Salami and Brussels Sprouts Pizza, was prepared by Sarah Humphreys, Real Simple’s executive editor. When you work at Real Simple long enough, simplifying tricks from the magazine pop into your head all the time. I felt so smart when I first read over this Salami and Brussels Sprouts Pizza recipe, thinking, Before I grate that ball of mozzarella, I’ll […]

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Day 17: An Updated Chili Recipe

Today’s recipe, Chipotle Beef and Beer Chili, was prepared Stephanie Sisco, Real Simple’s home assistant. Like many of my co-workers, this is my second take with the Month of Dinners Blog. Last year, I fixed roasted pork chops with polenta, which ended up being perfect as an intimate dinner for two. This year, though, I wanted to get a group […]

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SOS! Help for Sciatic Pain?

Here we go again…after nearly a decade of freedom from the agony of sciatica pain, I’m feeling that horribly familiar discomfort again. The pain starts in my tush and winds around my hip and even goes down my leg a bit at times. Having been through this before, I think I know what’s happening…but I never really know how to […]

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