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Have You Ever Tried a Detox Diet or Cleanse?

I recently met a lovely woman named Noelle, the voice behind the blog GreenLemonade.com. Her blog is focused on wellness—cleansing your body and your life—but without resorting to extreme dieting, fasting, kooky rituals, or bizarre beauty products. Noelle started GreenLemonde.com after trying a liquid-only detox for several days and hating it. “I missed chewing,” she told me. So she started sharing easy tips and tricks for living a cleaner, feel-better life that women could incorporate into their everyday routines.

 

I’ve toyed with the idea of doing some kind of intense detox (remember the Master Cleanse and the BluePrint Cleanse?), but honestly, I just can’t see myself blocking out several days of my life to drink water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. I mean, my job is all about food. Heck, my life revolves around food. Plus, I’m not convinced that a drastic detox is necessary or even beneficial.

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Eat Your Way To Beautiful Skin

Have you ever thought that your biggest skin battles could be solved by adjusting what you’re digesting? Written by a dermatologist who admits to barely knowing how to cook, Dr. Wu’s book on the how-to of consuming the right foods for every skin problem–from acne to wrinkles–has become one of my recent favorites.

 

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Calorie Counts on Menus—Friend or Foe?

A recent study found that children and teens pretty much ignore calorie counts posted on fast-food menus (which is required in New York City). While the kids noticed the calories posted, they ordered whatever they wanted regardless. No big surprise there—how many kids do you know are going to order the salad instead of the cheeseburger because it’s 200 fewer calories?

But what about you? Do you notice when calorie counts are posted, and does it affect what you order?

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Kick-Start Your New Year: Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand

Whether you’re looking to lose weight or just eat healthier this year, keeping low-calorie snacks that still fill you up on hand is key.

 

Instead of hitting up the vending machine, reach for these healthy options.

 

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Apple slices dipped in almond butter

Keep reading for more healthy snack ideas.

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Kick-Start Your New Year: Add More Veggies to Your Diet for a Better Complexion

No doubt several of you made the resolution to eat healthier this year. And aside from all the benefits you normally think about when it comes to eating vegetables, there is a new study that claims they help improve your skin tone as well.

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Keep reading to find out about the study, and which foods will do the most good.

 

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Which Will Kill You Faster, Artificial Sweetener or Chewing Gum or Both?

One of the tackiest things about me and some of the people I love most in the world is that we really like to chew gum. It is without question an awful, nonsensical, slightly bovine habit that I’m just not willing to break. I think chewing gum is in my top 25 of enjoyable things I do on a regular basis. Which is either sad or wonderful, depending on how you look at it.

 

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Let’s Eat (More Vegetables)!

Hello, RS fans! I’m Maggie Shi, a fairly new addition to the RealSimple.com team and one of the new Simply Stated bloggers. While I cover a variety of things for the website, my main love—obsession, really–is food. And while I do love cooking (though I admit, I don’t cook nearly as often as I should), I confess, I love eating even more. I adore restaurants, ingredients, food markets, chefs, food TV shows (my favorite is Top Chef), recipes (I have a folder titled “Recipes to Try” that keeps getting bigger and bigger), food trends and issues, and pretty much anything having to do with the edible. So, I’ll be talking about all of that here every week. Is that general enough for you?
What’s on my mind right now is an article from the New York Times about how—despite lots of marketing campaigns, Michelle Obama’s influence, endless health studies, and the abundance of ready-to-eat options out there—Americans aren’t consuming more vegetables than they were 10 years ago.

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Another Reason to Avoid Fast Food: Bad Financial Choices

If “Super Size Me” wasn’t enough to turn you off to fast food, consider an intriguing new study by researchers at the University of Toronto. They find that consumers who have fast food on the brain become more impatient — in one case, too impatient to wait for a delayed, but larger monetary payoff.

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Abandon Your Self-Control.

One challenge about keeping my happiness-project resolutions is that it takes a lot of self-control. Resolutions like “No nagging,” “Exercise better” require me to control myself. Relying on will power is very hard – so whenever possible, I abandon it. Instead of resisting temptation, I avoid it entirely.

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That Soda Will Be $10, Please.

What if your two-liter bottle of soda suddenly cost 50% more? Would you still buy it? Congress is still debating the idea of a tax on sugar-rich soft drinks to raise money for health care and discourage people from drinking them. And I wonder: Will it actually make a difference?

And are you for it or against it?

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