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The 15 Grossest Things You Might Be Eating

<b>Flame Retardant-Laced Soda<br>What it is:</b> The toxic flame retardant chemical brominated vegetable oil (BVO) was initially used to keep plastics from catching on fire.<p><b>Where it is:</b> For decades, the food industry has been adding it to certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks. BVO's purpose? To keep the …

10 Signs You're Dating a Sociopath

<i>By: Jianny Adamo for YourTango.com</i><p><b>A reader writes in and asks if it's okay to still be hurt a year after her breakup.</b><p><i>Dear Fearless Love,</i><p><i>A year ago I broke off a 15-month on-and-off-again relationship with someone I was deeply in love with. When we were together, he was fun, made me laugh, and we</i> …

Relationships

No-Bake Cookie Recipes

Leave the oven turned off and serve a batch of no-bake treats the next time you need something sweet on a hot day. Choose from chocolate bars, cereal bars, marshmallow treats, and more.

Dessert

Drop Cookies, Three Ways

We made these delicious cookies three ways -- with thumbprints, filled with jam, and filled with chocolate. Use our All-in-One Cookie Dough as a base.

Cookies

6 Fitness Apps That Make You Feel Good About Yourself

We sorted through popular fitness apps, timers and reminders to help you find the ones that motivate without intimidating (or berating).<p>Photo: …

Apps

The 5-Minute All-Over Toning Workout

You can get some serious sweat going with this amazing workout routine from Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of Shape Up Shortcuts<p>Yes, you <i>do</i> have time to work out. Even if you just have 5 minutes, we've got you covered with this amazing total-body workout, created by <i>Women's Health</i> senior fitness editor …

Workouts

The 6 Veggies with the Most Protein

<b>Baked Potato</b><br>Another stealth source of protein? Potatoes! A medium-sized one contains three grams. Need some fun topping ideas? Make these spinach- and goat cheese-stuffed baked potatoes.<p><b>Broccoli</b><br>Broccoli's not just filled with fiber (2.6 grams per half cup)—it's also a great source of protein, with …

6 Exercises for Getting Fit and Sexy Fast

These moves are body-sculpting—and fun!<p>Want to bust a move? Anna Kaiser, owner of AKT In Motion, designed a total-body circuit that'll get your heart pumping—and maybe even make you want to shake your groove thing. All of the exercises in the video below are dance-like and will help you boost your …

7 Research-Backed Breakfast Tips for Faster Weight Loss

Want to fend off breakfast boredom <i>and</i> lose some pounds? We've rounded up a week's worth of ideas for your a.m. meals.<p>If you're trying to lose weight, it's smart to make your morning meal count. Hit your goals in no time with these tasty, zero-deprivation tactics, all of which have been proven by …

6 Easy, Healthy Meals You Can Make in a Mason Jar

<i>Get the recipe at Savoring the Thyme.</i><p><b>Easy Mason Jar Peach Parfait</b><br>Easy is right. Just mix plain Greek yogurt with chia seeds, and start layering the mixture with granola and peaches however you see fit. Top with your favorite nut butter, and you’ve got a parfait with true staying power.<p><i>Get the</i> …

Yes, Really: 10 Foods for a Healthy Vagina

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the food you eat has a big effect on the health of your vagina. If you've ever eaten some asparagus and noticed, ahem, a bit of a stronger smell <i>down there</i>, then you already know that "you are what you eat" really means something.<p>According to <i>Women's Health</i>, …

Easy Breakfast Ideas Before Your Morning Workout

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s even more crucial if you’re fitting in a morning workout. Whether you’re getting a relaxed start before hitting the gym on the weekends, or sweating it out on the treadmill before work, we’ve got a range of breakfast ideas to fill you up and …

Foreign Affairs: Which Countries Kill It In the Bedroom?

It's not looking good, <b>Chile</b>.<p>Did you watch the <b>World Cup</b> this summer? If you didn't, it's OK. I'm here to tell you, in case you've had your head under a rock for the last month, that Germany won. Sorry, Argentina. It was a long arduous summer for football, or as the Americans call it "soccer," fans, …

Increase Metabolism

10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism<p>Stop these habits now to boost your calorie-burning potential<p>Shutterstock.com<p>Need another reason to love your body? It burns calories all by itself—as long as you don't get in the way. See, every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism—the process of …

4 Moves for Lean Legs and a Tight Butt

A stronger bottom half starts here.<p>Shutterstock<p>You can target all the muscles that make up your bum and your legs—your glutes, quads, hamstrings, hips, inner thighs, calves—in this four-exercise workout. Basically, if you don't want a super-tight butt and hella-toned legs, stop reading now.<p>Yeah, we …

Lose Your Belly with Just Two Exercise Moves

<i>(Looking for a program that will help you get a flat tummy—and keep it that way? With our Lose Belly Fat—For Good routines, you can see results in as little as two weeks.)</i><p>Cosgrove's response: "Running is just one exercise, but no one questions that when it comes to burning fat." (Another great way …

It Took Me 5 Years to Lose 40 Pounds Because of These Mistakes

<b>Before (1999)</b> <b><br>I Always Skipped Breakfast</b><br>I knew I needed to eat less, so I would hold off on eating until I was absolutely famished, which meant nothing until lunchtime. Not only did this slow down my metabolism, but I also ended up feeling so hungry that I ate a much bigger lunch than I normally …

Inside the Real Krusty Krab Restaraunt

Last month, we told you about the real <i>SpongeBob SquarePants</i> restaurant in Ramallah, Palestine. Photos posted on its official <b>Facebook page</b> show that …

5-Ingredient Recipes Entirely in Photos

With these step-by-step photos of four ridiculously easy dishes, there's no excuse not to get in the kitchen tonight.<p>The Egg in Its Own Edible Cup<p>The …

Ridiculously Easy Dinners to Make on Vacation

These fuss-free dishes require minimal utensils and hardly any clean-up—and taste fresh, summery and even better with a cold drink.<p>A Fresh, Crispy …

Cooking

Does Robin Thicke's 'Get Her Back' Video Provide Clues on His Split with Paula Patton?

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton may be in a good place since their February split, but the singer’s new music video video hints there’s still much to …

Paula Patton

J.Lo Appears on Wendy Williams, Says Marc is Sexy

The relationship between <b>Jennifer Lopez</b> and <b>Marc Anthony</b> may be over, but that doesn't mean the attraction is completely gone.<p>The 44-year-old singer stopped by <b>The Wendy Williams Show</b> on Thursday where she gabbed with Williams about motherhood, her new <b>A.K.A.</b> album, her relationship status, and her ex …

4 Ways To Instantly Swap The Boring Out Of Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

It’s Sunday night. For most, that’s unfortunate. It’s time to get serious, right? We’re about to dive head first into the excel sheets, group …

Outsourcing

10 Causes of Brain Fog and Ways to Gain Clarity | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Brain fog can be described as lack of mental clarity.<p>It’s as though you’re looking at the world through a stained glass. You know the stain is there, …

Meditation

5 Tips To Become More Light-Hearted | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Are you too serious? Maybe you get offended easily or judge others on autopilot? Or perhaps you just feel that you could benefit from ‘lightening up” …