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Healthy Swaps to Save Calories to Splurge Later

EatingWell | February 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
You can eat what you want and not gain a pound -- if you've banked calories to spend. Here are 10 simple ways to free up an extra 1,000 calories for a future splurge.
Marni Wasserman

Holiday Baking at its Best!

Marni Wasserman | February 22, 2012 | Canada Living
With Christmas, New Year's Eve, and holiday parties fast approaching, we all need to make an extra effort to stay in control and not to overindulge. There is no reason to give your body desserts that have no nutritional value when you can benefit from every bite by making your own desserts with natural ingredients.
J.D. Bell

Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup: A Christmas Wish

J.D. Bell | February 22, 2012 | Black Voices
All I want for Christmas is to never hear about Michelle Obama's ass again. Unless it's at my barbershop. Now come, ye faithful readers. Gather round. Let's read together by the kinara: 1. The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has Seoul and Washington
Russell Bishop

Give Yourself The Gift Of Peace

Russell Bishop | March 13, 2012 | Healthy Living
The absence of peace can be experienced in any number of ways ranging from stress, anxiety and disturbance to upset, anger and hostility. Sure, there are all kinds of disruptive events in life, and yet some manage to walk through the disturbances relatively unperturbed, while others are much more agitated.
Fritz Strobl, M.D.

10 Ways To Combat Holiday Stress

Fritz Strobl, M.D. | February 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
Holiday stresses are well-known to all. The problems are many. We have high expectations for a holiday time where everyone is together, happy and getting along. How to you rise above this and keep your stress in check?
David Stark

NRDC Gala: What Are You a Part of?

David Stark | February 22, 2012 | Green
A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of re-inventing the NRDC's annual Forces For Nature Gala at the Museum of Natural History. It could not have been a more fitting location to raise awareness and funds for the incredible work that they do.
Charlie Carillo

Silent Night, Deductible Night

Charlie Carillo | February 22, 2012 | New York
It was Christmas Eve, and to mark the anniversary of this sacred night before our savior's birth I was upstairs with my father, helping him do a touch-up paint job on the bedroom walls. My mother was at church, doing penance for her sins. My father and I were...
Ned Lamont

Returning Home From Iraq: Lessons Learned.

Ned Lamont | February 22, 2012 | World
As the last of our troops return home from Iraq, the greatest tragedy of this misguided war is if we learn nothing.
Dr David Whitehouse

Witness the Star of Bethlehem for Yourself

Dr David Whitehouse | February 22, 2012 | UK
What was the star? Only the Wise Men saw it 2000 years ago, but if you solve the clues then anyone with a computer and a simple starmap program can witness the Star of Bethlehem, just as it hung over the dusky midnight skies of the first noel.
Charlotte Skeoch

2011 in Kristen Stewart's Frowns

Charlotte Skeoch | February 22, 2012 | UK Entertainment
As one of the biggest stars of 2011, if not of the last half-decade, K-Stew's got a lot to smile about. But does she? Does she heck. She's obviously suffering from my December-itis on a year-round basis. Poor chicken.
Alice E. Vincent

Maybe I Don't Want My Christmas to Be a Pissed-mas

Alice E. Vincent | February 22, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
I'll toast a notional glass of fizz any day, but being prevented from eating another pig-in-a-blanket by any reason other than sheer food-based gluttony? Ridiculous. There's no way a house double vodka and being bored by one's old lab partner is going to get in the way of my festive feeding.
Josh Barrie

The Round Robin: Annual Middle Class Brag Fest

Josh Barrie | February 22, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
As the fifth round robin drops through my letter box, I wonder if I can go on. The tirade of middle class exposition never seems to cease.
Julian Dobson

Can Your Council Be Trusted With Your High Street?

Julian Dobson | February 22, 2012 | UK Politics
It's enough to make you gag on your value mince pies. Barely a week after Mary 'Queen of Shops' Portas to save the high street, we learned that there are enough supermarkets in the planning pipeline to swallow every Tesco store in the country.
Jody Thompson

Why Being Born on Christmas Day Sucks

Jody Thompson | February 22, 2012 | UK
Yes, I am one of those unfortunate few along with the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Annie Lennox and Quentin Crisp who were born on Christmas Day - at 10am, to be precise. And I possibly haven't stopped moaning about it since.
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

Hanukkah: In Those Days In Our Times

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | February 22, 2012 | UK
The history of Hanukkah should be a reminder to all of us, that although revolutions may be inevitable, it is of greater importance to know what will happen after the revolutions. Human hope, symbolized by the lone candle glowing in the dark, requires respect for the supreme value of the life of every human being and the right of any group to religious freedom.
Paul McKeever

UK Riots Reflection - While Shepherds Watched...

Paul McKeever | February 22, 2012 | UK
The heat of the summer riots has well and truly subsided and as winter has settled in it has allowed for some time of cool reflection from various quarters. This week alone we've had two important reviews of the policing response both from the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
Alex Ford

What It's Like to Spend Christmas in Afghanistan

Alex Ford | February 22, 2012 | UK
Away, serving their country overseas. Whether that is in the Falkand Islands, one of the small detachments in the Gulf, on board a ship somewhere or in the very worst place... Afghanistan.
John Miles

How Can the UK Beat the Congestion Conundrum?

John Miles | February 22, 2012 | UK
This Christmas, it's not just the turkey that's stuffed to capacity. The roads, trains and buses will be jam-packed with travellers. The causes of congestion are numerous: bad weather, accidents, last-minute shoppers or tourists, but the underlying reality is that the UK's infrastructure is struggling to cope with demand.
Mark Cooper BBC

Top of the Pops on Christmas Day - It's Pure Magic

Mark Cooper BBC | February 22, 2012 | UK Entertainment
I guess Father Christmas must feel this way when he puts on the red coat and climbs into his sleigh. I am talking about the warm glow that returns seasonally once a year when BBCMusic Entertainment get out the glitter cannons and the reindeer hats and send for the neon signs that say 'TOP OF THE POPS'.
Nora Younkin


Nora Younkin | February 22, 2012 | Chicago
While the accepted body aesthetic for ballet is very different than for modern dancers, we're kidding ourselves if we pretend like weight and body image are anything but nagging preoccupations for nearly all of us.