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You Can Have Better Sex by Valentine’s Day – Our Experts Show You How

A lot goes in to a good sex life, and for women it can be more of a mind game with our conscience than anything else: Are my legs shaved? How’s my breath? Am I bloated? What’s he really think of my naked body? It’s common for women to over analyze things and want everything to be perfect to be “in the mood,” but that can be the biggest antagonist of them all.

We’ve got four weeks to get you ready for a romping good Valentine’s Day night. So follow these four key tasks our experts have identified to help you work on body image, toning, flexibility, and a little weight loss. There’s a good chance you’ll be the one wanting to skip dinner and head straight to the sheets…

Body Image

We all have insecurities about our bodies, but realize how important a positive body image is for enhancing our sex lives.

“Even without changing your body, learning to love it (or parts of it) can do wonders for you in the bedroom,” says Brooke Randolph, LMHC, our resident mental health expert. “If you hate your body and want to hide it, it’s hard to really relax and be tuned into your partner and what you’re experiencing. When you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to not only try to seduce your partner, but you’re more easily seduced by them as well.”

Try these sexy self-confidence boosters:
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Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Loves a High Protein Diet and Zumba Workouts

She’s an all-American girl who’s taking center stage in the universe. Oliva Culpo, the first Miss Rhode Island to win Miss USA, won Miss Universe this week. At 5’6″, she’s got an endearing personality, a rockin’ cello talent, and a serious set of abs. While the sweet smile and hometown likability may come naturally, that body takes a lot of hard work.

For Olivia, high-protein, low-carb is the way to go. In an interview with Shape Magazine after her Miss USA win, she revealed some of her favorite high-protein foods. Unsalted almonds and yogurt top the list, as do the meal replacement Special K Bars.

Her favorite side dish is a baked sweet potato, and she swaps the sour cream on top with a little Greek yogurt. She seasons with cayenne pepper. The capsaicin in peppers like cayenne are a great metabolism and fat booster, so it’s no surprise that Olivia keeps a shaker handy! Steamed veggies are preferred to raw because she finds them easier to digest.

When she’s preparing to dazzle a pageant stage, she has a banana to calm her nerves and eats pineapple to reduce any swelling.

That’s not all she’s eating though. She and her nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot, author of the F-Factor Diet, share a few foods that will helped Olivia not only feel great but prepare her entire body to looks its very best.

“What you eat can really determine the integrity of your skin, hair, and nails,” said Zuckerbrot. For a beauty queen, it’s not just about the smile and the bikini body, but the judges are judging you head to toe.
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7 Simple and Stylish Ways to Dress Up Your Workout Clothes

I was on Pinterest the other day and I saw an e-card that read, “None of my yoga pants have ever been to yoga.” I giggled to myself because I am guilty of wearing workout clothes when I am not at the gym or a yoga studio. Workout clothes for me consist of yoga pants, Nike shorts, and driFit T-shirts. My workout clothes are the most comfortable attire that I own, so it’s hard to resist not wearing them outside of the gym.

But, there are times when I go overboard when it comes to wearing my workout clothes. It’s just become a social norm to wear workout clothes when you’re out running errands. Although, I can look like a hot mess in my workout clothes sometimes, it possible to look a little nicer while doing so. Stephanie Mansour, CEO of Step It Up with Steph, offered DIR readers some tips on how to dress up workout clothes.

Ladies, learn how to accessorize and coordinate your workout clothes to make sure you don’t look like a hot mess!

Add Color. DIR mentioned before that many clothing brands have workout clothes in neon colors. Most workout clothes come in black or gray. So, if you are wearing black pants and a black jacket, wear a bright neon shirt to bring a pop of color into your wardrobe.

Dress Up with Jewelry. Wearing jewelry can help you accessorize just about any piece of clothing, and it’s acceptable with workout clothes as well. Steph mentions that wearing earrings, a watch, ring, or even a necklace is acceptable when it comes to dressing up your workout clothes.
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The Doctors Discuss the Peanut Butter Recall and Roseanne’s Bid for President

Tune in Wednesday, October 24 as The Doctors talk peanut butter, health headlines, and Roseanne Barr’s campaign for president.

The peanut butter recall, traced to products manufactured by Sunland Inc., has infected 36 so far, although no fatalities have been reported. Most were children, and eight people required hospitalization. The Doctors talk about what products are recalled, from ice cream to granola bars to peanut butter moon pies.

Next on The Doctors are shocking health headlines that may make you cringe. They examine new health dilemmas caught on tape, like the bagel head documentary, Japan’s beauty trend that injects saline into people’s skin to make a temporary bagel shape appear on their forehead.
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Feed Your Hair With Real Food for Better Hair Days

Have you ever told someone that you don’t wash your hair every day? Their faces snarl, sometimes they even make a noise indicating their disgust. For someone like me with very, very coarse and curly hair, daily washing isn’t a necessity. If anything, it’s doing more damage than good considering how much shampoos can dry out your hair, strip shine, and wear down the general health of each strand.

Shampoo isn’t the only thing wrecking your hair, a greasy fast-food habit can be just as destructive. The health of each strand of hair shows more than just your showering regimen, it’s an indicator of your total wellness.

“The condition of your hair reflects your nutritional status as well as your overall health,” said Dr. Jessica Wu, Daily Glow‘s Skin + Beauty Expert, Los Angeles dermatologist, and author of Feed Your Face. “If you’re feeding your body plenty of protein and other essential nutrients, your hair is more likely to be strong, shiny, and easier to style. On the other hand, certain dietary deficiencies or imbalances can make hair weak, brittle, difficult to style, or even change color. If you’re not eating the right foods, your hair can get dull, dry, and thin.”

Yes, once again, what you’re eating shows up in more places than the mustard stain on your shirt or the bulge around your belly. Your hair is taking a beating every time you opt for fries over a salad or a Coke instead of a water. Your hair is a reflection of what you eat, making it even more important to be mindful at each meal.

Dr. Wu broke out some impressive science to explain why our hair needs specific amino acids to ensure more than an occasional good hair day.
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