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    Did you know that now we're apparently supposed to hold off on giving our babies cow's milk until well beyond their first birthdays? I mean, I understand the health benefits of extended breastfeeding, but are formula-fed babies going to be better off with extended formula feeding?

    It's a crazy world out there man. I know we all want what's best for our kids, but is buying special toddler milk really worth the expense and hassle? Maybe, maybe not. Let's break it down and then you can decide if plain ol' moo juice is good enough for your darlings.

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    When it comes to eating healthy, it's easy to get stuck between a rock and a hard place. We've all been there ... faced with only a doughnut OR bagel at your office's morning breakfast. Or maybe you have no choice but to either nosh on greasy bar appetizers or wait 'til you get home and are so hungry you binge. Ugh. Such is life, right?

    But sometimes there is a "lesser evil" option between two seemingly poor choices. Here, the best way to go when it comes to eight common healthy eating dilemmas ...

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    It seems like just yesterday families across America were sitting down together at the breakfast table and passing around plates of bacon and eggs with tall glasses of good-for-you orange juice. At least that's the image you got from movies. In reality, many of us stood by the fridge door, late for school, guzzling OJ from the carton like it was nectar from the heavens. Well, these memories may be as outdated as those our parents and grandparents have of Ovaltine breakfasts because fewer people than ever before are buying orange juice, thanks to higher prices and news that it may not be the healthy, cold-fighting elixir we once believed it to be.

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    Dancer, actress, and singer Julianne Hough, who was a champion on Dancing With the Stars not once but TWICE, always looks like she's having the most fun at the party, doesn't she? Don't know about you, but when I heard she gave an awesome interview to Self magazine where she divulged her best fitness secrets, I expected it to include things like: don't eat. Ever. Lift 20-pound weights three times a day. Oh, and be born looking like Julianne Hough.

    But I was so wrong. As it turns out, the happiest girl in Hollywood works hard, but doesn't kill herself. That might explain why she's always smiling? Her fitness and beauty tips include little things we can all start doing -- like, right now.

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    The jury's out on just how good dairy is for us at all. But if you or your kids are going to have what my mother-in-law calls "cow milk," or regular butter, or real ice cream, it should the full fat kind -- if you want to be a healthy weight, that is. I know, it sounds completely backwards, but that's what researchers in Sweden claim after doing a study over a 12-year period.

    It bears noting that the research was done on middle-aged men, but still. They found that the subjects who used whole milk, cream, and butter had a lower risk of becoming obese than did people who avoided fattier dairy products. At the same time, a European review of 16 studies found most of them showed a lower risk of obesity for people who consumed high-fat dairy products. And if that wasn't enough, a study last year found kids who drank low-fat milk gained weight! Whoa!

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, SavingStar.

    I want to save money. I really do.

    But, in my recent commitment to do so, I’ve found that trying to save money is just like trying to lose weight. No one really wants to do it. We all want instant results. And, unfortunately, it only works if you let it.

    That being said, just about any plan works, as long as you follow it. You can cut your carbs or boost your protein, cut out fine dining or put more money into your savings every week. Whichever way you choose, you just have to commit and continue. It’s plain and simple. You’ll lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume. You’ll save money if you spend less money than you make!

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    There are few things more frustrating than trying to feed a toddler. What is it about these short people that makes them so incredibly picky? It seems as though even kids with a once adventurous palate eventually turn their little noses up at anything except one or two favorites -- probably chicken nuggets.

    This can be frustrating, to say the least, to moms that don't want to lie to their pediatricians when they ask if our toddlers are eating their fruits and veggies.

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    Now that the holidays are over, it's a bit harder to come up with excuses for indulging on crazy amounts of sugar. Oh, sure, you could blame the polar vortex or Kate Middleton's birthday, but we all know we're supposed to be cleaning up our diets. 'Course, that is a lot easier said than done. Especially if you're an addict! Which many of us are, even if we don't realize it. Our drug of choice? Sugar!

    I know, I know, we may refer to something like sugar as a drug, but think, "Ha, come on, it's not as bad as ACTUAL illegal substances, right? Otherwise, it would be ... illegal, right?" But as a recent, fascinating lesson TED-Ed lesson points out, the sweet stuff may be legal, but it sure does have the same effect on the brain as some hardcore drugs.

    Check it out ...

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    I have a complicated relationship with eating meat. I do it, and I find it to be delicious. The complication comes in when I am confronted with the death of animals, for whom I loudly (and often) purport to have a great fondness. If I really loved animals, I probably wouldn't eat them. But I do. Because I lack the moral fiber to make that change and because also bacon is delicious.

    This makes me a rapist and a pedophile. Don't take my word it, ask former Smiths' front-man Morrisey. The known crazy-person (and crooner who you shouldn't listen to while on a road-trip or you WILL careen into a ditch while sobbing about your eighth grade boyfriend) went on another rant about the evils of meat-eating culture. Which, you know what? Fine. I get it. I see that it's an ethical problem. But saying I'm no better than a rapist or a pedophile? That's not just undermining your argument -- it's undermining your species.

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    Mita Diran was a baby -- just 24 -- when she slipped into a coma this week and died, shortly after spending days awake and relying on something called Thai Red Bull just so she could work more. The Indonesian woman was a copywriter at a major ad agency in her country and proudly Tweeted about her commitment to work in the days and weeks leading up to her death. Her last Tweet, which she sent on December 14, read: "30 hours of working and still going strooong." Hers is the story of a sad, terrible waste of a young, talented life.

    But Mita's work habits are probably not that far off from many of our own. And this heartbreaking story should serve as a wake-up call for some of us.

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