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How much caffeine is too much? ‘ Your essential stretch ‘ Ways to celebrate the season with your pet ‘ How sleep position affects dreams ‘ Eco-friendly beauty picks ‘ These friends bond over snowboarding ‘ Swap & Drop™ Food Court ‘ Behind the label of a familiar beauty brand: Fruits & Passion ‘ An energizing holiday smoothie ‘ Are egg yolks bad for you? ‘ A Christmas tree safety system ‘ Cute and practical gym bags ‘ Three amazing freebies ‘ Vacation plans? Here’s how to avoid jet lag ‘ Latest family health studies ‘ This gift idea gives back ‘ A new mini nail-polish set from O.P.I ‘ Why balding men should just take it all off
28 The Beauty of a Good Bra How to find the perfect one for you. Plus, we rounded up some pretty options.
31 Beauty Bar Our makeup, skincare and haircare picks.
32 Styling Scents The stories behind four fragrances recently launched ‘by iconic fashion designers.
BONUS: Take our quiz to find your fragrance personality.
38 Help Me, Rhonda Our Beauty Editor, Rhonda Rovan, answers your questions. This issue: Is it okay to give skincare products as a gift?
40 Paradise, Home and Away Two simply dreamy spas. This issue, ‘we take you to New Brunswick and Hawaii.
42 Staff-Tested We tried the latest flat irons, curlers, hair dryers and more.
44 Are Fillers for You? They can ‘refresh’ your look. Here’s what ‘to know about the pros and cons.
47 Get Party Ready! Glamorous accessories that add a festive touch.
50 10-Minute Tuneups It’s easy to fit in exercise when it takes just minutes a day. This issue: A calorie-burning step workout.
BONUS: Watch the video for 10-Minute Tuneups: Step it up!
54 Mixed Messages Is alcohol good for us, or isn’t it? We get to the bottom of all the confusing headlines.
57 A Doctor’s Advice Dr. Susan Biali shares ways to stay stress-free ‘over the holiday season.
58 Had Chicken Pox as a Kid? Read This Shingles is painful and can ‘be debilitating. Here’s what you should know.
59 Help for Heartburn Over-the-counter remedies that provide relief.
BONUS: Get more natural remedies for heartburn.
62 Girlfriend’s Guide: Uterine Fibroids Many women have these benign tumours and don’t even know it. Should you worry?
BONUS: Get more information on menstrual disorders.
66 What Works, What Doesn’t Answers to everyday wellness questions.
69 Best Health for Men How to help him cope with stress.
74 A Humble Powerhouse Onions add awesome flavour to recipes’and have incredible health-promoting powers. Try these simple recipe ideas to get more in your meals.
76 Swap & Drop™ Grocery switches to help you cut the fat.
BONUS: Check out our Swap & Drop Diet book in the Best Health bookstore.
78 Lightened-Up Classics Fresh-food chef Paul Finkelstein’s healthier versions of two holiday staple side dishes’and one classic dessert.
81 Community Kitchen A reader shares her family’s favourite gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipe.
82 A Dietitian’s Advice Sue Mah’s easy and fun ideas for homemade gifts.
BONUS: Wrap holiday gifts with these DIY ideas.
85 Portion Checker™ How do holiday sweets compare in fat and calories?
86 Quick Fixes Meals you can get on the table in under 30 minutes.
BONUS: For more quick and healthy recipe ideas, visit our recipes section.
88 Simple Sunday Roasts Four recipes that are so delicious’and quick ‘to prep’you’ll want to make them ‘regulars’ on the weekly menu.
96 Global Healers Women around the world who are making a difference in health and science.
101 Healthy Money Our finance columnist, Katie Dunsworth, shares ‘smart ways to save on holiday entertaining.
102 Go With the Flow Our writer tapped into the healing powers of water. Here are at-home ways you can, too.
BONUS: Find seven reasons to try aquafit.
104 Ask a Sex and Relationships Therapist Psychologist Cheryl Fraser answers your questions. This issue: ‘I fantasize a lot. Is that normal?’
106 Joy After Loss Three women share their stories of being widowed young’and how they found the other side of grief.
111 BH Minute Our editor’s picks of this issue’s top tips.
112 My Healthy Life This issue: dermatologist Dr. Frances Jang.