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Our picks for the week of Oct. 31- Nov. 6: 

• Did you know that certain toxins in your food can contribute to weight loss? Here are five ways to avoid the chemicals that can make you fat.

• MNN's traveling man Josh Lew explores Lake Superior's North Shore, the place to go for scenery, outdoor fun and a progressive vibe.

• Game day munchies don't have to bring on a heart attack. Here are five healthy recipes for sports fans.

• The energy of the big city is hard to beat, but sometimes a city mouse needs some space. Here are six amazing things that city dwellers miss out on.

autumn color in Washington, D.C.• Got a garage? Then you know how quickly that space can look like a junk drawer. Our home expert explains how to transform your garage into an organized green space.

• You'll save money and tread more lightly on the planet with this gallery: Seven things you can make yourself instead of buying.

• Auto blogger Jim Motovalli talks to researchers who are using cell phones and a cool infotainment system to lure car-averse Gen Yers into the auto market. 

• Book author Laura Hobgood-Oster — author of "The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals" — talks with MNN about the connection between God, animals and compassion. 

• Everyone knows you can surf on the ocean, but that's so ... expected. MNN's Shea Gunther points outs nine surprising other places you can surf.

• We couldn't end the week without a discussion of hygiene habits. Lifestyles blogger Siel Ju raises The Great Underwashed debate with her post about daily showering and deodorant use.

Plus: Don't miss the week in photos, including the image above of autumn leaves in our nation's capital.

MNN week in review: Chemicals that make you fat and recipes for sports fans
Catch up on the environmental headlines from the Mother Nature Network for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6.