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Walnuts Are Good For You

Walnuts towards the end of a meal can help prevent the hazards that fatty food can do to the arteries and I just read that walnuts can help with back pain...they are very low in sugar and high in dietary fiber and lower the blood cholesterol levels by lowering the LDL ...Walnuts are good for your mood and 7 Walnuts halves can be good for your heart and arteries. How about a walnut raspberry salad? Yum

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 7/13/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Shakes or Smoothies

My secret is I added two protein shakes to my plan a day

- Submitted by SHONDDA1 7/12/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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See it, do it.

Putting my extra bedding up this morning, I stepped up on a stool to put a blanket away. Stepping down, I decided that felt good, so why not do a few more. That got 30 reps of stair steps done in just minutes in the course of my day. Later, while waiting on eggs to cook, I did some squats. A lot of my best exercise comes when I see a short opportunity, and step up to it.

- Submitted by TRANSFORM-ABBY 7/12/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Skinny Cow

Just finished a Skinny Cow small cup of chocolate and mint ! Wow 140 calories and very filling and decadent for dessert! Love them for a "once in a while" treat!

- Submitted by JLKCANADA 7/12/2014 in Product Reviews | 0 Comments

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snack secret

I've always loved to snack, and recently my physician advised me to eat 2-3 snacks a day in addition to 3 light regular meals. Whoopee! But how to keep the calories in check? I've learned to prepare 50- calorie snacks of my favorite healthy snack foods ahead of time. Just now, I ate a 30-calorie slice of light cheese. Tonight I'm looking forward to my homemade 50-calorie trail mix baggie right before turning out the lights. And my favorite is barley mixed with sugar free strawberry syrup. Yum!

- Submitted by MFORET4 7/11/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Wake Up and Do Exercises

I use YouTube to follow to specific exercisers: Leslie Sansone and various Pilates practices. I shower and return to be for 2 hrs. This is also the best sleep of the night.

- Submitted by BMCOLLEY 7/11/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Secret Account

I set up a secret account in a bank that is to far for me to go to. This bank is also smaller and has better interest rates. When I have extra cash I take it to that bank (to keep it active).

- Submitted by MISSMEGGIEMAE 7/10/2014 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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talk myself out of unhealty foods

If i am going to a fast food restaurant, i usually say to myself, Do you realy want that. Then i will go a different way as not to drive to the place. Then i congratulate myself when i do not get that item.

- Submitted by DELANCO13 7/9/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Quick and nutritious soup for a week

Recipe for a 5 veggie soup that runs about 350 calories for 2 cups. Kids like it to0. Freezes for lunches
1 pound ground veal
1 46 oz can Cento chicken broth (we love Cento the best; Swanson's is our #2)
1 can chopped tomatoes (we like Cento or Furman)
half a head of napa cabbage (not as pungent)
1 huge onion
About half a stalk of celery
Garlic (we like Penzey's dehydrated)
fresh parsley (huge bouquet)
green beans

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 7/9/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Honey Roasted Peanuts and Banana Hummus

My new favorite snack. Puree 2 cups honey roasted peanuts (or almonds) with a banana. Makes a super healthy hummus dip. Dip with celery or carrots.

- Submitted by MDH44109 7/7/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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