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Forgive Yourself

You don't have to be perfect for every second of every day. Who cares if you still hate broccoli or only do your 30 minutes of exercise and then stop?! The point is that every positive step you take is a step closer to your goal. Don't beat yourself up!

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Making your own low sodium vegetable broth

Since I cook fresh vegetables at least once a day now, I save all the ends and tops in a container in the fridge. Every couple of days I boil them to make my own vegetable broth.

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Substitute Raw Sugar for Honey

Most recipes that call for honey can substitute sugar. Instead of using refined white sugar, use Sugar in the Raw. This will greatly decrease your overall sugar and carbohydrate intake while giving your body something it can digest more easily. Natural is always the best option!

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fresh herbs

In spring, I head to the nursey and stock up on fresh herb plants. They really bring out the flavors in salad dressings. My favorite is mint which I boil with two large tea bags and 10 quarts of water for my iced tea supply.

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Food measuring time saver

I eat oatmeal for breakfast and I know that 1/2 cup is a serving. So, I leave the 1/2 cup measure in the container and I can measure it out quickly.

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To remove excess fat on soups and stews.

After removing the pot from the stove let it cool for a couple of minutes to let the fat settle on top. Wrap a few ice cubes in a cloth and draw it across the stew/soup the fat will congeal on to the cloth and can be easily removed.

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Cooking at Home

Do your best to cook your meals at home. It is so much healthier and as a bonus you save money$$$. You know exactly what ingredients you put in your food!

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Applesauce for Oil

When baking, I use applesauce instead of oil. I get the packs of individual sized applesauce so that I don't waste opening a can or jar and the rest goes bad. YUM!

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sneaking in veggies

I try adding a salad in with lunch its a great fiber and also fills you up faster tooo so you dont want to pick

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Cooking for the week

I like to cook several meals/items on Sunday's which I can tupperware up for the rest of the week. This helps me meal plan my lunches at work and dinners during the week.
I feel like I save time and money.

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