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Olives: how to select, store, and prepare

Olives: how to select, store, and prepare

While olives have been traditionally sold in jars and cans, many stores are now offering them in bulk in large barrels or bins (often called an "olive bar"). Buying bulk olives will allow you to experiment with many different types with which you may...

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Eating Within My Means

It's no secret that if we take in more calories than our set nutrition goals, we will be disappointed in the results. Therefore, I have learned to diligently stay within my set 2000 calories per day. In order to maximize my efforts, I have learned to plan for bulky lo-cal salads with shredded cumber...

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Some Foods That Aren't As Healthy As They Seem

By Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl - Reviewed by a board-certified physician. Updated June 17, 2016


Some foods have what's known as a health halo—they seem like smart choices, but in reality, they're not. I call them food fakers! Here are a few of my favorite examples.

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Drinks Count Too!

I was in the habit of not tracking my coffee. If I were drinking the coffee black, this wouldn't have been a problem but I like my coffee with 4 cream and 1 sugar! That's a whole lot of calories left unaccounted for. The worst part is I would do it two or three times a day for a grand total of 285 c...

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High Protein Foods and the Proteins in Each by Laura Dolson

High Protein Foods and the Protein in Each By Laura Dolson Updated April 15, 2016

It's important that we all eat enough protein each day. If you know about how much protein you need, this list will help you figure out which foods will help you achieve that goal, including plant and animal...

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Oh That Nighttime Snack

A nighttime snack isn’t always harmful, but if you understand the reasons behind late-night eating and then modify your diet accordingly, chances are your midnight cravings will be reduced or eliminated, and weight loss can move full steam ahead.

Simple as it seems, many people overeat in the...

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What type of pumpkin seeds provides the greatest amount of zinc?

What type of pumpkin seeds provides the greatest amount of zinc?

Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc, a...

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Why Starch Should Be at the Center of Your Plate

Why Starch Should Be at the Center of Your Plate


People are so afraid of starch and carbs these days, but we want you to unlearn everything you think you know about them. Despite the constant headlines, it is not carbohydrates that makes people fat and sick.

On a whole-food, plant-...

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Write it before you bite it

Put it in the tracker before you actually eat it. See what it does for calories and various nutrients.

Right there in front of you have your plate and your computer. Put those nutrition numbers right there above the plate, above the things on it.

Read and think. Prioritize.

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Pre Planning Meals

Every Saturday is meal plan day. I use the tools from SP to pre-log my week so that I can ensure that each day's plan is within my ranges. I make a grocery list from the planned meals; and I don't deviate from the list when I go to the store.

The pre-planning keeps the guess work out. I pl...

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