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The Cooking Light Diet

I love it. I get a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack suggestion for the day. The recipes are so good that I want to exercise just so I can have an extra bit of something! Recipes are for a family of 4, so I'm cooking for the family, not only for me. They can eat as much as they want. I follow the ...

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recommendations for fiber intake?

recommendations for fiber intake?

Food groups richest in fiber include Beans & Legumes, Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, and Nut & Seeds. Because different proportions of insoluble/soluble fiber, viscous/non-viscous fiber, and fermentable fiber can be found within each of these different food grou...

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Is vitamin B12 really a problem in a vegetarian diet?

Is vitamin B12 really a problem in a vegetarian diet?

Yes, intake of vitamin B12 can often be a problem in a vegetarian diet. For example, in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2003-2010, only 55% of vegetarians were determined to meet their daily B12 requireme...

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Healthy Eating Choices

My secret to health eating is to make sure I exercise each day. The days I don't exercise, I tend to stray off track of making healthy food choices. Also, it is super helpful to have quick grab items to eat. I keep beef jerky, protein powder, prepackaged popcorn baggies on hand. These I can grab whe...

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Apples: health benefits

Apples: health benefits


In the past five years, no area of apple research has been more dynamic than the area of apple polyphenols. The balance of these phytonutrients in apples is far more unique than many researchers previously suspected. In terms of flavonols, quercetin is the primary ...

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Changing food is a way of life

I have slowly lost weight and changed my figure over the last few years. What makes this different from any other time I have tried to lose weight? It has stayed off this time. Since I was ten years old I have tried to diet and lose weight. I even worked out, but the weight always crept right bac...

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Weekly Icy Bags of Chicken

If you're like me, busy with work and kids and friends and life, convenience is a huge factor in all food choices. Another huge factor is finances. With two growing teenagers at home, I shop for food often and the options they like are not always convenient or cheap so I'm always looking for ideas t...

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Sauces - Flavor Fixes on the Low Cal

I was pretty surprised at how much salt and sugar are in sauces like ketchup. Ketchup fixes anything! It's my go-to for making a kitchen oopsy edible.

Rather than reaching for honey mustard, commercially prepared salad dressing, barbecue sauce, ketchup, chipotle dip, etc, try worcestershire f...

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Play a game of Survivor

Playing Survivor" is what we call it. It is a game that DH and I have been playing for about three years.

It all started while we were just going along our Spark journey, changing our eating habits, beginning to exercise and realizing some lasting improvements in our health and well being....

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One "Celebration Day" Per Week

I have learned the specifics of the Dukan Diet, but after completing all the phases, eating whatever I want to everyday, when I've reached my goal, sounds like what got me over weight in the first place! So instead, I have reversed that stuff. That's right! Instead of eating whatever I want everyday...

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