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Jello with Whipped Topping

I love sweets. To help stay within my calories on good nutrition tracking days, I eat a low calorie jello cup with low calorie whipped topping for dessert. Yum! It knocks the urge to eat a high calorie dessert.

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Get your water in early

I find if I get all my water in by 2 or 3 in the afternoon, I don't have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Getting enough sleep is critical to overall health and really helps with weight loss.

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perimeter shopping

By focusing the majority of my grocery shopping on the perimeter of the store I am more likely to make healthier choices and purchase fewer over processed, prepackaged foods.

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Shake up your Water!

Don't like the taste of water and don't want to use artificial sweeteners? Try slicing jicama or cucumber into your water and keeping it in a pitcher in your fridge. It makes the water taste like a treat - especially refreshing in the summertime!

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Healthy Eating and Staying Positive

Hi, everyone..I'm new at this,so,here goes. I have lost over 30 pounds in the last 6 years and have kept it off. Like the title says, it does work. I have lost another 20 pounds since feb.,2009, and I feel great. Walk alot. It works.

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Potatoes Get a Bad Rap

I lost 40 pounds while eating a baked potato for dinner 3-4 times per week! They are low calorie and low fat and soooo good they taste like a treat. And they are so versatile you can prepare them in a different way each time you eat them so you don't get bored. Easy on the wallet too!

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Fruits & Veggies - getting enough servings

Sometimes it's hard for me to make sure I'm getting enough fruit & vegetable servings each day. I found that beverages such as low-sodium V8 juice or V-8 Fusion are a good way to increase my intake. Watch the calories, though, and use this as a supplement rather than your sole "produce" option!

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Don't forget your vitamins!

I used to forget my daily vitamins & meds. Now I use a 7-day plastic vitamin box, and I put the box on my laptop. When I start work in the morning, it's the first thing I see. Not only does It remind me to take my vitamins & meds, but it also reminds me to start the day with a glass of water!

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Healthier hummus

I make my own hummus, using plain fat free yogurt instead of olive oil. I also soak and cook dried garbanzos which cuts down on the sodium, Add some spices and LOTS of garlic, and you've got a healthy dip for fresh veggies.

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Together with your Mate is the Best!

When I began Sparking and logging my nutrition points, my husband jumped in to help whenever he could. At first, he just made something "special" when he cooked, or set aside mine before he added all the extras.

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