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Water Water Water

I know you'll hear it everywhere on this site but water is the one thing that, once I get a handle on it, makes everything else come together. It's one of the hardest to get consistent with at first but using a straw or a water bottle (preferably one where you don't drink out of it the same way you...

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Quit Lying To Yourself

All I can say is when I started SparkPeople I lied to myself so much about what I was eating and the working out and I mean not adding something to the list of things I ate or giving myself an extra few minutes of workout time so it seemed like I was really trying. Well guess what ... when you lie a...

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Be Open to Change

The definition of crazy ... doing the same thing over and over BUT expecting a different out come.

I have spent the last 20ish years over weight. During this time ... I feel like I "dieted" my way up to being twice my size. I have done most every "diet" you can think of with different levels ...

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Eat your veggies and fruit first!!!

Have you ever noticed what order you eat your food? It may make a difference, especially if you are a fast eater like me. There is a lag between the time you put food in your mouth and the time you start feeling full. You can use this bit of information to trick yourself into eating less fat and cal...

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AVOID PORTION DISTORTION


Avoid Portion Distortion

How to Downsize Your Dinner -- and Your Waistline...By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD



With obesity at epidemic proportions in the United States, it's no sur...

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Track Your Food

In nine months I dropped 35 pounds and reached my goal weight of 135. Several people have asked me to share my secret. In the past few weeks, I have noticed the number on the scales creeping up, and even now I need to be reminded of the weight loss tools I need to rediscover. My first secret is simp...

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Healthier,super easy and cheap cake

I had quite a few zucchinis from the garden I was trying to use in receips.

I bought a white Pillsbury moist $1.00 box cake mix and grated a very large Zucchini ( over 2 or 3 cups worth).

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
(like on the box directions)

Spray the pan with cooking sp...

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EAT your water!


We are told of the importance of drinking water, 8 glasses a day they say. My son is Registered Dietician, and thinks itís funny. The admonition to drink 8 glasses a day didnít come about until there was a bottled water industry that was trying to make money. We do need sufficient water, but ...

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Delay Tactic for Workplace Sugar/Fat Traps

I know I'm not alone. I've seen many Spark posts related to the constant barrage of workplace treats. My favorite term for this is "toxic food environment," though I was actually told to "shut up" by a co-worker a few years back when I chose to be vocal with it.

I work on a floor that houses...

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One meal at a time

Remind yourself that you are human and that you make mistakes. Eat well one meal at a time. This way, if you slip up on one meal you still have another that you can aim for to stay on track.

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