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The 3 color , 3 plate rule

To add a wider variety of fruits and veggies to my diet, I made sure that I ate at least 3 colors of the rainbow on 3 plates of food a day.

- Submitted by IJUSWANNABOK 8/18/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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ordering food

think/rethink.
so often we go out to eat and we often wait until we are really hungry.
when going into a restaurant, look at the menu, make your selection, lay it down and wait a few minutes, then look again. giving yourself a few minutes to reconsider your first choice. this also goes for fast food.
allow the next person in line to go ahead of you, giving yourself time to look at the board once more.
at home, look in the fridge, close the door, wait 5 mins, then look again.

- Submitted by SOFT_VAL67 8/16/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Works for me!

I started a rule; If I wanted to indulge in something sweet or salty I did, I just I added 30 minutes of cardio to my routine that day. If I was not in a motivated mood to work out I did not allow myself any indulgences. None. I said to myself "treats= cardio, therefore no cardio, no treats." This way if I was too tired to work out after working a long day it was okay as long as I did not have any fatty foods or sweets. This method helps alleviate any guilt and keeps me on the right path! emoticon

- Submitted by KONABEAN99 1/19/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Waste

I was always taught to clean my plate so I wouldn't waste food. Then one day my husband asked me why it was less wasteful to use my body as a garbage can for food I didn't want or need. I have never, ever forgotten that. I can leave food I don't need on the plate now. I won't use my body as a garbage can.

- Submitted by POOKASLUAGH 6/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 12 Comments

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Getting Extra Veggies

I take care of a special need adult, she has a multitude of medical and physical problems, and she will usually eat anything, but Veggies was a hard one, she wouldn't try anything new. I found a way to get her to eat more.
We play a game in the store. Every week we go to get groceries, she gets to pick one new veggie to try, and if she picks one with out too much fuss, she can watch an hour of her favourite video when she gets home.

- Submitted by THOLMES 4/5/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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cottage cheese

I liked cottage cheese but it did not agree with my stomach. Can't take credit, saw it on youtube. I blend the cottage smooth in the blender Now its fine and a good source of protein. Great tip.

- Submitted by SHIMMYHIP 8/13/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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How to drink 8 cups of water a day!

I found it hard to drink big glasses of water each day and only got through 2 1/2 the first day. The next day I remember a friend tell me she used small 8 oz glass and could drink all eight. I tried it and it work!!

- Submitted by MARYTILLEN02 8/7/2014 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments

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Cheat Day?!

Everybody here has probably tried having a cheat day, a day where you're free to indulge (hopefully still in moderation). Of course there have been concerns about how healthy- and if cheat days are even healthy- they are. I don't agree with cheat days, I personally cannot handle doing them. But I reccomend that if you can handle having a cheat day, that you do it during the week!

- Submitted by SILVERCLAW95 7/30/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Drink your vegetables!

Buying a juicer was probably one of the best ideas I've had in a long time. Sometimes I struggle with getting the right amount of fruits and vegetables but now I can drink them and experiment as I go!

- Submitted by ALEXANDRIA2007 5/28/2012 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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Food Tracking

Food tracking may be an important kick start in the beginning of your journey, but at some point you are going to have to put the crutch away and learn to stand on what you have learned. The idea is to consciously track so one day you don't have to use it to know where you are at.

- Submitted by RARANM 4/23/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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