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Before I joined Sparkpeople, one of my friends told me that the best diet was the "plate diet" -- which would help you make the right food and portion decisions. Sparkpeople's diet suggestions seem to fall closely within this very general diet, and I have found that it is simple and effective!
Oil and vinegar is a great way to top a salad. Add a little fresh ground pepper and you can avoid a lot of sodium. Extra virgin olive oil has a great taste. Vary the vinegar; balsamic is my favorite, but love to mix it up with red wine and apple cidar. 1/2 tsp - 2 T oil depending on calorie target
Breakfast is not dubbed the most important meal of the day for "excrement & giggles."
Do as I say not as I do--since my hubby has been away I've stayed up later and later. Bad move: not only does it throw of your circadian rhythms, it puts a strain on your diet. If you DO stay up late, avoid giving in to the munchies and drink hot tea or drink water.
Getting healthy is more then losing weight ..... we need to balance it out so that everything is working as we travel along on this life long journey to good health ... this will include Career, family, friends, religion, finances, relationaships,fun & recreation the road to health