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Healthy habits and tips that prevent disease and keep your mind and body running in tip-top shape.

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sunshine

Outside today and 5 hours in the pool, at least granddaughter. I was there of course and in the pool for a couple of hours trying to show her how to swim. She will conquer it by the end of summer. I tried to swim and didn't do too bad for 5 laps but later the back said slowly do it. Enjoy summer.

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substitute for soda

I used to drink a lot of soda and wine (not anymore). Now, I allow myself one day a week (Thursdays) to have a substitute: tonic-water. I add one packet of Crystal Light Red Raspberry and Green Tea to the tonic and it's like drinking a sweet soda with about a third of the calories.

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Ice is our friend

Make water more appealing. Fill your glass with ice, cubed or crushed and then fill the rest with water.

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Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?

Eating a light bedtime snack that contains tryptophan may help. Tryptophan is an amino acid that your body converts to melatonin and serotonin, both of which are thought to induce sleep.

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Track your vitamins and supplements in the nutritional tracker

I'm always forgetting ... did I take my vitamins, omega-3's, etc.

I added a section on my nutrition tracker for vitamins. I put each vitamin and supplement that I take in my favorites. It works! I have rarely missed a day since.

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stop hitting the snooze button

If you have to hit the snooze button or more than once, you're likely not getting enough quality sleep. This leads to a number of unhealthly situations. Monitor and start to increase you hours of sleep and check to see if other issues affect your sleep.

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Toothbrush

Don't discharge your old toothbrushes! I use them to clean the bathtub around the sink, the hard to reach area around the toilet. I clean my brushes with them, stove areas and just any place that are either too small or hard to reach! as wee

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CamelBak or Any Other See-Thru Water Bottle!

I love my pink 24 oz CamelBak water bottle. It's marked at the 8-16-24 oz levels, making it easy for me to see at a glance how much water I have drank from the bottle. I keep it filled with ice water on my desk at work and have a goal to finish 3 bottles per day (72 oz or 9 cups).

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Sneaking in some movement during the work day.

I sit at my computer for much of the work day. To make sure I don't "zone out" I put pop up reminders on my calendar to remind me to get up a move, walk stretch, drink water, etc.

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Get your kids involved!

Getting my kids involved has been the best thing I've done in my journey to get fit and healthy. They are so encouraging and so willing to help! When I started running, I would bring them down to the track with me, and when they weren't tryng to run with me, I could hear them cheering me on!

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