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Shop Aldi's - They Have Healthy Options, I Swear

I used to think that Aldi's was only full of super processed junk food. However, I have found my favorite things there like hummus, light cheese sticks, produce, low sodium/sugar canned fruit and soups. While there are certainly temptations if you are looking to lose weight and save money Aldi's can't be beat!

- Submitted by HESSNER 6/12/2014 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments
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Replace Your Syrup

Syrup was adding wasteful calories and too sweet for me, well I've discovered apple sauce is just as good and tasty. Try it and let me know what you think! I use it on French toast, pancakes and my Belgium waffles to name a few emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by SUNSET09 10/22/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Bengal Spice Tea

Just discovered this at a friend's house recently. It's made by Celestial Seasonings and it's delicious! Spicy, sweet ... like having a warm, rich dessert without calories!

- Submitted by AZURELITE 10/30/2012 in Product Reviews | 10 Comments
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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 132 Comments
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Trick yourself into exercising

When I don't feel like exercising, I tell myself I'll just do 10 minutes of whatever. Then, after 10 minutes, I say 5 or 10 more. Then, before I know it 30 or 60 minutes have passed, and I am so glad I did it. I always feel so much better after exercise than before, plus I am proud of myself. emoticon

- Submitted by CNEWMARK 4/20/2010 in Exercise | 16 Comments
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Count everyday activities

Not only do I walk the dog and walk at work with a pedometer but whenever I clean house, go bowling (every weekend), do yard work, go for a bike ride, etc...log it! It counts as exercise! It may not be heavy cardio but you are being active and exercising so log it and it will motivate you to do more to see those exercise minutes go up!
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- Submitted by HCNORTON 7/29/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Greek Yogurt with Honey and Strawberries

This snack is amazing! You have 6 ounces of fat free Greek Yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries, and 1-2 packets of Splenda. It feel like a cheat snack that gives me my sweet tooth fix, while burning fat!

- Submitted by RADIATEPRESENCE 7/31/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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use tsp, tbs, cups, ect

I found that calories, fats, and carbs were sneaking into my diet, since I was just eyeballing serving sizes (and not very well). So now I keep a few measuring tools close at hand...usually in the drying rack in the sink or in a small bowl. That way, I know exactly how much ingredient (like sugar in my coffee, and rice on my plate...) I am using!
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- Submitted by TINKSMOM1 1/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Eating veggies

I always keep veggies washed and cut up in the fridge. If my kids want something to eat right before dinner because they are "starving", I never tell them no, I tell them they my have some veggies. I know that this snack won't ruin their meal and if they don't "feel" like eating veggies they must not be that hungry. Also, if they don't eat as much for dinner at least I know they have something healthy in them!

- Submitted by TIGERCAT05 10/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Cinnamon

I sprinkle cinnamon on sliced apples or in yogurt. It helps the flavor and cinnamon is sited as a healthy food for helping your body to better utilize glucose and mantain healthy blood sugar levels. emoticon

- Submitted by MIDGIEDAWN2 7/15/2010 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments
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