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Hot Sauce for Health!

Spicy foods increase satiety (that full feeling), liven up all kinds of food, and can "motivate" you to drink more water! Try hot sauce, salsa, red pepper flakes, or other spicy condiments to give a little kick to your veggies, rice and beans, or eggs!

- Submitted by EMI412 1/18/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Have the munchies? Eat a pickle!

When I really am craving a savory snack and I'm considering going for chips and dip or crackers and cheese, I eat a whole half-sour pickle. Crunchy, salty, and satisfying for only a few calories. Be careful, because they're high in sodium, but they really hit the spot for occasional munchies and keep me away from salty snacks that are high in calories.

- Submitted by EMI412 1/5/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Immersion Blender

I use an immersion blender to make my own smoothies - I can stick it right into the glass with the ingredients. Then the end pops off and can go in the dishwasher. It is so much easier to use and clean than a regular blender!

- Submitted by EMI412 10/27/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Keep it Fun

I used to try running and it would make me miserable and I wouldn't try it again for months. I was able to get into running by promising myself that I would stop running whenever it wasn't fun. I started doing walk/run workouts, and once the running was too hard, I'd just walk the rest of the workout. If you promise yourself to keep it fun and not push yourself to the point of misery, it's easier to keep at it!

- Submitted by EMI412 10/22/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Healthy Salad Dressing

Most salad dressings are empty calories. Instead of regular salad dressing, try salsa, hummus thinned out with water or lemon juice, or any kind of yogurt sauce (greek tzatziki, indian raita, etc.) Any of these have lower calories and more nutrition than the empty fat/sugar calories of salad dressing.

- Submitted by EMI412 10/20/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Gummy Vitamins

I've always had a hard time remembering to take my vitamins... until I got gummy vitamins! I keep them in the kitchen where I can see them, and then when I'm in there I remember to munch on two gummy vitamin bears!

- Submitted by EMI412 10/13/2010 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments
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Learn to Love Black Coffee

I learned to love black coffee by "refreshing" my coffee without adding more milk and sugar. When you're about 1/3 through your cup with milk and sugar, add some more black coffee, but no milk or sugar. Over the course of weeks, you'll get used to less milk and sugar, and can wean yourself off!

- Submitted by EMI412 6/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Today Isn't Over Yet!

Whenever I start beating myself up for having a bad day, I remind myself: "Today isn't over yet!" Then I try to do something to get back on track for that day - a healthy snack, a nap, a couple sets of crunches, or even just a glass of water. Don't wait to get back on track tomorrow, do something now!

- Submitted by EMI412 4/29/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 8 Comments
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Trash Goes in the Trash!

Don't munch on the little extra bits of cheese, chopped nuts, and other high-calorie foods that are left on your chopping board. Don't lick the batter bowl, don't lick your fingers, don't lick the spoon. Those calories count! Trash goes in the trash - not in your mouth!

- Submitted by EMI412 3/28/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Use a Heart Rate Monitor

I exercised for months without one, but now I can't imagine life without this little gadget! It's a great way to measure more objectively when you need to step up the pace, and when you need to slow down!

- Submitted by EMI412 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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