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"Real Food Has Curves" by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

The subtitle is "How to Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight and Love What You Eat." The authors' premise is that chemicals in our brain expect real food when we eat. When we eat processed and fake food, our brain prompts us to eat more in hopes of getting real food.
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SP Blog Subscriptions for All Weight Loss Phases

Subscribe to blogs of people who motivate you, and try to choose people who are at different stages of weight loss. I recently subscribed to a blog of a woman who just reached her goal weight. I love reading about her excitement as she enters this new phase and will learn from her experiences.

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Spa Pillow that is heated in the microwave

The brand I have is "Bed Buddy." It is the size of a travel pillow and has beans in it. After microwaving it, I put it on my sore muscles or cold feet. It feels wonderful and relaxing. It's the best $12.99 I have ever spent!

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Surviving the Cookie Exchange

If you participate in a cookie exchange, suggest that you only swap 4 cookies. That way, you still have a variety of cookies without coming home with dozens of little temptations.

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Hand washables

When I need to hand wash my bras I take them into the shower with me and wash them using shampoo. I hang them to dry on the rack and they are ready to go by the next day.

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Mashed Cauliflower

After cooking the 12 oz. bag of cauliflower, I added minced garlic, one Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese and 2 T of non-fat Greek yogurt. I mashed it using a potato masher(and mashed it and mashed it.) It was just as good and just as comforting as mashed potatoes for less than 75 calories per servin...

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Dagoba Xocolatl Rich Dark Chocolate Chilies & Nibs

This bar is 74% cacao so a little is very satisfying. The chilies sneak up on me and help me from eating more than I should. 1/4 of the bar (20 g) is 95 calories, 8 grams of fat 2 grams of protein and 5 grams of sugar..

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Keeping my goal top of mind

I have to use several different passwords for my work computer programs. I use my goal weight as part of the password as often as I can. It keeps my eye on the prize.

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So Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened

This is my new favorite for smoothies, replacing almond milk. It makes my smoothie very thick and creamy. (I did not like it for drinking though.)

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Water for the Weekend

I struggle to drink enough water on the weekends. To make it easier for me to meet my water goal, I treat myself to all sparkling water on those 2 days.

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