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How to Avoid the Minefield When Groery Shopping

Grocery shopping is fraught w/diet pitfalls! The name of the game is trying to get us to buy more food, and not necessarily healthy food! Here’s some tips to help make our shopping expeditions healthier . . . and most cost-effective:

PLAN AHEAD- MAKE A LIST Have your meals planned for the ...

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Being Resilient During Challenging Times

Alrighty. The weekend was a disaster what with Aunt Susie’s birthday party, the cousins reunion, the diner party . . . whatever the occasion. It was a caloric and probably nutritional disaster . . . so . . . now . . . what??

First of all, realize that we all slip up on this journey to a h...

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Grief and Grieving

Grieving is hard work. First of all, what causes grief?

Grieving is the result of a loss. It can be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, a change in your situation – such as a job loss or move, a new diagnosis of an illness . . . the list goes on. The point, people grieve f...

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How to cope with anxiety

Divorce, layoffs, caring for aging parents, being the sandwich generation, threat of terrorism -- there's plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. And very often, the source is something we can't change. How do you know when it's time to get help dealing with your anxieties? Anxiety can mak...

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When feeling overwhelmed

When you feel that you are so emotionally drained that you just want to give up on yourself, undo all the good you have done so far, first take a deep breath and then second turn to your Spark friends through journaling.
The support and friendship, caring and compassion shines through with the n...

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How To Cut Down on Soda

I took my diet pop intake way down by chasing each bottle with an equal amount of water. Soon I was reaching for just the water.

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Walking For At Least 30 Mins

I find that if I wake up eat my breakfast then lace up my tennis shoes and head out the door with my I-pod in hand and my gum in my mouth If I walk at a decent pace for 30 minute's every day i find my self going a little faster and a little farther every day !!!!!!! Give it a try !!!!!!!!!!

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Keep it Very Simple!


You are more likely to stick to a program if it fits into your lifestyle already... can you take a walk at lunch? Can you join in a class that you already bring your child to? Is there a park or stadium on your normal route where you can hike or run stairs?

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Stretch In Bed In The Winter

Notice you are pretty warm when you wake up? Well, you could go ahead and do some simple stretches while you are still in bed, and under the covers. I like to stretch my hip muscles this way, because my house is not as warm as I would like.

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It's the little steps that count

Even if I can't work out, well especially if it's a day I think I might not get to work out, I always try to add as many steps as possible to my day. I do not use a pedometer, but I follow these few simple things to add to my day, I park as far from the door as possible, I walk up every isle

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