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photo food labels to track nutrition

tracking nutrition is essential for losing weight, but i can't always find the foods i eat. to be precise, i enter the information from the package labels, but the kitchen is not near the computer - so use an iphone/smartphone to take a photo of the label and then enter it in the nutrition tracker l...

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Rice

Rice

Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to each quart of water used to cook rice. The grains will stay white and separated. If you want your rice to be light, fluffy and separated, try cooking with a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice.

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Random quote

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Throw Away One Thing Everyday

Toss or donate that book you've just finished, the jeans you never wear or those shoes that you just don't love as much as you used to. Free up space in your home!

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Ziplock Magic

When traveling, ziplock bags really help organize. from small clips, gum, mints, etc. too camera safety and electronic cords - really made a difference.

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Getting ready for a garage sale

As you start putting things together for a garage sale ( I usually start piling things into a spare room or downstairs), I price everything before I put it in a pile. Then, come early saturday morning, I just take it out to the driveway and organize it. One less thing to do!

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Food tracker

To make tracking my food a bit easier, when I first log in to SP I add all the food I plan on eating that day this way I have an idea ahead of time of what my calories will be and if there is something I don't eat it is easy to just delete the item at the end of the day.

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A Family Affair

Weight loss seems to go better if everybody in the house is working together. When everybody eats healthier foods and exercises together, it feels less like deprivation. Plus, the pounds drop faster when you have someone right in front of you to help keep you honest.

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Smile

Smiling is the best way to change your mood. If you do it consistently, it will become the true way you feel.

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Empty your Garage

We all "collect" things. Our children's first grade cards, their first pictures, inherited "stuff" from parents who have passed & which @ the time - we couldn't get rid of. After 38 years of marraige we found that our 'stuff' took up 1/2 the garage. We sorted everything & had a garage sale. What was

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