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ADD NUTRITION PLUS NATURAL THICKENING

I add pureed beans (northern, chickpeas, etc.) to soups and it adds flavor, thickening, and nutrition.

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Bottled Water

Buy a reusable container for water. Don't buy the bottled water and save money as well as keeping plastic out of our landfills.

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Jackie's Xtreme Timesaver Fitness DVD

This DVD combines strength training and cardio in one 30 minute routine. It speeds up the heart and is a condensed vigorous workout that keeps you moving. You use weights so the workout works numerous muscles, both upper and lower body.

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Browning Meat

Most meats can be browned without adding additional oil to the pan since they have a little fat in the meat itself. If it is extra lean, a spraying of cooking spray is all that is needed. When making soups, I brown the meat in the pan I make the soup in so I don't have to wash an additional pan. ...

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Exercise time

I change from work clothes to exercise clothes as soon as I get home from work. I exercise the same time every workout day and I don't plan anything else for that time on my workout days. Putting on my exercise bra, my running shoes, and watch is a big part in getting the exercise done.

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RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

Eating healthy isn't about going WITHOUT something, it is about doing something BETTER.

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Breakfast favorite

A whole wheat sandwich thin, turkey sausage patty, and 1/4 cup of liquid eggs makes a fast, lowfat breakfast. Add a piece of fruit and you can even take it with you. Much better than the drive through.

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Shark Navigator Vacuum

It was low priced on amazon, has great power, no bags but no mess to emply, light weight, and just what I was looking for. It can switch from hardwood floors to carpet with a flick of a handy button and has a long power cord.

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Checking Prices

I check major purchases for online prices before shopping for major purchases like appliances, vehicles, furniture or electronics. Then I watch the sales and know if something is really a great buy or just a sales ploy. I recently saved on a vacuum cleaner, a wireless printer, and a pressure canne...

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Using Sparkrecipes

I enter any of my personal creations on the Sparkrecipes calculator and do not share them until I have "tweaked" them. It gives me an opportunity to check on calories and servings and taste without others suffering through my experiments.

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