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Eat Something Good

To lose weight and feel better I had to do something different. It began with something very simple. I picked a fruit and a vegetable that I really liked and ate it before
every meal. The apple gave me great fiber and eliminated the need for junk.

- Submitted by CHERYLSBUTT 5/9/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Easy Breakfasts

Take out freezer containers & put half a cup of oatmeal, a hand full of frozen blueberries or sliced strawbverries, some flax seed, a sprinkle of cinnamon and freeze them. When you want this breafast just add a cup of water and put into the microwave.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 3/8/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 139 Comments

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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

- Submitted by SING_LOUD 4/16/2010 in Healthy Eating | 29 Comments

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Eat Mindfully

Eat consciously and calmly, focusing on the flavours and textures of the food. With an attitude of gratitude and appreciation slowly savour every mouthful emoticon

- Submitted by NATURALBAL 2/20/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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more veggies and whole grains

2 secrets - I took large bags of frozen vegetables into individual steamer bags with just 2 cups each - you can find these near the plastic sandwich bags in most stores. That way I can pull out a bag and make a serving batch quickly with no waste. (you could do one cup instead)

- Submitted by 130GRETL 5/7/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Egg and Spinach Scramble for Breakfast

Starting my day with this simple recipe, sets the tone for better choices throughout the day. The basic recipe starts with 1/3 - 1/2 C. eggwhites and 1 C baby spinach. Add fresh or leftover veggies, sauteed in spray oil. I like zucchini/summer squash, mushrooms, onion, sweet red/yellow peppers. Add some type of lean meat (like turkey breast) - 1 to 2 oz. chopped. Other great additions, pico de gallo, black olives, or parmesan cheese. Any combination makes a great start for your day.

- Submitted by ARTDOLL 5/17/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Remember to log your food daily!

It's so easy to think you'll remember it later, but often you won't. The best way to stay on top and on track is to be sure you log the food daily. There's nothing wrong with opening your SparkPeople page several times a day:) It just might be the impetus you need to pass up that hi cal snack!

- Submitted by BETZYGIRL 9/19/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 13 Comments

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Record your insulin use

Checking your blood glucose and recording the results can help tell you how well your insulin is working.
Your doctor needs to look at your blood glucose results and your record of insulin doses. Ask about when your insulin starts to work, when it works hardest and how long it lasts.
Look for patterns of high and low blood glucose then make adjustments so that you are within the target range most of the time.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 8/26/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments

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Alway eat a protein with a carb.

While it is the most helpful thing to know about eating with diabetes, I am surprised how many people don't know this "secret." ALWAYS combine a carb with a protein at every meal or snack.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 7/18/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 23 Comments

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Drink!

A couple of times when my weight has stalled, getting religious about my water intake and pushing it to 10 cups a day got things moving again. Also, adding brewed green tea helps give you something to sip on and boosts metabolism with many antioxidants as well.

- Submitted by L1SAATAYLOR 6/17/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 9 Comments
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