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Seltzer Water

I love the fizzy feel of soda pop, but didn't like the calories and nasty ingredients. I was also trying to lower my sodium. I switched to seltzer water, which I can flavor with real fruit juice like lemon and lime. This has saved me money, improved my health, and I even like the taste of it quite a bit more!

- Submitted by MYPATTYTOO 10/20/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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How to drink 8 cups of water a day!

I found it hard to drink big glasses of water each day and only got through 2 1/2 the first day. The next day I remember a friend tell me she used small 8 oz glass and could drink all eight. I tried it and it work!!

- Submitted by MARYTILLEN02 8/7/2014 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Shop Aldi's - They Have Healthy Options, I Swear

I used to think that Aldi's was only full of super processed junk food. However, I have found my favorite things there like hummus, light cheese sticks, produce, low sodium/sugar canned fruit and soups. While there are certainly temptations if you are looking to lose weight and save money Aldi's can't be beat!

- Submitted by HESSNER 6/12/2014 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments
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Gum or brushing teeth

After eating even a snack, I either go and brush my teeth or get a piece of gum. It deters me from wanting to eat more. emoticon

- Submitted by CPIPER7 5/6/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Cough drops....your best friend and you didn't even know it.

It happens to us all. A craving hits. You can't seem to stop yourself from eating whatever unhealthy food you think you "need". My solution? Cough drops. Pop a menthol cough drop in your mouth. Trust me when I say NOTHING tastes good following a cough drop. I use this at parties as well. I'll eat the healthiest things I can put on my plate and when I'm done, pop in a cough drop. It usually does the trick. I hope it works for you as well.

- Submitted by BLONDEDOG 4/1/2014 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Read The Labels!

Simply by reading labels you can lower the calories you eat. It may be easy to eat a cookie, "cuz its only one, it can't be that bad"....but if you read the label and see that its 400 cal...I promise, it won't taste as sweet.

- Submitted by NOMADNURSE7 2/1/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Reheat meat without drying it out!

This is a great trick to use during the holidays!

Fill a saucepan size pot about half way with water and put it on the stove on high. As the water boils, nestle a metal colander, strainer or steamer basket into the top of the pot. Make sure the water in the pot is not high enough to come into the bottom of the colander. Place the meat you are reheating into the colander - don't overfill it. Continued...

- Submitted by _SHESPARKLES_ 12/7/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eat Protein to Curb Binge Eating

If you struggle with after-dinner binge eating, which sabotages the great work you do at healthfully eating during the day, try eating a small amount of protein in the late afternoon. My secret: I eat a hard boiled egg or have a small amount of greek yogurt before I leave the office at the end of the day. This keeps me from nibbling during dinner prep, and keeps me fuller overall, which helps me control late night snacking.

- Submitted by HAPPYRUBIAGIRL 12/3/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Quiches Save My Winters!

In the wintertime, I cook a quiche every Sunday night to last me through the work week. It's quick and easy and you can create different combinations so you don't get bored! It really helps me not skip breakfast, or even worse, over-eat and feel sluggish the rest of the morning.

- Submitted by BUBBLYBEAN 12/1/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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How to handle office food pushers

Someone at the office pushing cakes and chocolate? Drop some extra apples and bananas at their desk. Soon they'll be pushing oranges and grapes at you!

- Submitted by LOVEAZ 10/10/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Tracking Nutrition - The Key to Success

In the beginning tracking on SP taught me how to eat the right amount of calories by making choices of what to eat. Later I learned to also keep in ranges (all at the same time) for protein, carbs, fat, and fiber. Once I found how to eat and get proper nutrition, I was not hungry and feeling deprived, then everything else fell into line.

If you can commit to do one thing without fail, I encourage you to make it this one!

- Submitted by GEMLADYONE 8/17/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Eating out

When going out with friends/family to a restaurant (as we all have those get togethers with family members that don't understand your goals) order a side salad for your appetizer with a vinegar or vinagrette dressing. Then a broth based soup for dinner. You'll stay within your calories & will be satisfied in the end. Also, I order lemon in my water. The lemon juice will help you to feel full as well. You won't feel like you need to have desert either.

- Submitted by PCORDELL 7/25/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Be mindful & own your decisions!

Many times my wife and I I catch ourselves just munching on something without thinking about it. You're not a horrible person for having a treat, or something that is "off plan", but make it a conscious decision and understand the consequences!

- Submitted by JEFFE03 7/1/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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A LOT of secrets for a fast and a successful weight loss!

1) Drink a glass of spring water first thing when you wake up and before you eat any meals or snacks.
2) Buy a nutribullet or a good juicer, add organic fresh fruits and veggies and drink up! You will have so much energy!
3) If you don't exercise or workout, go for walks! you may not notice changes fast but it's better than sitting and watching TV!
4) Perform a coffee enema!
5) Try to eat before going out for shopping or work.
6) No fast foods unless it's the only option!!

- Submitted by SONIA_2013 6/27/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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You deserve it!

Sometimes spending a little extra money on a bag of apple slices or a kit with hummus and pretzels is okay. If these smaller portion sizes (or convenient yet healthy foods) allow me to stay on track, it's worth it! Plus, it can actually save me money because they don't end up in the trash! emoticon

- Submitted by WORTHTHEWORK 6/24/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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pumpkin yogurt

I love Greek yogurt but can't get used to eating the plain variety. Recently while in the Amish Country in Pennsylvania I bought something called pumpkin butter (it doesn't contain butter -- it's more like a pumpkin pie filling) I add a tablespoon of this to my plain Greek yogurt and it's delicious. And the calorie count is no higher than if I were to eat the vanilla flavor. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of cinnamon.

- Submitted by BUSYNJMOM 6/19/2013 in Healthy Eating | 6 Comments
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You MUST keep track of your food

I'm sure others have said this, but tracking your food is key to staying on track. I ate a meal out of my house for the first time in about 2 weeks. It was a sit down restaurant and I started thinking of excuses to have a burger and fries(and almost ordered a sprite) for almost 1100 calories(not even including soda)... Once I thought about having to log that in, I found something a lot healthier for only 550 calories and it came with vegetables!

- Submitted by MATT_SP 5/30/2013 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Easily remove an egg yolk

If you're like me and not supposed to eat the egg yolk (but love eggs), use a turkey baster. Take the rubber portion off, squeeze it, hold it over the yolk, and then stop squeezing. The suction will force the yolk (and only the yolk) into the handle. Voilà! Egg whites! :)

- Submitted by CELTICBRIDE2B 5/29/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Eat more fruits and veggies

We used to be a family that for dinner we had a main course of meat, a veggie, and a carb side dish. Since beginning this I have discovered if I can cut back on my carb side dish and filling it up with fresh veggies, I feel so much better! I consume fewer calories, I get the vitamins and minerals that my body needs, and I feel healthier and get sick less!

Instead of the baked fries go for some baked broccoli or baked cauliflower! Instead of a granola bar for a snack go for an apple!

- Submitted by TLENGYEL 5/15/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Think through what you're about to eat

When I have food cravings I take a moment to think through the process of eating it right through to how I'll feel afterwards, e.g.:

- the guilt I'll feel about getting off-track
- the displeasure at having to log it into my food journal and seeing my daily calorie allowance go over
- getting on the scales in the morning and seeing the number go up
- the harm I'm doing to my body with those trans fats
- wasting any exercise I'd done that day

Not so keen on eating it anymore!

- Submitted by MELGRO 5/7/2013 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Keep fresh fruit around

Buy fresh fruit and keep it in stock and in sight. I keep apples and bananas on the counter, and fresh berries and such at eye level in the fridge. Chances are, if it is in sight, you'll eat it.

- Submitted by GRACIEGIRL93 5/4/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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No more processed foods!

I shop the outer isles of the grocery store and stay away from pre-packaged foods. If it has more than a few ingredients, I stay away. This includes bread too! I don't even want it in my house. The healthier foods are the whole foods and nothing that comes pre-packaged as a meal. This includes those "diet frozen dinners", too! You know the ones. Those processed foods have so much sodium! So who the heck wants to retain water? Grill your own veggies and protein and enjoy non-processed food! emoticon

- Submitted by AMIE0823 4/26/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Read even the Healthy Food ingredient lists, SNEAKY Food industry!

Be sure to read all packaged food labels. The food industry is sneaky with the chemicals and word replacements. Soy and sugar replacements seem to be in everything!

Even the healthiest “packaged” foods can shock you. READ every label. The food industry can be SNEAKY!!

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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 4/26/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Count the calories you didn't eat

Whenever I turn down a high calorie food instead of feeling deprived, I note it in my food diary and the calorie content of that food. On days where I very nearly don't go to the gym I note that down also. At the end of the week, I tot up how many extra calories I would have consumed/ not burned and take it away from my loss. Seeing the weight I would still be had I given into these impulses keeps me on the straight and narrow. Instead of feeling deprived, I feel empowered! :)

- Submitted by LAURAOCONNE1 4/19/2013 in Motivation | 6 Comments
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Offer an alternative

Last week hubby brought home my fav ~ mini powdered donuts. I ate them (not all at once!) but when he next mentioned going to the store I asked for a pint of blueberries instead of the sweet, sugary donuts - about the same price but so much better!

- Submitted by A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/18/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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