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"Because it's there"

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Because it's there" is a fine reason for climbing Everest, not for eating a treat. Before you reach for the stale bagel in the conference room or a cookie sample at the supermarket, ask yourself whether you truly want it. If not, skip it. Those spontaneous nibbles aren't making you happier or svelter. We don't necessarily register these fly-by calories, but they can add up.

To avoid knee-jerk noshing, create a personal policy about it - "I splurge only on dark chocolate" or "One sweet a day" - so you don't have to decide nay or yea on the spot.

  
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RIKKI572 6/16/2011 10:36PM

    I try to avoid grocery shopping on Friday and Saturday, as those are free sample days at my grocery store. That takes the temptation right out of my way!!
Have a wonderful day!

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MOM4407 6/16/2011 7:15PM

    Good advice especially the food samples. On Saturdays some stores the samples are so numerous one could eat lunch there.

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4EVER21B 6/16/2011 3:38PM

    Good advice, especially at Costco!

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GOATGIRLJM 6/16/2011 1:36PM

    I'll keep this in mind , thank u for inviting us to your page. Good reminder.

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LLLAWSON 6/16/2011 8:01AM

    Great reminders. Will think of Mt Everest next time I'm in that situation.

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HEIDI-25 6/16/2011 7:26AM

    Great reminder about thinking that the little things do add up.


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Free comes with a price

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A food that's "free" of something you don't want (such as fat) probably has more of something else you also don't want (like sugar or salt) to replace the missing ingredient. Trade a nonfat treat for a real-deal one that doesn't make false promises and satisfies your craving.

  
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7356WILMA 6/15/2011 1:39PM

  Thank you!!! Watch those labels!!

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DDOORN 6/15/2011 11:08AM

    What? You mean there ISN'T a FREE LUNCH after ALL...?!?! :-)

Don

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RIKKI572 6/15/2011 8:30AM

    I love this. For medical reasons, I have to eat low fat, hubby low sodium. To get foods lower in fat, they increase the sodium. In low sodium foods, quite often the fat is increased. It really makes preparing meals a real challenge at times!!
Wishing you a great day.

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IDLETYME 6/15/2011 7:42AM

    You are soooo right! Buyer beware!

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CRYSTALGL77 6/15/2011 6:34AM

    Great advice! Thanks!!

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Eye Candy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Menus are eye candy. "Cumin-Flaked Crispy Chicken" is still fried chicken, which you might normally skip. Descriptive phrases on menus make us 27% more likely to order a food, a study at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign finds.

Before dining out, scan the menu online, ignoring adjectives. Settle on a lean protein and a veggie side, or a salad with a starter, which is usually half the size of an entree.

  
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7356WILMA 6/14/2011 1:49PM

  Again great advise!!

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 1:07PM

    Great advice! One can even make solidly healthy choices at buffets if one knows their food! :-)

Don

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TRAINER_T 6/14/2011 11:20AM

    I agree with Rikki its the pictures that are a killer, esp desserts :-)

Love that we have access to online menus before hand, I always pick a few options that way when I get there I can decide the right one.

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LLLAWSON 6/14/2011 11:12AM

    I hear ya. I like to look at the menu and decide before I go so I don't make bad choices.

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RIKKI572 6/14/2011 6:59AM

    It's not just those wonderful names, it's those full color scrumptious photos that go along with alot of menus. The picture alone is enought to break a lot of people's willpower.
Thanks for sharing, and have yourself a sparkalicious day!

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SPLURGES

Monday, June 13, 2011

Splurges have a short shelf life. Overdoing it on saturated fats (cheese, butter, beef) for 3 days straight may prime us to KEEP overeating. The excess fats might block the brain's ability to respond to hormones that tell us we're full.

The occasional burger-and-grown-up-bevvies extravaganza is no biggie, but if you have an extended binge-vacation, long weekend-don't rely on your internal hunger cues when it's over. You may need to measure out portions for a day or two to cut fat and reset your hunger signals.

  
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7356WILMA 6/13/2011 1:12PM

  That was my last week, thanks for the reminder!!

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DDOORN 6/13/2011 12:57PM

    Putting on the brakes...such a CHALLENGE sometimes!

Don

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RIKKI572 6/13/2011 12:41PM

    I did not know that. Thank you for sharing, and I will be much more vigilant.
Have a great day!

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Swaying is for trees

Sunday, June 12, 2011

When a thin pal orders a big meal, her tablemates are likely to follow suit. Lock in your healthful choice, and when the waiter asks if everyone is ready, say, "I know what I want-mind if I go first?"

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GAILRUU 6/12/2011 9:07AM

    I noticed that a group of ladies often end up ordering the same thing. Dinner for me when I eat out is broiled fish, salad with dressing on the side and a vegetable instead of potato or rice. Lunch is soup and a salad. I also don't care for most diet dressings so I just dip my fork in a dressing I like and use very little of it that way.

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JUDITHANNIE 6/12/2011 9:01AM

    Great idea and thanks for reminding me....

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RIKKI572 6/12/2011 8:43AM

    Another challenge, but I have learned not to let others influence my choices - even when they try to talk me out of it. Thanks for sharing, and have a fantastic day!

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KLB037 6/12/2011 7:59AM

    Good idea, I will try this.

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