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12/19/13 3:43 P

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One way I have found to energize my diet is FLAVORING!!. For sweet things, I can add a little of any kind of extract: vanilla, maple, butter...there are a thousand of them, but my go to is vanilla. SPICES are also a favorite. I carry one of those 7-day pill thingees filled with pepper, curry, seasoned salt, cinnamon, and any one of a number of Mrs. Dash seasonings. More later, Carol



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12/15/13 12:39 P

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I totally agree! But living in California, fresh produce is pretty easy and cheap to come by. I love frozen and canned veggies, too!!



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12/14/13 8:52 A

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emoticon Happy Holidays. Don't quit. emoticon

Salad can be expensive to buy during the winter. I have found frozen vegetables to be a lot cheaper. They are quick frozen as soon as they are taken from the field, so they are "fresh".



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12/13/13 2:06 P

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Another thing I have found to be useful is my Five Babies Salad.
This is the staple of my lunch. It consists of a bed of lettuce and five different ingredients ("five babies"). The ingredients are different very nearly every time, but I try to be sure that I have two raw veggies, two cooked or canned veggies, and one pickled veggie (for the top). Why? I like the variation in color, texture, and flavor that all those give me. More than five extra ingredients seems to "muddle" the flavor. It is a great way to use up leftover cooked veggies, too! After all the ingredients are on the lettuce bed, I give the top a shake of dry dill or some other spice.
I usually make the salads three at a time so that I won't have to think about it ahead of time when I make my lunch. Considering how many veggies I consume while I am losing weight, it is really remarkable that I look forward to eating my salads every day.



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12/12/13 3:22 P

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Another thing that has been a big help to me besides taking my lunch every day, is puffed grains: puffed rice, puffed wheat, puffed millet, Kashi 7 grain puffs, puffed Kamut. As a breakfast cereal, there is more "bang for your buck" with puffed cereals! In addition, and in the form of rice cakes (like Quaker Oats rice cakes) or puffed multi-grain cakes (Like PasKez), they make a great substitute for bread or crackers. Rice cakes come in many flavors, and even the chocolate chip ones don't have many calories! They are quite a treat after giving up sweets for a while. More later, Carol



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12/11/13 9:29 P

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No, this is not a journal about how I am going to lose so-many-pounds by New Year's Day. This is a journal about how I lost 30 pounds since last year!
The first way: bringing my lunch wherever I go. I always include a mid-morning snack --usually yogurt--a salad, premeasured salad dressing of my choice, some sort of measured protein (leftover roast, leftover baked or poached chicken, or luncheon meat), fruit (small apple, tangerine, grapes, etc.), and sometimes a rice cake. I mix things up as much as I can. Sometimes I put in one of those tuna lunch things. I also include a diet soda, water, or tea bag. In cold weather I include a cup of soup or sugar free/fat free hot chocolate.
Believe it or not, most of the time I can end up satisfied for the entire day for under 700 calories! That leaves a good 500 cals for dinner and a treat at night. I eat better when I think about what I eat first!! More later, Carol



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