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Hi. and welcome to this challenge.
I hope you find the foods that will help you to conquer the allergies and help you cook healthy
recipes that will help you eat healthy meals.
Good luck.

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9/8/14 11:53 P

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Hi! I have been battling this weight thing for years! I have finally revamped my life to cooking fresh meats and vegetables but my allergies are off the charts during the summer months, and I have gained 10 pds taking Benedryl! I am currently trying to learn how to control my allergies naturally, so I will not continue to gain weight because of my medicine! I have stopped and started so many times, but this time it is going to be different because my mindset is on the future in Yahushua (Jesus) and not the past! I believe cooking healthy foods will help my allergies, and I look forward to learning how to cook more meals to switch it up a little. I look forward to growing with this group as we all meet our goals!!

Without a struggle, there can be no progress!

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That is a good plan. Good luck.

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9/1/14 10:33 A

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Hi. I just joined this challenge. I do not tend to cook and eat a lot of the same foods. I want to be less overwhelmed by cooking. My goal it to do the challenge and try and cook one new recipe a week.

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8/29/14 9:13 P

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Welcome and best wishes with your challenge.

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8/29/14 9:02 A

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Hello all, I just joined this challenge and am looking forward to doing more cooking at home. I live alone and it's so easy to just eat out or heat up a microwave meal instead of cooking. Making grocery list now for tomorrow's trip to the supermarket and already found a new recipe to try (Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole.)

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8/18/14 5:41 A

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Hi, and welcome. I am sure that by the time you complete the challenge you will become an expert. Best wishes.


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8/18/14 5:36 A

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Good Morning.
I am sure that by following the challenge you will become an expert. Best wishes.
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8/17/14 11:20 P

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I am a good healthy cook, but I am unorganized and cannot preplan!!! I am hoping that strategies I learn here will carry over to my kitchen and make shopping a breeze.

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Is there coffee?
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8/16/14 5:25 P

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Hello I joined this challenge to learn to how to cook healthy .....not a real good cook either so I have to start simple ....but will need help on how

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Hi Sandy, best wishes in finding recipes that your family will enjoy. The web site has so many. I hope that it will be helpful to you.

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8/7/14 9:02 P

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Hi .. I am Sandy
I love cooking but it's a challenge to keep my family with me. Hoping to find some recipes that they enjoy that are good for us all.

Edited by: COPOOLGIRL at: 8/7/2014 (21:02)
“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

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8/1/14 9:36 A

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YES, THE RECIPES ARE GREAT. ENJOY THEM AND WELCOME.

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7/31/14 8:14 P

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Hi everyone. I am Anne and I am mortified at what I've just seen. I've just been over to the sparkrecipes and calculated some of the everyday recipes I make for myself and my FI. The cottage pie I made last week 600kcals in per portion! With a stupid amount of saturated fat! I am horrified! And don't even get me started on the lasagne I make!

So I am here and ready to learn new healthy recipes!

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7/29/14 8:00 A

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WELCOME TO THIS CHALLENGE. YOU WILL BECOME VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE RULES AND LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT COOKING AND EATING HEALTHY FOODS.
THE OTHER CHALLENGERS ARE FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL AND WILL GUIDE YOU ALONG.
BEST WISHES ON YOUR JOURNEY.

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7/28/14 2:32 P

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Hi, my name is Hildie & I just joined this challenge. I love to cook healthy stuff, but hope to get more ideas from here

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7/16/14 3:48 P

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Welcome. Best Wishes in your journey.

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Hi, my name is Sharon. I hope to learn a lot in this challenge.

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Welcome to this challenge and best wishes on your journey.

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7/7/14 11:39 P

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Hi my name is Kris and I am committed to cook at home every day.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.


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I was doing a pretty good job of cooking & cooking healthy, but somehow got of track. Time to get back on track.

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6/17/14 10:54 A

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Hello. My name is Susan. Just joined this challenge, hoping to increase my knowledge of healthy eating and thereby learn to cook instead of eating fast foods and restaurant fare.

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Good luck in recommiting to a new quest.

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Hi, I'm Kate. After a winter of trying all sorts of "traditional" recipes, I need to re-commit to healthy cooking.

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Healthy Weight reached 12.10.09 -- need to reach that again! As of 8/20/14, 9 pounds to a healthy weight of 138.





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6/5/14 11:36 P

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Welcome! I, too, am diabetic. I also have difficulty getting the right amounts of certain nutrients and the calories are usually lower than they should be.
I wish you success in your journey and your quest for a healthier life.

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6/4/14 1:00 P

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Hello everyone - my name is Karyn and I rejoined SparkPeople in March to assist in adopting a healthy lifestyle for rest of my life. I am a diabetic who is allergic to artificial sweeteners and my triglycerides are out of control and I am allergic to statins (the miracle drug for cholesterol). We have been eating healthy for 5 + years - my husband had lung cancer surgery in June 2009, but chicken breast can get kind of boring. From tracking everything I eat I have never get enough of certain nutrients and often not enough calories, so I am here to learn new ways to do healthy cooking.

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5/28/14 4:32 P

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Hi, I'm Sirena. Best wishes in your journey. It's a fun challenge.

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Hi I'm Phylis and I am always looking for healthier cooking ideas for use in the kitchen to better improve my diet!

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5/27/14 6:06 P

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Hi, I'm Sirena. I'm happy to say that I completed this challenge and I hope to be cooking healthy meals.

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Thanks SOMAR

On my way to a healthier life.

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Hi I'm Sue.

I just finished my 1st 4 week challenge and loved it. Now I'm ready for this one. I want to learn more about health cooking, thus healthy eating.

I need to learn to plan better so I just don't grab a sandwich. It may be low in calories but not as balanced as a fully cooked meal.

We are in this together - Good Luck all!

On my way to a healthier life.

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5/25/14 7:00 P

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Welcome, I'm Sirena. best wishes in your journey to get healthy,

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Hi, I'm Gina. I joined Sparkpeople this year after making a promise to get healthy and back in shape. I have not intention of breaking this promise, so all the help I can get the better.

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HI, I'm sirena. Welcome!
I'm sure that you will find out about meal portions by reading articles and posting questions. Someone out there probably has the same issues and can give you solutions.
I know that when I cook and there are leftovers, I just pack it up and use it as an extra meal for lunch or dinner.
You also might freeze it and use it when you don't feel like cooking.
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Hi, I am new. I love to cook. I hope I can find out from here the best ways to keep from having a full refrigerator of leftovers and still be able to enjoy cooking. I live alone so I am just cooking for one. Most recipes are for 4 or more servings. This is honestly by biggest challenge.

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5/1/14 1:58 P

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Best wishes, Kathy.

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5/1/14 1:54 P

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Hi Sandy, welcome! & best wishes. I hope we both accomplish what we are trying to do.

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Hi all,

My name is Sandy and I am here to learn how to substitute foods in my diet so I am eating healthier and wiser. Going shopping today to fulfill this week challenge and very excited by the resources.

Sandy

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4/30/14 10:21 A

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Hi, I'm Sirena. I joined this challenge because I need to learn to cook healthy meals that I can enjoy.

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my name is tammy. i dont cook much. my dh is a picky eater so i tend to cook for myself. i do need to get better at plan B's when my original meal plan does not happen.

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Hi my name is Linda, I love to cook. But I tend to cook homesyle fattening food. I am wanting tips and advice on cooking healthier. Have already tried a few spark recipes and they have been good. Joined the plan meals for a week challenge. emoticon

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Hello everyone my name is Cindy i am from Tennessee soon moving to Arkansas. Just jumped back on the bandwagon and decided enough was enough i am very excited that spark people can help and get my foot in the right direction, with the right tools hopefully this time i wont fall off..with a great support system :) my biggest concern is not having enough time to make a lot of meals with hectic schedules.

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Hi my name is Pam. I joined this challenge because I need to learn to cook healthier.

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Hi, my name is Tina and I NEED to force myself to cook more. I'm sick of battling the crud and watching my poor kids battle illness. I feel that if we eat healthier foods, then we will build up their immune systems and just feel better overall. Looking forward to diving into this challenge to see where it takes us.

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My DH and i are terrible about cooking. we dont have kids and we generally dont have much planned at night so we generally nap and relax. he is a picky eater and we dont always take the time to cook. FAst food is easy and tempting. I have been trying to plan meals that i can cook once and get good leftovers from so i have an easy meal later.

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Hi, I'm Kathy and I am really not a cook, my husband enjoys cooking and I love to eat it. Since starting SP I have only lost 4 lbs but I haven't weighed myself for quite awhile d/t the above, but I have come to the decision that I really need to start in with some of the cooking to aid in my weight loss and help my husband with his weight also. I am gluten intolerant and I've noticed the SP diet consists of lots of wheat, but I have found a couple of recipe books that are gluten-free, so here goes a new journey.

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Hi, my name is Sheila. I joined this challenge to help me focus on creating healthy meals for my family. I love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen. My challenge is that my husband does not want to eat healthy looking or tasting foods. I know there is a way to create meals that are healthy and he will also love, I just have a hard time staying focused on consistently creating those healthy meals. Halfway through the week I usually get scatter brain. I like Sparkpeople and am hoping that this challenge will help me stay focused on healthy meal planning and thereby help me lose the weight.

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Hi, I'm Pam. I rejoined SP about 10 days ago. I signed up for the Spark Coach and after tracking my food for about a week, I noticed that I really wasn't as "on spot" with my food as I had thought that I was. I have gone through my kitchen before and cleaned it out and it has stayed pretty much the way it was but I have also allowed some "mini clutter" of older food items to remain so I am going to do that tomorrow.

I did some "research" and came across this challenge and team and joined it yesterday but didn't get a chance to get on here because I was busy doing just about everything else. LOL.

Now, that today is calmer, I am going to sit here and hopefully learn a lot. I love to cook. I actually prefer to cook at home although I still love to eat out. I am a "frugal gourmet". That means that I take one dish and expand off of that until everything is eaten up. I also enjoy leftovers and I plan as I go. I hope this approach is okay. As long as I have healthy food in the house, I eat healthy. Keeping the "not so healthy" foods out is my best defense against indulging in them.

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HI, I was halfway through this challenge and somehow it disappeared from my start page. Sure enough when I searched for the challenge it did not recognize me as part of the team, so I'm starting again. A repeat of the information (and the effort) is never wasted on me...lol. Glad to be back.

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Hi,

I'm Laura. I am from Staffordshire in the UK. I am new to Sparkpeople and have joined this challenge in order to motivate myself to cook more often at home and in healthier ways.

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Hi everyone. I'm Stephanie. I joined this challenge to learn some tips to cook healthier and quicker.

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Hi I am from NC. I joined the challenge to create a healthier lifestyle for me and my son. We used to eat out a lot and I as my to change that.

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New and looking forward to learning new techniques for creating healthier meals.

-Jolene

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3/20/14 12:52 P

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Hi my name is Barbie I like this challenge for I love to cook but being busy all the time I tend to take the easy way out.. I hope this will get me back into the ktichen doing some healthy home made food for the family and me...

Taking one day at a time.
I know that I can do it.


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3/18/14 10:00 P

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Hello, my name is Autumn and I am new here.
I love to cook, and maybe this challenge will get me back on track.

Thank you.

"In the end, it's not how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away."


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3/17/14 5:29 P

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Hi! My name is Sandra. I love to cook, but it appears I'm not cooking as much as I like. Hoping to get back on track.

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3/17/14 2:40 P

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Hi, my name is Gwen and I am trying to get back on track with healthy eating and cooking for myself (party of One!) even if I don't feel up to it.

I am hoping to break my weight plateau and to create some healthy habits along the way.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
-Tao Te Ching

Do or Do Not - there is no try.
- Master Yoda

Per Ardua Ad Astra - Through Adversity To The Stars


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3/13/14 11:18 A

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Hi, my name is Dee and although I've had lots of years of cooking, it's not generally considered healthy cooking. We were brought up in the meat and potatoes era and that's how we cooked and ate. Now I need to learn to cook better.

Hubby and I have been trying to eat better since the first of the year by eating just lean meat and veggies, but it's getting boring. I'd like to find some healthy, exciting meals to cook. Especially if they include lean meats and veggies.

I'm happy to have found this challenge and hope to prosper from it.

With Christ's love to all,

Dee

Goals for 2013:
Get started again with wheat or gluten-free eating and I'm going to make it this time by doing little steps.


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3/11/14 2:56 P

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Hi, I'm Kelly
I am always looking for new ways to eat healthier. I have a lot of food sensitivities and it is really hard to find new way to eat healthier when the healthier food is what I'm sensitive to.

Here's to a great challenge.

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3/8/14 9:04 P

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Hi I am Lisa and I love home cooking :) I am looking forward to this challenge!


Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get!

Live life to the fullest you never know what tomorrow will bring!

Live, Love and Laugh!


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3/8/14 9:17 A

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I'm not sure if I'm replying in the right spot, but here I go!
I'm trying to eat healthier and found this challenage.
I look forward to a healthier lifestyle! :)

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3/7/14 5:19 P

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Hi! I have been trying to focus on a healthier lifestyle and must cook healthier meals for myself and my husband. I love cooking and have always made comfort foods which are high in calories and fat...not any more...no more comfort foods for me. I want to start eating clean.

I am hoping to learn how to prepare better meals at home and not have to eat out.
I am in my 60's, work part time and hope to get rid of some pounds this year!

My books, my family, my home and my garden furnish more than enough to occupy me the remainder of my life. Thomas Jefferson, 1795

Ever day brings new miracles if I only can see them.

I owe it to myself and others to take care of myself.


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3/2/14 10:35 P

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Thank you for the kind words. Hope I'll be successful in this challenge. New work week looming ahead!

Lady Di


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3/2/14 8:34 P

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Beautiful red hair and the name must go together, my sil is the same.

Good luck in the challenge Diane.

Sue is learning to consume food for life rather than food consuming her!


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3/2/14 8:32 P

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Hello all: I have been dieting for years. If I could lose overnight what I have lost and regained I would be a healthy weight. I know this is really about lifestyle change and I need to learn to slow down, take it a step at a time instead of trying to change everything at once. Hoping this challenge will help with that.

My name is Sue, 62 years old, mother, grandmother, my husband is retired, I cook at any assisted living facility, love the job. DH is diabetic and I am wearing my body out with all this extra weight. Time to make a change and stop making excuses.



Sue is learning to consume food for life rather than food consuming her!


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3/1/14 5:39 P

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Hi! I'm Diane from British Columbia Canada. Cooking challenge looks like a great way to keep in check with my goals - let's see how I do. I am also looking for new ways to cook healthy and keep my portions in check. Was always taught to "clean my plate"! One trick I like to use is to utilize a smaller plate!

Lady Di


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2/21/14 7:49 A

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Hi everyone, my name is Shannon. I am a mom of two Wonderful boys and have an amazing fiance. I am trying to cook healthier for my family so that when they leave the nest they are set in a healthy lifestyle. That preparing healthy meals become second nature to all of us!

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2/19/14 11:09 P

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Hi Everyone,
I wanted to introduce myself. I just started with the Sparkpeople website. So far, I am really impressed with the information that is available. I am already beginning to make healthier changes with every small step I take. I haven't seen any weight loss yet but I am not giving up. My goal for this challenge is to begin cooking more at home versus grabbing something at a fast food restaurant. I am looking forward from learning from this challenge.

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