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In my nutrition tracker I created a "food" named SNACK, with 200 calories. Each morning, I immediately log in 1 serving of SNACK and put it in my Snack area. That way, 200 cal immedialely figures in my total. So if I do eat at night, what I choose is likely accounted for. If not, I'm still ok!
Turn your veggies into smoothies, and have a smoothie with nearly every meal (add different fruits each time). For extra yum, add splenda to your smoothies & soy milk they'll taste like milk shakes! Also, you can add a handful of spinich to most fruit smoothies without being able to taste it!
People say if you don't mind it does not matter.
To clean cast iron cookware use a dime sized amount of dish washing liquid along with a tablespoon of course salt and a few drops of water (use a damp papertowel or dish cloth). It scrubs thru stuck on particles and is less corrosive than using soap pads. Works on other dishes and cookware as well.
I'm not a morning person, so it's hard for me to pack a healthy lunch without being rushed. So, I take a few minutes before I go to bed to get my breakfast ready, pack my lunch, lay out my clothes for the next day, and say my prayers. It's amazing how much more smoothly the morning will go!
This sounds strange, but the idea is that if you're really going to push yourself on a given day (e.g. doing 2 hours of cardio instead of 1), make sure you overdo your normal water intake and calorie intake too. We tend not to, thinking that the extra exercise will burn off more weight.
After marriage I started to eat the larger portions like my 6'2" husband and I'm 5'3" well... I gained 40 pounds!! Since starting Spark as I'm filling my plate I remind myself to keep the portions with in reason by telling myself "I'm small, not tall."