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I always think before I open the refrigerator to start cooking or even making sandwiches. I try to take eveyrthing out at 1 time that I will be using for that meal. That way I am not opening and closing the refrigerator a bunch of times.
Fitness flashcards: If you are looking for a way to spend more time with your kids, help them with homework, and exercise, this tip could be for you! You could do this with any subject really. You ask your kid questions and for every right answer...
If your plan is to get healthy and that includes losing weight and keeping it off, the bottom line is that you need to eat less calories than you burn. Fill up with foods not full of fat and sugar! The other item that is important is exercise. One way to start is walking - walk 20 min daily.
If you aren't very social (or are embarassed), check out the gym at different times during the week. Husband and I avoided the gym on weekend nights because we felt we needed a break. Little did we realize: everyone else apparently does too. No one's there! All machines are open and more intimate.
I love to write and anybody who knows me knows I keep many journals. One I keep is called a Humour Journal, another a Blessings Journal and a Happy Journal. They sound similar but are different. When I am feeling down I pick up one of these and flip through my entries and it picks my mood up.
ALWAYS read the labels on the foods you are picking up. I never thought much of a couple of items I ate regularly and then I read the nutrition label to find it contained over 700mg of sodium. Always read the nutrition lables, even if it does take more of your time. Your health is worth it.
One of the best ways I found to increase my veggie intake was to explore new kinds by making one day a week vegetarian. I explored new recipes, which had me trying new vegetables or preparing them in new ways. I still like my lean proteins, but I also look forward to my veggie days too.