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Eating Out

I used to eat out several times a week/stop at the convenience store. I stopped to save money and realized that I was also saving myself thousands of calories!

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pack a lunch

instead of buying lunches out!!!

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Have some food adventures!

Focus on foods that you can ADD to your diet and not just those you should cut down on. I've experimented with lots of low calorie foods and SP recipes that were new to me and found some new favourites as my tastes have changed. Making this journey an adventure is more motivating than deprivation.

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Make your own Ranch Salad Dressing

The only salad Dressing I like is full fat Ranch, but it is so bad

SO I whip 2% cottageCheese with the dry Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix, and it is perfect. Same beloved Taste way less Cal. and fat

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Goals and Perseverance.

Set goals. One of the secrets to being successful in a lifestyle change is to set goals. Set a long term goal first this is the ultimate goal. Then set several intermediate goals. These will be easier to reach thus helping you feel successful along the way. Then add a dose of perseverance.

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meals on a budget

Mince or ground meat and for vegetarians any pulses like lentils, can be used as a base flavouring very sparingly just to add essentials proteins to a dish. No need to use them as the main part of the recipe and use them in the biggest ratio. By adding lots of onions, garlic, celery, carrots.

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Make your own popsicles

Instead of buying pricey Popsicles - make your own out of juice. You can buy the molds in various sizes and use them over and over. Instead of paying $2.69 for 6 popsicles, you can buy a half gallon of OJ for $1.89 ( depending on the prices in your area) and make 2- 3 times that amount of pops.

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take the stairs!

i have twenty mins between my classes, so instead of sitting waiting for class to start like i used to, i climb up the stairs in my building. 65 steps about three or four times. might as well burn a few extra calories!

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REACH OUT

Put your internal fears, doubts and anxieties into words and reach out to your friends on SP. If you reach out before you give in to them ... you will choose health and honor self.

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Make Your Own Seltzer and Save Plastic, Calories, and No More Schlepping

I love seltzer/sparkling water but really don't like schlepping all those heavy bottles home. I recently purchased a SodaStream seltzer maker and it's WONDERFUL. Fresh bubbly water, no calories, no more plastic bottles, and no more breaking my back! They also kick in samples of flavors to try out.

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