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Immediate Pleasure VS Eternal Pain

Junk food tastes good right now but an hour later you FEEL the negative effects. Weeks or months later you SEE the negative effects. Something great for a few seconds or minutes isn't worth something horrible for months or years.

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Find healthy swaps

If you like..
* ice cream, find a healthier version (I like Dreyer's double churned no sugar added)
* fried chicken, find a baked version that you like
* high salt & fat snacks, try salted dry roasted edamame

There are always better options!

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ASK to see the MENU Calorie Counter WHEN EATING OUT!!!

I am SERIOUS about my goal of LOSING WEIGHT and BEING HEALTHY!!! And one of the HARDEST times I have is WHEN EATING OUT! The restaurants--whether it is a LAW or not,really DON'T WANT you to SEE the AMT. of calories you're consuming,as they figure you'll eat less and SPEND LESS MONEY and less time..

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Fruit

When I started SP back in 2007, I hardly ever ate any fruit. That has changed, and now fruit is in our kitchen all the time. The one recent change I made to my fruit intake, at the suggestion of my nutritionist, is to have one serving of fruit at every meal.

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Chicken

My husband and I buy two cornish hens at Aldi's for around $2 or $3 dollars. I rub all kinds of yummy herbs on the outside and throw in the rotisserie. Not only is the fat running off as it cooks, but we have perfect portions without having to break down a whole chicken ourselves.

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"Junkless" Grocery Shopping

When I go grocery shopping, I am surprised by the kinds of foods I don't buy anymore. Ice cream, chips, soda. I see them in other shopping carts & wonder why people are wasting their nutrition dollars on junk when they could have yogurt, oranges, and lemon water instead. My tastes HAVE changed!

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Red peppers

Eat red pepper strips

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Working Lunch

You're at an all day work meeting or in training and they provide lunch. Not all of it will be healthy. What do you do? You throw healthy snacks and fruit in your work bag. At lunch eat only healthy protein in the supplied lunch and supplement with your fruit etc. Everyone wins!

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Colas

I don't like diet Colas so I drink regular ones but limit myself to one or two a week. I enjoy the feeling I get when I tell the waitress or whoever, no thanks, I'll have water.

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FOOD PHOTOS

They say a picture is worth 1000 words...how true. This week one of my teams posted a FOOD PHOTO BLOG challenge. WOW!!! What an eye opener! I saw what I was eating and also what others were eating. Very inspiring. Then I got to thinking...pictures could be very useful. Here is my idea:

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