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Avoiding sampling while baking

Accidentally discovered a way to keep myself from snitching batter / dough while baking - chew gum. I was chewing a strong-flavored gum and knew that the batter would taste nasty after that, so it was easy to resist!

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Food tracking

Food tracking can be tedious and time consuming, so I find it helps me stay on track if I track my food a week ahead. I plan my menus and write up my grocery list every weekend anyway, so while I'm at it, I fill out my SP logs for the week. During the week, I only need to track my water and make min...

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Fake it 'til you make it

Not feeling the motivation to get to the gym? Fake it and go anyway. Once you get there, you've won half the battle!

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Re-purposed cookie dough scoop

I love to bake, so a few years ago I bought a 1-oz cookie dough scoop to make baking cookies easier. Now I use it for ice cream portion control. A half-cup serving is 4 scoops so the kids and I feel like we're really indulging when we're actually exercising moderation!

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Getting 8 cups of water

I'm an ice chewer. I discovered that I consume MUCH more water, more easily when I switched from my 80 oz. jug to the 16-oz. cups @ work that I fill about 2/3 with the chewing-friendly, porous cylindrical ice the machine @ work spits out (and top off with H20). Plus I get in extra exercise walking a...

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