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You're winning the war!

When the obstacles you face seem insurmountable remember that if you lose a small battle you're still winning the war! Every day we face choices that affect our personal journey through life, as long as most of your choices are positive, healthy, life-affirming ones you are making progress whether i...

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Affordable Summer Salads

During the spring and summer months you can save a lot of money on salads by growing your own lettuce! No need to feel intimidated by the project because you can buy starter lettuce beds from a nursery (usually only a few dollars) and plant them at home in your garden or a large planter. I live in...

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Save time on weeknight meals

There are some parts of healthy meals that take much longer to cook than the rest and reheat well. For faster meals when you don't have much time you can pre-cook things like brown rice, wholewheat pasta, or dried beans and store them in the fridge in appropriate portions. If you do this on Sunday...

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Saying no to samples.

If you have a hard time saying no to samples in grocery stores chewing some sugar-free gum while you're in the store helps. If you're going to try something you have to get rid of your gum and that gives you that momentary pause to think about what you were going to put in your mouth.

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Getting it done!

I often find myself putting off my exercise until later and later with little excuses (My food needs to settle, I'm too hungry now that I waited I need to eat again, I don't have time to exercise and then shower before I need to go etc) Before I know it I'm out of time. Doing something small I know...

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Instead of snacking...

Sometimes I find myself wanting to snack, not because I'm particularly hungry, so instead I do 20 jumping jacks. Usually I've distracted myself enough for the urge to pass but if I eventually give in at least I've burned some of those calories in advance!

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