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Help for Rheumatoid arthritis and swelling with food

Eat onions, scallions,leeks, a drizzle of olive oil, cherries, berries, salmon, citrus fruit, carrots, sweet potatoes, ginger all help with inflamation. Avoid Animal fat, butter,margarine & sour cream; animal fats are high in omega-6 fatty acids which increase inflammation. Eat more Omega 3's.

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Do what you love

Doing exercises that I really enjoy makes it easier to stick with my routine.

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Grilled veggies

When we fire up the charcoal grill for steak, fish or chicken, we also grill sliced zucchini, yellow summer squash, onion slices and sliced mushrooms sprayed with a little canola oil and seasoned with Cavender's Salt Free Greek Seasoning.

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Easy Cup Clean up!

Before you measure out honey or any other sticky substance in your measuring cup, be sure to spray it with some non-stick spray! This will help it slide right out making clean up a breeze (well I should say easier, a breeze would be having someone else do it for you)!

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Stop 'pouring' the salad dressing on!

Hello fellow Sparkies! Something to try: instead of pouring your salad dressing on your salad, try pouring it into a different (smaller) container...when you go to eat your salad, dip your fork into the container with each bite. This way you are eating WAY less calories, fat, carbs...etc. because y...

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10,000 steps while at work

To get my 10,000 steps in while I'm at the office, if I need to make a copy of a couple things throughout the day, I take each one to the copier separately. I also do the same if I need to bring something to someone, I take the long way and walk past where I need to be to throw in a couple extra st...

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If You Bite It, Write It!

Keep a COMPLETE food diary. Be honest with yourself—it is a fantastic way to help control what you eat. If you bite it, write it!

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Chilling Treats

when I buy fresh fruit, I always prepare it, (peel and dice) then put some in the fridge, some in serving size bags in the freezer. I use the frozen servings in lunch boxes, they keep the food cool and thaw by lunch time. For snacks, I only let them partially thaw, enough for comfortable eating.

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Celebrate little accomplishments
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they add up!

Celebrate each step...
a pair of jeans that fit
a lb lost
longer walk
eating a piece of fruit for dessert
encouraging someone else, etc.
Little accomplishments add up!

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Try This Idea For Your Next Party

At a party, stash ice in a colander set on top of a bucket or a bowl. Water will drain out, and guests will get only the solid stuff.

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