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Having Trouble Eating Enough Veggies?

Can't get in your 5+ veggies and/or fruits a day? Make a homemade vegetable soup with at least six different vegetables added to a low salt tomato juice base (seasoned with your favorite spices). Or just go to SparkRecipes to you can find everything you need!

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Use the Quick Trackers

Although I'd love to have time to use the Cardio Tracker daily, I often do not have the time. In addition, it does not always have the different things I do, such as Body Electric or the pedal exerciser that my doctor has strongly recommended. I'm using the Quick Tracker. Wish it had the calories...

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Tracking your foods

Use the new diabetes food tracker that Spark People is featuring. It's great for "seeing" what you're eating!

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flavored popcorn

I love popcorn as a snack. Instead of buttering and salting my portion, I now add spices, like sweet basil or cilantro. It's delicious, and it cuts down on "the bad stuff!"

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Make a Plan

Set your goal, and then write the steps to meet it. Make sure to include short-term goals and reasonable periods for managing your plan--every two weeks, a week, or even 2 - 3 days. Review and see what was good and continue with it. And...forgive your breaking down and doing something unhealthy.

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Give Me 15

Take 15 minutes to declutter or organize, and you will see a difference within days! I'm doing this daily at home PLUS an additional 15 at work. It makes a world of difference!

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Exercising

This "secret" is based upon one I've read earlier. I find I must exercise early in the day. If I don't, I just won't do it! I'm trying to ensure I exercise daily, so if that means I must get us earlier, then I just must do it!

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Monitoring the amount of water you drink

Our state insurance plan has the best way to ensure we get our daily water requirements. It's a "2 by 2" plan. Get a 16-oz water bottle and fill it with your water. Drink two of those by 2 PM, and then drink two more before bedtime. It works for me!

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2 Hampers for Laundry

I have two hampers for laundry---one for the bathroom for the dried but dirty towels and wash clothes, one in the bedroom for the clothes.

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Take Your Lunch to Work!

It's no secret! Pack your lunch, or, if you must, invest in some low-fat, low sodium lunch products. I teach school, and I save $4 daily whenever I take my lunch. Plus---it's healthier for me too!

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