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Cut Your Pasta servings in HALF with NO ONE missing the extra calories!

Make your sauce CHUNKY with LOTS of veggies( tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, spinach, squash etc) It should be like a stew..Don't let it get "runny" . Boil 1oz whole grain pasta per person and when done- use kitchen shears to snip into small pieces. Mix into sauce and divide into servings. The veggies make up for the lower amount of pasta. And because it isn't a mound under the sauce- no one can gage how much( or little) pasta they actually have.!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 5/15/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Keep focus on things you CAN control

Sometimes the scale or the mirror don't cooperate with our preconceived expectations of where our hard work with exercise and food intake should have us - for any given time period. ( some call these plateaus) When this happens to me I focus on making sure I am giving my body what it needs..8 hours rest, 8 glasses water daily. regular exercise, and plenty of fruits and veggies. I keep in mind that weightloss is a symptom of healthy living and I am NOT on a diet!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 4/19/2011 in Motivation | 8 Comments
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Instant workout recovery drink!

Skim Milk is reccommended by just about everyone and it is just about perfect after a workout to help you recover and to provide portein to your tired muscles. I mix 1 cup milk with 1 pack stevia and 1 teas vanilla! Tastes like Vanilla Ice cream!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 4/9/2011 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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How to get in your water!

I have a huge glass(30 oz) I sit down with 1oz of baked lays tostitos and some HOT salsa! I get a serving of veggies AND I usually finish the glass- all 30 oz- by the time I'm done!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 3/9/2011 in Staying Healthy | 4 Comments
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keep critters out of flour, sugar, etc

To keep your staples free of those nasty little black bugs that love to get into flour, beans, sugar etc- once you open the bag- close it tightly with a rubber band- THEN place it inside a ziplock bag and tightly seal! You can also store similar items like partial bags of beans, different types of rice etc together to make finding them easier.

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 3/1/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Free music mixes to exercise with!

There is a program called "audacity" that is a free download for any operating system. It allows you to mix your fav songs together- and it also allows you to change the tempo without making them sound like chipmunks! So you can custom mix your best music just like a DJ- and for free. Here is the link
http://gofree.com/do
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city.php?gclid=CKucn4uXn
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- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/23/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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what to do with leftover adobo peppers!

Adobo peppers always come in cans that have roughly a cup of peppers in each- yet recipes rarely call for more than 1 or 2 as they are so hot. Unless you make mexican every night- you're going to be wondering what to do with the ones you didn't use. With this trick you'll never throw away extra peppers- and you ALWAYS have some handy when you need them.

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/20/2011 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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Trouble Getting in your 8 glasses of water?

Yeah me too- but this little trick has really helped- I now regularly consume more then 10 glasses a day- and I like it!(something I never thought I would say because I used to HATE water!)

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/16/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Want a clean and stain free sink?

I live in an older building anf out sink it prone to "stains"- the amount of scrubbing to remove them is ridiculous! THis handy trick assures me my sink is as clean as it's gonna get with almost noi effort on my part!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/14/2011 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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Never let extra wine turn to vinegar- save it this way!

How many of you have opened a bottle of wine to get 1/2 cup for a recipe- then had the bottle go bad before you drank it? How many of you have opened a bottle of wine & decided it really wasn't that great other than possibly for cooking? (how many recipes can you make requiring wine? Right?) How about all those partial bottles left from a party?With this handy tip- you'll never allow wine to go to waste again, plus it will always be handy in pre-measured amounts- right at your fingertips

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/13/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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