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I have added rescuing stray grocery carts to my "park far away" routine at major box stores and grocery stores. Rescuing a grocery cart left in a parking space is a good deed, and gives you a little upper body exercise while you're walking toward the store. Win-win!
I cook Big Batches of main dishes once or twice a week--every weekend, and sometimes in the middle of the week as well. As long as it's a dish my husband and I like, we can coast through the week by raiding our own "fast food" supply--only it is really "slow" food, which we can grab fast!
I have lots more success controlling my weight when I eat my own food and avoid restaurants. My current goal is to only eat at a restaurant once a week, and no more. Most of the time it is just a lunch item, too, which helps, because they tend to be smaller portions.
After going to a restaurant, ordering an entrée which looks healthy, and then going home to read nutrition data, only to become angry with the restaurant for "tricking me," I have decided to read the nutrition data before going to the restaurant, so that I can make better choices.
By entering my food intake in the Nutrition Tracker, I objectify my eating habits and am able to see where I am picking up excess sodium, fat, and calories. The suggestions in the captions help me plan small changes which add up to success!
I avoid animal products--meat and dairy, including eggs. They are the sole source of cholesterol and usually have more saturated fat than most people know. Plus, they have no fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Fruit, vegetables, grains, and legumes provide all the variety I need.
I have three different size Coleman coolers that match "small snack," "couple of small snacks," and "full day at work" for my food packing. I choose the one I need according to how long I will be out, fill it with food and small ice blocks, and go!
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