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Pushing grocery carts

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!

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Big Batch cooking lets me coast through the week

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!

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Go to a restaurant only once a week

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.

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Read nutrition data BEFORE going to a restaurant

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.

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I reflect on my food habits.

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!

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Avoid animal products

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.

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Make excuses to use the stairs at work

I make up excuses to go up and down the stairs (2 flights) at work as often as I can. Instead of phoning to the office or taking the elevator, I take the stairs!

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Three different size coolers for portable food

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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