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Feeling Hungry? It's actually a good thing!

Is your stomach growling for goodies, though you've been eating enough calories on your new diet? A growling stomach means you're making progress with your goals! By sticking with your new program you'll soon feel healthier, your clothes will fit better and you'll have more energy. That's a pretty worthwhile trade-off for putting up with your noisy stomach. To avoid temptation, leave the kitchen and distract yourself. Also, it helps not to keep food in your purse, pocket or car. Stay strong!

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/9/2011 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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Sneak a Snack Without Guilt

Did you eat a meal an hour ago but still feel hungry? Grab a small handful of cereal. That way you'll get some fiber and have a small snack to tide you over until the next meal. (Be honest with yourself, though. Perhaps you're not really hungry, but just have "a taste" for something. If so, this is a pretty guilt-free snack.)

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/3/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Processed Soy -- Use with caution

Thinking they were healthy, I used to gobble Morningstar, Boca and other processed patties and links until I heard Dr. Oz discuss the inherent dangers. Skeptical, I read the side of the box for myself. Sparkers, there are a HUGE number of processed ingredients in these products, including an overabundance of sodium. All I'm saying is before you buy and use these soy based products, read the box first, then judge if it's right for you or not.

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/2/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Grape Strategy to Stave Hunger

Are you feeling an unhealthy craving? Place washed and patted dry grapes in a baggie, and leave them in an accessible place in the freezer. When temptation strikes, grab a grape or two. It takes a while to thaw and while you're rolling it around in your mouth, you'll have time to consider if that unhealthy snack you're craving is worth it. Frozen fruit, on the other hand, is tasty, easy, healthy and can often fill the bill until your next meal.

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/2/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Make Ground Turkey Perky

Ground turkey can be boring. Take a pound of ground turkey and pep it up by adding 1.5 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce , 1/4 tsp Montreal steak seasoning, Tabasco to taste, 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp black pepper. (Add 1/2 tsp salt, if you don't have high blood pressure.) To keep sanitary, put the entire mixture in a gallon size baggie, squish it around, then make your patties. Cook it your way. Serve with onion slices, tomato, lettuce and avocado. Enjoy!

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/1/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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This Is Nuts!

Nuts, like almonds, walnuts and pecans are so healthy, but also costly. You can save a ton of money by buying them at stores like Costco or Sam's Club. If you put them in the freezer, they'll last a long time, and you can take out a handful or whatever you need, right from the big package. You can also create a number of little packages, in baggies, to freeze and take with you to add to on-the-go for lunches or for a quick snack. They thaw quickly.

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/1/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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An Old But Wise Mantra

You may have seen this many times, but have you ever tried it? Suggestion: The first thing to say to yourself when you open your eyes in the morning, and the last thing you say before going to sleep... "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better." Say it, think it, believe it.

(Quote from Émile Coué de Chatâigneraie.)

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/1/2011 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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Use Your Kitchen as a Gym!

Waiting for your oven to preheat or for your water to boil? Grab a few cans or water bottles and work that upper body. Try sets of flys, bicep curls, tricep presses...use your imagination. Bored by stirring food? Squeeze your rear. Three sets of 10-12 reps. Squeeze tightly, hold for three counts, relax. You can sneak this exercise in while talking on the phone, brushing your teeth or standing in line. Do some standing push-ups against the wall. Add some sets of calf or toe raises. The sky's the limit!

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/1/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Getting that water down

If you're new to drinking eight glasses a water a day, it can be daunting. Baby steps is one way to go. Can't drink a full glass of water? Drink a half glass, or even a quarter cup. The next day, try to double that amount. The secret is wherever you start, don't decrease, never take a step back. Either drink the new, tiny amount or add another half cup, or whatever you can tolerate. It may take a few weeks until you get eight glasses, but so what? The point is to go at your own pace. You can do it!

- Submitted by DANCEON 5/31/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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All the World is a Stage...

Are you going through a spell where it's just too difficult to meet daily goals, or you just don't feel like it anymore? Then act "as if." Act as if you've already lost the weight, no matter what the scale says. Act as if you've already run a 10K, even if it's a pain to get off the couch. Smile even if you don't feel like smiling. If you act the part, it's easier to imagine those yet-to-be-achieved goals as a future reality. If you dream it, you can be it!

- Submitted by DANCEON 5/30/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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