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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 w...

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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 ...

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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 over...

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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 un...

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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...

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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 a...

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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.

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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, re...

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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. Eit...

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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...

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