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Air-popped Popcorn

Since I've been eating healthy, I am always still hungry in the evening after dinner. I like to snack on air-popped popcorn. I usually have it sweet with just a touch of honey, maple syrup or molasses.

1 cup of air popped popcorn = 31 calories
1 tsp. honey/molasses/maple syrup = 20 calories

I typically use a 1/2 teaspoon sweet stuff per cup of popcorn, and I can usually afford to eat 2 or 3 cups, and it's a healthy low cal treat. Add some salt and you have Kettle Corn!

- Submitted by ERICTHEKNUTE 11/19/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Weigh in weekly

I find weighing in once each week gives me a good look at my progress (good or bad) and helps me stay on track. If I really am putting in the needed work, I will see that reflected on the scale most weeks.

Weighing in daily can be discouraging, as you won't see it go down each day, and food/water may show an initial gain on the scale. I weigh in each Thursday in the morning, after I've gone to the bathroom and before I've had any food or drinks.

- Submitted by ERICTHEKNUTE 11/15/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Find a workout buddy

Having a workout partner will be a huge help to you. It will keep you accountable and help ensure that you do work out each day. Also, having a buddy helps make your workout more fun.

My wife and I go to the gym together. This morning I was congested and felt like garbage. She did not let me out of it, so I went with her and felt so much better all day!

- Submitted by ERICTHEKNUTE 11/14/2011 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Make it yourself!

Instead of buying processed foods, learn how to make the things you like at home. It's usually cheaper and healthier! This week, find one item that you often buy and learn how to make it at home.

We make all our own bread, it's 100% whole wheat and preservative free. :) I make homemade hummus, homemade soups, etc. This way I avoid many canned/processed foods. It does take time, but it keeps out the trans fats, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and other nasty food additives.

- Submitted by ERICTHEKNUTE 11/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Make a veggie platter

Nearly each day, I make a veggie platter to snack on with a healthy dip. I use celery, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, possibly broccoli or cauliflower as well.

For a healthy dip I use homemade garlic hummus (you can buy it too), salsa, or I make a small amount of garlic herb cream cheese. I use light cream cheese, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and a very small amount of salt and mix it all together. I never give myself too much of whatever "dip" I use. It's a great way to get the veggies in!

- Submitted by ERICTHEKNUTE 11/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Make Homemade soup

Homemade soup is a great way to have a full meal that is low in calories. I typically use beans, lentils or barley, along with a bunch of veggies, some seasonings, and healthy bullion or stock. Have a salad with it to have an awesome nutrient packed meal! Also, soup is cheap, easy (chop your veggies and stir) and a batch can last a few days.

- Submitted by ERICTHEKNUTE 11/12/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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