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Potatoes are NOT your enemy!

How many time have you been told that starches are bad for you? Well guess what? Potatoes are one of the highest sources of potassium next to red meat. One medium red potato can contain up to 800mg of potassium, a sweet potato can contain up to 700mg and a russet potato can contain up to 1000mg. So ...

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RMR and Weight Loss

Your resting metabolic rate is the minimum amount of calories your body burns on a daily basis. If you consistently eat more than this number and don't burn it off, you'll gain weight. However, if you consistently eat less, you can slow or even shut down your metabolism, making it almost impossible ...

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Don't Forget To EAT!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it truly is for many reasons. Breakfast should be your BIGGEST meal of the day. Plan a breakfast high in protein, carbs, and fiber. It's so important because it jumpstarts your metabolism in the morning. If you skip breakfast because ther...

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The long walk

On days I know it's not going to rain, I park in the farthest spot away from my building and walk the rest of the way.

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Just Do It!

Get off your computers and get moving! I'm cleaning house, what are you doing? Anything can become a workout as long as you stay positive, keep motivated, and keep moving. You can do it!!! *cheers*

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Finally an Ice Cream NOT to feel guilty about!!!

Breyer's Ice Cream has come out with a new 90 calorie, low carb, and high fiber ice cream! 4g of fiber to every serving, which, by the way, is 1/2 cup. So, if you like ice cream like I do, but don't want to feel bad about eating it, pick up the Breyer's Low Carb Ice Cream! (May not be available ever...

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The 'Anything' workout

I used to find myself fighting for time to get to the gym until I learned that even the simplest things can burn some SERIOUS calories. How long do you usually spend cleaning your house? For me, with a toddler, baby, and a very messy husband, I find myself cleaning for 2-3hours at a time. I burn a l...

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How hydrated are you?

Did you know that 8 glasses of water a day may not be enough for your body to be completely hydrated? ESPECIALLY if you work out? I learned from my nutritionist when I started a weight loss plan after my first pregnancy in 2009, that you should drink AT LEAST half of your body weight in ounces per d...

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Shock to the System

Did you know that eating the same amount of calories every day over a long period of time, can be detrimental to your weight loss? I learned that 'shocking the system' once or twice a week actually 'startles' your metabolism and helps avoid plateaus. Not switching up your calories can cause your met...

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What's lurking in YOUR fridge?

When you look in your fridge, what do you see? How long have those brownies been sitting there? That leftover casserole that was so good (and bad for you) you couldn't toss it? I find that if I empty my fridge of leftovers at least once a week, I'm less tempted to keep munching on stuff that probabl...

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