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Inspire Yourself with Haiku

Being mindful about what we eat and the activity we engage in downsizes our bodies. So why not be mindful of our flurry of busy thoughts and downsize them as well? Try writing haiku to focus the mind and create new mantras for yourself. A haiku is a three-line non-rhyming poem of 17 syllables total ...

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Walk Barefoot in the Rain

As adults, we lose a lot of the magic of life because we stop doing the things we did as kids. Next time a sudden cloudburst floods the streets with runoff water, grab an umbrella, leave your shoes at the door and walk barefoot in the rain. (This is probably easiest in a paved suburban neighborhood....

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Visualize a Staircase

Whenever I hit a plateau and feel discouraged, I visualize walking down a staircase...but not an ordinary one. The typical staircase has treads (the horizontal flat 'steps' where you place your feet) and risers (the vertical pieces that support the risers) all level and plumb. But losing weight is l...

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Ice Cream Scoop = Easy Portion Control

If you're watching your portion sizes of various foods at mealtimes, it can be tedious to use measuring cups. Here's a trick that's often used in cafeterias and professional kitchens: use an ice cream scoop with a retractable food release mechanism. They come in various sizes and make it easy to mea...

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Be the Sea - The Ocean Inside Us

Whenever I'm stressed out and close to losing it, I think about something I was once told. We all carry the ocean within us, and to hear the soothing sounds of the sea all we have to do is close our eyes and slowly breathe in...breathe out...breathe in...breathe out. If you focus hard enough, it sou...

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Healthier Substitute for White Cheddar Popcorn

Craving a cheesy popcorn snack like Smart Foods White Cheddar Popcorn? Here's a healthier alternative. Pop a bag of 100 calorie popcorn, pour it into a bowl, and top it with 2 tsp. of Cabot's Cheddar Shake Powdered Cheese. It only adds 25 calories and 1g of fat, 1 g of carbs, and 1 g of protein, but...

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Go With Your Gut, Not Your Guilt

You've had a day of bad eating and you're feeling like you've really screwed up. Don't let it send you into a tailspin. Consider this: when it comes to the aftermath of poor food choices, our bodies are smarter than our brains. It takes about 24 hours for a meal to move through the entire digestive ...

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