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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 with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. A form of poetry which originated in Japan, haiku has recently become popular on Twitter because of its brevity. Example below:

- Submitted by HAPANING 8/5/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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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.) You'd be surprised at how much you can "feel" through your feet - changes in water temp & speed, soft silky mud. It's like wading in a brook...and because it's so short-lived, it's all the more fun.

- Submitted by HAPANING 8/5/2011 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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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 like descending an uneven staircase. Some treads are long & wide & seem endless. That's the plateau. Just keep moving forward and you'll go down. Instead of one day at a time, it's one step at a time.

- Submitted by HAPANING 8/5/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 3 Comments
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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 measure out a half cup serving or a tablespoon portion as long as you know how much the 'bowl' of the scoop contains (I've marked mine with permanent marker.) Quick, easy, and foolproof.

- Submitted by HAPANING 8/5/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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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 sounds like waves rolling into shore and back out again. Hold the sounds and the image of the seashore in your mind for a full count of ten complete breaths and you'll relax in just a handful of seconds.

- Submitted by HAPANING 8/4/2011 in Staying Positive | 4 Comments
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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 has that great cheddar taste and makes for a very satisfying snack.

- Submitted by HAPANING 8/4/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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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 system, but the mind holds onto the guilt much longer. Trust your gut. It's moved on, and so should you. Every day, your body is a clean slate while your brain is stuck worrying about past wrongs.

- Submitted by HAPANING 8/4/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments
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