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Stress and Illness

Stress and overwork play a large part in illness. It can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to illnesses. Get enough rest and take time to relieve your stress by exercising and relaxing.

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How I Broke My Plateau

I added a stretch and toner class to my strength program and decreased my calorie range by 100 calories on either ends (high and low). That kicked started my weight loss again, and I lost 3 pounds in one week after going 3 weeks without losing a pound!

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Flu season

Flu season will be on us before you know it. Get your flu shot now, and make sure your friends and family get theirs also.

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STEM YOUR APPETITE

Drink a full glass of water before you sit down to eat and you won't be as hungry or eat as much as you would at each meal.

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HEALTHY "ON THE GO" BREAKFAST

I mix wheat chex type cereal, peanuts and berries (usually blueberries) together for a healthy, protein filled "finger" breakfast I can eat in the car on the way to work in the morning. What I don't finish there I finish on break.

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Baked potato topping

I have found that fat free ranch dressing is a delicious baked potato topping. By using that I save all the fat and cholesterol that I would get in sour cream and butter.

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Using Salad Dressing

To save calories, but not lose the taste of the salad dressing, dip the tines of your fork in the salad dressing, then pick up a bite of the salad.

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Drinking Water

Drink a glass of water when you get up, 1 each time you go to the bathroom (this also increases the bathroom runs!), and when you go to bed. Also use water at meals along with whatever else you drink for meals. You will definitely get your eight glasses a day in.

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WORK DAY TIME SAVER

I go to the grocery twice monthly on payday, so I buy my meat in bulk. When I get home I separate the meat into enough for each meal, add the spices, onion, sauce, or whatever the recipe calls for, place it in a freezer bag and freeze it.. Then it is ready to thaw and cook on the day I need it.

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USE GENERIC

Use generics. From medications like Tylenol (acetaminophen) and benadryl (diphenhydramine), many are exactly the same as the brand name, and always a LOT cheaper. They work the same, and a lot of time they are made by the same company. The same goes for food. Many are just as good.

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