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Georgia Residents--FAB FIND

OMGsh! I discovered Garlic Glove Farms (Suwanee GA) and their mixed grain pilaf---with bulgur wheat and quinoa--low sodium, low sugar, high fiber, high protein--and delicious!

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Spinning and Running

Use spin classes (or a spin bike on your own) to improve your stride turnover rate!

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Slow Down Handily

Research shows that it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it's full. Here's a tip to help you eat more slowly:

Use your NON-dominant hand to hold the fork or spoon! That little extra coordination helps slow things down--and as a bonus, helps that hand become more ...

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Purge the Pantry

Get rid of anything in the pantry or fridge that is an easy snack (except fruit/veggies.) If you have to prepare a snack (cookies or whatever) you'll think about whether you REALLY want it or whether you're bored, tired, or emotional.

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I Just Want a Hula Hoop

On the days when you're too busy/tired/stressed to get in a full workout, spin a hula hoop for 10 minutes! It's fun, works the whole core, and you feel silly enough that the stress and fatigue melt away.

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Another Water Tip

Buy several refillable water bottles (I prefer the stainless steel myself.) Keep at least four full of water in the refrigerator to have on hand. Then there are no excuses for not having time to get water before leaving the house; just grab a bottle and go. Good for the environment too!

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Protein Bars

I always keep a few protein bars in my car. (I found a brand that is under 200 calories, low in fat, and actually tastes good.) It's good to have a non-perishable option available for emergencies--like leaving the packed lunch at home or the two o'clock grumblings. Good for post-workout, too.

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A Clean White Page

Life is like a massive stack of white paper. Each day we fill it with activity and choices and decisions. Some days we end the day on a high, with everything tidy. Others we find a mess on the page when day is done. BUT each morning is a NEW clean white page to fill without any thought to the past.

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