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Shopping at Sam's Club or Costco?

Avoid the snack bar. The processed foods with added fat, salt, and sugar that they serve have no health benefits. They are actually detrimental to your health.
The pretzels, pizza, hot dog/soda combo, etc. Nothing good comes from eating any of that junk. Sure it tastes good but it causes cr...

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Turnip Greens in a Fruit Smoothie

I put spinach in my fruit smoothies to boost nutrients. I can not taste the spinach. Recently I was at Super Walmart and noticed they have turnip greens in big bags and they cost a lot less than spinach. I read the nutritional label and they have a lot more nutrients than spinach. I bought some ...

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Scrub Fruits and Vegetables With a Scrub Brush

I read somewhere that Dr. Oz recommends scrubbing fruits and vegetables with a scrub brush before eating them. I use a potato scrubber to scrub all of my fruits and veggies before eating or cutting them.
You still need to peel cucumbers if they are regular cucumbers from a supermarket that hav...

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Steaming Vegetables?

If you are steaming vegetables try to steam them less than the time recommended. Fewer nutrients will be lost.

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Cut Back Processed Foods

Try to cut back on processed foods. They are loaded with sodium.

In 1 year, the average American eats enough salt to fill 57 shakers- that's 1.2 million mg. of sodium.

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Ice Cream Lovers: Save Countless Calories

A weight watcher's leader taught me this:

Don't keep ice cream in your refridgerator. If you have an urge for ice cream drive to the nearest McDonald's with a drive-through. If there is a car or more in line drive by.

By keeping ice cream out of your fridge you don't have that tempta...

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Invest in Glass Storage Containers

To store food, glass is probably a better choice. (There may be reasons to keep the plastic, you can decide.)
Glass can be used in the dishwasher and microwave.
When plastic is heated (in microwave or dishwasher) and then we eat from that plastic container, a "chemical" is released that can t...

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SparkAmerica Leaderboards: A Friendly Competition

Be sure to track your fitness especially if your city is on the SparkAmerica Leaderboards.
You can help your city rise to the top of the leaderboards!
There are also state leaderboards for SparkAmerica so you can help your state, too.
It's a friendly competition that makes commitment to...

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New to SparkPeople? Earn and Learn!

One thing you can do to help you get used to SparkPeople is to go to My Tools at the top left side of the page. Move your cursor over it and a drop down menu appears. Find My SparkPoints toward the bottom of the column. From there you can see all of the ways to earn SparkPoints.
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Check the SparkAmerica Leaderboards

I like to see where I am on the SparkAmerica Leaderboards in my city and my state. If I am only a few minutes behind the person or persons above me I do a few more minutes of exercise. It's a friendly competition that can be very motivating!!!

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