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Leave your credit cards at home

I recently stopped using any credit card. I started taking only enough cash to buy what I am going out for and if I see something I think is a buy, I use that money only, and forgo something else on my list. I have found that I don't spend as much or have "buer's regret" nearly as much.

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A Bedtime Snack prevents overnight blood sugar spike

Fruits are carbohydrates, when eaten alone, can sometimes elevate blood sugar levels. Protein acts as a blood sugar stabilizer by balancing the carbohydrates so always have a carb and a protein together and try to have a low cal snack before bedtime so there is no overnight spike. Ideas below. Yog...

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Fit bit

The FitBit is the best pedometer for the best price. It calculates activity and gives you a readout on the computer. It will even tell you how much you sleep or not sleep. The online stuff is free. I hope someday we can connect the results directly into sparkpeople. Does anyone out there enjo...

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Greek Yogurt

Some are better than others, but I add honey and cinnamon to it and that helps me to get it down. The honey and cinnamon are an added bonus since they have healthy properties.

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want fries but need to be healthier?

chop potatoes into small cubes add a couple tbl of margarine and a packet of either Italian or Ranch dressing mix. make at 350 for 45 min (stir ocassionally) potatoes come out a nice golden brown, and are much healthier than french fries!

another good option is sweet potatoes with a couple t...

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Gerber Graduates

It may sound strange coming from an adult, but don't be afraid of the baby food aisle! The Gerber Graduates for toddlers line has low calorie finger/snack foods for kids, but grown-ups can eat them, too. There are healthy cereal and fruit bars and the apple cinnamon grain puffs are great mixed int...

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Spark BEFORE Eating

When I get the urge to eat and regular mealtime is not really that far off, that is when I am really thankful for Spark. I go to my computer and widdle the time away reading articles, playing the games, earning points, etc. etc. Before I know it , it is time for dinner .

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Margarita flavored jello

Have you ever tried the margarita jello mixed with some lime juice and sugar free cool whip? You pour it into a 9x13 pan and sprinkle some lime zest on top. Cut in little squares and it's delicious on a hot summer day. For an adult treat, add a little tequila to the mix! One of my favorite treat...

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Is That Really What I Want?

When you're feeling "snacky" and you reach for that piece of chocolate or that bag of chips, think, "is this really what I want?" And generally the answer will be no. Have a glass of water or a small piece or fruit or veggies. Doing that usually will take away the craving and you'll feel better f...

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HANSEN'S flavored drink packets with TRUVIA

I purchased Natural Iced Tea (very sweet like Southern sweet tea) and Fruit Punch. I also saw a Berry flavored option but did not buy it. These are the first drink packets that I have seen with Truvia. Very Good! The flavors help me get all my water servings in!

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