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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.

- Submitted by NO_SNOW_BODY 5/27/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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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. Yogurt with 1/2 banana sliced. ..or

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 12/20/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment
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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 enjoy using it as much as me? emoticon

- Submitted by PLUSNOMORE5 7/21/2011 in Product Reviews | 10 Comments
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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.

- Submitted by GODSBEST 7/19/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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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 tbl of margarine and a tbl of splenda brown sugar sprinkled over the top. bake the same amount of time,stir and enjoy!!

- Submitted by MAMAKBBV 7/13/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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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 into greek yogurt!

- Submitted by KCHRISTY6 6/28/2011 in Product Reviews | 7 Comments
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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 .

- Submitted by GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/6/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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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 treats, although the jello seems to be seasonal. Hope they bring it out soon! It's so hot here and would be great for the holiday weekend.

- Submitted by CBMOMOF3 6/28/2011 in Product Reviews | 3 Comments
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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 for not giving into temptation. emoticon

- Submitted by EPATTEN79 6/29/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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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!

- Submitted by STORMYZCAT 6/23/2011 in Product Reviews | 1 Comment
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