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Add nuts to salads

When I compose a salad as a complete meal, I usually use mixed greens, cuke, carrot sticks, tomato and some protein, such as a few ounces of shredded chicken or poached salmon. For contrast of taste and texture, I also throw in a spoon or two of chopped peanuts or chopped, spicy pecans. When I crunch on a bit of the nut in every second or third bite, bliss. It makes the salad special, substantial and satisfying.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 12/24/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Chicken breasts and balsamic vinegar

This is cooking ahead for the week the simplest way. Take skinned, boned chicken breasts, place in a single layer in a large skillet or baking pan, douse generously with balsamic and sprinkle with an herb of your choice. Cover and cook at medium heat on the stove or in the oven, turning once or twice for color. The vinegar seems to lengthen their 'life span.' Use whole or cut up as you choose in salads, as the main protein on a dinner plate or for snacking. The tanginess won't overwhelm other flavors.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 12/9/2010 in Cooking | 7 Comments
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Track your food when you are off track

It's at least as important to track when not following your plan as when you are. Keeping records gives you the nudge to get back in gear and teaches you something about your moods and whatever else derails you. The information can help you take better control. I posted an earlier secret suggesting adding to your food favorites items that will immediately flag bumps in the road, both big and small. For example: Slept late; Skipped meal; Low mood; Ate too late.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 11/30/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 6 Comments
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Track your schedule and emotions on the Nutrition Tracker

A Spark friend added to her "favorites" non-food items to make the nutrition tracker more useful, e.g., "Skipped Meal," "Boredom." The system enters zeroes for nutrients, etc. She enters together her foods and moods for the day for an at-a-glance overview. I took it a small step further. I begin each non-food listing with "Note" so that I don't have to remember all of them or hunt through my "favorites" list: The notes are alphabetized together.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 11/5/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 6 Comments
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Polaner Sugar Free Preserves with Fiber

I had hopes for this apricot, real-thing substitute sweetened with sucralose (Splenda), but it has an unpleasant aftertaste. The 'during' taste isn't great, either, nor is the gummy/pasty consistency. I'll stick with real preserves--a tablespoon now and then won't do damage.
P.S. I bought the raspberry 'preserves' at the same time. (They were on sale, so I've learned never to buy more of one thing I'd never tasted. But better to throw out $4 worth than $7.) It, too, is a wretched affair.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 10/30/2010 in Product Reviews | 6 Comments
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Halloween candy, uh-oh

When at the store to buy candy for trick-or-treaters, take only the ones that you dislike.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 10/21/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Papetti Quick Eggs

Because these yellow-colored egg whites are seasoned, they taste so much more like whole eggs than other yolk-free, commercial products. I found it at Trader Joe's and don't know if mainstream markets carry it; my store doesn't. Find it in the dairy case in pints.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 8/15/2010 in Product Reviews | 1 Comment
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A few fat-free dressings double as marinades

Kraft Free Thousand Island dressing is terrific, with no artificial, unpleasant taste.....Trader Joe's FF Balsamic Vinaigrette and FF Sesame-Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette are wonderful dressings and marinades.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 8/3/2010 in Product Reviews | 2 Comments
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If you must overeat, overeat the right things.

I overate thru March and was sure I would see no loss at the end of the month. I was thrilled to see a five-pound drop. I credit the fact that I'd eaten "too much" of the good things and no junk. The surprise loss also motivated me to resume good food habits and to start exercising, which I hadn't done.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 4/6/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Don't stop for red lights

If you run or walk along city streets, don't stop to wait for red lights or walk/don't walk signs. Weave back and forth across the avenues or side streets. Keep moving shoelace fashion to keep your rhythm and heart rate steady, never having to stop or slow down.
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- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 4/2/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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