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Olive Oil Is Good For Ulcers & Your Heart

Researchers in Seville, Spain found that the healthy phenolic compounds in virgin olive oil have a strong antibacterial effect, so incorporating virgin olive oil into your diet may help treat or prevent painful stomach ulcers. Olive oil is also good for your heart. It offers significant protection for your heart against disease.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 1/18/2012 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment
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Easy Peasy Organize

SAVE clear plastic jars... esp the big ones from BJ's and other warehouse stores. Use for storage. We have various size jars with adhesive tape, pet supplies, pens, small toys, xtra spices, batteries, play jewelry in EVERY room of the house. Dust free, water & pest resistant, easy to find and look nice when lined up together on a shelf. Eliminate furniture, gain floor space. Win Win. Ask friends who work at day care, church etc to save containers. Easy peasy when its time to move or declutter.

- Submitted by JACEYLEE 7/2/2012 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Do I Keep this Outfit?

Sometimes an outfit stays in my closet for a long time because I can't decide if I still like it or not, so I have adopted a new method. Now, if I can't decide I wear the item(s) at the next available opportunity, and ask myself how I feel wearing it. If I don't love the way I feel , it goes straight in my donate box.

- Submitted by JOYFULROAD 8/20/2012 in Organization | 3 Comments
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Using a Timer

My very favorite way to stay on top of clutter or get myself to work on a task I'd rather not is to use a timer. I set it for 15 min. & see how much I can get done during that time. After it goes off, I can either do it again or often do something else for 15 min that is more fun & then repeat again. It works!

- Submitted by BOOERDEM 10/28/2012 in Organization | 3 Comments
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Courage

By logging in today, you've given yourself a gift. You've been brave. Give yourself the credit you deserve for putting yourself first and taking the risk to try again.

- Submitted by BELOVE2013 10/3/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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Better Way to Ice Your Knee (or whatever needs ice)

I just read yet another article that suggests icing your knee with ice or vegetables. My husband and I filled sandwich bag that seals with liquid dish detergent. We then put this bag in a second bag and tossed it in the freezer. It won't freeze solid and can be molded around the painful area. I wrapped it in a kitchen hand-towel and it formed perfectly around my knee. More comfortable than ice cubes or rolling around peas.

- Submitted by SRCECIL 9/25/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments
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Keep Coming Back

Most of us are going to fall off the wagon at some point. We may even get to the point to where we stop logging in because we don't want to admit that we're not taking the little steps to succeed. This site will always be here. There's always an opportunity to reset. As long as we keep coming back there continues to be an opportunity to reach our goals.

- Submitted by DOG_MOM 1/22/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 8 Comments
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Just got to get back on track

Wear a hair elastic around your wrist and every time you think a negative thought about your body or self just snap it (lightly). This way you can gauge how often you unnecessarily criticize yourself. This is for self awareness. I'm now considering buying a necklace with an anchor to hold throughout the day to remind myself to keep my balance and think uplifting / motivating thoughts about my body. Remember, you are what you predominately think so tip the scale in the positive direction!

- Submitted by LMARUSKA 3/22/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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It takes several attempts for a life change to "stick"

I read somewhere that on average it takes 5 to 7 attempts to quit smoking or break a substance addiction before it "sticks". I think that making the choice to break unhealthy eating habits is no different. If you keep trying, you WILL find the approach that works best for you. Each attempt lays the groundwork for the next one. I don't think of it as failure, but practice.

- Submitted by TRINITYROYAL 4/9/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 9 Comments
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Pay yourself first

I follow the money saving rules for exercise. Serious savers set a (realistic) goal, and set this aside first, before paying any other bills. I have to do the same when setting aside time for exercise or my busy life will mean that I have no time left. emoticon

- Submitted by PETKAT01 8/2/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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