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Eat more slowly, move more quickly!

Eating slowly helps us to think about what we are eating so that we can concentrate on tastes, textures and temperatures of food and start to recognise when we are full. The faster we move the more calories we burn and the better value we get from our fitness minutes.

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Keep track of your tracking!

Using the SP 'reports' feature is a great way to check the balance of your nutritional and activity tracking. It's on the Start page near the top just under the H of Your Health. If you track your nutrition and activity it gives a lot of really helpful information in graphs and charts.

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The scale is just a tool....

.... and weight is just a measure. You can't control your metabolism directly but using Sparkpeople's recommended ranges and tracking the calories that you eat and the calories that you burn are the best ways to get the results that you want. Taking care of tracking is the surest way to manage your...

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Chocolate as medication!

Small daily amounts of delicious dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure! See the article at:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_news_detail.asp?health_day=642049

Try a square of Lindt 85% or 90% - for medicinal purposes!

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Food as fuel

Eating 5 or 6 small / medium meals a day is like putting coal in a stove regularly to keep a fire burning steadily. This is much better than skipping meals or having one big meal a day. Your fire will go out if let it run down and you will smother it if you overload the stove with coal at any time.

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Avoid overfilling your stomach

Visualise your stomach as a container that you are filling with food and drink. Imagine that it is the size of a large grapefruit and that you don't want to stretch its skin too far by over-filling it. You could even put a grapefruit on the table when you eat to remind you.

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Understand food industry tricks & food addiction

Research shows that some food manufacturers combine fat, sugar and salt to stimulate ‘reward centres’ in the brain, causing addiction just as tobacco does. We then crave these foods and can't stop eating them even when we're full. Sound familiar?

Google “bliss point food” for more information...

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You are never too busy to exercise

“What fits into your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?” Randy Glasbergen, Cartoonist

I wear a pedometer and do at least 10000 steps every day. I add steps throughout the day, pacing about and marching on the spot whenever I can fit it in. It all ad...

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Keep an eye on medication levels as you lose weight

I began to feel light-headed and faint sometimes after losing weight although I was eating and exercising in the recommended ranges. In fact, my improved health meant that I was over-medicated and my doctor reduced my prescribed medication to my new weight and metabolism. Great news!!

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Responsibility, serenity and change

This adaptation of the Serenity Prayer is a good reminder to take responsibility for your own body and health and not to be put off by other people's negativity: "Grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can and the wisdom to know it's me."

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