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Easy Way to Eight Cups of H2O

Here's how I always get my eight cups of water in with ease.

Morning (2 cups): Keep a 16 oz. water bottle (most brands are near this) at your bathroom sink where you get ready. I drink a full bottle then with my Rx pills.

Lunch (2 cups): Before you eat! This helps fill your tummy a lit...

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Oh That Nighttime Snack

A nighttime snack isn’t always harmful, but if you understand the reasons behind late-night eating and then modify your diet accordingly, chances are your midnight cravings will be reduced or eliminated, and weight loss can move full steam ahead.

Simple as it seems, many people overeat in the...

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Some Foods That Aren't As Healthy As They Seem

By Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl - Reviewed by a board-certified physician. Updated June 17, 2016


Some foods have what's known as a health halo—they seem like smart choices, but in reality, they're not. I call them food fakers! Here are a few of my favorite examples.

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

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UP or Down: It's Your Choice to be Happy or Not by Pam Young

Up or Down It’s Your Choice to be Happy or Not by Pam Young

Maybe the guy who invented the thermostat got the idea from his own emotional meter. Instead of temperatures imagine words on a meter with emotions like miserable, overwhelmed, worried, desperate, optimistic, hopeful, happy, and blis...

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Getting Active Can Reduce Depressive Symptoms

Research has shown that getting active can reduce depression symptoms. Here's how to add an exercise program to your treatment plan.
If you have been diagnosed with depression, you may be following the traditional depression treatment of antidepressant medications and therapy.

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

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Bouncing Back After A Binge

Now that you downed that whole sleeve of cookies or bag of chips—or both—you may feel as though spending the rest of your days in a pair of sweatpants is a solid life plan. They’re so roomy. So cozy. So stretchy. And best of all, they perfectly hide your food baby. While a life in elastic pants may ...

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Does Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight? (by Lisa Lillien aka Hungry Girl)

Cinnamon has been used in the medical arena for thousands of years. Europeans in the Middle Ages mixed cinnamon with meat as a preservative and sixth-century Greeks prescribed cinnamon to help with indigestion and other ailments. But today we're talking about the popular claims regarding cinnamon as...

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!!...

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