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No more processed foods!

I shop the outer isles of the grocery store and stay away from pre-packaged foods. If it has more than a few ingredients, I stay away. This includes bread too! I don't even want it in my house. The healthier foods are the whole foods and nothing that comes pre-packaged as a meal. This includes those "diet frozen dinners", too! You know the ones. Those processed foods have so much sodium! So who the heck wants to retain water? Grill your own veggies and protein and enjoy non-processed food! emoticon

- Submitted by AMIE0823 4/26/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating enough freggies!

I try to eat 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies with every meal. If I do this, I will have consumed 10+ servings of fruits and vegetables by the end of the day. And I always make sure I have a variety of fruits and vegetables, and a variety of color!

- Submitted by KRISTEN_SAYS 6/10/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Portioned lunches

Every week I use 1 cup and 2 cup glass bowls with lids to set up lunches and snacks for the week. When I cook dinner I do not put the leftovers in a big bowl to be forgotten, I measure an appropriate lunch time amount and put in a glass bowl with a strong sealed lid.

- Submitted by MRS_PALMER 4/26/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Plan your menu around your schedule

I plan my weekly menu around my schedule to curb the urge to eat out. On days that I know I'll have something else to do during the time that I'm normally cooking (ex. on day's my daughter has dance until 5:30) I plan a slow cooker meal so that I know dinner will be ready when we get home and I'm not tempted to stop somewhere. On the days I know I probably just won't feel like cooking (usually Friday or Saturday) I plan something that can be prepared in under 20 minutes.

- Submitted by THINAGAINJENN 2/7/2012 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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Too busy to think? Plan NOW for TOMORROW.

If I don't plan ahead I just seem to do whatever I "feel" like, which often doesn't equal ANYTHING on my goal list.

Attempting to plan for tomorrow, today, seems to help me out quite a bit. So when I don't have time to think- I don't HAVE to. Days don't always go according to "plan", but I stick a LOT closer to my goals than without a plan. At least I'll be thinking about my goals!

Sometimes without a plan, I waste so much time THINKING about what to do that I end up not having time to DO it.

- Submitted by COCOONED1 10/28/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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fill fuller

i drink one 8 oz glass of water before I put any food in my mouth. Makes me fill fuller quicker and I notice I am not hungry after eating my small meals or snacks. I never get headaches anymore ( dehydration is the number one reason for headaches) and I don't get thirsty anymore either ( which is your bodies way of telling you are already dehydrated) Water is a huge help for many things!!

- Submitted by KANDIGREGORY 10/6/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Real food for traveling

If you are going on a trip and need some healthy food to keep you going, sometimes trail mix and fruit won't cut it. I found a company called Go Picnic (they are online too) which makes organic (even vegan) lunchables for adults!
You can get all your macronutrients (over 20g protein in some meals) plus a little game like soduku. And it is all recyclable, reusable and doesn't need to be refrigerated! For $3-5 a meal, it is totally worth it.

- Submitted by AUBRAZILLA 7/19/2011 in Staying Healthy | 3 Comments
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Don't throw out those veggies yet!

I buy lot's of produce and sometimes I can't always finish it. Instead of wasting it. I now take veggies that are near expiring and toss them into a food processor. I use the mixture to pep up boring foods. Use in your meatloaf mixture, hide in meatballs and pasta sauces. I even toss with mayo and tuna for a tasty sandwich. My kids haven't even noticed!
Also close to expiring Fruit goes into smoothies, or homemade ice cream.
Anything that's not fit to eat goes into the compost pile!

- Submitted by MRSSCARY 7/17/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Use other hand to eat a meal.

When I want to enjoy my meal and I want to make it last, I usually eat with my other hand. I slows me down so I don't shovel down the meal in 5 minutes plus it fills me up when I take a long time to eat. I don't know, it works for me!!

- Submitted by CAROLINATREKKIE 6/10/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Prep fresh ingredients for easy healthy snacks

When I come home from the grocery store I immediately prep all my fruits so that I can have them for healthy snacks and smoothies (melon, strawberries, mangos, etc.). I will cut up all fruits that won't oxidize...even oranges...because sometimes the effort to peel an orange seems too much on a busy day. I put them in both big bowls and 8-oz bowls to take to work. Prep like this helps me save money too because I don't waste half-eaten produce, like melons.

- Submitted by CAKKIEREE 3/23/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Plan Ahead

I use my myfitnesspal app on my droid to plan my meals a day ahead. I do it right before I go to bed so that I know exactly how long my breakfast will take to prepare and how long my lunch will take to pack. It also helps me keep from veering off track during the day.

- Submitted by COURTNEYPAIGE1 2/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Planning Meals

Every weekend I plan what my week will look like with my meals. I track them ahead of time and then use the sparkpeople tool to print out a grocery list. It's so handy. I find that when I do that I focus on just what I need when I go grocery shopping so I don't even get a chance to purchase something that may sabotage my efforts.

- Submitted by BIONICMONARCH 1/22/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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Trick yourself with size & colors!

Did you know that the colors red, orange & yellow can actually make you desire to eat something? On the other hand, the color blue can suppress your appetite. Size also has a lot to do with perspective. If you fix & eat your meal off of a small plate, you feel like you are eating more than if you put it on a large plate. Soooo,,, eating your meals off of small, blue plates can trick your mind into thinking you're eating more than you are!

- Submitted by FIREFLYBRIDE 1/11/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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A Succesful Plan

Take things one healthy meal, one exercise and one positive day at a time and always believe in yourself that you WILL reach your goal.

- Submitted by IUHRYTR 12/2/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Like to snack? Set the time of your next meal or snack and don't eat before then

I am one who is often hungry and needs a snack every 2.5-3 hours. To make sure I don't eat more often than that by habit, I set an alarm to the next time I can or should eat, and make sure not to eat before the alarm rings. So if I have lunch at noon, I will set the alarm on my phone to ring at 3pm. Then and only then am I allowed my snack, NOT before! This has actually helped me control my cravings and the number of times I eat per day!
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- Submitted by RUDBEKIA 11/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Grocery Lists

I go grocery shopping once or twice/month. Before shopping, I pull up SparkPeople's suggested menu. I pick the items off of that list that I would like to eat and write down the ingredients. Then I pick one to two recipesto try and write down those ingredients. I also pick one reward food (popsicles, low-fat cookies, etc...). Before grocery shopping, I make sure to eat something (a snack or meal) so I'm not tempted to crave foods when I'm shopping.

- Submitted by RED133332 11/16/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Log your calories using the Spark Nutrition Tracker

I implore everyone to keep track of all their meals during the day. Not only does it help to see where you are in terms of calories, but you can also monitor your fat, carb, and protein consumption.

- Submitted by CHANGE_4_LIFE 11/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Veggies incognito

I sneak in extra servings of vitamin packed veggie like squash in to my families meals by adding shredded up and/or purees to the dishes I cook.

- Submitted by KINDRED2U 9/21/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Meals in a Snap!

As a professional organizer, more people I work with are frustrated by meal-time rush. With September upon us, try these tips to always have meals on hand!
* Pack a week's worth of sandwiches on Saturday and freeze. Simply grab one each morning - it will be defrosted and delicious by lunch!
* Cook more than one meal at a time. Having stew? Make enough for 6 meals, eat one for dinner and divide the rest into 5 large freezer bags. Five 'big cooks' like this makes 30 freezer meals!

- Submitted by LUCYLOLLIPOP 8/22/2010 in Organization | 2 Comments
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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.

- Submitted by WALKINGANNIE 8/10/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eat Constantly

Eat several times during the day instead of breakfast, lunch, dinner. If you plan for five smaller meals instead of three bigger ones, you'll feel full all the time - in fact, you might need to make yourself eat because you won't be hungry yet. But it definitely busts those plateaus!

- Submitted by PERIDRAGON 8/7/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 5 Comments
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Drink 1 glass of water before you eat your main meals.

If you drink a glass of water befor your main meals it fills you up and little also drink water with your meals!

- Submitted by REBECCALOUISE91 7/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Planning your meals

I typically plan my meals on the weekend for the coming week before going to the grocery store. When I looked at the food I already had in the freezer and pantry, I realized that I didn't need to go to the store. I have plenty for the week. "Shopping" what you already have saves money!

- Submitted by STORMTMB 7/19/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Eat/Plan Your Meals

Strive to eat breakfast, pack your lunch, and cook dinner. Avoid buying (unless you already what you are going to get) - It's cheaper and healthier. Look up recipes and make big batches of healthy meals. Divide them into reasonable portions so they are ready for eating throughout the week.

- Submitted by SILVERVANILLA84 7/15/2010 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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How often do you hear: "What's For Dinner?!?"

Every Saturday night, I make my husband sit down with me and create a 'Dinner Menu' for the week. I make dinners according to the schedule and we're never sitting there wondering 'What'd you want for dinner???' I allow myself one night off from cooking dinner. I call it 'WHATEVER WEDNESDAY!"

- Submitted by TJKILBORN 7/12/2010 in Organization | 0 Comments
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