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Make 2012 the year you ditch the diets and start living in a healthy way. Try any one of these small, expert-approved tips for big (and healthy) changes.

Drink water with lemon to rev up your metabolism.
1. Jackie Warner: Drink water with lemon: You already know drinking water is good for your overall health, but fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and star of "Personal Training with Jackie: 30 Day Fast Start" Jackie Warner has a tip to take it up a notch in the weight-loss department. She recommends drinking 3 liters of water with lemon each and every day.

"Adding the lemon helps to detoxify the liver and metabolizes fat, so this can speed up metabolism by about 33 percent," Warner says. "That burns about 100 extra calories per day!"

Listen to your hunger.
2. Kathy Smith: Listen to your hunger: Even if you can't fully change your diet for the better, one simple way to lose weight is to eat just a little less. And the easiest way to do that is by listening to your hunger. Kathy Smith, creator of the "Ageless with Kathy Smith" DVD line, says to eat slowly, savor every bite, and pay attention to when you begin to feel full-otherwise you can consume more calories than your body needs at each meal.

"When you get the signal that you've had enough, sprinkle salt on the rest of your plate to avoid nibbling on the leftovers, " Smith says. "Those little bits of calories can add up quickly over the week."

Don't buy diet food.
3. Jennifer Cohen: Don't buy diet food: Jennifer Cohen, Weight Watchers' spokeswoman and author of No Gym Required, warns to not just choose foods because they're marketed as "good for weight loss." Instead, choose what foods you're going to eat based on their nutritional value and health benefits. By eating healthy foods that are rich in nutrients, you're sure to lose weight pretty effortlessly.

"Before you plan a shopping trip or order out, look up the nutritional value of the foods you're considering and ask yourself if your list matches up with your needs and goals," Cohen says.

Eat a salad for lunch every day.
4. Mandy Ingber: Eat a Salad Every Day: Can losing weight be as simple as eating a salad for lunch every day? Mandy Ingber, the creator of Yogalosophy and celebrity yoga instructor to Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Ricki Lake, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt, thinks so.

"Replace your lunchtime meal with a large salad loaded with healthy greens," Ingber says. "If you are a meat-eater, add some lean protein. Load your salad with avocado, nuts, and all sorts of veggies that add color to your meal."

Eat on a schedule.
5. Nicole Nichols: Eat more regularly: In order to lose weight, you should never let yourself get too hungry, says Nicole Nichols, fitness expert and editor for SparkPeople.com, who was recently named America's "Top Personal Trainer to Watch" by ACE and Life Fitness. In fact, waiting too long between meals can encourage overeating later.

"So plan for one to two snacks a day as needed, and you'll likely eat less and avoid binges later," Nichols says.

Start juicing...drinking vegetable juice, that is!
6. Tara Stiles: Start juicing: And by juicing, we mean drinking fresh vegetable juice! Tara Stiles, the founder and owner of Strala yoga studio, personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra, and author of the best-selling book Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, says that juicing is the best thing she ever did for her health.

"Cucumber, kale, carrot, ginger...it is so good for you, gives you so much energy, and actually tastes good!" Stiles says. "The coolest side effect is that I stopped craving sugar and salts! Just like that, without trying. Amazing!"

Always carry almonds with you
7. Kristin McGee: Always keep almonds on hand: We all know what it's like to be out on-the-go, totally hungry with no healthy options in sight. That's why Kristin McGee, a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor whose clients include Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Christine Taylor Stiller, LeAnn Rimes, and Bethenny Frankel, recommends packing an Altoids-sized container of raw almonds with you at all times. A small portion of any raw nut helps to keep your blood sugar stable.

"The perfect portion size of about 22 almonds, 15 cashews, or eight walnut halves will fit in one, and studies have proven that people who eat nuts weigh less and eat less overall," McGee says. "The belly-slimming monounsaturated fats are excellent, and each type of nut has great benefits-walnuts have omega-3s and almonds are high in vitamin E. Plus, a little Altoids tin can fit in a purse pocket anywhere, so there's no excuse!"

Add psyllium and flaxseed into your diet.
8. Jari Love: Add psyllium and flaxseed to your diet: Very rarely do you get advice to add to your diet, but that's exactly what star of the new "Get Extremely Ripped: Revved to the Max" DVD, Jari Love's easy diet secret is. She swears by psyllium seed husks, which are high in belly-filling fiber, and flaxseeds, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, for helping her stay at a healthy weight.

"Take your psyllium husks and flaxseeds, put them both into a Ziploc bag, and shake it up," Love says. "Keep this mixture in the fridge and add a tablespoon to each protein shake you drink throughout the day. This will help to keep you regular and give you those extra nutrients you need."

Add protein to every meal.
9. Andrea Metcalf: Add protein to every meal: Whether it's meat or a vegetarian protein like tofu or beans, Andrea Metcalf, a healthy lifestyle expert and author of Naked Fitness: The Proven 28 Day Weight Loss Program for a Slimmer, Fitter, Pain-Free Body, says that protein at every meal is a must for keeping away those hunger pangs. "Eat protein with each meal to stave off cravings," she says.

Drink alcohol sitting down.
10. Fit Chef Katy Clark: Don't drink alcohol standing up: Here's a simple rule to follow whenever you're at a party or a happy hour: don't stand and sip! That's the advice of Fit Chef Katy Clark from season 7 of Food Network Star. Calories really add up when you're drinking alcohol, so be extra mindful of each drink, she says.

"I found that I grab a drink because that is the expected party behavior, and I use my drink as a buffer and will just take sips to look busy, even though I'm not really enjoying it," she says. "Instead, I drink cocktails and wine during great sit-down, relaxed moments. And at the party, I stand with bubbly water or nothing in my hand so that I can give out better hugs!"

Watch out for carb serving sizes
11. Linda LaRue: Watch your carb serving sizes: While carbohydrates are great for energy, it's easy to eat way too many if you're paying attention. Fitness expert and creator of the total-body core training system The Core Transformer Linda LaRue recommends to keep portions in check-especially when you're eating out.

"Remember that a recommended carbohydrate serving-such as pasta, pizza, bread, or rice-is 1/3 to 1/2 cup. That's the size of a golf ball or mouse," she says. "Most restaurants give you three cups of pasta. That's the equivalent of six carb servings!"

Choose Greek yogurt over other types of yogurt.
12. John Dull and Michele Collier: Choose Greek Yogurt: Everyone thinks of yogurt as a pretty healthy snack choice, but all yogurts are not created equal, say the creators of the "Supreme 90 Day" system John Dull and Michele Collier. In fact, many yogurts-including low-fat varieties-are loaded with sugar.

"A better choice is Greek-style yogurt," they say. "They have more protein per serving and very little sugar. Try adding fresh fruit for an added treat!"

Skip the mayo and choose mustard instead.
13. Dr. Lynn: Swap mustard for mayo: Swapping mustard for mayo is a no-brainer. But using spicy mustard is even better, says Dr. Lynn Anderson. This is because hot spicy mustard amps up the metabolism by creating a heat effect in the body, she says.

"To increase metabolism and curb appetite, drink a glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of hot spicy mustard just before dinner. Not only will you increase your metabolism, but mustard seeds are a good source of antioxidants and omega-3s!"

Ditch the sugary drinks for good.
14. Fred DeVito: Ditch sugary drinks and sodas: Fred DeVito, co-creator of the "Exhale: Core Fusion" DVD series recommends ditching sugary drinks of all kinds-including regular sodas, diet sodas, and high-calorie coffee drinks.

"Eliminate sugary drinks and diet soda, which can trigger your craving for sweets," he says. "These beverages are loaded with unwanted calories."

Experiment with new recipes.
15. Lisa Hubbard: Try new recipes: Who said healthy eating has to be boring or bland? Lisa Hubbard, star of the "Element: Total Body Pilates with Mini Ball" kit, recommends firing up your creative juices in the kitchen by investing in a new cookbook and trying new healthy recipes!

"Pick-up a new cookbook and experiment," Hubbard recommends. "Gear towards weight-loss types of recipes."

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Daily Horoscope: December 19, 2011
As of this evening, nothing much outside of being with the person you adore will matter. Not that it was any different yesterday -- but now it will be all consuming. Enjoy it. This kind of thing doesn't happen often.
Compatibility: Aries
Mood: Joyful
Lucky Color: Rose Pink
Lucky Number: 96
Lucky Time of Day: 11am
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Vegetables (and fruits) are the foundation of my Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, and for good reason - fresh produce is the best source of natural nutrients that can help keep your entire body running smoothly. I recommend every healthy kitchen have the following versatile and flavorful favorites on hand:

1.Onions: This classic, pungent vegetable adds depth and richness to any meal. Allicin, a phytonutrient found in most varieties of onions, may be responsible for its health benefits, including the possible lowering of cholesterol and blood pressure.

2.Garlic: This fragrant bulb contains many of the same phytonutrients as onions, as well as antibiotic and antiviral compounds. It may help boost the immune system, prevent colds, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and fight fungal or yeast infections.

3.Spinach: This dark leafy green (and others like it, such as kale and collards) contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Spinach is also a source of calcium and folate, a B vitamin that helps to prevent birth defects. Buy organic spinach, since pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties.

4.Cabbage: This low-cost yet highly nutritious cruciferous vegetable contains nutrients called indoles, which may protect against both breast and prostate cancer. It also provides significant amounts of fiber and vitamin C.

5.Sweet potatoes: Rich in beta carotene, these vegetables may help boost the immune system, deliver vitamin C and folate (which may reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent certain birth defects), and are low on the glycemic index and glycemic load charts.
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Hunting for apartment complexes is pretty much over. My short list is down to five. 3 are in Antioch, 2 in Murfreesboro. All are between 750-765. All are over 1000 sq feet, 2 bedroom/2 bath.

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So, as you can see, no matter where I land I am still a hell of a lot closer to work than the 57 miles I currently am. Antioch is not known to be the best area but then Murefreesboro has a rep too. Lots of pros to all the complexes & really no negatives to any.
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I hate this new thing LJ has started. I have never linked my LJ to my FB and never will.

Also, I will NEVER click that damn button to link a comment I have made to anyone's post onto FB.

I believe in the privacy of others. I hope my friends believe the same thing because LJ is my venting ground. A place where I can allow some of my more explicit escapades to be voiced. A place where I can express the deep pain I feel over losses. It is nobody elses business other than those people I CHOSE to let know. Please show the same respect in kind.

>rant end
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We had this for dinner tonight. Liz found the recipe on FoodTV.com. We did more of the Richard Simmons version using whole wheat pasta & turkey sausage. We didnt have sage so we used Poultry seasoning. Also we used a parmesan/asiago/romana/mozzarella/provalone cheese blend. Instead of individual crocks it was made cassarole style. We also used a 15oz can of pumpkin with maybe 1/3 cup of cream. Quite the epic win and so healthy.

Pumpkin Baked Ziti
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2008
Prep Time: 20 min Inactive Prep Time: -- Cook Time: 1 hr 0 min Level:
Easy Serves:
8 servings Ingredients
Butter, for greasing
1 pound sweet Italian sausage (1 pound turkey sausage, for Richard Simons' version)
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons oil
1 (15-ounces) can pumpkin puree
1 cup chicken stock
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup heavy cream (omit ingredient for Richard Simons' version)
1 pound ziti pasta, cooked (1 pound whole wheat ziti, for Richard Simmons' version)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (1/4 cup Parmesan, for Richard Simmons' version)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter (8) 8-ounce ramekins.

Cook sausage in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered about 8 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and set aside. Discard any fat from the skillet in excess of 2 tablespoons.

Add onion, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and oil to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally until soft; about 3 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree, chicken stock and sage. Mix together and add salt. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in cream and sausage. Simmer until the sauce comes together and is thickened slightly.

Add cooked pasta and parsley to the skillet and gently toss all the ingredients together to coat. Divide the rigatoni mixture between the 8 prepared ramekins. Sprinkle the tops of each ramekin with Parmesan cheese and bake for 35 minutes until the topping is golden brown.

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By Jennifer Gruenemay, Special to Lifescript
Published September 25, 2009

1. Deferring authority.

“Don’t ask your child what he’d like to eat,” Dietz advises. They’ll say “gummy worms” or “ice cream.”
Instead, tell them what’s on the menu and that there will be no substitutions.

2. Offering too many choices.

Making hot dogs for one kid, mac ‘n’ cheese for another and a “grown-up” meal for Mom and Dad will drive a home cook crazy.
“Parents shouldn’t be running short-order restaurants,” Cooper says. Plan one menu for the entire family.
But ask your children for their opinion. Broccoli or green beans? Or serve them both.
“Offering two or three choices of a fruit or vegetable encourages kids to try at least one of them,” says Baby Bistro author Schmidt.

3. Not setting limits.

The worst thing for a child is not knowing the limits or having ones that constantly change, Dietz says.
Every kid needs boundaries, so stand your ground when it comes to what your child eats. If on Monday you proclaim “no fast food,” don’t go to Burger King on Friday. It sends mixed messages and kids quickly pick up on that ambiguity.
Also, don’t set limits you can’t — and shouldn't — keep, like banning all foods with sugar. There’s just no way around a little sweet stuff in a kid’s life — and there shouldn’t have to be.
Experts agree: “Everything in moderation.”

4. Underestimating kids’ willingness to eat an assortment.

“One mistake parents make is not exposing [their kids] to a wide variety of foods and flavors from an early age,” Tringali Piho says.
Start small and build on each success. Forgo the white-bread PB&J; offer up cucumber and hummus on whole wheat instead. Your kid’s taste buds might surprise you both.
Also, make learning about new chow a game. Let your children discover a new food – through books, the Internet or from friends. Then help them prepare it.
“Kids love to be hands-on with everything they’re learning,” Schmidt says. The more they’re involved, the more likely they are to eat happily.

5. Worrying they’ll go to bed hungry.

Hunger can be a persuasive learning tool. Next time your children refuse to eat what you’ve prepared, tell them: “The choices are to eat it now, later or nothing at all,” Schmidt says.
“Unless children learn that they’ll be hungry if they don't eat, they won't learn to eat what’s offered,” Dietz says.
If your children push away the food, be matter-of-fact about it, he says. Simply put the plate aside, so they can eat it later.
This may be harder on parents. It’s never fun to watch your children cry and scream. And you don’t want them to go to bed hungry.

6. Making excuses for their eating habits.

“If kids are labeled as picky, they’ll act that way,” Schmidt says.
Instead, be persistent. Offer up the despised foods as many times and in as many forms as possible. Broccoli hater? Try it steamed, roasted, baked in a quiche, chopped up with a low-fat dip or served with veggie sticks.

7. Worrying that they’re not eating enough.

When a child has consumed only three graham crackers all day, it can drive a parent to force them to eat.
The strategy will backfire, Dietz says.
“There’s no quicker way to get a child not to eat than by forcing him or her to eat,” he says.
Even if your child has barely touched food all day, don’t worry.
“Children regulate their nutrition intake surprisingly well,” Schmidt says.
They learn to recognize their natural hunger and satiety cues. “Forcing them to eat destroys these healthy instincts.”
Children go through natural periods of eating very little or eating more than you’d expect. It’s normal and linked to their growth cycles. But if you’re concerned, talk to your pediatrician about whether a multivitamin will provide the nutrition they need.

8. Always disguising healthy foods.

Would you recognize zucchini if it showed up only in muffins or cookies? Sneaking extra veggies into prepared products isn’t bad, but it’s important to offer them in their natural state too.
“If we keep those green veggies under wraps all the time, children will never choose them in their true [form],” Schmidt says.
Get to the root of the situation – literally.
“If we want to change children’s relationship to food, we have to get kids involved in cooking, gardening and grocery shopping," Cooper says.
Grow veggies in a garden pot or plot. Or go to a nearby you-pick-it farm. When children see where food comes from and help get it from farm to table, they’ll appreciate it more.
It helps instill a sense of ownership in what they’re eating – “I picked that strawberry!” or “I grew that tomato!”

9. Offering rewards or bribes for eating.

Bribery is another trick nearly every parent uses – but shouldn’t.
“Don’t reward children for eating foods they don’t like by giving them junk foods,” Dietz says. That means not dishing out ice cream because they’ve finished the spinach.
Sure, you’re enticing kids to eat the good stuff, but it will just make mealtime more difficult for you. Before long, they’ll be bribing you with, “I’ll only eat it if I can have a sno-cone!”

10. Giving up too soon.

“Parents need to repeatedly introduce new food before accepting that their child doesn’t like it,” Dietz says.
A scrunched-up face or barfing noise doesn’t mean game over.
“It takes eight to 15 times for a child to accept a new food,” Schmidt says.
Most parents give up after two or three tries.
Vary your approach and be creative with presentation, Schmidt suggests. Cut foods into fun shapes (like zucchini stars), make mini versions of their favorites or call foods by nicknames.

Finally, don’t expect good eating habits to be a piece of cake.
“‘Success’ is not defined as ‘no conflict,’” Tringali Piho says. “No one ever said it will be easy!”
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Went on an unfriending binge tonight & removed everyone from my F list. Nobody did anything to hurt me or offend me. Just generally feeling antisocial in the extreme. How can I expect anyone to understand me when I am beyond understanding myself anymore. All I know is I miss Drayke. I am consumed by grief and it is not getting better.
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This is near & dear to my heart. I am all but fanatical since Drayke's birth and even more so since his death was caused by Type 1 flu. I have the bad feeling this flu pandemic is going to hit our littlest ones the hardest. Please take the time to take preventative measures.

The recent outbreak of swine flu has many people wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their families against this virus. Here are five simple precautionary measures from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

1.Clean your hands often. Use soap and hot water and wash for at least 20 seconds — that’s about the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (The CDC recommends sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration).
2.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth — these are easiest paths for the virus to invade your body.
3.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away immediately after use, and then clean your hands. If a tissue is not immediately available, cough into your sleeve or elbow, NOT into your hands. (If you cough or sneeze into your hands, you can transfer the virus to the surfaces you touch, potentially exposing those who touch the same surfaces after you.)
4.Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
5.If you do become ill, stay at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
If you have children, be sure to take the time to teach them these healthy habits. Good hygiene is one the best weapons we have to limit the spread of the flu, so stay clean to stay healthy!
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Last time to pimp for the MoD walk set for next weekend. Just click on the March for Babies link. Just $5 from each person on my friends list would bring in $175 that goes to research.

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C'mon gang! I know you all love to donate to breast cancer but dont forget the reason for da boobs...da babies! Please sponsor Team Drayke.

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Big thank you to the LJ BSG community I am on for the heads-up on this --


Yes, eleven minutes longer than we thought.. So set your DVRs, anticipate the extra time, spread the word!

This has been confirmed with several cable providers.
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I removed everyone that is on my Facebook that is also on my LJ. The two, for me, must be separate. I am having enormous trust issues. Hell, for all I know I will be getting kicked out of the house tonight and with just cause.
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