If any of you hit upon some practical solutions to life’s problems, it may be time for you to write them down for sharing in a book. One daughter, Janice, struggled with her weight while observing that skinny-genes older sister, Marla, ate donuts. (Well, not all the time.) Sons Jeff, John, and Ted and my husband are trim, athletic men. So, the two of us, Janice and I, decided to get healthfully thin. As we figured it out, we came up with seven secrets to weight loss. After achieving our goal weights, we have maintained them. Yesterday while shopping at the mall, I took note of food I used to eat and what I’ve replaced them with. For instance, I avoid typical fast food shakes that have as many calories as a hundred gummy bears. Now I wait until I get home and make a purple passion smoothie: having already sliced a banana and placed it in the freezer, I put it in a blender with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup light Tropicana orange juice. It’s the best. I also avoid bagels with full fat cream cheese. The scant protein in cream cheese is not worth the calories, and a bagel is dense empty carbs. A typical smoked turkey breast sandwich on country white bread has as much sodium as 15 small orders of fast food fries. Some packaged turkeyis better than others– Applegate Farms Natural Roasted Turkey Breast is a good product, and I make a wrap with it at home. Look for products labeled low sodium.
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