Carolyn Magner

Good choice, bad choice: Burger King Breakfast

Eating a good breakfast is the best way to start the day.  Burger King offers a wide variety of choices, some way better than others.  We love their French toast sticks dunked in syrup (25g of sugar!) but there are better options.  Hint: Anytime a fast food restaurant uses these words; “ultimate, enormous, double, triple or decadent,” you can skip right past that item! Bad choice BK Ultimate Breakfast Platter (Eggs, hash browns, sausage, biscuit, pancakes) Calories: 1,310 Fat: 72 ...

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Chocolate cravings

Treat yourself to small amounts (a piece the size of postage stamp) of dark chocolate, at least 70 percent cacao, when you feel the urge to splurge.  Dark chocolate is better for you and will satisfy the sweet and salty cravings.

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The truth hurts

Dear Carolyn, Why are you always so sarcastic? Don’t you worry about what people will think? Penelope Dear Penelope, I don’t worry too much about what people think since they don’t do it very often. Besides, as your wingman, I have to tell the truth. Sometimes that may seem harsh and sometimes the humor may sting. The reality is, most people who ask me what to do already know what to do. They need someone to confirm their choices ...

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Limit sweets

Hide your stash of sweets in an inconvenient place like your garage or back of the truck. The less accessible the treat, the better the chance of resistance!

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Ice water

Drinking ice water with your meal helps you feel fuller and order less food. Order extra ice with your drink and you will burn more calories.

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Protein snacks

Heat a high protein snack like string cheese or yogurt within 45 minutes after working out. It helps your muscles rebuild and helps burn calories.

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Preventing colds

Throw away your toothbrush and get a new one after a bad cold or flu. Use disposable cups and paper towels to help prevent spreading the infection to family members.

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Health Product: Seasonal Affective Disorder Light Box

Philips goLITE BLU Plus Light Therapy Device Price: $147.99 http://www.amazon.com/Philips-goLITE-BLU-Therapy-Device/dp/B001I45XL8 We used to call them the winter blues – now they call it seasonal affective disorder.  The lack of can make you feel depressed, listless, and low in energy. Luckily, there’s a relatively simple treatment. The Philips goLITE BLU Plus energy light is clinically proven to naturally boost your mood and energy and fight winter blues in as little as 15 minutes a day. Featuring breakthrough Bluewave technology, ...

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Sniff and feel better

Scents like lemons, basil, juniper and lavender are found to lower stress and reduce the flight or fight stress responses.  When you are feeling tense, sniff a lemon for some relief.

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Buyer's remorse

Dear Carolyn, My wife has changed since we got married. When we were dating she was funny, kind and a blast to hang out with. Now, all she does is complain about how I don't do what she wants me to do. I feel like I got the bad end of the stick in this deal. We got married after only two months of dating and everyone loves to tell me they told me so. What do ...

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