Extra Gum’s Simple Swaps Challenge & a Giveaway (#simpleswaps)


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It’s hard to believe it is already the third month of 2013.  All those New Year Resolutions might be ancient history to many of us by now:)  But even if you have slipped or given up all together it isn’t too late to start taking some positive steps in your life.  The best way to make changes is with a simple swap.  For instance if have a tendency to park your car as close to a store as possible, consider parking further way to get a little mini workout while running errands.  We all live busy lives and it is those little things that an help make the difference.

Another idea to help diminish snacking on less than ideal items is to replace this unhealthy snack with a stick of gum.  Of course, it has to be tasty, delicious gum.  If sweets are your thing, Extra has a selection of dessert inspired packs- Dessert Delights.


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Of course there are so many different swap ideas that are possible.  I have started to personally swap out my nonexistent breakfast with a bowl of oatmeal.  Yes, I’m busy.  But seriously, I do have time for the one minutes and twenty seconds it takes to zap some instant oatmeal in the microwave for breakfast.

Extra has partnered with Melissa Rycroft, recent Dancing With the Stars: All Stars winner, to host a panel of health & wellness experts on behalf of Extra gum.  Check out her swaps.

Check out the Extra Simple Swaps YouTube channel for the full video selection with various experts.

So how about you?  What kind of swap can you make for a healthier life?  It doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult.  A simple swap is all it takes!

To help motivate all Mama Report readers to make a Simple Swap in their life, I have an Extra Gum prize pack!

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One winner will receive an Extra Gum reusable tote bag that includes a month’s supply of Extra gum and a journal for daily tracking!

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Please use the Rafflecopter entry method provided.

Please note this contest is available to U.S. residents only.

The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner has 48 hours (2 days) to respond. If the winner’s email is incorrect or they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. If a winner is selected, and their entries are found to be fraudulent, they are automatically removed from the list and another winner will be selected.

The winner will be announced on this page.


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I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.


  1. A simple swap I can make is walking my kids to school instead of driving them to school.

  2. A simple swap would be taking the stairs to my classes instead of the elevator!

  3. a simple swap would be walking on a nice warn spring day

  4. I can swap soda for iced tea 🙂

  5. soha molina says

    swap cookies for fruit

  6. Lori Childs says

    I could swap stress caused eating with a piece of Extra gum…we love the brand 🙂

  7. stairs instead of elevator
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  8. Katherine says

    Oranges for orange juice

  9. Leanna H says

    2% milk in my coffee instead of cream.

  10. Margaret Smith says

    I can swap cake or cookies for sugar free jello

  11. I swap 100 calorie popcorn bags for those cookie I’ve been eying.

  12. steve weber says

    swap soda for water.

  13. Megan Parsons says

    I could use less sugar in my tea

  14. Karen Glatt says

    I have swapped my chips and dip for veges with a healthy hummus dip instead!

  15. I can swap real syrup for fake.
    Thanks for the chance.

  16. Jennifer B says

    swap tea in place of coffee

  17. a simple swap could be doing jumping jacks instead of sitting on couch during commercials

  18. swap a fiber one brownie for a real brownie

  19. A simple swap would be skim milk for 2%

  20. Nichol Tone says

    Soda for water

  21. steps instead of escalator

  22. Sacha Schroeder says

    I need swap mindless eating for sitting at the table every time I eat!

  23. nicole krutz says

    drinking water instead of pepi

  24. Colleen Maurina says

    We swap fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of chips.

  25. Swapping walking for jogging.

  26. christal c w says

    soda for orange juice or coffee

  27. jamie braun says

    swap dried fruit for chips

  28. I could drink water instead of the coffee with a ton of creamer I drink every morning.

  29. Molly Elwell says

    I can swap out fruit for desserts!

  30. water for soda

  31. Skip a morning donut and drink more water

  32. Katherine Donovan says

    taking the stairs instead of the elevator

  33. danielle lima says

    skip soda for juice

  34. kendra mcbride says

    drink water and green tea

  35. Its awful but I love my soda, I SHOULD be drinking water instead, esp because I am prone to kidney stones.

  36. Andrea Williams says

    Take the stairs in our building.

  37. Wendy Hark says


  38. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    water instead of pop!

  39. Splenda instead of sugar

  40. A simple swap for me would be a banana at Starbucks instead of a cheese danish. Thank you 🙂

  41. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator

  42. A simple swap would be to drink sparkling water instead of soda!

  43. Virginia Rowell says

    Fruit instead of chips!

  44. water with lemon or lime in it for a pop,

  45. I could swap water for iced tea!

  46. Megan Cromes says

    a simple swap i could make is walking places instead of driving.

  47. Michele P says

    more water instead of my Diet Coke.

  48. melissa teears says

    I can swap out parking close to a building and start parking at the end of the lot so I can get in extra walking.

  49. walk instead of drive

  50. Tonya Dean says

    Park farther away


  51. Debra Hall says

    i’d swap drinking a soda

  52. Darlene Ysaguirre says

    Ground Turkey Instead Of Ground Beef

  53. Margie Papetti says

    I would swap out sugarfree gums and candy for the regular kind!

  54. I can take stairs instead of the elevator.

  55. Christy Anderson says

    A simple swap would to be drink a glass of water instead of a soda or sweet tea.

  56. Jenny Stanek says

    Chips for pretzels

  57. I can swap my ice cream dessert for a piece of fruit.

  58. Christine says

    swap cookies for fruit

  59. Jennifer Nixon says

    I can swap one of my cups of coffee for an extra cup of milk. Thanks for this giveaway :o)

  60. Michelle S says

    Swap fruit for the cake I was going to eat.

  61. I could swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  62. Paol Trenny says

    i could swap meat for seafood —– Pauline aka Paol Trenny ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  63. I have been swapping tea and water for more calorie-filled beverages that I would drink before, especially pop

  64. Swap chips for plain popcorn

  65. Stephanie Larison says

    Water for pop

  66. swap cold weather for tropical

  67. Making Coffee at home rather than always buying everyday from Starbucks.

  68. Charlene S says

    Go for a walk instead of watching tv.

  69. water for soda

  70. Hillary S. says

    I could swap sweet potatoes for Baked potatoes

  71. I could swap sugary temptations for some dessert gum!

  72. brandy g. says

    I can swap M&M’s for a piece of fruit.

  73. Kassie Harris says

    Parking far away from the door of wherever I go so I can get some extra walking in.

  74. Julie Wood says

    I am stopping eating chips in the evening while watching TV. I will drink water, and stop this. I will eat a piece of fruit.

  75. Rachel Miller says

    I could swap out some of the Diet Coke I drink for water 🙂

  76. Kimberly Schotz says

    Walk to the store instead of driving

  77. swap that ooey gooey dessert after dinner with some fruited yogurt


  78. When baking, I can swap out the oil for applesauce!

  79. Charlotte Padgett says

    Chewing gum satisfies my desire for soething sweet.

  80. Suzanne Denys says

    I swap water for pop.

  81. erum shaukat says

    swap gum for chocolate

  82. Swap Dunkin Donuts 25 carb grams 25 sugar grams times 3 cups for my tea with milk and equal

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  83. I can bake chicken instead of frying it!

  84. Katie Contests says

    Stairs vs. elevator!

  85. I can swap chocolate for an apple.

  86. I can swap the cookies i eat after dinner for a piece of fruit

  87. Ellen Anderson says

    I’ll swap diet soda for water (I drink way to much aspartame!)

  88. I’ve swapped sweetened coffee for unsweetened. Now, if I could only swap out my sweet tooth (teeth?).

  89. Nikki Strong says

    I have swapped flavored water (mio) with sodas.

  90. Leanne Hill says

    ive swapped celery and cucumbers for chips

  91. Stephanie Phelps says

    I could swap sugar in my coffee for Splenda

  92. sandra davis says

    i could swap colas for diet colas

  93. Laura C. says

    I can swap baby carrots for my usual chips at lunch!

  94. I’ve given up milk chocolate for dark!

  95. I can swap a candy bar for some unsalted almonds.

  96. Kristin Y says

    To park further away at work.

  97. Austin Baroudi says

    Water in place of soda!

  98. Charlotte says

    I would like to switch soda to drink water.

  99. Swap fruit for junk food….love EXTRA gum

  100. A simple swap would be to drink more water instead of juice.

  101. less driving more walking

  102. chew more gun instead of smoking

  103. Tina Bartunek says

    More water less drinking sodas.

  104. Krystal M says

    Probably just swap sodas with drinking more water — it seems to be a popular choice. haha

  105. The swap I try to make most often is fruit for dessert instead of over-processed, fake sugar goodies. Its hard!

  106. Water instead of soda- I’m doing it and it’s hard as hell, but I feel much, much better

  107. I can exchange gum for chips..I just need to keep my mouth busy!

  108. crystle tellerday says

    id swap suger for splenda in my coffee

  109. Brandi Price says

    Water instead of Sodas

  110. natalie nichols says

    I could swap soda for water, which i usually do anyway

  111. Shantel Davis says

    pop for water !

  112. I can consume fewer soft drinks and drink more water.

  113. Walk instead of driving to nearby destinations.

  114. Courtnie says

    I can swap eating sweets for fruits & veggies.

  115. I can swap my afternoon snack of sweets for raw veggies.

  116. Suzie Williams says

    Swapping water for soda.

  117. The simpkle swap would be to do more walking! I would love to win this! Thanks for this chance to win! connie d.

  118. Donna George says

    Swap housecleaning for watching TV

  119. ELIZA ELLIOT says

    lemonade for healthier water

  120. water for other drinks!

  121. look yummy

  122. I can park further away and walk.

  123. A simple swap….chewing the extra gum instead of munching on candy and cookies…. And another good swap that I’ve already been trying to do is take at least a couple of my dogs on a walk, even if just a short one each day rather than just letting them out to run in the back yard,,,,they enjoy the walks and I am getting excersize!

  124. Soda for water

  125. april yedinak says

    I can swap candy for fruit.

  126. Soda for water.

  127. Desiree Dunbar says

    Instead of drinking soda I could have water flavored with lemon.

  128. Swap cigarettes for gum!

  129. Snack on fruit instead of cookies

  130. Michelle L says

    I can swap my late night snacks with gum

  131. vinegar for most of my cleaning products

  132. The easiest swap would be to drink water instead of soda.

  133. Trying to sway water for soda.


  134. I could swap soda for just about anything – water, juice, milk, or even a smoothie

  135. Swap bottled water for other drinks

  136. a simple swap is all it takes it doesn’t have to be a major lifestyle change

  137. Instead of using pre-canned cream soups in our roast I now juice fresh veggies for it

  138. I swapped red meat for fish in my lunches and in 5 of 7 of my dinners every week.

  139. Soda for tea

  140. Heidi McGuire says

    I could swap soda for water

  141. Drinking water instead of soda.


  142. I could swap my tv time for workout time!

  143. cheryl lister says

    i’ll swap fruit for chips or cookies

  144. James Beck says

    swap fruit for chocolate

  145. Christine Jensen says

    water for soda 🙂

  146. taking the stairs instead of the elevator

  147. A simple swap would be water for soda 🙂

  148. heather Swarthout says

    Sitting down and watching my daughter’s kids shows to standing up and dancing to some music and having my toddler dance with me!

  149. I swapped coke for diet snapple

  150. swap for stayin healthy and cut out fat and bad food

  151. I have swapped hummus for mayo.

  152. Tanya Bartlett says

    regular coffee for decaf

  153. Take the stairs instead of escalators

  154. I can swap higher calorie beverages for water.

  155. Water with dinner instead of Iced Tea.

  156. alicia campos says

    Swap tv time for a walk 🙂

  157. Peggy Mays says

    A simple swap for me would be to swap junk food for a piece of Extra Gum!

  158. Michelle Tucker says

    I’ve swapped 2 sodas a day for water. I still drink sodas, but I do make sure I have drank the water first.

  159. Sylvia Ortiz says

    I will swap a Pop-Tart with a piece of Wheat toast.

  160. Switch to skim milk & only have 6 oz of soda a day

  161. Swap reading the paper for morning exercise

  162. checking thirst before eating. Always have some water before I decide if really hungry

  163. stephland3 says

    Water instead of tea

  164. Kari Flores says

    Swap Tea for Coffee

  165. I swap my need for sweets late at night with an apple.

  166. ryan minton says

    swap gum in place of a cigarette

  167. I swap potato chips for crunchy apple slices dipped in peanut butter. YUM!

  168. Drink more water instead of having soda.

  169. I swap my afternoon cup of coffee for green tea!

  170. I’, going to swap more fruit and veggies for sweet and salty snacks.

  171. Elizabeth Owens says

    I could swap full fat creamer with the sugar free creamer!

  172. Swap flavored San Pellegrino for artificially flavored soda/

  173. Nicole Lancaster says

    A simple swap for me is drinking Tea instead of Coffee.

  174. Regular coffee for decaf.
    Thanks for the chance.

  175. I recently swapped soda for cucumber water! It doesn’t sound like much, but cucumber water is so refreshing, and really does satisfy me when I want soda. Well…so far, at least. 🙂
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  176. Cindy Merrill says

    sugarfree jello instead of a cookie after lunch

  177. susan smoaks says

    one simple swap is air popped popcorn instead of buttery microwave popcorn!

  178. swap cookies for fruit

  179. Gum instead of those yummy mini cadburry chocolate eggs that are out right now! TORTURE!

  180. Amanda Kinder says

    Less ginger ale and more water.

  181. Ed Nemmers says

    Baby carrots instead of potato chips!

  182. Quit taking the elevator.

  183. kim burnett says

    I can swap soda for iced tea

  184. I can swap a cookie for a piece of gum.

  185. Amity Johnson says

    I could swap water for soda..

  186. I’d swap water instead of soda.

  187. I am going to take the stairs at work instead of the elevator

  188. Michelle C says

    I need to swap diet soda for water. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  189. more water instead of soda

  190. Saver Sara says

    Take a walking lunch at least once a week.

  191. I can swap soda for water

  192. I’m swapping unhealthy treats for healthier options! I started this on December 1st and I’m slimming down slowly but surely!

  193. Sarah Harding says

    Swap energy drinks for water

  194. Chips for fruit or yogurt

  195. Switching from diet soda to water.

  196. brenda arbaugh says

    candy for fruit..love that chocalate!

  197. Russell Moore says

    switch to oatmeal from cold cereal

  198. krystal wethington says

    drink more water instead of pop and coffee

  199. kathy pease says

    i swapped juice for soda

  200. Sheila Hickmon says

    I could swap pop for water!

  201. Denise Donaldson says

    switch from sugar to sugar free

  202. Sherry Conrad says

    Swap soda for water.

  203. Simple..I can swap potato chips and pretzels for fresh vegetables as a snack.

  204. Apples for candy bars.

  205. Paula Tavernie says

    A simple swap for me would be a baked potato instead od fries!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  206. Kelly McGrew says

    olive oil instead of butter!

  207. I could swap water for soda!

  208. swap burgers for healthier food

  209. Barbara Stenby says

    I have swapped Cow’s milk with Almond Milk

  210. Carolyn Daley says

    One of the healthiest choices you can make is swapping soda for plain water that contains no additives, sugar, chemicals, or calories.

  211. I’m drinking water instead of pop!

  212. a simple swap i can make is an hour i spend on the computer i could work out!

  213. Francine Anchondo says

    swap chips for veggies

  214. Barbara R. says

    I swapped meat and are having more veggies and fruits,.

  215. Josephine D says

    A simple swap would be switching sodas for other beverages: water, juice, tea.

  216. Coriander Warren says

    swapping a piece of fruit for a doughnut in the mornings

  217. laura ari says

    I can swap an orange for cookies

  218. swap tea in place of coffee thank you

  219. heather c says

    Swap driving to the bus stop with walking to the bus stop!

  220. My swap would be to use fresh instead of canned vegetables

  221. cassandra (rab pom) says

    I could swap cookies for a yogurt or rice pudding!

  222. Cheryl Wilson says

    I could exercise or move around to do chores doing commercial breaks!

  223. Beverly Metcalf says

    I could swap a sweet dessert for some fresh fruit. Thanks for this contest.

  224. crystal allen says

    i could drink water instead of soda thanks

  225. Park farther away and walk longer!

  226. water for diet soda

  227. A simple swap would be cooking instead of having takeout.

  228. I should swap chocolate for fruits

  229. Brad Merrell says

    swap restaurants for home cooking

  230. Lisa Fonseca says

    I should swap junk food for healthy food.

  231. Swapping decaf plain coffee instead of a coffee drink.

  232. I could swap chocolate for fresh fruit

  233. Ana Behrmann says

    A simple swap would be swap out sugary snacks for healthy snacks.


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