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Snacks at the ready.

I keep a small tray of measured snacks in the fridge for those moments when "I just have to eat!" Right now I have a bag with a few carrots and celery sticks, 2 bags of walnuts (1/4 cup each), and 2 packages of roast beef (2 oz each). I found some mini bagels at 100 calories each and have cheese sticks on hand. This is keeping me sane, somewhat!! emoticon

- Submitted by DEVOTED8 4/6/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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my go to snack foods when I get hungry (especially at night)

I try water first, wait twenty minutes, do something different, and then if I am still hungry I grab dense calorie foods like almonds, sunflowers and craisens to eat. I use the STOP program , I Select, Taste, Observe, Pause while eating. This way I can really enjoy my portion. Like always I stay faithful to staying within my calorie limit. emoticon

- Submitted by KJBDOIT 4/1/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Stocking up on produce the inexpensive way

I recently re-joined a produce co-op in my area. I have also learned about a local "produce rescue" that allows the public to pay $10 for and shop for up to 60 lbs. of produce! I had no idea these options were out there. In addition to being inexpensive ways of buying produce, it rather "forces" me to get creative and find new recipes for healthy foods.
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- Submitted by ACLANCY1 3/30/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Eat Mindfully

Eat consciously and calmly, focusing on the flavours and textures of the food. With an attitude of gratitude and appreciation slowly savour every mouthful emoticon

- Submitted by NATURALBAL 2/20/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Make a "Middle of the Store" shopping list to shop sensibly.

I have a hard time planning meals and making a shopping list because what I've planned for may turn out to be too expensive, or I unexpectedly find another (healthy!) option that sounds better than what I planned. However, mindless wandering ends in disaster! Instead, I let myself wander the perimeter of the store, where even impulse buys will be healthy, but make a specific list for items I need from the center aisles. It gives my more freedom when I shop, but still keeps me from buying cookies!!

- Submitted by SONGBIRD2015 2/17/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Decadent Water?

I fill a gallon pitcher with water and keep it in the fridge. What motivates me to drink it? The cucumber slices I put in it! It makes the water so crisp and refreshing, just like a day at a fancy spa!

- Submitted by DRAGONSPIT 2/17/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Oatmeal sticks with you

I have oatmeal for breakfast. I add a Tbl of raisins, 2 dried apple rings and cinnamon. After cooking I add 12 chopped almonds and sweeten with an artificial sugar (only 1 a day). Then I add a splash of milk. It keeps me satisfied most of the morning and tastes great!

- Submitted by SUEARNOLD1 12/13/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Healthy options means making healthy choices

My downfall is potato chips, crackers and chocolate. I love these! Of course, the sugar and salt don't contribute to healthy eating. The other day, I bought some "baked" potato chips that were low in fat. As I sat eating them, I read the label. Yuck - that was enough to say no to even this supposedly healthy option. My secret - don't buy them and bring them in my house to tempt me. Making healthy choices means having healthy options.

- Submitted by DHOGEBOOM1 12/3/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Counting saturated fat grams

I counted calories and walked (and walked) for several years. I was stuck! I knew it had to be a food thing, but couldn't eat any less. I went to my dietician and she suggested counting saturated fat grams too. After that, I have dropped a pound a week!

- Submitted by KAYJ76 12/1/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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work on portion control

Before I serve a meal, I determine exactly what the correct portion is ahead of time and serve just that amount on the plate. Any left-overs are immediately put away so i'm not tempted to give myself seconds because its still sitting in the pan. emoticon

- Submitted by SOOZIEQUE55 11/24/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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