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Keep measuring cup with nuts to control the portion

I like nuts as one of my daily snacks. I do not have the ability to stop once I start unless I pre-measure a quarter cup. So now I keep a small measuring cup with my nuts at work. Maybe I should post this in saving money too because the pound of nuts lasts much longer.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 5/16/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Divide and Conquer

Whenever you go out to eat, immediately divide each food into two equal portions. You'll eat HALF the calories and have a meal for the next day!
Ask the server for a take-out container at the beginning of the meal so you don't forget or over-eat. emoticon

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/15/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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PIC THE PLATE

Take a photo of your meal when you go out to eat. It will serve to remind you of what you ate and the size of the portions.

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/14/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Track before eating

I track what I eat before I eat it so I know where I'm at with calories. That way if I want a little extra, I can see if I've got the calories for it before I give in and eat it. It's like balancing a checkbook.

- Submitted by CRYSTASTRAT 5/13/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Less is More

Most foods it seems are loaded with sugar, fat, or salt. Who says everything has to be "super duper delicious". Learn to cook from scratch. Keep it simple, just use a few ingredients. Use salt free herbs & spices to flavor meals. learn to enjoy the natural flavor of a food. I use cumin for meats and chicken, paprika & pepper with lemon zest for chicken. Cook veggies and meats on low heat to carmelize and sweeten them.

I use no cheese, butter, salt , oil at all. I don't even miss it.

- Submitted by MDH44109 5/12/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Raw Green Beans Make a Great Snack!

Buy a half pound of fresh green beans. Wash thoroughly, then remove stems and ends.
Put half in a zippered baggies and put half in a cup. Snack on the raw green beans. They will be crisp and slightly sweet.

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/11/2014 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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No Self-Control? Toss half before starting to eat

If I'm going to have a bad treat (think Hersey bar or ice cream from a stand), I find it easier to toss half of it BEFORE I start eating it rather than just eating half. I can't eat just half if it's in front of me. So for those few seconds when I still have a bit of self-respect and self-control, I toss away half.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 5/11/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Ice Cream Substitute

Sometimes I crave something cold…usually in the form of ice cream in a bowl. Popsicles are okay once in awhile….but now I buy a big bag of mixed frozen fruit…I put a portion in my bowl still frozen. Tastes delicious, fills me up especially if I add yogurt and it's all on my food plan….takes longer to eat too…melt in your mouth goodness!
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- Submitted by JACEYLEE 5/8/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Gum or brushing teeth

After eating even a snack, I either go and brush my teeth or get a piece of gum. It deters me from wanting to eat more. emoticon

- Submitted by CPIPER7 5/6/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Don't eat anything that comes through a window!

Eating while driving can be more dangerous than texting. The word search in Fast food is FAT just take out the s for speedy. Plan ahead using SparkPeople and than go in and eat or wait til you get home. Cut the meal in half and use .5 as the serving size and have an entire meal for tomorrow. emoticon

- Submitted by KENNETHKESSLER 5/5/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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