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snacking

When I want to snack, especially at night, I find that eating fruit takes away my sweet cravings. I especially like eating oranges because they are not only tasty, but they take some time to peel and divide, so it actually takes a while for me to eat my snack.

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Portion Size Help!

Confused by what "ONE SERVING" looks like? It varies so much from food to food. Here's a pretty comprehensive guide.

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shopping for success

When food shopping stick to the outside aisles. Most forrd stores are arranged with fresh produce, meat, dairy, and breads arranged along the outer edges of the store. The inner aisle are pre packaged, convience foods. If you stay on the outside, you won't be temped by "bad" food choices

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Slim Fast is more than a plan

You don't have to follow the Slim Fast plan to eat the bars or drink the shakes. They're great for breakfast and snacks! Especially if you need something quick on the go or are having a chocolate meltdown.

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Protein

Sneaky ways to get in protein and stay fuller longer!

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Lactose Intolerant AWESOME

Yogurt is easier to digest than regular milk, so if you're lactose intolerant but you want some calcium and protein, give it a try! Also, if you like milk but hate the tummy aches (and hate soy milk), try lactose-free milk. It's sweeter, tastes similar. I actually like it better (and no tummy aches)

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Desserts made me fail in the past so I find ways to include low cal tasty ones!

If I cut out desserts completely from my diet, I know I would not stick to one for very long. If you make sure to find ways to include your favorite foods, you will be sure to stay on track!

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Ice Cream Cheat

If you're into the bad habit of having ice cream then there is a simple solution that can be as good for you as you want it to be. I found this out when I was working at a summer camp. It's fun and delicious without making you feel guilty after! You can also add in fruit (so good).

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Deconstruct Restaurant Menus

You can eat out and eat healthy. Scan the menu for healthy items and sides and put together your own dish. I have never had any problems doing that. Select the chicken, replace the mashed potatoes with the grilled veggies from another dish.

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Prepare in advance when eating out

If you know that you're going out to eat with co-workers, see if you can find an online menu for where you're going so you can decide beforehand what the healthiest eating options are. After this, add your meal to the nutrition tracker;this will help keep your aware of your calorie intake.

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