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Eat at least 50% of your daily intake as raw fruits and vegetables. It has been the best weight loss secret I have learned, although a friend says 75% would be better. I have consistently lost weight doing this. It keeps me feeling energized and my digestive system clean and moving.
Don't start your morning off by going thru a drive-thru. You're only bound to fail the rest of the day. Starting the day off w/a light/healthy breakfast, like oatmeal, will set you up for a great day. You'll be less tempted to "ruin" your day by making unhealthy choices for lunch, dinner and snacks.
If it's hard to stay in the habit of drinking enough water, splurge on a new, fun cup or glass that you can take anywhere. Ever since I got my Starbucks cup with the built-in straw, I take it with me everywhere and I sip it all day...getting more than enough water!
Whenever I'm at McDonalds with the kids I will buy a couple of extra salad dressings and throw them in my fridge. They sell Newman's low fat dressings there. Then when I'm going to a restaurant I don't know well, I'll throw one in my bag in case I order a salad but don't have good dressing choices.
Drink your water! It really is the best way to rehydrate your thirsty body during the day. I allow myself to drink whatever I wish, but first have to drink all my water for the day .When I'm done drinking my water, I find my desire for anything else is either greatly dimished, or not even there.
What a great technological advance. 5 minutes in the microwave and voila, a totally delicious satisfying snack or meal that is immensely good for you and incredibly good for you. Add the condiment of your choice , it's still a great caloric value. Buy steamer bags on the internet to beat the cost.
Keep a bag of baby carrots in the very front of your refrigerator. Whenever you open the door (for any reason) you have to eat at least one. This will help you get your vegetables in for the day and keep your appetite curbed. If you don't like carrots or want a change, try other vegetables.
I plan out my food, including snacks, first thing in the morning and put it in my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. I print it out and put it on the fridge. I titled it, "Are You Really Hungry?" It makes me thing before eating--if I'm not really hungry, I forgo the snack until I am hungry.
I save all of my disposable bottles. I rinse them up, and refill them. Then I leave them next to the sink. That way my required water is already right there and waiting for me to drink it. No hassle and can't forget.
Don't forget to track those supplements you take on a daily basis. It may take time to input all that information. But it will keep accurate records of the stuff you get that's not from food. Plus a few members have put certain vitamins in already. Check if yours is here.