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Stick to the Outside of the grocery store

When shopping for groceries, stick to the ouside perimeter of the store... this is were all of the good, unprocessed foods tend to be, like milk and fruits and veggies!

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Steamers

I love the vegetable steamers you do in the microwave. Our local Wal-Mart carries different brands. I work long hours and I can have a hot mea1 ready in minutes. The rice and broccoli and mixed vegetables are great.

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Vacations and Diets

Vacationing is not a death to diets! Stick to a plan, make smart choices, bring healthy snacks, and when you can't online log, a notebook works just fine!

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Adding Protein to Breakfast

I add 1/4 scoop chocolate whey protein powder to 4 egg whites, and 1/4 c oatmeal...

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Portion control

Keep a measuring cup in your cereal container. Most cereal bowls can hold two or more cups. Actual serving size of most cereals is 0.75 -1 cup.

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Save your life: Weigh your food!

When I got gestational diabetes, I became scrupulous about weighing my food. But after delivery, I got lazy about my own diet. Now I'm back to weighing, measuring, and tracking my food. My life depends on it, and weighing helps. My healthy 19-yr-old son is proof positive!

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Mindful Grocery Shopping

Good eating habits start with the food we choose at the grocery store. Make a list and stick to it. When you get to the register, do a quick inventory to see what percentage in your cart is junk. Put it back.

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My version of chicken noodle soup

When I am making homemade chicken 'noodle' soup I sub the noodles for a good few handful of beansprouts instead. It looks virtually the same but it can cut some calories.

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Cheerios!

I learned about the chocolate Cheerios from reading these secrets and I LOVE them! Today I picked up a box of Banana Nut Cheerios and I think I like them even MORE! They remind me of a banana nut muffin! I now have my Grandson and Husband hooked. Hmmm...maybeI should buy stock in General Mills...

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plate size

use a smaller plate for dinner to prevent over eating and you don't feel deprived. You see you have a full plate of dinner

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