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Economic Portions

I've found that even though buying the pre-portioned ice cream servings from Weight Watchers, Skinny Cow, etc. is much more economical. One box of 6 bars for $5 may cost more than the $3 I'd pay for 12 servings in a half-gallon of ice cream, but those bars last 6+ days; reg ice cream lasts 2-4 days.

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Don't let yourself get hungry

Eating every four hours keeps me from getting so hungry I eat everything in sight.

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Send it away!

When you feel full but have food left on your plate-SEND IT AWAY!
Put it in the fridge for leftovers, scrape it into the trashcan, have the waiter take it, just don't let it sit there in front of you.

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Portion size

I now see the value when dining out to request the meal be portioned with half being boxed immediately and the other half being delivered to the table.

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50 calorie snack

I keep the individual natural apple sauce cups in the refrigerator at work. They are 50 calories and satisfy a sweet craving. Also the individual sugar free jello cups which are only 10 calories. They save my life (and my calories!)

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Use Small Lunch Containers

Inspired by a favourite of mine, Japanese bento lunches, if you pack your lunch in appropriate serving size containers, your lunches will be kept in the right size range and you wont overeat.

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Bestfood Canola Mayonnaise

Best Foods Canola mayo is Cholesterol Free and only 45 kcal per Tbsp. I was a Bestfoods junkie my whole life and wouldn't think of using anything else on my artichokes, asparagus or broccoli. It might be a Calif thing. This is JUST as good and a big kcal savings!

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Sweet Treat

When I am craving something sweet I eat a non fat yogurt and dip pretzels in it. It takes longer to eat by dipping the pretzels and you get something sweet.

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I reflect on my food habits.

By entering my food intake in the Nutrition Tracker, I objectify my eating habits and am able to see where I am picking up excess sodium, fat, and calories. The suggestions in the captions help me plan small changes which add up to success!

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Staying on Track

The best way for me to make sure I'm not eating too much or eating just enough is the food tracker. For me it's become such a ritual that most of the time I'm filling out the tracker while I'm eating. I LOVE the pie chart that gives the breakdown percentages of macros.

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