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How to not eat ice cream in an ice cream shop

If the gang - your kids, friends, etc. - decide they all want to go out for ice cream, order coffee or a diet drink. Coffee with cream and sugar - while still caloric - is a heck of a lot better than ice cream, and you can sip it slowly. Or, get a cold diet soda and sip slowly.

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Got Water?

I put a 64 oz pitcher in the fridge everyday. That way it's always cold and I know exactly how much I'm drinking and how much I need to drink.

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Filling Breakfast

I have been experimenting with different Breakfasts for a while and found this one keeps me full till Lunch, its best if you prepare the night before, mix 30 grams of oats with 100g of low fat yogurt, you end up with a lovely thick and creamy "porridge" you can add chopped fruit too, scrumptious.

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Pay attention to your food

I use a lunch plate, not a dinner plate. I also eat with a salad fork. use your non- donimant hand to eat with. Do not watch TV or use computer when eating. You owe it to your self to enjoy and savor every bite of food. You will be less tempted to want seconds.

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Picture this

Take a picture of everything you eat then blog on SparkPeople. I find I eat better and am excited about my blogs.

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Craving Solution

I have found that if I eat within my daily range for Calories, Protein, Carb, Fat & Fiber then I do not have any cravings and I do not feel hungry. Try it, it takes some planning, but is worth it!

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quick and easy protein

I grill an entire package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts at one time (with seasoning). I freeze them in individual portions. It's easy to grab one out of the freezer: cut into strips and add to a salad, or to stir fry with vegetables in a small amount of olive oil. Lots of options!

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Adding bulk to food w/o adding a lot of extra calories

Whenever I want to add extra bulk to food w/o adding a lot of calories, I pile on the veggies. Cheese pizza? Load on the sauteed onions, mushrooms, green peppers and diced tomatoes. Whole grain pasta? Tons of fresh veggies, (sautee and blend in blender and add to sauce for finicky kids)!!

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Make up portions ahead of time.

Once a week ( for me, usually on Sunday) I prepare foods for the week. I can measure and weigh a weeks worth and put them in individual packets. This keeps me from deceiving myself on size.
I even make up one person servings for dinner since I eat alone.

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Sneaking more protein in!

I have trouble making it to my protein count. I'm usually one or two points short.

So I add shredded coconut to a piece of peanut-butter toast. It might sound odd, but it adds a little sweetness and flavor to the snack without adding a lot of extra calories!

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