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Working Lunch

You're at an all day work meeting or in training and they provide lunch. Not all of it will be healthy. What do you do? You throw healthy snacks and fruit in your work bag. At lunch eat only healthy protein in the supplied lunch and supplement with your fruit etc. Everyone wins!

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Colas

I don't like diet Colas so I drink regular ones but limit myself to one or two a week. I enjoy the feeling I get when I tell the waitress or whoever, no thanks, I'll have water.

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FOOD PHOTOS

They say a picture is worth 1000 words...how true. This week one of my teams posted a FOOD PHOTO BLOG challenge. WOW!!! What an eye opener! I saw what I was eating and also what others were eating. Very inspiring. Then I got to thinking...pictures could be very useful. Here is my idea:

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veggies

i bulk up my foods with vegetables it leaves me feeling full longer and i dont have that i am dieting feeling

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Drinking Enough Water

I leave a water glass on my kitchen counter to remind me to drink plenty of water. Every time I see the glass, I drink at least 4 ounces of water.

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Individual Servings Of Refried Beans

I enjoy refried beans & need the folates, but can't finish a can fast enough, so I scoop a whole can into a clean ice-cube tray, freeze, then store the cubes in a gallon zip-loc bag. Each cube is apx. 1 oz., perfect for side-taste with just about any meal. I reheat cubes in micro - apx. 1 min each.

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Variety!

Try new foods, experiement with spices, discover fresh herbs, or even just change up your usual meal plans. I find I'm a lot more likely to start dreaming about a burger or nachos or something unhealthy if I'm bored with my food.

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Don't torture Yourself -Eat what you like.

Don't force down foods you don't like just because they are 'diet' foods. I was trying to force down a salad everyday. Then the lightbulb went on and I realized that I do not like raw vegetables. I stopped the daily torture and now eat my veggies cooked. My weight loss and attitude are better.

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Better Butter

Mix butter with olive oil to create a healthier spread. I take a stick of butter and then let it soften. slowly mix in same amount of olive oil, using a fork. I do not know whose idea this was originally. But it is heart- healthier than butter ..and cheaper than those expensive butter subsitutes.

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Healthy Dip for Veggies

Puree cottage cheese in blender or food processor. Mix it with your choice of spices. I like Mrs Dash, or sometimes a hot pepper. Perfect for your Healthy Happy Hour veggies.

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