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Michael Pollan's advice about food

1. Eat unprocessed foods.

2. Not too much
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3. Mostly plants.

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Eating less

I find that drinking one of my 8 glasses of water before a meal helps me not to eat too much.

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Tasty Ice Cream Treat Options

My sweet tooth loves ice cream during the hot summer months and it's already over 100 here! So I load my freezer with lower calorie options and have found these favorites: Weight Watchers Giant Fudge bars & Snickers, Skinny cow anything and the Breyer's Smooth and Dreamy Bars. Enjoy!

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Traveling Lite

My husband packed a whole lot of healthy snacks for our weekend get-a-way. Every time we stopped for gas and a potty break I would say, "I want Doritos" and Mer would remind me that we had snacks in the car. We ate healthy snacks on the whole trip!

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Visual Aid

Portion control is very important. Keep in mind that your stomach is about the same size as your clenched fist. Compare your fist to the amount of food on your plate... and proceed with caution.

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Chicken to Fish

I know, a lot of us like meat (I'm so guilty) but i find that replacing chicken and red meat with fish or beans 3X a week has helped me curve that appetite. It also provides a lot of proteins.

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Breaking Free of Sugars Hold on You

I used to have to put 3 teaspons of sugar in my coffee. I tried sweetners, but they all tasted bitter to me. I used Sun Crystals sweetner, which is a natural sweetner, of the Stevia plant and a little sugar cane in with it. It helped me kick the habit. I now use that instead of sugar.

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Sugar & Spice...

Buy foods without a lot of sugars and salt. Aside from being bad for you, they contain amounts that no person would ever consume on their own. Buy foods that you can sugar and salt yourself that you control the amount.

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Holidays and weekends is not an excuse to eat bad!

You don't have to have a burger, dog, potato salad and ice cream! Think before you eat, make smart choices. Salad, fruit, lean meats, light on the bbq sauces. Feel good about yourself at the end of the day and enjoy your meal!

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Don't Rush...

Eating shouldn't always take 5 minutes. Your body doesnt register that you have eaten until about 20 mins after the food hits your mouth.

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