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Beano Is Your Friend

When you start eating more vegetables, especially more of the leafy green kind, and most especially if you never really ate that many before, TAKE BEANO (or something similar). Otherwise, you may end up with really bad gas (and the bloating and cramps that go with it).

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Cut your juice calories in half

I like to have a cup of 100% juice once per day, but the calories and sugar for a cup can be quite steep. I've learned to pour 4ozs of juice and dilute it with 4ozs of water. That way I still have a "cup" of juice, but with only half of the sugar and calories!

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The soda craving

I broke this habit months ago and only have a soda once or twice a week now. Strated by only drinking diet sodas, then organic sodas, and now an occasional.

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Drink Water!

I find that when I feel hungry even a couple of hours after a meal, I'm really just thristy! That's right - if you feel a craving or unsatisfied, try drinking a tall glass of water instead. Works for me!

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Easy lo-cal salad with flavor

Organic Herb Salad Mix from Trader Joe's. This salad mix has fresh dill and cilantro with other tasty greens. With all that flavor built right in all you need is your favorite veggies, a little salt n pepper and a squeeze of lemon.(so you can avoid all that fattening dressing)

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Weighing

Food scales are you best friend! they are more accurate and they simplify portion control.
Get the digital kid!

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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

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Water

I carry a bottle of water with me everywhere. I sip at it all day long and then it doesn't seem like I have to down alot of water all at once to get in my daily requirement. If I go out for a longer period of time I always take a few so that I won't run out.

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Smart Balance Fat Free Milk

Fat Free Milk that is just like 2% milk! I am not one for skim milk etc. I like my milk to taste like something and to not have the consistency of white wash! But this is surprisingly good. I bought it and tried it yesterday and was surprised by how much it is like 2% with the texture and is yummy

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Planning!

I do much better if I put my meal in the tracker BEFORE I make it/eat it. That way I can see the nutrition and adjust what I'm eating if necessary. I never go overboard this way!

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