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Portion control

I can't always control the cooking in my house. So when it's a one dish meal someone else made, I use a 1 cup measuring cup. I usually add a salad or vegetable for a side. For a to go option, use the snack size gladware (they hold about 9.5 oz) for a lunch portion. Easier to put in a lunch box too.

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Measure by gram weight whenever possible.

For solid foods, I try to measure by the gram, with an electronic scale, whenever possible. It is the most precise unit of measurement, and is especially important with calorie dense foods, like almonds.

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How to minimize Salad Dressing w/out losing the flavor!

I used to be that person who drown my salad in dressing, and even if it's fat free, it's still extra calories! Now, I always ask for my dressing on the side... and I dip my fork into the dressing before every bite of salad. This way, I get the flavor every time, but I use about 1/3 of the dressing!

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Control food intake

Always make a plate of food as usual. Eat half of each item and throw away the rest. By throwing away the rest you cannot be tempted to eat it later. Use small plates not large platters.

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Cut the fat

For a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich place it open face into the toaster oven to melt and then place the sandwich together. No butter is needed on the outside. Also cut one slice of cheese into small pieces and distribute over the bread. Now you only need 1 slice but have cheese in every bite!

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do you know?

that you can go to the restaurant Souplantation and have a salad, a bowl of soup, and one of their wonderful deserts and not have to feel guilty about it? I DO! Last night i had HOT LEMON LAVA CAKE WITH SUGAR FREE LEMON MOUSSE. no worries, less than 200 cals!

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Small Rewards

If you're like me I enjoy a treat after dinner or a healthy dessert. If you have been really good all day you must reward yourself for a job well done. I look for high quality dark chocolate on sale, my favorite place is Whole Foods. I keep it out of sight and every day break off a small piece. Yum!

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Bath time!

Whenever I get the urge just to EAT for that sake of EATING (not hunger, just appetite), I take a hot bath with a good book to distract me. Soon you get so wrapped up in the book you forget about the craving! You also get to check out all those awesome muscles you've been working so hard to build!

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Not really mine

Last night, a member posted to my blog and I had to pass along the secret she gave me. If you ever get hit with a food craving, just think to yourself that that particular food doesn't own you. You are your own person. For someone like me this is great advice as I'm proud of being my own person.

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Zero Calorie Sweet Pickles

I love sweet pickles on my sandwiches but can't afford the calories. Yesterday, I found that Mt. Olive makes no sugar added ZERO calorie bread & butter pickles as well as sweet jerkins. I put them on my subway sandwich last night when I went out & they were great.

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