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Ground Flax Meal

Adding a tablespoon or two of ground whole flaxseed meal to your cereal, smoothies, salad, baking - use your imagination - will boost the fiber, protein, Omega-3 and lignans in the dish while only adding 60 calories. The health benefits outweigh the calorie count and the nutty flavor is wonderful.

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Peace

Be at a peaceful state of mind before sitting down for a meal. Plan out what you eat and pause in the middle to assess how you feel.

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Eat What You Want within each food group But Count!

Eat whatever you want in each food group (veggie, carb, grains, protein)--but just count those calories and stay within the recommended range for your body type and desired weight!

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Chocolate Mousse

For a chocolate craving, mix a half a serving of low-fat chocolate pudding with 2-3 tablespoons of fat-free cool whip. If you want ice cream, freeze this mixture for 30 min to an hour. Enjoy! (You can substitute chocolate pudding for any other flavor.)

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Fresh Fruits/Vegetabl
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Eating fresh fruits and vegetables helps feed the hunger.

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eat the good first

we all have those moments when we crave bad stuff. stop, take a moment, eat something that is good for you. if you really still want the bad thing then let yourself have a little.

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Brush your teeth to stop the night time munching!

I'm a night time snacker, especially if I didn't eat right such as skipping or eating a very small breakfast. I started brushing my teeth after dinner because the clean feeling helps reduce the munchy cravings and I'm usually too lazy to want to have to brush my teeth again just for a few bites.

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Defense for Holiday over eatting

When I know I'm going out for dinner - especially the holidays - I make sure I eat 3 or 4 servings of veggies before going to the hostess' house. That way I'm not starved and I make sure I eat my veggies w/out all the cheese, etc sauces that make the dinners special.

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Olive oil vs. Canola oil

I recently read an article that said canola oil is better for you than olive oil due to a certain type of fat.

Either way - they are better for you than vegetable oil!

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Balancing the good with the bad

I will never completely give up unhealthy treats. I enjoy the taste of things that are "bad" for me. That's why I eat "bad" snacks in moderation, limiting quantities and frequency. And, I balance that with tons of fruits and veggies! I still enjoy the "bad" foods but balance them with healthy snacks...

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