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Fruit to go!

At least once a day, I have to drive the kids somewhere, so I make it a habit to grab an apple, pear, banana or whatever I have handy for the ride. Its an easy way to help get in the 5 fruits & veggies and a healthy snack to curb hunger.

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Vegetarian for a Day

My husband and I have made it a point to eat vegetarian for at least one day each week (Tuesdays at our house). We used to think about eating vegetarian more often for the health benefits, but this gives us a way to remember to do it.

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Writing my intake in a journal

Last year I lost 15 pounds by writing down the foods I ate each day and then looking at the entries at the end of each day. By doing this I could see that I was either taking in too many calories or eating fattening/unhealthy foods and could adjust my intake the next day. Sometimes.

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"MAKE IT SNAPPY!"

When I have an impulse to eat, or a craving I snap my wrist with the large rubber band that I wear 24/7. I snap the inside of my left wrist because it's more sensitive than the back of my wrist and because I am right handed.

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Cutting Calories # 4

NO MORE POTATO CHIPS! mmmmm...I am that person who can't just have 1 potato chip!!! So, I have started snacking on low fat or fat free croutons! They have at least 100 calories lower than potato chips, less than 1 g of fat and 1 g of protein per serving!

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Fall Back Recipes

Be prepared, it's not just for the Boy Scouts anymore!! Make sure you have a stock of basic, favorite, healthy recipes and the ingredients to make them on hand. As long as you always have them, if you are bored or rushed one night it will be just as easy to make one of these as the processed stuff.

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sneaking food for others

while we are here to take care of ourselves and learn healthy eating habits, sometimes we have to take care of those we love, as women most surely.
i use ground turkey when making burgers or other dishes, and use black beans when i can, anything to make my husband healtheir, hes none the wiser

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Breakfast

I know that this is not new, but if I want to feel full for breakfast. I add fruits in my bowl of cereal and follow it up with a hard boiled egg. I then follow it up by taking a water pill and drink 16 oz of water.

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Fresh Veggies

In my lunchbox, I always have 3 different veggies with me. So when I get snacky, I grab some cauliflower, celery, green peppers, carrots or cucumber. The crunchy aspect of those vegetables is great for people who are trying to stay away from chips.

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Solving your portion problems

If you have a portion control problem, make your serving bowl a measuring cup. Pre-count snacks and store them in snack bags. Make up your burgers ahead of time by weighing the meat, prepare your patty, then freeze.

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