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Special Drink...

I'm a private chef so pairing wine with food is a must, except not for me trying to lose weight! Instead I put sparkling water in a wine glass with a tiny bit of Pomegranate juice and some fresh slices of lime, lemon and orange and a few fresh berries. It's fresh and delicious!

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Serving sizes

I check the serving size on chips or crackers and put that amount into individual bags, so I always eat only one serving without having to check each time or be tempted to eat more.

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Slow down your eating

Slow down the speed at which you eat your food. It takes about 20 minutes before the brain tells your stomach that you are full. So if you eat in a rush you'll eat way more than the amount you need to feel full. This is why you often feel "stuffed" after you eat.

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EAT FRUIT BEFORE DINNER

Eating fruit before dinner makes you full fast.

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DRINK BEFORE MEALS

Have a glass of water 15-30 minutes before meals

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Sugar vs. Water

Because of my prior dependence on "sweet drinks" when thirsty, I have come to feel like I want sweets when I am thirsty. I have gotten into a habit of drinking 8 oz of water and waiting 10 minutes before deciding that I need a snack.

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Face the Nutrition Facts

When storing food in the cupboard, turn it around so that the nutrition facts are facing outward instead of a picture of the product. That way, your first thought will be "are those calories worth it?", instead of an appetizing picture that might make you lose control of your food choices.

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Food labeling

I label all leftover foods that go into refrigerator and freezer.

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Great Way to Substitute Applesauce for Oil!

I try to substitute applesauce for oil every time I can manage it. I buy the 1/2 cup snack sizes of unsweetened applesauce, and it is usually the exact amount I need. That way, no extra applesauce spoils in the refrigerator!

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Fresh Crisp Lettuce

I hate taking the time to make a salad but I found if I cut up my lettuce ahead of time and place it in an airtight container with paper towels on the top and bottom, the lettuce stays crisp and fresh for days. Whenever I want a salad, I place a little on my plate and just add the extras!

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