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Oatmeal without salt!

I find that by adding 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon to the oatmeal as it is cooking with a Tbs. of dried cranberries (Ocean Spray Cranaisons) I can eliminate the salt entirely.

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Cutting down on Salad Dressing and Syrups.

Place dressing, pancake syrup etc in a saucer and dip the food one bit at a time. You end up using less but still get the taste You want with each bite without drowning Your food. With dressing dipping the fork into the dressing before each bit also helps to give You the taste You like.

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water

Add lemons, limes, orange slices, cuccumber, or mint to water to make it taste super yummy!

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Russel Stovers Chocolate Turtles

I have a horrible sweet tooth so I buy a 3 pack of Russell Stover's Sugar Free Turtles and eat one when I have an attack. They taste just as good as the sugar full ones.

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Flossing

When I have food cravings and I know I'm really not hungry, I brush and floss my teeth....who likes to eat after you have clean teeth!

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Milk does the body good

Drinking a cup of fat free/skim milk with breakfast or a snack helps amp up the protein and calcium for your day.

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Fruits and Vegetables

I read a sparkle people article and started reaching for 5 fruits and 5 vegetables a day

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Be empowered, not overpowered!

I adapted a Jillian Michaels quote to help me overcome emotional eating and start eating better. The new quote is:

"Nutrition, to me, isn't about calories, fat grams, and carbs; it's about taking my power back."

Now I make empowered food choices. I no longer feel like food overpowers...

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My own dressing

I knew I was going to have a salad at KFC with a friend, so I brought my own salad spritzer to use instead of their 280 calorie dressing. My friend noticed & the conversation about my choice allowed me to also Spread the Spark!

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Pick the right foods

Check food labels carefully. The less ingredients the better and avoid the ingredients you can't pronounce or have sugar in the first five items. By doing this, I feel better and have lost weight.

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