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Keeping track of water intake

I brought a set of ice tea glasses 24 oz each ( approx 3 cups) using a straw I drink a glass first thing in the morning while making coffee and 1 glass before each meal. without even really trying I get in at least 12 cups of water daily. These are my water glasses and only I use them

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Food choices

William Morris the artist said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

I eat within my calorie range but stick to the food equivalent:: "Put nothing in your mouth that you do not know to be nutritious, or believe to be absolutely delicious....

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Drinking Those Pesky 8 Glasses of Water Per Day

My two secrets for drinking eight glasses of water:

1. If you take daily medication, drink a glass with each pill you take.

2. Buy a large glass. Mine holds three cups of water. After only two meals, I already have drank six glasses of water.

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Veggie snacks instead of chips

I eat cucumber chips instead of potato chips. Fills me up a little more, satisfies that munchy, crunchy crave and might even cost a little less!

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Healthy Eating Starts with Healthy Shopping

NEVER shop for food when you are hungry OR when you are stuffed. Shop around the perimeter of the store, that's where most of the fresh food is found, and avoid the middle aisles where you find the processed stuff. Try one new fruit or vegetable every week.

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Mindful eating

Concentrate really hard on eating slowly at least once a day to re-tune your taste buds. Be aware of the effect of tastes on various parts of your mouth. How do textures feel? Are you chewing, biting, sipping? Awareness and mindful eating has helped me to appreciate good food and to ditch the junk.

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Shred your cheese!

I used to think that 1 oz cheese serving was surgeon's general personal joke on me. Not anymore! Finely shredded, even half an ounce looks big - it gives you enough flavor and tricks your mind that you're eating lots! This doesn't work for pre-shreded stuff; it gets all packed in transport.

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Quick and easy meal prep

I like to plan all my meals for the week on Sunday and do my shopping based off the plan. Then each night I complete as much food prep as I can for the next day while watching TV in my kitchen. All veggie chopping and dicing, cheese shredding, etc. All go into baggies or tupperware in the fridge.

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Eat Strongly Flavored Foods

I eat sharp cheddar cheese instead of colby or American. then a smaller amount goes a long way. Same for rich dark chocolate vs milk chocolate and greek yogurt instead of common yogurts.

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For all the Pizza Lovers!

If you love pizza you will appreciate this. Take english muffins of your choice, a low cal pizza sauce and healthy cheese. Garnish with veggies of your choice and spices. Put in oven or toaster oven and bake until crispy. This totally gives you that pizza feel and taste that you love.

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