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Movie Night/Tv snacking secret

Buy 100 calorie packs of kettle corn, and add splenda & onion powder for a "vadalia onion" flavored popcorn. Or even better, snack on a huge bowl of grapes instead of popcorn.

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Dislike fruits/veggies? make smoothies & stir fry's!

Turn your veggies into smoothies, and have a smoothie with nearly every meal (add different fruits each time). For extra yum, add splenda to your smoothies & soy milk they'll taste like milk shakes! Also, you can add a handful of spinich to most fruit smoothies without being able to taste it!

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Just Say NO!

Bad foods are everywhere! Just say no when someone offers you a donut or a cookie. You shouldn't feel bad about not eating something that someone offers you. Think of yourself first and just say no, but thank you!

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larger breakfast

I find that eating my largest meal at breakfast helps me stay active all day, it gives me the nutrients that fuel my activity and keep me moving. I always have most of my fiber and my dairy early, I have my fruit and veggies for dinner and find it easier to sleep soundly with less on my stomach

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Choosing foods to Lose

I will only choose foods that I will be willing to eat, or drink forever. I make better choices but will not substitute foods that I don't care for a just to lose weight. For example; I don't care for light cream cheese ~ I use less regular cream cheese instead. No sugar free item ~ just less sugar.

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Play in the dirt!

Not only will a garden let you enjoy fresh vegetables without all those pesticides (not to mention they haven't made a 3000 mile trip to your table). You can also freeze and can to enjoy these wonderful veggies all year long!
All that playing in the dirt is a great workout too!

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Be a picky eater.

Don't eat things you don't like just to be nice. Eat good, fresh food in smaller portions.

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Green Monster Goodness!

I have an iron deficiency and I tend to have a lot of difficulty eating iron rich foods, so I started having a "Green Monster" or green smoothie every morning. The spinach in it isn't tasted, and it gives me 2-3 servings of veggies in one go! The energy and effect it has on my skin is great!

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Portion Control is Your Friend

I worked in restaurant industry for years. I have no idea what real portions are anymore because what we buy is often several 100% more than what a serving is. My lack of reality about portions leads me to eat much more than is typical and leads me to feel starved when I'm eating right.

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Make you own peanut butter

If you have a food processor and have access to fresh dry roasted peanuts, you can make your own peanut butter. Just run the peanuts with the chopping blade... it may take a few minutes, but it will get there. It tastes fresher than pre-ground natural PB, and it's probably cheaper, too.

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