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My secret is using the SparkPeople website - I'm addicted! It gets me through my day, helps me stay focused and motivated. I find that using Spark has kept me on track longer than I've ever been able to be focused on a 'healthy plan'.
Incorporate Fruit and/or Vegetable at EVERY MEAL & SNACK. Include at least one with breakfast, one for mid-morning snack, 2 @ lunch - you are already at 4 servings for the day! Dinner should ALWAYS include veggies and/or fruit.
BEFORE that cup of morning coffee - drink a glass or TWO of water. If you have more than one cup of coffee in the morning - drink at least 1 glass between cups of coffee! This gives you a jump start on your water each day!
Use the calorie tracker even when you know what you're eating isn't always the healthiest. By being true to yourself you will establish healthy habits in the long run. Everyone has a bad day or strays once in awhile, don't take it as a defeat just another mile on the road to healthy eating.
I found the worst time of the day for me was mid-afternoon. I needed something to eat that was healthy and filling but would make me want to eat "more." I settled on air popped popcorn with a butter flavored spray or carrots and hummus.