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Reduce, Reduce, Reduce

Do calorie cutting yourself! Most recipes can be changed, by cutting sugar in half or a quarter, eggs to egg whites or substitute, oil to applesauce, yogurt etc. Sauces and dressing the same, add plain tomatoes, extra vinegar, lemon juice. Can just add water to some dressing and chicken broth to...

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Water contest

i used to drink a lot of caffeine free diet soda--In order to get more water in, I made a rule for myself that I couldn't have a soda until I had finished my 8 glasses of water first. That helped me to build a healthy habit...and now, I rarely drink soda ever.

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Binge on the healthy bag

If I'm really hungry and I want to be able to eat a lot, I choose a bag of baby carrots or dehydrated apple chips, so if I eat the whole bag I've only downed about 150 calories!

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Go Vegan!

A vegan diet done properly is very healthy.

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Think about what you're eating

When I start eating, I look at my choices and think about how I'll feel after I eat it. If I know I can eat an ice cream cone without guilt, I go for it! But most days, I know that those fries or little smokies are not going to feel as good as a ham or chicken sandwich.

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Brush away cravings

I tend to eat out of boredom on the weekends. I'm much more structured during the work week and don't have time or opportunity to graze. So on the weekends, when I feel the urge to browse the pantry or fridge, I go brush my teeth. The cravings are gone!

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Shop to be slim

What you eat at home depends on what you buy at the grocery store. Buy a rainbow of fruit & veg. Add adventure by trying something new and healthy. Only buy treats that you can afford from your calorie budget. If you're tempted, only buy small portions of 'risky' foods so that you limit the dangers.

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Make Water a Game

When I'm having trouble meeting my water goal, I make a game of it during my chores. Put 10 things back in place, take 5 sips. Finish the floors, take 10 sips. Getting into the "game" makes it a habit, and I usually end up exceeding my goal for the day.

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Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles

While shopping the other day I discovered that a local store that I shop at sells individual chocolates for 33 cents. They are 70 calories and if I only buy one then that is all the calories I am eating and seem to enjoy if so much more..

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Grocery Store Red Zone

When grocery shopping, I try to avoid the middle of the store as much as possible. I do most of my shopping on the outer edges, where the freshest foods are.

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