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start half full!

My goal is to drink at least 2L (64oz.) of water a day. I bought a 1L bottle so I could easily "see" what I was drinking and keep track! I would like to drink more, so now, I fill it half full at night, so when I get up, I finish it off, then still think about finishing and filling 2 times during th...

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Sharing Dessert

Enjoy your dessert with friends. Order two desserts and 8 forks and pass to share the ooohhhs.

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Add Nuts to Boost Protein!

I add chopped nuts or ground flax seed to oatmeal, cream of wheat or cold cereal to add healthy fats and boost protein and fiber in the morning. Easy and tastes great!

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Smaller Sized Pieces = Slower Eating

I have found that cutting up my fruits and veggies, and meat when possible, into smaller pieces forces me eat more slowly because of the smaller bites I have to take and chew. The small pieces are also a visual reminder to me to slow down when eating.

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Learn to throw away food

You do not have to finish everything on your plate. You do not need to finish what your children haven't eaten. Nobody anywhere in the world will starve if you don't eat it (your parents were lying). If you make a bit too much, but it's not enough for another meal or snack: CHUCK IT!

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Save Salad Dressing Calories

I hate salads without salad dressing. And so, I split every new bottle of dressing into two bottles and add malt vinegar to each. It saves a lot of money on salad dressing, thins the dressing so that it coats better, and cuts my salad dressing calories in half.

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Magic Pumpkin Pudding

One of my favorite desserts has always been pumpkin pie, and a good way to have it and cut down on the calories is to make it as a pudding/custard instead! With out the crust you also cut down on carbs, and since the crust has always been my least favorite part of the pie anyway, that's fine by me!

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Healthy Breakfast

Eating a healthy breakfast gives me lots of energy to get thru the morning & prevents grazing.

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Eat breakfast like a king

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

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Cereal Trick

If your favorite breakfast cereal is too calorie dense, mix it with a less calorie dense cereal. For example, mix your favorite granola with perhaps rice krispies and corn flakes. You will still have the flavor but dramatically lower the calories. YUM!

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