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The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.

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Snack before big meals

If you tend to over eat I suggest drinking one water bottle and snacking on a fruit or something light about 30min- 1hr before your meal. This will make you feel full and you will be less likely to over eat.

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Moderation in eating

I eat whatever I want . . . in moderation. A few bites of something is just as good as a whole lot more of it, I have learned. Eating healthfully is easy when I know I can have a few favorites as well.

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Eat Whole Foods

Eating whole foods and staying away from sugar, white flour and processed foods have stopped my food cravings. I feel like my body is getting the nutrition it needs and so I don't get hungry.

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my tip

When I get the munchies I reach for a glass of water, some almonds and raisins...that usually curbs my tummy-grumbling.

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Food as Nutrition

I've learned to view food "as nutrition". As a means to a nutritional end. This is a huge"reframe" for me; food used to be about pleasure, comfort, and distraction. Food is now about NUTRITION.... I have learned to find pleasure, comfort, and distraction elsewhere....but food can still be fun!

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Use Diabetic Diet

I lost my weight initially by using the diabetic exchange diet. It offered a lot of variety and I was able to work most recipes into this diet. It became a way of life and not a diet. Unfortunately, I kind of fell off the wagon, but I am back on my meal plan and I think things will start moving

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Water

Water is key in getting healthy

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Fiber and Water

I'm sure this has been mentioned before but fiber and water are great (and often overlooked) weight loss tools! Make sure to get at least 8 cups of water and between 25-35 g of fiber every day.

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A small handful will do

When I come home from work and have to fix supper, I have found that a small handful of cashews is just enough to calm the hungers until I can get the meal done.

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No Food is Bad

I found that restricting any food only makes it something that becomes bigger than life....by including some favorite things in my diet (in moderation) and really enjoying them without guilt I don't end up sabotaging myself.

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