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Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!
You can add creaminess to a salad by pureeing a cucumber and some Greek or plain yogurt together. Add a little olive oil for a healthy fat. If it is still a little thick add a splash of lowfat milk. Let this "rest" at least an hour. You may add herbs, as well, but with flavorful veg underneath you may not need any.
Looking back at a poll you have already taken will let you know when you took it and how you responded. I've come across some I did a year or more ago and realized that my answer now would not be the same. In many cases it's a glimpse to baby step achievements.
Knowing what foods and/or situations can set you up for a binge is helpful. Make a list of those things and come up with a strategy that will enable you to head off the next attack. Having a great defense in place will make your journey easier and easier.
After tallying up the day's spark points I get out my mason jar and put in the equivalent amount of change (penny per point) into it. Better than a piggy bank - I can watch it add up!
When hubby leaves work for his 40 minute commute I leave the house for a brisk walk. I meet him somewhere up the road. Each day I try to go a little further than the last time. The bonus is, I can accurately track my milage using the car odometer.
Empty spice shaker with decent size holes? Fill it with chia seeds and set it out. A little shake here, a little shake here, and before you know it you get in the habit of adding some nutrition to your foods.
Empty medicine bottles are great for storing change. A typical small bottle will hold $10 in quarters. Those are great to have on hand for parking meters, the laundrymat or for tolls on a trip.