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Add Cinnamon

Cinammon not only tastes great..but it has MANY healthy benefits. Eating 1/2 tsp-2 tsp a day on your food has been proven to lower your cholesterol and aid in the regulation of blood sugar. It also inhibits bacterial growth on food. Eating cinnamon each day also helps burn belly fat. Many people hav...

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Drinking a glass of water before every meal

This helps me stay full. I do not over eat

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Your Body Wants Nutrients, Not Calories

Dr. Oz said this on one of his shows. He explained that the body will crave food, even if it is not officially "hungry." If you eat healthy, nutrient-rich foods, you will satisfy your body, and it will not crave high calorie, empty foods. It really hit a cord with me.

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More fruit in the day

I pack my fruit & cheese snack the night before, ready to grab & go the next morning.

I pack an apple & banana or grapes and apple, whatever. But the point is I grab 2 fruit items and they are what I have as my morning snack & afternoon snack. I don't miss daily fruit servings that way! :)

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Can't Eat The Whole Elephant At Once

I have lost over 100 pounds before and I am doing it again. As I started back, I remembered a technique I used before, and it still works.

There is a saying, "How do you eat an elephant?". The answer: "One bite at a time."

Any goal, large or small has to be accomplished in small incr...

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Nutrition Tracker

The Nutrition Tracker helps you stay on track by recording EVERYTHING you eat, that includes licks, tastes and bites.......and it also breaks down where you calories are coming from.

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change up in category of foods

When hit a plateau, I change up the food groups I was using. Eating a little more carbs and vegetables versus protein. My body apparently was recognizing a routine, and the change up kicked in. Losing slow and steady.

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Keep logging in EVERY DAY

I try to log on to Sparkpeople every day.....no matter how hectic my day has been, as long as I have Internet access I will track my food and exercise. This keeps me accountable .....ad I never feel like i am on this journey by myself !

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Work with your body...not against it

I've been learning recently that a plateau is when my body is trying to create a new set point because I've lost a certain amount from my last set point. I believe we should relax and practice maintaining our weight for a few weeks. Then we can try losing again.

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Eat a good breakfast

When I start the day with a good breakfast including protein. I usually have eggs or a protein shake. It starts my day off and I don't seem to crave for junk food.

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