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Eat your veggies and fruit first!!!

Have you ever noticed what order you eat your food? It may make a difference, especially if you are a fast eater like me. There is a lag between the time you put food in your mouth and the time you start feeling full. You can use this bit of information to trick yourself into eating less fat and cal...

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Everyone is an individual

I think the biggest thing I have learned in this journey to health, which includes weight loss, is that everyone is an individual. That means we are all different and there is not one program, one plan, or one diet, that works for everyone. We have to search until we find the one that works for our ...

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Toddlers are Cool

My darlings are 7 and 12 but for some reason we still had the toddler sized bowls in with the dishes. They were good for when we needed a bowl of blue cheese dressing with hot wings. They've been microwaved to the point where you had a worn ring around the inside where things would get too hot. W...

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Why is it easy to stop after right-sized meals and hard to stop after oreveating?

Had an interesting insight last night.
I ate my planned dinner, my square of dark chocolate, didn't feel really full but I knew it was my portion and there's no more. Went on with my evening without thinking twice, watched a movie with DH, and 20-30 minutes later I noticed I was completely full.<...

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Frozen veggies in oven

I have been buying frozen veggies the value size at Walmart. With almost every meal I throw a large serving of veggies in oven and season them at 25 mins at 425 they are very filling and keeps me from over eating the sides. I generally stick with a main meat and then a big order of veggies. My bf ...

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Eating a plant-based diet.

...& ensuring to get protein from legumes, beans, eggs, and lactose-free milk in small doses.
My dietician strongly suggested this over and over again, but it was the WAY he suggested it that came across as abrupt and rude...so now, nearly a year later, I'm finally assimilating. He really did hav...

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Peace, E2, Plant Strong!

I have been eating Vegan 95% of the time for over a year now & losing weight has been pretty steady. The key for me has been to up the restrictions on my diet to remove all oils & limit ALL processed foods (this includes tofu & 'fake meats'... part of the reason some are called 'Junk Food Vegans'.)...

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Portion Control to Kick Start Your Weight Loss Journey!

Don't use a large dinner plate. Instead use a small dessert plate and once the food on your plate is gone that is it. Have a large glass of water to fill the rest of your stomach. This keeps from over eating. The water fills any empty space that might make you feel like you are still hungry. Make th...

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It is no secret...

It's no secret that changing our eating habits contributes to a healthier lifestyle.

It is important to note that portion control, sticking to eating normal serving sizes, and reducing late night snacking makes a big difference in achieving our weight loss goals.

It has been quite surp...

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Carbohydrate cycling Every other day

Carb Cycling: A Daily Meal Plan to Get Started

Find the Right Formula

The classic carb cycling schedule alternates between high- and low-carb days, six times a week, saving the seventh day for reward meals. Depending on your health and fitness objectives, however, you might want to a...

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