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Eat MORE!

Eating more often throughout the day revs your metabolism, keeps your energy high and helps ward off binging. Try eating 6 smaller meals throughout the day (fist-size portion of protein and fist-size portion of carb) instead of 3 larger meals.
It works for me because I love to eat!

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Whole foods

Eating whole foods to get the optimal vitamins and minerals is important. Supplements are just that...in addition to.
Get the most out of your fruits & veggies.
My secret: Vita-Mix!

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Popcorn saved the day

Sometimes only something crunchy will do. I have been making oil-popped corn in a new machine my husband bought me. I use either a little canola oil or olive oil so it is good fat, then add some sprinkle on popcorn topping. Without butter you still get plenty of flavor and at 55 calories per cup .

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My new Potato Chip

Do you crave a prolonged eating experience? Fresh sliced mushrooms are "my new potato chip". When my mind is craving that snacky eating experience, I just measure out a cup (maybe 2) of sliced fresh mushrooms, and satisfy my mind without completely blowing my nutrition.

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Popped Potato Chips

Love potato chips, but are worried that you'll gobble down the entire bag before you know it?

Try Trader Joe's Popped Potato Chips.They're not fried or baked--they're infused with air (popped), so they have less calories and fat. And if you end up eating the whole bag, it's only 360 calories!

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Looking for a good lo-carb wrap and way to up veggies?

Looking for a good lo-carb wrap and way to up veggie intake? Use large leaves of romaine lettuce as a sandwich wrapper. You can even stuff more veggie toppings in there while you're at it! Now THAT'S a healthy "double-down"! :D

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New Hot Dogs

Instead of the traditional hot dog, throw a fat-free one on the grill, place it in a whole wheat bun, and top it off with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, & a moderate amount of fat-free cheese. Spice the bun up with garlic spread, too!

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Snack: Chocolate cheerios

Love this cereal dry! It satisfies my need to have crunchy, chocolately, snack! Yum!

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First two bites

My dietitian tells me I can eat whatever I want - not to deprive myself. But she also cautions portion control. What I have learned is that the first two bites of something tastes the best. SO I try to stick to two bites. That way I can still get a taste of it but not overindulge.

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Pitted Prunes aren't half bad!

They really aren't! I remember liking them as a kid, but for some reason I haven't eaten them in forever thinking they were going to be bad. They're not! They just taste like a big fat raisin! Now I have a another healthy snack choice!

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