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No Time for Breakfast? Here is a quick, portable & delicious idea!

I always have a quick breakfast ready when time is short. Individual containers of plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of low-fat, high-fiber cereal in a snack size zip bag as well as a sm size serving of berries in a snack size zip bag when mixed together make a portable, delicious & easy breakfast.

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Snacks

I have found that building snacks into your day really helps keep uncontrolled cravings and binging under control.

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Don't buy trigger foods

I find by not having foods in the house which are not healthy, I am able to stick to my food plan a lot better.

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Switch Plates

I love cooking and eating Italian food. When I do so at home I use the smaller plate for the pasta and the big plate for salad.

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Use smaller plates and bowls

We have been using smaller dishes for meals and smaller bowls for things like cereal. One helping of the main course; plenty of extra vegetables for seconds.

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Visual Reminder to Drink Water

I keep a stack of pennies next to my water glass (started with 6, currently 7, soon to be 8). Each time I drink a glass of water, I move one penny to the other side of the glass. Once I've moved all my pennies, I've gotten my minimum water requirement for the day, without having to keep count.

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Strategic Eating

I eat my entire serving of the least calorie dense food (salad, fruit, vegetable), then most nutrient dense (beans, whole grains, seeds/nuts) before having the least nutritionally important foods (refined carbs, foods with added or unhealthy fat, starches lacking vitamins & fiber, etc.).

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EATing OATMEAL + EXERCISE EVERY DAY=77 pts.TOTAL CHOLESTROL DOWN for me!!

This worked for ME ,maybe it will work for YOU! EXERCISING EVERY DAY{well, almost-I took 1 day OFF a week] + EATING FLAVORED OATMEAL helped ME get my TOTAL CHOLESTROL and HDL and LDL down to NORMAL RANGES now!! I started Sparkpeople 4 mos. ago{Jan.2010} and this regimen for 1 meal only--breakfast-

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Be Prepared

Use snack-size ziplock bags for single-serving sizes of trail mix or nuts. These are great for on-the-go, unexpected changes in schedule, and road trips.

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Saskatoon Berries for Canadians

Co-op is now selling frozen Saskatoon Berries. Saskatoons have similar anti-oxidant properties to blueberries but taste different. They have more of a nutty/almond flavour. They are outstanding in baking but are excellent just as a snack or, as I did this morning, added to your cereal.

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