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Pasta Swap!

We all know whole-wheat pasta is good for you, but I swap in bean sprouts. Steam them, and the texture is similar to pasta. Plus, you get a couple more servings of veggies, and fewer calories. Make your own plum tomato marinara sauce (I add garlic, thyme and onion). Staves off a comfort food binge!

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TIGHTEN UP

what i do to help me and i have been doing it for 2 weeks now and it seems to work, is wear a gurddle that you can get on with very little difficulty. It helps you to feel full fast other than water and it helps your body to start taking shape faster. I have lost an inch everywhere .

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GO Green Drink Mix

I had been trying to get used to the taste of the GO Green Drink Packets for a while but without success. So, I started to use them in my smoothies instead. The taste was incredible and I was able to use the product without any problem.

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Mixing Yogurts

I know the Greek style yogurts are better for me, but I still like the flavor of Yoplait light better. I have taken to mixing one part Yoplait light to one part Greek no-fat yogurt for the perfect blend of sweetness and health!

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Fruit Smoothies

If you're having trouble getting fruits into your diet, or into your kids' diet, try making fruit smoothies. One simple option is strawberries and bananas. Just whip it in the blender and you'll have a healthy snack or dessert while getting your daily fruits into your diet.

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"Salad Bar"

Since it's just me and hubby at home; making large salads sometimes meant waste. Now, I cut up all the ingredients (spinach, jicama, cucumbers, sun dried tomatoes, baby corn, garbanzo beans, snap peas, etc.) and stack them in separate containers in the fridge. It's our "personal salad bar."

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Avoiding Soy

Read labels carefully to ensure that foods do not contain any hidden soy.

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Small Meals Work!

Five small meals a day work so much better than 3 larger ones - to keep the hunger pangs away and stabilize hypoglycemia, eat some protein every 2-3 hours. Keep each minimeal under 300 calories.

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Sugarless gum

When having to cook or bake something that may be tempting to taste while I work, I pop a fresh piece of sugarless gum in my mouth to keep my mind off the temptation.

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Eat your veggies!

I have had the most success recently by planning my meals around a vegetable choice or two instead of around the main dish item. This was a great suggestion from a woman in my Weight Watchers group. It puts my focus on the veggies and I hardly ever miss having a healthy meal now!

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