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Traveling Lite

My husband packed a whole lot of healthy snacks for our weekend get-a-way. Every time we stopped for gas and a potty break I would say, "I want Doritos" and Mer would remind me that we had snacks in the car. We ate healthy snacks on the whole trip!

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Visual Aid

Portion control is very important. Keep in mind that your stomach is about the same size as your clenched fist. Compare your fist to the amount of food on your plate... and proceed with caution.

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Chicken to Fish

I know, a lot of us like meat (I'm so guilty) but i find that replacing chicken and red meat with fish or beans 3X a week has helped me curve that appetite. It also provides a lot of proteins.

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Breaking Free of Sugars Hold on You

I used to have to put 3 teaspons of sugar in my coffee. I tried sweetners, but they all tasted bitter to me. I used Sun Crystals sweetner, which is a natural sweetner, of the Stevia plant and a little sugar cane in with it. It helped me kick the habit. I now use that instead of sugar.

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Sugar & Spice...

Buy foods without a lot of sugars and salt. Aside from being bad for you, they contain amounts that no person would ever consume on their own. Buy foods that you can sugar and salt yourself that you control the amount.

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Holidays and weekends is not an excuse to eat bad!

You don't have to have a burger, dog, potato salad and ice cream! Think before you eat, make smart choices. Salad, fruit, lean meats, light on the bbq sauces. Feel good about yourself at the end of the day and enjoy your meal!

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Don't Rush...

Eating shouldn't always take 5 minutes. Your body doesnt register that you have eaten until about 20 mins after the food hits your mouth.

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Cool Breakfast

I combine 32oz container of vanilla yogurt and mix in a can of apple pie filling, stir well, refrigerate overnight. In the morning, spoon a serving into a dish top with handful of granola and enjoy.

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Barbecue Portions

When the BBQ invites start coming it doesn't have to be a challenge! Sampling a spoonful of each item is a lot better than eating a whole portion of each food. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, etc can all be split into quarters for sample sizes too. Split with your kids, hubby, etc. and erase guilt.

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Travel survival

WHen I am traveling, I make sure I bring a supply of healthy things along - a container of protein powder to add to cereal, oatmeal or as a drink, protein bars (Pure Protein), nuts, and dried fruits to name a few. WHen there are not enough healthy choices available I can turn to these items.

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