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The Joy Of Frozen Grapes

We all need fruit and veggies and freezing grapes is one way of making them last for weeks. I buy a bunch and pull them off the stem, wash them, but them in baggies and freeze them. I eat them frozen in my cottage cheese, salads or just for snacks. They are best when still slushy.

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Eat soup!

I like to eat a light soup that has between 60-100 calories per serving FIRST. I'm always in a hurry (& starving) when I get to the office after class at lunchtime & its REALLY tempting to shove everything in the kitchen into my mouth! Fill up on soup then decide how hungry you really are!

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Make Breakfast the night before

We have been making breakfast the night before and then can just heat and go in the morning to make sure we actually EAT breakfast. Pancakes are great after being toasted in the morning while we are getting ready!

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Don't swear off "bad" foods

No food should be called "bad". For example, I love ice cream (dessert) it's just that simple. Completely denying myself of it is a sure way to binge when I do get a taste. Be mindful of your eating habits, but squeeze in those treats you love! Moderation is key to a healthy diet NOT elimination.

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Dealing with leftovers

When cooking larger amounts of food for dinner, I "serve" dinner to my leftover containers at the same time as our dinner plates. No easy second helpings if things are already put away in the fridge ready for future lunches or dinners!

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There are NO Cheeto trees!

If it didn't have a mother or grow in the ground, I don't put it in my mouth! (I have to give credit to Jillian Michaels for this advice.)

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Staying on track daily with food

I pack my lunchbox everyday during the work week. I have a mid-morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack packed. This keeps me from going to the cafeteria - much easier to resist temptation!

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Go-to foods

Track your nutrients and have go-to snacks when you're lacking enough calcium, fiber, etc. for the day. It can be game to get all your nutrients from food rather than a multivitamin!

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Countdown To Eat

When I want a snack, I first drink some water and set the timer for 10 minutes. If at the end of 10 minutes I'm still hungry, I know that I am really hungry, and not just thirsty or bored.

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Keep Water Everywhere

Keep a glass filled w/water near you all day long. Drink it all at once, and fill it up again immediately to keep it going all day. Make it the first thing you do (okay second) in the morning. It'll become second nature.

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