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Cravings

When I get a case of the munchies, I reach for a handful of either almonds or small berries (like blueberries). That way I'm not snacking on junk food! I bring a small bag of either almonds or berries with me to school to snack on at break time during my very long class!

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Eat your veggies first!

A while ago, I made a conscious effort to try and eat the veggies on my plate first. Now, it is habit! I crave eating my vegetables and will eat all of them even before half of my sandwich or main entree is gone! Plus, it gives me a much more satisfied feeling -- physically and mentally!

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pump up your soup

try adding a serving of brown rice to low calorie cans of veggie soup. I like the progresso light soups. Adding the rice make the soup really filling.

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Good vs. Bad

Don't eat unhealthy foods just to make your calorie, fat, carb, etc. If you make healthier choices you will find that you can eat twice as much. Hitting your numbers are great, but you still need to think healthy.

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Strive for Five

I make sure that I have a fruit with breakfast every day. I try to include 1 fruit and 1 vegetable with lunch and have at least 2 veggies with dinner. That way I get at least 5 fruits & veggies per day.

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Don't eat food you hate!

Just because something is good for you doesn't mean you have to like it! Why eat things you don't like just because they are "healthy"? It will just leave you resentful and more likely to binge. Experiment, find out what you like and then ENJOY eating!

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Eating Healthy On a Vacation Day Trip

On a recent day trip to a fun theme park, I felt like I was going to have to succumb to all of the junk food during the day. Taking about 5 minutes to plan and take water to bring in with me, as well as small packets of raisins and sunflower seeds, and carrots saved the day.

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SuGARY dRINKS

Did you know that drinking these types of drinks can make your blood pressure go up.

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Leftover salsa = easy Gazpacho!

Put leftover salsa (ie. from a party) in the blender with cucumber and some tomato soup or more tomatoes. It's delish---a spicier gazpacho, but not hot at all.

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To add flavor...

I have learned that jalapenos can add a lot of flavor to things and are very very low in calories. I sometimes put them in my salad and find they can make it more satisfying than just salad and dressing alone.

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