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pre plan food & snacks for the day

i find that the easiest way to keep me on track is planning all the food i am going to eat for the day on Spark-BEFORE i start eating. i then go back the next morning to fix anything that was different.

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Stick to the list!

Make a shopping list at home (where you have more self control!). When you bring it to the store, only get the items that are on your list. So when you walk by the ice cream section and are tempted, look at the list, stick to it, and walk on by.

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Squash your Pasta Carbs

Try substituting spaghetti squash for regular pasta next time you have spaghetti. It's quick and easy to cook in a zip-lock steamer bag in the microwave, and it tastes great with a good marinara sauce. Our whole family has enjoyed this and the kids even eat it!

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Almonds are a girls best friend!

I find myself overloaded at my office and deciding to take a later lunch than usual. At those points I am so hungry and just craving that junky sugary stuff from the vending machines. I like to keep a ziploc baggie of natural almonds in my desk drawer to munch on in emergencies.

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Coffee and Water

I try to follow Dr Oz's rule of thumb...drink a cup of water each time you drink a cup of coffee..

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Drink Water

Water doesn't make you lose weight, but does help in the process of losing weight. It is part of the important factors of weight loss.

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Snack before dinner

Often I have to serve dinner later than I would like, since we always try to sit down together. To keep from over eating because I am too hungry , a small snack holds me over and I can wait dinner comfortably. It doesn't take much, less than 100 calories and I am fine.

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Have a sweet tooth?

Sugar free Jello and fat free cool whip help me with keep cravings down. Add some fresh fruit and you have a healthy and delicious dessert

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Bag Your Own

When checking out at the grocery store use the self-service line. You will be busy ringing up your own order and won't be tempted to scan the candy display.
via yahoo: http://health.yahoo.com/experts/healthieryou/16610/slash-your-grocery-bill-and-still-eat-well/

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fresh food is better

I shop 3 -4 times a week now instead of once a week . That way I have the freshest produce and meats and my meals are prepared with optimal products. Using ingredients made from scratch are healthier and tastier. My family has noticed the difference in quality too.

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