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Chicken

My husband and I buy two cornish hens at Aldi's for around $2 or $3 dollars. I rub all kinds of yummy herbs on the outside and throw in the rotisserie. Not only is the fat running off as it cooks, but we have perfect portions without having to break down a whole chicken ourselves.

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"Junkless" Grocery Shopping

When I go grocery shopping, I am surprised by the kinds of foods I don't buy anymore. Ice cream, chips, soda. I see them in other shopping carts & wonder why people are wasting their nutrition dollars on junk when they could have yogurt, oranges, and lemon water instead. My tastes HAVE changed!

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Red peppers

Eat red pepper strips

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Working Lunch

You're at an all day work meeting or in training and they provide lunch. Not all of it will be healthy. What do you do? You throw healthy snacks and fruit in your work bag. At lunch eat only healthy protein in the supplied lunch and supplement with your fruit etc. Everyone wins!

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Colas

I don't like diet Colas so I drink regular ones but limit myself to one or two a week. I enjoy the feeling I get when I tell the waitress or whoever, no thanks, I'll have water.

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FOOD PHOTOS

They say a picture is worth 1000 words...how true. This week one of my teams posted a FOOD PHOTO BLOG challenge. WOW!!! What an eye opener! I saw what I was eating and also what others were eating. Very inspiring. Then I got to thinking...pictures could be very useful. Here is my idea:

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veggies

i bulk up my foods with vegetables it leaves me feeling full longer and i dont have that i am dieting feeling

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Drinking Enough Water

I leave a water glass on my kitchen counter to remind me to drink plenty of water. Every time I see the glass, I drink at least 4 ounces of water.

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Individual Servings Of Refried Beans

I enjoy refried beans & need the folates, but can't finish a can fast enough, so I scoop a whole can into a clean ice-cube tray, freeze, then store the cubes in a gallon zip-loc bag. Each cube is apx. 1 oz., perfect for side-taste with just about any meal. I reheat cubes in micro - apx. 1 min each.

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Variety!

Try new foods, experiement with spices, discover fresh herbs, or even just change up your usual meal plans. I find I'm a lot more likely to start dreaming about a burger or nachos or something unhealthy if I'm bored with my food.

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