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Soup is good for the "Spark"

Progresso - Light, Southwestern Vegetable soup and other items from their light line of soups is great for high fill, low calorie additions to my meals. Pick a favorite brand, find their best nutritional options and add one with your meals.

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TRY NEW FOODS!!

Healthy eating can seem boring but it doesn't have to be! Thanks to SP, I'm trying new recipes several times a week--learning to use different spices, enjoying different flavors, etc. It keeps it interesting and with all the recipes here, it's EASY, too!!

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Make yourself shop only at your local organic grocer

I only shop at Trader Joe's. Compared to chain store grocery stores, their products have been instrumental in helping me remove chemicals, pesticides, bio-engineered/modified, antibiotic enhanced, etc. foods from my diet. It's easy to only shop there and feel better... Just don't shop anywhere else!

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Substitution

Love Tim Horton's Iced Capps as much as I do? When you order, ask to have it made with white milk, instead of cream, and you'll save about 100 calories! Even having it made with chocolate milk will save you about 90 calories!

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drinking enough water

this works for me...i like regular water from the tap(we have a pur filter and it makes a huge difference). i fill up four 16.9 oz plastic bottles and put them on the side of the frig. as i use one i take another bottle out. they are convenient and i stay consistent with the water intake.

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Accurate Measurements

The little plastic cups that pudding or applesauce come in are exactly 1/2 cup. I keep them in the oatmeal box and have a stack of them handy to measure cereal, milk, etc. to keep me honest about how much I am eating. When in doubt, measure!

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Don't deprive yourself

Never deprive yourself. It only leads to failure in the end. If you want a slice of cake, have it. Bowl of ice cream? Eat it. Just don't over do it. Everything in moderation.

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Shopping healthy

If I get tempted by unhealthy options in the supermarket I quickly look around to see either a fit, good looking or a large, unfit person. Seeing a fit person I tell myself - thats what I want to look like. Seeing an unfit person I remind myself that I don't want to be there again.

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Yes you can have Ice Cream!

Invest in some kids cones - they are TINY only about 5 calories per cone. You can only fit about 1 -2 tbls of ice cream, which is about 1/4 of a normal serving. You can have two of these "cones" be completely satisfied and have had under 200 calories! Depending on your ice cream - under 100!

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Use The Spark Scale!

I love my Spark Scale for weighing foods. Since one of my big problems is portion control, the scale helps me regulate the amount I eat. It is my favorite Spark Item.

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