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Keep a healthy snack with you

Sometimes I get stuck in places or situations where I don't get to eat lunch or something else as planned. I carry a protein bar in my purse all the time. Then if I get tied up I can eat that so that I don't let myself get so hungry that I eat things I shouldn't or stuff myself.

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have a treat

allow yourself a small treat daily or weekly. I never used to be able to have one of something, let alone one small of whatever. But I have found that ONE hershey kiss at bedtime gives me a special treat, i let it melt on my tongue. iLike a fancy hotel sith chocolate on the pillow!

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Meal Planning

I like to use my Sundays to make meals for the rest of the week. I chop my veggies and put them in plastic storage bowls for my lunches. I cook one thing in the slow cooker to eat on all week. I portion it out for my meals so I never over eat it.

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Full Bars

Full Bars really work..just follow the directions on the box!

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Add some protein

The more you eat earlier on, the less you eat as the day wears on, research has shown. So after your cereal, add a hard-boiled egg or a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick to keep you feeling full -- and away from that pre-lunch brownie. Saves 200 (or more)

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Olive oil on EVERYTHING!

No more butter neccesary?I replaced butter with extra virgin olive oil, at my boyfriends request (he's a health nut). I didn't like the idea at first since i love butter but i tried it. Now I love it! I've shaved inches off my waist and discovered flavored oils! My fav is Sciabica's!

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Snack

I snack on healthy but filling snacks which help hold me over. Also chewing gum is helpful to keep me from snacking too much.

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What Would a Healthy Eater Do?

Before I eat something outside of a regular meal, I ask myself whether someone with a healthy relationship with food (like I strive for) would make the same choice. This makes me stop and think a second...and maybe make a different choice.

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Fast Food

Research your favorite fast food restaurants ahead of time. Pick healthy choices & keep a list on a 3x5 card in your purse or wallet. You'll be less likely to make a hasty decision.

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sodas were my enemy, water is my friend

Who knew fiber would make such a difference in my weight loss? I bought berries fresh when I could and when I couldn't I bought frozen {which turned out to be cheaper and better}. Changed to whole wheat pasta, fresh veggies, high fiber cereals, sandwich thins and albacore tuna to start and no sodas!

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