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When I crave something sweet...

Whether it's in the afternoon or evening, I'll make a cup of decaf coffee and I avoid eating junk. (Granted, the coffee has creamer in it, but it's lower in calories than the candy or pastry I could grab!)

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Beating a sweet craving

Whenever I get a craving I eat a piece of fruity sugar free gum and that usually helps fight off the craving and no calories :)

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Just chill it!

Every weekend I buy a large family pack of skinless/boneless chicken breasts, split them in halves and bake or grill the whole lot. Over the week I add it to soups, stews, or sprinkle seasonings to make it a main dish. It saves me SO much time on weekdays and I always have food in a pinch.

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Cooking for One

I buy family size packages of meat and poultry and freeze individual portions that I can cook on my George Foreman grill. No fuss, no muss!!

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Water Addition

I have one or two cups of water before my first cup of coffee. When I take vitamins, allergy tablets or whatever, I don't take them all at once any more. One per swallow with a few swallows in between. By the time that's done, perhaps another 2 classes done!

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Moderation

If you completely cut out that one vice you're setting yourself up for a binge. Find smaller servings that fit in your day & soon you'll find you can live without!! And you still have a nice treat once in a while.

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JR size it!

When someone asks you to supersize, ask for the Junior version instead. Then take your time enjoying it. You can still enjoy your food, just a smaller version. See if the restaurant has a low cal option or sub a salad instead of a side. (easy on the dressing!)

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CARROTS ANYONE

I never liked eating carrots, but I liked juicing carrots. Well I bought a small bag of mini carrots to snack on at work and I have grown to really like them. They are sweet and crunchy, and after so much chewing I'm satisfied.

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Trick your water in!

I can't look at a big bottle of water without getting discouraged. But I have found that if I have a big bottle and add just 16 ozs. of water to it at a time, it's easy to drink that "small" looking amount. Do that 4 times (add a rubberband to the bottle each time to keep track), done!

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Chocolate fix

To curb my chocolate craving, I make diet hot chocolate. It takes a while to drink it, because its hot, and I get the chocolate taste with little calories.

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