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my sweet potato secret

I bake 5-6 medium sweet potatoes at a time and keep them in the fridge for an afternoon snack. I prefer them COLD- w/ a sprinkle of cinnamon - only 100 calories for a medium- 500g of potassium, 4 g of fiber, 2 g of protein. Tastes like pie to me!

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Cutting Calories # 2

Hot Summers = Frozen pops!

Frozen posicles always are a great treat when it is so hot. I remember eating them, thinking well they are only 70 calories, but they are filled with empty sugar calories!

So now, I freeze grapes, strawberries, cherries & bananas for frozen treats!!!

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Eat in the Car

Most people think it's bad for you, but here's what it does: It forces you to think ahead of time what you will eat, and then pack it and take it with you. You can't change your mind for something less healthy, you can't go back to the fridge for "just one more" and you're limited to finger foods,

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Ice Cream Cravings

Summer's coming and that means there are icecream stands everywhere. Freeze your yogourt and put it into a cone. Chuck the cone when you've finished your "icecream".

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Cutting Calories # 1

I love ice cream, but ice cream has a lot of calories. So I freeze the individual chocolate mousse (Jello) containers and eat that like ice cream.

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Skip the buffet and order off the menu

Whenever I go to a restaurant that has a buffet, I ask to order off the menu. I've learned that I just don't have the willpower for a buffet, and I'm always trying to "eat my money's worth." I'm just as satisfied with a plate of my own.

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Staying out of the kitchen at night

After dinner, I immediately prepare lunch for the next day and clean up the kitchen. I grab enough water to keep me drinking the rest of the night. If I'm a allowed a snack later, I take it with me and then the kitchen is closed for the night.

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Oatmeal & Peanut Butter

A tablespoon of peanut butter in my oatmeal with a sprinkle of Splenda is my FAVORITE breakfast! It makes me look forward to morning!

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Set your place

Take the time to set a place and eat your meals at the table. Don't do anything else while eating. Mindfulness during mealtimes will go a long way to helping you feel full and satisfied. And, even better, you will eat less!

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No Empty Calories

I've re-focused my weight loss efforts through choosing foods that truly fuel my body. While I can plan for treats, they're so often empty calories that add nothing to my health. Nutritious foods are generally higher volume foods too which helps me with staying full for longer.

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