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Breakfast Cereal

Eating breakfast helps me to eat healther during the day. If I don't eat breakfast I want to snack on unhealthy foods, such as chips.

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Water

I, too find it hard to get in all my water. To help track it, I put 4 rubber bands around my 16 oz. bottle of water. Every time I finish a bottle, I refill it and take off one rubber band. When I have removed all the rubber bands, I've consumed all 8 cups of water I need each day.

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Prepare for Eating Out

If you know you're going to be eating out, download the nutritional info from the restaurant's website the day before. Then make 1-2 "safe" choices, or take the info with you. If you choose restaurants at the last minute, keep a file folder with the nutrition info pdf's in your car.

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Spike it with Spinach

Get more green into your diet...

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Mix it Up

Mix variety into your diet/menu to keep from getting bored. I used to think "ok, time to eat nothing but chicken, salads, and broccoli". After a couple weeks, I'd be bored with it and "splurging" constantly. Now I search out new recipes on this site and others and its working - no boredom so far!

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Question your choices

I've learned to take the time to ask myself regularly "is this worth it"? Is the thing I think I want to eat worth the bottom line to my success? Very often the answer is no. Sometimes it's yes... and that's ok. It's about making an informed, mindful decision.

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Gardening

I love planting my own garden for a number of reasons! 1) It's great exercise, 2) it helps me stay connected to nature, 3) it's hard not to eat all the great food that comes out of it! This year I've branched into fruits as well - I have strawberry plants in my hanging baskets! YUM!

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Share :)

Can't resist dessert??? That triple chocolate cheesecake look to good to say no? Order it! but ask for two spoons to share with your honey. Or ask for a small size or eat half and ask to take the other half home.

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Snacking To Reinforce Good Eating

I keep a small bowl of cut celery, carrots, etc. on the counter. Not only do I find it a great snack, but it makes me mindful of how much of eating is still a habit. See food, eat. For me, this reinforces good behavior while helping understand habitual eating - and ridding it.

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Cocoa Ice Cream

I add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to a serving of light vanilla ice cream and mix well. Tastes delicious and adds all those extra antioxidants to the snack. Yummy!

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