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Small Meals Work!

Five small meals a day work so much better than 3 larger ones - to keep the hunger pangs away and stabilize hypoglycemia, eat some protein every 2-3 hours. Keep each minimeal under 300 calories.

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Sugarless gum

When having to cook or bake something that may be tempting to taste while I work, I pop a fresh piece of sugarless gum in my mouth to keep my mind off the temptation.

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Eat your veggies!

I have had the most success recently by planning my meals around a vegetable choice or two instead of around the main dish item. This was a great suggestion from a woman in my Weight Watchers group. It puts my focus on the veggies and I hardly ever miss having a healthy meal now!

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Sandwich dressing; tasty and low cal

While shopping at Trader Joe's, I noticed a red pepper and artichoke tapenade. I was trying to find something to substitute for traditional mayo on a sandwich. The only thing I knew of "tapenade" is that I had heard it on the Food Network. Turns out it is a tasty substitute for mayo and only 20 cal.

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Water...it does a body good!

I drink at least 24oz of water first thing in the morning to make sure I'm hydrated before exercising...and I usually drink another 24oz while exercising. It's a good way to get most of your water in before lunch. The last two cups are a breeze! Cheers!

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eating fresh fruits and vegetables

my family likes to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. i find that this helps me to keep off the extra weight i have lost and from gaining any of that weight back.it helps me to stay on track,too.

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I ate McDonald's

I had McDonald's for breakfast. But I think this may be a secret to my downfall

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End Sugar Cravings

Stay away from sugar yet end those strong sugar cravings by sucking on a sugar free Life Saver. They come in all flavors and are low in calories, Make sure you only eat one serving (4 candies) a day.

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Portion control

I can't always control the cooking in my house. So when it's a one dish meal someone else made, I use a 1 cup measuring cup. I usually add a salad or vegetable for a side. For a to go option, use the snack size gladware (they hold about 9.5 oz) for a lunch portion. Easier to put in a lunch box too.

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Measure by gram weight whenever possible.

For solid foods, I try to measure by the gram, with an electronic scale, whenever possible. It is the most precise unit of measurement, and is especially important with calorie dense foods, like almonds.

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