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Make better choices

Instead of depriving us of all the good things we enjoy to eat, why don't we try to make better choices, that way avoiding the feeling of deprivation. Instead of the cream filled chocolate cake, why not choose a plainer sweet cake that satisfies the need for something satisfying without overloading

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Stretching Calories

Try added vinegar to your Kraft Free salad dressing - you save calories and it taste great.

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Five Alive!

Eating five fruits and vegetables each day is paramount to good health. If you are having a hard time "digesting" this fact, try having a few fruits and veggies in a smoothie in the morning. The added fiber is a healthy and refreshing way to start the day.

Thrive with 5!

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Container Gardening

If you don't have space for a full size garden, a great way to incorporate fresh food into your diet is to plant container gardens. The accomplishment of growing & nurturing a tomato, pepper, carrot...plant or seed to produce nutrient rich, flavorful fresh food can't be beat.

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Berry, Berry Protective

Add sweet cherries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries & blueberries to your regular diet - which are all chock full of antioxidants - rich in anthocyanins& other phytochemicals - to give your body an antiaging, anticancer wallop!

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Easy Healthy Snacking

The best snacking advice I can give is to buy produce such as carrots, celery, etc and get some snack size ziploc bags. Wash and cut up the produce and put it in the bags, stick them in the fridge and whenever you need a healthy snack there they are.

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Reduce, Reduce, Reduce

Do calorie cutting yourself! Most recipes can be changed, by cutting sugar in half or a quarter, eggs to egg whites or substitute, oil to applesauce, yogurt etc. Sauces and dressing the same, add plain tomatoes, extra vinegar, lemon juice. Can just add water to some dressing and chicken broth to...

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Water contest

i used to drink a lot of caffeine free diet soda--In order to get more water in, I made a rule for myself that I couldn't have a soda until I had finished my 8 glasses of water first. That helped me to build a healthy habit...and now, I rarely drink soda ever.

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Binge on the healthy bag

If I'm really hungry and I want to be able to eat a lot, I choose a bag of baby carrots or dehydrated apple chips, so if I eat the whole bag I've only downed about 150 calories!

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