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work on portion control

Before I serve a meal, I determine exactly what the correct portion is ahead of time and serve just that amount on the plate. Any left-overs are immediately put away so i'm not tempted to give myself seconds because its still sitting in the pan. emoticon

- Submitted by SOOZIEQUE55 11/24/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Moderating Salad Dressing

Getting salad dressing on the side is a no brainer when trying to eat better, but often the containers they bring out contain more dressing than they would have put on the salad in the first place! Dip your fork into your dressing before getting a bit of salad. That way every bite has a bit of dressing, but you save lots of calories. I can generally eat an entire dinner salad with 1 tsbp (or less) of dressing this way.

- Submitted by GOBLUE61403 3/9/2012 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments

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Waste

I was always taught to clean my plate so I wouldn't waste food. Then one day my husband asked me why it was less wasteful to use my body as a garbage can for food I didn't want or need. I have never, ever forgotten that. I can leave food I don't need on the plate now. I won't use my body as a garbage can.

- Submitted by POOKASLUAGH 6/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 15 Comments

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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

- Submitted by SING_LOUD 4/16/2010 in Healthy Eating | 26 Comments

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Think of your Calories as a Budget

The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it.

- Submitted by KEVINSBEBE 4/6/2010 in Healthy Eating | 15 Comments

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Lunch: Pack it at Night

I pack my lunch each night, usually when I'm cleaning up from dinner. That way, when I'm rushed in the morning, I can't forget to make a healthy lunch.

- Submitted by STEPFANIER 3/24/2010 in Healthy Eating | 49 Comments
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