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Heat peanutbutter in micro for 30 seconds

I did this before spreading on my bread and it thins it out and helps it last longer (ie one tablespoon goes alot further) I was excited to figure this one out

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Flavour

Try cooking vegetables in a light stock instead of plain water: it makes them so much tastier.

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Time Savings - Cooking Brown Rice

After working out, I start cooking my brown rice before I jump in the shower. By the time I'm done with my shower, the rice is about half cooked and which leaves about the perfect amount of time to finish cooking the rest of the meal. (Meat and vegetables)

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Plan ahead!!!

If you plan ahead for the day chances are that you'll stick to it and won't over eat that day. It is when I have no idea what I'll be eating that I end up making rush choices when I'm really hungry and in result my choices are not the best ones.

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Never quit learning, Keeps me moving in right direction

I have done diet therapy for over 14 years now. Long enough that it should be a pro, but if I keep reading books and information about the diet helps me to stay motivated and it is amazing all the good things I learn.

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Cutting portions and helping your bottom line.

To cut portion sizes, calories and my grocery budget I buy lean hamburger in club packs and divide it at home. I now divide it into 3/4 pound packs instead of 1 pound packs. This does not affect the taste of recipes. It cuts calories and it makes my grocery budget go further.

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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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Eat your veggies

Buy local veggies each week and cook what is in season. Make sure your spice drawer is stocked and mix it up!

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Grapes!

Healthy eating can be hard, especially when your craving sweet foods. So instead off going for a bar of chocolate, sweets, or a big of crisps... garb a bag of grapes! This will stop you feeling hungry and is a healthy alternative. It is also a great idea if you are simply eating through boredom! xxx

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The secret is this...it all begins in your mind.

It's all about mind power, not willpower.

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