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Face the Nutrition Facts

When storing food in the cupboard, turn it around so that the nutrition facts are facing outward instead of a picture of the product. That way, your first thought will be "are those calories worth it?", instead of an appetizing picture that might make you lose control of your food choices.

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Free Tupperware

Buy your prepackaged lunch meats in the hard rectangular containers you can find in the deli section of grocery stores. When you have finished all of the meat, don't throw it away. Just stick it in the dishwasher and keep reusing it for other items.

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Bring on the flavor!

Worried about how to make your low fat dishes flavorful? Put down the fat, and reach instead for some strong and healthy flavors instead. Lemon juice and jest can add some tartness to veggies, red pepper powder can add a spicy kick to meats, and you can never go wrong with garlic!

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Spa Water

Having trouble reaching your goal of 8 cups of water a day? Try adding some slices of cucumber and lemon to a water pitcher. Keep it in the refrigerator and treat yourself to tasty spa water throughout the day. A yummy alternative without the calories!

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Fruit Salad

If you are tired of green salads, try having a fruit salad with dinner instead. Fruit salads don't require fattening dressings, and can be high in fiber. Not to mention, it is an easy way to get husbands and kids to eat their full servings of fruit!

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High Fiber Breakfast

If you are a fan of breakfast cereals, try replacing a sugary cereal with one high in fiber. I find that when I eat Mini Wheats for breakfast, it actually keeps me full and prevents me from snacking before lunch time. Add some sweetness by choosing frosted flavors, or adding fruit.

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Stick to the list!

Make a shopping list at home (where you have more self control!). When you bring it to the store, only get the items that are on your list. So when you walk by the ice cream section and are tempted, look at the list, stick to it, and walk on by.

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