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Say No to the pantry

Stay out of the pantry! There is nothing with 0 calories in there. If you want to snack, go to the veggies in the fridge, Sugar-free jello, or water!

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Homemade spray and wash

Mix in a spray bottle:
1/3 Dawn dish soap
1/3 water
1/3 ammonia

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menu planning

I plan a week at a time, but I usually end up changing some things. I keep a legal pad and use it only for menus. That way if I need to get quick ideas, I can just flip around some pages. This is a record of what my family likes and ends up being a great resource in itself!

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thoughts

When I start thinking about food or obsessing about meals, etc. - I tell myself "there's that thought again!" It reminds me that I am just in a habit of thinking about food and eating is a reaction not a necessity. Get busy living life - call a friend or write a note to someone!

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Soup before supper

Have a cup of low calorie soup before supper and you will eat less! Chicken broth based or beef broth based are best - avoid creamy or cheesy choices for best results.

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Wait...before you snack, read this!

If you think you are hungry, here is a method to find out whether you really are. When you feel like eating enjoy a glass of sparkling water, a pickle or a few raw vegie sticks. If you weren't really hungry it will take awhile to feel hungry. Wait until you feel those hunger pains and there is no do...

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Icky bites

When you take a bite of a treat and you are not wild about it - don't eat it! Throw it away!

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Never List

One of my favorite secrets is a Never List. When someone offers you something on your never list, you have a ready answer, "I never eat chips" or whatever is your shortfall. Some suggestions are fried foods, chips, chicken wings, hot dogs. What's on your Never List? How about it?

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