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Spark through a difficult day

Instead of bingeing or otherwise emotionally overeating, spend some time on the Spark People message boards and reading other members' blogs. It's much harder to stuff your face when you're reading about others' successes and challenges. It helps to put eating in to perspective and of course there a...

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Brush your teeth!

After I eat, I brush my teeth. Since nothing tastes good with toothpaste, I'm less likely to feel munch-y at work and therefore less likely to eat unnecessary snacks.

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Mini candies

It's hard for me to resist chocolate and if I resist too long, I end up binging on it every few weeks or so. So I allow myself a miniature (bite-size!) candy once a day (or twice a day sometimes), put it on my tracker, and factor it in for my nutrition for the day.

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Avoiding Coworker Candy Jars

My coworkers like to keep mini-candy bars at their desks, and I like to eat them! But the appeal is that they are free. So I implemented a 25 cent tax on each candy bar for myself. If I want candy, I have to pay for it. No longer do I eat 4-5 mini-candy bars a day thinking they don't have any conseq...

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GET THE SKINNY LATTE

At Starbucks, the venti Iced Coffee with skim milk is 170 calories, but a venti iced Skinny Latte or Venti Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato are both lower in calories. Get one of these and make sure to order it skinny (Skim Milk, Sugar Free Syrup) to save calories.

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Dice up your apples

Dice up your apples in small, bite size pieces so you can enjoy them as a good movie snack instead of popcorn or chips.

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Use Pam!

If you need to grease a pan (like to scramble eggs), use Pam instead of oil or butter. Especially if your food already has good fats in it, there's no point in adding extra and Pam does a great job of not adding what you don't need to your meals.

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Drink Egg Nog AND Milk!

I love egg nog around the holidays, but not the 170 calories that a half a cup packs - not to mention the extra fat. I take a half a cup of egg nog and mix it into a either a half a cup or full cup of 1% milk. The flavor is almost as strong and it lasts much longer - not to mention is a lot fewer ...

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