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Portion Control Hints

If I buy a bag of crunchy snacks, the first thing I do is separate them into individual zip lock baggies. Even if I overeat, at least I know how many I ate. Never eat directly from the bag!
Weighing and measuring is also a key. Depending on your eyes to give an accurate estimate of what yo...

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Staying on Track

If I am having trouble getting back on track I find it helps me to track what I am planning to eat ahead of time. That way I am more careful about portion size and can estimate the calories more accurately. I also learned never to eat snacks directly from the bag. When I buy them I count out servi...

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Outdoor Exercise

Tuck a few plastic bags in your pocket when you go for a walk outdoors. Pick up litter along your way. It cleans up the environment and helps the waist when you bend over. Bring gloves!

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Christmas Baking

I tried some healthy recipes and they really don't taste good enough to give in my gift baskets. I decided to make half of each of my favorite recipes which will give me enough cookies for the baskets but not leave enough left to tempt me for days on end.

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Using Less Peanut butter

I love peanut butter but find that if I use the chunky version I tend to use at least twice as much on my toast and sandwiches as when I use the smooth variety. Go for the smooth kind and save a lot of calories!

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Avoiding the Bedtime Snack

I find that if I go to bed just a tiny bit hungry the scale will drop in the morning. I don't mean, stomach growling starving, but just the feeling that I could eat a little more. I also sleep better if I am not over full.

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Make Your Own Greek Yogurt

I took a whipped topping bowl, heated up a phillips screwdriver and punched some holes in it to make a small colander. Then I line it with a coffee filter, put in a cup of plain yogurt, set it in a bowl, cover and let the whey drain out over night. Add sweetener and fruit and yum! Much cheaper.

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Cleaning Up the Environment

I tuck a few plastic grocery bags in my pocket when I go for a walk. Along the way I pick up any litter I see along the road and drop it off at the trash cans at the local beach. I not only get lots of exercise, but I am enjoying nature a lot more. Bring a glove to protect your hands!

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Asparagus On the Grill

I have a large asparagus patch and my favorite way to cook it is to spray a few spears with olive oil, dust with garlic powder, wrap in a paper thin slice of deli ham and put it on the grill until the ham is crispy and browned.

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Accurate Measurements

The little plastic cups that pudding or applesauce come in are exactly 1/2 cup. I keep them in the oatmeal box and have a stack of them handy to measure cereal, milk, etc. to keep me honest about how much I am eating. When in doubt, measure!

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