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Just 1 Cookie A Day...

Having just ONE unplanned cookie, or 50 extra calories daily, can add up to 18,250 calories in a year. If those calories are not burned, they'll be stored as just over 5 lbs of fat. Knowing this little stat keeps me from taking those little bites!

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Go-To Fruits and Vegs

Trying to be sure that I get 5-6 fruits and vegs a day! My summer days are crazy so these are my faves that I keep at home and work pre-packed and ready: Sugarfree Applesauce, Low Sodium V8 cans, 6 prunes or apricots, 1 1/2 cups green beans, 1 oz raw almonds. If I get these, then I"ve met my goal!

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Make Your Own 100-Cal Packs

Pre-packing food in portions and in units of 100 calories helps me stay within the calories I need for the day. On busy days I can pack for lunch and breakfast by grabbing my "food units" - 10 items = 1000 cals - I can toss them into my lunch bag and stay within my calorie guidelines!!

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Brush Your Teerth

When I've eaten my calories for the day I brush my teeth. I'm less likely to grab an extra snack when I have already cleaned my teeth. Bonus -- mouth is minty fresh and water is extra refreshing.

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Green Beans

Green beans are my go-to vegetable. I keep a case of canned green beans in my pantry for times when I'm out of fresh veggies or when I'm too tired to prep dinner.

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