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Water Makes You Less THIRSTY

A lot of people will tell you to drink more water to make yourself less hungry. For me, that NEVER works. Drinking water is great, but it doesn't make me want to eat less if I'm really, truly hungry. Hunger and thirst are governed by two DIFFERENT parts of the brain, so drinking more water will not ...

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Choice or Cheat?

When you eat something that isn't necessarily on your eating plan, like yummy holiday treats, do you make it a Choice or is it a Cheat? If you feel you're cheating, you're likely to feel like you've "blown it" and will then use that one bite of fudge or cake or whatever to justify completely going o...

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Yoga in Bed

Have trouble getting down on the floor to do yoga poses (or sit ups, or push ups, etc.)? Or maybe you're like me and struggle to get up when you're done? No problem! You can do a lot of those exercises IN BED until you're strong enough to do them on the floor!

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Make It Your Own

Don't do anything just because someone told you that you "should." Instead, find out what works for YOU and stick with it. So what if your best friend can't eat carbs? Maybe you need them in your diet to be happy and healthy. So what if that doctor on TV said you shouldn't eat after 7 PM? Maybe you ...

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Buy What You Don't Like

Fighting the Halloween candy splurge? Feel like the "bad guy" for banning junk food from your house? Here's a trick I use - buy foods you DON'T like. That way you're not tempted to chow down on something that you know isn't healthy. Hate fruity candy? Buy jelly beans to give out for Halloween. Hate ...

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Choose Real Sweet Over Artificial

Artificial sweeteners may save you calories, but it's not really that great a bargain. Artificial sweeteners have been connected to weight GAIN, INCREASED food cravings, INCREASED hunger, INCREASED insulin resistance leading to Diabetes and DECREASED ability to taste naturally sweet foods like fruit...

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Make it Livable

One of the fastest ways I end up killing my motivation is being too strict with myself and my plan. I have learned that I have to make it a plan I can LIVE WITH for the rest of my life. I'm not going to go the next 40 years without eating another piece of birthday cake, or without eating at a favori...

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Cook Once, Eat for Weeks!

I've recently started "big batch" cooking using modified recipes from a 30 day cooking book and recipes from my own healthy cookbooks. I spend one or two days cooking, freeze each meal with cooking instructions, and I'm set for two weeks at a time. It really helps eliminate those last-minute runs to...

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Balance

I find that omitting any one food group or "bad" food sets me up for failure. Limit my sugar? I'll be dying for candy, cookies and sweets. Fat? I'll be dreaming about bacon and burgers. The secret for me is finding BALANCE. At each meal, I try to make sure I eat a healthy carb, a lean protein and a ...

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Take a Break

Sometimes I feel myself becoming really rebellious with my eating and exercise plan. I start finding reasons not to exercise and I start becoming frustrated with all the foods I CAN'T have anymore. When this happens, the best thing I can do is take a break ... (continued)

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