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Small plate or big bowl

I've read a lot of articles and posts that encourage people to eat from smaller plates since smaller plates make portions look better. I've tried something else that works, too. I like to make a stir fry and eat it from a big bowl. Even if I pile in a lot of veggies and some rice and protein, the po...

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Pretending to be a coach

At the gym, I tend to get bored and sometimes cranky if I'm working out hard. So I've started to pretend like I'm a coach. I look at someone running on the treadmill and think, "You go, girl" or "That's the way to do it." It takes what might be a critical thought and makes it really positive, and it...

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Idea bank

When it comes to healthy eating and exercise, one of the most important things I've learned is to *pay attention* when others make suggestions. Something might not seem like it's right for me at one time, but the more I pay attention, the more I build up a "bank" of ideas and tips I can turn to late...

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Taking SP on the road

I'm on vacation, and I've taken SP right along with me. It's so great to have a routine of tracking my food, checking in with friends, seeing everyone's updates, and knowing that I'm on a journey - and not just a quick fix - to better health.

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Worry stone

I carry a little worry stone in my pocket and sometimes in my hand. It helps me stay on track. When I'm worried about eating too much because I'm going to a dinner party or feeling stressed or whatever, I can just hold onto it. It's amazing how centered that little stone makes me feel.

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Chopsticks

I'm sure someone's probably already suggested this, but I like to eat with chopsticks from time to time. It always slows down my eating!

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Super Foods - Trying Them All

There's an article here about 100 Super Foods (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=307). I read it and felt incredibly motivated, so I decided to challenge myself to bring more variety to what I eat. So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to try my best to check off ever...

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Calling it a day

I use the "analyze my diet" button at the end of the day as a way to stay away from evening snacking. Even if I plan on having a snack later, I'll plug it in right after dinner. That way, if I wander down to the fridge later that night, I'll feel less temptation to just have a bit of this or that ...

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