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If you want a serving of ice cream or other indulgence, try using an old coffee

cup (not the "mega-mugs" so common now) or other similar dish as a bowl. I have an old set of dishes where the coffee cups are 8 ounces. It's easier to estimate the appropriate portion size with smaller dishes. You can also use other non-traditional dishes/containers that hold less than today's l...

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Dealing with Cravings -- if you are really craving a food or a treat but know it's not

healthy or will set you back, tell yourself you can eat it tomorrow if you really want it. This takes the pressure off and removes the frustration of not being able to eat something you want, because you can still have it, but just tomorrow. For me, though, usually by the next day my craving has p...

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If you are going to be eating out or going to a party, try eating

a serving of vegetables before you go if you can. Many restaurants serve large portions of the entrees but don't always include vegetables other than potatoes or a side salad. Parties and cookouts may not have a lot of healthy food available. By eating a veggie serving before going, you won't be ...

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When you see or experience bad behavior by others such as bad driving, tailgaiting,

rudeness, and other behaviors, rather than focusing on that individual and his/her behavior, notice instead all the other people you encounter during the day who behave kindly, ethically, courteously and rationally. There are many, many more of them if you look for them. The everyday kindnesses an...

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Focus on Gaining Health if You are Frustrated

If the scale isn't moving downwards, you are frustrated by your eating plan, or you want to skip your exercise session, switch your focus to "gaining health" instead. Eating healthily, any exercise, even if only 10 minutes, is still progress, and you are gaining health, even if you are not losing w...

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When you lift or pick something up, tighten your abdominal muscles

Tightening/pulling in/tensing your abdominal/stomach muscles will help support your lower back when you are picking up an object. This will help protect your lower back and help prevent a back strain. You still need to properly lift items using your legs rather than bending over, but tightening yo...

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Avoid Advertising Flyers and Commercials

If you tend to make impulse buys or just want to save money, try ignoring commercials and not reading the flyers and advertisements in magazines, newspapers and other places. When a commercial comes on while you're watching television, mute the sound or leave the room. When shopping, go directly t...

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Marinated chicken for dinner

If you have a package of chicken you plan to freeze, divide the chicken into individual meal-sized containers. Add your favorite marinade, label and freeze. When you are ready for that meal, move the portion in the morning to the refrigerator to thaw. It will marinate while it is thawing.

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To make sure I eat enough servings of fruit and vegetables each day

I have added additional "other goals" to my "Other Goals" page. Near the top of the page above my "Fast Break" goals is an area for "other goals." I added a goal for eating one serving of fruit with breakfast, one for eating a serving of fruit at lunch and one for eating a serving of vegetables at...

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Prep Ahead

If you will be using the same vegetables or fruits for multiple meals, wash and cut them up all at the same time. It will save you from repeating yourself for each following meal and you'll only have to clean up once.

This approach works better for those vegetables and fruits that do not wil...

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