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Wear jeans when you get home

If you change when you get home from your day, wear jeans that fit. It will keep you from oversnacking and help maintain good posture!

- Submitted by TERRI289 12/26/2012 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Chewing a gum

When I feel like eating something, although I am not hungry, I chew a sugar free gum. That keeps my mouth fresh and busy and helps me stay within my calorie range!
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- Submitted by GKOSTOVA04 10/9/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Get Over It!

Sometimes we make mistakes! On purpose or not! Whoops, I ordered fries as a side instead of fruit! I ate the whole meal at the restaurant instead of splitting it in half! I went over my count for today!

The trick is to NOT regret what you did. Things happen, choices are made, but they don't have to affect you if you choose to learn your lesson and move on. So your last meal was less than healthy--make your next one great! Today you were bad? Tomorrow, be awesome! It's a journey, not a race.

- Submitted by CJADERUN 7/21/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 6 Comments
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Don't Let A Slip Trip You Up

When you slip and overeat or not exercise for a few days, don't allow yourself to "give up." Even if you overeat, you can still plan ahead on your tracker to eat a little for what's left of the day and just get right back to it the next day. Same with exercise, just get it in today, start slow...It is when we get into the thinking of "I already messed up, so I might as well really mess up" that we defeat ourselves. Just get right back on track and make the next choice a healthy one:)

- Submitted by SWEETSEASON 7/20/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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I'm addicted to food!!!

When I start eating something good I can't stop and end up stuffing myself. emoticon

- Submitted by CEALIE 4/17/2012 in Weight Loss | 8 Comments
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Remind yourself not to overeat using messages on place cards

SparkPeople recommends eating more slowly, and I've been making an effort to chew more thoroughly. To remind myself to do this, I made a little card saying, "Slow down". I attached it to a place card holder that I keep with my condiments.
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Setting it in front of me when we sit down to eat reminds me to look at it during my meal, and I chew more thoroughly.

It is working really well: I feel full before I have overeaten.

- Submitted by FIFIFRIZZLE 10/3/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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The Truth About Overeating...

you are NOT addicted to food... you are addicted to the way food makes you feel or a memory associated with it.

Often times we eat because we are bored (something to do), to procrastinate (after I eat this), to celebrate (Let them eat cake!), when we are stressed (chocolate), when we are PMSing (really another type of stress), etc.

We eat because we remember... for instance, most people have happy memories associated with cake (birthdays) and chocolate (boxes of candy)...

- Submitted by RENEEOFARRELL 6/16/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Overeating? Here is how to change your mind...

When we overeat, it is rarely because we are hungry. Instead, we eat to fulfill some other need. Maybe you eat out of boredom or stress, or to comfort yourself... whatever the reason, you are not eating excessive amounts because "the" body needs it... you are over eating because your emotional self does.

Next time you feel the desire to overeat, ask yourself, "What is best for THE body?"

Sometimes changing your mindset is the most important habit :)

- Submitted by RENEEOFARRELL 6/8/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Instant leftovers

Remove temptations to overeat immediately! When you are making a large batch meal, plate your portion (or portions if you are cooking for the family) and tupperware the rest and put in the fridge before you sit down to eat. It's not impossible to get seconds, but you'll have to think a little harder about whether that is really the choice you want to make.

- Submitted by KATJA-THE-GREAT 5/10/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Tea to manage overeating

When I'm struggling with overeating cravings, I make myself a cup (sometimes 2) of unsweetened tea. The tea itself is good for you and stifles cravings, but also the process and time it takes to make it helps distance you from that immediate craving.

- Submitted by RUNBUDDHARUN 4/13/2011 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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Perspective

If at the end of the day, I feel like I've made lots of bad choices, I look at my reports-in particular daily calorie differential. Even though you shouldn't use it everyday, alot of the time, I find that I have still burnt off 100kcal more than I ate, or that I'm actually level. This makes me more determined for the next day. I don't weigh myself the next day either-as a fellow sparker once said: your weight today is not a result of your actions yesterday. emoticon

- Submitted by SCAREWALDORF 4/3/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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Taste and smell: Understand smell is a large portion of flavor & eat mindfully

Nearly 90% of what we call taste is actually what we smell.
Use this to your advantage by eating slowly and mindfully.
Savor your food. Smell it before putting it into your mouth. Chew thoroughly. Experience it with all of your senses. This will allow you to experience pleasure, satisfaction and satiety, and reduce overeating.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 3/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating at Holidays

When it's a big holiday (or a personal holiday that means a lot), and it entails a big meal, wear some of your tightest pants during the meal. It reminds you not to overeat.

- Submitted by PUMPKIN_EATER 3/13/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the solution.

I don't put anything in my mouth without asking myself why I'm eating it. To see what it tastes like? Okay, just one. To refuel myself? Dig in. Because I feel like it? NOPE! when I simply "feel" like eating something, it usually means I'm "feeling" some other emotions, stress, fatigue, guilt and I'm just eating to not deal with them. Before I eat anything, I figure out what I'm really "feeling" first.

- Submitted by MRSPOTATOHEAD83 1/18/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Like to snack? Set the time of your next meal or snack and don't eat before then

I am one who is often hungry and needs a snack every 2.5-3 hours. To make sure I don't eat more often than that by habit, I set an alarm to the next time I can or should eat, and make sure not to eat before the alarm rings. So if I have lunch at noon, I will set the alarm on my phone to ring at 3pm. Then and only then am I allowed my snack, NOT before! This has actually helped me control my cravings and the number of times I eat per day!
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- Submitted by RUDBEKIA 11/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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My Cat

When there is a leftover of meat or fish - I donīt eat it. I give it to my cat. emoticon

- Submitted by FRIDA11 10/12/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Put on your favorite outfit!

It's ok to be all dressed up with no place to go! When you look good, you feel good and you will be less likely to overeat or snack :)

- Submitted by ANGELACOSTIC 9/17/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Binging? Eat your fruits

cravings getting the best of you,? Before you reach for that comfort food grab a carrot or apple, if possible wait until you've eaten your 5 servings of fruits/veggies , They provide bulk and will reduce your desire.

- Submitted by RIPPEDPAUL1 7/20/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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Food and Water

My relationship with food:
-Fill up half plate with veggies first then fist size portions of anything else (healthy of course)
-Eat from smaller containers
-Chew SLOWER and don't rush....sometimes I stop and pause
-Drink WATER constantly and consistently. ....my skin is looking better already

- Submitted by KJ_BALANCE_LIFE 7/16/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Say yes to the toothbrush... and no to dessert!!

I'm sure you've heard this one before, but there's a reason why...because IT REALLY WORKS!
As soon as you're done eating your healthy dinner, go brush your teeth immediately. You'll be much less tempted to dig into impulse desserts if your teeth are squeaky-clean.

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 7/12/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Stop Yourself from Overeating at Parties

Parties have all kinds of food that may make you want to binge. Stop yourself from binging by talking to the host or hostess beforehand about what the menu is, and portion it out before you even come to the party.

- Submitted by HALCYONREVERIE 7/12/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Carry the Food Instead of Eating It? Imagine...

Another visual that works for me when I'm hungry is imaging carrying the food with me all day (or forever!) instead of eating it. Would you want to carry that bag of fast food, then that piece of cake, then that bag of chips, then that steak dinner? Nope. The lighter the meal, the better. :)

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Make A List of Alternate Activities to Eating

I have a list of alternate activities to eating posted on my refrigerator. I look at it and do one of them when I am tempted to overeat. On that list I have things like exercise, reading, knitting, listening to music, guided imagery, dance around the room, play with my cats, play a computer game, etc.

- Submitted by CLASSY76 7/1/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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Not overeating at picnics

After eating a plate of food at a picnic, I pop in a piece of gum to prevent eating more food. It serves a dual purpose. Fresh breath & no overeating. :)

- Submitted by ROX5CAR 6/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Overspent your calories for the day?

Ca-ching. Overspent your calories today? Not to worry.
Everything zero's out again in the morning.
Start fresh each day.
Don't let today's overspending ruin your journey. There is always tomorrow.

- Submitted by LUNADRAGON 6/2/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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