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I've learned over the year that what works for me is the balanced diet approach advocated by Spark and Weight Watchers. I know that other eating plans work for other people, but I listen to my own body, and this is what makes me feel energized. I will occasionally notice myself craving a certain food and I pay attention and examine if I've somehow missed the boat. I usually have! Re-establishing the balance usually takes care of the craving.
My dietician advocates I use a 40 gram, or 1.4 ounce, fruit fitness bar at 10 AM and 3 PM. I buy the same dried fruits and nuts in bulk and mix them. To make sure I don't overeat, I weigh them up on a little, inexpensive electric scale that has metric and standard weights. It keep me out of trouble.
The fruit and nuts provide an energy boost. I save money, too. Most dried fruit and nut bars retail for $1.50-$2.00. That means I would eat nearly $60 worth each month if I bough the bars. Plus, I am buying in bulk so there is only a plastic bag to be recycled, no wrappers in the garbage.
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