I find that if I prepare my meals for the week I'm less likely to cheat. I cook healthy stuff on Sunday and package it up for each day of the week. I find that I stay on track nutritionally, it saves time during the week and it's cheaper, too!
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A friend recommended that I chew sugar-free gum while cooking to keep from snacking during meal preparation. I have used that idea then and also when cleaning up after the meal and putting food away. I also chew gum when I am having a sweet craving after dinner. It cuts out the calories that I don't really want.
To save money, meal preparation and clean up time, I purchase 2-3 pkgs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they go on sale, wrap 2-3 breasts with my favorite seasoning in foil and freeze all foil pkgs in one large freezer bag. When you feel like it, take on pkg out of the bag and cook (from frozen) in oven @ 250ºF for 3-4 hrs while you go about your business (best if also baking potatoes or squash.) Meat always tender and you have low cal meals ready for the rest of the week.
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