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1/22/12 12:03 A

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This might sound a little bad, but about the sweet tooth, I have one too, I got a bag of individually wrapped dark chocolate and i have them on hand, I don't eat them as often and I do add them to my tracker as a snack if I do have them, I think knowing they are there when I need them helps me, otherwise, I would just be impulsive and pick up something that is worse. Remember everything is ok in moderation and one or two pieces is not a bad thing.

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1/21/12 11:55 P

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There are a ton of resources here! I recommend starting with the nutrition/food tracker because that is the key element in weight loss for most people. Then, once you are comfortable with tracking your food on a daily basis, you can slowly start adding in and exploring more areas of this site. I still find something new here almost every day. It works well for me. I've tracked everything since May 9th and am over 70 pounds lighter to show for it. It takes a little bit of time, but it is sooooo worth it!

Regarding your sweet tooth, I have the same issue. Fruits are sweet, but usually have more calories than veggies. A couple weeks ago, I started sprinkling a little bit of Truvia (a stevia-based sugar substitute) on some of my veggies and that has really renewed my interest in them. I enjoy veggies anyway, but the sweet Truvia made them even more appealing to me. Salads are another option as there are a lot of sweet, low-calorie dressings out there can help satisfy sweet cravings. I would just try a lot of different foods (in small portions), then you can check how they calculate out in the food tracker and make your choices from there.
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1/11/12 11:34 P

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The best way for me to stay away from the sweets is to fill up on water and tea. That way I'm still putting things in my mouth but they are no/low cal. I was never a big water drinker but after purposefully drinking it for a few weeks it finally became a habit.



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1/8/12 6:14 P

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Welcome Laurie! So glad you're here. Take a look around and let us know what we can do to help and support!
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1/8/12 12:28 A

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Welcome to SparkPeople and to our team! I hope you'll love it here.
One bit of advice about sweets comes from my mom - she's been slender her whole life, eats lots of fruits and veggies and is very active. But she loves sweets, she's just able to eat them in sparingly. Easier said than done for me I know but maybe allowing yourself guilt free enjoyment of a sweet on occasion will help.

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1/7/12 7:44 P

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I am new to Spark and need motivational ideas as well as creative ways to lose weight. I am pretty active but need to eat less. What foods do you find fill you up yet are easy to make? I love fruits and veggies but also have a sweet tooth . . . how do I give that up? Thanks for your ideas.

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