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Old 01-14-2010, 05:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Make sure you are getting enough fluids. Sometimes it is easy to mistake thirst for hunger. I drink a ton of iced tea since I am not much of a water drinker. I make a fresh pitcher every morning and by the evening it is gone. It keeps me hopping to the bathroom but I think it helps me not to retain salt that way.

I also make stir fry like Emily does. Just start throwing in the veggies and before you know it, you have a plate full of food with very little calories.

I am a salt lover- chips etc. Some people like sweets. Thank goodness that is the one thing I do not and have never missed! I make homemade Chex mix when I feel like a snack.

I use pretzels- no fat, rice chex- no fat, oyster crackers- very little fat. I lay it all out on a cookie sheet and spray it with the no fat butter spray. Sprinkle it with Ranch seasoning and a little Cajun spice and pop it in the toaster oven awhile. Comes out tasting like regular Chex mix minus all the fat. Another thing I do is measure absolutely everything. If the pretzels say a serving is 19 for x amount of calories- I count out exactly 19 pretzels, same with the rice chex and crackers. If I know I only have 100 calories left for the day for a snack- I count accordingly and only make that much.

Another thing I eat are the great big pretzel sticks- the ones that are about the size of your finger. Depending on the brand- 3 of them only have 60 calories- no fat. I make a dip of fat free sour cream- (2 tblsp are only 30 calories) and salsa -again no fat.

I am not much of a snacker but there are times when I do want something. I try to focus more on my meals and get the most bang for my buck so to say. Veggies, veggies and more veggies! Even a baked potato has no fat and is very filling. I will bake a potato for dinner, add ff butter spray, ff sour cream, turkey or ham, brocoli and even a slice of ff cheese, have some salad on the side and still come in around 250 calories.

Another favorite are Boca Burgers. I absolutely love those things! A hamburger with ff cheese on an Orowheat Sandwich thin- 200 calories. Throw tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle or whatever you like and it feels like you are eating a "real burger". Slice up a potato into fries and bake them. Burger and fries for a little over 300 calories and only 1.5 grams of fat! If you get full during your meals, you are less likely to WANT to snack.
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