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Moms can opt to dilute sugary juice drinks by adding water. This way there is a lower caloric intake, while both moms and kids can still enjoy the juice taste.
We're not saying to devour the entire bag of cookies, but one cookie here and there won't hurt you. Just make sure it's only an occasional part of your otherwise healthy diet.
Take it slow
Don't throw yourself in a hundred directions at once. Introduce new foods into your diet one step at a time. Start with a new vegetable one week, and a different fruit the next.
Pay attention to your body — are you really hungry, or are you just trying to fill time between work and primetime TV?
Know the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Pay attention to the labels on your food — just because it says organic on the front doesn't mean it's necessarily your best option.
Not all fat is the same
Saturated fats increase your risk of coronary disease but monounsaturated fats found in things like olive oil can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Know the difference and implement it into your routine.
Go for the pretty colors
Fruits and vegetables that are brighter and deeper in color contain higher concentrations of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential to a healthy way of life.
Beans, nuts, peas and soy products are great sources of protein and fiber. Foods from this group such as black beans and almonds also provide your body with iron.
Enjoy your meal
Take time to actually chew your food. Eating too quickly increases your chances of consuming too much. By the time your brain actually catches up with your stomach, you'll already be in a food coma.
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