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GET INTO KNACK OF AVOIDING THE SNACK.

THERE'S nothing that wrecks a healthy eating plan more than snacking. But don't despair, here are some tips to help you avoid the urge to snack uncontrollably: 1. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plan to have healthy snacks throughout the day and don't skip meals or planned snacks. Skipping nutritious foods will make you feel uncontrollably hungry. 2. Cut out unhealthy snacks and, if you can, avoid buying them. There are many "good-for-you" snacks available so there is no reason why you should have a cupboard full of doughnuts and crisps. Read the back of food packages.

Look at the fat content. If it says more than five per cent per serving, look for a different snack. Healthy snacks that are low in fat content but high in satisfaction include pretzels, low-fat crackers, low-fat cookies, popcorn without butter, fruit, sugar-free chewing gum, liquorice and raw vegetables with non-fat salad dressing for dip.

3. Treat yourself to scented candles. When you feel like you need a snack, light the candles. The smell could make you forget about food.

4. Instead of a snack, have a drink. Try noncaffeinated herbal tea with a spoonful of honey. There are several drinks on the market with no caffeine or sugar. When the urge to snack comes, drink your favourite drink (not alcohol or sugar-filled coke), then decide if you really need the snack. 5. Take up something you can do with your hands - such as knitting, crosswords, puzzles, sewing, playing piano, painting your nails, weeding the garden or housework. It will get your mind off food and on to a healthy hobby. 6. Try not to watch TV, as it encourages snacking. When you watch TV, try to drink lots of water or tea to hydrate you and keep you filled up.

7. Brush or floss your teeth. When you're finished with a meal or a snack, brush and floss. 8. Think about what you are doing. Look at yourself in the mirror during this minute and ask, "Do I really want to eat this and pay the consequences?" 9. Keep a food diary. Every time you eat something, write it down.

This will help you keep track of what you've eaten. Snacking and nibbling can be the death of a healthy diet.

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Date:Apr 5, 2010
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