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Developing Your Plan For Good Eating Habits

Good eating habits start long before you put food in your mouth. America's overweight tend to eat too much, too fast, too often - and for all the wrong reasons. For those people sunk by poor eating habits, the first step to losing weight, and the key to not gaining it back, is to change their habits.

At age 38, Roxann Baillergeon has finally learned to control the way she eats. The 5'1" Californian weighs slightly over 100 pounds - back in the early 80s, she tipped the scales at 185. The new and improved Roxann says that what she eats hasn't changed all that much over the years - but how she eats is another matter. "In the old days, I had no idea what I consumed. I'd just eat nonstop from 5:00 AM to midnight." she says. "These days, I'm aware of what goes in my mouth. When I eat, I sit down and I make it an occasion."

You can start making changes by taking some smart measures for preventing bad eating habits before they start. One example is to share your good eating intentions when you go out with a partner or friend. Say right away, "I'm only going to have one drink tonight, and I'm not going to eat any dessert." By going public with your plan, you're less likely to break it.

Here are some other good ideas:

  • When you go food shopping, have a list, and stick to it. Avoid impulse purchases that tend to fatten the thighs and thin the wallet.
  • Make snacking more difficult.
  • Buy brownie mix rather than brownies and use Steviva Blend or equivalent to make it.
  • Store high-card, high-fat foods toward the back of the cupboards, way up high.
  • Have the apples, baby carrots, and other fresh fruits and up front.
  • When dining out, chose a restaurant that you know has low-carb offerings.
  • Beware of ordering your dressing on the side. To impress you with their generosity, some chefs will dish out twice as much as they would normally pour over a salad. Even if you use only half of what you're given, you'll still be getting just as many calories and as much fat as in a salad that's served intact.
  • At parties, don't strike up conversation next to the buffet table with its lure of cheese cubes, nuts, olives and other high-calorie/carb edibles. Hang out on the other side of the room.

Good luck!

Low Carb Gingerbread
Makes approximately 9 servings


1 cup ground almonds (start with about 2/3 cup raw almonds and grind fine in a food processor)
1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup Steviva Blend or equivalent
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup shredded zucchini


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, molasses, egg and water. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk just until well combined. Add zucchini; whisk briefly to distribute evenly. Pour batter into an 8- by 8-inch baking pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Carbohydrates per Serving: 1.19 - Carbohydrates per Serving minus Fiber: 0.91

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