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Hungry Girl Today: 1.02.08


Dear Hungry Girl,

I know so many people make New Year's resolutions to eat better, and then

they give up within a week or two. Why do you think this is the case, and

what can I do to avoid falling into that same trap?

Addie Wants Advice

Dear Addie,

Happy 2008!!! Great question. You're right! So many people say they're

going to start eating better in January, and then two weeks later, they're

back to their old habits. I have a theory or two about this -- and basically it

all boils down to setting realistic goals. Here are my TOP ATE tips for

successful eating in 2008. Ready? Good...

1. Don't go "on a diet". While diet plans can be helpful, if you think of

yourself as being "on a diet", everything will be too black and white. If you're

on a diet and suddenly you have a little setback, you may decide you're "off

your diet" and go back to your old ways. Think of your new eating plan as

more of a lifestyle change -- one that will have ups and downs, with good

days and bad.

2. Don't deprive yourself. Remember, your new eating plan shouldn't be

about deprivation. It should be about SATISFACTION. Find foods you LOVE --

ones that satisfy you but are better choices. This is KEY.

3. Drink lots of water. Water is good for you. It's good for your skin and your

metabolism. And it helps fill you up. Plus, not enough water can make you

cranky and more likely to make bad food choices.

4. Listen to your body. It knows things. If you know that eating cereal for

breakfast makes you hungrier throughout the day, then don't eat cereal in

the morning. Pay close attention to your body cues. This will help


5. Live one day (or even one MEAL) at a time. Don't be discouraged and beat

yourself up if you fall off the wagon and eat badly -- just be more aware of

what you eat during your next meal.

6. Get exercise with activities you enjoy. I used to HATE exercising. I feared

it. Now I exercise but only do what I like (which happens to be walking on a

treadmill 5 times a week while watching reality TV, and weight training 2

times a week with a friend). Find something you actually like to do, and you'll

do it. Don't take on an exercise routine that causes pain or discomfort --

you'll just end up ditching it completely. (And I know this isn't an EATING tip,

but it's important!)

7. Let yourself cheat a little. Everyone strays once in a while. It's totally

normal. Splurge when you need to, and enjoy it (don't feel guilty)! Then get

RIGHT back on track, and prove to yourself that you can handle a cheat

meal now and then.

8. Keep track of what you eat. Write it down. As dorky as it sounds, you

WILL 100% without a doubt do better if you hold yourself accountable for

what you eat by keeping a food journal. Just do it -- even if you only write in

it every OTHER day.

Good luck -- and have fun!

Dear HG,

I love soups. Do you think eating soup is a good idea? And what are some of

your favorite packaged or canned soups?


Dear Soup-lover,

I love soup, too! A LOT!!! And I eat a TON of it. Not only does it taste good,

but it fills you up as well. There are studies that actually show that people

who eat soup regularly take in fewer calories overall than people who don't.

Amazing! I have many different favorite soups, and I like them all for

different reasons. In general, my favorite soups are made by Progresso.

Those soup geniuses have some super low-fat and low-calorie soups (some

are really decadent, like their 99% Fat Free New England Clam Chowder),

and they also make the famous WW-endorsed 0 POINTS® value soups as

well. Their Chicken Noodle Soup is fantastic, too. I'm not a huge tomato soup

fan, but Amy's Organic Light in Sodium Chunky Tomato Bisque may be the

best tomato-based soup I've ever tasted. I'm addicted to it (I love adding

shrimp and clams to it!). Andersen's Split Pea soup ROCKS as well. These

days, I find myself eating Mishima's Soybean and Potato All Natural

Edamame Soup (only 50 calories per serving!) when I want a "just add

water" soup from a packet. And by the way, so many brands have low-

sodium soup lines (including Progresso and Amy's). But if you're super-

concerned about sodium, you may want to make your own soups at home --

that way you can choose to leave out the salt and use low-sodium broth

(check out these HG soup recipes, each with a POINTS® value of 0* per

serving!). Now I MUST go eat soup. Bye!

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January is National Soup Month. And we didn't know that when we answered

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