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BREAKFAST

What we all had for brekki?

Smoothie, clementine and herbal tea.

LADYV18

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Porridge made with skimmed milk. But it's usually yoghurt and strawberries. FOXY

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I'm writing it down every day 'SAINT',

Fresh orange juice

50g Bran flakes

1/2 banana

just under 1/2 pint skimmed milk

Cuppa, skimmed milk,1tsp sugar.

Some say chop n change but I enjoy this brekkie, and if it aint broke don't fix it.

"chop as in swop not pork or lamb" ANNIE B

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Two cups of coffee, one Danacol yoghurt drink and 8oz fresh cherries. I love fruit for brekkie.... LOWLIFE

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50g morrison's luxury muesli - it's scrummy!

quarter cup of organic semi skimmed milk

Then when I got to work

1 mug rosehip and hibiscus tea and I started on my "morning graze pack" - a selection of dried apricots, dried figs, dried prunes, dried pineapple and dried papaya. I think I've swopped my previous chocolate addiction for one to dried fruit! BEEBARF

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Big glass of V8 Cinnamon and raisin bagel with olive spread

Tea with skimmed milk PETE4PNE

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orange/banana juice (100ml)

muesli with strawberries

small tin grapefruit

2 mugs coffee

2 toast and marmalade

But I get a lot of cals STEVE62

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Ready Brek Seriously Oaty Apple and Raspberry porridge stuff with semi skimmed milk..........very tasty for about 200kcals and takes 90 seconds in the microwave!! Used to have a muller light yoghurt to save kcals but was starving by mid morning!

Much better now. JACQUI99

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Very naughty cooked breakfast from the works restaurant ... mind you it only ended up 20 cals over my usual cereal and banana.

Need to start listening to Paul McKenna again. MOONLUSTIE

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Porridge with rasins n honey mixed in and a glass of orange juice x TEDDYBEAR

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Porridge!!! WHISKAS

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porridge and blueberries, delicious, filling and oh so good for me, off to polish my halo FLUFFY

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Was in a hurry this morning so it was a Tesco's Orange and Grapefruit cereal bar and 250ml of Innocent Strawberry and Banana smoothie. SHOTSFAN

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Poached egg on thick slice of wholemeal organic granary with scrape of Lurpak Light (5g). Very filling RACHAEL REYNOLDS

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It was bite size shredded wheat for me (30g) skimmed milk and a small banana. I am off on holiday to a cottage in the Lake district next week. I have just had the idea of weighing out 30g lots of cereal and taking them in little poly bags as I like Shreddies, All Bran apricot bites, porridge and fruit and fibre on different days and I dont want to take all those packets of cereal!! JANE.V

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I grazed (which is fine and suits me!)

Apple

Two slices of boiled ham last one of my sons excellent school made muffins (hes going to be a briliant cook)

Glass of pure orange juice

Total cost upto 11am is 500cals (approx) HAPPYHATTER

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1 slice of my home made wholwheat bread with sunflower seeds, and two teasoons of homemade plum jam. Very filling and tasty. WENDYTHEWAIF

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erm I had malties with semi skimmed milk instead:o)

god they were good. HELEN9265

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Alpen bar (fruit, nut choccie) and Nescafe Vanilla coffee.

Not the best to have for breakfast but the best I can do in the week at work as I can't eat first thing. MGILES

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Half a red grapefruit, 1 slice of organic wholemeal rye bread toasted, Roses orange marmalade.

The bread is from Holland & Barratt and is good cold although it is harder than U.K. breads (it is German).

Heated in a toaster it is delicious and very filling. ANTAN

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I had my usual All Bran with semi-skimmed milk - just love the stuff - wish I could have more than 40g!! SARAHWOO

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1 slice toast with marmalade, cup of coffee, will do me fine until lunch, oops just typed 'munch' instead of 'lunch', tee hee :-) DIATOMDEB

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I had homemade fruit salad with melon, strawberries, blueberries and grapes. Trouble is, I was still starving by 10 am, so had a lowfat yoghurt. SHELLEYBELLY

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This morning I had 2 slice weight watchers bread, laughing cow light triangle and a slice of healthy living chicken. DAYLE

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I had fruit smoothie followed by toast and honey JOJO51

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I'm having a cinnamon n raisin bagel with flora proactiv...

Oh yeah, and a glass of apple and mango juice which is lovely :0) VILLINGWORTH

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Large bowl of Cornflakes (50g) with semi skimmed milk and spoonful of sugar and a glass or orange juice.

Running tonight so making the most of those extra cals! LOU

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A banana and a little bottle of strawberry actimel (pro-biotic stuff). And might have an apple in a mo. FRUITYLOOPS

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The usual Porridge made with skimmed milk and water, still have to eat it with sugar but it usually keeps me going until lunchtime. Also had a glass of Sanguinello red orange juice. Lovely. STAFFITAXI

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choccy weetabix with skimmed milk at 9

now hungry :o/ LINDA13

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SNACKS

mid morning snacks

any ideas what i can have? I always find myself eating a bag of potatoheads or a kitkat or something liek that. need healthier ideas but don't like fruit and hate raw veg (so don't suggest carrot sticks or celery - yuck!)

What does everyone else have? If I have nothing, which is often the case, when lunch comes i want to eat loads!

BECKASIMMONS

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I have a bowl of fruit salad at 10am then two apple snack a jacks at 3pm. Why dont you try ryvitas with low fat soft cheese there nice.... love jo x PINK LADY

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thin M&S rice cakes with honey, scrape peanut butter, low fat cheese spread, very filling if you drink lots of water too, Ali THATBUZZZ

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or babybel light cheese. SEXYSUZIE

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bowl of special K PUSSYCAT

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Carr's Melts Cheese Crackers are only 18.7 calories per cracker. KW221270

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Merchant Gourmet mit cuit semi dried tomatoes RACHAEL REYNOLDS

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I tend to have fruit as my snack so that's no use to you.

What about ryvita or something like that? You can get some quite nice cereal bar type things but sometimes they have more calories than a curly wurly and who would choose a cereal bar over a curly wurly - makes no sense! RUMPHALINA

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Pack of turkey slices (bernard matthews).. only 100 cals for a pack and being full of protein it fills you up for ages! WHISKAS

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teeny tiny pots of rice pudding DAYBLUE

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Good Snacks?

What are peoples favourite low calorie snacks or foods that are really filling but low in calories?

I enjoy snack a jacks and i have seen that wlr resources say that sainsburys be good to you cup a soup is good on a diet, anyone else have any recommendations? BOB2SEA

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I make sure that I leave enough calories for what I call my 'hungry snack'at night......cup of hi/lights hot chocolate and one chocolate diet bar...162 calories and really DECADENT !! Lynda SAVANNAH

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Jelly is pretty good too! EELLISO0

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I find small packets of Twiglets are handy to have about - think they are about 100 calories per 25g pack, and are really flavoursome, and just hit those crisp type urges for me.

Rest of the time it's fruit. WINKLEGIRL

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For snacks I have:

cereal bars

low-fat yoghurt ryvita with cottage cheese or houmous

big crunchy salads

raw veg (chunk of cucumber is scrummy)

bananas (or any fruit)

half a sandwich (!)

skips or quavers or french fries

dried fruit (can be high in cals - be careful!)

Saying that, sometimes I can eat 2 or 3 snacks and realise I'd have had less cals having a small meal like a jacket potato with beans or soup and a roll. And my body would never believe cup-a-soup was food, let alone filling!

You'll have to try some out and see what works best for you. LILY1

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Like Cereal bars, all types of fruit and also Yogurt, sometimes I enjoy the snack more than a main meal! WENDYTHEWAIF

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If you want savoury, pickled onions, mini gherkins, sun dried toms (no oil) are good. RACHAEL REYNOLDS

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Like Anna says fruit is great. Raw veg can be nice too, I particularly like peppers and broccoli. Quakers seasons are a nice crisp alternative (the chicken ones are my fave). Ryvita are low in calories and there are loads of things you could put on them to liven them up a bit. Umm, what else? I've recently been pointed in the direction of chicken slices which make a nice snack when you want something savoury and are realtively low cal, also ups your protein which I want to do. Can't think of anything else I don't think. RUMPHALINA

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fruit fruit and more fruit lol I'm mad on the stuff!

I eat cereal bars too they are quite filling.

But you can have enough fruit to make you feel totally stuffed for about 250 cals. And think of all the nutrients!

You can't beat it!! ANNA5479

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LUNCH

Need help! Starting to get bored with Healthy Living Ready Meals and salad/vegetables for lunch. Besides I want to try to cut out as much processed food as I can.

Anyone got any good suggestions for what else to have?

I go home for lunch, get about 15 minutes to cook & 15 minutes to eat. It needs to be something that doesn't involve me going to the supermarket everyday to have fresh ingredients!

Also, just to make it harder....I don't eat any meat except chicken, only fish I eat is tuna & I hate tomatoes!

VICKYH

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Have a look at nigel slater's "fast real food" - not always lowfat etc but lots of ideas & adaptable. CRAZYBEAN

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I often cook a large pot of veg soup (what ever veg I have goes in, following a basic recipe from my ancient Veggie Student Cookbook!) that lasts me and DB a few days. Or I do a batch of homemade bean pate/hoummous to go in sandwiches. Or like today I had egg mayo made with one boiled egg and Hellman's very low calorie mayo. In my sandwiches I always put as much lettuce or grated carrot as I can fit in! I always bring a ton of fruit with me to work to nibble on when I need it too, and if I have a big pot of yoghurt in the fridge (like Rachel's low fat ones) I'll do a little pot of fresh raspberries/strawbs with yog on top - important to get some good plastic pots with clippy seals to do this in - I had one leak the other day - not pleasant! WINKLEGIRL

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I seem to be the only person in the world who does this but I'm an avid batch cooker! I have an evening or day at the weekend once a fortnight when I make about four dishes, then freeze them in individual portions. I then have 16 home-made, additive-free 'ready meals' that I can get out of the freezer the night before and zap in the microwave at work for my lunch. My favourites are lentil, cheese onion bake; stuffed aubergines; spicy cashew nut casserole and mushroom stroganoff, but anything cooked from fresh ingredients that are safe to be frozen and re-heated would be fine. DHD

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Tuna mixed with low fat hellmans mayo on crackers - you can have the whole tin for 113 cals and it is really filling! Takes only 1 min to prepare! STARTREK

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I've started getting the weight watchers tuna in mago chutnet cans - bliss and loads in them for 79 cals so you can put it with anything! WHISKAS

Simple stuff like beans on toast? Spaghetti on toast etc. RACHAEL REYNOLDS

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Tuna in pitta bread with salad... VILLINGWORTH

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How about soups? DUCKI

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I find wraps and pittas make good lunch time meals, filled with humous, skinless chicken and lettuce, or for even lower calories, wieght watchers tomato and herb tuna (Only 80 calories a tin). RACHELYEX

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I had a salad from Boots the other day, had lettuce, peppers, homous, 2 small pitta breads, couple of olives and I think some cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Was lovely and only costs a couple of pound.

I normally have ryvita minis and vff cream cheese with fruit. Hope this helps. DELILAH1966

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I eat Ryvita with extra light Philly and lots of fruit and raw veg. Wholemeal pitta with salad/cold meats/soft cheese/tuna/salmon? SARAHWOO

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i'm into salads too at the mo...lettuce, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and carrot with cottage cheese and tin of sainsburys BGTY tuna with mayo and sweetcorn, or you can use crabsticks if you like them - they're pretty low in cals or chicken if you're not into fish. I also had a M&S chicken caesar wrap the other day for under 300 cals which was v nice. THEGAIL

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I'm afraid I am a salad girl through and through. I am always hungry and I can eat loads of salad with a chance of lasting until hometime. I usually bulk up on beansprouts and add wafer thin ham or prawns. Sometimes use tinned mackerel fillets in sauce, but they are a bit high in calories. Weight watchers bread rolls are good too for sandwiches. Lots of fruit to snack on.

Mmm. Got me going now! WJD

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I love Batchelors Pasta and Sauce - they are quite high in cals, but low in fat - and really really filling! All good for a greedy bird like me! TENERIFE

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I've recently dicovered about 4 Krisprolls with about 50g of mushroom yeast pate spread over them. Keeps me going til dinner! CHRISHTA

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DINNER

What’s everyone having for dinner tonight?

We're having roasted vegs with olive oil & lots garlic with mozzerella cheese melted over them and a side salad, plus strawberries and cream for pud. (reduced carb diet!)

Whats everyone else planning?

JEWELS

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I'm having crab and mango salsd to start then, fresh mullets steaks, roasted tomatoes, spinach, brocolli and runner beans and boiled new potatoes. Don't have a starter usually but got some fabulous fish this morning off our fish man in a van who come here on Tuesdays, his fish is brilliant and soooo cheap against the supermarkets FLUFFY

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Standing in corner hanging head in shame - haven't a clue what's for dinner until I open the fridge/freezer/cupboard - vaguely think there's some asparagus in the fridge if it hasn't gone off - frozen salmon (thank Goodness for micro/de-freeze!!) probly spuds for himself (diabetic and HAS to eat plenty of carbs, including choc/crisps etc cos also skinny B) probly some more frozen veggies and a Special K bar and cuppa later watching telly/crocheting buon appetito! BIKERBABE

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Going spinning tonight so will be having jacket spud (as can cook whilst out) with lettuce, big juicy beef tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella and olives. Blokey will have some kind of meat too as he is a carnivore, whereas I am a veg-u-like! ADELESTEER

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Barbecued rainbow trout stuffed with lemon and ginger. Salad with it. mmmmmmmm! SWLONDON

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We're having thai vegetable curry (from the Gillian McKeith cookbook) with brown rice. For pud, I've made a low fat blackcurrant cheesecake at 192 cals a slice (it's my day off today and I've spent it in the kitchen!) TROUGH9000

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A Tomato and Herb Pasta Sauce cause I cant be bothered to cook tonight:-) HBROOKES

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Chicken breast stuffed with garlic, mushrooms and cheese. Served with broccoli and cauliflower for me and himself will have chips or Curly fries(!) with his as well.

Making me hungry! CHRISSIE78

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Cauldron organic mushroom burgers

boiled beetroot

boiled potatoes

Hairdresser is coming so can be boiling betroot whilst she does her stuff and can quick grill/boil pots when she has gone! WJD

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I'm having fritata - with potato, mushroom, onion and cheese served with carrots I would normally have dessert but still working off calories from the weekend! AVDH

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Im going to a friends and she's making me Garlic Bread to start followed by Lean Pork Stir Fry :0)

Yum yum yum DAYLE

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count on us lasagne with veg followed by a Skinny Cow cookies and cream lolly! I'm hungry already!! KAZ1

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We're having mackerel with gooseberry sauce (gooseberries in garden need picking) and salad. Husband will also eat tons of bread and cheese 'cos he can, being a skinny B who can eat anything he wants. ROSIE

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yummy ......im having chicken ,salad and new potatoes.....followed by fruit salad! BOOMER

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ALCOHOL

Hi everyone, Just wondered what you would drink on a night out when calorie counting? Big night tonight and Ive been so good all week I dont want to blow it by having too many high calorie drinks!

KIRSTYMARTELL

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If you're not a vodka fan then you can have any other spirit; bacardi, JD, rum etc also for 50 calories a shot. KATIE123

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Either Vodka and Diet coke or Low C (Resolution) depnding on if I fancy a beer taste or a spirit taste:-) HBROOKES

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Red wine for me. I usually have one wine then one diet coke and so on. helps with cals and wine goes straight to my head whilst dieting!! SHOE_GAL

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Vodka and diet coke every time for me. I usually estimate 50 cals per single measure. Just make sure if someone else goes to the bar it IS diet, as having real coke can really bump up the calories and you can't measure how much there is in the glass very easily either. LILY1

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Hi, from what i can see of it we are better off with the shorts and a diet coke or tonic. I am having to meke the same choices for a wedding tommorow. LEIGH1974

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Gin and slimline tonic, with a dash of lime cordial.. that is lush! SCATTYNATTY

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Gin and low cal tonic, or white wine. WJD

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Tips for avoiding a tipple anyone?

I take the car everytime I go out in the evening. Not very green I know but it really means you have to stop at one and its usually easier to have none. My other tip is an excellent drink which tastes like it might have alcohol but doesn't. Slimline tonic with a squeeze of fresh lemon and (and this is the critical bit) a dash on angostura bitters which also makes it go pinkish! AMANDA S

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White wine spritzers that you make yourself with 1/2 glass of wine and lots of fizzy water. If you order it in a pub you usually get a whole large glass of wine and a tiny splash of soda- I have tried asking for it to be made in a pint glass topped up to the top with soda (lasts loads longer for same calories and alcohol but you get funny looks... best to actually drink it out of a half pint glass)

alternating soft drinks with alcohol (halves your intake!) and always starting with water (so you aren't necking the beer or wine too fast just because you are thirsty) JANEWOL

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What about chosing a drink u can put loads of ice in to

a) water it down

b) make it look like more

c) make it too cold to drink fast????

Sorry not that helpful am i?

Good luck ROSIEGUEZALA

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Make the decision to stop drinking any alcohol at all for now, it's easier to do that than it is to cut down. To replace wine at home, try Ame or Aqua Libra in a wine glass instead? When out, try sparkling water with ice and lemon (looks like G & T)? HELS

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I have recently discovered Westons low alcohol cider - it's delish! PUSSYCAT

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Same here! I save cals through the week as I know I'm going to indulge at the weekend. It's still a massive dent in my otherwise healthy eating though. In the summer I find drinking white wine and soda instead of just white wine helps. Also, try alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks when you're out. Have extra tonic in your G&Ts. It's not easy though as after a couple of drinks you're never quite as dedicated! I try to avoid beer altogether but I'm not always terribly successful :( LOU-LOU

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I have the same problem. The only way I can keep it down is not to drink at all in the week. At the weekend I have tried to drink gin and slimline rather than wine. I have no will power and always end up drinking too much, but at least at the weekend I can do lots of running around, gardening, housework etc, which earns a lot of calories. By the end of the week I am back in line with my allowance. (Hint: in food section, calories history at bottom, change start of week to Friday!)

Good Luck! WJD

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Try drinking that fizzy grape drink thats meant to be like drinking wine in the week,not sure what its called! Then indulge at week ends. I save some cals in the week for the week end. That way you look forward to it more! LAURAK

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Don't buy any? Try alcohol free beers and wine? SARAHWOO

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