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43. Declare a Vending-Machine-Free Day.

A bag of pretzels here, a pouch of animal crackers there -- it all adds up. Americans' intakes of snacks such as crackers, popcorn, pretzels, and corn chips have increased by 200 percent since the late 1970's.

To motivate you to stay clear of the vending machines, place a see-through jar on your desk and deposit those quarters that the vending machine would have typically gobbled up during the day. At the end of the month, gather up your loot and buy a lovely plant for your office or home. The money growing in the jar is a constant reminder of your awesome efforts and a powerful visual motivator to help keep you on track. If you keep this up, your surroundings will look like a jungle by year's end.

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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003

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