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  • Eat healthy snacks. These include:
    • A piece of fruit with a few crackers and one piece of cheese.
    • Low-fat yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese with a piece of fruit.
    • A breakfast bar with a glass of low-fat milk.
    • One or two carrots or stalks of celery with peanut butter or cream cheese.
  • If you have a tendency to gain weight:
    • Space the times you eat and drink throughout the day.
    • Eat and drink slowly and don't do anything else, such as watch TV, while you are eating.
    • Put your food on a smaller plate.
    • Drink one 8 fl oz (250 mL) glass of water half an hour before each meal.
    • Eat foods that are low in calories, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Take daily vitamins if you have not been eating a balanced diet.
  • Add extra fiber to your diet by choosing whole-grain breads and cereals that have at least 2 grams of fiber in each serving and by eating cooked dry beans and legumes. Drink plenty of water, if you get constipated easily or are taking a medicine that causes constipation.

Some medicines may require you to change your diet. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about whether you may need to make changes.

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Last Updated: January 11, 2013
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