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Healthy Eating Jump-Start Day 10: Plan next week's meals in advance

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Have you made a resolution to eat better and lose weight? Follow our month-long program of daily nutrition tips, created by dietitian Leslie Beck to change your lifestyle for January - and beyond. And to get your fitness on track, try our personal trainer-designed Boot Camp 2012 program .

DAY 10: Plan next week's meals in advance

The key to successful long-term healthy eating is planning ahead to make sure you're fueling your body with nutritious foods. Plus, knowing what you're going to eat takes the stress out of having to figure it out at the end of a hectic day.

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This weekend, write down next week's dinners. I encourage you to plan breakfast and lunches too, if appropriate. As you plan, think about how you can cook once and make two or more meals out of it. Batch cook soups, casseroles, pasta sauce or chili on the weekend and freeze to serve on a busy weeknight. Cook an extra portion of salmon or chicken at dinner for a simple, no-prep lunch the next day.

Missed earlier days? It's easy to get caught up.

DAY 9: Eat a leafy green vegetable

DAY 8: Drink a cup of green tea

DAY 7: Snack on fruit

DAY 6: Use a smaller plate

DAY 5: Eat more veggies

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DAY 4: Practise eating slowly

DAY 3: Boost fibre at breakfast

DAY 2: Drink a large glass of water before each meal

DAY 1: Keep a food diary for the next seven days

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Plan once, eat well all week

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