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*Happiest of Birthdays to Aunt Carol in San Diego!!

*More tricks to help you feel less hungry:
5) Snack smartly: There are actually some snacks that suppress ghrelin, the hunger hormone. Low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods like strawberries, broccoli and sweet potatoes (which you can microwave) are excellent choices. Keep some of these smart snacks at the office.

6) Breather away hunger: Stress causes your body to produce cortisol. Cortisol creates a resistance to leptin, the hormone that helps you feel full. The more stressed out you are, the less able you are to tell when you're full. Try breathing exercises to relax: Exhale fully, counting to 5 as you release tension from your body; let your shoulders slump as if you're a deflated balloon. Then, count to 5 as you inhale gently, fully, through the lungs into your belly; hold for a 4-count. Exhale again, repeating the first step. Continue for 5 minutes.

Mediterranean Breakfast Couscous

Yield: 4 servings (Serving size: 1 cup couscous, 1/2 teaspoon sugar)

*3 cups non-fat milk
*1 (2") cinnamon stick
*1 cup uncooked whole-wheat couscous
*1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
*1/4 cup dried currants
*4 teaspoons dark brown sugar, divided
*1/4 teaspoon salt

1) Combine milk and cinnamon stick in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; heat 3 minutes or until small bubbles form around inner edge of pot. Do not boil.
2) Remove from heat; stir in couscous, apricots, currants, 2 teaspoons brown sugar and salt. Cover the mixture and let stand 15 minutes.
3) Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Divide couscous among each of 4 bowls and top each with 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Calories per serving: 306
Carbohydrate: 55 grams
Protein: 11 grams
Fat: 4 grams
Fiber: 5 grams

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