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    I think my first son was around 18 months old when I realized I was still wearing maternity pants around the house on a regular basis. You know, just because they were soooo comfy. The scale confirmed it: the reason I was still clinging to my elastic waistbands was because I'd replaced the baby weight with the kind of extra poundage you get when you have a nightly double date with Ben & Jerry.

    I eventually embarked on a workout routine, changed my eating habits, and lost the pudge, but I've had to kick myself out of a weight-gaining cycle plenty of times since. Now that my kids are 8 and 6, they aren't nearly as much work as they used to be -- but man, parenthood sure seems to have its diet-sabotaging downsides. For example, here are the top 7 'mom excuses' I've been battling since I gave birth:

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    There are always going to be mean people in the world who think it's within their right to say inappropriate things to you -- whether you're overweight, underweight, or the perfect weight. Cearra Swetman was out to dinner a year ago when she had the misfortune of running into a big jerk who felt compelled to remark that the Hooters chain restaurant T-shirt she was wearing should not be worn on a girl her size. Cearra weighed almost 250 pounds at the time. Instead of telling him to mind his own beeswax, she used his comment as inspiration to drop a remarkable 130 pounds. Good for her! But what she did after losing all of that weight makes me a little sad.

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    Sometimes the hardest thing about living life without gluten is finding tasty, nutritious alternatives. But you know what? Most celiacs and other gluten-sensitive people are finding more and better options every day. Now the hardest thing about living life without gluten is other people. Folks say the rudest, most ignorant things when they find out you're avoiding eating gluten. Honestly, why is this such a problem for them? Moms, has anyone ever said something like this to you?

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    I have a little confession to make, since I'm (mostly) all about keeping it real up in here. You see, I really, really love food. Like, ridiculously love food. You know the saying, "some people eat to live and others live to eat"? I don't even understand that first group. People that say they're so busy they forgot to eat? They might as well be speaking Greek. Mmmm, Greek yogurt. Wait, what?

    Anyway, not only do I love to eat, but I'm a stress eater. This one time in college, a friend said she always got really skinny after a breakup, because she couldn't eat when she was sad. I was all -- but, but, but ... ice cream!

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    When it comes to eating healthy, it's easy to get stuck between a rock and a hard place. We've all been there ... faced with only a doughnut OR bagel at your office's morning breakfast. Or maybe you have no choice but to either nosh on greasy bar appetizers or wait 'til you get home and are so hungry you binge. Ugh. Such is life, right?

    But sometimes there is a "lesser evil" option between two seemingly poor choices. Here, the best way to go when it comes to eight common healthy eating dilemmas ...

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    A girl's got to have her secrets, right? Don't we all want to be carefree ladies that love our food and just somehow manage to be naturally slender? It seems that royalty is no different, and Duchess Kate's late mother-in-law once kept a cheeky little secret from Oprah on how she managed to maintain her trim figure.

    Darren McGrady, Princess Diana's personal chef, recently opened up about how his boss once fooled fellow dieter Oprah Winfrey into dining on a decadent dish while she partook of a fat-free version herself.

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    It seems like just yesterday families across America were sitting down together at the breakfast table and passing around plates of bacon and eggs with tall glasses of good-for-you orange juice. At least that's the image you got from movies. In reality, many of us stood by the fridge door, late for school, guzzling OJ from the carton like it was nectar from the heavens. Well, these memories may be as outdated as those our parents and grandparents have of Ovaltine breakfasts because fewer people than ever before are buying orange juice, thanks to higher prices and news that it may not be the healthy, cold-fighting elixir we once believed it to be.

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    You know how doctors are always advising pregnant women not to eat soft cheese because if it's contaminated, it could cross the placenta? Fans of soft cheese are always quick to point out that incidents of food poisoning from cheese are actually quite rare ... -ish. Oh, by the way, I'm one of those people. But a recent food poisoning story is making me reconsider. Eight people have recently become ill from cheese contaminated with listeria. One of those people died. Of the illnesses, there are two pairs of mothers and newborns, plus a third newborn. In all three cases, it appears the newborns were exposed to the listeria in the womb.

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    Dancer, actress, and singer Julianne Hough, who was a champion on Dancing With the Stars not once but TWICE, always looks like she's having the most fun at the party, doesn't she? Don't know about you, but when I heard she gave an awesome interview to Self magazine where she divulged her best fitness secrets, I expected it to include things like: don't eat. Ever. Lift 20-pound weights three times a day. Oh, and be born looking like Julianne Hough.

    But I was so wrong. As it turns out, the happiest girl in Hollywood works hard, but doesn't kill herself. That might explain why she's always smiling? Her fitness and beauty tips include little things we can all start doing -- like, right now.

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    Used to be that being calorie-conscious meant eating food that tasted and looked like cardboard. But these days, we know better. We know counting calories doesn't mean having to sacrifice taste. And that deliciously fulfilling, fiber and protein-packed snacks that actually keep you full don't necessarily require tons of prep work. (That's a hugerelief!)

    Here, 8 perfectly quick, simple, and delicious inbetween meal bites that all come in at under 250 calories ...

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