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Weird diet tricks that really work - #3 of 6

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

EAT CHEETOS OFF CHINA

Use plates and utensils whenever you snack, and sit down to enjoy your nibble, even if it's for only 20 minutes.

WHY IT WORKS:

People were more likely to perceive food as a snack if they finished eating it in 10 minutes or ate while standing up. On the other hand, sitting down for 30 minutes made people more likely to count the grub as a meal - which might have helped them feel more satisfied and turn down extra food later on. Break out the good tableware: Using ceramic plates and cloth napkins also made diners more likely to consider food a meal.

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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:25PM

    LOL!! I agree, I like cloth napkins and making it special no matter what it is.

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DENI_ZEN 8/25/2010 10:29AM

    What a great idea, Judy! And I can see why it would work. Putting any food on nicer tableware formalizes the meal, burning it into ALL the senses and helping the body remember, "We ate this!" Plus, it just makes eating a good deal more pleasant than eating out of bags and boxes - or just on the fly. Excellent! - Sandi emoticon

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55WALKER 8/25/2010 7:41AM

    But does anyone want to savor their Cheetos (or whatever junk food) or are they merely consuming an addictive substance?
If I sat down to a plate of Cheetos I would realize that I was consuming junk and then be less inclined to eat it. Hmmm. I like where this is going. It's the "mindful eating" thing.
I know you weren't speaking of Cheetos specifically but it is an interesting train of thought you set off for me.
Are you coming up with these blogs out of random thoughts or do you have another source? I'm enjoying them.

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Weird diet tricks that really work - #2 of 6

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TALK TO YOURSELF

If the opening notes of Saturday Night Live have you reaching for ice cream, announce to yourself and anyone else around, "I'm not hungry, but I am going to eat this anyway."

WHY IT WORKS:

Enjoy your favorite foods, because outlawing them can lead to a binge. But narrating your indulgence can make the difference between a small splurge and a sugar bender. When you say out loud that you want a treat, you become aware of what you're eating and why. You might still opt for Chunky Monkey, but you'll be less likely to eat the entire carton.

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SVELTINGTON 8/24/2010 3:04PM

    I'll try it. Thanks!

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DENI_ZEN 8/24/2010 12:30PM

    I'm developing what I call the "aftervoice" to help in such situations. Where grabbing for the Chunky Monkey (lol...but I love Ben & Jerry's) seems inevitable, I sort of "insert" another thought: "NO to THAT!" So no more "reflexive" munching. It's like interrupting the process with a contrary thought...and so far, so good... - Sandi emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/24/2010 7:32AM

    People around us might think we are a little crazy but if it works thats ok. THanks. PJ

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Weird diet tricks that really work-#1 of 6

Monday, August 23, 2010

START WITH AN ORANGE.

Peel the sweet, juicy citrus fruit before sitting down to lunch on a crazed day.

WHY IT WORKS:

The orange takes time & effort to peel, which forces you to slow down and helps stimulate the senses, so you're more aware of what you're eating automatically. Plus, the water-rich fruit can help you feel fuller before you lift a fork. Even mild dehydration can lead you to feel hungrier that you are. To temper your tempo at other meals, mimic the pace you used to eat the orange, or sip water between bites.

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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:26PM

    Good idea. Never heard this one before.

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SVELTINGTON 8/23/2010 4:04PM

    Great advice!

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Seen in Glamour Magazine

Sunday, August 22, 2010

This was posted on a scale:

You have no hold on my mood, my day or my life.

I am more than just a number.

I am enough.

I am beautiful - right now, as I am.

It's not about losing weight - I'm taking better care of myself because I deserve it.


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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:26PM

    So true!

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BIGMAMAT 8/23/2010 9:21PM

    love this! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 8/22/2010 11:42AM

    YEAH!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonfor these powerful, marvelous words, Judy! They bring a smile to my face and remind me why I only have one once-a-month weigh-in. No more frequent harsh judgments of myself on that contraption!!! - Sandi emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 8/22/2010 11:30AM

    I have not weighed myself since 7/26. I was jumping on multiple times a day and becoming frustrated. The scale now resides on the top shelf in a closet. Too much trouble to bring it down now.
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/22/2010 10:38AM

    That is great. Thanks for sharing that and it's SO TRUE!

We all need to grasp that and let go of the race and enjoy the journey.

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PJSTIME 8/22/2010 7:15AM

    emoticon I hope you have a wonderful Sunday

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Friends

Sunday, August 08, 2010

It is simply amazing to me just how much my SparkPeople friends have come to mean to me. One of my SparkPeople buddies is leaving because of personal problems. I feel as if I am losing a best friend. I don't want her to leave and sure hope that she doesn't.

Losing weight is such a difficult journey, but it is made easier when you go through it with wonderful helpful friends like my Spark Buddies.

Thank you all for being there!

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SVELTINGTON 8/8/2010 6:19PM

    Having you for a buddy is emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/8/2010 11:12AM

    I hope your friend will change their mind and not leave maybe just cut back on time spent. It can be very time consuming.

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JUDITHANNIE 8/8/2010 10:51AM

    Sparks takes up a lot of time so I can see where someone would have to cut down but please try to convince your friend that she would be missed and she would miss this just have her cut down the time spent. I don't know what I'd do without my Spark friends now....

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DENI_ZEN 8/8/2010 9:24AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm sorry your pal is thinking of leaving, but it's hard to stay away from this wonderful, nurturing, SparkLy place! As many members as Spark has, it's always such a loss when anyone leaves, be it briefly or permanently. Thank YOU for being here for us, Judy! - Sandi emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/8/2010 9:20AM

    You have always been so encouraging. I think my SP Friends are THE BEST! emoticon

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55WALKER 8/8/2010 9:02AM

    Good morning, Judy.
Perhaps, if they have to leave Spark, it will be temporary. I have noticed several posts this week from people taking time off or returning from a break.
Yeah- sparkfriends like you mean a lot...
Anne


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