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I have been slowly changing our diets over the past year. Last year we focused on eating in more, less deep frying, batch cooking. This year we have developed a 3 phase system: Phase I (Jan - April) eat out couple times a month, start replacing meats with natural/grass feed/organic meats, buy top 12 dirty foods as organic, slowly replace foods with better alternatives.
If you want to eat something you love, get something about the size of a cup to put it in instead of eating out of the bag. Put in as much as you plan to eat, and put the rest away. That way, 'just one more' will feel unnatural!
Finding something you love to do, it may be taking a walk, playing basketball or using Xbox kinect or the Wii game systems. If you are up moving a sweating you are getting a workout. If you love what you are doing you are way more likely to keep doing it.
Dutch scientists have found that adding algae, a natural dietary fibre derived from seaweed, to a drink, suppressed hunger pangs by 30 per cent and kept dieters feeling full until lunchtime. The American Dietetic Association agreed that it may stop people feeling hungry between meals.
Balancing levels of blood sugar is important for both health & energy. Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy foods or sweets. This can lead to ‘slumps’ in your day where you feel tired and out of energy. By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day.
A handful of wasabi peas amounts to about 120 calories, You need complex carbohydrates in your diet for energy & high fiber. Eating wasabi peas regularly will lower your cholesterol. Wasabi appears to prevent inflammation, growth of tumors, & abnormal platelet clumping, it also has anti-bacterial properties. I bought mine at Trader Joe's. The tang of the horseradish tastes great.
When I go grocery shopping, I bring my own bags. If I only have one or two bags, I leave the cart in the store and walk to my car (which I try to park far away from the door to try to sneak in a few extra steps). While I'm walking, I use the bags as weights and do a couple of reps of bicep curls.
One time I read a magazine article that said if you can't get your kids to eat a certain vegetable, say peas, but they'll eat green beans every chance they get, then stop trying to give them peas and give them green beans ALL THE TIME! Variety is good, but some veggie's better than no veggie. Now, I use that on myself. I tend to not like variety, but I add mushrooms and tomatoes to EVERYTHING, so I celebrate that.