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I began SparkPeople the day after Thanksgiving 2009, and the best advice I received was to keep a healthy snack handy at all times, and never allow yourself to get that gnawing hunger. Since that day I've kept mixed nuts, fruit and an occasional yogurt handy.
The best thing that I ever did was give up soft drinks. That was an instant and drastic change in my eating habits. It also made me realize that if I could relinquish my Achilles Heel, I could do anything. Give up your biggest worst habit first and the rest will come easier.
After making 4 smalls meals a routine, I realised an easy way for me to get in my water is to have 16 oz/2 cups while I am preparing each meal. Not only do I always remember my water, but I am less hungry and tuck away fewer calories at each meal.
Making a large batch of healthy pancakes/waffles from scratch and then freezing it for future FAST breakfast works wonders. Pop them in either the toaster or microwave. You control what goes IN it and what goes ON it. (try one of the sparkrecipes)
I rediscovered green tea! I especially like Stash's blueberry iced tea powders. They come in individual packages that you can add to your bottle of water plus they only have 10 calories for a delicious satisfying drink that's good for you.
When I am usually in the mood for chocolate, I can reach for a candybar, or M&M's or something like that. But I found that Chocolate Cheerios are yummy, and better than the alterntive, plus 3/4 of a cup usually satisfies that craving. Special K Chocolate Delight is also a something I will eat..
Chewing! I just saw the Sparkpeople article about this and I couldn't agree more. Making sure I take time over at least one meal a day, and throughly chewing my food means that I enjoy it more, I take longer to eat it and I actually feel FULL when I've finished.