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Every week on my day off I figure out what i'll be making for dinner, and packing for lunch/snacks etc for the next week, entering it in the Nutrition Tracker. I can fine tune it all so that I meet my nutritional needs and stay in my target caloric range!
I crave chocolate and I recently have read an article that said consuming chocolate produces chemicals that make you feel happy. I suffer from depression but letting myself have chocolate and not feeling guilty keeps me going.
I LOVE chocolate--as a result, I have a hard time making myself stop when I've had a full serving. I started leaving it in places where I have to get up on a step stool to reach, and to my amazement it works! I pull down the tin and grab five pieces and put it back before I eat the treats.
Whenever I feel hungry and I'm between meals or snacks I will drink sparkling mineral water. Any brand, as long as it is 0 calorie and has minimal amount of sodium. The carbonation helps me feel full and if it is flavored (like Trader Joe's lime flavored) it makes me feel like I am having a 'treat.'
I'm terrible at getting enough protein in my diet. So here is a trick that I learned: When fixing ANY meal, add 1 cup of unsalted, unroasted pine nuts when you're cooking! It contains 18 grams of protein, they're virtually tasteless, and they add a unique texture to your meal.
Give a new food a try. We often shy away from healthy foods because we think they taste bad. Try a new food, new recipe or a new way of cooking a food you currently don't like. I never liked carrots until I tried some my brother in law made and now they are often on my grocery list.
I have a hard time meeting the minimum requirement for protein intake...until I discovered lightly sea-salted edamame. 13g of protein per 1/4 cup!! Now it's part of my morning snack and I can pass on the nuts which are so high on fat. I can a slightly nutty taste from the edamame.