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I've always loved to snack, and recently my physician advised me to eat 2-3 snacks a day in addition to 3 light regular meals. Whoopee! But how to keep the calories in check? I've learned to prepare 50- calorie snacks of my favorite healthy snack foods ahead of time. Just now, I ate a 30-calorie slice of light cheese. Tonight I'm looking forward to my homemade 50-calorie trail mix baggie right before turning out the lights. And my favorite is barley mixed with sugar free strawberry syrup. Yum!
We know that those who eat slow give their bodies time to realize satiety and eat less. I eat alone a lot and find this a challenge. Here are two ways I slow down:
One of my goals is to not eat after 7pm, however I sometimes get hungry or want a snack about 9-9:30p. Instead of ice cream, cookies, etc I will have a glass of unsweetened coconut almond milk (45 calories) and sometimes add 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries or strawberries and ice and blend for a quick shake of less than 100 calories.
The suggested meal plans provided by SparkPeople has really helped me to cut calories. Even when I make substitutions, they help me with my menu planning. I found that before I was getting too many carbs (bread, rice, potatoes) and not enough fruits and veggies or protein. I, also, found out that it's ok to use canned applesauce or fruit instead of fresh which helps me stick to a healthy eating plan. It's not about perfection. It's doing the best that you can.
I love having whole grain crackers with cheese at work for lunch, but I can't be trusted to have a box of crackers in my house without eating the whole thing one night. So I stopped buying crackers and now use pears or apples instead. I bring a paring knife with me to work and smear the cheese right on the fruit pieces. Delicious, and it cuts way down on my temptation to binge on carbs.
The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it.
when going to your local grocery store its better to do all your shopping on the outside of the isles. you have your fruits and vegges, salads, healthy dressings, dairy, orange juice, poultry items, seafood, etc. try to skip the middle isles
I used to think that Aldi's was only full of super processed junk food. However, I have found my favorite things there like hummus, light cheese sticks, produce, low sodium/sugar canned fruit and soups. While there are certainly temptations if you are looking to lose weight and save money Aldi's can't be beat!