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My secret to maintaining my weight is to always plan to eat at certain times so I'm never hungry. Getting over hungry not only makes me eat things that I shouldn't but sometimes gives me headaches. Also, plan exercise every day regardless even if it's only for a short time. I always exercise first thing in the morning and as I am going to sleep I figure out how much time I will spend and still be on time for the rest of my day.
Often for dinner I create a huge salad on a plate with lots of variety. Then I have a small burger (veggie or meat) or a slice of pizza or a bowl of soup with it. The activity of crunching up the huge salad makes me feel as though I've had quite a big meal. Of course, watch the dressing and extras on the salad or you defeat the purpose.
I have been making healthy snacks mostly cut up fruit & veggies and putting them in attractive bowls everywhere in my kitchen & dining room. So when I want to grab something to pop in my mouth it's the first thing I see. This is helpful when I'm cooking so I eat healthy snacks instead of looking for something not so healthy. It's just more convenient not to get something else out.
I love tofu in Asian restaurants but know that they deep fat fry the pieces. I asked a Chinese friend how her tofu comes out so perfect . She told me to drop the pieces into boiling water for a minute or two, then drain. Then fry the pieces with just a thin coating of oil in the skillet. Comes out perfect without the excess oil. The outside of the pieces are nice and crusty. I use firm tofu for this.
I've noticed that bananas are sold in most convenience stores. When I'm feeling hungry and find myself faced with all the unhealthy stuff sold in those places, I turn to bananas. In the stores near where I live, they are usually priced 3 for a dollar or 49 cents each. I buy 3, eat one, and bring the others home to use later. They are usually perfectly ripe since they sit out as everyone else is buying up the candy and chips.
When I come across foods that are so-called super foods, I go immediately to Sparkrecipes to find ways to use them. The latest super foods are quinoa, chia seed and kale. I've never cooked with those foods, so it's a new culinary adventure. It's great that I have a husband that will try anything new!
I really need a snack before I sleep because I can't sleep if I'm hungry. I usually eat dinner quite early. I found that I can eat a very small snack if I drink two glasses of water first. It helps me eat less and feel fuller. Also the water serves as a natural alarm clock, since I will always have to use the bathroom before I have to get up.
I love coffee but am not a tea drinker and know it's not a great idea to drink coffee right before bed but I do love a hot drink in the evening so I came up with a caffeine free alternative. I squeeze out the juice of a lemon (a Meyer lemon is best if you can find it). I add boiling water and calorie free sweetener. This hot lemonade is very satisfying on a cold winter night.