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A lot of people will tell you to drink more water to make yourself less hungry. For me, that NEVER works. Drinking water is great, but it doesn't make me want to eat less if I'm really, truly hungry. Hunger and thirst are governed by two DIFFERENT parts of the brain, so drinking more water will not trick your brain into thinking you're less hungry. If you're hungry, stop and EAT SOMETHING!! (snack suggestions in "more info")
When you eat something that isn't necessarily on your eating plan, like yummy holiday treats, do you make it a Choice or is it a Cheat? If you feel you're cheating, you're likely to feel like you've "blown it" and will then use that one bite of fudge or cake or whatever to justify completely going off your plan. But, if you make it a CHOICE, if you ENJOY every last second you savor that fudge and resolve NOT to feel guilty about it, you are more likely to get right back on track.
Have trouble getting down on the floor to do yoga poses (or sit ups, or push ups, etc.)? Or maybe you're like me and struggle to get up when you're done? No problem! You can do a lot of those exercises IN BED until you're strong enough to do them on the floor!
Don't do anything just because someone told you that you "should." Instead, find out what works for YOU and stick with it. So what if your best friend can't eat carbs? Maybe you need them in your diet to be happy and healthy. So what if that doctor on TV said you shouldn't eat after 7 PM? Maybe you work the late shift and that doesn't work for you. So what if six small meals doesn't satisfy you as much as four larger meals? This is your life, your body and your journey. Make it your own!
Fighting the Halloween candy splurge? Feel like the "bad guy" for banning junk food from your house? Here's a trick I use - buy foods you DON'T like. That way you're not tempted to chow down on something that you know isn't healthy. Hate fruity candy? Buy jelly beans to give out for Halloween. Hate ranch flavor chips? Buy those instead of your favorite cheesy chips. It's way easier to resist temptation if you DON'T find it tempting!
Artificial sweeteners may save you calories, but it's not really that great a bargain. Artificial sweeteners have been connected to weight GAIN, INCREASED food cravings, INCREASED hunger, INCREASED insulin resistance leading to Diabetes and DECREASED ability to taste naturally sweet foods like fruit. And, yes, some sweeteners are STILL possibly linked to CANCER - they just haven't been on the market long enough for the link to show (all according to a recent Dr. Oz show).
One of the fastest ways I end up killing my motivation is being too strict with myself and my plan. I have learned that I have to make it a plan I can LIVE WITH for the rest of my life. I'm not going to go the next 40 years without eating another piece of birthday cake, or without eating at a favorite restaurant, or without having a sweet treat. Once I say "this is the LAST (insert guilty item here) I'm ever going to eat" I've set myself up to fail.
I've recently started "big batch" cooking using modified recipes from a 30 day cooking book and recipes from my own healthy cookbooks. I spend one or two days cooking, freeze each meal with cooking instructions, and I'm set for two weeks at a time. It really helps eliminate those last-minute runs to the fast food place because dinner is already done!
I find that omitting any one food group or "bad" food sets me up for failure. Limit my sugar? I'll be dying for candy, cookies and sweets. Fat? I'll be dreaming about bacon and burgers. The secret for me is finding BALANCE. At each meal, I try to make sure I eat a healthy carb, a lean protein and a healthy fat. The comination helps kick cravings AND makes me feel fuller longer than JUST focusing on one "cure-all" ingredient, like fiber.
Sometimes I feel myself becoming really rebellious with my eating and exercise plan. I start finding reasons not to exercise and I start becoming frustrated with all the foods I CAN'T have anymore. When this happens, the best thing I can do is take a break ... (continued)