I always experience a food craving after lunch. To keep myself busy and tasty,I make myself a cup of tea or coffee. When I have coffee I add a stevia sweetener and semi-skimmed milk. It saves me calories and I feel satisfied.
The health benefits of green tea are often touted, but usually some additive is necessary to make it palatable. Add a splash of lemon juice to plain green tea to cut the harsh, tannic flavor of the tea while reducing (or eliminating) the need for sugar/honey/artificial sweeteners. The citrus juice will also maximize the impact of the tea's antioxidants, making the drink not only more tasty but also more healthy.
Yogi Tea's = Green Tea Super Antioxidant, Detox, (kidney and liver) and Healthy Fasting + 1/2 a lemon juiced (you can just squeeze it in). Not only are you detoxing, but you are kick starting your metabolism in the morning AND kicking your hunger to the curb. No sweeteners needed for this drink. Its really good... make sure to drink warm as it tricks your brain into thinking that you are full.
I have been eating less than 100g of carbs per day, and less than 25g of sugar per day. I have lost over seven pounds in two weeks. Just be sure to drink plenty of water, eat vegi's and fruit, and eat meats and cheese. I suggest unsweetened tea to stay busy.
When you are stuck in a plateau, drink four or more glasses of green tea a day with a squeeze of lemon or lime! Do not add sugar. If you must have a sweetener, add a little bit of honey!
Sometimes at night, I get a craving for something sweet. Rather than having a cookie or piece of pie or whatever other bad thing is around, I make a cup of tea. I use a sweetener that has probiotics in it, and I can add as much as I need to, in order to beat the craving. The warmth and extra sweetness of a cup of Vanilla Caramel hot tea really stop my need for eating junk!
Every once in a while I get sick of plain water, but the flavored waters here in Germany are either full of sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Sometimes at night I get a hankering for something sweet. Instead of grabbing sweets or even fruit, I make a strong cup of fruity (decaf) herbal tea. I especially like tea that has a bit of a kick to it, like the various Zinger teas or minty teas. I don't add sugar because the tea is naturally fruity. An added benefit: it helps you to relax at the end of the day AND it counts as water.
I have invested in a large stash of fruit flavored herbal teas. Peach and mint medley (bigelow) herbals are my favorite and I do Pomegranate Green tea when I need a little caffeine. This has really helped me increase my water intake during the day and right before meals. I don't like regular water, but I will drink my peach tea all day long!
Most restaurants are really cold, which always makes me want to order something hearty and comforting. If I get a hot water with lemon (hot tea would work, too) and warm up a little before I order my meal, I'm much more likely to order something that's actually good for me.
Drinking a cup of unsweetened green tea will help your metabolism speed up and allow your body to burn 30% more calories throughout the day - not only that but its great in a detox too!!!
When I'm struggling with overeating cravings, I make myself a cup (sometimes 2) of unsweetened tea. The tea itself is good for you and stifles cravings, but also the process and time it takes to make it helps distance you from that immediate craving.
100% natural, herbal, caffeine-free tea.
The tea is good for you and calorie free while the milk is a little hit of calcium and other good things. You can spread out a cup a milk a long way in tea.
When enjoying a meal of cereal (hot or cold), dessert or even nuts consider adding a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. This fragrant spice has been shown to help stablize blood sugar (it works for me), as well as making food taste great!
I used to have trouble working strength training into my schedule. When making tea, I used to put the water on, go sit down and wait for the water to boil, get up, pour the water into the teapot, set the timer, go sit down and wait for the tea to brew. Now, instead of sitting down, I perform strength training exercises while making tea - wall pushups, lunges, etc... Making 2 cups of tea a day can help me get up to 20 minutes of strength training.