Sometimes I get the munchies after dinner. So, instead of eating junk food while watching tv, I postpone dessert for about 1 hour after dinner. I do the dishes, clean up the kitchen, watch a little tv, and it's nearly 8 pm - my usual time for the munchies.
This satisfies my sweet tooth, desserts are portion controlled, and it stops the mindless snacking at night in front of the tv.
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If you have a hard time being "good" at buffets (or holiday meals); try taking only 1-2 bites of each item. This way, you get to enjoy a variety of foods (the reason I go to buffets in the first place); and hopefully you can have the stuff that's not as good for you without overdoing it.
Another trick is to limit yourself to one plate of dinner, salad, and dessert. No going back for seconds
While teaching my granddaughter the lesson of patience, I was reminded of how we may need to sacrifice what we want in the present for the greater reward we wish for in the future. I may not be able to eat that dessert (sacrifice) I wish for tonight because I want more to loose weight and get healthy.(reward). It doesn't mean I will never be able to have a dessert it simply means I need to postpone that wish in order to achieve the bigger picture of being at a healthy weight.
I use cottage cheese in place of salad dressings but I also use it in place of sour cream and even put it on frozen dinners. It gives me added protein and is a lot healthier alternative to dressings, regular cheese, etc.
Those Healthy Choice dinners, the ones that have the dessert, I add cottage cheese to every portion of the dinner, even the dessert. It makes the dessert bigger and adds protein!334
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