Stop The Urge To Eat When You'Re Really Not Hungry.
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I use a Sugar Free Menthol-lyptus cough drop to stop the urge to eat. I carry a couple in my pocket.. especially when I go to the grocery store and it keeps me from buying some of the things I don't need. It also takes a while to melt so it gives you that few minutes you need to get over the urge.
I find it works much better than gum because it's a much more intense flavor and even gets in your sinuses and effects your sense of smell. Great for walking past the bakery department. Now... this is in fact a medication so read the label and don't over do it.
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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")
- a handful of almonds and dried fruit - a slice of toast with almond or peanut butter and a little honey - laughing cow light cheese and crackers
When I'm really hungry between meals I find that PROTEIN is really important. Nuts, nut butters, and low cal cheese or meat are my go-to snacks!
This is one of the best pieces of advice I've gotten to help me determine if I'm really hungry or if I just want to eat: When you think you're hungry, think about eating a big juicy steak. If you're truly hungry, the steak will sound delicious. If you're just facing a craving or wanting to eat out of boredom, the thought of eating a steak will not be appealing - in which case its time to go find something else to do.
Having difficulty eating your fruits and veggies? Eat them at the start of your meal, when you're really hungry. They'll taste better if you're hungry than if your stomach is already full, and you won't have to make up excuses for not eating them. Works for me everytime, and in fact, this made me realize that most fruits and veggies taste in fact extremely good and are very refreshing! I'm no longer struggling to eat them, I just eat them first! 26745
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