Work Sudoku or Crossword puzzles and our brain is unable to process mentally challenging activities and negative feelings at the same time! What a fun way to wipe out fears and worries! Even temporary respite helps break that negativity cycle, and gets us on a better track.
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Even if you eat healthy foods, OVEReating will still sabotage a diet. I keep sudoku and puzzle books around the house and after each meal, when I don't feel completely full yet, I take 15 or 20 minutes to complete a puzzle. This helps to distract me while I wait for the "full" signals to reach my brain.
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!
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