Plan meals around a small "core" of something you like that's satisfying and nutritious, such as a grilled chicken breast and a small portion of macaroni and cheese. Then fill out your meal with lots of low cal veggies - raw, roasted, steamed, etc.
You get lots of chewing time; lots of hand-to-mouth action; you eat your meal more slowly. All these things help you feel FULL when you're done, NOT deprived at all.
Roast cookie sheets of veggies, lightly spritzed w/ olive oil, 400 deg. 20-30 min. Save them in zip locks, add to every meal!
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Instead of depriving us of all the good things we enjoy to eat, why don't we try to make better choices, that way avoiding the feeling of deprivation. Instead of the cream filled chocolate cake, why not choose a plainer sweet cake that satisfies the need for something satisfying without overloading
Try eating either bread or potatoes/pasta...not both on the same day. I have found this really useful. How do you feel about that.
We all want that perfect figure, but beating ourself up is no help. Try to lighten up a little. I take my new lifestyle very seriously but if I have something I shouldn't I just try to overcome it, move on and try to make better choices the next time.
The idea is learn from our mistakes and learn to make healthy choices we can live with not to feel deprived and hungry.
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