Even if I'm not hungry, if more than two and a half to three hours have passed, I have a healthy snack that is pre-planned and prepared. If I wait until I feel hungry, there's no telling what I might eat.
My favorite snack is raw brocolli and hummus. I love apples with peanut butter too.
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I prefer to make my own salads but won't do so if time-crunched. My strategy involves fresh salad ingredients and a 6-8 cup capacity plastic container. I wash and chop 3 heads of romaine lettuce and a variety of my favorite veggies and store in the container in the fridge. Fresh salad at the ready!
By having this healthy choice prepared in advance, I'm less likely to reach for an unhealthy food when faced with the hunger monster!
I've noticed 3 types of hunger on my weight loss journey: Physical Hunger, in which my body needs food; Mouth Hunger, in which I have a taste for something, but my body doesn't need the fuel; and Psychological Hunger, in which my emotions or condition at the time (and not my body) hunger to eat. My secret is simple: only feed the physical hunger.
What helps me stay on track? Analyze what caused the non-physical hunger types and and deal with the issues. Tired? Sleep. Stressed? Breathe. Bored? Do something! And so on. 306
I am a sugar addict & eliminated all artificial sweeteners and sugar all together & not longer crave sugar. I still find myself occasionally wanting a taste of chocolate. Problem is just a little sugar will start a chain reaction of wanting more one hour later. At the end of day if I have more room in my calorie bank I will allow myself little chocolate when I am tired right before bed. As long as I get to sleep within the next hour I am unaffected the next day. My sugar cheat.
Since eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from my eating habits it has solved my life long hunger issues.
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