Interactive food is more fun, and you pay more attention when eating it. Take 12 whole strawberries, 1 Tbsp lowfat cream cheese. Slice one strawberry, spread a little cream cheese, savor, repeat! Find other ways to interact with your food while you eat it!
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The best thing to keep myself from mindless snacking whether healthy food or very unhealthy food is to keep my mind and body busy. I write in a journal, I read a book, I exercise, I play with my kids, paint or draw, working on the house were rebuilding or simply yard work. But unless I'm busy, I eat when I'm not hungry.
I made some home made silly putty the other day with some kids. I put it on my desk at work to play with because I have to stay busy. I noticed today that anytime I would get a craving for food that isn't in my meal plan, I would play with the silly putty and forget about my craving. It has an added benefit that it keeps your hands moist!
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