So many times we think of what we can't have on an eating change/plan. I made of list of everything I love that is fresh, whole food, and I buy that food and plan my meals. It really makes you feel like you're treating yourself to the best things to eat. For example, I like Shrimp, so i buy the frozen shrimp and thaw it to throw into recipes, or eat alone. Make yourself feel special, because you are, no matter how much weight you need to lose.
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I keep a list of food ideas to try. I started it several years ago, and I just keep adding to it when I run across an inspiring idea. The ideas may be a vegetable or fruit I have not eaten, a combination of foods or a whole meal. I also list restaurants and the healthy meals that I like to eat there. I go to the list when I need an idea quickly or when I am not inspired by the meals I am planning.
Track your schedule and emotions on the Nutrition Tracker
A Spark friend added to her "favorites" non-food items to make the nutrition tracker more useful, e.g., "Skipped Meal," "Boredom." The system enters zeroes for nutrients, etc. She enters together her foods and moods for the day for an at-a-glance overview. I took it a small step further. I begin each non-food listing with "Note" so that I don't have to remember all of them or hunt through my "favorites" list: The notes are alphabetized together.
I find that am not nearly as tempted by the chips and ice cream at the grocery store if I make detailed menus in my Nutrition Tracker while I am creating my grocery list.
I plan the next 7 days down to the last calorie. When I go to the store, I know that if I add a treat, something on my list must go to keep within my calorie limit. I remind myself that trading junk food for a healthy item does not help me reach my goal.
Occasionally I do decide on the junk food trade, but now it is a very conscious decision.
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