Since I am eating smaller meals, and a snack in between, I plan on getting hungry between meals! I always carry a snack in my purse, briefcase or small insulated lunch bag, so that when I do get hungry, I have a healthy, low-cal, high protein and/or high fiber snack available that has already been planned into my food tracker. All of my choices are 150 calories or less. Some of my favorites are: Adkins bar, Chocolate Teddy Grahams, fat free yogurt, or Kozy-Shack Chocolate pudding.
By having a planned snack vailable, I avoid searching out food on the spur of the moment. That usually leads to a bad choice from a convenience store, fast food place, or vending machine!
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Never never let yourself get too hungry & exercise every day
My secret to maintaining my weight is to always plan to eat at certain times so I'm never hungry. Getting over hungry not only makes me eat things that I shouldn't but sometimes gives me headaches. Also, plan exercise every day regardless even if it's only for a short time. I always exercise first thing in the morning and as I am going to sleep I figure out how much time I will spend and still be on time for the rest of my day.
I've learned to view food "as nutrition". As a means to a nutritional end. This is a huge"reframe" for me; food used to be about pleasure, comfort, and distraction. Food is now about NUTRITION.... I have learned to find pleasure, comfort, and distraction elsewhere....but food can still be fun!
I now THINK before I eat. I ask myself "Why am I eating this? For what purpose? And am I actually hungry?" If I am actually hungry, I plan food around my nutritional needs for the day and avoid "junk" foods except for the occasional splurge.
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