I look at my healthy eating habits as a committed lifestyle change. The only thing that has worked for me is thinking of certain foods from an addiction perspective. Just as an alcoholic in recovery can't have a sip of alcohol, I believe certain foods are addicting to me, & therefore, I can't have them. Once I put a bite of those addicting foods into my mouth, it triggers my desire for more & I go into a downward spiral. Just "say no" and eat only foods that you know won't trigger a craving.
It is hard to live this lifestyle at first, but once you commit to it, it becomes a part of who you are. It has helped me immensely and has virtually eliminated my cravings for processed foods & sweets. Just make sure you are getting all of your calories & nutrients from foods in your meal plan!
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Reduce or eliminate simple carbohydrates to feel more satisfied when you eat. Replace them with veggies, veggies, veggies. Even whole grains should be limited! It's surprisingly easier than it sounds - once you start replacing simple carbs with complex ones (esp. vegetables, and occasional fruits) it ends up eliminating carb-cravings! This is not a diet, it's really got to be a permanent change, but you will love how much better you feel,
When I first started on SP, I hated being constantly hungry even though I was meeting my nutrition goals. When I started eating my carbs as fruits & veggies - NOT grains - I was feeling more satisfied, and for longer periods. Plus, my moods improved due to fewer blood-sugar spikes and drops!
I discovered the Mango Peach Green Tea by Crystal Light. It is supposed to help metabolism. I'm not sure about that, but I do know that it helps to eliminate my cravings and desire to snack in the afternoon. 91
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