When I first started using Spark, I had a difficult time remembering exactly how much water I had consumed. To help me with this, I started leaving empty water bottles by the sink so I could count them. BUT, my DW thought they made her kitchen look messy (when Mama's angry, someone ain't getting treated as lovingly as they would like).
To keep peace in the kitchen, I added water to my favorites (in two cup increments as I usually finish a two cup water bottle). Now, with my meals I have
recorded exactly how much water I've had for the day. What is interesting is that either I'm drinking more water or I was forgetting a bottle here and there. Now, I usually have between 9 and 11 cups of water to list each day when I used to struggle to get 8.
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A lot of people will tell you to drink more water to make yourself less hungry. For me, that NEVER works. Drinking water is great, but it doesn't make me want to eat less if I'm really, truly hungry. Hunger and thirst are governed by two DIFFERENT parts of the brain, so drinking more water will not trick your brain into thinking you're less hungry. If you're hungry, stop and EAT SOMETHING!! (snack suggestions in "more info")
- a handful of almonds and dried fruit - a slice of toast with almond or peanut butter and a little honey - laughing cow light cheese and crackers
When I'm really hungry between meals I find that PROTEIN is really important. Nuts, nut butters, and low cal cheese or meat are my go-to snacks!
I heard an author who writes about life changes say that we have two brains: the smart one and the bunny brain. The smart one can plan, but the bunny just wants instant gratification. She says it helps to retrain our brains to focus on the long term gratifications, to essentially trade up. So when I don't want to go to the gym, that is when I need to go the most because my bunny brain is in control. The workout somehow staves off bunny brain too.
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