i applaud your undertaking this challenge, which so would NOT work for me--i do not work well with the idea of being denied something; i always need to have my options open, and then remember and have the courage to make healthful choices. i understand the benefits of having some things off limit--it can be exhausting to spend so much energy on making beneficial choices. i admire your intention, openness, and will, and i will be cheering you on! please keep us posted! 1518 days ago
Wishing you luck, but I know you can do it!
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I was addicted to diet soda so I feel your pain. Here are some tips that got me through the transition. Keep a rinsed out soda can of water in the fridge. It feels familiar and you won't smell the water. Drink water from the can while you cook dinner. Add yummy stuff to your water so it changes things up. A lemon wedge, tea, crystal lite, an ounce of juice all work. Get yourself a special glass to use at meals so it seems like a treat.
For salty treats, have dill pickle chips. Yes, they are high in sodium but low cal and a partial win is still a win.
Multigrain bread is a good starting place when changing from white breads. The texture is only slightly more dense than white. I can't let cookies and crackers in the house because I can't abide the 5 is a portion rule.
For sweets, chew gum or eat fruit. Plain Frozen bananas blended taste like soft serve ice cream. For fast food, I found a Greek Chicken place that makes grilled chicken with a Greek salad. If you must go there, Look carefully at the menu for grilled chicken, salads, fruit and water. It is easier to get healthier options takeout from some chain restaurants like Applebee's than the drive thru places. Check their online nutrition for things you might order so you will know in advance what works. Grilled salmon and chicken or a small steak with 1/2 of a baked potato and their veggies or a side salad usually works for me. Try the deli in your grocery store for Rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes. Add a bagged salad and some steamed veggies and fruit or a fruit cup and you are golden. My store deli also sells boiled eggs for an egg sandwich, hummus for a veggie dip or I get the turkey lunchmeat cut into a 1/4" slice so I can heat it up with a couple Tbsp. bottled gravy or cut up on salad or in a wrap.
Great challenge. I "gave up" ice cream, chocolate, and candy. I don't have a sodas issue at all -- I really don't like soda much. I still have occasional problems with the chocolate and candy. I don't much want to "give up" beer, but I do drink it mindfully, if at all. Give yourself a time period with an end time, like a couple of weeks. You'll adjust and will find that you don't miss some of the items at all. Then, reevaluate after your time period and select your items and a new goal date. I also added "no candy" and "no beer" to my tracking on my SP Start page, and feel great every time I can check them off!
Good luck -- I know that you can do this. 1518 days ago
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