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DAY 18: Learning to Like New Things

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tonight I am here to tell you that you can learn to like new things, eating new things, that is. For example, over the last year I have started drinking primarily black coffee instead of coffee with lots of cream and sugar. I sometimes have a fattier coffee, but not most of the time. Also, I can enjoy eating salsa on a celery stick. Salsa and tortilla chips is one of my most loved snacks and I can really get out of control with it. I have found that salsa and celery, especially when interspersed with a few chips (measured out and bag put back in the cabinet) helps me feel satisfied without the huge calorie investment. I have learned to enjoy a hamburger wrapped in iceberg or Romaine lettuce instead of in a bun. Peanut butter goes on baby carrots or apples instead of on crackers or bread. I bought a slicer ($15) for making "noodles" out of vegetables and mix zucchini noodles in with regular pasta to cut the calories. Including some noodles really fools me. One more trick is including mashed cauliflower in my mashed potatoes. I fooled my entire family with that one. As I have told my children, sometimes you have to try something several times before you learn to like it. If you make a real effort to find ways to improve your diet in a way that you enjoy and can live with permanently, the payoff can be huge!
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    I love these suggestions! I wondered if that veggie slicer really worked to make veggie "noodles." May have to try it. I can't eat most raw veggies because of a health issue, but some of the other things are worth a try. Thank you!
    1581 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great ideas. You can still enjoy fatty treats by reducing. It helps to stay on track if you are not craving your favorite snacks. emoticon
    1582 days ago
    Like your idea of incorporating veggies for some of the pasta, potatoes, etc. That way, its not too drastic of a change. I will definite try it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1582 days ago
    Excellent! Let's just keep on keeping on!
    1582 days ago
    I needed to read this tonight. I've been stuck with the "that's the way I've always done things" blues when it comes to diet and exercise and in some ways, I'm not willing to try something again that didn't "work". Thank you for sharing this today.
    1582 days ago
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