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I write a list before I go shopping Ė and stick to it. I prepare a careful plan of what I want to buy before I go out, then stick to that plan when I go shopping. I donít put anything in the cart unless it is on my list. I have the same plan when I shopping for clothes.
It's true. The times I take to prep all my veggies after I get home from the store & before they get put away, the more I am apt to cook with them or snack from them because it takes less time when I want to cook or eat. Takes just a bit of time at first but pays off BIG later....
I found that talking about how we have changed our lifestyle as far as what we eat and especially regarding the Food Inc. info and how not all foods are created equal, not only am I spreading information and potentially saving lives but I am also holding myself accountable.
To stay positive we have to learn to stay away or not listen to negative people !!!! If you have ever been really happy and somone negative messes up your happy mood than you know what I mean.A good support group is a great way to stay positive.TOPS is great and very affordable and so is OA.
Eating the proper amount of protein daily will keep you from feeling hungry, Help keep and build muscles. This produces a chain reaction, giving you more energy while building muscle,(not mass), and increasing the amount of calories you burn. http://bariatrictimes.com/20
Have you noticed that the dinner plates just keep getting larger? When your plate or bowl are large you tend to fill it up. We switched to eating off of salad plates and I bought smaller bowls to eat out of in order to keep our portion sizes in control.
When I first started I was diligent about logging al of my food each day and checking it several times a day to make sure I was still on track. Then I stopped, thinking I knew how to eat right. I didn't gain any weight but my weight loss all but stopped.
I find it very helpful to always carry a tote bag with me that has apples, nuts, string cheese, yogurt (if I can keep it cool). I never leave the house without it and even take it to family and friend's houses when I visit. It helps me stick to eating what is right if I get hungry away from home.