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Before I serve a meal, I determine exactly what the correct portion is ahead of time and serve just that amount on the plate. Any left-overs are immediately put away so i'm not tempted to give myself seconds because its still sitting in the pan.
Nothing is off limits but eating more fruits/veggies & less bread, rice & pasta is working. I'm not tracking but try to eat fewer servings of starches and eat them earlier in the day. It is good for me to eat a lean meat, veggies & skim milk for dinner. It is pretty simple and it is doing the trick.
While I am preparing my breakfast, lunch and dinner, I drink 2 cups of water. The water helps to keep me from over eating because it fills me up and it adds to my over all health during the day. After my daily workout I drink 2 cups of water to replace what I have lost and this brings my total up to 8 cups already. If I work out twice there is 10 cups of water and then in the evening when I am relaxing, I will have another 2 cups. How easy is that to get your H2o into your daily recommendations
I love the fizzy feel of soda pop, but didn't like the calories and nasty ingredients. I was also trying to lower my sodium. I switched to seltzer water, which I can flavor with real fruit juice like lemon and lime. This has saved me money, improved my health, and I even like the taste of it quite a bit more!
I've started stopping at a small grocery store to buy a 1.5 litre bottle of water every day on my way to work. It's only a dollar and having that bottle on the desk all day allows me to make sure I get at least 6 glasses of water throughout the day.
If you are a food addict and have certain "trigger" foods DO NOT KEEP THEM IN THE HOUSE! If you are craving them get a single serving size while you are out and eat what you want of it (while tracking the calories). Then you won't be able to binge on it but still satisfy your craving!