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Whenever I am craving a chocolate, I try to limit myself to the serving size. When I am feeling like I am out of bounds and need a second I remind myself that I will have to add another 10 minutes on the treadmill if I need it that badly...
According to the "OZ" he reported yesterday that eating "Fava" beans or adding them to your meals,in your salad or where ever you'd like will decrease your food craavings!!
Often for dinner I create a huge salad on a plate with lots of variety. Then I have a small burger (veggie or meat) or a slice of pizza or a bowl of soup with it. The activity of crunching up the huge salad makes me feel as though I've had quite a big meal. Of course, watch the dressing and extras on the salad or you defeat the purpose.
I have been making healthy snacks mostly cut up fruit & veggies and putting them in attractive bowls everywhere in my kitchen & dining room. So when I want to grab something to pop in my mouth it's the first thing I see. This is helpful when I'm cooking so I eat healthy snacks instead of looking for something not so healthy. It's just more convenient not to get something else out.
If a person says "don't think about this. don't think of that." That is exactly what they think of. I try to make an effort to think about the healthy foods that I want to eat, instead of restricting any kind of food from my diet. For example if I want to eat more oranges, I think on purpose daily of citrus, yummy fruit, and how much I enjoy the particular taste. Suddenly I find myself craving an orange. Our thoughts are very powerful!
It's important to me that I replace less healthy choices with better alternatives. I have given myself permission to eat ANYTHING in the produce department. It gives me so many healthy options and reminds me that a plant-based diet is the way to eat!
I've noticed that bananas are sold in most convenience stores. When I'm feeling hungry and find myself faced with all the unhealthy stuff sold in those places, I turn to bananas. In the stores near where I live, they are usually priced 3 for a dollar or 49 cents each. I buy 3, eat one, and bring the others home to use later. They are usually perfectly ripe since they sit out as everyone else is buying up the candy and chips.
I like to keep measuring cups that range from a teaspoon all the way to a cup and a scale, on my kitchen counter all day. That way I can easily measure whatever I eat through out the day. This really helps me keep portion control in check.