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I am on a low carb diet. I found Dreamfield Spaghetti. This spaghetti tastes great and does not raise your blood sugar levels like regular pasta. When I am tired of eating spaghetti sqash and just need pasta, this is a good choice for me. If your stores don't have it, order from the net.
You can save alot of calories and enjoy all your favorite pasta dish by just replacing the pasta with vegetables. Try replacing your pasta with zucchini, cauliflower or broccoli. It taste great and all the restaurant like Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill will be happy to replace the pasta for veggies.
I have found that if I don't deny myself the things I want , I tend not to over eat. I have changed a lot of things to healthier versions of what they used to be to be able to stay within 1200 calories a day. Sugar free chocolate being a biggie.
When you go out to dinner, and you are having a hard time not eating all the appetizers, take a favorite protein bar and cut it up into small bites and place in a baggy. These can be used for any emergency hunger attacks.
If I know we are going out to dinner with family, I make it a point to narrow down which restaurants we might go to and check out their menu/nutrition info on the website before hand. I also bring healthy snacks and water along when we are out and about on weekends
If you get a craving for salty foods and the crunch aspect, have some carrots and celery on hand and a light salad dressing. Dip the veggies in the dressing.
OK I'm going to be brave here and tell you all I've kicked all the cheats, junk food & extras right out of my HEALTHY EATING plan!!!
When I put together a meal, I like to make sure it's balanced. I usually fill the plate 1/4 protein (meat, beans, etc), 1/4 carbs and 1/2 fruits or veggies. It leaves me satisfied and I usually don't end up scrambling to fill my protein quota at the end of the day.