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I have a terrible urge to munch on something crunchy! I used to eat chip and switched to veggies but sometimes I get tired of veggies! so I started crunching ice cubes! zero calories and it really helps with the munching motion that I seem to crave! keeps you cool in the summer too!
I recently had a talk with my sister who brought to my notice that I binge when I eat out but I am mindful when I am eating at home and I realised it was true. So, I got myself a wrist band (those colorful rubbery things) and put it on whenever I go out. This way whenever I bring something to eat near my mouth I see the band and immediately check the portions and the food that I am eating. It is just a reminder that I should watch out for what I am putting in my mouth.
I always carry a protein bar in my purse. I choose Pure Protein because it's a little lower in calories than some, about 180 depending on flavor. Things do come up where we don't get to eat as we planned and when I have this it helps fill me up and keep my protein up until I can get a regular meal
Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!
Anytime I am about to eat something that is high-cal (e.g. dessert) I think about how much satisfaction I will get from that first bite. The satisfaction with the second bite is a little bit lower than the first. And so on. So I choose however many bites I think I can balance between enjoying myself and not overeating, always remembering that no bite will ever taste as good as the first!
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.