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When I have a craving that comes at a time when I shouldn't eat, I brush my teeth. I think it's just a fact that no one wants to turn around and eat after brushing teeth, and it's great for your teeth. You can still brush your teeth if you're at work or out somewhere. And it doesn't have to be very involved, just a quick brush does the trick.
Hunger isn't necessarily for food!
I am "secretly" attending weight watchers meetings to lose weight. This way I can eat what I want, still lose, and nobody is looking at me saying "I thought you were on a diet". It's not a diet, it's a life style change, and since nobody knows I don't have to worry about negative comments when I do eat, or mess up!
I have the perfect way to know exactly how many ounces are in the food I eat, ....., wait for it, I Weigh IT! I stopped eyeballing my food, the looks the food give me are deceiving. I stopped guessing, and now I am 38 pounds lighter in matter of 3 months.
I have found if l eat Purposefully, nourishing my body, chewing, not inhaling my food, that l am satisfied physically and mentally.
Okay, I just discovered that we have no teaspoons in the house. Really, not one. While looking for teaspoons I found my son's old baby spoon and fork and started using them. Great idea for me! Wu-who because now instead of a huge table spoon of food in my mouth I use a tiny baby spoon and my food lasts longer!
Eating small portions every 2-3 hours is helping me to reduce weight as body does not feel deprived of food this way and it won't go in to starvation mode or slow down metabolism.
I am not good at dieting, if something is forbidden to me, I and up eating a lot of that food after two or three days of dieting.