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My hubby loves the oatmeal that takes 40 minutes of constant stirring until it's cooked. (example is McCann's Steel Cut Oat Meal).
I am almost always moving. I cannot just sit still, even in a chair. when I am on the phone, I usually pace, when I am sitting for longer than 20 minutes I have to get up and physically do something for moment or two. or my leg bounces. Its just the way i am wired. But its not a solution I would recommend for most. It comes with some not so fun side effects: anxiety, cloudy thinking, and occasionally panic attacks. But this is how I work! :)
Since I eliminated all Aspartame and Sucralose (splenda) from all my food and drink eight months ago, I have been able to control my cravings for sugar, the amount of daily sugar content in diet. My diet has transformed from being hungry all the time constantly craving sweets to seldom being hungry and being satisfied by much less food. Which has enabled me to naturally crave healthy foods, eating the same foods loosing weight as I will be once the weight is off.
I have found that eating fruit by itself tends to make me more hungry and causes problems with my sugar levels. However, If I add a protein with that fruit My sugar levels stay even and I can go longer between eating. One of my favorite snacks is an apple with a slice of american cheese.
When you are stuck in a plateau, drink four or more glasses of green tea a day with a squeeze of lemon or lime! Do not add sugar. If you must have a sweetener, add a little bit of honey!
By making my own whole wheat bread at home, I can control what goes in it and the size of the slices. This way, I can manage my carb intake better while still enjoying a "two slice" sandwich!
When I was little, I played outside until the sun went down. We were forced to come in for lunch and dinner. We didn't want to take the time to eat! It was more like a chore. I believe we should view eating as a chore. Something we have to do for nutrition, but not as a hobby (which is what it has been for me for awhile now).
If you have reached a plateau in your weight loss, try smarter not harder. Most us make the mistake of trying harder (eating less, exercising more) when we should be trying smarter (find the root cause of the plateau), Did our metabolism slow down? Are we really eating what we think we are? Are we in a food or exercise rut?