My best days staying on plan start with a good breakfast. Since I've always eaten breakfast that wasn't the challenge. Using the DASH diet meant leaving big bowls of cereal or 2 english muffin behind. I' ve finally found a couple of alternative meals I really enjoy: 1 cup strawberries, .5c yogurt + 1 serving almonds, large apple + 1 serv simply Jif, arnold sandwich thin, lite deli ham + tomato slices. Also add my vitamin, some metamucil for fiber and 16 - 24 oz water
Any one of these meals will get me started on the day and keep me from feeling hungry until late morning, that is especially helpful when I'm at work!
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Something I realized I needed to do in order to be successful was to prelog my food for the whole day, preferably at breakfast and sometimes in bed before I get up.
I pretty much eat the same breakfast M W F, a different breakfast Tu Th, another breakfast on the weekends. My lunches follow a similar pattern. This also helps me create a shopping list.
In my Favorites list on the Food Tracker, I created groupings for these different days and labeled them "Breakfast - MWF", "Lunch - MWF", etc.
I have done all the major weight loss systems and failed, including Sparkpeople, but this tip alone seems to really be working this time. After I created the initial groupings, it takes me about 5 minutes a day to enter in my food for the entire day, including what I swap out of the original menu.
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