Hey everyone. I was looking around the older posts and I've seen a lot of threads on tips, but how about one with the quirky advice you've learned and would like to share? We've all read things like park further away from your work and carry a bottle of water... anyone have something a little more offbeat that helps them stay OP?
- If you've a big cereal lover (like me) but don't want to eat it out of control... I find putting my weetbix and milk in the freezer for about an hour before I want to eat them really helps. The milk gets ICE COLD which tastes awesome - I don't even notice that it's skim - and it stops me from going back for a second or third bowl because by the time it'd be ready, I've acknowledged that I'm full.
- If I find myself craving something like hot chips, I visualise it just as the raw ingredients. So I see a potato and a bottle of oil. Suddenly it's not so tasty... nothing especially mouth watering about picturing a bottle of oil and a dirt covered potato, is there?
I wear a pedometer. I love it and I find myself moving around and sneaking in exercise constantly just to see it move up. I also keep my radio on at all times, especially in the kitchen and at the computer. It really keeps you moving.
-eat half and take half home
-order a balanced appetizer instead of an entree
-order dressings on the sides, dip into the dressing instead of pour the dressing on the salad
-have a small dinner salad with a vinegar-based dressing before the main course
-sip on a glass of red wine instead of ordering a cocktail
For me, I have a planned grocery list, with some staples that I get every week:
-Golden Delicious apples
-bagged green leafy salad
-stone ground bread
-low sugar instant Oatmeal
-frozen entrees like Lean Cuisines
Also, if I can remember to make it, sugar free Jello is actually pretty satisfying for a sweet dessert, and it comes in a lot of flavors.
Probably my most important tip is to eat breakfast. I just couldn't skip breakfast.
I'm also a cold cereal junkie when the weather is warmer! When the weather is cooler, I like oatmeal. No it's not the slow cooking plain kind, but in a pinch, it takes 2 minutes to make with the microwave and it's very filling!!
Began fitness program: 1/6/2007
Age: 37 Circumference Body Fat%
theoreticly, if you drink ice cold water while eating celery, it burns more calories during digestion than the number you ingest. it has something to do with the temperature of the water (tummy needs to warm it up) and the toughness of the celery itself. it may not be a record way of burning calories, but it helps fill you up with possitive side effects.
I start with non reduced-cal recipes, believe it or not, then adapt them to be low-cal by replacing ingredients, modifying steps, adding healthy touches, and etc. I think that most "diet" recipe books sacrifice too much flavor.
I do the same thing when I have a particular craving - figure out what the craving is (tacos!) and make an on-plan version to satisfy it (taco salad with mixed greens, grilled steak, grilled veggies, ff sour cream, salsa, and half a corn tortilla baked until crispy for crunch). It really doesn't work for me to say "I really want a taco, but I have to have a baked italian chicken breast because it is on-plan".
Figure out what foods really make you feel like you're not being deprived. Work those foods, at least a small portion, in every day so long as they don't trigger you to overeat. My day does not feel complete without dessert...its just how it is, and no sugar free jello is going to satisfy it. I build the calories in for 1/2 cup of ice cream of sherbet, every single night.
Buy your chicken broth in bulk. Replace the oil in almost anything cooked (sauteeing, in salad dressings, etc) with it. Use it to make filling soups. Cook your rice in it instead of in water for extra flavor. Its only 5 cals per cup and adds SO much flavor and replaces SO much oil.
Never buy a food you have trouble controlling your consumption of in more than 1 portion. Craving sourdough? Buy a single roll from a bakery. Want chocolate? Go to a chocolate or candy store (Sees is great for this) and buy 1-2 pieces. Leave before you eat them so you're not tempted to buy more when your portion is gone. Don't tell yourself you can't ever eat chips again if you really want them...but do tell yourself that you can't ever keep a full-size bag of chips in the house.
Pick a new veggie, fruit, or recipe at least once a week...for most people, boredom and repetition are murder for your motivation. Some people aren't like this, but for most I've talked to, eating the same things day in and day out may trigger overeating of off-plan foods.
My ideas may sound crazy, but they've been somewhat helpful for me.
At home, I eat off a salad plate - I guess most people know that. But really, considering the whole stomach size and everything, it works for me.
I also listen to "Italian Love Songs" while preparing dinner and eating.
My daughter and I have "hors d'ouervers" (bagged cleaned cut veggies with or without dressing) or olives (low carb).
And often I'll 'nuke a broth with some frozen veggies for a soup...so we have a multi course meal by the time we get to the turkey and rice.
If we go to a restauraunt I either order an entree to share half with another guest so we split it there or I ask for a "to go" box to be delivered to the table with the entree and immediately cut everything in half and put half in the box so I don't pick at it. It helps me to slow down and enjoy what's on my plate.