Over the past several months, I have tried to change my eating habitats from extreme amounts of sugary and greasy foods to a minimum. In my previous post, we touched on the tips for meal planning and how to make realistic goals we can achieve without starving yourself. Let’s face it: nobody wants to be starving when those afternoon hunger pains kick in, all to lose just 10 extra pounds…
Just because you are cutting down on your junk food and changing your diet doesn’t mean you have to eat tasteless foods. You can still salt your food and add seasoning just make sure not to over do it! Look for marinades that have low calories but will give your chicken and meats that extra flavor (plus it won’t feel like your on a diet if your food is tasting extra special). At your local grocery store you can find some great marinades and seasonings that are between 10 – 20 calories that are sure to make your next meal d’lish!
Snacking throughout the day is a key to this diet, in reality you should be snacking 2-3 time per day between your regular meals, this will help you not over eat when you more traditional meals come during the day. Ideally, your meals should be “small in size” or smaller than you would normally eat. I know what your thinking… what about my mid day candy bar or morning donut and coffee – I feel it too. I still take my morning coffee to help wake up, but here are some other healthy snack ideas I choose from on a daily basis.
I also found these great Detox teas at my local Wal-Mart or Target which I feel really do help you release toxins in the body – they are very light which is great if you do not want to do a full detox. For those of you wanting to try a full detox I have seen a 3-Day or 7-Day Detox program, which you can find at any vitamin supply store.
Easy Quinoa in 15 mins or less!
1. Add 1 cup of Quinoa to sauce pan
2. Add 2 cups of Water – lightly season with salt, garlic powder & pepper to your liking.3. Bring to a boil , then lower heat to a simmer – keep covered
4. Let it cook about 10-15 mins until it is soft and small spiral like shape forms
Quinoa is said to be extremely good for you with complete protein and amino acids to help you keep your hunger away – makes a great addition to salads and daily meals.
Meal Planning & Portion Size
The hardest thing to do is control how much you eat. Some of those tough, personal moments is saying “NO” to my Snickers at work, or having to be around a huge bowl of spaghetti… I know myself, and I’ll eat the whole thing! Recently I have tried to control how much I eat in a serving, below are some examples and video on my workweek meal planning portion control.
Great Portion Control Tool!
You can purchase this meal measuring tool on
Amazon for about $8 -$10 Here is the link
The most important aspect is to ALWAYS be positive – take slow steps towards a cleaner and healthier life style. Remember, every little bit helps and every time you make the right choice, you are one step closer to your goal!
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