Learn to love plain foods
These staples allow you to LOVE your food and customize the flavor in so many ways. Enjoy your good carbohydrates and delightful protein. Consider steel cut oats and Fage Total 0 Greek yogurt. I prefer steel cut oats as they are less processed than the rolled oats.
For the oats (1/2 c cooked) consider these; 1 tsp brown sugar plus ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ banana plus 1 Tbsp walnuts, 1 Tbsp honey plus 1 Tbsp sliced or slivered almonds, 1 Tbsp peanut or almond butter, blueberries or strawberries plus kiwi. Frozen fruit heated with the oatmeal works great as you get the fruit juices in the oatmeal and you won’t need any sweetener. Make a pot of the oats on meal prep day; you can take a scoop each day or even every other day. Especially during these cold months, nothing is better than a nice warm bowl of oatmeal. It feels and tastes like a comfort food adding some sweet and crunch makes it the perfect evening snack (1/4 cup cooked) or a more filling breakfast.
For the yogurt– the possibilities are endless! Use this in place of sour cream and enjoy it witout guilt. Mix with your fav flavors and freeze for an “ice cream” treat. I use yogurt as my morning snack. ½ cup Fage plus fruit is an amazing pick-me-up. Using frozen fruit, thawed in the yogurt gives you the sweet fruit juice to flavor without sweeteners. You can use many of the same flavors as the oats. Find your own foods that are good for you but feel like a cheat. Use this awesome protein source as a dip base, add garlic, dill, onion, parsley to flavor it as you see appealing. It is mind over matter when it comes to foods, if our brain is not satisfied, you will feel your cravings soar. In the same vein, your body must be satisfied with the nutrients it’s getting or the cravings will lead to less than desireable choices. Our bodies know what they need; they are highly functioning machines, so your cravings are primarily driven by lack of something the body needs. This is not to say some self discipline must come in to play. Celebrate your victories every time you say NO to something that is not going to affect your body in the way you want it to. Is it easy? Nope. Is it worth it? Yup.
I am a grazer. I eat all day long. Meal prep, meal prep meal prep. After the grocery story take the time to chop some of your veggies into bite size pieces so you can have a bowl on your desk and pop a piece of cauliflower, broccoli or celery for the crunch, movement (hand to mouth) and chewing sensation you are looking for. Small containers (2 Tbsp) of hummus, ranch or your own dip (using Fage Greek yogurt) are ways to enjoy the plain veggies and feel more satisfied. I love garbanzo beans (chick peas) to gnosh on too. I use bagged beans ( I don’t like foods in cans) soak over night, rinse, refill pot with fresh water and boil for ½ hour or so. Drain and season (try garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, black pepper or even brown sugar cinnamon. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 and allow to cool. Test them often to find a consistency you like. They will get crispier as they cool, so don't bake too long. Store in air tight container. Take a ½ cup to crunch on throughout the day. Eat one at a time and be mindful when you eat. Here are a couple more ideas to try using canned beans. Here are a few more super fun ideas.
Supplements to assist
I place orders monthly for both Advocare and doTERRA. It’s nice to split the shipping and save a couple of bucks. Here are a couple of items to lend a had if you want a little help
doTERRA Slim & Sassy oil
doTERRA Slim & Sassy control
doTERRA Slim & Sassy soft gels on sale this month $41.40/bottle (reg $46.00)
Advocare Meal Repl Shakes
These are meant to help, not do all the work for you, but hey that’s what friends are for.