As a part of eating healthier, I've made a few small changes to my habits. I understand that I should be making bigger efforts, but every time I change too much too soon, I revert back to my old self. So, a few small changes seem like an easier goal than going in full diet mode.
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Since my sweet tooth seems to be the hardest part to control, I'm tricking myself a bit. I choose dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. I like it better anyway, and dark chocolate has less fat and more antioxidants than the milky one. Also, I try to eat oatmeal cookies instead of the regular kind. They give me a little bit of fiber, help me feel fuller and tame my sugar cravings.
Another important trick is to have lots of water. And I really mean LOTS of water. I drink a big glass of water before every meal (or 2 when possible), because it leaves less space for food and I feel satisfied sooner. While working at the computer, I have a glass of water at hand, which I refill as often as needed. Additionally, I stopped drinking sweet beverages like sodas, juices or shakes. I have a Coke occasionally, but I keep it to less than once a week. As for juices, I sometimes drink natural fruit juices, unsweetened.
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The most important part of my plan is to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables I eat daily. I confess: I'm not a big fan of veggies and I'm quite picky when it comes to fruits. My daily intake is ridiculously low and I'm ashamed to admit that having 5 portions of greens a day is nearly impossible. I'll commit to 2 portions a day and build up from there.
What are your diet tricks? Do you prefer going cold turkey or taking baby steps? Please, feel free to share in the comments.