Coping Tips While On The Diet!

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 8:23pm.

1) Cook in large batches. Your freezer is your friend. Freeze portions in small glass containers (stews, chili, soups, etc) and then you have something to grab when you have little energy.

2) Frozen blueberries. Yes yes, they are a fruit. Yes, you should be cutting all fruit from your diet if you suffer from yeast. Personally, blueberries don't make me ill. I always have a container of frozen organic blueberries in the freezer. Tell ya why. They are less likely to have as high a mold level as fresh berries; you can keep them so much longer than fresh one; they are great to pop in your mouth like a candy when you have a sweet craving; they turn plain yogurt into a frozen dessert instantly (just stir some in and it changes the consistency after a minute). I also think it's better to have blueberries than chocolate, which is why I don't pounce on people when they have an "iffy" item in the house.

3) Really hungry in the morning but you can't find "breakfast food"? Forget it. Eat last night's healthy leftovers. Breakfast is whatever you eat at the start of the day, period. There are some days when I will eat the same food for breakfast and lunch (and sometimes dinner) merely because I have enough of it and don't have to cook anymore. Which brings me to my next point.

4) Find recipes of things you really like. Experiment. Change a few ingredients to vary it so you don't feel like you are eating the same thing. Change the spices. Add meat. Take meat out. Play.

5) Replace your eating habits with another habit. Everytime you feel like you are going to cave, do something...something active...I don't care what. Knitting, exercise, dancing, making fun of your spouse, anything. Drink water till you're full. Something that keeps your mind and body busy.

6) Get your loved ones on board. People are finicky. They don't like change. Your partner may not want to eat the same foods as you (though it's great when you find a recipe you both like), but they need to be a part of your wellness program. My boyfriend brings bread into the house, but he brings a brand of rye bread that I don't like. See where I am going with this? Also, if you're the one cooking, then don't make them things you can't eat. If they want to eat "bad" food, they can make it themselves.