I’m excited to share a few of my tips and tricks with you. These are little things that help me stay in control in my crazy, fast paced life. See, here’s the deal. My brain is attracted to things that will bring me to a slow, painful, and fat death. Pizza, cigarettes, and eating until I want to barf, just to name a few. So I need little tricks through out the day to overcome my habits.
Will any of these have you looking like a Vicky Secrets model anytime soon? No. But, they help me stay on track. Hopefully they work for you too.
#1 – Plate size
It’s really hard to control your portions when you’re eating off a mammoth plate. If you have a giant plate, you’re going to fill it. And if you fill it, you’re going to eat it. Stop doing this to yourself! It’s sabotage. When you think about how many extra calories most American’s are consuming, and then you take a look at my beautiful plate from Pier 1, it’s pretty obvious there is a correlation.
Use a regular sized plate. Or, when I’m trying to loose weight, I actually use a tiny plate. I do allow myself a refill if I’m still hungry. My rule is that in between servings I drink a full glass of water. I also wait 5 minutes. If I still feel hungry after this, I allow myself a refill.
Look at that giant, beautiful plate. It’s bigger than my head. Which means my stomach, which should be the size of my fist, should never fit that much food!
#2 – Appreciate left overs
Be ok leaving food on your plate. Our parents ruined us with the old “you must finish what you take” routine that most of us grew up with. Now we’re programmed to finish anything sitting in front of us. I personally blame my father for the fact that I can finish a bag of potato chips start to finish. That’s right Rich Soper, I’m talking to you!
Don’t be afraid of leaving it on your plate! The more food that’s left over, the less you have to prep tomorrow. Pack that crap up and take it for lunch. Now you just saved calories, money, and time. Boom!
#3 – Fiber
Fiber is your friend. Have it before your big meals, especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve eaten and you think you may be ready to pig out. No joke, I’ve been known to take Metamucil before eating dinner. I do not suggest you actually take Metamucil before you eat. I was taking it to lower my cholesterol. But, coincidently found that it made me eat less. Bonus! Good poops, eat less. Win- Win.
Realistically how you get fiber before a big meal is by eating a pear. Skin on of course. Come on, we’re not in pre-school. You can choke it down. Blackberrys and raspberrys are also high in fiber. If you want to learn more about how amazing fiber is, or other foods high in fiber, see this site. http://greatist.com/health/surprising-high-fiber-foods
# 4 – High quality H2O (insert water boy accent)
Your body is mostly water, and you need a lot of it to carry out your daily bodily functions. You do get some from your food, but you should be drinking it all day as well. Grab a nice refreshing glass if you’re feeling a little hungry and thinking of snacking. Sometimes when our body is really wanting water, we think it’s wanting Fritos from the vending machine. Pound a glass of water and wait a minute. If you’re still hungry, go grab a healthy snack.
#5 – Take the stairs
I know, I know, I know. I’m always in a hurry too. And I’m often tired. And truth be told, it’s not like it burns a ton of calories. It’s not Zumba! But, it gets the blood flowing. It builds muscle. It gets that heart rate up a bit. If you’re going to be busy all day and not make it to the gym, it’s the only exercise you might get for the day. So just do it! And if you can, do it like 8 times through out the day!
#6 – Lay off the coffee
“What did she say? Lay off the coffee. Unsubscribe to this blog right now.” I love coffee just as much as you. In fact, I was a pot a day drinker until a few months ago. Now I maybe have 2 cups a week, and I feel fantastic.
What does this have to do with being skinny? Research about the health benefits of coffee is very conflicting. Some tout coffee as a health food. I don’t doubt that in moderation there may be some beneficial effects. But there’s also some studies showing that coffee increases insulin production. This would in turn cause your sugar to drop later and you to crave food. Craving food = makes you fat. See my point. If you must have a glass, fine. But don’t drink it all day long, and try not to have it with a meal. (Which spikes insulin levels even further).
# 7 – Eat a lot
Say w-w-w-w-what? Waiting a long time in between meals may seem like a nifty way to avoid calories through out the day. But it’s not great on your metabolism, and makes you more likely to pig out when you do finally sit down to eat. Instead, eat frequent small meals through out the day. You’ll actually find yourself eating healthier foods and smaller amounts. You also won’t be HANGRY all the time so people will like you more.
#8 – Avoid scouts
If you see these cute little creatures hanging around your community, run! They only want to sell you things that make you fat. Case in point, I just spent $60 on sugary caramel – chocolate popcorn from my friends kid. It sat between me and my husband on the couch like a baby while we went into a wonderful, delicious food comma. And I swear to you my pants fit tighter the next day. Epic fail. Just avoid them all together. Especially the girl variety with their delicious cookies.
#9 – Healthy Cheats
I’ll keep this last one short and sweet and for the ladies. If you know your period is coming, for crying out loud, prepare yourself! Get whatever healthy cheat is going to sustain you. So you don’t end up at the Tim Hortons drive through, ordering 20 Tim Bits at 2 am, to take home and eat while you cry watching the Notebook.
My “healthy cheat” is an organic 70% cocao chocolate bar. Snap a little piece off and quit! Don’t eat the whole thing. They’re like $4 and nobody needs a whole candy bar.
Have some of your own tricks to make it through the day feeling a little skinnier? Please share in the comments. I’m always in need of a few extra tricks 😉