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For me, french fries without ketchup just isn't same so when I broke my addiction to them I started by eating them without sauce. They weren't half as good, but point was, it's not fries, it's ketchup (tomato candy to me). Sometimes trying something new can help break those associations. Try baked chips for instance, or just cut back how many chips you have at a time if that works better for you.
Speaking of pickles; yes they have high sodium. So what? If we would stop and think for just one minute that they stop themselves from eating perfectly fine foods like a pickle (great for an appetizer), but do eat all junk they want, it simply makes no sense. Start to limit snacks and junk foods, and go ahead and have pickles and fruit snacks. Double up on amount of vegetables, even triple up. Eat hearty! Food is a good thing. Watch sauces though because other than enhancing flavor of food they aren't exactly nutrient powerhouse foods. Have an extra bite of chicken and a bit less sauce.
Limit Processed Foods for Faster Weight Loss
If you grew up never eating anything but processed foods it may be more difficult to try new things, but be brave. I suggested having some sliced tomato with dinner and kids (teenagers) looked at me like I was crazy, but when I was growing up slices of tomato from our garden were often on our plates. I love tomatoes. I'll eat a whole tomato for a snack (just like an apple).
I Hate Vegetables
If you hate vegetables it's probably because you were forced to eat them as a child when they were over cooked, mushy, awful. Try them again but this time lightly steamed so there is still some give to bite but never mushy or overly soft (unless you have no teeth). I toss frozen vegetables in water, bring it to a boil, then turn off heat and by time I get my plate they're ready. It takes no time at all to get them right, but they're easy to over cook, so don't let them boil for 10 minutes. Frankly, directions for cooking vegetables are always wrong, so cut back on time to cook and taste them sooner.
This week go ahead and eat two slices of bread if that's what it takes to feel satisfied. Have two (or more) servings of oatmeal. Eat enough to be satisfied. Have a full sandwich if half isn't enough, or if a whole is a bit much, cut back to half. Find quantity that works for you by adjusting here and there. Don't be afraid to try new things, vegetables and fruits are inexpensive and a healthy addition to your diet! Above all, work to modify what you prefer to eat now, and slowly make changes so changes will become permanent.
Even if you add a few hundred calories to your daily total, it's far better to be satisfied with what you've eaten than to feel still hungry when you push away from table. It's always worked for me. I don't take whimpy portions, but I'm not a glutten either. Find a balance and you'll find your weight will come off more easily.
~~ Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP, EFT coach and author of Changing Beliefs, Your First Step to Permanent Weight Loss lost 80 pounds over 17 years ago. Learn how she lost the weight and maintains that weight loss at http://www.OneMoreBite-Weightloss.com
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