I really do not like broccoli and cauliflower together. I like broccoli and I like roasted cauliflower with perhaps some buffalo hot sauce. I like them both together with carrots in a California medley. Something about them together plain, just rubbed me the wrong way when I was eating them last night. Now I know-don't buy just the two as for me, they need to be separate or eaten with a third, sweeter vegetable. This is one of the little tips I am learning about myself as I work to make good choices and hopefully am rewarded for them. Here's a few more.
Giving into my carb craving, but just a little, keeps me feeling more satisfied with my restrictions on calories. I've been allowing myself a little bread, either a seedy multi grain slice to eat covered in avocado, to a whole wheat sandwich thin-just the right size to hold some lean turkey or a veggie burger.
Never be without water. It is true that drinking water helps control my appetite. I've been drinking one to and from work, but last night I forgot. Sure enough, I walked in the door and wanted to eat anything I could gt my hands on. Fortunately, I was satisfied with a a handful of rice cake crisps, without too much damage. Always have a water bottle on me.
I can get over the feel of textures to make better choices. I hated Greek yogurt when it first was showing up all over the supermarkets. The bulky texture felt like it caked my mouth. I was used to overly sweet creamy yogurts, more deserts than actual sustainable meal food. I started with adding loads of fruit to distract me, then over a couple days, "weaned" myself off the fruit. Now, I can't imagine going back to the thin overly sweet stuff.
No reason to fear fat. If most of the time I am making good choices, a little added fat is not going to blow my meal plan. In fact, the little bits, a pad of butter here, a dollop of mayonnaise there, seem to help make my healthy options feel more substantial. Fat does that to food, in small quantities.
Saving my fruit for last at lunch, and a little bit for later afternoon really gives me the sugar boost I need to get through the rest of the work day. I've had some Hershey chocolate miniatures, leftover from one of the meetings last week,sitting on a bowl on my table in my office. I haven't even been tempted to any great extent and leave them there for visitors. That has been a shocker to me, the chocolate junky.
Pasta and rice continue to be my diet enemies. I'm better to skip them all together than think I can eat just a small portion. Last night it was getting late so I quickly made a hamburger Stroganoff with a partial bag of egg noddles and hamburger and sour cream that needed to be used up. I didn't even pretend I would stop at a measured 1/2 cup serving, and made a slice of seedy toast to eat under an avocado.
I hope I keep learning more things and putting the new information to work. There's a video going around before YouTube with a group of women learning about their SHMEC (sleepiness, hunger, moodiness, energy, cravings). I took the test after and surprise, learned I'm a carb fiend, along with an exercise type that needs to work out frequently, but give myself lots of breaks. Neither surprised me. The video is kind of amusing, whether you take the quiz or not, I could relate to each of the women at some point in my up and down battles. Now when I try to find it, I can't but join in if you can find the link. It's pretty humorous.