The HARDEST thing I have ever had to do is re-teach my mind and body how to look at food. Something that seems so harmless has been my best friend and only comfort, my worst enemy and now my tool to create the body I am working towards.
For me personally food WAS an addiction. I have had conversations with people who say things like, “I don’t understand how people can get so fat! Just stop eating so much crap!” BRILLIANT!!! My goodness why didn’t I think of that?! DURR! Thank you for solving absolutely nothing.
Think of your best friend in the whole entire world. Are you thinking about that person? Okay… now think about how much you love seeing them, spending time with them, the comfort they provide, the sense of support they provide…THAT is the exact feeling food gave me.
When working my way into a new lifestyle changing my eating habits was the HARDEST thing I ever had to do. *READ MY BOOK FOR THE DIRTY DETAILS!* But after TWO years I have learned to look at food for what it is… fuel for my body instead of providing emotional support.
While I’ve managed to change my relationship with food, that doesn’t mean I don’t still crave certain tastes, foods and meals. SO! I compiled a list of tricks that have been a LIFE saver the past year for tricking my mind to THINK I’m eating fat…while my body is getting fit.
#1- Attack of the Sweet tooth
(I never really had a sweet tooth (I was always a salty / fatty eater) but when I started losing the weight for some reason I grew a sweet tooth somewhere deep down)
* NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER!!!!! I would be lost without natural peanut butter. My MOST favorite sweet snack is Natural Peanut Butter with cinnamon mixed in and I put that on 1/2 a banana.
* ALMOND FLOUR- Cookies are a HUGE weakness for me. Instead of caving and getting bakery cookies I make my own. Almond flour, sugar free apple sauce, baking powder, a few dark chocolate chips an egg, and a drop of vanilla. I make it in a microwaveable coffee mug for individual portion.
* GREEK YOGURT- Ice cream is another weakness. Greek Yogurt has been an AWESOME alternative! I make it two different ways. I’ll put a scoop of chocolate protein powder, a splash of vanilla and a splenda in a container and put it in the freezer OR I put cinnamon, splenda and a bit of vanilla in there and in the freezer it goes
*QUEST BARS- I just found these last month at my coach’s suggestion. These bars are high protein and low carb. They have flavors like- cinnamon roll, banana nut bread, decadent chocolate, fudge brownie…. you get my drift…YUM!
*COCOA ROASTED ALMONDS- Need I say more??
#2 Crunch and Munch
* KALE / ZUCCHINI CHIPS- Sometimes you NEED crunch. If you keep a high protein / low carb diet (which I do) there aren’t very many options for crunchy textures. To make Kale chips I rip the leaves from the rough stem and put them on a baking sheet (oven at 400) one trick I found is I put olive oil in a little travel SPRAY bottle and spray the Kale so it hits everything evenly. I sprinkle with garlic, sea salt and cayenne for some kick. I do the same with zucchini chips but I slice them REALLY thin first.
*BEEF / TURKEY JERKEY- When you need a good salty snack, Turkey Jerkey is my FAVORITE snack. Yes your breath is smelly after BUT it’s salty and high in protein.
#3 Cooking Made Tasty
*Coconut Oil- AMAZING alternative to butter / margarine. I use this in all of my cooking. It has a high smoke point so it doesn’t go funky when you cook with it.
*Lemon Pepper- This stuff adds SERIOUS flavor to broccoli / green beans and veggies. Yes they are great for you but let’s be honest…they are booooring. LEMON PEPPER TO THE RESCUE!
*Grey Poupon- GREAT to dip chicken in! When you eat a TON of chicken… literally… a ton. It needs a little something different. Instead of honey mustard or bbq sauce that both have a ton of sugar in them, Grey Poupon has a great flavor and it’s low calorie.
*Grill- If I could put a flip flop on the grill and eat it I would. EVERYTHING on the grill is AMAZING! Salmon, chicken, peppers, veggies, turkey burgers… anything at all can be made on the grill and it gives it is so yummy.
*Spaghetti squash- One word…SPAGHETTI! when this is baked in the oven with a little olive oil, garlic and sea salt…you don’t even realize it’s not the real thing!
These are just a few of the tricks that work for me. I try to get creative and am always interested in trying new things. If YOU have any getting fit and eating fat tips that work for you PLEASE feel free to share those! I hope these help those who have been looking for a few short cuts too!!