Here is my diet cycle. Sound familiar anyone? Day 1 – I’m so motivated. I've got a vacation, events, and cute clothes to wear and I'm going to take advantage of it by being 10 lbs. lighter! This is the day I will pull myself out of the quagmire of diet failure! I start out with a healthy breakfast. I know that it’s important to start out with a good breakfast! Gotta keep that energy up! 2 hours later, however, I start to feel hungry and my stomach starts to feel a little growly. I go in and grab a
healthy snack, telling myself I will watch it at lunchtime. It’s definitely not too late, I've got this! Lunchtime comes and I’m feeling hungry
again. I look at what my co-workers or
my husband or the people on the Food Network are eating and I don’t want to be
deprived, so I get myself an extra helping of something plus another food
item. Alright now I’m feeling a little
apprehensive about the future of this first day of the rest of my life. C’mon, let’s not make it like all of the rest
of the days I failed! I swear to myself
that I will definitely have to watch it from now until bedtime. Evening comes around and I’m watching my
favorite t.v. show. I can’t watch t.v.
without feeling a bit hungry, which I am.
It’s been 5 hours already. I feel
deprived but yet at the same time I tell myself I should be careful. I eat a full dinner. In front of the t.v. Day 1 – Epic Fail!!!!
Day 2 – I don’t eat breakfast, in fact, I don’t eat until 2 pm. I hop on the scale again, after this morning’s initial eye-popping number to validate that this was a great idea. Sure enough, I’ve lost a lb. from this morning’s dismal reading. Great! It’s a good thing, ‘cause I’m hungry. I look in the freezer and there sits a carton of my favorite ice cream! Tillamook, you are a bad, bad company because before I know what’s happening, I dish out 3 large scoops of Mudslide. Ha! But I’m being smart. I put in a half cup of Oatmeal to up the fiber count! And hey, that’s all I’ll be eating until right at 7 pm when I plan to have a healthy green smoothie and call it a night.
At 3 pm I realize that I committed to bring food for our women’s group summer get-together. It’s going to be salad with a chicken option and desserts. I tell myself I will just have the salad and a tiny bit of chicken for the protein. When I get there, it looks amazing! The food is delicious and conversations are lively. I look around and I am not, by any means, the biggest gal in the room. It makes me feel more at ease and so, I sample all of the entrees and many of the desserts. I leave realizing that I have just failed Day 2.
But there is a ray of hope. After my 4th of July food fest, I found the motivation to do a little less eating and a little more exercising and so this morning I was right at my ready-set-go weight. It is 15 lbs. above what I’d llke to be, but not as bad as it could be. Of course I've already repeated my Day 1 pattern. However, I do know something that breaks my cycle of epic diet fails.
Appetite Curbing Foods. I recently wrote about barley being very good at suppressing the appetite because it makes you feel fuller longer. It really does work! Another thing that is a great substitute for the ice cream that somehow I feel like I need in my life, is an appetite suppressing shake. It needs to have natural ingredients and it needs to make me feel full, as well as satisfy that sweet-tooth dairy craving I have. It's the craving that makes me buy ice cream even though I know I’m kidding myself when I tell myself that it will only be eaten in small amounts and will last for at least a fortnight. I will eat every last bit of it in less than a week.
I know appetite curbing foods work because I was successful at replacing certain trigger foods that are high in calories--low in staying power. And that is why I’m not any heavier than I am right now. I just need to have a lot of it on hand. And that is my commitment.
Trusted Health Products carries some amazing natural facial care products that I love. Now they have finished developing and have released their newest product. It’s called Shake The Crave, an all-natural meal replacement/snack. The name says it all. I like it because it’s 120 calories of high protein, great- tasting goodness! You can mix it with whole milk, 2% milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc. depending on your preference. I really liked the taste of both the chocolate and vanilla! They taste great, not like some kind of yukky diet drink. And it does keep me very satisfied until it’s time to eat. It’s got 100% organic natural ingredients. Here is the ingredient label for the vanilla: Organic Non-Fat Dry Milk, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Powder, Organic Ground Vanilla Bean, Electrolyte Blend (Potassium Citrate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride).Allergen information: Contains milk and coconut.
At only $40 per canister, allowing for 2 shakes per day for one week, the cost boils down to $2.67 per day. Not bad, you could break an energy drink habit, a diet coke habit, or a candy bar habit for that amount, replacing it with something amazing for your health! Right now you can get a free 2 sample package for just the cost of shipping, which is $4.95 U.S. It’s a great way to see for yourself whether or not you can succeed at your goals, especially if you have unwanted food cravings!
disclaimer: I received sample products for review purposes. All opinions and experiences are my own.