First, let me just talk a little bit about “falling off the wagon.” I can’t really speak to other addictions (unless we’re going to have some words about coffee) however, in terms of eating healthy and making mindful eating choices I have found that there […]
Month: January 2018
Now that the glow of New Year’s has faded, I’ve been asking myself a lot of unpleasant questions. Actually, more accurately stated, unpleasant questions have been popping unbidden into my head. Let me start with this: I’ve lost THIRTY-SIX (36!!!) pounds. Yes, I now weigh […]
As you know I challenge myself in a million different ways by not being very organized or always planning ahead for things like… Oh… I don’t know, regular meals? The result is me grazing like a cow as I cook dinner for the kids. Literally opening and shutting cupboards as I open and shut my mouth shoving in easy-to-grab munchies. Up to this point that’s worked for me… ok. Well, that is to say, that I am down 22 pounds since I started this journey, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. I wouldn’t credit my grazing with this fantastic result… instead I would say, it has more to do with my own personal top secret weight loss trick.
My weight loss trick is not the result of any 10 year study or even any medical research. I can only tell you that it works for me.
My top secret weight loss trick is: Always Have Something Hot to Drink
My hot drink of choice is Coffee. I drink it black and I drink it all day long. Not instant Sanka … but good delicious made fresh coffee.
I used to drink coffee with half and half and it was more like a meal, but now it’s more like… a wonderful distraction. Seriously, each sip is a quick 2 second break from the stress of my surroundings. It’s a vacation from craving, it’s… more than just a cup of coffee.
When I thought about it, I started experimenting and discovered that it was less about the coffee and more about … the hot.
I have substituted coffee for herbal tea and (wait for it) Lipton Cup a soup, because (wait for it) there is only 1 point in a pack of Cup A Soup. (I KNOW! only 1 point!)
As you know my sister starts her day with carefully measured bags of nuts, berries and yogurt and fruits and…. that’s not me. Because I’m like a 10 year old when it comes to what I want to eat and how I feel about preparing it. 🙂 Which is hysterical since I still make my kids lunch every morning, you’d think it would be just as easy to pretend I have a 4th child (me) and make another lunch, but I don’t. I rely heavily on my ability to forage.
As I said, I’m not providing my top secret method for weight loss as any scientifically proven fact, but rather as an observation of my own experience.
Drinking something hot is very satisfying. Perhaps it feels like a meal, even when it’s not. Maybe it is connected to childhood memories of hot soup and sandwiches or playing outside and coming in for hot cocoa, I don’t know. Because I’m also not a psychiatrist. 🙂
I will tell you from my experience that when I’m feeling peckish and wondering what I can eat to satisfy that craving, the first thing I do is make myself a nice hot cuppa something. The activity of “making” something keeps my hands busy (and away from the cupboards hiding the crackers and chips) and something to look forward to. I’ve discovered that there are a number of very satisfying hot things that fit into my schedule, are easy to have on hand and satisfy my cravings.
Some things I enjoy are:
Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Tea –> 0 points
Black Coffee (Quick Chek: Chocolate Macadamia Nut / Folgers / Local Roasted and Ground coffee by El Monte Coffee Roasters in Chester NJ) –> 0 points
Lipton Cup-A-Soup –> 1 point
Chicken or Beef Bouillon cube –> 0 point
Hot water and Lemon with 1 teaspoon of sugar –> 1 point
Arbonne Daily Cleanse Tea (similar taste to throat coat) –> 0 points
Hot drinks work for me because they connect on more levels than just my appetite. They activate nearly all of my 5 senses and create a sense of well being and contentedness. Think about it, doesn’t have a nice warm cup of anything in your hands feel good. Feels good on my fingers and palms. Right? Isn’t it nice to hold a warm mug? And the smell… yes, the delicious smell of herbal tea, or chicken soup, or YAAASSSSS coffee… is soul quenching. And then that moment you take that sip. That moment, that present moment is just… joy.
PLUS it gives me a goal in the kitchen. Instead of getting up and grazing from cupboard to cupboard, I have a goal, I get to “make” something that I will enjoy, that’s hot and satisfying and easily carried and enjoyed at my desk.
So, the next time you are feeling snacky and don’t know what you want, give my hot cuppa something a shot!
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