I know that when some people think of eating healthy or going on a diet, the first thing that comes up is the fear that they will be hungry. I know, that is what I use to think. It is not true at all. You can eat as much as you want. You just have to eat the right things.
Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet
One tip to get started on the journey is to add more vegetables and healthy fats to your plate in addition to what you are used to eating…but eat the vegetables and the healthy fats first. Add double portions of your favorite vegetables drizzled with coconut or olive oil and a side of avocado, or before you get ready to eat, have a handful of raw almonds. If you eat broiled or grilled lean meats and fish, loads of veggies and good fats, you will not be hungry. Once you have followed this for a few weeks, you can increase the vegetables even more and decrease the fats and proteins. You will get enough protein from vegetables…trust me. Some of the healthiest athletes are vegetarians. I am not trying to turn you into a vegetarian, but in my opinion, they are the best food on the planet, next to fruits. Remember, you do need to eat fruit. The sugars in fruits are good for your brain!
Additional Tips for Not Going Hungry
Start slow and add additional vegetables to your plate and eat that first. One key is to make sure that when you start to feel full, just stop eating and save the rest for the next meal or the next day. It is always nice to have a little extra left over in the refrigerator for those times you don’t want to start from scratch.
Planning ahead is always helpful. Make a schedule for your week ahead and make sure to add the extra healthy fats and proteins to your meals. This helps you to add variety to your diet and to prepare some of the foods in advance. You can soak beans over night in the refrigerator and put them in smaller containers the next day for two to three meals that week. Beans come in many varieties and are an excellent source of protein and very filling. You don’t need to eat a lot of beans to feel full. Another trick is drinking warm water with cinnamon and honey…it keeps the hunger pangs away.
Pia Civiletti, The Sassy Italian Lady