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If you have been following me on my quest for a healthier lifestyle then you know I’ve been giving myself plenty of time to make meaningful changes to better my health. If you have not been following, I will link my 3 previous blog posts at the bottom.

To start with great news, I’m down another 2.5 pounds! It’s coming off slowly but it’s coming off and staying off for good. If you step back and think, 7 ½ pounds in 4 months is hardly anything. However, I’m remaining positive because my goal is for the weight to stay off, so if it takes me longer so be it. I’m staying focused on my action statement and the positive changes I have noticed.

Finding healthy snacks hasn’t been difficult for me. Coming up with healthy combinations to keep me full hasn’t been difficult. What has been difficult is snacking while traveling and learning to control my sweet tooth.

When I’m traveling, I worry about food safety and keeping my snacks cold for long periods of time. I need things that I can quickly grab and toss in my bag. If I don’t have those things on hand then I’m left to stop at a gas station for items and take the risk of being sucked into the candy bar aisle. I’ve put together a list of healthy carbohydrate and protein snacks that don’t need temperature control. You can find that post over on Live Smart Ohio.

apple,almonds and chocolate

 

One of my biggest problems I’m facing on my journey is controlling my sweet tooth. I needed a “WHY”. Why is it I always leave the healthy snack I packed in the refrigerator and go for the chocolate treats in the workroom? I wanted a way to stop those cravings! I found this amazing handout on 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings. There are tips to try right now and then there are other ideas on how to discover the real root of the problem. After reading the article I took time to stop and think about what I was doing and why was I doing it. I’ve noticed that I give in more to my sweet tooth if I’m not eating regularly. I also know that I can’t give in a little. If I give in a little then I want to eat it all!! I do better with combining foods. Adding a little dark chocolate with my almonds or having some dark chocolate covered strawberries. I’m also working on removing the temptation. Out of sight, out of mind. Making sweets harder to get to has helped too.

I’d love to hear some ideas on how you curb your sweet tooth?

Baby-steps To A Healthier You

My Healthy Breakfast Evaluation

Healthy Snacks

Author: Amanda Bohlen, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Washington County, bohlen.19@osu.edu

Reviewer: Bridget Britton, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Carroll County, britton.191@osu.edu

Sources:

Brinkman, P. (2011). Snack Attacks!. Live Healthy, Live Well. livehealthyosu.com/2011/11/23/snack-attacks/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015). Losing Weight: Getting Started. cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/getting_started.htm

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