Tips to Get you Started on the Right Path

By: Lady Shanny

1. Leave a food scale on the counter. You will use it often. If you are measuring something sticky or messy (fruit, chicken), measure the food into a cheapy sandwich bag (those fold over ones are pretty good, $1.99 for 100). Then you can just toss the bag and not have to worry about washing the scale bowl. It's a toss up between creating garbage and convenience of not having to wash the scale 19 times a day.

2. Each evening, plan your menu (and write it down) for the next day. I get my breakfast ready the night before (wash the peach, measure the cereal into a zippy bag, measure the milk into a little bottle) while I'm making my lunch for the next day. Do the prep while you have the time. The quickest way to fall out of line is when you have no extra time in the morning to decide what to eat, measure it and prepare it for breakfast and lunch.

3. Find a water bottle that you like, figure out how many 8oz servings it is equivilant to and then start drinking it. If it is hard for you to drink the water, try Crystal Light (the US has better flavours than Canada), try TrueLemon Crystals (in the juice crystal aisle). Try drinking the water at room temperature or try it loaded with ice. If you can trust me on something, trust this. It does get easier to drink the water. When you are no longer dehydrated, your natural thirst will return and the water will go down easier. Also, if you find yourself visiting the loo 40 times a day, remember that if you stick with the water drinking, after a few days your body will adjust back to normal peeing frequency. Also, every time I go pee, I imagine that I'm peeing out fat cells. I don't know if I am, but it makes me less bitter about being in a bathroom stall many, many times a day (just during the adjustment process).

4. My last tip for the day is this. Write it down! Get a large sheet of paper (packing paper, poster board) and put it on the fridge. As you figure out the points or calorie values for something you eat all the time, jot it onto the paper. It will be a quick reference for your frequent foods. Also, get a book and write down what you eat and the calorie content daily. You HAVE to write down what you eat. It is too easy to forget, to miscalculate, to go over or under. WRITE IT DOWN! Be as specific or general as you want. Just make sure that when you read it back later you know what you ate. And keep those books. Later on, if you are ever stuck for menu ideas, read over them. You may find something that you had forgotten about.

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