Taming the Insatiable Beast
recognizing when you are really hungry
Our body has the natural ability to let us know when we have had enough to eat and when we are hungry. Listening to these subtle signals is critical when you are trying to avoid the blood sugar yo yo effect. When we ignore these signals and skip meals, or slam down some carbs when we're hungry, our appetite can start to resemble that of an insatiable beast.
Here are a few easy tip to curb the beast and lose the weight:
1. Use a hunger/fullness scale. Become aware of when you are hungry and when you are not. Use this scale before eating:
1=starving | 2=hungry | 3=just right | 4=full | 5=stuffed
If you are 3 or higher, wait before you eat. Take a drink of water and turn to your work or an activity. Check the scale again in 20 minutes if it's still on your mind.
2. Try to eat at least every 4-5 hours, every three hours is even better. This keeps your metabolism up and doesn't allow you to get too low on the hunger/fullness scale. Skipping meals is a surefire way to bring out the hunger beast. Plan ahead, and be prepared with healthy meal and snack options.
3. Add more fiber to your diet by choosing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains when you feel hungry. And make sure you're not eating only carbohydrates. Add a little protein, such as a small amount of nuts or seeds, and you'll feel full for longer.
If you tame your hunger you will find that losing weight will become easier as you avoid the extreme feelings of hunger that lead to binge eating and obsession with food.
Have an excellent day.
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Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Earl Grey Almond Latte
Carbs Per Serving: 7.25 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes
The other day I was invited to "afternoon tea". The tradition of afternoon tea began back in the mid 1800s, when the Duchess of Bedford started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon. The British tea of choice is generally Earl Grey. Earl Grey is a tea blend with a distinctive flavor and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit. It is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s .
Not being a total tea expert I ordered an Earl Grey Almond Latte. Seriously, it was one of the most delicious tea drinks I have ever had. It got me thinking, I could make this. I could keep all the flavor without all the added sugar. As I write this I am enjoying a no add sugar Earl Grey Almond Latte. Here's how you do it.
1 quart water
4 Earl Grey Tea Bags
1/8 cup Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
2 cups whole or low fat milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (more if you like a stronger almond flavor)
Boil 1 quart of water in a pan or tea pot. Turn heat down and add 4 Earl Grey tea bags. Let steep for 3 minutes.
In a seperate pan heat 2 cups of milk. When it is warm add almond extract and Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder then whisk or froth.
Add steeped tea to frothed milk and almond extract mix.
Transfer to a tea pot and serve.
Total Calories: 791
Calories Per Serving: 11.37
Total Fat: 42.2 g
Saturated Fat: 23.4 g
Cholesterol: 562 mg
Sodium: 606 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 58 g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 7.25 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5
Sugars: 56 g
Protein: 44 g
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