Thinking and Inking Yuletide Eating Habits
a simple method in modifying holiday eating behavior
Are you thinking about eating that piece of fudge? The simple act of writing it down will help you think twice before acting, something that may be especially helpful this time of year. Now's the perfect time to find a pen and pad and start logging your food and drink. The process both increases your awareness of what you're eating and causes a delay between impulse and action. This combination often helps you to eat less. It also helps to write down why you want to eat. Most of us don't make the connection between how we are feeling and why we are eating. When you determine what feelings trigger you to eat, and begin to understand why you are eating, you can find substitute behaviors.
You may find it helpful to log all your food and drink. Or, if you only have a problem with eating during a certain time period -- such as while you're at work -- you may choose to log only during that time. Once you've decided when to log, mark your calendar for a set number of days to keep your log. For example, you might want to log through January. You can use http://www.nutritiondata.com/ if you choose to keep track of calories, fats and carbs. Also be sure to make note when you decide NOT to eat or drink something! You'll soon realize how much you were eating unconsciously, and why. And you'll soon find that logging what you eat and drink is one of the most powerful tools available to help you avoid the holiday bulge.
Have an excellent day.
Steviva Brands, Inc.
No Added Sugar Spiced Cocoa Recipe
Carbs Per Serving: 12.5 g
Prep Time:<10 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Nothing defines the fall and winter season like a nice cup on hot chocolate or as my family called it cocoa. A lot of people don't realize the amazing health benefits of cocoa. A recent study has found that cocoa is rich in powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants can protect you against a range of diseases and reduce the effects of aging. Further studies suggests cocoa may be richer in antioxidants than drinks like tea and red wine.
Conventional hot chocolate is loaded with sugar. Here is an amazing cocoa recipe that is low in carbs and sugars yet is really delicious. I have this almost every morning during the winter months. You have to try it, seriously.
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1/16 tsp of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups regular milk, nut milk or soy milk
1/2 cup hot water (for richer and creamer use milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan, combine cocoa, Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or tsp of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt. Blend in hot water. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil, stirring for 2 minutes. Add milk; stir and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Beat until foamy. Serve hot with cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Serving Size: 1 cup
Total Calories: 510
Calories Per Serving: 127.5
Total Fat: 12.4g
Saturated Fat: 6.4g
Total Carbohydrates: 50g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 12.5g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2
Total Protein: 42.4g
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