(1) S - START using all of your senses more throughout the day - including common sense. Common sense is balancing what you know, with what you feel, to do what is in your best interest.
- It's common sense to eat slower and it's easy!! Put your fork or sandwich down between bites.
- When we really taste and chew food, we eat less. Don't be lazy - taste your food!
- Portion control is as basic as using our eyes to see how much food is on the plate.
- If you go out for dinner, ask to have your main course on a salad plate and only eat what fits on that plate.
- Diets are generic; you are not. Learn which foods are nutritious and then, eat what you feel like having, for energy and nutrition. Here is a helpful site for nutrition facts.
- Self-control is about yourself. Eating is personal. Do what works best for you.
- Try enjoying soup or dessert with a teaspoon instead of a large spoon. You will eat slower and less.
- Tenacity is being true to yourself. When you make a decision to have this attitude, you connect with an attitude of determination, which stops feelings of frustration! Instead of stress around eating for nutrition and energy, your priorities realign and you are more patient with yourself. It's awesome.
- An attitude of dignity is always an asset. You feel it in your chest. Don't ever put yourself in a position that offends your dignity!
- Before you get out of bed in the morning, close your eyes and visualize your ideal, healthy body. Imagine what it feels like to be fit and how much energy you will have during the day.
- Appreciate your ability to make choices and your strength to follow through with being the best you can be.
- Connect with an attitude of gratitude for little things that make your life easier. It's those little things that we can count on that help us stay on track when the going gets rough.