Friday, January 18, 2008

Watch the Weak Spots
We all have our food weaknesses, particularly when it comes to snack time. It's hard not to reach for ice cream, cookies, chocolate, chips, and other fat-laden goodies in between meals, especially when they're always staring you in the face at the supermarket or the convenience store. Challenge yourself not to give in to temptation by recognizing your "trigger foods." If seeing Mallomars — or a carton of Ben & Jerry's — makes you go weak in the knees, do your best to avoid them. Don't keep them at home, and stay out of the candy or ice cream aisle when you're shopping. You know what they say: Out of sight, out of mind!
Best Defense
As football wisdom dictates, the best defense is a good offense. Have your snacks planned out for the day so you don't stray into unhealthy territory. That means keeping plenty of healthy and filling snacks on hand, like fresh fruit in place of sweets, or beef jerky in lieu of salty snacks.
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DANIELLE'S COMMENTS: If you still have trigger foods in your fridge and cabinets, you are setting yourself up for failure. It's amazing how good a banana or apple tastes after dinner, when you have no other choices on hand. Personally, I love to sip on a cup of Nestle (fat-free) hot chocolate, shortly after my dinner.

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