1. Salt is not the only seasoning.In most of our foods salt is added. Since excess salt can cause a whole range of health problems, we decided to cut it out as much as we can. ...thereby (so we thought) giving us a lifetime of bland food.
But not so....herbs and spices add so much more flavour! It makes a dish of boring meatballs into a trip to Mediterranean, or Marrakesh. So many recipes can be tweaked in flavour to be something totally different...and delicious. Experiment with spices and bring out natural flavour of foods.
2. A cup of tea is just the thing.Often I will make a cup of tea and just the act of sipping that is enough to knock that craving on the head. If I have a chocolate craving, I'll have a Choc mint tea or a dark chocolate tea. If it's general sweetness I'm after, I'll go a fruit tea. If it's something a little more substantial and 'meatier', I'll pour a Lapsang souchong. Nothing like a cup of tea...once I inhale that scent I just automatically relaaaaax. Watch the milk and sugar addition though, try the flavoured ones 'au naturel' for something different.
3. Access denied.If it's not good for me, I don't bring it in the house. I'm telling you, if I know there is a bag of maltesers sitting in the cupboard, I will fixate on it, I will be able to think of nothing else, I will overeat healthy things in trying to NOT eat the maltesers and then cave and eat them anyway. And then feel like poo because I caved in. Easier to not bring it in the house AT ALL.
When I watch TV or sit on the computer, I snack. In no time at all a whole packet of whatever has disappeared. I now keep a BIG glass of water beside me and I end up just mindlessly sipping on that. So now I'm rehydrating, getting those 6-8 glasses of water in and I don't even notice it.
4. Respect your food and yourself.I AM NOT A RUBBISH BIN. Idon't HAVE to clean my plate or my kids'/partner's plate. Fastest way to eat way more calories is when I 'don't waste food'. Offer them a smaller serving size, OR (and this links in to my next thing) give them more time to eat.
So I TAKE MY TIME. Enjoy it. I will feel full and more satisfied with less food a lot of the time, I'll savour the food and relax, I won't burp because I'm not gulping air when I rush your food. By taking time too, children will have a little longer to eat because those little tackers can be WAY slow at eating. If I'm still at the table, they are more likely to stay at the table and eat more as well.