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Author: ThyPeace Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 58627  
Subject: Re: XPost -- Just One Thing Date: 9/26/2012 3:03 PM
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Vouch. Me too, exactly, precisely.

I haven't tried eating sour stuff. But what does work for me is switching. By which I mean switching my habits. I realized that in the last month I had fallen into the habit of going to get a drink in the middle of the morning and the middle of the afternoon.

Trouble is, it's expensive and, when I grab a cookie or Starburst to go with it, it's calorie-expensive too.

Once I noticed the habit, then I just observed it for a few days to see what I really wanted, versus what I was adding on because I was in the convenience store here at work.

Then I went shopping at the grocery store. I looked at various options in terms of calories and flavor, and made a few purchases that I rarely ever make. Specifically:

- Ingredients for homemade mocha mix to have instead of coffee -- instant decaf coffee and nonfat dry milk. Combined with cocoa, Splenda, and spices, it tastes better than what I was drinking anyway.

- Crystal light -- at least as good as a diet soda and no worse for me. Also, much cheaper.

- Granola bars -- half the calories of the cookies I'd been buying, more fiber, and more protein.

- Lentil chips and pretzel thins -- has the salt I've been wanting, and a cheaper and potentially healthier choice than the larger bags of I've been getting at work.

It's the solution may not work for you, but I think the process of watching your snacking to see what you can do to change the habit can be really useful. There's something driving the behavior. If you watch it for a while, it'll be easier to unravel.

ThyPeace, learned over the weekend that red meat (not salty) satisfied her salt cravings. Which makes me think it was a nutrient my body needed, rather than a salt imbalance of some kind.
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