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Healthy Eating Tip: Remember What You Last Ate

We all know that keeping a food journal is one of the best ways to keep calories at bay on a daily basis. But for those of use who just aren't the journaling type, you may want to try a similar trick that requires a bit less effort.

Just write down the last thing you ate on a Post-it and stick it somewhere you'll see it the next time you reach for food (fridge, desk drawer, etc.). I tried this the other day and when I started to feel the need for a snack I saw my note that outlined my lunch, complete with the piece of butterscotch pie a Sugar staffer recently left in the kitchen. The sticky note was just enough to remind me that I am trying to be healthy and while it did not stop me from snacking, I did opt to eat an orange rather than another piece of pie. My need to snack was satisfied and so was I. Try it out and let me know how it works for you.

If you enjoy this, then you many want to move into full-on food journaling. I've got a free one you can download to get started today.


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Advah Advah 9 years
Recently I've tried a new method - simply not eating when I'm not hungry. As work is pretty boring at the moment, I ended up snacking all the time to keep me busy, so now before automatically grabbing a cookie in the kitchen I seriously ask myself whether I'm hungry, and most of the time I'm not. :) It may sound stupid, but it's helped a lot! Plus, when your stomach isn't constantly working, you forget about eating all the time.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
Spectra try strawberries or another fruit that you love. The rice cakes have more carbs too which just turn to fat anyway. I'm not skinny by any means [but i'm not huge].. but when I cut back on my carbs I tend to drop a few pounds.. I can't completely do the no/low carb thing ...but I try to keep my carbs 40-80ish. Those little 4uckers add up too! Other than that, I am sure you are beautiful!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I should do this. I've gained 3 lbs recently and I want it gone ASAP...I think it's the fact that I've been eating too many mini caramel rice cakes. Maybe if I remind myself of everything else I've eaten earlier, I'd feel less of a need to eat the rice cakes, lol.
sunshine001 sunshine001 9 years
Keeping a food journal, definitely helps, sometimes you don't really feel like doing it, but I found in the long run, it does help you stay on track!!!
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
food journaling is such a b!tch, but I started doing it again on I didn't know fitsug had one! I might switch over since I've only been on the fitday one again for three days. Good to know!
FoxyJo FoxyJo 9 years
I keep a food journal for Mon-Fri (I don't pig out on the weekends but that is my time to relax - and I am on a different time pattern). I really like having me journal because sometimes I just don't want to write down something that is bad for me to eat. I am pretty consistent with it too! I have been doing it for about a year and I believe it has helped me keep off my college weight :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that's an interesting tool to use. i know that for myself - i tried the whole journaling thing and it didn't work out for me. i think that i tried to keep tabs on what i was doing - yet i found that either i got discouraged or i just forgot to account for things.
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 9 years
I easily lose paper, so finally got a cute book and made a food diary but good idea!
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 9 years
I write notes on my hand, like no desert. Or sometimes I will write down some article of clothing that I want, likd True Religion Jeans. It makes me hesitate before I go for seconds or desert.
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 9 years
Good idea :P
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