frustrated woman holding a scale
I’m not too good at breaking bad habits. I just hate being told that I can’t do something, even when I’m the one saying so. Take, for instance, eating between meals. Last spring I could no longer ignore the fact that none of my clothes fit. I got on the scales and saw that I had gained 10 pounds — no idea where they came from.

My husband, God love him, pointed out that I seemed to do a lot of snacking. What! Snacking? I might graze — on healthy things — I don’t snack! Or so I thought.

I decided to try an experiment. I would stop eating between meals for a while and see what happened. Only I didn’t tell myself I had to stop. Instead I simply said “Diane, you are a person who doesn’t eat between meals.” It may sound silly, but it became somewhat of a mantra and it worked. I would stare at that bag of cashews, block of cheddar cheese, or supper leftovers mid-morning or mid-afternoon and drool. I wouldn’t be hungry. They just happened to catch my eye and then my stomach. I would say my new mantra out loud and the urge would pass.

I met my goal. I lost the 10 pounds and I feel a lot better. I also have a different outlook on my relationship with food. Grazing may work just fine for some people. It doesn’t for me.

I came across an infographic (I love infographics) from Cleveland Clinic that has some tips on how to turn other kitchen bad habits into good ones. Good luck!

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If you’ve got any kitchen advice of your own to share, please do. Just go to the comments section below and tell us what it is. Thank you!