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COMBATTING THE CRAVE ZONE

Its 2:30, you ate your healthy salad lunch 2 hours ago, and your not planning on dinner for another 4 hours, and you're STARVING. You’ll eat anything, especially that chocolate bar you know you have stashed under your desk. You start fantasizing about all the things you want to eat. That chocolate donut, a giant startbucks Muffin, the bag of dorritos from the vending machine, the list gets worse and worse. Can you relate? It happens to the best of us. That time of day, in between meals, when the hunger and cravings hit. I call this the Crave Zone. It's a common thing, and I see it in my clients. They’ll send me their food logs and it's awesome, and then they write “I was so hungry around 3:00 so I just grabbed the first thing I could” which is usually a cookie sitting on the counter or something along those lines. Some simple changes in our day can turn the Crave Zone into a metabolism boosting-hunger curbing awesome zone if we play our cards right. Here are my tips:

 

1)    Start your day right. A big contributor to hunger throughout the day is what we have for breakfast. Make sure you have some protein and some healthy fat in your breakfast so that you have something for your body to burn throughout the day. (check out more awesome breakfast recipes in my Sculpted for Summer program here).

 

2)    Be prepared. Always have a healthy snack easy access for that time of day. It takes a little prep and planning in advanced, but it will be a game changer for you. If you know you are going to be out and about, pack something in your purse. Or if you are home, stock your fridge with go to healthy snacks. Some of my favorites are dry roasted nuts, peanut butter and an apple, String cheese, veggies and hummus. There are a ton of more ideas in my meal plans hear.

 

3)    Remove the Junk. When hunger and cravings strike, our sub conscience tells us to reach for the easiest, closest thing. If we leave junk food and treats out on the counter, that's what we're going to reach for! Throw out the candy bowls and the cupcake stand. Instead, chop up a veggie tray with a homemade dip ready to go in your fridge, or have a bowl of fruit on the counter to suggest a healthy snack. 

 

Don’t think you have to persevere through 5 hours of hunger until dinner, you should listen to your body and have a snack. The important part is to make it a good snack and to be prepared! Now that Crave Zone doesn’t stand a chance against your combatting skills. 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I'm excited to let you in on some of my favorites from this last week.  

1) First up we have Batiste Dry Shampoo!  Its the best.  I am definitely a sweater, and working out everyday it doesn't take long for my hair to be flat and greasy.  I try to avoid washing it everyday so thats where this little life saver comes in handy.  My favorite is the new 'Dark Brown' one that doesn't turn my hair grey like most other brands I have tried.  Batiste is definitely the best I've found.  Just spray where you need a little fluff and lift, give a little rub through with your finger tips, a little poof, and your fresh as a daisy!

batiste dry shampoo

 

2) Secondly, one of my favorite go to snacks is this amazing guacamole, sold in little 80 calorie packs, conveniently ready for a filling snack.  I love it with hard boiled eggs, or spread on whole wheat toast for breakfast.  Its also amazing with pretty much anything haha.  I love that it stays fresh in this little pack, and you won't over do it like you might if you had a whole bowl of guac.  Costco sales a pack of 12, that may seem like a lot but provides a great go to snack for a couple of weeks.  Did I mention you'll get your healthy fats! 

guac

 

3) Number three is my new restaurant discovery, Wild Zucchini Grill.  Two locations, Sandy and American Fork, Utah.  I got the 'American Kobe' Chopped salad.  So good!  seriously so many good flavors going on.  I opted for the spicy pesto dressing and it did not disappoint!  Its large so you could even share it with a friend, or take some home for later!

wildzucchini


Well there you have it, beautify yourself with Batiste Dry Shampoo, satisfy your snack attack with Costco's 'Chunky Guacamole' snack packs, and treat yourself to a delicious lunch or dinner out at Wild Zucchini Grill!  Have a great weekend everyone.

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