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No Deprivation Diet

In the field of cognitive behavioral therapy, we think in terms of looking through a positive lens, rather than a negative lens.

So Instead of saying "I hate diets." I can say, "I enjoy eating healthy, delicious food." I already feel less deprived.

The trick is to make a list of what you can eat and choose from that list and shop for only items on that list.

So instead of chips and crackers, donuts and candy, I can think about snacking on:

sunflower seeds,

popcorn, flavored with brewer's yeast, chili powder, or curry powder

dried or fresh cranberries, cherries, mango, apricots, dates, figs

raisins (no one calls them dried grapes)

fresh or frozen berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries

citrus fruit: oranges, grapefruit

parsnip or kale chips (drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper, on a baking sheet, roasted in the oven for about 20 minutes, until crisp - at 350 degrees

rice cakes

boiled eggs

sliced apples or pears

pretzels with mustard dip

walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, cashews

dill pickles, dilly beans, pickled beets


V-8 juice

fruit smoothies

tortilla chips and salsa

seaweed chips

cherry tomatoes

raw carrots, celery, turnips, cauliflower, broccoli, radishes

herbal tea

While I did sneak in chips, at least they are veggies. This list doesn't look so hard to follow. I can think about cooking without deep frying and instead do stir fries, soups, and baked or roasted meats and vegetables or interesting vegetable or fruit salads.

This looks pretty good. If you have other good ideas, please share in the comments!

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