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Forget Fad Diets: Eat Like a Baby and Lose Weight
3. Slow Down
Don’t skip meals, but be sure you take your time when you are eating. Watch your toddler eating, he probably walks around with a sandwich taking a bite here and a bite there, and it takes him about 20 to 30 minutes to eat his sandwich, carrot sticks, and orange slices. You should do the same. OK, so you don’t have to walk around with the sandwich, but pay attention to what you are eating. Taste it, smell it, chew it, enjoy it!
You are probably giving your baby new foods to try every week, why don’t you do the same? Who knows, you might find your absolute favorite food! So instead of ordering the usual salad, why not try the kale salad? Experimenting with new foods not only makes food more interesting, but you can also get a more diverse mix of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Isn’t that what you would want for your baby? Why not do yourself the same favor?
5. Keep it Convenient
Do you cut up veggies for your toddler so you can just hand him a small bag during the day? And do you make up small baggies of nuts, fruit, or whole grain crackers for him to snack on? Why don’t you make up the same type of convenient snacks for yourself? Face it, when you want to grab something crunchy to munch on, the last thing you want to do is cut up some veggies. And chances are pretty darn good that if you start eating those crackers out of the box, you will eat a whole lot more than you intended to. Keep your snacks simple and convenient, in single serving baggies, so you won’t be tempted to eat more than you should.
6. Make it Fun
When you start training your toddler to sit and eat at the table, what do you do? If you are like most parents, you buy those cute little Sponge Bob plates or My Little Pony sippy cups, right? Well, why not do the adult equivalent? Use your good china, or buy a favorite colored or patterned place setting just for you. Drink from a large wine glass or a pretty colored glass, and let’s not forget the good silverware. This makes mealtime more interesting and more of an experience to savor.
Of course, you can skip some things that your baby does or gets that really don’t fit in an adult world, such as drinking two or three bottles of almond milk or throwing your bowl on the floor when you have finished eating, but by following some of the baby steps listed above, you might be pleasantly surprised that you not only have more energy, but that you lose weight slowly and easily, without even really trying.