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Ways to stay on a diet that no one told me about

Starting a new diet or 'dietary lifestyle change' isn't easy but there are a few things that we do subconsciously that make it even harder. Here are a few things I've learned while trying various diets before that wasn't in any help book.
First, be on speaking terms with your kitchen. Know where everything is, and that it's clean for use. This may be a no brainer for some, but nothing kills good intentions like a sink full of dirty dishes or finding out that you don't have a muffin pan at all in the house to make those awesome looking gluten-free pumpkin muffins. Being on speaking terms with your kitchen is different from knowing how to cook. You can be like me; know how to cook very basic stuff like mac 'n cheese from the box, and yet it takes me a few minutes to find where I put that awesome saucepan and its lid. A clean and organized kitchen speeds up the process of cooking by eliminating the hunt and search and it also reduces stress that comes with it.
Another tip that I learned that is incredibly difficult for many people is to simply not tell anyone you're on a diet or lifestyle change. When I've done a 'new-at-that-time- diet, I've told family, friends, co-workers and others. Fully expecting them to give me support and encouragements. Most of the time they do, however it's as though they become judges who take on the responsibility of making comments about the foods I eat. A question about the non-fat-free dressing I'm having with my veggies can give the impression that you think I'm not doing the diet right. So by not telling anyone you're on the diet can reduce stress and eliminate saboteurs. It's also a neat way of gauging how much weight it takes to lose before people start to notice.
I lesson I learned from earlier last year regarding food is that learning a different way how to eat it can really make a difference. While eating breakfast at the school I attend, I discovered that I was without a spoon or fork for my potato, bacon and egg breakfast bowl. After rummaging around in my bag for utensils of some nature, I discovered that I had a pair of wooden chopsticks that I had not used yet. I had handled chopsticks before but I'm not used to them. After about fifteen minutes, I had the chopsticks down pat and breakfast was moving along well. In our cafeteria, there weren't many people present and many empty seats and tables. A couple of Asian nationality girls came in and saw me eating my bowl with chopsticks. In their eyes it might have been one of amusement because my national origins is of Great Britain/northern European stock (a mix of Irish, Scottish, English, Danish, and Swedish). They said nothing, and I said nothing, but in the sea of empty chairs and tables, they took a table next to mine. I observed them as they pulled out a thermos full of rice and a glass bowl of a green vegetable that looked like a cross between shreds of lettuce and wilted green beans. Their food smelled great and I was amazed at how effortlessly they were able to get a bite of rice in their chopsticks while I was busy chasing a large piece of potato around the bowl with mine. So changing the way you eat your food even if it's just by changing the utensils you use can open the door to meeting new friends and learning new culinary ways.
By keeping a clean kitchen, not telling anyone you're on a diet and by changing the way you eat your food can keep your diet interesting and assist you in staying on it.
Till next time reader. Have fun. J

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