Many of you already know I always have hard-cooked eggs in the fridge for when I hit meltdown. My rule is to have an egg in response to emotional hunger, wait 15-20 minutes. If after waiting the emotional craving is still there I can have a bite of something else. In most instances by the time the 20 minutes has passed I don't recall being hungry, that's how this rule works for me.
"We cannot take the emotion out of our diet, but we can put nutrition into the emotion."
Humans have evolved to be emotional eaters - can you think of any occasion happy or sad or exciting or mundane at which food is not present? We cannot take the emotion out of our diet, but we can put nutrition into the emotion. We seldom have control of the emotions in the ebb and flow of life, but we always have a choice of what we put on our fork.
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Here is one of my most favorite to-go protein recipes ever, from page 145 of the 5 Day Pouch Test Manual:
More great recipes in the 5 Day Pouch Test Owner's Manual. Learn more: 5DPT Manual
To-Go: Cranberry Turkey Roll-Ups
This is a terrific recipe to use on Day 3 and a great method to keep in mind when preparing portable meals to support your weight loss surgery diet. Experiment with different meats, cheese and condiments to add variety and interest to portable meals.
1 pound deli-style turkey, reduced-sodium, sliced
4 ounces cream cheese spread with chives and onions
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce, no-sugar-added
Directions: Place two slices of turkey on a cutting board and spread with 1 teaspoon of cream cheese spread, and 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce. Roll tightly, and secure with a toothpick and place in refrigerator container. Repeat with remaining ingredients, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Nutrition: Serves 4. Per serving: 232 calories, 27 grams protein, 10 grams fat, 5 grams carbohydrate.