10 Diets Tips That Work For Nearly Everyone

In contrast to last week's post [True Confessions: I Have Testimonial Greed](http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-eats-allergy-free/2010/06/true-confessions-i-have-testimonial-greed.html) where I expressed the envy that I feel for others seemingly easy before's and after's. There are some easily forgotten common truths that work for just about everyone.

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Yoga may not burn as many calories as running or other activities but it's great for combating stress, and therefore combating cravings.

1. Get in some raw foods. You don't have to become a raw foodist but everyone can benefit from adding in those high-enzyme raw foods.
2. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause headaches, weight gain, and food cravings. When you feel a craving coming on try drinking 2 glasses of water. See if your craving diminishes. If not go a head and have a small portion of the food you are craving.
3. Eat in a relaxed setting for good digestion and absorption.
4. Diets that are are low-fat, low-carb, high-protein, high-carb and low-fat, high-protien and high-fat but low-carb may work but what NEVER works is a diet that is high in both fat and carbs.
5. Paint your kitchen blue. Red or warm colored walls make food look more edible. Notice how many dining rooms have red walls. I can't remember the last time I ate in a blue restaurant?
6. Eat seasonally. Nature is designed perfectly to give our bodies exactly what it needs.
7. Eat like your ancestors. Someone of predominately Irish ancestory may not fair well on a raw food diet filled with high-sugar fruit and coconuts.
8. Chew your food carefully. This tip is not only a digestion-helper but can aid in weight loss as you become satisfied with less food.
9. Think about what you can eat v. what you cannot. I know many of my readers have multiple food allergies and stay happy by focusing on all the yummy food they can eat. Also, for dieters adding in veggies and fruits makes less room for junk foods.
10. Take a yoga class. I never feel like emptying out my fridge after my mind and body are calm. Yoga may not be a huge calorie burner but it can be a good craving buster.

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  • Tip #11. Record your food cravings and see if there any patterns that will help you adjust your diet or when you eat/exercise. MyHealthTrends for Weight Control is a great tool that can help. See http://weightcontrol.myhealthtrends.com

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