Remember to choose a salad before your lunch and dinner meals. Why do we need to do this? Well, if you remember the number of calories for the different food groups you know that raw vegetables have the lowest number of calories. So… if we start our meal with a plate of low calorie foods (and a dressing that does not use a free oil) we will begin to fill up our stomach and the stretch receptors will begin to notice the “fullness” and other receptors will notice the incoming nourishment. Then we can choose a soup or go to the main meal which will be a grain, beans, corn, whole grain pasta or potatoes. If you eat your food in this order you will not be able to consume too many calories… your stomach will give the signal to “stop eating”.
If you still want something sweet at the end of your meal you will be satisfied with a couple of homemade oatmeal cookies sweetened with a little honey or agave nectar. You will be full and satisfied. You won’t have consumed too many calories and there will be plenty of good nutrients in your meal. Wow! We are feeling good; we have plenty of energy; we’re looking good and thinking clearly. We have learned how to control the cravings of our body and are ready to follow God’s plan for our lives.