High Protein Hot Chocolate – 2 ways

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I felt this post was appropriate because the super cold weather we’re getting in Toronto lately has me craving warm and comforting foods. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat ice cream in the dead of winter but sometimes you don’t want to put on a big sweater and thick socks just to get your sweet fix. This is a high protein hot chocolate recipe I’ve been enjoying.  Growing up, I always loved coming inside to a warm cup of hot chocolate after playing in the snow or helping to shovel the driveway (for about 5 minutes). You know, one of the pre-made mixes with the tiny hard marshmallows. I’m pretty sure I liked the idea of it more than the actual taste because I would almost never finish it, which is saying something coming from the kid who used to put white sugar on her ice cream.    
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How to make your diet suck less

 

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The dieting struggle is real. When you cut calories to lose weight you feel hungrier than you do eating at caloric maintenance or surplus. Your body really doesn’t care about your desire to look leaner. It gets used to being in a certain body fat percentage range and likes to keep you there. Your body’s desire to maintain homeostasis becomes more evident the leaner you get. One of the strategies it uses is increasing your hunger to make you eat more to get back to its comfortable ‘set-point’. Being hungry all the time stinks and it’s easy to become food-focused and lose sight of your long-term goals when faced with instant gratification decisions like, ‘should I eat my salad or this fluffy glazed donut?’.

Successful dieting most definitely requires willpower and the ability to delay gratification but it doesn’t need to be a constant struggle. When dieting, you can (and should) modify the way that you eat to make it easier on yourself. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to decrease hunger and diet more effectively:
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Travel Eats – Pack your suitcase instead of packing on the pounds

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                     Driving from Toronto, ON to Washington, D.C. Thanks GPS for taking us off the highway every few miles. 

So you’ve been improving your eating habits and exercising consistently and seeing some great results (losing weight/tightening up your physique) but uh-oh, you have a vacation coming up. You’re really excited to have some time off of work to unwind but you start to worry because you won’t be in control of all the food you’re eating and you probably won’t be able to get to the gym much (if at all). You don’t want to undo all the progress you’ve made because you know that weight is a lot easier to put on than take off but you also want to enjoy your vacation and not miss out on anything. 

 MAINTAINING CONTROL THROUGH FLEXIBILITY

I recently went away for 10 days with my husband to visit our families in Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. A few years ago, this type of trip would have filled me with trepidation. How will I stay on plan if I can’t control all the foods I’m eating? What will I do if I’m at a restaurant that doesn’t serve healthy food? How will I survive the long car trips without eating unhealthy fast food meals? Now I simply plan as best I can and realize that I have the power and am able to make educated choices with what’s available.
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