Jenny Craig–if you follow it and eat every two to three hours–I have to say–prevents real hunger. It does not stop the–I am stressed so I have to eat to make me feel better hunger, or the–I’m sitting in front of the tv and I am bored hunger. And if we are truly honest with ourselves, we did not get this way because we fed REAL hunger.
However, the other day I got busy doing things and it was closer to four or five hours since breakfast and I really was hungry. I knew it was real hunger because I was looking at the veggies in the refrigerator–not the sweets in the cupboard.
It was real hunger because I pulled out the jicama (pronounced hick-a-ma). It had to be peeled and cut. Yes, I took the time to do it–perhaps it was a five minute job. Once I cut half of it I had to eat some.
Oh my. YUM! Yes it tasted so good. It does not have a strong flavor, but it is a refreshing flavor. It has the texture of an apple and the density of an apple so you don’t have to eat much to feel satisfied.
Sorry–if you have stress hunger it will probably have the same effect as carrots and celery, but it is much more filling than celery. Now I make sure I put it in my salads to help me feel full the healhy way.
Oops, I feel stress hunger coming on. Can I tie myself to the chair? I can’t tie my hands because then I couldn’t type. Take deep breaths. See, I am writing about food so my brain is telling me–food yeah–food makes you feel better–much less stressed. Those two minutes of sweet bliss is like heroin to us. The only problem is that high lasts three minutes tops and then guilt kicks in and we feel stressed again because now we hate ourselves for not staying on track–so the brain tells us to eat and ………..
Quick, take a drink of seltzer water–ahh fizz. Ok, I am fine now. That was a close call.