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Sometimes a computer or internet is readily available. Create your routine and print out a checklist. Once printed laminate the paper to keep it fresh looking. Now you can use an erasable marker to check off your exercises during the day to add later. Great for when your on the go!
Make sure that you do not keep 'trigger foods' (foods that you can't stop eating once you start, usually due to some emotional upheaval). I used to allow myself graham crackers as a healthy snack (portion control). BUT, I found I would overeat them when depressed or upset... so I stopped buying them immediately. I may bring them back if I can gain control over myself.
It's easy to let the whole day slide if part of the day's been bad. If you've had a bad spell, get up and figure out all the healthy actions you're going to take the rest of the day and put the bad part of the day behind you.
Quinoa is loaded with energy vitamins, high in fiber and protein and Quinoa is relatively low on the glycemic index and is a complex carb, It should help with having fewer cravings for sugary foods.
I love Greek yogurt but can't get used to eating the plain variety. Recently while in the Amish Country in Pennsylvania I bought something called pumpkin butter (it doesn't contain butter -- it's more like a pumpkin pie filling) I add a tablespoon of this to my plain Greek yogurt and it's delicious. And the calorie count is no higher than if I were to eat the vanilla flavor. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Slice an apple. Sprinkle some cinnamon. Microwave a minute or until cooked. Add a dollop of frozen Greek plain yogurt. Not a pie, but a neat snack.