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If you’ve spent most of your life dieting, you may have a repertoire of food choices that you stick to based on your previous dieting history. Among those choices might be chicken breasts, tuna fish, cottage cheese, fat free cheese, etc. You are welcome to include all of these foods in your mindful eating approach, however, only if you love them. I, for one, love cottage cheese. And, even though it is often thought of as a diet food, I truly enjoy it. Especially with cantaloupe and almonds. Half a cantaloupe filled with cottage cheese and sprinkled with some almonds is an outstanding food choice for me. When it comes to chicken breast, I don’t really like them. However, I have learned that if I marinate them in vegetable broth, or as a friend suggested chicken broth, I find that they retain their moisture when cooked. That makes them an option for me because now I enjoy them.

Feel free to include any food in your mindful eating approach if it’s something you truly love and look forward to. In other words, only eat diet foods if you love them. Otherwise, it’s bye-bye!

How do you feel about saying good-bye to your old “diet” foods?

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