1. Use a small plate. A mound of food on a small plate seems like a lot more than food that is spread out over a large plate.
2. Take small bites. If you have to, pre-cut the bites into really small pieces and only eat one at a time.
3. Eat with Chopsticks. Unless you're from Asia, it will take you longer to eat with wooden sticks than with a fork.
4. Use lots of pepper/hot sauce. I promise you will feel full faster and stay full longer; though I'm not sure why.
5. When taking each bite, try to describe the food in your mind without using standard food words. Example: This orange tastes bright and boisterous. (Thanks to Starr for this tip.)
6. Drink lots of water and calorie-free drinks. If you're really hungry, chug as much water as you can without taking a breath. You'll have so much liquid sloshing around inside, you won't even want to think about food.
7. Coffee with splenda is a calorie-free drink. (woo hoo!)
8. Think of it as a spiritual fast, even if your primary goals are physical. Each time your stomach complains, pray that, just as your stomach hungers for food, your spirit will hunger for the Lord. (This won't make you less hungry, but it will give your hunger a purpose!)
9. Think about how great you will feel in three months when you're healthy and energized.
10. Think about how great you will feel in three months when you finally get to eat a brownie! (Ok... this is actually NOT such a great idea in helping to curb hunger and cravings. It's more something that just naturally happens when you're munching on raw broccoli.)
More to come...