No artifical sweeteners.
No diet dr. pepper or diet coke or diet anything for that matter.
No processed foods.
No counting my calories.
I must say I'm feeling pretty dang good. (Aside from the fact that I was very rudely struck with the stomach flu yesterday. The nerve...)
I'm actually surprised at how well I've done with it.
I'm trying really hard to pay attention to my intuitive eating habits. Am I hungry? Do I really want to eat that? It can be a hard thing to do, but i think the more we work at it, the more it will become a habit.
I think the factor that has helped me the most is having the good foods readily available. The reason we often times turn to the not-so-healthy, processed foods, is for ease. The bag of chips is right there ready to be eaten. A lot of the fresh fruits and veggies require preparation. So, my recommendation to you is make those good foods available. When you get home from the store take the time to wash, cut up, and bag your fruit or veggies so when you go to eat something they are right at your fingertips. Have nuts on hand, whole wheat items instead of processed foods, and stop purchasing the processed foods altogether. It is easier than you think, and SO much better for you.