It’s an old adage that one should not go to the grocery store hungry. That happened to me last night… and I ended up with some chocolate to show for it!

Now, a little chocolate is probably good for you; and I got the darkest I could find (85% cacao). But, it’s a setup for danger.

I’ve also learned not to COOK when hungry. One thing I do is to prepare my meals in advance – I make my oatmeal the night before, so it’s ready to go into the microwave in the morning. Then,  as I finish breakfast, I start preparing my lunch. That way, I’m preparing my meals when I’m already satisfied.

What “games” do you play to keep yourself on track?

Adding hot water to oatmeal

Adding hot water to oatmeal

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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