But when you play hooky from your healthy diet, make sure you admit to yourself it was just that—a special occasion—and then get right back on your plan. Even if you are on Cycle 1, Day 1 of the 17 Day Diet and you didn’t stick to your plan 100 percent, you don’t need to repeat Day 1. Move on to Day 2 and acknowledge all the great work you’ve done so far.
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As you stay on the plan, ramp up exercise, and lose weight you’ll notice your cravings for bad food will start to fade. A great way to nip any lingering ones is to make sure you have on hand foods that are good for you and fill you up. If you’re crazy for chocolate, try this Mexican Chocolate Pudding recipe from the new 17 Day Diet Cookbook. You can make a batch and bring a cup with you to work. If you know it’s there, it’s easier to avoid the vending machine.
On the tart end of the sweet spectrum, Dr. Mike’s Green Tea-Spiked Applesauce recipe is a double whammy of good: Containing both green tea and apples, this tasty dish will help rev up your metabolism and make you feel full longer.
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