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Diet Tips to Keep Mouth Content

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

The Need to Have Something Continually in Our Mouth

Most of us start out in life being supported by mommy's pure and natural milk. Soon, we graduate to bottles and pacifiers, and eventually to a spoon.

We may migrate to bottled colas, bottled juices and milk.  

It's no wonder that most of us feel the need to continually have something in our mouth to be content, isn't it?

When I was a kid some 40+ years ago my dad was a minister. There was one poster that I saw that always made me smile. It was a picture of a young mother nursing her baby. She was completely shielded but anyone viewing the poster could see that the woman was feeding her baby.

The poster had several blocks showing the baby grow from a boy into a young man. As a boy, he was shown with a lollipop in his mouth. As a young teen he was shown smoking a cigarette. And as a young adult male he was shown drinking a bottle of beer. Then finally, he was shown as a middle-age man with a Bible beneath his arms - smiling into the camera. The caption read, "Finally weaned."

Tips to Keep the Mouth Happy & Occupied While Dieting

If you find the need to keep something in your mouth throughout the day but you're trying very hard to lose weight - and most of us do feel this way, we've got a couple of tips to help satisfy your mouth while keeping your diet safe.

Low Calorie Options

Enjoy a lollipop for about 35-80 calories. They last a long time, they are fat free, they help satisfy that Sweet Tooth, and most are delicious.

Chewing Gum

Enjoy a stick or two of gum.  Both sugar and sugar free gums contain about five calories per stick but the stick containing real sugar won't create gas issues like the sugar free.

Take note however that gum chewing strengthens the jaw muscles and may make you appear fuller (or fatter) in that area over time as the muscles continue to build. Chewing gum also impacts the ear and may trigger health issues related to the ear.

Lean Dried Beef

Jerky, either beef or turkey are very low calorie and the protein can assist in making you feel full for a long period of time. And a stick requires a fair amount of time to enjoy.

Healthy Edible Seeds

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds take quite a long time to eat and they reside in the healthy Protein Group. A 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds in the shell contain about 130 calories. Pumpkin and squash seeds contain the following caloric and nutritional values.

Nutrition Facts & Calories for Pumpkin & Squash Seeds, Whole & Roasted With Salt Added

Vitamins, Minerals

Units

100 g

1 Cup, in Seed Pod

1 oz, or about 85 Seeds

Energy, Calories

kcal

446

285

126

Protein

g

18.55

11.87

5.26

Total lipid (fat)

g

19.40

12.42

5.50

Carbohydrate

g

53.75

34.40

15.24

Fiber, total dietary

g

18.4

11.8

5.2

Calcium, Ca

mg

55

35

16

Iron, Fe

mg

3.31

2.12

0.94

Magnesium, Mg

mg

262

168

74

Phosphorus, P

mg

92

59

26

Potassium, K

mg

919

588

261

Sodium, Na a

mg

2541

1626

720

Zinc, Zn

mg

10.30

6.59

2.92

Vitamin C

mg

0.3

0.2

0.1

Thiamin

mg

0.034

0.022

0.010

Riboflavin

mg

0.052

0.033

0.015

Niacin

mg

0.286

0.183

0.081

Vitamin B-6

mg

0.037

0.024

0.010

Folate, DFE

g

9

6

3

Vitamin B-12

g

0.00

0.00

0.00

Vitamin A, RAE

g

3

2

1

Vitamin A, IU

IU

62

40

18

Vitamin D (D2 + D3)

g

0.0

0.0

0.0

Vitamin D

IU

0

0

0

Saturated Fats

g

3.670

2.349

1.040

Monounsaturated Fats

g

6.032

3.860

1.710

Polyunsaturated Fats

g

8.844

5.660

2.507

Cholesterol

mg

0

0

0

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