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la karla

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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 09:22
I am just having a hard time getting started, please if anyone has any suggestions how i can avoid the cravings or how to deal with them, my worst enemie is sugar, cookies, coffee, cakes, breads... but i need to start atkins and get my metaboism going. Any suggestions?
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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 09:43
For some people, trying to quit sweets cold turkey may be frustrating. It was for me. So I took baby steps and began eating more fruit (in season) whenever I crave sweets. It took a few weeks but eventually the sugar craving decreased. Your body has to adjust to natural sugars in fruit because it's so used to processed & artificial sugars that are unhealty. So perhap try to weaned yourself off sweets slowly. I wish you well
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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 09:53
If you haven't already, you would be wise to clean out the cupboards of all trigger foods. Keeping your biggest temptations within arms reach is like asking a dog not to eat that piece of steak you put beside his bowl!Laughing



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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 12:04
I agree with Evelyn, clean out your kitchen of any non-allowed foods. If it isn't there you won't be tempted by it. Give it away or donate it. As a last resort, just throw it away. You won't need it.

To do Atkins you really have to decide that for 2 weeks you will stick to the plan. By the time that is over you should be mostly free of cravings and you will feel so much better you won't want to go back. It takes some practice to avoid bad-carbs for good, but it is so worth it for long-term health.

Be prepared that you might feel icky for a couple of days, but it will pass. When it does you won't feel bloated any more and you won't feel like those foods are calling you like they used to. It is quite liberating. However, be forewarned that if you relapse and start eating those foods again your cravings will return. You really have to commit to this plan, but it does get easier.

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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 12:18
Stay on this site for support. Do get rid of foods not allowed - give them away. If you're going to do the diet decide to do it and stick with it. Lots of my friends are very negative about this diet and so is an aunt despite my successful weight loss. (Or maybe because of it). You will have friends who will say "Have some of this - 'brownies', 'tomato soup', 'spaghetti and meatballs and peach pie' - " I could go on forever - a friend told me I was crazy because she wanted to give me tomato soup and I said it's full of sugar and I don't want it. She said the diet is too restrictive and I'm too adamant about sticking to it. (Because I have willpower to decide what I eat and not want to get fat again). This is a lifestyle change and if you permanently want to lose weight you can - and remember all the wonderful foods that you can eat not what you can't - you'll be healthier for it too and don't forget to eat enough low carb vegetables! Good Luck.... Smile P.S. I'm over 55 pounds lighter than my highest weight!!
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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 14:39
Take the advice to eliminate all "bad" food items from your home. If you have a family it won't hurt them to lower their carb intake a bit. Not eating things full of sugar and white flour will benefit their health as well. You have to view this like a junkie getting off their drug of choice. Amazingly, once you stop eating that stuff the cravings disappear. Good luck to you, you CAN do this.

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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 15:44
When the cravings start, go for a walk around the block; or drink a bottle of water; or eat pickles, pickled okra or some other low-carb veggie snack. These are some things that work for me. With respect to cravings for sweets, just ignore the temptation; it will go away after a few weeks. (I know, easier said than done.)
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Posted: 13 Feb 2008, 18:37
If you like chocolate, buy the darkest chocolate you can find (80%+ cocoa) and keep it in the fridge for chocolate cravings. Eat just one square, suck on it to savour it! It will satisfy your craving, plus its full of healthy anti-oxidants!! Very Happy

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Posted: 18 Feb 2008, 11:26
Getting rid of temptation is the first step. I find having individual dessert dishes of sugar free jello in the fridge are a great help. Add 1-2 tbsp of Cool Whip (the carbs are worth it) and the sweet tooth is tamed. Individual dessert dishes limits the portions, limits the Cool Whip, and makes me feel special. Good luck!
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Posted: 18 Feb 2008, 11:45
I agree with everything everyone has said! Some great advice! I have to add that my worst days on Atkins were the second and the third DAY. After that, I really was fine. My cravings are nothing now. It really is amazing.

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Posted: 20 Feb 2008, 09:26
Very Happy Yes, I would agree with everyone on getting rid of the enemy!! In my house that is not always the option (I have 3 kids and a husband who is addicted to chocolate!!!) So, instead the second I get a craving I go and brush my teeth.... so, even if I decided to take a bite it doesn't taste so good !!! And usually by the time I am done brushing my teeth the craving has gone away !! (needless to say I have very clean teeth !!! LOL !!!) Good luck !!!


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Posted: 22 Feb 2008, 20:00
Go to for some major motivation! You wont be dissapointed!
Atkins has a whole section on this in DANDR. Another thought (one in which I employ myself) is to take L-glutamine supplements..they are cheap and effective..for me anyhow.
Dont get down on yourself if you mess up. We have all been there....there will come a point where you say, "its not worth gaining 3-4 pounds after getting out of ketosis just to work to lose it again."
You can do it!

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