binging/cravings..help!

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alyssa marie

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 13:20
i've been trying to balance eating (very) healthy with exercising but after a few days of eating right i always seem to binge. (i'm not super fond of eating vegetables and whatnot so i kind of have to force them down) i crave a lot of sweets/salty foods and when i'm sad or tired i tend to crave a lot more. (i struggle with a lot of depression issues)

does anyone have tips to cut out these crazy urges for good? i used to have a very bad habit of purging but i promised my family i wouldn't do it again.

i meet with a dietician in 5 days but i'm hoping you guys can offer tips to help me out in the mean time.Smile
mdep1229

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 13:32
Without knowing what you have been eating, it is had to tell why you have these cravings. Some off the cuff ideas are:

1. Are you eating enough? Sometimes cravings are cravings, sometimes cravings happen because you are actually hungry.
2. Protein and fiber rich foods tend to be more filling, so if you have a choice, go for whole grains instead of white, refined products.
3. At least for me, I do experience a few days of sugar craving during that TOM. I allow myself a piece or two of chocolate but no more.
4. Do you dislike ALL vegetables or just some? There is no need to force yourself to eat things you dislike if there are alternatives. Some people find raw vegetables are easier to handle.

Glad you are meeting with a dietitian soon! Smile One thing that may be helpful is in the next 5 days, log everything you eat, how you feel (both physically and mentally), and bring that record along to your meeting. It will make it easier for her to give you recommendations if she knows where the "starting point" is.

Take care of yourself.
Hoser

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 13:40
Here's the thing...

If you're eating things that you don't like, you're not going to be able to sustain your diet long enough to lose weight, let alone live with a less-restrictive version of it for the rest of your life.

I'd recommend rethinking your current eating program so that you're eating things that you enjoy. Dieting shouldn't be about suffering-- it should be about building a lifetime of better eating habits. If you're not enjoying your food, you're doing it wrong.
thqueenbe

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 15:24
A couple of things that help me with this type of problem...
Eat, of course, lots of fiber rich foods (apples, strawberries, bananas, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, etc). That helps to keep you fuller so you shouldn't 'crave' as much.

When I do crave something and can't shake it - I drink a glass of water. If that doesn't help, I try a cup of tea w/ stevia in it if I'm craving something sweet. If I'm feeling hungry for real and craving something sweet, I eat another piece of fruit - or even a few chocolate graham crackers if I need that chocolate fix. If I need salty- I make baked kale chips (for real, they are A-mazing, and taste amazingly like potato chips). Or...I try eating some peanut butter w/ whole grain bread, etc.

I think the key is to eat high satiety foods. And if you're really full and still craving something, check the balance of carbs/protein/fat in your diet. If all else fails; distract yourself. Go for a walk. Knit something. Put a movie in. Do some pushups...etc Wink
skinnymama40

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 15:39
I have struggled with the same issues. Sometimes you just feel bad and eating makes you feel better. No fruit or water will satisfy. Here's a few of my go-to foods.

Trader Joes has a light kettle corn has 100 calories in a single serve bag and it's a decent sized bag. Even if you eat 2 bags its only 200 calories and not a huge setback.

I buy Hershey Bliss milk chocolate squares because a single serving is 6 squares and I usually feel like I've indulged after 3 - making it a pretty good choice. (if you eat both popcorn and chocolate it's REALLY indulgent!

Find a cereal that is sweet enough to satisfy a craving - my favorite is Berry Berry Kix and it's only about 100 calories per cup so I can have a huge bowl of cereal with skim milk and not totally blow it.

Sometimes I'll get 100 calorie packs of chocolate covered pretzels and mix them with regular pretzels - you can have a lot of the mix for 200 calories.

I've considered looking at Weight Watchers (I'm a calorie counter myself) because I know their plan allows for some "splurging" every week. I know that I need to allow myself room in any diet for munchies!

If you would - can you let me know what your dietician says? There's no way I can go to one but I'd be curious what advice they might have.
JC Valentine

Joined: Feb 11
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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 16:20
Just started couple days. Drinking ice cold water helps me.



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