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willeyd

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 10:52
Does anyone have any suggestions for in between meal cravings especially if you are craving sweets or chips and cheese?
mikefarinha

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:03
Try to eat something salty instead like nuts or jerky.

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Snuffyrs

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 11:12
My nutritionist recommended a table spoon of peanut butter and/or hard fruits like apples. It's supposed to do something to us psychologically to eliminate the cravings. I've tried the peanut butter recently and it has worked. It prevented a late-night pantry raid for which I was thankful for in the morning.
nops

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 13:58
First I will say that I do allow myself a sweet treat every day because I love it too much and could never keep the weight off if I gave up the goodies I loved completely.

What I do whan I have an overwhelming sweet tooth and I want to hold off on my snack or already ate it, I try a sweet fruit. For me, dried mango is great. Just one or two peices will satisfy me better than a brownie would. Strawberries are also great, or grapes.

If I NEED chocolate, I have found a cup of hot cocoa hits the spot. If i make it with skim milk it has more calories than water, but it really helps hold me over until my next meal without that huge urge to snack.

Chips, I will confess, I will eat if I have a strong craving, but I measure out a serving size in a bowl and only allow myself to eat that. Never eat out of the bag.
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Nimm

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 14:10
Another factor to keep in mind is the frequency and size of your meals. Many people prefer to spread out their calories over multiple small meals to fend off hunger. I used to do that, but I've found that fewer and larger meals produces longer-lasting satiety for me.

Meal timing is essentially irrelevant for body composition (some recent work showing possible benefits to an intermittent fasting approach notwithstanding), so it's entirely a matter of personal preference. You certainly don't need multiple small meals to "stoke the metabolic fires" or whatever other old wives' tale is used to justify multiple meals these days - it's strictly an issue of personal preference and response.
So it's something you may wish to try. For me, a 600 or 700 calorie meal made up of primarily whole foods, and including a good amount of protein and fiber, will prevent pretty much any between-meal hunger pangs (in fact, it typically keeps me feeling stuffed for hours). Try experimenting with the different approaches and see whether any particular method works well for you.
jessie1326

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 16:44
If I'm just craving a sweet-- not actually hungry, just wanting a sugar fix, which happens to me a lot-- I try to reach for a good gum or hard candy. The Extra Dessert gums are pretty good in Strawberry Shortcake and Key Lime Pie, especially. Smile Then I get a sugar fix without a lot of calories.

If you're actually hungry, and happen to want something sweet or chip-py, then I second suggestions to make yourself a small snack! Pair a little treat (peanut butter, or some whole wheat crackers, or a small piece of cheese, for example) with something that has good nutritive value and the ability to help with the hunger more-- fruits and veggies are ideal. Just a little bit of the craving item is usually enough to take the edge off, and if you also get something a little filling, you're less likely to find yourself hungry and craving again soon.
Nimm

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 16:49
jessie1326 wrote:
If I'm just craving a sweet-- not actually hungry, just wanting a sugar fix, which happens to me a lot-- I try to reach for a good gum or hard candy. The Extra Dessert gums are pretty good in Strawberry Shortcake and Key Lime Pie, especially. Smile


Incorrect. Mint Chocolate Chip and Apple Pie are far and away the best flavors. This isn't a matter of opinion, it's an empirical fact!

(Although I actually have a pack of Orange Creme Pop in front of me right now...all the flavors are impressively good).

Side note: chewing gum can burn up to 15 calories per hour.
vml0419

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 16:51
No!! Don't do it!! Stay strong!! Have some fruit like grapes or oranges. You will feel better.
jessie1326

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 17:00
Nimm wrote:

Incorrect. Mint Chocolate Chip and Apple Pie are far and away the best flavors. This isn't a matter of opinion, it's an empirical fact!

(Although I actually have a pack of Orange Creme Pop in front of me right now...all the flavors are impressively good).

Side note: chewing gum can burn up to 15 calories per hour.


Okay, we might have to throw down over this. Laughing

Actually, I totally agree that all of the flavors are really amazing. Wink I just don't like mint chocolate as a general rule, and I can't find the Apple Pie flavor ANYWHERE...which is awful, because I really want to try it.
sooki

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 17:08
The apple pie flavor is pretty amazing, just how much it tastes like apple pie makes me wonder HOW THEY DO IT!

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NCNOLE

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 17:20
How about yogurt - yoplait has some yummy flavors - strawberry shortcake is my favorite!
If you have lots of cravings, then you may need to try cutting out certain foods cold turkey. If you can't control your portion size or have certain trigger foods - you may want to cut them out. The less you eat of them, the less you crave of them. Chocolate is one of my trigger foods - I went about a month without it and really don't crave it much these days. I currently have some fiber one brownies, but I have to limit them b/c they do make me want more.
The other option is to find healthier substitutes.
Other options - gum, as mentioned above, hot tea, sugar free popsicles, yogurt, sugar free pudding, fiber one bar, brush your teeth, go for a walk. Or plan for it - leave room for a treat in your day.
gnat824

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 17:38
Eat nuts for chips, chocolate is small portions and eat the cheese! Stick to an ounce and it's actually not bad for you at all- goes great with apple slices or cold cuts and the fats help satiate your hunger. Parmesan cheese is also a good option because a tablespoon doesn't have many calories- I put some in my scrambled eggs yesterday Smile Fat free ricotta is also great on a pita "pizza" or mixed in with your marinara sauce on pasta. Cheese gets a bad rap because it is caloric eaten in large portions- but like peanut butter, bacon, chocolate and everything else that is unfairly demonized, you can still enjoy it in reasonable portions.
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Paulajs

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 17:39
For salt - Light pringles, sour cream and onion - 15 of them is only 70 calories and if you count them and put the can away you will be satisfied. For sweet, freeze grapes, or how about hot cooked appled with light cool whip? Yum Smile
Loudflower

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 13:42
I like to freeze individual servings of yogurt - they turn out kind of ice cream-like, and feel like more of a treat! Also, rice cakes come in a wide variety of flavors, both sweet and savory, and can satisfy almost any craving I have.

And, for the record, for the Extra Desserts gum, the key lime pie and orange cream pop flavors are the best, in that order. I'm just saying. Very Happy
Jenni8181

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 22:01
My fitness instructor recommends eating every three hours. If you are like me, and getting super hungry, throw down some protein. My favorite protein snack is a slice of 12-grain bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter on it. The protein will help you feel full quicker, and you won't want to eat as much. You need to up your fiber with the increase in protein, too, though. Fruits and vegetables are the best way to do this. Good luck!
pow

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 23:19
Fiber One bars several kinds and they have the new Brownies that are good not yucky diet tasting.
clmother

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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 12:59
Raw nuts do wonders!! I will grab a small hand full of raw almonds(1/8 cup-ish) whenever I am having cravings. Not only are they tasty, but they actually help "fill" me up between meals.
Olivia70

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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 13:28
I second the nuts. Pistachios, 26 pieces, sometimes half that, does it for me. Keeps you full and you get your salt fix.
BillS10

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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 16:38
two things that help me are to drink lots of water and brush your teeth after every meal, it cleanses your palate and takes the food taste away.
Bubbls311

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Posted: 07 Feb 2012, 16:54
I try to have a very little bit of something I'm craving now and then because I read somewhere that if you try to eat something else your body still keeps craving the food you started off craving but now you've just eaten an extra thing for nothing...Idk if I didn't indulge a teeny bit I think I'd go crazy lol.



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