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makparis

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Posted: 07 Mar 2012, 23:29
I need advice and coping ideas: what do you do when the urge comes to bake cookies or go to McDonald's? What coping mechanism have you put in place to help with the desire to eat?

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Hoser

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Posted: 07 Mar 2012, 23:37
Nothing is forbidden to me on my diet except artificial sweeteners.

If I'm craving something that's calorie-dense and not nutritious, I think about it for a while. Do I really want it? Do I want it enough to invest the calories needed to eat it? If so, I have a small amount of whatever I'm craving and just work the calories into my daily budget.

Usually I decide it's not worth it. The simple fact that it's not forbidden to me seems to make me less interested in whatever the craving is.
asagohan

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 00:09
Find a healthier way of making it, OR with McDonalds, I just get the healthy version of the kids meal. It has just enough that I feel the craving is cured, because the containers for the kids meal food are TINY. also I eat it really slow and play with the toy (i'm a kid at heart!)
I get the 4 chicken nuggets (with the BBQ sauce) with apple juice (you should get the lowfat milk instead) and the little fries with the apples. Its not an insane amount of calories and it fixes the craving for me. But don't do it too often!

What I have issues craving is Doritos. I miss those suckers
healthyayo

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 00:13
I can so relate. I had a big mac today and I have them often. I am still losing weight because I used to be 390 pounds and consume almost 5-6k calories a day. Now I can 2500 and still lose weight, but it is slowing. Good luck. I really miss eating doritos, cheetos, twix, gummy bears, and breaded fried foods. These are the foods that I never eat beacause I binge. I am in overeaters anonymous and it really has helped me with emotional eating.
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Sheonamcc

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 05:57
Hoser wrote:
I have a small amount of whatever I'm craving and just work the calories into my daily budget.


I'm very much of the same mindset. Nothing is forbidden and if I'm really craving something I just have to work it into my calorie allowance. It helps me eat a nice variety of things (because food should also be about pleasure) but prevents me from having too much of anything.

It's all about portion sizes and frequency for me, rather than just eating the "right" foods. However I would note that I choose to be vegetarian. I also try to avoid most processed foods, just because I like my food to be real food and I think real food tastes better. Nevertheless, I still like to eat chocolate and cheese and am more than happy to have the occassional homemade pizza!

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exxtoexx

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 07:10
I know that the way i broke myself of Mcdonalds was to take a week or two worth of receipts and add them up. I found myself adding up a lot of money on fast food over a few weeks (usually 7 dollars a day 2x a week or more), which can add up to a weeks worth of fresh fruit or veggies. When i had the urge or was out and about and had that craving, i went home put the money in the jar, made myself eat something from home and before i knew it, i had tons of money at the end of two weeks. I took the money and bought me some new clothes from 5lbs falling off from not eating fast food. As for cookies at home, cook your cookies, but make enough batter for 5 medium size cookies, cook them and take them to a neighbors house, give to kids, or throw them out after taking a bite.
This sounds like some horrible ways to break bad habits, but sometimes it take weird things or maybe waisting money to break that bad habbit.
cheerfulviol...

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 08:36
I was in a fast food rut for a little while. Mostly for convenience purposes - I'd be rushing around from place to place, and all of a sudden finding myself hungry now.

One thing that helped that was making sure that I was better prepared with healthy food options throughout the day, so that I didn't find myself with that "OMG, I'm starving and need to eat a meal quick" feeling.

If I do get that "need to eat NOW" feeling while out and about, I try to make the "least worst" choice. For example, a 6-inch sub from Subway vs. burger and fries. (Sure, I know that Subway isn't health food, but again...no one is perfect all the time and sometimes making the "least worst" choice is better than falling off the wagon entirely!)

Perhaps you could try setting a mini-goal for yourself...go for 3 weeks without McDonald's, and then you'll allow yourself a McD's cheeseburger.

I would suspect that after 3 weeks of not eating McD's, that cheeseburger won't taste nearly as satisfying as you remember it tasting before. And once you realize that it isn't satisfying anymore, hopefully it will help stop you from craving it in the future! Smile
Marlboro Man

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 09:41
all things in moderation. the name of the food is irrelevant in terms of body composition. bottom line: calories are calories. if you are craving something just make it fit into your calories.
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asagohan

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 10:22
at subway, get six inch ham or turkey WITHOUT CHEESE and no mayo! only mustard and one or 2 more veggies, oh and add spinach instead. much better than fast food. at my university its the healthiest meal in the food court, so I eat that a lot.
CourtH

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 12:03
I'm a sucker for McDonald's and places like that. When I'm really craving that I just get a kids meal. It satisfies my craving without as many calories. It's difficult at times and I usually tend to binge on that sort of stuff but I just have to keep reminding myself of my goal. I find that the more I think about my goal and why I'm doing this the less cravings I get.
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Katiekinz

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 13:46
I was ADDICTED to McD's until (and even a little while through) my FS weight loss journey. It was just so convenient, right up the street from work. I wasn't really planning my meals like I do now. I don't know that this would work for everyone, but I weened myself off of it through substitutions. I realized that it was the habit of going there that I had to break, not the food itself (though I do get occasional cravings). I started ordering a side salad with no dressing and 1 or 2 plain cheeseburgers with no bun. I would crumble the cheeseburgers over the salad and just enjoy it like a salad high in protein. Of course, McD's burgers are really disgusting for you to begin with, but it's always worth a shot to discover the substitution that might work for you. Before you know it, your body might just realize you're doing phenomenal with weight loss and you won't want to go there at all (except for the occasional treat, I went two weeks ago for a shamrock shake!!)
LosetoLive

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 13:56
I have found with cravings to just go for the small portion and work the calories into the budget. Everyone falls off the wagon but the trick is to just get back up and keep going. Once you satisfy the craving with a little bit, then I find that I do not eat too much of everything else trying to outlast the craving. Your body is trying to tell you something and you should listen to what it needs.

I like KatieKinz statement. I do the same thing and call it a cheeseburger salad, and it satisfies the craving for a cheeseburger..
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makparis

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Posted: 09 Mar 2012, 05:21
Emotional eating is a problem. My mom had a stroke last week and I went crazy binging on everything I could get my hands on. It was really bad.

The fact is though, even before this happened I had problems with eating things that simply aren't good for me - otherwise I wouldn't be at nearly 400 lbs. I know at the time that what I'm doing is bad for me, but I don't stop. I need to put some steps into place that help me cope, help me stop mixing the cookie dough or making that second sandwich. I've hard people talk about putting pictures on their fridge or creating a mantra that you repeat to yourself (ex/ "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."Wink until the cravings pass. I'm a Christian, so I pray, but I'm still eating very unhealthy. It isn't just what I'm eating but also the amounts.

-Melody

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Philippians 4:13
Terrylm1

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 07:27
I'm the say way with "Emotional Eating", only I've found that it's more to do with stress than emotions. I tend to eat more when I'm stressed and I find that I can't eat at all when I'm depressed. This is something that gave me a lot of trouble last week and I actually gained a pound as a result.

The thing that I've found that works best for me is to take a breather and drink a glass of cold water. Those Reeses don't sound quite as good once I've calmed down and my belly is full of slushing water.

makparis wrote:
Emotional eating is a problem. My mom had a stroke last week and I went crazy binging on everything I could get my hands on. It was really bad.

The fact is though, even before this happened I had problems with eating things that simply aren't good for me - otherwise I wouldn't be at nearly 400 lbs. I know at the time that what I'm doing is bad for me, but I don't stop. I need to put some steps into place that help me cope, help me stop mixing the cookie dough or making that second sandwich. I've hard people talk about putting pictures on their fridge or creating a mantra that you repeat to yourself (ex/ "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."Wink until the cravings pass. I'm a Christian, so I pray, but I'm still eating very unhealthy. It isn't just what I'm eating but also the amounts.
maude1114

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 07:36
Just think about the benefits of resisting the temptation to eat mcdonalds. I want the healthier lifestyle so much more. But if you must have it, go with the kids meal like asagohan and CourtH said, just go the gym a little longer and work out a little harder to make up for it...
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MrsTofu

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 10:05
makparis wrote:
Emotional eating is a problem. My mom had a stroke last week and I went crazy binging on everything I could get my hands on. It was really bad... I'm a Christian, so I pray, but I'm still eating very unhealthy. It isn't just what I'm eating but also the amounts.


I'm sorry about your mother having a stroke. I hope she is ok now.

I also am an emotional eater, for me I eat way too much, the foods that I eat aren't bad, but the quantities are in terms of weight loss goals. Substitution helps, so does drinking water. I think that's awesome at least that you are praying about it- I need to do that more. Though for a practical addition to prayer have you tried writing out what you are going through? I've found that sometimes just venting to my FS journal or talking to a friend can help alleviate the urge to comfort eat because I am getting comfort elsewhere.

When you pray, do you ever recite Bible verses? That sometimes helps me to remember the abundant sufficiency of G-d. For example, " No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." (1 Cor 10:13, emphasis mine)

And finally another suggestion is distraction. If you feel like you want to eat, try and see if you can walk away from the food and find something else to do. I am less tempted to eat when I am not around food. G-d bless you! I hope something I've said has helped. Smile
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lauraisanowl

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 18:26
in regards to emotional eating, i know exactly what that's like. my dad died just under a year ago, and i put on just over 2 stone in the space of a couple of months. we ended up eating fast food and takeaway all the time, as nobody was really in the mood to cook. i got out of the habit by going out walking every day and starting to prepare meals for the family instead of just calling for a pizza when we were hungry.

with the cravings, my main one is chocolate. recently i've been buying dark chocolate rather than milk, and just having a little bit of it when i have an urge for it. also, i take my time eating it. eventually i want to cut chocolate out though, as i have a habit of eating more than i plan to. one thing i'm having problems with is salty food, i've had massive cravings for kfc chicken and mcdonald's chips, it sucks! any tips for this?
db34

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Posted: 17 Mar 2012, 04:31
there are ways you can make cookies in a bowl in the microwave or warm brownies/cakes with protein powder. there are a variety of ways it can be done with eggs, whites only, greek yogurt, peanut butter, etc. you can even watch it on youtube videos. there is a guy that makes recipes like this. i think if you search the term, "protein powder cookie," you will certainly not be disappointed with the results. i always make a healthy substitute for what i want. it takes some creativity and trying new things out, but it keeps me on track!
denni13

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Posted: 19 Mar 2012, 12:36
Such good advice from everyone. Eat what you want in moderation. Buy frozen cookies or dough. Bake a few at a time or share with someone. Good luck everyone.
Carmel8sons

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Posted: 08 Apr 2012, 02:53
I can so relate to everything said, except but by some miracle I dont like McDonalds exc for their coffee. Its hard,MAKPARIS, when parent is ill, Mum has Alzhemiers, tried to cope for years, (2 sisters as well brill with mum), and rearing my 8 sons, and putting up with 7 greedy (cant wait for her to die) siblings,nearly bought me to a breakdown. I was about 24 stone before I was forced to put in into home, it has taken me 6 years to come to terms with it and not crying each time I leave her, BUT I had to learn if I did not take care of ME, my kids would go have to go through the pain of what I went through with mum. You stay strong, take it 1 hour at a time, every 2 god hours a day adds up in the long term.Hope your mum well soon.



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