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sarah_cook20...

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 12:45
Why do we have cravings? And why are they worse sometimes than others? MOST OF ALL Why is it that all the food that is so BAD for you tastes SO GOOD!?

I have to stay strong and not give into my cravings, but sometimes it can be SUCH a struggle. Any advice?
Lindsay6384

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 12:50
Currently struggling wtih this as well. I do know that yoga helps with "mindful eating." I suppose centering our minds and appreciating our gifts helps prevent us from over indulging and eating slowly without distractions. (My problem-I eat SO fast when I'm hungry that I end up eating too much) bottomless pit syndrome. Everyday we get to reset the clock and try again!
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CJT1217

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 13:11
Sugar and sodium is why it tastes sooo good! Bummer that it's not good for the body in excess! To control my cravings I go to almonds, lower sodium cheese, and berries to curb those pesky cravings. I get the crunch, natural sweetness, and a bit of sodium from more natural sources which in turn is more beneficial for the body.

Stay the course, stay on point, stay motivated, dedicated, and you won't be stopped. Discipline. Perseverance. Focus. Dig deep and you will be victorious.
jenkie5

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 13:13
Sarah, I see you are on calorie count. Have you considered planning ahead and leaving wiggle room to change your meals or add an extra snack as the day progresses?

I asked my endocrinologist the same question. Her advice was no food is really forbidden, but to remember:
--o- Portion control
--o- How it fits into total calories for the day
--o- Balance carbs with appropriate protein to avoid sugar spikes

We each have individual needs, but this did and does work for me. After adopting her advice and altering my mindset on categories of food, the cravings disappeared. Funny how we seem to want what we tell ourselves we can't have.

I'm not on a diet... I'm just learning to make smarter choices
Snow833

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 13:29
It helps if you are not hungry so eat the right low caloric food and you won't have many cravings like I do. If I want to eat something sweet I just eat 10-15grams of it and problem solved. Like jenkie5 said portion control and nothing is forbidden if it fits with the planed calories for that day Smile
sarah_cook20...

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 13:48
I honestly have done most of that.... I think my cravings are mostly MENTAL not physical. No matter how long i force myself to eat the healthy options---i still remember what fat tasted like- AND IT WAS GOOD! I just have a mental addiction to JUNK food. I just have to have self control...I love chocolate and I LOVE fruity candy and I LOVE salty chips...Its all a mental issue with me. But how do I keep myself motivated to not go run to the delicious, but yet quite contradictory - disgusting, foods? What do you tell yourself to keep from caving in to a craving?
jessabridge4...

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 13:50
I use my spike day for cravings. It usually helps me knock it out. I do find that unless I get it out of the house on the spike day, I will have more the day after. I am trying to eat my craving and throw the rest out on the actual spike day. My hubby doesn't like to waste so I have not been so strong in that. I got to remember, if it is my craving - my rules! His craving - his rules!
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Snow833

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 14:04
I just tell myself that I am stronger then my cravings and it works. I only had them a few times in 72 days. Then i just drink a cup of tea without sugar. Sarah somedays your caloric intake is really low and that coming from me says something. Your cravings are probably out of control then since your body needs more food to function normally and sugar feeds the brain.
paperiniko

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 14:26
As already mentioned if you keep the intake at starving levels it is only natural that your body generates cravings. That is one, and definitely not the most important, reason why is not wise to go on ultra low calorie diets
mars2kids

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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 16:23
I have a hard time with the cravings sometimes too. If I have chocolate around or any junk food I crave it and can't get rid of the craving, if it's not around I may crave it but eventually it goes away. Keeping that food out of my house helps, but sometimes I just want it so bad. When I can't get rid of the cravings sometimes I'll cave and have a mini candy bar or 1 starburst, or something else small that will get rid of that craving. I try to remind myself that food is fuel, but it tastes so good too.
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Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 18:14
I agree with mars. My girlfriend is from Australia, so I always have Australian candy in the house (caramello Koalas and Double Coat Tim Tams anyone?) I find that putting the sweets on the top shelf so they're out of sight helps the "seefood" diet cravings. If I do want some chocolate, I'll have one or two. I usually leave about 200 calories a day open for those cravings. If I have extra calories at the end of the day, GREAT. If I have none left, oh well. I love food, and I know how to manage it now. Smile
krystynecar

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Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 01:24
they pay food engineers BIG BUCKS to engineer foods that we can't live with out - seriously they trigger the same centres in the brain that drugs like heroine do! We ar still largely driven by our ancient genetic coding that was created in a time when both sugar and fat were serious rarities and when found we would gorge on then to stave off starving. No wonder the population is almost double the size is used to be!! Once you go cold turkey it does get a lot better!
don't let your struggle become your identity!
LaraStar

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Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 04:39
I love the "seefood" cravings, lol!

If you're anything like me, it's best not to have your trigger foods in the house. I can rarely eat just one piece of chocolate or one cookie. Once the packet is open, there is no stopping me from eating it all.
After eating clean for a while, your cravings diminish and it's easy to have a yoghurt or piece of fruit as snack.


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Hildi72

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Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 15:34
I have been craving chocolate. So I budget my caloric intake to allow for a hershey's chocolate bar (210 calories). The thing that kills me are birthdays and parties....when cake and other goodies are flying about, I partake and that messes me up. OH..almost forgot vacations...those vacations mess me up with cravings.
Baxie

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Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 17:34
Me, too, LaraStar, me, too...
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krystynecar

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Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 18:32
Hildi72 - I used to get killer cravings for chocolate - I used to buy the best chocolate chips I could find - I'd measure out an ounce of them - count the chocolate chips and figure out the calories per chip. The ones I had were 2 calories each. I could count out 10 chocolate chips and savour each one - let it slowly melt in my mount enjoy and not feel guilty for my 20 calorie snack!!
don't let your struggle become your identity!
Djburney

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Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 20:19
I have always had cravings until this time around. I can relate to what everyone is saying, and I've been there, so I'm trying to figure out what is different now. I've read several books on the topic, a really good one is"Shrink Yourself." Another one is "Women, Food, and God," and it is good for you guys to read it, too. It should be titled "Humans, Food, and Love." I have felt very powerful this time in dieting, and really keeping the end goal and why I want it in sight. Another good book is "Change Anything," and I've employed some of the techniques in that book. Mostly I think though, that I have absolutely no doubt that I will reach my goal. This feels so fabulous.
Djburney

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Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 20:20
Twenty signs of emotional eating quiz:
http://shrinkyourself.com/twenty_signs.asp?gclid=CIO2psHtrrICFWThQgodfwsAFQ&bhcp=1#
CJT1217

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Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 10:11
Have some dark chocolate. A little bit here and there can help curb the sweets cravings, and well, isn't all that bad for you. Just opt for dark chocolate that's higher in cacao percentage. Perhaps even some sugar free chocolate syrup over strawberries with chopped almonds sprinkled on top. Sounds tasty to me. Often times, hunger can also be mistake for thirst. Have 8-16 oz of water when you feel the urge.

Stay the course, stay on point, stay motivated, dedicated, and you won't be stopped. Discipline. Perseverance. Focus. Dig deep and you will be victorious.



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