Head Cravings

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Posted: 25 Aug 2012, 20:59
I've had some episodes of what I've heard some people call "head cravings". I've been off sugar for over 2 weeks, so I know it's no longer a physical craving. I find yearning for a nice sweet snack in the evening while I'm watching TV. It doesn't happen every evening, but it has occurred a few times. I end up eating some raw baby carrots in order to squash the craving which has worked thus far. I have done some soul searching since this has occurred and have wondered why this is happening at the time it does. Is it: 1)missing an old friend--sugar, 2)thirst masquerading as hunger, 3)boredom, 4)old habits tie hard, or 5) somethings else I haven't thought of. I know that when I quit smoking years ago that I would yearn for a cigarette at the same time that I would always smoke--after meals. It took me about 10 years to get rid of that craving. I don't miss it at all anymore and now can no longer stand to be around smoke smells.
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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 01:41
When it happens than just drink a glass of water so if it's really just thirst you'll get rid of the craving. I think it's 1,3 and 4. We are all with you here. I just tell to my self that I am not week and stronger then my cravings and it works.

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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 01:52
My solution to this is that no foods are forbidden to me (except artificial sweetners.) If I find myself craving something, think about it for a while and try to figure out whether it's worth having it or not. If it is, I have a small amount.

Because nothing is off-limits, the lure of the forbidden fruit is gone.

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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 02:46
I wonder if it's the combo habit of watching TV and snacking. If you do crafts or something with your hands, maybe that would help, or maybe you need to find something altogether different to do in the evenings. Like you said, you always wanted a smoke after a meal...could be the same kind of thing. Just a thought....
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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 10:40
I have a lot of "associations" that are really tough on my diet. Snacking with TV is a big one. So is cold beer by the pool or BBQ, etc. It is tough to beat out habits and psychology that we have trained ourselves for over the years. So, you are absolutely right in your assessment of why it is happening. Do not worry, just like smoking, it does get better!

If your just starting out, your doing the right thing. Substitute it with something healthy, talk about it, acknowledge it. I remember posting to facebook "I am hungry, but I am not gonna eat". It was late at night while watching TV. I had my 3 good meals.

as you go through this journey, you may find like I did that snacking in general is bad, and you stick to (or try to) your 3 square meals. I found early on surrounding myself with nuts, fruits, veggies, just kept me snacking. I would buy all kinds of "healthy treats" to have around me. Guess what? I ate them! So I found I even have to limit that.

But yes, the baby carrots are great. I use them alot, and still do. They are sweet, crunchy, and quite a lot of them is hardly any calories.

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Posted: 27 Aug 2012, 11:25
I am (was!) a candy/sweets addict and always crave it after lunch or dinner because I would always have a little desert. I am doing low carb now and I've been able to stave that off by having a glass of sugarfree drink like Crystal Light. It is sweet but no calories or carbs. Sugar free candy is your friend also. I think totally depriving yourself of sweets just makes it worse, just improvise! Smile

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Posted: 27 Aug 2012, 11:37
I frequently substitute some great herbal tea for those occasional cravings. But noticing that the craving is not based on hunger is very valuable and important. Makes it much easier to manage.
A bad moment does not have to be a bad day, bad week, or a sign that you can't do this. It is a moment. Just that. Pause and go back to the person who really wants to be healthier and happier.

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Posted: 27 Aug 2012, 13:25
My "I need something sweet" snack is a few dates....they are sweet and filled with fibre.
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Posted: 27 Aug 2012, 13:39
My go-to sweet snack is sugar free jello. I like the herbal tea, idea, too. Taking the time to make the tea makes it seem more special and deliberate, rather than a grab and dash from the the fridge/pantry.

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