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TANGLEDBELLE SparkPoints: (9,298)
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6/26/12 2:54 P

Try to work in small amounts of your craving food into your food log. The other thing that works great for cravings is to get out of the house. I find that for me I crave when I'm bored. I do a ten minute workout, call some friends and go shopping (or whatever), and take a walk. Even just sitting outside with a book helps me forget I was craving.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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6/26/12 1:26 P

We can do it!! Isn't that what got us out of control with eating and drinking? It is for me. I just need to remind myself that everything that goes into my mouth will be tracked. it deters me because I want to eat a good size dinner and possibly have a glass of wine with it if calories allow. This way I don't feel deprived, but look forward to my "reward".

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6/26/12 9:48 A

Cravings and self control are definitely an issue for me. I tried ignoring it by brushing my teeth or taking a shower; I heard this worked for some people but it wasn't really effective for me. The one that really made it worse for me was reading, as soon as I sit down to read I would feel the urge to get up and wander to the kitchen. I got the 72% dark chocolate bar and have one square and that has helped with the chocolate cravings until now. But I've read so many other great tips and I'll be trying some of them. Thanks!

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
6/26/12 8:34 A

I have gum and a 100 calorie popcorn bag in my office to deal with cravings. It is better than eating an entire bag of potato chips (which I did last week). I am hoping this works.
Cravings are really hard!!

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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6/25/12 3:43 P

I've found that eating sugar makes me crave sugary foods and get the munchies in general a couple of hours afterwards. So, if I treat myself to a low-fat dessert type thing, I try to reserve that for after dinner or around 9 PM. If I'm craving chocolate earlier in the day, I can have a square of 85% dark chocolate.

I don't let myself eat out of boredom on weekend mornings anymore, by keeping myself busy doing other things and limiting my TV time.

FROOBERT Posts: 161
6/25/12 1:35 A

I have a big glass of Ovaltine or Hot Chocolate when I want something sweet. Fiber One chocolate bars are good, too, and only 90 calories each.

Hot apple cider is also good for a sweet craving.

LANEMAYHEW Posts: 1,422
6/24/12 11:44 P

Cravings and then starving and binging has been my way of life, I am trying to think a lot of myself, too much to submit myself to this sabotaging behavior, also eating mindfully. I am on day two of this long life struggle....oh, and also to exercises. One other thing, I used to eat during the I have a very light snack before bed that takes me through until morning.

Edited by: LANEMAYHEW at: 6/25/2012 (00:29)
DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
6/21/12 2:23 P

It always helps me to keep repeating to myself that I control what goes into my mouth, listing the reasons for and against what I'm craving, and giving some serious thought as to whether I'm actually hungry or not. Once I've done all that, I've usually talked myself out of it.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
6/21/12 7:29 A

Here are some of my quick fixes for cravings- I don't get them often, but if I do, I go to these things:

Chocolate- No Sugar Added Fudgsicle, 45 calories

Sugar/Sweets- 1 cup Sugar Free Jello - 20 calories
Quaker Fiber Crisps in blueberry or pomegranate (they also have chocolate) 13 crisps for 130 calories

Salt/Chips Cravings- Roasted seaweed by Annie Chun (very low sodium, low calorie, and they taste very salty!)
100-Calorie packs of popcorn- these usually do the trick for me.

It also helps me to plan my day ahead of time. I know I have a snack or meal coming every two hours, so this helps. It takes time and effort, but it's worth it and I don't go off course when everything is already entered into my tracker for me to go by.

ATITONCEAGAIN81 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/21/12 7:13 A

thanks for all the advice. These are some really good tips. Some of them I currently practice, others I definitely will put into practice. This is such as a long journey but I know I can do it.

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6/21/12 7:11 A

I keep a bag of seedless grapes in the freezer. It's like having bite sized Popsicles and they are great when I'm having those mindless snacking urges or craving something sweet!

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6/21/12 4:35 A

I deal with cravings by using portion control. I don't deny myself but I take a bite, enjoy it and then stay away from it. Tracking my food helps me also. It makes me realize is it worth it or not to indulge.

EX-PRESSO Posts: 478
6/21/12 3:20 A

I realized that eating proper the food my body needs, the cravings have gone. Nearly. Only once in a blue moon I ve got them.

But it took me years to realize what kind of food really good is for me.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,152)
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6/21/12 2:44 A

Instead of relying on willpower, change your environment so that you are not exposed to junk food:
- don't buy the junk food. If it is not at home, you can't eat it.
- don't go near the vending machines, get your snack from home. I do that.
- don't deprive yourself of food too much in en effort to lose the fat faster. You can't lose it faster in a sustainable manner.
- go to bed early at night and wake up early in the morning. That helped me get rid of night time comfort eating.
- drink a lot of water, even more than the 8 glasses that SP recommends (it is hot!).
- don't exercise too much and eat too little (you won't lose fat faster, you will just burn yourself out). Follow the program, stay within your daily caloric allowance and workout to burn what you promised you would burn every week.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
6/20/12 8:43 P

Chocolate cravings, I know them well. Well, go to the store and buy a chocolate bar that you like and that will fit in your calories. Then enjoy it! If you buy 1 and then leave the store and eat it at home you won't be able to binge eat, and can enjoy a treat and hopefully kill the craving!

ATITONCEAGAIN81 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/20/12 8:30 P

I also eat based on emotions most of the time so I have been very proud that this past week I have been able to control my self and have the will power to make better choices. It's just a struggle to stick with it.

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6/20/12 8:27 P

Yes I am craving sweets like chocolate in particular. I thought of doing just that, working it in to my daily caloric intake since I normally struggle to eat enough calories. I figured if I do this in moderation and have a smaller than normal amount, I will be okay but I worry that I wont be able to control myself. I have a history of eating certain things in excess so I cut them out all together instead of trying to wean myself off of my biggest vices such as sweets. I substituted fruit but it really isn't fulfilling the need of my sweet tooth.

COURTNEYBARRE24 SparkPoints: (651)
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6/20/12 8:20 P

I feel the same way today but I will honest with you what drives me to overeat or eat bad foods -are my emotions and I have to say that today I like you are struggling in the dept. today

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
6/20/12 8:12 P

Is there something specifically that you are craving? Could you have a small portion and work it into your calories for the day? For example, if you wan fries you could have a small fries and still fall within your ranges.

For me, the trick is to eat a small portion of what I am craving and then stop. I find it helps to keep me on track because I don't feel deprived.

ATITONCEAGAIN81 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/20/12 7:02 P

I am currently dealing with the desire to binge eat. I have huge cravings and I am tempted by all the wrong foods. So far I have managed to not fall victim to the urges but I struggle so much with self control and I am not sure how much longer I can resist. I have found a lot of alternatives to junk food and have adopted a healthier diet but I do crave the wrong stuff and in excess. I need advice on what works best for curbing urges.

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