You have some great advice. I will NEVER again ban any food/or GROUP of foods from my diet unless I experience an allergic reaction or intolerance for it/or them. Having said that, I do limit what I eat and have a system that works for me.
Natural whole grains/fruits/veggies/nuts/lean proteins, etc. I can eat within moderation any time and as often as I choose as long as it stays within my calorie/nutrition ranges. These account for about 75% of my calories.
Less PERFECT but still not bad for me things - higher calories, higher fat, more sugars, etc. but still not PROCESSED foods, I can eat once or occasionally twice a day in healthy moderate servings. These account for about 15% of my calories.
Highly processed, really unhealthy choices, I can still eat them but try hard to limit them to once or twice a week at MOST. These I try to limit to around 10% or LESS of my weekly food intake.
This system doesn't leave me feeling cravings, deprivation, or like I am on a DIET. I can still have the occasional slice of pie, Ding-Dong, or fast food super-sized burgers. I can still feed my sweet addictions and/or the salt cravings, the crunchies, the munchies, etc. All of them can fit into my eating plan without causing me guilt or anger at myself, and the numbers on the scale are gradually slipping lower. I KNOW I might (have in the past) lose faster, but I ALSO know I would go back to lousy habits and lousy choices if I had to deal with those unpleasant feelings like deprivation, guilt, and anger.
To Fallness: Thank you!!!! I thought I was the only person "ever" who had a serious sweet addiction and didn't know what to substitute for the junk. This is awesome! Again thank you.... Louise
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9/19/12 4:25 P
it happens to all of us.. it just happened to me.. but im not gunna give up!
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9/19/12 11:44 A
I also get bad cravings. I have started trying to control them with portion control, instead of cutting out the things I like all together. Chips, chocolate, pop.. It all adds up. If I want chocolate, I have started getting the bags with the snack sizes, I take a serving and leave the rest in the frig or the freezer, so that I don't have the whole bag with me. Same with chips, I take a small amount and leave the rest in the kitchen. I am also trying to make a rule of only one 12oz pop a day, as that is one thing that I can drink all day long. It's always hard, but I think everyone feels the same way that you do at some point.
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9/19/12 11:02 A
What I used to do was if my craving was for a piece of chocolate, I would have a dark chocolate Hershey's kiss. The taste was there, then grab my water bottle and take a quick walk while drinking the water. The taste is washed out of my mouth, I had that bit of satisfaction from my craving and then I am out and about so other things are on my mind. I have also removed junk foods from the house and only keep 5 dark chocolate kisses in the house, on my desk and that seems to work for me.
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9/18/12 10:50 P
A bump in the road need not be a serious derailment. Don't focus on the gain, focus on what you know ou are capable of. Every choice is another opportunity to get it right. Reminding myself of this helps me through those rough patches. You can do it!
9/18/12 10:40 P
This is a tough one for me at this stage. I have lost weight steadily for almost 11 months now, but as I get closer to my goal weight, I get a little goofy sometimes and think about all the things I used to eat. BUT then I think about all the great things losing weight has done for my health, and I get back on board. I don't know what others think about this, but for someone who has serious junk food cravings, I have implemented substitutes that have some nutritional value. I'm not saying they are great as a steady diet, but they help with the cravings. I use Luna protein bars to satisfy the chocolate craving, getting 10-12 grams of protein in the process. I eat 70% dark chocolate (2-5 squares of a bar) or if I'm really having a sweet tooth attack, I eat a Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Dark Chocolate, Peanut, and Almond bar. They are delicious! You'll feel satisfied without ruining your daily plan with anyone of these. Then on to the salad for lunch!
9/18/12 8:45 P
Don't beat yourself up. Get a lot of protein back in your diet and keep your carbs down for a few days and drink a lot of water and you will be right back on track. When you are in control of your body you are in control of your life. You can do it! Find foods that help you achieve your goals and at the same time foods you also enjoy. Stay the course.
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9/18/12 8:33 P
Fighting cravings. Make sure you have enough of the right foods onhand and prepared, and space your meals out through the day. Make sure you are eating enough. Cravings tend to erupt when we starve ourselves. Additionally, keep drinking water. Exercise can also temporarily suppress appetite. Hope it helps.
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9/18/12 8:27 P
I lost 10 pounds last month. Then lately my craving for junk has been spiraling out of control. I gained 2 pounds since Fri.....HELP! send some motivation or some helpful tips on how to fight these cravings!!!!
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