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How a 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire

Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds

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  • ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
  • Wonderful advice! Thank you!
  • As someone with BED, I can tell you that there DEFINITELY ARE "bad" foods! They are the ones that I can NOT eat in moderation; I can NOT even have them around my home, and they do NOT belong in my diet.

    Besides which, when you are trying to stick to a 1,500 daily calorie limit, there really isn't room for sugary, fattening foods. People who can eat small amounts of tempting treats in moderation probably don't have weight problems to begin with.
  • Have to agree that the minute a food is "forbidden" that's when the desire for it increases! Thanks for this information.
  • BILLTHOMSON
    I've been blessed so far, I've had no urges for the foods I was abusing before I got into trouble. I really enjoy the foods I'm eating currently.
  • Every now and then I get a strong craving for something not on my plan. If it won't go away after I try exercise, water, and healthy foods, I just let myself go for it. This works for me because I settle down and get back on track afterwards. Do you know what a Whoopie Pie is? It's like a squashed chocolate cupcake with fluffy white frosting inside. Well, even though I don't really like them usually, yesterday I was craving one badly. When the craving was driving me crazy, I just went out and bought one. After I ate about 3/4 of it, I was happy and took the rest home to my DH. Today I ate healthy and exercised! Giving in now and then works for me for some reason.
  • CRAMPERELLA
    I completely agree. Restrictive diets never work and 95% of people who lose weight will regain it. Eating sanely and mindfully may take you longer on your route to healthy living, but the results are long lasting. I found the article a little contradictory however as it described healthy and unhealthy eating options. That's pretty much the same as labelling food good or bad. It's only bad or unhealthy if you eat that way all the time. We need to develop a healthy attitude towards food. Some people with eating disorders, especially bingers and overeaters may have to restrict certain foods as part of their recovery, but few people can ever maintain that kind of restrictive eating forever. Eating disorders are a mental illness, and overcoming them lies in dealing with the mental illness. As someone recovering from BE, I found that the more I tried to restrict my trigger foods the more likely I was to binge. I have only found some success by dealing with the mental health issues that drive my eating, not by labelling foods good or bad. Slowly but surely, food is losing it's hold on me.
  • This article is awesome! I grew up with a mother who had an eating disorder. Food was always good or bad. She was always on us about our bad choices, referring to her own eating habits as I have been bad and going from one fad diet to another. One blessing is that I have never been tempted to do fad dieting, but I have always battled the need to do anything about my weight - I never wanted to admit "I am a terrilbe person at contolling my weight". Thank SparkPeople.
  • Yes, I definitely agree. I still indulge in my favorite foods even if they are unhealthy--because if I try to cut out everything I like, I am just setting myself up for failure.
  • This article really "hit home" with me. It packs a lot of information to think about when trying to figure out how to manage cravings for particular foods (all-or-none vs moderation). The suggestions in this article are things I think will help me manage my cravings for sweets, especially chocolate. I think planning can be a very big key to addressing this issue when working to develop a lifetime of healthy eating practices. Thanks so much for publishing this piece.
  • Thanks for sharing.
  • I have been on a "program" for 3 weeks now. The first thing I noticed was I was not craving food. I believe this is due to I am getting the nutrition I was lacking eating what ever I wanted before starting a healthy way of eating. I still "crave" to eat foods that I still have in my home. I bought a cereal I love cause I had a coupon. I found my self dipping into the box just cause it was there. I find the best way to deal with this issue is just don't buy what you shouldn't be eating while you are on a weight loss plan. I admit...I don't have control at this time. Elimination is what works best for me. You can't eat what you don't have!
  • Very interesting article.

    For me, though, categorizing foods as a "no-go" was helpful at first. I know what my trigger foods are; delicious things such as chips, candy bars, mashed potatoes, rice, etc. So I actually intentionally strongly reduced those things, making them OK to eat on cheat days or for cheat meals. After I gained more self-confidence, I was able to slowly reintroduce these items back into my diet on a moderate basis. I used to want THREE CUPS of mashed potatoes in one meal. Heck, sometimes just mashed potatoes was the whole meal. However, once I reintroduced them, I was able to be satisfied with an actual serving size of .5 cup. I can buy candy now, and enjoy one piece a day versus inhaling the whole bag in one serving. In fact, I am now more likely to reach for a banana than I am to reach for the snack drawer at home.

    Different techniques work for different people. Experiment until you find what works for you as an individual. That has been the key to making a dramatic change in my lifestyle - now I can control the food, rather than the cravings controlling me.

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