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NAYPOOIE
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5/29/12 7:00 P

The only way I know to get rid of carb craving is to give them up virtually entirely for several days. You don't sound like a low carber tho'.

Since this is something new, maybe you should look for changes in your routine/diet that might correspond with the craving. Or is it just because it's there?

It's hard to maintain control when all around you people are indulging. All I can suggest is some realistic portion control, and savor what you eat. If it isn't worth savoring, don't eat it.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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5/29/12 6:54 P

Hi SEALIONGIRL,

Firstly, make sure you plan your meals and do not allow yourself to get hungry. You are in control of what you eat. While studies have shown that we tend to mimic the eating of those around us, hope is not lost, if you plan your meals and decide ahead of time that no one can force you to eat more than you need or would like to eat.

As for carb cravings...

There are many factors that can cause us to crave foods. While many believe it's just a lack of willpower on our part, studies have actually shown that the feel-good endorphins may be responsible for our cravings. When we eat yummy foods, our brain release a chemical called dopamine which gives us that feel-good experience.

A few things to consider are:

Are you eating because you are stressed? We know that the body releases the stress hormone, cortisol when we are stressed and this can cause us to seek out those feel-good foods. Do this enough time and we condition our body to seek out those foods whenever we come under stress . However hope is not lost, when we take the time to retrain our thinking. If we are consistently eating enough to support our activity, than coming up with a plan to defer the cravings such as going for a walk or listening to some music may be all it will take.

Make sure you are eating your calories. When we allow ourselves to get too hungry, it's hard to not give into our cravings. Restricting calories too much can cause reduction in the hormone leptin, which is responsible for controlling our hunger, therefore there is a need to feed our appetite.

Do not deprive yourself of the foods that you love, this is where planning helps. Continuous deprivation of the foods we enjoy can actually cause us to go overboard once we do eat them. It's OK to have indulgences from time to time after all this is a life-long journey and none of us should have to ever give up all foods we enjoy.

Get plenty of sleep. Many times we turn to food to give us more energy when what we really need is some extra Zzz's. When we lack sleep our body will produce a greater percentage of the hormone ghrelin, the hormone responsible for triggering our appetite and decreases the hormone leptin which helps control our appetite.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy



SEALIONGIRL
Posts: 300
5/29/12 5:57 P

The last couple of days for some reason all I want is carbs. I have no idea why, but it's so hard to stay on track.

When I was away at school I always managed to keep only healthy food in the house, but I'm home with my parents for a few weeks. They don't eat terribly, but they eat a LOT.

Combining this craving for carbs (like I can't even explain how badly I want to eat an entire loaf of bread right now) seems like a a setup for diet disaster. Does anyone have any idea why I'm craving carbs so much lately? (No, it isn't "that time of month".) Any strategies for controlling myself when the people around me are pigging out?



 
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