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KMRJPR SparkPoints: (67,282)
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6/7/13 8:08 P

I am thrilled at the information you are all providing me!!!

I limit my fast food intake. I'm also working on being able to resist the end aisle junk at stores (candy, snacks, etc). I took the SP healthy snack list to the store today and stocked up on a few things.

I tend to get sick if I eat at McDonald's and places like that. I don't like their chicken so salad's at that place are out. I will do salads at Chick-Fil-A as the chicken is of better quality and you can get a decent calorie meal there.

What I gave into the other day was reduced fat pringles and reeses pieces. I didn't enjoy it so much and realized it's because I felt like I had to hide the food and sneak it. I was hiding it from myself too.

I need to practice techniques like breathing, drinking water, truly stopping and thinking about what I needed/wanted.

TORIAMAE Posts: 1,080
6/6/13 1:03 P

Extra snacks handy? Yes.

There are two other approaches I've taken to avoid the drive through trap.

First, I have looked into and identified foods I can grab from drive throughs that won't completely derail me. One thing I like is McDonald's grilled chicken snack wrap, chipotle BBQ, no cheese and a diet coke. The wrap is 210 pretty balanced calories: fat, protein, carbs. Another choice is Taco Bell's fresco soft tacos...less than 200 calories each! Granted this may be out of your routine for eating, but it's a better choice and good to keep in your mind for situations where you feel desperate. So often we get that all or nothing feeling...the one that says "I'm starving and I have no food...guess I need to get an extra value meal" as opposed to "Dang...I'm pretty hungry. If I have one of these soft tacos, that will tide me over till I can get some real food."

The other key for me is in that phrase: "real food." Stop considering drive through windows real food sources! I have a bunch of hippy dippy friends (whom I love dearly) that will not even TRY McDonald's coffee, no matter how much I rave about it or how cheap it gets. They just refuse to consider anything from that restaurant as food. Now, there was a time that I found that totally obnoxious. But now I think it's wise and I strive to emulate them.

When I'm tempted, I read the bag and when I see how many non-natural ingredients junky foods have in them, I say "OH NO! I can't put THAT in my body"...get real snobby about it and go find something better.

I'm also helped in stores by not shopping without a list. See, I have shopping issues too. If I shop without a list, I buy things I don't need. So, I plan my meals and just buy what is on my list.

If I am having to shop without a list, I stay on the outer edge of the store...where the fresh foods are. Most of what is in the middle I refer to as "food like substances" and try to stay away from it.

Obviously, I have not mastered this. But these are the mindsets I try to cultivate because I think they will help me get healthy.

Good luck!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
6/6/13 11:52 A

second the "keep extra snacks handy" and "keep a list of ok foods" ideas below.

PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
6/6/13 9:36 A

Eating a little of the craving will curb the crave and then move on....

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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6/5/13 6:17 P

Whenever I have a craving I always go online to research to see what it will cost me calorie-wise (and otherwise) if I eat it. That means there is NO stopping to buy something before I check it out online.

If I can't find any info online, then I don't eat it. Plain and simple.

If I do find info online, such as nutritional information, I incorporate it into what I have already tracked for the day. If it fits within my calorie range, I will order and eat it. But honestly, it usually doesn't. So then I plan for a day where I can eat what I crave.

It's all about understanding what you are eating, why and portion control

NIRERIN Posts: 14,127
6/5/13 6:04 P

One other thing you can do is to make a list of all the places you are likely to stop. Keep it in your car or with your wallet. For each place list a few decent options that they have. Use your list instead of being guided by pictures at the place you go or whatever is nearby. So if you went to Wendy's you might pick a chili and a plain baked potato instead of the big seasonal burger, frosty and fries prominently pictured.

KMRJPR SparkPoints: (67,282)
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6/5/13 1:30 P

I didn't have snacks with me as I didn't anticipate being gone for long. It was already at the end of my day and I was running errands on the way home from an audit. I had eaten a healthy breakfast, morning snack and lunch. When I stopped at the all fell apart.

I think you all have given me some great info! I just put a protein bar in my bag and will make sure that I always have something. I'm also going to carry more baby carrots with me.


NIRERIN Posts: 14,127
6/5/13 7:06 A

why wouldn't you have a snack with you? at the bottom of my bag [and i haven't packed my lunch yet for the day] i have a mandarin orange fruit cup, a box of raisins, a package of belvita golden oat crackers, a granola bar, a kid zone protein bar, and peanut butter crackers. i don't pack that stuff everyday, but as it gets low i make sure i toss another shelf stable item or two into the bag so that when i have those random days i am just as prepared as when i actually pack.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 64,985
6/5/13 6:55 A

I agree with the idea of having healthy snacks with you so that when a craving or hunger hits, you've got options available. Here's an article that might give you some good ideas:

Coach Jen

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,154
6/5/13 6:02 A

I talked to my Dietitian about this very thing a while back. When I am really tired, MAN do I crave!!! Chocolate, or Stem Ginger Oat Biscuits - and I can sure pack them away!

One thing she said was to ensure I am getting a regular amount of protein through the day because that can help stem the cravings at these times. I knew I was borderline too low on the daily protein consumption, and up until dinner time I am more carb heavy and fat/protein light, so I started to eat a bit more protein from fish or lean meat, cheese or cottage cheese, or healthy whole-grains yoghurt and the cravings have reduced when I am tired. I reduced my daily protein from approx. 60g to around 70-80g. It used to be if I craved something sweet, I would have a dried fig - actually, must get back to doing that!

One thing that I do is always have a healthy high fibre snack bar in my bag. If I know I am going to be out all day, I also make sure that I have some lunch with me, including a couple pieces of fruit. That action has saved me dropping into a bakery or cafe, many a time.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 6/5/2013 (06:04)
SKINMINA SparkPoints: (39,934)
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6/5/13 5:57 A

I have problems managing my cravings when I'm tired, as well. I usually carry a protein bar or banana with me everywhere. I also take my water with me everywhere. So between drinking my water, and snacking on fruit, I manage to avoid the drive thru.

This coping mechanism has been so effective that I haven't had any fast food since I started SP two months ago. It wasn't intentional - I've just been satisfied with my food from home.

I do treat myself to a Starbucks mocha frap light once every two weeks or so. I also make a homemade version, if I am craving chocolate or coffee. These really fill me up for at least 2 - 3 hours....

KMRJPR SparkPoints: (67,282)
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6/5/13 2:05 A

I've been able to control cravings UNLESS I'm really tired. Then I just don't seem to have the energy to think straight.

At home, it's easy enough not to indulge as we no longer have junk food or sugary snacks here.

When I'm do I stop from going to the drive-thru and picking something up? Or grabbing the nearest bag of whatever junk I can find at the store? (I should say that if I'm out working or auditing, I have food/snacks with me...this is for those random days of running around or after work as it's getting closer to dinner time)

Any suggestions? Tips? Tricks?

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