I don't believe in labeling foods as "bad" in general. However, for me personally, there are certain foods that are bad and I'm making a conscious effort to avoid them. They're my trigger foods, which is what makes them bad because they're not healthy choices and I tend to eat them in excess. Currently my bad food is potato chips, so for the past 11 days I've ignored the bag in the cabinet. If I try to eat one serving with a sandwich it'll trigger a binge so it's best I don't even go there. LOL Since there's no nutritional value whatsoever in a bag of greasy potato chips I don't feel like I'm depriving myself. I consider it quitting a bad habit. I've been tracking and eating mostly healthy foods (lots of fruits, dairy & protein and not too many processed foods) since I started tracking 11 days ago. After 4 or 5 days the cravings got bad and I wanted to chew my arm off but I stuck it out. After about a week I started noticing a difference in how I feel. I no longer have that sluggish feeling in the afternoon. I've cut way back on my coffee consumption without even realizing it (from 2-3 cups throughout the day to just one first thing in the morning). Candy doesn't tempt me at all. It's chips and ice cream that are my weakness. Right now my freezer is full of ice cream because our local grocery store had a great sale (my skinny kids eat it). I've reminded myself several times that if I indulge in just a little it may trigger a binge so, again, I have to stay away until I'm strong enough to only have a single serving. Luckily I'm not really dealing with cravings right now. I think it's because I've balanced out my meals to keep my blood sugar level.
Edited by: JUDY1260 at: 7/22/2013 (10:02)
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7/22/13 9:50 A
I don't buy things like say; a tub of ice cream. If I want an ice cream, we (myself and family) make a special trip out of it. We take a nice walk somewhere and get ice cream from a parlour after. So it's a special treat.
I rarely buy chocolate bars but if I've been in the mood to have a Reese's peanut butter cup I don't see an issue with planning a walk to the grocery store to buy one and fitting it in my cal range.
I wouldn't say I really *crave* these things any more... it's just sometimes I'm in the mood for a special treat not in my regular diet.
I don't keep cookies, cakes, pies, candy, chocolate, chips etc. in my house. I don't buy them in my regular grocery trips. If I had these things regularly, even if it was just a portion at a time, it would quickly snowball into cravings for sweets and lead to me overeating them. If I feel like a treat, then I plan a special trip to get it and like you, just buy a portion size. When I just have them once in awhile it doesn't manifest into cravings.
I have never been able to control myself around certain chips. Kettle brand Spicy Thai is my ultimate favourite and every time I go to the US I buy a couple bags. They don't last long. Thank god they don't sell them in Canada anymore! No temptation. For the most part I just don't buy chips at all although my husband loves them and they are in the house constantly. I just tell myself, "Those are his chips. I don't eat them."
I believe willpower is a muscle and the more you use it the stronger it becomes.
Sometimes before my TOM my willpower is weaker and I just accept that. Chocolate brownies, cookies or a cake is nice sometimes so I'll bake something when I really want some. I'm good most of the time so that's okay.
Good luck :)
Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 7/22/2013 (10:43)
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1,216 7/22/13 8:29 A
I definitely also try to find a good substitute, but sometimes I just need to eat whatever I am craving. It helps to not keep the trigger foods in the house so I don't see them, hear them, whatnot lol
7/21/13 5:03 P
In my mind, cravings are the way my body communicates a need to me. If I am craving a sweet thing, then my body probably needs carbs. A banana for a snack clears that right up. If I want something gooey, then my body probably wants fats. So, I eat an avocado. If I crave chocolate, then I eat chocolate, because there's no real substitute for it. I make sure it's high quality, organic, fair trade, dark chocolate...and just one square. (Again you have to have that self-control ability in place, or one square becomes two.) Chocolate has health benefits by the way. It helps with all sorts of things. So, there's no guilt attached to it...as long as I don't waste my time on crappy chocolate, filled with GMOs, and the people who grow it are paid a fair wage (much of the chocolate we eat here in the States is produced by people who are treated very badly).
There's nothing wrong with cravings, by the way. They aren't evil. As I said, they are your body communicating a need.
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7/21/13 4:43 P
I can portion out a few pieces of candy and stop with those are gone. For instance 22 pieces of the new Twizzlers Bites strawberry filled fruity twists equal one serving which is 140 calories. I can put out 4 or 5 pieces and eat them one at a time enjoying each little bite for about 35 or 40 calories. I can do this with dark chocolate squares also, however it's harder for me to do with a whole bag of potato chips or a bag of cookies. I want the candy to last for more than one day, in fact, I want it to last until I go the store to buy more for the next week. My solution is to not have chips or cookies readily available, otherwise I eat them. Instead I buy one cookie and enjoy it as a treat when it fits into my calorie allotment for the day.
I have substituted Baked Tostitoes Scoops for my chips because I don't like them as well as potato chips. I can make them last for over a week as well, so sometimes substitution works. I can use self discipline some of the time, but not all of the time with all things. Out of sight, out of mind works for me sometimes, but a true craving might need to be satisfied to quell the craving. Otherwise I might eat all kinds of things to satisfy my sweet tooth to no avail if what I really want is a piece of dark chocolate. Parceling out chips doesn't usually work for me, although sometimes if I am mindful I can stop with two portions and leave the other measured out bags of chips alone. How do YOU deal with cravings?
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