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EXOTEC
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9/5/13 9:19 A

No... although I won't say I'm not tempted in that direction.

I get carried away with all the things I *could* do with my grocery loot! But I can't eat the volume I used to be able to put away, back in the day. I'm overwhelmed now with all the options, and know I absolutely cannot even have one taste of everything before I'm painfully full. So no, I don't have to fight a crave. That comes in the grocery, when I'm trying to limit what I put in the cart! LOL

Once home, I pick a few totally disconnected things and have a bite or two... but it's nothing like a "meal." Honestly, a great spread of options sort of puts me OFF eating these days. Buffets really put the kibosh on overeating.



FIRECOM
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8/31/13 11:53 P

not really. I make a list and I stick to it, otherwise I would go crazy, especially if I am shopping when hungry.



PATTIJOHNSON
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8/31/13 11:50 P

I freeze and preserve food and I also keep lots of food on hand so that I don't have far to go if I decide to make something. My appetite is no bigger trying to lose weight, maybe because I'm use to having lots of food around. The bad part -- I always have ingredients to make stuff like cookies and cakes. In the long run, when I think about making the stuff I shouldn't eat, mainly baked goods, I usually bow out because of the work involved. I do not keep ready foods around my house though -- by that I mean, TV dinners, boxes of cookies or chips, etc. All the food I keep is healthy in any manner...it just needs put together. Excellent thread!



DEANNA0725
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8/31/13 9:08 A

It makes a difference for me if I bring my teenage son. I normally try really hard not to hit the middle aisle since that is where all the bad for you food really is.



SUNSET09
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8/31/13 8:45 A

emoticon as I'm more liekly to test a litle of the foods I normally eat as fish and fowl are my only meat selections.



EMPRESSAMQ
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8/31/13 8:12 A

Yes, it does and I am also a person who wants to sample all the groceries when I bring them home lol. I always have to work fast to put everything in individual portions and behind cupboard or fridge doors right away so my brain doesn't think it is a feast day.



ALBERTJON
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8/31/13 8:08 A

SHERYLDS: I pretty much feel the same way as you. When I come home from buying a lot of groceries, I definitely seem to want to eat more.



BERRY4
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8/31/13 2:15 A

It's more that having "junk" around for the rest of the family causes me to feel deprived and stumble more easily than I'd like.



EOWYN2424
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8/31/13 2:12 A

I tend to avoid the potato chip aisle becoz when I'm there I would go crazy and want all the flavors. But when I do buy chips I then to limit myself to just 1 pack at time. And I don't dare buy the jumbo sized bags unless they come in single serving packs. Because if I do open a jumbo sized bag, no matter how big it is, I will tend to keep munching until it's gone!

I also make sure to real the labels and buy the lower sodium varieties.



MAGWINA
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8/31/13 2:06 A

not really



JANIEWWJD
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8/30/13 11:35 P

sometimes



ETHELMERZ
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8/30/13 10:03 P

Interesting point, when some of us have a kitchen full of healthy foods, of course we don't want a lot of it, because it is not as interesting as the not so healthy foods.........I used to keep hard boiled eggs around extra, so I could have one in between when hungry, didn't do it often though. My way of getting around the let down, is to have Skinny Cow frozen bars in the freezer at all times, so I have something good that won't mess me up, but still feel more satisfaction.



EWL978
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8/30/13 2:41 P

no



LADYCJM
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8/30/13 1:51 P

Interesting.
I used to want to eat everything I bought when I shopped when I bought a bunch of high sugar highly processed foods. Now I've changed how I shop ( after a meal, from a list) and what I buy ( fresh, minimally processed) like you all have, so I don't really get the urge to over indulge.

But, at work, we have a lot of potlucks and food related events. At least once a month a potluck, a birthday cake at our monthly staff meetings and then a Night Out where we share appetizers.
At least once a week someone brings in a treat to share.

I've noticed at the potlucks that I have to be really careful. There is a large variety of food and I want to try everything. Even a spoonful of everything adds up to lots of extra calories.

Some meetings there a up to 3 cakes as they order the birthday persons favorite. I can pass if they have whipped cream frosting. Butter cream makes it harder, lol!

The Night Out is actually easier as I make that meal. 1 drink in a diet base and a small plate of appetizers make dinner.

The birthday cakes





JULIA1154
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8/30/13 1:17 P

I know it does affect me - I'm more likely to want to try some of everything once I get the groceries put away. I do really work to limit the processed foods, however, and figure an extra 1/2 cup of blueberries (or whatever) isn't going to kill me, so I just try to be aware of that tendency and keep too busy to enjoy the bounty until my next meal.

Someone mentioned the food ads on SP setting them off - I personally hate those ads. To me, it's no different than advertising liquor on an AA support board, and I wish SP would pull the ads.



07SOJO
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8/30/13 10:24 A

The power of suggestion. I heard on the radio the other day that some gyms are going to start having these TV's put in that when they are advertising pizza, you will actually be able to smell the pizza! That's terrible! I mean, I like pizza a lot, but don't show that to me when I'm working out because then I will just want to go out and eat it. I'm sure that's the point for the pizza makers.



BLUENOSE63
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8/30/13 7:07 A

I love unpacking the shopping bags to see what DH has bought but we eat like you....no processed food except for the chocolate covered almonds....my guilty pleasure.



KKKAREN
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8/29/13 3:23 P

Oh yes, on food shopping days I tend to want to eat a little of everything. All the fruit looks so good.



OBIESMOM2
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8/29/13 10:42 A

could be that everything looks so fresh and tasty. Or if the cupboards were bare for a few days, the influx is tempting.

it doesn't take much to set off my cravings - a song (thanks, Jimmy Buffett. Not only to I crave cheeseburgers, but I now have a great love for munster cheese!), or a book (I have to limit reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books), or a movie (ever try watching Chocolat without going into a chocolate binge?), or even a Spark ad!

and some days nothing phases me. Unfortunately the craving days way outnumber the 'meh' days.
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Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 8/29/2013 (10:43)


SHERYLDS
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8/29/13 9:59 A

When you have a big selection of food in your kitchen (even healthy stuff)
Does it affect your appetite?

People sometimes say...they craved something (when hungry) but didn't eat it ...and ended up eating a lot of other stuff instead. So if what they really want is there...does it satisfy them and limit their cravings?

Sometimes people get a craving just by the suggestion that something they like is available. Sort of like the Pavlov response....ding ding ding.

I go back and forth....
I shop extremely healthy...(almost no processed stuff at all).
On the days I do my shopping, I feel like a kid in a candy store when I get home.
I'm not sure why.


Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 8/30/2013 (13:57)


 
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