Junk food makes me crave more unhealthy food; I swear there's something in there that's addictive for me. When I eat clean it's so supremely satisfying that I'm not led to overeat. Eating junk is just not worth it to me anymore. I had to learn that lesson many times before it finally took! LOL
Edited by: QUEEN-EYDIE at: 3/26/2014 (18:28)
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3/26/14 5:10 P
It usually does for me. I call it the "hamster wheel". Once I get on it, its difficult to get off.
If I eat sweets, then I'm hungry for the rest of the day.
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1,280 3/26/14 4:47 P
For me, it does. I'm better abstaining!
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3/26/14 4:17 P
No, I can't blame so called unhealthy foods as causing cravings, if healthy foods tasted as good as unhealthy, there would be no problem with too much eating. No expert ever comes up with the truth about unhealthy food tasting so much better, and that is why we enjoy them more, at least tell the truth. Don't blame advertising or restaurants don't list calorie counts on their menus, that's hogwash. Tasty is as tasty does.
3/26/14 1:29 P
To some extent I think it does for me. Once I've had something I want a lot of it, even if it's only for a couple of days. So I'll get a small amount of what I want and then be done with it. The other thing that works well for me is if I'm craving a homemade sweet I'll make them and keep a small amount for me and send the rest to work with my mom. She works in a collision shop and the guys there have the biggest sweet tooth I've ever seen. That way nothing goes to waste even when it's home made.
Not always sure about that, now I wonder if the cravings didn't start before that first bite and I just blame the food. All overeating starts with a thought, I just have to grab ahold of that thought before I give in.
It absolutely does, for me. In my case, I think the excessive carbs in most processed foods are the primary culprits. I've always been a "carb addict", and when I let myself set foot on that path, it's a struggle thereafter to stop.
The good part of switching to a more clean (real, whole foods) diet is that processed stuff begins to not taste like real food after a while. I wonder, "what the heck IS this stuff?" So it's easier to resist than it once was.
If you generally eat healthy, I don't think that one bag of chips is going to send you sprialing down the path of bad eating via cravings, but if you are already not eating healthy, maybe.
I recently gave up soda, it's been 2.5 weeks since I've had any. Previously, 1 soda would turn into 3 would turn into a bowl of icecream, etc, so who knows.
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3/25/14 10:15 A
I think it does for me.
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3/25/14 9:26 A
I find that if I'm eating a lot of sugar, then I feel compelled to overeat. If I stay away from sugar, then I only feel like eating when I am hungry. If I get it out of my system, then I can have a little treat now and then without setting off a binge, but I need to be careful.
it can take six weeks to change a single habit. and how we eat is made up of hundreds of habits. and part of those habits are what we do in certain situations. so if you're running late and hit the golden arches, that's a habit. just like how you go through the grocery store or any other store you frequent. odds are that there is a pattern and you have to actively break that pattern to able to switch. i mean, if you take your car into the shop, you likely try and sit in the same place. it could be because it's closer, it has better airflow, it's quieter, there is a table for your laptop in that place, whatever it is that you use to categorize the space, but when you go, you look for your best space and then work your way down the list if that isn't available. it's how people work, whether it's conscious or not. so in order to change the behavior, you have to basically convince yourself that there is another option. which is a lot of repetition. and it's not just your primary options habit, it's the alternative. i like martha stewart recipes, but i find that they're unnecessarily fussy and they take twice as long to make, especially when you're making them for the first time. i actually find a lot of recipes take double the time the first few times i make them. if you're a newer cook, or you're like me in that new recipes take you a while longer to make, that can make natural foods an even longer [read less ideal] option, especially when time is the big issue. so it's not just cravings, it's looking and seeing that you can be at the drive thru and eating in ten minutes versus being slaving in the kitchen for the next two hours and still having 30 minutes til you get food on the table. one thing that might really help you is planning to be short on time. taking the time today to look at the next few days and find things that you can do now that make eating better an easier option tomorrow. my mondays to wednesdays are pretty busy. so sunday i take stock of what's in my fridge. i tend to make a batch of some meal that i can eat as a quick reheat meal for the next three days. i tend to hard boil some eggs. if i have mushrooms or another vegetable that needs to be cooked, i'll cook it, but in a way that i can use it in different recipes. so for the mushrooms, if i sautee them in a little olive oil that means i could use them - to top pizza - fold them into an omelet - toss them in with pasta/rice and other veggies and some seasoning - use them in a sandwich and if you do that with rice or quinoa and other veggies, making dinner becomes tossing a few things together, seasoning and reheating instead of actually cooking everything right then. just like if you wash and store your lettuce all you need to do is tear it up and you have the base for a salad or an addition to a sandwich. washing lettuce takes about two minutes, but making a meal is two minutes faster if it's already done. it's teaching yourself those kinds of little shortcuts that make the drive thru option the longer option. so you have to plan to be busy and on the run. what can you do to good for you foods to fit that lifestyle. whole fruit is a pretty easy option. some people find mason jar salads [put the dressing in the bottom of the jar, then add chopped up hardy veggies like carrots that won't wilt in the dressing, then add things that will like lettuce and store in the fridge. when you're ready to eat you just just shake and eat] work for them. other people find using the prechopped, prewashed options at the grocery store worth their weight in gold. there are a number of fruit cups with the fruit in it's own juices. speaking of cups, cup of soups have come a long way. the dr macdougall's nile and health valley brands have things like chili, potato leek, lentil curry and black bean [the black bean has 13 g fiber in that cup] and all you need is water and a microwave. they might not be as good as cooking on your own, but they hold their own against the drive thru. making your own frozen dinners or muffins or burgers or sandwich pockets in advance really opens up your options when you need to grab and go. since you didn't say that your natural foods left you wanting a burger, i'd say that your "cravings" have a lot more to do with what you think is quicker when you get busy. if it was cravings you'd be mentioning how your salad wasn't enough you wanted funyuns. you're saying you're too busy, which is an entirely different thing. i'll also recommend mark bittman's kitchen express. they're all supposed to be able to be on the table in under 20 minutes.
Totally understand, and you are not alone. I do think processed foods, ESP high in sugar, salt and fat create a cycle of wanting more! I have to disconnect and try to eliminate them and I do see a difference in not having cravings. I even try not to taste as it can set off the need to have more...better not to taste it to begin with, ya know? Good Luck! Hugs!
When I get cravings I lose self-control and sometimes eat unhealthy
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2,545 3/24/14 11:27 P
I find that when I eat foods with a low nutritional value that I am hungry sooner and have a harder time making healthy choices.
If I eat a high carb breakfast, I need a nap and wake up starving. And I want more carbs. If I eat my usual high protein breakfast I don't need to nap and I find it easier to eat healthier for the rest of the day.
I find that if I can avoid the first bad choice its easier to turn down other poor choices.
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3/24/14 5:53 P
You can ask 10 different people that question and you'll get 10 different answers. For me, if I eat high carb junk food, I'll process it pretty quickly for the amount of calories that the food has. If I eat something with a lot of protein and good fats that has the same amount of calories, I'll stay fuller much longer. The trick is to plan and have go-to healthy snacks that you can take with you anywhere. One of my favorites is cheese sticks.
3/24/14 5:50 P
It does for me.
Carbs from processed foods can trigger almost a binge type thing - where all I want is more of the processed carbs. Once I figured that out, and learned to avoid them...losing weight has been a lot easier for me.
It also helps me to not have them in the house. Not there, can't eat them. Ever. Keep your house full of wholesome, easy to grab snacks (apples, oranges, carrots and hummus, string cheese, etc.)
Being on the run is different - but there are strategies you can employ. Keep snacks in your glove box (nuts, jerky, power bars, etc.) to eat until you get home.
Batch cook a meal every weekend, and portion and freeze. Too busy to cook? Whip one out and pop it in the microwave.
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22,077 3/24/14 5:44 P
I absolutely believe that eating processed unhealthy food does cause cravings for more of same.
I don't believe the occasional bad choice causes cravings or a binge, however bad eating habits Do.
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3/24/14 5:29 P
I was wandering if eating too many unhealthy/processed foods cause me to have cravings and food addiction is why it's hard for me to break the habits. I am trying to eat natural foods but then if I am on the run or busy I eat processed foods because they are quicker.
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