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DIVAFORLIFEJB
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4/4/13 9:03 P

Don't beat yourself up tomorrow is another day. Compensate by making it a better day eat an additional serving of fruit or vegetables .



MJLUVSANIMALS
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4/4/13 4:23 P

This is where strength comes in. Weigh the factors. I can look at a sweet today and avoid it completely. I used to put away a cake, not a piece, A CAKE at one time in my life. I guess I decided healthy is better. Again it is a choice, and a lifestyle change. It's up to the individual in the end. I was reading that some Spark friends lost family to illness's early in their lives. They have just decided they don't want to go that route and to stay alive to watch their children and children's children grow up. I have been at several functions where I did not partake in the food I know was bad for me, including wedding cake (one of my past favorites) And I actually didn't crave any of it. They had fruits and veges for us. Yeah, life is over when you have to give up the sweets or live. And don't forget our commercials they mesmerize us with, and taunt us with their fries. Ha! I had a friend that was a photographer for food commercials and you wouldn't believe what he did to doctor up the food to get it ready for the shoot. Next time someone goes out for a Burger King burger, compare it to the commercial, it's wimpy compared to the one fixed up, twice as small and limp.



KPLOUNGE
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4/4/13 4:00 P

OK NIRERIN. You got it going on. THANKS!!!



KPLOUNGE
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4/4/13 3:42 P

OK! All the avoid it guys, keep it real.We are all going to come across sweets; we can't control the world. If we don't bring it in, someone else will. That is why we requested help with our sweet tooth cravings!

I started to log out until I got to MIZZKINS who offered encouragement and hope.

I'm glad I didn't because thanks to AA3405, SPKRAUSE, AIREEULL, CHRISTIEMCELWEE, KDYLOSE, LOISY3, STDWYNWDN, TURTLESDOVE, and MELJONES3478 I have some practical things I can see work for ME!

Also LYNDADOERKSEN, what message were you referring to?



JCWMILLS
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4/4/13 10:41 A

I just had a cookie. Actually 3 cookies. I've been good for about a month, but I couldn't take it this morning. HELP.



MJLUVSANIMALS
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4/3/13 4:59 P

I will not give in to junk food, I value my life more than that. Junk food and poor eating habits are what got us here in the first place. I did that too, after a Weight Watchers meeting way back when, I went out and celebrated my 3 lb loss, by hitting the nearest doughnut shop and pigging out. Duh, did I just defeat the purpose of trying to lose weight, by giving in to rewarding myself with sugar? And it never failed, I went on a binge and didn't stop eating the junk, and didn't lose anything at the next meeting or gained. It was a vicious circle.

I have learned since then, that those bad foods are not in my life anymore, not even a smidgeon. I have often thought like most that small amounts can't hurt you. Oh yes they can, it's whats in those small amounts can hurt you. If it's sugar or bad carbs, it's all processed as such. I have to live with this lifestyle, I had a choice. An early death, or healthy life. That's the facts.

We can all enjoy the benefits of rich foods, sugar laden products, ungodly additives to our food and we will, it is a choice. I choose life.

Just to add, when I was doing the point system, and had 20 or so points a day, I thought
hey I can have 4 snickers bars, and stay within my points! lol how healthy is that? That's
the way I used to think. It took a long time, but after lots of reading listening, and watching videos on getting healthy, I don't think that way anymore.

Edited by: MJLUVSANIMALS at: 4/3/2013 (17:02)


157MXB89
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4/3/13 4:39 P

I do not keep any junk food in my apartment because it all be gone in one day. Fridays are my cheat days where I'll purchase single serving of ice cream, chips, and brownies to have a junk food dinner. Even though Friday is my cheat day, I do not go over calories. Last Friday I had half an avocado with a shredded radish for breakfast then for lunch I had pumpkin soup. For dinner I had an ice cream sandwich, a single serving of bbq chips, and a slice of pizza.



CENOLA
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4/3/13 2:43 P

honestly the energy nut mix from planters helps me a lot. when i feel like eating something bad, i just grab a handful of nuts and eat some fruit and drink a tea. and i feel so proud when i didnt give in. After a while you forget how junkfood tastes and even get grossed out. (i know what I am talking about, I am a Vagetarian ;)



ASHAIXIM
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4/3/13 9:59 A

The fat and protein thing does work for me (I know not everyone has that result). Also, I found out I'm allergic to a bunch of food so I'm pretty much not able to eat any junk food unless I want to feel horrible for the next 4 days.



FITGIRLC
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4/3/13 9:07 A

I enlisted the help of my husband. He quit smoking and i quit junk food. Whenever i struggle i make a comment to him and he'll call me on it and ask if i want him to have a smoke. It helps get me thru the cravings. The buddy system is a great solution for me!



FITGIRLC
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4/3/13 9:06 A

I enlisted the help of my husband. He quit smoking and i quit junk food. Whenever i struggle i make a comment to him and he'll call me on it and ask if i want him to have a smoke. It helps get me thru the cravings. The buddy system is a great solution for me!



DEVINSHIRE1
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4/3/13 8:09 A

I've been struggling with this, too. My biggest downfall is feeling like I "deserve" big splurges just because I work out a lot! The result of that is that after slowly and steadily losing 20lbs since Jan 1, I've been gaining and losing the same two pounds for the better part of a month now!!!!

My best trick to fend off eating bad foods is to have good ones all prepared and ready to go. I slice up veg ahead of time or prepare lentils to reheat with a little dollop of lowfat yogurt on top. I haaaaate to waste food, so by fixing this stuff in advance, I make sure I eat the good stuff "so it doesn't go bad."



BGREGORY5
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4/2/13 11:08 P

There are studies that suggest that caffeine intake can cause sugar cravings. I know it does with me. I'm never hungry in the morning while I'm drinking my coffee but by early-mid afternoon I'm searching for left over donuts. Its usually the caffeine crash that causes me to crave.



BRITTTURTLE
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4/2/13 2:12 P

The best way is to make sure to keep it out of the house! However, I totally understand the desire, especially for the sweet stuff. Sugar actually depletes nutrients in the body triggering our hunger reflex to get nutrients. Unfortunately because sugar gives our endorphins a hit of the good stuff, we naturally want more sugar, which creates a long cycle. Try to cut sugar out for one week and see how much better you feel!



BLINGQUEEN:O)
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4/2/13 2:09 P

For me, there are just some food groups (junk food) that I have to completely eliminate. I would rather do without right now, than try to "get control of" any food that leads me endless, mindless cowing out. emoticon



LWADE1963
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4/2/13 1:33 P

I started running again. I am very slow but I know eating right makes a difference in my run



PROUD__MOMMA
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4/2/13 1:05 P

I'm guilty of this sometimes too. I find the only way to change these habits for me is to bring my lunch everyday to work and eat a GOOD, healthy breakfast with lots of protein. If your body is not getting the nutrients that it needs, it will start craving bad stuff especially if you've been eating it for the past 6 months.

I have been there, done that many times! I just started SP yesterday & the one thing I LOVE about it is the meal plans. I haven't been hungry all day! Good luck girlie, you can do it. Mind over matter. Start eating the right foods and your body won't crave the bad. (But you know this, because you've done it before and lost 78lbs!)



IMPERIODEE
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4/1/13 9:01 P

keep it out of sight! avoid the chips and snacks aisles in the supermarket!


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SHE-LION
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4/1/13 6:05 P

I keep crunchy things around .. like 94% popcorn, baby carrots, and Mini Wheats .. This helps me out a lot since I'm in the section I am overcoming grazying ... emoticon



APPLEPIEDREAMS
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4/1/13 3:53 P

Thanks for all the great ideas. I am going to eat fruit right after dinner this week to see if it helps eliminate sugar cravings later on.



MIZZKINS
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4/1/13 2:50 P

Lynda - I'm in a similar situation as you, turning 48 soon, gained a lot in my 40's etc... and here's what's working for me...

goal #1 - be happy now. its hard work but it gets easier

goal #2 - just deal with this one day. imagine going to bed with a successful day behind you. just one day. think about it every time you might blow it. the days start to add up!

Eat enough protein! It helps stave off hunger. In the beginning I ate a lot of tofu because it was low cal and filled me up, plus it had a lot of protein!

Have fun! If you're miserable it won't last, but if you have fun you'll be hooked for life.





CRUCIANTRAVEL
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4/1/13 12:47 P

ANELAKANOA, thanks for bring up this topic. Like you I'm starting over again and the junk food cravings are terrible. Unlike you, I don't have much success to look back upon. Eating right has always been a struggle and I admit that I feel like I need to learn how to eat all over again - like a baby! Don't give up. Thanks for all the great ideas from the various posters.



MJLUVSANIMALS
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4/1/13 7:45 A

Having a "little" always seems to bring on a non-stop binge for me. I would rather just not have it at all.
Easter dinner was grilled salmon, and tossed salad for me, with my own dressing that I had brought for the occasion. I didn't eat or dabble in any of the other sides. I figure my health is more important than eating what I know is not good for me. I felt that I did well, in keeping to what I know is healthy eating. Actually I didn't crave any of the other types of food.
I just had 2 choices "diabetes" or "health" I choose health. emoticon



CHRISTINASP
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4/1/13 7:39 A

If you can manage to not have junkfood, or only very small amounts of it, for a week you will be free of those cravings.



LYNDADOERKSEN
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4/1/13 5:49 A

Wow! Your message had lots of hints and ideas that sounded good to me. I am in a very low moment of my life as far as my weight is concerned. Even my 'go to fat clothes' are tight and not hanging right!! I was devastated when I tried on my Easter dress and it was too tight! I looked dumpy and out of proportion. I can't seem to get a handle on my cravings! I am turning 48 in a month and am 40 pounds overweight! I didn't start gaining until I turned 40! I am hungry all day and lay awake at night and beat myself up about the way I ate. I am overtired from not sleeping and therefore crave carbs for energy and comfort. I am miserable and am not using my gifts because of shame and embarrassment. (I am a professional singer and have been avoiding the stage because of my weight) I know I must plan ahead...not easy for an 'artsy fartsy' like me. Thank you for the good ideas and hints in this note. I will continue to check in for inspiration and encouragement!



MJLUVSANIMALS
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3/31/13 1:48 P

I have this awful image of Junk food, being a big ugly container of fries, with warts and green things growing on it, eyes full of red veins and very puffy and droopy, drooling this slime on you when you partake. It grosses me out to let the goodies getcha!


* Watch for the ticker to change on June 20th

Edited by: MJLUVSANIMALS at: 3/31/2013 (13:50)


VLRPRKS
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3/31/13 1:20 P

@ STDWYNWEN I love it, LOL! Especially tip number three! Although I did have a sausage mcmuffin this morning. I'll keep these in mind to get thru. emoticon

Edited by: VLRPRKS at: 3/31/2013 (13:25)


SPKRAUSE
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3/31/13 12:22 P

As JENNILACEY said, don't buy the stuff, don't keep it in your pantry or fridge. That's the 'tough love' / 'cold turkey' approach, and for *some* things, it's what we practice.

Example: milk chocolate, cheap milk chocolate (easter candies, V-day candies ... Halloween) ... they're mostly sugar, and once we start eating them, it's hard to stop. Hard to portion control. If they're in the house, they'll get eaten. The only solution: plan ahead for a 'splurge'; or refuse to keep them around.

Counter example: good dark chocolate. We prefer it. And we're satisfied with a piece or two. It doesn't start up our cravings that lead us to more and more. We can keep a bag of it in the cupboard and take out one a day.

Anyway, that's for specific foods.

As a general eating strategy, what works for me? (1) A big-ish breakfast that's protein-heavy with eggs and the like. (2) Lunch and dinner may have complex carbs, like a potato or pasta, but more generally a beans-and-rice variant. (3) Lunch and dinner will also be high-ish fiber. (4) I eat several snacks per day that are generally made up of portioned amounts of seeds, nuts, and/or dried food.

I find 'good' food satisfying in terms of taste/flavor, my body finds it nutritionally satisfying, and I end up finding it emotionally satisfying in terms of the process of eating it and how I feel after eating it. The joy of junk food seems to be more in (a) the anticipation and perhaps (b) as it hits the tongue ... but shortly thereafter? Emptiness. I only ever wake up hungry in the morning -- regardless of how many calories I ate the day before -- if I ate too much junk food, generally sugary, the day before.

But we give ourselves days -- say, once a week, or especially at least once a month -- when we can have a cheesy frozen pizza and chocolate and sit around watching bad movies. So we do indulge our cravings, a bit.



JBARBER16
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3/31/13 12:06 P

Thanks guys!! Some really got things to ponder!! (Especially prep and pre checking the calories) emoticon



AA3405
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3/31/13 11:56 A

I don't mind substituting desserts or other carbs with less harmful versions. I am able to control my portions. I love skinny cow ice cream novelties, orowheat thin rounds, genisoy crisps, and smart ones breakfast sandwiches as a few examples. These are close enough to the real versions that I don't feel deprived.



AIREEULL
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3/30/13 7:01 P

if i am really craving something i track it first. seeing it on the tracker usually makes me rethink my choice and i end up not eating it. i used to be a junk food addict but i have found ways to get around that. if i am really wanting some chips i slice up a potato really thin and microwave it until crunchy. if i am craving chocolate i have dark chocolate yogurt raisins. you can satisfy your cravings without ruining your whole day.



CIRANDELLA
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3/30/13 6:21 P

Diet soda used to be a real staple for us around here, but no more. It's been ages since we bought it. We've gotten used to drinking other things.



ILOVEFOOD590
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3/30/13 12:13 P

I love the idea of making soda.



KDYLOSE
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3/30/13 11:53 A

I think the two main points have been covered: try to avoid having junk food sitting around to tempt you, and don't set yourself up for temptation by being too hungry.

I find lunch to be my hungriest time of the day, so I eat 4 ounces of protein for breakfast and have a midmorning snack with protein or fat - a handful of almonds, two WW cheese sticks, something like that.

And just say no to soda. It's bad for you in so many ways. I make my own healthy carbonated drinks with club soda, lime juice and a dash of stevia.

Edited by: KDYLOSE at: 3/30/2013 (11:54)


CHRISTIEMCELWEE
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3/30/13 10:34 A

For me I have had to learn to find Healthy options. I spend 1 day prepping things and entering the calories/fats ect into spark for tracking as well as making snack size portions so there is no thinking involved. I have found some really good healthy things like oven roasted Edamme, Brussels sprout chips, Kale crisps and air popped popcorn with shake on cheese flavor and spray butter. Water increase has helped me also but there are times I just am so "sweet/junk" driven. For those times I have discovered the greek yogurt will help and I try that early in the day or even making a protein smoothie with protein powder and ice and water (or decaf coffee) if it is later and they even have fruit flavors with very low to no sugar and still taste great. It curbs the sweet craving and is still a healthy choice. Sometimes you just have to give in for a little bit of it otherwise if you ignore it you will set yourself up for a gorge session



LOISY3
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3/29/13 7:56 P

I can feel you. I have experienced the same kind of set back. When I realized that I had gained back the pounds after working so hard, I began to look at the principle of honesty. I had to begin to be honest about what I was eating, why I was eating and when I was eating. When I looked back, I was "grazing" all day long and eating my three meals, too. I removed all the food from my cabinet and refrigerator that kept calling my name when I became anxious or tired. The food that "talked" wasn't good food. Now when I look into the refrigerator, I only see the food that is good for me--plenty of fruits and vegetables. I fix two large salads while I am preparing breakfast; one for the day and one for the next. Just chewing all that salad for lunch, takes time and fills me up. The cravings have not gone completely, but when I do get a craving, I eat a piece of fruit.

Edited by: LOISY3 at: 3/29/2013 (19:57)


HENRYNOLAN
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3/29/13 6:34 P

i find its the delicate balance of having a taste of it sometimes, when i can control portions, or avoiding completely when i'm at risk to go bananas and eat too much



MJLUVSANIMALS
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3/29/13 5:10 P

Fruits seem to take the cravings for sweets away. And believe me I am a sweets nut! Summer fruits are my favorite, watermelon, peaches, grapes.



TURTLESDOVE
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3/29/13 3:31 P

what works for me is this: I make 80% of my diet healthy, i.e., unprocessed junk food, for overall health and the filling full factor, and splurge on the other 20% on whatever it is I am hungry for, i.e chips, etc. All while not going over my calorie limit for the day. I could never go the rest of my life without goodies. I would rather cut off my foot.



STDWYNWEN
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3/29/13 3:25 P

Hi ANELAKANOA

Here are the things which helped me.

1) Instead of hitting the golden arches on a daily basis; I started making my hamburgers and fries at home. This way, I got the taste I crave on my terms.
2) I made myself believe I was important enough to do whatever effort was needed to make changes. (Sometimes you just have to make a determined effort.)
3) I convinced myself I would not perish (or even get the vapors) if I didn't have a sausage mcmuffin with egg every morning.
4) I kept telling myself these companies were not interested in my health but I certainly was.

Remember, none of this stuff is going anywhere. It will be there today, tomorrow even 10-20 years from now. If I really wanted it I could have it.

This really comes down to changing your mindset. It's going to be tough in the beginning, but you have to give yourself the chance to change. Who knows, one day you might get to the point where you can drive by a fast food joint and not have the least inclination to stop.



MELJONES3478
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3/29/13 3:24 P

It is difficult to change your eating habits but it is so worth it (as you know because you have been through this before). I pack my lunch every day. I know what I am having for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks...etc. I still stop by the fast food restaurants and pick up lunch on my way back to work sometimes, but it is ALWAYS a salad to go with the chicken, tuna, soup, etc. that I have packed for lunch. The key is to be prepared. If you are not prepared then it is easy to "fall off the wagon" and order a cheeseburger instead of a salad. Good luck & I hope you meet your goals!



ABUFFKIN
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3/29/13 2:42 P

This happens to be my real struggle right now, too. I don't buy the bad stuff for home, but my sister does so sometimes it is right in my face and it is so hard to say no. I just have to keep my goals right in front of me and tell myself that it is not worth the guilt or the extra work I will have to do if I eat that bad stuff.

Best of luck, you can do it!!! emoticon



BENETT4890
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3/29/13 10:28 A

I think it definitely helps not to have it in your house, but sometimes when you're out it can be difficult to resist. I've found that it helps if when I want junk I stop and say to myself "Is it worth it?" Most of the time I say no and put it down, however, sometimes I say yes and I think that's okay, too. It's really hard to go "cold turkey" and makes you want it even more. The less you eat it the less you crave it. I rarely crave the junk food anymore I just have trouble when it's put in front of me.



ILOVEFOOD590
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3/29/13 10:22 A

I hear, and have tried, that protein helps with those cravings. Well, for me, it doesn't work! I have eaten protein and all it does is make me want what I am craving even more. I have learned that if I want something eating it is better than suffering over not eating it. So, I have what I want, when I want in moderation (not eating the whole container of icecream) and it helps me and the craving goes away.

For me, the lifestyle change is not about eliminating what I love. It is more of a time to size down the quantity. I couldn't go a whole lifetime without pizza, pecan sandies, ice cream, peanut butter... that's just me :)



SIMONEKP
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3/29/13 9:51 A

pack your food for the day and eat more protein, it keeps you fuller longer



CHEETARA79
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3/29/13 8:36 A

Before you put one morsel of junk in your mouth, eat your planned healthy food first. If you are full on veg, fruit, protein, healthy fats and whole grains, you will have a lot less room for junk.



NIRERIN
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3/29/13 8:19 A

if you have gained 30lbs in 6 months, you're looking at eating 577 calories more than you burn on average. so you need to figure out a way to cut out those 600 cals that you're eating.
"good all day" sometimes translates to undereating, which primes you to overeat whatever is nearby. try bulking up your meals before then and see if that helps.
if lunch is your tipping point, having a better breakfast could be an option. another option might be to move up your lunch. so if you're starting to cave at noon, try eating your lunch at 11:15 or 11:30. this way you're hitting full just as your snack habit comes on. if you can't move your lunch around, try planning a substantial snack with something you find filling, again at that half an hour or so before you're getting snacky. and when i am saying snack, i am talking about something that has protein, fat, fiber and carbs and a chance of actually filling you up some.
what are you getting at the fast food joints? if you're getting the deluxe megaburger, cut back to a plain burger or cheeseburger. get a kid's soda, not a large. heck, get a kid's meal instead of an adult value meal, it'll be much closer to an actual portion size of food. in general, go to the website, track out what you usually get to find out how many calories you're getting at a go. then start playing around with the other options you could get there and find something that looks good and has fewer calories.
bulk cook some of your favorite meals from when you were losing to keep on hand or in the freezer. having something available can make fast food a less appealing option.
if you're keeping sweets around, try to buy them in the smallest quantities and in the smallest packs. fun size can run you an ounce while the king size might be four or five. take a few out and freeze the rest, but where ever you put the rest, make it an inconvenient place. behind all your canned goods, in that weird little cupboard over the fridge or the oven, someplace like that where out of sight can equal out of mind. it's much better than having them someplace you look often. i think i put my candy in a lunchbox under my liquor cabinet the last time [it also helps to move it time to time]. it's not that i didn't eat the candy, but having it more out of the way i was inclined to skip it more often. and the easiest thing is to keep it out of the house altogether.
i try and keep my carbs to over 50% of my calories. but one of the keys to choosing carbs is going for the things like vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grains, you know that stuff that has fiber and vitamins and minerals. yes, i get some of the junkier stuff in there too. but one of the ways i originally reduced it was to pair it with the better kind. like nachos. i will happily eat cheese on chips. but i decided that if i was going to eat better i needed to have something more. so i'd add either carrots dipped in hot sauce or i'd make a full version of nachos [chips, bean based chili, guacamole or avocado, lettuce, salsa, little bit of cheese] so that it was actually substantial. i love mashed potatoes, and i try to mash them with dark leafy greens [kale, chard, mustard greens, collards] when i can. i can have the cupcake or the cookie, but i need to eat a basic green salad first. pairing things together means i get something that is good for me in and i reduce the amount of junkier stuff i eat. and yes, i had to start with doing a bite of one, a bite of two, bite of one, bite of two. but as time wore on i gradually started to eat more of the thing that was better for me and less of the junk.
with the soda, try buying the 100 cal cans, not a larger volume container. it makes it a little more inconvenient to drink larger quantities, both on actually having to go get and open multiple cans and on your wallet [those little 6 packs are a lot more expensive than a 2 liter].
if you want chips, make them. buy tortillas instead of tortilla chips. thinly slice root veggies, toss them lightly in oil and with spiced, and bake until crispy.



CALLMECARRIE
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3/29/13 7:51 A

I think it helps to make sure you eat a good breakfast. Make sure you're taking in at least some protein and fat with your breakfast, along with complex carbs that burn slowly and provide you with energy. It's easier to handle lunch if you aren't crazy hungry by the time you get there. And I agree with Jennilacey, get the junk out of sight as much as possible. My husband bought a big can of really good quality salted peanuts at Costco. I had to ask him to hide them. (Not that peanuts are junk food, but the calories add up quickly). There are some foods that are just almost impossible to resist once you start.

After you do that -- eat a good breakfast and hide then junk -- just plain old willpower has to kick in. Tell yourself NO and mean it. Sometimes it works for me. Also -- log on to Spark and talk to other people like you did here. We're here to support you.



JENNILACEY
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3/29/13 7:33 A

I just stopped buying the stuff. Out of sight, out of mind. I wanted to lose weight really bad and I knew certain foods would sabotage my efforts. If I ate even one bite, I would open up the flood gates. So I didn't dare. I went to the grocery store on a full stomach. I never really frequented fast food joints.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/29/2013 (07:33)


ANELAKANOA
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3/29/13 6:23 A

I have gained 30 pounds back from my all time low. During the 6 months I've gained that weight I was hitting up fast food, eating sweets, lots of carbs and drinking soda. Everyday is a struggle to get back on track! How do you all do it when starting out (since I am again)??? I will be doing good almost all day and then lunch hits and I'm really wanting a soda or a bad of chips. HELP! Thanks!



 
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