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KEEPFIT2013 Posts: 730
1/16/13 1:29 P

My cravings vary..sometimes sweet, sometimes salty but always 'crunchy'. I try to make sure I have lots of crunchy options including nuts, seeds, rice cakes, carrots and apples on hand. emoticon

MALA77 SparkPoints: (8,357)
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1/16/13 12:43 P

that's a good idea, soups are good.

DOVE52 SparkPoints: (90,319)
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1/16/13 12:38 P

I am trying a new soup to help with the cravings ..if I am full no problems

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/16/13 12:37 P

The more vegetables and fruits and minimally processed foods I eat, the less cravings I have.

MALA77 SparkPoints: (8,357)
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1/16/13 12:35 P

Cravings!!!! worst enemy!!! LOL.... It depends on what I am craving. Dark chocolate I can have everyday as a treat, usually at night. But I don't even eat HALF a serving. Just one little square is all I need. So with that I just eat. But if it's like ice cream or something fattening I may give in and eat a little. When I'm doing good, I try to STAY good and not cheat. But around that time of the month I get the crazy munchies sometimes. And when I DO overdo it I try to make up for it the next day by eating really good.

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1/16/13 12:27 P

I'm a choco-holic currently following a low carb diet, so when the urge gets super strong, I have a low carb chocolate bar ( 170 cal,19 carb.) I cut it into wee bits and let each bit melt in my mouth. Because this takes time, I often end up eating only half of the treat, saving the other half for the next craving. If I do eat the whole bar, I simply track it. I find that if I emoticon to what I crave in a reasonable manner, it doesn't become an all out binge.

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1/16/13 11:04 A

One thing I have found that really satisfies my cravings for sweets (which seems insatiable most of the time - especially chocolate), is to eat an 80-100 calorie nonfat yogurt (or splurge and have up to 140 calorie flavored Greek yogurt), mixed with any fruit (pineapple, berries and banana are great) and topped with some sort of fiber cereal - something with crunch, granola clusters, maybe some almonds - I use Kashi and Fiber One alot, but most any cereal with less than 150 calorie count will do -it has it all - sweet, creamy, crunchy, and best of all ----Healthy!!!


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1/16/13 10:57 A

By identifying what sets them off and trying to avoid that situation. I'm trying to cut sugar out of my diet, one tsp of sugar or splenda in my coffee will set off a sugar craving and possible binge.

THEREIAM SparkPoints: (7,813)
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1/16/13 10:23 A

Sadly, I still just indulge. But I've been trying mini-fasts, which seem to be working rather well. I'm not allowed to add salt to anything for the next two and a half weeks (one week in so far). I've dropped two pounds from that little restriction alone (I'm guessing from water retention?)

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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1/16/13 10:06 A

Lots of water, sometimes we "think" we are hungry or craving something, when all we need is a glass of water. I also like selzter water..

SANDRALEEBOONE SparkPoints: (2,298)
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1/16/13 9:14 A

i drink a large glass of water with a slice of lemon and then i eat one kashi chewy granola bar, they are so good and doesnt contain hig fr and only 6 grams of sugar and 95 mg of salt which works for me.sometimes instead of thinking about food ill go do something constructive which makes me fell better about me that way i dont set myself up for a guilt trip . emoticon

STEELER71 Posts: 8,048
1/16/13 7:37 A

I put on some good music and hop on my exercise machine for 30 minutes. It usually does the trick.

KEEPFIT2013 Posts: 730
1/16/13 1:12 A

Now that I am really focussing on water intake, I am finding some of the cravings subsiding.

DOVE52 SparkPoints: (90,319)
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1/16/13 12:10 A

herbal tea is working for me tonight

MAKEMEABIRD22 SparkPoints: (2,696)
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1/15/13 11:46 P

I crave chocolate every single night around 10:30. It's all I can think about and if I try and ignore it, my mouth starts watering. So, I make sure to save enough points (yes, I'm on WW and doing SP) and I have an apple and peanut butter. Afterwards, I don't even think about the chocolate. In fact, I'm getting ready to go fix my apple now.

RX_2_RV Posts: 550
1/15/13 11:41 P

I like Good Earth herbal tea. It is spicy (cinnamon) and slightly sweet and it can kill my sweet tooth if I have no calories to spare. It's great hot or iced. It has no caffeine so I can drink it in the evening without a problem.

I also like sugar free jello pudding. I think they are only about 60 calories.

Skinny cow makes a super yummy ice cream sandwich (150 cal regular or 140 calories sugar free.)

I know that I have a sweet tooth, so I just try to work around it and plan my meals well enough to ensure I am getting enough nutritious foods to balance it out.
I don't fight it; I plan for it.

Hope these ideas help!
Jane

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1/15/13 10:08 P

I just think about the weight I want to lose and focus on healthy foods, tracking my calories really helps, I'm down 5 pounds in one week, 15 in two months.

JUSTKLH Posts: 1,489
1/15/13 8:09 P

When I am craving something healthy, I find a way to put it into my tracker. Things that are less healthy, I eat in moderation within my nutrient/calorie allowance. For really indulgent foods, I wait until my "no tracking" meals (3 meals per week split between Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday) on the weekend and eat the things that I really want within reason. If I make a big deal about the cravings or good/bad foods I know that I will start a pattern of binge eating. That's not a place I want to be again so I take the lifestyle approach rather than the get-thin-quick approach.

@AMH: I wouldn't beat myself up at all if I were you. If it fit into your tracker, planned or not, it fit. Compensate by eating healthier the rest of the day OR just go back to your plan the next day. As long as you don't make it a habit, it can be a learning experience. What caused you to "binge"? If you can answer that you can help yourself make better choices next time. The more you learn about yourself and what works for you, the closer you get to making changes that are long-term

Edited by: JUSTKLH at: 1/15/2013 (20:13)
MERWAK Posts: 55
1/15/13 5:55 P

Totally not worth beating yourself up! If we take a live and learn approach to our eating and explore what led to the desire to binge, then we are living with compassion and acceptance for ourselves in this process. If we shame ourselves to try to achieve compliance- we miss out on a learning opportunity. Great that you tracked it- now try to figure out what was going on for you.

Were you Hungry/Angry/Lonely/Tired? What ways do you soothe those feelings (other than hunger, of course) without food?

AMH_GIRLIE Posts: 37
1/15/13 5:37 P

*** ADVICE & FEEDBACK NEEDED ***

So I got home from work today and I was standing in the kitchen, food on the counter, about to binge....... I had a moment of thought. Do I go ahead and binge? Do I have more than usual but stay within my calorie range?

Admittedly, I binged a little....and I'm LUCKY it all fit within my calories. For snack, I had 28 almonds, 55 goldfish, a spoonful of peanut butter and a fat free pudding cup. I didn't track it before I ate it, like I usually do. I had the almonds and pudding cup originally planned, but not the golfish or peanut butter. I know...thats a lot for snack. Do I beat myself up over it? Should I view this as OKAY as long as it fits in my calories for the day?

What would you all do and how would you feel? Is it okay since it fit, or not okay because it wasn't what I had originally planned? I'm just trying to learn from my mistakes this time around, so any feedback would be helpful.

Thank you sparkers!

KARENK63 Posts: 1,192
1/15/13 1:46 P

I struggle with this too-- a _lot_. It's my nemesis.

Having sugar-free treats helps, if it's a craving for sweets. Also, not having the real thing around the house. This was easier before kids, because now there's always bad stuff around.

If it's a craving for sweets plus hunger, I'll try something like 1/4 of a large apple to start with. I have Reactive Hypoglycemia, so frequently this is a message that my blood sugar is dropping... but if I drive it up too far, it rebounds later and drops again.

I think fruit helps quite a bit, and honestly, avoiding true sweets and simple carbs/starches in general is what really keeps the cravings down. It's just a hard place to get to and to stay in. Good luck!

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1/15/13 11:43 A

Tea with a bit of milk really helps me stop munching!
also fruit helps with the sweet cravings.


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1/15/13 9:58 A

I usually have oatmeal or brown rice at home. If I am at work I will have fresh fruits or carrots.

ASTRA58 SparkPoints: (41,523)
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1/15/13 9:16 A

Wow, lots and lots of great suggestions! Thank you everyone. I'm sure I can incorporate them into my plan of action.

Skinny Cow has these new low-cow (at least new to me) Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolate. They are 120 cals and 6 fat grams of goodness in one little bag of chocolate. Problem is, once I eat one bag, I want another. I'm thinking that I might have to forego treats like this until I have better methods for dealing with my cravings.

DITHIJU Posts: 8
1/15/13 7:02 A

Exactly the same here. If I start my day with sweet stuffs, i can't stop eating crap the whole day

Edited by: DITHIJU at: 1/15/2013 (07:04)
DITHIJU Posts: 8
1/15/13 6:58 A

I bought 90 and 99% chocolate and i am eating 2 to 3 squares (~20g) per day with my afternoon or evening coffee. Not only do i tell myself that i am actually eating chocolate, which i crave for, but the bitter taste of these very dark chocolates cuts my hunger and i can tell you i don't want to eat any more of this until i go to bed. if the quality is good, it should not do any harm to your health and is even benefic for your heart. The main problem would be whether you like it or not ;)

CDCSMITH2013 Posts: 1,320
1/15/13 6:18 A

It's only about a week in, so this may change. My trouble time is after work, before supper. If I can get through those two and a half hours, I seem to be good. At the moment, I am also trying to bribe myself with a "cheat" day. I put off all the cravings with the idea that if I still want it come Saturday, I'll give in. Last week, that worked. I made it and even though I went over my calories that day, it wasn't by a lot and if you factor in the totals over the week, I averaged out within the ranges for everything except fiber (was under that day). I also have other treats worked in. A banana sliced into discs with a little Hershey syrup (1-2 tsp - a serving is 2 tblsp I believe), works well for me. Feels me up and is sweet.

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1/15/13 3:34 A

Hi, I found that having around 10 almonds will keep you full and satisfied. they are full of good nutrients.

LINZI1811 Posts: 3
1/15/13 3:14 A

I have a terrible sweet tooth and before starting this programme i ate at least one chocolate bar a day. I have now only had one small freddo this week.

The way i have done it is to tell myself why im not eating it, generally i look at the fat content on the packet and that usually makes me change my mind. Along with this i tend to keep weightwatchers deserts in the freezer and include 2 of these a week into my diet plan.

I find that eating fruit also helps especially an orange which has a reasonable amount of calories and is low in fatand also one of the 5 a day :)

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (139,821)
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1/14/13 9:29 P

Sugarless gum and tea are two of my standbys. Also, I plan ahead for snacks, and try to have a few healthy ones ready to try to counter-act the craving.

STIM81 Posts: 5
1/14/13 8:34 P

Gum!!!! I make sure i have lots and lots of sugar free gum on hand at all times!!! it helps with my cravings! :)

CHRISBEM SparkPoints: (31,021)
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1/14/13 8:03 P

I'm trying to go for a walk.

TERI1372 SparkPoints: (1,259)
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1/14/13 7:34 P

Not well at all to be honest with you all. I am trying to keep reasonable calorie snacks so let see if it work.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,435
1/14/13 7:24 P

I see if a little will fit into my calorie range. If it will and I really want it then I have a little.

If it something that doesn't I tell myself I can have it later. If I really want it I will plan for it

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,444
1/14/13 7:18 P

Not well. But there are many good suggestions here.

ICANBESLIM2 Posts: 96
1/14/13 6:38 P

For me, quickly assimilated starches, nibbles and sugars cause the cravings. Potatoes, sweets, banana, sugars, white flour products; pasta, cakes, breads; sweet light cereals, salty nuts, ice cream, and so on. If I don't have them, or see them, I don't crave. Perhaps the secret to no more craving is to get the Glycaemic Load of your meals down so your are not creating a cycle of need. emoticon
Clare

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1/14/13 5:52 P

If I think about a food more than three times I drink a glass of water and walk away from the kitchen. I have a list of 10 things to distract myself with when I get cravings.... some include doing push-ups, walking the stairs, reading a book, crafts, etc.

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1/14/13 5:25 P

I find drinking green tea usually does the trick.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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1/14/13 5:12 P

If I really crave something, I just have it, But in moderation. If I crave Girl Scout cookies, I will have a few, with a nice glass of soy milk. I refusen to eat the box. If I want cake, I will have some,just a thin slice. Sometimes you just can't substitude!

MOMWANTSNOWAIST Posts: 4,908
1/14/13 3:58 P

If it is chocolate~ I make sure to have some Trader Joe's Chocolate Lowfat Yogurt or Mocha Lowfat yogurt ~that 150 cal is better than a chocolate bar or worse. I don't manage all the other cravings too well except for hot tea!

Edited by: MOMWANTSNOWAIST at: 1/14/2013 (15:59)
FELIFISH26 Posts: 171
1/14/13 3:54 P

Black tea !! REALLY helps me out around 2:30 when I am starting to get hungry from lunch and my next break when I eat my snack.

ODDMENTTWEAK Posts: 2,467
1/14/13 1:42 P

Sometimes I give in- as long as I track it closely and deal with the consequences I try not to stress about it too much.

CHERRYBLOSSOM13 Posts: 16
1/14/13 1:22 P

I try to find a healthier substitute. For example, if I'm really craving chocolate I have a small glass of chocolate silk. For some reason that hits me like a chocolate shake would, but much less calories and no guilt or stomach pains afterward!

Edited by: CHERRYBLOSSOM13 at: 1/14/2013 (14:08)
CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
1/14/13 12:23 P

I'm having a tough time with cravings lately. This seems to be working:

1 cup of green tea (Stash Chai Green is good)
7 almonds
1 tablespoon (not packed) of raisins

This is 75 calories and seems to be helping me. I eat the almonds and the raisins one at a time. I like roasted salted almonds, and the contrast of the salt and the sweetness of the raisins calms my cravings. The tea just makes it seem like a larger snack.

WHEELS54 Posts: 492
1/14/13 12:08 P

I will have a cup of tea in the evenings and have a small snack. Depriving myself leads to overeating so I will savor my snack and move on to something else. Try not to make a big deal of it. It's only food.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/14/13 11:29 A

(1) a more or less regular food schedule, so I'm not left with huge gaps between meals, and my body also 'knows' when it's getting fed.

(2) filling foods (like good fats and protein) that leave me satisfied longer than quick sugars.

(3) healthful, filling snacks, like nuts.

(4) indulging in smaller portions of craved items, and always measuring, not taking the whole bag or carton with me.

KMEIER1 SparkPoints: (7,427)
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1/14/13 11:29 A

I drink a tall glass of water. That helps me get through the craving. It does work.

MRSBUDRYZER SparkPoints: (14,946)
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1/14/13 11:10 A

I try to leave myself room for those cravings and then choose a healthier version. I LOVE the weight watchers desserts!! They hit the spot and calm the sweet tooth. They are also low in calories. (Smart ones frozen section right around 150 calories).

I don't know if you are eating your min or max calories...I always aim for the minimum. My range right now is 1500 - 1850. I never start my day looking to eat 1850 calories. I try to eat 1500...which guess what, if my sweet tooth starts yelling my name, I can still shut it up!! emoticon

Also, think about it this way...you weigh yourself once a week....if you eat less than your max caloric intake for more than one day...add up those calories...you can still have them!! If you have room and your craving is intense, splurge. (but I don't mean a tub of rocky road ice cream!) :) If it is a minor craving, try to talk yourself out of it....drink water, and do something else. Set a timer for 10 minutes, if you still want it, then eat it. It will prevent a bigger binge later. Good luck!
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MIRV22 Posts: 633
1/14/13 10:57 A

It is a challenge, but it has simply just become a mental battle that I'm determined to win. So, when I find myself reaching for something I shouldn't eat...I stop and say to myself "I don't need that, walk away." 90% of the time, it kills the craving right there. the other 5% of the time, it still might be a small, nagging craving, but it is enough to ignore. The other 5% of the time I give in, but 5% of the time is better than 75% off the time...which is what it used to be.

ASTRA58 SparkPoints: (41,523)
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1/14/13 10:46 A

I usually get hit with craving something sweet right around 7:30 at night. If I don't have calories to spare, I usually try to ignore it for 10 minutes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. How does everyone manage their food cravings and is it for something specific?

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