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7/9/13 7:51 P

Sometimes I got that kind of cravings, and what I do is get a lot of fruits and vegetables in the fridge some days before, in that way when I feel the cravings I eat healthy food, it's not as satisfying as a bag of chips but for me is a healthy way to go against unhealthy cravings. When I go to work I got some in my bag so I have them at hand. You should not worry now but for the next time try a Plan B. And I'm agree, get a second professional opinion.

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7/9/13 10:33 A

As long as it fits into you daily calories I say go for it. I would rather be able to eat what I want then be miserable. For example yesterday at lunch I was craving ice cream like there was no tomorrow. So I went got a small ice cream (I used to get a large before changing my habits) added the calories in and saw that because I splurged on that, I would have a smaller dinner. No sweat off my back. I was completely fine and had a great salad for dinner. You just have to plan accordingly. Good luck!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,433
7/9/13 7:15 A


The previous poster has given you some great advice. Just to add to it- there is no research to support having a "discharge" day like your doctor has suggested. Your body is already very efficient at removing toxins, so the best thing you can do is eat healthy and exercise regularly. Most doctors don't have a lot of nutrition expertise, so if you're looking for something like that, I'd get the advice from a Registered Dietitian instead.

Coach Jen

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7/9/13 6:11 A


I give all new members one piece advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Don't try to be perfect ! You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. A healthy lifestyle CAN include things like chips, candy, cookies and even soda. It's just about managing your portions.

NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible. That's why Spark encourages its members to start with some simple changes first. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week, if you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. So, don't beat yourself up because you have a craving for chips. It's okay to eat them !! Just try to watch your portion size. And if you do eat a few too many, that doesn't make you a bad person OR an unhealthy one.

Also, you might consider getting a second opinion. I wonder why any medical professional would suggest that a person starve themselves for a day to cleanse their system. that makes me wonder how much they really understand about what it takes to lose weight.

The honest truth is that there is no fast way to lose weight. I wish there were. Weight loss IS a slow steady process that takes time. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. And that discharge day isn't going to help. it's only going to hinder your loss. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose.

7/9/13 5:22 A


So I'm trying to get back on healthy lifestyle, you know no junk food or treats. But I have my period, and at the moment I am craving for something like chips, grilled cheese sandwich or fries, and I know that I shouldn't and I can't if I want to see results faster. So could you give me some advice on how to handle this craving, or maybe how to replace what I am craving for with healthier choices. By the way, once a week I have a discharge day (when I don't eat anything, only drink water and/or green tea, my doctor said it would help to clean my organism faster), and so today is my discharge day. emoticon

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