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PHANTY1 Posts: 205
12/15/13 4:37 P

I crave wine so I understand the dynamic. I think the main thing with cravings is to work through them. Allow yourself to feel them and then write about them, understand them, determine what your triggers are (tired, stressed, hungry, etc.). See where the craving is happening in your body. I find that with wine, if I go through the process of studying the craving for about 45 minutes without drinking a glass, then it stops. I've also learned that I crave the actual process of drinking wine more than the alcohol itself. So, find a replacement. For me, it's diet grape juice with sparkling water or hot spiced tea (non sugar). It's like my brain just wants something in that moment, but it doesn't have to be the actual bad thing... Good luck.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,894
12/12/13 8:54 A

Cravings are not really mental at all....When blood sugar drops, even in normal people, you will crave foods that will increase blood sugar for a quick fix. A sugary candy bar or a sugary or diet soft drink can do this, as well as, a pack of cracker, pasta, bread...those carbs will do it.

When you crave sweets and carbs there can be an underlying problem. Your cells are being starved.....and your cells are unable to unlock to allow glucose inside them. The cells don't get the glucose you need and thus you are hungry and get cravings.

Starving cells crave sugar and carbs...and then the insulin will instruct your cells to store fat.

#1 carb-fighting hormone... insulin.... lower your blood sugar, and boost fat loss. ... the less insulin the more you can lose....Improve insulin sensitivity....

High Fructose Corn Syrup is the #1 worst carb.....once insulin gets too high, fat loss comes to a halt.

Lean proteins, seeds and nuts of all kind, slow fat low sodium cheese, turkey, chicken without the skin, fish, berries of all kinds and Daisy lite cottage cheese will help ward off cravings.....so can a protein shake....these can help to feed your cells without causing huge swings in blood sugar....High carb diets also lead to cravings.

Eating too much salt boosts the production insulin, the hormone that tells the body to store fat. The more insulin you have, the more fat is stored and the more weight you gain. A person's body sometimes has trouble maintaining stable blood sugar...diabetic or not!
Salt addiction may cause food cravings and obesity...French Fries and fast foods are high in sodium, fat, and calories.

When you are insulin resistant ( and normal people can be insulin resistant at times) your body converts every calorie it can into fat, even if you’re dieting. And it won't let you burn fat when you exercise....even if you exercise like wild!

Elin Johansson has received a scientific award for her research results concerning barley and GLP-1. She presented facts that Intake of a barley evening meal stimulates GLP-1 release, improves glucose tolerance and appetite regulation.
1/4 cup of barley can help you stay full.

Please see a medical professional for individual advice as this is not intended as medical advice.... Always discuss with your doctor what medical treatments and changes in your lifestyle will better your condition

Happy Holidays!

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 12/12/2013 (08:59)
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,343)
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12/10/13 6:35 P

I encourage replacement of sugar cane and its cousins with nutrient rich fuels like veggies and fruits.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,540
12/10/13 3:41 P

Cravings are mental. It's the craving that is causing the first problem (the second problem is the weight gain caused by giving in to the cravings). Find a way to distract yourself from the craving. Big glass of water. Push ups. 20 minutes of something else, anything - read a book, casual Internet game, anything. If you focus on the craving, it gets stronger, if you distract from the craving, it weakens.

Don't take that walk to the store, go somewhere else. I'm like that, if I buy it, I will eat it, so I put a lot of effort into not buying unhealthy food. The trouble with the "fun size" bars is that you have to buy them in bulk - and I know once I open that bag, it's all gone in an hour. So try a modified cold turkey, where you don't buy food that's not good for you.

Cravings also have an emotional component, at least for me. So I try also to spend time figuring out what the craving is actually FOR. Am I lonely, or sad, or angry, or scared? Maybe I'm happy & I want to celebrate? What else can I do (besides eat) to address these issues or celebrate my success? Usually, it turns out that the candy bar isn't the real solution to whatever's going on.

Best wishes for your continued good health!

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (3,914)
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12/10/13 11:07 A

For me the fastest way out of intense cravings for sweets was simply to stop eating them. It took like three days? No joke, that's it. For a long time after that there was still the habit and the kind of unfocused "man, I could kind of go for a candy bar right now" sort of thoughts happening, but it wasn't very bothersome. After several weeks that too had mostly disappeared, and after a couple of months I was to the point where most of the things I had formerly craved would actually taste bad. Don't get me wrong, I still like sweet, and I still eat sweet things. But not usually the kind of sweet you can buy at the corner gas station, and which did so many bad things to my weight and my health. That is not even appealing.

I like the previous poster's suggestion for moderation on candy bars specifically, but if it doesn't work for you, consider cold turkey for a while -- it might be easier than you assume.

So much of it is mental. I think if you truly believe that the sweets are hurting you, and if you really believe in changing your lifestyle to one that incorporates such things only rarely or in greatly reduced amounts, then it's not that complicated. You figure out a way to tackle it -- any way -- and if that doesn't work you hop back on the horse and try something else. The hardest part and the most important part is what's between your ears. Good luck!

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 12/10/2013 (17:46)
BENTOGYRL Posts: 106
12/10/13 2:33 A

I eat a candy bar a day. :)

I eat a fun size candy bar a day.

Very little regret in that. I'll buy a bag of mini reeses and stick them in my freezer, and pull out one a day as a treat for getting through the day. Or it will be mini twix. Or a hershey's kiss. I do okay with only one bite of a candy bar, but I have to have my one bite, and really, that's okay. :)

If you are having trouble with eating a regular candy bar everyday, go down a size, start with the fun size, then go down to the mini, before you know it that will be the perfect amount that you need.

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12/9/13 7:27 P

I have been a Sparkie off and on.

I was sick about 2 years ago, and due to the nature of the beast, I lost 50 lbs unintentionally. I went from 180 lbs to 130 lbs. I wanted to stay there once I got healthy, but once I was able to eat again, I ATE. Now, I am back where I started 2 years ago, plus a few lbs. I am almost at 190.

I struggle with sweets and breads, especially candy bars. I get these crazy urges for a candy bar until I walk down to a store and buy one. I knew it was getting bad when I was eating at least 1 candy bar per day. I feel like crawling out of my skin when these cravings hit.

How have you dealt with overwhelming cravings, and eating smaller portions?

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