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COWGRRRL SparkPoints: (27,295)
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1/1/12 7:01 P

I've found eating 'bad' carbs like chocolate sets off a steamroller effect. I have some. Then I want more. And more. And more. It builds up like an avalanche of "OH I MUST EAT THAT!!!". Unfortunately in my particular circumstance, I have to admit the only way I've found to avoid those cravings is to simply not eat it. Cold turkey. It's SO hard for the first couple of days, but once my body has processed the nastiness and gotten it out of my system I don't seem to get those same cravings anymore.
Not much help I know, but it's the only solution that I've found that works for me emoticon

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1/1/12 1:24 P

Get some strawberries. They cause your brain to release the same feel good chemicials as chocolate . So eat some each day and it will lift your mood and your stop your cravings.

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12/31/11 3:18 P


Don't beat up on yourself because you ate some chocolate. As Coach Nancy noted, as long as you are eating right most of the time, there is absolutely no reason you can't have a piece of chocolate once in a while. Chocolate can be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are mindful of the portion. I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something just because I was worried I would get fat. that's not healthy.

If you don't feel ready to portion control the treats, then the treats have to go. out of sight. out of mind. if there not there to eat, you won't eat them. One thing you might do is load up on some fresh fruit. Whenever you feel an urge to over indulge in a treat, have a couple of pieces of fruit. You may find the natural sugar in the fruit helps decrease your cravings for refined sugar.

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12/31/11 3:04 P

Do you still have lots of festive foods around? Now is the time to get rid of them - give them away, throw them out, or do whatever you have to to get them out of the house. Then re-fill yout kitchen with healthy foods. Eat if you're hungry, but if you aren't really hungry find something else to do that takes you away from temptation.

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12/31/11 3:02 P


Remember you don't have to wait until the next day, the next week, the next month or even the next year to begin living a healthy lifestyle. Each meal, regardless of the foods we ate earlier in the day, allows us the opportunity to make a healthy choice. Every time we get up off the coach and move, we are moving closer to our goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle is not about deprivation. When we believe that to be the case, more times than not we find ourselves giving into the binge which can take us down that all-too-familiar slippery slope UNLESS know we are in control of the food and the choices we make and learn from that!

I hope this helps!
Coach Nancy

BOBBYSOX21 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/31/11 2:52 P

I ate some chocolate 1 day this past week and I can't get back on track. It's not because I feel I blew it. I think it truly brought on cravings. How do I get back on track when I feel like eating anything and everything now. I doubled my calories twice since. I so want to do this. Help!

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