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GIALILLY SparkPoints: (3,625)
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4/9/13 9:56 P

I just joined- and was looking for inspiration from others experiences with over eating on junk food and I really appreciated your posting. You responded to a member craving an Oreo after dinner and so many people were saying she could have one if she can keep it to one. You shared how you can't keep it to one. I too can't have just one Oreo because then all I think about is the rest of the package. I can go for a run or a thousand other activities to distract me from the temptation like all the posts recommend, but I will still be thinking about and craving the rest of the Oreos. You are the first person (although I am very new to this site) that said they simply gave up junk food- no more- ever. I love fruit and yogurts, etc. I could do this. Thank you for the encouragement- even though it wasn't directly to me :-)

IMABLUESPRUCE SparkPoints: (150)
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4/8/13 3:56 P

Thank you all so much. Being armed with lots of ideas is definitely a plus. I did not go with the oreos last night. As well as losing pounds I also want to learn to eat more clean. I went with an apple and a slice of swiss cheese. It was good and made me forget the oreos. Thanks again! emoticon

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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4/8/13 1:32 P

I am one who can't eat only one oreo - it turns into a bacchanal.

I found a few nice things to replace high calorie sweets, but my favorite is fruit and greek yogurt. I thaw a half cup or cup of frozen fruit in the microwave, sprinkle with a teaspoon or so of stevia and mix in a half cup of Greek yogurt. It's sweet, provides fiber and protein, as well as calcium. It has definitely helped that after dinner sweet craving. Also, apples and a bit of peanut butter.

Here's another one :

Edited by: COANNIE at: 4/8/2013 (13:32)
4/8/13 11:39 A

I always like to have "dessert" with dinner, so I count those calories when planning my day each morning. If 3 oreos are in my calorie range, then so be it. My problem comes when I deprive myself and say "no" when I could, in fact, eat them without blowing my calories for the day. Depriving myself leads to overeating for me.

JILLWOLVERINE SparkPoints: (0)
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4/8/13 11:16 A

One thing that helps me fight cravings for late night snacks is that I brush my teeth and put my pjs on right after dinner. If I REALLY want to have more to eat I can, but once I've brushed it wont taste as good and I'd have to brush again, so it's a little less appealing.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
4/8/13 9:41 A

Do you want to break the "sweets after dinner" habit, or the "Oreo" habit?

If you are trying to step away from the cookies, knowing they are a danger-food for you, then find another sweet to substitute. Try ending the meal with fruit (cut it up and arrange it attractively on a plate - tastes more special this way). Or perhaps with ice cream (though, 1/2 cup serving! which the first time you measure it out, seems pretty darn small - but still lots more volume than one or two oreos). Or a Skinny Cow ice cream bar or even a regular fudgesicle - these frozen treats take longer to consume, extending the enjoyment time of eating them. So they do the trick for me.

To break the sweets-after-dinner habit, how about trying to pre-plan a "snack" for later in the evening... just add some time in between finishing the meal and consuming the "treat." I.e. dinner at 6, 100-200 calories worth of "snack" which may or may not contain "sweet" at 8?

KMFITZ721 Posts: 89
4/8/13 1:02 A

If you can eat only 1 Oreo than allow yourself to have 1. If you're like me one turns into 10 then don't. I finally gave up most junk food about 7 yrs. ago because I can't do moderation. The way I settle sweet cravings is fruit (usually fresh or dried) and light yogurt. They do have some that are chocolate flavored that would fill the chocolate craving.

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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4/7/13 10:24 P

I sometimes crave sweets after dinner too. I usually have a cup of multigrain cheerios or a slim fast bar, if I did not meet my suggested protein for the day I will have a chocolate protein shake.

NCBLONDIE Posts: 829
4/7/13 9:52 P

It's okay to indulge a little in a craving as long as you do it in moderation and make sure it fits within your calories for the day. Depriving yourself continuously will only make you want it even more. If you prefer not to indulge in junk, look for a healthy substitution. I have Viactiv chocolates that I keep on hand for sweet cravings. One is usually enough to subdue the craving and it gives me an extra boost of calcium, which I need because I don't drink milk.

LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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4/7/13 9:51 P

I often crave sweets after dinner too and I started using keurig cafe express dark chocolate ports to make's so delicious, satisfies a sweet tooth and a chocolate craving for 60 calories!!!

4/7/13 9:02 P

Congrats!!! Day two is twice as far as you were on day one. Right? RIGHT.

I think it's okay to have an Oreo. It satisfies your craving AND it makes you work on portion control and self control.

I hope this helps.

IMABLUESPRUCE SparkPoints: (150)
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4/7/13 8:59 P

I've done real well my second day (oh big deal, right?). But man I want some of those Oreos. Just had a good dinner. I have enough calories left, but I want to break the habit. HELP.

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