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10/17/13 2:48 P

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If I must have it, then I try to allow for it in my calories and keep it to a small portion and move on

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This is still a struggle for me but cooking my own yummy food at home helps a lot. If I can have something at home that's yummy then I don't want anything else.



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This is still a struggle for me but cooking my own yummy food at home helps a lot. If I can have something at home that's yummy then I don't want anything else.



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My method is two fold. Determine of it is a food craving or an emotional need for comfort. if it is a food craving if it is not helpful to your body restrict or if need be eliminate it. if it is a desire for comfort use the tools that get talked about in so many cases to satisfy the need for comfort without food.

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I find a healthier way to prepare it...pizza, for instance, is one of my favorite so I make my own pizza using whole wheat pita bread, little cheese and lots and lots of veggies! It's so good, I don't even miss the real pizza!



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11/7/12 6:52 P

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i find that one bite is too much because i wont stop or i will eat way too much of good things that add up to too much anyways so no is the word and stick with it...which is really hard in these cool fall months

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I think that this is one category where it is not only o.k. to procrastinate, but encouraged!!

Go procrastinaters of sugary, high fat foodstuffs!!!

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Just try 'putting off' the craving, and get busy with something else you have been putting off!

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10/13/12 4:34 A

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I buy one "snack pack" of the mini candy bars every 2 weeks. I take it to work so that when I am craving something at work it is right there. If I eat the package on Monday it is gone for the 2 weeks. I do not go out and buy another one. This has helped with the cravings because I have to decide if today is really the day I want to eat one of the precious candy bars. It has really helped since I don't ever eat them all in one sitting, but if I am having a bad day and think I need it, they are right there.



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There are no bad foods. In order for it to work, though, you need to eat the food when you first realize you are craving it. If you try to put it off by eating 'good' foods, though, you will eat an excess of calories in 'good' food and not be satisfied.

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I have heard the same thing you mentioned- if you deprive yourself you are more likely to fail. But if you control the portions you will be fine. To me I am just starting out so I have a hard time controling myself. I eat more at work than I do at home. This week was my boss's birthday and a coworker made cupcakes. Yeah I ate 3 one day, and 2 or three the next. The icing was AH-mazing! I dont eat that stuff often. Infact I can not tell you the last time I did. I normally scrap off any icing. I just have to stay away from it completley. But if I do have a craving, I will give in- but try to obstain from overdoing it.

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Hi

I may look at this a bit differently than most do.

I allow myself to fill those cravings.

Since I decided to eat healthier, I haven't gone over my calories once. If I know I want that slice if pizza on a day, I have a salad for lunch.

Or I may have something with less calories so I could have that bowl of ice cream. The failure of every diet I have ever been on is not letting myself have the foods I enjoy. I'm not doing that this time.vim even allowing myself my cookiies sometimes, and my m&ms. I just do portion co trol.

I bought the m&ms in fun size packs. I'm finding I'm not craving them nearly as often, but I guarantee you that if they were t there in the cupboard, I would. Same with the ice cream and the box of cookies. I can see,them they aremrheremif I want them.

My cravings are ,uh, much worse when they are not there.

I also have grapes, and popcorn, and carrots and other healthier snacks to use instead. I've discovered I love baked potatoes, and 5 mins in the microwave is pretty quick. A snack pack pudding is 60 CALS. A granola bar is 100 CALS. Yogurt is 80.

It's gotten easy for me. I'm having more trouble eating enough calories a day now. I also weigh everything I eat at home, and only eat out where there is neutritional info or where I can do salads.

I will be thinner and healthier if it kills me. We don't say diet in our house-ever. Diets fail!


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"NO!" seems to work.

On occasion, if I do give in to, let's say a cookie, it's because I have room on my allotted calories for the day. This rarely happens because I am only eating 1250-1400 daily calories.

Recommitting to Making "HEALTHY" My Choice!


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I have decided to not have those things in my house...and if I want them, I have to get them and I have to have the money for them.

ex. Ice cream - I will go to baskin robin's for it. potato chips - I have to get the convenience bag with a serving in it.

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I find that the less I eat sweets and other bad foods the less likely I am to crave them. I do occasionally crave cookies. But I do not have any in the house and I will not bake them. After awhile the urge goes away. emoticon



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well if it is something I can just take one bite of I will have just one bite. If it is something I can make healthier I will and still control the portion. If I totally restrict that will be all I want till I get it. If it is really high in calories I will remind myself how many minutes of exercise it is to burn it off then it is usually less appealing LOL

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While I am losing weight I have given up sweets. I find if I eat them, I lose my self control and binge. I don't seem to have any trouble giving them up all together, so that works for me. If I do want to bake I make things that have ingredients I don't eat like nuts so I'm not tempted by them.

Once I finish losing the weight I will work on a moderate plan of eating sweets, and if that doesn't work, I am okay with giving them up in general.



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I have NEVER overcome those cravings...I just learn to live with them.

It Is What It Is.... :)


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Find recipes that makeover your temptation foods! I love pizza so instead eating all those calories, I make a low-cal version using whole wheat pita bread and veggies! That way I control the calorie content by putting on less cheese and more veggies! By the way, using pita bread as crust is sooooo good! There are usually low-cal versions of every recipe you can think of! If there isn't and there is no substitute that will satisfy your craving, eat it but make sure it fits in your calorie range for the day! It's better than going crazy and overeating it because you tell yourself you can never eat it again and that just isn't going to work for you so you splurge and then feel guilty afterwards! I keep a Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bar by my bed and when I crave chocolate I break off one of the bars and suck on it...it satisfies my chocolate tooth, lol! Well good luck!



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I love this idea Disney 2013! emoticon

Edited by: 777SUNSHINE1 at: 10/11/2012 (21:24)
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10/11/12 7:34 P

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I was reading a reply here about trigger foods - like eating pizza leads to soda - and it reminded me of a favorite children's book you may recall: If you give a mouse a cookie ...

LOL

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Oh, I love the visualization idea. I may try that in the future.



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I tried one of the suggestions below today and it worked!
I really wanted a brownie that was brought into work for a lunch meeting and i remembered to eat the healthy snack I brought from home first and then see if I still wanted the brownie.
Once I had eaten my healthy snack the craving was gone. emoticon



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10/11/12 2:00 P

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I do one of two things when I have cravings for food that isn't healthy for me. If I want chocolate cake, I try to think of a sweet substitute, such as sugar free pudding or a banana drizzled with chocolate syrup. Sometimes this will do the trick. If not I try the "Mommy Diet Method." I get the chocolate cake on my plate, get 4 forks and tell my daughters (10, 8 and 6), "Who wants to help me eat some cake?" Children come running from every direction and I am lucky to get in 3 bites before it is gone. I have also tried plugging it into my food tracker before I eat it to see how many calories it will leave me for the rest of the day. Chocolate cake sounds great, but a 17 calorie dinner doesn't.



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I have severe cravings for foods I am not supposed to have. The methods I employ to remedy this are likely unorthodox. I at times envision myself on a long walk beside a brook on a tree covered path...or on a bicycle on the same path. I use this same method to ease pain at times. If it is a food that has hurt me or will hurt me when I indulge, I envision the pain I suffered or would suffer if I indulged. I am far from perfect and I love food so it is by no means an easy journey...however I have been forced to embark on it and while fighting against the events that led me to this path in the beginning.... I now embrace the past with an eye to a better and brighter future mostly by fighting my own self ego and keeping focus on where I want to be ...not where I am or have been

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Yeah, I have backpedaled really bad on giving in to overeating on my craving foods...thanks for the link and comments!

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I always have a little something around to satisfy either a sweet or salty craving. I keep pickle juice after the pickles are gone to satisfy a salty craving. I know that's weird, but just a little bit satisfies it with no calories. For sweet stuff, I will have a cup of coffee with just a little whipped cream...the real stuff. :-)



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I am also a big chocolate fan and often found myself having a Candy bar, but thank God, I recently discovered that my chocolate craving can be satisfied by eating a portion of sugar free Jello chocolate pudding, I am so happy that all it took was 35 calories :)



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I had this very problem today between my favorite candy bar and a special K blueberry bar but in the end I chose healthy over unhealthy and was very proud of me. I just remembered my goal out there ahead of me and I chose what was best for me :)




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so many of you have said what I have come to believe; we do ourselves a disservice if we go back to the good old days when a diet was only good food and bad food was the food you couldn't have and were deprived of. So going off the diet meant you were bad. poor failure me. i can never make it because i can't be good. pooo

now we know the answer is to get our attitude changed. All food is ok. We are learning moderation, portions, eating til just full, eating every 4 hours, and using the food full of nutrients to fill us up. If we do crave something, look at the food log and look at the tracker. Often I am missing some essential nutrient - maybe too many carbs and not enough fat and protein. At every meal I try to get a combo of each, but sometimes don't. Grabbing a handful of seeds (sunflower) usually helps. Also, I enjoy my skim milk, 1 cup with 1/2 cup fiber one even though something else might be tempting and whoosh, away the thought goes and I am satisfied. It is habit training to actually like some of these foods and to start enjoying them for the benefit you begin to feel.

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First, I don't call any foods bad. Second, I fit ANYTHING I want into my plans. Third, if I go over my recommend intake I just start again the next day, no problem. Since I usually eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm satisfied I have no problem with these things. When I stopped needlessly restricting myself and telling myself no my issues with cravings went away.


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Have lots of celery around :) or indulge a little, sometimes your body wants something so bad because it needs it! I wanted a string cheese so bad before bed and I felt guilty and ate it anyways, come to realize I hadn't had enough calcium for the day :) Fun size candy bars (just one) will curb the craving for chocolate, without the guilt

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I don't call any foods "bad". It helps to reduce cravings. You always want what you can't have. Usually I wait for an hour and try to focus on something else, but if I still have the craving after a couple hours I let myself have some of it.

Usually a real craving can be satisfied by different alternatives. Say you're craving candy, you really are craving something sweet. If it's a real craving, some sweet fruit will do. If it's an emotional craving, you will feel a very strong desire to have one specific food.

If you're tired of starting over, stop quitting!


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Excellent advice! Freezing the half donut. My husband and I share things occasionally like that also.
," but that kind of food really isn't supposed to satisfy hunger, just taste good, right? Fill up on veggies and lean protein."

You said it!! emoticon

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I don't eat, nor like, donuts, cakes, cookies, ice cream, chips, etc. Never have, even as a kid so that's easy. BUT...I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chocolate!! I find if I deprive myself I will end up giving in and then really fall off track. So, I either eat 3 hersey kisses, or drink 4 oz. of chocolate milk. That tends to make me feel satisfied and I no longer want to eat a pound of the stuff.



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Track everything, and incorporate your craving food into your meal plan. Sure, it might not fit in right when you want, but plan for the next day. It will still taste as good, and you will be less likely to overeat if you know it won't push you over your daily limit for calories. You might wind up eating half a donut (freeze or share the other half) if that's all that fits into your plan, but that kind of food really isn't supposed to satisfy hunger, just taste good, right? Fill up on veggies and lean protein.

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Allow yourself 3 bites. And that is it.
Then you will be able to eat anything once a day.
Bite with your front teach, don't shovel it in because you will regret it :) emoticon

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My "bad food" is anything containing large amounts of cream (like fettuccine alla carbonara). I just have an incredible will (and having digestive issues after eating too much fat doesen't hurt either) in order to avoid those foods, but what I do is that I plan ahead when will I have that dish, normally is just for a very special occasion (like my birthday), so I savour in advance the dish, I really enjoy it when I have it, but then I know for sure that I won't be having anymore in the next months. Planning works a lot for me!!!

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I try not to label ANY food as "bad" -- but there are certain foods that definitely trigger craving. I DO find that if I can avoid chocolate and sweets for a while -- then I DON'T crave them any more. And it helps me a lot to not drink alcohol. I don't really enjoy alcohol much, and I eat MUCH more when I have an alcoholic beverage



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I'm going to a birthday party this weekend. I plan to stay away from the cupcakes after the song. We'll see how that goes. If I make eye contact with my temptation, it's harder to behave. I'll have to keep my distance.

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If I want something sweet, I usually start baking. By the time I'm done, I'm rather high on the scents (I tend to go very elaborate, e.g. orange blossom honey three-tiered sponge cake with an orange-lime mousse filling and cointreau croquant on top) and just donate everything to my neighbors/the office. I'm so done with the sweet smells I don't even feel like tasting the cake anymore.

I'm not a person who craves salty snacks, but if I feel like something crunchy/creamy (weird combo but I love it) I tend to go for iceberg lettuce "chips" with a non-fat yogurt/cottage cheese dip made with a little salt, tons of fresh chopped herbs (I grow them on my windowsills; my favorite at the moment is basil, lemon thyme, lemon balm, parsley and a little pineapple mint) and sancho pepper.

If I want chocolate, I just have to have the chocolate. I usually don't beat myself up about it, even if I eat the whole bar and not just a piece or two. Dark chocolate does nothing for me, it's got to be the good creamy milk chocolate (Laederach or Lindt are my favorites). I just tell myself that my body just needed the chocolate and move on.

Of course I have binge foods- like so many others, pizza is something I have to have the whole pie of if I start on it. Another is pasta with homemade marinara/bolognese sauce- impossible to stop at a reasonable portion size for me. I avoid these as much as possible.

Another binge food for me is sashimi and sushi (generally anything with raw fish and rice in various proportions)- I guess I'm lucky it's not the easiest and cheapest food to get. I set myself a price limit there, which effectively limits the amount of calories ingested. Yay!

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Careful control of those trigger foods.

For example, pizza makes me crave soda - which means i want more soda the next day, along with salty snacks.

It's much, much easier to simply not have the slice of pizza in the first place and spare myself the two or three days of craving attacks, even if it's a "cheat" day or i have more than enough calories left for the treat.

The best solution is preventing the problem!



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I ask myself, ''How long do I want to wear it?" I learned this from a WW instructor. If I still want it I eat it, however, I try to eat just enough to satisfy and not the whole thing.. some things I just find a substitute for..like.. I was wanting candy. Instead.. I ate a 1 oz box of raisins.. it took care of it. You know the old saying through the lips on the hips? Well it accounts for the former question, "how long do I want to carry the weight it adds..?? I don't know if this helped but I hope it did. emoticon

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That's a good way of looking at it. I am trying to knock everything off at once and i am just making it worse be eating it all. I have to try and do this gradually and not try to do it all at once.

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If I am truly craving something, I go ahead and eat it. Then I'll be satisfied and not eat everything in sight. If you program it into your eating schedule, then it's part of your lifestyle (don't like the word diet). I used to crave pizza, but don't much care for it now. Used to crave doughnuts-ate one last week-don't much care for them now, either. I don't not eat something because then it grows in your mind until "you just gotta have it!!" AND I DON'T feel guilty about it. I just move on.



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I now know I am a stress eater of junk food. I don't want to forbid any food like many of you have said. I also learned that craving candy but eating the apple don't work for me, I just eat the candy after the apple anyhow:-) Today I was feeling annoyed and stressed and went for the snickers bar. I cut it into little pieces and shared with my hubby. That way I didn't scarf the whole bar down and regret it. Though I think it tastes better when eaten whole:-) another interesting note - I was craving candy about a month ago so we bought a big box of candy bars at Sam's. Stupid, right? Maybe not. At this point I don't even like the taste of them anymore and when they are gone, I might even give some away, I don't think I'll crave one for a long time. I read a way to break a craving is to allow yourself all you could want. Long story short, in no time you won't want to even see that food again.

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When I'm craving something, I write it down. At the end of the week, I pick one of my cravings from that week to indulge in. Sometimes it's grabbing a Spring Roll from a Chinese place to go along with my salad for dinner. Sometimes it's having ice cream (Skinny Cow). It works for me and it makes me feel like I've really treated myself!

I'll admit, when I throw a birthday party at work, it's tough... really tough! I've walked away about 50% of the time without indulging in cake and ice cream, but I'm not perfect. Instead of beating myself up about it, I walk an extra mile on my evening walks or play the Wii for 30 extra minutes that night.

I'm figuring out that it's really about balance. It's okay to crave stuff, but you can't always give in to those cravings.

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I now know I am a stress eater of junk food. I don't want to forbid any food like many of you have said. I also learned that craving candy but eating the apple don't work for me, I just eat the candy after the apple anyhow:-) Today I was feeling annoyed and stressed and went for the snickers bar. I cut it into little pieces and shared with my hubby. That way I didn't scarf the whole bar down and regret it. Though I think it tastes better when eaten whole:-) another interesting note - I was craving candy about a month ago so we bought a big box of candy bars at Sam's. Stupid, right? Maybe not. At this point I don't even like the taste of them anymore and when they are gone, I might even give some away, I don't think I'll crave one for a long time. I read a way to break a craving is to allow yourself all you could want. Long story short, in no time you won't want to even see that food again.

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I now know I am a stress eater of junk food. I don't want to forbid any food like many of you have said. I also learned that craving candy but eating the apple don't work for me, I just eat the candy after the apple anyhow:-) Today I was feeling annoyed and stressed and went for the snickers bar. I cut it into little pieces and shared with my hubby. That way I didn't scarf the whole bar down and regret it. Though I think it tastes better when eaten whole:-) another interesting note - I was craving candy about a month ago so we bought a big box of candy bars at Sam's. Stupid, right? Maybe not. At this point I don't even like the taste of them anymore and when they are gone, I might even give some away, I don't think I'll crave one for a long time. I read a way to break a craving is to allow yourself all you could want. Long story short, in no time you won't want to even see that food again.

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I'm just starting, so my cravings arent in check just yet, at least on the weekends, I just eat what's in front of me. However, during the week, I can do better, by munching on popcorn (salty, crunchy) or grapes (sweet).

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I don't personally buy my trigger foods, so I don't keep them in my house

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I don't have bad foods: I just have the amount of foods that I can fit into my tracker for the day. If I can fit it in, and I want it, I have it. Nothing is forbidden. I also try to avoid replacement foods, because it makes me crave it more - like diet drinks, sugar free candy, fat free cookies, dessert flavored sugarless gum - all that fake stuff. The more pure my diet, the less I even want the "bad foods." But occasionally a Twix bar or roasted marshmallows with the family fits into my tracker just fine (my calorie range is 1200 - 1550).

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Flavored green tea w/a splenda helps.

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I put what you are calling "bad foods" into my planned meals/snacks for the day. That way I don't get too many cravings. IF I do crave something I portion control it and finish it off with another glass of water...

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I agree, planning is key if I get hungry I'm tempted to cave in (love Cinnabons!)

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I do not have "bad foods". I have some foods that I can only eat in moderation, so cravings are not an issue. I find if I'm wanting a moderation food in excess, there is usually a reason. I need to figure out what mineral or vitamin I'm short on that I know is in the moderation food, and find it in something healthier.

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Admittedly it's difficult BUT I just think of how much additional exercise I would have to do ...30 minutes...45 minutes...60 minutes to work off the additional calories.

With that vision in my mind coupled with the fact that I absolutely HATE exercising (love the results which is why I do it)...I say NO-NO-NO!!! Works 99.9% of the time.

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My biggest temptation is soft-serve ice cream cone from McDonalds. Although they are low calorie, I would rather save my calories for nutritious foods. Occasionally, I indulge, but most of the time I just reach for my favorite (no calorie) flavor of sugar-free gum and a sugar-free (no calorie) flavored carbonated water. The water is 2x a month at most because of the sodium content.

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what i do is eat alot of food when im craving but...something that i am allowed like skinny cow or oatmeal and raisins or boiled eggs something that will fill me up and make me think im satisfied. Another popular one is the smart pop 100 calorie popcorn or toast and peanut butter my fav.

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I know that nobody's perfect, and dieting can be hard due to time restraints and whatnot. I've lost almost 30 pounds, and last night I was in a huge rush, so i caved and had A&W. I got on the scale today, and realized that it didn't change my weight much at all. Moderation is key.



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I'm the same way, I hardly ever crave sweets. When I have a craving I day dream about meat and cheese. We really need hillshire farms to make turkey lil smokies!!! Good luck

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If I'm having a craving for something sweet I just say no. Simple as that, get over it because you aren't having it. Having sugar sends me into a tailspin of eating the whole bag and then wanting it over and over again. It also causes problems with my IBS, it just isn't worth it anymore.

If I have to have some kind of a munchie - I get a nice hard crisp apple and chomp the heck out it with a handful of almonds. I also make a cup of tea. Tea fixes anything and everything.

I'm in such a good frame of mind that I don't even think about snacking. If anything I'm having problems getting all my calories in.

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I usually try to satisfy the craving with something that has less calories - mostly that is sweets so I'll have a weight watchers or skinny cow ice cream. Both are the same size as normal ice cream treats but only around 120 calories so I can easily work that into my eating range of 1300 - 1500 cals.

When I absolutely have to have the real thing, like good pizza, I'll limit the amount of it I eat (just buy a single slice and walk away) and try and to adjust any overages in my calories by eating less cals later in the day or the following day.

Of course it also helps that I'm able to avoid keeping the foods I'd have trouble resisting in the house and I keep a stash of healthy food at work so I don't go hungry!

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I never have--not in 5+ years of working out, losing weight & using SparkPeople.

Sometimes I succeed in denying myself junk food...sometimes I give in. I don't hate myself when I overindulge--I just accept the oops & try to do better the next meal, the next day, etc.

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When I didn't plan, I failed. Simple as that.

For me, it's really about planning. I already know I am going to crave either bad food or more food than my meal allowance. I know when those cravings generally come, so I head them off with well positioned meals.

Example...tonight, I have to take a flight back home that will overlap when I traditionally eat dinner. If I wait until I land, I'll be starving and there's nothing but junk food between the airport and my house--about two hours after picking up my bags. That's the setup for my craving.

So, I know that I need to pack about 350 calories of nutrition in my backpack and eat it while in flight. If I do not do that, I'll fail--I'll eat in flight peanuts and cookies. When I land, it's whatever cinnabon is open at the ramp. If I do pack it, I'll walk right by the sweet smelling frosted potion of guilty pleasures.





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Like many others here, I wait it out first, then I try a healthy snack, and if none of that works, then I say ok, and have half of what I want. That generally sorts the issue out - interestingly, as time has gone on, I find myself looking less and less at the bad foods, and actively seeking out fruit and nuts. I carry a box of dried fruit, nuts and seeds around with me, so I don't have a reason to buy anything else.
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I try my best to do everything in moderation. Most times for me my cravings are because I'm tired. So instead of eating, I head to bed. ALSO, I started estimating food for the next day each night. Most days I average 1250-1350 calories each day. Knowing when I start my day that if I can stick to my meal plan I have a few calories to spare to have that splurge should I start to crave it THAT badly, makes me really not focus on it, or even think about it most days.
If in the end I'm not tired and that craving really hits, I measure out one serving and stick to it. I end up satisfying my craving, without going over 1500 calories for the day.



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i am just starting mainly if i have not went over my calories for the day i will have a snack emoticon

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I set my timer for 30 minutes, and then if I'm still craving it, then I have some of whatever it is. Probably 9 times out of 10, I'm over it after a half hour.



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I do not have a specific food I crave. The closest thing I come to wanting anytime I see it is oat meal cookies. I like semi-sweet snacks with low or no chocolate content. I buy large boxes of approximately 100 calorie snacks at Costco. I limit myself to 1 or 2 a day as a snack. Often I will take one with me if I am going to on the road for a while or out working out for several hours. They satisfy my small sweet craving.

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A lady I knew who kept her size 8 figure and walked 5 miles a day said that she tells herself., I have tasted that before" I do better if I buy a serving of ice cream out than a large container in my freezer. Yesterday....I bought ice cream but chose the serving that was 190 instead of 300 calories a serving.

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Pain, suffering, extreme will power...sometimes it works, sometimes you give in & eat the junk anyway...

Every day is a new beginning--and you just have to try your best. :)

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It depends on the day honestly. Some days I wait 30min and the craving goes away and others it gets worse. I've tried to ignore it and eat something healthy but sometimes it still is there. So i measure out just one serving and If that does not work I ask myself why am I doing this and how bad do I want to reach my goals. There are days you just got to have that one cookie or then you run in the problem of going over board and eating the whole package.



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I had a friend tell me that cravings were in the liver, not in the mind, and were a real, physical thing because our liver had gotten used to...I was going to say digesting, but I guess "processing" or 'cleaning out" is more accurate...certain foods. Eventually our bodies will readjust. That all sounds really good to me, but I find my will to resist my caloric kryptonite is harder when I'm stressed or tired. I try to do something healthy first, like go on a short walk, to see if I can distract myself, but if that doesn't work, I try to practice moderation.



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I just read that it better to tell yourself "I don't want it." instead of "I can't have it."



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What about trying turkey sausage?

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I crave sausage of any kind-Smoked, links,gravy,Hickory Farms! I have to keep some in the house because of my family but it is my downfall. I do not understand. I can easily resist sweets and even go without my beloved noodles but I do not understand this sausage thing. Does anyone else have this problem? I feel alone when I ate 600 calories of Smokey Links on a binge.

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I think about how hard I am working out, and I don't want to waste my time and energy by putting all the calories right back in
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This is a battle for me too, and I'm still trying to figure it out. I think that I have had the best success with not considering any food as "bad" you just need to set limitations and portion control. Rather than sitting down with the whole bag of chips in front of me, I take a serving size and put the rest back. Most times this works, sometimes not so much... But if it goes in my mouth, it goes on the tracker - that holds me accountable - and you move on.

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I love that idea - one I will definately use!



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i squeeze my fat roll! and go hmmmm is it worth it?

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My cravings went away when I started following the Zone Diet. It was hard for me to believe at first but I am satisfied 24/7. I used to have cravings all day long. I'd watch TV at night with a bag of chips and a carton of sour ream for dip. When we ran out of snack food, I'd be scouring the cabinets for anything I could get my hands on, like a spoonful of peanut butter with cereal mixed in (substitute "cookie"), a cracker, the last few chocolate chips in the bag. Except for the peanut butter, those foods aren't even in my kitchen anymore. The Zone gives hormonal control that results in excellent appetite control, no hunger, no cravings. There's no deprivation involved.

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hello gypsy, i can so identify, with you our goals are nearly same( was 90, now 81, going to 60) and same cravings!! i just cant let go of the SLIMS ( chilly chips ) but my new strategy emoticonwhich is actually working is to eat crisp carrots, or celery instead with sauce( light mayo or mustard dressing). i also tried to get over he craving by at the same time i wanted to eat, i drank chilled water ( two glasses) and took a walk!
hang in there it will get easier, i don't know if it can work for you( doesn't for me) that to stop the craving eat a little and then stop savoring the taste of what you have just eaten !!

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I haven't found anyway to avoid my chip cravings emoticon I do like the various chocolate substitute recipes on here and good ideas ill try to learn to eat foods in moderation good luck y'all!!

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I picture all my exercise ruined...

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agree with most of what's said here; you don't totally deny the cravings, have a little and savor the flavor - learning to do this is one of my goals :). You also can accept the need, eat the food, and move on, especially if the craving continues for one particular taste/texture. you can try a substitute (like mix a little unsweetened chocolate almond milk, a drop of stevia and water for a YooHoo replcement). if there are constant cravings for different foods every day, you have to look at WHY? What about what your are doing are you not in agreement with? is this self sabotage? Is this pushing for something that is really not in your best interest? If its just getting used to living without certain foods, you will eventually adapt to the new eating regime - just like you got used to eating solid foods like broccoli!!



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