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10/2/12 8:37 P

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I'm just starting over but I remember when i would have a craving or chocolate i used to make whipped cream with light choc syrup and fiber one. i think i'll try that again. I am really enjoying all of the shares and learning alot



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My philosophy is that there is no such thing as a "bad" food, so I eat it, in moderation. If I go over in my calories, I make a concentrated effort to eat within my range right away. Why torture yourself? I mean unless it's a serious trigger food, which I think is a problem for some people, I would eat what you crave within moderation. If you absolutely feel like you will "blow it," find a similar food. For example, if I have been craving sugar in my coffee, I allow myself a teaspoon of raw sugar; sometimes I add a teaspoon of creamer.



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If I have a craving I try to wait for a day and see if it is still there. I also try to let myself have one thing a week (burger, pizza, etc.) so that I don't crave it all of the time. I also notice that if I allow myself something once a week, I feel less likely to want it every day and I don't over indulge when I do eat something "bad."



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10/2/12 7:08 P

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There are times when cravings are hard to resist. When I feel weak, I drink a large bottle of water. This seems to settle my cravings.

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mainly finding all the different ways I can cope and rewarding myself for good behavior in a non-food way. Taking an aromatherapy bath, meditations, affirmations, exercising, all things to replace it until the craving subsides. Drinking water fills me up too.

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I don't bring my favorite, ice cream, into the house. Then it is only a problem in social settings. I have cut back about 50% of what I used to eat.



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If its chocolate I am craving, I mix up this concoction: 1/2 C plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 packet stevia, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix until smooth. You can add almonds, bananas, even a TBS of chocolate chips if you like. Not exactly an ice cream sundae, but close enough.


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If its sugar I want, I eat a Honey Crisp Apple. They are really sweet and that usually takes the desire for the bad sugar away. If that doesn't do it, I eat a Fiber One Brownie. They are good, and not that bad nutrition wise. If I want salt, I grab some self made trail mix.

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10/2/12 10:52 A

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I either have a small portion of what I'm craving or eat fruit.



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I admit I have cravings and I no longer waist my time denying it. As soon as I feel a craving, I look at what I am doing to see if it's a real craving or habit. If it's real I indulge it immediately- with the whole flavor/calorie/fat flavor by having it ready. Chocolate: I buy the very, very, very best I can find, cut and wrap it in bite size and store in fridge (We are talking EXTREMEly good chocolate and I can't afford much) So I eat my bite by savoring every pennies worth and leaving guilt out. I do the same with ice-cream- buying specialty flavors and I bought tiny crystal bowls and silver desert spoons to indulge my senses. (Pritikin idea) I have found this works for me better than denial, guilt, substitutes and such. All of my cravings have diminished and some have totally disappeared so this is working for me. There are many wonderful methods here- thanks for sharing E1!!

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I buy the foods I love in lower calorie versions. I love the Smart Ones desserts. I buy the ones that are 150 calorie or less. Then I made a mental contract with myself that I have to put everything I eat in my tracker. That helps me to work in all my calories, and plan my next meal or snack. Since I have a big sweet tooth, and my husband has a big bowl of ice cream every night, I work in a smart one's dessert on most days.



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I really believe that cutting back on the foods that are cause cravings is the first step...not totally cutting them out, cutting back. Also, I have found that filling up my menu plan with fresh foods, veggies & fruits helps fill the cravings. No mind you, I still get craving, but I find I have them less when I'm eating good, healthy food.

Good luck!!! Hang in there - you're worth it!!!

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10/1/12 7:41 P

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I have a real hard time with food cravings, it's like they call me. Walking seems to be a great idea, but my cravings are mostly after 7pm and it is dark out so I am now picking up a good book and read away.



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I'm so glad I found this topic. I love to cook and bake and being from the South where so much of food is deep fried or has a gallon of sugar in it it's hard to resist. One of my big one's is Popeye's spicy fried chicken. Let me tell you how much that makes me salivate,lol. And then there are the desserts, pecan pie, pralines, anything chocolate. I've only been doing this for a short time, but I knew I would have to find some substitutes. One thing that I have found that I enjoy are those Skinny Cow frozen treats like the Chocolate Truffle which is located in the freezer section. 100 calories and they taste good. Who wud of thunk?

I also went out of town last week for several days with a friend and had to make some choices when we went into several restaurants and fast food joints. We went to McDonalds and they now have an under 400 calorie menu which included the fish sandwich and even a small fry. I also loosened the reigns a bit and ate 1 apple pie. I was sure not to drink soda but tea.

The main thing I think is a lot of what other people are saying, it's all about portions. Winter is coming up soon and being in the south we always make gumbo. For the Yankees out there the base for Gumbo is Roux which is flour and oil that has been browned. Add in sausage, chicken breasts and thighs and then lets add rice and we have a calorie overload.

I don't plan on not making gumbo this winter but I do plan to watch how much I eat and being sure to workout the calories along the way.

I am changing my life. I'm following so many recipes that I'm finding here. I'm eating fresh veggies and fruit. I'm working out and taking vitamins. I think as long as I do that and stay on track I'll be good.

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Me too Michele. I do not want to live feeling deprived. Choosing to eat healthy is not a diet it is a life choice to live the best we can :-)

Enjoy!!

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Sometimes, the only way to overcome them is to indulge a little bit! I am known for replacing meals once in a while with some of my favorite treats. OR I just use sheer willpower by vizualizing my goals.. and I just say NO.

Something that does NOT work for me is to substitute healthier versions of my favorite "bad" foods. May work for some... but when I want ice cream, nothing else will do.

In the end. It is all about portions for me. I would rather have half of a cheeseburger than a whole..well, anything :)

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10/1/12 4:48 P

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I substitute lower fat versions for the high-fat variety


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My weakness is Trailmix, the one with the variety of nuts and dried fruits AND chocolate! Once in a while.

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One day at a time and slowly. I do not normally have trigger foods in the house but if something affects me badly, then I still have the urge to eat anything and everything in sight until I get my emotions under control. I don't know why I think eating will help solve the problem because it is never about eating. (sigh) :( emoticon

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I eat them, lol. I might not eat loads of them, just in moderation like other's said. Calorie counting helps me keep balance. Today I ate a couple Hershey bars, but I also ate some fruit as well and a good breakfast as well. I love my junk food, and I won't stop eating it...I just in-cooperate more healthy foods to become more balanced.

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Moderation is so key - it's about the frequency as well as the quantity each time. Being healthy is not suppose to be punishment so I haven't given anything up completely.



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10/1/12 10:50 A

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I don't have that many bad food cravings now that I eat healthier. When I do I allow myself a small portion and move forward.



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Love and agree with what Sandra wrote.

Since I have been eating healthier I have noticed a a huge reduction in cravings.

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I found that by eating healthier, I didn't really have the "bad food" cravings, because I value my new body and its abilities too much.

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Get out of the house or that particular room. Redirect myself.

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Baby bites. The thing about cravings is they're more emotional than physical so trying to "think" past them can be really hard. Similar to other posts, I try and keep less optimum choice foods out of the house that come in large portions but I do have small bags of things like hard pretzels, chocolate squares (about 50 cal each), pudding cups sometimes, etc.

When I do have a need for chocolate, I'll have a square and savor every little bite. If I have an ice cream I have it in a very small dish (only holds about 1/4 cup) and eat it with a baby spoon. It forces me to slow down and really savor what I'm eating. My challenge is mindless eating, and the more that is available, the more mindless I am! So taking small portions and really noticing every bite helps me feel satisfied and not deprived.

I also spend a few minutes, when I have a craving, trying to decide what it is I'm really craving. Sometimes it's just something crunchy, so a few hard pretzels do the trick. Sometimes it's something sweet, so I'll have a really sweet cup of tea. Pickles are another good source for salty or tangy. We get in the habit of thinking salty means chips and sweet means cookies.

However, when the craving is really specific, I try not to substitute because it just seems to lead to over-eating in an attempt to avoid what I really want -- when a couple of bites of the "dream" food is really enough if I can slow down and really savor it.



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If its a food I can control I'll have a small portion of it then eat within my calorie range the rest of the day. If its a trigger food I'll diswtract myself with a bike ride or my knitting or some time on the message boards. emoticon emoticon



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I like your idea!
I've decided to walk round the block, instead of eating.
I've driven round my block, measuring distances, and it's .5kilometres. It takes me 10 minutes on my first day.
But, it's a start!

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Good point! Yes, you are not on a diet. None of us are :-) We are making a life choice to live the healthiest we possibly can. I have a BIG sweet tooth also. When I budget to eat something sweet I make sure it is a good dessert made with quality ingredients. Then I savor every last bite!

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I think I am losing weight my shorts are looser :-))


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I am finding that the longer I eat healthy balanced meals and snacks, the less I crave the munchies I used to eat mindlessly, usually in front of the tv. However, I do have a sweet tooth and I deal with that by eating something like a Healthy Choice fudge bar, which is only 80 calories and very few carbs. That satisfies me. Sometimes, though, I just plan to have what I want. My absolute favorite dessert is pumpkin pie ice cream. Fortunately for me it's only available between now and Thanksgiving. So I will have a pumpkin pie cream cone, just one small one and just once this season. And I'll budget for it in my calories. In the past if I did something like that I'd think I was ruining my "diet," and that would become an excuse to eat anything I wanted. But I'm not on a diet anymore, I'm choosing to be healthy and anything is ok in moderation, once in a while.

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I eat a small amount of what i am craving. I then eat something healthier.

I know I can do it.


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I know what you mean!! I am not very good at feeling deprived either :) that is why I just buy what I can eat and feel good about... and the rest well ...we only need so many calories right? :))

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I think I am losing weight my shorts are looser :-))


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I'm so glad I stumbled upon this message board today!! I have been talking about cravings for the last couple days. I think its odd that for 4 months I had no cravings, at least not like this! All of a sudden, about 2 weeks ago, the salty then sugar cravings hit me like a brick wall!! I have been fighting the cravings every since and have given in a couple times. I love the suggestions given and will act upon a couple of them. When I try to ignore the cravings or eat something else like an apple or yogurt, I find that I eat that and the chips too before the night is over. So I'm going to try portioning the chips and chocolate out, limiting myself to only that portion. Not the entire bag or whole candy bar. Just enough to satisfy. I love ice cream and chips! Weight Watchers has good ice cream but for some reason I stopped buying them. Looks like I better add them back to my grocery list! Thanks for the advice!!



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Since I'm not very good at feeling deprived (it sets me up to eat my way through the cupboards trying to satisfy myself with something else), I make pre-measured packs of the things I am most likely to crave (salty and sweet). So I never actually overcome them...I just manage them.

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I love sweets and calorie rich foods. So, I made a pact with myself. If there is a baked or high calorie food I crave I have to make it :-) Most of the time this works for me because by the time I figure out how to make the food I do not want to execute my recipe plan :-)) Sometimes I give myself a break and just eat what I want. If I want chips I will buy the bag and not monitor myself too much...when it is gone, it is gone. Then I will not buy any for a while. This is just my method. I strive to eat 95% of the good foods and 5% I can eat not so good. I am not very good at keeping track of what I eat so I try not to have the bad foods in the house. I like the Sparks Nutrition tracker because in the morning I log in and keep the page open all day to see where my calories are and if I am missing any such as, protein I try to make sure I use the rest of the calories for the deficiency.

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I usually either have a much smaller version of what I am craving (just for fun sized candy bar, those 2 bite cakes, a munchin instead of a donut, 100 calories worth of chips/crackers/cookies/small candies) or I do a recipe revamp, the item is still very similar to the original, but with more fiber (I use white whole wheat flour in all my baking), significantly lower in fat and calories. I do this with everything from pizza, tacos, pasta dishes, cookies, cake, ice cream and just about every other food I like.


I do believe in the phrase don't fix what isn't broken, but if you are an all or nothing person who doesn't want to stay that way, here is an idea that might work for you. When you are doing your shopping let yourself pick out just one treat item. Always buy them in small portions. Some bags of chips I have seen are only 50 cents at many stores. The total calories are usually about 150 or less. If you want snack cakes, don't buy the big boxes of them. Buy the twin packs that only have 2 anyway. Don't buy a big box of Oreo cookies for example. Look for the ones in the plastic wrappers that only have 6 in the whole package. Take the treat home and once you finish that treat, there is no more to around to turn this into a dangerous binge.

My problem was different then this. I was a mindless muncher. I would keep going back for more and more until... oops all gone.... The solution that worked for me was to take treat items like chips, cookies, ect and divide them among snack bags to 100 calorie pack. That way I only have to think about the calories once (when I first open the bag). When I want to eat them, I got pretty good at taking one and only one.

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I have difficulty overcoming "bad food" cravings. Sometimes I can just ignore them, but there are times when a craving for something salty and crunchy becomes so intense that I cannot bear it. I have quit keeping chips and crackers in the house because sometimes I cannot control how much I eat. But every now and then when the cravings be too intense, I do go to the store and get a small bag of chips. I get the small one, because I usually eat the whole thing. Maybe I should walk to the store to get them instead of driving. I do need help overcoming these cravings. I like the pickle idea though.



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I have a limited, planned amount of bad food, about 10 % or less of my daily calories worth.



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My signed pledge on the fridge door has really helped to keep me mindful in the kitchen.

Leaving my favourite stuffer foods in the supermarket felt so good, and has made it much easier to measure portions and plan meals.

I allow time for comparing food labels until I know the lower calorie/low fat brands to choose.
The heart tick on packets is a really helpful guide that I use a lot.

Yesterday, I left SparkPeople open on standby in the opposite direction to the kitchen, and went there to read an article, to get through my chronic Saturday afternoon stress munchies.

Re-phrasing all my self-talk positively, especially in the kitchen, has been liberating. I feel much more relaxed about accepting it's a long haul, and confident enough to trust myself alone, armed with all this new information and good company online.

I've set up a tray with an inspiring quote, my scales, measuring cups and spoons,a timer, a tape measure ready, but moveable, on the kitchen bench.

Today, I'm going out for a short walk round the block, or up and down the stairs as many times as I can,if I feel overwhelmed, because all the reading I did yesterday hit home that I could make it much easier for myself, moving instead of battling ideas all day.

I read the four fitness tests you can do at home article. I can't do any of them well at all, so I'm clearing a private space in my bedroom where I can keep the equipment and mat ready to use, and watch SparkPeople fitness videos on my laptop.

Every minute not eating , we are not gaining weight! Good luck!


I weigh 223lbs not kilos, but I can't get my ticker to change!


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MAMA_CD
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9/29/12 5:35 P

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Great suggestion. I'll try that next time eating the 1/4 portion. I do the water, then just eat it if I still want it, but your idea is better

MAMA_CD...count your blessings!
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9/29/12 4:01 P

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It depends on the food and quantity in our home.
Generally, I try to imagine how I will feel after eating the whole bag of nacho chips....
Will I feel better, sated or guilty for having eaten the whole thing?
When I am on track, this works for me.


Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius,power and magic in it. Begin it now!
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MIZINA730
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I'll eat a little bit but the best thing I can do is go outside for a walk. Sometimes I do both!



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I have researched snacks with little or no calories. For example: pickles, diet soda with lemon(more taste appeal) low cal fruits, smaller portions of high calorie foods. Also I try to keep busy and play a game where I work on a task or project until I complete it. It could be laundry, housecleaning, errands, or a home project. I won't stop til im done... Then eat as a reward for completing my task. Hardest is "late nite cravings" I have given in occasionally, like LAST NITE! But I often stop before I get too crazy! I guess guilt takes over and I realize I dont want to ruin all the hard work and progress I've made. IT'S HARD BUT STAY DETERMINED...IT'S WORTH IT!!

"When you come to a fork in the road-take it!" - Yogi Berra

"The best revenge is living well" - Jerry Seinfeld


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MONALISA112
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Prevention is what works best for me. I use tracking to make sure I eat enough, and I always plan for something extra every day (like a small piece of dark chocolate or a small home baked muffin).



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CATHY63RED
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I agree it works for me to have good choices in the cupboard and the fridge. I have 3 teenagers and a very slim husband so there is always tempting food in my kitchen. If I can't stop myself I make sure I measure a small amount and count it in my calorie allowance



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IMSAFEINHISARMS
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9/28/12 11:14 P

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By keeping plenty of healthier alternatives to choose from on hand! Slowly the "bad food" cravings have been replaced with "good" ones.



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I go ahead and have some. It's better than trying with something that is not as satisfying. When I try to substitute, I find I eat more than if I just go ahead and have it. I eat dark chocolate every day simply because I want it. I eat 1-2 oz once a day and am then satisfied the rest of the day.
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OJ_2_OK
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I try to plan on eating frequent meals throughout the day to keep my blood sugar more level. If I let it drop, that's when I tend to get more cravings. I drink some water and it also seems help. For meals I plan healthier snacks...Special K has chips/crackers now that taste good and you can have quite a few. I found that sometimes the snacking part is more enjoyable than the "taste" when you have the right snack.

I usually crave salty things so the sweet thing is not really my problem. However if I absolutely NEED a sweet, I let myself have one in moderation. Otherwise if I don't need it, I substitute for things like Greek Honey Vanilla Yogurt. Weight Watcher's Frozen Yogurt, slimfast chocolate (its actually pretty good), etc.

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9/28/12 7:44 P

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MODERATION! I can't see living in this world without chocolate... so I must incorporate it into my eating plan.
I'm trying to have someone help me eat only small bits of things I used to splurge on. So far it has only been today... so here to hoping it works! emoticon

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Hot air popped popcorn!



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