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ANGELBUFFY41
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4/24/14 3:41 P

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I personally give in a bit but its portion controlled. I find if I try to resist it consumes me until I binge!! Lol. May not b the healthiest way to lose weight but it works for me. I think its an individual thing..whatever works for someone, may not work for someone else. To me, giving in a little bit is better than me thinking about it for days until I eat the whole 1/2 gallon of ice cream..haha emoticon

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I try ignoring first, if that doesn't work, redirect, and if all else fails, indulge. I also look at what I'm craving -- carbohyrates? fat? -- and see if it's something I'm not getting enough of. If so, maybe that need can be satisfied in a healthier way, like low-fat yogurt instead of ice cream.

I have also given in a few times too. If I badly crave a bowl if ice cream with chocolate on it, I can be miserable for 4 days denying myself and thinking about it, or I can have it, deal with the consequences, and move on.

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One of my favorite things when I'm craving something sweet is to add pineapple to my cottage cheese or a homemade frozen yogurt with frozen fruit.. It is very good. I've also found several substitutes for crunchy with light salt, dried vegetables, plantain chips, wasabi peas are all satisfying.



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I always try to analyze what exactly about a certain food I'm craving. For example hot dogs. I realized that since I eat mine with a lot of yellow mustard, something with mustard will help with the craving. I usually indulge in a few soft pretzel bits dipped in mustard and it goes away.

Other times I try to find a healthy alternative. In place of ice cream I will blend a frozen banana with a little sugar free chocolate syrup and a bit of skim milk... comes out the same taste and texture as chocolate soft serve.If craving chocolates I will melt and drizzle a couple pieces of chocolate over some fruit.

Then there are some foods you just have to go ahead and indulge in. In those cases I bring home only enough for that small indulgence, a couple pieces of hand dipped chocolates instead of a box. A single cupcake instead of a whole cake. Portion control is the key when I do indulge.

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I like SuzyQ_33's comment about not letting a cookie control her life! Next tiime I have a really bad craving, I'm going to remember that. It may sound crazy to talk to your food, but if it hasn't been included in my nutrition plan, I'm going to look at that craving and say, "Really??? You think I'm going to sabotage my weight loss journey for you?"



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I don't have a problem with salt - it's just the calories in chips, so I often go for kale chips when I want something salty and crunchy.



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Does anyone have any suggestions as to what healthy choices are out there to curb the chocolate/chips cravings? I have tried the popcorn which is great but it gets so boring after a while. Same with the dark chocolate. I am a stress eater so when I crave the worst of it. Any suggestions?

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I find I only crave when I am out of balance nutritionally. There always seems to be a reason for this symptom to occur. Because of this it has encouraged me to be aware of what foods my nutrients come from and strive to balance my intake.



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I try to resist the craving, sometimes I just look at the food, especially in the grocery store, consider it, and then decide it is not worth it. I try to buy instead some fresh fruit, which at times can be expensive. But then I remind myself, that in the past I would not hesitate to spend the same amount of money on cookies or other snacks.



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1/16/13 1:47 A

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I like the idea to count the points of stuff I resisted...



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THANK YOU emoticon

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I keep a pint of nonfat vanilla greek yogurt in the fridge, when I want ice cream, that is what I grab instead

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What an awesome idea, never thought about that, points would add up fast, I am going to try that, and see how many points I avoided, for instance went to the buffet last night, would've had a dessert or 2 or 3, well that probably saved me, at least 20 points, almost a whole day of food. Thanks for the idea.



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Yesterday I finished off my last "2" oatmeal creme cookie. Now I just have to find something to take its place when the sugar craving starts attacking. So far so good. I went and had a sweet pink grapefruit a while ago in place of my sweet cookie and I feel ok, although my mind is telling me it sure misses that sweet cookie. I have decided to be the master of my mind and no sweet cookie is going to boss me around....ha ha..we will see!



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I love the idea of keeping a list of your successes resisting cravings - that's great!



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I keep a running total of the foods I resist (counting weightwatcher points) - this gives me a focus for refusing/rejecting or resisting things that aren't on my plan. I call these RILI points, and count anything
- I crave for but resist
- people offer me e.g. cake/biscuits etc



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My taste and appetite is changing - for the better! Peanut butter-cocoa- oatmeal-raisin no-bake bar tastes just as good as chocolates, better than many, AND fills me up with protein and keeps me satisfied. AND no more calories than a big chocolate!!
Nut-raisin-cinnamon balls taste wickedly sweet (all from the raisins!) and are full of protein. A single one fills me up and keeps me full!
When I get given chocolates during visits, I am getting better at pocketing them instead of eating them. The next hurdle will be giving them to my guests instead of eating them on the sly!
Today I made 2 visits and, together with the chocolates, was given an orange and an apple. Great improvement - too often it's a cake, often unwrapped, so not pocketable....
Chef Meg's Better breakfast casserole fills me up nicely. I finished it today, so shall need either to make another one or to find another multi-portion instant breakfast dish. I do crave, and drink, "capuccino", coffee with frothy milk, to wake me up - I start breakfast with that.



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I redirect and try not to make it a choice of what to eat because its better but try to think of a healthy thing that I like just as much and eat that. Its been working. Day 8 and cravings down to a minimum. But the green smoothies and adding more fruit and veggies is probably helping too.

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I tend to "substitute"...I try to figure out exactly what taste or ingredient I'm seeking within the object of my craving, and then find a reasonably healthy substitute if the craving is particularly bad. So, if I'm craving potato chips, I know that it is really the salt I want, so I indulge in the dried veggies from the Bulk Barn which are lightly salted.

If it is chocolate I'm craving, I indulge but I eat the 95 or 99% stuff knowing that it is the lesser of evils (oh but what a SWEET evil it is!).

If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which you do not bring forth will destroy you.


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i try to redirect my cravings, but not ignore them or it only gets worse



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That is awesome NYHARDHAT! emoticon

I have mostly been postponing and redirecting my attention. I also do yoga and meditate every day which helps me a lot with recognizing craving thoughts in my brain.

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Day 13 for me and my cravings haven't been too bad at all. I am finding that staying away from as much processed sugar as possible has made a huge difference. Getting in at least 3 fruits a day has helped wonderfully. I keep the old fashioned have to pop it yourself popcorn on hand for the salt attacks. I control it all. I air pop it in the micorowave, a spritz of cooking spay and a smidge of salt works very well. Chocolate is a big one for me. 6 tooties roll midgies is 140 calories and my brain thinks I get a lot. Works very well.

So...I give into some and ignore others. Learning to listen to my body has made a big differnce in that.



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I postpone. I get huge cravings for sweets and I find that if I postpone, the craving goes away. I do things like eat some fruit to satisfy the need for something sweet or chew some gum/brush my teeth to avoid reaching for food.

Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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sweet tooth? yes i do. i go for some yummy fruit. if i want something more i go for a light chocloate protein drink or bar. great substitute for candy. keeps u full, but still watch nutrition and calories on the bars/drinks, they can be sneaky.



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Wow, thank you! I hope it really helps. The one exercise I found to be the most valuable was the life review (peeling the onion). Also, don't ignore your dreams. If you find that you have a dream that makes you very emotional upon awakening, tap on the elements within it. Likewise, if you have a relationship with someone who really pushes your buttons (like a parent), and you find yourself angry or weeping about something they did or said, tap on that. More often than not, we are trying to fill ourselves up with food to make up for the love we didn't get as children - at least not in the way we needed it. We may have to come to grips with the fact that we may NEVER receive it the way we need it from that person. That acceptance is very freeing. All the best to you!

If you change your mind, you can change your body, and ultimately change your life~


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I just purchased your book for my kindle. What you say makes sense so I hope the book will help me. Som how I have to come to grips with my emotional eating or I'll never be able to control it. I'm tired of making excuses.

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Initially, I googled it and downloaded the free manual. (EFT is very well known and easy to find on the web). This was many years ago, but I assume you can still find the free manual somewhere. Then I went through a bunch of trial and error, doing mental exercises and trying to address every contributing emotion I could think of; anxiety, grief, anger, sadness, boredom, depression, low self esteem, lack of love, you name it. For a lot of people, childhood trauma is a big contributing factor to a food addiction/emotional eating problem. I finally just rolled up all the techniques and exercises in my book, "ThinStead", to make it easier for others. Good luck in your journey! emoticon

If you change your mind, you can change your body, and ultimately change your life~


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Sounds interesting. Where did you learn about it?

I can do this!


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EFT is "emotional freedom techniques" for short. It helps a person quickly release an emotion that they are focused on. It's what I used exclusively to get rid of my emotional eating behavior. I basically did a life inventory and released on all the negative memories and experiences that came up. Very useful!

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What is EFT?

I can do this!


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Generally cravings are emotional in nature (unless you have a true nutrient deficiency). I found that addressing the underlying emotions that are driving your cravings is the best approach. I used EFT to get rid of the underlying emotions that were nagging at me, and that took care of the bulk of the cravings. Then whenever a new one pops up, I use EFT in the moment for that too. It really works. I've lost 55 lbs for good, and I am a much happier person because I dealt with the negative emotional baggage that was generating my bingeing behavior and cravings in the first place. I can't recommend it highly enough.

If you change your mind, you can change your body, and ultimately change your life~


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Postpone. Often they go away if I can just postpone giving in for ten minutes. If not, I indulge. But since I don't bring much crappy food into the house, if I'm craving potato chips, I have to want them badly enough to walk 1.6 miles to go buy some, so often oven roasted fries is more appealing. Now, though, writing this post has made me want some chips!



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I have to remember to be positive. Not to continually put myself down and most of all to forgive myself for failure which is very hard to do. I shouldn't be such a failure all the time. At some point I should be able to succeed, shouldn't I ?? I have low self esteem because my Dad put me down constantly as a fat child and so far I haven't been able to overcome those ingrained feelings.

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i redirect any cravings for example instead of potato chips i have rice chips at 1/3 of the calories....if i want something sweet i grab a piece of fruit



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I think talking yourself down and keeping busy and having healthy snacks helps, forgive yourself if you do indulge
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Through the holidays, I ate anything sweet or carb-heavy I wanted and it led to a 15 pound gain, after having lost 90 pounds. The first week of 2013, I went back to measuring my portions and logging EVERY morsle, and I didn't have any cravings at all. This second week is a completely different story...I want SWEETS badly, which are my usual craving. I am a baker, and baking through the holidays kept the sweet tooth more than indulged. Now, I am having a very hard time replacing that craving with anything less than a big fat hunk of cheesecake or frosted layer cake, etc. I have lost 6 of the 15 pounds I gained, but I don't know if that alone can keep me motivated to stay out of the proverbial cookie jar!



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I found that if you crave something sweet and give into it, your brain tells you it wants more sugar.I try not to give into these cravings,but it isn't always easy. One must resist for 30 days straingt in order to change a habit.



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(Vertigo_091) Me too! Except mine is watching a tv show before bed with my husband...and he is snacking just like we used too!

I drink a huge bottle of water and also have something hot to sip on! Green tea, coffee, hot lemon water, whatever, it's been helping:)

Happy reading:)
I have also replaced some of those nights with journaling and reading:)

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I am on day 13 of the accelerate cycle...and cravings have occurred, which are unusual with what I am eating.
The night before, I made my husband and 3 kids pizza - didn't crave it at all.
Then the next night, I made chicken stir-fry, so I made them jasmine rice. My mouth watered the whole time. Then the next 2 days I craved different things all day long.
I read a blog about craving that has helped me defer during this crazy week. (I can't remember whose or I would list it!)
If you are craving sugar - you are usually tired, go to sleep.
If you are just hungry and can't figure out what you are wanting - you are probably dehydrated & your body wants water, drink H20.
If your still hungry after a few glasses of water, then eat. (something healthy!)
I followed these simple steps and I have stayed true to my accelerate cycle for 13 days. This weekend hasn't been a problem because I am at home and I have not been tired or dehydrated! Teaching during the week wears me down, so I know what to do to defend myself from cravings around Thursday and Friday!!!

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Today will be all about redirection for me. Knitting, sparking, talking to my friends. Not eating!

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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

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I always try to indulge it, but only with a bite or two. If I crave chocolate, I take 2-4 squares for example. Usually it's the taste I'm craving for, so a little piece of those things is actually enough.

If I have the "I feel hungry and I just want to eat everything fatty and sugary"- kind of craving, then I stop for a second and go with the healthiest filling option for me .- eggs and soup.



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I am on day 11 of my diet. My cravings haven't been that bad. What I used to do is to lay in bed at night and read a book while munching on something. That has been a hard habit to break. Also, eating Healthy Choice is retraining me to realize what one serving size is. So, my main answer is that I've been ignoring unhealthy cravings. It has been getting easier to do.



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It is a motivating post. And I too am starting over again...hoping to put together many days in a row to end that craving cycle...

Julie
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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

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Thanks for the post... motivating for me. I am on day 2 for the millionth time and I like your thought that the first week is just crave central because of the old me... the new me needs to try something different like read sparkpeople blogs. anyway thanks and goodluck!!!



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depends on the craving

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I guess it depends on the day. I TRY very hard not to indulge in sugars (candy, etc) unless it's planned for and controlled. I have a little addiction problem there. But, usually, if I really want something and try eating something else, I end up over-eating badly. Better just to have what I'm craving.

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I give in to cravings for fruit and veggies but, I try my hardest not to give in to cravings for carbs or sugar.

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I tried to redirect tonight with popcorn (when I really wanted nuts). I guess it worked, but I feel like I overate anyway...

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I try to redirect if I can. Cookies are a huge downfall for me...so if I really want one...I try to eat something crunchy..like carrots or celery. Otherwise I try to test my willpower because I need to strengthen that a little :)



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As most people have said, it depends on the circumstances. I don't get cravings for desserts or snacks. If I have a craving, it is going to be for a big ole pile of fettucini alfredo, or a cheeseburger. I am on day 3 of my diet, and right now I need to ignore those cravings, because I feel those cravings are more from an eating "addiction" and a poor schedule, rather than needing to actually eat. On day 1 of my diet, at 1am I got so hungry, that I felt like a junkie, and didn't know what to do. If I had given in at that time, it would not have been just one or two pieces of something, I would have raided the whole fridge. I had had plenty of calories for the day, but my body is used to getting taco bell at midnight, or some other late night grease fest. First, I tried having a yogurt and some pretzel sticks, but after that I just wanted to eat more. So I logged into SparkPeople, and focused on blogs and articles, until I was comfortable enough to go to bed. I do believe if the calories are there, a little indulgence can't hurt, but it also depends where you are in your diet as well. For me, being in the first week of my diet, by cravings are because of what the "old me" is used to eating. If you've been at this for a few weeks and are craving something specific, and can get away with just a little, while being satisfied, then go for it. I think it also matters how much weight you have to lose and where you are in your diet. I have a 175 pounds to lose, at this point, I don't really have room to cheat, I've barely started losing. For me its just as much about the craving as it is my commitment to the program. You have to weigh (no pun intended) all the consequences out for yourself.



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Right. That's why I usually don't eat breakfast because once I start eating I can't stop so the later in the day I can start the better even tho I know we are supposed to eat breakfast every day.sometimes I also skip lunch and just drink ice tea all day till supper. After supper I don't snack because my husband is home.

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I know exactly what you mean CZUNIGA9. I struggle in the very same way. So far I've been able to just ignore it when I see or smell something I want because once I start, it seems there's no turning back.



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I also began again after gaining 40 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Years. I had lost 104 lbs and now it's like starting all over but I did it to myself and knew it at the time but couldn't stop. What's wrong with me? I hate losing and gaining . Why can't I stay motivated to lose? Why do sweets always sabotage me? I must try harder.

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So far, I'm just staring those cravings in the eye......and then ignoring them. I'm so excited that I'm actually doing it! emoticon



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Set a timer for say 2 hours on the computer and when it rings EXERCISE. emoticon



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Support our Veterans and our Military!!!
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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass;
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
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Love the parents away image...YES, and I am almost sixty and they have both been gone for over a decade--I also habitually procrastinate and I think the eating frenzy is related--read in Chris lawford's new book about eating disorders that binge eaters often have unresolved issues with authority. Exhibit A: this morning is one minuet away from being over and I have done nothing but web search--onward. Thanks!



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Well, I all but had a panic attack when I was running errands the other day, and passed up McDonalds! LOL...seriously...I had not realized how much I would go there. That is what I crave. That, and I was so used to eating late at night. Now I eat my carrots and red bell peppers for the crunch. It's so hard! We have decided that when we go out to eat, it will be Golden Corral, they have the best and biggest salad bar. I feel for ya, and so relate....we can do this! My mind set has GOT to change. Like I keep saying...I've gotta stop eating like my parents are gone for the weekend, lol..good luck!



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I really appreciate this post -- chicken wings from my office cafeteria are my downfall and late night eating, watching TV--just zoning out, ravenous for more nutrient-free calories: cheetos followed by cracker jacks. I feel fine with food for most of the day, but once night falls I turn into a craven maniac. Need to find a big redirect--going to try a Bikram yoga class at 5:30 tonight and just start over. Thanks alot--you made my day, will also try the drinking cold water trick from the earleir post



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I have a craving for chocolate that is hard for me to deal with. Any suggestions? emoticon



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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass;
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
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I'm on the green side of the grass!!


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I haven't found the answer for myself yet as to avoiding the foods I crave. I'm still working on this issue. Yesterday, following an excellent week of great nutrition and some actual weight loss, I began to crave chicken wings from Pizza Hut. Oh my! I knew eating just one or two was not the answer, they are so fattening! I decided to go on the SP Nutrition Tracker and research how many cals I could eat and still stay within my goal for the day as I had not used up many cals yet. I found the answer and was happy with it. Where I failed....instead of having my husband place the order online for what I had chosen, he let me place the order. Suddenly, I was craving every pizza on site! And I fell from there : ( I ended up ordering the wings I wanted AND a med pizza. Instead of only eating one pc of pizza, I ate Four pcs! So my goal today is to forgive myself and begin again! I screwed up one day, but also learned from my experience. I will Plan Ahead for any excess cals I may want when craving a food not fit for my nutrition tracker! I know now I cannot let myself order the food or go to a restaurant with out planning. I cannot look at a menu once there, but will order only what I have pre-planned. It's all in the research and planning for me. If I don't eat what I'm craving, I'll do like many and eat everything around it until I've eaten in excess and then end up eating the craving anyway. Ignoring or diverting the issue does not work for me. For now, this is what I will do!

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Will try the cold water technique!

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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

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My 18 year old daughter sowed me how to kill cravings. Drink cold water. If that does not cure your craving, drink diet pop and talk to a friend. I am a night eater as well, and I am beginning to practice those. On my way to getting healthier!

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I usually crave something sweet at the end of my dinner so I have either a small piece of chocolate or a special K pretzel bar which fills that spot with only 90 cal.

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Lately all I've been doing is indulging and I've gained 14 pounds. So today I will begin again, and try to redirect! I'm hoping that popcorn and other non food indulgences will stop this gain period and get me back on track!

Julie
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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

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I think indulging a bit is required, otherwise we will crash. I think of the French women who eat a bit of chocolate in mid afternoon every day. Just enough!



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I know that I have to redirect. Because of my addictive behavior I am powerless over my temptations. Once I start, I just can't quit until I am sick. I need to come up with a plan to replace my temptations so I don't indulge. I know what I have to do but making myself do it is another thing. When I was recovering from drugs I learned this thing about acceptance from the AA Big Book Page 417 - It goes like this.

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation - some fact of my life - unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is suppose to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism (replace with addiction) I could not stay sober (replace with thin); unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes.

This is a very powerful message. If you memorize it and meditate on it, it will help with the changes we seek. I used this passage to help me overcome my addiction to drugs and I will apply it again in this situation. I hope it will help some of you too.

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I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes.

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sugar craving is hard to break. dark chocolate in lil square. is not too bad. the point is really "enjoy" it, not feeling guilty while eating it. otherwise, what is the point, rite? then, we all feel like losers " caving in" to "bad foods". im learning to deal with foods in a diff attitude.



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a small indulgence is necessary every now and then



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I crave chocolate like none other, and redirecting always seems like it's only a temporary solution for me. So I keep a bag of the kit kat minis around. After I eat one or two the craving is usually gone. If I ignore it before long I'll just end up eating everything chocolate that I can possibly get my hands on.



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That's so true, Healthy Jenn! Ignoring does work. emoticon Anni

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When you feel like giving into a craving, go for a walk or call or visit a friend, or visit Sparkpeople to help you through the craving. emoticon



I will take off pounds sensibly!!!
Support our Veterans and our Military!!!
Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your door forever.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass;
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
I'm on the green side of the grass!!


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I might need some planned indulgence - I'm starting to feel a little flat.

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It seems like when I indulge, I don't feel satisfied & want more & more of it. I'm at least trying to not eat sweets after dinner for this week.

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I try to head off cravings by always including some planned indulgences throughout the week. If I don't I start to feel deprived and am much more likely to binge. Distraction and redirecting to more healthy choices are also sometimes helpful.

Since cravings mostly hit me in the evenings, going to bed early often short-circuits the whole thing before it even happens.

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Today I'm trying to ignore my cravings because it always leads to overeating.



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It depends: Like others, I sometimes find that I will eat everything in sight in an effort to not eat the "bad" food I am craving. In those cases, it's better that I indulge a bit. Normally, I can distract myself or talk myself out of it.

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redirect - I walk

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
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If l keep a small bar of chocolate in the house l can ignore it but if l don't have any l go out and binge! Everything in moderation.



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