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JOHN_SKIM
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2/6/14 7:14 P

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Usually saying... shut the ***** **. Your are not getting that. Are we clear @#$#@$@$#!?

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If I have calories to spare I eat something healthy. if I don't I drink some crystal light.



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I find that drinking a whole glass of water helps sometimes.
Also I try to put off eating for 30 minutes when I get an urge.



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I have found that I am more of a grazer than a large meal eater..I eat smaller meals and allow myself 3 to 4 small snacks a day...like a fiber one brownie or 80 calorie cereal, fat free greek yogurt, a piece of fruit..something that is always easy to grab and go..and stay away from caffeine.. I literally used to drink 8 to10 cups of coffee and now just one and the rest is decaf teas..my blood sugar no longer has ups and downs and by eating every couple of hours my cravings are under control.



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Wow! I really appreciate that first tip. I also reward myself sometimes, but I feel PMS coming on - and I know those carb cravings are rearing their annoying heads ...

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When I start to getting in that snacky mood I stop and drink water and wait for about 15 minutes. The craving will pass! I also treat myself to little indulgences because everything in moderation!! Depriving myself completely of things I really enjoy is silly to me - so I make sure I measure portion sizes and not overdo it.

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I try not to have chips, ice cream, cookies and candy in the house, but I do slip sometimes. If I don't have it, I'm not going to get in the car to go by some. If it is in the house, I "plan" my treat so that it doesn't blow my calorie ranges for the day.

I've learned not to ignore them because whenever I feel like I'm being deprived, I know I'm setting myself up to binge.

I'm also learning to "snack" on fresh fruit and raw veggies, raisins, nuts...instead of Chips Ahoy and Mr. Good Bars.

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I don't deprive myself....if I want a cookie, I will have one. Everything in moderation. For the most part, because I am so determined to stick to my lifestyle change, only if the craving is screaming at me, will I indulge. :)

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Well,one of the things eating better and working out is helping me with is smoking. Since not smoking makes me want to eat and smoking is shortening my workout times, to maintain my fitness and quitting smoking goals, when I need to smoke I hit a punching bag. I hung it in the corner of my bedroom so I dont have to go far to use it. Just 3-5 minutes gets me over the hump and I can go back to what I was doing! As an added benefit, my mid-section has never gotten tighter faster than when Ive had a punching bag as part of my workouts!!! :)

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It depends:
I review my daily trackers (food and activity) and see if I can afford a snack. If so, then I aim for something low calorie.
I also ask myself if i'm hungry or just feel like eating (Bored? stressed?).
I try to distract myself with activities.
I also use other strategies already mentioned here - brush my teeth, drink water, go for walk.

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drinking water and chewing gum are wonderful choices

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1/30/13 9:42 A

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I drink Shakeology! :)



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Drink a Pint of water and normally i'm to full up to want it,if after that i still have room i just have a little and call it a treat.

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I eat healthy, well rounded meals and snacks, and don't often just have a craving, but when I do, I go ahead and eat a small portion.

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If it's in the evening and no more calories left, hot tea with a pinch of milk. If you have a sweet tooth, put a packet or two of stevia (no cal sweetener) in it.



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Chew Gum......if it means I go chew the whole pack...oh well at least I am not eating. =)

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Sometimes, though I'vr tried very hard, I am totally unable I cave in. emoticon



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I brush my teeth, and then I put in my "night guard" that keeps me from grinding my teeth while I sleep. I can't eat with the guard in, and for some reason, once the night guard is in, I am distracted from the thought of eating. I do this shortly after dinner each night to reduce late night snacking.



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Overall all, I have a good diet and a very active program. So, an occasional craving satisfaction is ok for me.

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If I can manage it to fit into my calorie count for the day I have a small portion of the temptation or if it's something that they have in those "100 calorie" packs I'll have that instead. Like yesterday I wanted fruit pie but instead I had one of those 100 calorie special k blueberry fruit crisps.

Another thing that I find highly effective is going and brushing my teeth. Sounds weird, but it's a distraction and the minty freshness in your mouth makes you not want to eat for a bit. Usually it's long enough to make the craving go away.



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Sometimes I am able to focus on something else enough to no longer crave something-other times-I just have to give in. Giving in, isn't a bad thing.

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Sometimes I just have my craving in a small dose but most days I substitute the craving for something else healthier and it feels the same.

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1/29/13 10:20 A

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I buy a cookie or something that is on my list of prohibited foods and then leave it on the table in the coffee break area at work for someone else. That way, I feel like I satisfied my craving, if that makes sense...



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With Moderation. If its something ridiculous like tiramissou or eclairs, I have a very small portion very infrequently. Maybe once or twice a month. Otherwise I manage with fruit, fat free cool whip, and shave one square of dove dark on top. Usually around 150 cals max depending on the fruit and it totally feels like a decadent desert.

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I cut out most of the caffeine, I was getting blood sugar swings like crazy where it would get really low...and come on within 2 hours of eating and huge cravings, I finally got it that the 8 cups of coffee I was drinking a day caused it, I am down to one or 2 cups a day and the rest is herbal chai with fat free half and half or soymilk. I like Celestial Seasonings Decaf Coconut Chai..it helps with the sweet cravings



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I drink water if I cannot fit a portion within my calorie range. If the nutrition tracker shows that I can have some, I do. I don't keep 'problem' foods in the house though - sweets that I find difficult to portion.

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Very carefully....



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1/28/13 12:48 P

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Ice water and distraction like a walk or cleaning.



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Cayenne fruit really helps me.



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I buy Lindt 85% dark chocolate bars. I eat 1 square if I get a chocolate craving.

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I wait 15 minutes and it usually passes.



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I think I have finally lost my cravings.. I saw the jelly beans at the grocery store check out and wasn't tempted. I cut out grains except rice... Occasionally... basically that means no processed food and no gluten.. I am not gluten intolerant or celiac . I did this because of cancer and fat. I realize that whole grains and white grains are not much different. I get my carbs from vegetables. Then I started the Mercola mini fast since I am not diabetic but look like I should be... Some days like today I go swimming so I don't eat breakfast. I have coffee and almond milk. I work out for a couple of hours and come home for high protein. this means going 16 hours of fast some days... It does something to the body's leptin and I don't get craving...I don't do this on work days... just some days that I can do it.



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Water with lemon and having one day per week to indulge, meaning, I try to stick to my daily calorie max but if I go over it's okay. I try not to go over the 500 calories per day deficit.

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DCN8V1....I love your insight...I think I am that way myself. I think I will try your technique for overcoming. Thanks! emoticon

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Someone else mentioned Good Earth herbal tea. It used to work for me too, but I recently bought a new box, and now I feel more hungry after I drink it. Anyone else feel this way?

Now they have artificial flavors in the ingredient list, so maybe that's why. They used to be a small company, but they got bought out, and now it just seems like they cut costs. They don't even have the little sayings on the teabag tags.



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If it's bad for me, I don't keep it in the house



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If possible go for a walk




Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

Put mind into gear and you can do anything.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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Definitely Water, first and foremost. Second would be using cinnamon. It curbs my sweet tooth!

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Drinking water - with MIO and MInt. I also remind myself that "Nothing can taste as good, as feeling Healthy and Lean Feel!" It's also working because on the Ideal Protein Protocol I've cleansed my system of my food addictions, too. Good luck everyone! I wish you Great Success!!!

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Suger snap peas are really good. They do not sound too good but they are. And if you like to eat crunchy things, these are good. It reminds me of eating potatoe chips. Maybe even sweet potatoe chips. Try it. You will like them. They come in a bag (clear) and are crispy. They help to knock down cravings.



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Having an apple usually helps me, plus they're easy to carry in your purse and stay good for a long time in the veg drawer of the fridge. But my biggest downfall is opening the fridge and seeing some yummy leftovers I just want to devour!
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I was so proud of myself for going to the movies & not getting any popcorn last week! At 1st it was like torture smelling it & hearing everyone around me in the theater crunching away, but as soon as the movie started, I forgot about it. Sometimes you just have to have willpower.

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find something similar either in taste or texture. or learn to make it ur own with healthier ingredients.



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I get cravings for sweets every day. I keep some dark chocolate hershey kisses on hand. I allow myself 2 a day...they are so rich that I don't feel the need for more.



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Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead...i always have some type of "treat" in my office or at home that i can go to in an emergency, but they are always "calorie-friendly" treats so i trick myself...i fall for it every time and then i'm good and satisified.



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I'm trying to drink more green tea at work in between snacks and main meals. I'm hoping that controls my random spurts of hunger throughout the day. I usually keep some rice crackers/cakes to have with peanut butter if I want something salty. Also, a square or two of Lindt Dark (70 or 85%) chocolate is something I have a few times a week for a decadent treat. I find the darker the chocolate, the less I need to satisfy my craving!




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I have a problem with sodium too, so I am trying to make sure I drink enough water to flush the salt out of my system.



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I try and have one day where I don't just eat "diet" food. I don't go overboard, but my cravings don't get as bad if psychologically I know I can have what I'm wanting one day of the week. With my exercise, it doesn't kill my calorie goals either.



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I've been going upstairs after cleaning up from dinner!

I've been working late so by the time I get home and have something to eat and clean up its 9pm. While I love sitting in front of the tv to clear my head, all of the commercials are food related!!

I find myself getting hungry soon after finishing dinner so I just shut everything off and go upstairs to do stuff....clean, read, etc.

So far so good...I've been able to avoid eating after dinner....I'll indulge a bit on the weekend. i don't think its a good idea to restrict yourself 100% of the time.



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I'll have to give those a try, salt is my downfall.



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I let myself have them to a point..but lately I haven't really had any cravings..I've been a slack in my eating right and exercising..that's why I came back to Spark..



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Beer and pizza are my downfalls. Whole wheat pitas, homemade sauce, lean meats, and reduced fat cheese make pizza a non-issue, especially when I add some veggies (bell peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms are my favorites).

Beer has to be an indulgence for me, since I can't stand the taste of 99% of light ones. Usually, I try to go to a restaurant or bar about once a week so I can have one or two, instead of buying 6 or 12 that I have to look at every time I open my fridge. Like someone else said earlier, if I just try to forget the craving, the binge is worse the next time.

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a really good substitute for salty cravings (especially chips) are the Special K cracker chips. 27 chips = 110 calories and my craving is usually satistified way before I eat 27!



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1/24/13 10:55 A

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I drink a big glass of ice water to see if that does it. If not, I try sugarless gum. Those two usually work. If not, I have a little of what I'm craving, just not as much as my eyes/brain seem to want. I've learned that sometimes I can't beat the craving and eating around it just makes it worse (still want what I wanted but now I've eaten lots of other things that weren't really satisfying) so if between the water, the gum, and the waiting I still want it, I usually just have a small portion.



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what a wonderful idea - being mindful of our food intake and eating habits.



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...the timer trick, hmmm - this is new to me and i like it! THANKS



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I don't deprive myself of anything. I've been down that road, and it doesn't work. My thing is creamy desserts, especially ice cream. I go to McDonalds and buy plain sundaes and keep one or two in the freezer. They are only like 147 calories (I think that's with the cone) and when I feel I can't hold on any longer, that's what I go for. It's better because it is portion controlled and I'm not putting ice cream in one of my mega mugs. I only allow myself this treat once or twice a week, and only when I have not used up all of my calories for the day. emoticon

I also make fruit smoothies, or make smoothies with ice and water, unsweetened cocoa powder, a little peanut butter, maybe a banana and sweeten with some splenda. MMMM good.



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1/24/13 9:27 A

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Not well lately. I eat small portions of things I want. Other times, I don't buy them in the first place. Not buying them isn't hard since I'm always short on funds.



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I don't have anything that's completely "off limits." I think putting a restriction on certain foods will likely make you want them more ^_^;; So if there's something I want, but it's not really something I should have at the moment, I just tell myself, "Yes, I can eat that, maybe tommorow or later in the week, but not now." Much more effective than saying to myself, "No, I can never eat that, ever."



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1/23/13 7:28 P

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mine is usually salty. I started keeping popcorn kernals and lunch bags on hand. I can make as much or as little popcorn as I want. I can make kettle corn and I control the sugar or salt. Saves me money too over the single serving bags. Just measure out the amount I want, put it in the bag and throw in the microwave.

My sweet cravings have all but dimished since I usually have an apple around 3pm so I am not starving when I get home from work. I do lots of apples and oranges.



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I keep a couple treats in my house. I make sure that I eat healthy all day and then after supper I allow myself a treat and I don't feel guilty. Popsicles are a good treat because they can take a long time to eat. Another good snack is raw sunflower seeds. Buy them in the shell so you have to take the time to open each one. I usually have 1/2 cup amd it lasts me a good 45 minutes. A healthier option is a grapefruit, take the time to peel it and eat it rather than quickly cutting it up and eating it. I guess the moral of my story is to find snacks that will take you longer to eat rather than having one bite.

As others have said, the cravings will become much more infrequent as your diet improves. I used to be a potato chip junky and now I don't miss them at all.



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Like others, I don't have the things that I crave the most in my house.



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I try not to buy the foods I crave.. Chips etc. I am buying more veggies to snack on, and less fat foods. Also, not cooking fat food. Really trying to eat healthy

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If I'm craving something and i'm not hungry, I wait 20 minutes to see if it will pass. It usually does. If not, or if it comes back, I will look for a healthy alternative that closely matches my craving.

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If I want something sweet and ickey, Its 3 apples sliced with splender sprinkled on them with some molly mcbutter sprinkled on top , micowave 4min and eat. If I want pizza, Its whole wheat bread, newmans own mild salsa over top a veggie slice of bologna, turkey or smart dog. The only thing I have trouble with is something salty, salt(sodium) is my worst enemy, so sometimes I just buy something with the lesser amount of sodium emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I think having a sugar-free day is a good idea! emoticon



I will take off pounds sensibly!!!
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I'm just beginning my journey to a better, thinner me. All of these suggestions are so helpful.

I've realized that one of my biggest problems is not drinking enough fluids. So when i crave anything, I make sure I grab a glass of water with either lemon or lime.

If I STILL am craving it, I take a 15 minute walk around the complex.

If after all that, I'm still craving it, I allow myself 2 bites of whatever that item is (usually chocolate) and that's it!

Sure hope it works!



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I just discovered SPARKPEOPLE yesterday (thanks to my sister-in-law) and today I've been reading about how to manage my cravings. The posts are so good! I've just begun my journey and I know these ideas will help me. Thank you!

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If you're craving something sweet, try a pomegranate! The delicious seeds (called arils) are just like candy - sweet and tart, bite sized and you can eat them in handfuls! It takes me about 5 minutes to open one, so that's really perfect for me - I have to think about "Do I really want something sweet?" and if the answer is yes, I don't blow the calorie bank!

If it's more of a chocolatey craving, you can't go wrong with Fiber One brownies. They come in great flavors and only "cost" you 90 calories! Special K bars and "pastry crisps" are low calorie and very satisfying as well.



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I deal with cravings right now by drinking copious amounts of green tea with cinnamon honey (I have to leave myself 100 cals or so a day to account for the honey). It is working wonders for not only getting my daily water in, but keeping me from craving sweets (due to the honey).

eat food. not too much. mostly plants.

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I love all the tips here. My biggest thing for fighting cravings is to have no junk in the house (I used to be a junkfood junkie), at least not that I like or that is quick and easy to make. If I crave cake, I would have to actually make it, and the craving usually isn't strong enough to overcome the work involved. I do have a brownie recipe that is low in calories and fat that you can do in 1 serving, so If I want cake, I make that. I try to stay at the lower end of my calories, so it usually fits in very nicely without putting me over. If I crave salty crunchy stuff, I found these things called pretzel crisps which are really good, low in fat, and easy on my calorie count for the day. I also always have fruit on hand (apples, oranges, grapefruit sections separated into serving sizes). Another thing I do is make SF jello and SF pudding and put them in little 1/2 cup containers that are easy to grab and put a tbsp of light whipped topping on. These REALLY help with sweet cravings. I have also recently discovered I LOVE raw almonds, 5-10 of these is low in calories, low in fat, but boost the protein and kill a lot of cravings.

As others have said, the better I eat, the less I get cravings, but it does help to keep my hands busy while I'm relaxing in the living room watching TV. Working on the computer is great, but I find I get less urges to get up and get something to eat if I'm doing a craft project like cross stitch because then I have to wash my hands before coming back to it, so it takes more time away from it. That thought really makes me consider whether I want to get up and go through that effort.

Oh, and a square of dark chocolate (I get the Ghiradelli 72% squares) really works to kill chocolate cravings without blowing calories, plus you get the benefits of the dark chocolate. I break it into smaller pieces and just let it melt in my mouth!! YUMMY!!!!



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My SparkCoach challenge is to have a sugar free day tomorrow - all these tips have been so useful thank you.

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1/22/13 12:55 P

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I think everyone is giving real sound advice! 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 allow myself some chocolate almond milk or an Apple when I'm craving a sweet. luckily for me I don't have a huge sweet tooth. but, what has helped me not to crave any of my off limits foods (I've made the switch to almost entirely whole foods and no gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, corn, hfcs, artificial sweeteners, etc) is to look at the label and remind myself of all the chemical yuk that's in it or what it does to my body. also, Google what a pound of fat looks like and keep that in your head for when you feel weak.

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My suggestion is to pick up a brochure at Mcdonalds that has the nutricional values and look at the calories and fat contant are or look them up on their web site. Most are high in calories and fat. Imagine what eating them will do to your body!



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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Thanks for the positive advice! Loved all of the suggestions...Hope everyone is having a super day with their programs! emoticon Loved your 150 pound loss website!! you are an inspiration!! Keep up the fanyastic work!!



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For me I had to learn to differentiate between a craving and a true food need. Cravings seemed to be emotion driven and also had an "addictive" quality. I often used my timer trick to allow the cravings to pass. Set a timer for 15 minutes and get busy doing something else. When the timer rang, I almost never ate the food I thought I "craved" but instead had allowed the moment to pass without giving in.

Over time this really helped me lose 150 pounds and keep it off for almost 15 years.

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I make sure I'm getting enough protein and fat.... and then I have munchy snacks : apples, carrots, cucumbers,pumpkin seeds, rice cakes/crackers, popcorn on hand. And a cup of hot chocolate.

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I brush my teeth! Usually a craving hits in the evening a few hours after dinner, so I brush and floss my teeth to keep me from heading to the kitchen for some M&Ms or Oreos. Who wants to mess up a clean mouth?

And I think going for a walk is a great idea, too. Clears my head, gets me away from my cravings and I usually don't feel like eating after I do a little cardio.

Suck it up and one day you won't have to suck it in.


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I drink a cup of hot water, lemon, and honey. Not only does it soothe sore throats (which happens a lot this time of year!), but I get to add it to my water intake, the honey satisfies my sweet craving, and having a cozy drink makes me feel like I'm treating myself.



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I eat a protein+carb snack/ meal every 3 to 4 hours to never get hungry so much that I stuff my face with whatever. I like apples with almond or natural peanut butter, grapes with string cheese or any cheese.





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I eat a pink grapefruit and it solves my sweet and salty craving


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visualize success,drink water, and journal my feelings....I have also just tried removing myself from the situation....I hopped in the car,drove to Walmart, and walked around.....I think that journaling my feelings over the years has been the best thing! You can reread your journal and see the causes of your anxiety and sadness. emoticon



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I drink water



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If I have a sweet craving, fruit will usually satisfy it. If it's a chocolate craving, one small bar of real milk chocolate is just right. And if I want salty or kinda crunchy, I microwave a 100-calorie bag of popcorn.

Or if the craving is REALLY specific, like say chocolate cake, I plan out my calories to allow for its addition into my daily allotment. It's not a diet; it's a lifestyle, and a happy lifestyle has to include awesome desserts every once in a while!
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I like to have a piece of sugarfree chewing gum.

taking baby steps,my goal is to lose slowly but surely 15lbs.


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When I have a craving I simply give into it within reason. I have started to invest in healthier, portion controlled snacks that meet most of the cravings that I have. Smart Ones and things like that pretty much offer many options. I find that if I don't give in, the next time is worse.
The only thing that I have not been able to find a substitute for is chips.!!!!!



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Thank you for sharing. I'm going to try that too. U ROCK!



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Sometimes I just have to give in to a craving - have a bite & hope that I can stop there!!!!



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I seem to have gotten rid of my cravings by giving up sugar, bread, processed food and most of all high fructose corn syrup. Mostly I don't count calories so much but try hard to have high fiber..... salads etc... good sources of fat and protein and let the carbs come in at the lowest of the range..
When I am not working and I can handle it I have started to do the mini fast which seems to kill all craving... So if I have stopped eating by 10 pm when I get up I have coffee or tea and don't eat until maybe 2 pm after swimming.. this mini fast of 16 hours maybe longer don't stop at a grocery store on the way home and then Iend up eating less... because I have already been fasting all night while sleeping it is not as hard to do and then I eat during that 6 hour period.. not for diabetic people I assume... I don't do it every day it depends on my schedule... I always was a big healthy breakfast person. this is working for me



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I know the feeling..like kentucky fried chicken would taste so much better than grilled chicken but I just keep going forward saying to myself "don't get your self down with your own negative thoughts and cravings" it only helps a little :) good luck

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I grab the dog and go for a walk or do something else until the craving passes. Of course, if it's really bad, I wait for a while then get a small bit and put the rest away!



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I come on here to the msg borad like I am doing right now!

I packed healthy lunch (left over dinner recipe on here shrimp,rice,veggies) and i dont want to eat it all i can think about is going to Mcdonalds and getting two cheese bugers with mayo....terrible and I know is not what i need but I want it so bad.

How can i overcome this feeling?

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I also turn to SparkPeople or call a friend. 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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Know what's weird? I think I tend to crave the action of eating more than I actually crave the food itself. It's usually anxiety, boredom, or watching TV (I have a bad habit of associating TV with eating- comes from being single and wanting some company while I eat) that brings it on. When I'm feeling that way, I just want to chew, chew, chew. Gum doesn't work for me, because I end up with a bloated tummy and don't feel good. What I've tried in the past is distraction. I got a small vase, and a bunch of fat Popsicle sticks. On each one, I wrote a different activity (walk the dog, write in my journal, draw something, play DDR on my Wii, etc.). Then when I was feeling those anxiety cravings come on, I would pick an activity out of the jar. Typically, I allowed myself to pick three, and the rule was that I had to do one of the things I picked. It's helpful, but does take a little time to set up.



 
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