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CHIHUAHUAMOM2
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5/3/13 11:11 A

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I am really struggling with this myself. The only time I ever eat "junk" is usually after a meal, and I want something sweet. I have tried fruit, and dried fruit...but its not really what I want. If I could have one cookie and be satisfied, that would be great.


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5/3/13 11:06 A

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You just have to take it one (minute),, hour at a time, call a friend, chew gum, paint your nails, anything to distract a binge from even starting!! BELIEVE!! emoticon

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

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I can exercise and all that but when it comes to healthy eating I just have a hard time with it and I binge! I hate that but I don't know what to do to stop!



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Whenever I have had a bad binge of sugary foods, or just plain junk food, I do a 10 day Advocare cleanse. It helps rid my body of the toxins plus, takes my cravings away and I find myself actually craving healthy food! Its the easiest (and gentlest) cleanse I have found. Plus as a positive side effect, you lose weight. LOL

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I too find that abstinence is really the key for me but glad to read some interesting concepts here.

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i eat them in moderation and very seldom. I eat plain white popcorn with a little salt, homemade baked tortilla chips with salsa.

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I found having healthy food alternatives was a huge help in my journey. Recently I read the book The hunger fix : the three-stage detox and recovery plan for overeating and food addiction by Amanda Peete. I highly recommend the book for those who would like to understand the science of food addictions and cravings. She has a well thought out and proven approach to break food additions with what she calls healthy fixes that retrain your brain to control the cravings of what she calls unhealthy fixes. She was interviewed on Spark Radio.

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hey joy 2425...I did that yesterday emoticon I laugh at my self because what you going to do but get back on the wagon and don't buy any sweets that's what I do anyway cause I know I am greedy with sweets and it sucks but I just don't have any self control hope this helps and if you need a laugh just picture me with chocolate all over my face..lol TRY TRY TRY AGAIN

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how much do you take a day? It doesn't mess with your bladder just wondering cause I was taking a few different things for migraines had the bladder issue didn't know if it was from mag or vim b emoticon thanks mariebella

Edited by: LEGGSMALON at: 4/29/2013 (16:59)
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Since taking magnesium I no longer crave chocolate! It really works! emoticon



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Help~I am on vacation and have eaten alot of fruit and salad. But I had a chocolate attack. I thought I did good with buying weight watchers chocolate bars, and wanted to dole them out over the week....but as soon as I got to the beachhouse, I ate 4/6 of them! Why is it so hard to say no? Why is it so hard to eat and enjoy just one? If I abstain, then I find myself doing great....but the moment I give in, it is like I have just lost the whole game and what the heck....eat them all until I start over again. (And that can lead into weeks of binging!) All or none mentality???

What is wrong with me?

Everytime I have a "self-bashing thought" (mad at myself because I failed an attempt to reach a goal)I will find 3 positive things I did to replace that thought! This way I will change my thinking and remove one aspect of emotional eating. Soooooo....

1 negative thought = 3 positive thoughts!


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Help~I am on vacation and have eaten alot of fruit and salad. But I had a chocolate attack. I thought I did good with buying weight watchers chocolate bars, and wanted to dole them out over the week....but as soon as I got to the beachhouse, I ate 4/6 of them! Why is it so hard to say no? Why is it so hard to eat and enjoy just one? If I abstain, then I find myself doing great....but the moment I give in, it is like I have just lost the whole game and what the heck....eat them all until I start over again. (And that can lead into weeks of binging!) All or none mentality???

What is wrong with me?

Everytime I have a "self-bashing thought" (mad at myself because I failed an attempt to reach a goal)I will find 3 positive things I did to replace that thought! This way I will change my thinking and remove one aspect of emotional eating. Soooooo....

1 negative thought = 3 positive thoughts!


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4/27/13 4:07 A

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If I can cut out the junk food and load up on fruits/veggies for at least 3-5 days, the cravings usually go away. However, if I fall off the wagon, even just a single piece of cake or a bag of chips, I find it really hard to get back up and usually end up going off the deep end. The key is not letting myself get there. If I can stay strong and find healthier alternatives to the junk food I want so bad, I will be ok.



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I cut out grains, dairy and sugar and sugar substitutes that are chemical... I still use stevia. I don't have sugar cravings anymore... first I went to fruit... now I have cut the fruit down to just berries and am losing more weight with less fructose in my diet. I still eat peanut butter and rice crackers



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Omg I am having AWFUL pms cravings! I couldn't take it, so I had some nutella on white bread.. I'm at about 850 calories for the day, so I'm not over, but I still feel guilty! I just want loads of CHOCOLATE right now :(



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Paleo is the way to go to beat junk food cravings! I never would have believed it. We cut out grains, dairy, sugar (except that naturally occurring in our one or two servings of fruit daily), and legumes, and only use healthy fats (olive, avocado, coconut, CLARIFIED butter, and that occurring in our lean meats). Within a week, I stopped craving junk. This was incredible for me, because I had a potato chip and dip addiction like no other! I had the worst time losing weight...now I'm down 20lbs, and feeling great. We eat lots of clean, lean meats, tons of yummy veggies and healthy fats, and some fruit. Hubby eats nuts, too, but I'm allergic, so some seeds for me. We also consume chia seeds in some form each day. (www.whole9life.com/whole30 is where we found the info on how we eat today...we were looking for some answers/help to some food allergies I was having - had no idea it would be so good at helping me control weight, too.)



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I also have a difficult time when I get out of work. It's the time when you are winding down from work stress, and preparing dinner. Saltines seem to be my down fall when I walk in the door. I wish carrots and celery were more filling!



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I tell myself that peanut butter is not junk food, but it is undermining the weight loss. I am thinking of how to re-structure my "getting home from work" time.



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After 4 in the afternoon is the worse time for me. I have a bad habit of walking up to the coffee area at work to see if there is any "goodies" up there. I may not grab anything the first time, but I am almost always back in a little while to grab something. Too bad all the walking I do to scope out the treats doesn't count as steps taken!

I have stopped having something after dinner. That will help me meet my goal.



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4/25/13 10:10 P

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I would say try and bring your own healthy snacks along instead. Like baby carrots apple slices, cheese, grapes and other healthy snacks to eat. Also nmake sure you have a bottle of water to drink too. Take along a picture of yourself at your heaviest and remind yourself what you want to look like.

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I have had a few days were I tried to stay on schedule but ate more than planned



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I am guessing my need for help might come in this category. If not--sorry.
Anyway, I don't have a big junk food craving, EXCEPT when I go work at one of my volunteer jobs, in which I do data entry.
My problem is whenever I am there, I eat, chocolates, animal crackers anything I see. Today, luckily, there was fruit & veggies, but also there was those little chocolate mini muffins, I ate 4. It seems to be a habit to eat whenever I am there. My hands go into the jar before my mind says stop. It's automatic.
We are going through a change right now, which is stressful and I sit close to the kitchen. I can't move, because it is a small building with limited space. Any suggestions on how to get my brain to work before my hands hits the jar of cookies, candy or the left over food from meetings etc. emoticon

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I have a two pronged approach, because I had to realize a couple of things about myself to be able to change my lifestyle successfully.

1. Never grocery shop hungry. Ever. If I'm full at the store, I make good choices. If I'm not, I wind up with all sorts of crazy bad crap in my cart. I'm too busy/lazy to drive to the store just to pick up some ice cream, so if I have some discipline at the store, I'm usually good.

2. Plan on having a treat every day. I have to have a treat. Doesn't matter if it's a Hershey's kiss, or frozen yogurt, or a pudding cup, or a gluten-free cookie, I have to have something sweet at least once a day. Admitting that and allowing it to happen, just with smaller serving sizes and healthier choices has been really helpful. Before, I would sit down and eat an entire pint of B&J and not feel bad about it at all. Now, I just have a scoop of TCBY and call it good. If I'm not denying myself, it feels less like torture.



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I don't know if this has been mentioned, but like to put my PORTION CONTROLLED CALLING ME JUNK FOOD in a pretty little bowl....like 20 M & M's and I put the container on the counter in my kitchen and leave it there and when I REALLY want one, I will....but when they're gone.....that's it!! I keep the bag in the basement....out of sight, out of mind!! Works for me and I've been maintaining for over 2 years now! YOU CAN DO IT!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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I have to think about what I'm eating instead of mindlessly stuffing it in my mouth. I would probably save money too since most of the junk I eat is store-bought. I just became aware that my clothes are not fitting/are too tight. It seems to work but I'm just starting out.



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WOW! I am so grateful for this thread. I too struggle with cravings and all of you seem to have really great advice that I will definitely use in the future. :)

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I find that if I "can't" have something that is the thing that I really want. This applies to junk food that I shouldn't eat and foods that could kill me...like asparagus. I don't deny myself what I really want, I just have less and have it less often. If I know that I can have some, it doesn't hold the same power over me. I just make sure I track it and stay in my calorie range. Asparagus on the other hand....I want it so bad!!!!!



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4/24/13 8:15 A

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Hello,
I'm not sure if someone already posted this. If I can get through one full week or two without sweets, the cravings go away for the most part. If I can keep myself from starting again when I see something I love... I guess it's like when I quit smoking. Do not take that first cigarette as it leads to many more... Thank you all for good tips!

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First and foremost I am sorry for your loss. It is a difficult time and we don't always think of ourselves during our grief. I find if I keep healthy snacks around and ONE special treat (mine is a Cadbury Ice Cream snack bar) When I have done well a day I allow myself to have just one, at least a few hours before bedtime, then I do some light excersize and drink water. Lots of times I find I don't really want the ice cream bar and have a yogurt of piece of fruit or even one of those little fruit cups or jello cups. It takes time and if you backslide don't beat yourself up. Tomorrow is a new day. Just like you ask forgiveness of Jesus every freah day you can forgive yourself. God bless and carry on/ Liz



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This might sound crazy, but if you crave something sweet...eat something sour instead. I have tried this and it does stop the craving. My problem is that if I eat something sweet then I crave something salty. What a two edged sword.



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grief is a very difficult emotion to deal with. risking the cliche, "time heals all"; i have to say that's true, from my own experience. you never forget, you'll always bring up memories but those moments get easier to handle. the key here is to be aware if you're truly hungry, or "eating your emotions". same goes with the idea of eating just because you're bored. are you truly hungry? it's okay to go on and have that "bad" food once in a while. i believe that denying yourself that treat is more detrimental than having it. just don't go for the whole box, or the whole pint, or the whole bag. put it on a plate, a bowl, a cup; and stop there. if you still feel bad for eating that "bad" food, make up for it with an extra mile, 20 more minutes or cardio, or whatever it is you do for exercise; drink more water, etc. good luck to us all! i'm guilty of those cravings too and i supposed it's easier to preach than practice. =)

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This is such a hard thing to do. I have read books in the past about eating mindfully. It really works if you use the tools given correctly. I use that and when I really want something I shouldn't have...I'm going to remove myself from that environment and/or find something else to do to occupy my thoughts. Such as go do some exercises, read, clean, take a walk outside,
paint my nails. My house should be very clean and my body should look great someday if I follow through. Ha!

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I don't usually comment, but this is so relevant to my real weakness that I felt compelled to. I've tried the lot, using substitutes, not buying it (but then I have an absolute blow out), eating fruit or veg (so then I'd eat it and then go for the bag of chips after). This time though, I'm going for the mind over matter option, I'm telling myself that I feel great having not ate them (very often out loud as my hand is gravitating towards the bag), and then I tell myself that my clothes are hanging better, my jeans are more comfortable, my skin is more clear....and even although none of those things were true at the start, now, they are beginning to be true, so it is even easier to say and mean it!! And pretty motivating. Also, I've been having one not diet day, when I have decided that if I want chips or sweets then I could, and my day last week was yesterday, and I ended up only having one small bag of chips, and I didn't even enjoy them that much!! I'm not sure if trying it would help others, but certainly I'd advocate giving it a try...



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I too struggle with the eat it all problem at times especially. Over time different sweet treats have been added to my "don't keep it in the house" list. I would really like to overcome this and gain control so I can have these things every once in a while but I mess up when I decide I'm ready and buy a box--I do much better just to leave it at the store and buy just one at a time for my treat. In the end I've consumed fewer calories.



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I have been trying to lose weight an find it hard. I start out each day trying to eat right and some part of the day I snack on something not good. I lost my husband 16 months ago and been struggling to get the weight off that I think is brought on by this sorrow in my life.



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TBUFF35: I just looked at this thread tonight and I have to thank you for the pudding cup suggestion, because it's awesome! I have a HUGE issue with literally inhaling anything/every-single-thing 'sweet' I can find in my cabinets on a daily basis - in very short amounts of time (even copious amounts of fruit!). The pudding cups may actually work for me being pre-measured and all, with some added strawberries perhaps. Yum! Thanks again :)



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Yes, me too! I don't bring "healthy" sweet snacks into the house because I will eat them....
Even seaweed, nori snacks, I eat the whole thing. So, made a decision to be healthy and am committing to staying healthy, not overheating each day. It isn't easy, I want to feel good about my food choices and myself instead of guilty about what I ate.

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See, my problem is that I love sweet foods, but can't even keep "healthy" sweet foods in my house, like the FiberOne bars, etc. If something delicious is in my house, I seriously need to eat it all - I can't stop at just one pre-wrapped brownie, you know? I know for most people the proportioned packages help, though. I wish I could do that - usually instead I break down and go somewhere and get something REALLY bad :P



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I like to find a substitute that will satisfy the taste - like something crunchy that's healthier. I happen to love hummus so fresh veggies with hummus will satisfy me because it's spicy and crunchy at the same time.

For pastries, I try gluten free brands healthier brands like Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread.

Frozen grapes get me away from ice cream. Or yogurt with coconut and cinnamon and fruit will also substitute, may need a touch of honey or maple syrup.

I have to be careful with cheese - love it with fruit! And nuts, I go over the fat limits due to both of these regularly if I'm not careful. Again hummus and yogurt help me diversify.



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I like either crunchy and salty or sweet. I am now turned on my breaking broccoli into small bites and covering it in balsamic vinegar or lite caesar dressing. It is crunchy, good and salty. Last week I was eating cheesecake, this week the fresh fruit bowls at publix are calling me. They have grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, watermelon and kiwi. So juicy. Let's see how long the fruit holds my undivided attention.

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I have a few suggestions for you that I think could really help. I have a serious problem with sweets and these items are helping me immensely. Fiber One 90 calorie chocolate chip brownies, clif kidZ organic snack bars in iced oatmeal cookie or chocolate chip (130 calories), Nature Valley dark chocolate granola thins (80 calories) and Special K raspberry cheesecake cereal bars (90 calories) I have to eat one or two of these things every day just to make it through :) good luck to you!



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I try to search out things with "crunch" because I know I cannot have the dreaded "potato chip"
Keeblers Italian herb flatbread cracker, has done well for me. It fills the gap up the every 2 hours I eat something, and only 70 calories for 8 crackers. It seems to satisfy my crunch need.
I know it's still a processed food, but it and the salad dressing (Annies naturals) and some cereals (organic) YIKES they are expensive. But these items are the only thing I eat. But I still won't fall into the sugar gap. I beat that, with fruit. And now that watermelon is coming into season I am all psyched about that!

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SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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cookies of all kind!

"I can do all things through Christ who strentheneth me"(PHI 4:13).

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you"(THS 5:18).


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Very helpful. Thank you.



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chips are my downfall . I thought i could eat a small bag of chip when my hubby ate his snack .but when i gave it up and did not eat or ate an apple or salad instead . my blood sugar dropped from 8.4 to 7.1 . so it does matter . I still want a bag from time to time and i do eat about once a month now but they are not as good as i once thought .we need to rethink so much of the foods we eat . what we crave might not be good for us. emoticon

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I try and distract myself when I am tempted to graze. It is really hard, especially when you have family members that aren's struggling with their weight. My son and husband love chips and stuff. I am just trying to have the willpower to resist or find something healthy that will hit my cravings. emoticon



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Well....I am really having trouble staying away from junk food. I was doing pretty well and was probably going to see a loss tomorrow. Then last night I bought some sugary/salty junk food and ate it all. Why do I keep doing this??? Trying to get back on track today.

I was doing another program but got tired of paying all that $$ just to weigh in on their scale. I love this website...so many ideas.

I hope everyone has a great Friday.



 
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I am new to SparkPeople and I decided to use the nutrition tracker to track a day or two of just eating "like usual" I was so horrified by the results, that I find I can easily convert that feeling into the willpower to resist. It gives me a good feeling to put energy into making sure those numbers are at a healthy level. I can only take it one day at a time and hope this effect snowballs into an amazing new me:)



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Anelakanoa-
For those first two weeks getting back on track, I recommend starting some 'fast break goals'. The SparkDiet is always nice to fall back on. If I try to hit 8 glasses of water a day and remember to tell myself "no snacking after 8pm!", then it tends to become somewhat of a habit. I usually find that after those first two weeks it is easier to say no when I don't want something.

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Hi Penny- I saw your message and it really resonated with me. I too, could skip the chips and popcorn my whole life, but crave the creamy, rich treats. My favorite substitution to satisfy my sweet craving is the individual cups of pudding found in the Jello aisle. You can get the fat free or sugar-free, chocolate if you want it. The serving size cup keeps you accountable, the pudding is rich and creamy and satisfies that urge for sweet, and you can figure it into your daily calorie count without guilt. To change it up, you can also do jello parfaits -- these are acceptable to my whole family- sugar-free jello served up with cool whip (just 25 calories a serving) is sweet, creamy, satisfying, and pretty to look at! Throw in some berries for even more punch :) It's my one concession to processed foods; the one thing that worked for me. I made this my best go-to to substitute the ice cream and soda I love so much, and lost 68 lbs. in 6 months with this approach (of course I also restricted calorie intake and exercised). emoticon Good luck with your struggle!



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I always get my cravings at night around the time they say you should not be eating, an if i'm craving something and my tummy is grumbling I can't just go to bed..so in that case i'll peel an orange or have some grapes. they are always better for you than chips even if it at night. When im craving a sugary drink i'll make a single serving bottle of crystal light, its a nice change when all you are drinking is water. I also noticed if I don't eat right during the day i'm starving at night.



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I have the same problem. The best answer I can think of is to go to bed early too! Although I haven't put that into action much, I know it's the best answer!!

Either that or try doing something while watching TV.

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I get the sabbraro (not sure of spelling) Red Pepper Hummus and make sure to measure it like everything else. It is garbanzo beans and veggies and seasonings. Cannot remember the calories, but all the stores have it. (lots of protein). Try it for a party and see what you think or bring it as a side. It is amazing when I have done this, it really makes A BIG HIT. People love it.



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Making it homemade, is much better than store bought. Chickpeas and Tahini and I am sure you can change it up. A friend of mine gave me a recipe some time ago, not sure where it is. But when I eat it, I usually have it on celery. YUMMO!

You can't turn a Boston Bull into a whippet.

Don't be afraid to walk on the moon.

Life is just a chair of bowlies
(Erma Bombeck)

My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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Is hummus really good for you? I love it, but its mostly fat calories?

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Irish- I love your ideas, I think I need to make me some signage. I love hummus and bell pepper strips!

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It has been just over a week since I started sparkpeople. I was using another program but it wasn't working well for me. I failed on the motivation part. Their website was not as good as what I am finding here. So many more choices and recipes and EXERCISE offerings. I have lost 3.3 pounds and I feel better already this morning. I feel like I am back on my way. I lost 24 pounds on the other plan initially, but petered out by Christmas. It's been a struggle getting motivated and discouraging to see 10 pounds go back on. But- I was still 14 pounds lighter than I was stuck at for a few years, and now it's inching down again. I appreciate this site and the support that is here. It take a week to get to this weight on and it won't take a week to get it off. I love this kid's song "Little by little, inch by inch. By the yard it's hard, by the inch what a cinch. Never stare up the stairs, just step up the steps. Little by little, inch by inch."

Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now. "For His Glory"


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I am at the point, now, thank goodness, where I will not buy the junk and have in the house. If I have it for a party, I send it home with my friends and family.
I try to remember, that Fruit and Vegetables can fill me up and I do enjoy them.
Salsa has no calories, so that is okay to keep, but be careful of the Scoops that go well with them. Hummus is good too, and veggies. It is a constant battle to work at, I think and TRACKING it all makes me see, that I don't want to waste my points plus or calories on the empty nutrients. I have a note on my bathroom mirror too and each day I put a new one on. Today it says, "Grapes are SO GOOD for you." tomorrow I think it will be be "Greek Yogurt
is delicious"and it helps me focus more, last week, I put on there, "Congrats on your 1# loss, keep up the great job." emoticon



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I also like to to have little messages around in the kitchen especially, like say "You're worth it", "Just do it"....inspiring thoughts, and I talk out loud positively when I see myself reaching for something that is NOT healthy or helping me maintain my 39# loss....like "You're not hungry, why eat that." or, Why not have 4 M & Ms instead of 14! It helps me to stay on track!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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BEACHGIRL679, I know what you mean 3 months ago I quit my Diet Cherry Pepsi cold turkey. I probably drank at least a 6 pack each day. I now use just carbonated water with a little Stevia and it seems to work so far. My problem is that I unconsciously find myself starting to reach for junk food. Have to really distract myself hard. Noticed I'm very agitated and I feel shaky (no, I'm not hypoglycemic or diabetic) but I'm hanging in here so far. Feel like jumping out of my skin. Yes, I'm very aware this sounds like an addict. I'm gonna pick up the book that was recommended written by Pamela Peck. Thanks for the info. emoticon



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Eating right, and fruit, seemed to make my cravings go away. It's been almost 30 days and I have craved nothing. If your needing a sweet (fruit) crunch, try keefers Italian flatbread cracker crisps. They are pretty healthy. I am going to look for flackers (health food store) this payday they are made with flaxseed, not sure of what is in them yet, will check to make sure they are what I need. You got to get away from chips they are our downfall, and they are refined ingredients, which most of us know now, is poison to us.

You can't turn a Boston Bull into a whippet.

Don't be afraid to walk on the moon.

Life is just a chair of bowlies
(Erma Bombeck)

My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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Oh my goodness! I am such a chip addict. I have to tell myself that I cannot buy them when I go to the store. I just cannot control myself around them. The breaking point for me was on a Friday when I ate a bag and a half of chips. (The regular size bags with about 7 to 10 servings). I felt so disgusted and ashamed that I vowed I would have to cut out the chips. I still crave them though. Everyday I want them, but since they are not in the house, I do not eat them. Plus, sometimes I really do not feel like going to to store to get them, so I sit here with my cravings. I just need a little help over coming these cravings.



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EASTONJES This might sound weird but one day I noticed a coworker in the breakroom going into a treat with his boogery little fingers instead of using the serving utensils. ICKY. I think of that every time now.

~Hazel (Central time zone)

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THIS looks like a post I need. Have been off track with snacks for awhile and really need to get back on and focus. Any help is appreciated. I hope to do this and get off meds and exercise more often.
Right now, I eat Greek 0% ff yogurt, fruit, popcorn, for snacks. I know I need more help with this and more discipline. emoticon Thanks for sharing.
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I'm new. not easy at times, especially when it's in the workroom. trying to think of what to bring instead of eating granola bars all the time. So, I'm trying, any ideas would be helpful.



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Keep it movin'.... and you can have those little treats.....make sure you pay attention to the portions and keep a food journal........you bite it, you write it!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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So many great ideas and helpful tips! I find that my cravings have been brought into check as I have balanced my eating with SP. I still have some treats but I watch the portions and track them. I eliminated anything I really don't love like soda and chips. For me moderation is the best course, otherwise I set myself up for a binge. emoticon

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Hi Penny: Please keep us posted on what you try and how it works for you. If you're not doing so already, I encourage you to use the food tracker. I discovered that I was consistently underconsuming protein & "good" fats - I've found that eating adequate protein & fat seems to have reduced my cravings significantly.

I support the suggestions of planning your indulgences so you don't feel deprived, as long as you can control portion-size. For example, I can't eat just 2-3 Hershey kisses because they are sold in packages with more than 3.

Focus on what you really like - you mentioned ice cream. Fortunately, single-serving containers are available (although a bit pricey).

Do whatever it takes to stay away from fast food - better to replicate fast food favorites at home than to give into these cravings. Once you get used to going without fast food, you will lose your taste for it. Keep healthier snacks in your car to counteract those temptations - low salt roasted almonds, Kashi bars, apples . . .

Good luck! emoticon



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Sometimes when I get a craving I can make myself wait. Like I've eaten a healthy meal but it was TOO healthy, you know, and I WANT a bag of chips. So I say OK but I've got to go back to work and come back later to get the chips. Well usually once you're distracted, the craving loses its power over you, and it's a lot easier to think about your goals, and just say no. The hard part for me is nighttime because there are fewer distractions. Still working on that. Sometimes I can stop for just a few minutes and go over all my goals and think about how much I want to reach them, and that empowers me to put it off - I can have that beer tomorrow night. I have the rest of my life to eat cookies. Let's just say no today, and fill up on a sparkling flavored water and some veggies. It doesn't always work. But if you're filled up on veggies you can't cram as much junk food in!

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That book sounds interesting, I just ordered it from the library. I was in OA for two years. The main thing with their food plan is no sugar, other than the small amount in things like sandwich bread. As a food addict and hard-core chocoholic, I was shocked by how fast my cravings disappeared when I eliminated sugar. Once I ate some, though, I couldn't stop. If you feel the need for a local support group, OA (or AA if there are no OA groups) might be a good choice; but if you're atheist or agnostic it may not be a good fit, because despite what their literature says, Anonymous groups are very god-oriented.

Trying to live binge-free.


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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon WTG!!
SEASPIRIT1 Your doing it right. Since I began my journey, my cravings have vanished.

I haven't knocked gluten out of my food lists yet. Still doing research. I don't eat breads and stuff like that anyway.

Edited by: MJLUVSANIMALS at: 4/13/2013 (11:25)
You can't turn a Boston Bull into a whippet.

Don't be afraid to walk on the moon.

Life is just a chair of bowlies
(Erma Bombeck)

My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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Hey there. I read your post today and really liked yr comments about snacks. They are my downfall, sugar cravings are destroying me! Any suggestions on how to stop the cravings, always at nite as I am watching tv alone, my husband goes to bed at 8:00 usually at nite! Where do I start on this program?



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I am doing great since I found my 2 secrets.
1. Walden Farms 0 Calorie Caramel & Chocolate syrups
2. Popcorn w/No Salt, & Cant Believe Not Butter

These treats keep me from upsetting my plans!!!!

"There is no sense worrying over past failures, present situations or potential mishaps...as long as we do our best as praying, positive thinking people, God will see us thru" Mrs. Norman V. Peale


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Cravings are gone.... I can actually sit beside someone who is eating chocolate and not tackle them for it! I haven't had refined sugars, gluten or processed foods in over 6 months... there must be something to be said about the connection for cravings to that style of eating! (And this is being written by a woman who would wake up in the middle of the night with cravings for foods!) From 290 lbs to now 200 lbs......



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Awesome ideas Paulette- I'm going to have to try to do the same :)

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Some of the fun in controlled eating is change up. I like to try new things. Do you have a current non gluten list of foods? I am sure you do, with celiac disease. Does't Spark have some gluten free recipes?

You can't turn a Boston Bull into a whippet.

Don't be afraid to walk on the moon.

Life is just a chair of bowlies
(Erma Bombeck)

My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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I would love a gluten free menu, with low or no dairy options. As a celiac with dairy intolerance I would love to be able to follow a menu, instead of always having to change it up!~



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when I am shopping I get healthy snacks that I like. I love popcorn and nuts. they make a good combination.

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I plan snacks (treats) ahead of time, portion them out and store them out of sight. I write on the baggie how many calories or in it and never over 100. Then when the cravings hit, I go to my "snack drawer" and choose the snack that jumps out and says "eat me". Before I open the baggie, I document it on my food tracker and sit quietly enjoying each morsel slowly, getting the full effect of the treat. If I feel more cravings, I set a timer for 1 hour and tell myself that I can have another treat then if I still want it. Grab a glass of water and get busy with something else. Rarely do I crave another snack. It is a passing fancy that I know will just go away unless I feed it and then it will just keep coming back, like a stray cat. My snack drawer has Cocoa Roast Almonds, 100 calorie granola bars, fat-free chocolate pudding cups, fruit cups (juice packed), sugar-free gum, dried prunes, etc. On top is a large note that says, "Thirsty? Have a glass of water." My husband has cookies on top of the toaster, always in plain sight, but if I eat one, I'll eat 20, so I just pretend they are poison. (I'm allergic to them - I break out in fat!) I buy sweet rolls for him occasionally, but do not touch them. I plan healthier desserts, like angel food cake and whole grain fruit and nut muffins, and portion them, freezing about half the cake and all but two of the muffins. And after reading "Made To Crave", I realize I was made for more than food. I don't buy into the "curse of the skinny jeans". I know that my worth to God, myself and family is not measured in numbers. Cravings are usually hormonal or emotional. I needed to learn and love my own body and stop playing the "blame game" for my own choices.

Life isn't about chance so don't wish me luck. Life is about choice, so wish me courage.


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Lynda, I was around 40 when I started having all the symptoms you describe. At the time I didn't realize I was probably going through menopause. It's likely that has at least something to do with your extreme cravings, hunger, insomnia, depression, etc. A visit with your gyno couldn't hurt!

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4/12/13 10:00 A

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STDWYNWEN, great ideas! One thing that has always helped me is remembering that these giant corporations could care less about us. ALL they want is our money and they will say anything to get it. The thing I like best about SP (so far, I just joined) is the reason it was created--because a husband and wife had become rich by circumstance and wanted to give back. Compare this with any other weight loss organization, book writer, etc (except Overeaters Anonymous), and you see they are all based on profit. Who needs my money, them or me??

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4/12/13 9:49 A

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Aireeull, I love the idea of tracking it FIRST! I'm going to try this, thanks!

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4/11/13 1:55 P

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There is a principle that if we can learn to apply it, it will helps us to get through the tough times. The principle is this: "WHATSOEVER WE SOW, THAT IS WHAT WE SHALL REAP!"
GOD BLESS EVERYONE! Vic..

HAVE A BLESSED DAY

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4/11/13 11:57 A

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Mopo - Very good Post. I have the same problem. I can't eat just one!!!
Hang in there is what I tell myself and get up and do something. Doesn't always work and then I hate myself!!! emoticon

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Actually not everybody can go cold turkey. It's very hard to do, but if you really want to be healthy, it can be done.
Your right, exchanging bocas for fast food burgers is a step in the right direction. I guess for some that will have to do.
I myself will not eat anything processed. Even before I began this journey I listened to Dr. Andrew Weil about these forms of foods. He said years ago, do not purchase anything with the word "hydrogenated" in the list of ingredients. That stayed with me for a long time. And I couldn't believe how many things had it listed.
I have found something that makes me happy and looking forward to them. Turkey burgers, no bread. I make the burger, add tomatoe maybe an onion and wrap them in green leaf lettuce. The flavor of the burger is so wonderful, that I will not use bread again. I find that home cooking beats any fast food.

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4/11/13 10:44 A

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Yes, maintenance is difficult.....if you make it that way, and I have done that in the past and right now as a matter of fact I'm out of leeway at TOPS!! I've been a KOP for 2years now, but gradually I have gained 4# over my leeway.....which is 3 pound over and 7 pounds under. If you don't know what TOPS stands for, here is the link! www.tops.org KOPS is Keep off pounds sensibly! It does work, but you have to work it!!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

Make it a blessed and healthy day! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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4/11/13 8:28 A

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@MJLUVSANIMALS Yes, Boca products have gluten, and are processed food, however, if someone is coming from a diet of McDonalds, then Boca products are a step in the right direction. Not everyone wants to go cold turkey on processed food, or has an issue with gluten. I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of Boca burgers, however, they have that fast-food taste, are quick and at 70 calories, are significantly more diet-friendly than a trip through the drive-through.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann


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4/10/13 9:19 P

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Make healthier versions! I know, didn't think it was possible. But I sit here with "ice cream" cupcakes in the freezer (150 calories), semi homemade whole wheat and flax pita chips (100 calories), and skinny guacamole in the fridge. You can have snacks; salty, sweet, creamy, zesty but make a healthy "skinny" version to satisfy ALL needs. The one to be healthy and the one to snack happy. I get my recipes on Pinterest!



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4/10/13 8:24 P

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Maintenance is harder because once you lose the weight, you get comfortable, and feel you can eat some of the things that you gave up. I am in the process of looking for information on how to maintain, and not lose any more or gain (I guess I just described maintenance! lol)

You can't turn a Boston Bull into a whippet.

Don't be afraid to walk on the moon.

Life is just a chair of bowlies
(Erma Bombeck)

My nutrition tracker is like GOLD to me.

Our reward is not food, but achievement. Many of us make the mistake of rewarding ourselves with food, isn't that what got us here in the first place?

SUGAR IS EVIL, DON'T USE IT!! IN ANYTHING!!


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