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MPN5621
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10/22/12 7:15 P

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Thanks for all the great advice everybody! I appreciate it. emoticon

Miller

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I eat things with chocolate in them. Fiber one bars are great, I make boiled cookies with coco and whey powder in them, I drink my advocare shakes that are chocolate I mix it with water and Ice and it taste like a milk shake it is a meal but I am so full after drinking one I don't want anything for awhile. they have a lot of good stuff in them too. I eat reese pieces I can have about 24 I think 190 calories, the special k chocolate cereal. I eat peppermint patties I can have 3, I love simply love fudge bars I plan for one every night as my night snack 1 is just 100 calories. I know it is very unrealistic for me to stop my chocolate habit I never will but I can find low calorie treats that will do. I also do something that takes my mind off of chocolate I crochet when I am crocheting on a big blanket that I have promised out I don't think about it. I do crafts that keep my mind and hands busy. I used to have trouble doing crochet because I am a perfectionist and would have to rip a lot out but I am busy.

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Dove dark chocolate isn't bitter, and is very creamy, and each piece is individually wrapped. I have to admit that I've gotten several people "hooked" on those. They are also rated very highly in regard to the amount of the substances that are healthy in chocolate, as not all dark chocolates have the same amounts of these healthy ingredients. I don't like most dark chocolates either. I do find that since the chocolate taste is more intense with those than with milk chocolates, it seems to satisfy my cravings more than if I'm eating milk chocolates.

As you compared "creamy" chocolate to "cold" fruit, perhaps one thing you might try is buying a bag of Dove dark (they come in candy bars as well, if you want to buy one and try it first before buying a whole bag), and put it in the freezer where it will get cold (i have a full size freezer in the basement, and that's where I keep my most tempting foods, so it isn't as convenient to just grab them). Take one piece out in the morning so it will get to room temperature. That way you know that your piece of chocolate is waiting for you if you really need it. Since the rest are frozen, and therefore really aren't as satisfying to eat at that temperature, you will have to wait for a 2nd one to warm up before you can eat it, thus helping to control the quantities you eat without making you panic that you don't have any.

You also want to do your best to let these melt in your mouth, instead of chewing and swallowing them quickly. Savoring them really is more satisfying, as you enjoy the taste longer and hopefully won't try and eat as many.

I can't take lots of medicines either, as I don't like the side effects. I have read and do find that calcium is good for calming nerves naturally (that's why it is recommended for women who have problems with PMS). It isn't like a pill though, that you take and the symptoms go away. You need to make sure you are getting enough all the time. Getting added calcium in foods is best, but you can always supplement as well (best taken with a meal for better absorption). You have to make sure you also get enough magnesium and vitamin D for the calcium to be absorbed properly - sometimes a deficiency in calcium is actually because the person isn't getting enough D or magnesium, so the body can't use the calcium they do get in foods, etc. You can use the nutrition tracker to track the amounts of these in the foods you eat, to know if you need to supplement them as well.

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10/22/12 2:50 P

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don't deprive yourself. just eat small amt.

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OK, do hang on past the mention of cottage cheese...

take your cottage cheese, stir in some sweetener of choice and some plain, unsweetened cocoa, mix lots! Can stick in the freezer a while if you like it more like icecream.

Cocoa has 12 calories per tablespoon, and if you use something like truvia, no calories for sweetener, and low fat cottage cheese is really high in protein and low calorie.

I like this with frozen berries in... or add some peanut butter and you have snickers ice cream!



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10/18/12 11:07 P

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Thanks, LYNNA! Actually, I can always use more protein and I didn't know about the Hostess 100 cal. cupcakes. I don't think I've ever seen a sugar-free chocolate muffin, either - I'll keep my eyes open next time I go to the store.

I appreciate your input! emoticon

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10/18/12 9:57 P

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sorry I'm late to the party. Lol
I have chocolate flavored protein powder (chocolate truffle), I have a difficult time with moderation, so I have to get pre proportioned snacks. Hostess makes a 100cal cupcakes (yes sugar) & there are some stores that carry sugar free chocolate muffins & other baked goods. Good luck

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Thank you all so much for all the ideas, suggestions and support! If I can't make at least one of your ideas work for me, then I'm in serious trouble! Seriously, I've made a note of all your suggestions:

Changing brand to dark chocolate – I don’t like it so probably won’t eat as much

Dark chocolate mints individually wrapped (one after lunch and one after dinner) and slowly savoring the wonderful flavor. (ADELE66, many congratulations on being able to stop smoking – that’s an amazing achievement – my psychiatrist once told me that stopping cigarettes was harder than stopping heroin, so you should be really proud of yourself. When my father stopped smoking, he carried cigarettes in his shirt pocket for a while just so he'd know he could have them (kind of like you keeping chocolate in the house). That's a good idea.

Switching to the sugar-free kind (LOSINGVICKI, I used to have acid-reflux & the only good thing about it was that I physically couldn’t tolerate chocolate - maybe I should want my GERD to come back? No, the pain is too much)

Cocoa in the morning to stave off chocolate cravings for the day.

Keep it in my life but plan my calories and nutrition around it so I don’t exceed calorie intake.

All these are great suggestions and I really appreciate every one! emoticon
And again, thanks to everyone for the support - I'll let you know how it goes.

You all are emoticon

Miller


Edited by: MPN5621 at: 10/18/2012 (20:25)
"The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy

"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
Leigh Hunt

"Comparison is the thief of joy."
Theodore Roosevelt


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10/18/12 3:05 P

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One of the very first blogs I read on sparks was about a chocoholic and fizzy coldrink-aholic who wanted to lose weight but NOT give them up. I read how he ate a 100g slab and drank a can of coke EVERY DAY for lunch. but he counted those calories before the day started and made sure he ate a protein laden breakfast and then a salad or health soup for dinne. He lost all his weight in one year.
So...he didnt give it up, just made sure he didnt exceed his calorie intake. He did however admit that it wasnt the best place to get his nutrition from, but it was what it was and he didnt want to give it up. Maybe you could try the same thing.

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I drink my cocoa in the morning for breakfast and this satisfies me for the chocolate cravings.



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10/18/12 12:42 P

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For me, it's not a big issue anymore as I can't have chocolate that much. It's too much caffeine and I have acid reflux and it aggrivates it. Also I can't have a lot of sweets anymore because it brings on bad hot flashes and night sweats.


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Have the same problem and haven't found anything as satisfying. Would like to know how you make you - what works for you.

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Try switching to the sugar free kind. You'll still get the flavor but without all the calories and fat.


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It's hard to eliminate one special thing you love....You've got some good advice, though...


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Hello there!

Yes... completely empathise... total chocolate addict here too!

When I gave up smoking a few years ago, I kept cigarettes in the house the entire time. My reasoning was that if I really wanted to smoke, I would. Even if it meant going out and buying them. So I always had them around. I could always make the choice to smoke if I wanted to. I must admit that I was amazed that knowing that really did help me give up, and I smoked for almost 25 years.

So, now, I always have chocolate in the house. I tend to buy dark chocolate mints that are individually wrapped and are about 35 calories each. I have one single chocolate after lunch, and one after dinner. And I follow the wonderful Geneen Roth's advice..... when it's chocolate time.... I stop doing anything else... I unwrap the chocolate... put it in my mouth... close my eyes... and really TASTE it. I make it last as long as possible. We so frequently stuff food in without really tasting and appreciating it - particularly high calorie foods like chocolate.

Whatever happens, keep trying different things. This is working for me, but might not be the right thing. Don't worry, you will find what works for you. And don't forget, addiction is not actually about the chocolate/cigarette/drink... it's about how it feels to satiate a compelling urge - THAT is the satisfaction, not the thing itself.

Lots of luck!

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10/18/12 12:33 A

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Thanks DebbieAnne - that's a good idea - I hate dark chocolate so I'd probably eat less. (As I'm typing this, I'm visualizing myself eating the dark chocolate, not being satisfied, and getting in the car to go get a Snickers, or M&M's or something!) But, I WILL try it - maybe it will work!

Thanks again,

Miller emoticon

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Hi there and welcome.

I feel for you. It's an addiction like drinking or smoking.

Here's what I did. I changed the brand and kind of chocolate that i always buy.
to Lindt or dove or Chirardelli Dark chocolate with higher percent like 70 or higher of dark cocoa. the dark chocolate is actually healthy with antioidents. It's less sweet and still has a trace of that chocolate but can be a bit bitter.





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Has anybody out there ever weaned themselves off of chocolate for good? And if so, how did you do it?

I've tried the following:

1) Don't buy it or have it in the house - I go get in my car day or night and get it.

2) Only eat a small piece - I can't be satisfied with just a small piece, I have to have MORE!

I feel like I HAVE to have it every day. I don't feel SAFE if I don't have any in the house. If I don't have any and I'm stressed out or scared, I feel like I'm going to lose my mind until I get some. I have generalized anxiety disorder and OCD (which is an anxiety disorder) and I'm not on a therapeutic dosage of meds because of side effects (believe me, I've tried every medicine out there - the only way I could not feel anxious would be to stay stoned on tranquilizers all day everyday and I can't do that!).

I guess I've been using chocolate for a security blanket so long that it's my "go to" comfort food. I know I should get all the chocolate out of the house and then when I start feeling scared or feeling like I'm going to go crazy, I should just journal and get in touch with those feelings. I've done it before and it works, but I HATE it because it feels so bad. What I'm getting in touch with is fear, fear, fear, loneliness, fear, fear, fear, anger, fear, fear, fear, fear, fear. It's a real bad feeling. I feel a low level of fear all day long every day and then sometimes it spikes and I'm really scared. It's just so much easier to eat the dam_ chocolate and get it over with so I don't have to feel so scared.

How can I wean myself off?? How can I get to a place where I would rather eat cold, hard, comfortless fruit than delicious, comforting, creamy chocolate??? I'm feeling kind of desperate about this because I've been off course since my daughter got sick and I'm having a LOT of trouble getting back on track. If I could beat this chocolate monster, I might actually stand a chance of succeeding at this. Otherwise, it just all feels a bit hopeless to me tonight. emoticon

Thanks for any and all advice,

Miller (THE HORRIBLE CHOCOHOLIC!!!!!!)




Edited by: MPN5621 at: 10/18/2012 (00:08)
"The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy

"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
Leigh Hunt

"Comparison is the thief of joy."
Theodore Roosevelt


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