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NOTREADMILLDESK
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7/12/13 12:06 P

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Moxie--

I'm never without chocolate long enough to truly crave it. -G- Which probably isn't the ideal way to avoid a craving...

It'd be hard, maybe impossible, for me NOT to notice a nutritional craving after a while. The first hint I often mistake for something else. For example, I only chew my nails when I'm either nervous or missing something that can be found in some sorts of seafood that don't normally appear on my menu. (So when I catch myself nibbling on my cuticles, I _should_, though don't always, stop and ask myself whether it's anxiety or not.) But unfulfilled cravings build in intensity until they result in a nearly complete dissatisfaction with any food that isn't whatever I'm craving.

When a dinner of rare roast beef, grilled asparagus, and pecan-crust cheesecake fails to satisfy, you notice. Or I do, anyway.

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7/12/13 7:38 A

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We get fiddleheads in Maine. I haven't had them in a couple of years since the latest they are available is early June and we haven't been to visit at that time in a while. Yeah, unfortunately if I were to have a craving I would only notice if it was chocolate not something healthy like fiddleheads!
I'm in Maine now and indulging in some "bad" foods.Only gained a couple of pounds at least. And I'm not feeling like I'll go off the deep end. Maybe having been low carb for a year, as Birgit said I'm not derailing!

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NOTREADMILLDESK
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7/11/13 3:21 P

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A couple of different species of ferns are edible--though only the young, tender unopened frond-tips. I'm not in a region where any of them are common, so my once-a-year or so fiddlehead craving is usually satisfied with imported pickled fiddleheads. Or occasionally fresh fiddleheads from one of my local gourmet grocers.

http://foragersharvest.com/fern-fiddleheads-the-succulent-stalks-of-spring/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddlehead_fern



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7/10/13 10:54 A

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If I had had to guess I would have thought that there were no human-edible ferns. Fiddleheads? Hmm. Never heard of them as a food!

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7/10/13 10:13 A

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If I give in and eat the foods I am craving, then I will not satisfy the craving, I will just make it worse, and will show back up here in 3 weeks, up 30 lbs.

People who can have a little bit of something off plan, and be okay are lucky. I can't even have a spoonful of the " forbidden " foods. My nose starts running within 5 minutes, and I am starving in 10.

The cravings pass if I just go make myself busy.

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NOTREADMILLDESK
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7/8/13 1:27 P

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I have different sorts of cravings: emotional (non-hunger-based eating), suggested (environmental), and nutritional.

A career dieter, though in remission for going on two years now! -G-, I figured that part out by college; they say knowing is half the battle, but I still struggle even knowing that. Anyway, the first step for me is to drink some water and have a hot drink while I try to decide what kind of craving it is. Suggested ones are pretty easy to ignore after a few moments' reflection; it's usually that I saw a new recipe or smelled something wonderful. Emotional eating is still a problem for me, but I can often sidetrack myself into at least eating something that won't make me feel worse.

Nutritional cravings I give in to at the earliest possible opportunity with the best quality items that will satisfy my desire. (And, if it's a really high-carb item, some white kidney bean extract to minimize the aftereffects, plus a ton of extra water and some added exercise.) Considering that I have occasional cravings for things like fiddle-head ferns--that under normal circumstances I wouldn't eat if you paid me by the bite--I figure there must be something my body's seeking.

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7/8/13 9:08 A

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Betty, that's a great way of putting it: "eating all around" what you're really hankering for.

There's a real art to balancing this out. Like you said, if you're going to end up substituting food that you really don't want and overdoing that, then you were probably better off just having a bit of the forbidden food.

On the other hand, if one taste of the forbidden food sends you careening into old bad habits, then you're better off over-eating "on plan" and staying away from the trigger food.

I guess that's what it comes down to. Does satisfying a particular craving trigger more cravings or does it satisfy them? Does scratching the itch make it stop feeling itchy or does it just lead to more scratching? That is probably unique to each person and even unique to each situation.

Over the past 2 years of low carbing the times I actually felt cravings I was able to pin it to a particular food that set it off. For instance, our cafeteria chicken salad has some ingredient (probably the Heinz mayo) that invariably gives me carb munchies for hours later. However, I'm able to try little tastes of most carb-laden foods without spinning out of control. When we have cake in the office and everyone's oohing and ahhing over the icing or somesuch I'll usually have a quick taste just to see what the fuss is all about. One taste of the partially and fully hydrogenated oils and powdered sugar gunk and I roll my eyes, shake my head, and go back to my cubicle.

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 7/8/2013 (09:17)
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7/8/13 8:25 A

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I am most likely to want to eat something more in the evening. I have found that a cup of tea with sweetener and heavy cream takes care of the urge to eat.



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7/8/13 1:40 A

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I don't really get cravings very often, but when I do I've learned that if the craving is strong to give in to it because if I don't, I'll eat all around it and then still want it. For instance ice cream... here recently I wanted ice cream in the worst way. I kept telling myself "no" - I can have this, that or the other thing - anyhow, ended up in worse shape than if I'd just have eaten the ice cream to begin with.

I don't consider what I eat "cheating" or good or bad, it's just the way it is. I work at keeping carbs to less than 50 per day on most days, but then maybe a couple days a week, I'll eat a little differently, but not going nuts over anything. I eat quite a bit of fruit this time of year, etc.

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7/8/13 1:05 A

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Since I don't restrict calories at all cravings (for unhealthy foods) are very rare now. In most cases I can just have a small serving and be content, like a quarter gluten-free brownie, savor the taste, then give the rest to a family member, at other times eat a couple of french fries off my husband's plate, savor the taste, then eat my salad or meat.
This summer I have had a few cravings for fruit and I give in to those. I suspect my body needs the phytonutrients in the summer when I'm in the sun a lot more.
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7/7/13 6:12 P

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I haven't had a really big craving since starting this in May, but I will say if I end up getting too hungry and I'm out, then certain things start looking good and the thought will cross my mind to get something just b/c I'm ravenous. And we all know carb rich food is VERY convenient. However, what I will do is stop somewhere if I'm just starving and go to like Wendy's and get a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger wrapped in lettuce or Arby's and get their 1.00 roast beef sandwich wrapped in green leaf lettuce, something like that. If I'm home and see something (cuz I'm the only one who eats low carb in my house) I will not focus on it. I choose a different thought and I won't even look at the food. That's probably been the main thing for me that's helped. I choose another thought as soon a tempting item crosses my mind or my eyes.

Edited by: GEMINIGEM6 at: 7/7/2013 (18:13)

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7/7/13 5:08 P

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I cheated yesterday. It was very hot here, and hubby and I went to Baskin & Robbins, and I had a scoop of ice cream. I haven't had sugar for about 7 weeks, so I ended up with a headache all night and felt crummy in the morning.

I will not want any more ice cream for a long, long time.

I think finding a healthier alternative would be the best thing. Like I should have had some heavy whipping cream in a protein shake. But you have to stay home to make that. I miss the eating outings that hubby and I used to have.

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WOUBBIE
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I'm most like Leslie when it comes to the idea of cheating. I never made a vow before God to never eat wheat or sugar or beer again, so if I choose to eat or drink them, that's all it is, a choice. I only worry when my choices stray from my normal wants and needs.

The last few days, for instance, I'm feeling stressed when I should feel relaxed. The small amount of chocolate that I usually allow myself on any given day is not feeling like enough. (Check my tracker, though. My big binge was having 2 servings of chocolate in a day instead of one, and doing that 2 days in a row - Thursday and Friday.) Once I get to the bottom of what's eating ME then I'll be back on track.

I'm obviously in no rush to lose the weight, so going over on cals and carbs every few days isn't a big deal. I'm much more interested in changing a lifetime of poor health habits to better ones and (hopefully) avoiding the ailments that plague most people my age.

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7/7/13 12:17 P

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wish I had the strength - ANY kind! - to avoid a binge. :( Have been in another one for months now.

My therapist has been on holiday for 2 weeks, so it will be 3 weeks, come Tuesday this week, since I have seen her. But will address it, as always, when I see her again in 2 days.

I seem to be able to avoid my binge foods for months, at times, and don't even have cravings. But then it overtakes me and I can't seem to figure out how to stop. :(

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7/7/13 12:16 P

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For me there's no such thing as cheating. The way I choose to eat (Paleo) is a lifestyle, not a diet, but there is also no such thing as perfection. However, I am not very carb sensitive. I can eat a little rice without any repercussions. I choose not to, but if I go out for Mexican food I'll eat a little of the beans and rice just to taste them. I have found that making foods with the flavors I love (cilantro, chili, etc.) is just as good as the pre-Paleo versions!

The thing that exhausts me about this lifestyle is the amount of planning that is required - planning meals, buying groceries so that I have the right ingredients to make those meals, packing enough food for breakfast, lunch and snacks at work during the day, and really trying not to waste food. I have also found that some days I definitely burn my energy differently and I may need more or less food than I brought to work with me. I am currently single so that takes a lot of potential conflict out of my choices, but I am still adapting to my own needs all the time.

Leslie

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7/7/13 12:02 P

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I try to find a decent substitution or ill eat something else first, wait a bit then have a small bit. I've really only had one bad craving for the last couple months. I did lose control at the Mexican place but that wasn't a craving, I was hungry, in the wrong sort of place and I had a binge.

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7/7/13 10:30 A

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I pretty much do what you do, Suzanne. However if the craving is so intense that I just HAVE to HAVE it, then I just 'figure it in' to my carb count for that day. If it takes me way over my 20, then I try to go a little 'under' my 20 the next day to compensate. But, I don't beat myself up over it, because I am human and it is going to happen now and then.

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7/7/13 10:19 A

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What do you guys do if you get a craving?
I have a lot of mental strength, so I do not give in. I may reward myself with something else, like a massage. Or I buy an extra large porterhouse. I would rather overeat on eggs or meat than give into the craving.



 
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