Carbs are my ultimate downfall, too. It's an ongoing struggle. Some days I win! LOL
I also make a habit of brushing my teeth - actually, my whole mouth - after eating. Or at least when I'm starting in with the after-meal munchies. Whatever residual taste remains in there seems to feed the crave. Toothpaste-flavored ANYthing isn't especially enticing!
You might try finding some kind of challenging reading. I find that if I can immerse my mind in some non-food pursuit I don't feel any kind of appetite. Sometimes it's a text (reference, learning) sort of reading...sometimes it's just a really engrossing novel. I have a pen pal who I write with that gets me very involved in coherent conversation (which we've lost with the advent of email and pseudo-language of texting!). That sometimes helps distract me. I also make it a habit to do a thorough clean and polish in the kitchen after dinner. That signals me that the kitchen is closed! finito! Then we turn the lights down enough that I don't see temptations in the pantry. And I absolutely never set foot in the kitchen or pantry after dinner! If I think I'll need something to drink in the evening, I set it out on some non-food-prep counter or table. I'm not a TV watcher, but the DH is...luckily, we have a media center which records the programs he likes to watch. On the rare occasions we watch live TV (even though I'm only marginally involved, from across the room), the barrage of food-related ads is enough to send me into a snack frenzy. We cut those out of the recorded TV, and I can at least make it through those shows without fighting appetite (it's NOT hunger!!!).
Good luck. We're all fighting our personal demons! ~v~
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For me any high-carb foods are triggers, in particular anything that is often eaten with sugar. So for me no grains and no beans in addition to no sugar is a must. I use nut flours instead. There are tons of wonderful low-carb recipes on the net for free.
I find hot/warm drinks helps me a log...a nice cup of tea or clear broth.
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These are great ideas, thank you. I did brush my teeth early last night and that definitely helped. AND I started organizing files, which got my attention off the kitchen somewhat. I'm not there for sure, but getting there. Thanks for your ideas!
Eat protein snacks, e.g., nuts, apple slices dipped into softened peanut butter, to break the carb/sugar craving chain. I brush my teeth right after dinner, which really helps. Somehow it makes my brain thin the "kitchen is closed" for the night. Also, I find when detoxing from sugar, the first three days are the toughest. I just tell myself, I can pretty much suffer the discomfort for three days, knowing that I can get free from the craving long term. Good luck!
I have to admit I have been in the same situation many times, Flashandhold. I do think hearing from others, and sharing information through Sparkpeople - both ups and downs - is working more for me than trying to do it all by myself. I collect quotes, and I'd like to share two of my favorites with you, both of which are helping me with my healthy living and weight loss goals:
1. “Forget the past. No one becomes successful in the past.” - Josh Billings 2. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Thanks, CLWaldro. These are all great ideas, but once I'm home, I'm stuck. But I could definitely go outside with the light lasting longer; that's a great idea. You've given me some ideas and you've also helped me realize how much television I'm watching in the evenings; that may be okay, but not if a commercial sends me to the cupboards. So it's good that TV seasons are ending soon! This helps a lot, thank you!
Is it possible to take a walk when the cravings hit? Parents you have to love them. What other active things are possible. I find that if I can get out of the kitchen and even better outside things get easier. I guess out of sight or reach out of trouble zone. Maybe you can sign up for a night time fitness class or go to the mall or other large local shop and walk? Just some thoughts that might be of value. have a great day and make fun plans for the week-end
I need to never visit my folks again, LOL. My dad gave me two pieces of dark chocolate when I visited them last night. Even if I told him I was off sugar, he'd forget, so no help there. Anyway, I was fine and wish I had just dumped them in the trash when I got home, but they called to me. I nibbled at one ... then ate it and later ate the other one. The good part is, I was able to carry them around for a while, and not go crazy. But I think I messed up because I'm always still eating up until bedtime. I have terrible, terrible cravings in the evening for sugar and carbs, so I'd eaten some soft pretzels, which I think started the carb/sugar craving chain. Oh well, lesson learned. Does anyone have advice for not eating in the evenings? I will stand in the kitchen and look through cupboards; it's insane. I can't knit and while I can make jewelry, I find picking up the beads irritating. I did buff my nails, which took up some time. Anyway, thanks for listening and sorry for the whining, LOL.
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