I always have a bag of Dove dark chocolate on hand. I put it into a pretty dish on my table and when the urge to indulge hits, I take only 1. Yes, 1!! Even my husband knows this so some nights after our dinner is done, he will come and sit beside me and set a Dove chocolate next to me. How sweet it is!!!!
current weight: 148.2
Fitness Minutes: (64,259) Posts: 4,074 2/11/14 11:46 A
This is day number one for me. I crave when I am nervous or anxious. I choose chocolate or ice cream. The cravings are getting a little less now that some stressful things in my life have calmed down. I look forward to doing all the instructions in each weekly email.
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current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,014) Posts: 147 2/1/14 1:26 P
ok...so today is day 13. I found some dark choc chips and I am going to separate them into servings... work it into my calorie count when and if the need is there. I found some dark choc covered soy nuts which gave me this idea. They were like 100 calories. I am down 10 as of today and was cleaning my kitchen floor they way I used to all bent over and did not feel like I could not breathe, LOL this may not seem like a big thing to most but for me, it has been awhile since me and the floor have seen each other in a nice way, hee hee.... baby steps forward .... baby steps forward. :)
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current weight: 297.0
Fitness Minutes: (39,183) Posts: 257 1/30/14 1:20 P
I eat a serving of jello pudding and pie sugar free fat free chocolate fudge pudding when I am craving something sweet.I make it with fat free lactaid milk and figure at least I am getting some milk into my diet(not a big milk fan).It has aspartame in it and it seems to help satisfy the craving.
I'm not sure where I saw the tip on here, but it said to make a cravings day so like Saturday would be the cravings day. The article said that if you tell yourself you can have it another time, by the time you get to that time if you are still craving eat a small amount of it. If not so much don't eat any of it. I don't know if it works...Thought I would try it next time I really wanted something.
Nancy, I tried the Russell Stover sugar-free's but found that the Maltitol in them spikes blood sugars for me. Not all sugar alcohols are the same. For me occasional Xylitol and Erythritol work better, but even those only in moderation. The good thing is that they don't cause cravings for many people the way sugar does. Also watch out for sugar-free chocolate that contains fake sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose (Splenda). They may be as bad as sugar for you. Birgit
I did the Atkins diet several years ago and I lost the cravings for carbs quickly. I could be around fresh baked sourdough bread and enjoy the smell of it but not be bothered at all by not having any myself - never would have believed it!
Actually did ok without chocolate for awhile too, but was very glad to discover Russell Stover S/F chocolates. They're sweetened with sugar alcohols which are not sugar and are not glycemic (don't count toward your carb count under Atkins' plan). BUT the warning is that sugar alcohols in quantity are not friendly to the digestive system. I found I had to stop at one piece or there was h*** to pay starting with killer gas. That was sufficient deterrent for me to limit myself. But I still enjoy a piece now and again; in fact I much prefer their peppermint patties to the standard sugar ones - they seem cleaner, not so cloyingly sweet!
There is a kind of sugar-free chocolate. If you are happy with that in moderation it may work for you. Most people are not addicted to chocolate, just to the sugar in it. Here is the link: www.lilyssweets.com/
So glad you are here. Taking this step is a big one. I really enjoy SP and all the advise. the chocolate thing is a TOUGHY. I struggle too. I like a snack called IsaDelights. a company Isagenix makes them. Read about it if you are interested. I only eat 2 a day. There is milk chocolate and dark chocolate. If you have more questions, please send me an email through Spark People. I'll give you as much info as I can about it. Today I ate 2 of them with 1 tblsp of all natural peanut butter & it does help. They are all natural and made with green tea too. Good Luck to you,
Kim Casper, WY
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current weight: 141.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,014) Posts: 147 1/29/14 6:55 P
I have been cutting sugar out totally and we had bad weather, emotions kicked in and wanting sweet. So I found this challenge and am going to utilize it to find another route. I love all the knowledge I am getting from SP. Any advice is greatly appreciated.....
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