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What's healthy in the Junk Food You are craving after workout?

I've noticed that after a good workout, when I am suddenly "craving" some junk food like ice cream or something cheese-y etc, if I take a moment to think about what is in the food that might be soothed with a healthier substitute. For ice cream, I usually find a small container of Greek yogurt with fruits or some nuts satisfy my craving and give me good nutrients for my muscles after the workout.

- Submitted by PROVERBS31JULIA 7/31/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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When facing temptation...

I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."

Remembering that I have made weight loss and a healthy lifestyle the priority helps me put temptations and cravings in perspective--it takes away their power, and empowers me to make mindful choices.

- Submitted by AGILECAT 6/6/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments
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Cravings: the 15 minute rule

When I have a terrible craving, I tell myself I can have it in 15 minutes if I really still want it. In the mean time, I drink water and consider if there might be an emotional trigger to the craving. If so, I try to deal with the feelings first. Most of the time, I forget about the craving or it becomes less intense so I can deal with it without overindulging. Sometimes I decide to eat the treat, but if I do, I know I made a conscience decision I can live with, not an impulsive one.

- Submitted by RX_2_RV 3/8/2013 in Weight Loss | 7 Comments
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Kill a Chocolate Fix

I found these amazing thin chocolate cookies called World Table Chocolate Cookie Thins at my grocery store. The serving size is 7 cookies and it's only 130 calories. They melt in your mouth and if you eat them slowly they will kill ANY chocolate urge!! They're not a diet food so they don't have that crappy diet chocolate taste either :)

- Submitted by ABBEYL11 10/15/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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I'm addicted to food!!!

When I start eating something good I can't stop and end up stuffing myself. emoticon

- Submitted by CEALIE 4/17/2012 in Weight Loss | 8 Comments
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Spread out that snack

Sometimes I just have to have that sweet candy, especially the seasonal - Spice drops, candy corn, jelly beans, mini chocolate eggs, etc. I put a serving in a container and leave it on the kitchen counter and allow myself just one piece each time I go to the kitchen. This way I know I really want it rather than eating it mindlessly, plus I burn a couple calories before I eat it.
This also works with M-n-M's; skittles, almonds, anything that has smaller pieces.

- Submitted by SHERYL_B 10/23/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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The "Add to" Diet Mentality

To bypass the deprivation feeling of 'dieting', my focus is not to focus on how few calories I consume, but rather what healthy foods I 'add to' my diet, as I increase consumption of healthy foods and allowing my body to then start craving those foods that catapult me to healthy living success.

Focus: Increased fiber

Action: Precook long grain brown rice (in a veggie broth made from the pulp of the veggies juiced that day) and store in 4 oz containers.
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- Submitted by JUICENUT 10/14/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Replace Icecream

Pop yogurt in the freezer for 20 mins for a icecream treat.

- Submitted by KELSGRANT1 7/11/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 3 Comments
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Sweet tooth

One pack of instant oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and a half of banana helps curves my sweet craving late in the evening!

- Submitted by KELSGRANT1 7/11/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Fighting a Strong Food Craving

We all have them--and when we succumb to our food cravings, we often overindulge. It is sometimes a stumbling block that leads us to binge eating, deflated motivation, and problem that can get us off track from reaching our goals.

- Submitted by SPAM1977 5/6/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Craving for sweet stuffs

Whenever i ate only healthy food the whole day and i come back from work i need sweeties. Even if i resist the feeling for 3 or more ours in the evening i cant hold it no longer.

I found a no calorie solution for my sweet tooth. Diet coke, such as coke zero.

Its pretty sweet and the carbonacid gives me a filling feeling.

Almost everyday i gonna drink 500 ml...thats of course not much healthy, but for the beginning a substitute for worse choices like dunkin donuts ;)

- Submitted by AMELIADULZURA 3/31/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Celebrate!

Give yourself regular little non-food rewards for making good choices and resisting temptation - a new lip gloss, or new single, or a bunch of flowers! Treat yourself to a non-food goodie instead of fast food.

- Submitted by ANNAEA 3/22/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Money and Eating

This is a very simple tip, easy to use. When I'm out and about and I get a bad craving for fast food and feel as though I can't say no to it I always remind myself that a Taco Bell meal might only be $5 but that's almost an hour of work for me. Do I really want to give Taco Bell and hour of my life for food that isn't even nutritious?

- Submitted by COURTNEYPAIGE1 3/1/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Make It Unavailable

There are a number of foods I have trouble eating just one of, and most of them are exceedingly unhealthy. It's much easier to resist my cravings for chips, cookies, and other high-ticket foods when they aren't even in my home!

- Submitted by FALA-REDWING 1/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Pytonutrients

A bunch of these cleansing nutrients, primarily found in fruits and vegetables, keeps me from a lot of my cravings. It's not just that they fill me up, it's that they satisfy what most of my "cravings foods" will satisfy. emoticon

- Submitted by JSPEED4 1/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Put off treats until you have eaten your necessary nutrients for the day

Plan you menus. How many calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats do you need for each day?
Then promise yourself you will not eat a treat/cheat off of your plan until and unless you have eaten all the nutrients for that day.
Just as you need fuel to drive your car, feed yourself healthy foods before you choose any extra calories.
Remember, in some cases WATER can quench both thirst AND hunger.
Congratulate yourself for each day you eat on plan!

- Submitted by DRB13_1 1/1/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Love Chocolate?

Freeze your favorite chocolate that way when you choose to indulge it will last a little longer as well as be much more satisfying!!! Give it a try...you may just find that you desire and need less to satisfy your craving. Perhaps you might even burn more calories whilst nibbling away at your favorite treat!

- Submitted by GODDESS_LUNA 1/1/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Fruit on the counter, other snacks out of sight

For snacks, make healthy options a priority with easy access. Keep a bowl of various fruit on the counter or table in easy reach. Those other snacks, if you have them in the house, keep out of sight. When you eat processed snacks, don't forget to measure out a single serving and close the rest of the bag up and put it away. Out of sight, out of mind! Less temptation! emoticon Choose the healthier option.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 12/30/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Drinking sparkling water

My secret is to drink sparkling water when I have a craving. The bubbles make you feel full and the salt counteracts the craving. The best sparkling water, IMO, is Perrier, as it is totally natural, and so tasty. If you are going to try this, buy sparkling water that is naturally sparkly, not one with added carbonation.

- Submitted by AUDELINE 12/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Detect patterns through journaling and calendar notes

The notes you enter on SparkPeople or in a written journal will help you detect habits or patterns that can be improved. This will allow you to change patterns that thwart your progress, strengthen those that move you closer to goal, and develop options for any that trip you up. The calendar is useful because you can anticpate upcoming events and put alternatives into place.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 11/12/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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A serving of fruit - and chocolate, too!

When I'm craving chocolate, I melt (over low heat or in my microwave) a mini-bar or two of dark chocolate. Dip fruit (pineapple chunks, banana slices, orange slices, grapes, etc.) just enough to flavor the fruit and ENJOY!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by NEVERORNOW 11/3/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Easy way to inventory your refrigerator contents

Ever find yourself looking in the fridge for something?
Wondering if that leftover has grown hair?
Need to remind yourself to put something on the grocery list?
Heloise printed the suggestion of a magnetic dry board on the front door of the refrigerator.
You can write the contents and date of items (particularly leftovers) on the board so you will know when to use them or throw them out.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 10/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Ice cream cravings

When i have a craving for ice cream I go to the freezer where i premade baggies of grapes and strawberrys...take one out and eat them frozen. Its kinda like a popsicle but its good for you! emoticon

- Submitted by PPCM_SURVIVOR 7/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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How to "cheat"

When you buy a bag of something for a "treat", remember that it is a "treat" and not a binge. Just buy a serving size bag. It satisfies the craving, but I don't get a chance to binge on a big bag. It may cost slightly more, but at least I know that I won't pay for it in calories.

- Submitted by DORIS104 7/4/2010 in Staying Healthy | 4 Comments
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Anti-craving drink

I have this drink every morning and it seems to help keep my cravings down or away. Plus I think it gets rid of excess water somewhat and also helps gently support the liver.
It's not my recipe, credit is due to Dr. Eric Berg of 7 Principles of Fat Burning book.

- Submitted by CLAIR5513 6/2/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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