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Craving Hack

When you want to eat that treat and you know if you do you will regret it later: Log it in your food tracker, look through the calories and nutrition of your treat. Imagine how your treat tastes and feels in your mouth. Don't remove it from your log. Keep it there and go do something else. When you track your next meal or snack you will see it there and remember you never ate it. Either delete your treat or eat it then. Chances are the craving is gone and you can delete those empty calories!

- Submitted by DANDE_HARVEST 9/12/2013 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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You can have it - LATER

When I want a second helping or a naughty treat, I tell myself I can have it - in 30 min. I clock-watch waiting for my treat for about 10 min, then find that my 30 min has long-passed and I don't want it anymore! If I still DO want it, I have it, but usually it doesn't matter anymore

- Submitted by YEACUPSMOM 2/13/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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DON'T SAY NO!

Telling yourself you can't have something will only make you want it more.

- Submitted by MANDYVANHOOK 1/10/2013 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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How to avoid eating something not currently on your plan...

Quote for the day..."I can have that....later"

There will always be something you may want....but unless you've been on rations ...you'll probably be able to have it at another time. :like in a week...or on vacation. and hold off having it until then!!!
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- Submitted by JT_GMOTU 10/7/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Something to Look Forward to Every Day

Ice cream--a really good half-fat kind, like Lovin Scoopfuls or Breyer's, has a permanent home in my freezer--and in my heart. I know that I can look forward to eating a half-cup of it any and every evening, as long as it fits into my calore count for the day. At about 100 calories per serving, it ALWAYS does. emoticon

- Submitted by MOMTO2TOO 2/17/2012 in Healthy Eating | 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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vitamuffin mixes

These have become my daily treat - great taste, low cals, very nutritious. I started my search for Vita Muffins/Tops after reading about them on Sparkpeople. I loved them and appreciated the boost in my iron (50% daily need in one muffin). However, they were expensive. After doing much searching, I found the mixes are available at Amazon.com. There are not as many flavors to choose from, but they still have a great taste, are low calorie, and great nutrition!

- Submitted by PRESSINGON3:14 7/9/2011 in Product Reviews | 4 Comments
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Enjoy a Treat!

One day per month, treat yourself! If it's food, clothing, manicure, book, film -- just take a little while to enjoy something just for yourself!

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 6/9/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Allow wiggle room in your diet on the weekends.

Allowing yourself "weekends off" when it comes to dieting can help motivate you to eat extremely healthy for five days of the week--when you restrict yourself to only allowing your treats on weekends, it reduces the temptation to give in "just this once" the rest of the time. In addition, when the obligation of strict eating is loosened on the weekends, the temptation to give up on the diet or be fed up and binge is greatly reduced.

- Submitted by RUBYSATURNA 6/2/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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If you know you eat when your'e bored, eat tactile foods.

This is certainly not a new idea, but it's on my mind tonight: If you know you eat out of boredom, get yourself foods to snack on that are "stimulating" to the senses in some way. For example, baby carrots are adorable to look at and make that wonderful crunch when you chew them. Pistachios have those shells that are so satisfying to snap apart. Use the sensory elements of food to satisfy boredom instead of just the flavor alone.

- Submitted by PUFFPASTRY 5/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Buying treats

Every once in a while, you feel like having a treat. Afterward the feeling of guilt builds and that can make you fail. What I do is "buy" my treat thus taking away the guilt. I chose to do situps. The exercise you chose is your decision. I chose situps because it was a "punishment" that was doled out by my Senai in my martial arts class. At one time, I had worked up to doing 600 situps a day. It worked and I didn't have any guilt.

- Submitted by MARIAHE1 5/12/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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When I crave salty chips or popcorn, bbq flavored sunflower seeds in the shell are a godsend!!!

I have been taking in-the-shell sunflower seeds to the movie theater to avoid eating all that high fat buttered popcorn! The bbq flavored ones are fantastic, but watch out-they are high in sodium!

- Submitted by LUVBUNNYKK 4/27/2011 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments
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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

If you have a sweet tooth don't deny it until the cravings are unbearable. Instead keep sweet treats like pineapple, apples, oranges and grapes on hand and pair a serving of sweet fruit with a single piece of chocolate. I keep hershy kisses on hand for this.

- Submitted by JIGFFL 4/12/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Out of calories at end of day and longing for a late-night treat?

It's so comforting in the evening to have a treat while sitting on the couch and watching TV, but that's part of how I gained weight in the first place. Now, instead of chocolate cake or ice cream, I make myself a mug of Maxwell House International Cafe Suisse Moche (sugar free & decaf). It's only 30 calories! I've saved hundreds of calories doing this.

- Submitted by HOTSTENO 3/20/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Delicious Dishes

Encourage serving sizes, particularly with treats, by using cute, elegant, or personalized serving sized dessert dishes.

I found fun, polka dotted, ice cream dishes cheap last fall, and I noticed that everyone in my family was eating closer to correct servings. (Sons pile it high - had to nip that in the bud.)

My older daughter moved in, bringing very pretty "crystal" dessert cups with stems. I feel like I am having something very special... but even better, only a serving. emoticon

- Submitted by MOMMAHIGGY 3/4/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Don't cut your favorites

The only way I am going to make a "lifestyle" change is by not excluding my favorite foods. So, I adjust my calorie intake to include a weekly favorite!!

- Submitted by ANDREAZ146 1/21/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Indulge!

Buy something "gourmet" for yourself! It can be a neato kitchen tool, nice balsamic vinegar, truffle salt (expensive, but worth it!), or anything else that's healthy, exciting, and new. Treats don't have to come with calorie price tags!

- Submitted by DAHLFAN 12/20/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Pamper Yourself

Make dates with yourself to pamper your body. Having a beautiful body doesn't rely on your dress size. Take time to care for your body and skin. By learning to care for your body externally you'll be more inclined to care for body internally. Moisturize your skin, smooth on a face mask, fashion your fingernails, run a warm bath, exfoliate, massage your neck, shape your eyebrows, and turn on your favorite music. Even waking up 15 minutes early to prepare your outfit can solidify a successful day.

- Submitted by GOLDIELOXS 12/2/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Make it Livable

One of the fastest ways I end up killing my motivation is being too strict with myself and my plan. I have learned that I have to make it a plan I can LIVE WITH for the rest of my life. I'm not going to go the next 40 years without eating another piece of birthday cake, or without eating at a favorite restaurant, or without having a sweet treat. Once I say "this is the LAST (insert guilty item here) I'm ever going to eat" I've set myself up to fail.

- Submitted by MYINNERDIVA 10/16/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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indulge in a craving every once and a while

Sometimes after eating dinner I think to myself... man I'm really craving something sweet.
So I walk over to the dessert section (i go to college so i eat in a cafeteria) and pick the smallest cookie i can find off the plate and walk out happy. Its my extra treat for doing well.
It indulges my sweet tooth and keeps me on track by limiting my cravings and going nuts.
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- Submitted by TATYPREZ 10/5/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eat something you love EVERY day!

If you eat something you love every day then you'll always have something to look forward to and you'll never have to feel as though you’re just holding out until your next treat/cheat day.

- Submitted by TREASURINGLIFE 9/20/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Plates of Treats at work

When there are goodies at work...donuts, cookies, left-over pie that someone has brought in...I always say I can ABSOLUTELY have some...as long as its the last one left OR I am leaving for the day. I don't believe that one cookie or donut is the problem...its the fact that once I start I can't stop. So it must be the only one left, or I'm walking out the door.

- Submitted by NANCYB455 8/24/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Triple Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bars

YUM! emoticon These bars are sure to satisfy your craving for something sweet and chocolatey! It is chocolate ice cream w/chocolate chips dipped in chocolate. The bar is only 130 calories and 6 grams of fat.

- Submitted by DELORENZO74 8/1/2010 in Product Reviews | 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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Eat treats away from home!

Learn to 'go out' for treats/cheats, it breaks any and all associations with eating treats at home for good!! :)

- Submitted by YSLETA 7/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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