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To get on the right track it is important to eliminate sugar & processed foods for about a week. The 1st few days are hard but, well worth it! After that, here are some tips: 1) drink 2 glasses of H2o & have an ounce of nuts for a snack. 2) Take a power nap. Sleep deprivation causes carb cravings! 3)Plan ahead! Prepare premeasured snacks for the next day like a small, fat free yogurt with fruit so u are not tempted by chips/cookies. Personal power goes a long way in this journey. Plan ahead! emoticon

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Stress is a HUGE trigger! Harnessing your personal power means planning for this and knowing what u can do to cope. Planning ahead will keep u on track. Cravings are strong but, short lived. Each time u make the right choice is victory!
- Submitted by JPARIANOS 6/21/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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JPARIANOS 6/21/2011 11:30:00 PM

    I am sorry. I was simply posting a tip to help those struggling to lose weight.I based it upon my 70lb weight loss several years ago. My tip was more about how to deal with those cravings we get towards the end of the day, before dinner, less about over-eating and the compulsion to binge. I thank you though, for your comment and appreciate your input :)
MINKABONET 6/21/2011 7:55:00 PM

    JP I will respectfully agree to disagree. For many people who have struggled with food addiction and recovery (including me), and as a former chronic dieter, it's really more about the emotions that drive people to eat and less about the substance the person chooses to overeat or binge on ("sugar addiction" is a red herring).

If someone feels like overeating or bingeing, it can be based on an urge to eat raspberries, rather than a chocolate bar. ... I used to regularly pass up chips and pie to binge on a watermelon.

It's kinda like telling an alcoholic to stay away from Jamaican rum because beer is less of a trigger. All alcohol is a trigger for alcoholics, just like for food addicts, all food can be abused (even carrots or celery). It's about an urge to run away from psychic pain, and less about taste preference.
JPARIANOS 6/21/2011 7:40:00 PM

    To Minkabonet: I understand what you mean however, sugar and processed foods are addictive. If you are trying to lose weight and are just starting out, it is a good idea to start with a clean slate. Otherwise, it will be extremely challenging to be moderate.
MINKABONET 6/21/2011 5:13:00 PM

    For me, eliminating sugar is dieting behavior. Instead, I eat whatever food I'd like until I'm physically full. Then, if my impulse is to overeat, examine what it is I'm using food for at that moment and try to satisfy that mood without overeating.

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