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6/25/14 3:58 P

Boy do I hear you! After losing a lot of weight, I still find myself wanting candy and less healthy snacks. I Can't go Back! One candy bar/junk is never enough and I'm afraid I'll binge. This is what works for me..Remove top leaves from strawberries, place a toothpick in center, place in freezer about 10 minutes until Cold, remove and drizzle Magic Shell chocolate coating on berries. or chocolate dip. YUM! This can be done with any fruit even bananas, slice a banana somewhat thicker, place slices on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and place in freezer until very cold, dip in melted chocolate coating. Make a fruit "Kabab" for a snack, place cubed fruit/berries on a kabob skewer, place kabobs in freezer on cookie sheet until very cold about 10 minutes, then drizzle with chocolate, white chocolate or both!

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,807
6/25/14 2:45 P

I agree with the others - less junk food means that eventually, you'll want less. But I will also add that for me, the other healthier foods that I have need to be satisfying. Salad, day in and day out, is not appealing. A spinach salad with goat cheese, apricots and raspberry vinaigrette on occasion? Delicious. Plain veggies? Boring. Summer squash and zucchini sauteed with onions and green chilies? Yum.

I've spent a couple of years trying recipes and have come up with some staples that are tasty and healthy and that I want to eat and look forward to eating. I suggest that you also try to find things that you like - Spark Recipes, SkinnyTaste and Eatingwell are great places to start, but there are many resources.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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6/25/14 8:16 A

I agree with everyone else. If you can just gear yourself up to stay away from the junk food for a period of time, it becomes substantially easier thereafter. I think there's a "sugarbusters" group on here you could look into, or you could just decide to go "cold turkey" for a little while, maybe. You could even do it with a few planned snack-attack outlets: "Every Friday this month I will have whatever single sweet is calling to me the most, but nothing on any other day." Keep 'craving" foods out of the house, out of sight, purchase only one serving at a time, delay gratification wherever you can, there are all kinds of strategies, and as long as you get the total intake of these things down below a certain threshhold (different for everybody), all it takes is a little determination and a little time. (Edit: With things like chips, which I could never get out of the house or completely out of sight because my husband eats them, I made a rule not to sit down with an entire package of it (or of anything for that matter). If I want chips, I take a few on my plate or fill up these little bowls we have, and put the bag away and go somewhere else. I think it's important to stop completely-unconscious eating in this way.)

It honestly doesn't take very long until things feel quite different. For me the outright cravings didn't even last a week. It's not like you're going to be feeling like you do right now for the rest of your life.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 6/25/2014 (08:25)
PJJJSAGE Posts: 104
6/25/14 2:50 A

Cutting back on sugar helped me with candy/cookie cravings. Never been a huge chip person, but if I did eat too many, they hurt my mouth, which kind of killed that urge.

Are you tracking your food? Trying to cut EVERYTHING out may be counterproductive, and the feelings of deprivation make the cravings worse. Work SMALL treats into your daily numbers---100 calories of chips instead of half the bag eaten mindlessly. 5 Hershey kisses instead of an entire candy bar (frozen, so they last a little longer). And don't keep trigger foods readily available consistently.

If you can't justify the expense of WW, then use the trackers and community here. Don't just "skip it" because you're not losing weight. It's about living a healthier life, not stressing about some temporary diet.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,275
6/24/14 10:29 P

if you think a therapist could help, go. it's likely not going to hurt anything at the worst and at best you could get a great deal of help and insight.
that being said, it kinda looks like you might be trying to fit square pegs into round holes. i don't think there is anyone on the planet who really thinks that celery is a great sub for chips. your "want" snacks are crispy, crunchy, and creamy while your snacks that you actually eat are vegetables and fruits, which tend to not be so crispy, crunchy and creamy. so what that means is that you need to find snacks that are crispy, crunchy and creamy so that it's actually hitting the spot that you're craving.
one thing that may or may not work for cookies is making them. not several dozen, not the slice and bake, but actually just making about a half dozen cookies from scratch if you want some. there are some decent oatmeal raisin and other recipes out there. and the idea that you can have them if you want to go through the effort of making them can both take away their forbidden appeal by putting them in bounds while at the same time making them less appealing to actually make because of the low yield on your time investment. this is one of those techniques that either works really well or fails spectacularly, so consider yourself warned.
root vegetables make wonderful chips. slice them, lightly coat in olive oil and seasonings, then bake until crispy turning once. kale chips are another option as well. another option might be flatbreads. you can top them with fruits and cheese or protein or vegetables, but the crispy bread part at the bottom will help with the crunch.
as far as candy goes, one thing that helped me was keeping not my favorite candy around. i love skittles and could eat a pound bag in a sitting. reese's pieces were another that the bag was gone nearly as soon as it was opened. so instead of keeping around something i knew i was going to inhale, i kept gobstoppers instead. i like gobstoppers, but i tend to get bored of them after one or two. it was a lot easier to pace myself with something i liked but didn't love.
if you want chocolate, have it. try keeping some of the good stuff on hand to dip fruit into. or have hot cocoa made from chocolate and milk. or fudgecicles. or chocolate yogurt.
for frosting, try having flavored yogurts. whip up some heavy cream [by hand of course] and use that to top berries or even make a berry tart to top. i'll sometimes add a little confectioner's sugar to peanut butter and have that on graham crackers. you could also do sherbet or banana "ice cream" [freeze a banana, then blend it up and enjoy].
since you have a sweet tooth, you may want to try weaning yourself off as much added sugar as you can, and perhaps any artificial sweeteners you might be using as well. i'm talking anything that sweetens your tea, your oatmeal, your cereal as a first line and a second line of reading the ingredient lists for your condiments any any prepared foods. i'm not saying you should cut it out in one fell swoop, but perhaps try and cut back 5%. give it a month or so to settle in and then try and cut back another 5%. give it another month and keep slowly cutting back. as you get used to having less and less sugar it should take less sugar to hit your sweet tooth. at least that's how it was for me, but then again, i'd put 2 Tablespoons of sugar into every cup of tea i had, and i drank several cups a day. i still have a sweet tooth, but a fun sized bag of skittles is what i finish in a sitting now, not a pound. i can even space out the 2.17 oz bags into several sittings.

H0KIE_GIRL SparkPoints: (3,588)
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6/24/14 10:09 P

The easiest way to curve the cravings is to just not allow yourself to buy those snacks at the store and makes sure if you have to eat at work that you are packing lunch so you aren't tempted to go get something to satisfy those cravings. I know just not having it in the house helped me out a lot.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/24/14 10:06 P

" I was thinking about seeing a feeding therapist for adults. Not sure if that would help.."

It might help (can it hurt?).

But honestly - the longer you go without eating those foods, cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, chips, etc (junk food, not Fat Girl food - read my signature), your brain will change. Seriously.

It just takes time. Eventually - you actually begin to crave the healthy foods - no, not guaranteed 100% - but maybe 85% -90% of the time - and that's what matters.

It took me about 2 weeks to start to see a change, maybe a month before my brain was "re-wired".

If it helps - get the junk food out of your house...not there, can't eat it. Fill your house with these kinds of snacks:

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6/24/14 10:01 P

I did weight watchers last year for 4 months. Did well. Then school happened and that messed me up with the gym and I feel off. But this year did it again for another 3 months. With me, I don't do 100% without what I want, then I just want it more. So I have a little bit that gets out of control. Plus I notice I usually snack when im not really even hungry, just the time seems like snack time, so I eat, then before I know it, half a bag of chips are gone. I eat fruit but still crave something bad for me. Right now its chocolate chip cookies.. soo not helpful. Since im doing soo bad with my diet I stopped weight watchers. Too expensive for me not yo follow it. I just can't figure out how to stop or calm my cravings down.

PIAQUA Posts: 753
6/24/14 9:46 P

How long have you been eating healthy this time around? If you're just starting to switch up your diet to healthy foods, you may want to try pushing through most of the cravings* and eating something healthier instead like a piece of fruit every time you want candy. After a bit, your body, mind and taste buds often naturally adjust and the cravings tend to stop or switch to healthier things (you'll want strawberries instead of cookies for instance).

I went through this with soda originally, and then with chocolatey coffee drinks a few years later. The only thing that helped me with soda was to go totally cold turkey. Now, I was a hardcore life-long soda addict and this was not easy. The cravings were intense and the headaches horrible, but I'd tried time and time again to merely cut back unsuccessfully, so I pushed myself to keep going. I have not had a Pepsi (my soda of choice) since August 2010 and haven't wanted one at all since about November of 2010, seriously. I still crave chocolatey coffee drinks (think frappucchinos), and those I do indulge in as a treat once and a while. For me the trick was deciding what I was truly addicted to (soda) and what I could switch from a craving to a treat.

*If you totally give up all of your cravings, you may find yourself binging one day and just eating way too much, which in the long run is worse than allowing yourself small, sensible portions of them occasionally. Figure out what works for you, and if you think a nutrition coach or food therapist may help you do that, it's worth a shot.

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6/24/14 9:23 P

Long story short, about 14 years ago I was heavy, used to eat everything! Now that I'm older, I try to go on a diet to lose weight, weight watchers, it's helpful. But the worst part is fighting myself. All I want for a snack are cookies, chips, candy, chocolate, soda, and frosting. I call it my fat girl snacks. I can be full with fruit or vegetables or salad but I crave those snacks all the time! How can I change that? How can I change my mind frame on what I'm craving. Salad only goes soo far.. Please help. I was thinking about seeing a feeding therapist for adults. Not sure if that would help..

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