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GOOGYSPO Posts: 28
8/23/12 12:00 P

I let myself have a treat now and then, but I have learned that I just do not have the willpower it takes (yet) to have any unhealthy food in the house.

If it's in the house, I will eat it.

So, I have to seriously limit what is around.

The food you described eating sounds really tasty. If it were in front of me, I'd be soooo tempted!

Hang in there. It's a marathon, not a sprint. emoticon

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8/23/12 11:16 A


It's okay to have a treat now and then. Spark People isn't about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. Yes, even a Snickers ice cream bar can be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are mindful of the portion.

Okay, today you weren't too mindful. Why ? Were you bored ? were you angry or stressed out ? If you're an emotional eater, have you read any of the great Spark articles on emotional eating ? start with this one. It has good techniques that will help you avoid the constant snacking.

Also, were you eating enough during the day ? Perhaps the reason you were so ravenous was because you didn't eat enough healthy foods at your meals. Are you eating enough or are you "dieting" ? If you're drastically cutting your calories in hopes of speeding up your weight loss, that would be one reason you felt a need to keep eating.

So, do your best to eat healthy, filling meals. Do you eat enough high fiber foods ? Most Americans don't eat enough fiber. Eating foods that are high in fiber help keep a person full for longer. What foods are high in fiber ? Fresh fruits and veggies. If you feel an urge to snack, have some fresh fruit instead of the treats. Yes, it's okay to have a treat now and then, but you don't want to be constantly snacking on them either.

Eating healthier, filling meals will help you decrease any cravings you have during the day. but if you would like a snack, try having something on hand that's more healthful. Even low fat microwave popcorn would be a better option than the BBQ chips. popcorn at least has some fiber.

Don't beat yourself up because you ate too much, but let's try to find a reason why you did feel a need to keep eating when you were full. The more you learn about what you eat and why, the better you'll be able to change those behaviors.

MARIA11X Posts: 535
8/23/12 2:35 A

Rather than having snacks in the house that are considered unhealthy, and trying to test your will with them, why not have healthier snacks available for when you want to have a snack? Something like fruit mixed with yogurt or apple and peanut butter can be just as delicious. Or instead of ice cream, have a frozen yogurt?

I allow only very few unhealthy snacks in my kitchen, if at all anymore, and if I get a craving for something unhealthy, I would have to go out and drive to the store to get it and by then it isn't worth it, I don't want it that bad. I have started to lose my taste for a lot of unhealthy food that I used to eat.

I also try to "plan" for unhealthy food, if that makes any sense. For instance, my birthday is coming up, and my nephew's birthday was 2 weeks ago, but we did not have a cake for him yet, because a family friend wants to bake it for him. I asked my sister-in-law if my nephew would mind and if the friend who is baking it would mind if we just shared his cake for our birthdays, because I didn't see the point of having 2 separate cakes, when I will only eat a very small amount anyway. If we had 2 separate birthday cakes, someone will end up getting stuck with a bunch of cake and it will probably end up going to waste, because no one will want that much. So my whole point of that is that I try to plan ahead of time, if possible, so that it keeps me in control of the food rather than the food controlling me.


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8/22/12 9:25 P


Below is a link to a great article with other resources at the bottom on how to deal with issues like this. I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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8/22/12 8:49 P

Ok so I got some Snickers ice cream bars, ate one then it was so good I ate another! And I ate some bbq crisps because they were so good! I don't think I was eating emotionally or for any other reason besides I found the snacks to be delicious. When I know I shouldn't do something I often let myself do it anyway, it's like I give up. For the most part I try not to buy snacks at all to completely remove the temptation but I don't want to do that anymore. I want to be able to have snacks in the cupboard and be able to control myself around them. I need to learn self-control. Can anyone help with that?

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