I guess it depends on the craving. if I am craving an orange, it may be because I need the nutrients in the orange.
If I am craving dairy, it may be because my calcium intake has been too low.
If I crave popcorn with butter, I know not to indulge.
I have been chocolate free for a long time now. I used to crave it, but have moved on and no longer crave it.
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4/12/13 12:12 P
Seltzer (plain) and/or celery works for me. And if I'm not doing anything (just sitting on the couch, watching TV) I start doing something to distract myself (working on a hobby, take a walk, clean, etc).
Chew gum and get busy w/ something to occupy my mind.
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4/12/13 12:02 P
Can you identify where the craving came from?
Like: did you go too long without eating and you just want to inhale the world? I always crave BAD things first when I let this happen. So: try not to let this happen.
Did you see an ad on TV? Definitely, try to re-direct for this one. Wait, try a different activity, or substitute something better.
Did you see something in the cupboard? Don't keep junk in the house, or keep it well out of sight.
Are you bored? Get un-bored without turning to food.
Are you upset? Definitely use your energy to make a good spark people recipe. It's constructive, you have time to think while your hands are busy, and you have a nice treat at the end.
Sometimes you won't know why, you just WANT something. Sometimes it's OK to just HAVE something. Portion control though: share a desert at a restaurant or put 2 cookies on a plate and walk away, don't sit on the couch with the bag.
I try to wait just a few more minutes. And then if that doesn't work, sometimes I try to change my activity so that my mind is on something else. Also, I don't keep those temping things in the house.
Another option is keeping a healthy substitute in the house. Like the cocoa dusted almonds for chocolate cravings. Or the FF chocolate pudding or yogurt. If all else fails, I just have it and make sure to plan for the rest of the day, or make sure the portion is small.
Sometimes you are just going to have what you want. Just be careful to not let it turn into a binge!
I've learned that "carpe diem" and "you only live once" don't mean "your life will suck if you deny yourself "treats." My body will be better for choosing fruits and vegetables and other high quality fuels. My life will be better for not giving into common whims that can be found at any grocery store of chain restaurant.
Fancy-schmancy indulgences you don't see every day are a different story. If I'm ever lucky enough to dine with a 5 star chef, I will savor what that is all about.
But, yeah, cravings. There are cookies out there that will be well preserved long after I'm dead. They can live without me eating them!
I've learned over time that continuously denying myself something I'm craving doesn't end well. Eventually my willpower breaks and I overindulge. I try to work whatever I'm craving into my meal plan. I'll take a small portion and eat a little lighter the rest of the day to make it fit.
Another option is looking for a healthier substitution. Things like fat-free chocolate pudding for a sweet craving or veggies and hummus when I'm craving chips and dip.
In the past I would give into a craving and eat that food. Now I do not buy the sweet or fattening foods. If I am offered a sweet I say I am too full. I drink water or sip tea. I walk away and choose another food like fruit instead. Linda from bean town