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Craves (Foods) and Faves (Activities)

Saturday, January 05, 2013

What are my five top craves in the food category?

Not talking about fresh raspberries. Not even talking about best quality dark chocolate. Because those are foods I *can* have without triggering binges, in moderation.

Talking about:

1. potato chips;
2. French fries;
3. snack crackers, pretty much any variety (Ritz cheese sandwiches, among the worst);
4. butter drenched popcorn, movie style;
5. KFC . . . .

and I could go on. And on. How did I forget cheese, for example? Any kind of cheese/ Especially sharp cheese. Melted. Good on that popcorn, actually. Mmmmmmmm. Forgot cinnamon buns. Forgot cheesecake too. Forgot shortbread. *Sigh*

Now: favourite activities??

OK then.

I can think of a ton. But let's focus on the far end of the faves spectrum: what are really the more trivial and frivolous and non-essential faves. Playing 18 holes of golf in the summer, or cross-country skiing 4 km in winter (hey, we could go around again, make it 8!). Long hikes with Charlie. Never worrying if the plans call for a bathing suit. Or tight-fitting gym clothes. Getting dressed for work with no thoughts or worries about what "might not fit anymore". Trying on cute clothes that I have no intention of buying.

What's the connection between craves and faves?

None of my favourite activities anywhere on the spectrum is enhanced by indulging in those binge-trigger foods.

Craves kill faves.

It helps to remind myself.

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  • KANOE10
    Good blog.. I like craves kill faves.
    1985 days ago
  • RADAMS0408
    Wow, thank you for this! I've been losing and gaining the same 4 pounds since September. I struggle with emotional eating and binging. But, I just did a Craves vs. Faves list and I am shocked by my Faves list - way longer than my craves, which surpised me. Tying my shoes, crossing my legs, going down water slides... Things I couldn't do a year and a half ago that I now take for granted. It's been a fantastic reminder and a kick in the tush I need right now!
    1991 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    There is no question that the things that are "faves" now will fade away to be replaced by other things -- we think of them as constant because we've made them that way, but they're not!

    Future high fat, high salt crave might be dry roasted macadamia nuts!
    1992 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Great lists! We share Kettle chips and buttery popcorn, but I also like pumpkin pie smoothered in French Vanilla ice cream, Flapper pie, Baked Cheetos Crunchy, and worst, ginger chicken smothered in a burn the roof off your mouth rich thick sauce with real ginger strips in it, but probably 1,000 calories just for half the serving I eat :P But my favs are working out (without getting out of breath),hiking for miles & miles :) Wearing normal clothing. Not being embarassed wearing skimpy gym stuff. I used to never, ever wear shorts for example, now I can't stand pants or sweats anymore now that I have gotten used to the wick away slinky stuff. Being able to find great sales when I fit into 'small' items. But number 1 is showing up the younger crowd with my cardio fitness in classes ;)
    Here is to keeping the faves outdoing the craves!
    Way to behave!!
    1992 days ago
    Yup - focus on those faves!
    1992 days ago
    Hmmm, where do I start .....?
    1992 days ago
    Great blog! I'm going to keep "craves kill faves" in mind!
    emoticon emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Good thoughts.

    I don't tend to crave salty food, but I have trouble resisting chocolate of any sort. If I have chocolate with my coffee in the morning, I will want chocolate all day long. I have to save my piece of dark chocolate for bedtime and then go to sleep. In the morning I'm OK again.

    Some of my favorite activities involve activity, too. Being too heavy definitely makes those activities less fun.
    1992 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    After reading this, I pulled a couple of never-worn clothing items that are a little too small and hung them from the closet door and shower rod as a reminder of the treat I have waiting when I stick with my goals. emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Or conversely faves kill craves?
    1992 days ago
    Craves kill faves! I'm gonna do my own list and remember you saying. It's a good one!
    1992 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Cute mantra!

    I got off Ritz after the ingredient list read more like it was a cookie instead of a cracker. Odd how a little thing like that can change my mindset and my desire.
    1992 days ago
    As you go awhile without eating those 5 faves and replace them with other foods, you'll find your fave list change. I used to love those things, too, and I probably still would if I ate them, but I haven't had them in so many years I just remember THAT I loved them rather than the taste. The smell can still stab me in the stomach, but the idea doesn't.
    1992 days ago
    That watermelon looks good! emoticon I think I finally have my cravings under control, and I'm working on finding those faves. Good blog.
    1992 days ago
    Great reminders!!!!! For me, I have to ask myself which is better - the donuts someone brought to the break room or another (and faster) 2 mile lap on the bike path.
    It really does work!!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    1992 days ago
    Good blog! My best craving is milk chocolate. Hate the dark kind, but milk chocolate is so tasty and so easy to let be my downfall for the day. For some odd reason, if I have a milk chocolate kiss once or twice during the day, it satisfies the craving without being out of control.
    1992 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    I'm a salty food fan myself. emoticon
    1992 days ago
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