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Crave Fade? Not Working for me . . . .

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Loved the comments on my "craves and faves" blog: thank you!

Gotta say, however, that I'm with LINDA. Doesn't matter how long I "don't eat" kettle potato chips or "don't eat" french fries or "don't eat" cheesecake: I know perfectly well these are binge inducing craves that will trigger a sad expanding spiral. Yeah. Can't have 'em in the house.

It's a bit like cigarettes: I have not had a single cigarette in all the years I've been married to DH (33+) or for several years before that. (Working as a ward clerk in a cancer hospital for three summers effectively stopped me smoking . . . ). But: have NEVER ever stopped wanting to smoke. Not proud of it. Not self-righteous about having quit smoking either. Because I know. I'm one cigarette away from a pack a day, every day. Really. Even now. Especially with a coffee after an especially nice dinner . . .

So: don't have to smoke to survive, obviously. But do have to eat to survive. And kettle chips (that's my very worst "crave") are the food equivalent of cocaine for me. Yup. (Not that I've tried cocaine).

I respectfully accept that others have managed to wrestle their craves to the ground. Vanquished 'em. Permanently. No longer crave their craves, Can indulge moderately in their former craves with impunity. Respectfully? Heck: enviously would be more accurate.

But: in the immortal words of Dylan, "It ain't me babe. No no no it ain't me babe". And those kettle chips had better not come looking for me. Eternal vigilance works because it has to: if they're here, I'm gonna eat 'em and resistance is pretty much futile.
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  • KANOE10
    I am the same way. I cannot eat my trigger foods anymore. They simply are not part of my life!
    1929 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    Eating healthy has def helped reduce some of my cravings...and since the beginning of the year...have been experimenting with gluten free and that really has helped but YES...I still long for/ crave certain foods and I have tried just take a few or have a small serving but that doesn't usually work for me either...i know that bag of chips is in the house and I WANT it! lol! so...the battle it seems, will go on forever. We do our best everyday and may have small setbacks but get right back on the "healthy train" and continue to move forward :)
    1930 days ago
    In the discovery phase right now of what my trigger foods are.
    1932 days ago
    Ding ding ding! So right on the money with me. It's a hard fast rule to not have trigger foods in the house but I still buy them from time to time, and that results in an awful, yet temporary derailment. I have been able to manage some of my triggers (which are my "loves") by replacing them with things that taste good but I am not in love with (those are my "likes"). Unfortunately some triggers just need to be left alone. The cigarrette analogy is dead on; it is just like that sometimes. Great blog!
    1933 days ago
    Was just wondering if people's cravings are more likely to fade if the craving was caused by a dietary type of imbalance versus someone who is craving something just because of maybe taste texture etc. I'm thinking if it's dietary related, that possibly cleaning up the diet and exercise may be what causes the item to no longer be one that they actually crave.
    1934 days ago
    So so true.
    1934 days ago
    We've all got to figure what works for us - and you've got it figured out!
    1934 days ago
    Oh yeah...there are WAY too many foods which never loose their toxic and binge-ing effect for me! Skull & bones on those packages FOREVER!

    1934 days ago
    Yeah, chips are on my danger list. I'll splurge every so often - but not even once a week. They're a red flag food for me too!
    1934 days ago
    You know yourself really well and take good care of yourself. Good for you!!
    1935 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Yes siree. That is it in a nutshell. These foods were meant to be addicting and they pour everything they can think of in them that will make you want more, and unable to stop once you get going!! Was it Lays that said you can't stop at just one chip silly ad? Yes. Can't be anywhere near me. Even with a full stomach, I would find room for them :P.
    Eternal vigilance indeed. that has to be the way. You are doing it!!
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    1935 days ago
    Sometimes I think I've conquered a craving, but then I always find out I haven't.

    I ended up throwing out a bunch of candy I got for Christmas. i just couldn't stay out of it. One led to another to another. i can't have it in the house.

    Chips I can leave alone. It's odd, isn't it, how we each have different cravings.
    1935 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    The way that Overeaters Anonymous puts it is: no matter how far down the road you are, you're always the same distance from the ditch. I have no illusions about certain foods. If they're in the house,it's only temporarily until I can stuff them down my throat. I have been working hard to recognize and sort foods into categories of no big deal, okay most of the time and never, ever touch. I'm not always perfect with this system but each lapse reinforces that some foods are off the menu permanently.
    1935 days ago
  • KLONG8
    I still bring trigger foods into the house. But it's not the smartest thing I do. Because I WILL eat them, I crave that little bit of salt & crispy stuff. I just don't allow myself to go WILD! I count out chips....that sort of thing. I notice when I go to lunch with friends and french fries are served they eat 5 or 6 and stop. What the....? I will eat every last one. It's a battle, that's for sure.
    1935 days ago
    It would be interesting to find out what foods thin people keep in their house. Do they have our trigger foods there? My daughter, who stays extremely active and thin, has healthy foods in her house. Her buying philosophy is spending money on foods that fuel her body well and she likes. Her question is "why would she spend money on foods that don't nourish her body?" When she was born on into her young teens, I mainly only had healthy foods in the house because I felt it was my responsibility to take care of her healthy body that was brand new at first. Needless to say I stayed thinner with much less effort in those years.
    1935 days ago
    Interesting. I happened upon this blog and went back and read your previous one. What I saw there is what I recognize in myself: the cravings are for fat (not sugar, chocolate, pasta). Many of my Spark friends fight the sugar battle, but this is the first time I've seen a list similar to my own (and definitely let's include the cheese!). Sometimes I look at french fries and they practically want to jump out of the plate and attack me!

    While I do respect and admire the people who have conquered their cravings, I do think that everyone's body and brain chemistry are different. I don't know the science behind the craving for fat, but I do think it is estrogen-related. I like your attitude that "resistance is futile" -- better to acknowledge it and be vigilant rather than be very angry at oneself for succumbing (ha, this is me talking to myself).
    1935 days ago
    Great blog, and great insights. I guess there are certain trigger foods I cannot have in the house -- ice cream, chocolate, cake. Other foods I can (now) indulge in in moderation (usually). You are really taking steps to control your diet and your health by knowing what your triggers are, and keeping them out of your home! emoticon
    1935 days ago
    Trigger foods stay out of my house 99% of the time. Sometimes a craving is bad enough and lasts long enough I just have to go have what I'm craving (in the smallest package possible) to get rid of the craving and move on.

    Have you found a suitable replacement for your craving? Perhaps a baked potato with a little salt?
    1935 days ago
    For me it's cookies, any kind, any size, any flavor. And some days, it seems cookies are EVERYWHERE.
    1935 days ago
    I get it. There was a really good thing that happened to me being addicted to cigarettes. I understood the power of addiction. It made me very afraid of drugs (street drugs, even prescription drugs) because of it and I stayed clear of 'em. Discovering what substances (food, drugs, or otherwise) might trigger undesirable or harmful actions is pretty important. Thankfully, a bout of binge eating satisfies psychological naggings and then makes me feel like garbage to the point of craving nutritious food. I consider it lucky. Everyone has to find their own way.
    1935 days ago
    Even as I approach a year on maintenance, I'm shocked at how easy it is for me to fall back into my old ways. Maybe at some point I won't feel so overwhelmed by my cravings and can relax around my trigger foods, but for now vigilance is the name of the game for me and certain foods won't be making their way into my home any time soon! It's taken me six attempts to lose and keep the weight off, so thinking and acting like a thin person is not something that comes easily for me. It still takes a lot of work!
    1935 days ago
    Yes, I completely agree with you. I can't keep trigger foods in my house, either. Yet somehow after a while sometimes I think I am cured and test the theory of keeping it in my house, or eat some because it would taste delicious and then fold like a gymnast. Gah. Chocolates, chocolate desserts (cake, brownies), and cinnamon buns are mostly mine. I can't keep chips of any kind in my house, but I can control myself around them now, sometimes. That is better than I was around them a year ago.

    1935 days ago
    Me too. I'm still one who tests this theory every now and then. Part of me is glad I did; I can now have a few chocolate cookies in the house at a time for DH to enjoy. But every time I test popcorn, it's the full bag, every 2-3 days, for about half the box. Then I'm finally mad enough at myself to give the rest away.
    1935 days ago
    Count me in your group, with the cheesecake anyway. Never liked fries and I don't know what kettle chips are - probably lucky for me since I can inhale Cheddar cheese Pringles in a heartbeat. Just substitute chocoate chip cookie dough ice cream and choc chip cookies for your first 2 triggers and I'm you. Sadly I can eat the chocolate chips right out of the bag. Certain things should never enter my house.
    1935 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I agree with "can't have them in the house", for "months" I worked really hard at staying out of the junk food aisles. WTG on your awareness and knowing what works for you!
    1935 days ago
    I agree! I keep trigger foods out of my house too!
    1935 days ago
    Totally agree too!-----If it's in the house, it calls my name--and I KNOW BETTER!!--Enjoyed yer blog-Lynda emoticon
    1935 days ago
    Totally agree with this blog. I know when I am being honest with myself that certain foods just cannot be kept in the house. Every time I test this hypothesis... I find it out anew.

    I, personally, am better off not starting on some things.
    1935 days ago
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