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10/6/19 7:35 P

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I have water or I brush my teeth!


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8/15/19 4:15 P

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Hi. I came across this article online that talks about a special tea you can make that cures hunger pangs. It's not like the black tea or green tea you're used to. You can check it out here... detoxyourlife.health.blog and let me know what you think.

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8/9/19 11:38 A

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1. Have a large glass of ice water
2. Look for a healthy substitute-if I am craving sweets, I grab fruit, if I am craving carbs, I try air popped pop corn,
3. If i just have to have it, I take a small bite, chew it , enjoy it and spit it ou

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8/9/19 10:46 A

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I can't say I have foods that I crave. What I notice for myself at times is the Hand-To-Mouth urge. When this strikes I look for anything small that can serve that motion - raisins, blueberries, grapes, healthy popcorn.

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8/8/19 5:31 P

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I read somewhere that a craving is often due to a missing nutrient in your diet. Before giving into a craving, wait 15 minutes and occupy your time with something else. If you've forgotten about the craving, go about your business. If you still have the craving, give in but do not go overboard. Pinterest has many recipes for healthier options of common cravings, as well.

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8/7/19 1:09 P

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Sometimes I taste it
Sometimes I avoid it
Sometimes I eat it
Sometimes I take the dog for a walk instead

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8/5/19 8:39 P

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If I'm craving ice cream, I'll have one or two spoons. If I'm craving other stuff, I don't deny myself a taste. I've found that if I keep refusing myself, I will end up having a binge.



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7/28/19 3:11 P

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Hi

A cup of tea, takes time to brew, makes me take a break and helps with cravings.
One square of dark chocolate ...I have found a bar with stevia works well. Sugar continues my cravings while stevia curbs them.

Hope this is helpful. emoticon




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7/26/19 9:33 A

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I have some water first, then if I am still craving something sweet - I have a bite, such as dark chocolate, then a mandarin orange. I have the chocolate in a difficult place for me to reach so most of the time I bypass the chocolate and straight for the oranges. The grand-babies love the oranges so it is easy to keep them out in a bowl and easy to grab. emoticon

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7/26/19 8:29 A

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I have everything in moderation.



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7/26/19 1:38 A

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Such a good idea Justeatrealfood. I'm going to use that idea for sure.

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7/25/19 7:22 A

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Often if I get a craving that isn’t the best choice for health I will tell myself that I will satisfy the craving later. Later today, later tomorrow, maybe on Sunday etc. Usually the craving goes away and I’ll often forget about it. Sometimes the anticipation of waiting and putting it off for a bit/day/week builds the food up so much than when I actually have it I’m a little disappointed because it’s never as good as my mind thinks it will be. Then the next time the craving isn’t as often or as strong.

Making the craving hard to fulfill is good too. I try not to keep junk around so if I want something I have to go to the store buy it. Often that’s enough to kill the craving because let’s face it, we’re all really lazy in the end.

When I’m super craving chocolate chip cookies before my auntie flo comes to visit I will make them myself but I try and make them as healthy as I can while still being yummy enough to kill the craving.


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7/24/19 4:28 P

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Ice water and checking the calories, lol. Usually the water helps by occupying my mouth and filling my stomach, but checking the calorie count is usually a "Yikes, nevermind!" moment!

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7/23/19 6:38 P

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Everyone's posts are so good! I thought about some of the suggestions here and how I could apply them to my own struggles... and it sort of evolved into an essay, with a few added thoughts of my own. See what everyone thinks. You gals [Edit: and guys?] are all so awesome!!

Ok here goes

1. Cravings for something that I happen to already have at home, like ice cream:

a. Tactic 1: Delay. Tell myself, "At the end of the day, after I've had nutritious meals all day first, if I still want it and have a few calories left on the tracker, I'll go ahead and have some." :)

b. Tactic 2: Divert. Opt for something else instead, like a mashed banana or some cottage cheese. Think about how much better I feel afterwards physically if I eat fruit or cottage cheese instead of saturated fat and sugar.

c. Tactic 3: Decrease. A friend told me once, with many foods it's only the first bite or two that are enjoyable. After you've gotten that first taste, the rest is not that great. So why bother with a whole plate when you really only need a bite or two?

d. Tactic 4: Devour. Sometimes the item can be swapped for something else on the tracker. For example, sometimes the tracker says to eat butter. I can easily forego the butter and have some ice cream instead. There is usually some calorie and fat allotment left at the end of the day.

e. Tactic 5: Damage control. After tracking it, assess the damage, if any, and sit down and plan exactly what to eat tomorrow so it will all average out.

f. Tactic 6: Discovery. It wasn't as enjoyable as I expected. It's gone already. And it leaves me feeling physically not that great compared to the good food I've been trying to eat lately.

f. Tactic 7: Determination. Don't feel bad about the past. Just chalk up the mis-steps as lessons learned and make decisions to keep improving. Plan ahead if possible, but still don't despair.

2. Cravings while shopping:

a. Delay. Say, "I'll just go get the other stuff first and if I still want this I'll come back and get it later." That will give me time to think about it and - hopefully - change my mind.

b. Distract. There are so many things in the store, maybe I'll forget all about that thing I thought I wanted so badly.

c. Deliberate. While shopping, if it comes to mind, remember, even if it goes into the cart, I probably won't eat it until I get home, by which time I might be asking myself, "Yuck. Why did I buy this?"

d. Divert. Is there something else I could get instead?

e. Decline. Even while going through checkout I can still set the item aside instead of buying it.

f. Divide. At home, divide it into smaller portions and just eat one small portion. And track it. (See "Damage control" above ;)

g. Distance/dispose/discard/donate. If I can't give it away, donate it to charity, or throw it away, maybe I can entrust it to someone else to hold it for me until I ASK for it. That introduces an embarrassment factor. Or else store it somewhere really inconvenient. (But I kinda like the idea of an embarrassment factor.)

3. Cravings when the food is already prepared and RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME (such as at a social event), especially while watching someone else eating and enjoying it:

a. "Down the hatch." (Sorry. Gotta work on that one!)

Footnote: Regarding that last point, after much deliberation, I've developed ten personal dictums regarding birthday parties, which I hope to be able to follow diligently from now on:

1. There is nothing wrong with saying "no" to birthday cake. Appearing at a birthday party does not entail a contractual obligation to ingest cake.

2. There is nothing wrong with bringing along a banana. "I'm gonna just pretend this is cake. Happy birthday."

3. There is nothing wrong with saying I'll have "just a sliver"

4. There's nothing wrong with splitting a slice with someone else.

5. There's nothing wrong with eating just one forkful and then pushing the plate away.

6. There is nothing wrong with leaving all the frosting behind.

7. There is nothing wrong with throwing leftover cake in the trash. Cake is not food. Cake is a symbol and a decoration. When it went onto my plate it fulfilled its purpose for existence. I'm not going to eat it later, and neither is anyone else. Nobody needs it. There are no starving children anywhere who will be benefited by that partially eaten slice of cake. Therefore throwing most of it away is not "wasting food." It's probably even biodegradable. Throwing it away is better for the well-being of the universe than "someone" being stuck walking around wearing it.

8. There is nothing wrong with hosting a birthday party that features sticking candles in a banana, possibly frosted with peanut butter, possibly decorated with berries or cinnamon. Or serving everyone banana slices in cupcake cups, maybe with yogurt and berries instead of ice cream. Banana-and-berry (and apple?) kabobs frosted with peanut butter or dipped in dark chocolate, or dipped in Greek yogurt, or frosted with 2 parts Greek yogurt and 3 parts cream cheese. Hmm.. I think I'm onto something here. :)

9. There is nothing wrong with fruit arrangements made with toothpicks and styrofoam. Or maybe a birthday watermelon. Cut into an interesting shape. Or hollow out a watermelon and fill it with watermelon balls, honeydew balls, and cantaloupe balls. Maybe a few varieties of seedless grapes. Oh boy! So many fun ideas, can't wait to try them!

10. There is nothing wrong with experimenting with different cultures' birthday traditions. (Seaweed soup? Hard-boiled eggs and yams? Spicy stew? Noodle soup and colored h.b. eggs?) Hmm.. Now to convince my friends...

Ok. This was fun to write.

hth
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7/23/19 4:11 P

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OH MY I was so hungry after gym, shopping for a dress and then picking up a few groceries. I almost put ice cream in my basket, then almost a cake BUT I asked myself Is this what I really want and it worked. I only bought the things I went into the store to buy, no treats no indulgences. Woo Hoo. As for the dress - nope.

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7/23/19 12:29 P

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It depends on the craving and the timing. If it's something that's always there, like my coworker's candy dish, I can usually tell myself "not now" and walk on by it. Sometimes, though I go ahead and give in, but I make sure I'm making a conscious decision to go ahead, enjoy it thoroughly, and get right back on track. It's working so far.

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7/23/19 8:35 A

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I love the HALT idea, thanks for sharing!



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7/22/19 7:52 P

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For starters, I use HALT, that is, am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired? If I do not know which one it is, then I narrow down by ruling some of them out. If Hungry, then I prepare or eat a fast, healthy meal. If Tired, I take a shower and go to bed. If Angry , I am trying to release it by writing about it. If lonely, I come on here and talk to people.

I am meal planning at the beginning of each day so that I have healthy meals and snacks available.

I also am allowing myself some sugar free sweet treats AFTER I eat the healthy meal. Just one, at the most two.

It is a process in development, but so far - so good. No binges lately.

Right now is a great time to get started.

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7/22/19 4:20 P

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Cravings are hard to deal with and they hit with a vengeance. Today is my first day of getting back on track as I've slipped drastically for the last two weeks. I've read the replies and I think the mindful thinking that you, Sparklie-Day suggested, is doable for me and will use it. My new mantra shall be "Is this what I really want to do." Thanks Sparklie.

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7/22/19 10:05 A

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I give in...sigh.....


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7/21/19 1:04 P

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Right now I white knuckle my way through because I realize I won't lose weight. I hope I can keep that up.

God, give me mental toughness at the point of attack.
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7/21/19 12:38 P

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I deny that craving by telling myself, I don't really need it anyway or sometimes just have a bite or two

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7/20/19 7:38 P

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I'm really enjoying the great ideas everyone has. Especially to look up the calories.



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7/20/19 5:23 P

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A cup of plain hot tea, you have to sip it slowly, and it helps my cravings.



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look up the calorie count.. that usually solves it



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7/18/19 6:39 A

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If the craving is for something reasonably healthy that I don't normally incorporate into my diet (e.g. watermelon or pineapple, even a hamburger), I might plan it in to my day and into my nutrition plan. But if it's for something like cookies or cake, I really try to take a moment to step back and remind my self of the big picture. The other day, I forgot to pack a part of my lunch, so I was pretty hungry in the late afternoon. I started to reach for a cookie at work. Then I said to myself, "is this what you want to do? Really?" and when I thought about it I decided to wait until I got home to have a healthy snack. Sometimes moving from mindless to mindful is all it takes.

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I'm finding meditation to be very helpful




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I drink water and wait about 20 to 30 minutes. Most of the time that takes care of it. If not, I try to wait until the next day.

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I like the idea of the pecan and chocolate chips. Will have to try that.



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Threat level 1: dates or prunes dusted with cocoa, fruit I really love but don't have on hand normally like watermelon. defrosted blueberries

Threat level 2: 1/2 pbj on whole wheat and a few side dill pickles instead of potato chips.

A whole pecan with two chocolate chips on it microwaved to melt.

HM iced coffee with almond milk and 1 tsp sugar.

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When cravings come up I first note whether I am physically hungry or not. My cravings are usually for sweets. If I am hungry I have some fruit if not I remove myself from where the sweets are ie. avoid sweets isle at grocery store, don't shop when hungry, or try to distract myself. If I continue to crave something I will plan it into my meal plan for a day and have a small portion.



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